Reading beyond the headline of a domain sales thread can be challenging. Here’s a helpful guide.
Earlier this week I lamented about how 99% of the domains at domain forums aren’t worth anything. If you’re going to sort through the many names at forums in hopes of finding a winner, perhaps I can help you find your way. Below are common sales thread titles at popular domain forums, and what they really mean.
Domain Inventory Liquidation Sale
Translation: I just got a big credit card bill I can’t pay. Help me out. Buy some domains. Please?
Translation: I made up some words. You could make up some words and register them yourself, but I’m hoping you’ll pay me $50 to take mine.
Translation: I registered a bunch of domains 11 months ago. They don’t get any traffic. Looking back, these are bad names. Will you buy them from me so I can recover some of the cost? Otherwise I’ll let them expire.
Translation: My wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend is getting on my case about this stupid domain hobby I have. I keep telling him/her that I’ll make money at it, and if I can sell a few of these domains then I’ll prove my point.
Must Sell! Selling all domains!
Translation: I sold a few domains for $15 each, and my wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend thinks I’m an idiot. I thought I could just register some domains and become a millionaire. You mean I have to work to make money at this? Forget it. I’m selling all my domains.
One Word Domains for Sale
Translation: Click this title and you’ll see a bunch of one word domains for sale. But it’s my portfolio of .ws domains.
One word .com domains for sale
Translation: One word .coms? Don’t get too excited. They are common words with a couple suffixes: consultingly.com, footballed.com, lawyerlying.com. You might also need a dictionary to figure out what the words mean.
Baseball .com for sale
Translation: Hah! Made you look! You didn’t notice how I put a space between baseball and .com, did you? Well, that’s because the domains are really Baseball4unow.com and Baseballiswaykewl.com.
Ovt+Ext domain for sale
Translation: I bought a few domains from some guy on the forum last month that have Ovt+Ext scores. I assumed they had traffic, but I haven’t gotten a single visitor. So I’m hoping you will buy them with the hopes that there’s traffic.
Ovt+Ext domain for sale
Translation: Man, I’m an idiot. I just bought a domain from that previous guy advertising that it has an “Ovt+Ext” score of 35. But it doesn’t get any traffic. I’m looking for the next sucker.
Traffic Domains for Sale
Translation: Trademark typos for sale.
Premium domains for sale
Translation: I bought these domains instead of new registrations, so they must be premium.
Hot! Wii [or other hot toy] domains!
Translation: [Company] just announced new [toy, game] and these domains will be hot! Selling WiiCheats.com, WiiStores.com, WiiHelp.com. Everyone else on this forum beat me to the others and is listing them for sale too. I’m trying to sell these before I get UDRPs in the mail.
Excellent domains at great prices.
Translation: I just registered these this morning.