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Domain Flipping, The Most Lucrative Internet Business by davidtella(m): 1:20pm On Mar 26, 2018
Domain flipping or Internet real estate is the art of buying domain names, keep them and sell them later for a good return, just like the way real estate business works.

The domain name market is highly volatile and very speculative. This guide will help you navigate potential pitfalls in the domain name market and come out unscathed on the other side.

Selling domain names - that's the business to be in. It's a license to print money. We're talking telephone numbers here; the domain name Business.com was sold for a staggering $8 million. That makes it the most expensive domain name in the world. Previous record holders include Compaq who paid nigh on $3.3 million for the Altavista.com name.

It's the .com addresses that are pulling in the big money. Out of about 300 million or so domain names registered worldwide over 200 million of them are .coms. The second most popular is .net, with a paltry 40 million domains registered. In a business world that no longer relies on flashy offices and smart suits to create the right image, a .com domain can say a lot about your business. Get the right domain name, spend a bit of money on producing a professional web site and visitors to the site will probably assume you're a large, established, international business. That's why .coms are so valuable.

But isn't it a bit late to grab those really great domain names and to turn yourself into an overnight millionaire by auctioning them off? Well yes, the truth is, all the good .com domains were gone long ago, snatched up by Internet pioneers who realized their potential value. In fact some 98 per cent of the words in Webster's dictionary have already been registered.

Don't give up hope though. Changes in the domain name industry have opened up a whole new world of potential. You can now register names containing anything up to 67 characters (the previous maximum was 26). San Diego lawyer Michael Eddy was quick to jump on this particular bandwagon and he successfully registered www.attorneyreferralservice.com and www.hotelreservationservice.com soon after the new ruling came into action.

And don't forget there are the 243 country suffixes to explore. Dot com might be the most desirable suffix but there are some quirky addresses elsewhere in the world that could come in useful. For example, the Italian government recently ruled that non-Italian organizations could now register an .it domain - anybody for buy.it, sell.it or want.it? Other popular countries are Turkmenistan with its .tm address, the Kingdom of Tonga's .to (fly.to, takeatrip.to etc), Austria with .at and American Samoa with the potentially useful .as.

If you're dead set on a .com you could always take a look at the domains that have been repossessed. Every year or couple of years people have to pay up to renew their domain name - inevitably some forget or simply can't afford it anymore. These domain names are repossessed and available for sale again at the usual price. Good names available recently includes: shop- a-deal.com, buy-online.com, car-catalogue.com, travel-advise.com, baby- giftshop.com, and many others!
Re: Domain Flipping, The Most Lucrative Internet Business by davidtella(m): 1:22pm On Mar 26, 2018
So how much are they worth?

Business.com holds the record as the most valuable domain on the Net. It was bought for a whopping $8 million by the Californian business eCompanies. ECompanies specializes in launching Internet start-ups and they plan to turn Business.com into a business-to-business portal site. Jake Winebaum, co-founder of eCompanies, is excited about the purchase, "Business.com is the highest order business-to-business domain name and is a perfect match with the service we're planning… we plan to make Business.com the Internet's pre-eminent business brand." Marc Ostrofsky, a Houston based media entrepreneur, is the now very rich man who sold the Business.com address.

But Business.com could soon be toppled from its top place position. The owners of the domain Year2000.com got very excited when they received a

$10 million bid for the name, which they were auctioning off through eBay. The bid seemed high for a URL that now seems past its sell-by date and surprise, surprise, the $10 million bid turned out to be a hoax. However, a bid of $2 million had been genuine, unfortunately for Year2000.com the $2 million bidder withdrew before the end of the auction. To prevent the same thing happening again, the domain were being auctioned off privately; estimates of a $1 million price tag look much more realistic.

Domain name speculators were also keeping an eye on Banks.com, being auctioned off by the UK company Names123.com. They expected a £1 million price tag for this little lovely. Bids were standing at around £100,000 and the auction closed on March 1st 2000. It's feared this name could be overpriced, after all the much better name Bank.com has already gone and that site is being developed as a community banking resource.

The Bestseller's list

$8 million
The details: Bought by the Californian-based eCompanies. They plan to develop the site as a business-to-business service.

$5.1 million
The details: Bought for an extortionate sum and now the place to buy all your As Seen On TV products.

$3.3 million
The details: Bought by Compaq for its search engine AltaVista. It means you no longer had to type in the cumbersome URL www.digital.com/altavista.

$2.9 million
The details: Not only did VirtualVineyard.com acquire the domain name wine.com back in September 1999 but it also bought a live site. However it's the URL that VirtualVineyards really wanted, the VirtualVineyard's content was immediately swapped over to the Wine.com domain.

$2.2 million

The details: The sale of this domain was conducted by Hit Domains. The URL was bought by CarsDirect.com, the number one car buying site on the web. Autos.com is now the front door for the company's various auto services.

$1.8 million
The details: Now home to the online audio and video retailer DVD Express.

The details: This domain was sold in April 1999 by Ehud Gavron, who runs an ISP business in Arizona. Online casino Players Sportsbooks and Casino bought Wallstreet.com and they run a stock market gambling service on the site. Players Sportsbooks and Casino are based on a tiny island in Venezuela
- presumably for tax reasons.

The details: Yes, you've guessed it, this site is now devoted to all matters rock music related.

The details: This desirable domain was auctioned off by Great Domains and now is home to Verio, a company that provides Internet and web hosting services to businesses.

The details: Drugs.com was bought from Eric MacIver in May 1999.
MacIver had originally planned to set up a pharmaceutical distribution site at Drugs.com. Internet start-up incubator Venture Frogs bought the domain and is now running a drugs and pharmacy portal from there.

and countless more......

All you need to do is simple: Register a domain name, park it to start making some amount of money (Might be peanuts but at least you can recover the money you used in purchasing the domain name. It is a win-win thing) and the big one, sell the domain name for as much as 100, 500, 1000, 5000, even 50,000USD depending on how sweet, nice, and marketable your domain name sounds.

The first domain I sold, www.dataaccelerator.com was registered for just 9USD and six months later I sold it for 500USD to a UK company. I have since mastered the game. I have sold some for 200, 350, 400, 2k, 3k etc. I have received countless testimonies from some of my proteges who even sold much higher than me. Some of them sold their domains for as much as 3k, 3.5k, 4k etc. You too can become the next millionaire buying and selling domain names.
Re: Domain Flipping, The Most Lucrative Internet Business by davidtella(m): 1:23pm On Mar 26, 2018
How to register a domain name, where and how to sell your domain nams, how to make money on the domain before selling it

Follow this link: http://latellisco.com/domainnames.html
Re: Domain Flipping, The Most Lucrative Internet Business by samtoles: 2:20pm On Mar 26, 2018
Thanks @OP. This is a great piece. About 2 years ago, a friend told me how he bought a car after selling some domain names but didnt really understand
Re: Domain Flipping, The Most Lucrative Internet Business by sirjohnson(m): 2:22pm On Mar 26, 2018
Domain Flipping is goldmine if you know your way.
Re: Domain Flipping, The Most Lucrative Internet Business by davidtella(m): 6:25pm On Dec 01, 2019

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