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Using Facebook’s local awareness ads to target Small Business Saturday customers

This post was originally published on Nov. 17, 2016, and was updated on Nov. 2, 2018.  Small Business Saturday® is just around the corner and if you aren’t using Facebook’s local awareness ads — now called Reach ads — to bring in customers, it’s time to start. Facebook ads that target local customers have the potential […]

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How much could businesses and consumers save if the benefit of .com price caps were passed along to consumers?

Hint: It’s at least $1 billion every year. Recently, a blogger whose website features posts and ads from domain speculators wondered what the cost of registering a .com domain name would be if somebody else ran the .com registry. But this blog post asks the more relevant question: “How much could businesses and consumers save […]

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Supplemental Initial Report on the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (Overarching Issues & Work Tracks 1-4)

Open Date: 30 October 2018 Close Date: 12 December 2018 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Policy Development Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding is being opened in order to obtain input on the Supplemental Initial Report of the new gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group, which is chartered to evaluate what changes or additions […]

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Who wins, who loses from Trump Admin decision on domain names

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has extended the Cooperative Agreement between it and Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN). This agreement govern…

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Verisign Stock Jumps As Internet Domain Contract Provides Price Hikes

Verisign (VRSN) stock soared after a federal agency granted the domain-name company rights to hike prices over the last four years of its government contract. The amended contract from the Commerce De…

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The Real Estate new gTLD business is average

I just finished the update of the Real Estate new gTLD report and noticed a few things: Real Estate Trademarks are not present in this business and very few applied for their personalized .BRAND new gTLD. Only Fresenius uses its domain names ending in “.fresenius”, with 40 domain names registered in October 2018. The .REALTOR […]

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How Much Could Businesses and Consumers Save if .com Price Cap Benefits Were Passed On to Consumers?

Hint: It’s at least $1 billion every year. Recently, a blogger whose website features posts and ads from domain speculators wondered what the cost of registering a .com domain name would be if somebody else ran the .com registry. But this blog post asks the more relevant question: “How much could businesses and consumers save […]

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Does the Air.Space sale mean good things for .SPACE domains?

So the big news this week in the new gTLD world is the sale of Air.Space for $17,500, and – as you can see from the image above, the new owner already has a landing page up. One of the questions that I find people ask me quite a bit when they read about sales […]

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131 Domain Discoveries for November 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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Editorial : Stop bitching about .com raising prices when you praise its role

It’s November, and time for another DomainGang editorial. Domain investors – individuals with more than 1 domain under their belt – are up in arms, following the news that Verisign will have free rein to increase prices. During its upcoming six year contract renewal, a 7% increase per annum will be allowed, for four of […]

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The curious case of YenDai

Pinyin domains are sought after in corporate China. It’s the number one choice for the 2018 Top 100 Chinese Internet Companies, and the majority of them are 2-pin domains. Well known examples are BaiDu.com, XiaoMi.com, and MeiTuan.com. Today I’ll talk about the curious case of YenDai. This name came across my desk recently when I […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF NOVEMBER 1, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on November 1, 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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Google introduces reCAPTCHA v3 to fight spam

Google introduces reCAPTCHA v3 that is a new version that detects abusive traffic on your website without user friction. It returns a score for each request you send to reCAPTCHA and gives you more flexibility to fight against spam and abuse in your own way. The newest API helps you detect abusive traffic on your […]

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Daily Poll: Do You Care About .com Price Increases?

Andrew Allemann broke the news that Verisign will be permitted to raise the price of .com domain name registrations in the future. As Andrew wrote, “The deal will allow Verisign to negotiate with ICANN to raise the price of .com by 7% in each of the last four years of each six-year .com contract.” For […]

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Without domain speculators VeriSign’s profit outlook would look a lot different

Reading the blog post by Jeannie McPherson VeriSign’s Director of Product Management, Social Media and Mobile Applications, one has to wonder if she understands the business of domain names. Ms. McPherson doesn’t like that TurnCommerce the company behind HugeDomains, DropCatch and NameBright is lobbying Congress And yet, TurnCommerce has been actively lobbying our government to freeze […]

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Radix Registry's .ONLINE Hits the 1 Million Domains Mark to Become One of the 5 Biggest New gTLDs

.ONLINE passed a major milestone today when the new gTLD from Radix Registry saw its 1 millionth domain name registered. That makes it the 5th biggest new gTLD.

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Holy sh!t…Verisign just called out “Domain Scalpers” and its biggest customers

Verisign says its biggest customers are engaged in a questionable practice of reselling domain names. Fresh off a win with the U.S. government that will let it increase prices on .com domain names, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has dissed its biggest customers: domain investors. In a blog post today, Verisign calls people who buy domains to […]

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How should I go about selling these exercise related domains?

ExercisesForArms.com ExercisesForLegs.com ExercisesForShoulders.com ExercisesForAbdominals.com ExercisesForChest.com ExercisesForUpperBack.com ExercisesForLowBack.com ​ I also have SixPackSystem.com I feel as though that's a bit of a gem considering how profitable the "how to get abs" info products are. What are the best sites to list on? + any strategy you'd like to share would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. […]

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The Most Valuable Domain That Ever Expired

Today:  Reported sales in new gTLDs – Still comparing oranges to apples! / TrailerHitches.com sold for $5,100 / Humanity.tv sold for $10,000! / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: US Gov lets Verisign increase .Com pricing – Have you heard about the .com price increases yet? […]

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End user domain sales led by a .Space domain name

A UK training provider, a travel site for Equatorial Guinea and a cryptocurrency bought domain names last week. GDPR has made it more difficult to uncover end user domain name sales. But searching for …

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Facebook plans to move Workplace to its own domain

“The assurances we got were that data resides outside the consumer version of Facebook, and it’s starting from the top to bottom, where they’ll even change the domain name to reflect that,” Park told …

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Another reason to register "jean.best"

I went to my registrar and tried to register my first name for my blog but unfortunately, my name is short and it appears that I won’t be reach enough. The .BEST Registry is launching a promotion and I just grabbed jean.best for €9 instead of more than €93,000.00 for the same name ending in […]

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Brandable domain name sales week 43: CurryInAHurry.com, BitHand.com, Buno.com

It’s not often we see a four-keyword domain name making this list. But last week, CurryInAHurry.com sold for a spicy $9,000 at Sedo.com. The domain name has yet to resolve but the buyer is Pure Indian Foods Corporation, an online grocer that sells organic, Indian food. Here’s this weeks list: Domain Name Price Where Hexacom.com $19,500 […]

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I took Uniregistry’s brokers for a spin and I’m pretty impressed

I’ve been using DomainNameSales.com landing pages for some time now. One of the first things I made sure of was that the inbound inquiries went right to me. Over time I’ve realized that I actually don’t really have the time to field or follow up with these inbound offers, I’m just too busy. Now this […]

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Turning domain assets into website assets – Is it worth it?

Today: Domain asset development options / The best way to sell an entire .co.uk portfolio / Instacare.com sold for $8,000 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying Video/Vid Names, .com only – This buyer has a budget of up to $1,000.00 for the perfect domain […]

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153 Domain Discoveries for November 1st

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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#Webfather : Want to buy Rick Schwartz’s licensed stock photo?

In the early days, Rick Schwartz‘s moniker was the Webfather. An obvious play on the Godfather character, due to his attitude and strength of character, Rick adopted the Webfather nickname all while he was already the Domain King. A strange, yet exciting finding: More than a decade ago, Rick Schwartz was photographed as the Webfather, […]

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Usually a slow month for sales August beat September and October

Taking a look at sales on Namebio, I took a look at the last three months, August, September and October. I went through each day and tallied monthly totals. Usually we think of August as very slow month for sales, which it usually is. But August actually outperformed September and October this year. Sales for […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF OCTOBER 31, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on October 31, 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 registry rakes in $500,000 in premium domain sales

.Club sold 2,072 premium names through the registrar channel and the Tiered Premium program during the first six months of 2018, for a total of $379,972.93. Sales of .CLUB domains from Names.club for the six months had a topline value (buy it now plus financed names) of $119,441.34 bringing total .CLUB premium name sales for […]

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