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Selling a "premium" domain

Where is the best place, without all the B.S.?

6:18 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've owned what I consider to be a "premium" domain for several years (since 1999 I think), and I've always told myself I'm going to do something with it but I never have and probably will never find the time.

Without saying what it is, it's a dictionary word prefaced by the letter "e". No hyphens, no numbers, just a good authoritative domain that I've received some five-figure offers for over the years.

When you look at all of the "domains for sale" websites, they seem to be filled with a bunch of clutter, multi-hyphenated URLS, foreign TLD's, etc. And of course they all want you to spend extra money on their promotion services so you can separate yourself from the junk domains they know fill their sites.

So where should I list this thing? Someone WILL want this domain when they see that it's for sale, but given the selection available on most of the domain aftermarket sites, I can't imagine any real serious buyers are going there with any frequency.
8:51 pm on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My advice is list it on some of the "junk" sites you mention. Include SitePoint.

Probably you will initially get no meaningful response. But, believe it, there are watchers out there who will wait some time and then approach you direct. Those buyers are out there and they watch the junk sites in the hope that they can get a domain name on the cheap.

THEY ARE watching. If you wait a year and there are no better offers then you can reasonably be assured that there never will be.
5:19 am on May 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Good advice above... yet I wonder how valuable the "e"something is these days. After all most of it seems to be another vowel! :)
8:54 pm on May 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It doesn't by chance begin in e and end in commerce does it :)? Unless it's something like ecommerce.com or ebusiness.com, it may be tricky getting big bucks but everyone defines premium and big bucks differently.

It would help to determine if it has a high search volume by checking exact match searches with the Google Keyword Tool at [adwords.google.com ]. If it does have a high search volume, you may see about consigning it to one of the domain brokers or domain auctions.

Another option, assuming it doesn't infringe on trademarks, would be to contact potential end users. A good tip is to see who's already ranking or buying Adwords on the term. An advertiser owning the name gives them the chance to own the cow rather than buy the milk.