Chinese container shipping — which is to say global freight — must account for last week’s $22.6k sale of QianWan.com. The Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal Co., Ltd. manages one of the world’s busiest ports.
Namejet’s top expired auction, on the other hand, isn’t so easy to I.D.: IDAI.com for $31.5k. Is it Irish? Then it’s “The Interior Design Academy of Ireland”, offering diplomas by correspondence. Is it Japanese? Then it’s a railway station. Is it Spanish? Then it’s “Investigaciones y Desarrollos Agrícolas Innovadores”, a maker of agricultural products currently using IDAINature.com. Is it Indonesian? Then it’s “Ikatan Dokter Anak Indonesia”, a national pediatric society. Is it French? Then it’s “l’Institut de Droit des Affaires Internationales”, devoted to international Business Law. Of these, I’d wager on agribusiness. Yet the domain remains screened by privacy; and it may be developed in a completely different direction such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Asuka.com ($2.5k) matches various Japanese restaurants, all of which are outranked in Google SERPs by an anime character of the same name. iKind.com (1.3k) may be neither the milk of human kindness nor for German children. There’s a South African video, photo, and design company called Ikind Media. PalauGov.net was, until this year, a website about — you guessed it — the government of Palau. Those back links appear to be worth at least $3.5k. With all the .PW promotions domainers have seen for the “professional web”, it’s peculiar to find that a Palau government site was built, not on its own ccTLD, but on .NET!
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Sitios.org means “sites” in Spanish. I’d consider $233 a steal. Ditto Robbery.net ($69), VehicleLoans.org ($69), Founders.net ($460), Succeed.org ($565), and NashvilleProperty.com ($787) all look very promising.
CatGifts.com ($1360) ought to be easy to monetize, since anything a cat might ask Santa for ought to be small enough to ship by sleigh or cardboard box. That translates to online ordering convenience and less time spent away from kitty. As for why anybody would want to reward such creatures, that continues to baffle me — dog lover that I am … and allergic to those wicked witches’ familiars.
Pets did well for themselves at GoDaddy also. NetPets.org reached $7.9k; yet the singular, NetPet.org, sold for a mere $218. Go figure! Personally it’s a pet peeve of mine to see .ORG domains with “Net” in the name or the like, since the results appear mismatched and possibly confusing. But my distaste won’t stop others from registering such domains as NetPets.org, AppsOrg.com ($125), or Infra-com.com ($80).
Synta.com ($5.1k) looks like Synta Pharmaceuticals, which operates out of SyntaPharma.com at the moment. TOS-DR.info would be ugly even as a .COM; so I was surprised to see it fetch $2.5k. Believe it or not, this is meant to mean “Terms of Service — Didn’t Read”. In 2012 a website popped up with the following mission statement: “We are a user rights initiative to rate and label website terms & privacy policies, from very good (Class A) to very bad (Class E).” Who knows how far they got before abandoning the domain? Maybe they would have been more successful if they’d picked a better option than tos-dr.info. As it is, they appear to have modeled their brand name on the same obfuscatory style as the legalese it was their stated aim to combat. A “doctor” pun is no excuse for an unspeakable hyphenated .INFO.
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Given that the average rental cost in Manhattan is around $4,000 per month, RealEstateManhattan.com was a bargain at $1.6k. In a similar vein, NYCLiving.com went for $825. The biggest sale in the chart above is, of course, ManhattanOffice.com at $9.3k. We’ve also got StorageManhattan.com ($496) and ApartmentsManhattan.com ($449). Meanwhile, a small town in NY State led to $155 being spent on CohoctonNY.com. But perhaps most intriguing, due to the upcoming launch of .NYC, was CriminalLawyersNYC.com — very affordable at $250.
SaigonCity.com ($227) was the largest city in Vietnam. It still is, but it’s now Ho Chi Minh City; and I’ve only ever heard “Saigon” without the “city” attached. How many of you have run into “friv” games before? Apparently, that’s what 250Friv.com ($990) and many other websites are about. There’s even a Friv.today.
For whatever reason, 2 gubernatorial election races and one sheriff are in the chart above: Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi. Grassroots campaigns lead to links, and political parties are foolish to waste election domains that have accrued SEO value. But, of course, political parties are foolish. No need to count the ways.
The100.com ($510) is the name of a post-apocalyptic TV series from 2013-14 that I’d never heard of till now. TodoRSS.com ($261) would be “Everything RSS” feeds. Another Spanish domain with a loan word in it, WallStreet-Inversiones.com (“investments”), claimed to $217 even with the hyphen. Pedallas.com (“pedals”) went for $245. Yet another Spanish domain sale is PeliculasGG.com ($116), which is the long form of an existing movie site, PelisGG.com.
Buried in the chart above is AppRater.com ($105), obviously meant for reviews / ratings. Although “rater” seems an odd word, it is nevertheless intuitive enough to be effective. AppsGames.com ($760) is a reminder that many of these domain auctions are overturned by renewal. From what I can see, the original registrant has kept the domain; so there was no $760 sale. Generally, I don’t report on non-sales; but they do occur regularly.
I’m a big fan of the name Choclicious.com, which cost only $105. Another strong buy was OutsourcedIT.com ($338); and PatientPal.com ($156) is a decent option for some medical application. CompareCaffeine.com ($332) can fill a nutrition niche that indeed does matter to many people. When I saw PrematurelyYours.com ($125), I wondered if it might apply to premature infants; and it does. CoinCon.com ($811) is probably the very best brand name out of all the “con” = “conference” specimens, simply due to the similarity of “Coin” and “Con”. If there is room for another numismatics show, coin collectors ought to flock to CoinCon.