If you have .XYZ or .IO domain names listed for sale on Afternic, you probably received emails with the subject: “Opt-in to the Afternic Premium Network.” Last night, I received 31 of these emails from Afternic because I own 31 .XYZ domain names that are listed for sale on Afternic. In addition, I received several corresponding “Action required: Authorize your domain listings.” emails from GoDaddy. Michael Cyger mentioned this last night on Twitter.
The reason for these emails is that .XYZ and .IO domain names joined the Afternic Fast Transfer network. This was announced last week by Afternic:
Welcome to Afternic’s Fast Transfer network, .xyz and .io!
From December 7th, .xyz and .io are joining the Fast Transfer network.
Sellers, here’s what you need to know ahead of the launch tomorrow: https://t.co/UW6RYsvA1N
— Afternic (@afternic) December 6, 2023
People have been able to sell their .XYZ and .IO domain names across Afternic’s network, but the Fast Transfer option wasn’t enabled until this week. This means someone who sells an Afternic-listed domain name to a buyer on Network Solutions (for example), will have the domain name automatically transfer to the buyer without further intervention.
Domain investors who have .IO or .XYZ domain names listed for sale via Afternic will need to give authority for their domain names to be listed on the Fast Transfer network by clicking the approval link sent by their participating registrar. My authorization emails came from GoDaddy, but other domain registrars participating in the Fast Transfer network will send their own emails. For instance, Newfold registrars like Register.com and Network Solutions will send their own FOA emails.
Important note: Always make sure these opt-in emails from GoDaddy are legitimate and that the domain names within the emails are listed in your Afternic account. Do not blindly authorize your listings!