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Unicorns. Aside from being mythical creatures, the term unicorn is also used to describe companies. In particular, privately held startup companies that are valued at $1 billion or more.

Most unicorn companies don't start out by owning their best, exact-match .COM domain name. When a company starts its life, domain names aren't necessarily a priority, so many opt for lesser names. Lesser names could include a prefix word (such as "Get" or "Try"), or they could be an alternative extension to .COM (such as .CO or .IO).

On their way to becoming a unicorn, many of these companies paid the sometimes vast amounts of money needed to acquire their exact-match .COM domain.

How much is Bear.com worth in today’s market? Animal .COM domain names can range in value from the low four-figure range ($1,000-$9,999) up to the seven-figure range.

Why is Bear.com valuable?

Why are animal .COM domains such as Bear.com valuable? Well, let’s take Bear.com as an example here. Bear.com is one of just a concentrated number of exact match, animal .COM domain names that are in existence. There are over 134 million .COM domain names registered, which means Bear.com and the other exact match animal .COM names represent a very tiny percentage of all .COM domains. Rarity makes Bear.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. If you’re called Bear, then you need to own Bear.com for your brand. By owning Bear.com, you are displaying a sense of trust to your customers or clients. As a consumer, would you trust Bear.com or GetBear.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 Bear.com. It shows a long term investment in a brand.

Unfortunately, animal names such as “Bear” are popular brand names. Because they’re commonly used, instantly recognizable names, it makes the equivalent .COM (Bear.com) valuable since so many companies are interested in using it. That makes it an expensive prospect for a brand to acquire.

An exact match domain name such as Bear.com for a company called Bear can also offer that company some security from data and traffic leakage that is commonplace amongst longer domain names.

These factors, and more, are why Bear.com is a domain name that has retained its value for more than two decades. The factors listed above are fine in theory, but let’s take a look at some examples of animal .COM sales to back up the overall value of Bear.com and animal .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 or seven-figures on an animal .COM domain name, it demonstrates clearly that exact match animal .COM’s play an intrinsic value in the online brand of savvy businesses. Read our case studies:

1. Penguin.com
The Penguin.com name is owned by Penguin Publishing Group, a multi-national book publisher founded in the UK in 1935. The name is a vital part of their online identity, with the name hosting the company’s corporate site and book shop. There are several other famous brands that using the “Penguin” moniker including Penguin, the clothing company. The fashion brand is using OriginalPenguin.com, but interestingly the company does own Kangaroo.com.

2. Lion.com
Owned by Lion Technology Inc, Lion.com hosts the New Jersey-based company’s main website offering expert training and support. Based on archival copies of the website, Lion Technology has used the name since at least 1999, but there are plenty of companies who would like to own it. The female equivalent, Lioness.com, is owned by a leadership agency for women, founded by leadership coach Stephanie Redlener. According to DomainIQ’s WHOIS history, Lioness.com was acquired from the Internet Real Estate Ltd portfolio in recent years.

3. Goat.com
Goat is a common animal name, but often it’s used as the acronym for “Greatest Of All Time”, which is widely appropriated in sports in particular. The Goat.com domain name was acquired by GOAT, a luxury apparel wear brand that offers shoes and garments from brands such as Yeezy, Air Jordan, and Off White.

These are just three examples of animal .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 Bear.com is to take a look at verified domain sales data.

Recent Sales

Below is a list of verified animal .COM domain sales from recent years. You can use this data to gauge the value of your own domain name:

Snake.com – $135,000 (2019)
Walrus.com – $55,000 (2018)
Gorilla.com – $496,320 (2019)
Bird.com – $200,000 (2005)
Pig.com – $125,000 (2010)
Coyote.com – $65,000 (2011)
Pug.com – $61,000 (2016)
Hornet.com – $60,000 (2017)

Further Reading

I wrote an article for NamePros in 2019 about how certain animal domain names are being used. You can read that here Some of the content here is quoted from that article.

Conclusions

Working out the intrinsic value of the Bear.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 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 Bear.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.

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