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Do you trust the major auction websites?

Simple question, place your vote and feel free to leave a comment expanding on your vote if you like. There have been many bidding scandals, GoDaddy’s refusal to show bidder id’s etc… Do you trust GoDaddy Auctions, NameJet, Snapnames and DropCatch when it comes to platform integrity, fraud detection systems in place, etc…? Please note […]

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Photos and Highlights from the 2018 HEXONET Domain Industry Cruise in Vancouver, Canada

HEXONET hosted their 3rd Annual Domain Industry Cruise last night in Vancouver. Canada. We were there and have the photos and highlights for you.

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New gTLDs rebound in Q2

New gTLD registration volumes reversed a long trend of decline in the second quarter, according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief. The DNIB (pdf), published late last week, shows new gTLD domains up by 1.6 million sequentially to 21.8 million at the end of June, a 7.8% increase. That’s the first time Verisign’s numbers […]

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Playboy gets Centerfolds.com domain name in cybersquatting dispute

Iconic adult entertainment brand gets control of Centerfolds.com domain that was registered back in 1995. Playboy has obtained the domain name Centerfolds.com in a cybersquatting dispute. Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. has won control of the domain name Centerfolds.com after filing a cybersquatting dispute against the domain name. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist determined that […]

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Tungsten Branding Acquires Domain Name Sales Platform Brandzam.com

BREVARD, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The shortage of brandable domain names has led Tungsten Branding, Inc., a company naming and branding agency, to acquire the website and assets of Brandzam …

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Hand registering domains today is a fools game

So many new domain name investors start the same way, their journey into the Domaining world goes something like this. They read an article about domain investing and go, “wow, people are making money buying and selling domains, that’s amazing!” Then they look at DNJournal and see the prices that domains are selling for and […]

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Investors Gush Over Domains: VPN.com Publishes Four-Year Domain Name Story

ATLANTA and LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. and STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VPN.com has just released more details about the VPN market and domain name market as a whole, with this exact-match domain article published in Forbes by Michael Gargiulo, CEO at VPN.com. The piece expands on a larger series of articles that Gargiulo is working with Forbes on to explain how entrepreneurs […]

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184 Domain Discoveries for August 23rd

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 to the top. Today’s […]

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Registered a #domain name early on? Shame on you!

If you registered a domain name early on, and someone else wants it now, shame on you! This is the attitude prevalent in today’s start-ups, and one has to deal with such responses when pricing domains: “The only thing you did was claiming this domain much earlier than anyone else. “ Let’s dissect this sentence, […]

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Two word.com names dominate BrandBucket July sales

BrandBucket sent out their latest newsletter and provided some detail into July sale. No sales figures were released but they did provide category data. Two word keywords dominated with 55% of all sales. A Quick Look Back at July: July was a great month for our sellers! We stayed on track to our sales goals […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 22, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 22, 2018. 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 a reserve.  I’m only showing where […]

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Paul Keating attempts to bring some common sense to ICANN

Paul Keating sent a letter to the ICANN board of directors about the issue of “IGO-INGO access to curative rights protection mechanisms (PDP)”. Paul Keating is a very well known lawyer in the domain name industry offering “International Legal & Consulting Services” at Law.es. He attempts to bring some common sense to ICANN even though […]

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Daily Poll: Is Domain Investing Boring?

There are quite a few benefits to investing in domain names. You can work from anywhere in the world and can work any time you want. If you invest part-time, you can hold a full time job if you want and supplement your income with domain names. You can work as much or as little […]

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Onsites.co to rebrand as Agave.com

Onsites.co is rebranding to Agave.com. Onsites.co provide new SaaS tools for hiring teams to improve their hiring processes and optimize their recruiting funnel. One product is the onsite schedule, which helps teams cut down on back-and-forth communication, deliver a world-class candidate experience, and helps candidates come in more prepared for the onsite interview so they […]

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ICANN faces critical choice as security experts warn against key rollover

Members of ICANN’s top security body have advised the organization to further delay plans to change the domain name system’s top cryptographic key. Five dissenting members of the influential, 22-member Security and Stability Advisory Committee said they believe “the risks of rolling in accordance with the current schedule are larger than the risks of postponing”. […]

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.Co to rev up premium domain model in September

More .co domains will be sold at a premium through the domain name registrar channel. Neustar, the company that operates the .Co domain name, is drastically expanding its premium domain name program starting September 1. .Co launched premium domain name sales through the registrar channel back in August 2015 on a very limited basis. Three […]

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RHD.com sold for $35,000

Today: Outbound domain sales advise / Hand registered .com for $0.88!!!! / Domain hack vs .com (for New Gs investors) / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Keep domains private for higher value for future companies – Do you think public sales listings hurt the value […]

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Expired Domain Names Don’t Give You Legal Rights to Other Accounts

When you buy an expired domain name, owning that domain name does not give you the legal right to any other accounts that are associated with that domain name. For example, if you buy a domain name th…

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ICANN did not approve some .BRAND new gTLDs

The first round of the ICANN new gTLD program officially launched with no real methodology dedicated to “.brand” new gTLD applicants and – early before applying – some service providers (like myself) had no idea what to answer their clients when they asked: “do you mean that all registrars will be allowed to offer my […]

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5N .COMs continue to see strong bidding in the aftermarket

I have pointed this out a few times now, but I’m happy to do it again because I can’t help but see it every time I look at expired domains. 5N .COMs are seeing strong bidding activity, and prices going into the thousands of dollars…which feels high, at least to me. As I’ve said many […]

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Purging Domains And Starting Over…

Today: Registrars with GDPR (privacy) / Cinimark.com sold for $5,002 / Your favorite domain generator tools / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Wanted: Aged Premium One Word Com, Short Domains LLLL.com LLL.net LLL.org + -Do you have what this investor is looking for? If you […]

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165 Domain Discoveries for August 22nd

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 to the top. Today’s […]

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#California .com : #geoDomain sold for mid seven figures, along with other nine #domains

The premium geo-domain California.com, has been sold. According to a press release, the amount involved was mid seven figures USD. The sale includes a total of 10 domain names, most of which were not disclosed. One Planet Ops, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the domain name California.com, and intends to build a new […]

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Daily Domain Picks 8-22-18

Daily Domain Picks 8-22-18 It was 3L.com Tuesday, the top 3 sales were 3L.coms including two six figure sales. FXT.com sold for $150,000 to lead the way. Top sales/closes from yesterday: fxt.com 150,000 USD 2018-08-21 Sedo ila.com 125,000 USD 2018-08-21 Sedo rxs.com 32,200 USD 2018-08-21 NameJet upta.com 9,257 USD 2018-08-21 NameJet slather.com 5,039 USD 2018-08-21 […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 21, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 21, 2018. 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 a reserve.  I’m only showing where […]

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.CLUB ranks in top 25% of the 2018 Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

Inc. magazine revealed that Fort Lauderdale based .CLUB Domains, LLC is No. 1164 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, […]

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Daily Poll: Are You Going to Merge?

The Merge conference is coming up in a little less than a month. The domain industry conference, which has tracks covering other topics, will be held in Orlando, Florida September 14-19. It looks like the heart of the event takes place September 15-18. Ron Jackson published a preview of the show yesterday. Several weeks ago, […]

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Microsoft seizes “Russian election hacking” domains

Microsoft has taken control of six domains associated with a hacker group believed to be a part of Russian military intelligence, according to the company. Company president Brad Smith blogged yesterday that Microsoft obtained a court order allowing it to seize the names, which it believes were to be used to attack institutions including the […]

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California.com sells as part of big domain name transaction

Seven-figure deal includes big geo domain name. A California company has made a big domain name purchase, scooping up California.com as part of a ten-domain deal for “mid-seven figures”, according to the buyer. One Planet Ops, which was founded by Autoweb co-founder Payam Zamani, has a number of web properties in the lead gen space. […]

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Tips for handling customer inquiries over the phone

So, you’ve assembled a crack team of excellent customer service representatives for handling customer inquiries over the phone. But you can’t just hand them a phone and a script and leave it at that. There are a number of things you must do to train your team and familiarize them with the business before they can […]

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