How Much is AEF.com Worth?

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What is the value of the AEF.com domain name? Three-letter .COM domain names can range in value from the low five-figure range ($10,000) up to the seven to eight-figure range.

Why is AEF.com valuable?

Why are three-letter .COM domains such as AEF.com valuable? Well, let’s take AEF.com as an example here. AEF.com is one of just 17,576 three-letter .COM domain names that are in existence. There are over 127 million .COM domain names registered, which means AEF.com and the other three-letter .COM names represent just 0.014% of all .COM domains. Rarity makes AEF.com a highly valuable name, especially to investors who pay top dollar to own the world’s rarest names.

There’s also the question of trust and stability. By owning a three-letter domain name like AEF.com for your brand, you are displaying a sense of trust to your customers or clients. As a consumer, would you trust AEF.com or official-AEF.com more? The right domain name gives an instant sense of trust in a brand to anyone who visits the domain. A sense of stability and permanence also comes from owning a domain name like AEF.com. It shows a long term investment in a brand.

A three-letter domain name can also offer a company some security from data and traffic leakage that is commonplace amongst longer domain names.

These factors, and more, are why AEF.com is a domain name that has retained its value for two decades. The factors listed above are fine in theory, but let’s take a look at some examples of three-letter .COM sales to back up the overall value of AEF.com and three-letter .COM’s in general:

Case Studies

Real world usage of domain names is a key indicator of value, which is why we have put together a series of small case studies below. If several companies spend six, seven or even eight-figures on a three-letter .COM domain name, it demonstrates clearly that three-letter .COM’s play an intrinsic value in the online brand of savvy businesses. Read our case studies:

1. Fly.com
Fly.com has changed hands at least three times since 1999, selling each time for a seven-figure fee. The latest sale took place in 2017, where the domain was acquired for .89 million by Fly Holdings LLC. The company wasted no time in developing Fly.com into a flight search engine, and have subsequently been featured in news outlets such as the New York Times.

2.Eko.com
What is the first thing you would do if your company just signed a lucrative multi-year deal with Walmart? For this company, it was to spend .5 million on a new domain name. With a 0 million investment from Walmart behind them, Eko upgraded their domain name from HelloEko.com to Eko.com for .5 million. As well as acquiring their exact brand match domain, the purchase of Eko.com ensured that other popular companies named Eko (such as EkoApp.com) wouldn’t be able to acquire the name.

3. Say.com
Say.com is a highly memorable name that sold for 0,000 in 2015. The name was acquired by kids’ clothing brand Say, who adopted the domain name and thrived using an innovative membership model to attract customers. The domain was subsequently acquired by Say Technologies, who also own the @Say Twitter handle. As of writing, Say Technologies is harnessing the traffic that the domain receives to redirect visitors to its main website.

These are just three examples of three-letter .COM domains that have been acquired and put to use by brands willing to invest significant amounts of money into their online identity.

Another means of getting a face-value appraisal for AEF.com is to take a look at verified domain sales data.

Recent Sales

NameBio, a trusted resource for domain name sales, lists the following three-letter .COM sales in its database. There have likely been plenty more between 2015 and 2019, but they haven’t been publicly disclosed:

EKO.com – $1.5 million (2019)
NCC.com – $300,000 (2019)
PFF.com – $270,000 (2019)
DXL.com – $1.15 million (2018)
GAB.com – $220,000 (2018)
FXT.com – $150,000 (2018)
NWM.com – $325,000 (2018)
ICE.com – $3.5 million (2018)
EEN.com – $300,000 (2018)
URW.com – $195,000 (2018)
WJX.com – $150,000 (2018)
DAX.com – $500,000 (2018)
CPU.com – $180,000 (2018)
CAN.com – $155,000 (2018)
DXB.com – $220,000 (2018)
WMN.com – $200,000 (2017)
ETH.com – $2 million (2017)
WMP.com – $275,000 (2017)
DCC.com – $198,000 (2017)
BMT.com – $152,000 (2017)
LEV.com – $200,000 (2017)
FLY.com – $2.89 million (2017)
VPN.com – $976,730 (2017)
AUS.com – $345,000 (2016)
UED.com – $150,000 (2016)
ADA.com – $200,000 (2016)
BGI.com – $235,000 (2016)
MDF.com – $151,500 (2015)
LTD.com – $184,000 (2015)
QJS.com – $150,000 (2015)
OBE.com – $200,000 (2015)
IDO.com – $190,000 (2015)
DAR.com – $150,000 (2015)
QUA.com – $459,000 (2015)
PAX.com – $200,000 (2015)
SAY.com – $200,000 (2015)
PPP.com – $290,000 (2015)
HQB.com – $160,000 (2015)

Further Reading

James Iles, the founder of Iles Media, has performed a couple of interviews with the buyers of two high-value three-letter .COM domain names for their respective companies. These represent real-world usage and give a clear idea as to why domains such as AEF.com command such a high value. You can access the two interviews here (DUE.com), and here (RTS.com).

Conclusions

Working out the intrinsic value of the AEF.com domain name (without any attached content, IP or other considerations) is a difficult process. Automated appraisals cannot be relied upon, and ultimately it comes down to the circumstances surrounding the acquisition or sale of the three-letter domain (with associated factors including motivation to buy or sell, the need for the domain, funding available, and current circumstances).

However, it can be easily proven that domains such as AEF.com are highly desirable, and previous sales data indicates that this type of name routinely sells for five ($xx,xxx) or six ($xxx,xxx) figures. In some cases, this will be higher.

Talk to us

Do you own AEF.com or a similar domain name? Do you have the budget to acquire a domain name such as AEF.com? If you answer yes to either of these questions, get in touch with Iles Media to see how we can help you. Iles Media is an all-purpose domain name brokerage firm that calls on over ten years of industry experience to play a leading role in three-letter domain name acquisitions and sales.

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