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 2018-08-14 16:00 

Domain Name Wire

DreamHost enables export-to-WordPress for its Remixer website builder...

No lock-in with DreamHost's site builder. I've been reviewing non-WordPress website builders over the past month and have more reviews to come. These site builders make it easier for non-techies to build websites than using WordPress. But there...

 2018-08-14 15:59 

Domain Investing

Christian.com Sold for $600,000 via Sedo...

Sedo broker Dave Evanson just announced via Twitter that he brokered the sale of Christian.com for $600,000: Just sold Christian(.)com for $600,000 @sedo!! Congrats to buyer and seller!! — dave evanson (@SedoDaveEvanson) August 14, 2018 Once the sal...

 2018-08-14 15:15 

TheDomains.com

In the next round of new extensions will .Coin go for a pretty penny?...

When the next round of new gtlds comes around, (yes there will be another round). What will be the extensions in demand? As many know Mike was involved heavily in the first round of new gtld's consulting with Monte at RightofTheDot.com. Mike and I had...

 2018-08-14 13:31 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Is Domain Investing Ethical?...

I regularly see people discuss whether certain aspects of the domain investment business are ethical. People question the ethical nature of what happens with expiring domain names, auction bidding, trademark registration, pay per click parking, affiliate ...

 2018-08-13 21:29 

TheDomains.com

If you know you can't pay on time- Don't Bid...

As reported by Elliot Silver the dispute.com sale did not go through at $65,000 but rather $38,000. The unfurling of the story and subsequent comments on DomainInvesting.com tell a lot. It also seems that GoDaddy needs to make some changes. Joe Styler who...

 2018-08-13 21:20 

Domain Name Wire

Dynadot eclipses 1 million domain name milestone...

Domain name registrar hits key growth milestone. Domain name registrar Dynadot has hit the one million domains under management milestone. The company was founded in 2002 and became ICANN-accredited the following year. It didn't hire its first employe...

 2018-08-13 15:57 

Domain Name Wire

Reverse domain name hijacking (even with no response)...

Panelist finds Mister Auto SAS filed complaint in abuse of policy despite domain name owner not responding. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Mister Auto SAS in France guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name...

 2018-08-13 15:53 

Domain Investing

Dispute.com Auction Winner Defaults...

Dispute.com sold at GoDaddy Auctions last week for $65,000. I learned that the winning bidder in this auction defaulted, and this news was confirmed to me by Paul Nicks, GM of the GoDaddy Aftermarket. The way GoDaddy's system works on default winning ...

 2018-08-13 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Top Domain Sales of the Year DNW Podcast #197...

Reviewing the top domain names sales so far this year. For this week's special edition of the Domain Name Wire Podcast, I review the top 10 public domain name sales of the year as reported by DN Journal. It includes everything from Ice.com at the top ...

 2018-08-13 14:49 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: How Often Do You Make Purchase Inquiries and Offers?...

I spend a good percentage of my day emailing offers and inquiries to try and buy domain names. A great deal of this time is spent trying to find the right contact at a company or trying to find the correct Whois information for the domain registrant. It h...

 2018-08-13 14:14 

Domain Name Wire

How to be a guest on podcasts...

This step-by-step guide shows the process for marketing yourself through podcasts. There are lots of interesting companies in the domain name space. There are also lots of Domain Name Wire readers who dabble in domain names yet have more intriguing busine...

 2018-08-11 12:27 

Domain Investing

Summer Fridays: Not Great for Outbound Emails...

When I worked in the corporate world (Wunderman and AIG), Summer Fridays were great. It was the day to dress down, sometimes enjoy a free bagel breakfast, leave work early, and usually have a bit of quiet time in the office while the management teams were...

 2018-08-11 09:00 

TheDomains.com

Did the .net holder just pay $20,000 to get the .com?...

KruegerGroup.com has had a lot of owners that kept giving up on the name. The name was owned by a Timmy Krueger from Corona del Mar Properties. The domain was left to expire in 2011 after being registered for just one year. Then along comes Mike Mann'...

 2018-08-11 06:21 

TheDomains.com

iBanks.com takes another price cut...

iBanks.com has been around the block, the domain closed today on GoDaddy auctions at $4,550. This is the second time the name has taken a price cut over the last decade. The name registered in 1997 sold on Sedo for $38,000 on 4-3-2008. Then on this day 3 ...

 2018-08-10 14:52 

Domain Name Wire

Domain names around Seattle...

Here are some notable domain names I saw around Seattle over the past month. I spent the past month in Seattle on my annual "escape the Texas heat" vacation. And while people up here have complained about the 80+ degree days, it's much nicer t...

 2018-08-09 19:28 

Domain Investing

Broker.com.au Sells for $100,000...

According to a Facebook post from Drop.com.au, a drop catching service specializing in .com.au domain names (Australia ccTLD), the Broker.com.au domain name sold for $100,000: Once this sale closes, it will be the largest .com.au sale of the year. It will...

 2018-08-09 16:33 

Domain Investing

Results from Sedo's .CO Auction...

At the end of July, Sedo hosted a special .CO domain name auction. The auction concluded on August 2nd, and I received the results of the auction to share with readers. Vegas.CO was the largest sale at $18,500 followed by Hire.CO at $10,099. The third lar...

 2018-08-09 15:33 

Domain Name Wire

Quantifying GoDaddy's aftermarket...

GoDaddy's aftermarket business continues to grow, and analysts need to understand how it works. An analyst asked GoDaddy about its domain name aftermarket business on this week's GoDaddy earnings conference call. GoDaddy credits increased aftermar...

 2018-08-09 14:45 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Do You Own Domain Company Stock?...

Some of the largest domain industry companies are publicly traded on major stock markets. GoDaddy, Verisign, Neustar, Web.com, Tucows, and others are actively traded. Because of my business, I have enough domain industry exposure, and I don't invest i...

 2018-08-09 13:55 

Domain Name Wire

Tucows' revenue drops on Namecheap transfers...

Bulk transfer during Q1 hits revenue at Tucows. Domain name company Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) reported second quarter 2018 earnings after the market closed yesterday. Revenue fell 4% year-over-year to $81.1 million. This was not a surprise and it mostly relate...

 2018-08-08 21:56 

Domain Name Wire

Tucows changes the format of its quarterly earnings conference call, and it's a great idea...

New investor call model should be emulated. Publicly traded companies release their earnings once a quarter. They follow it up with an analyst and shareholder call that goes something like this: The CEO talks about what happened during the quarter. Then s...

 2018-08-08 20:08 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy to Host Meetup at Cambridge HQ on 9/12...

GoDaddy will be hosting a meetup for domain investors and customers at its Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters. The meetup will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 5pm 8pm. Cambridge is a short drive or T ride (Kendall Square) from Boston. The GoD...

 2018-08-08 16:46 

Domain Investing

Make Sure the I is Not an l...

Depending on the font in an email or a website, a lowercase "L" can look an awful lot like an uppercase I. Someone could try and fool a buyer into thinking that they are selling a valuable domain name that begins with the letter "I," but i...

 2018-08-08 15:20 

Domain Name Wire

Crypto World Journal tries to reverse domain name hijack CWJ.com...

Company goes after valuable domain name that was registered before it existed. Crypto World Journal Inc, which operates a news site about cryptocurrency and blockchain, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get ...

 2018-08-08 13:55 

Domain Name Wire

Lucky 13 end user domain name sales...

Bosch, a hotel chain and Scholastic bought domain names on Sedo. This week I discovered 13 end user domain name sales on Sedo's sales list. There are more, of course, but I'm limited in my research by masked Whois records (#thanksGDPR) and domain ...

 2018-08-08 13:47 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Does August Suck for Domain Sales?...

August seems to be a slow time of the year. Kids are out of school for the Summer, families go on vacation, and business generally slows down. Although my family spends a week on Nantucket every August and we travel elsewhere throughout the Summer, I am a...

 2018-08-07 22:30 

Domain Name Wire

Allstate is no longer in .GoodHands...

Company ditches .goodhands domain name. Insurance company Allstate (NYSE:ALL) has informed (pdf) domain name overseer ICANN that it no longer wishes to run the .goodhands top level domain name. It sent a termination notice to ICANN on July 13 informing it...

 2018-08-07 20:39 

Domain Investing

Now Using Jetpack Comments...

When I relaunched DomainInvesting.com on a new WordPress theme, I began using the Jetpack plugin for commenting. This plugin is operated by Automattic, the company that owns WordPress. I use several Jetpack features, but the one that is most noticeable to...

 2018-08-07 20:09 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by a 5 way tie at the top...

Sedo reported their weekly sales and a group of names tied for the top spot. OpenWeb.com, MedicalCRM.com, Caliva.com, Camisetas.com.br and USbetting.net all sold for $15,000 in a light week for domain sales. The usbetting story is an interesting one. This...

 2018-08-07 19:04 

TheDomains.com

Dispute.com closes at $65,000...

Dispute.com closed at $65,000 and the winner of our closest guess post was GreenJobs. Green Jobs says July 29, 2018 at 9:15 am (Edit) Good legal name... $60k. A donation will be made in Adam's name for $25 to Elliot's Pan Mass Challenge. Dispute.n...

 2018-08-07 16:05 

Domain Name Wire

Law firm "careless" in filing cybersquatting dispute against domain CCK.com...

Law form tried to get three letter .com domain name through UDRP. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has determined that the law firm that filed a UDRP for CCK.com was "careless", but stopped short of finding it a case of reverse dom...

 2018-08-07 15:59 

Domain Investing

Even.com and Even Financial Branding Confusion...

Take a quick look at Even.com and then take a quick look at EvenFinancial.com. Both businesses have blue logos and both companies look like they are in the financial services sector. Making it even (pun intended) more confusing is that both logos simply s...

 2018-08-07 13:46 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Will Dispute.com Sell for Six Figures?...

Dispute.com is in an expiry auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The auction ends later on today. At the time of publication, the high bid is $65,000 and there have been 118 bids placed on the auction. The $65,000 high bid is much higher than the GoDaddy Appraisa...

 2018-08-07 13:34 

Domain Name Wire

July's Top Domain Name Stories...

Here's a look at what attracted a large audience on Domain Name Wire last month. These are the top 5 stories, as ranked by pageviews: 1. Testing out the website builders: Wix, Weebly and Squarespace In July, I started publishing reviews of website bui...

 2018-08-07 06:06 

TheDomains.com

Escrow.com launches Escrow Pay...

Escrow.com is launching a new application called Escrow Pay. A streamlined payment system for any website. According to the release Escrow Pay, is a streamlined checkout payment system for buying and selling cars, boats, airplanes, domains and anything of...

 2018-08-07 03:57 

TheDomains.com

Sucky Domain Names...

Someone over the weekend asked me if I thought they should get their name + sucks.com? I didn't think they needed it and certainly don't need to spend the money securing a .sucks domain. It did get me to looking at industry participants and see if...

 2018-08-06 16:32 

Domain Name Wire

Former SNN.com owner goes to court to recover domain name...

Original registrant files lawsuit after failing to recover domain name through UDRP. The former owner of SNN.com, who says his domain name was stolen, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in Virginia to try to recover the domain name. The suit was filed by Delbert T...

 2018-08-06 15:51 

Domain Name Wire

The latest .Com Leaderboard...

Here's how registrars performed in the latest official Verisign report. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign about the .com registry. This registrar-by-registrar report covers April 2018. Chinese registrars continued to add .com ...

 2018-08-06 15:37 

Domain Investing

Vincle.com UDRP Decision Cites PPC Parking...

The Vincle.com UDRP decision was published this morning, and the complainant won the proceeding. The domain name has been registered by the respondent since 2003. The respondent's response to the UDRP was late due to travels, but the panelist stated t...

 2018-08-06 14:00 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Domain Conference 2018?...

The year is more than half way over, and I want to know what percentage of readers have either attended a domain conference this year or have plans to attend one. The largest industry conference, NamesCon, was held in January. I was there as were hundreds...

 2018-08-04 13:45 

Domain Investing

Today is the Day!...

Today is the big day! I am riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dana-Farber is one of the top cancer research and treatment organizations in the world. The doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff are ...

 2018-08-03 18:26 

Domain Name Wire

MMX to connect .luxe with Ethereum Name Service...

New domain will work with wallet-identifier service. New top level domain name company Minds + Machines (MMX) announced today that it will connect its forthcoming .luxe top level domain with Ethereum Name Service. Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is a sort of ...

 2018-08-03 17:06 

Domain Name Wire

Fertilizer company tries reverse domain name hijacking...

Company intentionally provided incomplete material evidence, panel determines. Ferm-O-Feed B.V., a fertilizer company based in the Netherlands, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Fertiplus.com. The World I...

 2018-08-03 16:40 

Domain Investing

A Hyphen May Help You Find a Buyer...

Darryl Lopes, formerly a broker at Uniregistry and now an independent domain broker, shared a great tip on Twitter this week that could be helpful to domain investors who are looking to sell a domain name: The easiest way to find leads for two-word domain...

 2018-08-03 14:11 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Do You Want to Read About Sales Without Prices?...

Yesterday, I wrote about Bob's Discount Furniture's acquisition of Bobs.com. As is the case with most sales I uncover, I was unable to get the acquisition price of the domain name. Without an incentive for sharing the price, most buyers and seller...

 2018-08-03 03:48 

TheDomains.com

A tale of three disputes...

Many times over the years someone will try to pinpoint the % of the .com value in .net and .org. While there is no formula and plenty of outlier sales distort the data set, this week we have a look at a one word, common English name in .com, .net and .org...

 2018-08-02 20:50 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy reports earnings, Domain revenue tops $300 million...

Domain revenue hits a milestone. Godaddy (NYSE: GDDY) reported Q2 2018 earnings this afternoon. The company's revenue was $651.6 million, up from $557.8 in the same quarter last year. Unlevered free cash flow was $154.7 million. GoDaddy also upped its...

 2018-08-02 19:17 

Domain Investing

Bob's Discount Furniture Upgrades to Bobs.com...

Bob's Discount Furniture is a home furniture chain with stores throughout the United States. The company started in New England, and it has a pretty big presence in the northeast US. Smartly, Bob's (as it is more commonly known around here), appea...

 2018-08-02 16:30 

Domain Investing

Reconstructed Website is Live...

When you visited DomainInvesting.com this morning, you may have noticed that the website looks a bit different. I relaunched a revamped website very early this morning, and while the look and feel is very similar to what it has been for several years, the...

 2018-08-02 13:40 

Domain Name Wire

Notable NameJet sales from June...

These domain names sold on NameJet last month. NameJet sold 55 domains for at least $2,000 last month, bringing in a grand total of $239,000 for these $2k+ domains during the summer doldrums. Among the domains are some with a bit of nostalgia. One will be...

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