is my domain name worth much?

by mary_k
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I didn't know what other section to ask this question in. I have a .com domain name that's been registered for over a year but it's just sitting dormant. No traffic or content. Just never got around to monetizing it. It's called TodayAndAlways

I know it isn't keyword rich or anything but seems kinda catchy. I don't know much about domain name sales so can anyone familiar give me an estimate on what you think it may be worth? Thx.
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  • Profile picture of the author samjesop
    Domains by themselves are rarely worth much. Its the site, content, and traffic that people will pay for.

    You could've snagged Google.com pretty damn cheap in 1995.
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    • Profile picture of the author FiveMe
      Originally Posted by samjesop View Post

      Domains by themselves are rarely worth much. Its the site, content, and traffic that people will pay for.

      You could've snagged Google.com pretty damn cheap in 1995.
      You have any idea what you are talking about or are you post fluffing?

      Jeez..

      Domains are worth whatever someone is willing to pay regardless on whether they have a site on it or not.

      Mary, your name has potential if you can find a party to see the same value you see. To a marketer, it may be worth zilch but however if you look at some consignment shops, knick knack stores, businesses that have that in their logo or business name. I suggest doing a keyword search at Manta.com to see if there are any businesses with the keywords.

      Good luck..
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  • Profile picture of the author LasseKohau
    Hi Mary, ask an expert in here.

    Lots of domainers in the WF.

    regards, LASSE
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  • Profile picture of the author JeannieAnderson
    You're not likely to get much if anything for that. I'd write it off, let it expire, and chalk it up as a learning experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by JeannieAnderson View Post

      You're not likely to get much if anything for that. I'd write it off, let it expire, and chalk it up as a learning experience.
      I concur, unless you can find a business owner or end user with a very specific purpose in mind for this domain, you'll have a hard time selling it. Internet marketers will not even look at this as it is does not contain keywords that can be easily monetized, and domainers will realize this is a very subjective type of domain that is only going to appeal to a very limited number of people, therefore making it hard to resell.
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      • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        I concur, unless you can find a business owner or end user with a very specific purpose in mind for this domain, you'll have a hard time selling it. Internet marketers will not even look at this as it is does not contain keywords that can be easily monetized, and domainers will realize this is a very subjective type of domain that is only going to appeal to a very limited number of people, therefore making it hard to resell.
        But it's perfect domain for Branding. Especially as an authority site.

        Not all sites need keyword rich domains to make money, after all, the name amazon doesn't have a whole lot to do with books, but it would make a great domain for a site about a river.

        Think outside of the box.

        There are literally thousands of domains out there that have very little in common with their primary product. Google is an intentional misspelling of googol (1 followed by 100 zeros). eBay, Twitter, Amazon, Youtube, WordPress, etc, are just a few of the big ones.

        Provide value, get backlinks, advertise, you can make money (and lots of it) with this domain.
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        • Profile picture of the author DNChamp
          Originally Posted by TelZilla View Post

          But it's perfect domain for Branding. Especially as an authority site.

          Not all sites need keyword rich domains to make money, after all, the name amazon doesn't have a whole lot to do with books, but it would make a great domain for a site about a river.

          Think outside of the box.

          There are literally thousands of domains out there that have very little in common with their primary product. Google is an intentional misspelling of googol (1 followed by 100 zeros). eBay, Twitter, Amazon, Youtube, WordPress, etc, are just a few of the big ones.

          Provide value, get backlinks, advertise, you can make money (and lots of it) with this domain.
          well true but in that reasoning then the domain HGGGTTEE76543.com could be the same...the OP is asking about the domain NOT what is behind it. and btw Amazon regardless of what it sells/does is a generic name!
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          • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
            Originally Posted by DNChamp View Post

            well true but in that reasoning then the domain HGGGTTEE76543.com could be the same...the OP is asking about the domain NOT what is behind it. and btw Amazon regardless of what it sells/does is a generic name!
            True, I was trying to give the OP an idea of what to do with it, other than letting it go.

            As for amazon, that's what I was trying to say. It's a generic name, has nothing to do with books, but is now associated more with a huge online retailer than with a large river in South America. It's been branded incredibly well.

            As for HGGGTTEE76543, it could be branded, but would be more difficult than the one she has.
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            • Profile picture of the author DNChamp
              Originally Posted by TelZilla View Post

              As for HGGGTTEE76543, it could be branded, but would be more difficult than the one she has.
              WOW your a deep thinker if you can brand that domain...I cant even say it LOL let alone tell people what it means!
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              • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
                Originally Posted by DNChamp View Post

                WOW your a deep thinker if you can brand that domain...I cant even say it LOL let alone tell people what it means!
                Well with that domain (HGGGTTEE76543.com), I can see the mascot now...

                A rotund green alien with huge eyes, small tuft of hair standing up between it's antenna, with 3 fingered hands and 4 toes on each foot.

                Obviously the site would sell UFO related merchandise, such as a play on the "Success Posters".

                Have a picture of the red Mars desert with a slogan... "How the HECK did I get here?"

                Or something like that. I'm just saying...It could be done.
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  • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
    Mary,

    No matter what some warriors may say, that name is pretty catchy. I would build a site around it focused on wedding anniversaries. Show men how they need to treat their wife on their anniversary.

    I could have used a site like that earlier this month when I was trying to figure out what to get my wife for our 10th anniversary.

    I think you have a great domain name there. Now, just build a site around it, backlink the hell out of it, monetize it with CJ / ShareASale links, and rake in the cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author DNChamp
    Catchy...perhaps but as value...nothing for the domain alone....sorry just this domainers opinion....names that have value as name alone (with out a site, PR, links etc) would be something very generic or a widely used dictionary word.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryWestner
    Doesn't really seem like it would be worth anything special.
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  • Profile picture of the author rdkelsey
    Right now, dormant, it's worth exactly the $10 or so that you will pay to renew it.

    Drop it or keep it and create some content for it.

    One good thing about having it, even if you let it sit idle, is that it is aging. I have been in the same boat and have had some domains sit around idle for quite some time because, although I had a great idea to make this site, I actually didn't have the time to put into developing it.

    Here is what I did in a couple of occasions like this. I created a relatively generic home page mentioning the keywords and phrases. I didn't make an "under construction" page, but just left it as is ... short of content but something there. Sort of like a placeholder. I did add to it over time, maybe adding a few sentences once a year or so.

    A few years later when I got around to working on the site ... now I may be wrong ... but it sure seemed that I got ranked and getting traffic easier than a site I might have started from scratch as a brand new site.

    So, what I'm saying is ... an aged domain if something is going on with it, is probably going to get moving faster than a domain from scratch. So hang on to it and when the time comes ... it will have age.

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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Voss
    Time to think out of the box.

    I did a quick google search and found a horrible video on youtube. It is for a "Christian Pop Punk" band called Element 101. It came out in 2001 on Tooth And Nail Records.

    Not sure how that sound is labelled punk, it doesn't sound like any punk I have heard. But I digress...

    Maybe you could contact Tooth and Nail records and talk to them about selling the URL to them. You might only get a small amount of cash, but that would be more than you would get for letting it expire.

    Good luck,
    Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author AfteraDream
    The moment I read the domain name I thought about relationship advice or dating niche. Or weddings as someone mentioned already.. It has potential!
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    • Profile picture of the author mary_k
      Originally Posted by AfteraDream View Post

      The moment I read the domain name I thought about relationship advice or dating niche. Or weddings as someone mentioned already.. It has potential!
      That's exactly what my thought was when i registered it. I was actually thinking of creating a hangout spot for newlyweds, first-time parents and basically anyone married or considering marriage. Sort of like theknot.com but a little simpler and not so girly.. This was last year during my create-a-cool-social-network-phase. :rolleyes:

      Thanks TelZilla for the positive reply. I really appreciate everyone's feedback. I know selling a non-keyword domain name isn't easy. I've emailed someone who asked me for it for $500 back in January and April, hopefully he hasn't changed his mind and moved on. I'll happily take $500 dollars. If he declines then maybe I'll just continue with the idea. Here's another one that's wasting away: Snizzet.com....any takers?
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      Originally Posted by MichaelParsons View Post

      This thread is now officially a GoogleWhack
      LMAO That's just too funny (to me anyway).
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian and Shannon
    Unfortunately your domain name is not worth anymore than you paid for it. Typically the value comes with the website itself and its content, which in some cases aren't worth much because the site never made any money. As far as a domain name with a blank page... selling it your chances are slim to none. Your best bet is in my opinion is to focus in and get your site going if it means that much to you and work on TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC. When you think you have enough traffic tactics to flow to your site..... get more.

    Don't Give up!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I don't it's worth anything if you sell it.

      I think it would be a perfect domain for wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, etc. Why not develop it?
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