Brandable domain name sales week 7: Universa.com, EarthToday.com, Adster.com

Last week was a splendid week for brandable domain name sales with eight sales reaching five-figures. Some domains that caught my attention were Universa.com which sold at Sedo for $10,625. The domain name is still under transfer but I expect blockchain startup Universa which currently uses Universa.io to be the buyer.  Two other names I like also sold at Sedo around the $10 mark: EarthToday.com and Adster.com. none of them resolving yet.

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Brandable domain name sales week 5 & 6: BlackWolf.com, Avora.com, Symbium.com

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year everyone. 2018 is the year of the 🐕 which symbolizes luck and fortune and also happens to be my zodiac (born in 1982). I wish for a year of positive changes to help everyone prosper and succeed. We’re back with a double dose of brandable domain name sales data for you this week.  Most notable for me is the sale of BlackWolf.com which went for $10,200 on reseller marketplace NameJet. I had my eyes on this name because it is a fantastic brand but with reseller prices for these type of names hitting five-figures I am not willing to compete.

Elsewhere, Declan Conaty moved Symbium.com for a cool $9,000 through an Efty.com landing page. That’s a nice chunk of commission saved 🙂

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Priced to Sell: Quality keyword, brandables & numeric domains

I am selling a large chunk of my portfolio in a rather ambitious plan to trim back my portfolio size from over 500 to less than 200 names in the next couple of months.

Below is a list of about 250 names that will be pushed to NameJet for auction later this month but before I do so I wanted to give readers the opportunity to purchase them directly of me at rock bottom prices.

The list includes some solid brandable, keyword, LLNN and even some nGTLD domain names for what I believe to be very fair re-seller prices. The majority of these names are with either GoDaddy, NameBright or Uniregistry. I’m happy to push them to your account or email you the auth code after payment so that you can transfer the domain to your preferred registrar.

To purchase a domain simply email me at doron@namerockstar.com to claim the name(s) you want. Payment with Paypal or Escrow.com for bulk sales. First come, first served. I will update the list below whenever domains sell.

Prices are in US$, fixed and non-negotiable. There is, however, a bulk discount of 15% available if you purchase 10 or more domains in one go.

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Brandable domain name sales week 3 & 4: CryptoWorld.com, Cloudo.com, Zyper.com

I wasn’t able to attend NamesCon this year because one of my friends tied the knot in Thailand around the same time.  And although a sunny beach in Thailand sounds a whole lot better than a Vegas hotel lobby I did miss catching up with the friends that I have made in the domain name industry over the years. It seems NamesCon is getting bigger and better every year and I’ll be making sure not to miss out on the next one.

Since I was away for the week I’ll bring you guys up to speed with the top brandable sales from the last two weeks. There’s a large number of cryptocurrency related names on the list again. I do wish I got in early on that trend myself but it’s also satisfying to see other’s such as FintechNames.com and CryptoDomains.com doing well in this niche.

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88 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: RootCloud.com, FirstAgenda.com

This post covers new startups funded during Week 2 of 2018 (Jan 8th-14th).

Eighty eight (88) newly funded startups raised more than $647,041,138. The funding rounds was led by Blackfish, a Chinese  consumer finance platform, who raised $145M in Series A funding. Of the 88 startups, 62 of them chose to use a dot-com domain name; accounting for 70 % of companies on our list. Twenty two (22) startups chose to launch with a country code top level domain (ccTLD). And finally, we have one dot-net domain name; one dot-auto; one dot-investments; and one dot-ltd.

It was quite tough to find domain names to highlight. But, we’ll press on with RootCloud.com. Root Cloud is a Beijing-based cloud computing company, who may have only acquired the domain name two months ago. Although ‘root’ is not the first word one would think to combine with ‘cloud’, this domain works for the company as they seek to provide “tree root interconnection to empower industrial clouds.” Next up, we have FirstAgenda.com, belonging to a Danish-based company looking to end inefficient meetings by creating smarter meeting software. First Agenda definitely works well for a company providing meeting software as “first on the agenda” comes to mind immediately. Honestly, I’m not even sure that any software could end pointless meetings, but at least this company is trying to make the pointless meetings efficient.

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102 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Handful.com, Akiri.com

This post covers new startups funded during Week 52 of 2017 (December 25th – 31st), and Week 1 of 2018 (January 1st -7th).

A whopping $2,173,997,144 in funding was raised by 102 startups on our list. Suning Finance,  one of the top leading financial groups in China, led the rounds by raising almost $827M in venture funding. Seventy four (74) of the 102 startups on this list chose to use a .com domain name, representing almost 72% of the list; a percentage greater than we’ve seen in past weeks. We have 1 .net and 1 .org domain each, while 24 startups chose a ccTLd. Two new gTLD domains also graced our list: 1 .events and 1 .tech.

First up, we’ll highlight the 20-year old one-word domain, Handful.com. Though not super premium, the domain is decent. Given the comparative prices of similar domains, I won’t be surprised if this company paid 4-5 figures to upgrade from their initial Handfulinc.com. The company, Handful, is an activewear company “that supports you grabbing life by the handful.” However, in my opinion, the correlation between the name ‘Handfu’l and activewear is a little blurred. Next up, we have Akiri.com. The name itself makes a really nice 5L brandable domain name. And, the company works on building trusted networks for health data.

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Brandable domain name sales week 2: DigitalCandy.com, Hoox.com, GreenRabbit.com

It was another decent week for brandable domain name sales with four sales reaching five-figures. The top-grossing sales was that of Otravo.com which was purchased by Dutch online travel company Otravo B.V. which operates some of the leading holiday sites in the Netherlands such as Vliegtickets.nl (Flight Tickets). The company does 180 million euros in revenue annually so $18k for a domain name should be a relatively small expense.

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82 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: EMQ.com, ScaleFast.com, OutboundWorks.com

Happy New Year! I didn’t post for the past two weeks as I went on vacation. The new year met my family and I on the sandy beaches of Aruba. We loved it! It’s a lovely place to visit. But, for this reason, this post will cover new startups funded during Week 51 of 2017 (December 18th – 24th).

More than 82 startups raised a sum greater than $551,659,726 in funding. The funding rounds was led by Niido, who raised $200M in venture funding. Niido by Airbnb is a brand of residential complexes that will be built as a result of a collaboration between Airbnb and a Florida-based development group. Of the 82 startups on today’s list, 54 of them chose to launch with a dot-com domain name, accounting for about 66%. Twenty (20) startups chose a ccTLd, while we have 1 dot-net, and 1 dot-org domain. As for new gTLDs, we have one domain each of the following: .bio, .care, .exchange, .marketing, .pro, and .solutions.

First up, we’ll highlight the 20-year old domain, EMQ.com. Wholesale, LLL.com domain names sell in the low to mid 5 figures; while retail they can go from mid 5 to low 6 figures. Although there is no recorded information about EMQ.com in Namebio.com, I won’t be surprised if the price paid for the domain fell somewhere in these ranges. EMQ is an app to make sending money internationally easier. Next up, we have ScaleFast.com. This verb-adjective combination makes a decent brandable. ScaleFast provides ecommerce solutions that allow businesses to grow globally. Finally, we have OutboundWorks.com, a domain that was first registered in 2017. Simply put, OutboundWorks provides outbound solutions for sales teams. 

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Brandable domain name sales week 1: ChatChat.com, Exom.com, ThreeMonkeys.com

Welcome to the first brandable sales report of 2018. I recently put up the top 100 brandable domain names sales for 2017 and it was another record-breaking year for the brandable niche. Some interesting sales during the 1st week of the year include those of ChatChat.com, Exom.com and ThreeMonkeys.com

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Top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2017

Three years ago I compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales during 2014 which planted the seed for the weekly brandable sales posts on the highest, reported brandable domain name sales all throughout 20152016 and now 2017.  Based on more than 1000 reported brandables sales this year I have once again compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2017.

The criteria for inclusion in the list remain the same as previous years.

  • No numeric domains
  • Dotcom only
  • No 2L & 3L domains (as they are a breed on their own)
  • No one-word dictionary domains (in any language). This means the sale of Hora.com is not included for example as it’s the Spanish word for Hour.
  • Unless a word has an alternative spelling such as No 121 on the list, Krispy.com
  • No 4-letter acronyms unless they are pronounceable and used as a brand name instead of an acronym (many examples of those on this list!)
  • Two keyword domains can qualify. No 50, PolarPro.com, for example, is a brandable domain name while PolarBear.com would not have made this list.
  • Variation on words are allowed, such as No 55, Towny.com

The 100 biggest sales this year account for $4,516,680 in sales compared to $3,343,894 in 2016, $3,168,440 in 2015 and $2,989,652 in 2014.

Uniregistry is once again the dominating sales venue claiming 47% of all sales on the list with Sedo.com as the runner-up, accounting for 26% of sales. Unfortunately, Afternic, GoDaddy, and niche marketplaces such as BrandBucket and BrandRoot.com do not share sales data and sales made through the Efty platform are private unless a seller decides to report a sale to DNJournal or NameBio.

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