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On the road again today, so if your comment doesn’t get posted immediately, it will likely be posted later on this afternoon. Here are a few updates today.

  • Speaking about that indictment, what do you think the domain name is worth? Wonder how quickly it will be before someone tries to buy it!
  • I was biking in Central Park, and I saw a biker get pulled over by a police officer for going through a red light (there’s been a crackdown to avoid injuries). The police officer asked the biker his profession, to which the biker responded that he was a cardiologist. The police officer let him off with a warning telling him the City can’t afford to lose a cardiologist to a bike accident. I couldn’t help but imagine that if it was me, he would have given me the $270 ticket and told me to keep running red lights!
  • I noticed that Snowboards.CO was purchased by the owner of for $7,500 last week on Sedo. I am interested in seeing how it’s developed and how it ranks in Google and Bing after a few months. This sale may seem anomalous now, but if the owner can build a business on the domain name, sales like this may become more commonplace down the road . I still have a long term positive outlook for the extension, although I still haven’t invested much.

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

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Comments (13)


    Looks like is simply being used as a redirect to Snowboards.NET …. unless I’m missing something ?

    Same thing with the sale .. it’s being used to advertise/sell the ‘.music’ extension.

    There seems to be a theme here …..

    April 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ M

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve never built a website prior to acquiring a domain name, and I’ve never launched a new website within a week of acquiring a domain name either. Time will tell whether the name is developed or just forwarded, but I think it’s premature to draw any conclusions at this point.

    April 16th, 2011 at 1:48 pm


    I know the guy, though not personally. I believe Kopitz is his name, a good guy who understands the benefits of a good domain ( ain’t too shabby). Corresponded a few times but never resulted in a sale unfortunately!

    April 16th, 2011 at 3:13 pm



    Whether it is developed or forwarded in the future, the fact is someone paid a decent amount of money to acquire a nice domain. Just like it happens with any other TLD, when a domain is bought, it can be parked (, bought for $1.5M in 2009, still shows GoDaddy parking page), developed or forwarded to another domain.

    April 16th, 2011 at 3:31 pm


    @ Elliot

    Yeah in general the domain before the site… that makes sense. But why one would assume that the owner of an established site at is going to build a new website branded on, rather than re-direct it (when it is currently being re-directed) doesn’t really make sense to me. But I guess it’s possible.

    @ Joe

    My point is that domains that sell for a lot that are merely parked, used to promote another extension, or are re-directed to another site shouldn’t be used to gauge the health/future/profitability of the extension.

    April 16th, 2011 at 4:01 pm


    The folks have a great network of sites, some of which you can see at this link:

    They also got for $25k earlier this year. I wrote a bit about it here (Elliot, feel free to delete the link, if you want):

    April 16th, 2011 at 4:18 pm


    “As much as National A1 Advertising’s $1 million sale of last year seemed smart at the time, it looks even smarter now. With the indictment of several major poker sites yesterday, it will probably be much more difficult to monetize that, at least in the near term.”

    Little confused, it makes a good buy or bad now?

    You said it looks even smarter now…much more difficult to monetize.

    April 16th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Josh

      The SALE was smart…. maybe not the purchase.

      April 16th, 2011 at 4:39 pm


    I agree with that statement. The USgov is a scarey beast, if they decide they don’t like what youre doing it could not just mean losing funds but freedom.

    April 16th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Rob Sequin

    1. I thought your comment about you getting a ticket in NYC was very funny.

    2. Still waiting to hear how many .co registrations were credited to the Super Bowl ad. Also waiting to see if there will be one million .co registrations by summer 😉

    April 16th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Steve M

    Here’s the latest from the L.A.Times on the Playboy illness:

    April 16th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Robert Cline

    I sold

    last month. Now when you search for

    ‘breakout creative company’ is on top of the google search, even ahead of their prior websites.

    April 17th, 2011 at 7:38 pm


    They also bought for $3500

    April 17th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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