Someone mentioned my name in a NamePros thread the other day discussing one word .com domain names. The comment was “Single word domains don’t sell quickly. Just ask Elliot Silver…he has had words on the market for a while.” I tend to agree with the comment to a point.
In my opinion, meaningful one word .com domain names are highly liquid. They sell regularly, and there are at least 20 people that I know personally who actively pursue these domain names and will spend four, five, and six figures for the right .com domain names. I am always on the hunt for great one word .com domain names and it seems like I am competing with friends and colleagues to get these great dictionary .com names at fair prices. Without a doubt, meaningful one word .com domain names are among the most valuable types of domain names.
On the other hand, it can take quite a bit of time to sell great one word .com domain names for top dollar (aka retail pricing). I get offers all the time for some of my one word .com domain names, but most of the offers are terrible. When I want to move older inventory or build my cash reserves, I know I can sell them to colleagues or put them up for auction for reasonable prices, but it can take quite a bit of time to get retail prices for them. The “trouble” with these names is that they are difficult to find for sale, they are almost always very expensive to buy, and the hold time can be quite long.
Meaningful one word .com domain names are trophy assets for a domain portfolio. When I describe what I do to people, I don’t mind sharing some of the good one word .com domain names my company owns. The downside to them is that they can lock up quite a bit of funds and it can take time to sell them for top dollar.