Sedo tops list of best online sales venues.
For the second year in a row, Sedo has been selected as the best online sales venue for buying and selling domain names. In a survey of 841 domain name professionals, 51% selected Sedo as the top online sales venue. Last year Sedo was first but only grabbed 36% of the vote.
The question on this year’s survey was slightly different from last year, as the question specified that it only pertained to online sales venues. Here are the complete results:
1. Sedo 51%
2. Forums 20%
3. Other 9%
4. SnapNames (non-expiring) 7%
5. TDNAM 6%
6. Afternic 5%
7. eBay 3%
(results do not equal 100% due to rounding).
Perhaps the most interesting statistics is forums only getting 20% of the vote. Domain name forums were the top choice amongst domain professionals in the first year of the survey, but have slid ever since. It is becoming more difficult to weed through the poor domains on these forums, making the time cost of searching for good domains to buy much more expensive.
The online sales channel is changing, and these results may be different next year. Moniker is integrating its online marketplace with SnapNames, which could create a powerful force in the industry. Also, Domain Distribution Network is gaining steam as is NameMedia’s integrated marketplaces including Afternic and BuyDomains.
The next survey results will discuss which company is most innovative when it comes to selling domain names in the aftermarket.