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Domain Name Appraisals

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4:06 am on Oct 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ok, I want to list a domain name for sale on Sedo or such and I am not sure what it is worth.

It would be great for an adult type of site (which I am no longer in to), and it's two short keywords and a .net. It's very generic.

Anyway, the free appraisals I've tried vary widely and obviously have no clue as to its worth.

Does anyone have experience with a domain name appraisal service that is really accurate?

In this economy, are people getting what domains are worth?

10:13 am on Oct 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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12:14 pm on Oct 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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a domain name appraisal service that is really accurate?

Find the price of "competing names", ones that would make a fair alternate for your domain. Check BuyDomains/Afternic, Sedo, etc.

Absent type-in traffic, which tends to demonstrate the embedded/persistent strengths/value of a generic domain, it's hard to establish a baseline price. IF it was receiving traffic then you could look at that element of value from the "converted leads model" of analysis we've talked about here, i.e., enduser value.

I know of no automated valuation service that nails value.

You can post domains "for appraisal" at various domain forums but the process is very hit-or-miss. Still, it's free and, if the old warhorses get involved, you can get a better sense of value. They only tend to join the discussion if the domain has some real ($10K-100K+) value.

When in doubt, aim high . . and negotiate.

Lastly, the market for s e x related domains has tanked. There's so much free . . food for the imagination . . that's available that paying for apparently is unnecessary, killing the profits.

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Domain values are even more tricky to estimate since the economy went south. Even the pros at Bido had to change a guarantee program where they would assure sellers of a sale price because the marketplace would not pay even close to appraised values.

Having type in traffic helps - a lot - but with the dramatic decline in PPC income even traffic names are taking a hit.

As usual, Webwork makes some good suggestions.

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In my early years I used the appraisal service of Moniker, Sedo and Godaddy, but well, it's very difficult to valuate a domain because it's worth what the buyer is willing to offer. What is reg fee for some is worth a lot for others...
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Your best bet would be to try and sell it in an open forum and see what offers come in. That is the only way to get a true feel for its value.
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try to sell at the sedo,snapnames or godaddy auction just give a minimum limit. then wait and see