DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015

Feb 24 2015

 I’m going to say it publicly. I don’t think that throwing a quick logo on a domain adds any value to the domain.  A ton of “brand” sites have popped up that basically take a large group of names, logo them up, and take a large commission if they sell.  I don’t think they offer a better chance to sell your name. The only value I see is adding a BIN button to them. I do believe that BIN does make names sell.  Sedo will attest to that.  I can’t prove it with data,  but I think you can sell just as many names yourself and you will still get to measure traffic.  Most of the brand sites give you zero data.  You have no idea how many came to your site while listed with them.  All the while paying 20, 30, 40 % commission.  Doesn’t work for me.  Here are today’s names   17 years old.  Would make a nice brand if it’s not already. 1 bidder Getting lots of action.  16 years old. 756 free visits with the purchase  One bidder at $12.  It will go for more than that. I know……I’m an expert  A for Aardvark  A Chinese  No Vs or non Chinese letters.  Will most likely cross $600  Double extra large  The V is keeping it cheap for you  Already over $500.  Makes you want it doesn’t it?

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEW NEWSLETTER (top right of the page) for this list delivered the night before with some fun and games added Great brand.  Used to be a website and gets good traffic   It’s a dot net but Mt. Everest is one of the most known places on earth Surprised how high this one has gotten   Great and getting close to reserve This one’s already met reserve  This one is real close to reserve as well.  I don’t think its going to meet reserve but love the name

A GODADDY COUPON CODE: 99 Cent Dot Com Registration.  gofdsp401c  Last time I checked couples in Chicago are still getting divorced.  17 years old  Another big business.  I actually have all my signs, including Billboards, printed by an online company  CVCVs this good are worthy of owning the dot net IMO  I thought you guys might like this  OK.  Maybe you’ll like this one better  Not a club you want to join.  Wes Welker is the president  By far the most bids of any name on the board  Everyone loves coupons but the go ga ga over special coupons   233 million results and tons of ads.  But only one bid

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*All names chosen by me, Shane . (ie you click through and purchase a name you like) or an occasional paid listing. Everything I say is based on my own research or is opinion. Do your own due diligence. That means look it up yourself if you don’t think the stats or my opinion is correct

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  1. Nick

    I always think there may be shady things going on when I see a domain like listed again on godaddy when I was outbid for it a couple months ago on godaddy. I always just figure shill bidding and the seller got stuck with it.

  2. DC

    Its a difficult one Shane (brandable marketplaces), I agree with you but you have to trust they get the exposure. It would be much better if there was more clarity on traffic and their efforts and partnerships with end users/start ups etc. but its radio silence for most part and its disappointing.

    I’m sure this will change in the future as will the commission levels when competition increases.

  3. Gene

    I have to disagree on your comments regarding logo use. I think you are just in a totally different market than those focusing on end users. I get 3-4 times the sale rate at my brand site which utilizes logos than godaddy, sedo, or afternic. Again, I have shifted my focus on brands and end users.

    I attribute this mostly to traffic. I outmarket to end users (entrepreneurs, app developers, ad agencies) via SEO, Keyword article writing, newsletter, 16,000 twitter followers,etc. In my “end user” world, they love seeing the logo. I think at least 30-50% of my buyers alwasy ask, “the logo is included, right?”

    There are other factors such as low competition (I only sell my domains), BIN pricing, etc.

    I notice that 80% of your portfolio and time spent seems to be on numbers and and the China market. If that’s your business then sure, a logo is not going to help. I can’t imagine a logo would help

    Different world – Different marketing techniques.

    PS regarding the “brand sites”, i completely agree, not worth the 30-40% in my opinion. If they truly have the end user traffic and can beat my sale rate, I would use them. Also, as they grow, they become more like godaddy and sedo and you will get lost in the traffic.

    It’s all about the end user…who ever has access to the end user will win the game…..

  4. Trav

    I’ve tried a couple of my brandables at a couple of the brandables sites to see if they perform. The main problem I’ve found is that they take forever to make a decision on whether or not to accept your domains. 10 days for a decision at one of them. I’m on week three with no decision on another one — how can you do business like that? Crazy… It makes me think they may have one guy working there that isn’t working all that much.

  5. DonnyM

    You have to fair 80% of Shane’s portfolio is not spent on China market. I can’t imagine why an end user would be impressed with the logo. Maybe for people that are buying names in the 1-2k area but if your talking 5k 10k and above it won’t help.

    1. Gene

      I think that is a fair comment…I agree that the names commanding above 10,000 are being bought by people who have already made their decision on how to use the name and a logo would not matter. I think there are a lot of window shopping at the 1K – 3k brandable level…in fact, that is probably also why the BIN method works so well at that level too.

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