One quick and easy way to get more exposure for your domains on Afternic

I have been a big fan of Afternic since I started using them back in 2007, they have a great team and a massive network of partners that makes it easy to get your domain(s) in front of a ton of potential buyers. What you might not know is that Afternic has two different promotion levels, Network and Premium and while Network still can get you a lot of exposure, there are a lot of advantages to premium.

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The core advantage to upgrading your domain listing to premium (which is free BTW) is the massive reach it gives – 75M prospective buyers/month. Along with more exposure, based on the data, domains listed in the Premium promotion tier sell for 33% more and offer fast transfer options that make the sales process much quicker.

Most of my domain names have not been eligible for Premium promotion for years since Afternic didn’t support domains from Go Daddy to upgrade to the Premium promotion level. Now that Go Daddy owns Afternic this has all changed and any names you have registered with Go Daddy can now be upgraded to Premium, and you can do it with one simple action.

Afternic Premium PromotionIf you look at the top of the screen when viewing your domain portfolio in Afternic you’ll see a button under “Promotion Level” that says, “Upgrade All Eligible” which, like it sounds, will upgrade all the domains you have selected to Premium if they are eligible. If you want to do it one at a time you can do that too by clicking the “Upgrade” button next to the domain you want to upgrade.

This is the easiest way to get your domains in front of more people and it won’t take more than five minutes.


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  • Ron November 9, 2014, 10:34 am

    A well written article, and not strictly hype would tell readers the added commission percentage of such an upgrade.

    Is .xyz still a good investment?

  • Anthony November 9, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I made one of my first domain sales way way back in 2003 at Afternic. Went on to make many more with them. Havent listed with them in a while, maybe I will get my names listed over there again…

  • Adam November 9, 2014, 7:03 pm

    “75M prospective buyers/month” on afternic?
    No way. Where is this number coming from. Godaddy on compete only shows like 9m

  • AbdulBasit Makrani November 9, 2014, 7:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tip. Although I don’t actively sell domains through Afternic but whatever domains are listed there I have upgraded them.

  • NYC November 10, 2014, 1:41 am

    Hmmm. Are you sure? I’ve got literally thousands of domains listed with Afternic (all of which are likewise registered through GoDaddy) and the “Upgrade All Eligible” link to which you make reference is completely “dead” (ie, inactive) in my console. Any suggestions? Is there some other step(s) you left out?

  • Globus November 10, 2014, 12:42 pm

    The payout systems at Afternic are archaic, at least for global customers. Sending “check by post” is a lame option – are they gaming use of funds those extra days? (upper four-figure sale) Service support has markedly slowed recently: 3+ day response time = poor.

    • Morgan November 10, 2014, 3:58 pm

      @Globus – I’ve never received a check by post from them, always had payments sent directly to my bank. Sorry to hear about support response time you’ve been seeing, I’ve always seen them be lightning fast!

  • Joe November 10, 2014, 4:46 pm

    Afternic is a good place to sell domain names to register two weeks ago and see many new issues which have for years.
    I like to have truth, but be Godaddy.

  • TrendingStream November 10, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I agree morgan previously,I have parked with sedo and I receivd very low traffic like below 50 views in a month,after switching to afternic I have got more than 65 views in a weeks time,this shows there potential of how they are promoting our domain names

    • Morgan November 10, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Absolutely – Afternic has the biggest distribution network out there, Sedo is big, but Afternic is bigger 🙂

  • Globus November 10, 2014, 11:55 pm

    Morgan – do you have a designated Afternic agent? (I’m lumped with everyone at Before this year Afternic responses were very fast; now sadly sluggish.

    I’ve sold $25,000+ via Afternic: Premium Promotion & Network & (discontinued) Park & Sell 5% rebate system. I do like the Premium Promotion… nice to wake up to the email “SOLD”

  • teenateena November 11, 2014, 9:25 am

    Thank you for the article! I have a question and maybe I will receive an answer here, as it is a question related to domains..I am getting really frustrated with sedo, because they refused my domain for their auction, it respects all the requirements, it’s a real word, I haven’t used their paid promotion options, and maybe that is why they refused it, even if the domain is very good. I also read on other sites, and I am not the only one with this problem, there are many people that have their good domains refused for auctions (sometimes, the names listed for the sedo auction don’t make any sense, and that is why I don’t understand, it’s not fair), and those people were thinking (presenting their problem on blogs) that if they are not paying users (without using premium options for promoting their domains), the sedo staff rejects their domains for auctions.

    Maybe if this kind of article is written, the people that use sedo services wil give some advice or share their experiences, and maybe people like me will be clarified about this unfair situation. Thank you for taking your time to read my complaint!

  • Alan Dodd November 14, 2014, 6:26 am

    Is this actually up and running? Why didn’t they and godaddy email everyone?

    I have my doubts this is working.
    Also – do you have to go through every single page of your names and submit them?

  • Alan Dodd November 14, 2014, 6:36 am

    Wow, I think this might be actually up and running. What happens on godaddy when one of these premium names is searched for?


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