Brandable domain name sales week 12 & 13: CBDClub.com, Rezy.com, ConnectNow.com

CBD domain names are 🔥🔥

CBD which is the acronym for cannabidiol is a chemical compound in marijuana with a variety of uses and with the recent legalization of marijuana use in many American states the potential market for CBD oil alone is estimated to be worth $1.2 billion by 2020. Last week, a Las Vegas CBD oil company acquired the exact match domain name CBDOil.com for $500,240 and it’s a brandable CBD related domain name that is topping the brandable list as well.

CBDClub.com sold for a cool $30,000 at PotDomains – a specialized domain name marketplace for, you guessed it, marijuana domain names.

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What Kind of Domainer Are You? Part One: Domain Flipping

After being shot down numerous times, I humbled myself and came to the stark realization that this is a much more intricate process.

Ali Zandi

Before we buy a domain we should have a concrete plan for selling it. For veteran domainers this is an almost instantaneous calculation when they consider a domain purchase.  Beginners, on the other hand, may need to write down and think through their plan before hand.  In either case a practical plan should include both a buy and sell price, a list of potential customers and preferred methods for transactions (sales venue, payment process, commission and escrow fees etc).

Without a plan we might acquire a domain with little to no marketability or overpay and lose potential profit. 

This process will be different for different types of domainers including what I call flippers, trend riders and investors.

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Brandable domain name sales week 11: BitcoinPlus.com, Wope.com, Cannabees.com

The top grossing sale of last week was Vivlio.com which sold for a cool $25,000 at Sedo. The buyer is a French distribution platform for ebooks called TEA which stands for The Ebook Alternative. It was a bit of a mystery for me why they forked out $25k for this domain name until I saw they operate a site on Vivlio.fr

BitcoinPlus.com also sold via Sedo, showing that altough significantly less, there’s still some money going around in crypto-related domain names

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Brandable domain name sales week 10: Ribi.com, Msngr.com, Clonezilla.com

The top grossing sale of the week is for a domain name that would go mostly ignored if it would end up on a pending delete list: Fivelements.com

It sold for a cool $19,000 at Sedo and was purchased by Fitness First Asia, one of the largest fitness brands in the world, and the largest in Southeast Asia. They also operate an eco-wellness brand called Fivelements which currently uses the Fivelements.org domain name.

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Eight Ways to Fail at Domaining

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”Henry Kissinger

Profitable domainers fail 97% of the time on the way to selling 3% of their inventory each year.  Domaining is a highly speculative endeavor.  To be profitable means walking a virtual tightrope of income, expenses and probabilities.  On top of that we have to compete with thousands of other domainers from around the globe. So if we want to exceed – we have to excel.  On the other hand, if we want to fail, there’s at least eight ways to do it:

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Brandable domain name sales week 8 & 9: FiveNines.com, Arcus.com, DigitalFactory.com

I just finished filming a review panel for DomainSherpa with Andrew Rosener and Jeff Gabriel from Uniregistry. I stopped sharing regular updates about my acquisitions and sales here on the blog a couple of years ago but I share all the details of a recent brandable domain name sale on the show as well as some sales data across my entire portfolio. There was a good discussion about wholesale and retail pricing for brandable domains as well so make sure to tune into the next DomainSherpa Review if you’re interested in that kind of stuff.

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Brandable domain name sales week 6 & 7: WealthCare.com, AntFarm.com, MakeOrBreak.com

Sedo tops the chart with the $30,000 sale of WealthCare.com – a clever play on Healthcare, a hot industry with many startups aiming to disrupt and plenty of venture capital to support. The domain name currently forwards to Alegeus.com which is a market leader in consumer-directed healthcare solutions. They operate some sort of account administration platform at WealthCareAdmin.com so this domain purchase will most likely be used as an upgrade.

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Cashing In on the eSports Craze

“[The] booming eSports space….. I think that is going to be the next ‘crypto wave’ for domains. I’m seeing so much action in that area.” Drew Rosener on Domain Sherpa, Oct 2018


One of the fastest growing industries of our day is eSports. Startups in this space are spawning faster than Fortnite warriors and, more importantly, established corporations like Google, Sony, Microsoft, Doritos and Coca-Cola are investing at an increasingly rapid pace.  Money is on the move. Just this week Epic Games announced it’s putting up $100 million dollars in prize money for competitions in 2019. The July, World Cup alone, will include $30 million in total prizes.  But it gets better…..

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Brandable domain name sales week 4 & 5: RedBarn.com, Pay21.com, Mexo.com

Writing for the blog had to take a backseat as I was traveling for NamesCon followed by the Chinese New Year holiday. The journey to Las Vegas from Hong Kong is long and tiring but always worth it. Sharing a meal or a drink while talking domains with those you normally only get to interact with online is priceless. I already decided I will be attending NamesCon Europe which is being hosted close to beautiful Lisbon in Portugal in May this year and I will be bringing my family along so we can make a great trip out of it.

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Top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2018

Four 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 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018.  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 2018.

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 98 on the list, Chipz.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 47, MoneySmart.com, for example, is a brandable domain name while MoneyLender.com would not have made this list.
  • Variation on words are allowed, such as No 1, Jobster.com

The 100 biggest sales this year account for $3,079,880 in sales compared to 
$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 this year claiming 50% of all sales on the list with Uniregistry as the runner-up, accounting for 23% of sales. Unfortunately, Afternic, GoDaddy, Undeveloped and niche marketplaces such as BrandBucket and BrandRoot.com 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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