Hi there and welcome to ccTLDInvesting.com 👋 My name is Morgan Linton and for the last thirteen years I've been blogging daily about domain names on MorganLinton.com, great domain right? This is what I look like in cartoon form:
So why am I starting another blog about domain names if I already blog about domains every day on MorganLinton.com. Well the simple answer is, ccTLDs have changed my life in many ways.
My journey with ccTLDs started back in 2007 when I started buying .US domain names. At that time I had only read a few blog posts about domain name investing and I was convinced I had hit the jackpot. At that time .US wasn't on anyone's radar and I assumed that I had stumbled on a goldmine, all these amazing (in my mind) .US domain names were available to hand register, and I went nuts.
The first thing I did after spending a small fortune (for me at the time) on .US domains was to list them for sale on Sedo and Afternic. Then, excited as ever, I waited for the sales to start rolling. A few months later I started to panic, zero sales, in fact, not a single offer.
I learned the hard way that domain investing wasn't easy, and I had to admit, I had no idea what I was doing. At that point I realized I needed to take a step back and learn. The turning point for me was the TRAFFIC Conference in 2010 where I had the chance to meet some of my domain name heroes, people like Rick Schwartz, Michael Berkens, Michael and David Castello and many more.
Fast forward a few years later and I had dropped all my garbage names and I was buying expired domains and bidding in domain auctions with people who have become lifelong friends.
While I moved from .US to .COM, I always had ccTLDs in the back of my mind. I felt like ccTLDs offered opportunities for new investors like me. Fast forward to 2015 and my first foray into .IO domain names. When I started buying .IO people thought I was crazy, who the heck would want those names?
Today .IO is one of the top three best-selling ccTLDs on the planet. Startups have raised hundreds of millions while branding on .IO domain names and domain investors regularly spend $5,000 - $10,000 wholesale to buy these domains.
Since 2007 I've been lucky enough to have the chance to get in early with some ccTLDs that really took off. That has forever changed my life and just about every month it continues to change my life. While .COM is still my focus, ccTLDs are becoming a bigger and bigger part of my life.
Which brings me to this blog. I hand registered ccTLDInvestors.com back in July of 2010. Now, ten and a half years later, the time has come. I love ccTLDs, love writing about them, and am ready to start building a real community around other investors that share a passion for the opportunity that ccTLD investors offer.
On top of all of this, there's a key piece of the ccTLD puzzle that I have yet to unlock. My biggest passion in life is travel and while I've invested in ccTLDs like .IO that are used like gTLDs, I haven't put much time into investing into ccTLDs that are focused on the country they represent. I think that's one of the next big opportunities for me and many others, and that's another area of ccTLDs I really look forward to exploring on this blog.
So whether you've been reading MorganLinton.com for years or if you're discovering domain names or ccTLDs for the first time, let me say - welcome, and get ready for an adventure 🚀
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