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UDRP Filed Against Hottie.com

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A UDRP has been filed against the descriptive Hottie.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization. the UDRP is WIPO case #D2016-1975. According to Urban Dictionary, a hottie is “A very attractive person; can be either male or female.” For instance, I regularly call my wife a “hottie.”

The Hottie.com domain name was created in September of 1997, making it 19 years old earlier this month. The domain name is registered under privacy at Uniregistry. From what I can see using DomainTools Historical Whois records, it looks like the domain name has been registered privately since late 2006.

Hottie.com is currently → Read More


Ecuador Advertising 5 Word .Travel Domain Name

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I was watching television this afternoon when I saw the most interesting domain name I have seen in a long time: AllYouNeedIsEcuador.Travel. Yes, that is a 5 word .Travel domain name being advertised by Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism (Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador).

Here’s a screenshot I took of the url being advertised on TV:

all-you-need-is-ecuador

When you visit → Read More


It’s Not How You Will Use it But How it Can be Used

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I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me that my asking price is too high because of the size of their business or because of their plans for the domain name. It boggles my mind when some people then become rude simply because the price and value of the domain name is beyond their budget.

Although most of these inquiries do not materialize into an acceptable offer and are simply ignored, it may be helpful to explain that the value of a domain name is not how the person inquiring plans to use it, but how the domain name can be optimally used. When I explain this, I sometimes offer the following illustration or something similar:

Let’s say you → Read More


Did You Buy a .Shop Domain Name?

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dot-shop-logoIt looks like .Shop did very well in its first day of general availability. According to OnlineDomain.com, Domain Name Wire, and DomainIncite.com, over 50,000 .Shop domain names were registered during the first day the domain names were available to be hand registered.

In an unrelated article I published yesterday, John asked if I (or any related entity of mine) registered any .Shop domain names. I did not register any .Shop domain names and I have no plans to buy any. I am sure there are people in the domain space who bought .Shop domain names, but I am not a participant in the new gTLD space, aside from a Donald Trumpesque handful of investments like n.Ventures and n.Holdings.

As I have said like a broken record for a few years dating back to .CO, if I see → Read More


New gTLD Discussion on Mike Mann’s Facebook Page

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Mike Mann has had a successful career in the domain space, and I consider him to be one of the more knowledgeable people in the business of domain names. As a result, when he says something interesting or controversial, people will engage, discuss, and sometimes debate him.

According to DomainIQ, Mike’s company (Domain Asset Holdings, LLC) owns hundreds of thousands of domain names, and the vast majority are .com. He has sold a ton of .com domain names (including the BuyDomains business), and he seems to be of the opinion that nothing compares to .com or competes with it.

In the last few days, Mike posted a couple of provocative tweets about new gTLD domain names. The links within the tweets link to his original comments on Facebook, and this has stirred up some debate on his Facebook page in different threads: → Read More


Sales Reports May Not Tell the Whole Story

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I was chatting with a friend at The Domain Conference, and I congratulated him on a deal that I recently read about. Coyly, he told me that I shouldn’t believe all that I read. After chatting with him for a couple of minutes about it, I think I understood what he meant, although he wouldn’t share any details with me!

The vast majority of domain name sales are all cash. In some instances, in addition to a cash component, a company may give the domain seller additional compensation. Some types of compensation that I can think of off the top of my head include shares in the company, an earn out opportunity (% of sales for example), or some type of stock options. I am sure there are other types of compensation I am not thinking about.

Domain sales platforms and brokers that report transacted sales tend to only → Read More


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