Do you buy and sell domain names for profit?

by Sexy 7
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I have been doing a heck of alot of research on domaining and finding the tools to find profitable domain names. Just bought another 7 domains this last week. I have not sold any yet. Anyone else here make decent money from buying and selling domains?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gengis
    Originally Posted by Sexy 7 View Post

    I have been doing a heck of alot of research on domaining and finding the tools to find profitable domain names. Just bought another 7 domains this last week. I have not sold any yet. Anyone else here make decent money from buying and selling domains?

    I've bought many but have never sold one for anything worth bragging about. I have a personal friend who sold one for 6 figures. I'm still waiting on that to happen with me lol.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Do
    I made VERY decent money from domains, flipping and parking. It's very lucrative.This one for example:



    Originally Posted by Gengis View Post

    I've bought many but have never sold one for anything worth bragging about. I have a personal friend who sold one for 6 figures. I'm still waiting on that to happen with me lol.

    Good luck
    You need to buy the right domains if you are flipping names.
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    • Profile picture of the author looster2012
      Originally Posted by Do View Post

      I made VERY decent money from domains, flipping and parking. It's very lucrative.This one for example:





      You need to buy the right domains if you are flipping names.
      Hi- interesting, I am trying to do that.
      Q- as far as finding buyers- is there any web site or forum or group that you might suggest to find the active buyers and sellers ? and / or- how did you go about selling yours ?
      thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaposzta
    The ugly truth is that maybe 1% of the GOOD hand registered names are sold for a decent amount of money. Since about 1% of all hand registered names are good (the rest is crappy), it's really hard nowadays to sell handregged domains. You'll need experience AND luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Originally Posted by Sexy 7 View Post

    Just bought another 7 domains this last week.
    If they are the domains in your sig you should ask for a refund if the registrar has a grace delete period. You will never sell those at any price.
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    • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
      Did you write the sales copy for that WSO?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Sexy 7 View Post

      Anyone else here make decent money from buying and selling domains?
      Yes.

      Depending on what you mean by "decent".

      I've been buying and selling them for 4 years, as a little sideline. I do so a little differently from most of the domainers here, I think. I never pay more than reg-fee for a domain. I aim to sell them for around $50-$150, but sometimes take much less. I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've got more than $250 for one. But it's a profitable and enjoyable sideline, though I admit I've also had my share of accidents and have bought more than I've sold!

      This.

      If you want to learn the realities of "domaining", you're just not going to find a better-informed or more reliable source of information/advice than Gene.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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        Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

        Did you write the sales copy for that WSO?
        Nope. Not me.

        Why do you ask?

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


        If you want to learn the realities of "domaining", you're just not going to find a better-informed or more reliable source of information/advice than Gene.
        Correct. Hence the link. Great minds think alike.

        Chin chin!


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      • Profile picture of the author Jensha
        Originally Posted by LindaDaughterLosAngeles View Post

        Is hecheatedonmedotcom a good domain? If so. Why?
        First thought when I read the domain name, no.

        Just an honest opinion because I really don't have any idea what you're up with that domain name anyway.
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      • Profile picture of the author JeffH
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Yes.

        Depending on what you mean by "decent".

        I've been buying and selling them for 4 years, as a little sideline. I do so a little differently from most of the domainers here, I think. I never pay more than reg-fee for a domain. I aim to sell them for around $50-$150, but sometimes take much less. I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've got more than $250 for one. But it's a profitable and enjoyable sideline, though I admit I've also had my share of accidents and have bought more than I've sold!
        Where do you usually sell them?
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      • Profile picture of the author Meharis
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Yes.

        Depending on what you mean by "decent".

        I've been buying and selling them for 4 years, as a little sideline. I do so a little differently from most of the domainers here, I think. I never pay more than reg-fee for a domain. I aim to sell them for around $50-$150, but sometimes take much less. I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've got more than $250 for one. But it's a profitable and enjoyable sideline, though I admit I've also had my share of accidents and have bought more than I've sold!

        Today if anyone purchase a domain for $7.99 using GoDaddy coupon
        and sale the domain for $75.00, that's 838.67% difference.

        In my book, that's more than "decent".
        By the way AlexaSmith, I do the same and love the monthly return. Volume anyone..?

        Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author kaposzta
    I've also checked the domains in your signature. The acne name has some value, but the rest of the domains are worth zero to regfee. Ask a refund if possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarcusJohnson
    I bought my domain from a friend at a good price and when I say good price its a bit pricey but all worth it.

    I have heard that it's really a good profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author silverb78
    I know some folks with over 10,000 domain names!!! lol it's crazy to have to keep up with ALL those accounts not sure if this would be profitable enough to get into but I myself have 12 domain names and looking for good ones often but even those are hard to keep track of sometimes.. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    If is really easy to earn money flipping domains then I imagine that more individuals would be doing it. Are you passionate about flipping domains, other than for money?
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  • Profile picture of the author zenji
    I have bought a couple but waiting for offers. Not made a cent yet but very hopeful
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  • Profile picture of the author Jok3rNik
    yeah I Done It Few Time , Bt Its Little Bit Time Consuming For Getting a Gud Client If yu r Starting With a Low Budjet =]]
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I was looking into domain flipping awhile back and I made one Wordpress website to flip. I didn't work on the website at all so there was practically no traffic but it had a few posts and the theme was nice. I advertised it pretty much everywhere except for Flippa and I didn't get any buyers (big surprise).

    I always found domain flipping interesting. My only attempt at domain flipping failed but maybe I will try again sometime soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author wuleinj
    Tried before and wasted couple hundred dollars.
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  • Profile picture of the author opalfx
    I bought a LLLLL.net domain for like$16 on Jan 8. I just sold it on Thursday for $350!!!! probably the easiest most fulfilling way to utilitze my IM skills.

    I'm sure I could have gotten more but there's very few ways to make that kind of a ROI without investing a lot of money and time. I probably spent 10 hours trying to sell it and I didn't use flippa or any auction sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Greene
    I know a lot of my friends making money by selling domains. It will be better if you can build small niche websites using your domains and then sell them. It can increase your earning.
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  • Profile picture of the author jivens
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    I did it for a spell.

    I'd go to godaddy.com and enter in a domain that was obviously taken, like computer.com. Then I'd look to the right side of the screen where they try to drain you for premium domain names.

    I'd then take one of those premium domain names that they just tried to sell me for $1001 and I'd search for the same one but with a different extension.

    For example, I'd search computer.com and they'd try to sell some super expensive domain like computertech.com for $3000, I would then search for computertech.net or .org and 9 times out of ten it would be their regular domain name price. So I saved $2990 by simply changing the extension.

    I'd then have a super awesome domain name that I could flip! Obviously the above is just an example.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArielT
      Originally Posted by jivens View Post

      I did it for a spell.

      I'd go to godaddy.com and enter in a domain that was obviously taken, like computer.com. Then I'd look to the right side of the screen where they try to drain you for premium domain names.

      I'd then take one of those premium domain names that they just tried to sell me for $1001 and I'd search for the same one but with a different extension.

      For example, I'd search computer.com and they'd try to sell some super expensive domain like computertech.com for $3000, I would then search for computertech.net or .org and 9 times out of ten it would be their regular domain name price. So I saved $2990 by simply changing the extension.

      I'd then have a super awesome domain name that I could flip! Obviously the above is just an example.
      I don't think that would work, otherwise you would be doing it.

      Also asking prices are not always right price indicators for what a domain could be really sell for
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      • Profile picture of the author jivens
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        Originally Posted by ArielT View Post

        I don't think that would work, otherwise you would be doing it.

        Also asking prices are not always right price indicators for what a domain could be really sell for
        It works. I moved on.
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          • Profile picture of the author ArielT
            Originally Posted by onarooftop View Post

            Jivens-I have collected a bunch doing similar to what you did. Now I don't know what I want to do with them.


            -I own a roofing company - So I have searched for many roofing domains
            -purchased around 50 local keyword domains and put some mini-sites on 15
            to generate my company leads / calls.
            - I have 60 roofing related domains that are just parked...

            roofrepairprice
            roofrepaircost
            roofingbusinesses
            nationwideroofers
            newroofingsystem
            roofingdomains
            dialaroofer

            etc. etc.

            I don't know if I should try to sell them / or put websites on them with adsense and links to my company website / ? What do you guys do?
            I think you could try one mini site (although not needed after all) and put a link to your company since it is the same niche, and others could try to sell them although not sure they will sell. And if you opt to build a mini site to put a link to your company, the mini site, according to my understanding, shouldn't use the same web hosting account, those that allow you to have many sites, will be a negative factor

            And adsense, it's very strict, just be sure you will meet all the rules
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            • Profile picture of the author daveaball
              Interesting thread I sold a domain for $3000 minus 15% commission I was just lucky I think.
              Is there any courses tht tell you the best way to flip domains as I know there loads for flipping sites but just flipping domains would be a great course
              Any suggestions
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  • Profile picture of the author Clintin
    Most people try to get the largest possible amount for their domains, which aren't established, and not even that good of a name. You just got to remember that a domain can sometimes cost less than $9 dollars so try and sell your domains for around $60-$100 dollars, and you will receive a nice profit. If your domain name isn't good and isn't established then you shouldn't try to sell it for thousands.

    Now, I have seen some dumb domain names go for a lot on Flippa, so you may want to try there too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I've just started dumping some domains I held
    for close to 10 years by not renewing the
    registrations. Hard to say goodbye but you
    have to know when to hold'em and know when
    to walk away. I'm no expert in that department
    so I just walk away. Hopefully I won't have to
    kick myself later on.

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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    If you focus on this method of business, it could make you money..

    There are people who does that...you can also create content and resell it for a higher price
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  • Profile picture of the author oplaopla
    Look at expired domains, sometimes you can stumble onto a gold mine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Lumbergh
    Never sold one over 10k so far. But I got a few I'm sitting on and waiting
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  • Profile picture of the author hbhanot
    I never find it good business but would love to hear someone with amazing results.
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    • Profile picture of the author scorzaze
      Originally Posted by hbhanot View Post

      I never find it good business but would love to hear someone with amazing results.
      I can tell you a great story of my results with one particular domain. I purchased visitalexandriava(dot)com and had it for a couple of months. Got a call from the organization and settled to sell it for $2500.00. I feel I was lucky with it and came out on top but this is when I really looked into domaining.
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  • Originally Posted by Sexy 7 View Post

    I have been doing a heck of alot of research on domaining and finding the tools to find profitable domain names. Just bought another 7 domains this last week. I have not sold any yet. Anyone else here make decent money from buying and selling domains?
    I do. I primarily focus on expired domains. If you know what you are doing there is easy money to be made.
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    • Profile picture of the author Meharis
      Originally Posted by commerce cat View Post

      Notice the OP never returned?

      Quite usual around here.
      Saying "Thank you" or clicking the "Thanks" button is not part of their manners.

      Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author Diesell
    If you want to look for real high PR domain names, there is cheap sofware for that. I thaught Walt Bayliss is selling that piece of sofware. It's actually real good! Forget the name though....
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  • Profile picture of the author artflair
    Did anyone came across any scams while trying to flip a domain?
    Once, three days after registering a new domain and parking it I got an email from a guy that said that wanted to buy the domain from me, but I needed to pay a $50 value test for it first. After I answered that I'll sell it for $30 instead of $300 without buying the test, he never answered back... Apparently this is a very popular scam...
    What are your experiences?
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  • Profile picture of the author bloggerd
    Iv had ago at buying domains to sell on for profit but didn't do to well at it but is say you have to be on the ball to find the good nuggets.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    Like anything, it takes work and research to make money in this niche.

    That appraisal scam is very common. It is brilliant in its simplicity, and merciless on newbies.
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  • Profile picture of the author ModernDomains
    Been buying and selling domain names since 1998. Used to be real easy to make four and five digit sales, but prices have really dropped over the last 5 years especially with the lagging world economy.
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  • Profile picture of the author stonecoldmf
    I acquired started off investing in domain names in early on 2010. Ever since then, I have mastered a lot through my own activities, and also through suggestions various other sector people possess shared.
    As I said, I prefer to buy search term abundant domain names like product, services or profession. In addition, I likewise love to purchase geo kind titles.
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    • Profile picture of the author lobangdeals
      I have following domains for sale. Do you think any name of these is any good?

      Qetir.com
      foramins.com
      aorisp.com
      furrency.com
      Ledoi.com
      DrAir.com
      Jiaag.com
      revettes.com
      LionGolf.com
      Tiptronix.com
      Bedwin.com
      nafaonline.com
      kabulis.com
      Kashae.com
      Terow.com
      Ledoi.com
      infostroisrivieres.com
      domains4grab.com
      domainsWWW.com
      FindUrDOmain.com
      OfflineDelivery.com
      HomeOfficeRental.com
      hereAsiacom
      flatCoverage.com
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  • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
    Cat said that the OP never returned. It is interesting how many threads are started by people who never comment again.

    OR, in this case how many OLD threads are brought back to life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    I think some of these are decent brandables. Certainly not the worst portfolio I have seen recently.

    Are you doing anything to market them?
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  • Profile picture of the author pinkgorilla
    I've looked into doing this before but after reading a bit I found that website flipping would be much more profitable. I think to make good profit with domains you either have to buy in bulk or get your hands on some real nice quality premium names.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by pinkgorilla View Post

      after reading a bit I found that website flipping would be much more profitable.
      I suspect this varies a lot, from person to person. I find dealing in domain-names quite profitable, but would hate to get involved in website flipping. But I have marketing skills without any real technical skills - so, it depends what suits you? The work involved in website flipping, for me, would be inconceivable. If I actually go to the time and trouble to develop a website which produces income, I certainly wouldn't want to sell it. Different courses for different horses.

      Originally Posted by pinkgorilla View Post

      I think to make good profit with domains you either have to buy in bulk or get your hands on some real nice quality premium names.
      I do neither, and make good profits (by my standards, anyway). I don't pay more than reg-fee for domains, and I often register only about 5 at a time, sometimes even fewer.

      (I haven't checked but I suspect there may be some potential trademark/typosquatting issues with some of the names listed a few posts above. I see nothing there I'd have wanted to register, myself, but I very often feel that in such threads, and sometimes I've completely missed the point of something marketable. )
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    There are also more domain extensions now. The good names are always valuable, but there is just more versions people can have now before they resort to buying. Having said that, a great domain name will always sell well.
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  • Profile picture of the author OZBargainer
    i want to sell the domain UteParts.com targeted for the Australian and NewZealand Market. What should i price this domain name for. Ute is Short for Utility Vehicle and Australia and New Zealand has a ton of them
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    No but what about a quick way to make money with it? Just buying and selling right away. For example I buy an expired domain thats 5 years old and install wp and make it pr 1 or p2 the domain is gonna already be worth more.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    I may do have some plans to do some buy and sell for my unused domains, but most of those domains I am using right now are getting traffic, and I'll keep working on them. It really depends if that domain doesn't make sense to you, better sell it or keep it to do your own "thing".
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  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    I've been selling domains for years and can tell you that it isn't the easy job many think, especially if you target at least 4 figures.
    I sell dozens a years but I reinvest everything (I have 20,000 names), my portfolio's quality becomes better and when I need any domain for development I know where to get it.
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  • Profile picture of the author josh22
    Yes its a good way to make some money
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  • Profile picture of the author drr
    If you get a domain that has traffic flow (PR rank, backlinks) then build a WP based site around it and sell it on a site like Flippa if you don't have your own clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Wilson
    Originally Posted by Sexy 7 View Post

    I have been doing a heck of alot of research on domaining and finding the tools to find profitable domain names. Just bought another 7 domains this last week. I have not sold any yet. Anyone else here make decent money from buying and selling domains?
    It depends on the type of profit your looking for. If your looking to flip domains for $100's then just target ones with good link profiles and good authority. They are pretty easy to sell as they get picked up by SEO companies using automated programmes to find high quality expired domains. I have a list of around 7,000 at the moment. It's just a matter of working through and buying the best ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author josh22
    It also depends on the domain name if its cool and catchy you may get good money from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TallCoolOne
    Domains like anything else are only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It takes a lot of knowledge and a little luck to score a big profit on a domain.
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