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Do you think domain names are still worth money?

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by ozegreatdeals, Oct 30, 2005.

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Are domains still worth money?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. #1
    I ask only because their seems to be alot of domain names for sale and they are asking almost laughable amounts for them.

    Also alot of the "apprasial" sites seem to appraise them to be worth more then they truely are. Also the appraisal forum here does not seem to "deem" any of the requested ones worth much more then a registration fee.

    eg: RealHitsTraffic domain name - appraisal site said at least $300. But after having the domain name for sale for about 1.5yrs I only had 3 offers and they were'nt really offers but people wanting to know if they got a site with it.

    So do you think domain names are becoming worthless unless they are a major companies name... And that to realistically get a decent amount of cash for one you have to have a established website?

    Just something I have noticed.

    Drew.
    SEMrush
     
    ozegreatdeals, Oct 30, 2005 IP
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  2. debare

    debare Peon

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    I think the domain market has been completely commoditized. So unless you are prepared to spend significant dollars branding a website with offline advertising, I would say very few domain names are worth more than the $8.95 currently charged by most registrars.
     
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    Domain names are still worth money - but it works with supply and demand. Three letter dot coms (even ones with Q, Z, X etc.) are worth a lot because there are only 17576 combinations and there is way more demand than that number.

    Taking your example of RealHitsTraffic (dot com I assume), if someone wants a traffic related domain, then there are many many thousands of different names (especially if you include hyphenations), but a comparatively smaller demand for them. So if someone wants realhitstraffic.com and you've already registered it, in most cases they'll pay $7.xx for an alternative like superhitstraffic.com or realpageviewstraffic.com rather than buying it for $300 from yourself.

    There was a time a few years back when you could get someone to pay well over the odds for an average three word domain just by talking it up (saying it is a unique and one of a kind domain ;)) - but now domain name investors are more clued up and unless you're very lucky you need a really good domain to reach three figures (if selling as undeveloped).
     
    norfstar, Oct 31, 2005 IP
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  4. iskandar

    iskandar Well-Known Member

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    The time where domain name is a commodity is already gone, unless you own a real gem. ( like shoes.com or money.com ...).

    Of course, it's almost impossible to own domains like these anyway.

    People who still buy domain names and try to sell it at inflated prices are living in the dinasour age.
     
    iskandar, Oct 31, 2005 IP
  5. muchacho

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    Some people may need to be realistic, not expecting too much, too soon, without enough knowledge and dedication. But yes, domains still worth money.
     
    muchacho, Oct 31, 2005 IP
  6. dnMaster

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    Domain name market has been changed now.
    The sites with some regular hits are more valuable than so called premier domain names.
     
    dnMaster, Oct 31, 2005 IP
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    just-4-teens Peon

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    yes domains are worth money, they are worth more if you take the time and develope a site to go along side aswell.
     
    just-4-teens, Oct 31, 2005 IP
  8. millst2

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    well the alot of domain names still go for xxx-xx'xxx. But it manily depends I believe on the age of the domain name.. the older the better, the more descriptive without numbers and hyphens along with being a .com increases the value as well. The thing is really that the oneword or twoword 9 letters or less domain names will run out eventually,, just like now a majority of the brandable ones are already gone, just like the 3 letter .com and almost all 4 letter.com,, good short descriptive.com's and 3 and 4 letter .com's will continue to go up in value,, but you will also find it harder to buy since most domain buyers consider them to be like Prime Real Estate.

    Theres money to be made, but also consider developing a site with a good domain name which will increase the value of the domain name that much more.

    Mill
     
    millst2, Oct 31, 2005 IP
  9. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #9
    Agreed... branding is what makes a domain valuable these days. Traffic to this site wouldn't be any less if I had used "joebobgreen.com" instead of "digitalpoint.com". digitalpoint.com by itself has no real value (other than the brand behind it).
     
    digitalpoint, Oct 31, 2005 IP
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    tesla Notable Member

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    Single name domains are all but taken, but many people forget about using catchy phrases and quotes for domain names. Those could be popular and worth a lot of money.
     
    tesla, Oct 31, 2005 IP
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    syed123 Well-Known Member

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    I think more than 95% of domains are reg.fee!
     
    syed123, Oct 31, 2005 IP
  12. Peter_Rosado

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    if you sell www.mysite.com at $1,000, I would rather take www.my-site.com for $8.00

    Although..if it's a nice keyword...I wouldn't pay much, but of course I would pay a higher price than $8.00
     
    Peter_Rosado, Nov 5, 2005 IP
  13. lorien1973

    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    I dunno, I'd pay a good sum of money for
    cars.com
    shoes.com
    pets.com
    books.com

    or some others.
     
    lorien1973, Nov 5, 2005 IP
  14. my3cents

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    I agree with those who say it is all about the branding. I took a domain name that wasn't even a common expression and turned it into something with meaning and a very successful site. But take away the traffic and the links and the domain becomes less valuable.
     
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    ppcwiz Well-Known Member

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    domain prices have been climbing every year...values and returns have steadily increased exponentially.

    website.com and property.com each sold for $750,000 a few month's ago.

    you will not find a decent domain unregistered out there -- everything is gone...long gone!


    visit the domain journal to find out more about some of the aftermarket sales, interviews with some of the largest domain portfolio holders and more.

    http://www.dnjournal.com


    .
     
    ppcwiz, Nov 5, 2005 IP
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    domain branding is increasingly important to be successful in domain business. the old good days are gone when one could easily make good money out of simply reselling domains without development...
     
    romow, Nov 6, 2005 IP
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    kinkarso Well-Known Member

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    .BE domain names just came out. All the single word names are ALL taken before the first day ended. Yes, the are worth it, if you get a good one.
     
    kinkarso, Nov 6, 2005 IP
  18. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    .be domains didn't just come out. Belgium has had their own domain extension for some time. For example dns.be was registered on January 1, 1996.
     
    digitalpoint, Nov 6, 2005 IP
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    promotion is the key to sucess now, without it resell value of domain wont be that big as alternatives, country domains, new extensions keep flowing. Something new is always there.
     
    forumrating, Nov 6, 2005 IP
  20. earncef

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    expired domains with good traffic sell crazy
     
    earncef, Nov 8, 2005 IP