Popular Domain Marketplaces Are Still Pumping-Out .COM Sales

Yes, we’re moving into a world where new gTLDs are going to be in the news, all day, every day. While these might take center stage, on my blog and other blogs for some time to come, that doesn’t mean that the .COM isn’t kicking ass and taking names and selling very reliably on popular domain marketplaces.

As I’ve said many times before I do think that .COM prices will go up over time as a more scarce resource in an even larger pool. Looking at the weekly sales charts it is more clear than ever and when I look at what the core of the top sales are, it always seems to come down to two-word .COMs. Here’s a few from Afternic just last week:

NetLotto.com – $10,000

RescueData.com – $5,000

LevyLaw.com – $7,500

MachineryAppraisals.com – $3,495

MerchantGuard.com – $3,000

RevelMedia.com – $4,500

CheapBroadway.com – $8,900

PurpleDove.com – $3,200

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Of course there are plenty of one and two-word .COMs that sell in the six-figure range, but two-word .COMs really do make up the solid core of weekly sales and where I think the most opportunity exists. The list goes on and this trend can be seen across other marketplaces like Aftermarket, Sedo, Snapnames and more. I think the best move domain name investors can make now is to invest in one and two-word .COMs. Sure experiment with a few gTLDs here and there but if you’re an investor stick with what works and will be in higher demand than ever before.

As for new gTLDs, I think they’re awesome, just not for investors.

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  • DomainNameAddresses.com February 12, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Awake.us is on that list, Im not in deep on .us, but im starting to wish I had been. oing Im thinking theres going to be some flip money to be made on these.

    • Morgan February 12, 2014, 7:40 pm

      I owned a lot of .US names in the past and can tell you that you’re not missing-out. While a few will sell from time to time you can’t beat two-word .COMs.

  • Nick February 12, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Where is the best place to sell two-word .COMs Morgan?

    • Morgan February 12, 2014, 9:58 pm

      @Nick – directly to potential buyers over the phone or via inbound offers.

  • Nick February 13, 2014, 4:18 am

    @Morgan: thanks!

  • Gary February 13, 2014, 6:25 am

    What about one word .com names. What is the trend?

  • Igor Mironyuk February 13, 2014, 7:26 am

    @Morgan dot coms are best. Of course. But how the dot nets?
    You own great .net domains that better than .com domains?

  • DomainNameAddresses.com February 13, 2014, 8:41 am

    Phone is #1 ..
    I say this

    Hi, my name is Steve with Network Advertising, Im calling to let you know that the domain name ________ is available for purchase. If you have a moment I can show you the benefits of owning this premium domain name. (I know 80% of the time the gatekeeper hears this) PERFECT! he/she is lazy 80% of the time as well! Most times they say in their own words “hold up know Im just the receptionist John (or whoever) is in charge of that, They dont pay me for that” and transfer me or give me the email info. Key is pitch everyone.. Hot potato is the norm with end users. Theres other variations and rebuttals to their stronger replies… But this opener I’ve used for 12 out of the 14 or so years I’ve done it. Doing it 3 times a day is useless. Its smile and dial 100 plus calls per day. I know it works I have 10 reps on the phone making 100 calls each a day, or there out. Its a numbers game. Follow-up is key most sales take 3-5 calls. Make a lead sheet with a notes section, log what you said and they said last (ammo for your next conversation) … I dont say anything different on each call, I say this, they say that, I say this, they say that, I say this, they say that. Almost the same conversation every time, Im reading the pitch (obviously I have it memorized after a decade) like an actor in a play. At the end (and it may take 3-5 calls to get it all in) they are in or out, and I’m on to the next call. When you get the decision maker its important to remember they all say no (many times sometimes) Keep reading..lol . No means you just havent sold them yet, in this case read far enough into the pitch… A real no is when you hear the rap of the dial tone. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Want to know the whole pitch from start to finish? email me.

  • Nick February 13, 2014, 9:57 am

    @DomainNameAddresses.com THANK YOU for that! I think, speaking for myself, its not the “no” that would bother me (obviously not the “yes” either). Its the “tell me more” that has tripped me up.

    Now, I know my domains. And in person I could sell them without skipping a beat. Over the phone, not seeing someone in person, I get tripped up easily. I shouldnt but I do.

    “Tell me more”… what do you tell them? How the domain can earn them more money? How to back that? How to quantify that? Especially when you might have a domain which isnt a high-traffic name but a great industry keyword name which they can probably use in advertising / marketing of their products / services.

    Alsom do you keep track of your calls in a traditional CRM or some contact manager of some sort?


  • DomainNameAddresses.com February 13, 2014, 10:42 am

    email: steve at networkadvertising.com

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