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What Happened to Those Domains That I Sold?

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By Jeffrey Emerick, Mar 30, 2016
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    For me, the most fulfilling part of selling domains is discovering how buyers develop the domains that I sell to them. Many times, I have an idea of what a domain could become when I buy it, but I am often surprised by the creativity of my buyers, and what they use the domains for.

    Here are some websites hosted on domains that I've sold.


    Earnify.com
    Bought: 11/22/2014 » Sold: 4/30/2015

    My Expectation: I envisioned a lot of different business uses for this domain, but the core value that I saw in the domain was a site to teach people how to earn money.

    Outcome: Instead of my vision, the website on this domain is a native advertising platform. From their website: "We present you Earnify, the world’s first CPA native advertising platform which allows you, as a publisher, to yield a premium for the traffic you send.”


    Greetfully.com
    Bought: 10/9/2014 » Sold: 7/23/2015

    My Expectation: I imagined a service that hired greeters for events or a business that created and sold greeting cards. I thought it could also host a website for a gift basket service.

    Outcome: It turns out that my vision for the domain was very close to its current use! The domain now hosts a subscription based greeting card service.


    iVetting.com
    Bought: 1/9/2015 » Sold: 12/29/2015

    My Expectation: I knew that the market for doing background checks on people (vetting them) was not going anywhere and a popular way to do background checks is online. However, I almost gave up on this name. I had decided to drop some of my domains that use the i prefix ("iDomains"), and I removed the auto renewal for this one. Luckily, I got an email from GoDaddy just before its expiration date saying, “Congratulations, your premium listing just sold!”

    Outcome: I did not expect the current use of the domain. The site is built around getting feedback on your ideas. It’s an interesting concept, but I’m not familiar with their business model.


    Analyticable.com
    Bought: 10/9/2014 » Sold: 7/23/2015

    My Expectation: I thought that this one had a pretty straightforward meaning: able to do analytics. I pictured some sort of analytics business using this domain name.

    Outcome: The company that now owns this domain offers analytics workshops, and their website says that their "goal is to enable people to use advanced analytics through multiple modes: Training, Software, and Consulting." My vision and the actual use were pretty similar in this case.


    Popful.com
    Bought: 1/7/2015 » Sold: 3/13/2015

    My Expectation: To be honest, I had no idea what business would use this domain name. I just thought that it was a great six letter name with the word “pop” in it and a nice suffix.

    Outcome: The site is in Spanish and features a mix of gossip, pop culture, and viral media.


    Profitise.com
    Bought: 2/4/2015 » Sold: 6/2/2015

    My Expectation: I thought of this name as the pairing of profit and expertise: guidance to profit by experts.

    Outcome: The domain is now used by a marketing firm that offers lead generation services to help companies increase their profits. From the website: "Profitise is a marketing firm and your solution in business financing. We’re a trusted source whether you are establishing a business from the ground up or need assistance in expanding. It’s more than leads. It’s more than calls. It’s about growing your business." So, similar to what I thought, they are establishing themselves as experts that can help you gain profits.


    Bagogo.com
    Bought: 1/6/2015 » Sold: 5/11/2015

    My Expectation: When I first saw this domain, I thought of “Bag'n go.” I figured that it would be a neat name for a service that bagged products. I also liked the CVCVCV (consonant, vowel, ...) pattern and that it contained the word “go.”

    Outcome: I didn’t see this one coming. From the website: “Bago is a female artist, she is a singer, songwriter, jewelry and candle maker.” She is a true artist. Great domain choice for her, considering Bago.com is taken and in use.


    Eskroh.com
    Bought: 11/3/2014 » Sold: 7/30/2015

    My Expectation: I was simply looking up words in the dictionary and seeing their suggested pronunciations. When I looked up escrow, the dictionary recommend pronouncing it “es-kroh.” So, I bought the domain with escrow in mind.

    Outcome The website features a data escrow service. No surprise to me!


    uBrandable.com
    Bought: 10/7/2014 » Sold: 7/14/2015

    My Expectation: Funnily enough, I bought this domain to be my portfolio site for my brandable domain names, until I discovered BrandBucket. I decided that BrandBucket could do a better job than I could of selling my brandables, so I sold this name.

    Outcome: No surprise, the site lists brandable domains for sale. I believe the owner is also a NamePros member.


    Porkify.com
    Bought: 6/18/2015 » Sold: 7/16/2015

    My Expectation: I don't believe this domain had ever been registered before, which surprised me. Even more surprising, less than a month after I registered it, a broker came to me with a buyer in hand. At the time, I was very excited, and I closed a sale quickly. However, once the website went up, I realized that the buyer was one of the largest pork distributors in the U.S. and that I had probably undersold the domain. I probably could have added a zero to the sale price and still closed the deal. I had only been domaining for a couple of months, and I didn’t realize that most buyers who pay a broker to find a domain have serious interest and capital behind them. I learned from this experience that I should not undervalue names.

    Outcome: FarmLand bought the domain and held a contest where pork lovers sent in their pork pictures to win a “porkify” contest. The contest is over now.

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    I highly recommend looking into the domains that you have sold to see what your buyers (or their buyers) are using them for now. It is very fulfilling and you can learn a lot from doing so. You can see if your vision for the domains came true or whether your buyers went in different directions. Share some of the domains that you’ve sold, what you thought they could be used for, and what they are now!


    This is my first NamePros Blog post. If the community likes it, I will write more. Thanks for reading!
     
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    Nice write up. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very interesting! Also a great insight into what kinds of brandable names are selling these days. Thanks!
     
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    Excellent article, enjoyed reading it to the last word in it. Fulfilling, interesting and very useful indeed. Thank you very much for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your journey

    All the domains you mentioned have short periods, between bought and sold.. are all of them Quick flips?
     
  10. Sumit Agrawal

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    It's always satisfying to see sold domains being linked with a meaningful website.
     
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    Interesting article Jeffrey. Read everything to the end.
     
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    tx for article; smart to see, and appreciate comments, perspectives
     
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    Thanks for sharing @Jeffrey Emerick, Did you sold 'em through Brand Bucket ?
    Any tips on perfect selling strategy ?
     
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    Nice write-up Jeffrey- It's great to see people using the things that we invest in. It must be a nice feeling to see a company do well. Do you ever look at those domains you debated dropping or renewing..!
     
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    Great share!!!

    How much did porkify.com fetch?
     
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    Thank you! Great read
     
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    Thanks, was fun to read. :)
     
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    Thanks for sharing, check sales is a funny thing to do.

    Regarding Porkify, don't regret your deal too much. In the end it was for a marketing campaign landing, I don't think they had a huge budget for it. Not a whole commercial website on this domain. If you had tried to go too high the buyer might have thought 'hey, this is just for a marketing landing page, search for another pork-related name whose owner is not one of those greedy NP members'. ;)
     
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    How dare you call us "greedy NP members" ?
     
  22. RozasMD

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    I was just joking, and I think it was quite obvious. Don't take everything so seriously.

    No need for a dislike, which by the way is my first dislike here.

    But hey, it's ok. Have a good day.
     
  23. Haroon Basha

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    I did not see any dislike on your message!
     
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    Lol. It was there at the time I was writing my message, I swear. Now it's gone. Strange things happening :laugh:

    Anyway, everything's ok. Let's get back to Jeffrey's domain sales and their real uses, let's not make this derail.

    I really love Popful and Earnify, possibly my favorite among the ones he's shared.
     
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    A few months ago, I ran a similar test on namebio high priced domains; I don't remebrer the exact conditions, but I seleted sites sold 6 months prior to my experiment and sold in the range of 30000$.

    To my surprise, over 40% of domains were still undevelopped and a lot of them had a sign 'for sale', meaning they had been acquired by investors.

    I wonder if you have observed something similar with your own domains.
     
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    Lots of July sales, I see. Is that high season for sales in others' experience as well?
     
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    Not necessarily with my own names but I have experienced same while researching names on dnsaleprice for example.
     
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