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eBike.com Sells for $71,938 on DropCatch.com

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DropCatch.com had its second largest publicly recorded sale yesterday. eBike.com sold for $71,938 in an expiry auction on the platform. There was a considerable amount of bidding at the end of the auction, which kept the auction running for an extended period of time. According to NameBio, this sale is the second largest sale at DropCatch.com, behind the $220,950 sale of Lian.com in January of 2016.

For the past ten plus years, eBike.com had been privately registered, so it is unclear who owned the domain name prior to its expiration. Interestingly, in September of 2006 (the last time I can see the Whois record was public), eBike.com had been registered to “The GoDaddy Group,” according to the DomainTools Whois History tool. It looks like this entity is somehow affiliated with GoDaddy. I am not sure if that means the domain name had been owned by the company at the time or if that was some sort of generic or proxy Whois record I don’t recall seeing. I checked Archive.org and didn’t see a development history for this domain name.

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Daily Poll: How Much Would it Take to Buy Your Portfolio?

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I am sure there are lots of people who would like to sell their entire domain name portfolio. Perhaps this is to enable them to start from scratch and rebuild it based on what they have learned over time. Some might sell their portfolio for a substantial amount of money and simply retire or move on to other investments.

If a major company or investor approached you and asked to purchase your entire portfolio, what number would it take to get a deal done? As always, you are welcome to share some additional thoughts about this in the comment section.



Changes I Made After Watching Paul Nicks Keynote

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Like many of you, I watched Paul Nicks’ NamesCon keynote speech yesterday afternoon. I thought there were quite a few helpful and interesting nuggets of information that he shared, especially for people who list their domain names for sale via Afternic.

Earlier today, in response to the keynote, I made some changes to a large group of domain names I have listed for sale. Here are a few:

I added the Afternic phone number to my parked domain names that I have listed for sale on Afternic. Yes, I would need to pay a commission if they help sell the domain name, but I have already committed to that by listing on Afternic. If their brokers can provide a lift over the phone vs. emails with me, it will be worth the commission fee. You can see the for sale message I am using by visiting Colonel.com.

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Daily Poll: Do You Sell Domain Names via Afternic?

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It’s not every day that I watch a video related to the domain industry and learn from it. Yesterday, I shared the Paul Nicks keynote speech at NamesCon, and it was well worth my time. If you sell domain names via Afternic, I strongly recommend you watch it when you have time. It gives a great overview about how GoDaddy prices and sells domain names from its NameFind portfolio.

Having said that, I am curious if you use Afternic to sell your domain names. I have quite a few of my names listed for sale there and I am curious if others do as well. Participate in the poll below and feel free to share your thoughts about using Afternic if you would like.



NamesCon Keynote from GoDaddy’s Paul Nicks

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One of the most popular and helpful keynote speeches at NamesCon was the one given by Paul Nicks, GM of the Aftermarket at GoDaddy. In his speech, Paul discusses how GoDaddy prices, sells, and manages its NameFind portfolio.

I was unable to attend the speech due to the conflicting ICA panel held at the same time as the keynote, so I have been hoping video of the keynote would be shared online. Joe Styler just tweeted about the video, and I embedded the keynote below for your viewing pleasure.

If you have questions for Paul in response to his keynote, you are welcome to share them in the comment section. I have not yet had the chance to watch the video, but I plan to watch it as soon as I have some free time.


Daily Poll: How Much Impact Does .com Registration Fee Have on Your Business?

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I read Matt Serlin’s article on CircleID discussing the future of .com pricing and think it’s worth a quick read. On occasion, domain registrars and other industry companies send out a survey asking people to share how much of an impact domain name pricing has on me/my business.

From my perspective, it has very little impact. I own around 500-600 domain names at any given time, so even if the registration and renewal fee for .com domain names increased by $1/year, it would have a negligible impact on my business. Of course I don’t want to spend an extra $500 – $750 a year on fees without getting anything additional, but it wouldn’t be all that harmful to my business all things considered. I would never want to spend more money than I should spend, nor would I want friends and colleagues to be impacted, but I am wondering how others feel about this.

I am curious how much of an impact it would have on others. Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts.



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