DropHunters Holiday. No .com pending delete today.

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I used to think this might happen around a leap day, or it could be a latent effect of the grace period extension Verisign offered, or conspiracy theorists will say they held back all the names….

As best as i can tell, no drops. Nothing on the dynadot search for today, and expireddomanis.net and the snap best of the drop is empty.

But for those of you with a hole in your day to to fill, sit back, take a sip, call a friend….or maybe godaddy auctions will get a bump today.

for me, im hitting golf balls from 12-2, … Read the rest

Breaking: Verisign Extends Redemption Fee Waivers and Adds .TV and .CC

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Verisign just announced on their blog they will extend the wholesale redemption fee waiver for .com and .net domain names until August 1, 2020.  They will also add .TV and .CC and their other TLDs starting June 1.

From their post:

…we are announcing today that the waiver of the wholesale restore fee for .com and .net domain names is extended until August 1, 2020 at 03:59:59 UTC.

We are also expanding the waiver of the wholesale restore fees to include the .cc, .tv,…
Source:VerisIGN Blog 5/28/2020

So this means that names that have survived any pre-release auctions that actually … Read the rest

Verisign DomainScope Registration Trends, you’ll never guess….

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Looked in on Verisign DomainScope today. Its a great tool to see whats being registered. More at DomainScope.com

Here are some Corona Virus terms and a recent political surprise word, “Biden”, over the past 30 days.   Still great names available it seems, and a public appetite.

I thought these recent registrations showed some quality.

viruswipes.com
virusfacts.net

These were taken from the right side list of recently registered names in the words chosen for the graph.  Nice to see what registrants have taken down recently.

More about using DomainScope from our video last year.… Read the rest

CVCV Domains for Sale Online. What can you buy?

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CVCV Names for Sale – At or Under $10,000

So for a quick fix in domain investing glory there is nothing like responding to inbound inquiries.  You have a great name and people want it. They have to come to you and you get to set the terms, and price, or tell them to go away. Your in the power position.

And the best group of names to own to get this attention are short LLL and CVCV domains, or one word domains.

CVCV stands for a Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Vowel pattern domain name. Once everything was perceived to be taken and priced … Read the rest

February 2020 Top Trending Domain Registration Keywords. Tried and True, Headlines and ..YatiVip??

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We look at the Verisign DomainScope to track the most popular keywords in domain registrations.  I’ll look at some surprises, the always strong tried and true words and then the recently popular increasing strings.

But an unlikely word shows up when looking over the last 90 days…and the winner is YatiVip.  Its the latest in a series of words we posted about last year that can go from zero to up to 3-5k or more registrations in a single day. Great for Godaddy and Verisign.

Last November it was yayuvip and yaqibet doing 15,000 and 30,000 names.

So what is … Read the rest

.AR Opens up to Second Level Registrations – GA Pushed to March 10th

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.AR General Availability

.AR is the country code for Argentina and recently they started a process to allow second level registrations. Meaning you can get GreatName.ar, instead of previously being limited to greatname.com.ar

I Spoke with Simon Penchansky, COO at Toweb, one of our sponsors, about .ar.  Simon is based in South America. We use Toweb to manage registrations in global cctlds, especially those with complex registration requirements.

Simon shared the General Availability opens March 10th 2020, midnight local time which is GMT -3. That means it is March 9th, late night, for many North American investors, and various … Read the rest

Do We Need The “cc” Anymore? ccTLD Updates and .GG Notes

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One of our sponsors Toweb keeps an eye out for the news in cctlds.  I use them for registrations in countries that have residency requirements and/or manual processes.  I’ll review some cctld topics and .GG in todays post.  Btw, I think the “cc” will soon be dropped and we may call all domains just TLD’s or Domains.

What are cctlds?  These are the 2 Letter combinations used to identify local domain names for countries globally.  They are usually owned and managed by the country, operate separate from ICANN from an authority point of view; but are inside the internet community … Read the rest

Intro to 10 Things – The Biggest Myth in Domaining

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The Biggest Myth in Domaining

You Can Make Money by “Buying” Domain Names

Longer Read 9-15 minutes.

So I’ve fallen prey to this many times, so its time to get real. I’ve said it before, domaining can be a delusional business sometimes because you can buy a domain name, tell yourself you bought it at a discount to its true value, and go home that day booking mental profits, thinking you made money.  Walking tall, feeling good. Your Up!

They Told Me I Would Sell 1-2% a Year

So you hear you will sell 1-2 % a year, so buy

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NamesCon Pre-Show Day – Chilly, Optimism, Austin Shows Well and China Flu

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So my takeaways from the arrival day at NamesCon are Austin looks like a worthy host, a little nod toward China Flu concerns, and optimism coming from better results in early 2020. Arrival day is a great chance to see old friends, like a college reunion.

With a central US location, I think more attendees can take a morning flight on Day 1, so the old Sunday arrival day feel isn’t here this year…. missed.

Austin is a growing, popular and internationally welcoming city.  It is a little chilly (like Vegas has been) but the popular downtown scene, many hotel … Read the rest

24 Trends and Words I Like in Domain Names. Updating Your Pricing and Searching Over Time, What Happened to 3DTV?

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If your trying to flip domains or jump on trends as a domain name investor, have you updated your search lists lately?

Its always been a tough adjustment to admit a trend I really liked, didn’t pan out or take off. Or, was I just too early?  I’ve probably bought over 30,000 domains over time and I’ve made mistakes. In some cases I’ve picked the wrong trend. I did a lot of names with 20 at the end. I was lucky to have one buyer who grabbed 4-6 over the years. But overall I clearly admit I overinvested.  Now I … Read the rest