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SnapNames October no reserve auction ends tomorrow, .ca auction kicks off today

October 16, 2012domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, SnapNamesComments Off on SnapNames October no reserve auction ends tomorrow, .ca auction kicks off today

Two auctions worth a look.

SnapNames has an “October Deals” auction that ends tomorrow, and I think it’s worth a look.

There are 61 domains and it appears none of them have a reserve — just a minimum bid of $199 or more.

Many of the domains are ones that you might see sell for $1,000-$3,000 to the right end user, such as AllMBA.com, DebtReductionService.com, DietLogs.com, and SoccerLounge.com.

So far 12 of the 61 domains have bids. LBS.org leads the pack with 8 bidders, but the domain is still only $375 at the time of writing.

BadHumor.com also has multiple bidders and currently sits at $211.

It’s definitely a good auction to review if you like to invest in lower priced domains.

SnapNames also has a .ca auction that kicks off today.

The .ca auction has reserve prices ranging from no reserve to $250,000. Top domains include Loans.ca, Casinos.ca, and Dating.ca.

Just make sure you’re eligible to own .ca domains before you bid.


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My picks for Sedo’s Great Domains auction

May 21, 2012domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, great domains, sedoComments Off on My picks for Sedo’s Great Domains auction

Great Domains auction ends Thursday. Here’s what I like.

This month’s Great Domains auction at Sedo ends on Thursday. The lineup doesn’t include as many big ticket domains as usual; there’s only one domain with a reserve over $25,000. But that’s OK, there are some good domains worthy of attention.

Here are ones that popped out to me:

Reconnect.com – With a reserve range $10k-$25k, this would be good only if you have a plan for the domain. I can think of multiple tie-ins to social media.

Invasion.com – Also has a reserve range $10k-$25k. Not a very commerce-friendly domain, but would be good for a video game, movie, etc.

WineFridge.com – I’ve looked at wine fridges/beverage fridges for our new house. Not cheap. Reserve is met with a top bid of $1,049.

Swindled.com – I like this one because I used to own it :) I don’t recall what I sold it for, but the domain is currently $100 with the reserve met.

ComputerCourses.com – reserve is $5k-$10k. May be a little high, but good market for this.

There’s also a wonderful opportunity in a non-Great Domains auction on Sedo. Seesaw.com is currently $3,100 with a Wednesday end date. This is a great brandable domain.


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The inside story of Mama.com

May 14, 2012domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, mama.com, mamma.com, SnapNamesComments Off on The inside story of Mama.com

Mamma.com owner selling Mama.com.

I was originally a bit surprised to see mama.com in Moniker’s Spring Auction ending this week.

Then I realized the domain on auction is actually a typo of the once popular search engine Mamma.com — not the search engine itself. Well, sort of a typo, as I later found out.

I reached out to the founder of Mama.com owner Empresario, Omar Solis. As it turns out, his company bought the Mamma.com search engine in a deal completed in 2011. I asked him for the back story on the domain and he wrote a good explanation. Rather than chop it up, I’ve decided to publish it in full here….

The back-story:

Mamma.com was once a promising search engine from the “.com-bubble” era. It was founded in 1996 by a graduate student from Quebec Canada named Herman Tumurcuoglu. Eventually it got funded and taken public, ultimately merging with a desktop search company named Copernic in 2005. They also wanted to own the single ” m” version of their brand name and an Executive at the company acquired mama.com from a small us-based organization sometime around 2000-2001.

In 2009 we acquired the Mamma.com search and ad network assets from Copernic, which included the two domain names. Originally the deal was for $5 million, but we ended up paying $500,000 for all the assets. We took over the business in 2009, but did not take ownership until Sept 2011 when the sale was finalized with the assistance from a well-known American investor.

Although mamma.com didn’t make it to the big stage as a search engine, it still enjoyed a loyal user base from the US, Canada (especially French CA), France, and Asia. The Ad Network business was also profitable, generating several million dollars a year in revenue. Plus it came with the mama.com domain, which I knew had plenty of value in itself.

Present day:

Today we continue to operate the ad network and monetize the search engine traffic from mamma.com, which has proven to be a steady revenue business. In addition we operate a business incubator called Empresario.com, where we work with nimble entrepreneurs to create new value from our business platforms. Predominately working with online publishers, advertisers, and agencies that leverage our resources to advance their own business.

Our plan this year is to develop our incubator business further, so we decided to systematically dismantle and sell assets that did not directly support our current goals. After the mamma.com deal was finalized in Sept, we took a step back and evaluated the business from top to bottom. What we uncovered was a nice cache of Internet assets that no longer supported our objectives, but had tremendous value.

A good portion of these assets came in the form of premium domain names that we acquired over the years and have been sitting on parked pages. A while back we did well in domain parking but after 2009 our revenue channels became more diverse and parking was overlooked. In regards to selling domains, we have always entertained offers and have sold many domain names over the years, but have never made it a full-blown effort like we are doing now.

Coincidentally, at the end of 2011 we started receiving serious 6-figure offers for mama.com, mostly interest from China and Japan where our largest offers have originated. As we drilled further into the analysis, we figured out that all the type-in users that went to mama.com, were looking for “female/maternal” topics and not a search engine. Separating and selling mama.com from mamma.com started making sense.

Also the sale includes the Twitter handle @mama, which will give this deal a unique twist. I have have not heard of many domain sales that also included the related Twitter handle, which these days is an excellent value-add.

Currently we are focused on the mama.com sale, but we have also put up a sample of 36 premium domain names from our portfolio that are currently available for sale via our site. In the next few weeks will place the rest of our portfolio on Sedo & Snapnames, except for a few exclusives that will only be offered on our website.

Hopefully mama.com will sell via Moniker’s auction this week, but regardless we will continue to push the sale this year, as we are eager to focus on our core business.

You can reach Solis here.


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Moniker Auction Sells Another 5 Domains Plus Data.com

June 15, 2011domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, MonikerComments Off on Moniker Auction Sells Another 5 Domains Plus Data.com

Houses.co.uk leads premium domain name auction.

Moniker‘s “make up” auction from last week’s Barcelona conference has found a home for five more domains on top of the multi-million dollar sale of Data.com to Salesforce.com. Data.com was pulled from the auction after Salesforce.com made a significant offer on the domain name.

The sales included:

Houses.co.uk $50,870
Gado.com $3,000
SEMexpert.com $600
SEOagencies.com $900
Pilsners.co.uk $300

It’s worth noting that Houses.co.uk started with no reserve, which helped attract 19 bidders.

Social.com received a $2.5 million dollar bid but failed to meet its reserve. Here are some other domains that failed to meet the reserve:

WorldClock.com $41,000
CustomCars.com $15,000
Premed.com $11,001
Telefono.es $10,001
Duffelbag.com $5500
BodySculpting.com $5500
HardAbs.com $1,250

WorldClock.com, Premed.com, and BodySculpting.com were part of my “picks” for the auction. There was one bidder for WorldClock.com but he kept bidding the price up to find the reserve. The domain name is owned by CNN and has a reserve of up to $50,000.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of action on some of these domains over the next few weeks.


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My Picks for Moniker Premium Auction Ending Wednesday

June 14, 2011domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, MonikerComments Off on My Picks for Moniker Premium Auction Ending Wednesday

Some picks — including some big ones — for Wednesday’s auction.

Moniker’s premium domain name auction, which was moved to an online-only event after technical problems in Barcelona last week, ends on Wednesday at 3:15 PM ET.

As with recent auctions, I think some of the activity will take place outside the auction.

We’ve already seen the monster sale of Data.com to Salesforce.com before the auction even started. All we know for sure is that the sales price was well above the $1.5 million reserve. But given the buyer and his astute knowledge of generic domain names, I suspect it was substantially higher.

So here are my picks, with the caveat that some of the big reserve domains may not hit their reserves — but could see some action after the auction.

Premed.com – reserve is under $25k. Huge market for educational products, test prep, as well as community forums.

BodySculpting.com – certainly worth $5k, although the reserve may be higher.

Social.com – Again, at $5M this may be a stretch. But given the interest in this market I think someone can pay a significant amount and put this domain to good use.

HorseRacing.com – OK, so it has a really lofty reserve. But a huge market.

WorldClock.com – Reserve is $25k-$50k, but I think this is interesting considering the owner: CNN.

Languages.com – Fantastic name for language education. Is it as good as ForeignLanguage.com? Not sure. Reserve is under $1 million.

MuchoDinero.com – I just like this one because I’ve used the term so many times. Reserve is $10k-$25k.


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Publicly Traded UBM Adds Data.com to Moniker Auction

May 24, 2011data.com, domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNames, ubm plcComments Off on Publicly Traded UBM Adds Data.com to Moniker Auction

Data.com to highlight upcoming live domain name auction in Barcelona, Spain.

Publicly traded media company UBM plc has added its Data.com domain name to Moniker‘s upcoming live domain name auction in Barcelona. The reserve price is between $1 million and $5 million.

This is a fantastic domain name, especially with the “Big Data” trend in enterprise business.

Although the domain names are only loosely related, another domain with “data” in it is one of the most expensive ever sold: DataRecovery.com, which sold for $1.7 million in 2008.

The live auction will take place at the Pullman Barcelona Skipper Hotel’s Grand Ballroom at 4 p.m. Barcelona time during DOMAINfest Barcelona.

The auction features about 60 domain names, with reserve ranges from “no reserve” to over $5 million. Some of the key domain names include Social.com, Airports.com, and HorseRacing.com.

Pre-bidding for the auction has already started on the Snapnames platform.


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New Domain Auction Service BoxCar.com Launches

September 23, 2010domain auction, domain marketplace, Domain Sales, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on New Domain Auction Service BoxCar.com Launches

New domain name auction platform launches.

BoxCarDomainConsultant.com has launched BoxCar.com, a new domain name auction site.

The service is very different from typical marketplaces such as Afternic and Sedo. It focuses on auctions only and you can list lots instead of just single domains. It’s also highly flexible, allowing you to set your own bid increments, buy-it-now option, reserve prices, etc.

BoxCar.com also shuns the typical commission-based fee structure by charging a simple flat fee of $5 per domain name (an introductory price). By charging a flat, up-front fee I suspect the inventory will be void of junk listings.

Other features include:

-Add Facebook or Twitter, Flash or You Tube video to your auction.
-Escrow.com and PayPal integrated
-Boxcar.com/USERNAME profile page (add your Twitter, FB, site, etc.)
-Beta and Preview periods
-RSS feed for all your auctions
-Dynamic Flash widget- updated and embeddable
-Buyers and Sellers Kits

Among the introductory names already on auction are MindGames.com, LegalRecords.com, and SWD.com.


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HP Puts Digital.com Domain Name on the Auction Block

September 21, 2010domain auction, Domain Sales, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, hp, MonikerComments Off on HP Puts Digital.com Domain Name on the Auction Block

Digital.com goes up for sale.

Technology giant HP is offering the domain name Digital.com for sale, but it’s going to cost you.

The domain name has been listed in Moniker‘s upcoming live domain name auction taking place in Prague October 6. Reserve price: somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.

HP got the domain name when it acquired Compaq.

Moniker will auction off 80 other domain names during its DOMAINfest conference live domain name auction.

Among the domains are “me too” domains. I call them “me too” because they obviously hope to capitalize on recent big dollar sales.

But in this case the me too domains are good ones. It’s not like they’re trying to sell MyGunsOnline.com because Guns.com sold for $800,000 earlier this year. Instead, it’s Gun.com. Also on the block is SlotMachine.com, trying to capitalize on the $5.5 million sale of Slots.com.

Gun.com has a $750k-$1M reserve, and SlotMachine.com is above $1M. These seem lofty, but you never know.

IdeaLab is also getting in on the action, offering Tools.com for somewhere over $1M.

Here are some of the domains in the auction that I like within the stated reserve range:

ETFs.com $50k-$100k
LiveStock.com $10k-$25k
Megan.com $25k-$50k
PackandShip.com $2.5k-$5k
Retailer.com $25k-$50k – would be good for a magazine or retailers’ consortium
ShortSale.com $50k-$100k – I’d love to see a site with all of the listed house short sales in the area
Shout.com $250k-$500k – I like this at the lower end of the range


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German Domain Conference Kicks Off Thursday

August 30, 2010domain auction, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, german domain conferenceComments Off on German Domain Conference Kicks Off Thursday

German domain conference and auction takes place this week.

Domainvermarkter Forum 2010Germany’s only dedicated domain name conference, DomainvermarkterForum, will take place this Thursday and Friday in Munich. The event is at the five-star Hotel Sofitel Bayerpost. Gold sponsors for the event include PartnerGate and, as you might guess given its German headquarters, Sedo.

Sessions include: advantages of your own DENIC membership, speed networking, info on VeriSign Internet Profile Service, and a presentation on The Water School.

There will also be an auction Friday afternoon conducted with Moniker and Snapnames. Here are some of the domains in the auction along with their English translation, according to the show organizers:

Kameras.de Cameras
LeihWagen.de Rental Car
Militär.de Military
Lüfter.com Fan
DebitKarten.com Debit Card
Speisen.de Food

Information about the auction is available here.


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DomainName.com To Be Auctioned Tuesday

August 29, 2010domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, domainname.com, DomainnamewireComments Off on DomainName.com To Be Auctioned Tuesday

Generic domain name for domain industry goes on the block Tuesday.

DomainConsultant.com’s auction of DomainName.com is taking place on Tuesday, August 31.

This isn’t just an auction for the domain name — it includes an ICANN accredited registrar with an active customer base and about 8,000 domain registrations. That’s not a huge number, but if you take a look at what has been done with DomainName.com to date, it appears there’s a lot of upside.

The package will only sell to someone with deep pockets, as the starting bid and reserve is $1 million. But financing is available with 20% down. According to DomainConsultant.com, the site gets 2,000-3,000 unique visitors a day.

A prospectus including current revenue, maintenance requirements, support, etc. is available for qualified bidders by emailing mike (at) domainconsultant.com.


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