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Contest: I’ll Try to Help You Sell a Domain Name Using


I’ve used sponsored headlines to sell several high value domain names, including one yesterday afternoon ( I think it’s a great tool to reach a wide audience of targeted domain buyers. Here’s sort of an informal contest to try and help you sell a domain name.

Post one domain name you own and have for sale in the comment section of this blog post with your price. I will choose the best domain name at the most reasonable price to feature in a sponsored headline. You will post your domain sale in a sales thread on DNForum at the specified time, and I will pay for a 24 hour sponsored headline for your sale and link it to your post on DN Forum.

Here are the rules of this contest:

  • You can only post one domain name for sale with a price in the comment section of this post (if you post more than one, you are disqualified)
  • I will select the best domain name at the most reasonable price by Friday morning at some point (my judgment only).
  • At the specified time I tell you via email (likely mid-week next week), you will post a sales thread on DNForum with the domain name and the price listed. I may even give you advice on what to write in your post if you would like.
  • I will pay for a 24 hour sponsored headline on, which will link to your DNForum post.
  • You absolutely must follow through with the sale if someone agrees to purchase the domain name, although I cannot be held responsible if buyer or seller fail to honor the deal.

Remember, you MUST post just one domain name and MUST list the price (please don’t ask if I or anyone else thinks your price is fair). If you do not wish to follow these rules or the rules above, this isn’t a contest you should enter.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (217)

    Arbel $4k

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Blaine 8,500

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Trip – $250

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Ralph – $1500

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Serdar $980

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:55 pm



    Metro Population: 77,323 (as per wikipedia)

    registered at GoDaddy

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    DomainerNamer .. $4800 .. with Twitter account free

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:58 pm


    E-mailed you regarding the submission.

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Lee Hunter


    February 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Domain Assets – $2500

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Bruce $5k

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Oscar, 12k.

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    A $888

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Greg $1100

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Yury Byalik – $1,500

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Alan $2500

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:32 pm


    Together.TV $7400

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Unfortunately, Chad/CH and Poor Uncle are out for not following the rules. One submission per person.

      February 15th, 2012 at 5:05 pm



    February 15th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Poor Uncle

    CosmeticSurgeons.CO $1.2 million
    eBusiness.XXX $2.5 million

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Jason Davis – $22.5k

    February 15th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Michael Carter


    February 15th, 2012 at 4:04 pm


    Unfortunately I can’t open a sale thread on DNForum since I have a gold membership. If we can overcome this, I have for $1,490.

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    jim sickorez – $1,400

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Kevin M. – $4200

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Til – $5000

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:23 pm


    Forgot to add that, if the sale occurs, I’ll send a donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Adi – $500

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Win F. + + 5K for this pharmaceutical advertising trio

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Chad $4,800

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Se7en – $2,000

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:59 pm


    Cool contest idea. , $1500.00

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Nick $1500

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Nadia – $1500

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Las Vegas $777

    (Domain Creation Date: January 1997)

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:09 pm


    Sorry, didn’t read the rules closely enough. My bad.

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Don – $3,500

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    @Domains – $3,000
    nice contest idea!

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Ben – $17,450

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Sole Designer – $20k

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    @gr8names – $1000

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Rob $7,500

    February 15th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Anthony Pierre – $750

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Cris – $2500

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Ray – $6,000

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Joe – $900

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    craig – $1500

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Rayy – $7600

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Bob 1500.00

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Let me just jump in here for a second.

    The names really have to be great names at great prices or all the exposure in the world won’t help them sell.

    February 15th, 2012 at 6:55 pm


    Manarola dot com

    .com geo
    one of the five villages/hills of cinque terre
    huge number of tourists per year
    (I would guess well upwards of 100k to the cinque terre region, 10,000 exact matches in Google for Manarola alone)


    February 15th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Todd Stewart $4000

    February 15th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Peer – $5900

    February 15th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Brad Mugford


    Just some advice. You might want to narrow the price range.

    Right now the range is far too wide.

    The names are ranging from a couple hundred (not worth a sponsored listing) to a couple million (yeah right).

    I think if you had a range, say $2K – $4K (example), it would yield better listings. Then you could just pick the best of a group with similar pricing.


    February 15th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Brad

      Good suggestion, but I’ve sold names for low $x,xxx to mid $xx,xxx via the sponsored thread. If someone threw up a 2 letter name for very low 6 figures, that would probably be the winner, so I don’t want to narrow it down too much.

      I’ll ultimately pick the name I think has the best chance of selling, at the stated price.

      BTW, there will be NO commission owed to me, and I will not partake in closing the deal (ie escrow or negotiations).

      February 15th, 2012 at 7:17 pm



    February 15th, 2012 at 7:26 pm


    ú $25,000USD

    February 15th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Scott Neuman $5000.00

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Daniel @ $7,500

    The College Sports Pass Portal…

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Mike 5,000 USD

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Dilraj $11,500

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Wendy Putnam
    $4,500 usd

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Maria $3400

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:29 pm



    m4a is the music file for all apple songs. Released last fall for others to develop.

    Developed site, top of Google for “m4a” which has 22,000 exact searches a month. 13,500 uniques in last 30 days.

    Google PR of 4.

    The next MP3…

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Jeff $10,000

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Babak $950,000.00

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Keep in mind who will see this (domainers) who want good prices.

      February 15th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Global Monthly Exact Searches: 2,400
    Local Monthly Exact Searches (US):1,600

    February 15th, 2012 at 9:11 pm $6,000

    Domaintools Whois History: since 2000-03-01

    February 15th, 2012 at 9:13 pm


    dogs are very popular now.especially colored

    February 15th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Ken

      Dogs have always been popular but not sure I’ve ever seen a colored dog.

      February 15th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    WeBuyThe.Com $25,000

    12 Year old premium name
    About 2,070,000 Google results for “addiction treatments”
    22,200 Global Monthly searches for the term
    Addiction Treatments may have saved countless lives including Whitney, Michael, Kurt and many more.
    The topic of many TV shows including A & E show Intervention
    Several offers rejected including one for low xx,xxx

    February 15th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Christopher $8500

    Exactly the price of the Sedo appraisal…for whatever that’s worth :/

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:24 pm


    Allz I see iz a bunch of pigeon sheet.

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Ken $475.00
    green yellow,purple and white

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    deepak at $2,500…

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:51 pm


    SportsLimos.Com – $9800

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Leonard Britt $2500

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    King $5900

    February 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Chris $1000

    February 15th, 2012 at 11:38 pm


    Great idea Elliot…well done!!

    How about for $7,500

    February 15th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    dcmike77 -$500

    February 15th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    drewphy – $18,500

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jorge $500

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:01 am


    Elliot, this is wild! (You say I never compliment you, here’s one)

    4KACCESSORIES.COM $5000 I’ll throw in too

    (4K is the new television standard that is 4 times better than 1080P HD)


    February 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Zoltan – $1750 –


    February 16th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    morgan – $2500 plus WordPress site

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    laki $7500

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:41 am

    JX $35k

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Avi $1,100

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:15 am


    PEN.CO 12k good for pen companies

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Mike Awada $2000

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    UU – $3500

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Maksim $1,500

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Tudor just 10000$
    “all car” key phrase has 550000 global monthly searches.

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:40 am

    TJ – $9900
    Comes with and twitter ID @baneasa
    It’s the name of a very important/expensive residential and commercial area in Bucharest, Romania, as well as of an Airport.

    February 16th, 2012 at 3:08 am

    carrie t

    I have. This one

    WE all need sum pimp wheels on our G Rides right?
    Rolling on sum twenty twos.
    Chunking. Up Deuces


    February 16th, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Jon $2500

    February 16th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Intangible Properties

    How about this one?


    I think the price truly reflects the name.

    Great idea Elliot

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:07 am

    catherine d


    February 16th, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Mihaela $300

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Puiu – 450$

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Andreea – 849$

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Mark Kolb $5,000

    security site name doubles as brandable slogan

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:02 am


    STRAIGHTEN.COM – $5,000

    great for Orthodontists, churches, etc.

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Cyclonevibe2 $3,000 if allowing adult or $2k if not.


    February 16th, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Lee $1500

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Martin Ureta – 6k

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:12 am



    February 16th, 2012 at 6:17 am

    David – $250

    (Milk in Spanish)

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:19 am

    arend $499

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Gene – $1,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Dan Keller $680

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Brian Cundy 750.00

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Celia 12k

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Theo $10,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Sterling Davenport 25K

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:05 am


    February 16th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Fero in English (equipments) $3.200

    368.000 global monthly searches .

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:15 am



    February 16th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    max, $5000


    February 16th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    John Gleeson

    HomeFitness.TV $4k

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Summit Sports $5,000 or best offer

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Tien Nguyen, $499

    Thanks !

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Erica Reed $1000

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Andy Schepper $999

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Joe Ray $150.000

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Colby Fisher – THE Hong Kong Premium .com Domain

    Kaitak was once the location of the Hong Kong International Airport. Today, it is the largest real estate development spot in Asia. Billions are going into new cruise ship terminals, hotels, apartments and businesses there.

    I am the original owner of the domain and hand registered it in the late 90’s for a free email system I ran.


    February 16th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Mike Mason


    This is a CPA site that is live and passivise, easy to monetize and priced to move!


    February 16th, 2012 at 8:21 am


    One word, industry specific .com; – $2500

    BTW Elliot, after you’ve made your choice, may I ask that for those of us whose name isn’t chosen, is there any way you can scrub these names/prices…I wouldn’t want an end user seeing it at a later date?

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:33 am


    HairPlantation . com => $670

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    David (John) Whannel (

    for the careers market/job searches: $1,995

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Brad 987$ USD

    Thanks Elliot. Love your site and appreciate the help.

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am



    February 16th, 2012 at 8:57 am


    sorry for the double post, the domain listed above should be just:

    Maybe the moderator can fix this 😉

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:57 am
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:58 am


    I’ll bite. $995

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:01 am


    February 16th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Don 12,500 Thanks for opportunity!

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Mauro – $1,500

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am



    February 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am



    February 16th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Johnny Ringo — $8,888

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:52 am


    ManagementTraining .org $2500

    Just for reference, appraises it at $8,300. offers up 43 great leads with an extra keyword in front of the domain.

    I just learned today that LeadRefs will email the list of leads.

    Great service!

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Rich $1,500,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am


    February 16th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Ange $2788

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am


    Im sorry but no amount of publicity can help sell most of those domain name.

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    $2.5 k

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Mat 275$

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    with website

    February 16th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Rana (3500$)

    February 16th, 2012 at 11:06 am


    February 16th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Tyler Paquette – $1,200
    Includes website

    February 16th, 2012 at 11:20 am



    Huge current political topic. Key part of recent federal programs; passed as a law by many state & local governments; and increasingly used by private employers. More than 300K exact Google results for this phrase. Reg’d since 2003.


    February 16th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    LS Morgan

    Without looking at the metrics, employing only Go-Go-Gadget-General-Knowledge, I’m going to assume “Hyperbaric Chambers” is a high CPC sort of thing and other TLDs are taken.

    For $995, even if you mined out every end user on earth, that could probably developed out to beat that in a year.

    Recently bought and haven’t bothered to do anything with the old site that was on it (it was P1P6’ish for the term). I know deep Technical Divers have those on board to counteract decompression sickness and they ain’t cheap.

    February 16th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Elliot Silver

    @ LS

    I like… I was in the auction for it at Sedo (the former owner sent it to auction when I made an offer).

    February 16th, 2012 at 11:44 am


    February 16th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Gail – $12,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    ORM 101 $1200

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Steve Smith $2k

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Marvin Merritt $10,000 Great political name…I’m still waiting to hear it.

    February 16th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Houseguy $3,900

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Adam $750

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:09 pm



    translates to “Buy Car” in German
    both hyphenated and non-hyphenated domains for $5000

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Charley $5,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Perry – 3,300

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Chris $5,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I think I am going to make the contest a bit more diplomatic. I will choose what I believe are the 5 best domain names (considering the price) and will set up a poll for you guys to vote the best deal that will get the promotion.

      February 16th, 2012 at 1:29 pm



    February 16th, 2012 at 1:29 pm


    Opps..made a mistake

    it is just $2000 usd.

    Was offered to sell for $1500

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:30 pm


    for the fun of it and for the environment:



    CompostBins.Co comes with it free.

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Dey – $5,000.00

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:41 pm


    February 16th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    brian cundy

    Hi Elliot,
    Not that you would have picked my name:, but I am guessing just listing it on your site this morning made the sale.

    Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

    Brian Cundy

    February 16th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Steve M

    Great idea Elliot.

    Valleys (.com of course): US $195,000

    Website included if desired.

    Price good only until March 15th, 2012.

    Independently valued at $750,000 by the industry respected pricing experts at BuyDomains.

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:14 pm



    I just wanted to bring your attention to what happens when everybody is included in this industry. This post is a shining example of what a blog should be all about. Open it up to everyone. Secondly, I recall giving you the idea to use this place to sell domains, and you rejected it, I hope you will reconsider. You may delete this post as soon as you read it, it’s not on topic, I had no other way to give this opinion.

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Richard – $2500

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Uzoma

    I don’t want to run/manage a sales venue. If I did, I would have some responsibility if someone backed out of a deal or scammed someone. Not worth the lost sleep, especially when there are lots of other venues. I’m already struggling to find the best name, and I don’t want to have “customer service” issues as all venues have.

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:22 pm



    February 16th, 2012 at 2:31 pm


    emos . tv – $145 – Valid for 48 Hours

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    DomainerNamer $5500 (12year Aged Domain)

    Profitable parked 12year Aged Domain with the words Music & Deal in them. Averaging around $26 – $30 month parked at this time. Getting Very Targeted traffic for musical instruments.

    Was looking for someone to Develop a Music Instruments Daily Deal site like or Coupon deals site, but have no time these days. If Developed this Targeted musical instruments Domain should be worth xx,xxx to xxx,xxx.

    I want to remove my earlier submit of & replace with this I tried to email you Elliot just after I listed to do this, but I guess things are a little crazy at this time.

    I hope this doesn’t take me out of the running.

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Brad Mugford

    @ Elliot

    I think the poll is a good idea.

    I already see a few that are serious contenders.


    February 16th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Phil — 1000.00

    February 16th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Borat 90000 теңге

    February 16th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Elliot

    maybe i won’t get picked, but like another posted mentioned, maybe i’ll get some inquiries via this thread. > BIN Price @ $85K **

    Note: Month to Month Open End Lease, or Lease To Own Options are available, if interested.

    ** includes and if sold @ BIN

    Good Luck to all the entrants!!

    February 16th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Chris – $1,500

    [krap-yuh-luhns] Excessive indulgence; debauchery; intemperance; Indisposition caused by excessive eating or drinking.

    Example: “Smithers had thwarted my earlier attempt to take candy from a baby, but with him out of the picture, I was free to wallow in my own crapulence.” -Mr. Burns

    February 16th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    JohnD – $1500

    February 16th, 2012 at 3:48 pm


    Thanks for the chance $1000

    February 16th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Tim Davids



    February 16th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Dominick Savillo – $1399

    February 16th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Scott – $1,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    parky $3500 Just a fun one and Logo Fun internet marketing brand $2500

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Richie … $200

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Michael $1200

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    RJ $4,200
    1998 Birthdate
    .net, org, info taken
    previously a Greenwich CT agent website. Ideal Leadgen.

    February 16th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Bill $2750

    February 16th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Craig – $5,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Jerome $599

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    NetGears $25,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:19 pm


    WeeklySalesMeeting (dot) com

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:35 pm


    WeeklySalesMeeting (dot) com $1,000

    February 16th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Miller, $200,000, $100,000

    Thank you

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:14 pm


    PickUpDonations (dot) com $998

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Miller, $200,000, please ignore my previous comment.Thank you

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I am going to set up a poll tomorrow with my top 5 choices, and you guys will select the contest winning domain name that will be promoted with a sponsored headline on

      February 16th, 2012 at 10:30 pm


    February 17th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Gili since 1994 $1995

    February 17th, 2012 at 12:48 am


    Hi Elliot,

    I would pick the best 10. It would make it fairer and easier for you… Let The Punters Decide!

    February 17th, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Raman $4000.

    February 17th, 2012 at 3:22 am


    A great single word domain name.

    $ 800

    February 17th, 2012 at 4:29 am

    s shaikh

    $ 2500

    February 17th, 2012 at 4:32 am


    AAA Rating . Com – $5,000

    5,400 monthly exact searches. $2 CPC.

    February 17th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Elizabeth $1400 USD

    (Currently ranking on 1st page of Google; ideal for development)

    February 17th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    DE Holm

    February 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:55 am