I Don’t Agree with Decisions about Registering and Marketplace De-Listing of Domains

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Re-Marketplaces Doing Anti-Domainer Work for Them

By H. Page Howe – Opinion

By dropping corona virus or Covid-19 names from marketplaces or registrars, we are arming our detractors, the TM/IP industry and those that would retroactively try to claim our names, by hinting at confirmation that you may being doing something wrong by simply owning a generic word domain name.

Mind you you haven’t done anything to warrant fraud or suspicious behavior.   I don’t want a company to say I can’t list my name for sale, or accept inquiries, even though I haven’t built a website, and are just holding … Read the rest

Corona Virus Tips, and a Question. Which Can We Live Without, Social Closeness or Internet?

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Which Do we Need More? Internet or Community

So as most of us go through massive disruption to our work, education, travel, spending money and socializing; we have the internet to let us work from home, order food, share on social networks, face-time, shop and buy etc. We are social distancing, but still able to work, buy, spend, search and communicate.

We can actually interact globally online now more easily than a local club or meetup.

What if were the other way around? What if Sports and other events were ok, travel not delayed or restricted, and everyone can go … Read the rest

Corona Virus Domain Name Trends and Sales

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So everyone is talking about the Covid-19 Corona Virus. And when we get a new hot topic, we can sometimes look at domain registrations to see where digital marketers, or speculators, are registering domain names.

Domain investing made the news as a CNBC report tagged the number of registrations at Godaddy at over 3000.

So here are the big three words we also featured last week:  Corona, Virus and Mask.

And some new up and coming words in domain registrations.

Going beyond those three words, cleaning and disinfecting seem to be the most important steps to take, as well … Read the rest

Super Bowl Commercials – Big Brother Google Cares about Me?

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My personal take on the most important part of the Super Bowl, the commercials.

Today, the Google Commercial.  The voice-over is of an elderly gentlemen remembering his life and asking Google to help him.  The takeaway for me is Google isn’t a search engine anymore, its a life management app.  So I need a new search engine.

To hear the advertising spot, Big Brother is now concerned about us and helping us document our lives. I think not.  This was a wonderful, emotional, seemingly positive spin on one company learning everything about us – not so its can help us … Read the rest

Zelle, Godaddy Logo, Misc Domain Notes from Page Howe

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Zelle is the Paypal/Bitcoin killer.

For the past 4 years I’ve watched as improvements have been made to the ACH payment system.   Transfers from Paypal moved to 1 day in the few years, a great improvement. So one of the benefits of Paypal and Bitcoin are the fast transfer (well not so much with BTC anymore). But you knew the banks would have an answer. The answer is Zelle.  I’ve used it for personal transfers where I knew the other side of a domain transaction… now I use it with my business account.

And, like Paypal at the start, there … Read the rest

No Top 10 List. We are Still in the Last Decade

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Ok, so its now 2020. If we still wrote checks we would have to worry about putting the 201x.. oops thinking it was 2019.  The news about the 2020 election has probably put 2020 in our nomenclature in the USA more than any year since 2000.

But I still have one more year to finish my decade to do list, and that means one more year to do something that will make my personal best of the decade list.  For the first decade of my domaining I’m going with selling 2 domains for over $1,000,000.  So far my second decade … Read the rest

Namescon – Cheaper, but a Leap of Faith

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Ok so I’m negative on Namescon again.   Can’t wait to meet domain investors needs in other ways in 2020.  With Namescon’s new discounts announced this morning, you could be going, with a friend for less than the price of regular ticket. Of course is a shorter show, no meals and no idea who is speaking.

Buy one at 30% off, and get a free ticket is how it reads.

Panic price drop, I can’t tell? Of course this usually signals weakness in attendance, and can lead to disgruntled purchasers (ok me) who bought at the last deal price.

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Oil Wells and Domain Names

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Buying domain names can be an obsession. As we have seen recently Verisign is worth billions, and .org is now worth billions also, because of the amazing potential and possibly profit to be made owning domain names.  I have seen similar attributes in investing in oil and gas wells, land and acreage.

It all happens because we assign real money to potential value, even if never realized.

When I used to evaluate tax advantaged investment for clients in the late 80’s, like oil wells, we would evaluate oil wells and fields based on certain categories.

For oil, this meant proved Read the rest

Godaddy Investor Pitch – It Ain’t That Easy Folks

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Godaddy has moved all in on investors and if you’ve been profiled as an investor, you see this login page.

If it were only that easy. I think it would be more accurately described BUY REPEAT MAYBE SELL.

BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY
get the point.. BUY BUY BUY BUY and maybe after 1000 names you will get a sale.

So for most investors its:

BUY
BUY
BUY
HOPE
PRAY
WHINE
COMPLAIN
BUY
BUY
BUY
DROP
DROP
BUY
SELLOUT
BUY
BUY
LEAVE

The reason I started this blog is I’d … Read the rest

4100 of My Names Didn’t Sell Today

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As much as we all remember our sales, the truth that also jumps up at most domainers is almost all of our names don’t sell on a given, day week or even year. And we are tempted to deny that there is anything wrong with that. I do the same, to my detriment.

The actual returns from selling each name in Domain name investing are incredible. But do we use the 90-99% margin on hand registrations and low bid auction bidding to justify probably holding many times more names than we should.  In the premium namespace, sales of 2-50x and … Read the rest