.Health.org is in an expired domain name auction at GoDaddy.com and bidding has topped $141,000 with over 9 days to go.
According to the stats shown on the GoDaddy auction page, the 22 year old domain is estimated to get almost 7,000 visitors a month.
Arguably the domain name Health.org is one of the top 5 best possible and most valuable .org domain names.
As of publication there are only 17 active bidders on the domain, but the only way to become an active bidder is to top the current high bid of $141,313. Bidding at the level is allowed only in $1,000 increments.
You should be aware even once the auction is ended, even if the winner pays, the auction is subject to the renewal of the domain by the existing domain holder for a number of days after the auction, in which case the auction results will be thrown out and the winner of the auction refunded (if they have paid by then)
The auction for Health.org ends on October 21, 2015 at 1:51 PM PST.
I’m 100% certain that will get renewed.
it seems it won’t get renewed as its the same entity that let mentalhealth.org expire.
How much did mentalhealth.org sell for?
MentalHealth.org sold for $11,750 back in early May 2015.
this may help the dot org values in health related sectors.
have a couple of those, might be time to test the market
The owners of the name have been contacted.
i tried contacting them when mentalhealth.org was up for auction but no reply and the domain was sold. i suspect the same thing will happen this time too.
Definitely one of the best .org domains.
A friend accidentally let a domain expire. Godaddy called him right after the auction and let him know what it sold for and offered him the $80 redemption fee. When they tell this guy, yeah your domain just sold for $160k (or whatever), you want to pay the $80 redemption fee? umm, yeah… Unless the owner died or is incapacitated.
Norbert Mayer-Wittmann says
If this were to drop (and sell for less than 7… or 8… or maybe even more figures), then someone should start a new TLD named SMH for auctioning such bargains that seem ridiculously undervalued. 😉
When loved ones die, the heirs often let intangible assets (domains, patents, etc) lapse and focus on what they can make liquid fast — property, art, stocks/bonds/equities, precious metals
A great article would be listing the various domains that heirs neglected to renew, and which eventually sold for 6 figures or more.
Dead Domains — Lost Fortunes?
Michael Berkens says
Its a great idea but you would have to know not presume all those things and each domain that sold
If you got the data and info I sure would look at it
Actually, bidding is only at $26,500 after I put in a bid.
Michael Berkens says
Godaddy let me know that they have now cleared the previous high bidder and reinstated his bid at $141K
Yes, the bid is back to $141,313.
It’s also interesting to see that Godaddy’s valuation is only $1,359.
About as accurate as Estibot is with dot org estimates.
This bid is going to help health related dot org valuations a lot.
Jon Schultz says
I wouldn’t be surprised if the domain gets considerably more than 7,000 visitors a month – from people confusing it with Health.gov.
Norbert Mayer-Wittmann says
Basic “online” illiteracy (what some people used to refer to as failing “media literacy” and/or “tech literacy” — indeed, I usually simply refer to this as literacy / illiteracy, without any additional qualifier) is indeed widespread, but IMO it is most rampantly active when people use (and believe, trust, etc.) what I refer to as “retard media” (I once wrote an article on “how to define” this term 😉 ).
People in the United States may make the mistake described above, but no one outside of the United States would. Only people with very limited literacy skills would think .CO refers to “company”. I’m not saying such people don’t exist. They may even be quite prone to behave as “gullible suckers”. Yet building an online identity / reputation on taking advantage of and/or fooling gullible suckers … well, personally I consider that rather short-sighted.
I prefer to be optimistic that people will eventually acquire sufficient literacy skills to be able to use the web to everyone’s advantage.
You’re right. Could be a number of factors for not renewing: “fired” or gone tech/admin who handled the renewals, incompetence, bankruptcies, divorce, crisis events (hospitalized), memory lapse
I mention the “death” angle, as I had my estate planning done a few years ago — and I had to explain to the attorneys the requirements for maintaining the intangible assets (patents, copyrights, domains, etc) — and I realized this is a big issue, unless your spouse & heirs really have a decent grasp of these assets and their valuations
Someone at a conference informed me he had acquired a number of domains from a deceased party, which I found very unsavory. The right thing would be to alert the heirs/estate —
In any case, Michael, I hope your wife is healing from her leg surgery.
beautiful up here in the mountains — we really enjoy the mountain retreat we purchased 🙂