Go Daddy published an article called “Take your next great idea (or not) to the domain aftermarket”.
The article talks about what you can do with the domain names you have and don’t need.
There are many steps to selling a domain name — things like finding a buyer, negotiating and transferring the name. If you’ve never sold a name, it can be downright scary to figure out how to do it. Plus, you have more important things to do than look for hippo and mice enthusiasts.
Take an aspirin and relax. You’re in luck. There’s an active group of people who buy and sell domain names on a regular basis in a beautiful place called the domain name aftermarket.
Here are some highlights:
Chances are, some of the websites you visit weren’t originally registered by the businesses using them. Twitter and Facebook are just two examples of businesses that “upgraded” names in the domain name aftermarket.
Much like anything collectable, there are individuals and business that register domain names with hopes of selling them. Additionally, there are many people who register domain names with the best of intentions (ring a bell?) that just don’t pan out; and they want to sell those names before they expire.
Just because a domain name is listed, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get interest. There are many variables that can impact the supply and demand of a name. That being said, there’s not much work to get it listed, so if you aren’t trying to get rich and want to see if someone wants it, list it.
We all do things we wish we hadn’t, but you don’t need to sweat registering a few domain names you won’t use. Who knows? Maybe you can turn it into a couple of dollars profit.
Want to learn more about the domain aftermarket? Check out this Google+ Hangout.
Interesting to see the most mainstream of mainstream registrars introducing the concept of domain resale to a mainstream audience. Glad to see it presented to people as a natural thing to do — not a way to get rich but a way to make use of resources and keep domains in healthy circulation.