20 Most Expensive Domain Names

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A Domain name is used to identify and trace computers & resources connected to the internet. It follows a set of rules and regulations of the Domain Name System (DNS). The organization or company who desires to be on the internet will have to register a domain name as their online identity. A domain name consists of two parts, for example, in eurid.eu the ‘.eu’ represents TLD – Top Level Domain (last portion of a DNS) and ‘eurid’ represents the second level domain. Most of the domain names are of one word and another thing to be noted is that almost all the domain names are .com domains. Having a good domain name can induce your business. At present, there are 7 TLDs for each country. The TLDs such as .org, .net and .com can be used by anyone whereas .edu, .mil, .int and .gov are restricted, which means that only the qualified individual can register.

20 Most Expensive Domain Names

Over these years, internet has earned pretty good cash by selling and bidding some of the most famous domains. It is one of the coolest businesses where one can make good money just by trading a domain name. The demand for these domains still remains strong and it continues to grow day by day. One interesting fact about this domain name is that some can cost very less just at $2, whereas some can cost more than millions. Many of the strong domain names have got a huge number of visitors. The traffic ranking for such websites can increase the price tag during the sale of the domain. If you are planning to enhance your current business by purchasing the most expensive domain, then have a look at the 20 most expensive domain names listed below.

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1, Candy.com

  • Year sold: 2009
  • Monthly traffic: 73,953

Candy.com was purchased by G&J Holdings in the year 2009 for $3 Million. It is reported that the Candy.com is the second largest domain name that was purchased in the year 2009. The domain ranks 9th position globally. Earlier, the domain was owned and managed by Rick Schwartz who sold ireport.com to CNN. Candy.com offers the best online candy shopping experience in the world. This online candy store provides a wide range of candy selection along with excellent support and community features.

2, Vodka.com

  • Year sold: 2006
  • Monthly traffic: 1,346

Vodka.com was purchased by Roustam Tariko for $3 Million in the year 2006. The domain ranks 8th position in the world. Roustam Tariko is a billionaire who owns and manages the Russian Standard Company. This company owns and produces Russian Standard brand of Vodka. Tariko created the Vodka.com site for educating the people about the joys of Vodka.

3, Clothes.com

  • Year sold: 2008
  • Monthly traffic: 6,687

Zappos.com purchased the Clothes.com for $4.9 Million in the year 2008. The domain ranks 7th position in the world. Zappos is a famous online shoe retailer and it also offers clothes. Zappos was earlier owned by Amazon.

4, Sex.com

  • Year sold: 2010
  • Monthly traffic: 172,692

There is a very famous quote “the word sex sells” and it is true because Sex.com is one of the highest paid domains. The domain also entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. It was sold for $13 Million to Escom LLC. The site was actually started in the year 1994 by an entrepreneur named Gary Kremen, who is the founder of the dating website called Match.com. Sex.com ranks 1st position in the world.

5, Toys.com

  • Year sold: 2009
  • Monthly traffic: 231,775

Toys.com was bought by America’s leading toy store, ToysRUs in the year 2009. The domain was purchased for $5.1 Million. ToysRUs went through a strong auction with the National A1 Advertising to acquire Toys.com. The domain ranks 6th position globally.

6, Diamond.com

  • Year sold: 2006
  • Monthly traffic: 38,501

The Diamond.com was bought by an online Jewelry retailer, Ice.com for an amount of $7.5 million from Odimo. Both the parties (Ice.com and Odimo) approved that the $7.5 million was for the domain name. It is reported that Ice.com paid another $2 million for the jewelry inventory of Odimo.

7, Fly.com

  • Year sold: 2009
  • Monthly traffic: 1,026,834

Fly.com was purchased by Travelzoo for $1.76 million in the year 2009. Travelzoo was launched in 1998. This publicly traded travel site had announced that Fly.com will be the new home of an information site. Fly.com ranks 16th position in the entire world.

8, Slots.com

  • Year: 2010
  • Monthly traffic: 21,424

Slots.com is one of the strongest and coolest gaming-related domains. It was purchased by Calvin Ayre for $5.5 Million in the year 2010. It ranks 5th position globally. Calvin Ayre is the founder of a business enterprise and licensing organization named Bodog brand.

9, Fund.com

  • Year sold: 2008
  • Monthly traffic: 356

Fund.com ranks 2nd position in the entire world. It was purchased by Clek Media for $9.99 Million in 2008. During this year, the purchase of Fund.com set the world record for the highest domain name purchase ever. Fund.com serves the needs of the investors, financial institutions and general consumers who are in search of the investment fund options like mutual funds, index funds, hedge funds, etc.

10, Porn.com

  • Year sold: 2007
  • Monthly traffic: 1,945,661

Porn.com is one of the renowned names to the list of domain names. It was purchased in the year 2007 by an investment firm named MXN Limited for $9.5 Million. It ranks third globally. MXN Ltd. is an Internet media and investment firm that develops new web properties. Porn.com is one of the top adult entertainment domain names.

11, Business.com

  • Year sold: 1999
  • Monthly traffic: 2,371,419

The business related search engine and web directory, Business.com was founded by Jake Winebaum who was the chairman of the Walt Disney Internet Group and Sky Daton – the founder of Earthlink respectively. It was sold in the year 1999 for $7.5 Million to RH Donnelley, the publisher of Yellow Pages.

12, Casino.com

  • Year sold: 2007
  • Monthly traffic: N/A

Not much is known regarding the sale of Casino.com. It was a private sale. The only information available is about the purchase of the domain by a company that is headquartered in Gibraltar known as the Mansion Limited of Gibraltar. It was sold in the year 2007 for a price tag of $5.5 Million.

13, Israel.com

  • Year sold: 2008
  • Monthly traffic: N/A

There is no information regarding the buyer of this domain. Israel.com was purchased in the year 2008 for $5.88 Million. The domain was owned by a 46 year old Jewish American named Joel Noel Friedman who bought the site in the year 1994 in fear that it would be misused by anyone. He decided to sell it in tribute of Israel’s 60th anniversary.

14, Beer.com

  • Year sold: 1999
  • Monthly traffic: N/A

Beer.com was sold at a price tag of $7 million to Interbrew. There were some conflicting reports that Interbrew did not pay the $7 million in cash but rather gave them the price in stock. Earlier, this domain was owned by Andrew Miller and Michael “Zappy” Zapolin in the year 1998. Beer.com is a search engine for beer news, beer brewing, drinking games and history of beer.

15, Shopping.de

  • Year sold: 2008
  • Monthly traffic: 1,306

The domain name Shopping.de was sold for $2.85 million in the year 2008. It was purchased by Unister GmbH that operates online portals like Auto.de, News.de, Kredit.de, Geld.de and Preisvergleich.de. It ranks 10th position globally.

16, CreditCards.com

  • Year sold: 2004
  • Monthly traffic: 954,067

CreditCards.com was sold for $275 million in the year 2004 and it ranks 11th position in the entire world. The domain name has been purchased by ClickSuccess, which is an Austin, Texas-based firm that focuses in marketing financial products online.

17, Insure.com

  • Year: 2009
  • Monthly traffic: N/A

Insure.com, the online advertising firm was sold to Quin Street for $16 Million in the year 2009. It provides life, car and health insurance quotes. As per the reports, the same also purchased the internet.com, a month before buying the Insure.com.

18, Computer.com

  • Year sold: 2007
  • Monthly traffic: 1,049

Computer.com was sold to TigerDirect for $2.1 Million and it ranks 14th position. TigerDirect is an online retailer of computers and consumer electronics, which is headquartered in Fountainbleau, Florida.

19, SEO.com

  • Year sold: 2007
  • Monthly traffic: N/A

SEO.com was purchased by WashingtonVC for $5 Million in the year 2007. The founder of this venture capital firm is MIchael Mann. As per the reports, few years ago MIchael Mann sold BuyDomains for more than $65 million.

20, Fb.com

  • Year sold: 2010
  • Monthly traffic: N/A

Fb.com was purchased by Facebook for $8.5 Million in the year 2010. Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking site. This famous domain name stands in the 6th spot in the list of all time expensive domain names. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of facebook purchased the domain name from the American Farm Bureau.

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