Twing.com Sells for $11,600: Quality Short Names Still Increasing in Value

Sep 03 2011

You’ve heard me preach the value of a quality 5 letter dot com for years.  The market has really heated up this year with names now consistently reaching into the four figures.  A deleting name Twing.com hit $11,600 at Namejet.

I was willing to even pay $3-5K for the name but bidding soared past the number. This has been the case for many short, “brandable” type names at auction or drop over the last few months.  Five letter, six letter names that have that startup or app sound have flourished.  Dobble.com hit $467, Skeech.com went for $200, Labl.com brought $2900.  The names ending in ly (not the tld) have done well with names like firstly.com, which hit $560.

The next question I always get is, “how do you pick out the names that are going to do well?”.  My answer is vague.  You just have to have that feeling of what types of names the startup or app people are looking for.  The names ending in ly or dropped vowels (like labl) continue to do well.  They almost always can be looked at and pronounced properly.  If you have to tell them how to pronounce it, the value automatically drops.

I am always looking for names of this caliber but nobody has a clue what “this caliber” means.  Everyone seems to think they have a twing but in reality they have a twirgn.com. Not even close.  I’m opening a can of worms here but if you’re willing to be criticized in public (or praised), send me your best 5, five or six letter brandable dot com (dot com only) and I’ll evaluate them. It will give everyone a sense of what I feel are good or bad names.

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46 comments


    1. Post author
      ShaneCultra

      DomainReport
      Zaplo is the best of the group. Zappy or something of that nature would be better. The others are worth holding but at an auction most likely wouldn’t reach $200 IMO


    1. Post author
      ShaneCultra

      Garry,

      All probably worth renewing (reify maybe not). I don’t see anything that would fetch $XXX in an open auction. Chorb may get you a few hundred or more.

  1. Francois

    As a reminder is the style of names we try to list at Catchy.com
    More inventory we have and more sale chances everyone has.


    1. Post author
      ShaneCultra

      Donald,

      Sorry your comment went to spam and just found it. I really liked whipd. You could do pretty well with that one. I wouldn’t sell that for under $500.


    1. Post author
      ShaneCultra

      Allan so close on all those

      akick is OK. Kicka is a $XXXX name
      naled is OK Nailed is fantastic
      Wigly is OK. Wiggly is better.

      So they’re all worth keeping and better than many I’ve seen but wouldn’t expect any offers over $500 and I would be surprised if any went for over $100 at auction.

  2. Ms Domainer

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    I have had MsSpy.com for years, also MissSpy.com (OK, 7 letters). I was thinking along the lines of a kick *** detective agency, owned by a strong empowered woman.

    🙂

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  3. elton

    Hi Shane,
    nice post.
    how would you rate these .coms
    meowe, abior, ziato, shiky, suyoo, spikk, yonbo, coizi,
    thnx

  4. Dan

    Interesting… what would a domain like .. (any well known city)TV.com go for?? .. for instance,
    TahoeTV.com or BayAreaTV.com or SanDiegoTV.com

    any idea?

    And how would you explain the difference in value of Twing.com and Smizo.com? or can you?

    tks.


    1. Post author
      ShaneCultra

      Christian,

      Ironic name for these names. Too “offcolor” to have much general value. Someone in adult may like these names but tough to say if they have value. Not my area.

  5. Rich

    Hey Shane…

    A “rookie” question here… with all the possible names that can be created, are most ones that are purchased to be re-sold or are they created? Im assuming a little of both?

  6. andy kelly

    Hi Shane,

    Like you I’m a fan of 5 l coms.
    A few I own right now.

    ensak.com (30 type ins a day and a word in Swedish / guess thats the traffic source)
    aceby.com
    kudge.com
    yonth.com
    sneld.com
    jewdy.com
    orkic.com
    snimo.com
    kruwz.com
    wojam.com
    yenro.com
    camky.com

    I tend to research 5 l coms available to hand reg as so many are names (first and surnames), places or words in foreign languages. I regularly also reg them just down to their cute factor too.

  7. Clay Burt

    Hey Shane:

    Glad you are doing this as you did something similar for me a year or two ago and saved me some reg fees. Sold a couple that you said to hold so worked out great! Here are some more if you have time – no sweat if not.

    WhyFy
    VpMag
    Vampd
    Pastd
    MugID
    Lairz
    Juccy
    GabMe
    Feeez
    Faaaq
    Dezyl
    Bonjy
    Aceis

    Reggi.net – not a com, but I like it 🙂

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