It’s just about every domain investor’s dream to turn a relatively inexpensive purchase into a hugely massive profit, but the chances of that happening are very slim. This story played out earlier in the year, and it’s my pick for the story of the year in the domain business.
Earlier this year, ChatRoulette.com was one of the most popular new websites online. People could visit the site and video chat with others throughout the world. Millions of people visited the site, and the only thing that really slowed the growth was that many users apparently thought it was appropriate to turn their video feed into a softcore porno.
In December of 2009, a domain investor hand registered the domain name CamRoulette.com. Shortly thereafter, he sold the domain name in private to Adam Strong for a reported $1,200, reaping a huge profit margin on this hand registration.
The madness didn’t start there.
In March of 2010, Adam Strong listed the domain name at DomainConsultant.com’s Domain Madness auction, where it sold for an even more massive $151,000.
To make this an even more amazing story of riches, traffic to ChatRoulette has waned since hitting its peak earlier this year, and it’s likely that if the domain name had not been sold at the time it was sold, it would not have the same value today. It’s the stuff domain investors’ dreams are made of.
Every domain investor dreams of turning a hand registered domain name investment into a huge payoff. In 2010, this happened right in front of our eyes.
This is my favorite domain name story of 2010.