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What is a Domain Broker Service?

Running a business is anything but easy. With it comes branding, or rebranding, website building and designing, etc – all on top of normal business operations. 

Choosing a domain broker to help you buy a domain is another huge decision. However, with this decision could come a large reward. A domain name can truly be the difference between a suffering and successful business. A strong, premium domain name can increase business credibility, SEO, trust, credibility, branding, mobility and so much more. 

Working with a domain broker to find the right domain for your business could make all the difference! Wondering what a domain broker does? Or how they could help you and your business? Here is everything you need to know about domain brokers!

What is a Domain Broker?

Domain brokers are essentially real estate agents, but on the Internet. Instead of selling a house at a physical address –  they are selling domain names, a virtual address. Domain brokers help clients acquire a domain name or sell a domain name. 

There are two types of brokers; buyer brokers and seller brokers. A buyer broker represents you when you want to acquire a domain. A seller broker represents you when you want to sell a domain. However, many brokers can assist you with both buying and selling domains.

Domain brokers work for you, the client. Their entire job is to help you reach your goals, by acquiring or selling a domain for you. They will listen to your wants and needs, and assist in finding the perfect domain, or selling a domain, for your business for the price you want. Additionally, they will be transparent through the process. 

Benefits of Hiring a Domain Broker

Today in 2022, there are over 367 million domain names registered in the world. The world wide web is wide! There are so many domain options. Not to mention the countless different types of domains – TLD’s, gTLD’s, ccTLD’s, etc. With so many domain names, it can feel nearly impossible to find one. Furthermore, one that fits your business and at the price you want.

This is where a domain broker comes in.

1. They Are The Experts

When it comes to domain names, no one knows the industry better than domain brokers. 

They have a strong network and lots of experience in the industry. Therefore, they can give you lots of advice – including domain pricing, backup domain options, domains for SEO, etc.

2. They Have a Network

Domain brokers have many contacts in the industry and beyond. This includes other domain brokers, registration companies and companies they have previously worked with. 

An experienced domain broker has a large network. They might know who owns the domain you want and how to reach them, what different domains are priced at or what domains might be taken or available. 

3. Can Help with Branding

In addition to helping you buy or sell a domain, brokers can assist you in the entire branding process. They can make domain suggestions based on your goals, help protect your domain with AdultBlock or defensive registration, help with portfolio management and much more. 

4. Protect Your Privacy

Using a domain broker allows your identity to be anonymous. Your domain broker represents you throughout the process, and talks to the seller without ever revealing your identity.

Why would you want your identity hidden?

Say you are the head of a large successful company. A seller could raise the price if they find out who you are. Or, your inquiry on a domain could reveal any future business plans you have. 

5. Broker’s Handle All the Work

Possibly the best benefit of using a domain broker? They will handle all the nitty gritty work that comes with acquiring a domain. If the domain you want is already registered by someone, a broker will reach out to them for you and handle all negotiations. 

Domain brokers provide a buffer between the buyer and the seller. This can mediate any tension or disagreements on pricing. Furthermore, you can rest assured that your domain broker is getting you a fair price for the domain. 

When Should You Contact a Domain Broker?

Let’s say that you have made the decision to invest in a domain name for your business. Additionally, you have a couple domain ideas in mind. However, when you search it you see it has been taken. You could return to the drawing board and try to come up with another domain option, or you could contact a domain broker! 

Another reason for using a domain broker is if you want the deal to be confidential. Going through a domain broker keeps your identity hidden. This can be beneficial if your business is making a large move and you do not want the public knowing just yet.

Interested in Speaking With One of Our Domain Brokers?

Our mission is to help you be seen online. If you are interested in speaking with an expert from our domain brokerage service about buying a domain, please contact us for a free consultation. Our domain brokers would love to speak with you!

A domain name is essentially your street address, but online. It is how new and returning customers will find you and shop with you. The easier it is to find you, the more likely customers are to return to your site. 

Our team of domain brokers have over twenty years of experience in the industry. Our domain brokers are experts in domain acquisition, appraisal, branding, brand protection, portfolio management services and more. We pride ourselves in our transparency and passion to help you reach your goals.

Saw.com Company Services

What are all the services Saw.com provides?

Saw.com provides domain acquisition services, domain sales services, domain appraisals and domain portfolio management services. Set up a time to discuss your domain needs here.

How do I sell my domain(s)?

We want to be your go-to place to help you sell domains. Listing your domains with Saw.com is easy. Set up a time to discuss your domain sales needs here.

I have a lot of domain experience – I don’t need advice. I just need to be put in touch with buyers. How hands-on is your sales approach?

At Saw.com, we treat each client as an individual with their own needs and expectations. We will listen to you and provide you the service you expect.

How do I buy a domain?

We want to be your go-to place to help you buy domains. Set up a time to discuss your domain acquisitions needs here.

How do I trust Saw.com with my domain acquisition needs?

The Saw.com team has been carefully put together by some of the most trusted and respected leaders in the domain field.

How do I find out if a domain name is available for sale?

Our team is made up of experts in domain acquisitions. We have helped some of the most widely recognized global brands acquire highly sought-after domains and other associated digital assets. We can help you by:

  • determining if the domain you desire for your business is available;
  • providing a successful acquisition strategy; and
  • providing a timeline to acquire the domain.

What should I expect to spend on a premium domain?

Each domain’s overall value is unique. At Saw.com, we have the expertise to provide an accurate valuation of the domain asset you need to help build your company’s brand.

Why should I pay so much for a premium domain?

Think of a domain name as a digital storefront. You wouldn’t want your physical storefront to be falling apart with rusted letters. A premium domain ensures a shiny, clean digital store front that will be attractive and accessible for potential customers.

I have a Facebook page for my business – why do I need a domain?

Facebook and other social media sites are great for direct communication with your customers. However, to effectively brand your business and show your customers you’re professional and legitimate, you’ll need a domain.

Think about when you look up new restaurants to try. If you find a restaurant that only has a Facebook page, it can be very difficult to access their menu or find out how to make reservations, and you might choose a different restaurant.

What is my domain worth?

Each domain has its own unique characteristics that make it potentially valuable. Please get in touch with our team to schedule a consultation to discuss having an expert appraisal or visit our automated domain appraisal tool by clicking here.

How will the Saw.com team help me market and sell my premium domain(s)?

Our team has a strong track record of success in selling domains for our clients. Our proven strategy and process has resulted in thousands of happy clients over the past decade. Please get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you. Contact us for more information.

How much does a domain appraisal cost?

We offer a thorough written professional appraisal for our client’s domains. Each domain is meticulously appraised by one of our experts. The price for appraisals varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on how many domains you need appraised and the appraisal’s level of detail. The handwritten service starts at $299.00 USD. Please get in touch here to discuss your appraisal needs. We also offer a complimentary automated appraisal that is based on 216 datapoints ranging from past sales, domain length, extension, word popularity, and the relative value of the keyword. Give our automated appraisal tool a try by clicking here: https://saw.com/appraisals/. Please note: Automated appraisals are based on several factors such as domain length, extension, and word popularity and thus reflect the relative value of the domain name based on those fixed factors. However, because each domain name is unique, automated appraisals may not reflect the market value of the domain name as assessed by our professionals.

What if the automated domain appraisal differs from the valuation a Saw.com Domain Broker says it is worth or is different from a written appraisal I have received from Saw.com?

Automated appraisals are based on several factors such as domain length, extension, and word popularity and thus reflect the relative value of the domain name based on those fixed factors. However, because each domain name is unique, automated appraisals may not reflect the market value of the domain name as assessed by our professionals. In so many words, as good as our appraisal tool is, nothing is as good at giving you an accurate assessment of the domain you own or want to purchase as one of our professionals can.

How long do listing agreements last?

Each agreement is different, depending on the domain and the needs of the client. Most high-value domain sales take time. We follow a proven formula to achieve success for our clients. We expect that each time we are entrusted to market and sell an asset for a client, we will formulate a custom plan that will maximize the client’s profit.

What is an exclusive listing agreement?

An exclusive listing and marketing agreement is a mutual agreement between Saw.com and our clients who wish to sell a domain. This agreement allows the Saw.com team to exclusively market the asset for sale to targeted, qualified buyers.

Can Saw.com team help me sell more than one domain at a time?

Of course. Each domain seller’s portfolio is unique; no two are the same. Our team will evaluate your portfolio and work with you to sell one or all of your domains.

What if I don’t know what domain I want to buy?

Our team will work with you to help you define your goals and determine the best options for you with regards to domain acquisition. We look to target domains that will help you build and own your brand online.

What is an exclusive buyer’s agreement?

An exclusive buyer’s agreement is a mutual agreement between Saw.com and our clients who wish to purchase a domain for their business. This agreement allows the Saw.com team to exclusively pursue and negotiate on your behalf to purchase the asset in confidential way.

How do I sign up for your periodic newsletter?

Please contact us for more information here.

Are you a registrar?

Saw.com is not a domain registrar. However, we partner with several registrars we can recommend that can assist with your domain registrations. Please contact us at sales@saw.com.

Where are you located?

We are based in the Orlando Florida, Metropolitan area and have team members located globally.

How is my data protected?

We take your privacy very seriously and will do everything we can to protect your personal data. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.

I’m interested in working for Saw.com. How can I get more information?

Great! Visit our jobs page to browse our openings.

I do not see the answer to the question I have, can you help?

Of course. Please contact us here.

Domain Buy Service Terms & Conditions

Our Services

We will use our best efforts and expertise to advise you of the appropriate price, negotiating strategy, timing, or method(s) to acquire the assets. By engaging Our Services, you authorize us to conduct such communications and negotiations on your behalf as we determine to be appropriate to obtain the domain name on such terms as may be acceptable to you. We may agree to provide additional task(s) in the course of performance of Our Services, subject to our mutual written agreement and any additional terms stated therein. In the event that your selected domain name is one for which we already represent the owner or in which we have any interest, we will inform you of those facts.

Your Duties

In the event you are a party to a pre-existing brokerage or purchase agreement in relation to the selected domain name(s), you will be responsible for payment of any commission, fee or penalty arising from such pre-existing brokerage or purchase agreement. You are solely responsible for determining your right to purchase or use any domain name proposed to be acquired under these terms of service. You will not use our service to carry out any unlawful scheme or purpose. In the event you have engaged Our Services as an agent or broker on behalf of a principal party, you will disclose that fact to us, and you agree that you have authority to bind your principal to these terms.

Sales Terms

You will have the right to approve any final agreement to purchase the domain name on such terms as we have negotiated with the seller. You will be obligated to pay the full cost of any purchase, in the amount you have authorized to be agreed, negotiated or conducted by us on your behalf, unless the terms of such acquisition specify otherwise in a signed writing. Such costs may include the purchase price, any applicable taxes, payment processing charges, or escrow fees. You will pay us a commission of the greater of 15% of the purchase price or 250 dollars upon closing of a Domain Name purchase subject to this Agreement, and which we may require to be paid to us in the course of performance of such purchase, including direct payment from any escrow agent engaged for the purchase. In the case of social media handles, the minimum commission shall be 1000 dollars. Commission terms for other assets will be established upon mutual agreement.


These terms and conditions will apply upon the date of your Initial Payment, and shall continue for an initial period of 120 days or until you have possession and control of the domain name, whichever occurs first. These terms shall extend into a holdover period beyond the initial period which shall continue under the terms hereof as long as you desire to continue to use our services. You may discontinue using our services at the conclusion of the initial period or at any time during the holdover period by notifying us that you no longer desire our services. Your obligation to pay our commission shall last for six months from the date of our last communication made on your behalf to purchase the domain name(s), whether during the initial period or the holdover period, and shall apply to any purchase of the domain name(s) by you, on your behalf or by your principal.

Further Agreement

Your further written agreement may be required to purchase the domain name, depending on the price, term, or other conditions negotiated with the seller for such purchase. We will assume no liability for breach of performance or warranty of such further written agreement by you or by the seller unless stated otherwise in a signed writing.

Privacy Policy

We use third-party internet service providers, such as hosting and email service providers, to communicate with you. Certain information, such as your internet protocol address, and your email address if you provide one, are of course necessary to communicate with you and to provide access to this website. We also use third-party customer relation management services in which we store the contact information you provide to us, and which warrant to us that the data we store with them is not shared by them. If you are engaging our services to negotiate the purchase or sale of domain names we must know who is authorizing us to do that and what it is you are seeking to sell or to buy as your agent. We cannot be your agent if we do not know who you are to a reasonable level of confidence. We may also seek to confirm the information you provide to us, so that we can mitigate the risk of fraud. We will keep a record of contacts and leads utilized in the course of the services, negotiations conducted with such parties, and your negotiation instructions. We will also need to be able to contact you with updates about these negotiations. If you are no longer interested in having us contact you about your enquiry, our communications to you include an “opt out” link to discontinue any further communications from us. We will share Personal Data with companies, organizations or individuals outside of our company when we have your express consent to do so, such as to conclude a transaction pursuant to a sales contract to which you intend to be a party. We will also retain or share Personal Data with other companies, organizations or individuals if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to: meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request; enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations; detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of us, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.If we cancel your services for abuse of our services or for any abusive or unlawful activity, we will retain such information as may be necessary to prevent or block your use of our services in the future. Our Privacy terms do not apply to information which is fraudulent. Accordingly, when you provide us with Personal Data, you warrant that your information is correct and that you are whom you claim to be.


This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Florida, and the County of Hillsborough, which shall be the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for the resolution of any dispute arising under these terms.

Refund Policy

Initial Payment – Refund Policy

We charge an initial payment to review your requested domain name, research its availability, and to consult with you on what we believe may be an appropriate budget for purchasing the domain name. In some instances, we may find that the domain name is not realistically available, or is not an appropriate name for us to attempt to purchase. In such an event, we reserve the right to decline to provide Our Services in our sole discretion and for any reason or no reason. In the event Saw.com declines to provide Our Services, we will refund your initial payment. We may also discuss acquisition of any alternative domain name(s), social media handles or other assets which may be suggested by us or by you. In the event that you elect to use Our Services to acquire such alternative domain name(s), these terms and conditions shall continue to apply to acquisition of such alternative domain name(s).

If a user has purchased our services in error they are entitled to said refund within seven days of purchasing said service. Please contact your Broker and request a refund.

General – Website and Domain Names

What is the difference between a website and a domain name?

A website is a collection of webpages on the Internet that contain content. A domain name is essentially the virtual address or location of a website. An easy way to think of the relationship is to think of a domain name like a piece of real estate property and to think of a website like a business that operates on the property. Just like in real estate, a domain can lie vacant just like a property. Or it can be occupied by a website. And just as a business needs a physical property in order to operate, a website needs a domain name in order to operate. A domain name can exist without a website, but a website cannot exist without a domain name.

Why do I need a domain for my company?

There are many benefits to having your own domain name for your business. If you plan on having any presence online, you should invest in a domain name. First and foremost, a domain allows for much more control over your online presence than any social media platform can offer. With a domain, you control branding, look and feel, search engine positioning, etc. All of this control makes it easier for reach potential customers. The most important part of having your own website instead of relying on a 3rd party is you own the content. When you post to a social media site you give them ownership of it. That means you could lose access to it without notice. For more information on the benefits of owning a domain, click here.

Do I need a domain to have a website?

To put it simply – yes, you need a domain name to have a website. You can build a website, but unless that website is connected to a domain name, no one on the Internet will be able to access the site. The domain name is essentially the website’s virtual location. Without a domain name, the website cannot “exist” anywhere on the Internet. You can build a website using a service such as Wix or WordPress, but unless you pay to register your own domain, you have to use the Wix or WordPress domain at the end of your site’s URL. We do not suggest you do that for multiple reasons.
  1. You might not own the registration of the domain. If you become reliant to that domain a third party could raise your renewals or keep your content. It is not a great position to be in.
  2. Having a long or cheap looking domain does not sit well with clients. It would be better to register a .COM, .CO, .NET, or .INC for example and own it outright for a mere 10-20 dollars a year.

Can I host my own domain, or do I need a domain hosting service?

Yes. It is possible to host your own domain. However, unless you are technically inclined and want to spend unnecessary time and effort, we recommend using a hosting service. Hosting your own domain is a complicated, multi-step process that will yield a more expensive, sub-standard product compared to what you will get with a hosting service. Put another way, hosting your own website is a bit like making your own puff pastry from scratch instead of using store-bought. Unless you’re a professional pastry chef, you’re going to spend a lot of time and effort on a pastry that probably won’t even taste as good as something made with inexpensive store-bought puff pastry.

What is SEO and why should I care?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Before diving into SEO, we need to talk about search engines. All major search engines like Google and Bing rank search results based on what the search engine decides is most relevant for each user. Think of search engines like extremely sophisticated librarians. They are able to sift through millions and millions of pages of information to provide useful and relevant information to its users. They “decide” what is relevant through an algorithm that sifts through the information based on key words. If you have a website and wish to reach as many customers as possible, search engine results are crucial. The higher your website is ranked on Google searches relevant to your industry, to more web traffic you will receive from potential customers. This is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes in. Essentially, SEO involves developing content that is relevant to your industry that will work with the search engine algorithm to produce higher search results.

What is the best type of domain for SEO?

One key to maximizing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) lies in your domain name. Keep the following SEO tips in mind for domain names:
  • If your budget allows, stick to .com top-level domains – they generate the most credibility of all top-level domains.
  • Keep your name short and memorable. Search engines use accessibility as a ranking factor, so the easier your domain name is for humans to read and understand, the higher search engines will rank your site.
  • Avoid hyphens, numbers, non-standard characters, etc. Domains like balloons-direct543.biz come across as unprofessional and will be less likely to be ranked on search engines.

Domain Name Ownership

When you buy a domain is it yours forever?

No. When you “buy” a domain you are essentially paying a domain registry for the rights to register and use the domain for one year. However, some domain extensions can be registered for up to ten years without the need to renew each year.

Can someone steal your domain name?

Yes. This is known as domain hijacking. Domain names can be stolen just like any other form of property. Domain thieves steal domain names by gaining access into the account that is used to manage the domain registration. Usually this is done by hacking into the email address of record for the domain (remember, you can hide your email address of record by using a Whois privacy service). Once they have access to your account, they can transfer the registration of the domain without your consent.

Can I buy a domain and just let it sit there?

Yes. You can buy and register a domain name without creating a website or hosting it. There are a handful of reasons someone might register a domain without building a website. For example a startup might register multiple potential domain names if they’re still in the planning phase and haven’t settled on a name. They might have a lot of options and want to “reserve” all of their options. Then, once a name is decided, they could sell the domains they had been holding onto.

What are the most expensive domain names?

Many domain sales are not reported publicly, so we can’t say with 100% the highest sales ever made. However, most agree with a handful of the highest sales ever reported, and they’re in the tens of millions. For example, Voice.com sold in 2019 for $30 million, while our Co-founder sold Sex.com for 13,000,000 USD. Do you have a multi-million-dollar domain in your back pocket? Find out today with our domain appraisal service. With decades of experience brokering multimillion-dollar domains, we provide accurate and complete domain price estimates for a single domain or your whole portfolio.

Why do I have to pay each year to keep my domain name?

The annual fee you pay a registrar for your registration keeps your domain “active” on the Internet. Instead of owning a physical object that you keep permanently, owning a domain is more like “renting” the rights to use that domain. Domain registration fees depend on the registrar, but most run from between $10 to $20 per year. The registration fees go to the registrar, registry and ICANN. If you are unhappy with the price of your service of your current registrar, you can always transfer your registration to a different registrar. There are thousands!

Does it matter where I purchase my domain?

Registrars each offer the same basic service – administering domain registration between ICANN and its customers. However, each registrar offers unique service features such as added security, Whois privacy, custom email, customer support, reminder emails, etc.

What is domain buy service?

Domain buy service is also known as domain broker service or domain acquisition service. If you want to buy a domain name but it is already registered, one of our Sales Consultants can work to acquire the domain for you at a reasonable price. Our team does all the heavy lifting and dirty work to find the owner and negotiate a great deal on your behalf. Set up a time to discuss your domain acquisition needs here.

What is domain squatting?

Domain squatting is when someone buys a domain name to prevent a legitimate business from registering it and profit from reselling it. For example, a domain squatter might search local business license records, find one that hasn’t yet registered their business name as a domain, and snatch up the name for cheap. Then, they’ll contact that business to sell them the name. Usually businesses are willing to pay the price instead of going to court or changing their name. In most states and countries, domain squatting is illegal. It all comes down to intent. If the purchase was made in “bad faith,” then it’s considered domain squatting. The problem is that is can be very difficult to prove bad faith. Let us be clear, a domain owner that registered or purchased the domain name your company happens to want years before your company was founded is not a squatter. To protect yourself from domain squatters, make sure to register your domain as soon as possible, register similar names with multiple extensions, and register a trademark for your name. We might also suggest you register common typos of your domain name and forward them to that domain. This is actually another service we offer which is called Brand Protection. Please click here to speak to a Sales Consultant about our Brand Protection services.

Domain Name Cost and Registration

Where is the best place to buy a domain name?

This is an obvious answer! Saw.com is the best place to purchase any domain. Why is that? We have a considerable amount of experience, knowledge and relationships coupled with the most cutting edge technology available today.

How much is a domain name?

Domain prices vary depending on many factors similar to real-estate. The most valuable ones are already registered. The most inexpensive domains available are those that are unregistered. A .COM, .NET, .ORG will cost anywhere from ten to twenty dollars per year to register. There are many other extensions which can cost thousands of dollars to register each year. At a maximum, domains have sold for as much as millions of dollars. Keep in mind that, no matter how expensive a domain is upfront, you will have to pay yearly registration fees to keep it registered. For more information on the factors that determine a domain’s price, click here.

How do I know how much a domain should cost?

There are many factors that determine a domain’s price. However, the domain industry is constantly changing and it’s quite difficult to accurately appraise a domain without the knowledge and expertise gained from decades of experience in the industry. That is where we can help. To learn about our professional appraisal services, click here or to get a complimentary automated appraisal click here.

Which domain extension is best?

Because business needs differ, it’s impossible to say which domain extension is “best”. It depends on what is best for your specific business needs. With that said, if your goal is to reach as many customers as you can, you can’t go wrong with .com, the most popular top-level domain (TLD). For more information about the different domain extensions, click here.

Do .orgs have to be non-profit?

No. .Org domain names are not legally required to be non-profit. This is a common misconception, as anyone can register a .org domain. However, most .orgs are owned by nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, or schools.

How many top-level domains are there?

There are over 1,000 top-level domains in existence, from .aaa to .zw. For a list of every top-level domain, click here.

Who sets domain name prices?

Think of domain sales as two distinct categories. The first is the domain registration fee that needs to be paid once a year for every domain. This price varies by extension and registrar but is generally between $10 – $20. Much of the price that registrars charge goes directly to the registry that manages the domain name. For example, Verisign currently charges $7.85 per .com domain name per year. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) set limits on how much domain registries can charge for each domain name. The second is the price you pay for a domain that is already registered. For example, if you search for a domain and it is already registered or unavailable, you will need to make an offer to the owner of the domain. This price is not controlled by anyone – it is dictated by supply and demand. People pay high prices for things that they perceive to be valuable. That is how we end up with multimillion-dollar domain sales. For more information on the relationship between registries and registrars, click here.

Other FAQs

How do I pay for the domain name if there is an agreement?

There are many options to pay for domain names, but the safest and most secure way is using a licensed escrow service like Escrow.com or Escrow. Domains. Escrow.com has completed over a billion dollars in transactions and is owned by the same publicly traded company as Freelancer. They are recommended to buyers of cars on eBay Motors as well. Escrow.com will require proper identification and a matching utility bill to set up an account as an individual or articles of incorporation, along with other supporting documentation to create an account as a business.Escrow.Domains their signup process is a lot less rigorous. They are based in Washington, DC, and owned by an industry lawyer that has been in the domain industry for close to twenty years. Both services work very similarly and protect you, the buyer, every step of the way. First, the terms of the agreement are loaded into their systems. Next, the terms are agreed by all parties. Once they are approved, the buyer makes payment. Once payment is received, the seller is notified to transfer the domain to the buyer. When the buyer advises all parties that they have received the domain, then either of these escrow companies will release the funds to the seller. If the seller does not transfer the domain name for any reason, you will be refunded your initial payment. You can sign up for an account and read the terms by clicking here for Escrow.com. You can sign for an account and read the terms by clicking here for Escrow.domains We are not affiliated with either of these companies and are explaining the process from our point of view. Ultimately it is up to you to decide which service is a better fit for you.

What if the domain I want is outside of my budget or not available?

Unfortunately, this happens relatively often in the domain acquisition business. That is why we permit you, our customer, the ability to add five more additional domains for our Domain Brokers to look into. Once you have completed your acquisition, do not forget to ask your Domain Broker about acquiring the matching social handles as well!

Why should I trust Saw.com with my domain acquisition needs?

The Saw.com team has been carefully put together by some of the most trusted and respected leaders in the domain field.

What domain strategy is best for business?

As mentioned in many questions, one can register a domain name for as little as 10 to 20 dollars per year. When it comes to the most common extensions, the best domain names are taken. Hand registering a domain for your product or company name strategically does not make sense. Why is that? This domain is your online identity, it is your brand, and it is what you are relying on to bring you new and repeat customers. Since most premium and memorable domains are already taken you will be forced to register a very long domain or one with hyphens. Both options are easily misspelled or forgettable. A bare minimum of 2,000 USD should be spent on your domain if you are serious about your business. Please call us today for a free consultation. We will give you some choices that make sense for your businesses fast! Contact us here!!

Can I own a domain with a website builder like Wix or WordPress?

Yes. Most website builders like Wix or WordPress offer domain purchasing and hosting services. They can provide an “all-in-one” service where you can purchase a domain, build a website, and host the website all using one platform.

Do I need domain privacy?

Most domain registrars (GoDaddy, Network Solutions, etc.) offer domain privacy service or ‘whois protection’ as an add-on to hosting service. Typically for a monthly fee of as much as $10, or per year the service replaces the user’s personal information used to register the domain in the Whois database with anonymized information. For example, it replaces your name and email with the information of the hosting service done through a proxy server. Domain privacy protects against your personal information being used for fraudulent purposes, ranging from phishing attacks, cyberstalking to identity theft. Personal data is a hugely valuable commodity, a commodity we should not allow in the wrong hands. Domain privacy is a small price to pay (some privacy services are even free) for peace of mind. The poor man’s version of privacy is to put a free email address for nothing but your whois information and keep in mind that your registrar is really the only entity you need to respond to there no matter what people say unless it is a legal matter

When you buy a domain, is it yours forever?

No. When you “buy” a domain you are essentially paying a domain registry for the rights to register and use the domain for one year. However, some domain extensions can be registered for up to ten years without renewing each year.

Does it matter where I register my domain?

Registrars each offer the same basic service – administering domain registration between ICANN and its customers. However, each registrar offers unique service features such as added security, Whois privacy, custom email, customer support, reminder emails, etc.

How much is a domain name registration?

Domain prices vary depending on many factors similar to real-estate. The most valuable ones are already registered. The most inexpensive domains available are those that are unregistered. A .COM, .NET, .ORG will cost anywhere from ten to twenty dollars per year to register. Many other extensions can cost thousands of dollars to register each year. At a maximum, domains have sold for as much as millions of dollars. Keep in mind that, no matter how expensive a domain is upfront, you will have to pay yearly registration fees to keep it registered.

Do .orgs have to be nonprofit?

No. .Org domain names are not legally required to be nonprofit. This is a common misconception, as anyone can register a .org domain. However, most .orgs are owned by nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, or schools.

Domain Name Registration

In order to use a domain name on the Internet for your company or brand, you must purchase or register the name. The domain registration process can be understood by the 3 R’s (Registry, Registrar, Registrant) and how they work together.Registry – A registry is an organization or company that keeps a record of all domains under a certain extension. For example, Verisign is the registry that manages all.com extension domain names. In essence, a registry is a supplier to the registrar.Registrar – A registrar is a company that manages the buying and selling of domain names. All registrars are credited by the overseeing entity called ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). To register a domain, you will typically work with a registrar service, such as GoDaddy.com, NetworkSolutions.com, or Web.com. However, you don’t need to choose between one of the mainstream registrars. There are hundreds, if not thousands of other registrars that offer many of the same services and at lower prices.Registrant – This is the consumer (business, individual, or organization).

Should I hire an attorney to help with this process?

Using an attorney to review the terms of an agreement and or a trademark prior to purchasing a domain is not uncommon. If you would like to use an attorney to consult with you regarding the purchase of a domain name, then we highly suggest you use a lawyer that specializes in this specific field and they are also made aware of specific deadlines that you may be up against due to the terms of the negotiation. If you would like to use an attorney but are not sure who to hire, please ask your Domain Broker. There are quite a few we know from our years in the business.

What do you mean by 100% transparency?

We believe in putting our customers first. By doing that we allow our customers the ability to see and understand all of the terms and exactly what they are getting for their investment.

What are the steps in the domain acquisition process?

Before we contact the owner and get into a negotiation, we want you to have a budget in mind. During our initial consultation, we will go over the basics of domain appraisals and the quality you can expect, given your budget. When evaluating the cost of any capital asset ; we will need to develop a working estimate for the maximum you are able to pay for your acquisition. To help establish a budget, have a look at www.Estibot.com . It is a free automated domain appraisal tool that is great for quick estimations. A word of caution, though – appraisals from Estibot are typically on the low end from between fifty and seventy percent. This is because Estibot factors in many sales wholesale auctions which are not retail end user sales prices.Nevertheless, it’s essential to know the most critical metrics that weigh into a domain’s valuation:
  • Length – Three and four-letter domains are typically the most expensive especially in the .com extension.
  • Memorability and Spelling – Domains that are memorable and easily spelled are generally worth more as they are more brandable.
  • Domain registration age – Generally, the longer a domain has been registered, the more valuable it becomes.
  • Industry – Domains with popular-industry keywords are more valuable as they tend to rank higher on search engines.
  • Universality – A domain name that could be applied to many businesses in many places.
  • Similar domains – Look at names in the same industry with other similar metrics, and see how much they have sold.
Once you have appraised your domain and have come up with your budget, you’ll be ready to move to Step 2.Most .com domain names can be a big-ticket item. On the lower end, it will cost thousands of dollars. On the higher end, domains can sell for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Like real estate, the best of the best can sell for millions or tens of millions of dollars. Unfortunately, some current domain owners will ask prices that are not within reason or fair market value for many reasons. Some could be their opinion of value, lack of motivation to sell or they have plans for it themselves and have already invested a significant amount of time and energy into the domain. Once we have a targeted domain, we like to visit the web domain name. If there is a functioning business on the web domain and their brand relies on it, the valuation will increase significantly. This is because we will need to factor in the fair market value of the domain and the time, energy, money, and resources the company will have to use to switch to something new. Just because there is a website on the domain does not mean there is a vibrant business that owns it. Many companies are just clinging on or are not even functioning. For instance, if it is an e-commerce related site, try to purchase a product or look at the blog to see if there has been a post lately. The first step is to perform a domain ownership search, which provides some information about the domain, including:
  • Registration Date
  • Who registered the domain name
  • When the domain name expires
  • Its registrar
Just keep in mind that this information is not what it used to be. Many registrars offer free or low-cost services to block ownership information for their clients. In other circumstances, privacy laws have required registrars to prevent such information from being shared publicly. If this is the case, we will need to do some deeper dives into our research. Depending on what is found after performing the WHOIS search, we will determine the best method of finding and contacting the owner. Some owners do not want to be found, and it takes an exceptional level of effort to locate them to get their attention. This could be in the form of a firm cash offer, a handwritten letter, or even a road trip to their home or office! Negotiate When contact is made and the response is received, it is time to negotiate. This involves not just the purchase price but all other terms of the sale. For example, how will the buyer pay? Who covers the fees to use a neutral third party that facilitates the transaction? How long will the transfer from the seller to the buyer take? There are many terms beyond purchase price that go into domain name transactions. We do not and will not miss any of them! Multiple companies specialize in providing escrow services for domain purchase transactions. Using a licensed and insured escrow company is one of the best insurance policies one could opt for. Please visit “How do I pay for the domain name if there is an agreement?” question for a more detailed answer.

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