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World's most expensive domain?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by super11, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. super11

    super11 Senior Member

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    Which is the the most expensive domain sold ever in the history?

    I copied these from a fanpage: Are these values true?



    1. Cameras.com--$150 million (Sold on 2006), monthly traffic: 1747 unique visitor
    2. Russia.com--$150 million (Sold on 2009), monthly traffic: 2464 unique visitors
    3. Tandberg.com--$150 million (Sold on 2007), monthly traffic: 8324 unique visitors
    4. Ticket.com--$152 million (Sold on 2009), monthly traffic: 6702 unique visitors
    5. DataRecovery.com-- $165 million (Sold on 2008), monthly traffic: 6702 unique visitors
    6. Auction.com--$170 million (Sold on 2009), monthly traffic: 369,894 unique visitors
    7. Dating.com--$175 million (Sold on 2010), monthly traffic: 7542 unique visitors
    8. Fly.com--$176 million (Sold on 2009), monthly traffic: 1,026,834 unique visitors
    9. Seniors.com--$180 million (Sold on 2007), monthly traffic: 4217 unique visitors
    10. Computer.com--$210 million (Sold on 2007), monthly traffic: 1049 unique visitors
    11. CreditCards.com--$275 million (Sold on 2004), monthly traffic: 954,067 unique visitors
    12. Shopping.de--$285 million (Sold on 2008), monthly traffic: 1304 unique visitors
    13. Candy.com--$300 million (Sold on 2006), monthly traffic: 73,953 unique visitors
    14. Vodka.com--$300 million (Sold on 2009), monthly traffic: 1346 unique visitors
    15. Wine.com--$300 million (Sold on 1999), monthly traffic: 208,232 unique visitors
    16. Clothes.com--$490 million (Sold on 2008), monthly traffic: 6687 unique visitors
    17. Toys.com--$510 million (Sold on 2009), monthly traffic: 231,775 unique visitors
    18. Slots.com--$550 million (Sold on 2010), monthly traffic: 21,424 unique visitors
    19. Diamond.com--$750 million (Sold on 2006), monthly traffic: 38,501 unique visitors
    20. Business.com--$750 million (Sold on 1999), monthly traffic: 2,371,419 unique visitors
    21. Porn.com--$950 million (Sold on 2007), monthly traffic: 1,945,661 unique visitors
    22. Fund.com--$999 million (Sold on 2008), monthly traffic: 356 unique visitors
    23. Sex.com--$1300 million (Sold on 2010), monthly traffic: 172,692 unique visitors
     
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  2. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    I'm pretty sure Sex.com was the highest ever at $13m, so those numbers seem to be out by a factor of 2 without doing much further digging.
     
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  3. kanitza

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    They look too good to be true!!! The amount of traffic is too less to convert highly to recover amount invested. What say guys?
     
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    i think some added a a few extra ZEROs by mistake or did they?
     
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  5. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    You clearly don't understand the concept of domaining...
     
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  6. kanitza

    kanitza Newbie

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    OK about the domaining thing...But if the monthly uniques is so low as 1300/1400 over what period will the person who bought the website for such high price recover the invested amount. Now you can tell me some more about domaining..:D

    <===noob here.
     
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  7. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    They aren't always bought on the basis of recovering income through parking revenues.

    Probably 2 main reasons:

    a) Speculation - expecting the value to rise over time
    b) Branding/keyword - if you're Smirnoff, then buying a domain like Vodka.com obviously makes sense
     
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  8. kanitza

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    Thanx for the info meathead1234. Gives me the ideas..
     
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    Yep it is, I think they talked about it on the news as well.
     
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    My SEO would have rocked if I got any one such domain name. :D
    It is really beneficial to get the targeted Keyword in your domain name..
     
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    i think he forgot to put dot
     
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  12. Bross

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    Poker.com was sold for $27 Million. I come from the industry and I can confirm that..
    Too bad that the poker room that bought this domain shut down when the US closed for players =)

    I think that's the most expensive purchase to date and I doubt if anyone is stupid enough to repeat that mistake.
     
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    Exactly!... When California was voting on the legalization of pot. I heard that some domain speculators spent tens of thousands of dollars buying domain names related to marijuana in hopes of selling them later for huge profits.

    Who would think that a 10 dollar domain name today could sell for thousands or even millions tomorrow.
     
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    Was that privately? I thought sex.com was the highest public sale.
     
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    If I remember correctly (And bear in mind - That was a good time ago and I've done a lot to override this info in my mind):

    Poker.com was purchased by Pokerroom.com which was a Bwin brand.
    In 2006, shortly before the US market shut down, they purchased the ONGAME network which is a (very bad) poker platform / network which was only good for Rakeback which is, in the business model - A very bad model for a poker network since rakeback is a shark bait and the people who leave the money on the table run away very fast (Those who lose money and deposit over and over) - It's more complicated than that since poker , unlike casino - Is a rake money machine, but that's the idea.

    The US shut down and the rest is history - Worst purchase ever. 2 brands shut down (Poker.com and Pokerroom.com); Poker.com became a poker portal (Not successful) and Pokerroom.com is just an affiliate for party poker.

    I believe the guys who lead this were fired and shamed.


     
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  16. trevormorley

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    didn't bank.com go for a lot a few years ago?
     
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    Unbelievable indeed.
     
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    Has anyone here ever typed in any of those names in address bar?