If you want to sell domains, turn domain privacy off

Advice for Beginners, Registering Domains, Selling Domains October 30th, 2013

Turn domain privacy services off to sell domains

By Wael Abdelgawad | DomainerPro.com

Domain name registrars like GoDaddy often try to push other products onto you when you register or renew a domain name. One of those products is domain name privacy, for which you pay a modest annual fee. Privacy services conceal your name and contact information on the domain name WHOIS, which is the public record that exists for each domain. The WHOIS provides details about the owner, including name, address, telephone and email.

If you have privacy turned on, when someone does a WHOIS search they will only see the name of the registrar and the domain expiration date.

Privacy services make sense if you’re an individual or company running a website with your own domain, and you don’t want salespeople using the WHOIS data to contact you and try to sell you something. I used to do exactly that when I worked as a lead generator for an IT consulting firm.

Also, keeping your info private keeps spammers from discovering your email address, and protects you from unscrupulous companies. For example, there are scammy registrars who will send you emails and even snail mail asking you to renew your domain name and charging exorbitant fees. They try to fool you into thinking that they are your registrar. In reality if you pay them you’ll be transferring your domain name to them and paying much more than you should.

But if you’re a domainer and you’re serious about selling domains, it makes no sense to pay for privacy services. If you have many domains you’ll be paying a lot of extra money. And you’ll prevent legitimate sellers from finding you. Even if you have your domains parked, some sellers don’t want to go through the parking service (for whatever reason). They prefer to check the WHOIS and contact you personally. I’ve sold many domains to buyers who contacted me this way, and I don’t mind at all because I don’t have to pay Sedo’s commission.

Yes I get some spam and some junk mail. But it’s a minor hassle considering the thousands of dollars I’ve earned from private domain sales.

Don’t waste your money on privacy services. Let the buyers find you any way they can.

Two-word dot coms are worth keeping

Advice for Beginners, Selling Domains August 17th, 2012

Increasing CTR by DomainerPro.com

I recently sold ChinaScore.com through Sedo. The initial offer was $500, but after some bargaining we settled on $1,325. Unfortunately the offer came from one of Sedo’s partners, so Sedo took a 20% cut – ouch! – and I ended up getting a check for $1,000.

Still, not a bad profit for a domain that I bought at auction for $60 and held for three or four years.

In my opinion, dot com domains that consist of two dictionary words are always worth holding, as long as the name even remotely makes sense.

Use a registrar that doesn’t charge too much, like GoDaddy or Moniker. Park the domain name with one of the more visible parking services. Eventually you’ll get an offer, even if you have to hold the domain for a while.

VenezuelaReport.com for sale

Domains for Sale, Selling Domains August 10th, 2009


 is a magazine-style blog about life in Venezuela. It’s an attractive website built on an obviously good domain name, and I’m offering it for sale for only $2,500.

The site utilizes WordPress for easy updating, and is upgraded to the latest release. I’ve written original articles for the website over the last several months, and I’ve done a good job of optimizing the articles for the search engines. And of course, “Venezuela Report” is an extremely common keyword combination, with governments, NGOs and corporate intelligence organizations all over the world constantly writing reports on Venezuela. As a result, the site is generating steady traffic on the order of between 20 and 100 visitors per day, without the need for paid advertising. The website has already attracted a small following and a fair number of inbound links. It’s a very good buy at this price, and an excellent long-term investment.

If you are interested, please contact me through this website’s Contact Form. Thank you.

Update 8-26-2011:  VenezuelaReport is ranking quite well on Google for a variety of relevant search terms. For example, do a Google search for “life in Venezuela” and see what comes up. Consequently traffic to VenezuelaReport has increased to more than 250 visitors per day, so my price is going up as well, to $4,500. I’m also going to be experimenting with ad placements to increase CTR, using some techniques that I’ve recently been experimenting with. I think the website will be turning a nice profit soon. The sale price on this one is only going to go up, so if you are interested then act now.

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.

Five Keys to Domaining Success

Advice for Beginners, Buying Domains, Life Issues, Quote of the Day, Selling Domains November 19th, 2007

Five key to succeeding in the domain name business

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas Edison

Having a hard time with this domain name business? Or for that matter, with any other challenge you’re facing in life? Have you been working at it for a long time and starting to feel like you’re not going to get there?

Don’t give up, evolve. Learn from your mistakes.

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Follow Up On the Sedo dot Mobi Auction

Advice for Beginners, Domain Auctions, Selling Domains November 10th, 2007

results of the sedo dot mobi auction

In my previous post I mentioned Sedo’s ongoing premium dot Mobi auction and suggested two of my own domain names, installer.mobi and updater.mobi, that were included in the auction. I’m not quite satisfied with the results of the auction, but I can live with it.

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How to Negotiate Domain Name Prices

Buying Domains, Domaining Mistakes, Selling Domains September 5th, 2007

How to negotiate domain name prices

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology analyzed the tactics people use when negotiating, and how well buyers and sellers feel that they negotiated once the deal is done. The study contains some interesting lessons for domain name professionals and anyone else who deals with products with negotiable prices. It turns out that most people don’t bargain very well, and don’t get the best possible price, whether they are buying or selling.

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Experiment: Selling a Domain Name on eBay, Part 1

Advice for Beginners, Selling Domains August 21st, 2007

Tropical beach

I’ve never tried selling a domain name on eBay because I’ve heard from other domain professionals that you can’t get a good price there. Furthermore, listing fees can eat up your profits if the domain sells for a low price, or if you have to list it more than once. Most domainers advise sticking to traditional industry auction/aftermarket sales sites, like Sedo.com, Afternic.com and GreatDomains.com.

Recently, however, I’ve been following a few forum threads in which experienced domainers insist that they have made some very large and profitable domain sales on eBay.

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