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#welcome2018 .com at #DropCatch : LOLOLOLOL

The domain welcome2018.com has dropped and DropCatch caught it.

One might think, who in their right mind would bid on this anachronism of a domain name, and yet, 23 bidders are fighting for ownership!


(Only Andrew of DNW would understand this.)

What the flipping f4ck. It’s almost 2020 and a domain about the dawn of 2018 is currently at $850 dollars.

Once again:


This has to be the biggest domain surprise auction of all time.

But wait a second… Historic WHOIS data from DomainTools, shows that the domain was used by the Russian organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.


That, might explain all the interest – but still, the domain is a dud, despite any residual traffic as it’s tied to a specific year.

Maybe one of the bidders is Vladimir Putin? 😀

Update: Auction ended at $18,050 dollars with the winner being DropCatch user “johndomain” – we’ll have to see if the auction gets paid.

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7 Responses to “#welcome2018 .com at #DropCatch : LOLOLOLOL”
  1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

    The domain is linked to from over 2.5k sites (over a quarter mil backlinks total) including wikipedia, nytimes, washpost, etc. The bidders want this domain for its SEO value. Domain valuation is not always about the literal name itself.

  2. DomainGang says:

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ backlinks mean nothing when the targeted content can’t be reproduced. Sure, you can park the domain but the site’s authority then drops. It’s a catch 22.

  3. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

    Why can’t the content be reproduced? http://web.archive.org/web/20190202092439/http://welcome2018.com/en/ — Do you mean from a legal/copyright perspective?

    I’m not arguing that this method is 100% on the up and up… but this is clearly why the domain has demand. The high bid is over $1k now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes significantly higher before the auction closes.

  4. DomainGang says:

    Because Google algorithms handle such scraped or recreated content with zero tolerance.

    So even the guy who spent $6k on Motherisk .org had to ditch the copied content and write some content, hoping it will stick:

  5. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

    Again, I’m not arguing that this method is advisable (although there’s a debate to be had for the value of these links, in my experience it is not as clear cut as you say) … but that’s not what my comment is about… I’m just saying this is clearly why the domain is getting 4-figure bids at auction. Domains with weak names but authoritative backlink profiles frequently go for 4 and 5 figures at auction. Your article expresses complete confusion regarding why the domain has bids (“What the flipping f4ck. It’s almost 2020 and a domain about the dawn of 2018 is currently at $850 dollars”) and doesn’t mention backlinks at all.

  6. Mike says:

    Garbage domain!! Some domainers have WAY too much money to waste!!

  7. DomainGang says:

    Mike – That makes sense. Auction ended at $18,050 and it seems that johndomain has a lot of cash to waste.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ – No confusion there, sorry you are not familiar with this blog’s style. These domains offer no authority whatsoever without the original content. The old days of black hat SEO are gone.

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