Your Best Domain Name Purchase of 2019?

I bought somewhere between 250 – 300 domain names in 2019 in private or via auction. This number is more than 2018 due in part to taking more chances on closeout purchases via GoDaddy Auctions. It also represents a fairly large number considering my portfolio stands at just about 1,000 domain names.

In 2019, I bought quite a few higher value domain names, including a few LLL .com domain names and quite a few one word .com domain names. I sold some of these domain names already, but I still own many of these purchases.

I thought I would share what I think is the best purchase I made in 2019, only considering the domain names I still own. Of the domain names I bought in 2019 and still own, I would say is my best purchase of 2019.

If you would like to participate, I invite you to share your best domain name purchase of the year in the comment section below.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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 closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn



    “Bought” at $5.99 and will be sold for $1001

    1000% ROI

    Needs more transparency in the prices,no harm done, just like home purchase history.
    Bought my house in 1992 at 127K and now worth 1.2million USD.
    Gets many offers in the mail to sell,my house does not worth a shieet,it is my property that they want.

    Domain purchase prices should be listed
    More transparency!!

  2. It will seem counter-intuitive for purist domainers, but my best domains purchased this year were long tails. Picking just one I cite which is an exact match for a search that gets 12,100 searches per month with a $234.05 CPC.

    • The domainer community is generally biased against domains longer than two words and even Schwartz himself thinks he can sell the idea that since there haven’t been many reported good sales of them that proves they are not very valuable. Most often I agree with him on things but that’s not one of them. He’s as self-interested as any. It’s a lot of cynical misguided zero-sum thinking by people who lack vision, lack end user perspective, or don’t even want to allow a three word or longer domain to have any decent value which can be life changing to people lower on the domainer totem pole because it means that might make the market reluctant and less likely to pay them the biggest bucks for their shorter domains and so forth. Especially if anyone says there are three word and longer domains worth in the six figure and up range. They continually beat this drum, and that also influences and affects the end user market as potential buyers have that message sent to them all the time, just as an end user seeing the appalling stupidity of a lot of automated appraisals poisons their mind as well. (Gotta love how Estibot was still “appraising” at modest five figures even well after it sold for $12,000,000 or so, for example.)

      Consistent with this, “long tail” is generally associated with negative connotations, and is clearly often intended to be an unequivocal pejorative of sorts. However, it seems most people don’t even have a proper understanding of what that terms really means because of the prevailing bias and selfishness. Therefore, it is important to clarify what it really means.

      “Long tail” is when you append a “tail” on something. I.e., a contrived lengthening, just so you can make a domain that is at least intelligible and usable, even if not a popular phrase. Can’t have “”? Just register “” Can’t have “”? Just register “” That’s what “long tail” really is. However, generally speaking the “domainer cummunity” is clueless and declares that anything and everything is “long tail” if it is longer than one or two words regardless of how popular, established, natural or “top of mind” a phrase is.

      Which brings us to domains like yours, a four worder. Are “” and “” more desirable, and should they be considered more valuable? Sure, in this specific case of course. But should, which clearly is “long” be considered “long tail” or as not being very valuable? Even spoke of as if it practically has no value? If it’s a natural and in some sense popular and well used phrase (as in search, for instance), then clearly and definitely not. It’s long, but not “long tail.” There is no unnatural or contrived forcing of an appendage of a word or words just to create a domain.

      And the real truth is also that sometimes a longer domain is more popular, more natural, more “top of mind,” and hence more desirable and value to and end user than shorter ones. There are many examples one could show. And even Schwartz himself has also stated that as well before, assuming the blog comments are still up. E.g., domains like, vs. just For longer ones, only a fool would suggest domains like and are not at least valuable enough to be potentially life changing to those who don’t need to have luxury Swiss watches and multiple cars costing six or seven figures, bathrooms the size of three bedroom apartments and numerous mansions, etc., if you catch my drift.

    • PS: In the case of your domain, for instance, turning merely “long” (but potentially of significant value to someone who doesn’t need another Rolls Royce) into “long tail” would be ones like this:

  3. Nobody says anything, but the truth is that the kindest and best thing to do would be to tell the people who have posted domains here that so many of them are really worthless and they are making a big mistake. There’s a lot of really worthless domains here that show people are going down the wrong path.

    • Well say something constructive ? we can all learn as well we might if a return comment throws new light on the registrants rationale

      • Many people can point out domains here that are practically worthless, a mistake, or worth so little that it’s just not worth it overall, including and especially the blog publisher Elliot. However, sometimes the good deed does not go unpunished. I don’t like often being the only one willing to do people the favor and risk the flack, but I have done it before numerous times. It’s not good that more people who can certainly do it too don’t do so. It also requires being extremely blunt and indelicate, as in saying something like “sorry guy, but you don’t seem to realize that domain is worthless…”

        • Respectfully ambiguity is seemingly your specialty
          “Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability” ” [Claude Shannon]

        • Well let me spell it out for you then: I’m not always in the mood to be the only one willing to do people the favor of telling them their domains are worthless when that is what they really need to hear. And today is just one of those days. Let someone else do it first because many people can say which domains are worthless or near worthless here. And hopefully that’s clear enough for you.

  4. Just FYI, I invited people to share their best purchase – not a whole group of domain names. I am letting some people slide with 2 names, but please don’t submit a bunch of names because I will just delete.

      • You can debate with Snoopy back and forth without me, but I have literally bought and sold millions of dollars worth of one word .com domain names in the last several years and I am always trying to buy them to enhance my portfolio.

        • Well since you put it that way, for the record you often don’t fail to disappoint either, I was pretty sure you wouldn’t this time but that wasn’t going to keep me from showing you that Twitter comment regardless, and you didn’t. I’m just wondering what part of my statement about the matter you didn’t understand since it’s all about me acknowledging the place of one word .coms and pointing out Snoopy’s falsehood regarding any “rise” since it’s not possible to rise from the top. Or maybe you just didn’t really read it and are making faulty assumptions.

          On a separate but related note, can you believe I was able to find and register such a killer Twitter handle so recently?

        • I don’t see a point to discussing. Your mind is made up as is mine.

          I hope you are making good money with whatever tactics and strategies you have been using.

        • Made up about what? You seem to think there is some disagreement about top one word domains here. Unless something else is going on or you’re being “obtuse” like the warden in Shawshank Redemption, you still apparently don’t get what I’m saying, though it’s really not very subtle and there are not many nuances and not any complicated nuances involved. And I’ve been very explicit across multiple blogs for easily a few years or more now. Nobody is disputing the value of the best one word .com’s. A lot of selfish, cynical, and sometimes simply ignorant or even flatly dishonest domainers don’t want to allow or admit the value of the best domains that are longer, however, especially past two words. And unless you haven’t been following the domain industry, let me assure you that the best one word domains were already on the radar prior to this decade and it’s a lie to say there has been any “rise of the one word .com” this past decade. In fact the opposite is true – a lot of misguided domainers you are so chummy with and think are the best have even been devaluing them. But why on earth would someone lie like that (rhetorical question)? It’s like saying the last two years has been the years of the “rise of Bitcoin.” Such BS. But in the context of the real debate, no surprise at all.

        • I will happily continue our discussion if you share a short list of your domain names with me. I am pretty open about what I invest in and what I sell on my corporate website, but as far as I recall, you have never shared any information about you business background related to domain names.

  5. I did not read many comments from the last week and a half. I’ve been on vacation trying to not work much.

    Happy new year.

  6. and – We have every major city name and industry keyword for this extension and am curious what people think.

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