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GoDaddy Whois Contact: Your Domain Name is Infringing

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Earlier this month, I wrote about receiving several emails from GoDaddy that originated from the GoDaddy Whois contact form. Those emails were all domain name purchase inquiries that appeared to originate from the same entity based on the email address(es) used to originate the emails.

In my opinion, using the Whois contact form is a good way to contact domain registrants since it comes from an official GoDaddy email address and has GoDaddy branding within the email. It can also be frustrating for domain registrants who receive many of these redundant emails.

GoDaddy gives visitors four options when they choose the “Contact Domain Holder” link on a Whois lookup page for domain names registered at GoDaddy:

Chris Christie Lets ChrisChristie.com Expire

The domain name belonging to former New Jersey Governor and once US Presidential candidate Chris Christie has expired at Register.com. If the domain name is not renewed within the next several hours, it will be beyond recovery. At that point, the domain name will be auctioned at NameJet and Snapnames for three days, and it will sell to the highest bidder.

Yoni Belousov on Web Masters Podcast

Yoni Belousov is one of the most successful domain investors you don’t hear about very often. I don’t know Yoni very well, but I know he has an exceptional portfolio of domain names, which he has stealthily put together over the years. Original.com is Yoni’s corporate website, and it has a bit more information about Yoni and his company, Original Web Ventures, Inc.

I saw that Yoni participated in Aaron Dinin’s podcast called Web Masters. In the 25 minute podcast, Yoni gives a bit of background about valuable domain names and shared some insight into how he acquires his domain names. Have a listen to this (relatively) short podcast when you have a free half hour if you want to learn more about Yoni and his business. The podcast is embedded below for those who do not have a preferred podcast app.

Unemployed “Starting New Businesses”

This year has been a pretty mixed bag for me. I’ve had a few very good sales and quite a few run of the mill sales. When all is said and done, I expect to surpass last year’s sales numbers. All in all, I most definitely will not complain about a bad year, especially given my expectations in March and April.

One of things I have been seeing and reading about is that domain name registrars have been doing very well. It seems like domain name registrations are growing at a strong clip. In addition to the growth in domain name registrations, I have also seen and heard that premium domain names in the four figure price range (plus or minus) have also been selling quite well this year.

As one might imagine, people seem to be more willing to go out and start a business. President Donald Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow, who serves as Director of the United States National Economic Council, mentioned this today:

Squadhelp Shortlist is a Nice Feature

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I was looking at Squadhelp yesterday, and I noticed a feature I think is smart. The platform lets prospective buyers add domain names to their shortlist. The number of times a domain name has been shortlisted is shown on the listing, and domain names that have been recently shortlisted more than once have a special message shown “STRONG BUYER INTEREST” along with the number of recent times the name was added to a short list:

Calm.com Caught the Attention of Jason Calacanis

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Yesterday afternoon, Bloomberg reported that Calm, a popular meditation app, is looking to raise a round of funding at a $2.2 billion valuation. While Calm is an app, it also owns its brand match Calm.com domain name. It has owned Calm.com for many years, and that may have made a difference in its initial upward trajectory.

One of the early investors in Calm was Jason Calacanis, a venture capitalist and startup founder/advisor. Jason is also quite familiar with domain names. Some domain names he has owned or been involved with include 20.com, Inside.com, Annotated.com, and Mahalo.com.

Late last night on Twitter, Jason was reminiscing about his early $378,000 investment in Calm:

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