Help? Advice? Smart Sounding BS?

So we own a few domain names, and I have been contacted by someone interested in purchasing one of them for their start-up business.  The url they are interested in is established and is the first Google result for the name of their company.

It’s also the WeeBot’s blog that is woefully neglected.  It was supposed to be a spot that he could write his random musings and such, but it seems we’ve stifled his expression there by insisting that he not post potentially identifying information.

He’s getting to an age where we feel we could loosen those restrictions. The plan was to go ahead and link his existing blog here and introduce him to this community, but then we were contacted by the interested party.  I haven’t asked WeeBot his thoughts yet.  It is possible he is more attached to that url than I realize, but I doubt it.

So, provided the WeeBot is not so attached to his existing url, how do I come up with a fair price? Obviously, I need it to be worth my time to hunt a new url for him and get it set up.  I’d like it to be enough that we can get him something nice for his birthday.

18 thoughts on “Help? Advice? Smart Sounding BS?”

  1. So let the interested person make an offer. If it’s enough to satisfy the conditions you posit in your last paragraph, take it. If not, counter with a better (for you) price.

    1. I did. It was insulting and I told them as much. They came back saying that they had made the offer ignoring their web designer’s suggestion and asked what I wanted for it.

  2. Whatever you think it is worth, double it.

    Seriously, folks usually settle for less than what they can get for their stuff.

    If they were so stupid as to lowball you, despite their “web designers suggestions”, and they really want it, then let ’em pay a bit more.

    I figure a nice [redacted, will return when negotiations are settled] is about right, but that is just me.

    I’d put it like this: “Since you made a real insulting lowball offer, it’s my turn. I was thinking $5k, but I’ll give you another chance, Make me a real offer.”

    Google rankings are worth something.

  3. Up the ante by including other search engine ratings as well (Bing, Yahoo) and then highball. Make them come to you with a serious offer. After all, they contacted you and you aren’t interested in sellling. You have the high ground.
    45er´s last blog post ..Touching it in public

  4. At least they asked. Just found out another lady just started a blog, twitter and FB using a Girl and Her Gun. Same phrasing and everything. I applied for a trademark a few weeks back, but basically she just took it. When I started the blog I didn’t think anything about it, so I didn’t buy the domaine, so that sucks:(

  5. His age times the original price you paid for it, plus his age times the original price you paid for it divided by .66.
    I’d do one of those classy algorithmy things but I’m honestly not sure how to do a real one, just the fake kind to make coworkers think I breastfed Einstein. Which one of them believed.
    Holy fuck.

  6. “Give WeeBot a slice of the action if it’s sold.
    Commerce is good.”

    Oh, absolutely. One of the big reasons we’re pushing on this is because he’s turning 13 this month and he would like a Kindle Fire and his very own AR15. Sweeten the deal with a fresh website and I think he’ll be pretty well thrilled.

  7. Also, I’m not sure why that thingy showed up at the bottom of my comment (and no one elses). I swear I didn’t punch anything to make it happen. Soooo, maybe I shouldn’t be giving advice about the intarwebs and stuff.

  8. Given that it is the first Google return for the name of their company, you hold them in a particularly… unique… bargaining position. Their initial offer was probably to check whether or not you were aware of that situation.

    Depending on the size of the startup, the attachment WeeBot has to the domain, and a few other factors, I would probably throw them back a number in the five-digit range, just to see what their response will be, but would be willing to settle in the four-digit range. Reclaiming internet branding is not impossible, but it may be worth that much to them not to.

    And, in the end, remember that something is only worth exactly what someone else is willing to pay for it – not more, and certainly not less.

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