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Blog Comment Tip: Don’t Try to Sell Names


Domain blogs would seem like a good place to sell domain names. There is a captive audience of people within the domain business, and many people who read blogs buy domain names on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the comment section is not a good place to sell domain names.

I have to deal with comment spam on a regular basis. Usually, the spam is caught by the Akismet spam filter, but occasionally it gets through. Akismet is not as good at catching people trying to sell domain names as it is at catching spammy links to porn, pharmacies, and other blog comment spam. This means that I (and other blog publishers) have to manually mark these comments as spam.

The vast majority of comments that have domain names for sale contain domain names I wouldn’t even take for free let alone buy on the aftermarket. These, in particular, are super annoying. However, any spammy comment selling domain names is annoying because it takes away from the discussion. Imagine being at a domain conference and having a small group discussion and someone joins the group and says, “hey guys, I am selling Crappy-domains.garbage for $1,000.” People would be rightfully annoyed and probably slightly amused.

There are many venues for selling domain names. There are marketplaces and auction houses, sections in domain forums, and private brokers and newsletters. I can understand why people would try to list domain names for sale in the comment section of domain blogs, but it is not appropriate.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (4)

    Mark Sherwood

    Elliot – Great point. Though the non-sense domains that are being pitched more often not via established domain blogs seem to be

    November 5th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Me Me Mua

    To be honest while this is a domaining audience it also isn’t the best one as you’d be selling to a reseller.

    November 6th, 2015 at 1:27 am


    Dang and I wanted to sell for $50.

    Guess I’ll have to go elsewhere 🙁

    November 6th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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