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Neustar Domain Names Expiry Domain Name with a $900 Minimum Bid

3 is coming up for auction on NameJet. From what I can see, the minimum bid is listed at $900 rather than the standard $69 minimum bid amount:

Based on the “pendingrenewalordeletion” email address, it looks like this is an expiry domain name rather than a private listing. The NameJet auction page also confirms that this is an expiry channel listing rather than a privately owned “Direct Lister” listing.

The high bid is listed at $69, and there is one bidder for this auction at the time of publication. I believe people can place the $69 minimum bid to observe the auction, but if it ends at below the $900 minimum bid, the domain name will not sell. I am not sure whether the → Read More

Directi is #1 in 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies List


According to an article published on LinkedIn yesterday, Directi has been named the #1 company on the 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies in India list. This list is comprised of companies that have offices in India where professionals would most like to work, “based on the actions of LinkedIn’s more than 546 million professionals (over 47 million in India alone).” Here’s how the list was determined:

“The Top Companies list is based on the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn members and looks at four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention.”

Directi was found by Divyank Turakhia and Bhavin Turakhia, and the company was acquired by Endurance International Group in a 9 figure deal. From what I understand, co-founder Bhavin stayed on board, and I believe he still works with the company. Directi operates a number of domain industry companies such as Big Rock and Radix. The LinkedIn article notes that the global headcount at Directi is “more than 1,500.”

Some of the other notable companies on the list of 25 that ranked lower than Directi include: → Read More

Daily Poll: Are You Concerned About Whois Changes?


There is growing talk about GDPR compliance that will likely cause major changes to the Whois database. Most of the changes are still up in the air, and there have been discussions about what to do in the short term while a long term solution is hammered out.

From my vantage point, this is going to change the business of domain investing. I don’t know if it will have a major impact or if the Whois change will end up simply adding a step or two to the process of contacting domain owners or performing due diligence.

Perhaps it is just me, but it does not seem like most domain investors are concerned about this. Perhaps it is a lack of awareness or maybe people think things will work out in the end. I am curious if you are concerned about Whois changes that are likely coming as a result of GDPR compliance. I invite you to vote in the poll below and share your thoughts.

Municipalities Shouldn’t Let Old Domain Names Expire


Saving money is important for municipalities. Taxpayers tend to ask their elected officials to spend less money, and elected officials probably want to save money however they can. I urge municipalities to not let previously used domain names expire!

This afternoon, I noticed a domain name formerly owned by a local municipality coming up for auction. This .org domain name is a pending delete domain name, so I do not believe the former registrant can renew it at this point in time. The domain name appears to have been used as a website, but the website is now resolving on a different domain name affiliated with the municipality. The Twitter account for this town agency still has the old domain name listed in its profile (the domain name that is coming up for auction), and I presume there are probably quite a few backlinks that reference the domain name.

Once the domain name goes to auction, it is almost certain that a third party will own the domain name unless someone from the town (or a benefactor) decides to re-purchase it. My guess is that the backlinks give this otherwise → Read More

Daily Poll: Would You Notify Someone Well Known About their Expired Domain Name?


There have probably been dozens of times where I noticed the exact match .com domain name of someone famous expired and it had been previously owned by them or someone associated with them. On occasion (very rarely), I have reached out to the person or to their representatives to let them know about the expiry and what will happen if the domain name isn’t renewed.

For whatever reason, people don’t always respond kindly. I guess some people think I am trying to scam them or think I am somehow trying to take something from them. I guess domain name ownership is still a bit foggy for most people, and they have their guard up when someone emails them out of the blue. This has made me a bit reluctant to contact people because I don’t really want a nice “head’s up” to turn into a time suck.

If you noticed the domain name of someone famous expired and was going to auction if not renewed, would you contact them to let them know?

Philips Shows How to a Rebrand with Signify


Philips Lighting, an entity operated by the Philips company, is rebranding. According to the news release published late last week, “Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify..” The main company, Philips, will continue operating under its longstanding brand name.

Smartly, the company acquired the exact match .com domain name, From what I can see using DomainTools’ Whois history tool, it looks like the domain name was acquired late last year. A historical Whois record from October 31, 2017 shows that the domain name was registered to Marksmen, Inc., a company that helps brands covertly acquire domain names from third parties. Prior to that, was owned by a company called Signify Solutions Limited.

Because was → Read More

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