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9 Candidates for 2021 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

The Internet Commerce Association released the list of the nine nominees for the 2021 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. These nine nominees were selected by domain industry peers, and the ICA membership will vote to select a group of three finalists for this year’s award. The nine nominated domain industry participants in alphabetical order are:

Loser.com: Back to Donald Trump’s Wikipedia Page

Loser.com is one of the most interesting and famous domain names, despite hardly being used as a standalone website. During the 2020 US Presidential campaign, Loser.com forwarded to a YouTube video featuring US Senator Lindsay Graham lavishing praise on former Vice President Joe Biden while ridiculing President Donald Trump.

Now that the US Presidential election has been (nearly) decided with voters electing Joe Biden as the next POTUS, Loser.com is once again redirecting to Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page. If you visit Loser.com, you will end up on Wikipedia. Ironically, Loser.com had previously forwarded to Kanye West’s Wikipedia page in the past, and Kanye West was also ran a failed campaign for President.

Make Offer on Namecheap via DomainAgents

I am interested in buying a domain name registered under Whois privacy proxy at Namecheap. I visited the Whois lookup page on Namecheap to see if I could send a message to the registrant via the Namecheap system (like the GoDaddy Whois contact form), but it doesn’t look like there’s a contact form. Instead, there is a “Make Offer” button above the Whois information:

James Booth Sold Picture.com for $225,000

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Earlier this morning on Twitter, James Booth reported that his company sold Picture.com for $225,000. The buyer is reportedly Brent Oxley, although the Whois registration information is private at Namecheap, and the nameservers are not yet updated:

Number of TLDs Registered is a Key Metric*

When I am evaluating a domain name to buy in the aftermarket – either via auction or private acquisition, the number of TLDs (extensions) that are registered with that keyword or keyphrase is a critical metric for me. The more domain names that are registered in different extensions, the better and more valuable the domain name usually is.

It isn’t the number of registrations that makes the .com domain name valuable though. It is the fact that other entities have valued this keyword or phrase enough to spend money to secure different variations of the domain name. The more registrations typically signifies the more others would covet the opportunity to have the matching .com domain name, making a potential sale more likely.

NameJet Was Auctioning My Domain Name Without My Permission

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I want to share a bit of a weird story. Yesterday afternoon, I received an Auction Start email for a domain name I had backordered at NameJet. When I saw that I was the High Bidder, I was surprised because I am pretty sure I placed this backorder after seeing it had already received at least one other bid. I was expecting to be an underbidder, giving me additional time to decide whether to bid further. This happens, and bidders should always be prepared to be the high bidder.

When I visited the auction page, I saw that it was a “Direct Lister” auction, meaning that it was privately listed for auction and was not an expiry auction. I was curious to see who listed this domain name for sale, so I did a Whois search. Much to my surprise, my company is the registrant of the domain name, which was created at the end of September.

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