Monthly archives: April, 2019

Conversion Optimization

By Lars Lofgren Conversion optimization gives you more customers with the traffic and marketing budget you already have. Even better, once you find these conversion wins, you get to benefit from those wins day in and day out. These are permanent increases to your business. Start with our Beginners Guide to Conversion Optimization which breaks…



Close Discussion How it Acquired Close.com

By Elliot Silver Close, a company that had been operating on Close.io, recently announced that it acquired the brand match Close.com domain name. The purchase price and other details about the acquisition were not shared, but I think closing a deal on Close.com was a smart move for the company that is now known simply…



eCommerce.co & RealEstate.asia Sold for About the Same Price: Which One Was the Better Buy?

DNJournal: Name vs. Name is back for a 3rd round – one pitting a ccTLD against a non .com gTLD. Both have great keywords and sold for over 16K. Which would you take? Source: Domaining     



VK.app UDRP: Don’t Email TM Holders

By Elliot Silver A UDRP was filed against the VK.app domain name at WIPO. The UDRP was filed by the company that operates a business on the VK.com domain name. A three member panel ruled in favor of the complainant in the UDRP, despite the fact that VK.app appears to me to be generic enough…



Selected Public Comments submitted in response to the Proposed Renewal of the .Org Registry Agree…

By admin Internet Commerce Association: A Selection of Comments Submitted in Connection with the Renewal of the .Org Agreement These are a selection of notable comments from the over 3,000 comments submitted in response to a request for public comment on the terms of the proposed renewal of the .Org agreement. We have highlighted some…



BrandBucket March sales data, average sale price up vs February

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: BrandBucket sent out their April newsletter today and it looks like the average sale was $2,793. (Sales over $10,000 are excluded). This was an uptick from March which showed $2,521 as the average sales price. November $3,044, December was $2,938 and January was $2,885. There were 54 different sellers with 15…



Sedo weekly sales led by Seereisen.de

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Sedo released their weekly sales and Seereisen.de led the way at 59,500 Euros ($66,729). The top .com was CasinoEngine.com at $40,000. Another gaming name Slot777.com sold for 28,500 GBP, ($37,155). 55 .com sales 25 cctld sales 8 other tld sales From the don’t let anyone tell you a name can’t…



#Sedo sales report : #Domain names sold between 4/22/2019 – 4/28/2019 topped by Seereisen.de at 5…

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Welcome to the latest edition of reporting on the Sedo domain sales; this time we cover the days spanning April 22th, 2019 – April 28th, 2019. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, sponsors of DomainGang. As a side note, Sedo has rolled out its separate Expiring Domains portal. This report contains…



Odd #crypto : Fabulous.com uses #Dogecoin for #domain transactions

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Using popular cryptocurrencies as a method of transacting with domain Registrars isn’t novel. With regards to the most popular cryptos out there, the list is being updated constantly. As we can see, the top coins are as follows: Bitcoin (BTC) Litecoin (LTC) Ethereum (ETH) Zcash (ZEC) Dash (DASH) Ripple (XRP) Monero (XMR)…



Close Discussion How it Acquired Close.com

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Close, a company that had been operating on Close.io, recently announced that it acquired the brand match Close.com domain name. The purchase price and other details about the acquisition were not shared, but I think closing a deal on Close.com was a smart move for the company that is now known…



Missouri dentist tries to reverse hijack domain name

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: WIPO doesn’t admire dentist’s creative arguments. A Missouri dental practice run by dentist Brian Henningsen has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name AdmireYourSmile.com. Admire Your Smile, P.C. started using the “Admire Your Smile” mark after a dentist in New Jersey… Source:…



#Hacker group claims to have defaced a #GoDaddy server

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: A hacker group shared captures of a GoDaddy server, a few hours ago, claiming dibs to its defacement. The attack involved the subdomain pwsgallery.godaddy.com which has now been taken offline. According to cached information from Google, PWS Gallery appears to be a demonstration of content created for GoDaddy customers. While www.pws… Source:…



Is Fox gearing up for sports betting?

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Domain names suggest some sort of sports betting is in the works. Last year NBC Sports registered many domain names related to sports betting including NBCSportbook.com and NBCSportsSportsbook.com. It appears that Fox might also be gearing up for sports betting. A company just registered these domain names: foxbetaccumulator.com foxb……



Canada’s Prime Minister Bought JustinTrudeau.com for $2,701

By James Iles NamePros.com: Political domain names have made some major headlines in the past few years. In 2015, US Senator Rand Paul paid $100,980 for RandPaul.com and “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.” purchased ClintonKaine.com for $15,000. Recently, another significant political domain purchase took place, albeit at a far lower sales price. The exact……..



SF-based Gas and Electric company PG&E gets ahead of their critics with defensive domain registra…

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: It’s becoming a more common practice and one that costs almost nothing – defensively registering domains that could be used to damage your brand online. Critics of companies or public figures frequently register domains like crook.com, or scam.com. Now, companies are getting ahead of th… Source: Domaining     



VK.app UDRP: Don’t Email TM Holders

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: A UDRP was filed against the VK.app domain name at WIPO. The UDRP was filed by the company that operates a business on the VK.com domain name. A three member panel ruled in favor of the complainant in the UDRP, despite the fact that VK.app appears to me to be generic…



Non-coms say .org price cap should be RAISED

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: With the entire domain name community apparently split along binary lines on the issue of price caps in .org, a third option has emerged from a surprising source. ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group has suggested that price caps should remain, but that they should be raised from their current level of 10%…



ICA Comment Letter Regarding Proposed Renewal of .info Registry Agreement

By Kamila Sekiewicz Internet Commerce Association: Those following the ICA, know we have recently submitted a Comment Letter to ICANN opposing their proposal to eliminate price caps on .org domains. We have now submitted a similar letter opposing the same for .info domains. You’ll find our official comment letter here. ICA Comment on Proposed .info…



Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking in #AdmireYourSmile .com #UDRP

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: A dental studio attempted to get the domain AdmireYourSmile.com by making blind offers through DomainAgents; when all attempts failed, they filed a UDRP. Admire Your Smile, P.C. of Jefferson City, Missouri, went after the domain believing that their mark, ADMIRE YOUR SMILE, instantly grants them this 2007 domain registration. Accordi… Source: Domaining…



$177k in Sales on April 29th – TongTang.com sold for $6,999 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: GoDaddy had the top sale of the day for two days in a row, this time it was TongTang.com which sold for $6,999. NameBio recorded 295 sales $100+ for a total of $144,757 with an average sale price of $491. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 6%…



IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, April 30th

By Josh E DSAD.com: Not much time today, Lot’s of good one word .biz domains without any bids. I mean if you’re into that sort of alternate TLD. If these SLD’s can’t make it on a .biz, a short, old, descriptive TLD, then the new GTLD’s are doomed. Main List NameJet Flippa/Sedo LLLL.com’s LLL… Source:…



Daily Domain Picks 4-30-19

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 4-30-19 ABCProductions made a good post on Namepros about his journey into 4L.coms and where he sees things now. I began acquiring LLLL.coms in 2001 and in 2015 I had more than 2500. I’ve sold more than 1200 since 2004. I’ve sold 232 directly to buyers and the…



Social Media

By Lars Lofgren Before jumping into specific channels, it’s best to look at social media as a whole. While all the social media channels have their quirks and differences, there’s also a lot of overlap in how you approach them. Should you even be using social media at all? When does it make sense to…



Share Your Short-Word + “STER” Brandable Domain Assets

By NamePros Daily TNTNames.com: Today: Crypto Domain Strategy / MicroCreditSummit.org Sold for $11,700 / How to create a perceived need among Geo buyers / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Product com & 1 … → Source: Domaining     



Brandable domain name sales week 17: CasinoEngine.com, BotLab.com, Xoco.com

By Doron Vermaat DNGeek.com: We continue to see some very strong sales in the brandable space despite the lack of marketplaces that are reporting sales data these days. Sedo tops the chart with the sale of CasinoEngine.com for a cool $40,000. Raymond over at TheDomains used this sale as an example of why automated appraisal…



Domain Investing News Highlights for the week of April 22nd, 2019

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: Hello, happy Monday, and welcome to my weekly roundup of news from the domain name investing world. You might notice that it’s Monday, not Friday, which is where you’ve usually read these updates. I’m doing a little test to see which day performs better, so expect to see this here on Monday’s…



Donuts acquires its 242nd gTLD

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Donuts, the registry with the largest stable of new gTLDs, has added its 242nd string to its bow. The company seems to have acquired .contact from, nominally at least, smaller portfolio rival Top Level Spectrum. The ICANN contract for the gTLD was transferred to one of Donuts’ subsidiaries a couple weeks…



Massdrop Rebrands as Drop with Drop.com Domain Name

By Elliot Silver A company called Massdrop announced a rebrand to Drop, and smartly, the company was able to acquire the matching Drop.com domain name in advance of the rebrand. Here’s why the company opted to rebrand from Massdrop to Drop, according to an article from Christian de Looper who wrote about the rebrand this…



DNAcademy Outbound Domain Name Sales Training Program (Beta)

By Michael Cyger DNAcademy: I have failed over and over again doing outbound sales. Do you feel the same way? Then watch or listen to this and join in. We’re looking for 3 motivated students to learn, hustle and succeed… Source: Domaining     



Non-profits worth $2.6 billion a year say .org price caps should stay

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Eight large US-based non-profits, several of them household names, have put their names to a letter demanding that Public Interest Registry should not be allowed to increase its .org registry fees beyond 10% a year. Combined, these eight outfits have revenue of roughly $2.6 billion per year. PIR’s fees are currently…



My comments to ICANN opposing proposed .org, .info, .biz and .asia contract renewals

By George Kirikos FreeSpeech.com: Below is a (slightly reformatted) version of the comments I submitted to ICANN today regarding the proposed .org, info, .biz and .asia contract renewals. The deadline for comments on the .org and .info contracts is just a few hours away (longer deadline for .biz and .asia), so hopefully they inspire others…



GoDaddy Shuts Down 15,000 Subdomains used for scams

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: GoDaddy shutdown over 15,000 subdomains where surprisingly the legitimate owners of the domain did not even know they were hacked. The websites had fake endorsements from celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Shark Tank to name just a few. Gadgets360 on NDTV.com reported Spammers continue to find new…



Governments demand Whois reopened within a year

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: ICANN’s government advisers wants cops, trademark owners and others to get access to private Whois data in under a year from now. The Governmental Advisory Committee wants to see “considerable and demonstrable progress, if not completion” of the so-called “unified access model” for Whois by ICANN66 in Mo… Source: Domaining     



Clarivate Analytics Hiring Corporate Account Manager, Domain

By Elliot Silver Clarivate Analytics, the parent company of domain management firm MarkMonitor, posted a job opening for a Corporate Account Manager related to domain names. The job opportunity might be of interest to a reader who has domain industry experience and expertise. The job will be based out of the company’s Boise, Idaho service…



#Heme .com : Burger King’s Impossible #Whopper relies on a Uni Market #domain

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Burger King is rolling out its plant-based Impossible Whopper in select markets. The patty contains no beef, as it’s based on vegetable soy content, along with a less known ingredient: heme. What is heme, and why is it important to the food industry? Heme is an iron compound substance occurring in the…



Wake up people! ICANN and the registries want to steal your domain names!

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: This is not just about .asia that no one cares about. Not even .org. It is about ICANN and the legacy registries starting an attack on all our domain names. It started with Verisign asking a few months back to be able to raise .com prices again after the US department…



These people support scrapping .org price caps

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: The first examples of people supporting the scrapping of price caps in .org have emerged. ICANN’s Business Constituency and Intellectuall Property Constituency have both in the last few hours filed comments on the proposed renewal of Public Interest Registry’s .org contract, which includes the controversial removal of the… Source: Domaining     



DomainSherpa Review – Apr 29: HollowTips.com, Quiver.io, Cush.com

By DomainSherpa DomainSherpa.com: What do successful domain name investors think when they value domain names? In this show: • We learn what the Sherpas bought or sold recently: HollowTips.com, Quiver.io, Cush.com • An investor’s portfolio is appraised: SaltFreeFood.com, EcoLuxTravel.com, FrakFocus.com… • Get your bids in soon for JE.com, Karta.com, … Source: Domaining     



Russian Hackers Helping Amazon Sellers Cheat, Mislead, Steal

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: Today: Cannabis: The New Cash Crop, WILL APPLE’S 1990’S “GOLDEN AGE” COLLAPSE REPEAT ITSELF? Making A Bundle own Carvana WILL APPLE’S 1990’S “GOLDEN AGE” COLLAPSE REPEAT ITSELF? Cannabis: The New Cash Crop Legalizing cannabis is more than a cultural shift. The changing legal status of weed in the…



Great problem to have : #Asheville domainer meetup breaks restaurant spaces!

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: The upcoming domainer meetup in Asheville, North Carolina, is allegedly creating some space problems with the local breweries, cafes and trendy restaurants. Rick Schwartz’s latest “solo venture” was designed to attract serious domain investors, in a fun environment, in a city popular with the hipsters, beer lovers, … Source: Domaining     



.org price anger comments top 3,000 as non-profits weigh in

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: The proposal to remove price caps from .org domains has now attracted more than 3,000 angry comments, an it’s not just domainers who are feeling the outrage. Non-profit groups have now also submitted objections to the ICANN proposal, which would remove the 10%-a-year price increase limit that Public Interest Registry is…



#ABSA insurance : South African company fails to get #domain from Argentinian registrant via #UDRP

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Two companies using the initials “ABSA” in their respective names, hold trademarks – albeit, in different countries. Who gets the domain? The question was raised when ABSA Group Limited of Gauteng, Republic of South Africa, fired up its lawyers to gain control of the domain name absainsurance.com. The Respondent in … Source:…



Massdrop Rebrands as Drop with Drop.com Domain Name

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: A company called Massdrop announced a rebrand to Drop, and smartly, the company was able to acquire the matching Drop.com domain name in advance of the rebrand. Here’s why the company opted to rebrand from Massdrop to Drop, according to an article from Christian de Looper who wrote about the rebrand…



Weekly Domain Name Sales April 10 – 16, 2019

By Bob Hawkes NameTalent.com: With more than 250 domain sales every day in the reporting period (and more than 350 on two days) the pace continues strong in the first half of 2019. There were 25 or more sales above $1000 every day in the reporting period. There were 25 or more sales above $1000…



Recent Domain Sales That Have Been Developed: Artificer.com, Voice.tv & more…

By Travis M. DSAD.com: The screenshots below are examples of buyers of domains from the past few months that have either developed their sites, or purchased an upgrade domain and have redirected their acquisition to an existing website. Artificer.com sold for $12,000 on Sedo. It looks like the name is now in the hands of…



Drew Wash project results – DNW Podcast #234

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: A domain development project runs into challenges. A year ago Drew Wash set out on an ambitious plan: develop three premium domain names into websites generating $25k a month in recurring revenue. Drew returns to the show with the results. You’ll learn a lot of great domain development tips…



AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 28, 2019

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 28, 2019. 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…



Verisign .com monopoly reports an operating margin of 65.4%

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: The Verisign .com monopoly reported a huge operating margin that was 65.4 percent for the first quarter of 2019. Instead of being grateful for this gift that it is being given they are asking for .com price increases. It is time that the .com contract is put up for grabs for…



The economics of domain name prices

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: ICANN has a duty to cap renewal prices of domain names. Today is the last day to comment on ICANN’s proposal to lift price caps on .org and .info domain names. If approved, the registries that run .org and .info will be able to raise prices as high as…



James Booth : Latest #domain acquisitions and sales

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: James Booth, founder of the domain brokerage firm, BQDN.com, shared some information on recent domain sales and acquisitions. After acquiring Guava.com from domain investor, Elliot Silver, James Booth announced that the domain has been sold. That’s a record flip, as the domain appears to have been resold in less than 10 days!…



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