Sex.com Sold for $14 Million
The Sex.com domain name was sold this week for an amazing price of $14,000,000 says Adult Net Industry site XBiz.com. XBiz was told by a source at Grant Media, which is handling the sale of the domain name, and InternetRealEstate.com (which XBiz says “shares office space in Boston with Domain Name Acquisition Group (DNAG), a company that was involved in a lawsuit surrounding the Sex.com domain in September“).
The buyer of the Sex.com domain is Escom, LLC : which may or may not be associated with IRE or DNAG. Apparently there was a lot of hoopla and court cases about who owned the domain a few years back. Now, it’s quite clear that Escom, LLC owns Sex.com, and they have laid (no pun intended) $14 million clams out on the table to prove it.
XBiz.com adds :
“Prior to learning of the sale of Sex.com, numerous adult industry message board postings had already begun speculating on the sale after noticing the radical change in the appearance of the Sex.com website. On the homepage of the updated website, the new owners refer to the site as “the new Sex.com,” and the appearance is radically different from the former site. The site is copyrighted by Escom.“
So, is $14,000,000 a lot to pay for Sex.com, which may be one of the most searched for terms and typed in sites online. I wonder how many Adult Friend Finder ad clicks and webcam chat subscriptions the site earns in a year’s time.
If Blog Herald can sell for close to $72,000, the sum of a projected 3 years in revenue, buying Sex.com for 194 times the amount of Blog Herald does not seem like that much of a risk. Sex.com would have to bring in over $388,889 a month to meet that 3 year site revenue figure, which I’m sure it could probably do. I reckon that coming up with the $14 million to buy the site is another story.
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