Top Selling Domain Names of All Time – Trends, Analysis, and Speculation

Background

Being an owner of a category dominant, generic domain name, it is part of my business to track the market values of similar domain names. Everybody seems to have their list of top selling domain names, and many of these sales have been covered in the press. However, I’ve never seen an all-encompassing list. So, I found it worthy to post these findings here.


Over the past years, I’ve met and established relationships with some of the largest domain buyers in the business. Sitting over a cup of coffee with others in the know, you’ll glean a lot of information that may have not been publicized otherwise. Names that I never see mentioned in these lists are Hotels.com, RealEstate.com, and Loan.com. These names are widely known to have fetched big dollars, but total numbers have never been confirmed. Details of the prices are provided in the spreadsheet notes.

RealEstate.com, Loan.com, and Hotels.com are are important sales when establishing comparables for Realty.com. These lie more closely into the housing, financial, and vacation categories which encompass the “realty” term.
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I haven’t blogged here in a very long time, and I’m sorry. Twitter and Facebook now are my two discharge points for daily thoughts. I will blog big events and thoughts here on a more seldom basis.

Jesus Christ’s death was a fulfillment of Scripture

As I continue to read the passion story of Christ’s crucifixion and death, I’m reminded of a sermon I heard a few months ago, preached by a friend of mine, James Micheal Smith.

In this sermon JM paints the picture of how John 19:28 is actually a “fulfilled Scripture” as the text calls it. It’s a beautiful imagery of Christ’s fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.

John 19:28 reads…

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

JM’s sermon takes us through this story and tells us of what this meant to the people who were actually there witnessing the death of Christ. When Christ uttered these words, someone in the area must have known his Scripture and knew what Christ was asking for…

Looking back at Psalm 22, we see David paint a horrific, yet prophetic, story.

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted away within me.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs have surrounded me;
a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.

18 They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.

19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;
O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

20 Deliver my life from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.

When John states that “so that the Scripture would be fulfilled…” John is referencing Psalm 22. This is powerful! This is God fulfilling his promises right in front of peoples eyes. This fulfillment had to be what Christ was talking about when he last uttered “It is finished.”

If you are interested in hearing JM’s full sermon, I have included the sermon below.

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Calling all Charlotte Freelancers

The hot topic at last week’s Charlotte Barcamp (besides Twitter) was freelancing and coworking. Already Josh McGlinn (@MCGSTUDIO) has created FreelanceGiant.com as an effort to pool our local talents. I think that’s a great idea!

He has created an informational survey to gauge coworking interests. I thought I would take this a step further, and try to help in the process.

If you are a Charlotte Area Freelancer, attended BarcampCLT, or both. Fill out the survey below. I will then share this information with Josh and we’ll get this ball rolling.

UPDATE: This project is cancelled. Checkout “Lightbulb Coworking” in Charlotte for all things co-working and creative meeting spaces.

25 Random Things About Me

My friend, Ani, wrote 25 random things about herself and sent it out with these rules: You must write 25 random things about yourself, then tag 25 about whom you would like to know more and send it back to the person who started it- that would be me.

1. I used to build US Embassies for a living.
2. I went on safari in Tanzania in 2002.
3. I smuggled 10 large duffle bags of electronics into Bulgaria with two of my friends. (Bulgarian custom agents are lax…but scary!)
4. I got detained in the Indianapolis airport for insinuating to the ticket agent that I was holding a suspicious package.
5. The last day of school, freshman year of college, I was arrested and spent the night in jail.
6. I had an older brother who passed away when I was 3, and remember him very, very well.
7. I seem to have retained a lot of memories from my toddler days. 1977 was an interesting year.
8. I have enough airline miles to fly anywhere in North or South America. (I’m holding out for first class).
9. I was the general contractor for my first home.
George Washingtons Thanksgiving Proclamation of 178910. I love to play tennis, and am amazingly average. I love to throw frisbee, and playing ultimate, and think I’m pretty good.
11. I want to grow my hair out again to 90’s grunge-style length. But everytime I start, I can’t get past month #2 of the 6-9 month process.
12. I’m partially deaf in my left ear.
13. I was nearly engaged to a woman with three kids. (they were great!)
14. I want kids of my own. (God speed).
15. I’m the middle of my parents’ five boys.
16. I love the west coast lifestyle, but the carolinas will always be home.
17. I sailed boats as a teenager.
18. I’ve always wanted to be a surfer, but too embarrassed to learn.
19. I love R&B smooth jams. In high school I would stay up late doing homework listening to radio shows like “The Quiet Storm” and “Pillow Talk” on the local R&B stations.
20. I had my first kiss when I was 13 at a church lock-in.
21. I have a moderate fear of heights.
22. As a toddler, I would put myself to sleep. I think it was a defense mechanism from being in a competitive household, plus the middle-child thing.
23. Took karate as a kid, trained under Chuck Norris’ first student. made it to green belt.
24. I had my first real job at the age of 13. I was an usher at the local movie theater. I would wear my dad’s ties, which made me look ridiculously tiny.
25. I think these lists are fun, but I really want you to like me for the billion other things not on this list…or, just because.

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

George Washingtons Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789I pray we all remember the signifigance of this day, and how it is rooted in thanks to our Almighty God.

Below is the proclamation from George Washington as printed in The Massachusetts Centinel on October 14, 1789.

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington