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Oops! Can’t start Escrow if your buyer’s email is on a new gTLD

 Mark As Read    

The expansion of the Internet name lanes is like the Y2k bug at times: gTLD domains introduce challenges daily to functions where regular TLDs do just fine. An apparent glitch that we found yesterday, affects the API between Domain Name Sales and Escrow.com, and it's something that produced an hour of "fun" attempting to complete […] Copyrigh...

DomainGang 37 minutes ago

Roundup: this week in the Domain Name Business

 Mark As Read    

It was another exciting week in the domain name industry. Here's a look back. Domain Registry of America may finally get cut off from ICANN. The notorious company that sends misleading domain renewal notices to domain owners has been suspended by ICANN and a full termination may be coming. Sedo is planning a big new […]

Domain Name Wire 2 hours, 39 min ago

Protrada Offering a “Domain Shop” for Clients

 Mark As Read    

Yesterday afternoon, Protrada announced the soft launch of NameInvestors.com, a platform that allows users to create a "domain shop" to help sell their domain names. According to the newsletter email I received, "this new platform offers domain investors a ‘domain shop' and ‘tools' for marketing and selling of domain names, faster." Acc...

Domain Investing 3 hours, 1 min ago

Did Google Buy Glass Opposers Border Stylo?

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures I ran into something interesting this morning while digging around. According to whois records, Google Inc. has just taken ownership of the domain name WriteOnGlass.com . Big deal right? Well, the past owner of the domain name is where things get interesting. Border Stylo, LLC owned the domain name and th...

Dot Weekly 3 hours, 11 min ago

THE BIG AFTERMARKET LIST: Saturday’s Domains at Auction or Dropping on July 26th

 Mark As Read    

I'm not sure if it's my luck, my timing, or my offers.  Over the last three days I've had people reach out to me with a price on a name that I've had interest in. I usually take 24 hours to think over decisions but in that time the name has sold to someone else.  I know you're saying "should've just bought it and you would have the names".  But the...

Domain Shane 6 hours, 8 min ago

Amazon and Google deal on .talk, .play, .drive and others

 Mark As Read    

Google and Amazon have started making deals to settle their new gTLD contention sets. Google won three contention sets against Amazon this week, judging by the latest withdrawals, while Amazon won two. Amazon won .talk and .you after Google, the only other applicant, withdrew. Neither company appears to have a "You" brand, unless you count […...

DomainIncite.com 6 hours, 22 min ago

Exclusive – Interview with the Buyer of Digital.com, Richard Kershaw

 Mark As Read    

Digital.com sold in the Heritage Auction for $325,000 and with the buyer's premium the total price to the buyer came to $373,750. After the auction we communicated with the gentleman who purchased the domain name, Richard Kershaw. We decided to ask Richard a few questions about what he does, why he purchased the name and […]

The Domains 6 hours, 35 min ago

Flippa Friday: Freakish.com, 99Clicks.com, Sponsored.com

 Mark As Read    

Hello, Happy Friday, and welcome to Flippa Friday here on MorganLinton.com! There are some very solid names that were added to Flippa this week, this is definitely one of my best lists this year, enjoy! Freakish.com – 15 year-old one-word .COM that could be a good one for someone who is doing something Halloween-related. Domains like […...

Domainvestors.tv 17 hours, 43 min ago

Update on Top 10 Sales from A Year Ago This Week: MathGames.com, Ed.co, HJX.com, KT.org, More

 Mark As Read    

Listed below are updates to the top 10 domain sales from a year ago this week, as ranked by DN Journal. 1. MathGames.com for $725,000 A big purchase by Bill Kara, domainer and developer extraordinaire. Traffic leader for the week, with an Alexa rank near 1.1 million. "For all the time they spend on it, parents and teachers still can’t get every stu...

Domain Shane 18 hours, 39 min ago

Digital assets are worth less without a brick and mortar business

 Mark As Read    

One of my clients has strong ties with the former DEC/Digital in Maynard, Massachusetts. The recent auctioning of several digital assets of the former company, that was absorbed by Compaq and eventually Hewlett-Packard, adds a sad epitaph to the region's tech sector. My client is a corporate veteran that has lived the 70′s and 80′s [...

Acro.net 19 hours, 31 min ago

Redskins Naming Controversy Domain Action

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures The power of a name! Domain names are playing a part in the Washington Redskins naming controversy and things appear to be heating up once again with the NFL season just around the corner. In fact, on June 30, 2014 the domain name RedskinsFacts.com was registered at Network Solutions under whois privacy a...

Dot Weekly 19 hours, 33 min ago

It’s All About Branding

 Mark As Read    

Nathan Safran wrote a piece on Search Engine Land that had to do with the branding benefits of search. In his piece entitled, It’s Time For Marketers To Attend To The Branding Benefits Of Search, Safran cited a Google study that concluded, “Search Ads Lift Brand Awareness.” The study tested brand recall for searchers who […]

The Domains 20 hours, 23 min ago

New gTLD Scarcity Perspectives

 Mark As Read    

I asked you guys how many end user offers you've received for your new gTLDs thus far yesterday and Frank Schilling posted an interesting comment: "This is a lot like that time in the early to mid 1990’s when many good names were gone but the com zone file was quite small. You would approach sellers

Domaining Tips 20 hours, 34 min ago

Statoil strike #2: What was the registrant of this dot .email gTLD domain thinking?

 Mark As Read    

Two weeks ago, we covered the first recorded UDRP for a dot .Company domain name; Statoil, a Norwegian oil company undertook the task of protecting its trademark. In this case, the same company filed a UDRP against the registrant of the domain name, Statoil.email. The Respondent, Giovanni Laporta of UK, asserted that the domain is […] Copyrig...

DomainGang 21 hours, 3 min ago

Donuts deal: Mega Church acquires Jesus.Saves for $2.4 million dollars

 Mark As Read    

For the past decade, so-called "mega churches" in the US have accumulated both large followships and extreme financial prominence that regular parishes do not possess. In a clear display of such combined power, the Church of Jesus Christ Savior Soter (JCSS) has made a large domain acquisition. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas the mega church paid [&#...

DomainGang 21 hours, 59 min ago

Minds + Machines Issues 350K Shares To Employee at 9P Stock trading At 11.50P

 Mark As Read    

According to a regulatory filing, Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announces that it has issued 350,000 new Ordinary Shares following exercise by an employee of 350,000 share options at an exercise price of 9p per share. The new Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu [R...

The Domains 23 hours, 25 min ago

10 Things we gathered at Webfair Virtual

 Mark As Read    

Webfair Virtual 2014 was an one day virtual conference for domain investors, SEO specialists and web hosts; we covered the even extensively, before, during and reviewed it after it completed. If you attended, that's great; chances are that we bumped into each other at some point. Or rather, due to the code's particulars, we might […] Copyrigh...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Company Domain Movers From Aldi, Kellogg & More

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures Here is the latest company domain movers with new registrations and domain name purchases by large companies. Several interesting stories along with some of these domains today, so enjoy. Penguin Books Limited Purchased the domain name HappyReader.com, likely from Sedo. The domain was registered 3/11/2014...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Verisign stock jumps after earnings report

 Mark As Read    

Stock investors still think .com is king. Verisign reported earnings yesterday and shares in the company are up 12% in trading so far today. Why the jump in share price after a dismal quarter for net domain name adds? Well, Citigroup upgraded the company from sell to neutral today saying "fundamentals have likely bottomed". Financials […]...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

.Broadway Resolved as 2 of 3 Apps are Withdrawn

 Mark As Read    

Another new gTLD string has apparently been resolved, .Broadway The surviving applicant is Celebrate Broadway, Inc which is a Minds + Machines backed applicant. Those withdrawing their applications are broadwayacrossamerica.com and Donuts. We do not have any information regarding how the contention set was settle or what the terms were. We only kno...

The Domains 1 day ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 7-25-2014

 Mark As Read    

There are a lot of interesting 4 letter combinations in today's list. I've never been a big investor in 4 letter domains, but I could see why someone would pick

Jason Thompson 1 day ago

Paula Deen spends $27,900 on domain name for new venture (end user sales)

 Mark As Read    

Celebrity chef among end users who bought domain names last week. Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who experienced a spectacular fall from grace last year over her prior use of racial slurs, is making a comeback with Paul Deen Ventures. She's launching a subscription service called Paula Deen Network (PDN). She just made a smart move […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

World Domain Day Uploads “Teaser” Videos

 Mark As Read    

World Domain Day (WDD) is a domain investing event that will be held in India in one month from yesterday. According to its website, "Indian Domain Owners Association, (IDOA), a newly-formed consortium of domain owners, web entrepreneurs and service providers in India, is organizing WDD for the first time in India on 24th August 2014 at Hyderabad."...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Who Is SOJCOM, LLC Owners of Pen.com, Great.com & More?

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures SOJCOM, LLC Hand registered the domain name LustMustNeed.com yesterday using CSC Corporate Domains. This is interesting to me, because not much is known about SOJCOM from my understanding. I wrote about them appearing to have purchased LuxuaryWeddings.com here  and "Charley" commented that SOJCOM, LLC was...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

2 Chat Names Sell for Over $220k

 Mark As Read    

Sedo reported its sales from this month's Great Domains auction, and there are a few notable sales to report. Chat.fr was reportedly sold for 99,999 EUR and Chat.de was reportedly sold for 65,000. The total of these two domain name sales was 164,999 EUR. At today's exchange rate, this is approximately $221,872.51 USD. Several of the other domain na...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

THE BIG AFTERMARKET LIST: Thursday’s Domains at Auction or Dropping on July 24th

 Mark As Read    

If you hadn't read Mark's article yesterday about Donuts not refunding his money for a mistake they made then you need to.  These are the types of things that Registries can not get away with.  Mistakes will be made by plenty.  Especially us domain investors buying too many of the new gTLDs but we certainly don't need to be paying for names purchas...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Is The U.S. Lagging Behind China in Domain Savvy ?

 Mark As Read    

Kathy Nielsen did an article for Wired that took a look at the U.S. lagging behind China when it comes to gTLD awareness. From the article: The IDN movement is significant in China, which has 21.97% of the world’s Internet users, compared to just 9.58% of the world’s Internet users coming from the U.S. In […]

The Domains 1 day ago

DS + AD : Book of 10… HDMovies.info, Lawyers.cc, 50Y.com, RNR.com

 Mark As Read    

  Here is this weeks 10 names up for sale or at auction.       HDMovies.info (auction)   The sale of Movie.info for $24,000 shows the value of this one.  In the last two years, monthly searches for HD movies has gone 49K to 200K 38832.com (auction)  16880.com went at auction last week for over $3K.  The double 8s on both of them are ...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Domain Sale #Fails

 Mark As Read    

There is no substitute for experience. When I was starting out, there were no websites, wikis or blogs to read. Those words didn't even exist. It came to a combination of hard work and trial and error. Here are just a few tips that have served me well over the years. 1. Ignore Low Ball ... The post Domain Sale #Fails appeared first on Domaining - W...

Domainer Income 1 day ago

Webfair Virtual 2014: The 1st Virtual Domain Conference reviewed

 Mark As Read    

After spending more than 5 hours at Webfair Virtual 2014 – the first virtual domain conference ever – it's time for a review. Phew. Our virtual legs, dressed in casual jeans and sneakers are definitely hurting. Exploring the entire area takes some time, even when one is speed walking by holding down the SHIFT key. […] Copyright Do...

DomainGang 1 day ago

How Many New gTLD End User Offers Have You Received Thus Far?

 Mark As Read    

In my case, there is absolutely nothing to report when it comes to end user offers but then again, my new gTLD portfolio is quite small. Therefore, I'm hoping those of you with larger portfolios can chime in and let us know how things stand up until this point. If possible, let us know how many

Domaining Tips 1 day ago

Verisign Goes Rouge: New gTLD’s: “Registration Numbers on Par With .Co” & .Net is Like One

 Mark As Read    

During ts earnings call today Verisign (VRSN) brushed away the new gTLD's saying "Gross registrations for new gTLD's are at 1.6 million which puts them on Par with .Co" Ouch Verisign's Representative went further to say that no one should build a conclusion on the new gTLD program until we go through a re-billing cycle […]...

The Domains 1 day ago

Epik Dropcatching Is Not Good

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures Back in 2011, I think that was around when Epik.com announced it's dropcatching service, I had purchased one credit for $59 to see how well the service worked. I have attempted 12 different times to use my backorder credit, that you must pay for in advance before even catching the domain. (dumb, I know) N...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Verisign reports slowing growth, hikes .Net prices 10%

 Mark As Read    

.Com base inches forward, .Net prices are increasing. Verisign reported earnings after the bell today, and the results for .com/.net aren't that promising. It gets harder to grow something as it gets bigger, but net adds across these two domain names slowed by quite a bit. Verisign reported just 0.42 million net new ads during […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Verisign Reports: 128.9 Million .Com/.Net Domains; 57.2% Profit Margin & $1.5 Billion In the Bank

 Mark As Read    

VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN), the registry for .Com and .Net reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014 after the market closed today and lets face it .com and net growth are basically stalled. VeriSign, Inc. reported revenue of $250 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 4.6% from the same quarter in […]

The Domains 1 day ago

HA Domain name auction grosses $774k, Cute.com and Digital.com sell for 6 figures

 Mark As Read    

Heritage Auctions' latest domain name auction goes well. Heritage Auctions latest domain name auction has concluded with $773,876 worth of domain name sales. That doesn't include after-auction sales, which almost always increase the total sales number. That total (and the prices below) include a 15% buyers' premium. Including the premium best repre...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Heritage Auctions Led by Digital.com sells $773,876 in domain names

 Mark As Read    

Heritage Auction Results total $773,876 which includes the Buyers Premium of 15 % The Heritage auction wrapped up today and the big sellers were Digital.com and Cute.com. Digital sold for $325,000 and with the buyers premium the total comes to $373,750. Cute.com sold for $200,000 and the buyers premium brought the total to $230,000. 16 […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Four 6-Figure Transactions Totaling Over $1.1 Million Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

 Mark As Read    

Someone mist have missed the "summer doldrums" memo! Four high end sales lit up the domain aftermarket this week with three of those not only topping our latest weekly all-extension Top 20 Sales Chart, but also crashing the top 20 sales for the entire Year to Date.

DNJournal 1 day ago

Google registering “MusicKey” domain names for music subscription business?

 Mark As Read    

Google registering MusicKey ccTLDs. Is this the name of its new music service? Usually, when I see a company registering a bunch of similar domain names, I can track it down to a new product announcement. I'm a bit unclear about recent Google domain name registrations for "MusicKey" domain names, but I suspect it might […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 7-24-2014

 Mark As Read    

I wasn't able to get a list up yesterday because it has been busy as hell at work! I'll do what I can, but I am still trying to come

Jason Thompson 1 day ago

Company Domain Movers From Apple, Ford & More

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures Welcome to the latest company domain movers which I like to call DotWeekly Discoveries. This series is always interesting to see what large companies are buying and registering domain names. I try to include some information related to the purchase and or registration of domains when I can find it, so enj...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Bellweather or Anomaly? The Rise and (Apparent) Fall of .PW

 Mark As Read    

There’s been a lot of speculation about how domain registrations will take off (or not) in the new gTLDs that are rapidly coming online. Last year we covered the growth of .PW roughly one month after launch; this commercial re-launch of the ccTLD for Palau was watched closely because many felt it might predict customer […]

DomainTools Blog 2 days ago

A look inside today’s virtual domain name tradeshow

 Mark As Read    

Virtual tradeshow is clunky but presents a good opportunity to chat with domain name companies. I remember going to a virtual tradeshow about a decade ago. It was clunky and hard to use. Apparently that's the case in 2014 as well. I just attended Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow featuring a bunch of domain name […]

Domain Name Wire 2 days ago

Of The 9,025 .Voting Domains Registered Over 97% Registered To Co. With Ties To The Registry?

 Mark As Read    

One company is responsible for registering over 97% of the 9,025 .Voting new gTLD domain names. We reported earlier today that .Voting had 9,025 domain names registered after the first day of general availability However we see that 8,811 of the 9,025 domain names were registered by the domain name registrar, Registry Gate GmbH" which […]...

The Domains 2 days ago

Interesting .CEO comments started by Paul Kedrosky

 Mark As Read    

Last night venture capitalist Paul Kedrosky discovered .CEO and tweeted his thoughts on it to his 275,000 followers: Conversation obviously followed. One person noted: Kedrosky responded "Exactly." Another comment: To which Kedrosky responded "And that exact thought had already crossed my mind." There are some other colorful comments. Not every com...

Domain Name Wire 2 days ago

This Weeks New gTLD 1st Day Totals: .Voting 9,025; .Kaufen 4,325; Consulting 3,852; Media 3,438

 Mark As Read    

Yesterday a bunch of new gTLD's went into general availability (GA)  meaning domain names can be registered live on a first come first serve basis. All total include any Sunrise registrations and any Landrush/Early Access Program (EAP) registration which took place before GA: .Voting 9.025 .Kaufen which is German for the word "Buy" had 4,325 [̷...

The Domains 2 days ago

Weekly Expired Domain Report

 Mark As Read    

Domain sales charts — expired or otherwise — make for some strange bedfellows. Any given week presents an orgy of bizarre juxtapositions. What else but the domain market can bring together Bill Cosby and French Marxists? Malaysian tourism for New Yorkers alongside Azerbaijani gossip in the ccTLD of Western Samoa? (I'm referencing TheCos...

Domain Name Wire 2 days ago

Sedo Transactions Total $1M; 52% Are BIN & Open.TV Sells For $25K

 Mark As Read    

Over the past week, 506 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1m. 52% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Highlights of public sales are: · Top .coms: gca.com at 90,000 USD · Top ccTLD: open.tv at 25,000 EUR · Top “other” TLD: matrix.org at 7,999 USD The […]

The Domains 2 days ago
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