EU tries to combat for control of internet
According to an article in TheRegister, a consortium of EU countries are trying to grab control of the internet from the US. There goal is to modify ICANN and make the internet overseen by an international community rather than the US.
I am opposed to this power change. See US should retain control of internet.
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Domain name WhoIs leads to robbery arrest
The October issue of Wired Magazine has a story about Randy Guthrie, a US citizen arrested in China for DVD piracy. What makes this story unique is how Guthrie was busted. A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent heard about Guthrie’s web site, ThreeDollarDVD.com, where Guthrie was selling pirated DVDs for $3. All the agent did was go to WhoIs and search the domain name. Guthrie’s e-mail address popped up: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bingo, there’s your ... read more ...
Network Solutions admits to past problems
Network Solutions, which used to have a monopoly on the domain name registration market, is coming out in full force to admit its past poor customer service and promise better service going forward. If you flip through the October issue of Wired Magazine, you’ll see an ad on pages 55-56 that is a QA with Network Solutions CEO Champ Mitchell. In it he says:
“One of the worst problems was our poor customer service. Customers were on hold for long periods of time…many ... read more ...
2 minute .net sells for $15,000
According to the recent sales list at Afternic.com, SY.net has sold for $15,000. The buyer originally offered $3,500, but eventually settled with the seller at $15,000.
Just a few weeks ago Afternic sold a two character .com, EQ.com, for $100,000. (See EverQuest site paid $100,000 for EQ.com).
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EverQuest site paid $100,000 for EQ.com
Ever since Afternic posted a sale of $100,000 for the domain EQ.com, I’ve been curious about who ponied up that cash for the domain. The answer is in your browser: EQ.com forwards to IGE.com, a company that facilitates buying and selling of virtual goods from massively multiplayer online game (MMOGs or MMPORGs). EQ stands for EverQuest, one of the most popular MMOGs of all time.
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Sex.com in $11.4M scuffle
According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a lawsuit was filed by a company that said it agreed to purchase Sex.com for $11.4M. According to the lawsuit, they paid a $500,000 deposit and then the deal fell through. Apparently the deal was being completed through a broker that allegedly made “repeated untruths regarding the domain name Sex.Com, about other competing offers for the domain name Sex.Com, and various other material and relevant exaggerations ... read more ...
Business.US tops another good week for domain sales
According to DNJournal, Business.us sold for $50,000-$70,000 at GreatDomains. This makes if the biggest .us sale of the year, and perhaps the highest reported sale ever! As you recall, Business.com sold for $7.5M in the highest ever reported domain name sale. (This was, of course, during the dot.com bubble).
Last week also included the big VIP.com sale. I reported earlier that the price tag was $1.4M, but DNJournal dug a little deeper. The deal was actually for ... read more ...
US should keep control of internet
I know what I’m advocating is controversial. But I have a good reason for the US to retain “control” of the internet.
In today’s Washington Times there’s a story about the US again stating that it intends to keep control of the internet. It wants to fight giving control to the United Nations or another entity:
“We want to make sure the private sector leads and the Internet continues to be a reservoir of great innovation, and that governments continue ... read more ...
Communicate.com readies Body.com
Communicate.com (OTCBB: CMNN.ob) pronounced on a blog that a subsequent high form domain it will rise is Body.com. A series of Communicate.com’s high form domains are still parking pages like we see during Body.com right now. As they are grown a income from a domains goes nowhere though up.
ParkingSite.com paid parking review
I’ve been promising a review of Adam Dicker’s Parkingsite.com parking service for quite some time. After initial excitement my revenue dropped, and so did my satisfaction. But I decided to give the service a chance before writing my initial review.
Let’s start with the good stuff. Parkingsite.com offers the most attractive templates of any parking service to date. You can choose header graphics from a number of categories, and each category has many different ... read more ...
Afternic launches murder auctions
Domain name aftermarket Afternic has just launched new “liquidation auctions”. According to the site:
“Afternic Liquidation Auctions include many exclusive listings by registrars and other partners. Some great domain names are included from our high profile partners including DOP.net, AugustaGA.com, BathScents.com, BoatLocks.com, TeenMinistries.com, PetCalendar.com, and CityMobile.com.
“Prices start at $60. All Liquidation Auctions that receive a bid will ... read more ...
VIP.com sells for $1.4M
In the biggest publicly announced domain name sale of 2005, British betting site operator Leisure Gaming announced that it has purchased VIP.com for $1.4M. The domain name purchase follows Leisure Gaming’s purchase of VIP Management Solutions for $42M.
Online Casino’s are known for deep pockets and high margins. They are willing to pay top dollar for domains that deliver targeted traffic.
Source of sale info: Web Host Industry Review.
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Afternic’s large week comes to fruition
At the beginning of the week I speculated that Afternic would have a good sales week given its pipeline (see Afternic pushes for a big week). Through Thursday morning this appears to be the case.
Afternic has two five-figure sales including Cheap-Tickets.com for $10,000 and BrandIndex.com for $10,500. When’s the last time you saw a hyphenated domain sell for five figures?
They also sold CaseStudies.com for $6,000, Quixote.com for $9,000, JYCO.com for $5587.50, ... read more ...
Moniker has record month
Moniker announced it had a record month in August for domain sales with regards to average sales price. Moniker’s top sale was ShoppingCart.com for $285,000. The company sold more than 25 premium domains for an average of $27,000. I hate averages, because if you knock out the $285,000 sale the average comes down significantly. Obviously the median price is lower or they wouldn’t have given an average, and it may have not been a record month if you look at ... read more ...
SnapCheck calls for donations
SnapCheck is well known in the expiring domain community for being one of, if not the, best expiring domain resources. It breaks down expiring domains alphabetically, separates out dictionary domains, lists domains by year of initial registration, page rank, Overture count, Alexa rank, length, etc. Not only does it top most paid services, but it’s also FREE.
But the growing popularity of SnapCheck is causing a financial burden for its owner. To keep up with ... read more ...
Lofts.com sells for $100k
DNJournal’s latest sales report is out, and last week had yet another 6-figure sale! Lofts.com sold for $100,000 in a private transaction. That seems like a good price to me, as lofts continue to be an up-and-coming housing option in major U.S. cities. Sedo had a great week, unloading WebDesign.co.uk for â‚¬37,756 and GraceWorks.ORG for $25,000. Yep, you read that right. A two word dot.org for $25,000!
Expiring domains also commanded top dollar, with Pool ... read more ...
.cat no es la respuesta
Molesta poco, pero no resuelve el problema.cat no es la respuesta
Ni amenaza inminente a la unidad de España, ni imprescindible refugio para asegurar la supervivencia de la cultura catalana, ni ataque a ninguna otra autonomía, sensibilidad o cultura; el nuevo dominio .cat tiene visos de convertirse sobre todo en un engorro. Como otros dominios de nivel máximo creados con valor simbólico, .cat ha nacido con las mejores intenciones, pero en la práctica sólo añadirá una molestia a quienes ... read more ...
Fans domains dump tomorrow
A slew of “TeamFans.com” domains will drop tomorrow. Among the team names are football (JaguarsFans.com, PatriotsFans.com, etc), baseball (AstrosFans.com, PadresFans.com, etc), basketball (LakersFans.com, MavericksFans.com, etc), and hockey (DevilsFans.com, AvalancheFans.com, etc).
To see the entire list, click the banner below and search for “Fans”.
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Misspelled Google domains still a problem
Earlier this year users mistyping the Google.com domain name were diverted to web sites that installed malware on their computers. It appears the problem still exists, this time with a twist. There’s a worm that will automatically forward your browser to a Google-look-alike site no matter what you type in. When you search on the spoofed Google site you get normal search results but the sponsored links on the page are substituted with the worm author’s own paid ... read more ...
Afternic pushes for a large week
Domain name aftermarket Afternic is off to a great start this week. They’ve already sold BrandIndex.com for $10,500 and CaseStudies.com for $6,000. CaseStudies.com is a great domain, as business case studies are common at most business schools. Afternic also sold a 2 number domain today, trading 93.net for $3,900. ThaiBusiness.com sold for $1,000, which seems like a bargain.
At the time of writing, Loan1.com has 41 minutes left before it sells for $10,000. ... read more ...
Internet Real Estate Group article
DNJournal has a great cover story about Internet Real Estate Group. IREG is a heavyweight in the domain name industry. They are responsible for last years biggest reported sale, CreditCards.com for $2.75M. In Ron Jackson’s article he talks about some of IREG’s other big deals, some of which have pricing attached to them for the first time ever. I won’t spoil Ron’s article, but check out some of these sales:
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Sedo sells 958 domains in August
Domain name aftermarket powerhouse Sedo announced that it sold 958 domains last month. The total sales value for these domains was $1,846,697, or an average of $1,928 per domain. I recommend ignoring averages in the domain name sales market. After all, sales like News.net for $150k (which will be figured into September’s sales numbers) will skew the rest of the results. The best figure to examine is the median sales price, which Sedo does not disclose. The ... read more ...
GoDaddy launches new TV commercials
GoDaddy, which started an international buzz with its ads during the Super Bowl this year, has released a series of new commercials.
The commercials include a handful of testimonials from GoDaddy users in addition to a couple more commercials featuring the GoDaddy Girl. Feedback on CEO Bob Parson’s blog has been mostly negative, and I agree. At least on the GoDaddy Girl commercials. GoDaddy is acting like it’s selling beer, and wants to use “shock value” ... read more ...
The world’s biggest registrar, GoDaddy, announced a couple special offers worthy of noting.
First, you can get .com domain names for only $1.99 with the purchase of any non-domain product. This is a good deal if you’re planning to buy another service, such as hosting or e-mail. But it’s not that great if you just want the domain.
Second, GoDaddy is offering a sale on .us and .biz domains. They are $6.95 each for a limited time.
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Expired domain name marketplace consolidation
Is Enom’s Club Drop doomed? Can Pool.com survive?
According to DNJournal, expired domain heavyweight SnapNames has signed an exclusive agreement with Register.com to snap its expiring domains. SnapNames already has a similar agreement with Network Solutions. Since these were the two large early registrars, they have some of the best expiring domains. Now Pool, Club Drop, et al can’t get their hands on these great expiring domains.
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