5 Poll Results - DomainState.com

Poll Results

Q. How do you invest in domains?
Total Votes: 41987
1.
Go all-in with buying one premium domain
bar 22.30% (9364/41987)
2.
Buy many lower value domains to spread my risk
bar 77.70% (32623/41987)

Q. Which will be worth more three years from now? Assume that the left of the dot is the same word.
Total Votes: 551
1.
.COM
bar 98.55% (543/551)
2.
Another TLD
bar 1.45% (8/551)

Q. What is most important when selecting a domain for branding a business?
Total Votes: 277
1.
Catchy or cute name
bar 94.58% (262/277)
2.
Easy to remember, say, and spell
bar 2.17% (6/277)
3.
Communicates what your business is about
bar 2.17% (6/277)
4.
Has existing traffic related to your type of business
bar 0.36% (1/277)
5.
Does not matter because other marketing activities is what will make it successful
bar 0.72% (2/277)

Q. What is the most important factor of pricing a domain name for sale?
Total Votes: 232
1.
A multiple of historical earnings
bar 89.22% (207/232)
2.
A value on historical traffic
bar 1.72% (4/232)
3.
Reference past offers
bar 0.00% (0/232)
4.
Comparable sales
bar 3.02% (7/232)
5.
Appraisal service
bar 0.43% (1/232)
6.
What I think it is worth to the end-user
bar 2.16% (5/232)
7.
What I want to make on the domain
bar 3.45% (8/232)

Q. Do you price your domains in advance of getting buyer interest?
Total Votes: 246
1.
Always!
bar 84.15% (207/246)
2.
Just some are worth the effort.
bar 13.82% (34/246)
3.
No way. I want to see what the market offers.
bar 2.03% (5/246)

Q. What is your biggest challenge as a domain investor?
Total Votes: 263
1.
Tracking my inventory
bar 92.02% (242/263)
2.
Getting a positive ROI
bar 3.42% (9/263)
3.
Finding good industry partners
bar 0.38% (1/263)
4.
Knowing what to invest in
bar 2.66% (7/263)
5.
No challenges for me
bar 1.52% (4/263)

Q. Will you renew your new gTLD domains?
Total Votes: 162
1.
I will renew all of them
bar 64.20% (104/162)
2.
I will renew most of them
bar 9.88% (16/162)
3.
I will drop all of them
bar 6.17% (10/162)
4.
I will drop most of them
bar 5.56% (9/162)
5.
I didnt register any
bar 14.20% (23/162)

Q. How do you price your domains for sale?
Total Votes: 60
1.
A multiple of historical earnings
bar 23.33% (14/60)
2.
A value on historical traffic
bar 11.67% (7/60)
3.
Reference past offers
bar 8.33% (5/60)
4.
Comparable sales
bar 15.00% (9/60)
5.
Appraisal service
bar 11.67% (7/60)
6.
Pull a number out of the air
bar 20.00% (12/60)
7.
All of the above
bar 10.00% (6/60)

Q. When buying a domain, which would you prefer?
Total Votes: 98
1.
Fixed price domain (BUY NOW)
bar 68.37% (67/98)
2.
Negotiate price directly with seller
bar 7.14% (7/98)
3.
Make offer/counter offer online
bar 14.29% (14/98)
4.
Bid on domain in auction
bar 10.20% (10/98)

Q. What is the most important factor for you in choosing a domain?
Total Votes: 36
1.
What is left of the dot
bar 22.22% (8/36)
2.
What is right of the dot
bar 19.44% (7/36)
3.
They are equally important
bar 58.33% (21/36)

Q. Which is most important in selecting a domain registrar?
Total Votes: 30
1.
Lowest possible fees
bar 53.33% (16/30)
2.
Features and functionality
bar 13.33% (4/30)
3.
Customer service
bar 6.67% (2/30)
4.
Security of your domains
bar 23.33% (7/30)
5.
Other
bar 3.33% (1/30)

Q. What do you think of Bitcoins?
Total Votes: 1
1.
I think it is a valid form of currency and the usage will grow.
bar 100.00% (1/1)
2.
I think it is too risky and will eventually go away.
bar 0.00% (0/1)
3.
What is a Bitcoin?
bar 0.00% (0/1)

Q. Would you invest in IDN domains?
Total Votes: 27
1.
YES! They have a huge investment upside as the global market expands expanding
bar 51.85% (14/27)
2.
No! Too risky
bar 33.33% (9/27)
3.
Maybe, but I need to understand them better.
bar 14.81% (4/27)

Q. Besides .COM, which of the current TLDs is your favorite?
Total Votes: 65
1.
.BIZ
bar 15.38% (10/65)
2.
.CO
bar 12.31% (8/65)
3.
.INFO
bar 4.62% (3/65)
4.
.NET
bar 36.92% (24/65)
5.
.ORG
bar 16.92% (11/65)
6.
.US
bar 4.62% (3/65)
7.
New gTLD
bar 9.23% (6/65)

Q. Direct navigation traffic is key to domain pay-per-click networks. How frequently do you use direct navigation to find content online?
Total Votes: 23
1.
Frequently
bar 60.87% (14/23)
2.
Occasionally
bar 13.04% (3/23)
3.
Seldom
bar 4.35% (1/23)
4.
Never
bar 21.74% (5/23)

Q. Besides domain registrations, I prefer to work with a registrar that also offers this service?
Total Votes: 41
1.
Hosting
bar 65.85% (27/41)
2.
Marketplace for buying/selling domains
bar 12.20% (5/41)
3.
Domain Parking
bar 2.44% (1/41)
4.
Free Webpage with For Sale message
bar 9.76% (4/41)
5.
Other
bar 9.76% (4/41)

Q. If you had $100k to invest in domains, which investment strategy would you prefer?
Total Votes: 40
1.
Go all-in with buying one premium domain
bar 62.50% (25/40)
2.
Buy many domains to spread my risk
bar 37.50% (15/40)

Q. What is your preferred method of buying a domain?
Total Votes: 30
1.
From a broker who mediates between me and the seller
bar 40.00% (12/30)
2.
From an auction or listing service
bar 10.00% (3/30)
3.
Direct from seller
bar 16.67% (5/30)
4.
Drop catch expired domain service
bar 10.00% (3/30)
5.
New registration
bar 23.33% (7/30)

Q. Would you invest in the new gTLDs?
Total Votes: 133
1.
YES! They have a huge investment upside and many great keywords are available.
bar 69.92% (93/133)
2.
No! Too risky.
bar 12.03% (16/133)
3.
Maybe, but I need to understand them better.
bar 18.05% (24/133)

Q. What is the most important factor for you in choosing a domain to invest in?
Total Votes: 80
1.
Traffic
bar 58.75% (47/80)
2.
Revenue
bar 16.25% (13/80)
3.
PR
bar 0.00% (0/80)
4.
Backlinks
bar 0.00% (0/80)
5.
Age
bar 1.25% (1/80)
6.
Brandability
bar 11.25% (9/80)
7.
Resell value
bar 12.50% (10/80)

Q. Which of these domains in the TRAFFIC Silent Auction hosted on the Above.com Marketplace will most likely end up with the highest sale price?
Total Votes: 61
1.
3dCopying.com
bar 29.51% (18/61)
2.
BeachLots.com
bar 8.20% (5/61)
3.
BulkAdvertising.com
bar 9.84% (6/61)
4.
JointVenture.net
bar 9.84% (6/61)
5.
Menswatch.com
bar 18.03% (11/61)
6.
Tablets.co
bar 24.59% (15/61)