Two Quick Tips For Selling Your Domains Through Afternic, Aftermarket or Sedo

Someone was recently asking me for some tips and tricks for selling domains on marketplaces like Afternic or Sedo. They also asked me which I recommended. After spending almost six years using both I can tell you that I personally prefer Afternic. Don’t want to start a war here but from customer service to quality of the platform Afternic is just a better solution IMHO.

I try not to be controversial so I’ll leave it at that, I know some very awesome people at Sedo so want to make it clear that I’m not trying to slam Sedo in this post. If you want to sell your domains faster there are two quick tips that will definitely help you on either platform though since there’s a good chance you’ll end up listing on both.

One platform you also might not know about that I highly recommend is Aftermarket which is run by Thought Convergence. Aftermarket has a stellar user interface and great customer service and they’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes to add lots of awesome new features over the years.

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So now you know the platforms I like, now onto the tips!

  1. Use expanded promotion options when possible – both Afternic and Sedo have ways to expose your domains to more people depending on where you have them registered. With Afternic, the Premium Promotion level exposes your domains 75 million searches/month vs. 25 million at the network promotion level. Just making this small change will triple the chances that someone will see your domains and make an offer.
  2. Properly categorize your domains – while many people search for domains, that’s not everyone. Some people like to browse and look through a particular category when they don’t have a specific domain in mind. If your domain is not categorized correctly they may never see it.

Afternic Promotion Levels

By making these changes will you instantly start selling more domains? Probably not. Listing your domains on platforms like Afternic, Aftermarket and Sedo are ways to increase the exposure your domains get to potential buyers but this is only part of a good sales strategy. I’ve always been a big believer in getting your names out there in as many places as possible, and when you do that, you may as well do it right.

As always feel free to share your own tips or comment on any of mine.

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  • Rich May 8, 2013, 5:37 pm

    My Experience with Afternic is that i felt that they were my competition.
    They have close to 1million domains names and i think for that matter i did not get a lot of traction.
    I feel much better knowing that there’s no conflict of interest with Sedo.
    Sedo it’s just a platform of selling domains and that’s how it should be.
    That is why i took all my domains out from Afternic .
    I do think that closing a deal with Afternic you get your money faster then with Sedo.

    But my favorite it’s DNS.
    There you have control.You see who is inquiring,e’mail,ip.phone etc…

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  • Raymond May 8, 2013, 5:45 pm

    What do you think of Premium listing in GoDaddy and Godaddy Auction?
    Anything good?

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    • Morgan May 8, 2013, 9:11 pm

      Great question @Raymond! Yes – premium listings on Go Daddy are also good, that being said, when you list on Sedo they list on Go Daddy as well so it kills two birds with one stone.

      @Domenclature – I was actually thinking of including that early post in this article, boy does time fly! πŸ™‚

      @Rich – I have never felt that way at all about Afternic, since day one they have been incredibly supportive and done everything they can to move the names listed in their system. I think having their own names in there is a plus since it means buyers have more inventory to look at. It’s a bit like when you go to a store like Best Buy or Target, they make their own products too and sell them alongside the products they carry, more inventory means better customer experience which is better for you in the end!

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  • Domenclature.com May 8, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Linton,

    How time flies! It’s almost 7 years that we all read your nascent blog, dealing with a comparison between Afternic & Sedo!

    Goes to show that the more things change, the more they remain the same. You did a series on those two companies way back.

    See: http://morganlinton.com/sedo-afternic-and-snapnames/

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  • Leonard Britt May 8, 2013, 6:36 pm

    My personal preference is Godaddy as there is no transfer process – just an email that your domain was sold and it is automatically removed from your account. I received payment for my last domain sale within 24 hours of notification of the sale.

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  • Raymond May 8, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Thanks Morgan.

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  • Domain Flipping May 8, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Guess don’t matter where you posted but the most important thing is to PROMOTE your listing… I have both SEDO & Afternic and nothing happens if you don’t promote. Thanks Morgan

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  • Rich May 8, 2013, 10:32 pm

    Morgan
    “I think having their own names in there is a plus since it means buyers have more inventory to look at”
    Exactly that’s my point.Tell me what are the chances in selling one of my domain in comparing to their own portfolio? it’s like a needle in a haystack.

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  • Morgan May 8, 2013, 10:57 pm

    @Rich – my point is that if you have great domains, being surrounded by other names won’t hurt you. Quality always rises to the top and getting your domains in front of millions of people is never a bad thing IMHO.

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  • Viljami May 9, 2013, 12:55 am

    I did a “background check” on Sedo’s MLS promotion network a while ago, and the traffic volumes of those MLS partners (excluding Big Daddy) are really quite modest. Not saying it doesn’t help, but don’t expect any radical changes over night.

    Comparing Sedo’s and Afternic’s traffic, Sedo receives about 4 times as much traffic as Afternic. A lion’s share of Afternic’s traffic comes from US, whereas Sedo’s traffic is quite international.

    Comparing Sedo’s and Afternic’s platforms, Afternic is cool and on-trend, whereas Sedo US is starting to look really dated. I really hope they adopt the Sedo DE layout across their sites.

    Anyway, I’ve sold a lot of domains through Sedo, but not a single one through Afternic (yet), so only because of that I like Sedo more πŸ™‚

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  • Joe May 9, 2013, 2:59 am

    Morgan!

    Thanks for your advice.

    In the previous post of his blog: March 19, 2012 on the subject of today being Sedo, Afternic, Snapnames, on November 21, 2012 as part of its title: About The New Afternic.

    Today give two identical names to post March 19, 2012 and Aftermarket, instead of Snapnames as you can see in my writing.

    My question is simple: Sedo and Afternic have both partners to be ICANN registrars which take a percentage of the sale of our domain, in the picture you post be some of them.

    Missing Goddady, Sedo is the owner of a system that is not if being patented as do with authority with the Certificate to purchase for $ 19 to buy domain names at a price of $ 25,000 this have at least Network Solutions, which will be in my blacklist.

    Which of all these does not have complicity with ICANN registrars here is my question?

    Since you be an investment company and the deal is likely to move many different domain names during the month, I and many like this to write. Do not be like you, understand the situation

    Best

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  • Rich May 9, 2013, 6:07 am

    Morgan@
    That’s my issue my .com’s are not that great πŸ™ if they were they will sell wherever they are.

    It’s very hard to compete with buydomains. Look at these names and numbers.
    TourCaribbean.com $788
    TripsToTheCaribbean.com $555

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  • Bob May 9, 2013, 7:00 am

    @Morgan and Ray – For clarification Afternic will list your names on GoDaddy as well but you have the option to suppress this if you’d prefer not to list them there.

    @Viljami – A significant portion of Afternic’s traffic comes through our global reseller network of over 100 registrar and hosting companies. Not sure how you’re measuring reach but if you’re solely looking at website traffic for BuyDomains and Afternic you won’t get the complete picture. Premium Promotion will get your names onto all those registrar sites.

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  • Gene Pimentel May 9, 2013, 9:41 am

    I’ve used both Sedo and Afternic for close to 10 years, and they both are very much worth working with. Afternic has my preference, as they consistently produce results for me in the way of higher offers and solid transactions. I haven’t used Aftermarket but will sign up now. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  • Domain Flipping May 9, 2013, 9:57 am

    @Gene so you just post the domains on Afternic and sit and wait for a buyer?

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  • Gene Pimentel May 9, 2013, 11:21 am

    @ Domain Flipping – Not at all. I list domains while I’m being proactive selling. Meanwhile, the Afternic team is also promoting on my behalf.

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  • Domain Flipping May 9, 2013, 11:28 am

    Hey @Gene it’s time to write that ebook about that. Thanks brother!

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  • brian May 9, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Sedo also has their own portfolio that they sell. It’s called Dom Collect. They are just more sneaky about it and try to keep it a secret.

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  • Rich May 9, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Brian@
    You are right.I just learned from you that Sedo has 100,000 names on their own.Hmm !!!

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  • Nan May 9, 2013, 8:22 pm

    MY experience with sedo=not good, I listed my domains twice with them and the listings came off and were on the great domains website, I could not believe this happened, what would of my endusers would think after I sent them there? so I canceled my membership with sedo, I get sick of seeing the crap names that sell on there (of course they are theirs as you would bet-same as afternic, their brokers are pushed to sell their inventory, they both have shoddy business practices. why should people have to pay the $69 fee on sedo to secure a broker in order to get a domain and why pay $39 to list? I guess my Dog Days are over because I refuse to use either one of them.

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  • Suzie August 25, 2013, 4:33 am

    Thanks for mentioning aftermarket, I will sign up

    I’d be curious to know which platform you prefer for parking?

    I have had some bad experiences with sedo. Their bulk upload system doesn’t always work and I’ve had several hundred domains deleted by sedo in error and lots of other problems.

    Afternic always works smoothly. It’s easy to upload and maintain listings and their customer service team have excellent English. Some of the sedo people don’t have very good English in their emails although I do find a quicker response time on sedo.

    Agree with others… The godaddy transfer system after sale is effortless.

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  • Kiran August 26, 2013, 11:10 am

    Thanks Morgan, you have provided very useful info… I always have problem with the pricing, I don’t know how to price? Sometimes I feel I expect too much & that’s why I don’t get enough buyers. How much my domain ex: Firstdelight.com can go for?
    Also I think few names that are Porn related would cost more, what do you say?

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  • Kiran August 31, 2013, 9:01 am

    Hi Morgan, if I list my domain name for sale in multiple sites, do I have to pay commission for all sites when my domain name gets sold?

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  • Joe September 1, 2013, 3:40 am

    On May 9, 2013 to comment and have no response from anyone , I know best this market every day and understand why you do not respond to me and I put in place now .
    Well this last week of August Parkingcrew.com register in writing that in his home to work for domainers like them to be professional domainers , register in the same as ” I am …. a single ” I not Company “in registration be required to write the top 5 domain names users search more I understand well : and write 5 of the total each month best writer in English and to find 10 million users each month USA and 245 Million Global users , in total per year for each dominio.com be 120 million users USA annually x 5 = 600 million U.S. users , and goblal in 5 dominio.com total , 2.942 million users , after registering .
    Receive an autoresponder thanking and professional domainers study , after a day and a half Parkingcrew.com response and professional domainers also comment on their email without the possibility of responding that can not accept that my 5 domain names . com I put on record for them not to be good to take charge in domain parking .
    So my question which is best domain parking world in 2013 I used to write to Parkingcrew . search this in Google : 10 best domain paking 2013 and click on this to be the first organic result : http://kejanny.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-Free-Domain-Parking-Companies-of-2013

    As Parkingcrew.com to see all of you is the second best reviews in July , 2013

    The first http://www.smartname.com must be like the second because you must also put some names dominio.com to be accepted.

    Those who remain in third, fourth , fifth, sixth ……. position including being Parklogic.com but there’s a hidden surprise everyone and this website http://www.ipneighborhood.com/pricing/

    Traffic Z believe to be the best of all , this is what I read for the first time this domain parking Trademark Filtering using a patent of a company that patents be paramount and more is a great company accredited domain registrar ICANN , I ask the question to several domainers and if the patented filtering system to get trademark license , powerful software I use , I can not consider you have been lucky with most to many of you that I write and the most to do for me is give or return an email to me : Merry Christmas and Happy New Year or New Year for you! ! .

    Thanks , @ Morgan to answer almost all , een this ‘re only respond when you do, the king of domanios entered twice and did not say anything, maybe enters spam to be a small, medium or domainer domaining

    In the end I think D -Park Pro is the best solution or other system that I believe to be the best suited to pay $ 199 and get 100 % if you know among you all if you have any surprises with this system, give your answer .

    If there is a better way to earn money with the good that I have, some not so much but in total more than 105 million users per month USA find what I have owned x 12 months = 1263 Millions of users USA and Global 420 million users a month x 12 months = 5040 million users per year .

    Finally Sedo for my bad , Afternic see that many of you respond well though years ago I register and write email Ted Olson , Director of the domain monetization for a year not to receive emails and newletters , do not say anything, though I I think if you’re a miembroship that even be registered you must have an answer, we end by xx , but none of this for me is a lack of respect I do not believe in them , Aftermarket , Above , among many others known to be Marketplace , Above.com said to be a domain parking but it is not the trademark Trellian ‘s who send and have a Wholesaler to do his economically before paying $ 10 for my domain name TLDs and last year with the complicity Trellian Wholesaler company does pay for each domain name TLDs $ 35 though I pay $ 350 and volvere off because they want to take ownership of their domain name TLDs.

    Being an old wolf of markets and industries all kinds, I’m professional in strategy was , advertising and keywords psychology , artificial intelligence . on and off line .

    Please , just between all answer for once mine.
    .
    Thank you.

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  • Kyl December 3, 2013, 2:01 am

    Hi Morgan,
    So your article here: http://morganlinton.com/sedo-afternic-and-snapnames/ is not valid anymore? and you would suggest afternic than sedo?

    I’m in difficult decisions to sell my domain names between sedo & afternic..

    Thanks

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    • Morgan December 3, 2013, 12:09 pm

      @Kyl – correct, that post is from a LONG time ago. Now I have to say that Afternic is far-and-beyond the winner and Snapnames has lost its luster. There are some awesome people working at Snap but the platform and quality of names just hasn’t kept up. Same issue with Sedo. Afternic on the other hand has continued to innovate and really improve over time.

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  • AKsingh March 7, 2014, 3:13 am

    Hi Morgan,
    I am newbie for domain selling, I want to know that can I list my domain on multiple platforms like godaddy, sedo, afternic etc.

    my domains are:
    godgrace.net
    heasked.com
    h2fuel.info

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    • Morgan March 7, 2014, 12:15 pm

      Yes you can, just make sure that if it sell through one platform you take it off the other. Also I don’t think those names have a good likelihood of selling, you’d also want to build up a bigger portfolio if you are looking to make money selling domains. That being said you have to know what to buy which takes time, definitely feel free to check-out my book: The Domain Investing Handbook and read Domaining.com every single day, there is a lot of great free content out there. Hope this helps!

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  • anil March 7, 2014, 10:11 pm

    Thanks Morgan, I really appreciate your valuable comments and great advise, I want to discuss some points with you related to domaining, Can I make full time business in domaining making a big porpolio also want to know I have some generic names in (.in extension) as I am from India, does .in domain has good selling power and value. Or should I stick to (.com )only.
    I am very happy with your quick reply.
    Thanks

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  • Mohamed Taqi May 8, 2014, 7:12 am

    I’m a newbie (in domain names), and I just listed two domain names for sale on sedo, I don’t know if they’ll even have a chance … because I can’t pay for a premium promotion : learners.me and everythin9.com.

    Thanks for the great article.

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  • James September 15, 2014, 7:21 pm

    What about Flippa and the GoDaddy auctions? I would be curious to see how you compare Aftermarket to them. Never heard of Afernic, will check them out.

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  • MaryPT November 29, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Well, Godaddy holds most of the sales of premium domain names, so it is good to consider it… as we are domain name marketers so we should not stick with just one platform, we should list our names on all the platforms that are active these days… Without promoting your portfolio, you can’t see any improvements in sales.

    Mary
    http://portfolio.e07.net/

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  • Dave January 3, 2015, 6:00 pm

    I’m sure I don’t stand alone by saying that sedo, afternic and godaddy are swamped with domains. I have almost 500 names listed on each. Sedo I may get 1 or two views on about 5% of my domains in a month, I have only sold a couple names through sedo on their great domains auction, nothing else. Afternic I have had no luck, 500 domains listed for 2 years and with no sales, offers or even a sniff. Godaddy I have sold most of my names here but only as offer/counter offer, nothing through premium listings or auctions. Most of my sales have otherwise been through forums or brandable marketplaces like brand bucket.

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  • David Ameh February 5, 2015, 12:04 am

    I recently registered the following domain names:

    carinsurancemagnate.com; creditcarddirect.net; heartreliever.com; articlesregistry.com and nigerianbusinessreviews.com.

    How are my chances of making flipping these names or do advise i develop into websites before flipping? Please what is the way forward and which flipping service is recommended?

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  • Reazoan May 16, 2015, 11:25 am

    I am from Bangladesh. I have parked a domain with afternic.com my parked revenue is $28+ How can I Withdrew my parked revenue via paypal?

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  • maik June 29, 2015, 8:14 am

    Do not sell any domain on SEDO..Sedo can cheat you and steal your domain and money.

    Here is my history.

    Here I am one of the nightmares of any domainer that trusts on “good practices” or good attitude of SEDO after sending your domain. SEDO not want to pay.

    From the top :

    18.06.15 : Sedo tells me he has sold consulta.info for $100

    Comment : First problem here, how this price is possible when 24 hours before i had checked my domain prices and never recognized this, it makes no sense to put a domain $ 100 if sedo charges a commission of $ 60 and my favorite this domain had been sold two times before for $1139 usd and $800 euro.

    I must admit that felt doubts in two directions, Or this is a shameless attempt from SEDO, or It’s my fault and made a mistake, so I’ll take the last option and decided to comply with the agreement, – hurts, but a mistake can happen, I thought.

    From here happened like usual, to sell a domain when you sell a domain.

    Date of transfer confirmation : 19.06.15. –

    And here begins my problems.

    I expect after the weekend (20 /21.06.16 but Sedo does not pay, the 24.06.15 i sent a claim, An agent tells me that sent a note ” I will ask our finance department to check this”

    and the 26/06/15 The transaction appears including payment as finished.

    Today this was the response of an agent.

    The accounting department has informed me that there was a pending payment from your side for an order for a showcase for the domain name consultinggroup.ws and that is why this payment was not sent

    I will ask for more information from the accounting deaprtment.

    My comment :

    excuse me!!…

    At the time, it was perfectly cleared. It is not my fault your bad job, or your interest in not eliminate it from my account as you can see other payments have been made after that date.

    But what is this about?

    This is a listing on SEDO of 2012, mistakenly made twice, at the time, it was explained, demonstrating that one is paid but the other not. because both belong to the same domain on the same day.

    However, for some reason today this no longer appears in my history.

    ———————————————————–

    And all this for $ 39 ?? no, actually not, perhaps because I removed all my domains at Sedo, after this dubious transaction of $100 for a domain of $1000

    Maybe Sedo thinks that I must also pay for leave, I do not know but for now I do not see my money. I have included the domain name to demonstrate transparency in this public complaint. Alerting all my colleagues to check SEDO trying to steal $ 39 Now imagine can happen if the amount is bigger. I never thought this could happen to me, but here we are without many options, waiting for SEDO decide to pay or steal.

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  • Dimitar July 10, 2015, 7:01 am

    I would really appreciate if someone shares his personal experience with Brand Bucket. Thanks.

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  • gautam nagraj March 7, 2017, 5:04 am

    hello morgan
    awesome post , my question is that , can we sell newely registered domain names that we purchased for selling purpose with high price

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  • Javier Ramos February 22, 2020, 6:58 am

    When you post your domain names on Afternic do you promote those listings or do you let them sit until they sell?

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