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 2022-06-24 15:16 

Domain Investing

Turning Down a Big Opening Offer...

A few weeks ago, I received a $500k opening offer for one of my one word .com domain names via Dan.com. This was a strong offer well above the $100k minimum offer I had set for this unpriced domain name. I declined the offer and tried to negotiate a deal,...

 2022-06-24 13:11 

Domain Name Wire

Can registries reclassify your domain as premium before renewal?...

A reader asks about registries moving domains into premium pricing. Domain Name Wire reader Collin Love reached out to me recently with a question about premium domains in new top level domains. Premium domains are those priced higher by the registry. Mos...

 2022-06-23 18:30 

Domain Name Wire

Patent filed for "SafeMode" transitioning of top level domain names...

Patent describes a method for transferring top level domains from one registry operator to another. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published patent application 17/126103 (pdf) for "SafeMode management of domain transitioning." The patent...

 2022-06-23 16:57 

Domain Name Wire

Fountain.com, which outgrew its original domain, adds another $100 million in funding...

Over the years, dozens of startups have successfully used innovations to help make the hiring process easier. While many have focused on securing candidates for salaried employees, high volume hiring for hourly wage workers has been the focal point for so...

 2022-06-23 13:32 

Domain Name Wire

It's time to comment about domain transfers...

Provide feedback about how domain transfers should work. ICANN is asking for feedback about a Working Group's Initial Report that includes recommendations to change how domain transfers work. The Initial Report (pdf) proposes a slew of changes to inte...

 2022-06-23 13:23 

Domain Investing

Chill.com Acquired for $1.6 Million...

The Chill.com domain name is used by a company called Chill Brands that sells CBD-infused products. Chill.com was reportedly acquired by the company for $1.6 million. The deal involved two payment installments of $800,000 so it could not be recorded as a ...

 2022-06-22 17:00 

Domain Name Wire

Mike Mann sues to overturn UDRP decision...

DomainMarket asks court to intervene after questionable UDRP. Mike Mann's company DomainMarket, LLC has filed a lawsuit (pdf) after losing a UDRP for the domain name segurosmundial.com. Compaa Mundial de Seguros S.A., a Colombian insurance company tha...

 2022-06-22 15:33 

Domain Name Wire

Sedo adds six new payment methods...

Domain marketplace adds a credit card popular with business users. Domain name marketplace Sedo has added six new payment methods, and it's notable because one of them resolves a common gripe I hear about the platform: not accepting American Express. ...

 2022-06-22 15:02 

Domain Investing

Sedo Adds 6 New Payment Options...

Sedo announced the addition of six new payment options for domain name buyers using its platform. According to a representative from Sedo, "[T]hese additional payment methods are particularly advantageous for domain sellers: they ensure that buyers wo...

 2022-06-22 14:38 

TheDomains.com

Sedo now offering 6 more payment options...

Sedo made an announcement that they have added 6 new payment methods that customers can now use. Including American Express...

 2022-06-22 12:31 

Domain Investing

Identity Digital: Donuts & Afilias Unveil Rebrand...

At the end of 2020, Donuts acquired Afilias and its registry business. The two companies continued to operate and are now uniting under one brand name called Identity Digital. The rebrand was introduced in a press release this morning. Identity Digital us...

 2022-06-22 11:00 

Domain Name Wire

Donuts rebrands to Identity Digital...

Top level domain company Donuts changes its name and plans a significant marketing campaign. Don't expect free donuts at the Donuts booth during the next domain conference: the domain name company announced today that it's changing its name to Ide...

 2022-06-21 17:25 

Domain Name Wire

20 end user domain name sales up to $600,000...

A yachting company took the top spot on Sedo's end users sales this week. Earlier this month, Eric Borgos announced he sold yachts.com for $600,000. Now we know who bought it, as you'll see below. Sedo had some other nice sales that I can't ch...

 2022-06-21 16:39 

Domain Name Wire

How high will the bitcoin.xyz auction go?...

Auction tops $10,000 with 11 days to go. .Xyz has become the de facto top level domain for web3 projects, and few words are as important to web3 as bitcoin. So an expired domain auction for bitcoin.xyz at Namecheap is worth watching. With nearly 11 days t...

 2022-06-21 14:45 

TheDomains.com

NameJet/SnapNames May 2022 domain sales led by Vip.org...

NameJet had an 18% increase in the number of domains sold over $2K but a 20% drop in average sales price....

 2022-06-21 14:36 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly domain sales led by Yachts.com...

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Yachts.com led the way at $600,000. Sold by longtime domain investor Eric Borgos....

 2022-06-21 13:26 

Domain Name Wire

Newfold's $540k domain sales from last month...

A .org domain led the charts. Newfold Digital's domain marketplaces (NameJet and SnapNames) combined to sell 118 domains for $2,000 or more last month, totaling $541,000. The expired domain VIP.org led the way at $36,888. Here are some other notable s...

 2022-06-21 13:04 

Domain Investing

Have You Bought Crypto Domain Names?...

I read an article in Ad Age about brands purchasing crypto domain names. The article mentioned some major brands that acquired domain names in the .Eth extension that matched their brand name or trademark. There are other crypto extensions like .crypto, ....

 2022-06-20 21:20 

Domain Investing

Pay.com UDRP Fails: Should Have Been RDNH...

A UDRP was filed against the Pay.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The decision was published today, and unsurprisingly, the panel found in favor of the domain registrant. I think the panel should have ruled that this was an abusive...

 2022-06-20 17:15 

Domain Name Wire

An interesting UDRP: victron.com...

The majority of the panel applies an interesting interpretation to UDRP. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published (pdf) an interesting UDRP decision for victron.com. The majority of the panel found in favor of Complainant Victron Ener...

 2022-06-20 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Domain brokers discuss the market DNW Podcast #393...

Two domain brokers talk about what they're seeing in the market. Last week on the podcast I opined about what's happening in the domain market and what might happen as the economy changes. In the interim, the markets continued to tank and the rece...

 2022-06-19 20:00 

Domain Name Wire

How to see stats on your domain portfolio at ExpiredDomains.net...

Use this tool to get data for domains you already own. ExpiredDomains.net is an excellent tool for finding quality domain names listed for sale or expiring. I've often wished I could see the same data about my domain portfolio that I can see about dom...

 2022-06-17 16:41 

Domain Name Wire

Intercap acquires .LLP from UNR...

The registry already runs .inc. ICANN has published an assignment agreement for .llp, the latest of the domains that Frank Schilling's UNR sold in an auction last year to transfer hands. Intercap Registry Inc. is the buyer. The domain is a fit for the...

 2022-06-17 15:27 

Domain Investing

Wells Fargo Looking to Hire Domain Management Specialist...

Many companies have their IT, legal, or marketing groups manage their corporate domain name assets. Some companies outsource their domain name management to corporate registrars like CSC, GCD, or MarkMonitor. Very few companies seem to have a person whose...

 2022-06-17 15:04 

Domain Name Wire

Lego scoops up cybersquatted web3-related domains...

Man registered 14 domains including the famous Lego brand. Lego, the maker of the iconic connectable toy pieces, has won a case (pdf) against a cybersquatter who registered a bunch of web3-related domains with the famous brand in them. Most of the 14 name...

 2022-06-17 04:01 

TheDomains.com

Move over Web3 hype here comes Web5...

So while there has been a lot of buzz around Web3 it appears some are focused on Web5....

 2022-06-16 21:03 

Domain Investing

Why I Launched Embrace.xyz...

If you follow my Twitter account, you may have noticed a retweet of another account I operate: https://t.co/Au0j6CKC02 .XYZ domain names. Thanks to @GeorgeKirikos for the great idea.https://t.co/iF6ZeGoJvy — Embrace.xyz (@EmbraceXYZ) June 14, 2022 I...

 2022-06-16 15:32 

Domain Name Wire

.Help top level domain buyer revealed...

Seychelles company scoops up .help. ICANN has published the assignment agreement for .help, one of the domains Frank Schilling's UNR auctioned last year. Innovation Service Ltd, a Seychelles company, acquired the top level domain. I can't find any...

 2022-06-16 14:37 

Domain Name Wire

Angel Studios continues to soar after $2 million Angel.com purchase...

With Angel.com in hand, entertainment crowdfunding company takes off. When Angel.com changed hands in 2021, many spectators assumed that AngelList had acquired the domain. AngelList, an ever-popular resource in the startup community, launched in 2010 usin...

 2022-06-16 13:32 

Domain Investing

Namecheap Introduces Relate Using Relate.com...

Namecheap has acquired some exceptional descriptive domain names. I wrote about the company's $150,000 acquisition of Cluster.com as well as Wolf.com for $550,000. Namecheap also acquired Poke.com and IZ.com last year. One acquisition I did not write ...

 2022-06-15 16:29 

Domain Name Wire

ICANN disputes FDA's assertions about Whois...

Domain system overseer disagrees with FDA rep's complaints about Whois. ICANN CEO Gran Marby has sent a letter (pdf) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disputing a presentation (pdf) one of its representatives made this month. Dan Burke, the U.S...

 2022-06-15 14:17 

Domain Investing

How Long it Takes to Sell a Domain Name...

On a bike ride yesterday, I was chatting briefly about domain names with a friend. I acquired a nice domain name a few months earlier while on a ski trip with this friend and our families, and I received an offer to buy that name right before our ride. My...

 2022-06-15 13:19 

Domain Name Wire

End user domain sales up to $90,000...

A clothing brand, a vacuum technology company, and a real estate developer bought domain names. Sedo's top public sale this week is knowledgebase.com. A company that operates on the .ai version of this name bought the matching .com. Here's a list ...

 2022-06-14 20:46 

Domain Name Wire

.In cybersquatting dispute decisions are nowhere to be found...

NIXI removes published INDRP decisions, generating more questions about how the policy is implemented. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) isn't perfect. It works well most of the time but there are outlier cases, many of which I ...

 2022-06-14 20:35 

Domain Investing

Maximal.com: Dropped by EMC / Dell and Sold for 5 Figures...

One of the biggest auctions on the board today was Maximal.com. The domain name expired, was deleted, and it was caught by DropCatch.com. Maximal.com sold for $20,150. Prior to expiring, Maximal.com had been owned by EMC Corporation, which is part of Dell...

 2022-06-14 18:44 

Domain Name Wire

What I do to keep my head cool in a market onslaught...

Markets are down. As a domain investor, at least you're diversified. Unless you're a short seller, the past couple of months have probably been brutal for your investment portfolio. While the plunge weights on my psyche, I like to put it in perspe...

 2022-06-14 16:27 

Domain Name Wire

Issaquah, Washington soccer battle results in reverse domain name hijacking...

Issaquah, Washington youth soccer club gets a red card. Youth soccer can be a cutthroat endeavor, and two soccer clubs recently took a fight off the field. This match took place in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Issaquah FC, which uses the dom...

 2022-06-14 15:41 

Domain Name Wire

SoBold.com: a bold UDRP case fails...

Panelist rules the domain was not registered and used in bad faith. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found (pdf) against So Bold Limited in its UDRP case against sobold.com, but stopped short of finding reverse domain name hijacking...

 2022-06-14 15:34 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly domain name sales led by Knowledgebase.com...

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Knowledgebase.com led the way at $90,000....

 2022-06-13 20:36 

TheDomains.com

JoeRogan.net expires closes at $52,000 at GoDaddy auctions...

JoeRogan.net expires closes at $52,000 at GoDaddy auctions. The domain name redirected to JoeRogan.com....

 2022-06-13 19:30 

Domain Name Wire

ICANN board approves plan to dole out $212 million new TLD windfall...

Money will be distributed through a grant program. ICANN's Board of Directors yesterday approved a plan to distribute $212 million in funds from new top level domain auctions. The board approved a plan to create a separate group within ICANN to manage...

 2022-06-13 17:44 

Domain Name Wire

When the business fails, at least you still have the domain...

Eric Borgos cashes out after his business ideas didn't pan out. When you try to build a business on a great domain and it fails, take solace in the fact that you still own a great domain. You still have value. That's a lesson Eric Borgos has learn...

 2022-06-13 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

The domain market in 2022 DNW Podcast #392...

What's happening to the domain market as overall markets take a hit. What a year it has been. Markets crashing. Fewer new domain registrations. Inflation. The sky is falling. Or is it? On today's show, I walk through what's happening in the do...

 2022-06-13 14:04 

Domain Name Wire

Workforce.com domain name lawsuit settled...

Workforce.com, Inc. still owns the domain name. Workforce Software, LLC and Workforce.com, Inc. have settled their differences. For decades, the workforce.com domain was used by Workforce Magazine to deliver human resources news. But in 2019, a competitor...

 2022-06-13 13:41 

Domain Investing

Yachts.com Sold via Sedo for a Big Gain...

Less than a year ago, Eric Borgos announced that he acquired the Yachts.com domain name for $350,000, and he shared his plans for the business he intended to build on it. Andrew Allemann labeled it a "gutsy move," and I agree considering the globa...

 2022-06-13 12:55 

Domain Name Wire

Test driving GoDaddy's new account manager...

The new account manager is a big step up for managing domains at GoDaddy. GoDaddy has released a beta version of its domain manager to a small subset of users. If you haven't gotten access yet, be patient. More users are being added over time. I test ...

 2022-06-12 05:33 

TheDomains.com

Blockchain.com and Unstoppable Domains Introduce .blockchain, First Branded Domain Name...

83 million Blockchain.com Wallet users will be able to secure a free .blockchain NFT domain...

 2022-06-10 17:19 

Domain Investing

Reza Sardeha on the Domain Aftermarket...

If 2022 ended today, I would be pleased with the results. Thankfully, the year started off very good for my business. I feel particularly fortunate because I've had mid-6 figures in sales fall through after price and terms were agreed upon with fully ...

 2022-06-09 16:37 

Domain Name Wire

DigiCert acquires DNS Made Easy...

Major DNS company acquired. DigiCert, an online security company with a focus on public key infrastructure, announced today that it has acquired DNS Made Easy. DNS Made Easy is a managed DNS platform that, according to the release, has grown by double dig...

 2022-06-09 15:16 

Domain Name Wire

NamesCon auction looking for premium domains — and NFTs...

Right of the Dot will auction domain names and NFTs at this year's NamesCon. Right of the Dot has opened submissions for its live domain name auction at NamesCon on September 1. The group plans to include NFTs in its auction this year. While it's ...

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