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    Newbie DaddyHalbucks's Avatar
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    Smile AffiliateProgram.com --domain for auction on May 23, 2008
    I hope I am posting this in the right section.

    This seems right on target for this forum, so I wanted to let you guys know about this auction that is coming up in a few weeks.


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    AffiliateProgram.com --domain for auction on May 23, 2008

    MONIKER will be auctioning the internet domain name =[AffiliateProgram.com]= at its upcoming domain auction on Friday, May 23, 2008 in Orlando, FL.

    Now is perhaps your once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid on this category defining domain name. This is a true premium domain name which circumscribes an entire internet industry, if not business model. Simply put, it has tremendous potential value in web commerce. Many major e-commerce players have built their empires on their affiliate program. For example, the internet stalwart Amazon.com boasts approximately 1 million affiliates.

    Just imagine the amazing possibilities for search engine optimization!

    Some of the potential uses of this domain name include for: an online directory, an affiliate network, a software platform, or for a particular product or company. Numerous online companies have expressed interest in buying this domain name, including businesses in the diverse fields of online gaming, books, health products, software, and e-commerce. Now is your chance to acquire it before these other entities.

    This particular domain =[AffiliateProgram.com]= is expected to sell in the $2-5 million range, but it could sell for more. Remote/ online bidding over the internet is available for pre-registered bidders.

    Go to Moniker for more info:

    http://www.moniker.com

    Good luck to all ABW bidders!


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    Newbie DaddyHalbucks's Avatar
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    What companies would be logical acquirers? Amazon? Walmart? eBay?

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    What time does the auction start? I would like to big a dollar just in case no one bids!

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    Newbie DaddyHalbucks's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick
    What time does the auction start? I would like to big a dollar just in case no one bids!
    Hahahahaha, there is a reserve, Chuck. A BIG reserve.

    You won't be able to buy it for $1.


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    affiliateprogram.com 4 sale
    come on chuck. I think what he is saying, is that your going to have to throw in a little giant ladder to win this domain.
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    Are there really any people here who could buy a domain for over $2 million?

    Affiliate marketing isn't that lucrative for 99.99% of affiliates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjshoppingnetwork
    Are there really any people here who could buy a domain for over $2 million?
    People? Dunno.

    Companies? For sure!

    Google, Amazon, Walmart, Microsoft, eBay --and many many others, some public and some private --could buy this without any trouble whatsoever.

    Quote Originally Posted by cjshoppingnetwork
    Affiliate marketing isn't that lucrative for 99.99% of affiliates.
    Agreed, but we aren't looking for hundreds of buyers --only 1 lucky one (with alot of unfulfilled ambition and loads of cash!)

    This domain is not for a mom and pop affiliate, but I mean no disrespect to anyone. It is for the 0.01% at the top of the heap. It is for THE single company that wants the definitive position in the industry, perhaps also potentially in the search engines.

    Affiliate marketing sure made a bundle for Amazon.com, and alot of other companies.


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    Newbie DaddyHalbucks's Avatar
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    Auction will happen this Friday. Heads up!

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    It will be very interesting to see what this baby goes for - if it reaches the reserve. I am currently talking with a guy from my home town about one of my "local" domains (6-figure range) - he's definitely got the "scratch" to be a player in this market. I believe he will be in Florida for the auction.
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    AffiliateProgram.com might even make sense as a speculative buy, even for a "big" price.

    Here's why: it is probably the kind of unique domain that some big online corporation is going to want eventually, to use for recruiting a huge army of affiliates.

    So, hold the domain for a few years, and then flip it to a company like.. Google, Microsoft, eBay, Amazon, American Express, Buy.com, IAC, Walmart, Target, etc.. An online casino company might be a great fit too.

    Heaven knows, they all got the $$$$$$$$$

    At that point, it probably would not be that hard to enhance the price from seven to eight figures.


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    The auction is tomorrow (Friday), so there is not alot of time left..

    This is the correct URL for online bidders to register for the auction:

    http://www.moniker.com/absenteebid/index.jsp

    Good luck to all bidders!


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    WebmasterRadio.FM is broadcasting the auction at 2pm eastern Today, plus they get a lot of bidders that hang out in their chat room during the show

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    Any results?
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    According to the http://www.domainnamenews.com/domain...n-results/1598 blog, no sale.

    A few good bargains appeared.

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    It appears the reserve price, being about what the total auction grossed, was just a tad bit ambitious. There were, indeed, some bargains yesterday. I was surprised at the actual sales price of some of the dot-mobi domains - looks like ".mobi" is not yet dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachy
    It appears the reserve price, being about what the total auction grossed, was just a tad bit ambitious.
    Reserve Range
    $1MM - $5MM
    That is ambitious.


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    Newbie DaddyHalbucks's Avatar
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    Big ticket domains didn't do too well at that auction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachy
    I was surprised at the actual sales price of some of the dot-mobi domains - looks like ".mobi" is not yet dead.
    That depends if all the bidders were real.

    Looking at the quality of the keywords of the .mobi's sold (very high) and compare the .mobi prices to what ringtones.org went for, and it don't look quite so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewbert
    That depends if all the bidders were real.

    Looking at the quality of the keywords of the .mobi's sold (very high) and compare the .mobi prices to what ringtones.org went for, and it don't look quite so good.
    In Moniker-run auctions the bidders are all pre-registered. I have attended live auctions and actually bid on and won a domain in Miami last year. So I get an invitation to future auctions. They really do want to know who the bidders are, so I doubt if there is much in the way of fraudulent bidding.
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    Always fun to see how these go.
    These are almost like art auctions. It is always fun to see what sells and what doesn't.

    I have to scratch my head at the .mobi names though. I don't think anyone would expect organic traffic and aside from possibly branding yourself with one, anyone with an existing site can just make a mobile version using their existing name... (take a look at amazon.com on a phone.)

    In my mind a mobile site implies that it is complimentary to the "main site" and so I would just think of the primary site name anyway.

    Perhaps I miss something about these names. Any thoughts?

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    Although it did not meet the reserve, there is some good news.

    The good news is the domain is still available, still prime, and still waiting for a smart company to acquire. Used properly to recruit an army of affiliates, the domain could make gobs of money for an online oriented company. The opportunity is still there.


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    Hey daddy halbucks. You are the former "dotcom cowboy" right? Well known in the domain industry. That's a good name you've got. I wish you luck in selling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyHalbucks
    The good news is the domain is still available, still prime, and still waiting for a smart company to acquire. Used properly to recruit an army of affiliates, the domain could make gobs of money for an online oriented company.
    I just don't see it and am not at all surprised it didn't sell.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyHalbucks
    Google, Amazon, Walmart, Microsoft, eBay --and many many others, some public and some private --could buy this without any trouble whatsoever.
    Why would they want such a generic name and not use names more like GoogleAffiliateProgram dot com, AmazonAffiliateProgram dot com, WalmartAffiliateProgram dot com, MicrosoftAffiliateProgram dot com, eBayAffiliateProgram dot com (which they all probably already do to whatever extent they desire a separate domain for such things)?
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    I have to agree Hound.
    Great generic term domain. But affiliate programs are B2B. I mean.. look at "abestweb.com".... The best business related sites and programs are name independent and they would probably rather hold onto their money.
    Owning "computers.com" might create instant trust amongst consumers, but I'm not convinced owning "affiliateprogram.com" would mean much to potential affiliates.... In fact, in the back of my mind I'd know they need to pay for that domain!

    Of course it only takes ONE buyer, so I'd be pushing it like mad if it was mine!

    Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound
    I just don't see it and am not at all surprised it didn't sell.

    Why would they want such a generic name and not use names more like GoogleAffiliateProgram dot com, AmazonAffiliateProgram dot com, WalmartAffiliateProgram dot com, MicrosoftAffiliateProgram dot com, eBayAffiliateProgram dot com (which they all probably already do to whatever extent they desire a separate domain for such things)?
    Why own any generic?

    It's all in the linking. With the right linking, you have some great potential for organic search engine gold. Building links with this domain name is a walk in the park.

    I made a mistake about the auction being over. Only the live auction part is mover. It is actually now in the "silent auction" phase --on until Thursday, May 29th, 2008. So, you can still bid on it.


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