Indianapolis Man Auctions Rights To Internet Domain

Indianapolis Man Auctions Rights To Internet Domain

Sedo - Our press release from 07/19/2004

Cambridge, Mass. - July 19, 2004 - In March of 2002, Indianapolis bail bondsman Kerry Edwards was an average American looking to build his own Web page to display family photos. More than two years later and on the eve of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Mr. Edwards, the longtime owner of, is sitting on a very hot piece of Internet real estate.

Having received unsolicited offers of up to $150,000 for the domain, Mr. Edwards has announced that he will auction the rights to to the highest bidder. The auction will be held exclusively at, the leading online marketplace for buying and selling Internet domain names, from July 19-July 31, 2004. With the DNC set to begin just days after the start of the auction, Massachusetts-based will open the bidding at $150,000, and there is no reserve price. will use a public auction format for - where bidders can make an offer directly through and the listing will be continuously updated to reflect the current highest offer.

"I'm not an independently wealthy individual, unfortunately, and so it's in the interest of my family to auction the rights to the domain," said the 34-year old Edwards. "Once I received substantial unsolicited offers, I believed it was time to engage a professional organization like that specializes in brokering domain names to maximize this opportunity for my family."

How Auctions Work's expert domain brokers follow up on incoming offers to determine their authenticity and to provide the bidder with additional information about the sale. In addition to coordinating the brokerage process, actively seeks out additional parties who may be interested in purchasing the domain-in this case, the political parties, political organizations, Internet entrepreneurs, and the campaign itself. also verifies online traffic statistics for the domain and the domain's current advertising revenue, and advises prospective buyers on domain monetization (i.e., how to get a profitable return on their investment in a premium domain name).

Once the sale of the domain is complete, acts as a secure escrow agent to protect the transfer of domain ownership from potential fraud or technical error. All of these services are included in the standard commission fee of 10 percent of the domain's selling price, just as with any other domain sold through also offers domain sellers the ability to generate additional revenue through its Domain Parking Service by displaying contextual advertisements on the domains that they are selling. This two-pronged approach enables domain owners to maximize the revenue potential for their unused domain names, throughout the sales process.

"Mr. Edwards' amazing fortune shows that having the right domain for your Web site is critical," said Matt Bentley, CEO of "Although in practice we will handle this auction as we do for more than one million other domains, it's exciting to be part of these unique circumstances, particularly as the Democratic National Convention occurs right in our backyard. We're delighted Mr. Edwards has placed his trust in us and look forward to seeing who the highest bidder is for this most important domain name."

Beyond the Domain Name In addition to handling all aspects of domain name auctions and sales,'s expert brokers advise clients on the current state of the domain secondary market (e.g., how much premium domains are selling for these days) and the details of transferring domain ownership. Key services include:

  • Domain Name Marketplace: Connects buyers and sellers from around the world, in ten different languages. Domain buyers can browse the domain catalog or search for their new domain name. Around 400 domain sales are generated each month.
  • Domain Name Escrow/Transfer Service: Provides peace of mind and security for both buyers and sellers. assists with the financial portion of the transaction (serving as an escrow agent) as well as the technical (assisting the domain transfer, to reduce risk of fraudulent or accidental loss).
  • Domain Name Appraisal: Helps buyers and sellers determine the fair market value of their domain name or website. Sellers can find out the potential worth of their portfolio or get help setting asking prices; buyers find out how much to bid.
  • Brokerage Service: Leverages's market expertise and negotiation skills to assist businesses acquire their desired domain. Evaluation, negotiation and transfer assistance.
  • Paid Domain Parking: Allows domain sellers to monetize the traffic that their domain receives while also improving their chances of making a sale. Traffic from generic type-in domains and old websites is put to good use without needing to develop a website or pay for hosting: determines the most relevant subject area and automatically generates a simple "domain for sale" page featuring targeted advertising links. Revenue from these links is shared with the domain owner.

About LLC

Sedo, an acronym for "Search Engine for Domain Offers," is the leading online marketplace for buying and selling domain names and websites. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world's largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 1 million listings. Buyers and sellers are brought together through a searchable online marketplace, and conduct negotiations anonymously using an offer-counteroffer system. To facilitate successful transactions, Sedo has introduced a range of related services, including domain name escrow/ transfer services, domain name appraisals, a domain brokerage service, and paid domain name parking. The success of Sedo's model has attracted a global membership base of over 150,000 domain professionals, and helped more than 2,500 businesses start their Web presence off on the right foot with a great new domain name. Sedo offers regional versions of its site for the UK (, France (, Germany (, and Spain (

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