When’s the last time you ordered a domain name? What it for a new web site, or did you potentially see it as being an investment? Domain names are no joke… no matter if it’s a generic keyword or just something you thought up, and there is only ONE available in the world. If someone else wants a domain name that you own… well, you can bet they may have to pay a pretty penny to get it out of your hands.
Back in 2007 I wrote a post titled, Most Expensive Domain Names. A lot has changed since then, so I thought it would be fitting to see what’s been happening in the domain space. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top selling domains that have sold for millions of dollars! Imagine grabbing one of these bad boys back in the 90s for a few dollars each!
SEX.COM – $13,000,000
Year sold: 2010 / Alexa: 22,186 / Monthly Traffic: 172,692*
Fund.com – $9,999,95.
Year sold: 2008 / Alexa: 674,169 / Monthly traffic: 356*
Porn.com – $9,500,000
Year sold: 2007 / Alexa: 4,084 / Monthly traffic: 1,945,661*
Fly.com – $1,760,000
Year sold: 2009 / Alexa: 12,225 / Monthly traffic: 1,026,834*
Candy.com – $3,000,000
Year sold: 2006 / Alexa: 100,852 / Monthly traffic: 73,953
DataRecovery.com – $1,659,000
Year sold: 2008 / Alexa: 646,623 / Monthly traffic: 6,702*
(* Estimated traffic is based off Compete.com)
What’s funny about some of these sales is that the domain names were purchased for millions of dollars, yet some of them receive very little web traffic. Imagine paying millions for a domain name you never use? Well, it’s actually not that crazy… many of these purchases can be seen as an investment. After all, domain names are simply the real estate of the internet!
The domains mentioned above were just a few of the top domain sales in history. If you’d like to see the full list, Business Insider created a nice little slideshow.
Have you ever bought and sold any big domain names, or have any nice gems in your portfolio?