All posts by Michael Sumner

Daily Market Report for June 3rd – LYS.com sold for $45,006

This is the second day in a row that Sedo took the top spot with a large three-letter .com sale. The top sale of the day was lys.com which sold for $45,006. NameBio recorded 157 sales for a total of $202,392 with an average sale price of $1,289. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 1% in the number of sales and the total dollar amount increased by 41%.

NameJet also put up another big LLL.com sale with SDU.com at $30,100. We can see the decline of the long-tail, exact-match domain with the sale of EarnADegreeOnline.com which sold for a mere $510 at NameJet, quite a ways off from its $4,300 sale in 2010 at the same venue. AdWords Keyword Planner reports only 170 searches per month but a whopping $38.64 CPC.

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Daily Market Report for June 2nd – NBT.com sold for $50,000

Sedo had the top four sales yesterday, three of which were ccTLDs. The top sale of the day was nbt.com which sold for $50,000. NameBio recorded 153 sales for a total of $142,671 with an average sale price of $932. Compared to the previous day there was a decrease of 10% in the number of sales but the total dollar amount increased by 2%.

NBT.com was the highest public three-letter .com sale in almost a month. The WHOIS is still showing Sedo’s transfer service, but I think it is safe to assume that this was an end user sale. Although with wholesale prices quickly closing in on retail prices it is hard to say with certainty. Converse.cn which sold for $10,000 is showing Mark Monitor in the WHOIS so that was likely purchased by the shoe company.

You’ll notice that we automated the collection of 4.CN sales yesterday bringing the total number of venues we track on a daily basis to eight. Unfortunately they had a weak debut only putting up four sales over $100 for a total of $1,160. It will be nice to have their data when they sell a short or numeric domain though, the Chinese are driving the market for these categories so the prices attained at a Chinese marketplace will provide valuable insights.

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Daily Market Report for June 1st – Embrace.com sold for $18,877

NameJet had six of the top ten sales yesterday. The top sale of the day was embrace.com which sold for $18,877. NameBio recorded 163 sales for a total of $134,141 with an average sale price of $823. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 4% in the number of sales and the total dollar amount increased by 96%.

Embrace.com is one of the nicest domains to come up for auction this year. These empty vessel brands can be used for a wide range of products and services, and “embrace” is a very positive sounding word that could work for dating, skin care, lingerie, adoption or practically anything in between.

These types of names can result in huge end user sales, I think the buyer can expect to retail this one for high five figures to low six figures eventually. The auction had 150 participants but only two bidders above the $10k mark, with the winning bidder being Elliot Silver of DomainInvesting.com fame. Good luck to Elliot with the domain!

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Daily Market Report for May 31st – BabyStar.com sold for $5,049

The top sale of the day was babystar.com which sold for $5,049. NameBio recorded 155 sales for a total of $67,974 with an average sale price of $439. Compared to the previous day there was a decrease of 12% in the number of sales and the total dollar amount decreased by 18%.

There were two above-average 6N.com domains that sold, 551188.com for $4,800 at NameJet and 418418.com for $905 at DropCatch. So far this year there were 111 6N.com sales for an average price of $617. These ones obviously went higher because of the patterns. Other than that there weren’t many sales of note, it was a typical slow Sunday. Continue reading

Date Ranges are Back!

When we completely overhauled the NameBio site back in February we removed the date range filter from the advanced search form. There were a number of reasons for this which I’ll get into below, but the long and short of it is that I’m pleased to announce date ranges are back due to popular demand! Continue reading

How to Bulk Delete Backorders at NameJet

Lately I have heard a lot of complaints from domain investors who accidentally won a domain at NameJet through a backorder they had placed years ago and forgot to delete. In these situations NameJet refuses to refund the backorder price even for their large and long-time customers. Unfortunately they don’t have a setting to automatically remove a backorder after an auction ends, and their interface doesn’t allow you to easily delete thousands upon thousands of backorders. Continue reading

Top New gTLDs By Aftermarket Sales

We are in the early days of the new gTLDs and the jury is still out, but with nearly a million dollars in publicly reported sales in the new extensions we thought it was time to rank them by how well each performs in the aftermarket. Below are the 80 new gTLDs that have publicly reported sales, along with information including how many sales were in our database, the total dollar amount, and the average sale price. Continue reading

An Interesting Look at Venue Arbitrage

The core principle of domain investing is taking advantage of market inefficiency. Most end users aren’t aware of the aftermarket and don’t have an interest in going through drop lists and forum posts, so there is an opportunity to buy at wholesale prices and sell at retail prices. But some savvy investors are going a step further and taking advantage of inefficiencies between wholesale venues to turn a profit. Continue reading

What is a First Name Domain Worth

I originally published this article almost two years ago on DN Media and I thought it was time for an update. I checked for new first name domain sales since the article was first written and discovered 27 additions including Amber.com, Jean.com, Carol.com, and Josephine.com. We all know first name domains are hot sellers, but how much are they really worth? Continue reading

The Best Day for Your Domain Name Auction to Close On

In this article we examine more than 175,000 domain name auction results to reveal the best day of the week for your auction to close on. In much the same way that email marketers consider the best day of the week to optimize for opens, the day your auction ends on can have a dramatic impact on the closing price. People are busy on Mondays catching up on emails from the weekend, and on Friday they are thinking about anything but work. So which day of the week is the best for your auction to close on? Let’s jump in and find out. Continue reading