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Don’t Put Too Much Stock in One Sale

I had a nice five figure sale to close out last month. It was the kind of name I can easily replace, and in fact, I have been working on that. I have been buying similar types of names inexpensively, figuring if one startup paid five figures, others would probably do so, too.

Although it didn’t cost me much money, this wasn’t the best move.

After I sold the domain name, the nameservers changed to GoDaddy default servers from my Dan.com servers. The Whois record was private, like all new GoDaddy transfers. I had no idea who bought the domain name or how it would be used. This afternoon, I checked on the domain name to see if the buyer is using it yet.

My Thoughts on GoDaddy Acquiring Dan.com

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I list nearly all of my domain names for sale on both Dan.com and GoDaddy (via Afternic). The domain names mostly resolve to Dan.com landing pages but are also listed via GoDaddy’s expansive sales network. These are the only two platforms I currently use to sell domain names, beyond my own landing pages.

In a blog post published on Medium this morning, Dan.com announced it is going to be acquired by GoDaddy:

Bird is the Word on Bird.com


According to a DNW article in November of last year, the Bird.com domain name was sold for an undisclosed price to an undisclosed buyer. At the present time, the domain name is registered at MarkMonitor, and the registrant is DNStination Inc., MarkMonitor’s privacy proxy service.

Montblanc Shouldn’t Have Let This Name Expire

I went to sign a purchase agreement using a Montblanc pen I received as a gift. Midway through signing my first set of initials, the pen died. I unscrewed the pen to see what type of ink refill I needed to purchased, and conveniently, the ink type and website domain name were clearly listed on the ink cartridge: MontblancRefills.com.

I visited MontblancRefills.com, and the page did not load. A look at the url bar showed the domain name had redirected to another website. It appears I landed on a zero click landing page. I quickly re-checked to make sure I didn’t typo the domain name, and I had not.

Behind the $35k Purchase of Testimonial.io

According to its founder, Testimonial, is “a platform that helps businesses collect, manage and distribute testimonials in a single place.” The company has used the Testimonial.to domain name for its website. According to Testimonial founder Damon Chen, the company just acquired Testimonial.io for $35,000 via SquadHelp:

In the tweet, Damon linked to a blog post he published on the Medium platform with insight about his domain name acquisition. I’ve heard of many different reasons for a domain name acquisition, but this one was fairly unique.

At the time of publication, Testimonial.io still resolves to a SquadHelp landing page. Based on the Whois record, it does not appear that the domain name has transferred yet.

Once the $35,000 sale of Testimonial.io is archived by NameBio, it will rank in the top 50 public .io domain name sales of all time.

Thanks to Jag for calling out this tweet and blog post.

Turning Down a Big Opening Offer

A few weeks ago, I received a $500k opening offer for one of my one word .com domain names via Dan.com. This was a strong offer well above the $100k minimum offer I had set for this unpriced domain name. I declined the offer and tried to negotiate a deal, but unfortunately a deal was not reached.

When I received the offer, my first thought was the offer wasn’t genuine. Even though someone needs to confirm the offer by entering a verification code sent by Dan.com via email, I felt that it wasn’t legit. Put simply, in my experience, nearly all opening offers I have received have been pretty close to the minimum offer amount. People, myself included, tend to try and find the minimum offer and work from there.

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