Domain auctions reveal the adult industry’s insane wealth In what world is shemale.com worth $520,000?

Kevin Elder Pereira with Olivia Munn at Adult Entertainment Expo 2007.

One of the least publicized aspects of the Adult Entertainment Expo was a live domain auction, in conjunction with Moniker. The results are in and I’m surprised.

I fully expected to write a piece explaining that domains are worth less than marketing and the days of big-money for URL’s was over.

I was wrong. Crap like “Clitoralpumps.com” (they make those!?) made $600, but the real shock was at the top end of the spectrum. Nine domains made over $50,000 and four broke the $100,000 mark.

Amazing in a market where every professional I know would say that the idea’s more important than the name. You live and learn…

Auction results (domain name – sold price)

  • shemale.com – $520,000
  • BDSM.com – $295,000
  • interracialsex.com – $150,000
  • opportunity.com – $150,000
  • handjob.com – $90,000
  • kinkysex.com – $88,500
  • Teenmodels.com – $80,000
  • gaypride.com – $60,000
  • censored.com – $58,500
  • submission.com – $42,000
  • xxxcams.com – $30,000
  • asianteensex.com – $17,500
  • violated.com – $15,500
  • behind.com – $13,000
  • hotlips.com – $12,000
  • Sucked.com – $12,000
  • AmateurPictures.com – $12,000
  • sexyunderwear.com – $11,500
  • blowjob.net – $11,000
  • EmergencyClinic.com – $11,000
  • bondage.net – $11,000
  • pornclub.com – $11,000
  • SEXFINDERS.COM – $8,500
  • CelebrityMovie.com – $8,500
  • nudefriends.com – $7,500
  • FuneralParlor.com – $7,000
  • bondagepics.com – $6,750
  • upskirtpics.com – $6,500
  • analsex.net – $6,500
  • inherited.com – $6,100
  • voyeurpictures.com – $6,000
  • MaritalAids.com – $6,000
  • Opposites.com – $6,000
  • Boned.com – $6,000
  • pube.com – $6,000
  • gayamateur.com – $6,000
  • adultbusiness.com – $6,000
  • anal.org – $5,500
  • handjob.net – $5,500
  • blondes.org – $5,500
  • OralSex.org – $5,500
  • MILITARYDRAFT.COM – $5,200
  • restraint.com – $5,000
  • niceass.net – $5,000
  • nakedfriends.com – $5,000
  • prescriptiondrugplans.com – $5,000
  • slavegirls.com – $4,750
  • asianmales.com – $4,500
  • asianhookers.com – $4,250
  • lonelyhousewife.com – $4,250
  • hornygals.com – $4,000
  • Cuffed.com – $3,750
  • Jizz.net – $3,600
  • lickmynuts.com – $3,250
  • PROFESSIONALATHLETES.COM – $3,100
  • WASHBOARDABS.COM – $3,000
  • sexcamp.com – $3,000
  • bustylesbians.com – $2,750
  • freeamateurpics.com – $2,500
  • fullofcum.com – $2,500
  • straponfemdom.com – $2,500
  • sexualfantasy.com – $2,500
  • hollywoodescortservice.com – $2,250
  • businesspermits.com – $2,250
  • networkingdevices.com – $2,250
  • PUBLICSERVICEANNOUNCEMENTS.COM – $2,100
  • Sodomy.net – $2,000
  • mobileprinters.com – $2,000
  • brokerageaccounts.com – $2,000
  • onlinecheckingaccount.com – $1,800
  • picturegalleries.com – $1,750
  • SubmissiveMen.com – $1,750
  • cocksuckingwhore.com – $1,500
  • Bartab.com – $1,500
  • ONLINESEXDATING.COM – $1,250
  • THENATIONALDEBT.COM – $1,200
  • SPACESHUTTLELAUNCH.COM – $1,100
  • gaymen.org – $1,000
  • SexCartoons.mobi – $1,000
  • sexphotographs.com – $1,000
  • SoccerMilf.com – $800
  • promiscuity.com – $750
  • CLITORALPUMPS.COM – $600
  • FreeSexClips.mobi – $600
  • dickhead.net – $500
  • RentAPornMovie.com – $500
  • sexsites.org – $500
  • XXXAdultBookStore.com – $200

Your take?

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john
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john

I know whaletail.com sold for $6,600 just for the domain!

Sam Sugar
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Sam Sugar

Nice. Even if it should be something about Porsches or ecology.

May
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May

Blah, pure BS!

Shemale.com is just simple scraper site… who the hell would be willing to cash out 0.5MM$US for a scraper??

As Sam said you need content and lots of sales, will the new owner(my question is if there IS a new owner??!!) be able to make up the investment back with valuable content?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Ugh, it almost makes me wish I’d auctioned off some of my spare domains rather than just let them go.

In a world where almost any readable domain is reasonably brandable, this is a little silly.

Sam Sugar
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Sam Sugar

I see your point. They must have had some very aggressive bidders, or are a fabulous auction company. I’m sure they’ll get more attention as a sales forum in future based on such strong results though.