XYZ weighs into Epik controversy with .monster fundraising domain

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: New gTLD registry XYZ.com has set up a domain to help raise money for victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week. The domain is give.monster. It redirects to a page on Givealittle.co.nz, a Kiwi crowdfunding site, that has so far raised almost NZD 7.8 million ($5.3 million)…



Google made a game-changing announcement at GDC, but is Stadia a game-changing name?

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: As many of you know, I love games. I grew up playing both board games and video games, still love them both, and over the last few years have really gotten into both indie games and VR games. Since the Moscone Center is just a few blocks from my place, I usually…



When the search bar goes away

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: The anticipatory web will change how people access and use the World Wide Web. I’ve been warning for a while that the greatest threat to domain names is new technology that requires less searching and browsing. Owners of premium domains have been hurt as browsers switched from an address…



Brazil company guilty of reverse domain name hijacking

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Company went after the .com version of its country code domain name. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found a company in Brazil guilty of reverse domain name hijacking despite the owner of the domain name not responding to the UDRP. Panelist Wilson Pinheiro Jabur made the finding…



AUCTION RECAP OF MARCH 20, 2019

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on March 20, 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…



Parkour.com – Sully gets the jump on Adam Dunlap, Founder

By Mike Sullivan DSAD.com: While it’s easy to understand why you might believe it is me in the video linked below, I must correct you. Don’t be embarrassed, it could happen to anyone. I may have similar moves and physique however, this is actually a video of Adam Dunlap, Director of Parkour.com, that I found…



Lawsuit claims Verisign shouldn’t have transferred domain name

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Suit alleges that domain name wasn’t owned by defendants named in class action. Bitseller, a company in Cyprus, says that Verisign shouldn’t have transferred the domain name Radaris.com as requested by a court and is asking (pdf) for at least $500,000 in damages. The backstory is interesting. In 2014,…



After NZ shooting, Epik has a Monster PR problem

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Domain name registrar Epik.com has come under fire from prominent domain investors and others after CEO Rob Monster suggested that video of the recent mosque shootings in New Zealand, which he hosted on an Epik service and shared on social media, was a hoax. Domainer-bloggers including Shane Cultra, Konstantinos Zournas, and…



Wisdom, Pot Stocks, Newest Unicorn Oh MY!

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: A few weeks ago we wrote about “The $800K, Worlds-Best, Weed Domain That Rick Schwartz Let Slip Away. And in today’s news we learn that after all my opining, the best weed name is CVS. The Secret Value of Wisdom The Only 4 Pure-Play Pot Stocks That Are…



Buying Stadia (or Other New TM) Domains Makes No Sense to Me

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: This week, Google announced a new gaming platform called Stadia. As I observed shortly after the news was announced, Google smartly acquired the brand match Stadia.com domain name in advance of the announcement. I did not notice other Stadia-related domain names registered by Google at the time I wrote my article,…



Scratch.org owner defends domain name in court

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Ravi Lahoti says he has owned the domain since 1998. Earlier this year Scratch Foundation, a non-profit that started at MIT, filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain name Scratch.org claiming that the domain is cybersquatting. In the complaint, Scratch Foundation said it reached out to the…



187 Domain Discoveries for March 21st

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…



Daily Domain Picks 3-21-19

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 3-21-19 Burl.com was the top close on Wednesday at $24,555, the name sold last April for $5,805. MB.org closed at $9,999. Top sales/closes from yesterday: burl.com 24,555 USD 2019-03-20 NameJet optim.com 20,420 USD 2019-03-20 GoDaddy 399999.com 16,002 USD 2019-03-20 GoDaddy mb.org 9,999 USD 2019-03-20 NameJet shang… Source: Domaining…



Burl.com sells for second time in less than a year

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Burl.com sold for the third time in 12 years and the second time in less than one year. The domain closed at $24,555 on NameJet and was the top close for Wednesday. The name sold for just $5,088 in April of 2018. That sale was down from the previous sale…



$223k in Sales on March 20th – Burl.com sold for $24,555 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: The top sale of the day was Burl.com which sold for $24,555 at NameJet. NameBio recorded 246 sales $100+ for a total of $197,621 with an average sale price of $803. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 2% in the number of sales and the total dollar…



Another dot-brand bites the dust

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Honeywell International, a $40-billion-a-year US conglomerate, has become the last major company to dump its dot-brand gTLD. The company informed ICANN in February that it no longer wishes to run .honeywell, and ICANN yesterday published its preliminary decision not to transition the TLD to a new owner. Honeywell never used .honeywel……



Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday March 21st, 2019

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: We recorded one of my favorite shows of Domain Sherpa on Tuesday. The panel was Kate Buckley, Braden Pollock, and I with Tess hosting. It went really long but it was because there was some great discussion. Both of them have a good sense of humor so there was lots of joking…



Google gets fined €1.49 billion in Adsense antitrust case

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Google has now got hit with their third huge fine from the EU, €1.49 billion, ($1.7 billion) this time around, which is the third highest fine they have had to pay. This was in regards to Adsense, Venture Beat wrote: In those previous filings, the EU noted that Google had…



Brandpa turns two and shares some numbers

By Doron Vermaat DNGeek.com: Brandable domain name marketplace Brandpa recently turned two years old and shared some interesting stats such as the number of domain names on the marketplace, average sale price, and the overall sell-through-rate. Brandpa is similar to marketplaces to BrandBucket or Brandroot in the sense that they curate their marketplace, charge ……



Will all marketplaces have to become licensed escrow agents?

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: In a thread on Namepros about Rob Monster and Epik, Joseph Peterson posted an interesting tidbit, one that if it plays out as Joseph speculates it could, will affect all the big players in the domain aftermarket space and domain investors as well. The history starts on another thread, it’s…



If you could own just 1 domain in the world, which one?

By NamePros Daily TNTNames.com: Today: The role of NamePros in your domaining career / ConnectNow.com sold for $9,550 / Renting domain names / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: .com switches to .app in … → Source: Domaining     



#Epik CEO, Rob Monster, believed the #Christchurch video was not real!

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: In what appears to be a remarkable demonstration of disconnect from reality, Rob Monster, CEO of Epik.com, questioned the legitimacy of the Christchurch massacre video. The chilling video was streamed live on social media, then stored in a variety of formats. We have watched the video, which is shot in first person…



Honeywell calls it quits on new top level domain name

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Company tells domain name overseer that it doesn’t want .Honeywell anymore. American conglomerate Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has decided it doesn’t want to run its own top level domain name after all. The company informed (pdf) ICANN last month that it wishes to terminate its agreement to run .honeywell as…



Last chance to download your Google+ data before shut down

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: A few months ago, Google announced the end of life of its Google+ service, and now it’s coming to the final days. You only have until March 31st to save your data with Google+ and after that it’s no more accessible. Google+ was a monumental failure by Google to tap the social…



A 3-Letter .Com and the Year’s Biggest ccTLD Sale to Date Top This Week’s Sales Chart

DNJournal: The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. A 3-letter .com and 2019’s biggest ccTLD sale to date set the pace. Source: Domaining     



VPN.com announced 5 brokered domain name sales

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: VPN.com announced five successful domain name transactions today: SEOService.com: $35,000 USD Detect.com: $57,000 USD GTA.com: Undisclosed SiteMaps.com: Undisclosed VPNUnlimited.com: Undisclosed “This is a great time to be in the domain name industry. As platform risk and dependence continues to be recognized at all levels of busines… Source: Domaining     



Create a Website

By Corry Cummings Creating a website is overwhelming. Don’t worry, that’s completely natural when building your first website. When we built our first sites, it was so complicated. And so many articles and YouTube videos on how to create a website made it seem a lot easier than it ended up being. We’ve outlined all…



How I “Discover” Domain Names at Auction

By Elliot Silver There’s a thread on NamePros asking people how to get people to view specific private domain auctions. I am an active bidder at NameJet, GoDaddy Auctions, and to a lesser degree, DropCatch.com. thought I would share how I find domain names to bid on just about every day. I don’t know if…



Breaking Badness Episode 6

By Kelsey LaBelle The Ides of Arch Coming up this week on Breaking Badness. Today we discuss A (Key) Stroke of Genius, Gaming the System with the Belonard Trojan and, What the Pacman… Source: Blog Domain Tools     



How to Create An Impactful About Page For Your Website

By Quick Sprout Editorial You need to put lots of thought and effort into every page of your website. But your About page is arguably one of the most important pages by far. Is it really that big of a deal? How many visitors will actually take the time to check out your About page?…



8 Top Domains Owned by Disney: Go.com, ABC.com, Video.com…

By James Iles NamePros.com: The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, had humble beginnings in 1923, with Walt Disney moving to Hollywood after the bankruptcy of his previous firm. Along with his brother Roy, the pair built the now world-famous company. With over 200,000 employees and an annual revenue of over $59 billion, Disney…



VPN.com announces latest domain sales, targets $25M in sales this year

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: VPN.com, which has become a pretty happening domain brokerage house just announced a batch of sales including Detect.com, GTA.com and more. While they didn’t reveal pricing for all of their sales, they did list pricing for a few and shared some of the names under exclusive with them now. The sales that…



16 end user domain name sales up to $25k

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: A Black Friday site, a gaming company and an apartment community bought domain names last week. Sedo had a variety of end user domain name sales this past week, including a rare appearance by .travel. As usual, it was an international list of buyers. Here are the end user…



AUCTION RECAP OF MARCH 19, 2019

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on March 19, 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…



How I “Discover” Domain Names at Auction

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: There’s a thread on NamePros asking people how to get people to view specific private domain auctions. I am an active bidder at NameJet, GoDaddy Auctions, and to a lesser degree, DropCatch.com. thought I would share how I find domain names to bid on just about every day. I don’t know…



Is it still too early for emoji domains?

By Raymond Hackney The Domains: Page Howe was mentioned in an article on ieee.org. The article took a look at emoji domains and why they do or don’t make sense. Page has been outspoken about his belief in emoji domains and gets a couple paragraphs. From the article: People like Page Howe, a domain and…



Could Verisign Destroy Your Business Model?

By Andrei Domaining Tips: I think it’s a good thing that the recent developments when it comes to dot info and dot org (the possibility that price ceilings might be removed and, as such, we venture into “everything goes” territory… in other words, just like with new gTLDs, huge price increases might become the norm…



Marketing and branding from monster movies to domains (video)

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Jeff Sass gave a very interesting talk during JoomlaDay Florida 2019 that was titled “Marketing and Branding from Monster Movies to Domains”. “Long before he was CMO of the .CLUB Domain Registry, Jeff Sass spent over 7 years making low-budget action/horror films. The lessons he learned making movies have helped him…



UltraBrilliant.xyz: Video game writer organizes his creativity in this week’s #WebsiteWednesday

By Team XYZ Gen.XYZ: UltraBrilliant.xyz – GoDaddy customer (United Kingdom) The internet has introduced us to many multi-talented creative individuals, and their content has gone a long way to shape the way we interact on the web. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is one of those creators, and his personal site is a great collection of his…



Daily Domain Picks 3-20-19

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 3-20-19 I wanted to address one of the hot topics over the last few days. I don’t follow Rob Monster on Twitter and I don’t engage with anyone on their political beliefs, after seeing what transpired with the horrible events in NZ, I did not like some of…



AppDetex raises $10 million in Series B

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Company that fights domain registrars over access to Whois data pockets $10 million. Brand protection company AppDetex has raised $10 million in a round led by First Analysis. It has raised $17.5 million to date; a prior round was led by EPIC Ventures and Origin Ventures, which also participated…



TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop List for 3/20/2019!

By TNTNAMES TNTNames.com: Here is TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop List for 3/20/2019. I will not be back-ordering or bidding on any of these domains myself. There are some really valuable domains on this list! If you have any thoughts/input please leave … → Source: Domaining     



Whois vacuum AppDetex raises $10 million

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Brand protection registrar AppDetex, which counts Facebook as its key customer, has raised $10 million in funding. It’s the second round of venture capital for the six-year-old Boise, Idaho company. This one was led by First Analysis, with first-round investors EPIC Ventures and Origin Ventures each also taking an extra piece….



131 Domain Discoveries for March 20th

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…



$182k in Sales on March 19th – KBet.com sold for $43,530 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: The top sale of the day was KBet.com which sold for $43,530 at Sedo. NameBio recorded 240 sales $100+ for a total of $153,638 with an average sale price of $640. Compared to the previous day there was a decrease of 13% in the number of sales and the total dollar…



Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday March 20th, 2019

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: I wanted to take the time to post a response to all the recent news about Epik. Joseph Peterson and I have had our differences but over the last few years I’ve grown to respect Joseph and his work at Epik. As I stated before, Epik has never been the focus of…



How to contact a domain owner with private whois!

By NamePros Daily Domaining Tips: Today: Buying a 4 Letter (4L) LLLL Pronounceable .com – Budget: Up to $25,000.00 / HistoricalTextArchive.com sold for $8,349 / A .app domain sold for $30,000 before it’s first renewal / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today! Buying STADIA domains…



#Google gaming : Would you have spent $3k+ on the domain Stadia.com?

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Today Google unveiled more details about Stadia, a box-less gaming platform that uses a new games controller, called Stadia Controller. Aside from that, all one needs is a Chrome browser and – naturally – a fast Internet connection. During the presentation, the Stadia managers unveiled the game environment’s primary… Source: Domaining     



Stadia.com Acquired Before Google Announcement (Updated)

By Elliot Silver I saw a tweet from Techmeme with news about Google’s new game stream service called Stadia, which made me wonder if Google had acquired the brand match Stadia.com domain name in advance of the news: Google announces Stadia, its game streaming service for Chrome, Android, and TVs (@technacity / 9to5Google)https://t.co/XqPOcyX4M1https://t.co/ruE3t1zCqc — Techmeme…



The Complete Guide to a Mobile Friendly Website

By Quick Sprout Editorial Your website must be optimized for mobile devices. Why? Well, for starters, 80% of the top websites according to the Alexa rankings were optimized for mobile users. Plus, 80% of all Internet users have smartphones. It’s easy for people to browse the Internet from their mobile devices. Doesn’t it seem like…



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