Sunday Updates and Thoughts

I think the early winter is my least favorite time of the year. It’s getting cold here, but there hasn’t been much snow yet. I don’t mind the cold weather, but if it’s going to be freezing, there might as well be snow. I don’t know why, but snow makes me happy, despite the issues with driving, ice, shoveling…etc.

Here are some thoughts and updates for you today. As always, your comments and feedback is welcome. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • The 2015 NCAA college football national championship game will be played on January 12, 2015, which happens to be during NamesCon. If a company is looking for an excuse to host a party, might I suggest a viewing party for this game? I’ve heard Vegas is one of the best places to be to watch the game, and a viewing party with food and drinks would be fun. East coasters – don’t forget that the game will be played earlier in the day Las Vegas time.
  • NamesCon is happening in about a month from now. If you or your company is hosting a public dinner, party, or other event, I am happy to share information about it if you would like to spread the word.
  • I have been having a login problem  with Paypal. When I login with my email address and password on the first screen (homepage), I am told my password is incorrect and sent to a secondary page asking me to sign in again. When I sign in on this secord error page, my password works. I submitted a ticket a few weeks ago, and it has been escalated. I’ve called three times, and apparently Paypal knows about the issue and is working on it. Everything seems fine with my account though. Incidentally, I can log in with another Paypal account without any problem, and I’ve had the same login issue on two different computers and various browsers. Very strange.
  • Congratulations to Mike Berkens on the 7th anniversary of I read Mike’s blog regularly, and I have learned quite a bit from him over the years. I appreciate what he does for our business.
  • GoDaddy had its annual blowout holiday party last night. I thought I received an invitation from them, but it turns out that it was just a phishing email from someone trying to steal my domain names (just kidding).
  • Speaking of GoDaddy, I read that Bob and Renee Parsons increased their commitment to help US veterans via the Semper Fi Fund. According to the article, “Billionaire philanthropist, business owner and GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is doubling his commitment this year to the Semper Fi Fund, with a plan to raise $10 million in two months to help injured veterans.” A tweet from the Semper Fi Fund yesterday announced that he is increasing his match from $5 million to $6 million.
  • I was doing a bit of keyword research on a couple of new gTLD extensions, and it was a bit frustrating to see the more relevant keyword domain names reserved by the registry or available for a premium cost. I completely understand why they would rather sell the names for a premium to an end user, but it makes me realize that it’s probably not worth spending my time doing research if the registry has already done the research and held back the domain names with the most potential value.
Elliot Silver
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  1. The GTLD’s for the most part are not a free market enterprise, and this will most likely increase their chances of a demise.

    I am sorry, I do not want to pay $60,000 per year to register SanDiego.Market, if you spend equal time, and opportunity on extensions that do sell, you will reap X amount more profit.

    Change only affects the ones that profit from it, not the ones who are hindered with it’s future.

  2. On another post,I was consulted on how to handle the issue of donating to a non-profit organization.

    I donated one domain to one organization and to be fair I told them to –Please put this in the “About” section – for example-this is donated by the BullS Inc organization.

    That it. Win-Win case.

    Bear in mind, organizations that claimed to be non-profit are making money. Pro Sports(yea those big sports organizations) that make billions and pay their CEOs billions are classified as non-profit.(go figure)


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