Afternic Growth Boon for Domain Sellers

Sales on Afternic’s Domain Listing Service (DLS) are up 94% for the first half of 2011—an encouraging statistic to domain sellers looking to generate cash from their portfolios.

With the growth of the DLS partner network—there are now more than 70 partners, worldwide—and exclusive stable of “Instant Domain Transfer” enabled resellers, thousands of domainers are choosing Afternic.

The double-digit growth of the DLS stands in marked contrast to reports of sub-three percent growth reported by another domain marketplace.

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Life in the Cloud: A New Domain Niche?

Opportunities in the domain market emerge all the time, as witnessed by the surge of interest in “cloud-related” domains.

Citrix reportedly purchased Cloud.com for an estimated $250 million. Cloud.com is an open source cloud computing platform for building and managing private and public cloud-based infrastructure.

Of course Apple recently announced its “iCloud” platform, which according to speculation by CBS News and others may generate revenues of more than one billion dollars annually within a few years. And DomainNameWire recently authored a story noting the registration of several cloud-focused domains, posing the question: “Is a major tech company getting ready to launch a “Cloud Nine” brand?”

These “cloud-related” domain developments beg the question: how will the cloud-centric domain phenomenon play out? And what other sales in this genre will fetch significant prices?

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Domain Sales By Category YTD Through July

As a regular newsletter feature we are again sharing 2011 category-based sales information from Afternic.

Computers were the single biggest category for domains sold at 12%, with business and recreation each accounting for ~11% of total Afternic domain sales.

In the Computer category the distribution of names sold remained unchanged: Internet-focused domains dominated, followed by software names.

Professional services comprised the vast majority of “business” category sales, with general business domains in second spot. The energy sub-category has shown increasing strength. Green energy is becoming more commercial and this is likely to create ongoing opportunities in this area.

Music and pop culture continue to dominate sales in the recreation category, with the “Books” sub-category showing a notable jump.  This may be related to the continued growth in e-reader and tablet sales, which facilitate e-book downloads.


Other News This Month:

Weekly AfternicDLS Sales July 18 – July 24

Weekly Domains Sales Breakdown and Sample

Domain sales for the week of 7/18 – 7/24:

  • 103 .com sales of $2,000 or greater
  • There were an additional 118 .com sales in the $1-2,000 range
  • For non-.com sales: there were 13 sales of $2,000 or greater, with 21 additional sales in the $1-2,000 range

Chart toppers:  fatchance.com at  $26,000, justgames.com at $15,000, communitysolar.com at $10,000 and paintballgame.com at $8,088.

Domains sold for the week, including unreported private sales totaled 398. Sales in three categories accounted for more than 35% of sales: business, computers, and shopping.

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Weekly AfternicDLS Sales July 11 – July 17

Weekly Domains Sales Breakdown and Sample

Domain sales for the week of 7/11 – 7/17 included:

  • 96 .com sales of $2,000 or greater
  • There were an additional 108 .com sales in the $1-2,000 range
  • For non-.com sales: there were 14 sales of $2,000 or greater, with 28 additional sales in the $1-2,000 range

Chart toppers:  NursePractitioner.com at  $36,300 and fullcontact.com at $30,800, both of which were DLS sales. chaton.com topped owned sales at $17,000.

Domains sold for the week, including unreported private sales, totaled 457. Sales in three categories accounted for about 35% of sales: computers, shopping and recreation.

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Weekly AfternicDLS Sales July 4 – July 10

Weekly Domains Sales Breakdown and Sample

Domain sales for the week of 7/04 – 7/10 included (note July 4th was a holiday and NameMedia’s offices were closed):

  • 80 .com sales of $2,000 or greater
  • There were an additional 118 .com sales in the $1-2,000 range
  • For non-.com sales: there were 7 sales of $2,000 or greater, with 12 additional sales in the $1-2,000 range

Chart toppers:  falko.com at  $16,050, brainguard.com at $7,600 and myresidence.com at $7,500. All three were DLS sales.

Domains sold for the week, including unreported private sales totaled 364. Sales in three categories accounted for more than 35% of sales: computers, business and recreation.

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Cloud.com Sells for An Estimated $250 Million

In a 7/12 TechCruch column Citrix is said to be buying Cloud.com for an estimated $200-250 million.

The sale is an interesting one for domain investors as it illustrates very clearly how changing technology and emerging trends create significant opportunity for savvy domainers.

Given Apple’s iCloud announcement, this sale and the host of other “cloud-related” developments within the technology community it begs the question: how far will the cloud phenomenon play out, and what other sales in this genre will fetch significant prices?

So, despite continued economic uncertainty, the tech market continues to be a bright spot, spinning off areas of potential investment that auger opportunity for domain registrations.

According to TechCrunch:

“This is another exit for Redpoint Ventures who was the first money in and is having quite a year. Clearwell was bought by Symantec for $390 million. Qihoo went public and is now boasting a $2.5 billion market capitalization. Home Away went public too; it’s now worth $3.3 billion, and Redpoint owns 26% of it. Responsys also went public and is valued at $760 million. Redpoint was the first money in Cloud.com, so although the purchase price isn’t as big, it’s still a nice multiple.”

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Weekly AfternicDLS Sales June 27 – July 3

Weekly Domains Sales Breakdown and Sample

Domain sales for the week of 6/27 – 7/23 included:

  • 148 .com sales of $2,000 or greater with 13 sales of $5,000 or greater
  • There were an additional 137 .com sales in the $1-2,000 range
  • For non-.com sales: there were 20 sales of $2,000 or greater, with 16 additional sales in the $1-2,000 range

Notable sales included chart toppers: ramba.com at $25,000, comc.com at $15,000, and 1200.com at $10,000. In addition, motivationalspeakers.net sold for $8,000.

Domains sold for the week, including unreported private sales totaled 596. Sales in three categories accounted for more than 35% of sales: region, business and society.

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