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Namecheap Acquires IZ.com and Poke.com

A little over a month ago, I reported that Namecheap acquired Cluster.com for $150,000 in a private transaction. The acquisition was made by the company “as a brand asset for a future product,” according to Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall. I recently learned that Namecheap has acquired two additional high value domain names: IZ.com and Poke.com.

Cluster.com Acquired by Namecheap for $150k

On Saturday morning, I noticed that Cluster.com changed hands. The domain name had been owned by New Ventures Services, Corp., and it transferred under privacy to Namecheap. The purchase price for Cluster.com was $150,000.

Make Offer on Namecheap via DomainAgents

I am interested in buying a domain name registered under Whois privacy proxy at Namecheap. I visited the Whois lookup page on Namecheap to see if I could send a message to the registrant via the Namecheap system (like the GoDaddy Whois contact form), but it doesn’t look like there’s a contact form. Instead, there is a “Make Offer” button above the Whois information:

Namecheap is Second Largest Domain Registrar

Namecheap Founder and CEO Richard Kirkendall posted a tweet this morning proudly announcing this his company is now the second largest domain registrar in the world by number of domain names under management attributed to its ICANN accreditation, as recorded by RegistrarOwl.com:

Namecheap Announces Birthday Sale

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Namecheap sent out a press release today announcing some special offers for legacy TLDs, including .com, .net, and .org, in honor of the company’s 19th birthday. The special prices are valid for new domain name registrations as well as for transfers. The deals are only available today. More specifically, the offer runs from October 15, 12:00 AM ET and ends October 16, 11:59 PM ET.

Here’s a copy of the press release, which has all of the details about the birthday registration and transfer pricing offer:

Namecheap Introduces “Beast Mode”

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Namecheap sent out a press release this morning introducing a new bulk domain name search tool that the company says could help domain investors. The tool is called “Beast Mode,” and it is bill as “one of the fastest and most comprehensive bulk-search tools on the market.” Users can search up to 5,000 keywords at a time in multiple extensions. By comparison, GoDaddy’s bulk search tool (which I use occasionally) allows 500 domain names per search.

In addition to the press release I shared below, Namecheap also posted a video to show how visitors can use the bulk search tool to find domain names:

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