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Six-Figure Sale of eSignature.com Gives DomainGuardians Their 1st Appearance at the Top of Our Weekly Domain Sales Chart

Last spring two highly regarded former Fabulous.com executives, Mike Robertson and Jen Sale, joined three domain industry veterans; Adam Strong, Paul Keating and Bill Vanderent, to launch a new domain services company at DomainGuardians.com. While the company's main line of business is providing estate planning and management services to domain professionals the highly experienced co-founders can handle just about any domain related task you might want to throw at them. That's why veteran domain investor Roy Flanders called on Robertson to broker eSignature.com for him and Roy's confidence was rewarded when Mike found a buyer at $150,000, giving DomainGuardians the #1 position on this week's Top 20 Sales Chart. The buyer is a company called EchoSign that was acquired concurrently with the domain acquisition by tech giant  Adobe.

Flanders said, "I guess I know most all of the players over all these years, and I can't think of many who are more well thought of than Mike (I call him 'Bieber,' just for fun.) Truth is we had this deal finished - both ways - even before Escrow.com had the paperwork out!" There was a lot of trust between all parties, and time was very much  of the essence. (According to things I hear, I'm not always easy to work with, but Mike helped us all come out shining.)"  

By Ron Jackson

Robertson noted, "Roy's one of the real originals in this business. I've seen domains he registered back in '94-'95. I'm happy to have worked with him for the last number of years while at Fabulous. So when he called at my new company to see if I wanted to broker this domain, I jumped at the chance. Mostly because he very rarely sells anything, he is shy about any publicity, but also because he thought it might help give our new start-up a good lift."

Roy knows a good company when he sees one and anyone who knows the principals in DomainGuardians will understand why Flanders wanted to work with them.

Sedo took the next two spots on this week's leader board with iCinema.com and Koudai.com bringing in $50,000 each to tie for the runner-up position. Sedo went on to have a monster week, sweeping 17 of the 20 chart entries. Their roster included all four of the ccTLDS on the elite list, with #5 Men.co leading that group at $32,000. Two other country codes also reached the top ten; #8 AHD.de at $16,898 and #9 Infos.fr at $14,200

The non .com gTLDs had two representatives on the Big Board led by the UpMarketDNs.com sale of #4 Blogs.net at $34,500. The other charted domain from this category also reached the top ten. That was #10 Umstandsmode.org ("maternity wear" in German), a domain that sold through Sedo for $11,660

The AfternicDLS also earned chart honors this week, scoring with #18 HotStops.com at $9,000. That sale helped the .coms pile up 14 of the 20 chart entries.

Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, August 7:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 1, 2011 - Sun. Aug. 7, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Aug. 11, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. eSignature.com $150,000 DomainGuardians
2.
tie
iCinema.com $50,000 Sedo
2.
tie
Koudai.com $50,000 Sedo
4. Blogs.net $34,500 UpMarketDNs
5. Men.co $32,000 Sedo
6. 140.com $27,502 Sedo
7. AssistedCare.com $22,750 Sedo
8. AHD.de €11,900 = $16,898 Sedo
9. Infos.fr €10,000 = $14,200 Sedo
10. Umstandsmode.org
("maternity wear" in German)
€8,211 = $11,660 Sedo

 

11. PharmaShop24.com €7,700 = $10,934 Sedo
12. Unbelievable.com $10,600 Sedo
13.
tie
Biovia.com $10,000 Sedo
13.
tie
Mube.com $10,000 Sedo
13.
tie
Sukiyaki.com $10,000 Sedo
16. LagoMaggiore.com €7,000 = $9,940 Sedo
17. Equality.com $9,101 Sedo
18. HotStops.com $9,000 AfternicDLS
19. ToolsWorld.com €6,000 = $8,520 Sedo
20. Kayak.nl $8,350 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.

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the supporting cast of four-figure .com sales with DomainDeals.com and Pedal.com at $8,100 apiece. Pixonic.com posted $7,500, IndoorFountains.com fetched $7,400 and Newstream.com captured $6,667. Delegation.com delivered $6,600, TheWineGuys.com uncorked $6,390, Apay.com added $5,202 and IWalkBecause.com kicked in $5,112

Sedo had 47 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
aegion.com $5,000   elatus.com $3,000
cloudforensics.com $5,000 etradeindia.com $3,000
meningitisb.com $5,000 ivycard.com $3,000
scrummy.com $5,000 lumeos.com $3,000
tripfab.com $5,000 noctilucent.com $3,000
geburtskarte.com $4,900 safetytopics.com $3,000
nze.com $4,900 xergy.com $3,000
chatcube.com $4,500 phonerepair.com $2,999
cloudshift.com $4,500 personalhygiene.com $2,910
giftsxpress.com $3,976 vivahealthcare.com $2,900
solo7.com $3,905 wildparks.com $2,840
okafrica.com $3,900 keyproperty.com $2,800
cysts.com $3,662 paketeria.com $2,500
mobyt.com $3,550 zlou.com $2,500
askmed.com $3,500 friendify.com $2,200
etravelers.com $3,500 enucleus.com $2,199
metwest.com $3,500 bizturkler.com $2,130
modernchairs.com $3,500 greenn.com $2,130
m2fx.com $3,400 huntinglicense.com $2,100
portefeuille.com $3,266 airambulanceservices.com $2,000
ethics360.com $3,240 elteatro.com $2,000
saatler.com $3,138 hotelmyrtlebeach.com $2,000
lovedata.com $3,100 wirelesstrain.com $2,000
betafund.com $3,000  

Back at the AfternicDLS the hit list included PunchCards.com ($7,640), LX3.com ($7,500) and MenNetwork.com ($6,400). ISGO.com and BZNet.com booked $5,400 each while EpicSolutions.com secured $5,275. CloseYourEyes.com peeked at $4,788, ZMOT.com and ResortCollection.com returned $4,388 each and SBDirect.com brought $4,188.  

The AfternicDLS had 56 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
urologygroup.com $4,000   kokel.com $2,500
sciencecourse.com $3,700 libnews.com $2,500
coesa.com $3,670 ShuttersOnline.com $2,500
davidsims.com $3,588 freshbody.com $2,388
fudusa.com $3,588 publicad.com $2,388
thecentennial.com $3,500 esurvival.com $2,300
thediplomat.com $3,500 simplyparts.com $2,300
luckybuyer.com $3,488 timetocall.com $2,300
upcomingauctions.com $3,409 daijin.com $2,288
livestocksales.com $3,388 weeklyreport.com $2,250
total-solutions.com $3,388 unomomento.com $2,200
xn--mgbged0a5k.com $3,300 affordablecoverage.com $2,188
sourcegroup.com $3,200 dealforge.com $2,188
sportsbraces.com $3,200 designerpad.com $2,188
enacorp.com $3,188 souphome.com $2,188
loungeclub.com $3,188 edubuddy.com $2,132
getbrand.com $3,050 chooseup.com $2,088
connectdesign.com $3,000 freshlocal.com $2,088
smoms.com $3,000 interactiveprinting.com $2,088
trademarksolutions.com $3,000 onlinepulse.com $2,030
treasurekeepers.com $3,000 cabanaclub.com $2,000
nicepic.com $2,988 georgiabridal.com $2,000
genesismedia.com $2,950 lulua.com $2,000
eclairee.com $2,921 meroad.com $2,000
theresonance.com $2,900 padg.com $2,000
frenchresistance.com $2,654 pikz.com $2,000
eliquids.com $2,588 raod.com $2,000
borrowedandblue.com $2,500 roboteka.com $2,000

At Moniker/SnapNames Bichi.com banked $4,705, HZG.com drew $4,056 and LastSeat.com landed $3,890. UMAR.com and PediatricSurgical.com sewed up $3,500 apiece while ComputerGuide.com downloaded $3,002 and Pastirma.com posted $2,350. Ercomer.com commanded $2,252, Pennswood.com provided $2,053 and Tongqing.com tallied $2,013.  

Eslewhere, DomainMarket.com sold RecordBreakers.com for $8,000 and HuntingMoon.com moved Clickberry.com for $2,000.  

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

Men.co (at $32,000) led a trio of five-figure sales that filled the first three positions on our new Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart. Sedo handled that sale and went on to sweep 19 of the 20 chart entries in the country code category that they have always dominated.  

You saw all of those five-figure sales (along with #4 Kayak.nl) on the all extension Top 20 Chart earlier. The highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #5 Couture.co.uk at $8,262. Another British domain, #6 BlackjackOnline.co.uk, was just a step behind at $8,000

A South African ccTLD, WebDesign.co.za, kicked off the second half of the elite list at $5,000. That private transaction was the only sale on the chart that was not handled by Sedo. 

As they so often do, Germany's popular .de extension took the most chart entries with 10. Here is how the Country Code Top 20 stacked up for the week ending August 7:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Aug. 1, 2011 - Sun. Aug. 7, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Aug. 11, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1 Men.co $32,000 Sedo
2. AHD.de €11,900 = $16,898 Sedo
3. Infos.fr €10,000 = $14,200 Sedo
4. Kayak.nl $8,350 Sedo
5. Couture.co.uk £5,100 = $8,262 Sedo
6. BlackjackOnline.co.uk $8,000 Sedo
7. MegaUpload.it €5,400 = $7,668 Sedo
8. Megi.de €4,950 = $7,029 Sedo
9. MegaUpload.fr $6,000 Sedo
10. Outlet-Stuttgart.de €4,000 = $5,680 Sedo

11. WebDesign.co.za $5,000 Pvt Sale
12. Wohnimmobilien.de €3,500 = $4,970 Sedo
13.
tie
Control24.de €3,000 = $4,260 Sedo
13.
tie
Party-Alarm.de €3,000 = $4,260 Sedo
13.
tie
Zavvi.de €3,000 = $4,260 Sedo
16. Zocdoc.cn $4,225 Sedo
17. Gesunderurlaub.de €2,900 = $4,118 Sedo
18. FishAndChips.be €2,700 = $3,834 Sedo
19. Meinetiere.de €2,500 = $3,550 Sedo
20. Werbebotschaft.de €2,410 = $3,422 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were several dozen additional four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for all but one of those. Their supplemental list was led by a quartet of domains that sold for $2,840 each; Enterprises.us, Mallorca.me, Rentals.it and 7030.de.

Sedo had 47 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging form $1,000 to $2,826 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,826
sniper.ch $2,826   wellnessportal.ch $1,420
vermögenswirksame-leistungen.de $2,769 zion.eu $1,420
my-destination.at $2,556 gastrofisch.de $1,419
metzeler.es $2,379 hallenwart.de $1,406
profi.nl $2,343 cashmanager.ch $1,399
akvaristika.eu $1,988 bestspas.co.uk $1,377
fussballquiz.de $1,988 ja-sicher.de $1,352
trw.it $1,988 italtrans.it $1,349
sterniversum.de $1,917 fullswinggolf.de $1,278
mybestfriend.de $1,846 guyot.be $1,278
fitness24.at $1,775 visual-network.de $1,278
tischler24.de $1,775 gebaeudeversicherung-
vergleich.de
$1,277
propertyindia.in $1,667 tischler-hamburg.de $1,214
haha.tv $1,500 yankee.eu $1,207
phuthumanathi.co.za $1,500 dressupgames.eu $1,136
trainingdirectory.co.uk $1,499 dsr4.it $1,136
auspuff-billiger.de $1,491 möbelparadies.de $1,136
mobilemarketingagency.co.uk $1,458 teilwert.de $1,136
assuranceentreprise.fr $1,420 casacasa.de $1,065
goldbet.it $1,420 werhats.at $1,065
restart.eu $1,420 familyville.co.uk $1,000
simplymagic.de $1,420 firmy.eu $1,000
slotmachine.de $1,420 las-vegas.co $1,000
  watchshop.eu $1,000

Elsewhere ETFs.tv changed hands for $1,500 through PremiumDomains.tv.

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

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

After having no sales above the four-figure range last week the .non com gTLDs bounced back with a pair of five-figure sales this week, one of which ranks among the year's ten biggest sales to date in this category (the YTD Non .com gTLD  Top 100 is the third chart on the page linked to above). That is Blogs.net, a name brokered by UpMarketDNs.com that sold for $34,500. #2 Umstandsmode.org also breeched the five-figure barrier with a $11,660 sale at Sedo.

Netstream.net and Newstream.org tied for the #3 position at $6,667 each with both of those sales also going through Sedo. The AfternicDLS rounded out the top five with their $5,800 sale of MOC.net

The .nets claimed the most chart positions with 10, followed by .org with four. .Biz was next with three (led by #6 Bangladesh.biz at $3,101), .info had two (led by #8 Eden.info at $2,841) and .pro had one; #7 Remont.pro at $3,100

Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending August 7:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug. 1, 2011 - Sun. Aug. 7, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Aug. 11, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Blogs.net $34,500 UpMarketDNs
2. Umstandsmode.org
("maternity wear" in German)
€8,211 = $11,660 Sedo
3.
tie
Newstream.net $6,667 Sedo
3.
tie
Newstream.org $6,667 Sedo
5. MOC.net $5,800 AfternicDLS
6. Bangladesh.biz $3,101 Sedo
7. Remont.pro $3,100 Sedo
8. Eden.info €2,001 = $2,841 Sedo
9.
tie
GroundTruth.net $2,788 AfternicDLS
9.
tie
PlayNow.org $2,788 AfternicDLS

11. Washington.biz $2,550 Sedo
12. MattressCover.net $2,500 Sedo
13. BlueWay.net $2,388 AfternicDLS
14. Housemart.org $2,188 AfternicDLS
15. Lawyers.biz $2,150 Sedo
16. CareNow.net $2,142 AfternicDLS
17. Sonderangebot.info €1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
18.
tie
Bznet.net $2,088 AfternicDLS
18.
tie
JamCam.net $2,088 AfternicDLS
20.  ArticleDirectory.net $2,050 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were several dozen additional four-figure non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by two Sedo sales; Letterhead.net at $2,020 and Girls.travel at $2,000. Sedo had 14 more sales in this category ranging from $1,000 to $1,988 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,988
telemetrie.org $1,988   ecologistics.net $1,420
babyshowerinvitations.net $1,800 schornsteinfeger.info $1,420
tint.net $1,700 artstore.info $1,300
gascalc.net $1,500 blueheelers.net $1,100
mission.info $1,500 buygifts.net $1,100
a2b.net $1,420 findgifts.net $1,100
bioboerse.net $1,420 quantumhealing.net $1,050

Back at the AfternicDLS Figurines.net notched $1,995 while AlliedServices.net and Ascential.net added $1,888 each. The Afternic DLS had 28 more four-figure non .com gTLD sales between $1,000 and $1,988 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,988
icesoft.org $1,870   minesite.net $1,159
internet3.net $1,677 cargas.net $1,000
newrussia.org $1,588 citynet.org $1,000
jamcam.org $1,570 communicationskills.net $1,000
geli.net $1,500 inteli.net $1,000
hottubs.info $1,488 linkfactory.net $1,000
cigares.org $1,400 sigaren.net $1,000
pepp.net $1,400 thediplomat.net $1,000
horseshows.net $1,251 youpickem.net $1,000
ultrapure.net $1,188   

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

 

*****

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 editor@dnjournal.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 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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