How to buy Domain

How To Buy Domains Listed On DomainMarket

Browse our domain catalog to find the perfect domain. When you find the domain or domains you are interested in you contact us to  Make Offer, We will then forward your offer to the owner of the domain who will accept or decline it.

Will I save money if I try to contact the domain owner directly?

Domain owners list their domains on DomainMarket and set an asking price. DomainMarket does not add any commissions on top of the sales price given by the owner. Therefore please be assured that you will not pay more then you have to for a domain listed on DomainMarket.

Is it safe to buy a domain listed on DomainMarket?

DomainMarket handles the buying process for the buyer to insure that all domains are transfered. The buyer has to transfer the funds to DomainMarket when the offer is accepted. After the seller has transferred the domain to the buyer DomainMarket will pay the seller.
We make sure that all legal aspects of the transaction are met and that both parties meet their obligations. DomainMarket is the safest way to buy domains.

Why should I buy a premium domain name?

Premium domain names are domains that have already been registered, but are for sale by the current registrants. Premium domains are usually more expensive but they are of great value due to the following factors:
  1. Easy to remember. They are shorter and catchier domains that are easier to remember which makes it easy for visitors to find and return to your website.
  2. Improved Search Engine Ranking. Domain names that consist of keywords are far more likely to gain top positions on search engines for those keywords. Do a few searches on Google and you’ll find that most of the top positions are websites with domains that consist of the keywords searched for. Therefore generic keyword domains have a great advantage over non-generic keyword domains.
  3. Better Branding. Short generic keyword domains give an image of prestige and credibility. Many companies purchase these domains to compliment their brands. Users are more likely to place an order or use a service of a company with a domain name like for example, rather than
  4. Generate More Traffic. So many internet users are searching for a keyword and adding the at the end. Therefore so many generic keyword domains receive thousands of visitors who search that way or typing the keyword domain directly in the browser. The user still finds exactly what he/she is looking for because the website is 100% relevant to what they searched for.
  5. It is an investment. A premium domain is a great asset to invest in. The South African internet market is still very small. The value of premium domains is constantly rising. Smart investors see this opportunity and know that they will be able to sell these domains for a great profit.

How do I choose a great domain name to buy?

When choosing a domain name for your website it is important to consider the following:
  1. Geographical Area. You must determine who your target audience is. If you are targeting the South African market it is wise to have a domain with a extension. Having a .com extension when you’re targeting the South African market will create confusion to your potential clients. New visitors of a website always check the extension and by that know they are able to make use of your service or product. If you’re targeting the international market then having a .com extension is very important.
  2. The importance of keywords. If you are relying on search engines to send targeted traffic to your website, then having a keyword domain is very important. So many websites are striving for the top positions on search engines. Having a keyword driven domain will give you a major advantage.
  3. Commercial or informational. If you are selling a product or providing a service at a cost then having a is important. If you have more of an informational website then having a or .info site will be advisable.
  4. Risk of traffic diversion. Make sure your website doesn’t loose visitors due to mistyping. Therefore it is important that your domain name is correctly spelled. Also avoid hyphens, numbers, misspellings and exotic extensions. Users will try to return to your website and are likely to find someone else’s website who has the correct spelled domain. Domains e.g. or should be avoid.
  5. Domain Length. Shorter domains are easier to remember and also reduce the risk of user misspellings. An example will be where is better than

Now you know what to look for in a domain name. Your next steps are:

  1. Search for the right domain by browsing through the DomainMarket domain catalog.
  2. Make an offer for a domain you would like have.
  3. When the offer is accepted we’ll arrange for transfer.

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