LLLL.net – Just Say No

December 8, 2007 · Print This Article

After the buyout of all LLLL.com domains, the latest hype in the domain world is LLLL.net domains (domains with four letters dot net). Buy them up now at reg fee, it is said, and once they’re all bought up, there’s nowhere the values can go but up! They’re going fast – get in on the action today!

If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn you may be interested in. LLLL.net investments are simply going to flop. There is just no enduser demand for domains as weak as QXZY.net. The term QXZY is too weak a term even as a dot com; in the .net it is going nowhere.

The LLLL.com buyout has produced some winners, but even there I’m skeptical about the long term viability of this market. I think that prices in that market will hold as long as the domain market as a whole continues to do as well as it has been doing the last couple of years. However, if there is a downturn in the market, which is a distinct possibility in the next year, a lot of newbie domainers who bought into the hype are going to end up getting burned.

The name of the game is domains that have value to endusers – names that could be developed into a profitable website. Invest in domain names that mean something, not speculative domains that depend on a frothy domain market.

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13 Responses to “LLLL.net – Just Say No”

  1. Domaining on December 8th, 2007 4:07 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    I hate to disagree.

    I believe that there will be a market for LLLL.net domains. However, they are certainly a long term investment.


  2. admin on December 8th, 2007 8:55 pm

    Hi Ray – Good to hear your opinion. Nothing wrong with a long-term investment. But why do you think that there will be a market for LLLL.net’s?

  3. 2w on December 9th, 2007 6:03 am

    >> Hi Jeff, I hate to disagree.
    n’either [neither] do i ,
    but ,
    i’d prefer .net 2[to] .mobi ,
    because : :::::
    at least ,
    ““`net”””” ‘s the natural word , but ,
    ““`mobi”””” ………
    ““`.net”””” ‘s[has] a much longer established history ,
    over 10 years , almost since the beginning of ‘the net ,
    but ,
    ““`.mobi”””” ………
    n’o[no] ,
    n’o[no] , i’m not2promote .net ,
    in our own portfolio , there’s even n’o[no] space 4[for]
    .net or any extension other than .com ,
    v’r soho[small-office-home-office] , so ,
    v must discern out any potential hype
    >>>> Nothing wrong
    >>>> with a long-term investment.
    >>>> But why do you think that
    >>>> there will be a market for LLLL.net’s?
    Nothing wrong with a long-terms investment ,
    but ,
    d’u think there b[be] a long-terms market 4[for] .mobi

  4. 2w on December 9th, 2007 6:09 am

    >>>> I echo the comments made by Ms Domainer
    >>>> on the average person’s “Huh?” factor re: dot mobi.
    >>>> none of them had even heard of mobi.
    >>>> They thought I was asking about the singer Moby.

  5. 2w on December 9th, 2007 6:11 am

    >>>> Nothing wrong >>>> with a long-term investment. >>>> But why do you think that >>>> there will be a market for LLLL.net’s? __________________ my own take : ::::: Nothing wrong with a long-terms investment , but , d’u think there b[be] a long-terms market 4[for] .mobi ??

  6. Domaining on December 9th, 2007 5:48 pm

    The reason why I think there will be a market for them is that they are short and memorable, (mostly). The .net extension is a disadvantage, of course. However, there will be a segment of the market willing to live with that problem if the price of the domain is right for them. The thing to remember is generally the domain name industry is at the earliest stages of its development. This is just the start and there was a time when people thought 3 letter .com s with ‘bad’ letters were not worth buying!

  7. admin on December 9th, 2007 10:21 pm

    @2w – thanks for your comments. I prefer .net to .mobi as well. I’ve written my thoughts about .mobi here:

  8. admin on December 9th, 2007 10:26 pm

    Hi Ray – short memorable names are good, no doubt. I think the price of four letter .com’s is still low enough that companies will pay for them. Or else, they’d choose a 5 or 6 (etc) letter .com over a .net. (This doesn’t necessarily apply to premium .net’s – I’m just talking about the average 4 letter .net).

    You’re right about the 3 letter .com’s. I suppose that’s why I’m cautiously optimistic about 4 letter .com’s. But just because .net is a weaker extension, I think that the name must be that much stronger for it to have value.

    Thanks so much for your comments and insight – I greatly appreciate it.

  9. Rob Sequin on December 10th, 2007 10:13 pm

    Why .net? Why not .info or .us or .biz. All have pretty much the same exponential drop off in traffic and value from the .com.

    Buy quality not quantity. Spend the same budget on good target domains and pay A LOT less in renewal fees each year AND people will make you offers.

  10. Sammy Ashouri on December 16th, 2007 2:36 am

    Eh. About staying away from LLLL.net, I can’t if the quality is there. If I can get them for $6 and I find something that actually means something, I’d rather buy that and develop it into a small site instead of sitting on a LLLL.com that doesn’t mean much. As for the value in the future, I feel if it’s good enough, it will go up. I too agree that people shouldn’t go reg’in gone wild and register random LLLL.net. If it’s worth it, go for it.

    Some example LLLL net I picked up:


    Stuff like that is what I buy occasionally.

    Great post!

  11. admin on December 16th, 2007 11:19 am

    Thanks Sammy!

  12. student accommodation on April 24th, 2008 5:02 am

    Complete waste of money and they will NOT take off, don’t waste your time.

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