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CloudFlare Expands Domain Registrar Business

According to a report this morning on TechCrunch, CloudFlare is expanding its footprint in the domain name registrar business. The article states that CloudFlare aims to offer low-cost domain registrations. It already offers registrar and domain name management services to enterprise clients. Here’s an excerpt from the article describing the offering, with a quote from […]

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Domain Sales report – Day 1 : 17/1/2018

Domain Sales report – 1 Calculating.com , Sold for $7000  : One Word domain , English Dictionary verb and ending with ‘ing’ , this domain was poised to fetch a good price. TropicSport.com : Sold for $4892 :  Great exact match domain name for Tropical Sports related website . Google shows some results containing  “Hawai tropical […]

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ICANN62 Panama City GAC Communiqué

PANAMA CITY – 28 June 2018 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN62 issued its Panama City Communiqué. It is available for review here.

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PhotoBooths.com sold for $21,527

Today: I’m buying advertising-related domains / .associates not working for business / Are You Pricing Yourself Out of the Market? / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying small revenue websites – Do you have any revenue generating websites you no longer have time to develop […]

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Innovation HQ asks USPTO to cancel “Weeds” trademarks

Weeds.com domain name owner alleges that weed control company committed fraud to get trademark. Weeds, Inc. has already been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for Weeds.com. The domain owner has filed an appeal to cancel Weeds, Inc’s trademarks. Innovation HQ has filed with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the […]

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#Tinder typo, or unfortunate #Norwegian realtor domain drop?

The domain Tinde.com was auctioned off at DropCatch today, after some healthy competition. It’s interesting to note that in the last 75 minutes of the auction, the bids shot up: from $775 dollars to the final winning bid of $2,250 dollars. See the images below. Why did 30 bidders place 77 bids total for a […]

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How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Website

Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing a domain name for your website. Rand Fishkin of Moz writes that domains have massive impact, “in terms of click-through rates…type-in traffic, brandability, [and] offline advertising.” If you’re …

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How Strong is Your Startup Name?

Sponsored by Verisign Guest post from Alexandra Watkins, author, Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick When you build a house, you want a strong foundation. The same is true when you build your online presence. The website, email address and social media accounts for your business all rest on […]

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Photos & Highlights From the 2018 Global Digital Summit in Xiamen, China

One of China’s most important annual domain conferences, the 2018 Global Digital Summit, ended in Xiamen over the weekend. We have photos & highlights for you.

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Domain Name Registrations Reach 333.8 Million in 1Q18

There are more choices for organizations than ever before when it comes to choosing an internet domain name. Yet despite the choices, the dot com domain still retains its crown as the largest domain registry. VeriSign’s first quarter Domain Name Industry …

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Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday July 26th , 2018

  I don’t really do polls.  But today I will ask a question.  Would you rather have a larger list of quality names at auction at Namejet but they have higher reserves?    Or would you rather have less, have them with lower or no reserve and not have to sort through all the names […]

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Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Monday July 30th , 2018

Back in the swing of things today.  And the list is back to full strength.  I took some people to the Cubs Cardinals game this weekend and I am not quite sure how the average American can afford to go to a pro baseball game.I used to go to 30 or 40 games a season […]

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If ICANN completely kills whois, GDPR will only be one of their problems

Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, wrote a blog post about a possible unified access model that was published by ICANN for community input. I don’t see much progress from ICANN since May that GDPR went into full effect and I don’t expect much to work from ICANN anyway. They expecting all work to be done from […]

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Pilot Fitness, LLC tried reverse domain name hijacking

Fitness website for pilots tries to get the .net to match its .com but is found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking instead. Pilot Fitness, LLC, a company that helps traveling professionals stay f…

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Green Bay Packers and Microsoft win domain name fight after family sought cash, tickets and tablets

A rendering of TitletownTech, a joint venture between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft next to Lambeau Field. (Green Bay Packers, Microsoft Image) A family of Green Bay Packers fans sitting on a we…

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Daily Poll: How Many Times Do You Follow Up?

Negotiating to close a domain name sale is one of the more interesting (and perhaps exciting) aspects of domain investing. Engaging an active prospect and trying to work out a mutually agreeable deal never gets old for me. On the other hand, trying to get a lead to respond can be frustrating. This is especially […]

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Notable NameJet sales from June 2018

Here are the domain names that sold on NameJet last month. NameJet reported 101 domain names that it sold for at least $2,000 in June for a total of $472,000. Here are 7 of note: NetWellness.org $23,800 – Why so much? It was a website run by several universities. I imagine it has some nice […]

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Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Today is National Fried Chicken Day. How are you celebrating? At Verisign, we did a quick search on NameStudioTM, our easy-to-use, domain name suggestion tool to see what interesting .com and .net domain names were available to register today … and here are some of our favorites! AVAILABLE .COM AND .NET DOMAIN NAMES* .COM southernstylebirds.com […]

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June trending keywords for include force,space and scooter

Verisign published their  top 10 keywords in registered in .com and .net for June A real random bunch of names this month, with force leading the way in .com and space in .net. .COM .NET force space explore  insurance ceramic  side accident force  coating  marketing  maven  energy  supplement construction realm photo  trainings white  scooter  street

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.GLOBAL domains become 4 years old (infographic)

4 years have passed since .GLOBAL was launched. Ever since the launch, .GLOBAL has seen steady growth rate. It is currently standing at about 43,000 registered domain names. You can see all domain name sales from the .global registry at Sold.Domains. The domain name renewal rates of .global are: Year 1 : 63% Year 2 : 73% Year 3 […]

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How to find the owner of a domain with whois privacy

Today: Creating an auction for 2 or more buyers to battle it out / TheGroundwork.com sold for $10,250 / From A New TLD Skeptic: .Live Will Have Its Moment / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: 5-6 Short Aged Domains Wanted (High-Quality only) – This buyer is […]

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Namesilo reaches 2 million domain names

NameSilo announced it has surpassed the 2 million domain milestone. This puts NameSilo in the top 20 of the nearly 3,000 ICANN-accredited registrars in the world. The registrar has added over 170,000 domains under management and over 950,000 or roughly 90% in the past 12 month. Namesilo now has 125,000 customers from approximately 160 countries. […]

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Could crypto solve the Whois crisis?

Could there be a cryptographic solution to some of the problems caused by GDPR’s impact on public Whois databases? Security experts think so. The Anti-Phishing Working Group has proposed that hashing personal information and publishing it could help security researchers carry on using Whois to finger abusive domain names. In a letter to ICANN, APWG […]

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Just announced: the .PAGE Sunrise Period

The Trademark Clearinghouse just announced the .PAGE Sunrise Period (from Google). When START: Monday, 27 August, 2018 – 16:00; END: Monday, 1 October, 2018 – 16:00. What What the application submitted to the ICANN says: The proposed gTLD will provide Google with direct association to the term ʺpage.” The mission of this gTLD, .page, is […]

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Daily Domain Picks 8-9-18

Daily Domain Picks 8-9-18 A .co takes the top spot as P2P.co sells for $17,422 on Sedo. Top sales/closes from yesterday: p2p.co 17,422 USD 2018-08-08 Sedo solutionsgroup.com 5,000 USD 2018-08-08 Sedo folkroots.com 3,291 USD 2018-08-08 BuyDomains designersolutions.com 3,000 USD 2018-08-08 Flippa anvis.com 2,756 USD 2018-08-08 NameJet customchemical.com 2,500 USD 2018-08-08 BuyDomains *data courtesy of Namebio […]

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Preparing for the Jewish Holidays with JewishRecipes.com

With the Jewish Holidays and New Year approaching I always reflect on a domain I registered in 1998, JewishRecipes.com What excites me about this domain name is the possibilities: The obvious is to develop a site that offers Jewish recipes and/or Jewish recipe books and cookbooks. A site that offers ‘free’ jewish recipes could generate […]

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112 Domain Discoveries for October 2nd

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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Donuts appoints ICANN’s Akram J. Atallah as CEO

Donuts Inc. announced that Akram J. Atallah will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective November 12, 2018. Current CEO Bruce Jaffe is stepping down and will continue to act as a senior advisor to the company during this transition. “We thank Bruce for his stewardship of Donuts, during which in his tenure as […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 7, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on July 7, 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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Cheddar Report: Monaco Paid $12 Million for Crypto.com

An article by Tanaya Macheel on Cheddar has pegged the sale price of the Crypto.com domain name at $12 million. According to the article, “Monaco, a Swiss payments and cryptocurrency platform start-up …

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