It's official - the train has left the station, .IO has become the go-to domain name extension for the crypto and NFT world and the sales aren't slowing down. This week .IO swept the ccTLD sales charts accounting for 60% of the top sales. In fact, four out of the top five ccTLD sales this week were .IO.
Rewind a few years ago and the top ten ccTLD sales would be dominated by .DE and .CO.UK but these previous superstars have been supplanted by a new kid in town.
Taking the top spot this week was Avatar.io which sold for $89,999 and not close behind was Ruby.io which went for $88,000. .DE and .CO.UK did make a guest appearance in the top ten list with ESN.CO.UK selling for $28,200 and GE.DE going for $21,780.
I was actually surprised to see a two character .DE go for around $20k, it feels like this should have sold for more. Also in the top ten list is another ccTLD that has been picking up the pace this year, .VC with Scout.vc selling for $18,150.
Overall, looking at this list, it's clear the floor for one-word .IO domains keep rising and pricing solid one-word names in the $25k - $75k range is fair game today.
Just for the heck of it I decided to take a look at .IO sales from 2019 (compliments of NameBio) to compare and it certainly shows how prices on these names has changed. Here's a good example - in December of 2019, Credit.io sold for $9,000. I don't think any of us would flinch if it went for $90,000 today or even broke into the six-figure range.
I think it's safe to say .IO is here to stay and the prices are clearly only going up.
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