Some Domain Names are Not Sellable
I receive quite a few emails from people asking me to buy their domain names or for some help selling their domain names. If I am not interested in buying the name(s), I will generally politely decline and may point them in the direction of marketplaces like Sedo or Afternic. Unfortunately, some domain names are simply not sellable.
You probably wouldn’t believe the quality of the vast majority of domain names that are sent to me. Many don’t make any sense to me, have hyphens in strange locations, use obscure words in non .com extensions, randomly replace letters with numbers, or they have other features that make them pretty worthless from my perspective. I feel badly when I see these emails, especially when someone sends an email with a huge list of names that are of the same quality.
Buying domain names that aren’t worth anything can be an expensive lesson. Sometimes, the people who own these names don’t speak the language of the domain name or are very new to the domain business (sometimes both). Domain names are inexpensive to buy, and it can be very easy to go overboard and end up with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of domain names that aren’t very good at all.
Some people incorrectly believe they can spend $1,00o on 100 names and sell one of them for $2,000, leaving them a tidy profit. For most of the domain names I see, this is a pipedream. Yes, domain names that seem to make little sense sell regularly. However, there are hundreds of millions of domain names in existence, and just a very small percentage of names sell.
There are many domain names that aren’t worth anything. Some people disagree and think everything is worth something. The quicker a person is able to figure out what makes sense and what doesn’t, the sooner they will be on the right path to buying good domain names. No matter what commission percentage is offered and no matter who brokers the domain names, some domain names are simply not sellable.
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