How do you sell your domain names?

It’s been a while since I’ve asked this question so I thought now would be a good time to revisit it. We all know that every year that goes by, the market dynamics of the domain industry change, and so does the way we all buy and sell our domain names. In 2015 the biggest change we have seen without a doubt is the incredible growth in buyers coming from China.

Along with changes in market dynamics comes new marketplaces and platforms for selling domains. Frank Schilling made waves a couple of years ago when he released his DomainNameSales platform (the same system he uses to sell his own domains) to the masses. Marketplaces like Flippa weren’t a blip in a domain investor’s radar three years ago, now domain names have become a big part of their business.

With so much change, and so many ways to sell domains there are many different approaches that can be successful, and I’m interested in what’s been working for you. Of course it’s not fair for me to ask this question without answering it myself, so I’ll get this party started.

I sell most of my domain names through inbound offers, many of these come through my parked DNS pages or via email from my WHOIS. Occasionally I’ll have a sales come through from a platform like Go Daddy or Afternic but these are definitely the exception and not the norm. I don’t have any domains in my portfolio that I’m rushing to sell so I’m in a position to wait until the right buyer comes to me, and I often sell names in the sub-$5,000 range so there’s a pretty wide range of buyers that can make me an offer that I’ll accept.

Now it’s your turn, how do you sell your domain names? Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • David Kelly November 1, 2015, 4:20 pm

    I do a lot of outreach and target perspective businesses that can benefit from domains I own. I do get some offers directly/ through my website and through platforms, but my main sales are from the outreach.

  • Eric Borgos November 1, 2015, 4:32 pm

    I have all my domains parked at, but I don’t have my sales leads go to them, I handle them myself. I also sometimes put domains up for auction at Flippa. And, I use domain brokers. I don’t do any direct marketing to sell domains myself.

  • Matt November 1, 2015, 5:00 pm and inbound inquiries.

  • Peter Rose November 1, 2015, 5:11 pm

    I use SEDO for my domains and have been advised to list them as Buy It Now instead of Make Offer. I have priced everything in UK pounds as I live in the UK. I am not so sure about that, maybe prices should be set to USD as that’s the biggest market. Problem with BIN I could leave money on the table if I’ve set it too cheap. I have researched all 420 of my names on NameBio and other sites and pitched everything competitively.

  • Chris Backe November 1, 2015, 6:43 pm

    Right now, I’m actually selling very few names. Put a few up on GoDaddy auctions every now and then, but on low-end sales the commission hits you hard. Had very little luck with Flippa or Namejet. Haven’t tried Sedo yet, but that’s mostly because I perceived they only handled big-ticket sales for the longest time.

  • Anunt November 1, 2015, 9:51 pm

    Back in the day, i used to resell domains to other domainers…but now, i use google to find end users.

    Do a google search for your domain terms, then email the owners of the first top 100 websites that pop up on google.

    I just sold for $xx,xxx to an end user using this simple technique.

    You will get a lot of low ball offers but all you need is one serious buyer to close the deal.

    Good Luck!!!

  • Howie November 2, 2015, 5:52 am

    My main stream is flipping, via the marketplaces and forums, with the odd ‘make offer’ larger sale coming through.

    Just launched a new site and started blogging again (my last was a healthcare site in 2011) Cheers!

  • joe November 2, 2015, 7:27 pm

    I did not know whether to comment’ll try because I have big names premium domain since 2008 not having traffic for registrars to endorse their bad practices that however much struggle to find a good lawyer all I hired US in the end they have seen that it was impossible to follow because the force of the cyber occupation of the great is freely permitted by the agencies of this country.

    Now I appose in my premium auction gTLD domain names of three letters and four letters, among others. a record and immediately to $ 79 to go investing gains with other more up to last week of the month and get at least for me uns $ 9K after commission uy sale escrow miuchos they had been on the road with no one but be Professional of: · “Strategy of the psychology of the keywords”.
    Also will register a trademark in Spain that will talk with you and those who for years made it improper to spite himself who writes this reaches the final conclusion that you must play the same style but with different strategy a web investments in everything related to keywords, strategy, online advertising and a website

    A blog to see if I can once and for all that allow Goddady after two months you can give permission to transfer Hostgator and begin domaining blog.

    Many of the domain names that have old and there Hostgator transfer to use these for my new system advertising business ads and online brands with a new a method already used in Spain with advertising agencies and out very well for its customers companies and multinational brands.

    I do not have much time now because of family matters

  • Mirco November 4, 2015, 9:40 am

    I always try to avoid resellers as they’ll make a profit on my names.
    Recently I started using and I parked 200 domains with them, I like that I can directly reach the end users and the interface is super easy to use.

  • Frank November 13, 2015, 5:38 am

    I am using undeveloped to sell mine but the domains I have now, I don’t know why its been difficult to find buyers.

    Please can someone appraise these domains: healthydietchart dot com, bestmotorcycleaccidentlawyer dot com, starmovieplanet dot com, ymarts dot com, frankforum dot com.


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