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Was ChicagoWest.com Bought for $2k via HugeDomains?

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Apparently Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had a baby that they named Chicago West. As one might imagine, a domain name like that was long registered before the young West was born. In fact, ChicagoWest.com was registered back in March of 2015.

Since 2015, the domain name had been owned by HugeDomains.com. A Screenshots.com entry shows the domain name was for sale and it had a price of $2,095.

As of very recently, the domain name is now registered under privacy at GoDaddy. If you visit ChicagoWest.com, the domain name resolves to a generic GoDaddy landing page. This makes it unclear who bought the domain name – or even how much was paid. One thing seems clear though: someone bought ChicagoWest.com as HugeDomains.com says the domain name was sold: → Read More


Daily Poll: Do You Use Domain Brokers to Sell Domain Names?

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I don’t regularly use domain brokers to sell my domain names. There are some exceptional brokers, but I typically do my own marketing when I am looking to sell a domain name. I have worked with several brokers before – both when buying a domain name and selling a domain name. There are certainly some standout brokers in the industry who do a great job on behalf of their clients.

Today’s poll question is Do You Use Domain Brokers to Sell Domain Names? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.



Glory.com Decision is Good but Highlights Outbound Risk

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Earlier today, WIPO published the Glory.com UDRP decision. The complaint was denied and the domain owner (Microstrategy) will get to keep the Glory.com domain name. This is great because Glory.com is a high value domain name (they paid $115,000 in 2003 and it is worth substantially more today) that is generic in nature.

From my vantage point, the decision should have been pretty much a no brainer. Glory.com is a meaningful one word .com domain name that could be used by any number of companies called Glory. There are literally companies throughout the world known as Glory, and many of these would likely have a similar claim to the name as the complainant tried to prove. That being said, there was something a bit concerning in the UDRP decision that I look at as cautionary:

“This Panel’s finding is also supported by the fact that Respondent undisputedly never attempted itself to contact Complainant with the offer to sell the disputed domain name, but that Respondent quietly held the disputed domain name for 13 years. “

My interpretation is that had → Read More


Daily Poll: Do You Manage Your Own Inbound Leads?

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When someone inquires about a domain name I own, I negotiate with them. The negotiation is one of the more riveting aspects of domain name ownership, and I enjoy it. Some people don’t feel comfortable negotiating and others prefer to use an expert – like a domain broker – when they get inbound leads. The thinking (from what I understand) is that they will end up with a better price if they work with someone who negotiates for a living, even after commission, than if they negotiated on their own. A negotiation can be stressful and time consuming, so handing off a negotiation to someone else is desirable for some people.

Today’s poll question is Do You Manage Your Own Inbound Leads? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.



GoDaddy: No Super Bowl but Sponsoring Danica Patrick for Daytona 500 & Indy 500

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I have been emailing GoDaddy’s PR and media department to ask about whether the company will be running a Super Bowl commercial this year. I heard back from the company’s outside PR agency this morning, and GoDaddy will not have a commercial during this year’s Super Bowl. Although the company became a household name by advertising during the Super Bowl, they have not regularly had an ad for the last few years.

In addition to the Super Bowl news, GoDaddy also announced it is reconnecting with Danica Patrick, a NASCAR driver the company sponsored for many years. GoDaddy will be sponsoring Danica for her her final two races – the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2018 and the Indianapolis 500 on May 27th. I am not a big NASCAR or auto racing fan, but I believe those may be the two most watched races of the year.

GoDaddy will also be working with Danica once her racing career ends. The company will partner with her as she focuses her attention on being a business owner and entrepreneur. I think this is a smart move since it goes beyond the racetrack and allow GoDaddy to show its capabilities as it helps Danica grow her brand online.

The full press release I received is below: → Read More


Supernatural.com Reportedly Sold for $215,888

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According to an email from Above.com‘s Steve Baik, his company brokered the sale of Supernatural.com for $215,888. Simon Saleem brokered the domain name on behalf of the seller. The buyer appears to have been represented by CSC, and the domain name Whois registration is currently protected by CSC. As such, the buyer of the domain name is unknown for now. The domain name does not yet resolve.

I did not personally verify the sale, but I would imagine it will be reported to DNJournal and Ron Jackson will verify the sale price.

Once Ron verifies the sale and includes it in his weekly public domain name sales report, it will → Read More


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