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VVVV.com Sells for $22,100 on NameJet

 Mark As Read    

Unique types of domain names tend to sell for significant sums of money. This afternoon, the VVVV.com domain name sold at auction for $22,100 on NameJet. There were a total of 287 bids placed and 210 bidders involved in the auction. This domain name is unique in the sense that there are only 26 repeating four letter .com domain names. It looks like...

Domain Investing 5 hours, 47 min ago

Domaining 2014: Moniker and the end of the insecure domain registrar

 Mark As Read    

As 2014 fades away, we're discussing events that occurred this year in the domain industry. With domain theft being a hot topic thanks to the email verification requirements mandated by ICANN, the importance of secure domain registrars is paramount. The trajectory of Moniker, once regarded as the bastion of domain safety, has been shocking and [...

DomainGang 7 hours, 2 min ago

Think Frank Schilling Isn’t Still High on Dot Com and Dot Net? Think Again

 Mark As Read    

Some may think that Frank Schilling is putting all his efforts and money into Uniregistry and his new gTLDs.  If his buys on Namejet are of any indication  he is as high on dot com and dot net as ever.  He and I seem to be bidding against each other every day on high quality keyword dot nets (with him winning most).  Most people have been on the se...

Domain Shane 8 hours, 34 min ago

The DomainTools card is stellar!

 Mark As Read    

DomainTools provides an indispensable WHOIS tool chest, that domain investors – and often, UDRP Complainants – use to their advantage. We've covered DomainTools numerous times during our 5+ years as a domain industry publication, and we're thankful for their kind words in our long list of industry testimonials. This year's holiday card ...

DomainGang 9 hours, 38 min ago

Beg, if you want to buy this domain!

 Mark As Read    

If you want to buy this domain, be prepared to beg. Literally. Beg.com isn't listed for sale, or so its homepage states. Unless you have a lot of money to spare, in which case its registrant of almost 20 years might change his mind: "No, this domain is not for sale! Unless you are willing […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 11 hours, 4 min ago

Domain Name Aftermarket with Joe Uddeme – DNWP Episode 012

 Mark As Read    

Domain name sales in 2014 and looking forward. How did new top level domain names affect .com domain name sales in 2014? What impact will they have in 2015? You might be surprised by the answer. Joe Uddeme, Director of Business Development for Domain Holdings, talks about trends the domain name brokerage saw in 2014. […]

Domain Name Wire 11 hours, 24 min ago

Blonde or brunette for NamesCon 2015?

 Mark As Read    

Domaining has its perks. This past weekend I took a quick trip to Los Angeles, with a very strange task in hand: to photograph apparel for the upcoming NamesCon domain conference that takes place in Las Vegas in January. I was both excited and nervous, as two young models were to be involved in the […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 12 hours, 18 min ago

Huge Boost for GeoDomains: Tom Henderson & Fred Mercaldo Form City Brand Media

 Mark As Read    

Last summer Fred Mercaldo went looking for funds to expand his geodomain development platform at CitiesPlanet.com. Fred wound up attracting more money than he was looking for and a new team of world class partners headed by San Francisco bay area business star Tom Henderson.

DNJournal 12 hours, 32 min ago

New TLDs this week: Two launch on Christmas Eve

 Mark As Read    

I wonder how many dentists will be registering domain names on Christmas Eve? Two new top level domain names launch this week, both on Christmas Eve and both from Rightside. .Dentist and .Rehab exit the Early Access Program on Wednesday and revert to regular pricing. The .dentist domains appear to be priced a little bit […]

Domain Name Wire 12 hours, 39 min ago

My first .Cards spam, which might actually be a good thing for new TLDs

 Mark As Read    

I received some spam today that linked to a pretty good new TLD. Over the summer I received a spam email linking to a .club domain name. The spam didn't really have anything to do with .club; the domain choice seemed random. The .Club registry acted quickly to take action against the domain name, which […]

Domain Name Wire 12 hours, 54 min ago

UDRP Filed on 14 Year Old Domain: Domain Holder Objects To 2014 Trademark Filing

 Mark As Read    

This is a pretty interesting UDRP. Basically you have the Complainant which has been operating under the the domain name directorschoicetourandtravel.com since 2006 filed for a federal trademark on the term DIRECTOR’S CHOICE around July 15th of this year with the USPTO, which is says its been using "since at least as early as April […]

The Domains 13 hours, 11 min ago

Hottest Phrase Of The Moment: IcantBreathe.com Sells

 Mark As Read    

The domain name IcantBreathe.com which matches one of the hot phrases in life and on social media, just sold earlier this month The domain name was listed for sale on CATCHYDOMAINS.COM The buyer has a page up and the domain already has an Alexa.com ranking of 11M. I spoke to the new owner of the […]

The Domains 13 hours, 45 min ago

In Depth Article About ccTLDs on Moz Blog

 Mark As Read    

It shouldn't come as a surprise to you, but I don't have a great deal of experience with ccTLD domain names, aside from seeing them in my travels. I know that Ron Jackson breaks out the ccTLD sales from other domain names in his sales reports, and there are frequently solid sales reported (ie $40,000 last week for SC.TV). If you are interested in c...

Domain Investing 14 hours, 39 min ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Monday ,December 22nd

 Mark As Read    

Here are today's names. eMakeup.com  I really had no idea how big the makeup business was until I had a teenager.  She took me into a giant store that was nothing but facepaint that judging by the prices has flakes of gold in it HookahWorld.com  Not a smoker but heard that hookah bars can be a lot of fun. Makes me think of Star Wars for some reason...

Domain Shane 16 hours, 4 min ago

Aeropostale Wins 1st Uniform Rapid Suspension Appeal On Aeropostale.Uno

 Mark As Read    

The clothing company Aeropostale has won what we believe is the first appeal of a Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceeding. Back in April a URS examiner  Alan L. Limbury,denied the Complaint of  Aeropostale Procurement Company on the domain name aeropostale.uno finding that "Complainant here submitted with its complaint copies of the certificates ...

The Domains 1 day ago

Apologies to Frank Schilling …

 Mark As Read    

Dear Frank, I tried very hard to abstain from engaging in the abominable sin of gluttony. My initial plan was to wait until Christmas day, when it's time to gather around the HDTV depiction of a cozy, wood-cackling fireplace. As we don't get snow in Florida, it's the next best thing to winter we can […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 1 day ago

Minimum Wholesale Pricing for LLL.com Domains

 Mark As Read    

NameJet had a bunch of LLL.com sell on Thursday and Friday last week, and I was following them closely, not because they're premium LLL.com……actually quite the opposite….they mostly had inferior letters and combinations, but I've got three or four of similar quality, so I'm always trying to gauge their value. The domains that sold...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Flippa – A Look Forward: NVM.net, MusicDownloads.info Hit Reserve. Cairo.com, LLLL.com Portfolio, More

 Mark As Read    

Reserve Met and Will Sell MusicDownloads.info – Only around $200 right now, and I expect it will move much higher considering its 90,000+ searches per month. Heck, even the .mobi sold for $1,200 back in 2011, and the .de sold for $12,120 back in 2006. PopularVacation.com – Travel/vacation names always seem to do well, even though this o...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Goliath vs Goliath as Google Takes On Hollywood in Piracy Wars

 Mark As Read    

More and more tidbits continue to come out of the Sony leak, The Verge reported on a meeting between Sony, Google and Homeland Security. The Verge a week later ran a story about Google being incensed over Hollywood's anti-piracy measures. Google was especially concerned with "Project Goliath" The project's goal was to find a way […]...

The Domains 1 day ago

Winter Solstice: Which two popular domainers share the same birthday?

 Mark As Read    

They say that December is the worst month of the year to have a birthday in; one's very personal date is lost in the glitz of the Holiday season, and its shopping madness. Two very popular domain investors, however, seem to differ, and they share the same birthday – December 21st. Domain investor and serial […] Copyright DomainGang...

DomainGang 1 day ago

The Business Model of .XYZ Doesn’t Bother Me And It’s Also the Reason I Invested in Rightside

 Mark As Read    

Maybe I'm getting old. Perhaps as a business owner I judge too many things based on profits alone.  But the more I think about it, the more I don't get all this concern over the tactics of .XYZ.  My original thoughts were quite the opposite. I wrote some misguided articles myself about how the business plan of .xyz bothered me.  Over the past few m...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Domaining 2014: The beginning of the new gTLD era

 Mark As Read    

As we're watching the final days of 2014 roll by, the year will be remembered by the domain industry for the barrage of new gTLDs. It all starts with a $185,000 dollar application fee, and ICANN raked in almost two thousand times this amount; hundreds of new gTLD extensions went live, and the concept of […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 1 day ago

NamesCon: Spotlight on Afilias

 Mark As Read    

This article is part of a series of interviews with NamesCon exhibitors and sponsors. The 2015 NamesCon event will take place at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas from January 11-14. Over 500 people have registered to attend NamesCon so far, and over 800 attendees are expected. Today’s NamesCon Spotlight interview is with John Kane, Vice President o...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Sunday ,December 21st

 Mark As Read    

Slow day at the office yesterday.  I spent all day shopping.  I normally do all my shopping online but I just didn't get it all done so I had to go out with the masses.  It reminded why I do all my shopping online. I did find a few cool places although they had nothing to do with Christmas shopping. It was a store that is trying to be a craft store...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Liz Taylor’s legacy leads to UDRP loss for LizTaylor.Photography

 Mark As Read    

The legacy of late Hollywood super star, Elizabeth "Liz" Taylor, carries on; three years after her death in 2011, the Elizabeth Taylor Trust takes its role seriously. The Elizabeth Taylor Trust, Interplanet Productions Limited and The Elizabeth Taylor Cosmetics Company were named as the Complainant in a National Arbitration Forum UDRP against the r...

DomainGang 2 days ago

Domain Flips (40x on SC.tv, Converted.com) and Flops (DroneReviews.com)

 Mark As Read    

Below is another look at a few recent domain flips and flops, with recent data courtesy of DN Journal and historical data from NameBio. Flips SC.tv – Sold recently for $40,000 via MostWantedDomains, vs only $1,052 back in 2011 on Sedo. That's what the NameBio data says, but there is more to the story, and the return was probably much greater ...

Domain Shane 2 days ago

Namecheap Holding Annual Holiday Twitter Trivia Contest

 Mark As Read    

If you follow Namecheap on Twitter, you've probably seen the company post trivia questions today. I saw the questions, and I visited their website to see what was happening and at stake. In case you aren't aware, Namecheap just began its annual holiday Twitter trivia contest, and the company is giving out prizes for answering correctly. Here's how ...

Domain Investing 2 days ago

How Cloudflare beat the Grinch and saved Christmas.com

 Mark As Read    

Cloudflare provides traffic filtration, DDoS attack mitigation and Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. During the holidays, some web sites experience both a high volume of traffic and malicious attempts at bringing them down. Christmas.com is one of these busy web sites, and there are people out there who would attack Christmas.com during Chri...

DomainGang 2 days ago

Wedgies.com Domain Name Story is Unique

 Mark As Read    

Last night, I read Anthony Ha's TechCrunch article about a startup called Wedgies.com and the company's seed funding round of $700,000. The company has some very cool social media polling tools, and it seems that others agree enough to invest in the company. The company's products seem interesting, but I was most interested in learning more about t...

Domain Investing 2 days ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Saturday ,December 20th

 Mark As Read    

Ever since Domain Tools stopped advertising on the domain blogs nobody seems to mention them much any more.  But I'm here to say it's a tool that none of us should take for granted.  I use it every day to do my homework about domains and I really couldn't do what I do without it. Whoisology and a few other sites do a good job of showing what other ...

Domain Shane 2 days ago

Update on Top 10 Sales from Two Years Ago: Silver.com, EAG.com, NYE.com, StockPhoto.com, More

 Mark As Read    

Going back two years in time today, below is an update on the top 10 domain sales, as ranked by DN Journal. 1. Silver.com for $875,000 Picked up by precious metals company JM Bullion, they have developed Silver.com into a stand-alone site. Alexa rank near 135,000. "Silver.com is one of the premier destinations for investing in physical silver and g...

Domain Shane 3 days ago

Raunchy .XXX video uses domain banana for suggestive emphasis!

 Mark As Read    

A ‘raunchy‘ video put together by the fine folks of DNPost.com, seems to have used all the required elements for viral success: Buxom blonde: check Suggestive use of a banana: check .XXX reference: check While we haven't seen much activity from the dot .XXX stables and ICM Registry recently, it seems they are doing just […] Copyri...

DomainGang 3 days ago

Crikey! Battleframe scifi novel to go on print without the .com

 Mark As Read    

Domain entrepreneur, Michael Gilmour, is an avid science fiction writer. While we have not read any previous novels that he has written, Michael appears to be very excited in a video, about the upcoming released of ‘Battleframe‘, the first book in the ‘Mindwars‘ series. Last month, we put together a parody post about Michael...

DomainGang 3 days ago

You May Get Only One Chance to Buy a Domain Name

 Mark As Read    

There are quite a few ways to try and purchase a domain name in private. A buyer can negotiate directly with the owner, an anonymous offer can be placed on the domain name, a broker can be engaged to negotiate, or a domain name can be purchased through a domain marketplace. Despite all of the great options, buyers need to know that they may only ge...

Domain Investing 3 days ago

C-and-A.com Wins UDRP On C-A.Com Purchased For $3K & Offered To .Com Holder For $340K

 Mark As Read    

Cofra Holding AG of Zug, Switzerland which owns the domain name CandA.com, just won the rights to the domain name C-A.Com The thee member panel did not like the fact that the domain owner who purchased the domain name C-A.com in January 2014 for $3k was asking for six figures to the holder of CandA.com […]

The Domains 3 days ago

What up?! WUP.com saved from UDRP

 Mark As Read    

With three letter dot com domains remaining as the de facto coinage, it's no wonder companies still attempt to wrestle them away in a UDRP, as opposed to paying fair market prices for them. In a UDRP filed at the WIPO, the domain WUP.com was challenged by a German company, Wengenroth und Partner. The owners […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 3 days ago

WIPO panel denies UDRP on WUP.com

 Mark As Read    

Complainant probably didn't exist when domain name was registered. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP attempt on the three letter domain name WUP.com. The complaint was filed by Wengenroth & Partner, an German SEO and online marketing firm. It appears the company didn't even exist when the respondent register th...

Domain Name Wire 3 days ago

Domaining 2014: Rise in domain theft attributed to ICANN requirement

 Mark As Read    

As we're wrapping up 2014 in domaining, it's important to outline the effect a certain ICANN requirement has had this year. Beginning in January 2014, ICANN mandates that domain Registrars implement a verification mechanism – via email or phone – for all domain account holders. Citing the need to maintain valid WHOIS information, this m...

DomainGang 3 days ago

North Korea Confrontation Possible Over Sony Hack Attack

 Mark As Read    

A White House official said on Thursday that the administration was considering a “proportional response” against those who hacked into Sony Pictures computers, a retaliation that could thrust the United States into a direct confrontation with North Korea. (As far as I can see, that is political speak for "we have no idea what to […]

EscrowHill: Perfect for international domain sales

 Mark As Read    

I've been using EscrowHill as a domain escrow service for almost two months now; having documented my first sale to a domestic domain buyer, it's time to share some info about an international sale as well. The option to use the Premium Escrow where EscrowHill takes control of both the domain and the funds, allows […]

Acro.net 3 days ago

NameJet Selling “JetPacks”

 Mark As Read    

I noticed a new banner on the NameJet website advertising "JetPacks." These JetPacks are small groups of domain names that are up for auction in a single lot. There is a separate page for NameJet customers to see the JetPacks that are available for sale at any given time. Here's how NameJet describes their JetPacks on the JetPack section of their w...

Domain Investing 3 days ago

Will more contested TLDs get more registrations?

 Mark As Read    

Probably, but quantifying it is difficult at this point. I commonly hear that the best is yet to come in terms of new to level domain name launches. The most heavily contested applications are just getting resolved, and these represent the best top level domain names. It makes sense to me. But will this reflect […]

Domain Name Wire 3 days ago

Last week’s Expired Domain Name Sales

 Mark As Read    

After seeing English and Chinese jostling for king of the mountain week after week, it's a real pleasure to see Spanish climb to that top spot, as if reminding us that it – not English – stands as the world's 2nd most populous language (behind Mandarin). GoDaddy auctioned off the word Gustazo.com for $4.7k. If you're wondering what it means, well, ...

Domain Name Wire 3 days ago

DNA’s First Official “State of the Domains” Newsletter Now Published Completely in Chinese!

 Mark As Read    

TLD Registry the company behind Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website, have released a Mandarin version of the State of the Domains quarterly publication that is published by the Domain Name Association. They published on their website: TLD Registry is extremely proud to be responsible for the full layout and design of the Domain […]

The Domains 3 days ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Friday , December 19th

 Mark As Read    

Remember back in 2007 when blogging was all the rage and there were tons a media companies opening up trying to resell the traffic of highly visited sites? They used to give out referral money if you brought them someone that joined.  Some of those companies still exist and I still get checks and paypal deposits after all those years.  It's like ha...

Domain Shane 3 days ago

Recent Domain Sales That Have Been Developed (pics): Cabs.com, 100.org, FreeATM.com, More

 Mark As Read    

The screenshots below are additional examples of buyers of domains from September or October of this year that have either developed their sites, or purchased an upgrade domain and have redirected their acquisition to an existing website. Cabs.com sold for $50,000 at Sedo, and the owner is William Berry. You can see below that it's not much of a de...

Domain Shane 4 days ago

Breaking: North Korean hackers behind recent ICANN security breach

 Mark As Read    

North Korean hackers that recently infiltrated Sony, were allegedly responsible for a recent breach of the ICANN's CZDS and Wiki portals, according to corporate emails released today. The brazen act involved social-engineering of the ICANN CEO's uncle's first cousin, whose 14 year old son used the same password on his Xbox Halo profile. "It's unfor...

DomainGang 4 days ago

.Club takes 6 out of the top 10 New gTLD Sales on Sedo in 2014

 Mark As Read    

Sedo reported their top 10 new gTLD sales of 2014 and .club dominated the list with 6 out of 10. Things seem to be on the upswing as the company raised another $3million according to DomainNameWire. Upswing in new gTLDs such as .club and .berlin More than 300 new TLDs have been launched in the […]

The Domains 4 days ago

.Club raising more money, valued at $25.4 million

 Mark As Read    

.Club to be valued at $25.4 million after investment. The .Club top level domain name registry is raising more funds, and the latest round will value the company at $25.4 million after the investment closes. .Club previously raised $7.5 million, with about $3.5 million of that in debt. The company is conducting two additional fundraising […]

Domain Name Wire 4 days ago
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