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Daily Poll: Do You Own Typo Domain Names?

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Every day when I scan lists of domain names that are coming up for sale via expiry auction, I see a ton of typographical error domain names. Some of these names have bids, and occasionally, a typo domain name will have a considerable amount of bids. I presume some of the bidders are bad spellers or are following the action of other bidders, but I am sure there are plenty that are desired because they are typos.

I have stayed away from typo domain names over the years. I think generic typos (like Morgage.com or Cryptocurency.com) are likely defensible to own, although I am not a legal expert. Typo domain names can see significant levels of traffic and may produce substantial income.

With PPC revenue down considerably over the past decade, I presume fewer people are buying typo domain names, but it’s not something that is really on my radar. Today’s poll asks if you own typo domain names:


Ether.com Hits the Market?

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In a tweet on Monday, Evergreen COO Jen Sale posted about the domain name, Ether.com:

Ether is the unit of cryptocurrency used on the Ethereum blockchain. Ether also has significance and meaning beyond cryptocurrency. Put simply, Ether.com would have aftermarket value even if it weren’t for the cryptocurrency.

If you visit Ether.com, you can see it is an operational website which has nothing to do with cryptocurrency or Ethereum. The website seems to have been active for many years.

I presume this scenario is much like

2017 Pan-Mass Challenge Jerseys

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I am happy to share the final design for the cycling jerseys that John Berryhill and I will wear during the 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge:

Thanks to the amazing support of our domain industry sponsors listed below, this custom jersey was able to raise $8,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston! Wow! John and I will be wearing these jerseys during our final few tune up training rides during the last two weeks of July. We will then proudly wear the jerseys on the second day of the PMC as we bike from Bourne to Provincetown. As John mentioned, it is very likely that thousands of PMC cyclists (and cars) will pass us on our ride. We will also see many people during the rest stops.

The amazing domain industry sponsors of our 2017 PMC jersey:

Uniregistry
.Club Registry
.Art Registry
BuyDomains
Donuts
DSAD.com
Igloo
Telepathy
TheDomains.com
NameJet
NameCorp
.Buzz Registry
GoDaddy
.XYZ Registry

These sweet jerseys are made by Jakroo, and if you want to buy one, they can be found in this Jakroo store. This isn’t an affiliate code, and I don’t have any type of coupon code to share (sorry).

Neither John nor I have achieved our individual fundraising goals yet. Your support would be greatly appreciated as we help Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund carry out its cancer research and treatment mission. Here’s my fundraising page and here is John’s fundraising page. We have received quite a bit of support from within the domain industry, and we appreciate it. Thanks so much for the support you have given us!

Whois Privacy is Not for Scammers

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Whois privacy is a fairly inexpensive (or free) tool that allows domain owners to keep their registration details private. It is surprising to see that some (perhaps many) people still seem to think Whois privacy is a tool that is used primarily for scammers. From my perspective, using a proxy for Whois privacy is a helpful and legitimate tool for a number of reasons.

I want to share 6 reasons why domain name owners would use Whois privacy on their domain names:

  • Prevent third parties from obtaining personal information about where a domain registrant lives.
  • Robocalling telemarketers use public Whois information to call or text domain registrants to sell anything from logo design to websites and SEO work.
  • Allow people to exercise their First Amendment rights without exposing their name (unless a court intervenes).
  • Keep new products, services, and businesses private so companies can’t see what domain names their competitors are buying.
  • Make it more difficult for thieves to know what email address and other contact information is used for a domain registration to prevent theft via hacking or social engineering.
  • Keep embarrassing domain registrations private.

As with any tool that has millions of users, I am sure there are

UDRP Filed Against Novelist.com (Update)

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It looks like a UDRP was filed against another dictionary .com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum. Novelist.com is currently the subject of a UDRP filing, and it is NAF case #1722095.

Novelist.com is owned by WebMagic Ventures, LLC, a company that owns and uses a large portfolio of descriptive and dictionary  domain names. Novelist.com was created nearly 20 years ago, in December of 1997. The oldest historical Whois record, according to the DomainTools Whois History Tool, is from 2004. At that time, the domain name was also owned by this company. It is quite possible that the company owned this domain name even prior to this, perhaps even since it was created.

In my opinion, WebMagic has one of the top portfolios of keyword .com domain names. Among some of the company’s top domain names (listed on its website) include Abuse.com, BeverlyHills.com, Jackpots.com, Korean.com, Pilots.com, Visas.com, and many others. I was curious if the company ever faced a UDRP considering the quality and generic nature of its domain names. Using UDRPSearch.com, I was able to see

Don’t Assume Brokers Do Due Diligence

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Most of the top tier domain name brokers are buttoned up and trustworthy. I would say this is the case for the vast majority of the best brokers. Tessa Holcomb from Igloo.com operates one of the top brokerages and she made a good point on Twitter yesterday:

When buying a domain name via broker, the buyer still needs to perform the critical due diligence that is required of any domain purchase. Most domain brokers know their clients, but some likely don’t check the complete provenance of a domain name. Many brokers

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