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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Brandable domain name sales week 47 & 48: GreenRoads.com, CryptoCart.com, SlotCity.com

I have a double dose of sales data for you guys as we gathered all reported brandable domain names sales from the last couple of weeks in this post. The six-figure sale of GreenRoads.com is topping the chart as CBD company Green Roads of Florida, LLC purchased the domain name for $160,000 after failing to win it in a cybersquatting dispute. Karma served.

Another noticeable sale was that of CryptoCart.com which went for a cool $58,178 at Sedo, showing there’s still plenty of money going around in the crypto space. The seller made a 15 x return on its investment after a 3-year hold.

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Brandable domain name sales week 46: GymMaster.com, Eyek.com, BitcoinCapital.com

Domain name investor AbdulBasit is leading the chart this week with the $15,000 sale of GymMaster.com. He shared the following details at his blog: “Got $13,500 opening offer via Afternic broker. The listed price was $19,888 BIN. After going back and forth several times with the broker, we finally closed the deal for $15,000”.

An interesting takeaway from his blog post is that he sells more domains via Afternic at the moment despite the fact that his entire portfolio is pointed to Uniregistry landing pages.

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Brandable domain name sales week 44 & 45: Saxx.com, Orius.com, Thinkster.com

We have a double dose of sales data for you as we list all reported brandable domain names sales from the last couple of weeks in this post. A whopping 18 of them reached five-figures showing that the market for this segment is smoking hot at the moment.

The top sale goes to GoDaddy Auctions where Aiting.com sold for $73,000. A quick lookup on Ahrefs shows you why. The domain name has close to 900k backlinks from over 3000 different websites.

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81 Newly Funded Companies and their Domain Names: Choco.com, Dash.co, Repeat.app

The only startup that launched with a premium .com this week is Choco, a young startup from Berlin with plenty of momentum that’s aiming to attract restaurants and suppliers. The company just raised a $33.5M funding round and aims to make ordering and communication with suppliers faster and simpler. A quick look at DomainIQ reveals that the Whois details of Choco.com last changed in July 2019, several months before the company secured it’s Series A investment.

Dash Living, a “Serviced Living Community” here in Hong Kong that raised $10M is operating from Dash.co. The company operates several serviced apartments, boutique hotels and co-living spaces around the city.

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