Dotster banking $5 off purchase
Dotster has a coupon expiring this Saturday for $5 off any purchase of $10 or more. The coupon is good on anything Dotster offers, including domain names and webhosting. At checkout, enter coup0n code ‘FREEMONEY’.
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Falling dollar boosts domain name sales outward United States
These days you read about high dollar domain name sales every week. The number of 5- and 6-figure domain name sales continues to grow. Although most of this is due to the growing recognition of the value of domain names, another factor is the fall of the U.S. dollar while the Euro and Pound Sterling gain purchasing power.
Take some recent sales for example. Mind you, I don’t know which country the purchasers lived in. But consider that someone living in a Euro ... read more ...
Designs.com sells for $50,000
5-figure domain name sales continued in droves last week. Designs.com sold in a private sale for $50,000, according to DNJournal.
One of the biggest surprise sales was a .TV domain, SMS.tv, going for $18,000 on Sedo. .TV sales rarely break the $10,000 threshold. Last week also saw a 2 character .org sale – PL.org for $8,800 at Sedo.
Two 3-character new TLD’s sold as well:
-BES.biz â‚¬5,500 at Sedo
-AMA.us $5,000 at Afternic
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Marchex acquires domain names
Marchex (NASDAQ: MCHX) has acquired domain names and other resources from Pike Street for $16.5M. You might know of Marchex for their outrageous domain portfolio purchases in a past. Here’s a press release:
Marchex Acquires Assets of Pike Street Industries
How to select a right domain name for your company
As the editor of DomainNameWire.com, I’m frequently e-mailed by people asking for domain name advice. Specifically, what should they look for when registering a domain name for their company? This may be basic for some of you, but I hope some of my readers gain value from this.
Let me start with the things to avoid when registering a domain name that will be used for your main company web site.
1. Never use a hyphen. If your domain is some-name.com, many people ... read more ...
GoDaddy topples Network Solutions
GoDaddy has officially knocked Network Solutions off its perch! GoDaddy now has more .COM, NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ, and .US domain names under management than any other registrar. This is quite a feat given that GoDaddy sold its first domain name in 2000, just 5 years ago. In a nutshell, here’s what GoDaddy has going for it:
1. Lower prices. With everyday registrations around $9, and special deals around $4, they beat Network Solutions appx $35/year fees…and ... read more ...
Sedo sells 866 domain names in March
Sedo released its sales figures for March, and it was a great month! Sedo helped sell 866 domain names, at an average price of $1,495. In total, sales revenue approached $1.3M! Here are some of the notable sales from Sedo in March:
Lottery.org 66,667 EUR
Free-games.to 55,000 EUR
ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 EUR
Apertio.com 30,000 USD
Rapid.com 27,000 USD
With.co.uk 17,625 GBP
Sedo also announced that its domain listings will be integrated with domain name ... read more ...
Google Adsense – HUGE changes!
After doing more research, it is clear that Google’s “animated banner ad” announcement today is a HUGE deal. It’s not the animated banners that matter. It’s that now you can target ANY TYPE OF AD by site rather than by keyword. Site-targetted ads will be sold on a cost per thousand basis only. How this will impact Adsense earnings is unclear. But if people start targetting ads by site rather than keyword, smaller publishers could take a huge hit. ... read more ...
Google offers charcterised ensign ads and site selection…on CPM basis
There’s big news on the Google Adwords and Google Adsense front today.
First, Google will start offering animated banner ads on its network of content partners (but not google.com itself). Previously you could only use static banners.
Second, these banners will be sold on a cost per impression basis, not cost per click. This is a huge departure from Google’s current model. But you may remember that Google’s original ad network was cost per impression. You ... read more ...
DNForum to launch paid parking service
DNForum, the most popular domain name forum, is scheduled to launch its new paid parking program around May 1. DNForum message boards have been buzzing with rumors, but the consensus is that this program is going to:
-Share more revenue than others
-Allow you to withdrawal money whenever you want via PayPal (confirmed)
You can review the forum thread, which involves DNForum owner Adam Dicker, here if you are a DNForum Platinum member.
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TrafficClub.com paid domain name parking review
I’ve been using the TrafficClub.com paid domain name parking program for about two months, and I’m happy to report great results.
Before I go into the review, let me bring some of you up to speed. Paid Parking programs let you “park” your domain with a service that shows ads relevant to your domain name whenever someone visits the domain. They pay you whenever someone visits the domain name and clicks on an ad. Some programs also pay for pop-ups.
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And a Popesquatting leader is…
A number of people registered domain names of potential new Popes. And the person I covered in our previous posting won by registering BenedictXVI.com. According to an article in Wired.com called Picking the Pope’s Domain Name, Rogers Cadenhead is seeing 100 hits a minute to the domain name.
The domain name currently forwards to his blog, which as Google Adsense on the right side. The ads are about Rome and the Pope, and he’s getting some click-throughs.
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CashFlow.com domain name sells for $56,500
DNJournal’s sales chart this week is aptly named “Sales Explosion Hits Domain Industry With Over 20 Five-Figure Deals This Week”.
And what a week it was! Not only did CashFlow.com sell for $56,500 at Sedo, but Sedo also sold HotDate.com for $55,000.
Pool.com sold Infra.com for $15,500. I bring this up because Pool seems to be rebounding from its drop catching slump. A number of the expiring domains I’ve backordered recently have been won by Pool. Thankfully, ... read more ...
“Popesquatting” provides new reasons to register domains
Rogers Cadenhead opines on his blog about betting on who will be a subsequent Pope. He’s not betting income during a sportsbook, though instead by gnawing adult a half dozen domains that competence be a subsequent Pope (e.g. ClementXV.com). He doesn’t consider they have suppositional value.
It’s a good blog posting…read it here.
TrafficClub adds SBX to paid parking program
TrafficClub.com, Moniker’s recent entry into the paid parking space, has integrated SBX into its system.
TrafficClub is unique by split-testing your domain names across different paid parking services and then automatically optimizing them based on which services give you the most money. Prior to today, TrafficClub only split traffic between DomainSponsor and Google Adsense for Domains. By adding the SBX option, users can now park adult domain names on the site. ... read more ...
Yahoo sheds Overture brand
Yahoo has officially dropped the Overture brand name and rebranded it as Yahoo Search Marketing. Yahoo will soon be launching a Google Adsense-like system for syndicating ads across smaller web sites. My guess that this would happen in mid-April was wrong; the clues I found were actually pointing to the rebranding taking place in mid-April. Hopefully this is just one more step closer to Yahoo’s advertising syndication program!
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Sedo adds new domain name government features
Sedo, a top domain name sales and paid parking company, has introduced new account management functionality.
After logging in to My Sedo, by default users can select the “domain management” link to get a complete snapshot of their account. Each domain is listed and includes price, asking price, minimum offer, unique views (if parked), clicks, and parking revenue. Users can easily change asking and minimum prices in bulk. You can change the overview to include ... read more ...
Security Concerns Boosted VeriSign’s Dot-Net Bid
According to an article in the Washington Post, security was a top reason Verisign was selected to continue maintaining the .net domain extension.
After Telecordia recommended Verisign, message boards were up in arms over the selection. After all, ICANN and Verisign had gone to court in the past.
The scorecard Telcordia used in its recommendations placed a higher value on “The ability to run a secure and stable registry” than “promoting greater competition”. ... read more ...
Diary of an internet millionaire, aged 221 /4
The Times UK has a personal piece by Benjamin Cohen, the person at the center of Apple’s wrath over the itunes.co.uk domain name. Although the piece is more about Cohen’s ability to get positive press, it’s worth reading.
For more on the itunes.co.uk challenge between Cohen and Apple, see the following:
-New York Times covers itunes.co.uk domain name dispute
-Apple fans don’t understand domain name rights
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Avoiding domain name scams
Avoiding domain name scams isn’t always easy. Massive phishing attacks so far have attacked mostly financial institutions. But I suspect we’ll start to see phishing attacks on registrars such as Network Solutions and Register.com.
TheSpiderTrap discusses a recent attempt to steal a domain or force a transfer. While past “renewal” schemes have been done through the postal mail, this one was through e-mail.
Always, always, always make sure the URL you go ... read more ...
Pool.com gives in to patron vigour for auction method
Candadian expired domain drop catcher Pool.com has given in to customer pressure and changed its auction system.
A few months ago, Pool instituted a two-phase auction system. If more than one person ordered the same backorder and Pool snagged it, a sealed auction occurred. The top two bidders in the sealed auction then went to a standard auction. The process took a long time, and was frustrating for users.
Pool just announced that it is switching back to a standardy ... read more ...
Cow.com domain name sells for $45,000
The latest top domain name sales listed is posted at DNJournal.com, and it was another good week in the resale market!
The top sale occurred on eBay, believe it or not. Cow.com sold there for $45,000. Sedo, Afternic, BuyDomains, SnapNames, Pool, and Great Domains all made sales worthy of hitting the top ten.
Other top sales include Rapid.com for $27,000 and Screen.com for $25,000. There was a strong 3 letter .net sale with TBG.net going for $2,700. New TLD sales ... read more ...
Free Resources That Will Help You Identify Domains That Sell
Ron Jackson, editor of DNJournal, posted a good “beginner’s guide” to domain name shopping and selling. This good essay discusses keyword research, paid parking programs, Google Adsense, WhoIs, and more. Check it out here.
Yahoo inventory offer could change lapsed domain names market
A story on News.com discusses Yahoo’s new free web page offering to local businesses. The free web page also comes with a listing in Yahoo’s local directory.
This make sense for Yahoo on a couple fronts. First, they are trying to build their local directory. Second, these local businesses might use Yahoo’s advertising products in the future.
How does this affect the expired domain name market? Right now, people buy expiring domains that are still listed ... read more ...
.pro domain name woes
CNN has covered the current issues regarding the .pro domain name extension. .Pro was designed to be for credentialed professional organizations, including doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers in the US, Canada, Germany, and UK.
Originally, firms could only get a third level domain, such as myname.law.pro. Recently the EnCirca allowed professionals to get a second level domain, such as myname.pro if they also owned a third level domain.
Last month, EnCirca ... read more ...