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webhosting.co.uk sold for USD$500K

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by 333, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. 333

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  2. theseoconsultant

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    Wow, good stuff..
     
  3. 333

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    I posted this thread to the wrong section. Can mods pls move thread to News?
     
  4. Chris.C

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    How's that stack up compared to past hosting related sales?
     
  5. DavidL

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    auDA Member:
    Yes
    Very high!

    From Namebio:


    webhosting.co.uk

    $500,000

    2012-10-30

    sedo.com



    freewebhosting.net

    $11,000

    2012-03-06

    sedo.com



    topwebhosting.com

    $20,000

    2011-08-24

    sedo.com



    hosting.co

    $16,000

    2011-07-27

    sedo.com



    firstwebhosting.net

    $18,000

    2011-06-25

    sedo.com



    hosting.in

    $11,500

    2011-06-17

    sedo.com



    webhosting.eu

    $10,099

    2011-03-31

    sedo.com



    webhostingcase.com

    $44,000

    2011-01-20

    sedo.com



    webhostingforum.com

    $21,250

    2008-10-07

    private sale



    hosting.mobi

    $101,000

    2007-10-03

    sedo.com



    myfreefilehosting.com

    $11,000

    2007-09-20

    sedo.com



    hosting24.com

    $13,000

    2007-03-12

    sedo.com



    gigahosting.net

    $12,000

    2007-03-07

    sedo.com



    unitedhosting.com

    $14,000

    2006-09-26

    Afternic
     
  6. snoopy

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    :D
     
  7. Blue Wren

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    You'd be pretty unhappy now if you were the buyer of this rubbish:

    hosting.mobi

    $101,000

    2007-10-03

    sedo.com
     
  8. xwdomains

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    great result for the .co.uk market has got a little bit more steam lately it would seem
     
  9. atom

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    That's a serious price!

    Opinions on what the .com.au equivalent would reach out of interest?

    Done. :)
     
  10. xwdomains

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    Having sold a few .au in the hosting niche I would think

    The .au equivalent would probably go for something around 25k

    hosting is a pretty tough market though and not really many big companies in the .au space
     
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    Maybe snoopy sold hosting.mobi.......

    I see he had a big smile :D
     
  12. Chris.C

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    And the rest...

    :p

    I reckon it would fetch between $60K - $120K.
     
  13. Simon

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    brave purchase though with nominet considering to open up second level registrations such as domainname.uk
     
  14. 333

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    Wouldn't be surprised if nominet does what has been suggested here in .au..first dibs on .uk would go to the current .co.uk holder..
     
  15. xwdomains

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    would highly doubt that but it would be nice;)
     
  16. Friday

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    Nominet chucked .co.uk domain holders under a double decker bus.
    It would be good if auDA brought this issue to a head here once and for all. Nominet are creating chaos for business owners in the .co.uk webspace with their ridiculous ideas of not giving the .co.uk holders their respective .uk domain. Basically Nominet are wiping out the value of intellectual property and businesses built up in the .co.uk webspace. If it can be done there, it can be done anywhere you have stld's like .com.au, .co.nz. .co.za etc.

    The owner of webhosting.co.uk will probably now have to spend similar amount trying to buy the .uk version of the domain at a nominet auction, providing some obscure tm holder doesn't get first dibs.
     
  17. snoopy

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    Why would AUDA not auction names in similar circumstances? Any administrator would, AUDA have done it before & they love money, perfect empire building opportunity.

    Push for it and the outcome won't be good in my view. I think .co.uk should/will drop in value about 50%. There will be domainers with double the holding & significant capital outlays for no increase in value or a big reduction in value for those who don't buy.

    Long term it is bad for the namespace in my view because it will be fractured in two, confusion central, much like .com.cn/.cn and .co.in/.in.
     
  18. snoopy

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    Just thinking about this a bit more, in the uk .com is fairly popular for local companies so I suspect the choice confusion will dilute the entire cctld namespace (the value of pie itself will shrink, not just be cut up into smaller pieces), as a registrant you'd probably hope .uk doesn't catch on at all but I think that is unlikely.

    Compare it to the indian or chinese situation where they don't know whether they are arthur or martha in terms of choosing a tld,

    http://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries;0/IN
    http://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries;0/CN
     
  19. Friday

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    True snoopy, but that doesn't mean it is the right thing to do or that they should be allowed to do it. I think this may be settled by a class action lawsuit if Nominet go ahead with their proposal.

    However if Nominet do get away with what they propose, I reckon within a period of time .co.uk in the secondary market will be worth virtually nil once .uk is out. Once Google/Amazon etc use .uk it will be game over for .co.uk holders.

    I own only one .co.uk, paid few thousand at a drop service for it, but unless I acquire the .uk version it will be worthless imo. Also I was about to develop the site and that has now been shelved until we see what happens.

    Nominet by their actions are severely damaging existing .co.uk holders, the have an obligation to protect domain holders not damage them, they are the registry after all, charged with protecting the UK name space and it's holders.
     
  20. chris

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    I agree. Many of us work hard at promoting the importance of .au to Aussie businesses and building trust in the .au namespace, fracturing it would make it that much harder.

    Getting online is already confusing for the average non-tech business owner.

    Cheers,
    Chris