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According to TechCrunch, AT&T’s paid $3,850,000 for the domain when they purchased it from LiveDeal last month.  Here’s the SEC filing.

So what does this mean for you?  My guess is there was not a lot to the domain other than its ability to rank for different searches around the term “yellow pages”.

Here’s some data from the Google Adwords Keyword Tool for the avg. monthly search volume, cpc and est Google Rank of for some of these terms:

yellow pages                     6,120,000, $0.72, 16

yellowpages                      1,000,000, $0.54, 10                450,000, $0.51, 11

yp                                               301,000, $0.59,   1

yellow page                           165,000, $1.01, 12

www yellowpages                135,000, $0.60,   5

www yellowpages com       110,000, $0.55,   5

Assuming can get 1% of the monthly clicks from Google for these terms, these seven keywords alone could be producing more than $700K/yr in value to  On top of this I would expect to see some additional benefit to from linking from  I haven’t read the filing, but if had any kind of revenue/advertiser base, then this seems like a no-brainer deal for AT&T.

So what does this mean for you?

If you are reading this blog you likely are involved with a site that has the ability to rank for similar terms as either at a local or national level.  The reason why local search is attracting so many players is because it consistently generates some of the highest CPMs in the business due to the targeted nature of the content/users.  Compare this to the CPMs you could get on Facebook.  Whether you are a national, regional or local player, there is still huge amount of this keyword territory that has yet to be staked out.  What are you waiting for?

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14 Response Comments

  • Will Scott  December 30, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Through a stroke of (mis) fortune I happen to own quite a few [city] domains.

    Finally, a way to monetize them!



  • Jason  December 31, 2008 at 9:49 am

    User-Agent: *
    Disallow: /

    … interesting “strategy”

  • Andrew Shotland
    Andrew Shotland  December 31, 2008 at 10:19 am

    As my astute readers have noted there are a number of SEO issues with the takeover of is aware of these issues but I think they have bigger fish to fry than to deal with these things at this point.

  • Andrew Shotland
    Andrew Shotland  December 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Commenters on some other sites have opined that this transaction may be solely so they can have short, intuitive URL for mobile searchers. Given the short shrift they are giving the SEO for the site, that could in fact be the case.

  • accord  January 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of money.
    Is it worth it?

  • Jack  January 14, 2009 at 10:13 am

    The acquisition of I find very very interesting. At this point, AT&T pretty much owns everything thats YellowPages (ie:,, 1-800-YellowPages, 888, 877, 866 as well). Theres 1 last player left that I came across a few months ago thats getting a free ride off AT&T’s YellowPages brand, Anyone know anything about them?

  • Chris Silver Smith  January 15, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Okay, so I just wrote about this, and I think it was huge waste!

    While locally-oriented domains are a good investment, “yellow pages” oriented domains are not, simply based upon the eroding traffic to the “yellow pages” search phrase.

    It appears AT&T did this strictly for the immediate traffic value, since they’re now entirely redirecting to However, that’s a short-range strategy in my book, because the individual traffic value of that domain erodes very quickly when it is all redirected in this way.

  • David Rodecker  January 19, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Andrew; do you know if the transaction included’s assets?

    YP had offices in Arizona, employees, technology, and a client base. The value of just the domain might be substantially less. Nevertheless, LiveDeal still appears to operate YP.Net and

  • AhmedF  January 19, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    It did not include the assets.

  • Eric  November 18, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Why is anyone worrying about the word yellow pages. The word is flat out dying.

    However, I think they like because it is short and they can cram more local search terms in the urls.

  • Former YP  September 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

    As a former employee of I can assure it did not include the assets. The office is closed and the employees work elsewhere now.


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