Your Domain Name Could Be Worth $400 Million

Well, if you’ve got a really good one that is! Back in 1999, just before the big dot-com bust, people laughed when business.com was sold for $7.5 million. And now, it seems that the domain is up for grab again. Can you guess how much the owners are asking for it? $400 million dollars. Yep, that’s a lot of spare change… several tons of it in fact!

The company that grew out of business.com — a search engine used by businesses to find products and services — is now on the auction block, and could fetch anywhere between $300 million and $400 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Do you think a domain name could be worth that much? Sex.com got sold for $14 million back in January 2006 and beer.com for $7 million. So do you think $400 million for business.com is just a bit overpriced?

What are your thoughts on this?

Business.com Could Hit Jackpot on Auction Block (The Wall Street Journal)

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10 Responses to Your Domain Name Could Be Worth $400 Million

  1. Imagine how much Lary & Sergey could sell Google.com for, think it would raise quite a bit more than that!

  2. Imagine how much Lary & Sergey could sell Google.com for, think it would raise quite a bit more than that!

  3. I've been intrigued my domaining for a while now.

    It seems either domains aren't worth crap, or are worth a ridiculous amount. There's barely any in-between.

    I think they're worth whatever the buyer believes they can make from it. There really isn't a dollar amount limit.

  4. I read somewhere that the web site associated to the domain name (business.com) makes about $15 million a year in revenue… which would help justify the price.

    It is also a popular "generic" term that most likely, in itself, gets a high amount of "type-in" traffic.

    Even so, if the domain/business sells for what they are asking it would surely turn more people on to the domain name market.

  5. I read somewhere that the web site associated to the domain name (business.com) makes about $15 million a year in revenue… which would help justify the price.

    It is also a popular “generic” term that most likely, in itself, gets a high amount of “type-in” traffic.

    Even so, if the domain/business sells for what they are asking it would surely turn more people on to the domain name market.

  6. I’ve been intrigued my domaining for a while now.

    It seems either domains aren’t worth crap, or are worth a ridiculous amount. There’s barely any in-between.

    I think they’re worth whatever the buyer believes they can make from it. There really isn’t a dollar amount limit.