1. cjvitek's Avatar
    Okay, I have a domain name (drmosquito.com) that I purchased a while back (when I got my PhD). I thought it would be sort of fun to have, I could post research and career related stuff.

    I have not used it as much as I would have liked. In fact, aside from a placeholder, I haven't used it much at all.

    I just got an email today asking if I wanted to sell it, and for how much.

    How can you determine the value of a domain name? I don't use it for commerce, there is no page rank stuff since I don't really have anything on it.

    Inquiring minds want to know!
    02-05-2010 06:03 PM
  2. IGoSlo's Avatar
    Well, I've never sold one but my first inkling would be to ask the individual if it will be used commercially or private ! Then You set the price. Don't know what you paid for it, but Quote High. You can always compromise.

    Is the potential buyer in the Exterminating Business? Are they in the Research area? Are they a private individual searcheng to make a buck?

    Since you have no idea how much traffic it has produced, Guess... Well, if it were me, I'd look at my price...How long have I had it...What kind of return could I have gotten over the same amout of time invested somewhere else. I'd want at least 12 to 15 % return... but that's me, being a business owner.
    02-05-2010 08:04 PM
  3. zeagus's Avatar
    I sold a domain name that I used primarily for the forums where my old online gaming buddies kept in touch. It's now a commercial site. I owned it for nearly ten years and was a bit nostalgic about it, but it was a great opportunity. They made a very fair initial offer, but I wasn't entirely sure about it and I ended up selling for 2.5x the original offer. It was a decent chunk of change. The suggestion to find out whether it will be commercial or not is a good one.
    Last edited by zeagus; 02-05-2010 at 11:19 PM.
    02-05-2010 11:17 PM
  4. flyawaymike's Avatar
    it really wouldn't matter about asking if it's going to be private or commercial..

    they can say whatever they want, and then once they own it can do something
    entirely different with it, it's not like you can do anything about it then.
    02-06-2010 02:37 PM
  5. IGoSlo's Avatar
    it really wouldn't matter about asking if it's going to be private or commercial..

    they can say whatever they want, and then once they own it can do something
    entirely different with it, it's not like you can do anything about it then.
    That's why when one does anything dealing with busniess and money transfering from hand to hand EVERYTHING is in writing. It's CYA...
    02-06-2010 06:09 PM
  6. cjvitek's Avatar
    Well, I asked him what he would offer. I have no idea how much I would "WANT" for the site, so I will see if he makes an offer I find tempting.

    Chris
    02-07-2010 12:49 PM
  7. cjvitek's Avatar
    BTW, I have only "invested" about $50 or so in it. Just the yearly domain registration.
    02-07-2010 12:51 PM
  8. IGoSlo's Avatar
    Well, from a prospective of return for your money. I would still think 12% to 15% return is fair. RAW Capitalism in motion. You GOT it...SOMEONE WANTS it...AND they CAN ONLY get it from YOU... Therefore the value is worth more.
    02-07-2010 03:03 PM
  9. cjvitek's Avatar
    Well, he offered $200. I thought about it, and told him that due to the relevance it has to me, I was declining his offer. IMO, I would need at least $700 or so to think about it. He then turned around and offered $500. Thoughts?
    02-11-2010 08:19 AM
  10. IGoSlo's Avatar
    That's what I'm talking about... If you're satisfied with the $500.00 offer, accept it... If your a Gambler.. Pump it up... Just keep in mind... Apparrently, the potential buyer has an Agenda... He did meet you better than 1/2 way... Are you strapped for cash that much? Will that $500.00 really make a difference in your life? Myself, I'd have to take those questions in consideration...
    02-11-2010 09:50 AM
  11. JustinHorn's Avatar
    Could also be a middle man. Maybe he knows someone that is willing to pay 1k or more for it and that's why he so immediately more than doubled his offer. Someone that so easily changes their offer without thinking about it probably has more room to go higher.

    I would say if you need the money take it, if not keep it.
    02-11-2010 11:13 AM
  12. IGoSlo's Avatar
    Well, he offered $200. I thought about it, and told him that due to the relevance it has to me, I was declining his offer. IMO, I would need at least $700 or so to think about it. He then turned around and offered $500. Thoughts?
    Hey cjvitek, come on down... Don't keep us in the dark ! What was the final offer ? Did you accept ? I have a domain I may decide to sell, if the "price is Right".
    02-20-2010 08:49 AM
  13. cjvitek's Avatar
    After I got back to him with some research, never heard from him again. Oh well.
    02-23-2010 11:43 AM
  14. IGoSlo's Avatar
    Oh well, wasn't meant to be... If the "Price is Right" you'll know... Good Luck...
    02-23-2010 04:06 PM
  15. cjvitek's Avatar
    Well, as I said, I didn't sell the domain (and thus, didn't buy another one) but it did prompt me to create my faculty website.

    Take a look - comments welcome.

    www.drmosquito.com

    Chris
    03-02-2010 04:03 PM
  16. IGoSlo's Avatar
    COOL... If your into Bloodsuckers... LOL... I wouldn't get overly enthralled about it, the FED's Don't look kindly on COMPETITION... No Seriously, That's a NICE SITE. Go into more detail as to what ya'll do... Check mine out if you like... Dennis & Irene Howard - Home
    03-02-2010 04:44 PM
  17. RAWapps's Avatar
    Personally I prefer to invest my time and money on valuable content.
    04-06-2010 11:14 AM
  18. IGoSlo's Avatar
    Personally I prefer to invest my time and money on valuable content.
    That's Good rawapps. evidently you've found a home... LOL
    04-06-2010 01:43 PM
  19. RAWapps's Avatar
    I sure have. Thanks for the welcome. It always makes wonder why it is that people think a catchy domain name will do all the work. True you come across some really crappy sites that show up high in the search results b/c of it, but none of it really matters, nor will anyone want to point back or refer to you if your site does not offer any content of value.
    04-09-2010 12:05 PM
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