Monthly archives: October, 2017

That’s a big hit on a great name

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Most of the time it’s safe to assume that you will only take a small haircut if you need to sell a truly solid .com name. But this past week the owner of NaturalBeauty.com took a big haircut. The name acquired on NameJet in 2008 for $64,900 sold on 10/26 for…



More Transparency!

By Elliot Silver I read Shane Cultra’s article about transparency yesterday and I feel compelled to respond. Transparency is obviously an important topic, especially when there are many conflicts because of business relationships and friendships with industry participants. I wrote about advertising on DomainInvesting.com in a blog post a long time ago, but I want…



Directnic Acquires Fabulous

By Elliot Silver A little over a month ago, Konstantinos reported that Mike Robertson had returned to Fabulous. Mike worked at Fabulous for nearly nine years, and he departed the company in 2011, later taking on his current role as Business Development Director at Directnic in 2014. From what I understand, the Fabulous / Mike…



Domain Industry Participants on Earn

By Elliot Silver Earlier today I wrote about the company that rebranded to Earn.com. Earn is a platform that allows users to contact participants for a small, varying fee. Users are only charged if the participant responds to their message. The concept behind Earn.com is pretty simple and seems like it could be a win/win….



Tips for Paying Someone Else to Sell Your Domains

By NameProsDaily RegisterADot.com: Today: The likelihood of a person finding a buyer / Factors that make a great two word .com / Just sold: Sell My Jet dot com / And more. Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: The best email to use when looking to buy/sell…



Domain liquidation : Fabulous Australia was sold – twice – this year!

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Today’s announcement by Directnic that they have acquired Fabulous.com from Deep Blue Sea Pty, an Australian company, is exciting news. By leveraging an established brand in the domain industry, Directnic should be able to manage a strong and aged domain portfolio, with better monetization options through its associate company,… Source: Domaining     



Blockchain domains : What sells, and what doesn’t

By Acro Acro: New technologies, such as blockchain, offer the opportunity to diversify one’s investments into real applications leveraging old problems. During MERGE! 2017 I was able to accumulate a lot of hands-on information, on how existing systems such as inventory, contractual agreements and real estate will be benefiting from using a b… Source: Domaining…



Blockchain domains : What sells, and what doesn’t

By Acro Acro: New technologies, such as blockchain, offer the opportunity to diversify one’s investments into real applications leveraging old problems. During MERGE! 2017 I was able to accumulate a lot of hands-on information, on how existing systems such as inventory, contractual agreements and real estate will be benefiting from using a b… Source: Domaining…



Directnic acquires Fabulous.com

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Directnic announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire domain name registrar Fabulous.com from Dark Blue Sea Pty. Limited. The transaction is expected to close later today. I was expecting this will happen since I wrote in September about Mike Robertson was returning to Fabulous. Mike’s LinkedIn page…



Directnic acquires Fabulous.com

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Directnic announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire domain name registrar Fabulous.com from Dark Blue Sea Pty. Limited. The transaction is expected to close later today. I was expecting this will happen since I wrote in September about Mike Robertson was returning to Fabulous. Mike’s LinkedIn page…



Sedo weekly sales led by Ezy.com

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Sedo released their weekly sales and Ezy.com led the way at 50,100 Euros, ($58,355). 44.com sales 13 cctld sales 3 other gtld sales Crypto.one 9,999 Euros ($11,646) Domain name Price Currency .COMs ezy.com 50,100 EUR indofil.com 24,990 USD positivepsychology.com 17,500 EUR ezcast.com 20,000 USD esurf.com 15,000 USD spoilme.com… Source: Domaining…



Sedo weekly sales led by Ezy.com

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Sedo released their weekly sales and Ezy.com led the way at 50,100 Euros, ($58,355). 44.com sales 13 cctld sales 3 other gtld sales Crypto.one 9,999 Euros ($11,646) Domain name Price Currency .COMs ezy.com 50,100 EUR indofil.com 24,990 USD positivepsychology.com 17,500 EUR ezcast.com 20,000 USD esurf.com 15,000 USD spoilme.com… Source: Domaining…



More Transparency!

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I read Shane Cultra’s article about transparency yesterday and I feel compelled to respond. Transparency is obviously an important topic, especially when there are many conflicts because of business relationships and friendships with industry participants. I wrote about advertising on DomainInvesting.com in a blog post a long t… Source: Domaining     



More Transparency!

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I read Shane Cultra’s article about transparency yesterday and I feel compelled to respond. Transparency is obviously an important topic, especially when there are many conflicts because of business relationships and friendships with industry participants. I wrote about advertising on DomainInvesting.com in a blog post a long t… Source: Domaining     



Interview with Mike Robertson on the acquisition of Fabulous.com by Directnic

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Mike Robertson is the Director of Business Development at Directnic, new owners of domain registrar, Fabulous.com. We asked Mike to share with us some additional details about the acquisition, a substantial expansion of Directnic into managing the extensive domain portfolio of Fabulous.com. Here are his responses, in an exclusive int… Source: Domaining…



Interview with Mike Robertson on the acquisition of Fabulous.com by Directnic

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Mike Robertson is the Director of Business Development at Directnic, new owners of domain registrar, Fabulous.com. We asked Mike to share with us some additional details about the acquisition, a substantial expansion of Directnic into managing the extensive domain portfolio of Fabulous.com. Here are his responses, in an exclusive int… Source: Domaining…



Sedo.com Releases Weekly Domain Name Sales List 10/23/2017 – 10/29/2017

By John Colascione StrategicRevenue.com: NEW YORK, NY – Just released is Sedo’s weekly sales list, a weekly list of public transactions above $2,000. This weeks highlights included the top .com sold as ezy.com at 50,100 EUR ($58,371.01 US), the top ccTLD as dan.de at 5,950 EUR ($6,932.17 US) and the top other as SportsBetting.info at…



Sedo’s Weekly Sales: CashOnly.com, CoinHot.com, eSurf, EZCast

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: A slower week in the sales department (pretty much everyone was slow last week/ this month). This week’s list led with a LLLL.com EZY.com, and had a nice mix of names. The sellers did very well on a few of these. Comps are good so take a look. Domain name Price Currency…



Directnic has acquired domain registrar, Fabulous.com, from Dark Blue Sea

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Directnic has acquired domain registrar, Fabulous.com, from Dark Blue Sea. The official press release has been under embargo until today, at 4:00pm EST. Here is the press release from Directnic: — Directnic, a provider of domain names and other Internet services, announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire do……



Directnic acquires domain name registrar Fabulous.com

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Directnic acquires Fabulous.com but brands will remain separate. Domain name registrar consolidation continues as Directnic has acquired Fabulous.com from Dark Blue Sea Pty, the companies announced today. Mike Robertson, Directnic Director of Business Development, will now help manage a portfolio and business he worked for nine years… Source: Domaining…



Directnic Acquires Fabulous.com

By Michael Berkens The Domains: Directnic, a provider of domain names and other Internet services, announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire domain name registrar Fabulous.com from Dark Blue Sea Pty. Limited. The transaction is expected to close later today. “For years, Fabulous and Directnic have been two leading domain registrars each…



Directnic Acquires Fabulous

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: A little over a month ago, Konstantinos reported that Mike Robertson had returned to Fabulous. Mike worked at Fabulous for nearly nine years, and he departed the company in 2011, later taking on his current role as Business Development Director at Directnic in 2014. From what I understand, the Fabulous /…



Registrar Consolidation Continues as DirectNic Announces Acquisition of Fabulous.com 

DNJournal: The latest wave in the consolidation ocean has just come ashore with DirectNic swallowing up Fabulous.com. Source: Domaining     



21 Inc Wisely Rebrands as Earn.com

By Elliot Silver When I think about the branding of 21 Inc. (aka 21.co) without any knowledge of the company, the only thing that really comes to mind is blackjack. 21.co is arguably a nice, short .CO domain name, but 21 doesn’t really say much about its brand. The company appears to have solved this…



Happy Halloween from Mike “Fabulous” Robertson!

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: It’s Halloween! Time to dress up, and Mike Robertson who’s from the land of Oz, Australia, is often mistaken for Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame. While we doubt there will ever be a Crocodile Dundee 4 movie, Mike’s a true Aussie. His move from Australia to Florida, where the gators rule…



Behind The Keyword – Coin

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Welcome to Behind The Keyword, I will be taking a look at the most popular keywords that sell, get listed and get developed. Whether it be on big marketplaces like Sedo and Afternic or specialty sites like BrandBucket. Today we are looking at the keyword – Coin Some Coin related…



AUCTION RECAP OF OCTOBER 30, 2017

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on October 30, 2017. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had…



Domain Industry Participants on Earn

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Earlier today I wrote about the company that rebranded to Earn.com. Earn is a platform that allows users to contact participants for a small, varying fee. Users are only charged if the participant responds to their message. The concept behind Earn.com is pretty simple and seems like it could be a…



There Need To Be More Transparency in Domain Blog Posts

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: There are FTC rules about advertisement. It’s pretty clear. If you receive ANY form of compensation from a company or person you have to CLEARLY disclose in that article that you have received compensation from that company. I was not very good about it early on in this blog. Then my a…



Video describing domain name investing by Tough Domains

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Tough Domains is a set of tools for creating a domain name marketplace, domain for sale landing pages and for instant website development among other things. Tough Domains created a video to describe their tools in a video that also describes pretty accurately domain name investing: Rudy DeDominici, one of the…



Concern as ICANN shuts down “independent” security review

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Just a year after gaining its independence from the US government, ICANN has come under scrutiny over concerns that its board of directors may have overstepped its powers. The board has come in for criticism from almost everyone expressing an opinion at the ICANN 60 meeting in Abu Dhabi this week,…



Research Exposes New Form of Cybersquatting

By Shani Yehezkel 101Domain.com: If you are familiar with domain names, hopefully you are also familiar with the threat of cybersquatting. The definition of cybersquatting is when someone registers a domain name with the trademark of a known brand and malicious intent to benefit from the trademark’s likeness. Domain investors are often times mistaken for…



Company Stock Soars After Adding “Blockchain” To Name; ‪Are You Paying $106,000 For Coffee?

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: The dotcom frenzy is far from over; An “Exercise Pill” So You Don’t Have To; Blockchain Just Became Obsolete. The Future is Hashgraph; Startups.com – a new platform connecting international accredited investors with growth stage tech companies in Silicon Valley; Every future we think of follows one of…



What is the commission fee percentage at the Uniregistry Market for BIN sales?

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Logan Flatt’s recent sale of the domain ABCapital.com via the Uniregistry Market generated a lot of interest and responses. Logan has been testing the Buy It Now approach for a while, with excellent results. There seems to be some confusion regarding the fees Uniregistry Market charges for utilizing the BIN option. Fortunately,……



Uniregistry gets patent for domain management and transfer system

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Patent is related to its system for monitoring domains not registered at Uniregistry. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 9,807,053 (pdf) to Uniregistry for “System and method related to domain name tracking and transfer”. The patent describes various aspects of Uniregistry’s account manag… Source: Domaining…



Heading to ICANN Abu Dhabi

Michael Gilmour: For the past five weeks Roselyn and I have been traveling all over Europe. It’s been fantastic to experience different cultures, food and a lot of adventures but now I’m focused on ICANN in Abu Dhabi. I’m writing this from the Rome airport where we’re catching an Emirates flight through to Dubai. Once…



ICANN files response in Donuts lawsuit

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: ICANN reiterates that Donuts agreed not to sue. ICANN has filed its response (pdf) in Donuts’ appeal of a lawsuit to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th District. The lawsuit stems from the $135 million auction for .web. Donuts was one of seven applicants for the domain name. One…



Trump’s nominee for NTIA administrator is still on hold

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Democrat Brian Schatz places hold over concerns about deal struck with Republican Ted Cruz. It has been nine months since Donald Trump took office but the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) still does not have an administrator. Trump’s appointee, David Redl, has been stymied mostly by Texas Sen……



21 Inc Wisely Rebrands as Earn.com

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: When I think about the branding of 21 Inc. (aka 21.co) without any knowledge of the company, the only thing that really comes to mind is blackjack. 21.co is arguably a nice, short .CO domain name, but 21 doesn’t really say much about its brand. The company appears to have solved…



$107k in Sales on October 30th – 10019.com sold for $8,000 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: NameJet had the top sale of the day for three days in a row, this time it was 10019.com which sold for $8,000. NameBio recorded 196 sales for a total of $107,216 with an average sale price of $547. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 32% in…



Egyptian elected new GAC chair

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Manal Ismail, Egypt’s representative to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, has been elected its new chair. She will replace outgoing chair Thomas Schneider, a Swiss official, after the current ICANN 60 public meeting in Abu Dhabi wraps up later this week. Ismail is director of international technical coordination at… Source: Domaining     



193 Domain Discoveries for October 31st

By Michael Sumner 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…



IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, October 31st

By Josh E DSAD.com: You ever wonder how a person can end up with a long list of wrongdoing, things that span long periods of time with multiple crimes or unethical actions? It could be anything, sexual harassment, political corruption, embezzlement, maybe even promising to build websites and not delivering while keeping the money. These…



Daily Domain Picks 10-31-17

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 10-31-17 Go Daddy Auction Picks 10-31-17 Powered by ExpiredDomains.com BitTokens.com 19 bids over $500, trendy niche that continues to pull in bids. Same for BitcoinHolder.com 18 bids currently at $172. Full List AncientSport.com BitcoinHolder.com BitTokens.com BritainPower.com CleanEnergyProject.com DB1.com… Source: Domaining     



Brandable domain name sales week 43: Koniku.com, Vejo.com, HappyChef.com

By Doron Vermaat DNGeek.com: The big news this week is that Drew Rosener and his team at MediaOptions acquired all assets and intellectual property of DomainSherpa, the leading educational website in the domain space and that the show will continue under the new ownership. I’m excited about the news and looking forward to the new…



Domain rebranding : Blockchain services company, 21.CO, becomes Earn.com

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Bitcoin services company, 21.CO, performed a domain rebranding and became Earn.com. Earn.com, formerly 21.CO, is a new kind of social network where you earn digital currency by replying to emails and completing tasks. The announcement, earlier today, discusses what changes, and what will not change: We’re excited to announce that 21…. Source:…



George Papadopoulos : Most common Greek name sold in .com

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: George Papadopoulos is most likely the most common male Greek name and surname combo, akin to “John Smith” in the US. A man named “George Papadopoulos” was indicted by the FBI today, in a brewing scandal involving key figures of the Donald Trump political campaign. Mr. George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI,…



Do you pay attention to what seasoned Domainers are buying and selling?

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: When I first got started in the Domaining world back in 2007 I was like most new investors. I saw a list of domains that had recently sold, got excited, and started hand-registering domains like crazy. So, yeah – that was the first time I lost a meaningful amount of money in…



Finding potential buyers for your domain assets

By NameProsDaily RegisterADot.com: Today: Domains that contain only digits / Launching an nTLD for free / The morbid side of domain investing / And more. Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: HostPlane.com – Appraisal – Are domains like HostPlane.com worth anything? Please appraise selletal.com for me –…



Negotiation Dooms Complainant’s UDRP in Vallila.com Decision

By Elliot Silver An interior design company in Finland called Vallila filed a UDRP to try and wrest control of the Vallila.com domain name from its rightful owner. The company operates on Vallila.fi, so owning the exact match .com domain name would have been ideal for them. Instead of buying the domain name, which the…



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