Has Anything Changed in the Past Five Years in the Domain Business?

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As I contemplate the trip to Austin for Namescon in a month, I wonder if anything has really changed in our Business in the past five years. I will be bringing some new insights on domain name investing and community in February. I want to know who else is disrupting. My conclusion is we have become pretty insular.

For me I still like buying and selling internet real estate and educating domain investors and the public on the domain name industry.  I am a Domain “homer”. I still don’t make enough money on sales to buy everything I want…. maybe … Read the rest

Ethos/Internet Society Deceptive From the Start on .Org

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There is no historic practice in a legacy gTLD to raise prices 10%, except yours.

If you search for anything related to the .org deal, you will find a paid spot at the top of search engine results for KeyPointsAbout.org. They have various taglines like

“We would never make dramatic price increases, as we know that would harm .ORG customers. Get the details about .ORG pricing and other information regarding the transaction.” (Source Google Search)

So from the start, only because of the sale to Ethos Capital, the .org registry, awarded to the non-profit Internet Society, is spending … Read the rest

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.

For other updates, one of our sponsors, Toweb tracks news and updates and quick comments on their homepage.

.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.

You can see … Read the rest

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