I just received an email from Uniregistry announcing that they will be “releasing over 3.5 million previously withheld domain names across 19 TLDs.” This will happen in approximately 10 minutes, beginning at 1pm Eastern time today. I believe these domain names will be available at the standard registration and renewal rate, but you will need to check with Uniregistry to confirm as I do not know for certain.
In conjunction with the release of these domain names, the company also launched a search tool to help find domain names amongst the 3.5 million that are being released. Uniregistry announced this to domain industry news outlets, and I also received an email as a Uniregistry client.
I have not yet had a look at the list of domain names that have been released, so I can’t comment on the types of names that will be available to purchase.
Here is the news that was sent to me today: → Read More
I do my best to keep my business manageable. One area that can throw this off is post-auction domain name management. Because I regularly bid on NameJet, GoDaddy Auctions, SnapNames, and DropCatch.com, I can win domain names at several registrars. I want to share how I manage my domain names after auction to ensure the domain names are kept safe and not overlooked by me.
I most regularly bid on NameJet, and the domain names usually end up at eNom or Network Solutions. For the names at eNom, I generally keep them there as eNom is one of my the primary registrars I use. They also lock domain names for a little over a month. When it comes to Network Solutions, I usually keep those names there until renewal time, and then I transfer them out to consolidate them.
If I win domain names at other registrars, I typically transfer them to eNom, Uniregistry, or GoDaddy depending on my plans for the domain name. If my plan is to sell to an end user right away, I will sometimes transfer domain names to GoDaddy, as I have found that is where many end user buyers want to transfer their names. Even if GoDaddy isn’t their preference, they may feel comfortable to accept a push because GoDaddy is so well known. For other domain names I don’t plan to sell right away, I generally → Read More
I am terribly saddened to have learned about the sudden passing of Lonnie Borck. Lonnie was just 47 years old, and he leaves behind his wife and 5 children, who he cared for and loved dearly.
For as well regarded as Lonnie is in the domain investing community, he will be remembered more for being a caring husband, father, son, and friend. As I wrote when I interviewed Lonnie in 2007, he was a true “mentsch.”
Lonnie was very active in his local Baltimore Hatzolah (volunteer Emergency Medical Service), and he saved many lives. Lonnie was always doing what he could to help others in his community. One of the last emails I received from Lonnie was a fundraising plea to help the family of a friend who had recently died of cancer. Lonnie was always looking out for others.
I have known Lonnie for nearly ten years. There was → Read More
Getting in touch with a person can be a challenge. First, you need to find their correct business email address. If you have luck with that, you will need to break through the clutter of their inbox or perhaps get through a person’s administrative assistant who may not be inclined to connect you. I want to share an alternative way of contacting someone when you aren’t getting anywhere.
Many executives, founders, and other people have their own personal websites. I think this is especially true for founders and executives at Internet startups who have operated a number of businesses. Some update their personal websites regularly, and others use them simply as a means of sharing their biographies.
What I have → Read More
The former owner of the iDancer.com domain name won its UDRP proceeding at the National Arbitration Forum. I think the decision is worth a read, especially for people who participate in expired/expiring domain name auctions.
According to NameBio, iDancer.com was won at a DropCatch.com auction in August. The high bid was $390. From my perspective, iDancer.com seems like it could be a descriptive domain name like so many other e- and i- domain names that have keywords following them. When I read the decision, I learned that the “IDANCER” term is actually trademarked in the US.
The company that owns the trademark previously owned the iDancer.com domain name. Due to some sort of error discussed in the decision, the domain name registration lapsed, and DropCatch.com caught it. The current registrant won the domain name, and after rebuffing the previous owner’s effort to get the domain name back, a UDRP was filed.
The complainant won the UDRP, despite the fact that → Read More
Here’s something to keep in mind when making offers for domain names: your inquiry might make the domain owner consider actively marketing the domain name for sale.
In the last couple of months, I have made many purchase offers for domain names that were not on the market. On a few of these domain names, shortly after making my offers, the companies decided to seek out a domain broker to sell their domain names. The prices of these domain names were far above what I would pay, and as far as I know, none of these names I am thinking about have sold via broker.
When buying domain names, my strong preference is to make a deal privately. This generally allows me to purchase a domain name covertly, without the price reported publicly and without outside involvement from someone who might use this data to their advantage. When a broker → Read More