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4:59 am on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have a couple dozen domain names I don't intend to use, but are nice, fairly short word or word like .coms.

One could easily be used for someone who sells crafts. And one could be a good name for a light lunch restaraunt, carry out or caterer. One would be excellent for something in the fiction writing field. a few are not words, but or short, pleasant sounding, word-like .coms

They've been listed on Godaddy for a few months without a bid.

Is there another way to market domains.
6:47 pm on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There are so many people selling so many domains via so many channels that the odds of a finding a buyer - especially in this market - are only increased by the quality of the domain names themselves.

Have you received any inquiries in the past about any of the domains? If so, and you kept the contact emails, it's time to reach out.

You could try contacting likely endusers but there's just so much spam/noise in email that it's hard to connect. Try putting the domain in the subject line of some well targeted potential endusers, with a price, and . . . get ready to be sued under various "can spam" statutes . . :P

Unfortunately, the market for "brandable domains" is the tiniest of sliver, especially where the creative process allows for endless alternative domains.

Domain forums are probably the worst place to market domains. The sheer volume of junk domain postings has long since turned off and turned away the serious (with money) buyers from browsing forums for domains. It's rare that quality domains get moved in forums.
3:52 am on May 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Advertising based on topic/interest would seem better than putting it into those markets. I'm not sure exactly how to do that. Maybe partial develop a one page concept page for the domain, then market just like any other website, but to purchase the domain.
5:49 pm on May 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Depends on how much you're expecting for it. You could list it on Afternic and Sedo as well but sometimes forums are a much faster route. Acorn and DNF spring to mind.

I don't search GoDaddy a lot because the search function rarely works for me and the bidding system always breaks ... normally just five minutes before the end when someone has just outbid me. I think a lot of people are still "protesting" the use of GoDaddy after that elephant incident. Thousands of domains have been moved out just among the few people I know, so goodness knows how many people left them in total?
8:16 pm on May 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Changing the admin contact email to something like

thisdomainisforsale@example.com

may also get you enquiries as people will often just do a whois check to see if the domain is available.