Internet Society .Org Money Grab, Any Upside?

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EDITORIAL

Surprise, Surprise. ICANN enriches its own.  But, is there any upside? My only hope is a more powerful and well-funded .org can do the things Verisign hasn’t: promote the use of domain names in the face of the takeover of the browser bar by large captive search engines and social networks.

As we detailed before, because Verisign is beholden to shareholders and any marketing expense reduces earnings and could lower their billions in market value; they don’t spend to enforce the benefits of registering and owning domain names.

The .com registry is more a revolving door scheme where … Read the rest

A Buyers Perspective. Buying Your .Com From ‘Squatters’

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Although a two year old Medium post, I think this read gives a pretty good take on the buyer’s side of the domain name process

My comments after reading.

  1. Its clear we don’t do a good jump of making the process easy or understandable. The one point that buyers do understand is using an escrow service to complete the transaction.
  2. Buyers still think myopically a world exists where the name they thought of should be available up until the moment they wanted it.  They cant imagine that if I didn’t own their name for resale, someone else could have clearly
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CCtld Update – Is the .US Domain Space Open?

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CCtld News and Update

On our twice monthly Cctld update I’l look at the recent .US Town Hall meeting. My takeaway was a “reminder” during the call that the perception you have to be a US resident or incorporated business isn’t really true.  I’ll finish at the end with some available for registration prospects in the .US namespace.

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.US Town Hall Meeting

.US held their 2019 Town Hall Meeting to review progress and introduce the new Stakeholder Council members (think of … Read the rest

What will be on the Top Keywords List for October?

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Can you Pick the Top Keywords for October?

Every month Verisign publishes a list of some of the most upward trending words in domain name registrations in .com and .net.   To make this glimpse at top trending words, Verisign uses some of the same info you can get at any time from their DomainScope product.   We reviewed DomainScope earlier in the year.

So here are my picks for the upcoming report on words trending in registrations.  Play along at home and comment below with your picks. I’ll summarize if you got them right after the reports release.

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Sold: Dangerous.com for $49

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Even after doing domain name investing for 20 years, I cant get hit with a new issue and thus learn something daily, even now.

“SOLD Dangerous.com”, hit my email last week.  Oh no. I’ve just sold Dangerous.com for $49.  This was a reply to my for sale thread at Namepros.  So now someone thinks they have bought Dangerous.com and I’ve gotta explain my way out if it.   Did I list it wrong, did I forget a second word. How could this happen? I had listed a group of 300+ names on Namepros, a popular forum for domainers. Was my membership … Read the rest

Happy Halloween. To-Dos for Domain Name Investors

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Each end of month day I’ll tell you what I’m paying attention to and my end of the month to-do list for domain investors and domain name owners and those in the Domain Industry.

Namescon Discount. Save 30%. Going to Namescon discount and missed the window for the early registration periods. You have today to take advantage of the Halloween Discount.

Enom move-out.

So Enom has been passed around a bit in the last 4-6 years. Many of us have “reseller” accounts that we used as far back as the club drop days.  Yes, we could create accounts for customers … Read the rest

Every .com/.net Domain Name is Worth at Least $150.

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Bad News. The $150 is for Verisign,  not you.

And of course, for many of you your names are worth more than $150, but think of every name, every long unpronounceable name, every typo, every 10 number, every name being worth $150.

So $150 per name sounds great. But its for Verisign. That is how much each of your .com and .net domain names are worth to Verisign shareholders. And each stock of Verisign gets $4.00 per year benefit as the money is used to buy back shares. Since 2007 Verisign has used over $6.5 billion to buy back shares.Read the rest

Money.com SOLD You Can Always Pivot with a Great Domain Name

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Money.com and Money Magazine have changed hands for about $20 Million.

The New York Post is reported the sale of the Money.com domain name and business.

Seems like mostly a link farm now, but one that still commanded $20 Million, $10 Million above its asking price. That is quite a bit of a fall from the $500 Million it may have been worth at one time.

Certainly the Magazine existed before the domain name; but in todays market having the com gives the buyer power, prestige and as we see in this case, at least a chance of a positive … Read the rest

ccTLD Wednesdays – History and Updates

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The most well known top level domains, .com and .net and .org have made up an outside percentage of domain resales, and attention in the domain space.   The “new” top level domains (nGTLDS) continue to come online and draw attention; and grow and shrink; launch and fail.  There is another category of top level domains we cover at DN.BIZ, Country Code Top Level Domains (cctlds).

Making up 45% of total domain name registrations in the latest Verisign Quarterly report, cctlds might deserve a place on your holdings as a company or investor. Many of the global players in the … Read the rest

AirBnB and Taylor Swift – Famous Names and TM Make Top Domains List

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This was a head-scratcher for me.

Verisign published their monthly domain report. AirBnB and Taylor Swift jumped out at me because I think in retrospect, – to quote those few of you who remember the I Love Lucy show – someone may have some “splaining to do”.

Now I think within fair use domains should be able to use TM words if they are not trying to confuse the public, or using under fair use.  Very few domain name investors make use of their domain names so domainer WIPO cases may not be the best way to set a standard.… Read the rest