Two similar domain names expired at Network Solutions and were auctioned at NameJet in the last two weeks. I thought it was worth comparing Perfect10.com and PerfectTen.com to share why I think there was such a substantial difference in the sale prices of these two similar domain names.
Perfect10.com was created in 1998, and PerfectTen.com was created in 1997. Both domain names appear to have been owned by the same entity, an adult publishing company behind the Perfect 10 brand. Perfect10.com sold for nearly 9x the sale price of PerfectTen.com. Interestingly, I do not believe the same entity won both domain name auctions at NameJet.
On June 12, 2020, Perfect10.com sold on NameJet for $47,510 (source: NameBio).
On June 23, 2020, PerfectTen.com sold on NameJet for $5,308 (source: NameBio).
I think there are a few reasons for why Perfect10.com sold for much more than PerfectTen.com.
From what I can tell using Archive.org, it looks like Perfect10.com was the primary domain name for the Perfect 10 publication and brand. For instance, the most definitely NSFW Archive.org page for PerfectTen.com shows a logo for Perfect10.com. This would indicate inbound links (and subsequent SEO value) favor Perfect10.com over PerfectTen.com.
While the Perfect 10 and Perfect Ten names seem pretty similar, the branding people may recall is Perfect 10. Without considering potential trademarks, if someone wanted to rekindle the adult brand, the Perfect10.com domain name would be more valuable. I would also imagine people are more likely to type “10” rather than “ten” when searching for this brand or a similar brand.
This is a minor issue, but having consecutive “T” letters, the end of Perfect and the beginning of Ten, could be detrimental to the value of the domain name.
Interestingly, I think the PerfectTen.com domain name has value for someone who would want to use the domain name for non-adult branding, and given the adult history, it might be easier with this name. Perfect ten is not just an adult related term. Gymnasts, skaters, BMX riders, and quite a few other competitive sports have ratings on a scale of 1 to 10, and getting a 10 is called a “perfect ten.” Assuming Perfect10.com is fully associated with an adult branding and heritage, PerfectTen.com could be a good alternative domain name.
I was surprised that Perfect10.com sold for nearly $50k, and I was also a bit surprised that PerfectTen.com did not see a higher sale price. What do you think?