“Largest Domain Name Sales Database Ever Built” Launches WIth Over 315K Domains & $1,135,277,224 In Sales

According to a press release we received today the biggest domain name sales database ever built just just rolled out.

The database is at DNPric.es.

“”Currently the database has 315,461 domain name sale records totaling $1,135,277,224.00.

Not only you can lookup historic sales, the site also offers amazing stats section where you can fish for tons of interesting information.

Let’s have a quick look on it from different angles.

1. TLDs

While .COM is still the king with more than half of the sales (this correlates with the number of domain names) other extensions are doing surprisingly well.

For instance .ME, #9, topping even .tv and .co.

2. Brokers

Here we can narrow down the whole industry to five big players (Sedo, Moniker + SnapNames, GoDaddy+AfterNIC, TDNAM, NameJet, DomainNameSales), than another few dozens of boutiques.

3. Time

We can observe that overall average domain name prices are falling in the last few years. Especially those for .COM. And then, this year it started to improve.

4. Length

Interestingly, average prices for LLLLL names are higher than those for LLLL and LLL names.

Average historic price for five letter domain names (LLLLL.***)  is $6,060.81.

That for LLLL is $3,641.76.

And that for LLL is $5,653.34.

It looks like names that are too short but not ultra short (two characters) have somewhat less value than those of five characters.

A paradox that intuitively I am still struggling to explain.

Can you?

The longest known domain name sold is xn--private-krankenversicherung-fr-selbstndige-6sd16h.de a.k.a. private-krankenversicherung-für-selbständige.de.

Well done Sedo!””

The database is available and accessible for free as of now.

Of course only publicly reported sales are included, which probably account for most of site developers issues regarding difference is longer domains selling for more on average than shorter domains.

Architelos Publishes The Second Installment of the NameSentry Namespace Quality Report

Architelos, Inc. announced today the publication of the second installment of the NameSentry Namespace Quality Report.

The report benchmarks the comparative safety of the Internet and its largest Top Level Domains (TLDs) by measuring by the prevalence of security threats such as malware, phishing, botnets, and spam.

The findings indicate a 67% increase of domain names identified and listed as “abusive” by major blocklists from January to September 2013, and that at least 5.5% of newly registered domain names are being used to perpetrate security threats.

“The increase in abusive use of domains is a challenge for the security and domain industries, and for the general Internet-using population.”

Report Finds Increase of “Abusive Domains” and Potential Lessons for New gTLDs

The findings indicate 67% increase of domain names identified and listed as “abusive” by major security blocklists from January to September 2013.

These respected blocklists are used to protect Internet users by blocking malware, phishing, dangerous spam, and other threats.

The majority of the domains on these blocklists were registered for the purpose of perpetrating abuse, with a small minority consisting of domains that were compromised by bad actors. From January to September of 2013, an estimated 5.5% of newly registered domains were listed. “This underscores prevalent practice of bad actors to use domain names for perpetrating security threats and then quickly moving to new ones,” said John Matson, COO of Architelos. “The increase in abusive use of domains is a challenge for the security and domain industries, and for the general Internet-using population.”

The first NameSentry Report covered January to May 2013, was released in July and pioneered the concept of the Namespace Quality Index (NQI).

NQI measures the relative concentration of abusive domain names in any given namespace, thus providing a comparative measure of safety.

Specifically, the NQI measures the “number of reported abusive domain names/million Domains Under Management (DUM).” Taking a snapshot in May and then again in September, of the 15 TLDs with NQI ratings of “Excellent/Green” in the May, only 6% or four TLDs sustained their ranking by September, while the rest slipped to “Good/Yellow.”

This demonstrates the challenge TLDs face to achieve and maintain an “Excellent/Green” rating. The number of “Good/Yellow” rated TLDs increased from 36 in number in May to 45 total in September and represented 63% or the majority of the 72 TLD studied. The number of “Caution/Orange”-rated TLDs increased slightly in number from 14 in May to 15 total in September; and the number of at “Risk/Red” rated TLDs increased slightly from 7 in May to 8 in September comprising 11% of all measured TLDs.

Starting now and continuing through next year and beyond, more than 1,000 new gTLDs will be added to the Internet root. Architelos’ goal in publishing the NQI data and the resulting analytical findings, is to bring greater transparency to the domain name industry and the Internet in general, regarding the prevalence of security threats such as malware, phishing, botnets and spam which start with a domain name registration and depend on that domain name to perpetrate their harm. “We hope greater transparency will encourage debate and open dialogue to leverage collective wisdom on best practices to combat abuse,” said Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos.

The NameSentry Namespace Quality Report is available for download at www.architelos.com/namesentry.

DomainTools.com Rolls Out Redesigned Site

A reader noticed that DomainTools.com has undergone a pretty dramatic designed home page today.

The home page has a much more modern look and feel.

Interestedly DomainTools.com which seemed to start out as a product geared towards the domainer community is now highlighting the usefulness of the site as a tool for Law Enforcement and Brand Protection Companies.

According to Tim Chen of DomainTools.com, the general context of site resign is really the the homepage which was meant to:
-starting to focus on our buying segments, rather than being what many people think of as a ‘collection of tools for domainers’

-to specifically add content for the enterprise buyers, who have been a fast-growing segment for us.   These are folks that need more than an individual membership (bulk data, custom parsing, group memberships, APIs, etc)

“It’s important to note that our domaining customers remain very important.  ”

“For them though, the DT homepage is not necessarily terribly relevant. ”

“We have a follow-on project to redesign this page:  whois.domaintools.com to better service our important domaining clientele.  ”

Here are some pretty impressive numbers of DomainTools.com records that are on the front page of the site now:


3.8 BILLION  IP address change events
7.1 BILLION  whois records
2.5 BILLION  name server change events
1.4 BILLION  registrar change events



Verisign Launches of DomainScope: Domain Discovery Tool To Find Available .Com. .Net & .Tv Domains

Verisign launched DomainScope.com today which they say “a new domain name discovery tool designed to enhance the search for unique, relevant domain name choices in the .com, .net, .tv and .cc top-level domains”, for which it is the registry for.

“Incorporating the same functionality found in our DomainFinder, DomainScore and DomainCountdown tools, DomainScope replaces these tools and allows users to focus their domain search and uncover new domain name registration opportunities in one place.*

“DomainScope enables users to focus their search and uncover new domain registration opportunities, while providing more information about a domain name prior to registering it. To start the process, users simply enter keywords and DomainScope’s engine renders suggestions for domain names that are available.”

“From there, DomainScope enables users to discover domain name registration opportunities through learning about the recent history of a domain name, understanding a domain name’s DNS traffic patterns, and knowing which domains are available that are receiving traffic.”

“DomainScope offers a robust toolset for developers and domain investors, with access to a number of application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect to their own websites or applications.”

We are excited to offer those looking for their next great domain name a product that offers distinctive name suggestions, and relevant details about a domain name. We’ve consolidated our domain name acquisition tools into one easy-to-use website and will be adding new features in the future that add to the name discovery process.”

Registered users of DomainFinder, DomainScore and DomainCountdown can still access these tools during the products’ sunset period, which ends Dec. 15, 2013.

CircleId Post Rips The Domain Name IDNX Pricing Index

Alex Tajirian, CEO of DomainMart in a post on CircleID.com just ripped into the IDNX domain name index backed by Thies Lindenthal and Sedo.

“The index is intended to be a benchmark for domain owners and investors. “

“But it’s out of line with other studies and the common sense of how a market operates. A much better barometer to follow is average prices for groups of domain names with similar characteristics.”

“Using a single index would have dire consequences. ”

“Other problems with Lindenthal’s single price index:

1. It’s based on information taken from just one market, Sedo. But other studies reveal that sale prices for similar names vary across marketplaces.

2. The reported index-price correlation with the NASDAQ 100 is grossly misleading. Why would prices of domain names of large companies move in synch with those of small and backdoor domains! One would expect that different groups of domain names would be correlated with different indexes depending on their risk characteristics.

3. The methodology is not robust to the presence of outliers in domain name price data.

4. The model does not identify risk factors driving domain name prices, such as the number of a domain’s key word searches, the cost per click (CPC) of the key word, the popularity of the key word as shown by uses of it on Web sites, etc.

5. The model ignores evidence of a nonlinear relationship between prices and the explanatory variables.””

Of course we have spoken at TheDomains.com about the inaccuracy of automated models to value domains in the past and feel there is no substitute for the human element.

Someone by virtue of having a huge amount of experience in buying and selling domain names over the years.  Extremely long term domain investors  have developed a gut feel for what a domain name is worth.

We saw just the other day once again basically 50% of all domains that sell at Sedo.com sell for $500 or less and only 5% sell for $5,000 or more.

Over at MostWantedDomains.com we have a $2,500 stated minimum but in actuality rarely sell a domain for less than $5,000 and our average sale is closer to over $20K than to $500.

There are other large portfolio owners like Mr Schilling, Mr Schwartz, the Ham Brothers, and Scott Day just to mention a few who wouldn’t even bother to respond to a $500 offer much less sell a domain name for anything under five figures if not six figures.

The IDNX relying on Sedo sales data is maybe a good measure for what a domain would sell for on Sedo but certainly is not a overall representation of the domain resale market.

DnJournal.com publishes a weekly list of all published or public sales, that would give reader a much better understanding of the domain name aftermarket.