There was a pretty huge surge of traffic to my blog yesterday after the NameCheap article, and my blog’s server went down for a bit of time. One thing I really like about Liquid Web is that the tech support team worked hard on my behalf to quickly upgrade the server size, and it was back up and running within about 30 minutes with no ill affects. Thanks to them for their help – it’s their 24 hour service that I really like. Here are some updates.
- According to a CNet article written by Paul Sloan, Mike Mann’s 11,000 registration day turned into a grand total of 14,962 hand registered names. You can read quite a bit about Mike Mann’s background in today’s article, including some information about how he got his start in the domain business. I think you can glean that Mann is one of the foremost experts when it comes to buying and selling domain names, so his strategic purchase of nearly 15,000 hand registered domain name will almost certainly pay off for him, especially considering his Domain Market platform and sales team that works on his behalf.
- One of the most interesting things in the article is that Mann reports that Domain Market “brings in about $400,000 a month.” If you follow Mann on Twitter or Facebook, you know that most of his sales aren’t splashy names that sell for huge individual numbers. He is regularly making end user sales on domain names he probably hand registered or bought on the drop within the last few years.
- There are two interesting articles about Go Daddy Auctions on HybridDomainer.com and DomainShane.com. Should be interesting to see if GoDaddy adapts and how they do that. The big winner will likely be DomainTools since their Whois history tool can help see the registrant prior to privacy if that’s what they do.
- As posted on my website, I sold CallCenters.com this week. The buyer is a company in the business, and I don’t know whether additional information about the sale will be released. I think the company got a great domain name, and I was satisfied with the sales price. Although I found the buyer on my own, I want to thank Sedo and Afternic for putting together solid presentations on how they could sell the domain name on my behalf.
- One tip based on two recent sales. Try to encourage the buyer to keep the domain name at the current registrar. It can take up to 7 days for a registrar transfer, where an account change/push takes seconds. You’ll finish the transaction and be paid by Escrow.com much more quickly. Make sure the buyer knows he can transfer it to a registrar of his choice once he has possession of the domain name.
- Has anyone tested on the new LeadRefs platform yet? I have no tried it out but it looks promising. If you’ve tried it out, let me know your thoughts and let me know whether I should sign up.