Afternic and SmartName Announce New Payment Options

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Afternic and SmartName sent emails to customers this morning announcing new payment options and payment changes for clients to receive disbursements from domain name sales and/or PPC revenue. It looks like there are no minimums for payouts, with the exception of international wire transfers, which have a $25 minimum amount. I am not sure which options are new or changed from before.

Here’s the announcement that was sent to customers this morning along with the payment options and associated fees:

We are excited to announce that Afternic is launching new payment options and lower minimum payment thresholds for your domain sales and parking earnings. We’ve been listening to our customers and have partnered with an external payment processor to support these new features.

In October, you will notice a new look and feel to your payments section within My Account and you will be able to take advantage of these new options. While these changes will be seamless for our customers, you will need to submit an updated tax form by the end of 2018. This is not a requirement to receive your parking earnings, but we must have an updated tax form on file by December 31, 2018 in order to issue you a Form 1099 for 2018.

Please review below the new payment options, minimum earnings, and payment fees.

Payment Method Minimum Earnings Payment Fee
ACH no minimum USD $1.00
eCheck no minimum USD $5.00
PayPal no minimum USD $1.00
Wire Transfer (international) USD $25.00 USD $20.00
Wire Transfer (domestic) no minimum USD$15.00

Daily Poll: How Much is Excel.com Worth?

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Hilco Streambank is marketing the sale of Excel.com. I think Excel.com is an exceptional domain name. It is short, and it has a positive connotation. I could see Excel.com becoming a widely known standalone brand if none of the brands currently using “Excel” in their branding opt to purchase the domain name.

According to a press release distributed by Hilco to promote the sale, “Hilco Streambank has set an initial offer deadline of October 18, 2018 and set a minimum opening bid amount of $500,000.” If you have an interest in acquiring the domain name, be in touch with Dmitriy Chemlin, Richelle Kalnit, or Jack Hazan.

For today’s daily poll, I would like to know what you think Excel.com is worth. Share your additional thoughts in the comment section:


Daily Poll: GoDaddy Auctions Login Issue?

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I wrote about a problem logging in to GoDaddy Auctions. Two other people mentioned having the same issue when I asked on Twitter. I thought it might get a better response if I post a poll to see if anyone else is having a log in issue. Perhaps it is my current browser and/or my MacPro desktop combination.

Let others know with a vote in the poll and feel free to comment about the issue if you want to be more specific.


GoDaddy Auctions Login Issue

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For the last week or so, I have been having an issue logging in to my GoDaddy account from the GoDaddy Auctions page. I reported the issue to GoDaddy, but from what I can glean, the issue is not impacting many people – or at least not many people have reported. I am sharing this to see how many other people are also impacted by this.

When I attempt to log in to my account by clicking the “Log In” button on the GoDaddy Auctions homepage, the username and password login screen pops up. After entering this information, I immediately receive my 2 Factor Authentication code. This is where the issue begins. Instead of seeing the screen to enter my 2FA code, the GoDaddy Auctions homepage refreshes and I can’t login to my account. When I click the “Log In” button again, the process repeats.

The reason this has not been a big issue is that I can

Jump Bikes Acquires Jump.com Domain Name

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In June, I posted a poll question asking people if they thought Jump Bikes, which was acquired by Uber last April, would be able to acquire the exact match Jump.com domain name. At the time, Jump.com was owned by Microsoft, meaning the domain name would either be impossible to buy or very expensive. In that poll, 51+% of those who voted said “No,” the company wouldn’t buy Jump.com.

Yesterday morning, I saw that Alan Dunn tweeted about the Jump.com domain name because it was acquired by the bike startup:

If you visit Jump.com right now, you will be redirected to JumpBikes.com. The Whois record shows the domain name is now registered to Social Bicycles, Inc., which is the company doing business as Jump Bikes.

Interestingly, Jump.com was registered at MarkMonitor before and after the domain name changed hands. Because MarkMonitor

Last Chance to Get a Discounted Merge Ticket from Sedo

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The Merge conference is set to begin in Orlando, Florida very soon. I know several people who either arrived within the past couple of days or who are set to travel down to Orlando today or over the weekend for the conference.

For those of you who have been on the fence or otherwise undecided, Sedo is extending a special promotional offer to get a discounted show ticket. Sedo tweeted a link to the discount page a couple of hours ago:

Using Sedo’s promo code with 60% off the current ticket price, the cost of a conference ticket is knocked down from

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