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Facebook Message Fee Could Help Sell Domain Names


Facebook is apparently testing a $1.00 fee to send messages to other Facebook users that aren’t Facebook friends, and the messages would be delivered in the inbox rather than the “other” folder. I can see how this could be used by domain investors to acquire (or maybe sell) a domain name when emails and phone calls won’t work.

From my perspective, people are more likely to read a Facebook message than read an email, especially if they receive hundreds of business related emails. If you have the attention of a potential domain seller (or buyer), you may have a better chance at closing a deal. I would imagine the fee, although small, would likely deter spammers.

I try to keep my Facebook page separate from my business, so it would probably annoy me if I received a sale or purchase inquiry in my Facebook inbox, especially because it’s fairly easy to find my contact information elsewhere. Others, however, may have outdated contact information, so a message on Facebook might not be so annoying, especially if the message includes a significant offer for a domain name.

I am torn on whether I would use this feature to buy or sell a domain name, although I have sparingly used Facebook to get in touch with someone when all other methods of communication failed. It’s not something I would really recommend for others to do, especially en masse, but it could be an opportunity.

I do think it could be an effective way to open a discussion about a domain name, although LinkedIn is probably the better venue for business-related discussion.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. 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 DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (26)


    Charge a little, across many. Facebook is slated to make billions, but spam will skyrocket. If they play their cards right, they will surpass Apple in net worth by 2015.

    December 21st, 2012 at 11:46 am


      Based on all all the negative feedback k think your right over a billion registered users and they know everything about you and your friends. I hope to not sell my 3000 shares till 500 good luck

      December 22nd, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Jacob Fedosky

    I read that users will only be able to receive one paid message per week. I think that’s the key to success. One extra message in my inbox per week isn’t going to bother me, and if someone is paying a dollar to get in touch, it will probably be worth my time to read.

    December 21st, 2012 at 12:26 pm


    $1.00 is too cheap. It might filter the low-ball spammers, but be a giveaway for advertisers to make inroads into our inboxes, to the extent, it would cheapen Facebook. My attention to even read a subject line, determine who it is from and delete it is worth more than $1.00 per subject line!

    December 21st, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Mike at Domainaddress.info

    an interesting point of view, we will see what happens!

    December 21st, 2012 at 12:53 pm


    Facebook should allow people to receive as many personal messages over the allocated 1 a week as they want and split the dollar with them. I can see Justin Bieber making a million dollars a week from I love you messages alone.

    Dont lie Elliot, you’d send him an I love you wouldnt you 😉

    Happy Christmas.

    December 21st, 2012 at 1:33 pm


    Is it me or does this move on Facebook’s part sound spammy?

    December 21st, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Yeah, but you can’t begrudge them for looking at ways to drive revenue.

      December 21st, 2012 at 1:56 pm


    After the Instagram fiasco this week I have closed my personal Facebook account and I do not intend to use them period. To many privacy issues.

    December 21st, 2012 at 2:00 pm


    I think a fairly high number of people would see this as invasive and annoying. My FB is personal, as well, and I’ve unsubscribed from most of the domain groups because the endless pitching of names was getting tiresome.

    I would be afraid of contacting an established business owner on Facebook, because it’s a platform for people you know personally. I think it would come across as desperate and spammy.

    December 21st, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I tend to agree, although if someone emailed you and politely told you they’ve been trying unsuccessfully to buy a domain name from you and would pay you $xx,xxx for one of your names, you’d be less annoyed 🙂

      December 21st, 2012 at 2:17 pm


    FB, twitter, isntangram–what a waste of time.

    If someone really wants to get in contact with you, they will always find a way to do it.

    December 21st, 2012 at 2:32 pm


    Those of you that are upset, remember the golden paradigm: if the product is free, *you* are the product.

    Happy holidays!

    December 21st, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    J S

    This is GREAT news!!!
    I can monetize this in a second. How do you sign up? I’d be happy to pay $1.00 per message.

    December 21st, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Tarik Pierce

    This is stupid. Facebook is turning into a low class dating website. Most of the spam will be desperate males messaging hot chicks.

    Facebook is for personal use, not business LOL. That is what Linkedin is for!

    December 21st, 2012 at 10:20 pm


    Can’t see how this would get approved by FB’s millions of users.

    December 22nd, 2012 at 7:38 am


      “Approved”. I LOLed.

      December 22nd, 2012 at 11:52 am


    whom is Justin Bieber?
    and what’s a bieaver

    December 22nd, 2012 at 8:56 am


    uhhhh… NO. Really Facebook? Get real.

    December 22nd, 2012 at 10:43 am


    $1? It is much, much cheaper to send a personalized postcard.

    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Sending a postcard is annoying and takes much longer to make a deal happen.

      December 22nd, 2012 at 2:53 pm


      Sending a batch of say 200 postcards takes less time and is far cheaper. A well-designed postcard is tangible, and with a well-designed call-to-action can get more results than email.

      December 22nd, 2012 at 5:51 pm


      Postcards can be personalized to each recipient. It is often easier to get a mailing address than an email address.

      December 22nd, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I’ve never heard of anyone who has had luck with that method… have you?

      December 22nd, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    J S

    postcards take too much time, time =$.

    For the cost of the postage, plus time involved, printing cards, mailing, research ect….

    $1/per mail using seems better especially if I can use their data targeting tools. Sign me up for a trial run!

    I’ve got about 10000 postcards sitting in a box, I got tired of the effort involved.

    December 22nd, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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