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Advice...domain selling
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:33:02 AM »
I want to sell a domain.
What's the best way?
I really don't have time to do the research and hoping I could pick brains here.
I know, I know I can put it up for sale via the domain hosting site...
I have no idea how to even price the domain or even if I should set it up for bid on another.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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Re: Advice...domain selling
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 03:37:07 PM »
One thing I'd suggest is: ignore those 'domain (x) is worth (y)$$$' websites since they use metrics that have no connection with reality (usually scraping Alexa/Quantcast).

Since it's your domain you will likely know:
- How many unique visits per month
- How old it is
- .com, .org, and .edu still have a premium over .co/.cc/.tv etc.
- External indicators like Web Of Trust, Webutation, McAfee Site Advisor, etc.
- If an ecommerce/membership site, how many users (would this be part of the sale, or just the name?)
- If the name is unique/hard to obtain in a category (e.g. jewelry.com) that adds a multiplier/bonus

A domain that gets a million uniques per month will obviously sell higher than one that gets 1000. All of this assumes that this is a 'live' domain with existing content and links on it; if it's a parked domain picked up on a whim a couple years ago it'll obviously sell for less due to the lack of a traffic profile. It also depends on who is buying the domain and why. Some people buy domains purely for traffic; it has a million uniques a month, so they'll 301 it to their parent domain and get a boost in Google organic standings (theoretically). Others are buying for membership. Others are buying for links (if your domain name is old/'reputable' they can farm links off of it). Lastly, and probably what you're thinking, is they buy it because it'll represent their business organization best.

One of the bigger names is sedo.com, who are kind of slimy (they will list domains for sale that have no affiliation with them for SEO reasons) but they've been doing it the longest. Here's their sales overview page:
https://sedo.com/us/sell-domains/sell-domains-overview/

That said, I'm not sure I'd go down that route unless you were certain you were going to get at least a couple thousand since they of course get their own cut of the sale. One of the good things about Sedo though, is you can go through the Buy Domains section, and maybe see what domains similar to yours are going for. For example I was looking at *jewelry*.com domains and YouthJewelry.com is apparently available for $1,888 USD.

I'm not super experienced (have never bought or sold a previously-owned domain), but if it >is< a niche domain you might be better off posting it somewhere those niche operators congregate instead of a general auction/sale. E.g. if the domain is SEO related something like WarriorForum. To know more I'd have to know what the domain is.

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Re: Advice...domain selling
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2014, 06:11:56 PM »
It's really not that hard to find a prospective buyer for a website. Just Google yourself and see who has similar names, especially if they are awkward variations. There's your prospect list.
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Re: Advice...domain selling
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 07:42:16 PM »
Many moons ago ... I sold EarringBoutique.com
I did nothing!  Lol
Heck, I didn't even know I wanted to sell it!

Got an email one day that asked if I would sell it
I said, never thought about it (only had it like 4 months)
Asked how much they wanted to pay
They said $2000 and I said sold!   Lol
We used go daddy's service to transfer the funds and the name
And it was done


Depends on the domain ...
What name you selling???
sock monkeys at www.OurSockMonkey.com and of course everything at www.FilthyRichFashions.com

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Re: Advice...domain selling
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 09:32:49 AM »
Thanks for the advice.
I've tried googling the name...no variations.
I think the name is unique...book in the title.
The uponabook reference is Shakespeare

I have it forwarded right now.
I used to use it with my eBook store on Storenvy.
I don't have time to stock or keep up with that store...so I bailed and put it on a forward.

It's uponabook.com
I used the domain when I was solely selling books.
And so enjoyed selling books, but I just do. not. have. time. to scout as I used to.

I sell books but not at a rate that I used to, I have no use for the domain.
What I buy normally is gone in less than a month...most within a week or two.

Would love to be approached as you were BT (and similar amount) to sell.
<sigh>
One can dream.


  

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