Website addresses are incredibly important for businesses online, and the “right” domain name can attract a vast resale value. Here are five of the most expensive domain names in history.
By far the most valuable website address on the Internet, sex.com was sold for $13,000,000 in 2010. The website attached to the domain name is described as a “Pinterest for porn”.
Bought for a reputed $11,000,000 in 2001, hotels.com is a website for booking hotel rooms across the world. The address clearly and effectively tells web browsers what the site is about, helping to justify its value.
Now owned by a financial services company, fund.com cost the unusual sum of $9,999,950 when it last changed hands in 2008. The site provides potential investors with impartial advice about the available investment fund options.
Predictably, this address is attached to a pornography-related website. When sold at auction in May 2007, it was valued at $9,500,000.
Used by Facebook for shortening links (crucial for short-form social media messaging), fb.com cost $8,500,000 in 2010. Typing fb.com into your browser will redirect you automatically to the Facebook.com website.
It is worth noting that .com websites are regarded as the most valuable by businesses and consumers – all of the top twenty most expensive addresses are .coms. It is therefore unlikely that the upcoming release of new global TLDs (such as .hotel and .london) will do anything to change this perception in the short term.
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