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Uniregistry Not Keeping Clients’ Expired Domain Names

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One of the concerns I have heard people mention regarding Uniregistry is that the company could keep expiring domain names dropped by its customers. There are domain name registrars that either keep the higher value drops or did this in the past, and I have heard people express their concerns that it could happen at Uniregistry since the company is owned by one of the most successful domain investors, Frank Schilling.

Turns out, this does not appear to be the case (at least right now).

This morning while going through a list of pending delete domain names that are coming up for auction, I saw that TrafficAccident.com and TrafficAccidents.com were listed as pending delete. Estibot values these domain names at $15,000 and $13,000 respectively, and I think most people would agree these two domain names have value, especially to a law firm or auto body shop. When I looked at the Whois registration details to see (more…) → Read More


Uniregistry Market Broker Darryl Lopes Offers Domain Appraisals

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I am not a huge believer in domain name appraisals for a number of reasons. Not only is the domain name market dynamic, but every domain name is different and one small difference can make a domain name worth millions of dollars and another domain name worth significantly less (Sex.com vs. SXE.com for example). When people email me asking for a domain name appraisal referral, I typically tell them I don't think appraisals are worth buying.

That being said, I occasionally reach out to business friends and colleagues to ask their opinion about a domain name I bought or about an offer I received on a domain name I own. Sometimes I want some reassurance from a third party or I want the opinion of someone I trust who doesn't have a vested interest in the domain name. Like most people in the domain name space (I think), I have a tendency to "fall in love" with my own domain names, so getting a third party to share their insight can be helpful in setting my expectations.

I want to share an offer made by Uniregistry Market domain → Read More


Top Public Uniregistry Market Domain Sales YTD

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Earlier this morning, I published a press release from Uniregistry with details about its year to date sales results. The company reported that it sold 3,617 domain names totaling more than $29,000,000. I asked Uniregistry VP of Sales Jeff Gabriel if he could share any more details about YTD sales at Uniregistry Market, and he sent me a list of over 2,700 sales worth more than $17.2 million. Jeff mentioned that many of the sales were removed, so the list I received is abridged.

Several of these sales were previously reported. For instance, I wrote about the the sales of Squeeze.com and Coya.com. I presume there are other domain name sales that have been written about by me or by others. I also presume this list of sales will be reported to DNJournal and NameBio for archiving. Once Ron Jackson has this data, there will be some major changes at the top of the DNJournal Year to Date sales report.

For the sake of convenience I am sharing all of the sales I received that are worth $20,000 or more. There are 156 domain name sales → Read More


Thoughts About Uniregistry Market Sales Report

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Earlier this morning, Uniregistry published a press release (published below) with its aftermarket domain name sales report from Uniregistry Market for the first 8 months of 2017. While the report doesn't offer specific details about domain name sales, it offers a general overview of sales on its platform year to date. From what I understand, this aggregated sales data includes domain name sales from Frank Schilling's Name Administration company as well as the third party sales of Uniregistry Market clients.

You should read the entire press release for more color commentary, but here are the most interesting data points the company shared:


  • "it has sold 3617 domains totaling more than 29,000,000 USD in the first 8 months of 2017."

  • "The number of transactions increased by more than 24% over the same time period in 2016"

  • "total sales have increased by 13.85% from the 25,000,000 USD sold in the same period prior."

  • "Average sale prices since 2011 have seen steady gains year over year, with 2017 showing some signs → Read More


Coya Buys Coya.com Before $10 Million Funding Round

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CrunchBase reported that an insurance startup called Coya received $10 million in seed funding at the end of August. A quick check showed that the company is operating its business on the Coya.com domain name, which had previously been owned by Frank Schilling's Name Administration. Jamie Zoch reported the sale of Coya.com at the end of July, although the price was not published.

I reached out to one of the founders of Coya via email to ask what the company paid to buy the domain name and what url the company was using prior to the acquisition. Unfortunately, I did not hear back from him.

I also reached out to Jeff Gabriel, Vice President of Sales at Uniregistry. Jeff let me know that the domain name was brokered by Ryan May of Uniregistry, and the sale price for the Coya.com domain name was a very reasonable (more…) → Read More


Set a Specific Keyword

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I think it is important for domain name owners who park their domain names to be sure they are not infringing on another company's trademarks with their pay per click advertising links. I like to set specific keywords (using the Specific Keyword checkbox) at Uniregistry to avoid infringing on other marks.

One of the great things about dictionary .com domain names is that they are  generic enough that they can be used by a variety of businesses. A brand like Apple is used as a technology company, but of course there are many brands with "Apple" in them that are related to the fruit. If I owned a domain name with the word "apple" in it, I would park my domain name with a specific keyword to avoid infringing on the technology company's trademarks.

I do almost all of my domain parking at Uniregistry these days. As you likely know, the company no longer shows imagery on the landing pages when visitors arrive on a desktop browser. Using my "apple" example, in the past (or with some other parking companies that use images), the → Read More


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