PALM BEACH, FL – .net domains, what probably should be the number two domain name extension right after .org for organizations, seem not too attractive these days. Being the -owner of a couple of good .net domains, I like to check in on them occasionally and see what people are doing with them. Unfortunately, Estibot appraisals on .net domains have not seemed to change over the last five or so years; I’m still seeing the same numbers.
I also wanted to look at the top “.net” domain sales “use” according to records kept by NameBio.com and see how and if these names are being actually being used or benefiting related businesses in some way.
The top public listed .net domain sales where:
- Poker.net sold for $750,000 in 2021 (dead or pointless)
- Mobile.net sold for $500,000 in 2014 (dead or pointless)
- Sex.net sold for $454,500 in 2006 (dead or pointless)
- Porn.net sold for $400,000 in 2008 (dead or pointless)
- RealEstate.net sold for $300,000 in 2007 (dead or pointless)
- Lottery.net sold for $220,000 in 2010 (Use)
- Recovery.net sold for $200,000 in 2016 (Redirect)
- DIY.net sold for $200,000 in 2007 (dead or pointless)
- Pisos.net sold for $187,500 in 2007 (dead or pointless)
- CDN.net sold for $185,000 in 2012 (dead or pointless)
As you can see, 80% of the top sales are for names not being used or moonlighting for pointless websites. $2,977,000 million spent on .net domains going to waste for the time being which will probably result in losses when they eventually trade hands at another time.
If you check their “.com” equivalents, its the exact opposite, 80% bonafide use, 20% dead.
- RealEstate.com – didn’t load.
- Recovery.com – parked
- Mobile.com – at least redirects to AT&T.
I don’t think I really need to opine on these results, they sort of speak for themselves.
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Internet Marketing Services Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, is a Google AdWords Certified Professional, authored a ‘how to’ book called ”Mastering Your Website‘, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy brand Searchen Networks®