(Ping! Zine Issue 45) – Have you ever wondered how much a domain name is worth? Well, an economist from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, has come up with an idea that could possibly reshape how the hosting industry looks at domains as an investment. Based on estimation techniques from real estate finance (yes, domains are “virtual land”), he crunches data from more than 200,000 real transactions. The outcome is a reliable price index for domain names dubbed IDNX that presents current and historical price trends in the domain market.
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