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JD.com: Was it Acquired for $5 Million USD?

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jd.comAccording to a SEC filing shared with me and highlighted by George Kirikos, the JD.com domain name may have been acquired for around $5 million US Dollars in 2012. JD.com is one of the largest Chinese online retailers, and the company is in the midst of prepping for a very large initial public offering.

George Kirikos shared the following information about why he believes the JD.com domain name may have been acquired by the company, which is also known as Jingdong Mall but is now JD.com, Inc.

According to Kirikos:

“I was browsing through EDGAR,

Sex.com on Who Wants Be a Millionaire

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Sold in 2010 for $13 million, what URL is considered by the Domain Name Journal to be the most expensive domain name of all time?

I bet you can answer this question that appeared this afternoon on the television gameshow,  Who Wants Be a Millionaire? Of course the correct answer is Sex.com (after a very long saga), and the contestent answered the question correctly.

It’s neat to see domain names get attention like this in the mainstream, and it’s even better to see Ron Jackson’s  DN Journal get credit for providing the information.

Thanks to John Ferber, founder of Domain Holdings, for the tip and screengrab. The real question is what is John doing watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire in the middle of the day in the middle of the week? 🙂

What Is The Annual Domain Industry Aftermarket Sales Volume?

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In my opinion, domain sales is the lifeblood of the domain industry. Not only do large sales bring attention to domain names, but they also provide liquidity to companies operating in the space. My business is mostly reliant on the sale of domain names, most of which are acquired and re-sold in a short period of time.

I think it would be very interesting to know the approximate aftermarket sales volume for the domain industry, and I would guess this number would be in the $250-500 million range annually. Determining the total value of domain sales for the entire industry would be impossible due to the number of private sales and sales that are subject to NDA. Personally, I don’t report sales prices, so I can’t criticize others for wanting to keep their sales private.

I would be very curious to know an approximate number for the public annual domain sales at the major aftermarket companies, large portfolio owners (like Buy Domains, Name Administration, Domain Market, Reinvent, Marchex…etc.), and domain auction houses. These figures

Congratulations, Ron Jackson

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Ron Jackson, whose DNJournal is one of the best sources of information about the domain industry and issues impacting the industry, was honored at the Domaining Europe conference this past week. I want to share this video of assorted domain industry professionals who couldn’t attend the conference giving Ron well deserved platitudes for his work.

Feel free to leave your own good wishes to Ron.

Ron Video 04192012 from Kent Bryan Blanche on Vimeo.

Why CDN.net Sold for 6 Figures

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I was somewhat surprised that the CDN.net domain name sold for $185,000, as reported by DN Journal. The seller was Frank Schilling’s Name Administration, and the buyer appears to be Ditlev Bredahl of a company called OnApp, according to  the Whois record from March 13.

I mentioned my surprise about the sale at dinner last night with a business friend, and he thought the price was reasonable. He is more familiar with the CDN acronym than I, and he briefly explained why he felt it had significant value.

Among plenty of other things, CDN stands for Content Delivery Network(s), and I found the video below, which features Mr. Bredahl speaking about the technology. The article in which this video appears also does a good job of explaining the CDN landscape.

DNSalePrice Relaunches with Upgrades

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Knowing public domain sales prices is one of the keys in making good business decisions when it comes to buying and selling domain names, and it’s also helpful in negotiations. This type of inteligence can be difficult to ascertain, especially when it comes to sales that are just a few thousand dollars or less, which wouldn’t be reported on sites like DNJournal.

One of my favorite domain tools is DNSalePrice because they have a ton of domain sales data from a variety of sources. It’s a no-frills site with a ton of information and quite a few search options. The site was launched in 2006 following endorsements from Ron Jackson, Matt Bentley and other early leaders in the domain industry.

To provide data that is consistently reliable and trustworthy, the site typically uses only data from the major domain channels such as Sedo, Moniker, Afternic, GoDaddy, DNJournal, and a few other trusted sources. Earlier this week, I learned that DnSalePrice recently complete a substantial update, with the additional of $83 million in domain sales from 2010.

DnSalePrice is the largest repository of domain sales and includes over $700 million in domain sales records from 1995 through the present. It’s great to be able to track domain sales that are difficult to find elsewhere and can be helpful in negotiations – both buying and selling, when I find a favorable comp.

DnSalePrice was developed by Richard Wixom, a software architect who has extensive experience in both database and web development. Richard splits his time between domain investing, software consulting, has wife and three sons.

It’s great to have such a useful (free) resource.

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