If you no longer have use for your domain name – you may wish to consider placing it for sale before letting it expire.

You could be pleasantly surprised to see what it might fetch – it may spark some interest from someone looking for a similar domain name to use for their project or business, or from an investor looking to flip it down the road.

If you are content to just make back at least your initial costs, set an auction listing with a low starting price to improve your chances of garnering a bid. Otherwise, list at a fixed price or set to accept offers, and play the waiting game.

The following are five different CIRA-accredited registrars that have their own sales platforms:

Dynadot5% fixed price[1], 10% auction[2]
GoDaddy20%[3] ($4.99US membership)
Namesilo3% - 7% [5]

If your domain name resides at a different registrar, you may wish to consider listing at a third-party sales platform such as Afternic (owned by GoDaddy) or Sedo.

Do be cautious of solely relying on any online appraisal tools when determining your selling price – some provide valuations that could be considered wildly optimistic.

Ensure that you have a month or two remaining before the domain name is set to expire, to prevent any hiccups in the sales/fulfillment process, should it sell.

[1] www.dynadot.com/community/help/question/list-domain
[2] www.dynadot.com/community/help/question/list-domain-user-auction
[3] ca.godaddy.com/help/commission-rates-for-premium-listings-3494
[4] www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/499/15/do-you-charge-a-commission-for-sellingbuying-domains-on-marketplace
[5] www.namesilo.com/Support/Marketplace
[6] uniregistry.com/market-fees-rules