page title icon Top 100 Brandable Domain Name Sales In 2017: Data, Trends, and Insights

Mushfiq S Mushfiq has been buying, growing, and selling website assets since 2008. His first exit was in 2010. Since then, he has done 175 website flips with multiple 6-figure exits. Learn more about Mushfiq.
Doron Vermaat Doron Vermaat is the co-founder of domain name investor platform, Efty. He is a prolific domain investor who owns a porfolio of domains and also blogs about it. Prior to Efty, he served 10+ years in senior sales and business development roles. Check out Doron's LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.

No one gets into domain investing wanting to make a tiny profit. Domain investing can be very lucrative but it takes a lot of knowledge, skill, and smart use of data to hone in your strategy for investing in the brandable domains that future startups will want – and be willing to pay for.

Data analysis is important and 2017 brought plenty to look at from the top 100 brandable domain name sales.

Here’s what we will cover in this analysis:

  1. Raw data of top brandable domains
  2. Major insights from analysis
  3. Takeaways for domain investors

Let’s get into it!

Data of 2016 to 2021 Brandable Domains


Raw Data of Brandable Domain Sales

Domain NamePrice Where
MyWorld.com$1,200,000GetYourDomain
NextFoods.com$80,000Uniregistry
Cozmo.com$77,800Uniregistry
NetLife.com$75,000Sedo
Nant.com$74,000Uniregistry
FeetFirst.com$70,000Uniregistry
Yoco.com$70,000Uniregistry
MoreMoney.com$67,000Afternic
WorldAirways.com$66,000GoDaddy
BrandMax.com$62,000Uniregistry
Ocap.com$60,000Uniregistry
Huny.com$60,000Uniregistry
ePlay.com$60,000Flippa
Goldi.com$59,000Sedo
Everex.com$50,205NameJet
SeaCapital.com$49,000Sedo
Oulin.com$44,750DropCatch
PicStart.com$42,000Uniregistry
Timi.com$40,666NameJet
Snappa.com$40,000Pvt sale
BroadCity.com$40,000Uniregistry
Ladylucks.com$40,000Uniregistry
Krispy.com$40,000MAJ.com
HighGrade.com$38,500DomainMarket
Wkly.com$38,000Uniregistry
GlobalCoin.com$36,000Sedo
Raxi.com$35,300Sedo
CityOfTomorrow.com$35,009Uniregistry
BeAmazed.com$34,888DomainMarket
ChatLines.com$33,000Uniregistry
NorthLife.com$32,500DomainMarket
LaceUp.com$32,200Uniregistry
MomsChoice.com$31,500Sedo
ModernHero.com$31,000Uniregistry
Igougo.com$30,050DropCatch
Esoft.com$30,000Sedo
Leem.com$30,000Sedo
Trustwork.com$30,000Sedo
YourBet.com$30,000GoDaddy
MxConnect.com$30,000Uniregistry
Oboz.com$30,000Uniregistry
ShakenGo.com$30,000Uniregistry
Smil.com$30,000Uniregistry
SocialSites.com$30,000Uniregistry
Gemz.com$30,000Uniregistry
Koniku.com$30,000DomainMarket
LegacyLife.com$30,000Sedo
PolarPro.com$29,999Uniregistry
Saucey.com$29,000Sedo
IoTU.com$29,000Uniregistry
Wext.com$28,000Uniregistry
Towny.com$28,000Uniregistry
MagicFiber.com$28,000Sedo
Zipi.com$27,500Uniregistry
OnlyYou.com$27,000Sedo
TravelVip.com$27,000Uniregistry
iLuck.com$26,000Uniregistry
FoodFuture.com$25,000Sedo
LoveCoin.com$25,000Sedo
HomeExpert.com$25,000Sedo
Mondly.com$25,000Sedo
Onco.com$25,000Sedo
OwnTheExperience.com$25,000DomainMarket
Apptitude.com$25,000Uniregistry
Ejaza.com$25,000Uniregistry
Kidx.com$25,000Uniregistry
Mobiliti.com$25,000Uniregistry
NeverAgain.com$25,000Uniregistry
ProGuard.com$25,000Uniregistry
TopKnot.com$25,000Uniregistry
Wheelz.com$25,000Uniregistry
NetSolutions.com$25,000Uniregistry
LiveHub.com$25,000Uniregistry
SportsLab.com$25,000Uniregistry
CarDash.com$25,000Uniregistry
WomenInc.com$25,000Sedo
FitBar.com$25,000Sedo
Ostatic.com$25,000GoDaddy
Indofil.com$24,990Sedo
Vanta.com$24,980Uniregistry
Weida.com$24,301NameJet
BitKeys.com$23,936Uniregistry
Pleam.com$23,548Sedo
Coya.com$22,500Uniregistry
GoGirl.com$22,322NameJet
NatureLab.com$22,000Sedo
Nique.com$22,000Uniregistry
MoneySmart.com$21,100NameJet
KissyKissy.com$21,000Uniregistry
Rumo.com$20,388NameJet
Rumo.com$20,388SnapNames
MeCoin.com$20,350GoDaddy
Fotopedia.com$20,288DropCatch
Ivix.com$20,250Sedo
Avazu.com$20,100NameJet
UniMall.com$20,050DropCatch
Datatrans.com$20,000Sedo
PRTimes.com$20,000Sedo
HubHub.com$20,000Uniregistry
HealingHolidays.com$20,000DomainMarket

4 Major Insights From Top Domain Sales

The data from analyzing all the domain sales to venture-backed startups gives a wealth of excellent actionable information, but narrowing it down to the top 100 sales reveals some unexpected trends. 

This information can be used to further hone an investor’s domain-hunting strategy to find the names most likely to produce a large pay-off.

Our approach was as follows. We obtained the top sales data from the Namebio database. We then analyzed the data in Microsoft Excel to extract insights. 

Let’s get to it!

1. Marketplace with Highest Sales Numbers ($)

When looking at the top 100 sales by revenue two clear marketplaces emerge. Uniregistry was the preferred marketplace by far with an estimated $1.6 million in sales just from their share of the top 100 domains.

Sedo once again comes in second with an estimated $800K in sales from the top 100. NameJet and DomainMarket fight closely for third place with GoDaddy and DropCatch behind them.

marketplace highest sales

Worth noting is that the number of marketplaces involved in a top 100 domain sale fell from 13 in 2016 to only 9 in 2017. 

Takeaways:

  • Uniregistry is still the top marketplace by revenue numbers for the top 100 domain name sales
  • Sedo held steady as the number two option based on revenue numbers
  • NameJet held steady as a distant third while DomainMarket gained enough ground on the others to keep an eye on

2. Marketplace with Most Volume of Sales

The marketplace numbers based on the volume of sales are generally what we would expect based on the revenue numbers from the top 100.

Uniregistry accounts for nearly half of all sales with 47 of 100 domains sold. Sedo is next with 26 of the top 100 sales. NameJet was third with 7, which is up two from 2016.

The biggest mover was DomainMarket with 6 domains sold, up from the 2 they had last year. One year of data doesn’t make a trend, but this is worth keeping an eye on if the numbers keep moving up.

marketplaces

Takeaways:

  • Uniregistry and Sedo are still clear cut options number one and two when it comes to selling top brandable domains
  • NameJet appears to be a steady alternative at number three
  • While DomainMarket is fourth, they are close enough to NameJet and have shown enough year over year growth, to warrant keeping an eye on them

3. Number of Words in Top Branded Domains

Data on total domains sold show that one-word domains are always the most popular and it’s never close. However, once again when it comes to the sales numbers of the top 100 2-word domains punch above their weight class.

In 2016 two-word domain names beat out one-word domain names in the top one hundred list. In 2017 the two were tied with 49 each, and three-word domains filled out the final two.

number of domains

Considering that most years one-word domains make up 53-58% or more of the total domains bought by VC-backed startups, and two-word domains generally cap out at 35% of the total bought, the case for spending enough time searching for brandable two-word domains gets stronger.

Good ones might be harder to find or sell, but they have a better chance percentage-wise of selling for a top 100 price.

Takeaways:

  • Brandable two-word domains hold their own in the top 100 versus one-word domains
  • Three-word domains are far behind one and two-word domains
  • Trying to get a top 100 sale from a domain name of four or more words is a losing bet

4. How Many Characters in Top Domains?

The 2017 data shows some interesting trends when it comes to characters in top-selling domains. This year 4-character domains were the winners with 20 of the 100 top domain names coming in at 4 characters.

This is especially worth noting because they were the second most popular in 2016. This brings strong supporting evidence to the idea that while good four-character domains are hard to find, they are much more likely to sell at a very high price point.

number of characters 3

9-character domains came in second place with 16 website sales. It’s also worth noting that again in line with 2016 data, domain names in the traditional “sweet spot” of 6-10 characters all did pretty well.

The same is true of shorter domains as 5-character domains held their own once again. Shorter domain names continue to provide massive opportunities to domain investors looking to sell to startups.

Takeaways:

  • 4-character domain names and 9-character domain names were the most popular in 2017
  • There was a steep drop off in top 100 sales from 11 characters and longer
  • Shorter 4 & 5-character domains might be harder to find, but they represent very well in the top 100 sales once again in 2017

Final Takeaways for Domain Investors

The 2017 data helps to paint a more detailed picture of what types of domain names are most likely to be gems and how to get the most out of them.

  1. Uniregistry is still the top place to sell domains with Sedo coming in second once again.
  2. Good two-word domains sell extremely well, hitting the top 100 at a higher percentage than one-word domains.
  3. 4-character domain names dominated this year followed by 9-character domain names

Combining this information and analysis with the information from total domain name sales to startups can provide a detailed map for investors looking to increase their chances for big sales.




Analyzed by Mushfiq S

Mushfiq has been buying, growing, and selling website assets since 2008. His first exit was in 2010. Since then, he has done 175 website flips with multiple 6-figure exits. Learn more about Mushfiq.



Analyzed by Doron Vermaat

Doron Vermaat is the co-founder of domain name investor platform, Efty. He is a prolific domain investor who owns a porfolio of domains and also blogs about it. Prior to Efty, he served 10+ years in senior sales and business development roles. Check out Doron's LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.


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