Brandable domain name sales week 12: PayCard.com, SuccessInsider.com, TheWarrior.com

For now, it seems that there’s still plenty of cash being pumped into domain name acquisitions by both investors and end-users. The two top-grossing sales are both typo domains (for social media juggernaut Instagram and department store retail chain Kohl’s) that will most likely be used for monetization through PPC or affiliate marketing. Risky business.

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Brandable domain name sales week 11: Cico.com, Jozz.com, Froot.com

There’s been plenty of discussion at the moment about whether the demand for aftermarket domain names is currently up or down. My feeling is that the demand for certain domains will increase but the pool of qualified buyers, those with a budget, will be significantly less. My own portfolio is rather small and therefore not really a representative sample size but so far I haven’t closed a single sale this month while I sold six domains in February.

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Brandable domain name sales week 9 & 10: Slotz.com, Segura.com, OnlyTech.com

Despite everything going on right now in the world, domain names still sell and some brandables still fetch five-figures too. I do expect aftermarket sales to slow down across the board over the next few months as some companies will need to adjust or pivot and others will simply be fighting to stay afloat. I hope everyone stays safe and has enough toilet paper.

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Brandable domain name sales February: AskMe.com, MyMind.com, Arize.com

Exactly a month ago I wrote about my return to Hong Kong from the United States after NamesCon and how the city was taking extreme measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, including school closures and working from home. Shortly after my return my wife and I decided to take an extended vacation in the Netherlands and we left Hong Kong 3 weeks ago with the entire family, dog included. It was quite an operation and as a result, I did not have a whole lot of time left to publish here so below you will find the top-grossing brandable sales from the last four weeks.

Stay safe everyone!

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Brandable domain name sales week 3, 4 & 5: Xoco.com, Xinda.com, Adly.com

I’ve had a few busy weeks with travel to Europe and the US. I returned to Hong Kong a couple of days ago after visiting Austin to attend NamesCon Global. I enjoyed exploring a new city and look back at what was another great conference.

I decided to cut my trip short this year as many people in Hong Kong are anxious about the coronavirus outbreak considering our close proximity to Mainland China. Most people work from home and shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants around the city are quiet. I hope for the best but also try to be prepared for the worse.

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Brandable domain name sales week 1 & 2: Flapp.com, Purem.com, SmartCat.com

The new year is off to a decent start with a good number of five-figure brandable sales during the first two weeks of 2020. The $22,500 sale of Flapp.com is leading the chart. The domain name remains parked but the Whois shows that the buyer is a company named Travellab Global from South Africa. Purem.com fetched a cool $18,860 at Sedo but the domain remains parked as well.

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Top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2019

Five years ago I compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales during 2014 which planted the seed for a weekly blog series on the highest, reported, brandable domain name sales all throughout 201520162017, 2018 and now 2019.  Based on more than 1000 brandables sales we curated this year I have once again compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2019.

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 19 on the list, Thiink.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 6, OneHome.com, for example, is a brandable domain name while BuyHome.com would not have made this list.
  • Variation on words are allowed, such as No 62, Wearly.com

The 100 biggest sales this year account for $4,006,630.00 in sales compared to $3,079,880 in 2018, $4,516,680 in 2017, $3,343,894 in 2016, $3,168,440 in 2015 and $2,989,652 in 2014.

Sedo is the dominating sales venue for the 2nd year in a row claiming 42 spots on the list with GoDaddy (Auctions) as the surprising runner-up, accounting for 17% of sales despite the facts that these are a most likely investment instead of end-user sales.

Unfortunately, Afternic, Dan.com and niche marketplaces such as BrandBucket do not share sales data and sales made through platforms such as Efty remain private unless a seller decides to report a sale to DNJournal or NameBio.

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Brandable domain name sales week 51 & 52: Novo.com, XChange.com, Invinity.com

I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and is looking forward to the new year and a new decade. For me, looking back at the past 10 years, getting started with investing in domain names and co-founding Efty are the best business decisions I made. On the personal side, getting married and having our daughter top the list and health-wise, quitting smoking and starting running has made an enormous impact. I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020. Thanks for reading 🙏

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Brandable domain name sales week 50: OneHome.com, Davu.com, Ridely.com

Sedo is topping the list this week with its $70,000 sale of OneHome.com. It’s unclear to me who the buyer was but the domain name moved to MarkMonitor while the nameservers remain pointed at what seems to be a zero-click parking provider.

KitchenSurfing.com was an expired domain that used to be the home of a startup that booked private chefs to cook dinners in people’s homes on demand. They shut down in 2016 after four years in business and burning through over $20M in funding.

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Brandable domain name sales week 49: Loxo.com, Revv.com, CyberCar.com

The top-grossing sale of last week goes to NameJet where the expired Loxo.com domain sold for $18,056. Looking at the Whois details of the domain it seems the transfer of the domain hasn’t completed yet. Another notable expired domain sale is that of Revv.com which went for $14,750 at GoDaddy Auctions. There’s an Indian car-rental startup that raised $23.3M that goes by the name of Revv and is currently using Revv.co.in for its domain.

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