One of the most often asked question is “Where/How do you sell you domains?” I don’t have the luxury or quality of domains that get me daily offers through email. While I do get offers each day, ninety nine percentage of those are fishing emails. The old “are you interested in selling XXXX.com? If so, how much?” Mass produced, non serious emails. The majority of my domain sales come from putting them out there and letting people know they are for sale. Here are the places I’ve had success.
Sedo.com This is where I sell half of my domains. I usually get 5 or 6 offers a month and come to a mutual price on half of them. It’s a very easy process and I get my money almost immediately. There are so many people that use Sedo to find names that if you have a domain of any quality you should get an offer on it at Sedo at some point.
NameJet.com Namejet allows a very limited amount of people to list their names up for auction. I am privileged to be one of them. Every once in a while I list a few names with them and they generally do quite well. The auctions are heavily trafficked because they have the best daily available names on the Internet of any auction.
Listing on My Site: I have sold a few names by listing them for sale on my site. I do a terrible job keeping it up to date but regardless, I seem to sell 4 or 5 a year this way.
Monthly Auctions: I submit my names for the “big” auctions and have sold a few each year this way. Sedo, Snap, and the Conference auctions. It’s funny because they always seem to be so picky when I submit my names but when they get picked, they get thrown in with a bunch of junk. Maybe that’s telling me something about my domains.
Daily Newsletters: Media Options and Toby’s Newletters get in the hands of a lot of good buyers. I’ve listed on both and sold a few with Rick and Tony last year but nothing this year. I didn’t price them to be bargains so wasn’t expecting a ton of offers.
Boxcar.com I am about to start using Boxcar. I think the visibility has increased enough that it’s time to give it a try. Just because there are a lot of unreasonably high reserves and some bad names doesn’t mean I can’t use it to move names.I’ll let you know how it goes.
DnForum.com Either I’ve gotten too big (which I doubt) or the buyers have gotten poorer but I used to sell a few names on this forum. Nothing in the last year or so. I’m sure I could but I’m not looking to give anything away at this point in time. I used to buy a ton on the forum but again, either I’ve gotten wiser and buy better quality or the quality of domains has dropped.
Cax.com I have listed a few names but none have sold but I must admit I didn’t give it a fair shot. I know several others that have moved names through the site so it certainly works. No doubt Francois is doing everything he can to make it work. I’m just not a big portfolio guy
So there you go. That’s how little ole me sells name. I won’t lie, I don’t sell many. You’ll sell even less than me if you don’t have names people want. Three word generics just don’t sell that often. You have to know what domains sell and I’m getting pretty good at this as the years go by. I am not new at this. I’ve been flipping names for 10 years. I just paid more than I sold them for until the last 3. But things have gotten better. Thirty thousand profit a year for me is a great year. What I’ve found is that a little here and there adds up. Most of my names are $1500 to $3000 with one or two $5K a year. That’s good for me right now. I hope to keep adding zeros but one step at a time. Don’t let anyone tell you that selling small amounts is bad. Last time I checked, as long as you are making a profit, any profit, you’re doing better than 80% of the people in the industry this year. And if you develop like I do, you can make even more money by putting sites on your domains. And yes, if I spent as much time promoting my domains and developing my sites rather than blogging about it I would make a lot more money. But what fun would that be?