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Where Do You Buy Domain Names?


I was looking over my recent domain name purchases today, and I noticed that most of my domain buys in the last six months have either been private acquisitions or auction purchases, the majority of which were from NameJet. I was curious about where you buy domain names.

I set up a short poll below to ask where you are buying most of your domain names. I didn’t provide full details on each of the selections, so I broke them out below:

  • Hand registrations (new registrations from registrars like Name.com, Go Daddy, eNom, Dynadot…etc)
  • Domain auctions (NameJet, Go Daddy, Snapnames, eBay, Flippa…etc)
  • Private acquisitions (purchases directly from other domain owners via email)
  • Domain forums (buy now or make offers from DNForum, NamePros, DBR…etc)
  • Domain marketplaces (Sedo, Afternic, BuyDomains, Aftermarket.com…etc)
  • Domain brokers (Domain Holdings, Igloo, Media Options)
  • Other (anything I may have forgotten)

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

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Comments (13)


    You forgot newsletters.

    June 13th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Newsletters are run by domain brokers – so if you buy via newsletters you should select domain brokers.

      June 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pm


    How many are buying directly from owners of domains right before they hit expired auctions is what I want to know.

    June 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Elliot Silver

      That would be bundled with private acquisitions.

      Do you think there’s something wrong with doing that?

      June 13th, 2013 at 12:35 pm



    I looked carefully to see if Domaining.com was in any prominent category, but I’m having trouble locating it. I suppose CAX.com can go under “Other”, but what about Domaining.com featured listing? I thought you psoted a whole article indicating that you sold a good amount by using that? It could be an oversight. Just curious…

    Oh BTW what about weekly domain listings, what would that be under?

    June 13th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Was sort of an oversight, but I assume the # would be small and would fit under “other” perhaps along the lines of buying on Facebook or LinkedIn… I also think Cax would be considered a domain marketplace purchase.

      For the record, I haven’t sold a considerable volume of names via my blog using Domaining.com headlines. I have sold a decent dollar value worth of them.

      June 13th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    AbdulBasit Makrani

    I voted for domain auctions.

    June 13th, 2013 at 2:07 pm


    May suggest another poll – Where do you sell domain names?

    June 13th, 2013 at 3:18 pm


    I use my GOD’s given creativity pea brain to reg domains at 99cent

    watermelonpolitics dot com

    I like that name!!

    June 13th, 2013 at 4:23 pm


    NameCheap & GoDaddy for Hand registrations and bids at Namejet & GoDaddy. Good Poll Elliot, you should try the reverse poll too.

    Where Do You Sell Domain Names?

    June 13th, 2013 at 5:07 pm


    For me, it’s a tie between marketplaces like GoDaddy and Namejet, although I haven’t been back NJ/Enom after the situation with the withheld Pre-Release last August. Some of my best finds were 1-2 word .TVs and .MEs found at GD in 2010. It’s much harder to come across those gems today.

    Only bought one name off a blog (this one).

    I’ve purchased several names at Sedo – mostly .TV and .ME. I prefer BIN at Sedo and have never made an offer on a name I know is most likely astronomically priced. I stick to low-hanging fruit. Picked up a couple of names at forums, but not in the last year.

    Handregs have worked well for me. I was able handreg a few .DEs and .coms that flipped pretty quickly. Others I’ve dropped, and about 80% of the ones I’ve checked have been picked up by DomainMarket or similar outfits, or developed by end users.

    June 13th, 2013 at 7:14 pm


    Great survey, very cleaver indeed – I like it! 🙂
    thanks for the insight Elliot.

    June 14th, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Randall Cooper

    I go where ever the domains are.

    June 15th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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