Sarah Palin’s multi-million dollar domain name Comment WordPress (8) Facebook () Google+ 8 Responses Graham No domain is worth $10million let alone any more but as they offered free shipping it just makes it amusing. Now if they included a few bottles of champagne and a nice big yacht I might be interested! VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) September 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm Smash Masterson Actually, there a plenty of domains worth $10 million. Common search words are often typed into browsers directly, generating huge revenue based on clickthroughs to paid ads. For example, a domain like loans.com might get 5,000 – 10,000 type-in visitors a day, all looking for… you guessed it;) Based on today’s ad market, those visitors would probably generate six figures per month, or between $2 and $3 million per year. And that’s with a parked page, a developed site would also experience a branding effect, perhaps being able to make $5 – $10 per year MORE with the domain than without. Domains like mortgages.com, digitalcameras.com, cell phones, and many other commerce related terms are easily worth seven figures. But eSarahPalin.com? Maybe $10;) VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) September 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm Dax Could Sarah Palin dispute ownership, and on what grounds? Surely unless a trademarked name or registered company is mentioned, you can have any URL you choose. She can’t claim copyright on her name, can she? VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) September 30, 2008 at 6:42 pm John Hi Dax, I’m not a lawyer, and the rules aren’t straightforward, but there have been a number of cases where figures in the public eye have successfully disputed the ownership of domains which contain their name. For instance, Wayne Rooney and Jeffrey Archer. One of the key things that decides disputes seem to be whether the name was registered in ‘bad faith’. A dispute panel might point to several things which suggest this: - The domain was registered on 8 September, right after Palin was catapulted into the public eye, suggesting that someone was looking to capitalise on her exposure. - The domain is currently being used to host a parking page, containing adverts which will earn someone (possibly the domain owner) money each time they are clicked. - The domain is being offered for sale so soon after being registered. If eSarahPalin.com had been registered by someone else called Sarah Palin, or if it was being used to host a relevant website (say a fansite for Sarah Palin) then I doubt the claim could be supported so easily. I’ll leave this here because I think I might muddy the waters more. These links might help explain things a bit more clearly though: - Domain name dispute information from out-law.com - Domain dispute policy explained on Wikipedia VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) October 1, 2008 at 11:40 am Dax Thanks John, very interesting stuff, which I had no idea about. I’ve always been interested in law, both civil and criminal, and this is one area I’ve never given any thought to. The Outlaw site you mentioned looks like a fascinating site, definitely one for further exploration, both for the domain stuff, and as a law site in general. Thanks for taking the time to answer.. much appreciated Dax VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) October 1, 2008 at 12:07 pm paul walsh of course this is nonsense .. but also , of course , some domains are surely worth $10m more or less. Examples: sex.com p**n.com books.com tv.com mp3.com apple.com hp.com ms.com windows.com 123-reg.co.uk and so on.. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) January 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm justin it 3 domain name with .com, .net and .org extension worth 1 million dollar? I have e9u.com, e9u.net and e9u.org up for sale on ebay for 1 million dollar. do you think it is worth that much? VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) January 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm John Hi Justin, Valuing domain names is notoriously difficult, and ultimately they’re simply worth whatever someone will pay for them. Still, you could try hunting around some of the main online marketplaces to see what similar domains have fetched previously – that might give you a rough idea. Thanks, John. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) January 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm Click here to cancel reply.