Monthly archives: May, 2018

70% of the top 10 sales this year are .COM, the rest are new gTLDs, what happened to ccTLDs?

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: I was just having a conversation with a friend who was saying that with so many new domain options, startups aren’t as focused on .COM. To which I told him, eh – you’re wrong, .COM is still most people’s first choice, but new gTLDs are starting to see some meaningful sales. Below…



#Amazon Echo registered 1000 domains after #Alexa malfunctioned

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: An Amazon Echo owner received a hefty bill from Uniregistry, after the popular voice-activated gadget went on a domain registration rampage. Shocked? So are we. Apparently, Amazon’s Alexa registered 1,000 domain names, without its owner intending to. Bob Smith, the unsuspecting domainer, owns 2 cats by the name of Damien and Re……



ICANN files legal action against Tucows registrar over GDPR

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Domain name overseer hopes to get clarification about data collection for domain name registrations. ICANN has filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a domain name registrar owned by Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX), in a challenge meant to get clarity on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). EPAG is a German…



An end-user prospecting strategy you may have overlooked

By NamePros Daily Domaining Tips: Today: How to register a domain name forever / Parking Revenue Exposed / How GDRP will affect outbound domain sales / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: CXP.com Sold for $31,000 – It’s a nice five digit sale, but shouldn’t…



How I Evaluate GeoKeyword Domain Names

By Elliot Silver I own a fair amount of geographic keyword domain names. I don’t know how many I have right now, but I would guess the number is around 30+/-. I have only sold a few of them in the last few years, but I want to share some thoughts I consider before purchasing…



Global Interest in Domain Names Has Created a Conference Explosion That Will Continue for the Nex…

DNJournal: This week’s NamesCon India conference was the first in a string of at least 9 major domain conferences that will be held around the world over the next 5 months. Source: Domaining     



How to Improve the Profitability of Your Small Business Mobile App

By Neil Patel If you have been following the latest marketing developments, you know everything is trending in a mobile direction. Consumers are seemingly glued to their phones and tablets. In fact, 77% of adults in the United States own a smartphone. That number is up from 35% in 2011. That’s why it’s so important…



Daily Poll: Do You Work Alone or With Partners?

By Elliot Silver Since I started my company, I have worked alone. I’ve never really even considered teaming up with anyone else, although there are benefits to having at least one partner. Sometimes I wish I had someone to bounce ideas off of and to get an opinion from another vested party. That said, I…



Five Signs You Should Quit Your Job and Live Your Dreams

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: Today: Robots, Boston Dynamics, Fermi Paradox 5 Expert Tips from Influential Executives to Improve Your Social Media Approach How much would you pay for a robot dog that can fill the dishwasher? Boston Dynamics reveals it will begin selling its SpotMini next year, programmed to help with hou……



“Data Protected” Welcome to GDPR

By Elliot Silver I was curious to see how Whois would look with GDPR upon us. I did a Whois search for a domain name registered at Enom, and “Data Protected” is the term that is input in many of the registrant fields. The email address is listed as noreply@data-protected.net and there is no phone…



Peter Thiel believes that #Europeans created the #GDPR out of jealousy

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Peter Thiel is a successful Silicon Valley executive, having co-founded PayPal. In a March, Thiel made a statement at the Economic Club of New York, in reference to then pending GDPR legislation enactment: “The good reasons are these privacy concerns and the bad reasons are there are no successful tech companies in…



That Gay.app $1million sale might be legit

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Well the news we reported on about Gay.app yesterday might just be true. Gay.app now forwards to Blued.com (of course a redirect does not mean a sale took place), a Chinese based social app geared toward the gay community. Blued has received over $131 million in funding. Early this morning…



Top Topics: My First $1,000 Sale; A Legal Letter Claiming Wrongful Acquisition…

By James Iles NamePros.com: It’s May 25th, which means that GDPR goes into effect today. Aside from DomainGang being unavailable to European readers, a number of news sites such as LA Times and Chicago Tribune are blocked for those in Europe. Britain’s Nominet has also taken all WHOIS offline, which means it’ll be a little…



ICANN + GDPR = NoWHOIS

By Theo Develegas Acro: Welcome to the brave new domaining world, devoid of actual WHOIS information. The GDPR is officially the most damaging bureaucratic concoction ever created, effectively dividing the Internet into two large zones: one available to Eurozone members, and one that can be accessed by the rest of the world only. Nobody wants…



DomainCostClub provides domain owners with whois privacy but they can opt-out

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: DomainCostClub.com has informed me about the changes on whois data visibility after the GDPR enforcement today. The DomainCostClub provides domain name owners with whois privacy but they can opt-out if they want their whois data to be shown publicly in whois. “Since we offer free domain privacy, we can turn on…



AUCTION RECAP OF MAY 24, 2018

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on May 24, 2018. 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…



Here is what .EU is doing about GDPR (more sensible than many other registries)

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: The .EU registry announced how they are going to treat whois details and what will be publicly published after GDPR goes into full effect today. Their plan is more sensible than many other registries even though .eu registrants are based (or are supposed to be based) 100% in the European Union….



How I Evaluate GeoKeyword Domain Names

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I own a fair amount of geographic keyword domain names. I don’t know how many I have right now, but I would guess the number is around 30+/-. I have only sold a few of them in the last few years, but I want to share some thoughts I consider before…



Internet divided : A consultant’s great response to the #GDPR clusterphuck

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: GDPR took effect today, and Eurocrat bureaucrats are celebrating their supposed newly-found Internet freedom. The draconian law is creating a divide across the Atlantic, as many businesses located in the US have set up their firewalls to reject or redirect traffic from the European Union. This measure will become more popular after…



Daily Poll: Do You Work Alone or With Partners?

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Since I started my company, I have worked alone. I’ve never really even considered teaming up with anyone else, although there are benefits to having at least one partner. Sometimes I wish I had someone to bounce ideas off of and to get an opinion from another vested party. That said,…



Hasbro Acquires LockStars.com + More Domain Movers

By Jamie Zoch DotWeekly: Welcome! Domain Movers keeps track of company focused domain name transactions and reports these early findings to you. These articles put a pulse on what companies are doing for branding efforts of new brands, products, services, marketing, advertising and much more. Domain Movers is a very helpful series that provides content…



207 Domain Discoveries for May 25th

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…



“Data Protected” Welcome to GDPR

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I was curious to see how Whois would look with GDPR upon us. I did a Whois search for a domain name registered at Enom, and “Data Protected” is the term that is input in many of the registrant fields. The email address is listed as noreply@data-protected.net and there is no…



Image Resources for Domaining

By Mike Sullivan SullysBlog.com: I’m one of those “Jack of all trades, master of none.” I’ve got so many different projects going on in different areas all at the same time. Over the past few. years, I’ve developed a habit involving a lethal dose of coffee and a couple of apps just to keep my…



How all 33 European ccTLDs are handling GDPR

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Happy GDPR Day everyone! Today’s the day that the European Union’s not-quite-long-enough-awaited General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, giving registries and registrars the world over the prospect of scary fines if they don’t keep their registrants Whois data private. So I thought today would be the p… Source: Domaining     



$226k in Sales on May 24th – CXP.com sold for $31,000 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: The top sale of the day was CXP.com which sold for $31,000 at Sedo. NameBio recorded 231 sales for a total of $226,471 with an average sale price of $980. Compared to the previous day there was a decrease of 5% in the number of sales but the total dollar amount…



Travs List of Domains at Auction for May 25th, 2018

By Travis M. DSAD.com: I sold another name at BrandBucket this week. It was a name that I picked up at DropCatch in February. BrandBucket originally wanted to list the name for under $3K, but I knew the name was a lot better than that. I ended up appealing for a higher price and was…



Brandable domain name sales week 19 & 20: Hemper.com, Dynamind.com, Memberly.com

By Doron Vermaat DNGeek.com: It seems that the best strategy to get top dollars for your domains at the moment is simply letting them expire and go through the expired domain auction process. The disadvantage of this strategy is that DropCatch, GoDaddy or NameJet will pocket those dollars instead 🙂 Looking at today’s auction prices…



Daily Domain Picks 5-25-18

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 5-25-18 Sponsored.Link – Stimulation.com closing today on NameJet Top sales/closes from yesterday: cxp.com 31,000 USD 2018-05-24 Sedo 89188.com 14,000 USD 2018-05-24 GoDaddy oasi.com 12,432 USD 2018-05-24 Sedo businessreviews.com 9,200 USD 2018-05-24 GoDaddy xuper.com 8,000 USD 2018-05-24 Sedo 6mm.com 6,010 U… Source: Domaining     



GDPR is Now Live

By Tim Chen In what we hope is not breaking news for anyone reading the DomainTools blog, GDPR commenced its enforcement period today. We have already seen domain name registrars and registries adjust… Source: Blog Domain Tools     



Help to improve Efty

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Efty (an advertiser here TLDinvestors) has taken to Namepros where a lot of their users reside to get help on improving Efty. Doron posted: It’s been more than four years since @lionel_efty and I set out on a mission to change the way domain name investors manage, market and monetize their…



Transfer problems out of Pheenix

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Customers of Pheenix.com received the following notice the beginning of May, EnCirca (www.encirca.com) was selected by ICANN to manage the bulk transfer of domain names from 49 Pheenix-related registrars recently terminated by ICANN. EnCirca was founded in 2001 and is based outside of Boston, Massachusetts USA. Here is what to…



Are European domainers going to start getting shunned?

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: As we get closer to GDPR being official more and more reactions and questions come in. I noticed today that Theo at DomainGang.com is going to block Europe from accessing his blog. Someone told me I should do that two weeks ago. I had a couple readers express their desire to…



TLD involvement in search results

By NamePros Daily TNTNames.com: Today: No whois and its effects on sales / Suitors.com Sold for $5,001 / Analysis of reported ngTLD sales / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: StudioPhi.com sold for $24,888 – … → Source: Domaining     



Here we go again, Gay.app sold?

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Looks like .App is now getting it’s first “supposed big sale” moment. Let me make clear there is no verification of this sale and it’s being written about more from a what the heck? point of view. If it turns out to be legit we will find out, the organization…



Got #business cards? Start tearing them up per #GDPR requirements

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Data collection is a dangerous practice under the GDPR. The Europe-centric law with extremely long arms, officially crossed over the European Union borders, ever so ready to intimidate start-ups and companies across the Atlantic with its fearsome penalties. It’s May 25th in Europe already, where millions of repressed consumers … Source: Domaining…



Announcing my newest sponsor – DNAcademy, and a bit of history you may or may not know

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: I can still remember when Michael Cyger started the DomainSherpa show, and I’ll be honest, my first thought was – who is this guy? I hadn’t seen Michael at any conferences, he didn’t have an existing blog, heck I was pretty sure he wasn’t even a domain investor…so why should he run…



Olsen.com UDRP Complaint is Denied

By Elliot Silver A company called Olsen Holding GmbH of Hamburg, Germany filed a UDRP against the Olsen.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Olsen.com currently forwards to PerfectName.com where there is a landing page offering the domain name for sale for what I believe is a reasonable price…



Daily Poll: Has a Major Site Been Launched on Your Sold Domain?

By Elliot Silver I’ve sold my fair share of domain names, but I don’t recall seeing one turn into a major website before. There are many domain names that have websites on them – some of them are pretty popular in their markets, but I don’t know of a sale that has turned into a…



What it’s like to be that fat person sitting next to you on the plane?

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: Today: Flying, Strategy, Knowledge Management, Bitpress, Netflix, Is Vegas The New Silicon Valley? Thought of the Day- Most of the work I do is digging out the buried value propositions, putting them center stage, and eliminating everything else. No one reads all your fancy words! Cashing in On…



AUCTION RECAP OF MAY 23, 2018

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on May 23, 2018. 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…



Epik will hide whois for all EU customers unless they opt-in to no-masking (non-EU customers will…

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Epik announced today important account changes related to European Union GDPR Compliance. Beginning on May 25, whois details for EU customers will all be masked using Anonymize that is the free whois privacy offered by Epik to all its customers. Domains that are already registered at Epik to non-EU customers will…



Olsen.com UDRP Complaint is Denied

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: A company called Olsen Holding GmbH of Hamburg, Germany filed a UDRP against the Olsen.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Olsen.com currently forwards to PerfectName.com where there is a landing page offering the domain name for sale for what I believe is a reasonable…



Walker Edison is a reverse domain name hijacker

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Company files dead-on-arrival cybersquatting dispute. Furniture company Walker Edison has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking by a National Arbitration Forum panelist. The decision comes after Walker Edison Furniture Company filed a cybersquatting complaint under UDRP against the domain name ForestGate.com. Walker Edis… Source: Domaining     



#Olsen .com : Twenty-two year old #domain made it through the #UDRP process!

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Olsen.com is a domain registered in 1996, and a very common surname. Despite its age of 22 years, Olsen.com was hit with a UDRP, from Olsen Holding GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. According to the UDRP, the Complainant owns the trade mark OLSEN registered as an international trade mark since at least 1995…



Thick WHOIS for .COM and .NET is officially delayed until 2020

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, sent a letter to Patrick Kane, Senior Vice President, Verisign, Inc., confirming the extension of the current implementation deadlines for the Thick WHOIS Consensus Policy for .COM and .NET. Patrick Kane requested a 1-year extension from ICANN last month. The ICANN Bo… Source:…



TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop and Auction List for 5/24/2018!

By TNTNAMES TNTNames.com: Here is TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop and Auction List for 5/24/2018. The Auction items are all Hand Picked NamePro’s Auction Lists! I will not be back-ordering or bidding on any of these domains myself. There are some really … → Source: Domaining     



Daily Poll: Has a Major Site Been Launched on Your Sold Domain?

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I’ve sold my fair share of domain names, but I don’t recall seeing one turn into a major website before. There are many domain names that have websites on them – some of them are pretty popular in their markets, but I don’t know of a sale that has turned into…



#GDPR : All #European Union countries to be blocked effective May 25, 2018

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: After nearly 9 years of daily global access to our domain industry publication matched with consistent growth, our audience is about to shrink by 10%. Thanks to GDPR and its ridiculously over-reaching clauses, a decision has been made to block all European Union traffic, effective tomorrow, May 25th, 2018. GDPR is an…



148 Domain Discoveries for May 24th

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…



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