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5 Ways to Sabotage Your Domain Sales

by Mike Sullivan

I’m always looking for good ways to increase opportunities for domain sales.  We all know, it’s not as easy as it sometimes looks.  While pursuing positive means for improving sales, I always find more experience in “what not to do.”  Sometimes I find these things in my own experiences and other times I pick them up from what I see others doing.  If any one of these items can save you some time, then it’s equally as helpful as “what to do.”  These 5 Ways to Sabotage Your Domain Sales come in no particular order.

1. Panic

Don’t freak out when an unsolicited offer or inquiry comes in.  Just because someone is asking about your domain does not mean they are willing to pay top dollar for it.  Often times, they are just curious and not even serious players.  If you take the price too high just because you think someone is interested, they’ll quickly back away.  It’s important to have a predetermined price you are looking for.  That way, you know what you will be satisfied with and not have any regrets over a lost sale or a completed deal.

2. Do Nothing

Unless you have category killer names you should be taking some type of proactive action to sell or develop your names.  It’s not likely that buyers will be knocking on your door to make you an offer on ReusableExamGloves.com.  However, if that happened to be a real niche, a little research and a couple of dozen emails might land you a few bucks.  Alternatively, investing a little time into developing a site about the benefits (or dangers) of this product with a few affiliate links could also produce a small revenue.   That name might then pay for itself, at a minimum, while increasing some traffic numbers for a future sale.

3.  Over Promote

I often get Twitter followers who only tweet the domains they have for sale.  I rarely follow these people back.  I don’t recommend using Twitter or other social media outlets as a feed for strictly advertising the sale of your domains.  No one wants to see that.  Mix it up with some valuable information sharing or even some personal comments.  Another aspect of this is pimping your domain name to every domain forum, auction site, spam blitz and any other means you can find.  If the name is seen frequently and doesn’t generate interest, it might just die on the vine from over exposure.

4. Misrepresent

This goes without saying.  Well, no it doesn’t so I’ll say it.  Never, never, never misrepresent your domain’s search, visitation, or monetization statistics.  There is no better way to quickly develop a bad reputation.  That said, every buyer needs to do their due diligence and shouldn’t blindly trust the stats provided.

5.  Price Shift

It hasn’t happened to me, but I have heard and read many stories where a domain had a set asking price and when an offer arrived, the seller upped the price.   A more common example is when a seller accepts an offer and then reneges to accept a second, higher offer.  This will not only lead to legal issues, but word travels.

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Pat October 23, 2010 - 9:39 pm

ReusableExamGloves, LOL. Excellent!

Mike Sullivan October 24, 2010 - 8:36 am


IrishDomainer October 24, 2010 - 8:05 am

Good post Mike! Any tips to finding endusers and your intial approach email?



Mike Sullivan October 24, 2010 - 8:36 am

That sounds like a good idea for an upcoming post.

Asketos October 24, 2010 - 8:35 am

Nice lesson!
Thank you Mike
Regards from Sweden

Joey Starkey October 24, 2010 - 8:52 am

Mike nice post.

While not new to the IM game I am quite new to Domaining and have been reading everything I can get my hands on.

I see major differences between the “Big Names” in the field.

Since I am a newcomer and don’t have a stash of one word and other premium names. I feel that soliciting end users is the way to go as I build my own premium names.

I have an email that seems to be working but as the IrishDomainer has requested would be interested to see an example of what you send out.

Thanks for your efforts

Joey Starkey
Memphis Domain Broker

Michael Hallisey October 24, 2010 - 11:14 pm

I like Twitter and I set it up to tweet one domain name every 30 minutes! 🙂 I think I get about 10 new followers everyday. http://twitter.com/WebDomainsBuy and http://twitter.com/SellDomainsFree

I think the people like to see the constant flow of domains and a price. It might give other domainer an ideal at what to sell their domain for.

Jerry Russell October 25, 2010 - 9:29 am

This is great insight for domainers of all skill sets. The common sense approach can tend to escape us when offers come knocking.

My domains fair well when with a realistic fixed price (based on due diligence) and when contacting end-users, I outline the beneficial aspects of owning the domain. I also place a direct link to the for sale page.

Great post Mike!

Landon White November 10, 2010 - 7:41 pm



could be an excellent website for “End Users”

depending on the bottom line of course 🙂


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