I always find it interesting when I come across a blog or other website on Tumblr, Blogspot, WordPress, and other platforms and the owner has decided to simply use the platform for its domain name. For instance, it would be like me using ElliotsBlog.Wordpress.com instead of ElliotsBlog.com.
My guess is that most of the blogs that do it either don’t know how to set their website up using their own domain name, they don’t want to spend the time or money setting up their domain name, or they don’t know that they could use their own domain name instead of the more laborious url.
That said, I think you can use these platforms to find a buyer for one of your domain names, and I’ll share some advice about how.
Visit these main platforms and other similar platforms, and insert your keyword .com domain name in front of the .platform.com url. For instance, if you owned ElliotsBlog.com, you would visit ElliotsBlog.Tumblr.com, ElliotsBlog.Blogspot.com, and ElliotsBlog.Wordpress.com to see if there is an active website. Assuming there is, find out who operates the website and get in touch to try and sell your better domain name.
It can be difficult to get in touch with the operators of these websites because they aren’t required to leave their contact information. Another issue is that these people are probably less knowledgable about domain names, so your close rate will likely be lower than other methods.
On the other hand, these are people who have built their brands on poor urls that they don’t own or operate, so having the opportunity to purchase the .com domain name might be appealing. These might be the perfect candidates to offer lease, lease to own, or financed deals.
In your pitch to these people, I recommend informing them that you’d be willing to offer guidance on correctly setting up the domain name for them so they can move their site seamlessly. You should probably learn how to do that before volunteering this though.