Top 7 Most Expensive Domain Names

A good friend of this site invited us to make a post about this topic. It seems that sex.com have entered, last month, the Guinness Book of Records for being the most expensive domain name already sold, at $13 million. But after doing some research about this topic, we found that this is not the highest price already paid for a domain name…

1. Insure.com

Price: $16 million

Year: 2009

Domain name bought by QuinStreet, making it possibly the largest ever sale of a domain name, usurping sex.com. It was originally acquired by Insure.com for $1.6 million in December 2001. The website provides life, car and health insurance quotes among others.

2. Sex.com

Price: $13 million

Year: 2010

The name was first registered in 1994 when the Internet was in its infancy by Match.com founder Gary Kremen. Two years later, he lost ownership of the domain to conman Stephen Cohen, who fraudulently obtained the name by forging a letter to Network Solutions, the registrar, in which he claimed Kremen’s company no longer wanted it.

The registrar believed Cohen and transferred ownership to him without consulting Kremen. Following a lengthy legal battle, a California court sided with Kremen and ordered Cohen to pay $65 million in damages in 2001, and transfer the name back to Kremen. That amount increased to $82 million after Cohen fled to Tijuana, Mexico, where he was arrested four years later.

Kremen eventually sold the sex.com domain to Escom LLC in 2006 for $11.5 million, but the company was forced to put the name up for auction in June 2010 when it went bankrupt.

The high bidder was Clover Holdings, a company reportedly registered in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. The sale was finalized in November 2010.

3. Fund.com

Price: $9.99 million

Year: 2008

Publicly traded Internet company that operates in the financial services. Provides information on investment fund options, gives expert opinion and lets users build portfolios. There is some dispute as to whether Fund.com or sex.com holds the record for the highest price web domain.

4. Porn.com

Price: $9.5 million

Year: 2007

Pretty self-explanatory.

5. Business.com (tie)

Price: $7.5 million

Year: 1999

Business search engine and web directory founded in 1999 by Jake Winebaum, a previous chairman of the Walt Disney Internet Group, and Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink. In July 2007 business.com, the company, was sold to Yellow Pages publisher RH Donnelly for $345 million.

5. Diamond.com (tie)

Price: $7.5 million

Year: 2006

Not to be confused with the car insurance company, Diamond.com quite simply sells diamond jewelry. Bought by online jewelry retailer ice.com.

7. Beer.com

Price: $7 million

Year: 2004

A search engine for beer, beer brewing, tasting, beer news, history of beer and drinking games.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk, thestar.com, techcrunch.com, most-expensive.net,
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Top 7 Sites

Now that “The Social Network” film won the best film award on the Golden Globe ceremony last Sunday, it would be nice to check how far (or high) the Facebook site has gone, according to Internet traffic. These are the Top 7 Sites on the Internet:

1. Google.com

Alexa traffic rank: 1

Traffic rank in the U.S.: 1

Enables users to search the Web, Usenet, and images. Features include PageRank, caching and translation of results, and an option to find similar pages. The company’s focus is developing search technology.

Google is ranked #1 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. The site has been online for at least thirteen years. About 33% of visitors to this site come from the US, and roughly 26% of visits to Google consist of only one pageview (i.e., are bounces). The time spent in a typical visit to the site is about thirteen minutes, with 34 seconds spent on each pageview.

2. Facebook.com

Alexa traffic rank: 2

Traffic rank in the U.S.: 2

A social utility that connects people, to keep up with friends, upload photos, share links and videos.

Facebook is the second most popular site in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. Search engines refer approximately 7% of visits to it. This site has been online since 1997, and the time spent in a typical visit to Facebook is roughly 32 minutes, with 35 seconds spent on each pageview. Relative to the overall population of internet users, this site’s audience tends to be users who browse from school and home; they are also disproportionately women.

3. Youtube.com

Alexa traffic rank: 3

Traffic rank in the U.S.: 4

YouTube is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. Upload, tag and share your videos worldwide!

Youtube.com is ranked #3 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. Roughly 22% of visitors to the site come from the US. It has a bounce rate of about 25% (i.e., 25% of visits consist of only one pageview), and Youtube.com has been online since 2005. The site belongs to the “Video Sharing” category.

4. Yahoo.com

Alexa traffic rank: 4

Traffic rank in the U.S.: 3

Personalized content and search options. Chatrooms, free e-mail, clubs, and pager.

Yahoo.com is ranked #4 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings, and roughly 29% of visits to the site consist of only one pageview (i.e., are bounces). While we estimate that 32% of visitors to the site come from the US, where it is ranked #3, it is also popular in Taiwan, where it is ranked #1. Compared with internet averages, the site’s audience tends to be aged under 25 and over 45; they are also disproportionately women browsing from school and home. The fraction of visits to Yahoo.com referred by search engines is approximately 7%.

5. Live.com

Alexa traffic rank: 5

Traffic rank in the U.S.: 11

Search engine from Microsoft.

There are four sites with a better three-month global Alexa traffic rank than Live.com. The site has been online for more than sixteen years. About 4% of visits to the site are referred by search engines, and the site is located in the US. Visitors to Live.com view an average of 6.0 unique pages per day.

6. Baidu.com

Alexa traffic rank: 6

Traffic rank in China: 1

The leading Chinese language search engine, provides “simple and reliable” search experience, strong in Chinese language and multi-media content including MP3 music and movies, the first to offer WAP and PDA-based mobile search in China.

Baidu.com is ranked #6 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. The time spent in a typical visit to the site is approximately eleven minutes, with 29 seconds spent on each pageview. Compared with internet averages, the site appeals more to Asians; its visitors also tend to consist of women browsing from work and school who have no postgraduate education and have incomes between $30,000 and $100,000. The site is in the “搜索引擎” category of websites. Baidu.com has been online for more than eleven years.

7. Wikipedia.org

Alexa traffic rank: 8

Traffic rank in the U.S.: 6

A free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software. (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License).

Wikipedia is ranked #8 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. The site has been online for at least ten years. The site is particularly popular among users in the city of Berlin (where it is ranked #5). Wikipedia.org belongs to the “Wikipedia” category. Visitors to this site spend approximately five minutes per visit to the site and 60 seconds per pageview.

Source: alexa.com
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