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Poll: Will You be at NamesCon Europe?


NamesCon Europe is coming up in June, and it will be held in the city of Cascais, Portugal (a short drive from Lisbon). The conference will be held from June 20-22, 2019. NamesCon shared more information about the conference in a tweet yesterday:

Poll: Was DomainNames.com a Good Buy?


Earlier this morning, I shared a video of the DomainNames.com auction at NamesCon. The domain name sold for $370,000, and I believe Frank Schilling of Uniregistry was the winning bidder.

I thought I would ask readers their thoughts on the purchase via poll question below. “Good buy” doesn’t necessarily mean a good price to re-sell. I presume Frank / Uniregistry will be the end user, so even if you think the price was on the high side, it could still be considered a good buy. Feel free to share additional thoughts in the comment section after you vote if you would like:

Daily Poll: Will You Attend NamesCon 2019?


NamesCon 2019 is coming up in about 3 weeks from now. This will apparently be the last NamesCon conference in Las Vegas, according to a preview in DNJournal. I have mixed feelings about that.

I don’t love Las Vegas, but I have become accustomed to traveling there every year from NamesCon. There is an assortment of hotels, there are plenty of restaurants for every taste, and there are all sorts of activities. It can also be relatively cheap, depending on your preferences. Everything is also pretty close together, so if you want to have a private meeting, you can easily find somewhere to meet without prying eyes. It’s also a great place to find a public spot and congregate with a larger group of people. There’s almost something for everyone in Las Vegas.

I will probably attend NamesCon wherever it is held next year (buying my ticket right as this year’s event ends), but if others opt to not attend, it will be less appealing. With this year’s conference coming up in a few short weeks, I am curious to know if you plan on attending.

Daily Poll: Will Next Year be Better Than This Year?


The year is almost over. It’s almost always a bit sad starting over at $0 to start the year. Actually, I almost always start in the hole because of a few recurring charges that hit on the first of the month.

I think this year has been pretty solid for domain investors and their investments, although some areas struggled. Many economic prognosticators are be predicting tough times next year. Perhaps a recession is on the horizon. That could be problematic for domain investors, but who knows.

Do you think 2019 will be better than 2018? Vote in the poll below and feel free to share your thoughts about it in the comment section:

Daily Poll: Will 2019 be “the year of weird domain names”?


Yesterday, the UK edition of Wired published an article about new gTLD domain names: Forget dot com, 2019 will finally be the year of weird domain names. The article cited the increasing registration numbers of new gTLD extensions and the increasing usage of them.

I am not sure if the increasing registration numbers is a good way to look at things because of the very low pricing promotions that are out there. I presume if Verisign lowered the cost to buy .com domain names to $.99 or even $2.00 across the board, there would be a very big increase in registration volume. On the other hand, I do agree that the new gTLD domain names are being used more widely these days and I would say by a varying audience.

Have a look at the Wired article and then vote – will 2019 be “the year of weird domain names“?

Daily Poll: What is a Fair Exclusivity Period?


Just about every domain broker requires a domain name owner to commit to a period of exclusivity where they are the only broker that can represent the domain name. In addition, I believe most brokers require a domain owner to pay a commission, regardless of where or how the domain name was sold, if the domain name is sold during this exclusivity period.

Although some brokers and brokerages may allow the domain owner to negotiate the exclusivity period, some brokers may be more firm. From a broker’s perspective, they don’t want to spend time, effort, and possibly money on outreach to sell a domain name and find out that the owner sold it shortly thereafter. They need to protect their own personal investment into the sale of the domain name.

I thought it would be good to know what readers think is a fair period of exclusivity for a domain broker working on marketing a domain name. Fair is the chosen word because it should be fair for both the broker and the domain owner. Vote in the poll below and feel free to share additional thoughts in the comment section:

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