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.
My friend has been watching the following video over and over and keeps laughing so hard he can't stop. The commercial was banned for good reason. But it is still funny even if not politically correct.
In 1996, which was my first online Christmas, traffic from a normal day was down 90%. In 1997 it was down 85%. But a sizeable increase. Eventually it got to where Christmas Day and Christmas Eve would combine to average about 50% off. So you would basically lose one full day of traffic.
Last year was much better. Traffic last Christmas was down somewhere in the 15%-20% range. Here we are in 2010 and while the numbers may be a little soft, they are hardly noticeable. Which sets up the future where Christmas Day could actually be a new positive. This year Christmas Eve was just off 5%. The lowest margin ever off normal traffic. At one time travel meant you could not be online. Today, travel may mean just the opposite.
Christmas day itself was off about 8% from normal. Quite a difference over the years and we may be just 1or 2 years away from actually seeing an increase in traffic on Christmas.