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 2019-11-12 20:13 

TheDomains.com

Google wants to analyze your health records...

Google confirmed the deal, adding the arrangement adheres to HIPAA regulations regarding patient data and that it will meet necessary privacy and security requirements....

 2019-11-12 18:51 

Domain Name Wire

21 end user domain name sales at Uniregistry...

These companies invested in a new domain name for their business. I just reviewed the top 20 weekly sales at Uniregistry for this week and last, and discovered at least 21 sales that appear to be to end users. There are others that are likely end user sal...

 2019-11-12 18:15 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Auction Results Do Not Impact GoDaddy Appraisal...

I have been curious about how GoDaddy's appraisals change once an auction on its GoDaddy Auction platform closes. I am curious to see if the appraised value goes down since most auctions close below the appraised value, and the majority likely close c...

 2019-11-12 17:14 

Domain Name Wire

I'd bid more if......

Both GoDaddy Auctions and NameJet could make small changes that drive more bidding. I've acquired roughly 200 expired domain names this year. Most of these have been on the lower end, pricewise. I'd bid more on auctions, especially the higher-end ...

 2019-11-12 15:34 

Domain Investing

ROOM CEO Brian Chen Discusses Room.com Domain Name...

Adam Strong from Evergreen sent me a link to a video interview Jason Calacanis did with ROOM CEO Brian Chen, as part of his This Week In Startups series. In the interview, Jason asked Brian about the company's brand match domain name (skip to 2:42 if ...

 2019-11-12 14:52 

Domain Name Wire

.Com Winners & Losers: Dynadot surges...

Dynadot returned to the top 10; Chinese registrar Chengdu West plummets. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers July 2019. There was a shakeup in the to...

 2019-11-12 06:25 

TheDomains.com

Got a slow website? Google might start giving you a badge of shame...

Slow website? We are building out speed badging in close collaboration with other teams exploring labelling the quality of experiences at Google. We believe this will ensure that if you are optimizing your site to be fast, your site will not be inconsiste...

 2019-11-12 02:06 

TheDomains.com

What percentage of reported domain sales do you believe?...

The domain industry can only prove so much, domain sales are reported to DN Journal, recorded by and sometimes reported to Namebio. Blogs will sometimes break a story with a domain sale that no one else knew about. All these platforms rely on trust to a g...

 2019-11-12 01:05 

Domain Investing

Kate Buckley Responds to Allegations Made on NamePros...

Last week, I saw a thread on NamePros with an allegation made about the sale of Chocolate.com. I reached out to Kate Buckley, the domain broker who brokered the sale of Chocolate.com to see if she had any comment about the allegation that was made. This e...

 2019-11-11 23:57 

TheDomains.com

Kate Buckley addresses those who question her sales...

There was a post on Namepros that called into question the Chocolate.com sale. "NDA Keeps A FAKE Multi-Million $ Sale of Chocolate.com from being exposed" I wrote previously about the Chocolate.com sale and the buyer being revealed here. Kate deci...

 2019-11-11 16:50 

Domain Investing

Family Dispute Leads to UDRP...

When I was looking over the recent UDRP decision on UDRPSearch.com, I was not surprised to see the claim denied on a 5 domain name UDRP filing, which included AlcoholicBeverageDevelopment.com and AlcoholicBeveragePacking.com. I didn't even take a glan...

 2019-11-11 16:30 

Domain Name Wire

What to expect at NamesCon 2020 DNW Podcast #261...

Soeren von Varchmin talks about the domain investing community's big conference in January. I spent last week in Montreal at the ICANN meeting. While there, I sat down with NamesCon CEO Soeren von Varchmin to talk about January's conference. After...

 2019-11-11 14:59 

Domain Name Wire

NHL.com isn't the only three letter domain the hockey league owns...

It owns a three-letter .com for its French audience, too. Last week in Montreal, I went to the Canadiens vs. Bruins game with other people attending the ICANN meeting. Something caught my eye during the second period (see picture). While most people visit...

 2019-11-11 04:51 

TheDomains.com

Must have features for your ecommerce website...

How should an ecommerce website be built,What features will make the buying process painless for the user? What kind of tools should the backend have to ensure sales reporting and customer service ease?...

 2019-11-10 16:07 

Domain Investing

10 Recent Domain Name Buys for Less than $100 at GoDaddy Auctions...

It's hard to find good values at expiry auctions these days. There is a lot of competition, and the sale prices have continued to climb over the last few years. Perhaps we have seen a plateau in expiry auction prices, but I don't follow enough auc...

 2019-11-09 20:54 

TheDomains.com

A look at six figure sales over the last 3 years...

So far in 2019 we have had 50 reported sales of six figures or more, the highest of course being voice.com for $30,000,000....

 2019-11-09 16:04 

Domain Name Wire

How to go to NamesCon for cheap...

Here are ways to save money on your trip to Austin. NamesCon is not an expensive conference to attend. However, two things give people pause before booking their travel. First, NamesCon set the bar so low on prices in the past by going to The Tropicana th...

 2019-11-09 15:16 

Domain Investing

Domain Name Changes Can be Costly...

I came across an article on Hacker News that discussed a major layoff at a logo and design company called Looka. According to the article, the company laid off 80% of its employees. The layoff followed a corporate rebranding, as the company changed its na...

 2019-11-08 21:09 

TheDomains.com

The HD bot and GoDaddy Auctions...

The HD bot is actually working by piggybacking of the research and effort put in by us human investors and then simply placing bids based on that, using a typical 9-12% range of the GD valuation to do so....

 2019-11-08 16:39 

Domain Investing

Video: Bhavin Turakhia on BBC's CEO Secrets...

Bhavin Turakhia and Div Turakhia are almost certainly the most financially successful people who are involved in the domain name industry. Billionaires from several successful businesses, including Directi, Media.net, Radix, and other companies, Bhavin an...

 2019-11-08 16:38 

Domain Name Wire

HBO wins TrueDetective.com domain name in cybersquatting fight...

HBO gets domain name for popular series. It didn't take gritty police work to solve a case over the domain name TrueDetective.com. HBO has won a cybersquatting dispute over the domain name for its popular True Detective show. The company filed a compl...

 2019-11-08 16:09 

Domain Name Wire

Company tries to hijack SixthStreet.com domain name...

Finance company filed reverse domain name hijacking case to get SixthStreet.com. When I first saw that the domain name SixthStreet.com was in a cybersquatting dispute, I wondered if it was a couple of bar owners on the famed Sixth Street in Austin that we...

 2019-11-08 14:46 

Domain Name Wire

A Chinese perspective on the $550,000 upgrade from 5i5j.com to ij.com...

Here's why this upgrade makes sense, but still isn't perfect. A few days ago, domain broker James Booth announced on Twitter the sale of ij.com for $550,000. Another great name sold! https://t.co/kKyF8bhi7v gone to https://t.co/Fm3c9s3k6X for $550...

 2019-11-08 14:25 

Domain Investing

Wanda.com is Largest Sale of 2019 on NameJet...

Wanda.com closed in a public auction on NameJet yesterday. The domain name sold for $83,817 USD. There were 197 bids placed by 129 bidders in this auction. The domain name was sold by a private seller rather than in a more typical expiry auction. This is ...

 2019-11-07 21:15 

Domain Name Wire

ICANN loves how they do it down in Puerto Rico...

Group schedules a 2020 meeting for San Juan. ICANN has selected San Juan, Puerto Rico, for its first meeting of 2022. The meeting will take place March 5-10, 2022. The non-profit domain industry overseer held a meeting in San Juan last year. It originally...

 2019-11-07 21:04 

TheDomains.com

GoDaddy to do a share buyback of $500 million...

GoDaddy on Wednesday announced its biggest ever share buyback of $500 million.The company reported a 12% rise in quarterly revenue as the web hosting company earned more per user, sending its shares up 10% in extended trading....

 2019-11-07 18:49 

Domain Name Wire

When is RDNH not RDNH?...

Answer: when the UDRP panelist fails to address it. Some cybersquatting cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) are bad. Some are so egregious that you wonder how much research the Complainant did before fiing the case. Such i...

 2019-11-07 18:37 

Domain Investing

BackCountry Trademark Aggression + Domain Names...

Earlier this year, outdoor clothing retailer Backcountry reportedly started to become more aggressive with regards to its Backcountry trademarks. The company, which operates on its brand match descriptive domain name (Backcountry.com), reportedly went aft...

 2019-11-07 18:09 

TheDomains.com

Berkens Bits Mike on domain offers circa November 2009...

1st Rule Of Dealing With Domain Offers Is: People Lie. Mike Berkens spoke about dealing with domain offers back in November of 2009....

 2019-11-07 17:44 

Domain Name Wire

Tucows exits its domain name portfolio...

Company no longer holds a portfolio of domains for the secondary market. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released its Q3 earnings yesterday. You can see the numbers here (pdf), but they aren't the headline for the domain segment. Instead, it's this: after ma...

 2019-11-07 17:34 

TheDomains.com

Mobile ad spending will surpass desktop by 2022...

According to Statista's Digital Market Outlook, mobile advertising will account for 50 percent of ad spending by 2021 and finally surpass desktop in 2022....

 2019-11-07 16:59 

Domain Name Wire

Jimmy Wales goes with .social for new social network...

Wikipedia founder uses a two-letter .social domain. Whether you think it's a good idea or not, the truth is that some people and companies are opting for new top level domains rather than .com. The latest high profile example is Jimmy Wales, creator o...

 2019-11-07 14:35 

Domain Investing

Duggan.com UDRP Decided Rapidly...

Less than two weeks ago, I noticed that a UDRP had been filed against the Duggan.com domain name at the NAF. While Duggan stood out to me as a last name, what really caught my attention was a quick Whois search that showed that Duggan.com is owned by a pe...

 2019-11-07 14:25 

Domain Name Wire

.Org domains with rich history top expired domain sales...

A three-word .org domain name with lots of backlinks was the top expired domain sale at Web.com last month. Web.com's domain auction platforms grossed nearly $300,000 from sales of domains at $2,000 or more last month. The combined total includes both...

 2019-11-07 06:30 

TheDomains.com

Flippa changing pricing again...

In May I wrote about Flippa changing their pricing and it looks like they have done it again. It looks like a better deal to list a domain which was $15 and now 10. Last time all listings, regardless of type, size or location, are charged at a $15 per mon...

 2019-11-07 04:22 

TheDomains.com

Who is your number 2?...

Who is your number 2? What is your second favorite domain extension?...

 2019-11-06 21:37 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy reports Q3 earnings; Website builder has 1 million paid users...

Website builder hits key milestone as revenue continues upward climb. GoDaddy reported third quarter 2019 earnings this afternoon. Total revenue was $760.5 million, up 11.9% year over year, or 13.3% on a constant currency basis. The revenue number hit the...

 2019-11-06 18:47 

TheDomains.com

"he can only talk his crap to the dumb poor and deluded"...

Do you follow and read Rick Schwartz? One Namepros member believes you are dumb, poor and deluded. So yesterday Donuts started tweeting at Rick Schwartz and promoting their premium new gtld inventory. Donuts tweets Rick tweeted this morning Elliot Silver ...

 2019-11-06 17:17 

Domain Investing

Digits.com History is Interesting...

I saw an article on TechCrunch that caught my attention. A startup called Digits announced that it raised a $10.5 million Series A round of funding. A quick check of the domain name showed that it is using the high value, brand match Digits.com domain nam...

 2019-11-06 16:04 

Domain Name Wire

Some long numeric domains may work in corporate China...

Long numeric domains can work in China, but not usually. Generally speaking, long numeric domains are difficult to remember and use for Chinese companies. However, like anything in life, there are always exceptions. A small number of long numeric domains ...

 2019-11-06 14:33 

Domain Name Wire

Technology companies prevail among recent end user sales...

A veterinary clinic, analytics company, and an ad tech company bought domain names. End users picked up some nice domain names at Sedo this week. I love Pageview.com for an analytics company. A Seattle-area veterinary clinic chain dropped two letters off ...

 2019-11-05 23:50 

Domain Investing

Donuts Banters with Rick Schwartz About Rick.TV...

Earlier today, Donuts launched its long-advertised sale of new gTLD domain names from its internally-held portfolio. I found a humorous Twitter thread started by the Donuts Twitter account that was created for this sale campaign mentioning Rick Schwartz a...

 2019-11-05 21:44 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by Kama.co...

Sedo released their weekly sales report and Kama.co led the way at 20,000 Euros, ($22,151). This is one of the highest .co sales of the year....

 2019-11-05 21:25 

TheDomains.com

NameJet/Snapnames October sales report led by KnowYourStuff.org...

Web.com released their NameJet/Snapnames monthly sales report for October. KnowYourStuff.org led the way at $30,600. CFAH.org was second at $24,300. PhoneCases.com was the first .com on the list at $24,000. knowyourstuff.org $30,600.00 NameJet cfah.org $2...

 2019-11-05 19:02 

Domain Name Wire

Part of MarkMonitor sold to OpSec Security...

Clarivate will retain the domain name business. Clarivate Analytics (NYSE: CCC) is selling part of its MarkMonitor business to OpSec Security. OpSec Security is an anticounterfeiting and brand protection company. It will acquire the MarkMonitor brand prot...

 2019-11-05 17:24 

Domain Name Wire

October's Top 5 domain stories...

Lawsuits, an expired domain story and the early days of Netflix were popular stories last month. 1. Amazon sues "get rich quick" Fulfilled by Amazon course seller The company claims these course sellers are misusing its trademarks. 2. Facebook sue...

 2019-11-05 15:59 

Domain Investing

Network Solutions Sends Security Alert Email...

Last week, I wrote about a security incident at Network Solutions, Register.com, and Web.com that was announced by these registrars. All three of these domain registrars owned and operated by Web.com. By chance, when I was logging in to my Register.com ac...

 2019-11-05 15:24 

Domain Name Wire

Chinese domain market the big picture...

This is the first article in an ongoing series by Kassey Lee about the market for domain names in China. Backed by a massive population of digital consumers, China is positioned to become the largest domain market in the world. In a series of articles, I ...

 2019-11-04 20:57 

Domain Name Wire

ICANN Board finds no problems with new .Org contract...

Board believes Reconsideration Requests are without merit. ICANN's Board of Directors has found no problems with ICANN's handling of the .org contract renewal with Public Interest Registry. Two organizations filed reconsideration requests over the...

 2019-11-04 20:40 

TheDomains.com

Bidding war for Gambling-law-us.com just ended at $57,000...

Gambling-law-us.com closed at $57,000 at GoDaddy auctions The 16 year old domain was another link profile play like YMCDN.com and Recipe4Living.com....

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