Domain Brokers Need to Have a Website

There are many people who call themselves domain brokers. It’s an easy business to get into, and the self-regulated nature of the business makes it pretty easy for someone to say “I am a domain broker,” without much pushback from anyone. Of course, there is a big difference between good domain brokers with experience and others who don’t have experience, but that’s a different topic.

I recently received an inquiry email from someone claiming to be a domain broker working on behalf of a buyer. Their email address used a custom domain name, and since I had never heard of the person before, I visited the domain name. I was not impressed. I didn’t respond to the email, and it was deleted.

This should be common sense, but legitimate domain brokers should have a website with information about them and the services they provide. It should include information about domain names they previously sold and/or client references. The website doesn’t necessarily have to be anything fancy, but it should provide information to reassure prospective clients and counter parties that they are legitimate.

The broker who emailed me may very well be legitimate. The person may represent a real client and may not be fishing for leads. Because the person did not have a website with information about the person or brokerage, the email was deleted.

Some people who work as brokers try to play down their role. They don’t want domain owners to know they represent monied clients, and perhaps it benefits them to maintain an air of mystery. When a broker emails me, if I don’t know the person and can’t find information about their business to confirm legitimacy, I am not going to reply.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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    • That may be true, but not every deal needs to be reported.

      There are many brokers who aren’t listed there for various reasons. If they had their own websites that had information about their background, that would likely be beneficial.

  1. Why should their self-identification be relevant? Broker, joker or pink elephant, whatever. If they are ready to pay what you want to get for the name, should be good enough.

    • I’m not going to waste my time discussion a domain name with a front runner, schemer, or someone else I don’t know enough about to trust.

  2. Not only the brokers need their own website, people like Moo or that small dick John who spewed BS on your blog need a website… not to waste time on these scumbags fakers .
    Do not approve their comments!!

    This is like you received a call from “unknown” on your phone…who the F*&^ wants to answer that…

  3. BTW—happy 420 day ya all

    and my marijuana domains are pretty hot…..thanks to many states legalizing marijuana now ….as one said, it is all about the tax revenue. If your state does not legalize, no tax revenue and you are losing to other states.

    keep on smokin…. and more

  4. Hello Elliot,
    This all just makes way to much sense. We have noticed your creativity levels spike, after you educate people on our business. Great Concept !
    JAS 4/20/2021
    Gratefully and Respectfully, Jeff Schneider (CONTACT GROUP} Metal Tiger, Former ( Rockefeller I.B.E.C. Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed C.B.O.E. Commodity Hedge Strategist) ( Domain Master) ( )

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