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Top 20 Places to Buy Domains in 2010

By on November 27, 2009

Presently, many people are selling domain names, which presents a great opportunity for the savvy domain investor to expand their portfolio. It’s obvious to myself and many others that have been in the industry for any length of time that domain names can provide an extraordinary return on investment. Now is a great time to buy!

It’s hard to rank every single domain marketplace, because each one tends to have a unique price range, inventory size, domain quality, keyword types, domain extensions and other distinguishing factors.

That being said, the top 5 listed below are my personal favorites for 2010. The remainder of the list is not necessarily ranked in any order of importance as great domain deals can be found on all of them!

UPDATED: October 16th. New additions marked with a plus (+) sign.

Top 20 Places to Buy Domains in 2010

  1. BoxCar Auctions +

    Recently launched by industry veterans at DomainConsultant.com, BoxCar has introduced a unique and refreshing take on domain auctions. Sellers can list up to 50 domains in their own lot auction for a small fee per domain.

  2. GoDaddy or your favorite registrar.

    On a tight budget? You may want to opt for registering a new domain. Finding available domains today is very tough, but if you do your research you may just find a great domain for $7.49.

  3. Devsa Marketplace +

    Another newcomer to the industry is a marketplace with social networking features built in. Devsa is beautifully designed and definitely one to watch out for. There are numerous features and ways to promote your domains. List fixed prices or have interested parties contact you with offers.

  4. BargainDomains Marketplace

    A new service by Domaining.com which uses automated appraisal data and recquires domain listings be a fraction of their appraisal estimate. Turns out this makes for some really good deals on keyword domains.

  5. FreshDrop Research Tool

    An informed purchase is a wise purchase. FreshDrop can provide some great data on domains that is easy to browse, search, sort and filter. With pro features you can get some really juicy details on Google advertisers and keyword search data.

  6. Flippa Marketplace by Sitepoint

    SitePoint’s new marketplace Flippa has taken off as a popular destination for extended domain name and website auctions.

  7. GoDaddy Auctions (formerly TDNAM)

    The largest registrar in the world features their massive lot of expiring domains here. Popular “Domain Fire Sale” section features domain auctions from $5 + registration renewal cost.

  8. Moniker Live Auctions

    Moniker features monthly themed showcase auctions and annual live auction events. Coming up, DomainFest 2010 in lovely Santa Monica, CA on January 26-28.

  9. Afternic Marketplace

    A leader in domain sales since the early days. This marketplace has a huge inventory of quality domains to browse.

  10. @DNMarket on Twitter

    Yea, Twitter!  I started @DNMarket earlier this year and it has been gaining steam with well over 1000 followers currently watching listings. Follow along and be on the look out for domain sales straight from owners.

  11. SnapNames Marketplace & Auctions

    SnapNames is one of the premier expired domain marketplaces and exclusive private auctions. SnapNames is an Oversee.net company and partners with industry leading registrar Moniker.com for live auction events.

  12. BuyDomains Marketplace

    This massive marketplace features lots of premium domains. BuyDomains consistently tops the charts in high value sales.

  13. Sedo Marketplace & Auctions

    The largest domain name marketplace to date features domain auctions starting at $60 from private owners. Lots of domains in all extensions are sold daily.

  14. Rick Latona Newsletter & Auctions

    Rick is the largest individual domain name broker in the business and publishes a daily domain deals newsletter. Latonas.com Auctions also host live domain auction events through the year and at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences (see below).

  15. AQDN.com Affordable Domains

    Affordable Quality Domain Names is a marketplace of keyword and brandable .COM domains with development potential. You can also follow @AQDN on Twitter.

  16. Brandstack Logo Marketplace

    Brandstack is an excellent marketplace for high quality logo designs. Many designs are coupled with domain names. More recently, Brandstack has featured a domain names only area of the marketplace.

  17. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference

    A premier domain industry conference founded by Rick Schwartz. Upcoming events and live domain auctions will be hosted in Miami, FL on October 17th – 20th.

  18. Facebook Marketplace Group +

    The Facebook Domain Marketplace is an industry leading Facebook group with over 700 members. Members frequently post domain names for sale on the wall and in discussion forums. Also consider joining the new Domaining Facebook group (no advertising) to network.

  19. DNForum Community

    One of the leading forum communities for domain industry professionals. Check out the platinum marketplaces for domains being offered for sale above and below $100, fixed prices, auctions and offers wanted.

  20. NamePros Community

    The largest domain industry forum features fixed price, make offer and auction marketplace forums. Occasionally NamePros will host a live auction event through the member chat room where domains can sometimes be found on the cheap.

Hope you enjoyed the list and are able to find some great domain names! Be sure to bookmark this article for future reference and pass it on to your web savvy friends.

If you have any comments or suggestions for buying domain names, please leave a comment.


About Mark Fulton

Mark is the Founder of DotSauce Magazine and a full time web developer, domain investor, SEO and online marketing professional residing in North Carolina, USA. Visit MarkFulton.com for information on freelance website development, SEO and consultation services.