I get my fair share of strange email messages, and I’m not just talking about so-called relatives who have billions of dollars to bestow upon me. A long while back, I remember a certain panda killer saying that no one in their right mind would want to buy his blog, because the site would effectively lose all of its value if he were no longer behind it. After all, who would still visit John Chow dot Com if John Chow wasn’t the person behind the site?

This is why so many of those “how much is your domain worth” estimation tools are inaccurate, not representing the true market value of a particular site. Domains that do not carry a person’s own name are much easier to sell. For example, if my fighting games blog takes off in popularity or Slap Shot Squad rakes in all sorts of traffic, they’d be much easier to flip than MichaelKwan.com, and by association, easier to sell than Beyond the Rhetoric. Even so, there does appear to be some interest.

I just received a message in my e-mail inbox inquiring about the sale of MichaelKwan.com. It’s brief and to the point:


Obviously, there’s no way that I would ever sell this domain to anyone unless they offered some insane amount of money. Even so, as I said, MichaelKwan.com would lose pretty much all of its value if I were no longer the one behind the site. Why own a site that advertises Michael Kwan’s freelance writing services when he’s not even there anymore?

I just thought that I’d share this email with all of you, because I’m curious if anyone has received a similar offer. Ironically, Problogger.net and Shoemoney.com could be a viable sales, seeing how Darren and Jeremy’s names aren’t in their respective domains.