General Domain Information

WordPress Poaching Google Domains Customers with Free Transfer Offer

In June, it was announced that Google will be exiting the domain registrar business. The company is selling Google Domains to Squarespace. After the deal closes, customers whose domain names are registered at Google Domains will have their domain names and account data transferred to Squarespace.

WordPress, which is also a domain registrar, published a blog post with a free domain name transfer offer to Google Domains customers. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post, in which WordPress offered free domain name transfers to Google Domains customers: Now Forwarding to Twitter

In 2017, Elon Musk acquired from PayPal in a private transaction. The acquisition price for, as far as I know, was never reported publicly by PayPal or Musk. For quite some time, has been underutilized, with just a small text “x” appearing in the upper left corner of the landing age.

Earlier this year, Elon Musk acquired Twitter. He has been tweeting about creating a company called X with financial services and Twitter amongst its properties. Musk recently put Twitter under the X umbrella. The copyright on the bottom of the website says, “© 2023 X Corp.

Ever Done a Buy with Lease Back Deal?

I have had quite a few lease to own deals in the last couple of years. It is a great option for a scrappy startup or financially strapped business to acquire a domain name at a lower up front cost.

In the real estate world, a less common deal structure is the purchase with lease back deal. A buyer will purchase a home and lease it back to the former homeowner for a set period of time. This is often done to give the home seller time to find another home or allow the seller’s children to finish the school year without disruption.

I think this type of deal could work in the domain name industry as well, and I am curious if anyone has done it.

.com Dominates YC Top Companies by Revenue

Y Combinator, one of the top startup incubators, published a list of its top 50 companies by revenue. The list includes some well-known brands like AirBnB, Reddit, Stripe, Instacart, and quite a few others that are widely known.  The first thing I did when I looked at the list of companies is observe the domain names they use.

Just Add “The”

I went to the post office the other day to buy stamps. I had a brief conversation with the person working at the counter, and he asked what I do. After telling him a little bit about my business, he told me he had a funny story to share with me.

He is an artist and he created a cartoon character. He told me he tried to buy a domain name matching the name of the character, but the owner wanted $2,000 for it. He then pulled out his phone and told me he wanted to show me something funny. He found a screenshot of the email he sent the owner telling him he added “The” to the domain name and bought it for $.99. He also told me he turned down a $1,000 offer for that domain name from someone else.

Best Domain Name from my Trip

We went on a quick trip to Chicago this weekend. I am always on the lookout for good domain names, and traveling is as good of a time as any to see something eye-catching.

I was surprised to see that is owned by a local appliance and electronics retailer. Before seeing their signs, I would have guessed this nice 3L .com domain name was owned by the pharmaceutical company that uses the ABT acronym for its stock symbol. While was good, it was not the best domain name I saw.

That honor belongs to, which I saw in a peculiar spot. As I was heading back home yesterday via O’Hare Airport, I made a quick stop in the restroom and saw the great domain name.

Two letter .coms aren’t necessarily the most valuable domain names, but it’s always neat to see a great name like when I am not expecting it.

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