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Sedo Says Despite Recession Demand for Premium Generic Domain Names Remained Strong in the Second Quarter of 2009   

Sedo has issued a detailed report breaking down domain sales at the popular aftermarket site for the recently completed 2nd quarter of 2009. The company said they booked $15.6 million in sales from 9,403 transactions over that 90-day period. 

.Coms accounted for 76% of all sales at Sedo, but the report said the average sales price for .com domains dipped a bit, while average prices for .nets and ccTLDS rose. The average sales price regardless of extension was $1,467

The average price for .com sales dropped $759 from 

Q1-2009, falling from $2,527 to $1,768. In an unusual anomaly, the .nets, at $1,775, wound up with a higher average sales price than the .coms. That is up from a $1,307 average in 1Q-2009 and .nets' share of all sales at Sedo also rose from 7% to 11% in the latest quarter. 

Germany's popular .de continued to dominate the country code action at Sedo (who is based in Germany), accounting for 60% of all ccTLD sales there. Great Britain's .co.uk was a distant second at 13%. However, the co.uk extension saw its average sale price soar from $1,444 to $2,556, far above the average price for all ccTLDs which was $1,503. .de on the other hand saw its average sales price slip from $1,175 to $897.

Part of the 9-mile long stretch of undeveloped beach 
at Florida's St. George Island State Park

This will be an uncharacteristically short work week for me - one day to be exact. Tomorrow Diana and will take off for a rare vacation. Much of it will be spent on the beach at St. George Island in the Florida Panhandle (one of the few places in the Sunshine State we haven't previously visited in the 37 years we have lived here). 

Even though mid-August is typically a slow time of year in the domain business I will have a lot of things to talk about when I return next Monday. 

This week's schedule includes the 2009 HostingCon convention that started today in Washington, D.C. where it will run through Wednesday. A lot of people from our industry are there including Richard Meyer who is checking the show out for us so we can bring you some photos and highlights once I'm back. Another conference event, DomainConvergence, runs Thursday and Friday (August 13-14) in Toronto where the Castello Brothers, Michael and David will deliver what I am sure will be an interesting and illuminating keynote address.

There will be a lot of stuff going on online as well. The monthly Moniker/SnapNames Showcase Auction runs tomorrow through Thursday (August 11-13) with several dozen no and low reserve domains highlighting the catalog

On Wednesday (August 12), BuyDomains is running another free webinar from 2-2:30pm (U.S. Eastern Time) devoted to "How You Can Earn Money as a BuyDomains Referral Program 

Member." The company said they will be covering some fresh ground in this webinar. The synopsis says "This program was met with such a popular response that we recently launched a whole new line of widgets. We’ll give you a sneak peek at our new designs and sizes. Plus, at the end of the seminar, we’ll have a Q&A session. We hope you’ll join us!"

The preceding activities are just the week's scheduled events. A week in this business never goes by without a few surprises so I'm sure we'll have some of those to talk about next week too. In the meantime I'm going to do my best to try and concentrate on sun, sand and seafood at St. George Island. Of course I'm only human and the new surroundings could prompt a few ideas for domain registrations, but Diana has already warned me that had better be it as far as business goes!

(Posted August 10, 2009)

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