Daily archives: April 4th, 2019

ICANN Threatens to Restrict Participation Rights of critic George Kirikos

By George Kirikos FreeSpeech.com: ICANN, in an affront to free speech and due process, has threatened to restrict my participation on important domain name policy issues, and I think it’s crucial that these topics be brought before the public for debate. As noted in the first post of this blog, I’ve been a member of…



Find Customers With PPC Advertising

By Lars Lofgren PPC marketing is something you’ve probably come across in some form or another. The paid channel advertising landscape is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. In 2011, the ad-supported Internet contributed more than $500 billion to the United States economy. Holy smokes. That’s a lot of spend. The numbers alone tell us…



Hello, World!

By George Kirikos FreeSpeech.com: I have launched this new blog today at FreeSpeech.com, in order to better educate the public about domain names, internet governance, ICANN, free speech, and other topics. While I have an active Twitter account, this blog will allow me to express thoughts longer than 280 characters. I’ve been a long-time critic…



How to Use the Google Ads Keyword Planner

By Lars Lofgren The Keyword Planner is the one must-have tool for any Google Ads campaign so you can find profitable keywords. You’ll learn how to add “seed keywords” that help you uncover hidden gems, how to interpret the information the tool gives you, and how to estimate how much traffic you’ll receive from a…



How to Optimize Your Google AdWords Quality Score

By Lars Lofgren The importance of Quality Score can’t be overstated. If you can master Quality Score, you’ll sleep easy knowing that you have an AdWords campaign that’s giving you the best possible ROI. However, optimizing your keywords, ads and landing pages for Quality Score isn’t easy or straightforward. I’ll go over each element that…



How to Manage Your Campaigns Using the Google Ads Editor

By Lars Lofgren Want to make bulk edits to your Google Ads campaign? Do you have multiple people working on a single campaign? Or do you just want to tweak your ads and keywords while you’re offline on a flight? Then the AdWords editor is the answer you’ve been looking for. I’ll show you how…



How To A/B Test Ads In Google Ads

By Lars Lofgren Considering that Quality Score is based mostly on your ad’s CTR, it makes sense to figure out which ads tend to perform best. Fortunately, Google Ads has a built-in A/B testing feature so you don’t need to guess I’ll show you how the two approaches that PPC professionals use to split test…



How to Use Google Ads Extensions

By Lars Lofgren Looking for an easy and effective way to increase your ad’s visibility and CTR? Look no further than Ad Extensions! Ad Extensions offer you the ability to show potential customers your phone number, address, mobile app and even your social media stats within your Google Ads campaign. I’m going to show you…



How to contact potential buyers and create a client list

By NamePros Daily Domaining Tips: Today: How to make an end-user buy, no matter what / Leasing websites may be a great business! / FIKU.com sold for $19,995 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today! Buying ONE & TWO word .COM ONLY – Budget: Up…



How To Setup Product Listing Ads In Google Ads

By Lars Lofgren If you have a physical product that you sell on your ecommerce website, product listing ads (PLA) are for you. PLA ads allow you to show off your product’s images, prices, and description within Google’s search results. However, setting up a PLA campaign isn’t as simple or straightforward as your average Google…



Brokerage specialists #Evergreen sent out #domain newsletter #4

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Domain specialists, Evergreen, have rolled out their latest newsletter. Issue #4 contains a select collection of domains under exclusive brokerage, ranging in price from a few thousand dollars, to millions. Here are some of the domains included in the Evergreen.com newsletter, along with prices where applicable: Cybersecurity.com … Source: Domaining     



How To Set Up a Google Ads Display Network Campaign

By Lars Lofgren The Display Network is a completely different animal than it’s Search Network counterpart. If you simply copy your Search Network campaign settings over to the Display Network, you’ll likely miss out on a boatload potential clicks and customers. Fortunately, setting up a Display Network is fairly easy if you know what to…



Bonvoy.com Acquired via CSC

By Elliot Silver Marriott has been advertising its new loyalty and rewards program called Bonvoy, which was created to merge Marriott’s loyalty program with Starwood’s loyalty program following its acquisition of Starwood. The call to action in the television commercial I have seen numerous times is “Join at Marriott.com.” Based on a Whois changed I…



Dot .COM sightings : Ferran Services uses a 20 year old, dashed #domain

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Who cares if a dash is included in your brand name? Brand awareness drives traffic, and in an era of social media campaigns, a dash is not an issue – or a new gTLD for that matter. We came across a dashed domain name “in the wild,” as we drive around town….



Efty introduces 3 new for-sale landing templates

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Efty introduces 3 new for-sale landing templates: Fresku, Nubia & Nobo. Efty has found over the past 4+ years that “mobile-first, stunning graphics, crisp typography, bold call-to-action buttons and a customizable message focused on benefits makes potential buyers not only consider the opportunities but pay a premium for it… Source: Domaining…



A look at how the Onions.com sale went down

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: We don’t always get a complete picture of how a domain sale went down, but Peter Askew gave insight to his purchase of Onions.com. Peter runs DeepSouthVentures.com The seller actually took a loss on the one word generic .com. On Namepros Peter posted: I’m the one that bought Onions.com .. Here’s…



Poll: Should the “New” Extensions Still be Called “New?”

By Elliot Silver I had a discussion on Twitter with Ray Hackney and Theo Develegas regarding the coloquial naming of the new gTLD domain name extensions. I have almost always referred to them as the “new gTLDs” or something along those lines, and Ray pointed out that they are no longer “new,” having been introduced…



Web.com aftermarket sales up to $45k

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Four-number domain leads the charts in March. Web.com’s aftermarket platforms NameJet and SnapNames tallied up 97 sales of $2,000 or more last month, led by 4349.com at $35,400. Sales of $2,000+ domains totaled nearly $500,000. Some of the other notable sales include: DoubleDutch.com $20,000 – The buyer is the…



NameJet/SnapNames sales report for March led by 4349.com

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Web.com released their NameJet/Snapnames sales for March and 4349.com led the way at $35,400. 10 numeric sales 13 4L.com sales Zic.com was the only 3L.com for March and it sold for $28,001. 4349.com $35,400.00 NameJet zic.com $28,001.00 NameJet burl.com $24,555.00 NameJet doubledutch.com $20,000.00 NameJet ribi.com $15,100.00 … Source: Domaining     



Ten Things Domain Investors Should Know (Apr 4, 2019)

By Bob Hawkes NameTalent.com: One of the greatest concepts in NamePros history, price caps may be eliminated for .org, .info and possibly .biz, Efty has released big improvements, the Alpnames bulk transfer situation is clarified, it is now possible to exclude a term in a NameBio search, and much more in this issue. The bonus…



AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 3, 2019

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 3, 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…



Brazil Battles Jeff Bezos Over Control of Amazon Domain Name

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: Today: Marijuana Banking Bill Approval Paves Way For Stock Surge; “Intimate” Issue Results In Amputation of “Intimate” Body Part Florida Sex Workers Demand Decriminalization After Massive Raids “Decriminalizing sex work does not mean decriminalizing human trafficking, exploitation, or violence,” victims advocate C… Source: Domaining     



First quarter 2019 sales came in at $25.3 million

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: The first quarter of 2019 reported sales at Namebio came in at $25,348,800. This is for sales $100 or more, Namebio does track several thousand sales below $100 as well. Top sales led by California.com at $3million. california.com 3,000,000 USD 2019-01-20 VIPBrokerage ol.com 900,000 USD 2019-01-28 NamesCon leads.com 435,000 USD 2019-……



Efty just launched three new “For Sale” landing pages

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: Well it feels like we’re hitting a point where Efty is announcing new things almost every week. As an Efty customer, this is pretty awesome since all these new features and options come at no additional cost. Today the company announced three new landing pages and IMHO these are the best-looking pages…



Bonvoy.com Acquired via CSC

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Marriott has been advertising its new loyalty and rewards program called Bonvoy, which was created to merge Marriott’s loyalty program with Starwood’s loyalty program following its acquisition of Starwood. The call to action in the television commercial I have seen numerous times is “Join at Marriott.com.” Bas… Source: Domaining     



Weekly Domain Name Sales March 27 – April 2, 2019

By Bob Hawkes NameTalent.com: In another extremely active week for domain sales both country codes and .com saw lots of activity in the 7 day period from March 27 – April 2, 2019. Note that the .ai registry have begun to report the sales from their monthly auctions to NameBio, and those appear in the…



Looks like .music is finally on its way

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: The hard-fought battle for .music appears to be over. I’m not yet in a position to tell you which of the eight applicants for the new gTLD has been successful, but I can tell you some of those who were not. Two applicants have this week withdrawn their bids, an almost…



Neustar and .Biz domains want no price caps too!

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: ICANN is now proposing lifting price cap provisions for .biz domains too. This came shortly after the proposals to lift price caps for .org and .info domains. Of course Neustar, the biz registry, would sure like to get what Afilias and PIR want and ICANN is willing to give them. All…



Introducing Fresku, Nubia & Nobo. Our Best-Looking For-Sale Landing Pages Yet.

By Doron Vermaat Efty.com: How important is a beautiful for-sale landing page when selling domains, and can you ask a premium price by doing so? At Efty, we’ve learned over the years that first impressions matter. Design matters. And having hosted millions of For-Sale landing pages over the past 4+ years we found that mobile-first,…



Efty launches new templates based on conversion data

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Company releases new landers based on years of conversion data. Domain name sales platform Efty has launched three new themes that it hopes will lead to more domain inquiries and purchases for its clients. “We reviewed inquiry data from the past four years on the Efty platform,” Efty co-founder…



.blog tops 200,000 regs due to WordPress partnership

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Knock Knock Whois There, the WordPress-affiliated .blog registry, said today that it has topped 200,000 names for the first time. The milestone comes after about 28 months of general availability, during which growth has been slow but stable. The company said it has a respectable renewal rate of 72.74%, which is…



.london disaster leads to mixed 2018 for MMX

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: New gTLD registry MMX, aka Minds + Machines, suffered a huge net loss in 2018, largely due to its disastrous .london contract, even while its operating fundamentals improved. For the year, MMX reported a net loss of $12.6 million, compared to a 2017 profits of $3.8 million, on revenue up 5%…



Daily Domain Picks 4-4-19

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 4-4-19 A couple 4L.coms topped the list on Wednesday and for some nice prices, Hlio.com sold for $21,850 on Sedo and Empire Names sold Fiku.com for $19,995. Top sales/closes from yesterday: hlio.com 21,850 USD 2019-04-03 Sedo fiku.com 19,995 USD 2019-04-03 EmpireNames.com jiker.com 15,295 USD 2019-04-03 Sedo onions… Source:…



162 Domain Discoveries for April 4th

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…



ICANN waves goodbye to Adobe Connect over security, pricing

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: ICANN has decided to dump its longstanding web conferencing service provider, Adobe Connect, in favor of rival Zoom. The organization reckons it could save as much as $100,000 a year, and mitigate some security fears, by making the switch. Adobe has been the standard remote participation tool for not only ICANN’s…



ICANN waves goodbye to Adobe Connect over security, pricing

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: ICANN has decided to dump its longstanding web conferencing service provider, Adobe Connect, in favor of rival Zoom. The organization reckons it could save as much as $100,000 a year, and mitigate some security fears, by making the switch. Adobe has been the standard remote participation tool for not only ICANN’s…



Oregon company pays $600,000 for Carrot.com domain name

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: An Oregon-based lead generation website builder has paid $600,000 to acquire the domain name Carrot.com, upgrading from its previous domain OnCarrot.com. Carrot founder Trevor Mauch tells the full story on next week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast. The company started by offering lead generation websites for real estate investors, b……



Oregon company pays $600,000 for Carrot.com domain name

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: An Oregon-based lead generation website builder has paid $600,000 to acquire the domain name Carrot.com, upgrading from its previous domain OnCarrot.com. Carrot founder Trevor Mauch tells the full story on next week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast. The company started by offering lead generation websites for real estate investors, b……



Poll: Should the “New” Extensions Still be Called “New?”

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I had a discussion on Twitter with Ray Hackney and Theo Develegas regarding the coloquial naming of the new gTLD domain name extensions. I have almost always referred to them as the “new gTLDs” or something along those lines, and Ray pointed out that they are no longer “new,” having been…



Poll: Should the “New” Extensions Still be Called “New?”

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I had a discussion on Twitter with Ray Hackney and Theo Develegas regarding the coloquial naming of the new gTLD domain name extensions. I have almost always referred to them as the “new gTLDs” or something along those lines, and Ray pointed out that they are no longer “new,” having been…



$241k in Sales on April 3rd – HLIO.com sold for $21,850 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: Sedo had the top sale of the day for two days in a row, this time it was HLIO.com which sold for $21,850. NameBio recorded 346 sales $100+ for a total of $212,154 with an average sale price of $613. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 14%…



$241k in Sales on April 3rd – HLIO.com sold for $21,850 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: Sedo had the top sale of the day for two days in a row, this time it was HLIO.com which sold for $21,850. NameBio recorded 346 sales $100+ for a total of $212,154 with an average sale price of $613. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 14%…



10 Tips for New Domain Investors

By James Iles NamePros.com: In a new industry, it’s often difficult to know where to start. Coming in with an abundance of enthusiasm and a desire to make money quickly, it may be hard to resist the urge to start acquiring new domain names immediately with the hope of selling them within days or weeks….



10 Tips for New Domain Investors

By James Iles NamePros.com: In a new industry, it’s often difficult to know where to start. Coming in with an abundance of enthusiasm and a desire to make money quickly, it may be hard to resist the urge to start acquiring new domain names immediately with the hope of selling them within days or weeks….



Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday April 4th, 2019

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: Yesterday was the craziest day in a while. Hard 8 mile tempo in the morning and a grueling day unloading trucks at work. But that was the least of my problems. I received a few packages at work that I was excited to get. One was a great jar of Canna Honey…



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