Short is still beautiful!

The 2011 resale domain market study according to Sedo  was published pdf  today.

There was a total of 39,951 (43,499) sales with revenues of $84.4m ($101.4m) that’s an average price of  $2.1k ($2.3k). The highest value sale was gambling.com at $2.5m and there were, appropriately, two 2 character domains in the top 10 – 88.com at $850,000 and 3d.com at $500,000.

The most common character length of domain sale was 8 but whilst not provided we guess from their volumes graph that the highest average price was likely 2 characters as (by inspection) the average price could have been approaching $10,000. And as for 1 character domains……

Included by Sedo is an interesting price index for internet domain names (IDNX)  both as a total and also by certain tld’s which is compiled by Thies Lindenthal  which we intend returning to later. .uk’s don’t show up well due to a steep decline in average sales prices over the last three years.

Continuing with the short character theme we were interested to see that DomainAdvisors  in a Press Release  announced that they are “exclusively representing an impressive list of rare two-letter .com domain names including YO.com, KE.com, BU.com, FE.com, WT.com, FO.com and XR.com” and went on to say  “While it is widely believed that the domains sex.com and business.com have been the highest domain sales, many prominent two-letter domains have been sold via non-disclosed transactions.” Said President of DomainAdvisors, Jeffrey M. Gabriel. Reported two-letter .com sales include TS.com for $186,000, LI.com for $500,000, YP.com selling to Yellow Pages for $3,850,000 and FB.com which sold for $8,500,000 to Facebook.

And as for 1 character domains ……..

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