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  • Expired Domain Report: Carol.com, Pranksters.com and more

    1. BY - Aug 29, 2014
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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!

  • This week’s expired domain report: Got .info?

    1. BY - Aug 21, 2014
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    Expired Domains

    “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
    System.com
    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
    Australia.com
    326
    PureGreenLiving.com 325 GetAPodcast.com 320
    CarolinePlanCode.org 315 MessagingTalk.org 315
    ElmsInn.com 310 BluegrassDay
    LilyGardens.com
    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-
    Movie.com
    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
    Cruise.com
    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
    Cherbourg.com
    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-
    Art.com
    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
    Properties.net
    122
    10290.com 121 StayInBonn.com 115
    AfricanHolidaySafaris.com 111 KingCorn.com 108
    Postalz.com 106 Xpree.com 106
    ShoreLineFloridaKeys
    RealEstate.com
    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.

  • This week’s expired domain name sales roundup

    1. BY - Aug 14, 2014
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    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
    Download.com
    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
    EDU.com
    619
    RunAtServer.com 600 NWIQLC.org 600
    BlogTagstic.com 560 SportsBaseOnline.com 545
    MurderBallad.com 510 TheSociological
    Imagination.com
    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
    ForFree.com
    438 SweetHome
    NewOrleans.org
    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
    ColombiaNY.com
    325
    FreeSheepFree.org 317 HG278.com 312
    MyTimeLines.net 306 IndieGame
    Showcase.com
    305
    Health-Diseases.org 305 CUKM.org 300
    Tinnhanhvnn.com 297 Verlinks.us 285
    Trespass-The-Movie.com 282 TravelInVermont.com 280
    VCentenarioPanama
    2013.com
    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
    2013.com
    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
    ThatCant.com
    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!

  • 10 notable sales from NameJet last month

    1. BY - Aug 12, 2014
    2. Expired Domains
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    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 …

    NameJetNameJet 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.

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  • This week’s expired domain name sales

    1. BY - Aug 08, 2014
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    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
    Challenge.com
    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
    Colleges.com
    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
    LiberalEducation.org
    455 ShopThe
    ArboretumSB.com
    441
    VersaLaser.com 440 AlexanderLJung.com 439
    TheLucky.com 430 WeGroup.org 425
    CrowdersMountain.com 415 Amsterdam
    HotelNet.com
    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
    Center.com
    305
    Free4YU.com 305 Mainstream-Media.net 296
    911Paging.com 295 AgentParadise.com 293
    77160.com 286 House-Cleaning-
    Directory.com
    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
    Degrees.com
    172 UnforgettableNight.com 170
    20959.com 165 WorshipInstitute.com 165
    29183.com 165 38932.com 165
    SlammerNews.com 134 Jew-Feminist-
    Resources.com
    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.