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Use Facebook to Buy Domain Names


 Facebook.I send out a lot of domain inquiries for domain names I’d like to purchase. Unfortunately, my inquires don’t always yield responses, despite the fact that I try to make fair value offers for these domain names. I am certain that I it’s not always because the owner doesn’t want to sell that I don’t receive a reply though.

There are many reasons why you may never hear from a domain owner when you make a genuine inquiry:

  • Email gets marked as spam/junk
  • Owner gets too many emails
  • Email address not active
  • Domain owner is out of town for an extended period

With social networking sites becoming popular for people of all ages, it’s much easier to get in touch with a domain owner on Facebook, and I have almost completed my first acquisition using the site.

When sending an inquiry via Facebook, I recommend a brief introduction, since sending a message on Facebook is more personal than a simple blind email. In the first message, after you introduce yourself, you should confirm that the person is the owner of the domain name. It helps to know where the Whois registrant lives and match it up with the Facebook profile.   Let the person know you’re interested in buying the domain name and would like to discuss a potential sale.

I’ve received a number of replies using Facebook to connect, and it’s a really good way to get in touch with someone, as many people rely on Facebook for their connections.

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 (16)


    Hhhmm… while I agree with you, contact by all means possible and I do, I had a bad experiemce with FB the only time I tried it. So I exhaust all conventional routes, email, phone etc. The person is nearly a ghost except for that I found her on FB! So I send a nice message and offer ( it was 6 figs ) with my home number. Two hours later I get a call that goes as follows…

    Me: Hello
    Her: You POS *************** you invaded my privacy etc and slams the phone before I can say anything.

    Some people just don’t like money lol

    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Tim Davids

    Josh…feel free to call anytime 🙂

    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    The Fromainer


    Sure it was the right person? Only a domainer would go to such lengths to orchestrate a sale and only a fellow domainer would appreciate your efforts and the 6 figure sum you were offering for the domain!

    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Leonard Britt

    Don’t forget Twitter which IMO is more business oriented. The only problem with contacting a domain registrant directly is that the moment you contact them their perception of its value escalates considerably. Of course if you are interested in a specific domain you have no choice. But if you are merely looking for a domain for a website on a particular topic, you could probably post in the domains wanted section of NP & DNF, specify a healthy budget and you will get a number of responses.

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:05 pm


    Twitter, not Facebook, for domain leads and sales. No way would I use Facebook… its not what people are on there for.

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:15 pm


    @ Mike

    I would never communicate with a domain owner via Twitter, as it would let others know of my interest. Both social networking websites are to connect people.

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:17 pm


    It was the right lady alright, I really felt like send her another message, something along the lines of ” wow youre fat ” but my better judgement won out 🙁

    The name by was a great ” loan ” name, her father used to own a bank, it went belly up, so she either has more money than most or is peeved the vultures are circling….or she was just a….

    July 3rd, 2010 at 12:13 am


    I have had good success contacting through twitter…twitter is a socail networking site where most have public access ….contacting through facebook unwanted is just pure spam if you are not a friend.

    July 3rd, 2010 at 1:39 am

    sohail roshni

    nice idea Eliot.
    i have always used a brokerage service like if the owner is non traceable but i like the facebook idea.

    July 3rd, 2010 at 2:24 am



    If you have an idea to SELL through FB or other social networks, i’d like to hear about it.

    Josh feel free to call with a 6 figure offer! What do you mean by “Or she was just a……” blonde?


    July 3rd, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Stephen Douglas

    @ Josh,

    Oh man… hope that’s not the same lady I’m trying to contact to BUY a domain she owns… this domain isn’t that incredible tho… probably a low 4 figure at best. No answer yet after two days, BUT

    here’s a question for El:

    What do you do about privacy settings? There’s only one way in… unless you can find that person somehow through SE research on their name and hope it’s the right person.

    July 3rd, 2010 at 9:37 am


    It’s a great idea to contact domain’s owners via fb, but firstly you should take a look into their profile.
    Some ideas to do this:

    July 3rd, 2010 at 11:20 am


    @Stephen, I was lucky, hers was wide open 🙂

    Likely not the same lady, this name was 6 figs!

    Easy way to tell, if it was once owned by a defunct bank and her daddy owned it, it’s her lol

    July 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    mac brazel

    I am after a domain that has been sleeping now for as many years as the internet has been alive-my detective work (as the domain has nothing-nothin in source code,nothin in sc links etc etc) i discovered that its owned BY THE MINISTERY OF DEFENCE?!?!?!? In the united kingdom-the reason obviously being they dont want anyone using it(which is crazy as we all know on dom searches yu can get near as possible )This is unfair+i want the domain (i could also raise a case for copyright by informing a certain rock band whom if they wanted to-could have a case for the release of the domain -given its thier name & the .com is the worldwide web address that people want)
    Other than write to the MOD & let them get the drop on me-who can i write to to have a case heard? as the govt control everythin in the uk i realise its gonna be tricky.But the name isnt being used+most people when they cant get a name cos its in use,simply dont question it & move on (usually cos they are in a hurry 2 get on)

    November 25th, 2010 at 1:10 pm


    One factor that was disreguarded in this blog, is that many people approach the domain name owner with bids that are insulting ….. I own several domain names;,,,, and to name a few ….. and I have been ignoring queries about all my domains names becuase those who inquired was not serious enough in their bids ……

    December 24th, 2010 at 9:10 pm


    i have many names for sale. i own that is worth over 200k Make me a offer!!!

    September 12th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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