How To Get Started With Afternic – 2019 Edition


Afternic was one of the very first platforms I used to list domain names for sale, which was over ten years ago…queue jokes about me being old! Over the years they have done a great job of improving the UX, expanding the distribution network, and many more awesome things that help investors sell more domains. There are many different avenues to sell domains and listing your names in a marketplace like Afternic is free, and gets you more exposure, so there’s really no reason not to do it.

In the past I’ve heard people complain about having to pay commission when a domain name they own sells at a marketplace. There’s a very quick simple fix for this, just price your name higher to compensate. That was easy, wasn’t it?

As one of the largest global domain marketplaces, and owned by Go Daddy, Afternic has an incredible distribution network which means that people searching for your domain can find it on a wide range of other places. Since it’s been a while since I’ve done a walkthrough of getting started with Afternic I thought it was time for a refresher since it’s one of my personal favorites.

There’s some terminology to know when listing domains on Afternic and if that’s scared you away in the past get ready for it to all be demystified. Ready? Let’s rock!

Step 1: Enter your domains


Unless you only have a handful of domain names I would highly recommend that you upload a spreadsheet with your domains in it. This makes life a lot easier because you’re able to fill out all the details about each domain name directly in Excel. While you can always do this directly through the Afternic platform, I’ve found it’s quicker and easier to do it in a spreadsheet on the front-end.

So let’s walk through what the spreadsheet will look like.

Step 2: Download the spreadsheet template


Okay, I know there’s a lot here, but don’t get intimidated, once you know what everything means it’s easy to get in a groove. Let’s go through each of these columns one-by-one:

Domain Name – you guessed it, that was an easy one!

Minimum offer – this is the lowest offer amount a buyer can submit, don’t confuse this with the lowest amount of money you’d accept for a domain name. You might want to get $5,000 for a domain but realistically a buyer with a $5,000 budget could start with an $1,000 offer…I’d recommend setting your minimum offer in the $250 – $750 range. Note that $250 is the minimum offer price that you can set.

Reserve price – this is an optional field. If a buyer meets this price it will automatically be accepted after 7 days if someone else doesn’t make a higher offer. I often leave this blank myself.

Floor price – also optional but I do recommend filling this one in. The floor price is the lowest price you’d sell a domain for and can be useful if someone from Afternic is helping to negotiate a deal on your behalf. Once again, like I said above, set this to a number that takes into account the commission you’ll be paying.

Buy Now Price – while this is also technically optional I strongly recommend filling it in. It also happens to be required if you’d like your domains to be part of the premium promotion level, which you want. More on that later. Simply put, the Buy Now Price, often called a BIN, is the price you’d accept for an immediate sale.

First and second level categories – if you fill this in then people browsing for names in specific categories will have an easier time finding your name. You can have Afternic do this for you but the reality is you’ll probably do a better job yourself than letting a bot do it.

Description – you’re welcome to go nuts here and write a fun description of your domain or list reasons why someone should buy it. I haven’t used this field myself since it would take a long time to fill it out for all my names.

Listing status – I see people get confused with this one and I know why…it’s a bit confusing. Essentially this is asking if you want your domain to be available through the domain reseller network or not. I’d say in 99.9% of cases you would want this since it means more people will see your domain. Simply put the number “3” in this field to select that option, a “4” means you do not want to have your domain included in the reseller network.

Step 3: List your domain for fast transfer

This is another great reason why you want to set a BIN price with names you list on Afternic. If your domains have a BIN and they qualify for fast transfer (based on price and TLD) then you’ll get automatically upgraded to the Premium Network at the same time. So what is fast transfer? It means that the buyer will get the name right after they purchase it without having to go through the hassle of auth codes and associated waiting game.

The way I look at it is – people like to take the path of least resistance. If someone is considering buying your name and another name, and your name they’ll get right away, the other they’ll have to go through auth codes, etc. then which name do you think they’re going to pick?

That’s it. Your names will now be listed for sale on Afternic. At this point you might be wondering a bit more about the difference between the Standard and Premium Network so let me break it down for you.

  • Standard promotes your domain on 32 sites, Premium promotes your domain on 100 sites
  • Standard gets you in front of a potential 25M buyers, Premium gets you in front of a potential 75M buyers
  • Standard won’t allow fast transfers, Premium will

Phew – okay well that about covers it. Hopefully this post will give you the kick in the pants you needed to get your names up on Afternic. Like any domain marketplace don’t set an expectation that suddenly all your domains will sell overnight but there’s no doubt you have a great chance of selling your domains if they’re listed in marketplaces than if they aren’t…and there’s no cost to list them, so it’s always seemed like a no brainer to me.

Thanks for reading and as always feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section below!

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  • Daniel M April 1, 2019, 6:57 pm

    Absolute MUST READ for every and any domainer!!!!!!

    • Morgan April 2, 2019, 4:48 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, glad you liked it!

  • Anunt April 1, 2019, 10:45 pm

    i love their fast transfer service…
    the domain automatically gets transferred to the buyer and the seller does not have to do anything…i definitely recommend listing on Afternic with buy it now price

  • Paul McMenamy April 2, 2019, 2:41 am

    Very clear – and very useful Morgan. Does listing @ Afternic mean you can’t also list @ Sedo and others? Hope all goes very well you you.

    • Alan Shiflett April 2, 2019, 5:31 am

      @Paul, Listing at Afternic is not exclusive so you can still list with Sedo as well.

  • Bob Parry April 2, 2019, 2:43 am

    Thanks for this great info! I now quite understand about Minimum Offer & Listing Status which I was not too sure before. However, I only add my domains to Afternic following my tweets on Twitter to get full exposure & traffic first as there is still over 14 millions domains listed on this huge marketplace. Also, I use as my own member profile which only shows my listed domains and much easier for potential buyers to find a right one hopefully!

  • Markus Nystrom April 2, 2019, 3:00 am

    Bob Parry, why are you lying about your name? What else are you lying about?

    • Bob Parry April 2, 2019, 5:59 am

      This is my own real name associated with Domains Feast so I am not lying at all – you are just pathetic and horrible indeed!

    • Roberto April 2, 2019, 6:41 am

      @Bob Parry, don’t feed the trolls, they’re just looking to get a rise out of you.

      • Bob Parry April 2, 2019, 6:55 am

        Okay, I understand now.

  • Mark Thorpe April 2, 2019, 6:57 am

    The most important thing about Afternic is that it’s owned by GoDaddy and that means Afternic domain listings show up in domain search.
    Premium and standard network listings are a bonus (

  • Page Clinic April 2, 2019, 9:16 am

    In GoDaddy, using the “Beta” domain manager, you can link your Afternic account to your GoDaddy account. From there, you can do Menu > Buy & Sell > Domain Listing Service (Beta)

    Have you played around with this yet? It looks like it pulls in data from Afternic once you’re linked, but other than that, I don’t see what else it does besides a nice dashboard in GD.

  • George Hong April 2, 2019, 5:59 pm

    Afternic was one of the first platforms I used to list domain names for sale too.
    I moved the focus away from leveraging sale platforms to sell domain names “automatically” many years ago. I recently heard a lot of good things about Afternic and want to get myself familiar with the updated Afternic system.
    I logged into my personal Afternic account, created in 2007, on March 31th 2019. Prior to that I haven’t logged in to that account for years.
    Within 24 hours, this blog post was published.
    It makes me feel that you wrote this post specially for me :-).
    Thank you, Morgan!

  • satyadeep singh April 4, 2019, 10:44 am

    I can’t find the listing status and putting number 3

  • Soraya May 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

    I have the same problem (I am a newbie). Can´t find BIN, listing status and where to put number 3 on Afternic. My websites also don´t seem to be eligible for Premium, no idea why… Can anyone help? Thank you.

  • FUNSHO EMMANUEL July 23, 2019, 7:42 am

    please after parking your domain for fast transfer how long does it takes to get a buyer on afternic

  • Jeremyah August 27, 2019, 8:43 am

    Thanks so much for thiis tutorial, very useful man ! How Can I download the Spreedsheet ? I can’t see any link in the article.

  • Jay January 7, 2020, 10:41 pm

    I have alot of success with Afternic I think it is a fantastic site. I picked up about 10 sales from them alone in 2019 which is not to shabby I dont think. Does adding the catagories help for exposure I had asked them orginally when I started listing with them and they said only if people are shopping directly on Afternic which majority of sales are through their network so I have not really used them. Does any one have experience with this? I am finding multiple answers or opinions online. Thanks for your help and wishing everyone much success in their domaining ventures. Happy Selling 🙂

  • Marci Várnai February 2, 2021, 4:36 am

    Hey, i dont really know how to get this auth code on afternic. I sold a domain but dont have this code.
    Can u help me out please?

    • Morgan February 2, 2021, 9:09 am

      Hi @Marci – I don’t work for Afternic so wouldn’t be the right person to contact for technical support. I’ve found it’s very easy to get in touch with Afternic on the phone so I would give them a call.

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