Evaluating Different Kinds of LLLL.IN Names — Part-4

This is the concluding post in the series about “Evaluating Different Kinds of LLLL.IN Name”. The previous parts can be found here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

CHIPs are a new category but have captured the imagination of domainers across the world. In the spirit, .IN are no different. Almost all the chips are registered, and as of the scan done a few weeks back just about 0.25% were available to hand register. Repeating numbers are all well and truly taken and have been for some time with a rare drop here and there. Western premiums which were the “Gold Standard” before the advent of CHIPs, and surprisingly for an English speaking populace, still have about ~37% unregistered names. Finally as for Indian Premiums, there are about 47% of these class of names available to register.

The total number of different “CHIPS”: Doing the maths, we get 20 X 20 X 20 X 20 (160K) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different “Repeating Letters”:  Doing the maths, we get 26 combinations only. These can be found here.

The total number of different “Western Premiums”:  Doing the maths, we get 17 X 17 x 17 X 17 (83,521) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different “Indian Premiums”:  Doing the maths, we get 19 X 19 x 19 X 19 (130,321) combinations. These can be found here.

As noted above, and in the previous posts in the series, the rarest combination is the “Repeating Letters”. We can get fancy, and observe that there are only 20 names that are both CHIP and Repeating Letters, and possibly the rarest combination could be an LLLL.IN name that is repeating, CHIP and Western Premium. There are just 13 of them.

Below is my attempt to plot a Venn diagram for the above:

Venn Diagram for CHIPs, Western Premium, Indian Premium and repeating letter types of LLLL.INs

Evaluating Different Kinds of LLLL.IN Names — Part-3

In this third part, let us look at AAAB, ABBB, ABBA, and AABB patterns. The prior parts, part 1 can be found here, part 2 can be found here.

All the patterns mentioned above except ABBA are all registered as of scan done 15-20 days back. It might also be possible that even all ABBA are registered. As noted previously, the taken pattern follow the prices commanded by LLLL.COMs and hence these are eagerly picked up. The thing about ABBA names is that if the A is a consonant and B turns out to be a vowel, then the name can be easily pronounceable. Examples of these names are BAAB.in, MOOM.in, PEEP.in, etc.

The total number of different AAAB.in patterns: Doing the math we get 26 X 25 (650) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different ABBB.in patterns: Doing the maths we get 26 X 25 (650) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different AABB.in patterns: Doing the maths we get 26 X 25 (650) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different ABBA.in patterns: Doing the maths we get 26 X 25 (650) combinations. These can be found here.

Unfortunately, the above patterns can be either fall into only one of the buckets only. So, what that means is that if a name is AAAB, it cannot be any of ABBB, AABB or ABBA. This leads to a rather bland Venn diagram which I will not even bother posting.

Suresh Raghavan Interviews Me

In the third series of interviews, Suresh Raghavan (Founder of NicheJobs.COM), interviews me. It was a pleasure talking with Suresh and glad to share my experiences related to .in domains.  Without further delay, here is the summary of the talk:

  • I introduce myself to the viewers and how I got into domaining.
  • I talk about my website domainmarket.in and the two sections with it.
  • Discuss  about my portfolio & what domains I tend to register.
  • Some facts about LLL.IN and LLLL.IN and the rise of LLLL.IN .
  • Summary of Make In India and Digital India.
  • Pricing strategies and negotiating.
  • Evaluating if sales can be publicize.
  • Development plans for bikes.in and the developed domain bob.in .
  • What registry changes can increase the scope of.in .
  • Future of .in domains.
  • Suresh ends with advice to newbies looking to get into .in domains.

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Sample Size and Sampling

Another off-beat post and the reason I bring this post up is to show that a small sample size is sufficient for most needs. You might have heard during elections that there are tons of opinion polls about the election result. Also, notice that every poll has small print at the bottom giving the margin of error. Usually it is between 3-5%. So how do they arrive at this number?

It is simply the power of sampling, and by just taking a survey of around 1,000-2,000 people, a margin of error of ~3% can be reached. Without kicking around the bush, the general way to calculate margin of error in sampling is by this formula:


 E \equiv \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}

The above is NOT an exact formula for margin of error but an approximate one. In the above formula, n is the sample size and if we plug in 1000 for n, we get around 3.16% . Basically, I’m trying to explain that as n being just 1,000 , would not give a large margin of error.

Of course, opinion polls cannot always predict the outcome of an election because of several factors (even if you account for margin of error):

  • Selection bias: Usually folks being surveyed may be of the same demographics and hence not representative of the whole population.
  • Lying on the survey: People lie on the polls.
  • Do not vote: Some do not vote on election day.
  • Change mind: Some will change their mind on election day.
  • Method of sampling: There are many ways to sample, and each method has its own set of pros and cons. You can check the Wikipedia page for more details.

So, how is this related to domains or .in domains in general? Well, it all boils down to the number of reported .IN sales over the years, as you are aware, fewer sales are made public and thus difficult to gauge the trend of value of the domain. If you look at the sales page I maintain here; there are about 1,000 sales in there. This might seem small at first compared to .COM and others ccTLDs, but these are good enough sample size to gauge a pattern/approximate value.

Suresh Interviews Paul Singh (Indy)

In the second interview, Suresh interviews Paul Singh, fondly know as Indy to friends. Indy needs no introduction; he is the person behind price.com and proud owner of several keywords .in  and probably the undisputed king of keywords .in domains.

Here is the summary of the interview:

  • Indy introduces himself & gives a glimpse of his enterprising mind when he tried to create an online food ordering system in the late 90s (Way ahead of the times !!)
  • A bit about Indy got into domaining with a yuuge sale
  • Indy talks about price.com
  • How & why Indy moved to .ins in 2007
  • What strategy Indy follows for pricing
  • Indy speaks about the Gaadi.in INDRP
  • Finally Indy’s prediction for .in domains in the coming years.
  • Suresh gives us an example of how prime location in virtual world is as important as the physical world.

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