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Share Your Thoughts About GoDaddy Auctions Valuations


GoDaddy LogoYesterday morning, I wrote an article discussing that an updated valuation tool was being released by GoDaddy in conjunction with expiring domain name inventory coming up for auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The refined domain appraisal tool takes the Afternic sales database into account and predicts the retail value based on its proprietary algorithm.

I think it will be helpful for domain owners to find "hidden" inventory by performing searches based on valuation, and I also believe this will become a revenue driver for GoDaddy.

One thing you will notice is that when you hover over a valuation, GoDaddy displays the following disclaimer to ensure that people understand what the valuation is and what its limitations are: (more…) → Read More

See What The Prior Price Was Before Buying


I was backordering some domain names at NameJet when I decided to see what brought them to the auction block. Specifically, I wanted to see if the domain names were expiring or if they were being offered by a private seller. After doing a Whois search on DomainTools, I noticed that they had been owned by a large portfolio owned because of the screenshot shown on DomainTools.

There were two important pieces of information that I could see to help guide me on my backorder and my bidding strategy:

  • I could see the domain names from the prior had been listed for sale for a number of years

  • I could see the asking price and historical asking prices using the Screenshot History Tool

This was critical information for me. If (more…) → Read More

Sale of Leads March Great Domains Auction (Updated)


SedoSedo's Great Domains auction ended this afternoon, and the leading sale was the largest Great Domains auction sale that I can recall in quite some time. The 4 number domain name sold today for $121,000. The auction grossed over $165,000 in total sales. In total, 26 domain names were sold in this month's auction. (Update: Sedo sent me a new file with the actual sales prices, which have been corrected in the article and below.)

Rounding out the top five sales of this month's auction were (sold for 23,500 EUR), (sold for $15,000), (sold for 9,900 EUR), and (sold for $1,600).

Because the auction finished today, these deals have most likely not closed yet. Sedo will officially report them publicly on its sold domain names RSS feed once the deals are transacted and completed. There were quite a few other domain names that saw serious bids, but the reserve prices were not met. Interested parties could contact Sedo if they would like to try and work out a post-auction deal.

Here is the → Read More

NameFind Lists Names for Sale via GoDaddy Auctions


If you visit GoDaddy Auctions regularly, you probably noticed a banner on top of the page announcing a special auction of domain names that "have never been at auction."

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Clicking through the link takes visitors to a page with 21 domain names listed for sale. Whois records show that these domain names are part of GoDaddy's NameFind portfolio. A cursory check shows the starting prices (and some reserve prices) are below the price level the company had been asking.

At the time of publication, several of these domain names have hit their reserve prices and will sell to the highest bidder, including the following: (more…) → Read More

Bidding on Facebook Typo Seems Unwise


One of the top ten domain names listed under "The Drop" category on NameJet's homepage today is With a little over two days to go until the expired domain name auction, there are ten bidders with a high bid of $166. This does not count any bids who placed backorders at SnapNames, DropCatch, Pheenix, or other drop catch auction platforms. Bidding on this domain name seems unwise to me.

Facebook has filed quite a few UDRPs for domain names the company believes is infringing on its mark. In fact, it looks like the company is undefeated in UDRP filings. Although I don't recall reading about a cybersquatting lawsuit filed by the company, that doesn't mean there have not been any filings, and it certainly doesn't mean that there won't be future litigation if the company feels it is necessary.

From my vantage point, this kind of domain name is all risk and hardly worth the risk. I understand that when there is money to be made, there will always be people willing to take the risk, but it is a bad look for the business of → Read More Expires and Goes to Auction


When I read the DSAD daily auction list this morning, one name caught my attention: The reason it caught my eye is because the PHH Corporation filed and won a UDRP complaint for the domain name in mid-2015.

According to DomainTools Whois History Tool, the PHH Corporation was the registrant of in September of 2015, shortly after the UDRP decision: UIDRP

At some point in 2016, the Whois information for this domain name was made private. It looks like the domain name expired in January of this year. There is a message at the top of the landing page that says, (more…) → Read More

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