Thursday , August 11 2022

How Long it Takes to Sell a Domain Name

On a bike ride yesterday, I was chatting briefly about domain names with a friend. I acquired a nice domain name a few months earlier while on a ski trip with this friend and our families, and I received an offer to buy that name right before our ride. My friend asked me how long it takes me to sell a domain name.

This is a question I have been asked many times, and it is impossible to answer. Sometimes it can take days to sell a domain name and sometimes a domain name never sells. The hold time for a domain name acquisition can vary tremendously for a plethora of reasons.

My domain name might not sell because I was wrong about its utility. Maybe I overpriced the domain name by so much nobody is even willing to make an offer. Perhaps I bought such a niche domain name that there would only be a few buyers who don’t know the domain name is for sale. The value could also be so high that very few people can afford it. Whatever the reason, a domain name may sell quickly or take a very long time to sell.

I went through my domain portfolio list this morning to see the years I acquired my domain names. I shared the info below to give you an idea of how long I may hold domain names. I have been buying more names over the last few years, hence the heavy weight of recent acquisitions.

  • 2006 – 3
  • 2007 – 11
  • 2008 – 11
  • 2009 – 8
  • 2010 – 12
  • 2011 – 18
  • 2012 – 9
  • 2013 – 21
  • 2014 – 23
  • 2015 – 33
  • 2016 – 68
  • 2017 – 132
  • 2018 – > 200
  • 2019 – > 200
  • 2020 – > 300
  • 2021 – > 300

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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