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Joseph Peterson reviews the past week’s expired domain sales.
Pretty soon, not speaking Chinese will disqualify me from reporting on the domain market altogether! So many of the big-ticket domain sales look eastward — numerical domains, LL through LLLL, and Chinese Pinyin. China dominated NameJet charts in September, and China tops the list of last week’s GoDaddy expired auctions as well with ChaoZhi.com ($26k). One possible meaning of “Chāo Zhī”, believe it or not, is “overspend”. But it’s also a personal name. Honestly, with Chinese I’ll never get my bearings until I buckle down and teach myself Mandarin. Perhaps some native speaker out there can point me in the right direction on this one … or 66Yun.cc ($10.6k). Click to continue reading…
Joseph Peterson reviews notable domain name sales at NameJet last month.
During September, NameJet closed 80 domain sales at or above $2,000 – down slightly from August’s spike of 95 but consistent with May (76), June (69), and July (82).
Continuing my experiment from last month’s article, I’ll be using a “compare & contrast” format to pair off domains according to price. Just maybe, that will shed some light on market value, branding or investment strategy. But mainly it’s an excuse to cram more domains into the discussion! Click to continue reading…
In a world of iPods and iPads, why iWealth.com is worth money requires little explanation. Bidding for that expired domain came in just shy of $12k last week at NameJet — with retirement planning and personal investing being its most obvious applications.
I’m less persuaded that TranscendUSA.com was good value at $6.5k. Not to knock transcendence, but a “USA” suffix can feel tacked on. Usually it’s the mark of brands looking to cut corners on domain selection — to transcend the “Sorry, [your domain] is not available” message at the registrar by settling for whatever is at hand. Be that as it may, bidders were probably motivated by back links not branding in this case. TranscendUSA.com sold flash memory devices in years gone by. Click here to see the expired domain name sales
Joseph Peterson provides a round up of expired domain sales from the past week.
GoDaddy’s $17.8k sale of MedTravel.com hearkens back to the $7.1k sale of MedicalTravel.com at NameJet, which I reported in June. It’s tempting to conclude that trimming 2 syllables more than doubled the market value, but the prices could as easily have been reversed. MedTravel.com does feel more like a brand name, as opposed to a generic category. What we can infer is that medical travel is a lucrative niche. Lightning doesn’t strike twice. Click here to see expired domain sales from the past week
In Persian mythology, the Huma (هما) is a Phoenix-like bird — part male, part female — that lives “its entire life flying invisibly high above the earth, and never alighting on the ground”. Its shadow falling on one’s head would foretell kingship. This meaning probably did not inspire the $11.5k sale of HUMA.com at NameJet last week. That domain could be some sort of acronym or even stand for Hillary Clinton’s personal aide. There’s also a “chia energy gel” called Hüma — yes, with Mötley-Crüe-like faux umlaut.
DormRoom.com ($12.5k) conveys “college student” as few brand names can. Granted, students have no trouble finding actual dorm rooms on campus; so this domain will probably be used to brand some form of entertainment site — with college students either the audience (e.g. humor) or the attraction (i.e. porn). Both ColoradoProperties.com ($4.1k) and StormShelters.com ($7k) pertain to lucrative Midwestern real estate. Storm shelters are a life-and-death matter for anyone in tornado-prone areas. Click to see hundreds of expired domain sales from the past week