Most Expensive Domain Names Ever

By Daniel Scocco

You probably know that top domain names sell for big bucks, right? But exactly how much money are we talking about, and what are those top domains? Well, I just came across a list that has over 50 of the most expensive domains ever sold.

Here are the top 10:

Sex.com – Sold for: $14 million on January 19th, 2006

Fund.com – $9,999,950 – Sold in 2008

Porn.com – Sold for $9,000,000 sometime in 2007 (Update: OR $9,500,000 – Two different prices shown across many different sites/news reports)

Business.com – Sold for $7,500,000 in 1999 (Remember: This was pretty much a β€œbusiness” sale with a developed name)

Diamonds.com – Sold for $7,500,000

Beer.com – Sold for $7,000,000

AsSeenOnTV.com – Sold for $5,100,000 in January of 2000

Korea.com – $5,000,000 – Sold in January of 2000

Casino.com – $5,500,000 – Sold to a private company in 2003

YP.com – $3,850,000 – Sold to YellowPages.com

Shop.com – Sold for $3,500,000 in 2001

Check out the original post to view the other 40 domains listed.

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55 Responses to “Most Expensive Domain Names Ever”

  • Ikki at Bloggers blog

    Sex.com is probably the sexiest one πŸ˜‰ hehe

  • Firas Steitiyeh

    as usual, porn and adult industry is always the best reveneue generators in any field!! mobile, internet, TV everything! lool

  • Writer Dad

    Those numbers are beyond crazy.

  • Detox Cleansing

    AsSeenOnTV.com, that’s a terrible domain. I can’t believe someone paid that much for it.

  • Bryan

    Wasn’t SEO.com sold for $5 million? That should’ve been in the list.

  • Enduring Wanderlust

    Sex sells and I bet it will get a lot of attention on here too. Predict a few extra comments and clicks than usual.

    I bet they were all worth every penny to the buyer.

  • Vygantas

    Um, it was like posted 10 x times before 5 years ago along with the questions “is page rank important” “are edu domains important”… etc.

    It’s kinda sad that all the “new” posts of some bloggers are old posts from other people.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Vygantas, that is the first time I see a list with the top 50 most expensive domains actually.

  • the Blogoholic

    Ya, I’ve never seen a list of the top 50 most expensive domains.

    You don’t like the posts, don’t read the blog.

  • Matej

    As Seen On TV ? Don’t get it … it must me some well known rich company …

  • Imran

    great list Daniel.

    Daniel based on your experience how much you think CrawlMysite.com is worth?

  • Blog Expert

    Now that is a lot of money. I wish I was rolling around in the dough.

  • Farrhad A @ The Blogging Park

    Whoever got the idea at the right time…..luck πŸ˜‰
    Lol at Ikki πŸ˜€

  • Mindy

    Apparently, sex sells. πŸ˜‰

    Matej, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_seen_on_TV_(marketing)
    AsSeenONTV is the official site for the largest retailer that sells “As seen on TV” products.

  • Franck Silvestre

    The adult industry as always toppled down the competition. Sex indeed sells and it’s human interest facet makes it all the more appealing. Now, I’m wondering, why would someone waste 14M on a domain name like that?! πŸ˜€ lol

  • Blogodate

    http://www.weapon.com is still empty. Is someone interested? πŸ˜‰

  • Pinaki

    America.com sold for $1,700,000 in May 2008

  • Ajith Edassery

    Most of them are cute one word domain names. But I hated (as must as I hate to see it on TV) that AsSeenOnTV crap getting 5 million!

    Wonder how much two word domain names like DollarShower will be worth πŸ˜† By the way, is there any free appraisal services?

    Remember having taken such paid services in 1999-00 times… I had some 25 or so domains with me then.

  • KRAPPS

    No surprise … Sex Sells!!

  • jim spencer

    This list includes published sales. There are many more sales that are transacted privately and will never be included in such lists.

  • Brian

    wow… great find!

  • Tom – StandOutBlogger.com

    It’s pretty sad that 2 of the top 3 are sex related.

  • ethan

    Crazy stuff.

    I read that Business.com makes a ridiculous amount of money from PPC and just being basically a parked domain.

  • Nick

    Wow, thats crazy! I couldent imagine spending that much domain names.

  • Kurt Avish

    Wow… one word values so many millions :p

  • Alka

    Wow smart ones to invest on that..!! πŸ˜€

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Imran, I would say $100.

  • Life is Colourful

    Wish I could have bought the first domain in the list, before even I had it practically… LOL!

  • Monevator

    As someone who was around the Internet in 1991 when you could register pretty much anything (for free, or very cheaply, if I recall correctly), these articles are always rather bitter sweet.

    Ah well, back to the stock market for my fortune. πŸ˜‰

  • Brian D. Hawkins

    I wonder if Fund.com went for $9,999,950 because 10 million just sounded like too much money πŸ˜‰

  • Laura Christianson

    Sad to see that the most spendy sites are generally for things people get addicted to.

    I’m happy to report that I just bought http://www.corporateblogservice.com (and a few related others) for $7.19, including tax. That’s seven dollars, not $7.1 million!

    Laura Christianson
    Co-founder, HeBlogsSheBlogs.com
    Business & Corporate Blogging Services
    https://twitter.com/heblogssheblogs

  • gendut

    selling domain…..making rich someone, but must be waiting for long times

  • Earning, Blogging, Tips and More

    Sex will always be on top. We can’t deny it. Sex sites get more traffic than any other niche. The reason probably why sex.com’s very expensive.

  • Brian D. Hawkins

    Lisa.com is for sale for $2,400,000 USD right now.

  • No Fixed Office

    Some of those prices are just excessive, i wonder if any were purchased as just an investment rather then to actually develop a site.

  • TechieProjects

    any idea on how can i get my domain name evaluated for free?

  • Loki

    I bought Monstrous.com back in 1998 and I am happy with it but generally considered having a generic domain name does not help much with Google rankings ….

  • vrati

    I am prepare to sell one of my domains for 5 million (Euro) up to 1-2 years πŸ˜‰

  • SEO Genius

    Now I wish I had a chance back then when all the decent domain names were still unregistered. I would of taken them all πŸ˜›

    Then again there are still some great domain names available just you have to predict the future now.

  • Matt

    You can still invest and do well. I recently registered a name and sold it within months for mid 5 figures.

    I’ve plenty more good ones too πŸ™‚

    You have to follow the trends, like *cloud.com

  • James Storr

    The price for AsSeenOnTV.com seems really excessive … Also we can notice that most of the top 10 domains were sold around 2000 … it has become more difficult now to sell domains…

  • Tour 2009

    In which names you see future? What you think?

  • Bryan Hee

    Woo! Become millionaires by selling domain name’s!

    To Your Success
    Bryan Hee

  • Dave

    I think those prices are fair. Domain names are so important these days.

    I bet having a great domain name can boost your hits massively.

    Casino.com is a great one to have.

  • Xander Mobertz from http://www.aMillionPixels.com/

    It’s terrible to see some people buy domains just to get some profit out of it. I think it ruins the creativity on the web because amateurs won’t be able to get a domain for a reasonable price!

  • world tours

    Yes, but only the domain is not sufficient. Вhere are still “Great” domain names that are free

  • neon

    slm thanks

  • neon

    oky iii akΓ…ΕΈamlar web dizayn

  • Boerne Search

    I would say more like “good” domains, all the great domains are taken, trust me I’ve looked.

  • Nikhil

    any guesses how much google would sell out for :):)

  • The online stores

    Nikhil, years ago 10-20US$, not more, but now… who know πŸ™‚

  • TutsKing

    Sex.com is obviously the sexiest = highest price.

  • Jake

    Most of the sold domain names are dot com. But there is few “not .com” domain names which break the record, for example bank.ht was sold for USD 1.4 million, inn.im for USD 1.8 million and motorcycle.se for USD 1.1 million

  • Jamie Pixon

    Once in a while, I like to play a game with myself—> get drunk, relax and pretend I’m back in 1998 on my PC, having the foresight and vision to register domain names such as business.com and sex.com.

    Of course, I soon sober up and realise the closest I’ll ever get to these domains is sex-warehouse-directory-free.com or Business101Web.com

    πŸ™

    Jamie

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