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Results from Sedo’s Keyword Domain Auction

Sedo hosted a keyword domain name auction that ended earlier today, and the full list of sales are below. There were 82 domain names that sold in the auction, and the gross revenue was just north of $30,000 USD.

The largest sale in auction was VirusCleaner.com, which sold for 8100 EUR. Rafting.org sold for 2788 EUR, and PilsBeer.com sold for $2,051.

The full list of sales is below. As usual, the report was sent the same day the auction closed, so these results are not yet confirmed. Once the buyers submit payment and the domain names are transferred to the new registrants, Sedo will report the closed sales to DNJournal and NameBio.

(Update – this was a “Great Domains” monthly auction)

Sedo Keyword Domain Auction – May 2020:

More Companies Buying TLDs Than Domain Portfolios

In 2018, Afilias published a sponsored article on CircleID announcing that the company was looking to buy domain extensions at NamesCon. That was a couple of years ago, and the company is advertising on Domain Incite with a prominent banner that makes it clear the company is still seeking to acquire TLDs. That got me thinking about whether there are more companies looking to buy domain extensions or more companies looking to buy domain name portfolios.

MarkMonitor Publishes New gTLD Quarterly Report for Q1 2020

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MarkMonitor is one of the leading brand protection and domain name management companies. The company has many Fortune 500 customers, and it also works with a variety of businesses of all sizes – from startups to major corporations. In its position, it has a very good view of the domain name landscape and can offer a unique perspective.

This afternoon, the company tweeted about its New gTLD Quarterly Report for the first quarter of 2020:

Facebook Gets Novi.com but Not CatchUp.com

Facebook made a couple of product launch announcements today, and it looks like the company secured one domain name but not the other.

Facebook announced that it rebranded its Calibra digital wallet product as Novi. Not only did Facebook manage to acquire the brand match Novi.com domain name, but the company also secured the matching Twitter handle:

Downside of Self-Hosted Landing Page

I like the idea of operating my own landing pages. For better or worse, I have autonomy over the exact design of my landing pages, and I can test pretty much anything. I can change the colors, I can change the text, I can add or subtract form fields, I can enhance or remove the phone number. With my own landing pages, I can pretty much do whatever I want, as long as I can either do it on my own or pay a designer to do it for me.

There are some costs to doing this, beyond the actual cost of paying a designer to make changes on my behalf. Lost leads is an incalculable cost, and I want to share a recent experience.

GoDaddy Auctions: Runner Up “Blocked from Bidding” (Updated)

Finlead posted a couple of concerning tweets regarding his bidding account at GoDaddy Auctions. Unless this is a new and concerning policy at GoDaddy that I was not aware of before, my guess is this is some sort of error:

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