I was sent the link to an interesting website that might be of interest to domain investors looking to sell their domain names. Dock Name is a website that lets startup founders post their domain name requests and visitors may submit their own domain names that might match the needs of the startup.
More precisely, according to the website, “Dock Name is a crowdsourced service that helps startups find a domain name, by describing their business/product and get proposals from people that have suitable domains for their needs.” Dock Name allows people to promote their domain name requests, which is how the company makes money.
Here are three partial examples of the current domain name needs posted by users:
- “Looking for creative name for a website for an online health insurance/employee benefits agency…”
- “Moving to a coastal area in my country (Goa in India) and looking to create a site that covers various topics (vacation rentals, things to do, etc) – primarily for travel and tourism.”
- “Looking for a super-creative domain name for a website that will act as a hub and generate content (photos) from free-stock photo…”
One of the neat aspects of this process is that visitors can upvote other submissions, and the domain names are ranked in order of the most upvotes. This may make it easier for the searcher to find a desirable domain name, although it also could make the system subject to gaming.
In order to submit a domain name for consideration and to participate in the upvoting process, users need to login with their Twitter accounts. I believe this is the way that people can contact the domain owner to purchase a domain name as well, although I did not go through the sign up process (I don’t have many apps connected to my Twitter account for security and privacy reasons).
I don’t know anything about the founder of Dock Name, but it seems like an interesting concept and it might be worth a look as a buyer or seller.
Thank you to Bill Sweetman of Name Ninja for sharing this website with me.