How much is my domain name worth? I never really thought about it until today. Well, that’s not entirely true. I thought about it 3 years ago when I purchased davidoakley.com.
I’m almost embarrassed to say, but I paid a lot for it. Ego will make you do some crazy things. But I guess it’s not that crazy because I was starting a blog and since my name was, and still is David Oakley, I wanted David Oakley to be the URL.
URL is such a strange name. Isn’t that the noise that you say to the toilet after you drink eight tequila shots? I promise I wasn’t drinking when I forked over $190 to buy davidoakley.com. Yes, I paid $190 for my URL.
I guess I was kind of flattered that someone was squatting on my name. It made me feel kind of important. Hey, how cool is this, I said to myself, I’m a semi-famous ad guy, at least here in Charlotte, so $190 for a website of this stature is a steal. I paid through paypal and voila, I was the proud owner of myname.com.
OK, I just looked up myname.com on Go Daddy and that URL is at auction for $10,000. Wow. Now I really feel like I got a bargain. I own davidoakley.com and that’s my name. It’s really my name.
Which brings me to why I’m even writing this drivel in the first place. I got an e-mail yesterday that said in the subject line, “Want to sell your domain?” I opened it and all it said was “Want to sell me davidoakley.com???”
Wow. There’s another David Oakley out there who also thinks a lot of himself. Cool. So what did I do? Did I immediately write him back? Of course not. I immediately went to Go Daddy and purchased oakleydavid.com. Got that one for $28.34. Oh yeah, score! I figured that when I sold davidoakley.com to this other David Oakley, I would just switch my blog to oakleydavid.com. Smart, eh?
Then I replied to the other David Oakley and said, “Make me an offer.”
Since you’re still reading my blog on davidoakley.com, you can surmise that the other David Oakley hasn’t written me back.
If on the slight chance that I do get a reply, how much do you think I should charge him for the site?