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Saturday Afternoon Thoughts and Updates

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Today is the one year anniversary of Lonnie Borck’s passing. It is hard to believe it has been a year already. If you have a chance, you should try and do something kind for someone else this weekend. Lonnie was always helping others out when he could.

Here are some domain industry thoughts and updates:

The ICA website has some good information about UDRP filings and UDRP defense. For those who aren’t familiar with what to do after a UDRP was filed against a domain name they own, this is a good place to get information.

You probably noticed the NamesCon banners at the bottom of each article. NamesCon is offering readers two → Read More


Payoneer Escrow Offering 50% Discount

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Payoneer Escrow has a special offer for new clients in conjunction with the Merge Show. I was told that the company is offering 50% off transactions for new customers. The offer is valid on transactions that are started at Payoneer Escrow from now until then end of 2017.

Although this offer is targeting people who have not used Payoneer Escrow before, current customers are able to use the discount if they do a deal with someone who is not a customer. By way of an example, if I (a Payoneer Escrow customer) sell a domain name to a company that has not used Payoneer Escrow before, the discount would be applied. In this case, the new user would start the transaction for the discount to be applied.

This is a nice acquisition → Read More


260.com Was Sold

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I noticed a Whois change on 260.com, and it looks like the domain name was sold. Previously it was registered to a company in Grand Cayman, and the new registrant is based in China.

I emailed the former owner to confirm the sale, but I did not hear back from him. I realized the email was sent to his old @260.com email address, so I am sure he did not receive my email asking about a potential sale. When I followed up with him using another email address, he confirmed that he sold the domain name, but he said he could not comment at all about the sale or sale price.

Three number .com domain names (NNN.com) have been selling for serious money the last few years. Although the Chinese domain investment market seems to be down a bit from highs achieved a couple of years ago, domain names like these are still selling for a lot of money. The most recent public → Read More


Heritage.com Acquired by Heritage Auctions

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Heritage AuctionsHeritage Auctions has (smartly) acquired the Heritage.com domain name. I would consider this an upgrade, but the company already owns the powerful HA.com domain name, so this is more of a complementary acquisition. I think this was a smart purchase by the company.

If you visit Heritage.com, you will be forwarded to the main HA.com website. You can see the SSL says “Heritage Capital Corporation,” and the company is tracking the traffic delivered via the domain name.

This afternoon, Heritage Auctions published a press release announcing the acquisition. In it, James Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions said, “Memorable internet addresses are crucial to today’s successful digital commerce, and acquiring HERITAGE.com is another convenient method for clients recognize us and connect with us.”

In August of 2016, I suggested that Heritage Auctions should buy the Heritage.com domain name that was listed for sale via Flippa. At that time, the domain name was listed for sale for → Read More


Trivia: What Was the First Domain Name Sold by GoDaddy?

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We all know that Symbolics.com was the first domain name ever registered. That domain name was registered on March 15, 1985. That domain name is currently owned by Aron Meystedt of Napkin.com (and Heritage Auctions).

Here’s a bit of domain industry trivia for you: What was the first domain name ever sold by GoDaddy? The domain name is still registered, and the owner of the domain name still has it registered at GoDaddy.

The first person to answer the question correctly gets a virtual high 5 from me.


Afternic Outbound Email Sales Tactic

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I was chatting with Adam Strong, and he let me know he has had some success selling domain names through Afternic. He just started listing some of the domain names from his portfolio a couple of months ago, and he has sold five figures worth of names. On one of his sales, he was chatting with the buyer, and she mentioned that she learned about his Afternic listing after receiving an email from GoDaddy.

I had not heard about this outbound sales tactic, and I have not received an email like the one that was described. With Adam’s permission (and encouragement), I emailed Afternic’s Alan Shiflett to learn more about this email campaign. He confirmed that GoDaddy sends out occasional emails to prospective buyers, and he was kind enough to share two examples of the email for me to share with readers. I asked Alan to mock it up using one of my own domain names because I don’t have permission to use someone else’s domain name listed on Afternic, so these two emails are samples: → Read More


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