Monthly archives: May, 2017

Covfefe another example of why the house always wins

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: The whole world now is aware of the President Trump typo covfefe. Of course buzzwords that hit the pop culture buzz machine will get registered in .com. It’s one person buying a $9 lottery ticket. But this one is a bit crazy, the domain has been registered in over 50…



A must-read for startup founders trying to understand how domain names impact SEO

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: Earlier today, domain industry veteran Andrew Rosner wrote a great post about how domain names impact SEO. There is has been a lot of confusion about what role domain names play when it comes to ranking well in search engines. While it would be great if buying a good domain name would…



375998.com, VCNO.com, VIRY.com | GoDaddy GoAfter Domains 06-01-17

By Jijo Pappachan DN.Domains: Do you know we have set up a price email alert for Chinese niches? The utility is available in the homepage. Send us your domain names with BIN to be included in the daily list. Do you know we facilitate bitcoin escrow for domain transactions for a fee of just 0.5%?…



Essential.com Acquired for Essential Phone

By Elliot Silver One of my few domain name regrets is that I didn’t acquire the Essential.com domain name when it was being marketed and auctioned by Hilco Streambank via its HilcoDomains.com platform in 2014. I am not sure if Essential.com was sold via auction or not, but it was acquired by Media Options, the…



The irony of being an END-USER instead of a domain investor for a change…

By NameProsDaily RobbiesBlog.com: Today: .88 cent domains / Registrars don’t really track availability searches and grab them from you, do they? / New investor mistake / And more. Here are the new discussions and domain name news. From… Source: Domaining     



Frank Schilling clarifies his thoughts on latest .xyz promotion

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: After Konstantinos wrote a very good post on the latest .xyz promotional email from Uniregistry, it seems Frank Schilling took the time to send a follow up email. I think this was a smart move on Frank’s part as some might have read the first email as a solicitation. I wonder…



Domain history: Twenty years after registering my first domain name

By Acro Acro: Twenty years have passed since I registered my first domain name, on February 12, 1997. At the time, I was already involved with the Internet access provider industry for several years, so to some it’d seem surprising that it took me a while to get my own domain. For at least three…



Uniregisty sends confusing .XYZ promo; Frank sends a follow up

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Something about numeric .xyz domains being like bitcoin. And then… I was left scratching my head today when Uniregistry sent out a promo for .XYZ domain names. It starts with: If someone told you in 2010 to buy $100 worth of Bitcoin, would you have done it? Today, I…



How to Become the Most Persuasive Copywriter on the Planet

By Neil Patel Copywriting, when compared to other forms of writing, is a different kind of animal. It’s not necessarily about writing well. It’s about writing persuasively. It doesn’t matter if you’re a world-class wordsmith or a literary genius. If you can’t effectively move readers through the proper sequence of steps and ultimately convince them…



Video: NamesCon India & WHD.India Recap

By Elliot Silver There were two related events held in India that were well attended by people in the domain industry. WHD.India and NamesCon India were held in Mumbai a couple of weeks ago. According to an email I received yesterday, there were 1,100 attendees at both events. NamesCon India was a conference I was…



Trump ‘s New Word Covfefe.com Snapped Up By Domainer Selling Tee Shirts – Deerfield News (press r…

Internet News: Deerfield News (press release) (blog) Trump ‘s New Word Covfefe.com Snapped Up By Domainer Selling Tee Shirts Deerfield News (press release) (blog) Howard Levy is a local businessman since 1981 and since 1997 a domainer and website owner.Levy has been living in Deerfield-Boca area since 1980 and been visiting Deerfield Beach sinc… Source:…



covfefe: Everything Becomes a Domain Name

By Elliot Silver Apparently, President Donald Trump posted a tweet late last night with a typo: “covfefe.” After many people wrote about the typo, he deleted his tweet and followed it up with a second tweet mentioning “covfefe.” Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May…



Why UDRPSearch is forwarding to a page about a lawsuit

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: The domain name hasn’t been seized or transferred. Sometime today UDRPSearch.com started forwarding to ravi.lahoti.com, a page that includes information about a lawsuit against Ravi Lahoti of California. The lawsuit makes a number of allegations against Ravi Lahoti and domain names in his possession. The suit alleges conversion… Source:…



Afternic extends reach in China and Canada

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Company signs four more partners for its domain name sales network. GoDaddy’s Afternic has signed deals with four more companies to expand its sales distribution network. Three of the companies — EJEE, eName, and Xiamen Nawang — will give domain names on the Afternic platform more exposure in China….



Essential.com Acquired for Essential Phone

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: One of my few domain name regrets is that I didn’t acquire the Essential.com domain name when it was being marketed and auctioned by Hilco Streambank via its HilcoDomains.com platform in 2014. I am not sure if Essential.com was sold via auction or not, but it was acquired by Andrew Rosener…



Comparing Bitcoin with .XYZ domains! Doesn’t anyone care about credibility anymore?

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: I received one of the most ridiculous emails today from Frank Schilling, Founder and CEO of Uniregistry. The email is informing all Uniregistry customers of this new great “opportunity”. Uniregistry offers 1.111 billion (yes billion!) .xyz domains for $0.99 per year to register, renew, and transfer. These domains, coined … Source:…



Outcome Health Acquires Outcome.com After Raising $500 Million

By James Iles NamePros.com: Recently, Outcome Health raised $500 million through a series A funding round that valued the company at $5 billion. According to Bloomberg, Outcome Health will use the money to invest in promising healthcare startups. However, it seems that the company have used some of their funds to acquire the domain Outcome.com….



Uniregistry and XYZ : Numbers, numbers, numbers for $0.88 a pop

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Uniregistry is among the domain registrars participating in an unprecedented promotion by the XYZ Registry. In a nutshell: 1.111 billion numeric .XYZ domains are being released, and Uniregistry will be offering them for $0.88 dollars. If you’re in the market for numeric domains, now’s your chance to get these domains. The… Source:…



A dozen end user domain name sales led by a three-letter .io domain

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Three letter domain .io domain name sells for $12,000. It’s not often that the top end user sale I discover at Sedo is a .io domain name. And, the asterisk on this sale is that it’s not yet clear who bought the domain. But at $12,000, the sale of…



7 Tips to Easily Track Your Domains in a Google Spreadsheet

By James Iles NamePros.com: Tracking every single domain name that you own can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help with that. One of the most popular methods of tracking your domain portfolio is to use a spreadsheet. There are many spreadsheet software providers, with Google’s free online document suite…



Recap of WHD.india & NamesCon India 2017 (video)

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: On May 18 and 19, 2017, WHD.india and NamesCon India were back-to-back for the first time. These complementary events brought together hundreds of people in cloud services, web hosting and domains in India. WHD.india 2017 was the seventh event focused on the rapidly expanding cloud and internet market in India. Last…



Domain Names Impact SEO (not just in the obvious way)

By chris zuiker MediaOptions.com: Getting ranked on the first page of Google for your search term is priceless. I think you will agree with me when I say that SEO is critical to any company’s success online. So then…SEO is King, right? Well, sort … The post Domain Names Impact SEO (not just in the…



AYDACFU : XYZ Registry to release 1.111 billion numeric .XYZ domains

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: All your domains are come from us: the XYZ Registry doesn’t seem to run out of reasons for another annual mega promotion. A year ago, it was the infamous penny promotion, resulting in almost 3 million domain registrations. Now, an aged meme such as “All your base are belong to us” is…



Video: NamesCon India & WHD.India Recap

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: There were two related events held in India that were well attended by people in the domain industry. WHD.India and NamesCon India were held in Mumbai a couple of weeks ago. According to an email I received yesterday, there were 1,100 attendees at both events. NamesCon India was a conference I…



Poll: Is Rick Schwartz going to “kill” it with Queen.com?

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: It’s been almost two months since a Danish florist filed a UDRP against Queen.com. Rick Schwartz‘s premium domain is not only generic, it’s also aged; after 19 years in Rick’s possession it’s one of the oldest domain names to be taken through the UDRP process. Most UDRP cases don’t take two months…



‘Drop-catching’ defence tested in South African domain name complaint – Lexology (registration)

Internet News: Disrupt Africa ‘Drop-catching’ defence tested in South African domain name complaint Lexology (registration) The practice of drop-catching in the South African context (in the .co.za domain name space) was considered for the first time in a dispute concerning the domain name darling.co.za. So-called “drop-catching” can be des… Source: Domaining     



Build your brand with a ‘.tech’ domain name – TechSpot

Internet News: TechSpot Build your brand with a ‘.tech’ domain name TechSpot The web is a big place, but space is still limited — especially when it comes to domain names. Due to the saturation of .com domains online, many entrepreneurs have to settle with second-rate names for their sites, which can jeopardize their brands…



$140k in Sales on May 30th – Snowflake.co.uk sold for $15,500 – Daily Market Report

By NameBio NameBio.com: Sedo had the top sale of the day for two days in a row, this time it was Snowflake.co.uk which sold for $15,500. NameBio recorded 201 sales for a total of $140,431 with an average sale price of $699. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 26% in the…



covfefe: Everything Becomes a Domain Name

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Apparently, President Donald Trump posted a tweet late last night with a typo: “covfefe.” After many people wrote about the typo, he deleted his tweet and followed it up with a second tweet mentioning “covfefe.” Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy! — Donald J. Trump (@realD……



Optus – An Incompetent Internet Provider

Michael Gilmour: It’s not often that I experience the level of incompetence that I have from Optus, my Internet Service provider. For those of you that don’t know, Optus is the second biggest ISP in Australia…so there one of the big boys on the block. My experience has sparked me to write this article and…



Top 100 .Info Domain Name Sales So Far This Year (01/03/2017 – 05/25/2017)

By John Colascione StrategicRevenue.com: NEW YORK, NY – According to NameBio, there were a total of 101 reported .info domain sales so far this year totaling $90,327.00. The highest reported sales were the domains “Train.info” for $12,438.00 with the second place name as “Bus.info” for $10,732.00. Both domains are developed and look identical so they…



Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday May 31st

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: One of the hardest things to get a grip on is the fact that your personal life doesn’t represents everyone’s life. What is norm for you may be a goal for someone else. What you deem important has little value to another. That your culture and lifestyle is completely different to someone…



WIPO publishes third edition of UDRP Jurisprudential Overview – Managing Intellectual Property (s…

Internet News: WIPO publishes third edition of UDRP Jurisprudential Overview Managing Intellectual Property (subscription) The full overview is available on WIPO’s website and addresses questions on each of the three elements of the UDRP – whether the domain name is identical of confusingly similar to a trade mark or service mark;… Please log… Source: Domaining…



Behind the Sale: TrueAmateurs.com – from $59 purchase to $2,300 sale

By Doron Vermaat Efty.com: Welcome to the fifth post in our Behind the Sale series on the Efty blog. In this series, I talk with domain name investors who share all the details behind a recent sale. You will learn how they bought low and sold high, how the negotiations went down and much more….



.AFRICA: the Domain for Africa – Disrupt Africa

Internet News: Disrupt Africa .AFRICA: the Domain for Africa Disrupt Africa .africa domains would be available from Web4Africa. Founded in 2002, Web4Africa is an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar and pan-African Web Hosting provider serving clients worldwide from 4 datacentres across Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. Source: Domaining     



KEYSOME is Here: The Next Big Marketplace in Domaining & Creative Branding – WireUpdate

Internet News: KEYSOME is Here: The Next Big Marketplace in Domaining & Creative Branding WireUpdate With a dynamic team of talented designers, developers, programmers & marketing professionals, KEYSOME, a digital communications channel, is establishing new standards in relevance that deliver benefits using creative marketplace to both smal… Source: Domaining     



Daily Domain Picks 5-31-17

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 5-31-17 Go Daddy Auction Picks 5-31-17 Powered by ExpiredDomains.com DigitalSun.com My favorite name on the list, not saying it’s the most valuable I just like it for an online publication, etc… Mosmo.com 5L.com that are easy to pronounce and spell, currently over $200. PhotoEgg.com sounds like a… Source:…



148 Domain Discoveries for May 31st

By NameBio NameBio.com: Every day we scan more than one hundred thousand domains across all the major marketplaces and pending delete lists to find domains you can buy that have sold in the past. Sale history, like the age of a domain name, is a great proxy for quality to help the cream rise to…



KEYSOME is Here: The Next Big Marketplace in Domaining & Creative Branding – Digital Journal

Internet News: KEYSOME is Here: The Next Big Marketplace in Domaining & Creative Branding Digital Journal With a dynamic team of talented designers, developers, programmers & marketing professionals, KEYSOME, a digital communications channel, is establishing new standards in relevance that deliver benefits using creative marketplace to both… Source: Domaining     



Top 100 .Org Domain Name Sales So Far This Year (01/06/2017 – 05/27/2017)

By John Colascione StrategicRevenue.com: NEW YORK, NY – According to NameBio, there were a total of 1,451 reported .org domain sales so far this year totaling $584,650.00. The highest reported sales were the domains “RiseUp.org” for $75,000.00 with the second place name as “Convenience.org” for $55,000.00. Notably, the two highest priced .org domain … Source:…



New gTLD Pricing Breakdown (Increases)

By NameProsDaily RobbiesBlog.com: Today: The highest domain revenue per click! / The strategy of buying all your site’s .extensions / Are Some Domainers Too Rude To Potential Buyers? / And more. Here are the new discussions and domain… Source: Domaining     



New Book Reveals .CLUB Superhero Jeff Sass Owes His Marketing Powers to The Toxic Avenger!

DNJournal: n a sea of new gTLDs .CLUB has managed to stand out with a non-stop promotional campaign orchestrated by a Super Chief Marketing Officer who, disguised as Jeff Sass, mild-mannered film aficionado a from a legendary independent studio, fights a never-ending battle for mainstream recognition of his favorite domain extension. Source: Domaining     



The Monday Media Wrap Up: Political Breaches, Hackers & Hoodies, and WannaCry Ransomware

By DomainTools Articles from May 19-26 Why do hackers always wear hoodies? Behind the stereotype CNN Money | Selena Larson | May 26, 2017 There are many types of hacking — from… Source: Blog Domain Tools     



Richard Lau Gives WaterSchool Update

By Elliot Silver The WaterSchool is “a global non-profit organization with a mission to provide simple, safe, strategic, and sustainable clean water and sanitation solutions to the developing world.” The organization receives a considerable amount of funding from people within the domain name space, and I believe its largest individual fundraising event is the Water…



Domain Flips (ReadyUp.com, Turned.com) and Flops (YIL.com, ShotGlass.com)

By Aaron DSAD.com: Below is another look at a few recent domain flips and flops, with data courtesy of NameBio. Flips FreeSubscription.com sold for 6,500 USD recently at Flippa, vs 109 USD on 2017-04-13 at Sedo. Awesome quick flip for the seller….50x if the commissions are 15% over at Flippa. We discussed this name recently…



Sedo weekly sales led by TCMM.com

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Sedo released their weekly sales and TCMM.com led the way at $19,000. Experte.de was the second highest sale at 16,660 Euros, ($18,641). Brain.ai sold for $7,200 this looks like a $1,800 loss according to Namebio, 9,000 USD on 2017-02-08 at Sedo ICO.io sold for $12,000 There were a couple new…



5 Single Letter Domains and How They’re Used

By James Iles NamePros.com: Short domain names tend to have a high value attached to them, mainly due to their rarity. Two-letter .COM’s for example, have seen exponential growth that has made seven-figure sales an almost regular occurrence. One category of domain names that is even more exclusive is one-letter domain names. There have been…



RDNH Finding in AirZone.com UDRP

By Elliot Silver Nat Cohen’s Telepathy won a UDRP that was filed against AirZone.com, a domain name the company registered in 1999. The three member panel also found that the complaint to be Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). The UDRP was defended by domain attorney Zak Muscovitch of DNAttorney.com. There were several factors that contributed…



Fly.com : Buyer of $2.89 million dollar domain is Mondee

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: The $2.89 million dollar buyer of the domain Fly.com is Mondee, a travel technology company in California. Mondee is the largest airfare consolidator in North America. According to Skift, Fly Holdings is the new entity that operates the domain. Mondee posted a job advertisement for a chief marketing officer for Fly.com. The…



GoDaddy aftermarket not getting paid out on Ebates

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: There was some discussion last month about GoDaddy auctions and Ebates. As many know ebates allows members to receive cash back from their selected partners. Most companies have some exceptions. For GoDaddy that restriction is aftermarket products. You cannot win a name for $500 and get 10% back if you are…



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