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  • Expired Domain Report:, and more

    1. BY - Aug 29, 2014
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    Deck the halls!, 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, 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 $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, ($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 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. sold for $8.4k, by the way. Oh, yeah … Another maritime masterpiece (by Herman Melville) sold a domain last week: ($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, ($7.1k). Accompanying that modern tourist destination were 2 more ancient: ($86) and ($280).

    Other .INFOs did well too. For starters, ($570), the 4th largest city in Brazil with a population of 2.5 million. But then we have a string of non-geo domains: ($294), ($166), ($136), and ($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. ($2.95k) and ($3.5k) are no surprise. .ORG is perfect for the first one. I’m taken off guard, however, by a $1.9k sale of After all, Canadians would prefer .CA and .COM to .ORG, one would think. As for 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 $ 12811 8400 7100 5050 3561 2950 2509 1925 1802 1691 1466 1302 1259 1225 1071 1045 1025 1025 1008 999 996 912 891 885 809 771 760 723 710 710 701 625 610 601 570 567 531 511 511 510 510 505 500 475 444 442 410 410 405 405 405 405 401 397 390 385 375 WholeBodyVibration
    365 355 355 355 355 355 350 339 337 330 EmigrateTo
    326 325 320 315 315 310 BluegrassDay
    305 305 305 305 305 305 305 305 301 300 294 290 ThePaperBoy-
    286 285 284 281 280 280 280 280 277 268 265 265 265 265 OntarioClassic
    260 258 255 255 255 255 245 244 240 235 UmbrellasOf
    235 230 230 225 223 215 215 211 210 206 205 205 Fantasy-Goddess-
    205 205 205 205 205 205 204 200 195 190 185 180 178 176 175 175 172 170 170 170 166 165 165 165 164 155 152 150 150 150 142 141 136 135 128 125 DallasNorth
    122 121 115 111 108 106 106
    106 105 105 101 101 94 93 86 65 62 60 46 46 45 35 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. will have its day again! E-commerce product domains aren’t dead. claimed $809.

    Spanish domains did fairly well. ($710) means “to the full” and has various end users to sell to. ($510) is about declarations of romantic love, and there are a few developed active sites based around that concept and phrase, including and Other lower-valued Spanish domain sales (e.g. y are scattered in the charts.

    Some domain sales clump together. For instance, ($610) + .org ($305). Likewise, this quartet of European cities: ($410), ($305), ($265), ($115). Bizarrely, the highest of those was a .NET, while the other 3 were .COM. I suppose we can add to that list ($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 ($210) and ($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 ($175) or, better yet, ($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! ($62) slipped right past most of the would-be cybersquatters and went astonishingly cheaply, considering the Chinese website is ranked #16 globally and #5 in China, according to Alexa. 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: ($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. ($94) may be short for “vehicles”. ($106) stretches a proud 30 letters long, whereas ($141) makes a short, ultra-catchy brand name for gif videos. ($235) is a hauntingly beautiful French musical (and film) by Michel Legrand – going by its English title in keeping with performance practice. anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Yes, you guessed it.  That $280 domain is Turkish for UX (user experience) design. sold at the appropriately introductory price of $101. ($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 ($290), there’s always ($142). But regardless of your sexual preferences, ($280) might prove a handy reminder if you find yourself infatuated with pets , pizzas, or furniture.

    Now for NameJet! passed $11.1k last week. Other expired auctions included 2 domains of social importance: ($3.1k) and ($360). ($2.7k) seems like a money maker to me. Unfortunately, the typo ($1.3k) will have to be written off as somebody’s loss.

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 11121 3300 3101 2700 2505 1901 1644 1500 1410 1401 [sic] 1280 860 841 807 761 759 711 670 666 650 620 565 501 450 401 391 381 360 337 332 330 315 310 299 275 272 258 256 205 180 90 70

    I quite like ($450) as a version of “Bumper”. It’s got bounce. has the opposite — give. Another good brand name, in my view … ($381) is a strong term for housing, travel, or fashion. As for ($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 ($860) and ($670). ($299), ($332), and ($2.5k) afford some useful comparisons with nTLD domains on offer — .LONDON, .CLUB, and .GALLERY. So do GoDaddy’s ($1k) and ($211).

    This week’s ($70) hearkens back to last week’s sale of ($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 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, 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, GoDaddy expired auctions zigzagged through some desirable addresses and took a few weird detours. Two domains that attracted me personally were the self-explanatory ($8k) and ($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, stands for (or stood for) The American Association for History and Computing., 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

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 20250 12050 8200 8099 4000 3651 3201 3050 2777 2001 1325 PKSongFree
    1153 1076 1075 1040 1026 1025 1025 995 860 845 812 801 787 770 756 751 711 710 690 684 662 656 OnlineClasses
    619 600 600 560 545 510 TheSociological
    510 501 489 481 480 477 462 450 440
    438 SweetHome
    435 430 425 416 412 407 [sic] 405 403 402 400 399 395 390 380 376 370 365 362 356 355 355 350 335 325 ConsuladoDe
    325 317 312 306 IndieGame
    305 305 300 297 285 282 280
    280 273 272 271 271 270 266 260 260 257 255 255 255 255 255 254 250 249 246 243 238 230 226 226 225 225 220 220 215 215 206 205 205 202 201 201 195 MMSeaGames
    190 188 181 181 180 175 175 173 169 161 160 155 155 155 RunningWithThose
    154 149 135 130 125 111 111 107 106 93 64

    This week, the dust settled enough at GoDaddy Auctions that I’ve resumed reporting on that category. Surprisingly, though, in spite of ($1.3k), many of the higher 4-letter sales show .ORG instead of .COM. Take a look: ($1k); ($1k), which resembles “winged”; ($710); ($480); and ($300).

    After a period of lower NNNNN sales, last week showed something of an uptick with ($756) , ($684), and ($462). Yet the table above shows another 3 below $200.

    We’ve seen nTLD-focused domains like ($160) listed before. Last week, we saw .COM commenting on .CENTER, .MEDIA, .CLUB, and .FAIL with ($225), ($690), and ($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 in circulation again., 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, which is more likely to be about Scotland.

    NameJet’s $8.5k sale of, 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. ($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. ($2.6k) and ($2.5k) are both absolutely first-rate names.

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 8504 4000 3433 2600 2509 2500 1900 1600 1520 1401 1310 1201 [sic] 1200 1100 1010 887 710 700 634 606 602 571 550 520 510 479 435 416 360 360 360 341 340 339 320 292 254 253 251 211 206 198 198 150 130 130 109 105 79 70

    Compared to GoDaddy last week, NameJet seems to have done much better with LLLL .COM sales: ($2.5k), ($1.6k), ($1401), ($1310), ($710), ($634), and ($550). ($206) would make a good British resume site. There were a couple of decent 4-letter .ORGs as well: ($339), a dictionary word, and ($109), the street address abbreviation for “Boulevard”. 

    You’ll also see a “Tips” that wasn’t .TIPS and a “Media” that wasn’t .MEDIA: ($479) and ($510) — “Cine” being Spanish for “film” / “movies”.

    I’ll sign off by pointing out the final prices of ($606) and ($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
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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, $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 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 may offer big savings. But the singular is a big deal. $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 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. $3,000 – In contrast, this 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. $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. $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. $10,109  – When I first commented on, 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. is descriptive, definitive, and reads like a branded identity. $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 oversee such things; so may find itself being used not symbolically but literally. $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. $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. is also a viable acronym for multi-word names beginning with “association”, “american”, “automotive” or containing the state of Missouri (“MO”). $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 ($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 than with


  • 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 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:,,, and 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 $ 15099 5756 4100 2556 2511 2400 2211 2100 1600 1422 1405 1100 810 810 771 760 711 565 515 510 415 415 410 407 400 350 343 310 295 261 240 200 150 135 111 83

    Three of the best buys among last week’s expired domains at NameJet add up to less than $1.1k. is permanently relevant to global news. 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, 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 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 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 sale, since it tops the chart: at $5.5k. I’ve also noted a $1k auction for Other short domain sales included ($1k), ($840), ($710), ($630), ($611), ($343), and various .ORGs. — both singular and plural — sold for $3.4k as a pair. But smallest of all was ($680).

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 5500 2286 2247 1925 1875 1684 1610 1560
    1400 1225 1141 1141 1136 1100 1100 1009 970 960 875 860 840 ArtisticBeauty
    810 805 787 760 752 710 685 680 679 660 632 630 611 611 610 610 520 519 511 505 464 455 455
    455 ShopThe
    441 440 439 430 425 415 Amsterdam
    405 405 405 405 405 405 402 393 377 360 360 356 355 355 353 352 351 343 338 335 325 305 TheLaserVein
    305 305 296 295 293 286 House-Cleaning-
    280 280 268 255 227 225 206 205 190 188 175
    172 170 165 165 165 165 134 Jew-Feminist-
    125 115 105 100 90 87 75 75 55 55 32

    It’s no secret that I’m a .ORG fan — for the right words, at least. ($1.7k) is one of those. The same applies to .NET, and ($860) makes a cooler than average brand name.  For my money, much cooler than spending $795 per year on, say,

    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 fetch $2.2k, but picked up another $500. ($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 ($760)! Become a teacher en español through ($402)! Or get some hands-on experience in the intricate process of birthing sheep, called ($188)!

    Apparently the going rate for a good ninja is just $32. 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.