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2011 Domain Sales Season Gets Off to a Good Start As British Buyer Spends $100,000 to Be With His Soulmate

And they're off! The 2011 domain sale race got underway this past week with the first public six-figure sale of the New Year setting the pace. That was a $100,000 deal for Soulmate.com handled by the AfternicDLS. The updated WhoIs record shows the buyer as being Nicholas Evans of the UK. I love the name - just a terrific brand for the dating category and in my opinion well worth the price.

The AfternicDLS claimed the #2 spot as well, ringing up another $61,600 for ADSS.com. They wound up taking four places on the all extension Top 20 Sales Chart to get their new year off to a great start. 

Rounding out the top three was Rob Grant's $60,000 sale of ParkCityRealEstate.com to EW Partners of Park City, Utah in a deal brokered by GoDaddy

By Ron Jackson

Sedo, who seemed to never have a bad week in 2010, opened 2011 with another solid outing, piling up nine entries on the Big Board including #4 FamilyInsurance.com at $57,000 and #7 3DPrinting.com at $33,150

Sedo also accounted for three of the five ccTLDs on the elite list. They traditionally dominate the country code category but this week the two biggest country code sales were made elsewhere. NetFleet.com.au had the biggest one, getting a $34,000 charge out of #5 (tie) Electricity.com.au (Australian ccTLD). James Black put another ccTLD in the top ten by selling #10 Pilot.tv for $20,000 in a private transaction (for those who are new to this column, we require documentation proving prices paid in private sales before reporting them).

The non .com gTLDs were shut out this week leaving an open path for the .coms to sweep 15 of the 20 chart entries including MostWantedDomains.com's $34,000 sale of #4 (tie) TheTour.com.

 GoDaddy and Moniker/SnapNames joined  the AfternicDLS and Sedo as venues that had multiple chart entries. Moniker/SnapNames hit the Daily Double with #7 TeethGrindingCure.com ($25,200) and #13 (tie) 8988.com ($16,300)

Before we go to the chart we have to talk about FB.com. Most of you heard the news about Facebook buying that domain from the American Farm Bureau Federation in November for an undisclosed price. Well, yesterday (Tuesday, Jan. 11) a number was revealed at the Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Atlanta

Unfortunately for our charting purposes, the $8,500,000 the Farm Bureau raked in included proceeds from at least one other unnamed domain sale. We can only chart single domains for which an exact price is known, even though odds are almost all of that $8.5 million was for FB.com. If the exact figure had been broken out, that sale almost certainly would have ranked as fourth biggest all cash sale reported since we started tracking the aftermarket over seven years ago (behind only Sex.com at $13 million, Fund.com (just under $10 million) and Porn.com at $9.5 million). Charted or not, that FB.com sale is yet another testament  to the value of high quality domain names. 

Now let's take a look at how the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 9:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 3, 2011 - Sun. Jan. 9, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 12, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Soulmate.com $100,000 AfternicDLS
2. ADSS.com $61,600 AfternicDLS
3. ParkCityRealEstate.com $60,000 GoDaddy Brokerage
4. FamilyInsurance.com $57,000 Sedo
5.
tie
Electricity.com.au $34,000 NetFleet.com.au
5.
tie
TheTour.com $34,000 MostWantedDomains
7. 3DPrinting.com €25,500 = $33,150

Sedo

8. TeethGrindingCure.com $25,200 Moniker/SnapNames
9. TrueCare.com $20,008 GoDaddy Auctions
10. Pilot.tv $20,000 Pvt Sale

 

11. Cash4Silver.com £11,000 = $17,270 Sedo
12. Klær.no (IDN)
("clothes" in Norwegian)
€13,000 = $16,900 Sedo
13.
tie
8988.com $16,300 Moniker/SnapNames
13.
tie
WebsiteBuilders.com $15,000 AfternicDLS
15. IrishFood.com $14,000 Sedo
16.
tie
PlasticPrinting.com $13,500 AfternicDLS
16.
tie
Fotos.at €10,000 = $13,000 Sedo
18. Franchising.eu €10,000 = $13,000 Sedo
19. Pamm.com €10,000 = $13,000 Sedo
20. 6T.com £8,200 = $12,874 Sedo

 

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. Our procedure for verifying the accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.

For the many newcomers entering the domain industry we also want to point out that the reasons why a domain name sells for a certain price can be varied and are not always clear to those who are unfamiliar with the domain market. If you do not understand why specific domain names command the prices they do, you are likely to make unwise domain registrations or purchases. We highly recommend that you do some basic research before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were six more five-figure sales off the chart led by Sedo's sales of 449.com ($12,599) and TravelMoneyCard.co.uk ($12,560). BliXem Internet scored with Anatomie.nl at $11,371 while the AfternicDLS rang up $11,250 for HopSpot.com and $10,558 for Vigilis.com. Moniker/SnapNames joined the club with iAffiliates.com going for $10,050 there. 

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with Zilver.com ($9,737) and KND.com ($9,000). Their hit parade continued with FlattenBelly.com at $7,000, Hudu.com at $6,500 and a pair of names that hit $5,000 apiece; Elementia.com and Tonian.com. Two others, Framtiden.com and Veerkracht.com kicked in $4,500 each. 

Sedo had 28 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,500
lcpower.com $4,500   prettyyou.com $2,599
cellphonecity.com $4,200 buyonics.com $2,500
outdoortech.com $4,000 expresslanes.com $2,500
eatdrinkcelebrate.com $3,500 qima.com $2,500
squarebox.com $3,300 sierrasemi.com $2,500
smartsee.com $3,250 cespedsintetico.com $2,400
40544.com $3,200 cellphonemarket.com $2,350
menslife.com $3,150 kompra.com $2,210
18yo.com $3,000 aytm.com $2,000
antuan.com $3,000 brandicon.com $2,000
webhostingcouponcodes.com $2,999 lamian.com $2,000
aurela.com $2,990 plainsupport.com $2,000
grundstueck.com $2,860 sealords.com $2,000
l-tec.com $2,665 velours.com $2,000

Back at the AfternicDLS NotFunny.com fetched $8,000, LeadMachine.com landed $6,500 and two others; DestinationSolutions.com and GoreGames.com generated $5,000 apiece. UPeople.com yielded $4,788, BenchJeweler.com brought $4,500, Localy.com corralled $4,400 and Newzik.com notched $4,050.  

The AfternicDLS reported 60 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .Com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
dominicanhotels.com $4,000   wineoftheworld.com $2,500
smartapartments.com $4,000 raymonde.com $2,400
RateClip.com $3,995 u-buy.com $2,400
experthair.com $3,688 vbps.com $2,400
therapygroup.com $3,688 sturen.com $2,388
bcsolutions.com $3,645 imaginativesolutions.com $2,288
eisblume.com $3,588 ercc.com $2,250
stomachexercise.com $3,588 mesotheliomaohio.com $2,250
smallmoments.com $3,488 ipont.com $2,200
benchjewelers.com $3,420 webimpress.com $2,200
absolutewhite.com $3,400 maxmillions.com $2,188
thenationalobserver.com $3,400 condensa.com $2,143
kwny.com $3,345 pixelsense.com $2,100
wholeparenting.com $3,229 coachhub.com $2,088
fastfresh.com $3,200 globaltutoring.com $2,088
mecity.com $3,200 tamasu.com $2,088
refereeweb.com $3,188 xpressmarketing.com $2,088
spare-parts.com $3,088 allianceit.com $2,000
foxvox.com $3,000 beable.com $2,000
iqdb.com $3,000 beach24.com $2,000
sasea.com $3,000 imperialcommunications.com $2,000
answerstreet.com $2,888 isatv.com $2,000
pureprotection.com $2,800 mobileclassroom.com $2,000
17seconds.com $2,788 netshout.com $2,000
superiorwork.com $2,688 ronic.com $2,000
princetonwatch.com $2,612 SheerRibbons.com $2,000
digitalfreedoms.com $2,588 tcgr.com $2,000
guyfood.com $2,500 thisring.com $2,000
rakedeals.com $2,500 trustedpeer.com $2,000
tamilpages.com $2,500 highlandsmortgage.com  

$2,000

GoDaddy Auctions also sold a large group of domains that the AfternicDLS listed there as part of their expanded promotion platform, including GNOM.com ($5,400), Game-Room.com ($4,588) and CoachingCertification.com ($4,030)

The AfternicDLS/GoDaddy Auctions tandem produced 19 more .com sale ranging from $2,088 to $3,688 that are listed in the table below: 

 AfternicDLS/GoDaddy Auctions .Com Sales Between $2,088 - $3,688
professionalstudies.com $3,688   sourcingstrategies.com $2,600
fitnessleader.com $3,588 onestopweb.com $2,588
planethop.com $3,410 flixdirect.com $2,388
lasttry.com $3,288 tigerbomb.com $2,364
bluehabitat.com $3,088 geocommerce.com $2,100
mbyh.com $2,967 bperfect.com $2,088
workingonit.com $2,900 globalrecoveryservice.com $2,088
beyondgraduation.com $2,788 teleborsa.com $2,088
digitaldepartment.com $2,788 totallocal.com $2,088
sctrading.com $2,788  

The AfternicDLS also partnered with Sedo to sell TMON.com for $3,900 and SportsVenture.com for $3,050. Meanwhile GoDaddy continued making hay with their own listings including EstateReal.com ($3,995), OnlyHired.com ($3,400) and SocialSea.com ($2,390)

At Moniker/SnapNames Tablette.com tallied $5,350, SexSwing.com connected for $4,900 and CXF.com contributed $3,800. Niyama.com commanded $3,255, GoOut.com came back with $3,000 and TamilPages.com produced $2,500. BalisongKnives.com carved up $2,149, HouseWorld.com hauled in $2,100, YachtDelivery.com docked at $2,099 and CashDaddy.com picked up a $2,000 tab.

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

The country codes have been on a tear for the past couple of years and their first outing in 2011 left no indication they are going to slow down any time. Seven ccTLD sales (all listed in the all extension leaders section above) crashed though the five-figure barrier, including a Norwegian IDN at #3 - Klær.no ("clothes" in Norwegian) - a name that attracted $16,900 through Sedo. 

It was also appropriate to see an Austrian .at domain in the top five this week since that extension crossed the one million registrations mark this week. #4 (tie) Fotos.at did the honors for Austria with a $13,000 sale, also at Sedo.

The highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #8 Judge.me at $7,820. PuertoRico.tv ($7,000) and PromotionalCodes.ca ($6,888) rounded out the first half of our new Country Code Top 20 Chart. Sedo accounted for the latter three sales and went on to sweep 15 of the 20 chart entries overall.

In addition to their chart leader (Electricity.com.au at $34,000), NetFleet.com.au had another representative on the chart - #19 Cartoons.com.au at $3,800. BliXem Internet and DropWizard were the only other venues to crack the Sedo monopoly. DropWizard did it with the chart's second Canadian .ca domain - #11 DUI.ca - at $6,565.  

Here is how the Country Code Top 20 stacked up for the week ending Jan. 9:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Jan. 3, 2011 - Sun. Jan. 9, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 12, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Electricity.com.au $34,000 NetFleet.com.au
2. Pilot.tv $20,000 Pvt Sale
3. Klær.no (IDN)
("clothes" in Norwegian)
€13,000 = $16,900 Sedo
4.
tie
Fotos.at €10,000 = $13,000 Sedo
4.
tie
Franchising.eu €10,000 = $13,000 Sedo
6. TravelMoneyCard.co.uk £8,000 = $12,560 Sedo
7. Anatomie.nl €8,747 = $11,371 BliXem Internet
8. Judge.me $7,820 Sedo
9. PuertoRico.tv $7,000 Sedo
10. PromotionalCodes.ca $6,888 Sedo

11. DUI.ca $6,565 DropWizard
12.
tie
Anleitungen.de €5,000 = $6,500 Sedo
12.
tie
Tårta.se (IDN) €5,000 = $6,500 Sedo
14. HotelGratis.it €4,500 = $5,850 Sedo
15. ElBingo.es €4,000 = $5,200 Sedo
16. RollerBlades.co $5,000 Sedo
17. Miami.nl €3,182 = $4,137 Sedo
18. BMI-Rechner24.de €3,000 = $3,900 Sedo
19. Cartoons.com.au $3,800 NetFleet.com.au
20. MyPhone.ch €2,700 = $3,510 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were several dozen more four-figure country codes sales with Sedo again accounting for the majority of those including Launch.it ($3,500), Fotografen.ch ($3,380) and HorseRacing.fr ($3,250)

Sedo had 39 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $3,094 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $3,094
luftbettshop.de $3,094   higherlevel.de $1,820
maw.fr $2,860 icic.eu $1,625
tiempolibre.es $2,860 immoduinbergen.be $1,625
bettingexchanges.co.uk $2,768 dream-lines.de $1,560
frankfurterin.de $2,600 carpetcleaned.co.uk $1,335
slots.cc $2,600 bourseenligne.fr $1,300
superjeans.de $2,600 hostinger.de $1,300
shapeup.me $2,550 memento.eu $1,300
anonymous.me $2,500 openfield.eu $1,300
enjoyspain.co.uk $2,355 emergencyglazing.co.uk $1,256
nagellacke.de $2,340 n.ht $1,250
sciencekits.co.uk $2,182 xplore.me $1,250
supercasino.co.za $2,100 leadhunter.de $1,170
dondeduermo.es $2,000 immokonzepte.de $1,105
mortgagesforless.ca $2,000 score.rs $1,105
slabs.co.uk $1,963 4business.us $1,000
firstimpressions.be $1,950 habit.be $1,000
geburtstagsgeschenke.at $1,950 testosterone.me $1,000
offshorecompany.ch $1,950 xri.eu $1,000
startfenster.de $1,885  

Australian .com.au sales also remained robust with NetFleet.com.au selling Utilites.com.au ($3,300), Couples.com.au ($2,320) and Paterson.com.au ($2,100). They also moved MortgageComparison.com.au for $2,000, Chook.com.au for $1,550 and InternetConference.com.au for $1,045

Elsewhere GoDaddy Auctions sold Aeroplan.co for $2,305 and BliXem Internet dealt Hueting.nl for $1,864

If there are country code extensions in our report that you are not familiar with, you can look up the nation each extension goes with here

Global Contenders (Non .com gTLDs: .biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .asia, .pro & .tel)

The non .com gTLDs were the last ones out of the gate at 2011 got underway, scoring only one reported five-figure sale - Sailing.net at $10,000 via Sedo. Bido.com took the #2 spot on our new Global Contenders Top 20  Chart with their $9,500 sale of Concerts.net. #3 Psalms.org was just a half-step back after attracting $9,000 through the AfternicDLS. 

Sedo swept 10 of the 20 chart entries, including 7 of the first 10. Their roster included Prix.net at $8,970. The AfternicDLS also had a big week with a hand in nine charted sales including #6 Philanthropist.net (shared with GoDaddy Auctions) at $5,760. Expanded promotion listings at GoDaddy generated five of those shared AfernicDLS sales. 

The .nets had the hot hand this week, accounting for 11 charted domains, including fve of the first six. The .orgs were next with seven while .info had two; #8 LifeInsuranceQuotes.info ($3,900) and #20 TravelInsurance.info ($2,250).

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending Jan. 9:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Jan. 3, 2011 - Sun. Jan. 9, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 12, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Sailing.net $10,000 Sedo
2. Concerts.net $9,500 Bido
3. Psalms.org $9,000 AfternicDLS
4. Prix.net €6,900 = $8,970 Sedo
5. BHS.net $6,000 Sedo
6. Philanthropist.net $5,760 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions
7. VCN.org €3,900 = $5,070 Sedo
8. LifeInsuranceQuotes.info $3,900 Sedo
9. Joggen.net €2,400 = $3,120 Sedo
10. CCMC.net $3,088 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions

11. PlannedGiving.org $2,888 AfternicDLS
12. Sven.org $2,788 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions
13. Taurean.net $2,788 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions
14. Wolfhounds.org $2,788 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions
15. Scoops.net $2,650 AfternicDLS
16. ItalianFood.org $2,588 Moniker/SnapNames
17. Cascades.org $2,500 AfternicDLS
18. AZK.net £1,500 = $2,355 Sedo
19. Rollladen.net €1,750 = $2,275 Sedo
20. TravelInsurance.info $2,250 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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There were several dozen additional four-figure GC sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with PickupLines.net at $2,200

The AfternicDLS had 21 more four-figure non .com gTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $1,888 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,888
ezride.net $1,888   microloans.net $1,388
blackhistorymonth.org $1,850 yogafest.net $1,288
otec.net $1,761 locallinks.net $1,188
muslimyouth.org $1,650 kidi.net $1,152
ethernet .biz $1,600 cnca.org $1,100
animalcontrol.net $1,500 somm.org $1,088
internationalcenter.org $1,500 ucollect.net $1,088
mobli.net $1,488 isolation.org $1,000
manman.net $1,400 poele.net $1,000
oldtowne.net $1,400 waterfiltrationsystem.net $1,000
paving.org $1,400  

Through their expanded promotion platform, the AfternicDLS also used GoDaddy Auctions to sell EarthHourUS.org ($2,005), FallRiver.org ($1,400) and NortelLearnIt.org ($1,315). 

They also used Sedo to sell LaserWorld.net for $2,092 and MotorcycleForums.net for $1,115. 

Sedo's winner's list included Asleep.org ($2,140), Wording.net ($2,080) and ForexExpert.net ($1,700). HCGDietDangers.org added $1,650, KreditBank.org deposited $1,560 and Eyeliner.org applied $1,365. BadMode.net and Data.mobi drew $1,300 each while two others; MUF.net and MailChimp.org chalked up $1,200 apiece. NewCars.info attracted $1,150 and iStream.net downloaded $1,000.  

Elsewhere Moniker/SnapNames banked $1,151 for HIZ.net and $1,005 for TGBus.net

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 Charts page.

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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 Domain Sales Center also provides invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Wednesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Mondays and Tuesdays our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this article to give you the most comprehensive sales report in the industry. 

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.

 

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