Last week after reading in the Domaining.com newsletter:
Game is over. Next week I will announce the new owner of domaining.com.
Myself and many others assumed the deal was done and started speculating how much it sold for and who the buyer was. The poll I posted had almost 100 votes – lots of varying opinions on the value! Yesterday, Francois did a guest post on TheDomains in which he explained after receiving an offer meeting his reserve (but deal not closed) he prematurely made the above announcement…in hopes of getting the other buyers to jump and come back to the table with higher offers. It seems now there is no buyer yet for domaining.com at the price level Francois seeks to sell, which he has stated is seven figures+.
I agree with some of the sentiment from the commenters on TheDomains article yesterday, that it was a mistake to announce the sale early and bad negotiation tactic. I disagree with all the folks who think domaining.com is something that can be easily replicated. There is no replicating domaining.com – it is the one website that if you ask anyone in the domain industry where to find the best daily domain news and opinion columns they will send you. Surely, domaining.com wouldn’t be where it is today without bloggers like Alleman, Silver, Schwartz, Berkens, Cultra, etc…however, it’s a two way street. Those blogs, this one and many others wouldn’t have the readership, traffic and advertisers without domaining.com, the man behind it and the passion he has for domaining.