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Domain Names and Valuation 

While the great domain name boom is probably over and you're not likely to be selling a name like Business.com for 7.5 million or Autos.com for 2.2 million, it's easy to see why Internet users were enthralled with domain names.  Maybe it's because you want to sell a domain name that you bought to start a business that never materialized.  Perhaps you want to be a domain reseller or speculator.  In any case, domain names - especially ".com" suffixes - are in rare supply.  This sets up an interesting and, until a few years ago, unheard of commodity.

Let's say you have a domain name and you want to sell it.  The first step would be to have it appraised by someone, or spend many hours or days yourself researching domain valuation.  Most domain name valuation services will charge you between $40 and $80.  We paid $79 from GreatDomains.com to appraise one of our domain names.  While the product was good, the cost was a little unreasonable.  

Speaking of domain names, here are some things to consider in the complexity of domain valuation:

  • Consider the name's potential to make money.

  • How marketable and brandable is the name?

  • The more words or syllables, the lower the name's value (forsalebyowner.com is the classic exception to this rule - it sold for $835,000).

  • Dot com (.com) names are the standard in the U.S.  All other names are much less valuable.

  • Memorable phrases, acronyms and abbreviations can be extremely valuable, especially in some industries.

  • Prefixes and suffixes will generally lower the value.  A couple of good prefixes are "e" and "my."

  • Hyphenated names reduce the domain value, although they are sometimes easier for humans and search engine robots to see and read.

  • Unusual word order - "siteweb.com" instead of "website.com" - will reduce the value.

  • Offensive, vulgar or negative names may have a niche, but usually will hurt resale value.

  • Tricky names are less valuable.  I8here.com is not as valuable as Iatehere.com.  Although neither one is particularly valuable anyway.

  • Trademarks should be checked.  An existing trademark on a name is not really something to fool with unless you have a pocket full of litigators (attorneys, that is).  

Finally, the most important thing to consider comes straight from the real estate folks.  They call it a CMA.  Competitive or Comparative Market Analysis.  What have other properties or, in our case, domain names sold for?  This is tricky to determine for domain names because most sales are private.  The few domain names that are available for comparison ultimately help put some perspective on the name.  With market conditions changing so rapidly, however, that can only be factored in with other considerations.

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