What I learned from looking at inbound offers on my domains earlier this year

Below is a screenshot of the inbound offers I received on my domains parked at DomainNameSales.com for the month of May. I currently have my domains parked between DomainNameSales.com, Efty and Afternic. As most of my readers know, I don’t make millions with domain names, instead I sell between 0 – 2 domains a month. That being said, the majority of my sales do come through services like DomainNameSales.com, Efty, and Afternic so I’m a big believer in the value that they bring.

That being said, everyone once and a while something like this happens. A domain that I own, CCV.me is getting a steady stream of offers covering a wide range from $250 up to over $50,000 – but none of them seem real, nobody responds, and it just clogs up my inbounds with what really feels like pure junk offers.

domain-offers-may-2017

I haven’t had this happen to me before, sure I’d say about half of the inbound offers I get are junk offers, but this is non-stop and all junk. So I pinged a few friends that have a lot more domain names than I do and asked them what they would do in a situation like this.

The best recommendation I got was to put that name specifically on a parking service that requires an upfront payment to make an offer, this would definitely filter for only the most serious buyers. So I decided to put the domain on DomainAgents.com, here’s what the landing page looks like now:

domain-agents-landing-page

As I expected, immediately the inbound offers stopped, and to be honest, I haven’t had a single inbound on the domain since I moved it over. While in some cases I think you might be inclined to think, “hey that killed my inbounds!” the reality is…it’s not a great domain name, and I don’t think a name like this would get more than one or two inbounds a year. I do think that this landing page is doing a great job of filtering for only serious buyers because I honestly do think this domain has many serious buyers.

Domains like ClosetDesign.com, Friending.com, STAA.com, etc. are the ones that typically get the most real inbounds, i.e. one and two-word .COMs. So if you ever find that you have a pretty mediocre domain that’s getting a ton of offers…don’t trick yourself into thinking you’ve struck gold. Those inbounds aren’t really, you just need to apply a filter to prove it.

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  • joe November 5, 2017, 1:40 pm

    You are losing reflexes friend with CCV extension (.me) is much more than this you are in electronics and the category is not this.

    In DN Journal, Eth.com was sold a few weeks ago

    You have a super premium domain name in your hands that in the Nasdaq stock market.

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  • Gambling domains November 5, 2017, 2:19 pm

    You can always automate responses or push the users through a form to filter out these bidders.

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  • Michael November 5, 2017, 11:09 pm

    Morgan really! those aren’t real or fake offers they are just internet robots feeling out the forms why not just add a recaptcha? I would thing you would get even less real offers if people have to pay to make an offer!

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  • elevator November 9, 2017, 5:47 am

    That means, it is true that no one could be an island of wisdom and that no one could claim monopoly of wisdom.
    This is very interesting to me.
    Good luck.

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  • Logan November 9, 2017, 7:30 pm

    This too is an obtuse comment that appears to make no sense just like the ones above. You’re welcome.

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