I have only sold 35 of my 6500 domains.
This was the 4th largest recorded cash domain sale ever!
(Purchased for $42,000 in 1997) It is important to note that this domain had career earnings in excess of $15 Million via pay per click earnings and never had adult content)
989.com $818,181.81 (registered for $100 in 1997)
899.com $801,000 (registered for $100 in 1997)
9595.com $180,000 (registered for $100 in 1998)
Teem.com Total $972.000 after Equity payout
Men.com $1,320,000 (bought from 3rd party for $15,000 in 1997)
eBet.com $1,350,000 (registered for $100 in 1997)
Property.com/Properties.com $4MM + Equity Stake
(Bought from 3rd party for $750,000 in 2005)
Candy.com $3MM + Royalties + 10% Ownership +++
(Bought via broker for about $100,000 in 2005)
iReport.com to CNN for $750K
The following were early sales to establish domain value. Registered between 1996 and 1999 for $35-$100 each.
eCruise.com $100,000 & Stock
235.com for $100,000
236.com to IAC (Undisclosed)
I want to read your book once you write it. I can only imagine the interesting situations you’ve witnessed first hand in selling IReport.com and now Candy.com.
some great news.
Congrats Rick, once again proving a good domain will always hold value no matter what the economic winds!
David J Castello
I hope we all look back in a few years and wonder how such a great name sold so cheaply.
Congrats on the sale Rick. You and cash are indeed king.
Congrats Rick. Great name, long waiting for a ‘home’!!
Ain’t no domain recession here.
These top draw domains are a goldmine for the biggest of players in the Market.
$3m + royalities sets you up for retirement. Nice one. Although I’d say there will be no retirement… just more deals.
Way to go! 2009 is looking like a history making year. Especially newsworthy when domains draw investment dollars like this. Buy an asset –>”Buy a category leading domain”.
Congratulation Rick! An excellent sale and a great buy.
And wish I were sitting in your living room!
Thanks for sugar coating March of 2009.
You know that feeling; once you’ve done it, the only way to recapture that feeling is to teach another.
Well, here I am :)
EM @ KING.NET
Another million deal Rick.
Congratulation to you, my hat-off to you .
iReport that is one sweet deal sir!
I think the auction.com, toys.com and now this candy.com deals will get rolled into one nice big juicy mainstream media news story.
All eyes, in a good way, might be looking our way soon.
end users are finally getting it!
I look forward to seeing who is the buyer of the domain.
Still more great sales to come Im sure!
The Domain King has a new title to add:
The Domain Sugar Daddy!
Congrats Rick – another excellent score! You continue to inspire us all and raise the profile of domains and domainers worldwide….
That’s incredible Rick!
There’s been more high sales recently than ever before, in this economy! Auction, Toys, Candy, proprty etc
BTW, You can afford to buy ‘KingsBlog.com’ from me now. It suits you more! LOL
Can you reveal when and for how much did you acquire this name?
If not, I’ll just congratulate you with another great sale!
Congrats Rick – sounds like a sweeeeet deal!
Just an FYI, the twitter link in your signature is dead – you’re missing the .com in twitter (and you’re the .com king (GRIN)
Just a heads-up…keep domaining!
– Andrew Hazen
All Hail the Domain King !!
Not A Fan Of The"Domain King"
Too bad you haven’t been doing any kind of development. If the domain had been ranking in Google in the top 5 you certainly could have gotten more. But honestly you’re the laziest domainer in history, so it’s par for the course.
also congrats on not getting tied into an NDA, i respect how you get sales prices revealed. it aids the industry
In Response to Not a Fan of the"Domain King"
I agree about Rick’s lack of development. If you look at the”Top 50 Domains in Development” on erealestate.com all the ones I checked are parked and have been for some time. For such a huge player with a huge amount of money at hand it is pretty poor that these domains are wasted so much. I’m a small one man show and yet by the looks of things on your site (may not be the case though) have developed more. There’s also a 0% chance I’d ever want to trade places with Rick due to his making money in adult domains but this is a whole different story. Just that I’d rather be able to look my kids in the eyes and have a clean conscious then have to know how I made my fortune. Even if I were to struggle through life financially that’s OK with me in comparison to that.
In response to”Not a fan of the”Domain King”.
Sure, Rick might not have developed his websites. But just like trees they are always growing in value.
The problem with Entrepreneurs is they have lots of ideas generally and with all the best intentions in the world they can never chew everything they take a bite of.
While Rick may have got more by developing these domains, the fact remains he got a great deal more than most of us would have with the same name. So, even without development he made more by effective bargaining.
Nb: As Rick is not a manufacturer of Candy then the best he could have achieved is some sort of affiliate arrangement, and how much of an uplift in cashflows would that have achieved (for the outlay) relative to making what he already makes off the site? Also, this new company would have cleaned the site, so what residual intrinsic value is this URL based on? Rick is a land owner; he lets the developers do their bit.
Furthermore, development of sites is the way to go when it’s not a category killer or an absolute high end domain. But when you have the best, the true value of that domain is when the end user can fully exploit its true potential. If you as the domain owner cannot do this (Is Rick a multi million/billion confectionary manufacturer?) then in reality you might as well do the minimum as your buyer is likely to appear within a 3 year time window.
To the two clowns who took jabs at Rick maybe you need to get a life, and do not preach your holier than thou attitude about how he made anything, I am sure you are perfect though.
That’s Awesome Rick! Chalk another one up for solid generic keyword domain names.
This means at least one major corporation in the US has noticed that the internet is dwarfing all other medias combined, in some segments.
It’s nice to see a domain selling for its true value.