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The 2017 Difference: Godaddy Premium vs. Godaddy Auction Listings


The difference is…essentially nothing.

The one difference is:

A Premium listing gives your domain name more visibility in the primary GoDaddy.com search results.

So if someone searches for a domain that’s related or similar to the domain you have listed as premium, your domain might show up in the search results.

I say might because there’s no insight into how they choose what domains show in the search.

Still Almost the Same

However, if you sell on Godaddy Auctions, you’ll still show up on exact domain searches with a price and a premium tag.

For example, if I’m selling domaintothebank.com for $25,000 and someone types in domaintothebank.com, they’ll see my domain for sale for $25,000.

Whichever platform someone finds your domain name on, auction marketplace or premium listings, the fee structure is the same:

20% for the first $5,000 and then 15% thereafter up until $25,000 and then the commission dips.

You can see a full commission breakdown here:


Go with Premium

So if you’re trying to decide which route to go, go Premium as long as it’s worth your time because you potentially get more exposure and it won’t cost you anymore in commission.

One note here is that your premium price will trump what you input as your Godaddy Auctions price.

What I don’t know is if a premium listed will also result in you showing up in Auctions. But showing up for sale in Godaddy search results is far better than their marketplace since most people would never even think to look in auctions.

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Kris Rivenburgh is a hyperaggressive entrepreneur focused on increasing the bottomline by providing value. You can follow Kris personally @krisrivenburgh. For just domains, follow @domaintothebank. I also write at KrisRivenburgh.com.

4 comments… add one
  • southcast.in@gmail.com' bonty February 6, 2017, 7:06 pm

    Hi Kris,.First off, it is very difficult to type in this comment text-box. When we put the cursor in the textbox ( which I have to, if I need to write ), the background color of the textbox turns dark and then when I start typing, the text color is black. You see typing black text on a dark background is really difficult. It is fine if you navigate away the cursor from the textbox though. In my experice some js is interfering with the css. Please have this corrected. FYI, I am on Firefox latest version.

    Second, I wanted to sincerely thank you for the knowledge you are sharing here. I appreciate you for taking out the time to help newbies like us who look up to experienced seniors like you. I have just read two of you articles and I think that you are a great teacher. Will be moving onto other once I am done with my question.

    Third, I have an account with a few domains in godaddy. I have also signed up for godaddy auctions. And then, I have another account with namesilo. Now there is a domain in my namesilo’s account which I would like to sell through godaddy auctions. In this case, can I enlist the said domain in GD auctions without transferring domain to GD ?

    Also, I have a five letter off-dictionary, pronounceable dotcom domain name which I think is fairly brandable. I am looking for a quick sale, probably under a 100bucks. What market would you suggest me to try in such case ? Please, need your help.

    I have this article bookmarked and will be checking back often for your answer. Many thanks in advance.

    Cheers – Bonty.

    • Kris Rivenburgh February 11, 2017, 3:19 pm

      Hi Bonty,

      Thank you very much for the kind words.

      You can absolutely sell on Godaddy Auctions without transferring your domain name. From Godaddy:

      “You can sell domain names registered with any registrar, regardless of whether they include website content or are parked.”


      I think all you have to do is go into your auctions account and list them for sale.

      I would list on NamePros, Godaddy, and maybe even Afternic and see if there’s any some interest. What is the domain?

      Last, thanks for the heads up. I’ll ask my web developer to look into this.

      Thank You!

  • mail@aishwin.com' Aishwin May 23, 2017, 12:55 pm

    Which is better listing a domain at afternic with a buy now price, to finally see it in godaddy premium OR listing as Godaddy premium?
    Are they both the same?

    • Kris Rivenburgh June 9, 2017, 10:11 pm


      I don’t know which is better. Afternic will get you listed on multiple platforms but I think their commission is higher. I’ve never sold through Afternic but I have plenty of Godaddy sales.

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