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  • Patent granted for automated web site valuation method

    1. BY - Jul 03, 2012
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    Patent describes system for generating automated appraisals of web sites.

    There are a lot of automated web site valuation and appraisal tools out there. Now the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent covering a method of automatically valuing a web site.

    U.S. Patent 8,214,272 (pdf), issued today, covers “Web Site Valuation”. The patent’s abstract reads:

    According to the invention, a method for automatically determining an appraisal value of a web site is disclosed. The method may include obtaining machine observable information from the web site and determining a machine observable characteristic of the web site based at least in part on the machine observable information from the web site. The method may also include storing at least one of the machine observable information from the web site, and the machine observable characteristic of the web site. The method may further include determining the appraisal value of the web site based at least in part on at least one of the machine observable information from the web site, and the machine observable characteristic of the web site.

    Let’s make that simpler: plug in a web site name, a system runs stats on it (e.g. traffic, domain name value, etc.), and spits out a value.

    The patent is assigned to Rafael Sosa, who maintains this blog.

    Brian Scott Glassman is also listed as an inventor. According to this page, the patent came about for work on WebsiteWorth.com. But it looks like that never took off; the domain just leads to a dead blog.

    The patent was filed in 2006.

4 Comments
  • Shucks, I was waiting for that to launch :(

  • Ms Domainer says:

    July 4, 2012 at 12:38 am

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    DomainWorth.com (not mine) does a good job of looking at several domain name metrics.

    It loads a bit slowly, but, still, I have bookmarked and use it quite often.

    It does have a few glitches; it values one of my hyphenated domains at $71,000, but I’m sure that the webmaster will eventually work out those kinds of kinks.

    But most of the values seem dead on. Still, it’s an automated system and should only be used as a rough very guide as to domain value.

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  • So what does this mean for existing website valuators like estibot and domainworth?

  • Thank you for the story.

    Product will be developed. You may sign up for updates at websiteworth.com

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