bcfj.com Up for Auction

Domain Auctions October 23rd, 2015

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Update: The domain sold for $1,100, which I feel is a decent price for a CCCC.com (all consonants). I’m not sure why there was such interest from Chinese buyers. I guess we’ll find out one day.

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The domain name bcfj.com is up for auction.

The bid is still fairly low (below $1,000). This is a premium 4-letter dot com domain that receives consistent type-in traffic and (for some reason) has attracted a lot of attention from Chinese buyers over the years.

Four-letter dot coms will always be valuable. They are an excellent investment as they only increase in value. This is even more true for two-letter and three-letter dot coms, but those can be prohibitively expensive. A four-letter dot com can give you the entry into the market that you need to make a profit without breaking the bank.

Put in your bid now and happy bidding!

Wael Abdelgawad | DomainerPro.com

Easy Money with Proper Name Domains

Advice for Beginners, Buying Domains, Domain Auctions March 31st, 2011

Battl.com at auction

I’ve had good luck selling “proper name” domain names, by which I mean common names like AprilSmith.com, JohnLouis.com, etc. I buy these at auction for the minimum bid (usually around $60), and I’ve sold some for several hundred dollars. I just sold MattGreene.com for $200. The buyer was – you guessed it – Matt Greene. That’s the best part about these proper name domains. You don’t have to market them or go looking for buyers. With any common name there are usually hundreds of people who have that name, and sooner or later one of them will contact you about buying the name.

With MattGreene.com, $200 is not a huge amount of money, but it’s still a decent profit for minimal work.

So if you’re looking for a simple investment that is sure to turn a profit, look for these common proper names. Don’t pay more than the minimum bid or a few bucks over, then just park it and wait for that person to come calling.

Battl.com at auction!

Domain Auctions, Domains for Sale September 2nd, 2010

Battl.com at auction

UPDATE: (Auction is over, domain name is sold).

The domain name Battl.com is up for auction at Sedo. See the auction page here:

Battle.com auction page

Battl.com gets good traffic and is profitable. It’s a quality domain name, one of my best.

This domain is perfect for a MMRPG website (online role playing games), a brand name, live rap battles, song and dance contests, guitar battles, robot wars, and so much more. It’s a fantastic brand name for sports gear or actions toys.

The auction ends in four days, so place your bid now. Happy bidding and good luck.

BAAE.com is up for auction! (UPDATE: Sold for $180)

Domain Auctions, Domains for Sale May 12th, 2010

Premium four letter domain name for sale

The domain name BAAE.com is up for auction with the low starting price of $150.

UPDATE: The Domain has been sold for $180. Someone got a real deal! Check back for other auctions.

Click here to bid:

http://tiny.cc/gqcdb

BAAE.com is a premium 4-letter domain name (LLLL.com) with a dot com extension. A Google search for BAAE produces 392,000 results. The acronym BAAE stands for many things, including:

  • British Army Antarctic Expedition
  • British Airways Avionic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Basic and Applied Ecology
  • Bay Area Automotive Enthusiasts
  • Bay Area Adventures & Events
  • Bachelor of Art in Art Education
  • Brighton Adult Alternative Education

and many more. So as you can see BAAE is a natural letter combination that is easy to remember, easy to create an organization name, and many possible buyers. The domain name receives steady type-in traffic (50 to 70 uniques per month) and is highly marketable. The geographical breakdown is about 47.3% traffic from North America and 47.5% from Europe, so these are people with money in their pockets, easy to market to.

Clicks on Sedo pay quite well. I got a $9.76 payout on a single click once! That’s one of the highest payouts I have ever received on a single Sedo click.

Snapnames Admits Employee Fraud

Domain Auctions, Snapnames November 4th, 2009

Snapnames discovers employee fraud

In a stunner of a development, Snapnames has discovered that one of their employees has been secretly bidding on domain names for the last four years. The employee set up a Snapnames account under a fake name and bid on domain names.

The company says in their press release that this affected only a small percentage of auctions. How much exactly is that small percentage? They go on to say:

  • Bidding affected approximately five percent of total SnapNames auctions since 2005, most of which occurred between 2005 and 2007.
  • The incremental revenue from the bidding represented approximately one percent of SnapNames’ auction revenue since 2005.

Five percent of all auctions since 2005? That’s huge! One percent of total auction revenue coming from one fraudulent employee? Again, that’s huge!

I have many questions about this.

  1. How could this have happened? I am quite frankly shocked that this could have gone on for so long undetected. Even now it appears that the employee will retain the domain names he/she purchased.
  2. How could an employee come up with the funds to purchase 1% (in revenue) of all domains? Is he independently wealthy? Or did he have a backer who colluded in this fraud and benefited from it? Maybe he was even secretly employed by someone else.
  3. In their announcement, Snapnames says they have created new controls and procedures to prevent this from happening again, including, “Specific domain name registration policies for employees.” What? You mean you didn’t already have specific domain name registration policies for employees in place?
  4. Does this represent a breach of the law in any way? Can this employee be prosecuted?

Snapnames will be offering a rebate to anyone who participated in an affected auction, amounting to with 5.22% interest (the highest applicable federal rate during the affected time period), to affected customers for the difference between the prices they actually paid and the prices they would have paid, had the employee not bid in the auctions.

I am curious how they will calculate this. It’s not as straightforward as it seems. Sometimes the level of activity in an auction acts as an X-factor that draws in other bidders. But this can be hard to quantify.

This is a bad development for Snapnames. Domain name discussion forums have always been rife with speculation about the presence of company “shills” in auctions. Of course that’s not what this is, since this employee acted independently and against company policy. Still, it will only feed those sorts of rumors.

I like the Snapnames system and I’ve acquired many domains through them. I expect I will be contacted regarding this rebate. I sincerely hope that Snapnames continues to address this issue openly and decisively and comes out of it stronger and wiser as a company.

Happy New Year

Developing Domains, Domain Auctions, Domain Industry News January 3rd, 2009

Happy new year domainers!

Happy new year and may this year bring you continued health, increased wealth and blessings in all areas of your lives.

I read recently on TheConceptualist.com that Bido.com domain name auctions will be returning soon. I will definitely have to submit some of my better domain names for inclusion.

The auction of PuntaPacifica.com went reasonably well, with the domain selling for $4,000.

I own a few good geo names with .org and .net extensions, and I’ve been thinking of developing these.

My social network for martial artists, HapkidoNet.com, is progressing nicely. Thank you to those who helped me choose the best domain name for that site.

My new year’s advice to my readers: keep your head up, breathe deep, and discover the sources of your own strength.

Buying and Selling Common Proper Names

Advice for Beginners, Buying Domains, Domain Auctions, Selling Domains June 17th, 2008

Common peoples names as domain names

A few months ago I was browsing some of the domains coming up for auction at NameJet and I had the idea to see what sorts of common people’s names – I mean the names are common, not the people – might be dropping. I looked at several names and ran Google searches on them, studied the results, and considered their search popularity.

I ended up back ordering a handful of names, and won several at the minimum bid of $69 each. These included AprilWilliams.com, LauraVega.com, and MattGreene.com. I thought I might contact some of the people with those names and try to sell them the domains. As it turned out I got busy with other things, but only a few months later I received an offer for AprilWilliams.com through Sedo, and sold it for $500.

If you’ve been trying to acquire generic domains at auction and getting outbid, you might try some real “names”. If they’re common enough there’s sure to be a market and a steady trickle of traffic, and at the moment there’s not a lot of competition for these domains.

Premium LLLL.com Domain Name On Sale: BAAE.com

Domain Auctions, Domains for Sale April 21st, 2008

premium four letter domain name for sale

BAAE.com gets good traffic (50 to 70 uniques per month); geographical breakdown so far is 47.3% traffic from North America and 47.5% from Europe.

It got a $9.76 click on Sedo the other day. I think that’s the highest payout I’ve ever gotten on a single click. Update 5-8-2008: A $3.23 click yesterday. Not sure what it is about this domain that is paying off so well.

A Google search of “baae” brings 300,000 results, and BAAE.com itself is number seven on the list. Wow! Search results include:

  • British Army Antarctic Expedition
  • Basic and Applied Ecology
  • Bachelor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • British Airways Avionic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Art in Art Education
  • Bay Area Automotive Enthusiasts
  • Brighton Adult Alternative Education

And the list goes on. That means guaranteed type-in traffic. Develop this domain name, forward the traffic to an established site, or flip it for a quick profit.

BAAE.com:

Buy it now only $1,900

Update: Reduced to $1,750 for quick sale!

Update 4-25-2008: Reduced to $1,500. Come on now, this is as low as it goes. Great deal for someone.

For comparison see these recent LLLL.com sales, all reported at DNJournal.com:

reos.com $25,000
goso.com $5,600
ipex.com $5,000
geci.com $4,302
bkyn.com $3,500
rdio.com $3,200
pevo.com $2,700
inim.com $2,610
dcgi.com $2,500
gaxa.com $2,050
rivi.com $2,000

As you can see, BAAE.com is being offered at a discount.
Make your offer through my Contact Form.

Thank you and good luck!

Update 5-8-2008: BAAE is still available. It’s making fairly good money at Sedo. Nothing less than $1,500 will be considered. If I don’t get an offer I’ll hold on to it for now. $1,500 will look like a bargain next year.

Snapnames and Namejet: an Important Difference in the Bidding Process

Buying Domains, Domain Auctions, Domain Catchers March 8th, 2008

an important difference between Snapnames and Namejet

There are a number of important differences between Namejet and Snapnames, two popular domain drop-catching services. But there’s one difference in particular that you need to watch out for. It has to do with the auction process.

Namejet.com is, of course, the new domain name drop-catching service that has stolen a lot of business from Snapnames.com. Namejet now gets the domain names that expire on Network Solutions or eNom, while Snapnames picks up expiring domains from dozens of other registrars all over the world, large and small. When I want a domain name, I always back order it at both sites, as well as Pool.com, just to be safe.

When Namejet first debuted late last year, their interface was very buggy, but they seem to have worked out the glitches.

Another point on which Namejet lost to Snapnames was that on Namejet you could not see who you were bidding against when a domain went to auction. They have since corrected this problem and now, once you’ve back ordered a domain name, you can see a complete bid history showing each bidder’s handle, bid amount and time/date of bid.

Watch out when back ordering on Namejet, though. Their back order process works differently from Snapnames.

On Snapnames you can bid the maximum amount you’re willing to pay and the amount will not be displayed to other bidders. Snapnames will increase your bid incrementally as you are outbid, first by increments as small as $1, then increasing to $10 and eventually $20 as the bid increases.

I like this system, because I can look at abc.com and say to myself, “I’d pay as much as $5,000 for that, not a penny more.” So I put in my bid at $5,000, even if it’s still only at $70, and I walk away. Once the auction starts Snapnames will walk up the bid for me incrementally. If I end up getting the domain for $1,000, great. If it costs me $4,500, ok, I was prepared for that. If I get outbid and it goes to someone else for $5,100, well, that sucks but I said in advance that I wasn’t prepared to pay that much, so my absence has enforced a sort of unconscious discipline on my bid.

Namejet does not do this. If there are five current back orders at $69 each, and you order the domain for $5,000, the bid is immediately increased to $5,000 and that is visible to everyone. If you win the auction you will pay $5,000, even if none of the other bidders go above $69. That’s awful. Maybe the other bidders would not have paid more than $1,000, so that’s a wasted $4,000 you did not have to spend.

What that means it that if I really want the domain name I must be present when the auction starts, and I have to sit there, manually increasing my bid by $10 at a time or whatever, until the auction ends.

I don’t care for that system and I have asked Namejet to change it. I will continue to place back orders on Namejet because of the quality of the domains dropping there, but I am careful with my back orders.

For Sale: 6 Strong Organic and Green Domain Names

Domain Auctions, Domains for Sale November 27th, 2007

Six excellent organic and green domain names for sale

PRICES DRASTICALLY REDUCED FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!
SEE BELOW.

I’m offering six domain names for sale, all related to green or organic living. The following discounts are available:

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