It looks like there’s a new redirect on Loser.com. If you visit Loser.com, you will land on the Wikipedia page for Russia President Vladimir Putin. I am not sure how long Loser.com has been redirecting to this Wikipedia page, but I presume it was recently done in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Loser.com is one of the most infamous domain names. So much so, it has its own Wikipedia page chronicling its’ history and usage over the years. Loser.com is registered under Whois privacy, so I do not know the current registrant behind the forwarding.
In the video testimonial below, Shri Ganeshram, founder of Awning, discussed the benefit of his company’s Awning.com domain name. In particular, Shri mentions the credibility that is earned by the brand for having a premium domain name like Awning.com.
A Whois search shows that Awning.com has been registered under Whois privacy at Uniregistry for quite some time. This is likely because Awning doesn’t actually own Awning.com. Instead, the company leases it via Venture.com. Instead of having to spend a significant sum of money to acquire the domain name, the company is able to pay a monthly fee to lease the domain name.
According to Crunchbase, Awning has raised more than $9.3 million in funding. Shri mentions that the company was not hampered in its fundraising by leasing the domain name rather than owning it.
In order to email a domain registrant who has Whois privacy enabled at Network Solutions, people now need to send a message via the contact form found on the Network Solutions Whois search page. I learned this when I sent a follow-up email to a Network Solutions privacy proxy email address.
In September of last year, I tried to buy a domain name that is registered at Network Solutions. I sent an email to the domain registrant using the unique @networksolutionsprivateregistration.com email address. I did not receive a response. Yesterday, I sent a follow-up email using the current @networksolutionsprivateregistration.com email address, and I received an immediate auto-reply from the firstname.lastname@example.org email address notifying me of the change:
“To reach a domain contact about a privacy protected domain name, please search for the domain name on the WHOIS page and submit your message through the domain contact request form at the bottom of the results page. This process protects the privacy of the domain name holders in the WHOIS system.
Network Solutions Customer Support Team”
I don’t recall ever running into this before, and a search of my email history for this type of email did not yield any results.
Network Solutions is not the only domain registrar that requires people to use a contact form to contact domain registrants using Whois privacy. In fact, I believe several registrars like Google and Tucows also have similar messaging when an email is sent to a Whois privacy email address.
When you visit the Network Solutions Whois contact form, there are two ways to reach out to make an offer for a domain name. On the right side, there is a link to use their “Certified Offer Service” to make an offer with the assistance of a broker. At the bottom of the page, there is a button to “Send a Message” to the registrant. Clicking this will produce a form with a drop down menu that has 3 short message options along with a message field.
If it wasn’t for this blog, I probably wouldn’t have much of a presence on Twitter. I would probably use my account to follow various accounts of interest – domain names, investing, news, sports…etc. I most likely wouldn’t spend time communicating via Twitter like I do now.
Because of my blog and Embrace.com, I spend a fair amount of time tweeting about domain names. Many of these tweets highlight notable domain name sales and domain name acquisitions. Not only do the tweets drive some traffic to my website, but they also help build the Embrace.com brand.
When I inquire about buying a domain name, I do so using my real name with my real contact information. Being transparent can help establish trust, and that is crucial in a negotiation. While some people may opt to not sell a domain name to a domain investor, I would rather a counter party know why I am buying a domain name rather than think I am a major corporation with unlimited funding.
Tyler Mason, Senior Director of Strategy and Advisory at GoDaddy Corporate Domains (GCD) put together a list of domain extensions used by the “Top 100 NFT projects” ranked by volume, and he shared it on his LinkedIn page last week.
With Tyler’s permission, I embedded his post with the graph and his commentary:
Tyler used CryptoSlam as the source of his ranking data and Icy.Tools for the website information. It should be noted that there are more than 16,000 NFT projects (and growing), so this is just the tip of the iceberg.
I case you can’t see the graphic, the top 5 most used extensions are:
Many people who want to buy a good domain name have no idea about domain name values. For this reason, domain investors receive countless lowball offers for their domain names. It’s an annoying aspect of the business, but I try to reply to everyone who inquiries about a domain name as a courtesy.
Over the weekend, I received a $50 offer for one of my one word .com domain names. It’s a name I’ve had for a while and have turned down many substantial offers. I replied to the prospect and explained the types of offers that have been received to show him just how far off his offer was. I also shared a list of publicly reported one word .com sales I track on Embrace.com.