GoDaddy is hosting an auction of 160 short, premium .Pro domain names. The auction started January 10th and ends tomorrow evening. All domains in the auction are either one, two, or three character domains.
“The .Pro auction will allow many professionals the chance for some prime internet property,” said Paul Nicks, GoDaddy.com’s director of aftermarket services and auction product development.
The domains being auctioned off are owned by Registry.pro, the Chicago based operator of the .Pro TLD. Some of the domains at auction include art.pro, buy.pro, 1.pro, and job.pro. My favorite on the list is go.pro, which currently has eight bids and is up to $1800, but it has not reached the reserve.
The domain currently getting the most attention is app.pro with 75 bids and a bid price of $1805. Job.pro is the second most popular and has a current bid price of $1005. 1.pro has one bid of $5000, but it does not meet the reserve price.
“There has never been a better time to register .Pro domains and we are pleased to auction a sample of our most highly sought after names. Everyone knows the value of a short domain name and we are happy to give the professional public the opportunity to bid on these great .Pro names,” said Registry.pro’s president, Karim Jiwani.
Ironically the auction is being held at GoDaddy.com, even though the registrar does not sell .Pro domains. However, you can buy .Pro domains at several other registrars that are listed on Registry.pro website. I checked a couple of the more well known registrars for prices of .pro domains. Name.com has them available for $19.99 per year and NetworkSolutions.com offers them for $34.99.
The .Pro TLD was launched in 2004. The extension is intended to be used by qualified professionals in a range of different fields. Some of the top sales of .Pro domains are Photo.pro for $18,000, Forex.pro for $15,000, and Realty.pro for $10,000.