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Not Easy to Get Top Dollar for One Worders

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Someone mentioned my name in a NamePros thread the other day discussing one word .com domain names. The comment was "Single word domains don't sell quickly. Just ask Elliot Silver...he has had words on the market for a while." I tend to agree with the comment to a point.

In my opinion, meaningful one word .com domain names are highly liquid. They sell regularly, and there are at least 20 people that I know personally who actively pursue these domain names and will spend four, five, and six figures for the right .com domain names. I am always on the hunt for great one word .com domain names and it seems like I am competing with friends and colleagues to get these great dictionary .com names at fair prices. Without a doubt, meaningful one word .com domain names are among the most valuable types of domain names.

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Testing Travels.com on Booking.com

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screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-9-13-19-amI am clearly biased, but I think Travels.com is a great travel domain name. I also think a well funded startup or a major travel company will acquire Travels.com for quite a bit of money some day. It’s the reason I passed on a low 6 figure offer this past July, and I am steadfast in that belief.

In the meantime, I decided to try something besides parking Travels.com. If you visit Travels.com right now, you can see that it is a hotel booking site powered by Booking.com. Essentially, Booking.com does everything with a Travels.com logo.

Travels.com gets thousands of visits a month and makes a decent chunk of pay per click revenue. It also gets quite a few offers and inquiries. I am willing to forego this PPC revenue while I test this Booking.com affiliate page. My thought is that a couple of hotel reservations a month will likely produce more revenue than pay per click advertising. We shall see.

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Bugs.com – Killer Domain Name!

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I want to share a photo of a great domain name I just saw on the back of a truck:


bugs-com

There are a few interesting things I want to point out.

Bugs.com is an awesome domain name - perfect for a pest control company. It is short and super easy to remember. In fact, I remember Bugs.com more than the actual name of the company.

The owner of the company is not a called Bugs.com. The company is called Hulett Environmental Services. A Google search for the company shows that their website is found on Bugs.com. They are not using it as an easy to remember forwarder.

I don't see any public sales record for Bugs.com, so I have no idea what the company paid to acquire this great domain name. It looks like the company may have acquired it back in 2003.

Bugs.com is a killer domain name and it's nice to see it being used!
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Glad the Holidays Are Over!

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I love the holiday season. People are more cheerful, friends and family send photo postcards, the snow begins to fall in New England ushering in the ski season, and I spend time traveling a bit more with my family, working on my "tan" and tennis game. Unfortunately, I am still working about as much as usual.

During the last two weeks of the year, it seems that most people are super busy. People have to close out their books, they have vacation days, they have office holidays, and people are less available to make deals happen. Emails either go unanswered or the response is that they will get back to me after the holidays. With so many people taking vacation days or simply busy with holiday-related activities, it's tough to get deals done.

Every year around this time, it seems like (more…) → Read More


Vote: Two Domain Name Polls

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Happy new year! 2017 promises to be an interesting year in the domain name business.

I am going to start the new year with two polls. The first deals with the new gTLD domain name extensions and the second deals with .com domain names.

Poll one: By January 1, 2018, will there be more or less registered new gTLD domain names? According to nTLDStats.com, there are slightly more than 27.5 million registered new gTLD domain names.

Poll two: By January 1, 2018, will there be more or less registered .com domain names? According to RegistrarStats.com, there are just under 126.2 million registered .com domain names.

You are welcome to discuss in the comment section about why you think there will be more or less registered domain names.

POLL ONE:


POLL TWO:
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Some of My 2016 Domain Acquisitions

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I like Shane's idea of sharing his domain name acquisitions from the past year, and I thought I would share some of mine as well. By sharing an assortment of the domain names I bought this year, readers can get a bit of a perspective on my business.

Although this is not nearly a full list, I think it gives a good idea of what I bought and continue to buy: good to great .com domain names. These domain names were bought via several channels: private acquisitions, NameJet and GoDaddy Auctions, and Sedo marketplace purchases. I did not acquire any non .com domain names this year in the aftermarket, and I don't recall registering any non .com domain names either.

You are welcome to share your acquisitions, and by all means, if you have well priced one word .com domain names (real words, not made up things) for sale, feel free to send them my way for a potential deal.

Some of my 2016 domain name acquisitions in random order (including some sold domain names): (more…) → Read More


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