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How much would you pay for a better domain to promote your domain portfolio?

Labeled as discuss in General Domain Discussion, started by garptrader, Apr 1, 2019

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How much would you pay for a domain to promote your portfolio?

  1. <$50

    21 votes
    21.9%
  2. $50-$100

    11 votes
    11.5%
  3. $101-$250

    5 votes
    5.2%
  4. $251-$500

    9 votes
    9.4%
  5. $501-$799

    7 votes
    7.3%
  6. $800-$1500

    11 votes
    11.5%
  7. $1501-$3000

    10 votes
    10.4%
  8. $3001-$500

    2 votes
    2.1%
  9. >$5000

    20 votes
    20.8%
Total: 96 vote(s)
  1. garptrader

    garptrader Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Most forum members acquire domain names primarily for the purpose of reselling them. Many discussions revolve around aftermarket sales, the prospects of a domain selling with certain characteristics - short, one-word, high-search volume, new tld vs .com etc. Occasionally we see threads where someone has recently registered several reg fee domains and inquire about which is best. Or they may post a thread on the domains wanted section with a $50-$100 budget. Yet this forum is about domain names, right? Recently the domain DomainNames.com sold for $370k so at least Schilling believes in paying up for great domains. Yet sadly it seems like most of us place as much a priority on acquiring an aftermarket domain as the typical end user with a Facebook profile or reg fee domain. I suspect the typical domainer portfolio resides on a reg fee domain. If you don't believe in paying up for a domain to promote your domain business, why should you expect end users to act any differently?

    I have several portfolio-type domains. One was a made-up name (Dominericos.com), another I won in a forum auction (Dominero.com) two were backordered (PremiumDomains.tv, DominiosenEspanol.com), another was acquired via a Namejet auction (GenericDomains.net) and another was acquired from someone who acquired it in a Namejet auction (ComprarDominio.com). So while I have never spent $xXxX on an individual domain acquisition, I have invested in acquiring above average domains to promote my portfolio.
     
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  2. NameLlama

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    Buyer usually wants only one specific domain, so no need for this display case of domains

    Maybe it's not about being willing to pay.
    If the domainer was making a lot of money, they might buy a domain for a show-off website for xxxx or xxxxx
    But it's the same as with business owners.
    If the business is small or not making much profit, they aren't going to pay xxxx for a new domain
    Domainers are tiny one-person businesses, and it's possible that 90% are not profitable or are making $1/hour if all things considered
     
  3. EbookLover

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    Most domainers sell wholesale. They never sell to end-users, they just shuffle around domains from one reseller to another like kids trade baseball cards. Domain won't mean a whole lot in this case. However a really bad one could hurt to some degree.

    Regardless, most domainers don't even know how to put up a simple one-page, static website, let alone a portfolio. Nor do they care to learn. And with services like Efty, no need in their eyes.
     
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  4. stub

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    I voted for $5k+. Which is what I paid. Now if only my developer would finish his job. And if I would also stop adding features....
     
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  5. golan

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    I'm still in search of a good name for my Canna portfolio. For general portfolio i already have one.
     
  6. EbookLover

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    How about YouCannaBuyMyDomains.com :xf.grin:
     
  7. Recons.Com

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    Paid $115 for right/brand/.com at GD expiring in 2015, but would have paid up to $2K if someone would have bid me up.

    Hopefully, will launch marketplace within a month.
     
  8. Want2learn

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    @toughdomains has made making static web pages a thing of the past!
     
  9. BaileyUK

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    Has never even crossed my mind to have a portfolio/trading-name. Seems to me to be a rather delusional asset. I can understand the purchase of DomainNames.com purely because of it's familiarity and look-up value. Some of the 'Trading- names' listed here on NP are certainly Not memorable. Can't believe not having one has affected my hundreds of sales over all the years.

    List 1, 2, 3
    Non coms
    cctlds
    Expiring/renewals

    Has always suited me.
    I can accept that for a registered company, that many operate under, then a company name is going to be required. But, something Simple and favored by the Company holder doesn't have to be incorporating a domain wording.

    The only thing a potential buyer is going to be writing down is the Price. and your email address. And they would probably get far more background info by Googling your email than some contrived listing-name. I'd also be quite wary of someone using a pumped-up domain wording business name - that probably tells me a lot about their price expectations also

    Finally, I would use (If I did) a more general appeal wording, something that would have a wide appeal for other markets - For Sale, when you come round to the 'End' of domaining
     
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  10. Bob Hawkes

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    I expect there will be a big range in responses depending on if hobby, side gig, part time business, single person business or larger scale. I think the big players need a smooth site and a memorable name with respect, but many may not need a site at all. I am a big believer in your name matching your potential clients. If selling 5 fig + .com you need a high value .com. If you see your market as single person creatives thinking outside box you can do that for yourself.

    Bob
     
  11. namemarket

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    I would pay zero for a better domain to promote my names because a website listing your names would be most unlikely to bring any end-user sales unless the web-page gets heavy traffic but high traffic is very unlikely. The best purpose for such a page is to bring value from the links however that benefit is dubious. Instead you can just add a web-page to an existing website you may already have.
     
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  12. EbookLover

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    I agree for the average domainer. But as Bob stated, it may be crucial for heavy-hitters in this industry. However, I don't believe a super premium domain is necessary in even this case. A professional company name would suffice. Like buckleymedia.com
     
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  13. Recons.Com

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    By the way, why it is expected that wholesalers must be willing to pay retail price?

    It is nice perk of being in this industry that you know you could buy names for 1% to 20% of their real end user value.

    Another portfolio name I bought just on days is NeoNom/com (trendy way of saying "NewName"). Paid mid $xx at dynadot expiring auction, will price it at mid $xxxx for sale, unless find my own use for it.
     
  14. biggie

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    you can pay a high price for a name to showcase your list, but.... if the names within aren't worth buying, then do you really have a portfolio?

    you can hand reg a name, and accumulate some decent, to very good names and point those names to that website

    the buyer or looker, isn't concerned with the name of your website, only the name that they typed in their browser

    I hand regged the name of my website in 2002, put adsense on it and have made enough from that, to pay renewal and hosting for it, to date


    for folks like FS , buying domainnames.com makes sense, because he has uni and a parking platform

    for others, it may not be prudent to spend 4,5 or 6 figures for a domain to showcase your wares, especially when you are just starting out and/or have limited budget for domain purchases to add to that site.

    imo....
     
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  15. Recons.Com

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    Not getting a great brand for yourself until you are successful is the same as not buying yourself a decent suit and shoes until you get a decent job.

    You need such a brand from the beginning and you build the brand slowly from ground up.
     
  16. Want2learn

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    I understand this sentiment. I think that acquiring a premium name could have positive effects for one's portfolio. I also think that acquiring a premium name could have minimal impact. I dislike the experiences Ive had with GoDaddy, but I list domains there because of the exposure my names could potentially gain when listed in their auctions. I can't say a premium name would do much for me either. But like being in bed with GoDaddy, I would do business if I thought it would help me . . . and if that means a premium name Id try.
    Ofcourse Biggie explained my situation perfectly, I don't have the capital to do so.
     
  17. BaileyUK

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    As many do, I get almost daily emails asking me to make offers for some inferior variation on a domain I hold. Kevin at google email address etc, I take in my stride and just think "Wishful thinking my Son" Any coming via some sellers contrived domain. I always think - wonder who that idiot is running that.
     
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  18. Want2learn

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    I see your point. But and this is a big but . . .

    Ill show up with my hand reg suit until I sell enough to get my premium suit! I think your point is more well suited for a startup company or a company trying to do big business. I acquired PremiereLawnServices.com here from another user along with a few other names for pennies on the dollar. I got an inbound offer of $100. I rejected it. I listed it on GoDaddy and only got $100. I still think the buyer got the best end of the deal. If I had a lawn business that would have been a name I as an individual could use to cut grass. I could have also started a business with it. I could have gone anywhere and used it. So $100 for someone in the lawn service industry is good to go for $100. If I acquired lawncare.com prior to I don't see how it would have helped me sell PLS for more than $100.
     
  19. Rory Ivey

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    Not surprised <$50 has almost the most votes. No wonder most of you fail.
    You want end users to spend thousands for your names, but wouldn't even spend $30 for your own name.

    The whole request section is a shithole.

    excuse my language.
     
  20. stub

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    There is probably a big difference between enough traffic and huge traffic. But my beta website gets pretty good traffic, entirely from people typing in the domain into their browser and seeing where it goes. I was kinda pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting it.

    A boring non-memorable domain, like my beta website, was both cheap and non-memorable. For some people, this would do. But for me. The most important thing about a for sale domain, is that it should be MEMORABLE. Which mostly comes from the domain name itself. Although the experience on the website should also be memorable.

    The website has to compete with the likes of Afternic, Sedo, GoDaddy for trustability. Which I think no other domain seller can compete with. Even Uniregistry. Most of my sales whilst my site has been in beta, have mostly gone thru Afternic. The buyers are prepared to pay the 25% more for what they perceive to be the most trusted domain sellers in the business. So why have a domains for sale website AT ALL? Why not just list the domains at Afternic, Sedo, GoDaddy? Well there are probably a lot of domainers doing just that.

    It's all about variety and standing out from the crowd. I think a good quality domain helps with that impression. But it has to be backed up by a pleasant visitor experience. And good quality domains don't come cheap. It's the whole package offered to the customer. If a buyer chooses to find a domain on my website, but choose to pay 25% more to acquire it at Afternic. It's no skin off my nose.
     
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  21. Steven McEvoy

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    The most I have spent on a personal domain is $300
     
  22. BaileyUK

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    This is going to be a bit like the New top level domain thread. Those that have a holding of domainsellers domains are gonna push for more sales, Probably even 'Like' votes from those that spent on a domain portfolio name. The rest of us are going to wonder all the fuss is about.

    PS If a transaction is carried-out via the Internet, I doubt the buyer cares about how new or appropriate your suit and tie is
     
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  23. biggie

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    I've sold names barefoot, and in my PJ's

    so can agree with that

    :)

    imo...
     
  24. BaileyUK

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    Love-It. I live in a Retirement complex, where the heating (although controllable) still stays far too warm. So most of my sales these-days are made in the nude. fortunately my second floor apartment overlooks nothing but green fields and woodland, The horses haven't complained
     
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