page title icon Top 100 Brandable Domain Name Sales In 2019: 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.

2018 was a very interesting year for data analysis of the top 100 brandable domain name sales because there was a lot of evidence of some heavy shifts in the industry. That was in addition to confirmation of some surprising trends we didn’t initially expect from the data analysis of all domain names sold to startups.

2019’s data builds off of 2018’s data to give some crucial insights into just how rapidly the top domain name marketplaces were changing. 

The data also brings some crucial information for domain investors looking to refine their approach to finding the brandable domain names VC-backed startups are more likely to pay big money for.

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
Medidata.com$600,000Pvt Sale
GreenRoads.com$160,000Uniregistry
AceTech.com$83,637Sedo
Paga.com$79,000NewReach
Aiting.com$73,000GoDaddy
OneHome.com$70,000Sedo
Kura.com$68,495NameJet
FinalGoal.com$68,000Sedo
FusionBank.com$65,000Sedo
Saxx.com$65,000Sedo
ReviewMe.com$61,500GoDaddy
RedBarn.com$60,750PerfectName
CryptoCart.com$58,178Sedo
Creatio.com$56,500Sedo
AppleGreen.com$56,000Sedo
LiveWell.com$53,000GoDaddy
Novo.com$52,999Sedo
FactoryDirect.com$50,000NameExperts
Thiink.com$50,000Pvt Sale
Privaci.com$49,888DomainMarket
Comscope.com$48,025Sedo
AITimes.com$46,000Sedo
BusinessFirst.com$42,700NameJet
XChange.com$42,077Sedo
CasinoEngine.com$40,000Sedo
Insura.com$40,000Sedo
HappyLook.com$40,000Sedo
Homee.com$40,000Sedo
HeyMoney.com$40,000Sedo
Xfire.com$39,100GoDaddy
Profix.com$38,000Uniregistry
FiveNines.com$34,000DropCatch
Pharmeasy.com$33,300Sedo
BlueDot.com$33,100GoDaddy
TravelAdvantage.com$33,000Uniregistry
CloudPay.com$31,612GoDaddy
SpreadGroup.com$31,501Sedo
Terragene.com$30,270Pvt Sale
WealthCare.com$30,000Sedo
CBDClub.com$30,000PotDomains
Simplist.com$30,000Sedo
Mondia.com$30,000Sedo
NovaPay.com$30,000Sedo
WoolWarehouse.com$29,888NameJet
DynamicInsight.com$28,500DomainMarket
DigitalBrain.com$28,309Sedo
Zomo.com$27,555GoDaddy
Toha.com$27,500Uniregistry
Atiko.com$27,000DomainMarket
Luci.com$27,000Sedo
LegendAge.com$27,000Uniregistry
ProPawn.com$25,400DomainMarket
EnjoyTravel.com$25,300Uniregistry
Pay21.com$25,000Sedo
SetPay.com$25,000Nametra
Vivlio.com$25,000Sedo
CarFin.com$25,000Sedo
NPay.com$25,000EmpireNames
GreatNames.com$25,000GoDaddy
Tinka.com$25,000Sedo
Fotto.com$25,000Afternic
Wearly.com$25,000Uniregistry
DarkWallet.com$25,000Afternic
WeDog.com$25,000Sedo
JazzYou.com$24,888Sedo
CinemaNow.com$23,500GoDaddy
XTag.com$23,000Uniregistry
Mandom.com$22,800Sedo
Ezbet.com$22,501GoDaddy
LiftLab.com$22,500Sedo
iFold.com$22,500Sedo
WorkItMom.com$21,250GoDaddy
Zeda.com$21,055GoDaddy
TokenFaucet.com$21,000GoDaddy
Aitel.com$20,888Uniregistry
eSolar.com$20,750GoDaddy
ClickStream.com$20,600GoDaddy
Optim.com$20,420GoDaddy
Soga.com$20,249GoDaddy
Noxion.com$20,000Sedo
EndlessSummer.com$20,000Sedo
Ebiz.com$20,000SnapNames
CashOn.com$20,000Sedo
GreenTone.com$20,000Uniregistry
Kanga.com$20,000Uniregistry
Megi.com$20,000SnapNames
Yoba.com$20,000Sedo
Cartex.com$20,000Uniregistry
WeLog.com$20,000Sedo
HostPlus.com$20,000Uniregistry
Poas.com$20,000Uniregistry
Fiku.com$19,995Afternic
SaaSDirect.com$19,888DomainMarket
BioBranding.com$19,888DomainMarket
SchoolOfIndustry.com$19,888DomainMarket
Flexable.com$19,800Sedo
GoGoCasino.com$19,650Sedo
Cantek.com$19,488Afternic
FPay.com$19,048NameJet
Fivelements.com$19,000Sedo

4 Major Insights From Top Domain Sales

The 2019 data did not disappoint when it came to providing interesting trends and changes. An in-depth analysis reveals some clear changes taking place in the domain name sales markets and smart domain investors are going to take notice and adjust accordingly.

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. 

1. Marketplace with Highest Sales Numbers ($)

Sedo proved that 2018 was not a fluke by once again coming in first place as the marketplace with the highest revenue numbers from top 100 domain name sales with $1.5 million in sales. 

The second highest sales actually came from private sales ($600k), which narrowly beat out GoDaddy and Uniregistry, which were neck in neck for third place. 

DomainMarket and NameJet were far behind with SnapNames and DropCatch rounding out the list.

highest sales marketplace 2019

This shows that Sedo’s rise to unseat Uniregistry is almost certainly a trend as they have firmly planted themselves as the marketplace for top 100 brandable domain name sales. The uptick in private sales off-market place is a trend to keep an eye on, as well as GoDaddy’s continued movement to fight past Uniregistry.

Takeaways:

  • Sedo appears to have fully unseated Uniregistry as the top marketplace for top 100 domain names
  • The surge in private sales is interesting and not only shows a willingness to negotiate directly with sellers but careful not to read this as there being dissatisfaction with current marketplaces, as the volume of sales numbers shows this is a partial outlier
  • GoDaddy appears to be the most likely to unseat Uniregistry as the number two marketplace
  • Uniregistry continues to fall as the preferred marketplace for premium domains, though they still hold a fair market share at the moment

2. Marketplace with Most Volume of Sales

The volume of sales tells a few interesting stories when studying the top 100 domain sales of 2019. Sedo is also first by a long shot with 42 of 100 sales.

GoDaddy comes in second with 17 sales in the top 100, and Uniregistry is nipping at their heels with 14 sales.

DomainMarket comes in with 7, NameJet 4, SnapNames 2, and DropCatch 1. 

However, despite being second in revenue, private sales only accounted for 3 of 100 sales. This tells us that one or more huge sales in revenue threw off the numbers. This isn’t an indication of a growing shift away from existing marketplaces.

The volume of sales versus revenue suggests the size of the private sales in 2019 were abnormally large and thus appear to throw off the revenue graph.

sales marketplace 2019

That’s why analyzing the data of these two sections together is so important. It paints a clear picture of what the domain market is actually doing so single anomalies stick out from actual trends.

Takeaways:

  • Sedo holds a strong lead in the top sales market in both revenue and sales
  • GoDaddy is slowly building ahead of Uniregistry as a potential new #2
  • Private sales were very high revenue due to a handful of huge sales
  • DomainMarket and NameJet remain steady but far behind the top three options

3. Number of Words in Top Branded Domains

Two-word domains once again topped one-word domains in the top 100. There were 52 two-word domains among the top 100. One-word domains came in next with 46 of the 100 sales.

3-word domains remain amazingly consistent, making up a mere two of the top 100 for the fourth straight year.

number of domains 2019

Reviewing the data on total domain name sales to brands shows that shorter is better, and that holds up here in the top 100. 

With several years of data analysis, it’s safe to say at this point that two-word domains punching above their weight in the top 100 is a consistent trend. Although far more one-word domains sell to startups, a higher percentage of two-word brandable domains will make the list of top 100 yearly sales.

Takeaways:

  • Two-word domains have the highest percentage chance of making the top 100 brandable domain sales in any given year
  • One-word domains will make up almost all of the difference
  • Three-word domains aren’t going to make a serious push on shorter domain names any time soon

4. How Many Characters in Top Domains?

We know from past data that shorter is better, but that was in especially strong display among the top 100 sales in 2019. 4 through 7 characters was the sweet spot in 2019.

Four-character domains sold at the highest rate with 17 of the top 100. 6-character domains were the next most popular, coming in at 15 sales.

There’s a drop in demand after seven characters with 8, 9, and 10 all coming in with nine each. Once again anything above ten characters sees a steep drop in its chances of being in the top 100.

chracters 2019

Takeaways:

  • 85% of the top 100 domains had 10 or fewer characters in the name
  • Brandable 4-character domains remain extremely popular
  • 4-7 characters was the sweet spot for the largest number of sites sold in the top 100

Final Takeaways for Domain Investors

The 2019 data was interesting and added a lot of information to the many changes that seemed to start in 2018. What actionable takeaways should domain investors take from this data?

  1. Sedo is the new top marketplace for premium domain name sales in both sales and revenue, and they appear to have a solid grip on that number one position while Uniregistry continues to fall as GoDaddy surges.
  2. One and two-word domains are clearly the winners year after year when it comes to the top 100 sales
  3. Shorter is better as good 4-character domain names are always in high demand and coming in at 7 characters or fewer increases the chances of a domain ending up on this list.
  4. While very big private sales can happen, they are not taking the place of marketplaces when it comes to domain name transactions.

Keep this information in mind while looking at emerging changes, or reinforced patterns, and this will help narrow down the available domains that are most likely to lead to a big pay-off.




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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