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This article was published on May 20, 2008


    Thar’s gold in them domain names!

    Thar’s gold in them domain names!
    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

    CEO and co-founder, TNW

    Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

    I guess we all know that selling domain names can be pretty good business. But exactly how much money is in that business is anybody’s guess. To give you an impression of what your 4 letter, dictionary safe, erotic style domain name could be worth here is a list of the most expensive domain names ever sold:

    1. Sex.com: $12.5 million
    2. Porn.com: $9.5 million
    3. Diamond.com: $7.5 million
    4. Business.com: $7.5 million
    5. Casino.com: $5.5 million
    6. Asseenontv.com: $5 million
    7. Korea.com: $5 million
    8. Wine.com: $3.3 million
    9. Creditcheck.com: $3 million
    10. Vodka.com: $3 million

    The interesting thing about this list is the amount of traffic they all generate as measured by Alexa. Sex.com is an obvious winner here but porn.com is only just getting started. And sex.com isn’t even a real site. It just redirects to another domain: sptc.information.com (Yeah, I checked so you don’t have to). If I would own such a great domain name I would use it for something more, well, to the point.

    Another surprise is Asseenontv.com. Isn’t that a damn ugly and long domain name? I would guess that it would be a lot cheaper than the 5 million they got for that one.

    Do you own any domains you don’t use which might be worth more than usual? Tell us in the comments!