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It’s Not as Easy as Registering in Bulk and Selling


A couple of years ago, the .XYZ registry had a special promotion where unregistered .XYZ domain names could be registered for $.01 for the first year. I remember thinking (and writing) about registering a huge swath of them with the hopes of selling just a couple to break even and make a profit. I did not do this, but Darryl Lopes did and shared his story on NamePros today.

Unfortunately for Darryl, a year went by and he did not sell a single domain name, despite having a $300 buy it now asking price for each name. He said he received a couple of inquiries, but neither produced a sale for him:

"I mean I did pay around $200 for all 20,000 domain names so I really just wanted to sell one and make a profit. That never happened, almost a year went by and I had to make sure all the .xyz were on auto renew off as the renewal price for around $12.88 USD each, I knew this going into this and a few clicks and sorting out bulk domain edits I was going to let them all lapse."

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Here Are Some of Amazon’s Ring Domain Names


Geekwire announced that Amazon was set to acquire Ring, in a deal valued at $1 billion. Ring is an innovative company, and of course, it operates on the high value domain name. If you don't know about how Ring acquired, you will want to read more about it on NamePros, including a 2015 interview with the company's founder, Jamie Siminoff.

Following the release of the news, Amazon purchased/registered quite a few Ring related domain names. Not only was it smart to register these domain names, but it was even smarter to do it on the day the news broke to avoid tipping off others about the pending acquisition.

One thing of note is that the domain name was purchased quite a long time ago. In fact, was first registered in 2005, many years before DoorBot (the original brand name of Ring) was founded in 2012. It looks like Amazon has owned that domain name since at least 2007, and the company may have been the first registrant.

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NamePros: Back In 15 Minutes (Updated)


I was checking in on the important NameJet thread on NamePros this afternoon when I saw a maintenance message on the website. I visited from a couple of browsers, and I saw that the site was down and it wasn't a browser error on my end.

I reached out to NamePros CTO Paul Buonopane, and he let me know the site will be back in about 15 minutes - potentially sooner.

I am not a regular contributor on NamePros, but I am a regular reader. I shared some advice for NameJet a couple of days ago on my blog, and I strongly urge the company to have a third party audit that is shared with the public. In a press release last night, the company "confirmed that there was suspicious activity relating to certain names being sold on NameJet," and I think bidders and sellers deserve to know the extent of this with an audit conducted by a non-stakeholder.

Update: NamePros is back up. Here's what I am told happened: "Logs for our new backup system took up more storage than expected, and the database system shut down to prevent data loss. → Read More

Father’s Day Sunday Thoughts & Updates


We celebrate Father's Day here in the US. I will be celebrating by hosting a BBQ with my Dad and my kids. I am going to start out the day with a 50+/- bike ride. I am ramping up the distance in my PMC training. I now ride Saturday and Sunday and will continue to increase the distance until mid-July. If you're in the Boston MetroWest area and want to go for a 50+ mile ride on a Saturday or Sunday morning (somewhere between 15-16mph), let me know.

Here are some thoughts and updates for the week. You are welcome to share your own in the comment section:

GoDaddy shared an interesting article on its blog about how it helped Carter Wilkerson and his #NuggsForCarter campaign. When I saw the company tweeting about it as it happened, I thought it would be a nice PR win for them.

It was nice to see a mainstream business publication (CNBC) write about Snap Inc.'s failed attempt to (more…) → Read More

Kevin Fink Interviews Colin Campbell of .Club


I think the .Club registry is one of the most successful new gTLD registries. I want to share an interview NamePros conducted with Colin Campbell, CEO of the .Club registry. The interview took place at NamesCon last year, so it is interesting to watch it one year later. Kevin Fink conducted the interview.

The NamePros team conducted quite a few interviews with other industry executives, and you can catch them on its  YouTube channel. It's neat to witness the growth of NamePros over the last couple of years as it expands beyond a standard forum format and adds videos, interviews, auctions, and other features. I am not an active participant, but I enjoy visiting regularly.

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NamesCon 2016 Sponsor Spotlight on NamePros


Excited about NamesCon? We are expecting 1,200 conference attendees at this year's conference. NamesCon 2016 runs from January 10-13 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Conference passes and hotel rooms are still available.

This morning's interview is with Edward Zeiden, Managing Director of the popular NamePros domain forum. You are welcome to ask Edward any questions you may have in the comment section.

Thank you to Edward for taking the time to do this interview!

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NamePros is the largest community of domainers in the world. Our company strategy and vision set us apart from the crowd with free resources for entrepreneurs.

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