Former world No. 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova had her domain name expire and it closed at GoDaddy for a whopping $22,250. 3 weeks ago Maria announced she is expecting her first child, so she has much bigger things on her mind than a domain name.
She has 14,630,209 Facebook likes, 4.3M Instagram Followers.
Ahrefs shows strong link profile.
Domain Rating 60
Backlinks 66,478 95% dofollow
Referring Domains 2,526 76% dofollow
It’s always all over the place when it comes to celebrity domain names, both in price and how they trade hands. (Sale/Udrp). Many celebrity domain names don’t have the link profile Maria’s had so the price is much higher than most expired names. For instance JenniferLoveHewitt.com. closed at $1,600 at DropCatch last October.
Her reputation has gone down the drain because she took drugs and forfeited all the titles and got banned from the Tennis Association
Should I mentioned she is from Russia!!! dudh!!
Even with the highest of link quality, paying anything over $5,000 was stupid when also considering the UDRP probability.
I have the famous tennis player .com name which she is still playing.
Contact me if you want.
Brian Luedke says
What is this? 1999 again? The WIPO precedents clearly show that the new registrant flushed $22,000 down the toilet. (If that was his own name and he had registered it before this person became famous, he might have an argument.)
He would have been much better off registering an exact-match capital city in the dot-com. I’ve registered two national capital cities in the .com, and since they’re geographic domains, I don’t have to worry about trademark issues. I also have several exact-match large cities in Mexico in the “.MX” domain.
People be flushing money because they don’t know the law and they don’t see the real opportunity.