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What Fadi Chehadé should do in his last year as ICANN’s CEO

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Here's what companies and people want to see ICANN's outgoing CEO accomplish before he leaves the post. ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé made the surprise announcement last week that he would step down from his role as CEO of the organization next March. I reached out to a number of companies and people in the ICANN […]

Domain Name Wire 6 minutes ago

GoMarch: Buy Now Good Generic Domains

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GoMarch is a series where I research the recently acquired Marchex domain name portfolio that GoDaddy.com very recently acquired for $28 Million and it has a lot of generic domains that they have very slowly started Buy Now pricing and I highlight some good ones in the group here. Each domain is directly linked to the buy now page for the domains l...

Dot Weekly 46 minutes ago

New gTLD phishing still tiny, but .xyz sees most of it

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New gTLDs are not yet being widely used to carry out phishing runs, but most such attacks are concentrated in .xyz. That's one of the conclusion of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which today published its report for the second half of 2014. Phishing was basically flat in the second half of the year, with 123,972 […] Related posts: Phishing...

DomainIncite.com 1 hour, 41 min ago

15 end user domain name purchases

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An accessories company, law firm and trade publisher bought domain names last week. Sedo had 598 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1.1 million. Two likely end user sales aren't on this list because they have whois privacy or are still in transfer: MyFood.com at $33,500 and FBet.com at €50,000. Neither domain […]

Domain Name Wire 1 hour, 58 min ago

Three Local Websites Not Functioning Due to Non-Renewal

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Yesterday, Google Alerts made me aware of three local websites that ceased to function due to non-renewal. This is a pretty common occurrence, but I thought it was interesting to read the local coverage because these websites are fairly high profile in their respective communities. On WHEC Rochester website, there is an article headlined Domain pro...

Domain Investing 1 hour, 59 min ago

Draconian Chinese crackdown puts domain industry at risk

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The vast majority of top-level domain registries could soon be banned from selling domains into China due to a reported crackdown under a decade-old law. That's according to Allegrevita, a company that helps registries with their go-to-market strategies in the country. Allegrevita released a report last week claiming that Chinese registrars will be...

DomainIncite.com 2 hours, 37 min ago

Krueger removed as chair as M+M finally starts seeing some revenue

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Minds + Machines co-founder Fred Krueger has been kicked out of his job as executive chairman of the company. The news came as the new gTLD registry reported its first full year of results as a proper, revenue-generating company. The company reported revenue of $1.9 million for 2014, compared to $56,000 in 2013. Its report […] Related posts:...

DomainIncite.com 3 hours, 25 min ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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It's been fun to watch all the names getting bids over at Sedo.  They are seeing a resurgence in push to auctions because the LLLL.com and CCC.com markets are so hot.  Its obvious people are searching through the database and putting out bids and hitting Buy it Nows.  All leading to more sales and more auctions.  A lot of the initial bids are high ...

Domain Shane 4 hours, 23 min ago

Minds + Machines Reports Earnings For 2014: Profit $22 Million: $46 Million in the Bank

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Minds + Machines (LON:MMX) reported its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2014. Minds + Machines reported a profit before in 2014 of $22.06 million against a profit of $1.14 million in 2013, largely as a result of receiving $33.72 Million for withdrawing applications for new gTLD's that were in private auctions. The […]

The Domains 16 hours, 13 min ago

Domain Flips (1280.com, JZ.tv, QQQ.cc, JEJO.com) and Flops (OnDomains.com) from NameBio

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Below is another look at a few recent domain flips and flops, with data courtesy of NameBio. Flips 1280.com sold recently for 26,100 USD at NameJet, vs 1,600 USD on 2008-07-30 at Afternic. Around 14x return after commission. Shouldn't be too big of a surprise if you've been following numerics. JZ.tv sold recently for 6,800 USD at NameJet, vs 400 US...

Domain Shane 16 hours, 49 min ago

THE Domain Conference : Hands on WordPress sessions announced

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THE Domain Conference opens its gates on September 26th, 2015; the familiar Florida family of Howard Neu announced an extended WordPress workshop today. The sessions will take place on September 28th and 29th, with Brett Napoli leading the presentation. Brett is the Founder & CEO of Ambition Insight, a Web Development and Media company speciali...

DomainGang 18 hours, 37 min ago

Mind + Machines Chairman & Co-Founder Fred Krueger Resigns - Will Turn Attention to Mozart

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There was a major surprise in the annual report released by new gTLD registry operator Minds + Machines today. Page 3 of the report was a resignation letter from Executive Chairman Fred Krueger who founded the company with current CEO Antony Van Couvering in 2009.

DNJournal 18 hours, 49 min ago

Bought a Month Ago For $12K Fbet.com Leads Sedo’s $1.1M Transactions at $50,000 Euros

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Over the past week, 598 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.1 Million The domain selling for the highest amount is this week is Fbet.com which was purchased on Sedo just a little over a month ago for $10,099 and just sold again on Sedo for 50,000 Euro's which is over […]

The Domains 19 hours, 3 min ago

PHHH.com Subject of UDRP

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It looks like a UDRP was recently filed against the PHHH.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The complainant in this case is a company called PHH Corporation, and it is WIPO Case D2015-0825. The registrant of the domain name appears to be located in China. My first thought is that this is a fairly valuable acrony...

Domain Investing 23 hours, 29 min ago

Cybersquatter.com – How much did the domain sell for at Flippa ?

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The domain name Cybersquatter.com was sold on Flippa, after being listed for a few days; during that time, its seller changed the BIN several times, and added a portfolio of other domains as ‘freebies.' The term ‘cybersquatter‘ is considered extremely insulting to domain investors, and it's a leftover from older times when anyone ...

DomainGang 23 hours, 31 min ago

Sold! New domain name auctions with Sheel Mohnot – DNW Podcast #34

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How hundreds of new top level domain name conflicts were settled. Which company has facilitated the most (dollar wise) domain name auctions over the past couple years? It's not the regular industry marketplaces. Instead, it's Innovative Auctions, the company that has handled over 100 auctions in the past couple years to settle new top level […...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

This week’s new TLDs: .Apartments

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You can move into a .apartments domain name this week. Donuts releases one domain name in regularly-priced general availability this week and some good ones enter Early Access. .Apartments launches on Wednesday, with many registrars offering prices around $50. This should be a great domain name for geo domains. You might want to look for […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

GoMarch: Generic Domains, Buy Now: Including Coyotes.com

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GoMarch is a series I am doing in which I am highlighting generic domains that GoDaddy.com has recently acquired from the Marchex domain name portfolio and they are now Buy Now pricing the domains to make it easier to purchase. GoDaddy acquired around 204K domain names for $28 Million, so I dig through the masses to find the good domains. Are the p...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Elequa : Tapping the Chinese LLL .com and NNNN .com domain market

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Elequa is a world-famous domain investor, whose investments include several premium and short domain names. How short? It doesn't get any better than i.net, the private domain Registrar that manages many of Elequa's domain assets. Last year, Future Media Architects, the company founded by Elequa, temporarily lost several premium LLL .com domains du...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Domain Movers: SJ.com, Ploom.com ShoppingCart.com and More

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Domain Movers detects recently acquired, registered and simply moving domain names by some of the largest companies in the world. This often leads to new businesses, products, services, ad campaigns and much more!

The Domains 1 day ago

NamePros Providing Promoted Auctions for Free to Members

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NamePros announced that it will be helping its members generate publicity for their NamePros domain auctions by promoting them at the top of the website. The promoted auction links will appear on a rotating basis above the large Uniregistry banner. This added promotion is free of charge for NamePros members. When it comes to auctions, the first obs...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Version 3.0 : Domain Name Sales updates domain quote form yet again

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Just four days ago we caught a redesigned contact form at Domain Name Sales; the update was an improvement of the quote form that had been in place since the very beginning. The layout of such forms and the amount of info they require, can decide whether a visitor proceeds with providing their contact information. […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 1 day ago

Fred Krueger pushed out of Minds + Machines, company reports $5 million bookings

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Co-founder leaves company and will focus on his website building platform. Minds + Machines released 2014 results today, and also announced that the board has voted co-founder Fred Krueger out of the company and his role as executive Chairman. Keith Teare, a British tech entrepreneur, will take over as Chairman. The move doesn't come as […]...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Numeric Domain Market On Fire

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The numeric domain name market is running wild thanks to the very active Chinese market! Five and six number .com domain names are seeing prices climbing at a rapid rate. Four number .com domain names are easily starting to reach five figures (yes some are still selling at four figures depending on number quality) but four number domain prices are ...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Someone emailed me a great question about why I didn't like domains built on another's brand.  I had mentioned on DomainSherpa that I don't like GotSomething domains because the Dairy farmers liked to defend their Got marketing campaign.  I couldn't back up my claims with any cases but I know I had heard that in the past they would send out C and D...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

The Co-Founder Of Minds + Machines Fred Krueger Is Leaving The Company

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Fred Krueger, executive chairman and co-founder of Minds + Machines (LON:MMX) is stepping down according to a press release by the company today. Fred Krueger will be succeeded as chairman by Keith Teare, with the role now being a non-executive one. ""The changing of the guard marks the evolution of Minds + Machines from a […]

The Domains 1 day ago

One Company Just Spent Over $150K In .Apartment Domains & Donuts Makes Over $220K Just In Day 1

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Donuts just I believe set a new gTLD record for selling 21 new gTLD's on the 1st day of the Early Access Program (EAP) in which wholesale prices are $10K and retail prices range from around $11K to $12,500. Meaning that Donuts took $210,000 in just EAP fees for day 1 of EAP plus many […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Overture : The demise of a great tool and domain in the hands of Yahoo!

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Overture was an once great keyword search tool, having formed in 2001 after GoTo.com renamed itself to Overture Services, Inc. In the years that followed, Overture ‘swallowed' both Altavista and AlltheWeb, and in 2003 it was itself acquired by Yahoo! for $1.63 billion dollars. So what has happened to Overture.com ? The domain is currently [&#...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Report: Only 14 TLDs Are “Legal” in China

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Allegravtia published a paper that looks to be a bit troubling for registries looking to do business in China moving forward. The Chinese government is looking to regulate the Chinese domain industry, The MIIT will not interfere with existing domain registrations for unapproved registries; however, new registrations will not be permitted to be sold...

The Domains 1 day ago

Flippa – A Look Forward: SFI.com, XZV.com, LosAngeles.org, Jamaica.org, More

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Reserve Met and Will Sell CyberSquatter.com – It's a well known term in this industry, but I'm not sure how you'd monetize it. DGL.net – Good letters, and LLL.net seem to have had a recent uptick in value, following the LLL.com trend…but not as pronounced of a shift as the .com. EBM.net – Same as above. Tunez.com – The...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

ICANN : Chinese government gears up for tight domain industry regulation

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If your domain sales to Chinese domain investors are red hot currently, this might soon change. The Chinese government is currently working on a tight regulatory process that will evaluate all domain Registries and Registrars. According to a report issued by the Hong Kong based agency BrandMa, the reach of the Chinese government will extend […...

DomainGang 1 day ago

CoinDesk Reports On “War” Over Bitcoin.com Domain Name

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There is a "war" over the king of domains in the bitcoin space, Bitcoin.com between Roger Ver and OKCoin.

The Domains 1 day ago

Flippa : How much will Cybersquatter.com sell for ?

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One of the most controversial domain names to be made available over a third party auction venue, is Cybersquatter.com. Currently at Flippa with a day to go, the dreadful "C-word" domain has reached $2,150 with 110 bids. Wow. Actually, those automatic bids were made by three bidders in total, two of which are currently suspended. […] Copyrigh...

DomainGang 2 days ago

GoMarch: Generic Domains, Buy Now Prices Including BlackPanther.com

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Welcome to GoMarch, an exclusive series on DotWeekly where I research generic domains recently acquired by GoDaddy.com which acquired over 200,000 domain names from Marchex for $28 Million dollars. These domains were pretty hard to acquire in the past but that has changed now that GoDaddy owns them and they have started to Buy Now price the domains...

Dot Weekly 2 days ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Monday, May 25th, 2015

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A lot of LLLL.coms again on the list but I like them for a reason.  It has been pretty easy to make money on them lately. Mostly because they are going up.  Through my incredible years of experience and analyzation I have realized it is easier to make money on things that are going up in value as I buy them.  I know.  You wish you too could have su...

Domain Shane 2 days ago

Report: Bitgold, Inc. Purchases GoldMoney.com for Nearly $52M

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According to CoinTelegraph.com, BitGold has just acquired Goldmoney.com for CA$51.9 million (US$42.3 million), incorporating more than 135K of the website’s “gold bugs,” or gold-hoarding enthusiasts". "Founded in 2001 by James Turk…Goldmoney is a service that allows users to trade and safely store their gold assets, controlling over CA$1.5 bi...

The Domains 2 days ago

Update on Top 10 Sales from a Year Ago: Tolo.com, Suzies.com, Scroogle.org, More

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Listed below are updates to the top 10 sales from a year ago, as ranked by DN Journal. 1. Suzies.com for $62,050 An acquisition by a chain of adult stores, "Suzies is an established, expanding, premiere retailer for Adult Novelties, Toys and Entertainment since 1969, with locations in California, Nevada and Hawaii." Alexa rank near 13 million. 2. T...

Domain Shane 2 days ago

Is Go Daddy Too Expensive to buy ?

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Seeking Alpha had an article published by a member (Sneha Shah) who felt Go Daddy was too expensive to buy right now, he pointed out valuation compared to peers, the business being a low margin business and competition from the likes of Google. From the article: GoDaddy negatives 1) Valuation and Debt – I think […]

The Domains 2 days ago

Domain Spammers : Volume 1

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There's nothing lower in the domain food chain than spammers that scour the WHOIS info of domain registrants and send them junk email. Even when the target domain is under WHOIS shield, these scumbags mass-mail their wares – ranging from cheap web services to fake SEO and domain renewal claims. We're starting a new service […] Copyright...

DomainGang 2 days ago

Afnic: “2017, year of consolidation for the domain name market?”

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Afnic published a report that looked at consolidation in 2017 for legacy tlds. The report looks at retention rates for legacy tlds and cctlds. Projections are put forward relating to annual creations and deletions. New gtlds were not included in the report. The key takeaway being, the level of deletions should reach and exceed the […]

The Domains 2 days ago

Memorial Day Sunday Thoughts and Updates

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It's Memorial Day weekend, which is a holiday weekend in the United States. Memorial Day is a day to honor the memory of people who lost their lives while on active duty in the United States military. I wish you a nice and meaningful weekend. Here are some thoughts and updates for the weekend. As always, your domain industry thoughts and updates ar...

Domain Investing 3 days ago

GoMarch: Buy Now Generic Domain Names

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Welcome to GoMarch where I am running an exclusive series where I highlight 5 domain names a day from the recently GoDaddy.com acquired domain name portfolio from Marchex / Archeo. These domains were very hard to acquire prior and GoDaddy is changing that! The following domain names are Buy Now priced and directly linked to the domains offering pag...

Dot Weekly 3 days ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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Wanna make some money?  Today may not be the best day to do it.  Other than buying a few LLLL.coms and waiting a year or so.  I think they go up from here quite a bit.  I have another segment that I think goes up even further but I will release that tomorrow.  A little shorter list today as I didn't see anything that grabbed my attention…R...

Domain Shane 3 days ago

Who stole my domain? Paralegal owns the matching .com

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The biggest threat to one's online presence is clearly their domain name, and its safe-keeping at the domain registrar. Domain theft is prevalent currently, and while some cases involve domain names and not active business web sites, when the latter occurs it's hell on earth. We recall the temporary theft of ShadesDaddy.com, a case that […] C...

DomainGang 3 days ago

Flippa Recap: Sketches.com, 3DPrinter.info, Designly.com, ODGE.com, ADWU.com, CB7.com, More

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Another big week from Flippa, with over $200,000 in domain sales, with a large chunk of those private at the buyer or seller's request. The publicly reportable domain sales, as well as a few domains with bids that didn't meet reserve, are listed below. Some Domains That Sold Sketches.com @ $10,544 [Confirmation Pending] – Search volume of 62,...

Domain Shane 3 days ago

Must Read This Very Troubling UDRP; 18 Year Old Playworld.com Lost in UDRP After Domain Is Parked

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Playworld Systems, Inc. just won control of the 18 year old domain name playworld.com in a UDRP which I find to be very troubling. Playworld Systems owns and operates PlayWorldSystems.com which was registered in 1996. PlayWorld.com was registered on October 30, 1997 Playworld System apparently made an offer of $30K which the domain owner rejected, ...

The Domains 3 days ago

MyRedBook.com owner sentenced to 13 months in prison

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The former operator of MyRedBook.com, a web site that was seized by the FBI for assisting in the facilitation of prostitution, was sentenced to 13 months in prison. According to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Eric Omuro's conviction is the first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitating prostitution. The Northern California resident pl...

DomainGang 4 days ago

GoMarch: Generic Domain Names With Buy Nows

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Welcome to the GoMarch series where I am highlighting the recently acquired domain name portfolio that was owned by Marchex and acquired by GoDaddy.com. These domains were really hard to acquire in the past but GoDaddy is changing that by pricing them with Buy Now's and in most cases, much lower pricing than in the past. I do the legwork for you an...

Dot Weekly 4 days ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Friday, May 23rd, 2015

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There have been some super strong names coming through Namejet lately but there have also been some time wasters.  By time wasters I mean domains that are at reserves much higher than they would ever sell for at a domainer auction.  They are there for marketing. Hoping to find someone that is interested in the name and negotiate later.  They never ...

Domain Shane 4 days ago
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