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Deck the halls! Carol.com, which GoDaddy sold for $20.8k this past week, may be one of the best brand names for the Christmas season. Either that or some woman named Carol ought to be immensely flattered! Another dictionary-word .COM, Pranksters.com reached $7.1k. It’s not hard to imagine a “Pranksters” show based on the premise of pulling pranks proving pretty popular. Plenty have.
That clip I just linked to is also something of a comment on the price paid for Mambo-Foundation.org: $8.2k. That’s a bit baffling. Now, I say “paid”; but here I only report on bidding — not consummated sales, which cannot be verified until 7 days have elapsed. (For GoDaddy expired auctions, that is.)
Speaking of the future … Why get bogged down in retirement planning when — by thinking a bit farther ahead — you can forecast whether you’ll be reincarnated as a cockroach or a king? Perhaps soon enough, MyKarma.com ($1.2k) will allow us to check our cosmic moral status in the same way in which we currently monitor our credit scores or compulsively tally up our Facebook friends. …Click here to read more of this week’s Expired Domain Report!
“Water, water, every where,Nor any drop to drink.”
That would be Coleridge — his ill fated sailor thirstily contemplating the vast seawater. But I doubt “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was the Rime.com that just sold at GoDaddy Auctions for $12.8k. Aside from that archaic spelling of “rhyme”, we have “rime” as the hoarfrost that forms from a fog in winter. Nope. Not it either. My bet is on the Play Station game, Rime — whose trailer is oddly reminiscent of Coleridge’s poem with its sea scape, gulls, curse, and isolation. I’d go beyond that and wager that this shared mythos — far from being a coincidence — probably inspired the game’s name. Mythos.com sold for $8.4k, by the way. Oh, yeah … Another maritime masterpiece (by Herman Melville) sold a domain last week: MobyDicks.com ($510) will probably go to a seafood restaurant somewhere.
Speaking of thirst, Middle Eastern deserts had an exceptional showing in last week’s expired auctions — and all of them .INFOs. Highest of these sales stands the home of the world’s tallest building, Dubai.info ($7.1k). Accompanying that modern tourist destination were 2 more ancient: Pyramids.info ($86) and Sahara.info ($280).
Other .INFOs did well too. For starters, Brasilia.info ($570), the 4th largest city in Brazil with a population of 2.5 million. But then we have a string of non-geo domains: Remodel.info ($294), Runners.info ($166), Mushrooms.info ($136), and AssistedLiving.info ($65). Those are all strong keywords, and .INFO (which already sells regularly on the aftermarket) seems to me more promising than most new TLDs being introduced this year.
Inventor.org ($2.95k) and InvestmentBrokers.com ($3.5k) are no surprise. .ORG is perfect for the first one. I’m taken off guard, however, by a $1.9k sale of GoCanada.org. After all, Canadians would prefer .CA and .COM to .ORG, one would think. As for Suo.cc at $5.5k? Haven’t got a clue! If I read this as Italian, then it means “His / Her / Its Direct Current”. (DC = CC, “corrente continua”.) That Italian explanation is beyond far-fetched, especially when .CC is only really loved in China and the registrant’s in Vancouver. $5.5k is quite high for .CC. So your guess is as good as mine.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ Rime.com 12811 Mythos.com 8400 Dubai.info 7100 Suo.cc 5050 InvestmentBrokers.com 3561 Inventor.org 2950 WholesaleKitchen.com 2509 GoCanada.org 1925 Yaske.com 1802 Avnoma.com 1691 SERCOnline.org 1466 Mocking.com 1302 AppLife.com 1259 NextMontreal.com 1225 1777.net 1071 SafeComputingTips.com 1045 MyOpenBar.com 1025 SEOList.com 1025 Clashe.com 1008 EffectiveMedia.com 999 PerfectCut.com 996 ApplyWise.com 912 NamePhoneLookup.com 891 TheLoop21.com 885 CameraStrap.com 809 PHPFusionMods.com 771 CodeJoomla.com 760 DiskDrives.com 723 APleno.com 710 MagicSlimBlues.com 710 IAMG.com 701 LoanToday888.com 625 AWorldOfPossibilities.com 610 Dans-Arcade.com 601 Brasilia.info 570 JosephDana.com 567 Quilao.com 531 Dedicame.com 511 AgriCart.com 511 MobyDicks.com 510 GoToWorld.net 510 MilkweedFarm.com 505 Yemis.com 500 FixieBikes.com 475 Chatmola.com 444 TheLastMinuteBlog.com 442 VirginiaBusiness.org 410 StayInNaples.net 410 EscapesWithYou.com 405 SafeSpeedsGeorgia.org 405 HelpingPsychology.com 405 MMORPGRealm.com 405 AureaSF.com 401 StoryLine.net 397 Business-Networking.com 390 FluPortal.org 385 NewRock1019.com 375 WholeBodyVibration
365 TsunamiBomb.com 355 ParisShortStay.com 355 Top100Reviews.com 355 RobertOliver.com 355 LettersInsideOut.net 355 Q8X.com 350 SZMZ.com 339 MuslimBridalShop.com 337 DragonRide.com 330 EmigrateTo
326 PureGreenLiving.com 325 GetAPodcast.com 320 CarolinePlanCode.org 315 MessagingTalk.org 315 ElmsInn.com 310 BluegrassDay
305 MasteringBridge.com 305 SecurityAndMore.com 305 AWorldOfPossibilities.org 305 BigKoreanTV.com 305 TrackPackPA.com 305 HotCaptcha.com 305 StayInZurich.com 305 Alabasa.com 301 GMRoper.com 300 Remodel.info 294 PositiveLove.com 290 ThePaperBoy-
286 DCScripts.com 285 ECHR.org 284 BrownstownHouse.com 281 DatePeople.com 280 TweetBeat.com 280 Kullanici-Eeneyimi.com 280 Sahara.info 280 InstaCollage.com 277 Bad420.com 268 ElemNation.org 265 1st-London-Hotels.com 265 StayInGeneva.com 265 ARHS.net 265 OntarioClassic
260 0071.net 258 SocialCouture.com 255 AutoSymphony.com 255 HoganBooks.com 255 TimoteoCarpita.com 255 Mambo-Code.org 245 HaystackNetwork.com 244 ElderlyTech.com 240 Qwote.com 235 UmbrellasOf
235 StageForLearning.com 230 NYBlade.com 230 SocialRevup.com 225 VisualApproach.com 223 Goovite.com 215 WhiskeyDurham.com 215 FilesClub.com 211 DianaVreeland-Film.com 210 LyricsTrax.com 206 Braithwaite-Lee.com 205 BuzzineFilm.com 205 Fantasy-Goddess-
205 WebPartsStore.com 205 ShopLungUSA.org 205 MassBayFilmProject.org 205 Trailer1.com 205 ArtLawTeam.com 205 IntelligenceRealm.com 204 WorldTravelDirectory.biz 200 GamesTalks.com 195 Alz-RochesterNY.org 190 TweenInk.com 185 Delphi3000.com 180 MoneySweepstakes.com 178 PeaceTech.net 176 ConcussionMovie.com 175 AdaptiveTech.net 175 ALRF.com 172 VirtuosityOne.com 170 ClubEstrella.com 170 BethIsraelMalden.com 170 Runners.info 166 FreshMonkey.com 165 SkyDelight.com 165 MaineDep.com 165 Desordre.biz 164 PrivateStage.tv 155 86596.com 152 CannabisTravel.com 150 CaffeineMarketing.com 150 HumanInvestment.com 150 TheShemaleTube.com 142 GifIt.com 141 Mushrooms.info 136 BeowulfAlley.com 135 Zangan.com 128 Up440.com 125 DallasNorth
122 10290.com 121 StayInBonn.com 115 AfricanHolidaySafaris.com 111 KingCorn.com 108 Postalz.com 106 Xpree.com 106 ShoreLineFloridaKeys
106 Groovideo.com 105 Wet.cc 105 AskGayMen.com 101 PeaceAir.net 101 VHIX.com 94 Buykinis.com 93 Pyramids.info 86 AssistedLiving.info 65 Waybo.com 62 22421.com 60 94091.com 46 40497.com 46 10Facts.com 45 DriveThroughDesigns.com 35 14829.com 35
Remember disk drives? Well, the .COM for that outdated computer technology just sold for $723. Frankly, I think that was a decent buy. Although domainers mainly chase future trends, older technology becomes more expensive the rarer equipment and technicians become. DiskDrives.com will have its day again! E-commerce product domains aren’t dead. CameraStrap.com claimed $809.
Spanish domains did fairly well. APleno.com ($710) means “to the full” and has various end users to sell to. Dedicame.com ($510) is about declarations of romantic love, and there are a few developed active sites based around that concept and phrase, including Dedicame.biz and DedicameVIP.com. Other lower-valued Spanish domain sales (e.g. ClubEstrella.com y Retronimo.com) are scattered in the charts.
Some domain sales clump together. For instance, AWorldOfPossibilities.com ($610) + .org ($305). Likewise, this quartet of European cities: StayInNaples.net ($410), StayInZurich.com ($305), StayInGeneva.com ($265), StayInBonn.com ($115). Bizarrely, the highest of those was a .NET, while the other 3 were .COM. I suppose we can add to that list ParisShortStay.com ($355).
One clear argument in favor of some new TLDs is the ongoing pattern of awkward domain choices for movie releases. Every time I see an encumbering suffix like “-film” or “-movie” or “theMovie”, I must admit there’s room for an nTLD to step in and clean up. All the same, domains like DianaVreeland-Film.com ($210) and ThePaperBoy-Movie.com ($280) won’t simply go away. Thanks to all the back-links they accrued during promotional lead-ups to the films’ debuts, such domains retain SEO value, I guess. Names of the form ConcussionMovie.com ($175) or, better yet, KingCorn.com ($108) (without any suffix) are preferable. But movie distributors clearly understand neither domains nor SEO. Otherwise, they wouldn’t continually be letting go of domains about their back catalogue!
Waybo.com ($62) slipped right past most of the would-be cybersquatters and went astonishingly cheaply, considering the Chinese website Weibo.com is ranked #16 globally and #5 in China, according to Alexa. CannabisTravel.com was also undervalued at $150. In the grand scheme of things, marijuana-focused travel is just a transitional phase. But right now, while recreational cannabis is legal in some U.S. states and illegal in others, people definitely do plan trips around getting high; and companies exist to help them. Meanwhile, a completely different motivation for travel shows up in another good buy: EmigrateToAustralia.com ($326).
What else? 5-digit numerical domains continue selling but were down last week at GoDaddy. I counted 6 … and all between $35 and $152. VHIX.com ($94) may be short for “vehicles”. ShoreLineFloridaKeysRealEstate.com ($106) stretches a proud 30 letters long, whereas GifIt.com ($141) makes a short, ultra-catchy brand name for gif videos. UmbrellasOfCherbourg.com ($235) is a hauntingly beautiful French musical (and film) by Michel Legrand – going by its English title in keeping with performance practice. Kullanici-Eeneyimi.com anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Yes, you guessed it. That $280 domain is Turkish for UX (user experience) design.
AskGayMen.com sold at the appropriately introductory price of $101. Buykinis.com ($93) is obviously about women’s swim wear. Less obviously, the .CO.UK is already in use. If neither of those is your image of PositiveLove.com ($290), there’s always TheShemaleTube.com ($142). But regardless of your sexual preferences, DatePeople.com ($280) might prove a handy reminder if you find yourself infatuated with pets , pizzas, or furniture.
Now for NameJet! LiveSpace.com passed $11.1k last week. Other expired auctions included 2 domains of social importance: JustLaw.com ($3.1k) and PalestineHistory.com ($360). CasinoTours.com ($2.7k) seems like a money maker to me. Unfortunately, the typo AffiliateProgams.com ($1.3k) will have to be written off as somebody’s loss.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ LiveSpace.com 11121 CapitalTrading.com 3300 JustLaw.com 3101 CasinoTours.com 2700 ImageGallery.com 2505 EnterWeb.org 1901 Ultramed.com 1644 BookWare.com 1500 BIATX.org 1410 BigJohns.com 1401 AffiliateProgams.com [sic] 1280 SLE.net 860 OutNorth.org 841 BlendedLibrarian.org 807 CSCMail.net 761 RollWithIt.com 759 Malva.com 711 EVR.net 670 SHHB.com 666 TuxGames.com 650 OpenSports.com 620 SkiHoo.com 565 TheLockeInstitute.org 501 Bumpa.com 450 HamFish.org 401 NHACD.org 391 Boulevard.net 381 PalestineHistory.com 360 DLCA.com 337 SandwichClub.com 332 DessauSoprin.com 330 GymClassMagazine.com 315 Retronimo.com 310 NetLondon.com 299 FreeSolutions.com 275 Deviations.com 272 Ahava.org 258 AIHR.com 256 Kultuurikatel.org 205 DatingVideos.com 180 CareerAdvice.org 90 JetBorg.com 70
I quite like Bumpa.com ($450) as a version of “Bumper”. It’s got bounce. RollWithIt.com has the opposite — give. Another good brand name, in my view … Boulevard.net ($381) is a strong term for housing, travel, or fashion. As for Deviations.com ($272), it’s simply one of the cheapest good dictionary-word .COMs I’ve seen for awhile. In contrast, 3-letter .NETs did consistently well at NameJet, based on SLE.net ($860) and EVR.net ($670).
NetLondon.com ($299), SandwichClub.com ($332), and ImageGallery.com ($2.5k) afford some useful comparisons with nTLD domains on offer — .LONDON, .CLUB, and .GALLERY. So do GoDaddy’s SafeComputingTips.com ($1k) and FilesClub.com ($211).
This week’s JetBorg.com ($70) hearkens back to last week’s sale of AirBorg.com. DatingVideos.com ($180) seems like an obvious way for dating websites to push video marketing; so I was surprised by the low price. Maybe dating videos seem old fashioned. If you really want to see something antiquated, though, check out EnterWeb.org. This directory website has scarcely been updated since the 1998 version. I don’t mind seeing directory websites superseded, but it is disappointing to see something like TheLockeInstitute.org, which dates back to 1998, displaced by PPC ads. This internet of ours doesn’t last.
I’ll end with a riddle. What do George Bush Senior, acoustic guitars, offline advertising, conventional ovens, traditional Chinese characters, analog recordings, and Coca Cola Classic have in common? Hint: It’s a particular domain found in the charts above.
Along the way to yesterday’s $20k sale of EnRoute.com, GoDaddy expired auctions zigzagged through some desirable addresses and took a few weird detours. Two domains that attracted me personally were the self-explanatory GenerateLeads.com ($8k) and Masker.com ($2.7k), which suits various privacy services and also describes a guest at a masquerade.
Other bidding results appear to be more about the link profiles of past websites than due to the quality of the domain per se. For instance, TheAAHC.org stands for (or stood for) The American Association for History and Computing. XVideoVK.com, meanwhile, was a Vietnamese porn site.
Now, we all know that dog owners love their dogs. Some even train their pets rather than vice versa. And pets imply spending money. But when was the last time you saw a 3-word domain ending in “basics” fetch $8.2k? There must be a dozen substitutes for “basics”, yet this domain beat out the irreplaceable GenerateLeads.com.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ EnRoute.com 20250 WBK.com 12050 DogTrainingBasics.com 8200 GenerateLeads.com 8099 TheAAHC.org 4000 XVideoVK.com 3651 Yipian.com 3201 PayTam.com 3050 Masker.com 2777 JamTube.com 2001 OTTS.com 1325 PKSongFree
1153 LABT.org 1076 WNGD.org 1075 Unigene.com 1040 FirstObserver.com 1026 AxiaCollege.com 1025 ESiteMarketing.com 1025 IMS2011.org 995 RadioEstrella.com 860 FermentedFoods.com 845 Nhanchia.com 812 PokerSleuth.com 801 StandbyRelocs.com 787 Yummo.com 770 34499.com 756 Seref.com 751 HallowFreaks.com 711 MPRG.org 710 DeafClubs.com 690 13853.com 684 IJCNN2013.org 662 HG979.com 656 OnlineClasses
619 RunAtServer.com 600 NWIQLC.org 600 BlogTagstic.com 560 SportsBaseOnline.com 545 MurderBallad.com 510 TheSociological
510 Biotech-Weblog.com 501 VacationResellers.com 489 iMonitorPC.com 481 NYPC.org 480 TerrorFinance.org 477 24321.com 462 RetroGame.mobi 450 FirstSEO.com 440 MakeCashOnline
435 AFRFilmFestival.com 430 RSOnlineDegree.com 425 EfficiencyKansas.com 416 AttentionTrust.org 412 Hinh-Anh.org 407 CareerBuildre.com [sic] 405 Mosam.com 403 HG339.com 402 PaschConsulting.com 400 The-MildRed.com 399 TweetWorks.com 395 GoldAdvisor.com 390 RenewForFreedom.org 380 65H.com 376 16106.com 370 NDRS.com 365 CreditHelpers.com 362 IJCNN2011.org 356 MarvelIndustries.com 355 GlamourMash.com 355 Nanovor.com 350 EdgeCube.com 335 LegrandDenver.com 325 ConsuladoDe
325 FreeSheepFree.org 317 HG278.com 312 MyTimeLines.net 306 IndieGame
305 Health-Diseases.org 305 CUKM.org 300 Tinnhanhvnn.com 297 Verlinks.us 285 Trespass-The-Movie.com 282 TravelInVermont.com 280 VCentenarioPanama
280 NSJT.com 273 RSBP.com 272 BearMail.com 271 CapitalSpiceBlog.com 271 Sanguino.cc 270 BIETemplates.com 266 Progressa.com 260 ClaraHQ.com 260 StandbyRelocations.com 257 ITStartPage.com 255 SamUgliestDog.com 255 LiteRadio.net 255 ImpulserMagazin.com 255 MiceVC.com 255 Ostrog.com 254 1709.net 250 PlayMG.com 249 CanadianFilmMaker.com 246 2567.cc 243 FaceTag.org 238 ForexMansion.com 230 GutterMonkey.com 226 MissingLinkToys.com 226 OpenWares.org 225 IntensityMedia.com 225 JoomlaMO.com 220 VendePortes.com 220 StandbyMotorHomes.com 215 TheProphetBlog.net 215 Case2013.org 206 TopDownloads.net 205 VFVC.net 205 EnglishFailBlog.com 202 TNNAC.org 201 MeeGoo.com 201 MortgageCloser.com 195 MMSeaGames
190 91513.com 188 82660.com 181 ImageID.com 181 JuegosCocina.org 180 27060.com 175 FootTubes.com 175 LetsTalkFitness.com 173 SolarNetwork.org 169 ARHH.com 161 DotCenter.com 160 HallSafe.com 155 Evolucionarios.com 155 TraditionalWitchcraft.net 155 RunningWithThose
154 Xerial.com 149 Coinia.com 135 LancasterRacing.com 130 OpenRoofFilms.com 125 eCigaretteSalesWeb.com 111 MulherAtitude.com 111 CashTalk.org 107 AutoRacingBusiness.com 106 ExploitedTubes.com 93 SecessionNews.com 64
This week, the LLLL.com dust settled enough at GoDaddy Auctions that I’ve resumed reporting on that category. Surprisingly, though, in spite of OTTS.com ($1.3k), many of the higher 4-letter sales show .ORG instead of .COM. Take a look: LABT.org ($1k); WNGD.org ($1k), which resembles “winged”; MPRG.org ($710); NYPC.org ($480); and CUKM.org ($300).
After a period of lower NNNNN sales, last week showed something of an uptick with 34499.com ($756) , 13853.com ($684), and 24321.com ($462). Yet the table above shows another 3 below $200.
We’ve seen nTLD-focused domains like DotCenter.com ($160) listed before. Last week, we saw .COM commenting on .CENTER, .MEDIA, .CLUB, and .FAIL with IntensityMedia.com ($225), DeafClubs.com ($690), and EnglishFailBlog.com ($202) for the pedants out there. Also a trio of “tube” domains for .TUBE.
So … if you’re as tired of new-fangled sorcery as I am, then you’ll be relieved to see TraditionalWitchcraft.net in circulation again. TerrorFinance.org, on the other hand, may not be the most cunning way to solicit donations. Speaking of violence, you’ll be waiting for quite awhile for updates on the American Civil War at SecessionNews.com, which is more likely to be about Scotland.
NameJet’s $8.5k sale of Shoufa.com, despite its resemblance to Arabic, is most likely Chinese Pinyin for “technique”, “skill”, and so forth. Belin at $4k is even more mysterious, since it could pertain to a quirky Spanish artist; a U.S. surname used by law firms, churches, and precision tools manufacturers; or a tiny Slovakian village.
Ragazzi.com ($3.4k) is Italian for “guys” or “boys”. It’s popular as a brand name in the USA for numerous restaurants and even a boys chorus (the .ORG). English domains were also selling at NameJet, believe it or not. GameFest.com ($2.6k) and BeBeauty.com ($2.5k) are both absolutely first-rate names.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ Shoufa.com 8504 Belin.com 4000 Ragazzi.com 3433 GameFest.com 2600 BeBeauty.com 2509 YEED.com 2500 ERMapper.com 1900 AHSA.com 1600 AMSeed.com 1520 SISM.com 1401 TVLA.com 1310 HKMusic.com 1201 Downloas.com [sic] 1200 GDW.net 1100 HiphopDance.com 1010 PictureThat.com 887 LOLR.com 710 NJMSC.org 700 NBTS.com 634 BenFoldsFive.com 606 FinanceHomes.com 602 SummerLove.com 571 Groww.com 550 LDNG.com 520 CineMedia.org 510 PrivacyTips.com 479 AfricanaOnline.com 435 BaseballStars.com 416 NAPG.com 360 ActInBusiness.com 360 NDDisasterInfo.com 360 BooksMusicToys.com 341 NCSMartLink.org 340 Puff.org 339 NSFN.com 320 PunchOnTheWeb.com 292 RVWholesaler.com 254 StrategicThought.com 253 WineUncorked.com 251 Q0D.com 211 UKCV.com 206 WorldMotorRacing.com 198 LokalBistro.com 198 StarSquare.com 150 XVP.org 130 MyExports.com 130 BLVD.org 109 AirBorg.com 105 ImmersionSoftware.com 79 MyWebFeeds.com 70
Compared to GoDaddy last week, NameJet seems to have done much better with LLLL .COM sales: YEED.com ($2.5k), AHSA.com ($1.6k), SISM.com ($1401), TVLA.com ($1310), LOLR.com ($710), NBTS.com ($634), and GROWW.com ($550). UKCV.com ($206) would make a good British resume site. There were a couple of decent 4-letter .ORGs as well: Puff.org ($339), a dictionary word, and BLVD.org ($109), the street address abbreviation for “Boulevard”.
You’ll also see a “Tips” that wasn’t .TIPS and a “Media” that wasn’t .MEDIA: PrivacyTips.com ($479) and CineMedia.org ($510) — “Cine” being Spanish for “film” / “movies”.
I’ll sign off by pointing out the final prices of BenFoldsFive.com ($606) and FermentedFoods.com ($845), both of which I wrote about in an earlier article. If you haven’t tried Natto yet, you know your duty!
Joseph Peterson analyzes ten notable sales that took place at NameJet last month.
What sells and for how much may be objective fact, but that won’t stop us domain investors from voicing our own subjective opinions about quality, strategy, and value. Let’s see what we’ve got …
NameJet reported 82 domain sales that closed at or above $2,000 during the month of July. As with June, I’ve chosen 10 of those domains to look at here; and what better place to start than with the biggest of those big deals, BigDeals.com?
BigDeals.com $36,100 – Obviously, a good name. But was it a good deal? I tend to think that $36k is more or less the maximum retail number for this domain. So hopefully the buyer has the right project ready to launch. If the goal is resale, then the buyer could have done much better elsewhere. My concern isn’t just the interchangeability of positive adjectives (BigDeals, GoodDeals, BestDeals, GreatDeals, TopDeals, RealDeals, WowDeals, AmazingDeals, etc.). There’s also the familiar problem of a singular / plural split. With BigDeal.com parked at GoDaddy, this brand name could turn into an investment of $72k or more — potentially much more. “Deals” are what people are looking for. True. But phrases like “no big deal” or “what’s the big deal?” are material for TV and radio ads, and they add color to BigDeal.com. BigDeals.com may offer big savings. But the singular is a big deal.
PNN.com $23,200 – This … is PNN. Where is Darth Vader when you need him? Truthfully, though, I’m only mentioning this 3-letter .COM sale because it would be weird to skip over 9 LLL.com sales at NameJet between $7.5k and $23.2k. Having tipped my hat to them, I can now confess that I find LLLs to be boring. Even the newest domainer knows their wholesale price range and liquidity. Indeed, they’re liquid because they’re boring. Acronyms are easier to compare than descriptive or brandable domains, which tend to be subtle and unique. So LLLs are traded actively by anyone with money who can count to 3. They can be good investments. Just boring.
K56.com $3,000 – In contrast, this CCC.com is worth discussing because $3k sales for domains of this type are unusual. At first I thought I saw a connection to Oxycodone, which is a commonly abused pain killer. But with a Chinese owner, that’s unlikely. In this case, I confess ignorance. “56″ may have some meaning in China, but for me China remains opaque.
YelllowPages.com $2,322 – Here’s another boring sale. Just an extra “L” right smack dab in the middle of a familiar, high-traffic brand. UDRPs can be abused by reverse domain hijackers, but this looks like it might have been an appropriate case. Companies should not have to pay $2k apiece for dozens of typos. Typically, they pay with cease and desist letters, not cash.
PartyIdeas.com $20,100 – This price looks ten times too high. Is it? People spend money on parties, large or small. Think weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor parties, corporate events, reunions, quinceañeras, etc. Plus, there are 27,100 exact searches for [party ideas] in Google each month. That’s nothing to sniff at! Party planners and caterers can charge quite a bit, even if they are normally locally constrained and unable to take advantage of 99% of those search results. We’ll see what develops. Regardless, it’s pretty clear that NameJet sales like this one frequently reflect retail valuations rather than the wholesale domainer market.
CustomPens.com $10,109 – When I first commented on CustomPens.com, I called the purchase “money well spent”; and I still think so. Over the years, I’ve seen expensive engraved pens awarded at symbolic events. And we’re all familiar with less expensive pens being given out for promotional purposes in bulk. Since pens ship easily, they’re perfect for e-commerce. CustomPens.com is descriptive, definitive, and reads like a branded identity.
ChimneySweep.com $14,544 – This price is somewhat higher than I’d have predicted, but it’s the domain itself that intrigues me. I find myself debating with myself. Does this name give a brand wings? Or cement shoes? Chimney sweeps as a cultural concept have undergone a series of weird transformations. Originally a dirty but mundane profession, William Blake converted it into a symbol of lost innocence. Basically, children were purchased from their parents as apprentices and made to climb inside chimneys to scrub away ash and soot. Charles Dickens arranged for his child hero, Oliver Twist, to narrowly escape such a fate: “Mr Gamfield did happen to labour under the slight imputation of having bruised three or four boys to death already.” And by the time of Mary Poppins, the historical child chimney sweeps became a dancing prancing Dick Van Dyke. So what do you do with a brand like that? Its associations may prove as bad as good, and they are so specific as to be fairly limiting. Then again, anywhere chimneys are in use, they need cleaning. Professional organizations like CSIA.org oversee such things; so ChimneySweep.com may find itself being used not symbolically but literally.
FL.org $14,667 – We’re not looking at just any 2-letter .ORG here. Among other things, it’s the official abbreviation for the state of Florida, which is the 4th largest U.S. state by gross domestic product (GDP). Based on that, the price seems straightforward. Even so, the sale is a notable one.
Ammo.org $2,600 – This domain will make a superb name, and it was bought at a fair price. Forget bullets and shotgun shells, which are better sold through a .COM or a .NET. We’re looking at “ammo” in its metaphorical sense — preparation, evidence, leverage, fire power. Ammo.org is also a viable acronym for multi-word names beginning with “association”, “american”, “automotive” or containing the state of Missouri (“MO”).
ElHeraldo.com $7,553 – I’ve already written about this ubiquitous Spanish newspaper name (“The Herald”). Nevertheless, as someone who views Spanish domains as being an attractive but undervalued investment opportunity, I want to underline the fact that these dominios are selling by telling the public twice. In fact, NameJet also sold Valores.com ($5,202) last month, which I discussed here. For my money, anyone looking for big deals, would have done better with 7 domains equal in value to Valores.com than with BigDeals.com.
NameJet kicks off our list of last week’s expired domain auctions with a category-defining domain that blends Employment, Travel, and Leisure – the $15k sale of HospitalityJobs.com. Thereafter, we’ve got 2 “soft” domains in a row, roughly totaling $10k between them. And it turns out 4 of the domains I pointed to in last week’s article finished in the $2.1k to $2.6k range: InternetGaming.com, MobileDating.com, AdultOnline.com, and DistanceLearning.org.
iBud.com went cheap ($1.6k), considering Apple’s penchant for first-person mega-product monosyllables. “Bud” for “buddy” and springtime is the right kind of constituent word for a name format like this. And there is, of course, a keen sonic similarity to iPad and iPod. In fact, to most Arabs, for whom pizza is “beetsa”, there would be literally no difference in pronunciation between “iPod” and “iBud”. My guess is that this consideration wasn’t uppermost in the minds of the brand protection folks at Apple.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ HospitalityJobs.com 15099 KSoft.com 5756 DreamSoft.com 4100 InternetGaming.com 2556 Valda.com 2511 MobileDating.com 2400 AdultOnline.com 2211 DistanceLearning.org 2100 iBud.com 1600 Ertra.com 1422 ExclusiveProperty.com 1405 DynamicDesign.com 1100 Echological.com 810 ElectricDrive.com 810 KRPC.com 771 MBIO.com 760 DNSNow.com 711 VitalityLabs.com 565 TheCapitalTimes.com 515 WorldEconomist.com 510 CoolReading.com 415 YouBelongInCT.com 415 ForeignMedia.com 410 Mistreated.com 407 JuegosDeDos.com 400 MontereyExpress.com 350 ChicagoPictures.com 343 7867.net 310 NewsTin.com 295 1Penny.com 261 QARB.com 240 BYTB.com 200 YMBD.com 150 WOIY.com 135 Rivendel.com 111 HackYou.com 83
Three of the best buys among last week’s expired domains at NameJet add up to less than $1.1k. ForeignMedia.com is permanently relevant to global news. JuegosDeDos.com means “games for two” or, effectively, “2-player games”. And with big purchases on record in the gaming niche, $400 is nothing more than a sneeze. Cheapest of all, we have 1Penny.com, a perfect name for penny arcades or penny slots.
As a reminder that what I’m reporting are bidding results rather than completed sales, take SpanishTranslator.org. Two weeks ago, I reported a $201 sale for this domain; but evidently that bidder didn’t pay, and the domain was resold by NameJet this past week for $69. Lucky buyer! Non-paying bidders are beyond the scope of these articles to track. So is the inverted case of domain owners who renew expired domains after auction results have posted and (in some cases) after payment is submitted.
With Adam Dicker’s LLLL .COM expirations blocking out the light of the sun for the last many weeks, it has been nearly impossible to report on sales at GoDaddy without devoting a third of the table to just one person. In fact, although nobody seems to have noticed, I’ve been suppressing LLLL.com results for quite awhile, mainly to avoid singling out a particular domainer week after week (which can be a touchy business) and also to allow the more varied auction results space enough to breathe. Be that as it may, all those 4-letter auctions have been too conspicuous to sweep them under the rug; so eventually I’ll catch up in a separate article.
However, I didn’t want to postpone covering this last week’s highest LLLL.com sale, since it tops the chart: FlyQ.com at $5.5k. I’ve also noted a $1k auction for ARDY.com. Other short domain sales included Juneo.com ($1k), Electa.com ($840), Jitsi.com ($710), GetYog.com ($630), QinFan.com ($611), Rupel.com ($343), and various .ORGs. SmallPets.com — both singular and plural — sold for $3.4k as a pair. But smallest of all was 1D.cc ($680).
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ FLYQ.com 5500 CoolSports.com 2286 CreativeInteriors.com 2247 CatchIn24.com 1925 SmallPets.com 1875 Important.org 1684 DiggNation.com 1610 SmallPet.com 1560 RecipesForKids
1400 WeHelpWomen.com 1225 WritersClub.com 1141 NursingCovers.com 1141 AliStar.com 1136 TVTonic.com 1100 WaiHuiNet.com 1100 Juneo.com 1009 YearOfTheBlues.org 970 ARDY.com 960 ConnectDirect.com 875 Iguana.net 860 Electa.com 840 ArtisticBeauty
810 TraMontana.com 805 WifiEgg.com 787 MarijuanaBook.com 760 WRSPTV.com 752 JITSI.com 710 Toronto411.com 685 1D.cc 680 MemoryCheck.com 679 ThailandBeachVillas.com 660 Cade-24.info 632 GetYog.com 630 QinFan.com 611 RockBottomT-shirts.com 611 CineFX.org 610 MixFoundation.org 610 BeginRescueEnd.com 520 FineInteriors.com 519 OpenGC.org 511 TwinRiversGolfClub.net 505 IndyRealty.com 464 ChadGoodman.com 455 DroneGeek.com 455 FutureOf
441 VersaLaser.com 440 AlexanderLJung.com 439 TheLucky.com 430 WeGroup.org 425 CrowdersMountain.com 415 Amsterdam
405 Skep-Tech.com 405 Savoa.org 405 IceHorse.com 405 Esport.org 405 ClickList.com 405 QuieroSerMaestro.com 402 ZoneMedia.com 393 PeaceCorpsJournals.com 377 LemonLawsUSA.com 360 PlayCorner.com 360 ChristianDebtLaw.com 356 RoyalApparel.com 355 DestroyAdware.com 355 MarkleVinFan.com 353 ArtivistFilmFestival.org 352 88957.com 351 Rupel.com 343 InTheirOpinion.com 338 BoomTube.com 335 EASLPublications.com 325 VirginiaMiningAssoc.com 305 TheLaserVein
305 Free4YU.com 305 Mainstream-Media.net 296 911Paging.com 295 AgentParadise.com 293 77160.com 286 House-Cleaning-
280 BestOilPaintings.net 280 MobilePhotoGroup.com 268 AuctionAgency.com 255 SensoryImpact.com 227 World-Directory.biz 225 RussianStocks.com 206 GirlPunk.net 205 ResepSedap.com 190 Lambing.com 188 21256.com 175 AdvancedOnline
172 UnforgettableNight.com 170 20959.com 165 WorshipInstitute.com 165 29183.com 165 38932.com 165 SlammerNews.com 134 Jew-Feminist-
125 RockNBody.com 115 DialDeal.com 105 WomenHealthLine.com 100 ThePartyMix.com 90 InsideTheRegistry.com 87 ArticleSite.com 75 TechieAwards.com 75 Load.us 55 MyBullet.com 55 GrowthNinja.com 32
It’s no secret that I’m a .ORG fan — for the right words, at least. Important.org ($1.7k) is one of those. The same applies to .NET, and Iguana.net ($860) makes a cooler than average brand name. For my money, much cooler than spending $795 per year on, say, Animal.consulting.
The 5-digit numerical .COMs we formerly saw selling near $1k have settled into the lower ranges: 4 of them at $165 or $175 and just 1 at $286. Interior decorating, on the other hand, is doing well. Not only did CreativeInteriors.com fetch $2.2k, but FineInteriors.com picked up another $500.
InsideTheRegistry.com ($87) may turn out to be a domain industry blog, which might offer a different perspective. Want to do something really different, though? Write or read the next MarijuanaBook.com ($760)! Become a teacher en español through QuieroSerMaestro.com ($402)! Or get some hands-on experience in the intricate process of birthing sheep, called Lambing.com ($188)!
Apparently the going rate for a good ninja is just $32. GrowthNinja.com has to be one of the better brand names for that keyword – not unlike the trendy startup phrase, “growth hacker”, which likewise derives from a secret skilled profession. I wonder how the .NINJA registry views that $32 price tag … All good .COMs are taken or unaffordable, if I recall correctly.