One Word Domain Name Auctions

Several one-word domain name auctions are currently taking place on Sedo.com.  Comedy.org is currently sitting at $20,000 with 1 bid, but has 5 days and 14 hours left on the auction.  Surprisingly, Pokern.at is at the top of the Sedo.com 7-day auction list at 36,000 Euros from a single bidder.

Three new one-word domains have started 7-day auctions witin the last 10 to 11 hours, and equally surprising, they are sitting at very low bid levels as I write this post.  Wrongful.com is currently at $500, Workable.com is resting at $150 and Watery.com is at $107.  Obviously, there’s lots of time left on these auctions and we surely expect all three of these domains to go very high.  We’ll try to keep you in touch with these auctions in the coming days.

Speaking of one-word domain names, I found one in my inventory yesterday I had totally forgotten I owned.  The domain is Qualifyings.com   — maybe not the best one-word domain name, but it would be a great domain name for a website about sports, whether it be a listing of athletes who qualified for various sports, athletes that qualified to make the Olympics team, etc.   If you’re interested in it, make me great offer.

I received a $300 offer for my domain GoPeddle.com, but chose not to sell it.  I think its a great name for a bike shop or anyone wishing to sell products you peddler, whether it be bicycles, exercise bikes, paddle boats, etc.  Make me a high 3-figure offer and the domain name can be yours.

TPO.com Sales for Disappointing $11,112 Dollars

Just when you thought 3-letter dot com’s were jumping to higher levels, in comes the surprise that TPO.com just sold on Sedo.com for $11,112. When you consider the fact that LPG.net sold for $10,000 on Sedo a year ago, along comes the shocker that TPO.com barely tops the sale of some 3-letter dot net domains made over the past year.

In other Sedo.com news, PopTheCork.com sold for $4,000, TruckCam.com sold for $8,000, Hockey360.com sold for $5,000, BlowTorches.com sold for $3,000 and BubbleRoom.com sold for $5,000.

Bigger domain name sales did occur. It wasn’t but just 2 weeks ago that TAZ.com sold for $40,000. When you compare that to the $11,112 sale of TPO.com, somehow things just don’t make sense. A big shocker also was the $150,000 sale of Bellevue.com — a geodomain no doubtedly aimed cover the daily affairs, news and going’s on of Bellevue, Washington, a city of 100,000.

Lastly, the finance domain name, Trust.com, sold on RickLatona.com for $75,000.

2-Word Domain Names of Value

As noted in prior posts, I personally own approximately 4,500 domain names.  There’s one thing I can say about owning so many domains, and that is its impossible to remember all the good ones you have.  I own many that are catchy, memorable, easy to say, easy to pronounce, one-word and two-word — you name it.  But frankly, it takes a very long time to screen the list and the larger the list, the more difficult it becomes to establish or determine what is likely to sell quickly and what takes a time to sell it.

I’ll give you a few examples of what I’m talking about.  I will use actual domain names I own.  Take for example WorkingCat.com — owned for some time now and it still gets lots of hits at a cash parking site.   I’ve never tried to market this domain name and the longer I keep it the more I fall in love with it.   And God is it popular.  With just a one-page cash parking site it will average about 500 to 550 hits per month.   My asking price for WorkingCat.com is $1,000 if you have an interest in buying it.

Down the traffic curve a ways are my domain names YourHype.com and QuickBillion.com.  These domain names don’t get a lot of traffic as one-page cash parking sites, but they are catchy and people come to each often as a result of typing in the domain name, as opposed to finding them via search engine.  My asking price for each of these domian names is $600.

More to my 2-word domain name liking is a couple of other domain names I own – GoFones.com and TexasSUV.com.  The first would be a great domain name for a cell phone seller, while the latter is an excellent domain name for a custom SUV shop, for example.  My asking price for GoFones.com is $500 and my asking  price for TexasSUV.com is $250.  If you care to bid on any of these 6 domain names please send my your bid and contact info via the online form.

The Value of Hyphenated Domain Names

Since the beginning of the Internet most webmasters have steered clear of registering domain names with hypens in the name. This centers around the fact that if you hope to capture business via word-of-mouth no one will remember to type in the hyphen when trying to visit your website. That, plus the hyphen key is not easily typed from memory and requires most typists to look down at the keyboard to ensure it is typed correctly.

But ask yourself the question, “How many people will ever likely visit my website from a word-of-mouth advertising experience?” Chances are, very few. Instead, most people will either visit your website after finding you from a search engine and a hyperlink in the search engine results page, or from a hyperlink placed on someone elses website or Internet directory. Given that, what is really wrong from having hyphens in a domain name? Well, since this blog is largely about domain name values, its fair to say that you’ll never be able to sell a domain name with a hyphen or dash in the name for the same value you could the same domain name without the hyphens. This is not always true, because obviously if someone was selling a domain name with one or more hyphens that was getting tons of traffic and business, it could be worth more than the same domain name without the hyphens. This would be particularly true for domains with only one hyphen it them, like my domain name Breasts-Implants.com. Breasts-Implants.com is a clear example of a domain name with a hyphen that is obviously worth quite a bit of money for the following reasons:

  1. It is highly unlikely that you could ever afford to purchase the domain name BreastsImplants.com without the hyphen.
  2. My domain name with the hyphen, Breasts-Implants.com, could become just as valuable as BreastsImplants.com if it was popluated with many pages about breast implants.
  3. It is a highly searched keyword phrase.
  4. It is a high-cost keyword phrase, meaning Adwords ads are very expensive for this phrase.

If you’ve ever come across sites built with the famous HTML page generator and site builder SiteSell, you’ll also know that most of the Internet entrepreneurs that use SiteSell have domain names with hyphens. Why is this? Because they build domain names based on keyword niches and most keyword niche domain names without hyphens were taken a long time ago and not available. But even more importantly, and don’t forget this, SEO experts will all tell you that when it comes to a domain name with a hyphen versus one without a hyphen, the search engine cannot distinguish one from another. “How can I prove this?” you might ask. Easy! Do a Google search for the keyword “lock” and then do a search for the keyword phrase “l-o-c-k” and you’ll see the search engine results are the same. Do the same using the keyword “burp” and the phrase “b-u-r-p.” You’ll see the top positions on the search engine results page don’t change at all, while the search results a little lower change a little — but still stick with the subjects “lock” and “burp” — even though you searched for “l-o-c-k” and “b-u-r-p.”

This all brings me to my accomplishments today buying domain names off a “dropped” or expired domain names list. For only $7.05 each, my personal cost per domain name at Godaddy, I was able to purchase recently expired domain names l-o-c-k.com, b-u-r-p.com and l-i-f-t.com.  All three will become great moneymakers for me once they are fully populated with contents and ads. One day, they each stand the chance of being at the top of the first search engine page on Google.

3-Letter Domain Name Sells for $40,000

Taz.com sold for $40,000 yesterday on Sedo.com. This is one of the higher selling prices we’ve witnessed in a while for a 3-letter domain. Most have been selling in the $20,000 to $30,000 range lately, but then again it depends on the letters. For a domain with a “z” in it to go for $40,000 is unusual, but then again “Taz” is a nickname, its short for Tazmania, its short for the Tazmanian Devil, its easy to remember and very brandable.

Other domains selling at notable prices include Posse.com – a single dictionary word domain which sold for $24,500 on Sedo.com. GotDirt.com sold for $4,600, Hightop.com sold for $2,500 and MyLifeID.com sold for $2,700.

Of note on Afternic.com was the sale off YourChat.com for $35,200. Bravo for the seller of that domain name. I would have never thought it woiuld have gone for that high of a price, but when you consider the value of social networking giant MySpace.com, a name like YourChat.com has tremendous upside potential.