I recently decided to add a list of about 300 domains to both Afternic and Sedo, the two leading domain sales sites. I’ve sold domains through both of the systems, and find that just listing domains there can spur interest.
The usual process for adding domains to each service involves entering details one by one…by one…by one. If you’re entering 300 domains, it’s going to take you a couple days. Fortunately, each site offers a service that lets you add domains in bulk via a spreadsheet.
2. Minimum offer
3. Reserve (you can leave blank if you don’t want a reserve)
4. Asking price (leave blank if you don’t have a set price)
5. Top level category
6. Second level category
7. Parking status
9. Traffic (leave blank)
There’s a simple category list that makes adding the top level and second level categories fairly easy. It took me about 2 hours to add the details for all of the domains. Uploading the list is automatic–you don’t have to wait for an Afternic representative to review the spreadsheet. The system tells you if any domains were rejected from listing. There were two types of rejections I received: (1) if someone had already listed the domain for sale in the system; and (2), if I listed a domain in the “one word” category that Afternic couldn’t find in the dictionary. I was able to clear up the duplication errors with a simple note to Afternic support. As for the “one word” category, I changed the category on most of the domains. I was a bit bummed that it didn’t recognize some true words, like my Ethernet.ws domain.
Sedo’s spreadsheet is fairly similar, except that someone at Sedo has to manually add your domains. It’s not added instantly like at Afternic. You complete a spreadsheet and e-mail it to Sedo’s support team. Also, the spreadsheet isn’t specific to your account like Afternic. At Afternic, the spreadsheet you download has all of your existing listings in it. Sedo’s spreadsheet is blank, which proves to be a real pain if you already have a number of domains listed with them (you don’t want to submit them again).
The Sedo spreadsheet has 7 fields:
The categories fields are fairly simple, as you just need to enter a 1-3 digit code for each category. The spreadsheet includes a reference of all of the codes.
The bottom line: Afternic is better for adding domains in bulk!
Why? After spending hours on the Sedo spreadsheet and sending it in to support, it still hasn’t been added to the system. That was on August 11! I emailed support, and they said they have no record of receiving the spreadsheet. But they requested I send it to them and they’ll get to it by the beginning of next week. Also, Afternic’s spreadsheet includes your existing domains at Afternic already.