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Lights Out : Dot com #domain sent to the #UDRP process – What happened next?

Imagine when an aged, generic domain such as LightsOut.com gets thrown to the lions of the National Arbitration Forum. The UDRP process is meant to process trademark violations in the realm of domain names. And yet, it’s often used – more often than corporate lawyers want to admit – in an abusive manner: to wrestle […]

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Daily Domain Picks 8-25-18

Daily Domain Picks 8-25-18 SmartShift.com was the top close on Friday, auction closed at $6,033 not bad considering just 3 years ago on DropCatch it was acquired for $2,998. Top sales/closes from yesterday: smartshift.com 6,033 USD 2018-08-24 NameJet x65.com 5,346 USD 2018-08-24 Sedo 86008.com 4,200 USD 2018-08-24 NameJet elementcloud.com 3,888 USD 2018-08-24 BuyDomains 3638.net 3,550 […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 24, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 24, 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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Internet grows to 339.8 million domains in Q2 2018

Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the second quarter of 2018 closed with approximately 339.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs),  an increase of  approximately 6.0 million domain name registrations, or 1.8 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2018.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown […]

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My Needlepoint Belt

I’ve been on vacation and saw quite a few people wearing preppy needlepoint belts. Most of the belts I noticed had nautical themes (flags, anchors, fish…etc.), local designs, or other fun themes. I thought the belts were nice looking, but aside from the patriotic designs, nothing really resonated with me enough to make a purchase. […]

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Anchors Aweigh! First Report from Vancouver Where Hexonet's Domain Industry Cruise Launches Tonight

HEXONET will be hosting a domain industry cruise event this evening in Vancouver but things got off to an early start for some last night.

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Former NFL player Shawne Merriman wanted LightsOut.com, but panelist disagreed

Cybersquatting complaint denied. Former NFL Pro-BowlerShawne Merriman wears a “Lights Out” shirt. Former NFL player Shawne Merriman started a clothing company last decade called “Lights Out” name after his sports nickname. The business operates as “Lights Out Brand” and uses the domain name LightsOutBrand.com. Lights Out Holdings, LLC, the holding company for the brand, filed a […]

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DPN.com sold for $32,200

Today: A good monthly number of views for domain landing pages / Domain investor rejects offer and then lets domain drop / Vancouver Island meetup / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Wanted: LLL & 1 Worded .CO domains – This buyer is ready to pay […]

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So you want to be a blogger: How to start a blog, buy a domain name, and gain a following in 10 steps

So you want to start a blog and carve out a little corner of the internet to call your own — that’s a pretty brilliant and popular impulse. We as humans are literally creating a whole cyber-dimension, …

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Parents Are Choosing Baby Names Based on Whether Domains Are Available

Trying desperately to find a good baby name that hasn’t already been snatched up by a friend or relative is a tale as old as time. A newer phenomenon is trying to pick a name based on what domain name…

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The .EU Top-Level Domain Facing Radical Shake Up as a Result of the Proposed New European Regulation

In response to outdated Regulations in a rapidly changing world of domain names and internet governance, the European Commission earlier this year proposed a new Europen Regulation for the .EU Top Level Domain (TLD). In a post published today in Lexology, Hogan Lovells foresees a radical change, should the proposed new legislation be adopted. She […]

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Is investing in FirstNameLastName.com’s illegal?

Here’s a question I’ve seen come up in conversation quite a bit – is buying and selling firstnamelastname.com domain names illegal? The answer is a bit complicated and could be summed up – sometimes. The reality is that most people won’t go after you, but a famous celebrity is more than likely to take you […]

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How to utilize a traffic domain better

Today: Do you trust the major auction websites? / Platform for outbounders and brokers / Stilform.com sold for $6,050 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying 2 character domains in io or co – If you have a two-character .io or .co ccTLD in your […]

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137 Domain Discoveries for August 24th

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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Instructions on how NOT to sell #domain names to other #domainers

Selling domain names to other investors directly, is part of the industry’s mechanics, and we’ve all done it at some point. From early on, domain flippers intend to present and sell their “merchandise” to their peers. Even later on, at large domain conferences, most domain auctions are attended by other domain investors, looking for an […]

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Daily Domain Picks 8-24-18

Daily Domain Picks 8-24-18 Aifor.com sold for $8,089 on Sedo to lead the way on Thursday. Top sales/closes from yesterday: aifor.com 8,089 USD 2018-08-23 Sedo stilform.com 6,050 USD 2018-08-23 Sedo ramped.com 3,999 USD 2018-08-23 NameJet fieldpoint.com 3,599 USD 2018-08-23 NameJet europarchive.org 3,384 USD 2018-08-23 DropCatch saas.ai 3,383 USD 2018-08-23 Park.io *data courtesy of Namebio Become […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 23, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 23, 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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Growth rates in .com are increasing while .net is contracting

The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2018 has been published. The report covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with additional focus on the European ccTLD market. Highlights from the report Global TLD market grew 2.0% YOY at the end of Q2 2018, taking total recorded […]

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Salesforce.com Acquires Equality.com

In one of my morning DomainTools monitor emails this morning, I saw that Salesforce.com acquired the Equality.com domain name. When I visited the domain name this morning to see how it is being used, I was forwarded to a NameCorp contact landing page. NameCorp is a domain name brokerage and consulting firm that was founded […]

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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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