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the real value of domains

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by artswerdstone, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. artswerdstone

    artswerdstone Power Member

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    Hi,

    After some BHW-ers posted about trading domains, and particularly Kase asking for a reliable domain appraisal site, I had the idea to look up for the actual bid prices of domains.

    Does no matter, how an authority valuates a domain, the real value of a domain is the price buyers (bidders) would afford for it.

    I think it is same in the real estate business: final price is set by the actual buyer who pays it.

    Now, for easy reference I found a really good domainer tool, that shows the actual offers and bids for domains on several trade platforms.

    This tool has great filters you can use to find your favorite category.

    Check it out at the following link:

    Code:
    [URL="http://www.freshdrop.net"]
    http://www.freshdrop.net[/URL]
    You can see and understand fast, what people do pay for, and how much.

    Then it should be not difficult to decide in which kind of domain names is worth to invest.

    Then the site who.is may be useful to check for domain registration details, and also has a good and fast program for domain name suggestions.

    Namecheap may be one of the places where you can buy new domains.

    The domainer tool referred above will show some good places to sell domains (e-bay, sedo etc.)

    I have no personal experience as domainer, thus I hope some of the forum members will add their viewpoints here.
     
  2. kase

    kase Regular Member

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    Thanks art I'm going to review this!
     
  3. MaestroDelWeb

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    I've been buying and selling domains for the last five years or so. Here are my thoughts on some of the places for buying and selling domains.

    Ebay sucks unless you have tons of hype behind a domain. I've sold countless domains there for 99 cents hoping for a decent quick sale. To me Ebay has always been a loser and if it's a strange extension sometimes it won't even sell. If you have hype behind your domain you can make a killing on Ebay but it needs to be really really hyped up or a super premium domain (ex. 3 letter .com).

    Sedo is good because you can get some decent cash for your domains there. The problem I've had is a lot of the buyers flaked out and never finished the transaction. For your domain to get decent offers you usually need decent traffic. Sometimes out of the blue you'll get a great offer but most of the time you get low ballers trying to offer you barely enough to break even (after Sedo fees).

    Afternic is also good. It's similar to Sedo but I haven't gotten the big bids and offers I've gotten on Sedo here. Other's have gotten high bids and some big transactions have also closed here.

    TDNam sucks. That's just my opinion. I've never sold anything decent here. Other's have been successful but I hate their whole interface in general.

    There are a million other sites that do the same but these I think are the top three at the moment.

    For fast sales I recommend Ebay, domain forums, and webmaster forums you probably won't get top dollar like you would on Sedo or Afternic but if you need the cash or the domain is about to expire you can let them go at these places quickly as long as you have a low starting bid.

    Some domain forums are namepros, dnforum, sitepoint, digitalpoint. These are the places you can go and trade if you're not interested in selling.

    For domain registrations I use resellerclub, godaddy, idotz, domainsite, enom, namecheap and a few others. resellerclub probably has the best pricing of all but sometimes the other sites run promotions where it's cheaper. godaddy also has some great coupons usually running but of course a lot of people hate them. I think I had a problem on godaddy once or twice but I've always been able to resolve it with phone calls to support.

    For bulk domain searches there is a great free tool located on idotz website called Domain Name Analyzer. It basically tells you if the domain is registered or not (if it's registered it gives you the whois information) for about 30 extensions. I have another version of this program I got at another site that does other extensions.
     
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  4. artswerdstone

    artswerdstone Power Member

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    Thanks vze2yqtm for great contribution. Do you know eventually some source of good domain parking script?
     
  5. MaestroDelWeb

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  6. kase

    kase Regular Member

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    Can that Smart Script be cracked? :)
     
  7. artswerdstone

    artswerdstone Power Member

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    Thanks, vze2yqtm. Domaintrader seems a good value for good money, it is worth of it.
    However I can't use it on my favorite host, hence no SSH/root access is allowed, and I have no experience with substitutes as PHPshell.

    100% revenue at bodis.com and imodo's 90% seems very attractive.

    Kase, it's no point to crack smartscript's domain trader hence you don't have the copy to crack it. And if you would have it, then why to crack?

    If you are interested to experiment on your own risk with DomainTrader's older version (2.1), then you can get it in a script pack at the following link:

    Code:
    [url]http://rapidshare.com/files/67220475/premium_scripts.rar[/url]
     
  8. jobi110

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    thanks for the info guys...always wanted to know about that domain parking script.cheers