Here's a domain name mystery for ya...

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Years ago I thought of a catchy two-word slogan for my local city (50K people, I'm guessing) -- so I bought the domain name [2-word slogan].com.

That was, say, 6 years ago. About a year after I bought the name, I started seeing this slogan being used all over town. -- on bumper stickers, etc. Just everywhere -- like part of the language. I'm no big genius -- this "slogan" was an OBVIOUS choice -- a natural.

Here's the mystery -- just out of curiosity, I went to see who snatched up the .net + .org + .info, etc. of this slogan, and when -- and I was totally SHOCKED to see that NONE of the variants were taken -- ever!!! How is that possible?? I mean, no one is even TRYING out there? What's the deal?

So, tonight I just bought them all + I'll maybe package them up + sell them to someone here locally.

I'm just posting here to express my amazement that the NO ONE has bothered to buy these names for any purpose -- even though the phrase is clearly + obviously "on the lips" of EVERYONE in this city, on a daily basis -- and has been FOR YEARS!

Cheers.

-- TW
#domain #local #mystery
  • Profile picture of the author snapcontent
    Well done! Why not rent them to the city itself?
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyW
    Maybe I will -- good idea!

    Bonus!! -- there are SEVERAL cities in the US (+ maybe beyond) that have the SAME NAME!

    By the way, I just found this little list -- in case potential buyers balk at the asking price of names you're selling...

    vodka.com sold for $3 million

    wine.com sold for $3.3 million

    korea.com sold for $5 million

    asSeenonTV.com sold for $5 million

    casino.com sold for $5.5 million

    business.com sold for $7.5 million

    diamond.com sold for $7.5 million

    porn.com sold for $9.5 million

    fund.com sold for $10 million

    and -- they say "sex sells" -- well...

    sex.com sold for $12 million !!!

    Cheers.

    -- TW
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  • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
    OK. There's a possibility that a local company
    is using the slogan as a "slogan", but you're using
    it as a brand name.

    So, my suggestion would be to find out who is using
    those slogans, and sell the package to them for a good
    profit.

    Karan
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  • Profile picture of the author QuBic
    Nice list, 12 mill for any domain seems insane but, sex did sell lol.

    Hope you get top dollar for your domains .
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Johnson
    Hi Tim,

    I was very surprised to read your post as there is a common belief that the major keyword(s) are all taken. If you want to find out what comparable cities have sold for previously, check out the Sales database (its free) on DomainerIncome.com.

    I'd love to know what you registered.

    Simon
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  • Profile picture of the author nelsencaleb
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    Yes, 12 million is awesome for a domain. Hope I come across a domain and then someone offers me 12 million for it! Also happy venturing with your domain names. Get a good profit and then report back!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mcrofts
    Pizza.com Sold for 2.6Million, The Guy that Originally Bought it, Had been Holding the Domain for 14years.

    Even if you Find Something Good, YOu may have to Keep it for awhile, but it'd Be Worth it
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  • Profile picture of the author reactorr
    Why not take it further, since its already off to a good start.
    Install a forum or something to make it a community site, sell ad space to local biz.
    And push the awareness further.
    A lot of radio station websites have a flat monthly rate...
    Arrange free ad space with a local business in exchange for some kind of prize to give away on the site. To win, someone has to be a member and participate in a thread or answer a question. Do that monthly to attract more signups.
    Throw some money at it to build your community. Advertise offline a bit.
    Add content on local issues to fuel discussion. The new law being passed, rumors, poor use of gov spending, etc
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorkay
    I am sure it will become much more expensive
    if you create a forum and make a HUGE buzz
    that will drive lots of people to it - then they
    will start talking... and those who have the
    money will probably soon give you a call,

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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Johnson
    Tim,

    As long as its not a trademarked term, I would build it into a full-blown web site. Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Virtualghost
    We had a guy in our town come up with a name and then paid dirt cheap for the trademark.A bunch of businesses and the city started to use the name even a street.Well he took them all to court and is now cashing in as was settled out of court and they are paying him to use it while he sits back and collects big bucks..Pm me if you want name it may surprise you.
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