Domain Auctions

Domain Investors “Cowboy Up”

After the TRAFFIC auction ended and the dust settled, Cowboys.com was again for sale in the silent auction. A large group of domain investors from Rick Schwartz’s private Targeted Traffic Forum formed a group and made the winning bid for Cowboys.com. The background story can be found by clicking here.

Live Auction Madness!

Much in part due to the success of live domain auction pioneerMoniker, a number of live auctions are now taking place at domain conferences throughout the world. In the past week, two industry titans (Snapnames and Godaddy) announced that they will be entering the live auction circuit. This should be good news for domain investors who will now have a choice of partner and venue to auction their domain names.

Much like DomainTools’ live auction at Domain Roundtable, technology will play a large role in the auction format, allowing off-site bidders easier access to the auctions. This should allow for more bidders and possibly more transparency in the auction process. Also, the greater competition should also bring down the restrictive commission charges. This is great news for domain investors, as long as live auctions remain competitive.

Domain for Sale: All Proceeds Benefit ICA

Extracurriculars.com is for sale with all proceeds going to the ICA. A Buy it Now price has not been set, so please make offers in the comment section of this thread or send me an email. The highest offer received by 8pm EST today will get the name.

The term “extracurriculars” has 343,000 references in Google.

The domain name is registered at Moniker.

.Mobi Steals the Show

When Rick Schwartz paid $200,000 for Flowers.mobi, there were three general reactions from the public; he was crazy for spending that kind of money, he rolled the dice on the .mobi extension, or the bid was rigged.    After yesterday’s live TRAFFIC auction where .Mobi names fetched huge sums, I think it has become clear that Schwartz certainly made a calculated gamble, and the price of Flowers.mobi doesn’t seem as crazy.    According to Moniker, below are the .mobi sales in the auction along with their prices:

poker.mobi $150,000
ringtones.mobi $145,000
news.mobi $110,000
shopping.mobi $55,000
email.mobi        $50,000
scores.mobi $33,000
buy.mobi $32,500
podcast.mobi $25,000
cab.mobi $17,500
cash.mobi $12,500
pda.mobi $8,000
zipcodes.mobi $8,000
bill.mobi $3,000

I only own two or three .mobi names, and I can’t even remember what they are without logging into my Godaddy account.    I believe .mobi names are something to keep an eye on, moreso than .info and .net, but I am still sitting on the sidelines for the most part.    I’ve seen evidence that traffic continues to build for owners of .mobi names, and I’ve even tried to use the .mobi extension from my Blackberry on occasion (I wish Jet Blue owned JetBlue.mobi!)    

With some major corporations beginning to use .mobi, including Bank of America (who is using and advertising it), consumers may slowly begin to directly navigate to the .mobi extension when using their handheld devices.    As this happens, look for the value of .mobi names to increase.

Like the rising stock price of a hot IPO I am unfamiliar with, I will continue to watch the .mobi market and possibly invest when I think the time is right.    I still believe .mobi names are highly speculative, but the more companies that adopt the .mobi as their online connection, the more valuable these names will become, and the smarter Rick Schwartz will look to us all.

Listen to the Moniker TRAFFIC Live Domain Auction

I’ve been told that the October Moniker TRAFFIC Live Domain Auction will be broadcast live over the Internet on Webmaster Radio beginning at 2pm EST. Some top domain names included in this auction include, StockQuotes.com, Computer.com, WallStreet.com, Taxes.com…etc. and many more high value domain names. This auction has the potential to be the highest grossing domain auction.

Hunting for Gems at SnapNames

Even though it can be a lot of work to search through names to order at Snapnames, it is definitely worth the effort. I recently won an auction for VideoCameraWorld.com for about $110. I was only bidding against one other person, so apparently this name either slipped by everyone else and I found a gem, or other people don’t think this name is as valuable as I do. Some recent –Wold.com sales as report by DNSalePrice.com include:

PerfectWorld.com – $30,000
NudeWorld.com – $23,530
DesignerWorld.com – $21,000
WineWorld.com – $20,000

I know VideoCameraWorld.com isn’t worth as much as those gems, but I believe it is worth much more than $110. Keep on looking through Snapnames – its worth the effort! This is one of the most fun aspects of the domain investment industry.

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