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Overcoming Boredom

There are moments of pure excitement with the world of domain investing. Winning a competitive auction, receiving a domain name sale payment email from a domain name marketplace, confirming an inbound or outbound domain name transfer, an inquiry or offer from a qualified prospect, and a fruitful negotiation with a tough counterpart. I am sure there are more, but you get the picture.

Beyond these sometimes fleeting moments, there is a great deal of boredom in the domain space. There is only so much time that can be spent seeking out domain names to buy, bidding on domain names, and negotiating sales. A great deal of the day to day domain investment management activity is pretty boring to me.

Escrow.com 1H 2021: Domain / Website Sales Up 77%

Escrow.com released some sales data from the first half of 2021, and it confirmed what many people have been saying. Domain name (and website) sales transacted via Escrow.com had a big first half of the year. Escrow.com reported that sales growth for “Online” sales, including domain names and websites, grew 77% compared to the first half of 2020.

This figure isn’t all that surprising given the fact that the world was mired in the growing Covid-19 pandemic during the first half of 2020. People are still dealing with challenges related to the pandemic, but online sales have been flourishing. I am actually bit surprised this figure wasn’t higher, but that may be influenced by my own buying and selling activity.

Escrow.com has grown other lines of business in the last year. In fact, motor vehicle sales sale growth of 210% for the first half of 2021 when compared to the same time period in 2020. Other areas of growth mentioned in the Escrow.com were General Merchandise (up 42%), Services (up 37%) and Luxury (up 18%).

In total, Escrow.com transacted $366.7 million in transactions during the first half of 2021. This marks an increase of 73% from the first half of 2020.

Here are the details that were shared with me today:

First Look at the Stud.com Logo

Rick Schwartz recently announced he would open a domain brokerage. He later revealed he would be using Stud.com, a domain name he has owned for many years. Over the past few days, Rick has been sharing more details about how Stud.com will work:

Having a Reliable Web Developer is Essential

I’ve pretty much retired from website development projects. I previously shared why I retired my pet websites, and I already sold all of the geodomain names I developed over the years (Lowell.com, Newburyport.com, Burbank.com, and several other smaller projects). The only websites I continue to operate are Embrace.com and DomainInvesting.com, and I intend to keep it that way.

Website development can be a challenging job. The owner needs to design the website and ensure the functionality is perfected to achieve various goals. The owner also needs to be sure the website is secure. Not only does the owner need to protect company and customer data, but also be sure the website isn’t sending spam and doesn’t get hacked. This isn’t always easy, but it does require regular attention.

Joe Styler Launches SicilianSeaSalt.com

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Joe Styler is a Product Manager at GoDaddy, but does much more than that for the company. In many ways, Joe is the face of the company to the domain investment community. Have a question or concern about GoDaddy on NamePros? Joe is usually the guy who answers. He is essentially an ambassador for the company to domain investors.

One thing that I think is neat about GoDaddy is that the company appears to encourage its employees to have side gigs. Joe has embraced this, and he has operated TheaterTickets.com for several years. This afternoon, Joe announced the launch of another side gig on a great domain name – SicilianSeaSalt.com:

Initial Thoughts on the Dan.com Update

I have been excited about “Dan.com 2.0” which has been in the works for quite some time. The company launched the newest iteration of its platform a week ago, and I have had some time to poke around over the last week

Dan has been an advertiser on my blog, and I slowly started listing names on the platform a little over a year ago. I’ve sold quite a few domain names there, and as a result, I now list nearly all of my inventory-quality domain names on Dan in addition to quite a few of my highest value domain names. I appreciate that Dan is an advertiser here, but Dan has earned my business by producing domain name sales results.

After spending some time checking out the back end of the Dan platform as well as looking at the landing pages, I want to share a few thoughts about it:

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Overcoming Boredom

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Escrow.com 1H 2021: Domain / Website Sales Up 77%

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Rick Schwartz recently announced he would open a domain brokerage. He later revealed he would be using Stud.com, a domain name he has owned...

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