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Venture Launched As Domain Name Leasing Platform

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While evaluating a domain name that had a message of "Lease this Domain" on the top of its parked landing page, I noticed the link directed me to Venture.com. Venture is a recently launched business that offers "premium domain leasing with transparent and affordable pricing." Venture was founded by Dr. Kevin Ham and it is operated by his company.

The company's about us page explains the idea behind the domain name leasing concept that drives its business model:

"After decades of experience in the internet business, we figured out a way to address the supply and demand issue surrounding valuable domain properties. The idea came during a visit to California and introduction to the Irvine Ranch, a 93,000 acre plot of private, masterly planned urban land. The Irvine company's commitment to good stewardship of their land inspired us to build a model that would connect unused digital properties to startups, entrepreneurs, and big ideas.

Thousands of premium domains lie vacant, waiting for a great idea to be built on them. → Read More


Ray Dalio May Think He’s a “Dumb Shit” But He Got Principles.com

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Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, a company that reportedly manages about $150 billion in global investments. Mr. Dalio recently authored a book called Principles, which was published this past week. Although the first sentence of the book says, "... I want to establish that I'm a 'dumb shit'...," Mr. Dalio is quite smart about domain names.




If you want to learn about Mr. Dalio or purchase his book, you can simply visit the exact match domain name, Principles.com.

It appears that an entity affiliated with Bridgewater likely acquired the Principles.com domain name some time last Summer, according to DomainTools. The Whois record had privacy enabled from 2012 through the middle of 2016, so it is possible that the domain name was acquired prior to last Summer and kept under privacy. Prior to this time period, (more…) → Read More


Who is Winning Black Friday This Year in Google?

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When it comes to Black Friday, I presume a great deal of traffic to various retailer websites comes from Google. Having top rankings for Black Friday keywords is likely a driving of significant traffic. With Black Friday coming up at the end of this week, I thought it would be interesting to see what websites are doing best for Black Friday searches.

Listed below are the top 3 results for a variety of Black Friday searches in Google. There's nothing scientific about my research, but I did use a browser in incognito mode in order to show results in a more  unbiased manner. I did use the Google Adwords Keyword Planner Tool to see what keywords are popular at this time of year. I did not include Google news mentions, and the top 3 are unique websites, even if one of the listed websites holds 2 spots.

Here are the searches and top 3 results as of this morning: (more…) → Read More


How Do BlackFriday.com and CyberMonday.com Rank This Year?

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Last year, I wrote an article about BlackFriday.com and CyberMonday.com, two exact match shopping domain names that ranked #1 in Google for their respective keywords at the time of the article. With all of the changes that have gone on in search in the last year, I thought it would be interesting to see how these two websites on EMDs are doing a year later.

A Google search for "Black Friday" shows that the (more…) → Read More


Playboy’s Smoking Jacket Website May Be Good News for Kevin Ham

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Playboy.com The Smoking JacketAccording to a report in today's New York Post, Playboy is rolling out a website that should be safe for people to view at work or other environments where nudity and sexual content would be inappropriate. The new website will be known as TheSmokingJacket.com, and it intentionally contains no references to Playboy, allowing it to bypass work filters that have "playboy" blocked.

The article cited Theresa Hennessey, spokeswoman for Playboy who said that Playboy's editorial director Jimmy Jellinek "will be pleased if TheSmokingJacket.com receives 1 million unique visitors a month."   Playboy's flagship website, Playboy.com receives around 6 million visitors per month.

The website was aptly named The Smoking Jacket because of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's love for silk smoking jackets. Ironically, the Post's article joked that Playboy chose the name they did because SilkPajamas.com was already registered, but it should be noted that SmokingJacket.com is similarly registered (since 2000) and it appears to be owned by one of Kevin → Read More


Good News (.com) is Coming Soon, and Millions Will Know About It

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Goodnews.com

I was typing in a website I frequently visit in the morning, and I accidentally typed in TN.com, a domain name parked at HitFarm and possibly owned by Kevin Ham's company, Reinvent. I've typo'd this before and am familiar with the happy couple that make their home on the TN.com parked page.

Today I was surprised to see a screen takeover on TN.com, encouraging me to sign up for the GoodNews.com newsletter. I checked a few other Reinvent-owned and Hitfarm-parked domain names, and all of those parking pages were similar to TN.com and had the page takeover encouraging the visitor to sign up for the GoodNews.com website.

I visited GoodNews.com, and I see that it's going to be a website offering special deals on Friday via email. The deals are only good when enough people agree to buy them, so it's utilizing the power of group buying.

A promotion like this, which will surely be seen by millions of people, would have cost another company millions of dollars to pull off. Of course, the company will certainly loose PPC revenue → Read More


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