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    Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

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    Website flipping is nothing new and we all know people create website and sell them to make money and you will be surprised to know that people also make money by domain flipping. Like Website flipping, domain flipping is different. In this case, you buy exclusive domain names like (Porn.com, Education.com, World.com) and sell them at highly price using services like Flippa or private sell.

    Domain selling business is not as old as origin of websites.  Even I have sold and bought domains in past five years.  I have settled some deals also, but neither of those is as big to be mentioned here.  I however, wanted to know more about this business little closely and found some unbelievable deals from the past.

    Most of the people, who are into this business, purchase domain names in anticipation that in future they will get good value for their investment.  They maintain a website with these domain names and wait for the opportunity which they can grab with both hands.  Though there is no surety of expected profit, but, then we invest in stocks and other commodities where return is not sure too.  At least here if you didn’t get your perfect deal, you can use domain name for your own website. I am making a list of 20 most expensive domain names ever sold up to 2014.

    top20 domain sold Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    One thing which is common in this list of expensive domain names is the One word. Most of names are one word and are highly searched words with high CPC. Another thing to be noticed here is all are .com domains and we don’t see any single .org, .info listing, which again shows the importance of .com names.

    I’m sure you will be surprised to see the list of top most expensive domain name here and the price. Sex is the keyword everywhere and this is true in the case of this list. Porn websites are the biggest seller.

    Top 20 Most expensive domain names:

    In this list most of the domains are related to porn, gambling and investment industry.  Tough giving an exact figure is difficult due to the mode of transaction and other constraints; still this list contains domains which are known to have accounts of.  Here is the list :-

    vacationrental Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    VacationRentals.com – This deal took place in 2007 and the transaction was for $35 million. This is the highest ever deal made to purchase any domain.  Brain Sharples, the founder of HomeAway, is new owner of this domain and admitted that he purchased it, as he did not want his competitor Expedia to acquire it.

    privatejet Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    PrivateJet.com – This deal came very close to become the all time highest deal ever made for domain selling.  This transaction happened in 2012 at $ 30.18 million.

    insure Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Insure.com – Insure.com’s deal happened in 2009 and happens to be the second highest deal of all time for three years, when PrivateJet.com broke this record.  Deal was made at $ 16 million.

    sex com Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Sex.com – Here comes the first deal from porn industry.  The deal was made for $ 14 million and happened in October of 2010.  This domain is doing very well, as it is linked with one of the most searched keyword on search engines.

    hotels Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Hotels.com – This domain was sold for $ 11 million in 2001, however, new owner of this domain couldn’t actually confirm at what price the domain has been purchased, in a TV interview to BBC.

    fund Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Fund.com – It was purchased in the year 2008 at a whooping price of $ 9.9 million.  This domain is meant for a financial service, however, this domain is still not live.  I don’t know if owner is waiting to resell this domain in near future.

    porn Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Porn.com – It is another entry from the porn industry.  No wonder why this website is doing so well and why new owner spent $ 9.5 million to acquire it in 2007.

    fb Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Fb.com – Facebook purchased fb.com in November 2010 at a price of $ 8.5 million from American Farm Bureau Federation.  At present this domain is redirected to www.facebook.com, but hopefully Facebook will make good use of this domain and the money spent on purchasing it.

    business Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Business.com – This domain was sold for $ 7.5 million in December 1999.  Next entry in this list also worth the same amount spent on this deal, but it was made seven years after this one, therefore ranked below.

    diamond Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Diamond.com – This domain was acquired in 2006 at a price of $ 7.5 million.  This domain now is live as a diamond online shopping site.  It’s really not surprising why owner paid a huge amount for this site; after all he is using it so sell one of the most precious substances available in the world.

    beer Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Beer.com – It was sold in 2004 at a price of $ 7 million.  This domain is featuring for resale on www.aftermarket.com.  God bless owner and may they be able to make good profit out of this domain.

    israel Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Israel.com – Deal for this domain was done in 2008 at a price of $ 5.88 million.  However, there is not much information available for this domain.  Even Google can’t find it!

    casino Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Casino.com – This domain was sold to Mansion Limited of Gibraltar in 2007 and deal was settled at a price of $ 5.5 million, however, this investment has given great ROI to the new owner.

    slots Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Slots.com – This deal took place in 2010 and credited $ 5.5 million in previous owner’s account.  Bodog, a Russian online gaming site became the new owner and created new game on this domain.

    asseenontv Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Asseenontv.com – This domain was purchased by LA Group in 2000 for a price of $ 5.1 million.  This domain was used to protect brand name “asseenattv.com” of LA Group.  This is biggest domain deal made for defense purpose.

    toys Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Toys.com – This domain made $ 5.1 million in 2009 for the previous owner.  This domain was sold to American market leader ToysRUs.

    korea Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Korea.com – This is the second domain in our list which is named after a country.  Korea.com deal was done at price of $ 5 million in 2004.  New owner of this domain is Korea.com Communications.

    seo Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    SEO.com – This deal took place in 2007 and is considered to be a wiser one.  Michael Mann, owner of BuyDomains understood the importance of having a good domain name; therefore, he sold his company and invested in SEO.com.

    cloths Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Clothes.com – Zappos acquired clothes.com in 2008 with an amount of $4.9 million.  This domain is used to redirect online clothing line shop of zappos.com.

    icloud Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Ever Sold : 2014 List

    Icloud.com – Apple Inc purchased this domain at a price of $ 4.5 million in 2011.  Apple was hunting for all i-domains, around the world and acquired this domain after acquiring iphone.com, which was not as big a deal to mention in this list.

    Now, if you ever think of making money via domain flipping and found an amazing domain name which is available, grab that name right away. You can later on sell those domains for higher price. Do remember, in 2014 many new TLD’s are launching (Many of them are already launched), and this is the right time to become a domainer and earn money.

    At this time I have following two domain names which are available for sell:

    • Diamondsforwomen.com ( Price : $499) For selling Diamonds
    • Wpdraft.com ($49) For WordPress niche site

    If you wish to buy above two domain names, you can drop me an Email at admin[at[shoutmeloud.com.

    Here are few articles from our Archive, which will help you to dive more into domain business:

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    { 31 comments… read them below or add one }

    anonymous

    Hockey.com sold for well over a million dollars a few years ago to Geosign Corp. Geosign, unfortunately sunk like a rock and ended up selling the domain off after a failed attempt to create a site around the domain.

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    anonymous

    youtube.com got sold for 1.65 billion…i think that should be way 1st

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    AKS

    youtube.com was not just a domain, it was the most watched video site of that time.

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    Ross Beckham

    toys.com sold yesterday for 5.1 million USD

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    gay guy

    who just randomly types in “porn.com” into their browser? that 9.5 million was ill-spent, I bet the revenue up to this date has not been nearly as much.

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    Simon | Teenius

    Oh, only me then? (just kidding).
    Well, I would imagine a lot of people would type porn.com in, and, well, to be honest, it’s pretty brandable so by just putting a site up there I’m sure you’d earn a LOT.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Ver true Simon, That’s how keyword based domain names come into the picture and are very helpful.

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    George Serradinho

    I can’t believe $14 million for a domain, that’s just WOW. I guess if you have the money and you really want it then why not. I can surely think of better ways to use $14 million like go around the world, buy a few places here and there.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    George adding my 2 cents to it,
    Now what people are doing, they create a blog , drive traffic , Improve page rank and alexa rank and sell it for good price more then 2k$.
    It’s becoming a great business for few people.

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    Atul

    I think me too sud focus on thi sbusiness..anyways its nice business
    .

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    Pro-Vamsi

    Great Info mate!! I wonder people buy domains spending that much..
    sounds cool!!

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Vamsi that’s where Keyword based domain name come into picture. This post is a clear example of the importance of keyword rich domain names.

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    cam

    All the good one word domain names are registered. Its even hard to find good 2 word domains.
    If you know the names of any celebs who dont have a domain name yet, you should buy that instead. This will also work for new offline start up businesses. If you think they might make it big buy their domain name before they do then sell it to them. I know its cheeky, but it will work.

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    Sameer Khan

    hey harsh… ur list is great… I didnt know sex.com was 14 million worth.. I dont know hw much is my sites worth. ??

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    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

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Thanks for more input Jake. .Com domain is always the hot sale.

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    deepak sharma

    but i have heard that porn,sex domain names can’t be purchasable……
    is it true ………………..?

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    iTechRoom

    Never imagined that a domain can cost to that limit, the highest one I heard was business.com, few years earlier.

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    Marion.

    yellowpages com sold for few millions.

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    Jon

    OMG!!! cant believe all that prices
    seo.com is not in the 1st page for the keyword ‘search engine optimization’ :P

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    Dave in Toronto

    Beer.com was turned into a big website but its now offline.

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    Deepanshu

    staggering prices :-o no wonder when i type seo, seo.com its the first result after wikipedia :-) indeed domain name is a big factor :-)

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    Bakare O.

    This is eye opening. I didn’t know such staggering amount are being expended on domain names. But why can’t Airtel sue Fodavone for taking their name. I think it is illegal for you to buy a name to deceive people when in actual fact there is a company or person with the name, this should be a legal case

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    Sreerag Nampoothiri K

    I wish i have reserved any of those domain before this happened…
    Domain sale is a business now rite harsh??

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    GoldeN

    @ Sreerag Nampoothiri K
    Absolutely rite, I heard about this type of business long before but never implemented my thinking.Even you can start this by preserving domain names based on upcoming events, for example- worldcup2011.com before starting word cup that year or so.

    As it’s just an example, you can find thousands of events occasionally to do business with.

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    tushar

    the most costliest domain name is privatejet.com
    it was sold for $ 30 million

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    vikas yadav

    Not a single blog of programming in the list, that’s why most of the people ignore on writing about programming.

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    Varun

    Hi harsh,
    how do you get that much information. :) awesome and domains names are sold for millions of dollars. WOW!
    just wanted to ask you that can you start a series of posts on ‘selling a blog’ it’ll be really helpful for us. :)

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    Amandeep

    These are very expected names and no doubt these domain names deserve that price. But I didn’t know their names. Thanks for the information Harsh sir. I strictly follow your blog.

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    Taposh Kapuria

    Domain flipping is not new in web business. These domain has huge price because they are also aged with good traffic.

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    naveen kumar rajput

    It’s really informative, first time i see such a big deal for domain selling on this website .Harsh sir Iam sure that your domain is also have a million dollar market value because your website content is really awesome and helpful for all bloggers and all website owners should read your blogs really they are very helpful to all , That’s iam a regular follower of shoutmeloud . com.

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