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 2018-04-24 20:43 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by SysAdmin.com...

Sedo reported their weekly sales and SysAdmin.com led the way at $55,000. A.tel sold for $5,500, I have not seen a .tel sale in awhile. 40 .com sales 24 cctld sales 6 other gtld sales 2 4L.com were in the top 5 with Coba.com being the higher sale at $15,5...

 2018-04-24 18:24 

Domain Investing

Diamante Eco Adventure Park a Great Day for the Family...

My family and I just returned from a week-long vacation on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tamarindo is one of my favorite places to visit. The people are super-nice, there are plenty of food options, most locals speak English, and it is a relaxed tow...

 2018-04-24 17:42 

Domain Name Wire

Afilias plans to file IRP to halt .Web...

More slowdowns for .web domain name. A lawyer for domain name registry Afilias says the company plans to file a Cooperative Engagement Process (CEP) and subsequent Independent Review Process (IRP) should ICANN move forward with delegating .Web to Nu Dot C...

 2018-04-24 16:40 

Domain Name Wire

Is .Com still king in China?...

Kassey Lee analyzes new data about domain name and website usage in China. Is .com still king in China? How important is .cn? Is there any other extension worth watching in China? These are questions many domain investors may have in their minds. To answe...

 2018-04-24 16:24 

Domain Investing

10 Job Opportunities for Domain Industry Experts...

The domain name business is relatively niche and there aren't a whole lot of people who would be considered experts about domain names and the field of domain names. There are a few large companies that operate in the domain industry, and some have jo...

 2018-04-24 15:10 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy gets extensive aftermarket domain transfer patent...

GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) patent covers a number of methods for transfering domains as the result of an aftermarket sale. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 9,954,818 (pdf) which covers a number of aspects of selling an expired domai...

 2018-04-24 14:52 

TheDomains.com

CQD.com matter resolved...

James Booth posted on Namepros that he has pushed the domain name back to the original owner Rebecca. This thread became legendary and brought together a lot of the NP community to find a solution. Whois now shows...

 2018-04-24 14:05 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Best Q1 Uniregistry Purchase?...

Uniregistry brokers domain names on behalf of some of the most valuable domain portfolio companies, including its founder Frank Schilling. As such, Uniregistry seems to get very good prices for domain names it sells on behalf of its clients. Yesterday, Ro...

 2018-04-24 13:39 

Domain Name Wire

Some panelists are afraid to find RDNH...

I can't believe this panelist didn't find RDNH. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found in favor of the owner of CAGI.com in a cybersquatting complaint but, for some mysterious reason, failed to find reverse domain name hijac...

 2018-04-23 19:38 

TheDomains.com

Is Bulk Hand-Regging Domains Worth the Time and Money Invested?...

From Ali Zandi to Josh E to Rick Schwartz, it's alway interesting and entertaining to watch industry vets do their thing — especially when the topic is hand registering domains. It's been almost a year since Ali Zandi went on a spree hand re...

 2018-04-23 19:13 

Domain Investing

Providers.com Sold for $100k via Buckley Media Group...

According to a tweet from domain broker Kate Buckley of Buckley Media Group, her company brokered the sale of Providers.com for $100,000: Buckley Media Group has sold https://t.co/vhYISMIjYK for $100,000. Congratulations to both buyer and seller! — ...

 2018-04-23 17:51 

Domain Name Wire

Park.io starts drop catching .AI domains...

Service known for ccTLDs adds .ai domains. Park.io has begun offering drop catching services for .AI domain names. .AI is the country code for Anguilla but has become popular for artificial intelligence companies. Park.io is known for helping domain inves...

 2018-04-23 16:12 

Domain Investing

Canadian Tire Acquires Triangle.com from McClatchy...

In early April, I noticed that the Triangle.com domain name had changed hands. I had made a couple of offers to buy the domain name, and when I went to do a follow-up, I saw that the domain name was no longer registered to the company that owned it for ma...

 2018-04-23 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Meet Erik Bergman, who paid $900k for Great.com DNW Podcast #182...

Erik Bergman has great plans for Great.com Imagine this: you're bidding in your first domain name auction. You're traveling and are at a hotel in Iceland with poor internet connectivity. There's a domain name you really want but the reserve is...

 2018-04-23 14:10 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: What Do You Call Yourself?...

There are a few common terms for people who invest in domain names. The ones I hear most regularly are domainer, domain investor, and domain trader. Personally, I am not a big fan of the "domainer" term and never have really liked it. It just does...

 2018-04-23 13:02 

Domain Name Wire

A simple way to make GoDaddy Closeout auctions more fair...

A win-win for GoDaddy and most bidders. A lot of people are frustrated with the bidding process at GoDaddy when it comes to closeout auctions. The idea behind closeout auctions is smart. If no one bids at least $12 for a name during the regular GoDaddy ex...

 2018-04-21 20:33 

Domain Investing

Buyer of Vacation.Rentals Does AMA...

Donuts reported that it sold the Vacation.Rentals domain name for $500,300 in an all-cash deal. This sale was reportedly the largest new gTLD domain name sale to date. It was the second reported $500,000+ sale of a new gTLD domain name reported by Donuts ...

 2018-04-21 10:37 

TheDomains.com

iPets.com sells for $12,777 only $62,223 less than a decade ago...

The domain name iPets.com closed at $12,777 on NameJet on Friday. This was the top close across all platforms on Friday according to Namebio. While some might think wow nice price! The domain actually sold for much more back in 2008. iPets.com sold for $7...

 2018-04-20 15:28 

Domain Investing

McHale Performance Upgrades to McHale.com via GoDaddy Auctions...

GoDaddy Auctions, NameJet, and DropCatch.com are domain name expiry auction platforms that primarily cater to domain investors. These platforms are all open to the public, but I would imagine the vast majority of participants are investors seeking to buy ...

 2018-04-20 14:18 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy is closing an expired domain "loophole"...

Last second backorders will no longer circumvent closeout process. Auctions for expired domain names at GoDaddy can get competitive. With no backorders required, domain names can go from $0 to hundreds of dollars even when no bids are placed until the las...

 2018-04-20 13:50 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: What is a Single Letter .org Worth?...

Yesterday, I reported that GoDaddy sold the F.org domain name. In January of 2017, Jamie Zoch reported that GoDaddy sold the G.org domain name. Both of these sales were for undisclosed prices. In yesterday's article, I speculated that F.org sold for s...

 2018-04-20 05:46 

TheDomains.com

Does GoDaddy have too much power?...

It seems more and more domain owners are rebelling against the GoDaddy monopoly. Huge Domains also appears to be in the crosshairs of more angry domainers. Over the last week three threads on Namepros have popped up that deal with different levels of disd...

 2018-04-19 14:15 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Are You a Domain Flipper?...

I got my start by flipping domain names. It started by registering names and quickly reselling them for a small profit. This helped me grow my business and I moved into higher value domain names. I continued to flip domain names for quite some time, but t...

 2018-04-19 13:48 

Domain Name Wire

.App domains are off to a strong start with brands...

Over 2,000 .app domains have been registered during sunrise. If sunrise is any indication, Google's .app domain name is going to shoot out of the gates. Sunrise began March 29 and there are already 2,225 names in the zone file. During sunrise, only tr...

 2018-04-19 12:52 

Domain Investing

F.org Sold by NameFind...

It looks like the F.org domain name has been sold by NameFind, the domain portfolio company owned by GoDaddy. I noticed the domain name changed registrants in my daily email from DomainTools. The new registrant of F.org is a company called Fincubator VC, ...

 2018-04-19 05:00 

TheDomains.com

How ad dollars are spent...

Project-Disco put together a good picture of how ad dollars are spent all around the spectrum. Digital edged out television 41% to 35%. From the article: By using data from the Internet Advertising Bureau [1], [2], the Association of National Advertisers,...

 2018-04-18 19:27 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Hiring a Domain Team Product Marketing Manager...

GoDaddy is looking to hire a Product Marketing Manager on its Domains team. I believe this particular line of business covers everything related to domain names, including registrations and the aftermarket. Here's a brief job description from the Link...

 2018-04-18 14:04 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Would You Use a Press Release for a Domain Sale Listing?...

I have quite a few Google News Alerts set, so I see dozens of news articles related to domain names each day. Oftentimes, I notice news articles that are actually press releases, and occasionally they are used to announce domain names are for sale. A pres...

 2018-04-18 13:43 

Domain Name Wire

What domain names The Hill and others bought this week...

A cryptocurrency exchange, nightclub owner and the political site The Hill bought domain names. I learn about a lot of interesting industries and topics when I review Sedo's end user sales. For example, this week I learned about pentanomics, a new the...

 2018-04-18 00:25 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by Stelline.com...

Sedo released their weekly sales and Stelline.com led the way at $20,000. PayClub.com sold for $15,000, the seller was Keith from Namepros. 53 .com sales 16 cctld sales 6 other tld sales I kind of think Vave.com went cheap at 3,000 Euros. Domain name Pric...

 2018-04-17 16:51 

Domain Investing

Domain Appraisal Section Can be a Good Place to Find Domain Names...

There are many people who own domain names that have no idea of what they could be worth. Some of these people may have bought a domain name on a whim while others bought a domain name for a project that didn't take off or didn't get started. The ...

 2018-04-17 15:27 

Domain Name Wire

A reminder for UDRP filers: Mess up? You can always apologize...

If a complainant representative isn't aware of all of the facts, it can always say mea culpa. Cricket South Africa, an organization behind a professional cricket competition in South Africa in the T20 format, has been found to have engaged in reverse ...

 2018-04-17 13:34 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Vacation.Rentals vs. Home.Loans vs. The.Club...

Donuts reported two very large new gTLD sales this year. In January, the company reported that Home.Loans was sold for $500,000. Last week, the company reported that Vacation.Rentals was sold for $500,300. In February, DNJournal reported that The.Club was...

 2018-04-17 13:31 

Domain Name Wire

WIPO panel explains a common expired domain occurrence...

A company wanted a domain but failed it capture it when it expired. Then it filed a UDRP against the new domain owner. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has provided an unusually descriptive explanation and interpretation of a very common o...

 2018-04-16 20:59 

Domain Name Wire

U.S. government asks ICANN to investigate GoDaddy's Whois policy...

U.S. gov weighs in on GoDaddy's Whois policy. The U.S. government has sent a letter to ICANN asking it to review GoDaddy's (NYSE: GDDY) activities around blocking access to Whois records. David Redl, who heads the National Telecommunications and I...

 2018-04-16 17:03 

TheDomains.com

Earn.com acquired...

Coinbase is acquiring Earn.com, the company was formerly known as 21 Inc, they once were a maker of bitcoin mining hardware, they shifted gears to focus on using cryptocurrency to power a social network. On top of everything they get a valuable one word g...

 2018-04-16 15:53 

Domain Investing

Google Plus Can Help Identify a Prospective Buyer...

Some people don't like dealing with prospective buyers who use a free email address like Gmail. The thinking is that it could be a corporate buyer with a big budget trying to go under the radar to get a better deal. I happen to like dealing with buyer...

 2018-04-16 15:36 

TheDomains.com

Too early to try to flip?...

Vape.net was sold in 2016 for $9,000 on Sedo, the seller was from Austria. The domain immediately went under privacy. The domain name was developed as a review site. The domain expired apparently and went for $30,000 at GoDaddy auctions on 2-25-18. The bu...

 2018-04-16 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Why Mike Kugler spent $500k on Vacation.Rentals DNW Podcast #181...

Mike Kugler's company VacaRent paid a record amount for a new TLD. Find out why. Mike Kugler is CEO of VacaRent, a company that just paid a record price for a domain under a new top level domain: $500,300 for vacation.rentals. On today's show, Kug...

 2018-04-16 14:20 

Domain Name Wire

Napoleon.com hit with UDRP. Owners fight back with lawsuit...

Domain owners fight back in court before UDRP is decided. Last Month Wolf Steel, which markets fireplaces under the brand name Napoleon, filed a UDRP cybersquatting dispute against the domain name napoleon.com. The owners of the domain name are fighting b...

 2018-04-16 14:04 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Do You Own Domain Hacks?...

Sedo will be running a "Domain Hack" auction in about a week and a half, and they are accepting auction submissions until April 19th. The auction will begin on April 26th and conclude on May 3rd. Here is the criteria for domain names to be conside...

 2018-04-16 13:32 

Domain Name Wire

"Breach" is the new necessary defensive domain registration...

Hertz registers data breach domain names. More companies should do this. These days it seems like the question isn't if a company will suffer a data breach or hack, it's when. When a company suffers a breach it usually rushes to register domain na...

 2018-04-16 13:03 

Domain Investing

.FM Selling Emoji Domain Names...

One of the more surprising trends to me of late has been Emoji domain names. Over the last couple of years, these domain names have become somewhat popular amongst domain investors. Emoji domain names are not available to buy in many extensions (such as ....

 2018-04-15 21:43 

TheDomains.com

10% the top choice on the profitability of domainers...

At the end of March we asked, What percentage of domain investors do you think are profitable? This post followed a poll on Namepros that seemed to show a greater percentage of profitable domain investors than most probably thought. The results of our pol...

 2018-04-14 15:55 

Domain Investing

Recency and Venue Are Important for Comps...

I was discussing the price of a domain name with a seller, and he shared a few public comparable domain name sales to justify his asking price. One of the comps seemed abnormally high to me. Although the sale price was apparently accurate, the domain name...

 2018-04-13 14:02 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Do You Pay for Any Domain Tools?...

I use a variety of domain tools to help buy and sell domain names. Some of my current favorite providers of domain tools include DomainTools, DomainIQ, Estibot, Dropping.com, NameBio, Whoisology, Archive.org, and a few others. Some of the tools I use are ...

 2018-04-13 13:49 

Domain Name Wire

I just fixed Whois and GDPR...

It's really quite simple. So ICANN has received guidance from the Article 29 Working Party in Europe about ICANN's proposed Whois model to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I'd summarize it as: nice try, but we are you...

 2018-04-12 17:55 

TheDomains.com

Slack.com was purchased for $60,000...

Communications app Slack paid $60,000 for the domain slack. The price was revealed by the founder himself on Quora a few years back. Slack which is an acronym for "Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge". Tip of the cap to Namepros membe...

 2018-04-12 17:37 

Domain Name Wire

CIRA wants patent for registry "tag" system...

Canada's ccTLD administrator files patent application related to aspects of its Fury registry platform. Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the group that manages Canada's .CA domain name and has started offering registry services to other T...

 2018-04-12 14:28 

Domain Name Wire

More end user domain name sales at Sedo: Tires, networking, blockchain and more...

A business networking platform, blockchain company and tire company bought domain names. Coffee is for closers, and Sedo closed a nice sale of Closers.com this week at $50,000. The seller was David Wieland, who also recently put Austin.com on the block. I...

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