Chart Makeover: HomeImprovement.com Hammers Out $166,000 Sale To
Head This Week's Top 20
by Ron Jackson
This was quite a day (August 8) at
The company announced the $166,650 sale of HomeImprovement.comand CEO Monte Cahn told us they also had a sale above $750,000
that could not be released due to a non disclosure agreement. Oh
yes, one other thing...the company was sold.
they had acquired Moniker and would rename the parent business Seevast,
with Moniker to be one of three independent business units in the
organization. Cahn and his crew will still run things at Moniker
where they promise to keep things the way their customers have
always liked them.
Domains with a
six-figure price tag aren't always thought of as bargains, but
HomeImprovement.com could certainly qualify. In addition to a steady
flow of built-in traffic the domain has spectacular development
potential and the buyers, Acme Media, said they expect to
begin development very soon. The sale ranks among the 25 biggest reported
this year, but the numbers fell off quickly after that
as this turned out to be the slowest week of the summer so far. Only
ten domains cracked the five-figure mark and sales as low as $5,000
were able to slip into the Top 20.
In a real anomaly, three of the top five
sales were .orgs, including #3 Refinance.org which
went for $34,980 at Moniker/DomainSystems. That is the
biggest .org sale this year and it ranks among
the five biggest sales in our Global Contenders
category (which includes .org, .net, .info and .biz domains). .Org also scored with
#4 AECLP.org ($18,050 at SnapNames.com)
and #5 Human.org ($17,500 at Sedo).
The only other non .coms on the leader
board were #9 PetrolPrices.co.uk, sold for £5,500 ($10,494)
at Sedo, and #12 Townhouse.net, a name that attracted $7,188
at SnapNames. SnapNames had a big week, racking up 11 entries on the
Big Board to lead all venues. They also had the week's second best
sale with ComputerLearning.com commanding $35,250. Here's a look at the
complete Top 20 list for the week ending Sunday, August 6:
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. July 31, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 6, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 8
Keep in mind that these are the highest
value sales that have been reported to us in the
past week. This column is meant to be an educational tool,
not a complete list documenting ALL high
value domain sales. Such a list is impossible to produce
because many sales are kept private at the insistence of
buyers, sellers or both.
SnapNames dominated the .com action off the chart as
well as on it. Their roster included several dozen solid four figure
sales including PetFriendlyVacation.com at $4,700 and HotelsInManhattan.com
at $4,500. Kabuto.com kicked in $4,300
while RubberMat.com and FoodMixer.com stirred up $4,200
each. PrivatePhysician.com prescribed $4,050, PhysiciansOnline.com
dispensed $4,040 and FamilyLand.com fetched $4,000.
Also at SnapNames, CanadaFishingMaps.com reeled
in $3,999, TheEyes.com yielded $3,800 and Carie.com
captured $3,700. BlackHealthNet.com and DirectorOfPhotography.com
delivered $3,600 each while TreeTrimmer.com snipped
off $3,544. SnapNames had 33 more sales
ranging from $2,000 to $3,500. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
At Afternic.comeRegistry.com returned $4,000, DGJ.com
generated $3,500 and CashView.com banked $3,250.
MilkShop.com poured $3,200, OrderMyDish.com
ladled out $2,625 and WikiYou.com went for $2,500.
MyShots.com cracked $2,188 and two others; CountryTavern.com
and AffluentNetwork.com contributed $2,000 each.
In addition to their seven Top 20 sales this week
Sedo added $3,200 for Infoto.com, $3,100 for BigData.com
and $2,750 for OnlineApartments.com. MyMemo.com
posted another $2,500 to the Sedo sales ledger.
In a private sale, Maverick Sohu sold Pulse360.com
to Moniker.com for $3,333. The domain will be used by one of
the three divisions being set up by Moniker's new parent company
Kanoodle (who will be renamed Seevast).
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
The .orgs were kicking butt and taking
names this week and wound up sweeping the top three spots
on our new Global Contenders chart, with all of those
sales hitting five figures. You've already seen them on the
all-extension list including the 800-pound gorilla, Refinance.org
at $34,980. Only four other GC sales have topped that
one in 2006.
The .nets also had a good outing and
actually outpointed .org 10-9 in the total number of entries
on the leader board. #4 Townhouse.net led the way for
that extension at $7,188, followed by #6 Bebe.net
at $4,606. Both of those names sold at SnapNames.
.Biz drew blood with #7 Score.biz
ringing up €3,500 ($4,492) at Sedo. .Info,
after posting the #1 domain last week (CreditCard.info
at $20,000) came up empty this time out. Here's a complete look at the
Contenders chart for the week ending August 6:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July
31, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 6, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 8
There were 21 more four-figure sales just off
the chart, with SnapNames accounting for most of those. .Org
kept scoring there with ArtFest.org ($1,890), ThreeOaks.org
($1,823) and StraightScoop.org ($1,750). 51Green.org
chipped in $1,550, Internet-Association added $1,360
and three others; VA-SpaceFlightCenter.org, NEPI.org
and Camro.org booked $1,350 each. Italian-Embassy-Israel.org
delivered $1,284 and DiscoveryFarms.org harvested
On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold All4Vegan.net
($1,550), Heathrow.net ($1,516) and ChainMail.net
($1,500). HitchHikers.net picked up $1,250
and TeachingJobs.net earned $1,224. SolidaridadLatinoAmericana.net
and MyPhotoBook.net notched $1,050 each and Transcript.net
took down $1,001.
At Sedo, Trafficker.net stopped at
€1,200 ($1,540), OLED.info landed €900
($1,155) and ELB.biz brought €550 ($706).
At Enom's Club
Drop, Topography.net tacked on $1,200
and at Afternic WebMall.org went for $950 while BoylePoker.net
raked in an $800 pot.
Last week .co.uk turned in a
dominating performance sweeping the first six
positions on our Country Code leader board. Great
Britain's extension remained hot this week, posting 2 of
the top 3 ccTLD sales and accounting for 5 of the 13 positions
on the new Top Sellers list. PetrolPrices.co.uk was the
big winner, pumping out £5,500 ($10,494) at Sedo. At
the same venue, #3 MyMove.co.uk packed up £2,000 ($3,816).
.CC is usually a very dark horse but
the Cocos (Keeling) Islands extension put three domains
on this week's chart including #2 CA.cc at $4,000 and
#10 GB.cc at $2,500. Both were sold by Original
Web Ventures in private sales (with Sedo handling
The United States (.us) and Germany
(.de) each had two charted domains this time around. The
top gun for .de was #4 Lazyland.de, sold for €2,780
($3,568) at Sedo. The flag bearer for America was
#5 WeBuyHouses.us which went for $3,500,also
Here's a look at the complete
Country Code leader board for the week ending August 8:
Code Top Sellers
ccTLD Sales: Mon. July 31, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 6, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 8
Now that you're up to date on what happened over the
past week, check out how the leaders stand year to date in all
categories by visiting our Year To Date
As always, we welcome all verifiable sales reports from companies,
private sellers or individuals with knowledge of an important sale
made through any channel. To contribute information and help make
this column better, just drop a note to email@example.com.
We truly appreciate the industry leading
companies who share their sales information
with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current
domain values. Richard
Meyer of DotCom
also provides invaluable help
in collecting data for these sales
reports each week.
Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name
sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us
their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that
information and write this report for Tuesday night publication to give
you the freshest sales report in the industry.
Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.