The Brandable Insider: How to Find Good Domains for Hand Registration

“Want to be successful in the domain business? Don’t piss your money away”Michael Berkens

Every year it becomes increasingly more difficult and time consuming to find saleable brandable domains that are available for hand registration. It’s now so laborious, that its value for domainers that have good paying jobs and/or enough funds to purchase quality domains in the aftermarket, is questionable. However, as I mentioned in last week’s blog, if you have the time (maybe you’re unemployed) and enjoy spending hour after hour “panning for brandable gold” here are some tips on how to find good brandables.
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Brandable domain name sales week 16: ColorStreet.com, VeryLocal.com, RobotRide.com

It was a bit of a slow week for brandable domain name sales this week with only two sales reaching five-figures. The top sale of the week goes to Sedo where ColorStreet.com sold for a cool $16,000. The buyer is Innovative Cosmetic Concept LLC, a US-based premium cosmetics brand. BrandBucket Managing Director Michael Krell shared on today’s DomainSherpa review that he sold VeryLocal.com for $8,995 after purchasing the domain previously for less than $50 on GoDaddy auctions. A very nice flip.

Other domain names I like on this list include Karamel.com, ServiceSquad.com and RobotRide.com

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65 newly funded startups and their domain names: FullHarvest.com, SalesWhale.com, TaskRookie.com

We have a list of 65 startup companies that raised $308,321,160 in funding last week. More than 67% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 12% of the list. There are four startups that went with one of the many new extensions: one .Care, a .Games, a .Tech and a .Space  – that’s the same amount of companies that launched with a .io domain.

We have a terrible list of domains this week but some domains I still like include those of San Fransisco-based B2B platform Full Harvest which helps growers get the most out of a harvest and food companies save money by bringing farm excess to market. They operate from the matching FullHarvest.com domain name which was previously owned by BuyDomains.com. Then there’s Saleswhale, another Californian startup that built an intelligent sales assistant to help companies handle inbound leads and reignite stale prospects. The matching Saleswhale.com domain name was listed for $2495 on HugeDomains.com according to Archive.org. Last up we have Austrian startup Taskrookie which is an online marketplace to outsource daily tasks to your local community. The company uses their matching .com which seems to be hand registered last year.

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The Brandable Insider: Hand Reg Is Dead. Or Is It?

The big $$ is with the end user. You have to be patient and position yourself with a commercial location to be in THEIR PATH.Rick Schwartz, the Domain King

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say hand reg is dead. I don’t think it’s true. I’ve sold a few dozen hand registered brandable domains over the past two years for prices between $2k and $3k. Was it easy? No. Did it require hundreds of hours of hard work? Yes. Was it worth it? Well…..maybe.

Domainers can still hand reg saleable brandable domains but it’s becoming increasingly difficult and very, very time consuming. To make matters worse, only a tiny percentage of what we reg and renew will sell to an end user in any given year.
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Brandable domain name sales week 15: Unimall.com, MomMade.com, HealthLab.com

It was another strong showing for the brandable category once again. The list below contains a 50/50 mix of both end-user and reseller sales but if it wasn’t for the sales venue if would have been hard to say which of these domain names sold to end-users and which of them to other domain name investors.

Unimall.com, a dropped domain sold for a whopping $20k on DropCatch. The company that previously owned it still owns the .de version of the domain from which they operate their e-commerce business selling utilities to students and teachers. I doubt they will be interested in buying back the .com they previously dropped for $20k+.If it was that valuable to them they wouldn’t have dropped it in the first place IMO.

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82 newly funded startups and their domain names: Upgrade.com, FastFox.com, WordPlay.com

Funding activity was down again this week as we saw 82 startup companies raise $308,293,780 in funding. More than 63% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with a 25% piece of the pie. We have not one, single startup that chose to go to market with one of the new domain name extension this month but we do see two companies making use from the sTLD’s .Coop and .Aero

Some domains I like this week include those of San Fransisco-based Upgrade which is a lending company that offers a credit monitoring through its platform for free. The company recently raised a whopping $60M Series A funding round and owns the ultra-premium Upgrade.com domain name. Then we have India-based home rental startups FastFox. Their website at the matching FastFox.com domain allows home seekers to check pictures and in-depth information about 1000s of real time available properties, schedule house visits and finalize with the landlord.  Last up we have WordPlay, a Pennsylvania-based developer of educational game apps using the matching WorldPlay.com domain name.

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The Brandable Insider: From $19 Purchase to $4k Sale in 6 Months

When I BUY a domain I put a value on it and I stick with that value. PERIOD! Offers much lower than my value MEAN NOTHING!!Rick Schwartz

In October 2016 I acquired a strong brandable in the Go Daddy closeouts. I was very surprised that no one had bid on it and I bought it immediately. About 6 months later, I got an email from someone who was interested in buying it.

Now……….. whenever I get an inquiry on a domain, the very first thing I do, is research the person making the inquiry. I don’t respond to their email until I have some intel on the ID of the potential buyer. Why? Because my sale price and negotiation strategy may vary greatly depending on the identity of the person wanting to buy the domain.
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Brandable domain name sales week 14: Tini.com, Bitcoinr.com, Mooh.com

It was another strong week for brandable domain name sales with once again, a CVCV domain leading the charts. The auction for the Tini.com domain name was won by a Chinese investor. If you’re in the market for CVCV domains or any other type of great brandable domain please subscribe to our weekly auction newsletter. We send out the first newsletter last week and the feedback has been great.

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95 newly funded startups and their domain names: Tula.com, LightForm.com, Vida.co.uk

Funding activity was up again for the 2nd week in a row as we tracked 95 startup companies raise $434,139,180 in funding. More than 64% of these startup companies comes to market with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with a 20% piece of the pie. Four startups chose to launch with one of the new domain names. One .Art, one .Care, one .Fund and a .Travel

Some domains I like this week include those of New York-based skincare brand Tula that owns the matching Tula.com domain name which is the Sanskrit word for “balance”. A fantastic CVCV domain sold for just $6,399 on NameJet back in 2008. Then there’s San Fransisco-based Lightform which is the first computer made for projected augmented reality. The startup owns the exact match domain which was first registered all the way back in 1997. Last up we have Vida, a UK company providing a platform at the Vida.co.uk ccTLD which enables users to find carers for themselves and their loved ones. Vida means “life” in Spanish. The Vida.com domain was sold twice on NameJet for ~$50,000 in 2008 en 2013 and later sold by domain name brokerage and investment firm Media Options to a San Fransisco-based healthcare startup for an undisclosed sum.

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The Brandable Insider: Lower Commissions and New Programs at BrandBucket

Good news for owners of premium brandables who are looking for boutique, enduser sale prices on their domains. BrandBucket, announced today that it’s reducing commissions for high end sales. According to Managing Director, Michael Krell:

“Over the last year we have received many requests from buyers for premium names over $50K, but haven’t had the inventory to fulfill this demand. In an effort to attract the best names to our marketplace, we will be reducing the commission rate for names priced above $50K. Effective immediately, our commission rate for names priced $50K-$99K will be 20% and names priced $100K and over will be 15%. This change will apply to both current and future names on the marketplace.”

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