20 most expensive domain names ever sold till 2015

  • 20 most expensive domain names ever sold till 2015

Being a part of Domain and Hosting industry from past 6 Years, i have been playing around million of domain names and evaluating it for customers.

My eyes were always on most expensive domain names sold and wanted to find out the reason for it.

Now Utilizing my experience i have given a thought to help people who want to make extra bucks from domain flipping.

People are earning million of dollars working full time on Domain flipping, so i thought to give you guys a shocking figures of 20 most expensive Domain names ever sold till 2015.

Online businesses has taken an exponential growth in the past recent years.

Not all the online businesses became successful but one of the easy to do and profitable business of flipping websites online has became popular in last few years.

At an earlier time, this business was limited to the domain selling but now website selling has become equally popular. Now people make websites and sell them in order to make money from it.

Domain selling is even easier. You’ll just have to buy domains and sell them at higher prices on websites such as:

Flippa – BuySellWebsite – GeekVillage – Forums.DigitalPoint – SiteIndeed – WebsiteBroker

With domain flipping, you can sell the domain right through or you can build a website and then sell it.

If you want to start the domain flipping business i recommend you to read book “Sell Domains Fast” written by one of my very good friend – Ashwin Vikhona.

People in this business first buy domain names expecting that they will get good revenue from the website in the future.

They grab this wonderful opportunity and earn cash with both hands. They earn from the website they have made and wait for the opportunity from someone to buy the website.

Although, there’s no surety of the benefit with the investment anyone has made, there’s no surety even in other businesses such as stocks, commodity and forex.

In this business, at least you have the opportunity of earning from the website.

I’ve researched and made a list of 20 expensive websites of all times and found some interesting facts about them.

  • All of these most expensive domain names have a single word. These single word domain names are highly searched and have high CPC.
  • Importance of .com domain names are not ignored here too and all the 20 most expensive domain names have .com domain names.
  • It has also been found that gambling and sex industry were the two popular domains in this category of expensive domain names upto 2015.

Caution: The below mentioned sales may excite you, but you need to control yourself and follow process before moving towards Domain Flipping.

List of 20 Most Expensive Domain Names:


VacationRentals.com – This website was sold in the year 2007 and the cost of the whole deal was $35 Million which is one of the most expensive domain names sold.

This is the highest deal ever made in the history of selling VacationRentals.com.

The founder of HomeAway, Brain Sharpels, is the new owner of this domain and he admitted that he purchased it because he did not want his competitor Expedia, to acquire it.


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.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 – 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 highly searched keyword on search engines.


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.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.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.com – Facebook purchased fb.com in November 2010 at a price of $ 8.5 million fromAmerican 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.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.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 precious substances available in the world.


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


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.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.


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.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.

If you ever think of making money through domain flipping and found an amazing domain name which is available, grab that opportunity right away.

But do check the above most expensive domain names ever sold which will help you understand the domain evaluation well.

If you are already in the Domain Flipping Business and want to share your experience or ideas around Domain Flipping i would love to hear from you in the comment section.

About the Author:

Anuradha is the co-founder of DHost.com, a website specially designed for Web Hosting Shoppers who are looking for effective tips for blogging and reliable hosting reviews. She developed the interest in web hosting and search engine optimization. Anuradha has been in web hosting industry for four years. She loves engaging on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. In her free time, she loves eating new foods, reading books and spend time with her family. Connect with Anuradha on Facebook @chawlaanuradha.

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