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V.TV Pending Delete: What Will it Sell for at Auction?

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I am not sure the reason why, but it looks like the single letter V.TV domain name expired and is now in pending delete status. Assuming one of the major drop catching auction houses is able to grab it, the domain name will go to auction tomorrow or Tuesday.

A Whois history search at DomainTools shows me that V.TV had been owned by Future Media Architects. It is unclear why the domain name expired.

I looked at NameBio, and I was able to search for public single letter and single number .TV domain name sales it has recorded. The largest sale is $18,000 for D.TV. The only other single letter .TV sale was the $17,500 sale of E.TV. There were 5 single number .TV sales recorded, ranging from $3,100 to $5,555. Although the volume of reported sales is very low, it is interesting to see that single letter names sold for much more than single number names. Of note is that there hasn't been a publicly reported single letter / number .tv sale since 2011, so the market has likely changed since then.

I am not entirely sure how → Read More


PuffDaddy.com Expires and Goes to Auction

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I saw an interesting name coming up for auction on NameJet, which was also mentioned in the DSAD auction list yesterday. PuffDaddy.com expired in late May, and it is set to go into auction this afternoon.  Sean Combs is a famous musician who was once known by the "Puff Daddy" moniker. His nickname has changed over the years (Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy...etc) but many people would still recognize the Puff Daddy name.

Prior to its expired status, the domain name was registered privately, but before that, it was registered to a business called Puff Daddy Merchandising, Inc. I believe this business was associated with Sean Combs. If this wasn't some sort of oversight, I think it was a shorted sighted decision to let the domain name expire.

In my opinion, companies and brand owners need to continue to renew domain names that are relevant to their brand, even if they don't actively market the brand any longer. It is very likely that these domain names will be bought by someone unaffiliated with the brand. The short term cost is → Read More


TrumpCasino.com Expires and Up for Auction (Updated)

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The TrumpCasino.com domain name, once owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., has expired and is on auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The expiration was first reported by Jamie Zoch in a tweet this afternoon (with a link to the auction):




TrumpCasino.com was created back in September of 1998, making it nearly 19 years old. For the last few years, the domain name has been privately registered. Prior to the private registration, the domain name was registered to Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., according to a DomainTools Historical Whois record. Archive.org shows that this domain name had been forwarding to TrumpCasinos.com, which is also registered to Trump Entertainment Resorts. That domain name has not lapsed.

I think this would be a very risky auction for anyone who wishes to monetize the domain name with advertising (or for someone who wants to → Read More


Your Used, Expired Domain Name Will be Bought

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I would encourage every business owner, non-profit organization, individual, or any other domain name owner to renew the domain names they use indefinitely. Whether a domain name was used for a commercial website, private information sharing website, or even if it was simply used as a placeholder, it will almost certainly be bought by someone after it expires.

Every day, I scan the list of domain names coming up for auction as pre-release and pending delete. There are a ton of domain names that get auctioned that seem to have no generic meaning. NameJet, GoDaddy Auctions, DropCatch.com, and other expired domain name auction venues seem to sell hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of domain names each day that had been used in the past. Some domain names are bought because the buyer wants to build a business, others are bought for investments, and others are bought to either monetize with advertising or monetize by using for SEO value. I would imagine that nearly every domain name that has been used will be bought by someone else → Read More


Apartment.in is Largest Sale at Sedo’s .IN Auction

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Sedo hosted an auction for .IN ccTLD domain names in conjunction with the WHD.India and NamesCon India conferences. The auction concluded today, and 23 .IN domain names were sold.

The largest sale in the auction was Apartment.in for $9,950. This was followed by Big.in for $4,999 and Get.in for $3,800. In total, just over $36,000 USD worth of domain names were sold. Based on some of the names that were sold (all of which are listed below), I would imagine some of these domain names could be used as "domain hacks" rather than for users targeting India-based companies.

Because the auctions just concluded today, these sales have not yet closed. Once payments for the domain names have been received, Sedo will report the sales publicly.

In other Sedo news today, Sedo broker Dave Evanson reported the sale of NOM.com for $86,500.

Here are the domain names that were sold in the .IN auction at Sedo: (more…) → Read More


Poll: Do You Use GoDaddy Valuations on Auctions?

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I recently wrote about the GoDaddy valuation tool  that was updated a month ago. The algorithm  that powers the tool uses the growing database of Afternic sales to give a valuation of what the algorithm think the domain name is worth. I thought the prior iteration of the tool was pretty worthless because it was only based on traffic and PPC earnings.

Now that the revamped valuation tool has been showing for a month, I am curious about whether others are using it.

When I have the time, I use the valuation tool as a way of sorting auctions. I don't think I have placed more bids as a result of the tool though. Sometimes it helps me find names I may have missed. One thing the tool has done is made me second guess some names. There have been times I have been thinking about bidding on a name, and I wonder why GoDaddy thinks it has no value. There are other times that I see names with bids and high valuations, and I do a Google search to try and understand why the domain name may have value to bidders.

Do you use GoDaddy's → Read More


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