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.
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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).
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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.