A domain's value can be determined by several methods.

"Consider the 'Super Bowl' analogy.  Some businesses can spend $8 million dollars or more for one 30-second Super Bowl commercial, which is over and measured quickly.  If it works, there is a return on investment, and if not, it is a significant hit to that company’s profit and loss statement.

For a similar cost, if they had purchased their exact match or category .com domain name, they would have a balance sheet asset that is an appreciating, amortizable, resalable investment, while adding exponential enterprise value and utility to the business.  The same executives and investors who shun a seven-figure domain acquisition are probably spending P&L money to advertise their forgettable, non-matching domain name all over the internet."

Source:  Richard Harroch and Andrew Miller, Internet Domain Names:  The Most Valuable Real Estate For Your BusinessForbesAugust 27, 2022.

Another appropriate domain valuation method involves the Lifetime Value of a New Customer.  The formula is as follows:

Domain Value = (Lifetime Value of a New Customer) x (New Customers Per Day) x (365 Days) x (Years)



Lifetime Value = $1,000

New Customers Per Day = 1

Years = 20

Domain Value = $7.3 million

Other methods of domain valuation include the following:

  • the value of the idea
  • the profit margins, when applicable
  • the gross sales, when applicable
  • the cost of a sign that can be seen worldwide, even from outer space
  • the cost of an employee who works 24/7/365
  • the cost of digital advertising (ex. Facebook, Google, etc.) for having a weak domain name

The benefit should be calculated over 20 years, minimum.  If a domain purchase is financed over time, it should more than pay for itself each month.

Sources:  Rick Schwartz and Michael Saylor