Month: January 2020

KanyeWest.com: How Kanye West’s Photographer Got His Job

By Elliot Silver Nabil Elderkin is a photographer who is particularly well-known for working with Kanye West. In a Vice Canada video, Nabil shared how he connected with Kanye West to begin working with him, and it all came about because he registered the KanyeWest.com domain name. Shortly after doing so, Kanye’s record label (Roc-A-Fella…



Rev.com Was Reportedly Acquired for $400,000

By Elliot Silver Sean Markey tweeted a link to the My First Million podcast interview featuring Rev.com founder Jason Chicola. In the podcast, there was a discussion about the brand naming process and how the company ended up buying Rev.com for a reported $400,000: @DInvesting @DomainNameWire Hey guys, didn’t see this covered anywhere else—just listened…



My favorite NamesCon 2020 moment – Ron Jackson winning the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: Lonnie Borck is a legendary Domain Investor, he was loved by everyone who knew him, and we lost him way too soon. To help honor his legacy the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award was created and this year it was awarded to Ron Jackson, publisher of the longest-running publication in the domain name…



Bad News for ICANN: Pressure Intensifies for Decision Behind .Org Price Cap Removals

By John Colascione StrategicRevenue.com: PALM BEACH, FL – Sometimes they say “where there is smoke, there is fire,” and the room keeps getting hotter for ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, for its poor, super-controversial and extremely suspect decision to allow the Registry Agreement with Public Interest Registry to renew without price-caps…



The Big #Game : Unmentionable #NFL #football event powers up commerce!

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: It’s that time of the year again, and this Sunday is The S*p*rb*wl. If you have a car with a radio, most do these days, except maybe the Dodge Demon, you may have noticed that you don’t hear the word S*p*rb*wl as much anymore. That’s because around 2015, the NFL and its…



KanyeWest.com: How Kanye West’s Photographer Got His Job

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Nabil Elderkin is a photographer who is particularly well-known for working with Kanye West. In a Vice Canada video, Nabil shared how he connected with Kanye West to begin working with him, and it all came about because he registered the KanyeWest.com domain name. Shortly after doing so, Kanye’s record label…



DWatchSeries.to sold for $6,750

By NamePros Daily TNTNames.com: Today: Buying a One Word .com – budget up to $10,000.00 / Hosting your own domain portfolio website… / How to drop an auto-renewed domain & not pay / and More… Here are the new discussions that caught my eye … → Source: Domaining     



#Funiber .com : How a “24/7 lawyer” lost one more #UDRP at the #WIPO

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: If you proclaim to be a “24/7 lawyer” but just lost your third UDRP case, there’s got to be something fishy going on. The domain name Funiber.com was taken to UDRP process at the WIPO and its Korean registrant did not respond. The Complainant is Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (Funiber), Spain, asserting righ……



NamesCon 2020 Days 3 & 4: What not to miss!

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: NamesCon Global 2020, the Domain Economic Forum, continues today at Austin Texas for its 3rd day. The popular domain name conference runs from Wednesday January 29th up to Saturday February 1st, 2020. The NamesCon 2020 domain name auction took place yesterday and 74 domain names were sold for a total of…



Day 2 Photos & Highlights From the 2020 NamesCon Global Conference Thursday in Austin Including N…

DNJournal: There were a lot of exciting developments at NamesCon Global Thursday, especially what new GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani had to say about domain investors and developers. Source: Domaining     



Rev.com Was Reportedly Acquired for $400,000

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Sean Markey tweeted a link to the My First Million podcast interview featuring Rev.com founder Jason Chicola. In the podcast, there was a discussion about the brand naming process and how the company ended up buying Rev.com for a reported $400,000: @DInvesting @DomainNameWire Hey guys, didn’t see this covered anywhere else—just…



AUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 30, 2020

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 30, 2020. 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…



California Attorney General requests information from ICANN about the .org sale

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California (CA-AGO) has requested information from ICANN regarding the proposed transfer of Public Interest Registry (PIR) from the Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos Capital in order to “analyze the i……



Breaking: California Attorney General delays .org sale

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Office that oversees California non-profits demands extensive documentation. The California Attorney general has likely delayed approval of the .org sale to Ethos Capital by two months, if not more, after demanding extensive documentation from ICANN. The office supervises charitable organizations in California, where ICANN is based. … Source: Domaining…



What I learned from an old Chinese video clip

By Kassey Lee Domain Name Wire: A branding lesson from China. As a student of the Chinese domain market, I try to take every opportunity to learn. Recently an old video clip of Xiaomi founder Jun LEI surfaced in the domain investor community, so I watched it — with much delight. The video clip embededded…



NamesCon “Keeping Domaining Weird” in Austin Debut – Day One Recap

By Alvin Brown KickStartCommerce.com: 1000+ attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and everyone in between descended upon the domain industry’s largest conference — NamesCon Global: The Domain Economic Forum — debuting a change of venue at the Omni Downtown Hotel in Austin, Texas. From the newest of new to the oldest of old, anticipation and excitement built as…



207 Domain Discoveries for January 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…



$170k in Sales on January 30th – DuBistNichtAllein.de sold for $7,717 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: The top sale of the day was DuBistNichtAllein.de (“you’re not alone” in German) which sold for $7,717 at Sedo. NameBio recorded 243 sales $100+ for a total of $153,891 with an average sale price of $633. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 8% in the number of…



Trav’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday January 31st, 2020

By Travis M. DSAD.com: For the first time in four years, I’m not attending NamesCon. The funny part is it’s only a few hours drive or a 45 minute flight away. It would have been nice to spend time with my buddies at DSAD and others that I tend to only see once a year…



2020 Escrow.com Master of Domains

By Elliot Silver Earlier this afternoon during the NamesCon conference, Escrow.com announced its 2020 Master of Domains award winners. The awards are given to the ten highest grossing individual domain name brokers from the prior year. Escrow.com shared this year’s award winners with me along with some information about their business. Congratulations to the award…



Startup Called Haus Operating on a .Haus

By Elliot Silver An article about a startup called Haus caught my attention this afternoon because of the domain name it chose for its website. Anna Escher wrote an article on TechCrunch this afternoon, reporting that Haus “secured $4.5 million in seed funding:” Millennials don’t want to be drunk, but are locked into alcohol-centric communities….



NamesCon 2020 domain name auction results

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: The NamesCon Global 2020 live domain name auction took place today in Austin, Texas and 136 domain names were auctioned. 74 of the 136 domains were sold. The other 62 domains didn’t reach the reserve price and are headed to the extended auction at GoDaddy. The 74 domain names were sold…



Add.com sells for $800,000 to lead NamesCon Live Auction

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Add.com stole the show at NamesCon live auction. The name sold for $800,000 texashotels.comLot Number: 10SOLDHigh Bid: $6,200.00 (s***5) Toolchest.comLot Number: 20SOLDHigh Bid: $6,900.00 (onsite) icebergs.comLot Number: 30SOLDHigh Bid: $3,200.00 (e***0) Stardate.comLot Number: 40SOLDHigh Bid: $5,250.00 (onsite) iqiq.comLot Number: 5… Source: Domaining     



Bill Hartzer’s NamesCon Presentation

By Elliot Silver If you aren’t at NamesCon, you missed Bill Hartzer’s presentation about SEO and domain names related to new GTLD domain names. Bill uploaded the video today, so I thought I would share it with readers. In addition to sharing some background about SEO, Bill also discussed some testing he recently did and…



NamesCon 2020 Day One, in One Video

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: Well it’s official, NamesCon 2020 Day One is now in the books and I have to say, it was a great day. This year I’ve decided to stitch together videos of each of my days so what I’m sharing below is my very first attempt at something interesting. A few high-level highlights…



#Kobe domains on eBay show outlandish expectations of rookie #domainers

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Kobe domains are being offered on eBay, for thousands of dollars. These domain names are referencing Kobe Bryant’s legacy and fame, and his untimely death. We’ve already pointed out that such domain registrations are not only unbecoming of Kobe fans, they are demonstrations of unethical attitude towards the pain and suffe… Source:…



Spoofing Banks is a Balancing Act

By 940 Join Senior Security Advisor, Corin Imai, for a an investigation into known bad domains. In this blog, learn how to map connected infrastructure to expand from one indicator, to many in a matter of pivots. This investigation includes a variety of dat Source: Blog Domain Tools     



2020 Escrow.com Master of Domains

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Earlier this afternoon during the NamesCon conference, Escrow.com announced its 2020 Master of Domains award winners. The awards are given to the ten highest grossing individual domain name brokers from the prior year. Escrow.com shared this year’s award winners with me along with some information about their business. Congratu… Source: Domaining…



Get to the Root to Find a Prospect

By Elliot Silver Many domain investors rely on outbound marketing to sell their domain names. Domain investors have many methods for scouting for prospective buyers, and one way that is popular is to find registrants who have similar or complementary domain names that might benefit from buying another domain name. Some people use lead generation…



How to decide when to renew and when to drop a domain

By NamePros Daily Domaining Tips: Today: New year, new strategy, new sales / HomeIdeas.com sold for $13,033 / Share Your Longest Domain with a “Message” / and More… Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Is Selling a Domain really a business model? – For some domain name…



GoDaddy domain auctions: Just got a refund 5 days after the auction ended

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: I won the auction for a domain name at GoDaddy expired auction on the 25th of January. I paid $1,500+ for it and while I wanted to share my purchase something was holding me back. It was holding me back the fact that the domain was registered with Tucows so my…



#Domain investors stranded at Las Vegas airport waiting for #NamesCon

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: A group of Finnish domainers are currently stranded in Las Vegas, looking for NamesCon 2020. The domain investors from Malaakinikki Turku in northern Finland, arrived on a special charter flight last night. After waiting for more than 3 hours at the McCarran International Airport with no InterNetX VIP limo arriving to pick…



Startup Called Haus Operating on a .Haus

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: An article about a startup called Haus caught my attention this afternoon because of the domain name it chose for its website. Anna Escher wrote an article on TechCrunch this afternoon, reporting that Haus “secured $4.5 million in seed funding:” Millennials don’t want to be drunk, but are locked into alcohol-centric……



Aman Bhutani NamesCon live blog

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: GoDaddy’s new CEO Aman Bhutani is giving a keynote presentation at NamesCon in Austin, Texas this afternoon. This is a live blog. The presentation is called Sushi, Onions and Domain Investors. Bhutani said in the past they looked at people like those in the room at NamesCon as suppliers…suppliers…



Move aside, Tesla : #GMC announced the electric #Hummer EV

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Tesla who? GMC just announced the name of its upcoming electric truck: It’s the GMC Hummer EV. The 1,000 horsepower vehicle is a “monster truck” that bears the famous Hummer brand, without its bad reputation on fuel consumption. This GMC truck is all-electric. GMC is expected to school Tesla, whose futuristic cybert……



Domain name industry consolidation needs to have its limits

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Domain name industry consolidation is necessary, but competition is crucial. As I walked around NamesCon yesterday, I saw the signs of consolidation in the domain name industry. There’s Hexonet, now part of CentralNic, which has gobbled up many domain companies. Enom is now part of Tucows. There’s GoDaddy, which…



Elon Musk talks about the 10 years and $10 million to get Tesla.com

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: On the Third Row Tesla Podcast Elon Musk talks about the 10 year effort to buy Tesla.com. He mentioned the trademark for $75,000 buying the domain was a whole different nightmare that took us 10 years to buy that Tesla com domain. That cost was like 10 million dollars yeah…



Bill Hartzer’s NamesCon Presentation

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: If you aren’t at NamesCon, you missed Bill Hartzer’s presentation about SEO and domain names related to new GTLD domain names. Bill uploaded the video today, so I thought I would share it with readers. In addition to sharing some background about SEO, Bill also discussed some testing he recently did…



NamesCon Live Auction List with 136 Domains and Auction Order Published

By John Colascione StrategicRevenue.com: AUSTIN, TX – If you are interested in one or more domain names going up for auction starting today, January 30, 2020 between 4:30pm CST- 7:30pm Central Standard Time, a list has been released by Monte Cahn, President of RightOfTheDot for those names which will be included in the live event….



Building a membership site in 9 steps

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Yesterday someone asked me about advice on a membership website. I have never built a paid membership site so I did not have much information to share. Membership sites seem to be on the uptick everyone wants to build their own community and get paid. I did find an excellent step-by-step…



Radix premium domain revenue jumps in second half of 2019

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Premium revenue takes a leg up at Radix. New top level domain name company Radix disclosed details of its premium domain name sales in the second half of 2019. Overall, the company generated $1.67 million in revenue during the period. This was up 22% from the first half of…



What to Look for when Choosing a Domain Registrar

By Theo Develegas Uniregistry.com: A great domain registrar manifests itself consistently well, addresses issues proactively, listens to its customers, and assists with the resolution of issues all while keeping them updated. Here’s how it’s done at Uniregistry, which I use. Source: Domaining     



Opening Day Photos & Highlights from the 2020 NamesCon Global Conference in Austin, Texas

DNJournal: NameCon Global got off to a great start Wednesday in Austin, Texas. Here is a capsule look at the busy opening day and night! Source: Domaining     



Get to the Root to Find a Prospect

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Many domain investors rely on outbound marketing to sell their domain names. Domain investors have many methods for scouting for prospective buyers, and one way that is popular is to find registrants who have similar or complementary domain names that might benefit from buying another domain name. Some people use lead…



NamesCon 2020 Day 2: What not to miss!

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: NamesCon Global 2020, the Domain Economic Forum, continues today at Austin Texas for the 2nd day. The popular domain name conference runs from Wednesday January 29th up to Saturday February 1st, 2020. NamesCon is taking place at the Omni Hotel’s downtown Austin location. The exhibition area, breakout sessions, and workshops —…



16 end user domain name sales

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: A box machinery company, business credit provider, and facilities management company bought domain names. Sedo’s top public sale of the week was Apuestas.es for €111,625. At the time of writing, it’s not clear who bought the domain but apuestas is Spanish for ‘bets’, so you can bet it was…



Global #Domain Report : #Sedo and #InterNetX release new industry data for 2020

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Sedo and InterNetX – our kind sponsors – have collected, processed, and analyzed the domain industry’s data, producing the “Global Domain Report” for 2020. The 38-page report is based on internal data analysis of more than 130 million domains, and has been enriched with data verified from third party sou… Source: Domaining…



AUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 29, 2020

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 29, 2020. 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…



216 Domain Discoveries for January 30th

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…



$227k in Sales on January 29th – WeHealth.com sold for $22,750 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: The top sale of the day was WeHealth.com which sold for $22,750 at GoDaddy. NameBio recorded 226 sales $100+ for a total of $213,872 with an average sale price of $946. Compared to the previous day there was a decrease of 0.9% in the number of sales but the total dollar…



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