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Saunders Touts its Domain Portfolio in NY Post Ad


It’s not every day that you see a company bragging about its domain name portfolio in a mainstream publication like Saunders & Associates did in today’s New York Post:

Saunders NY Post

As you can see, Saunders is sharing that it owns over 2,000 street name domain names focused on the Hamptons. The paid advertisement was found on the inside cover of today’s (Saturday) New York Post, one of the largest newspapers by circulation in the US. I am unsure if this advertisement was found in all editions of the NY Post or the local edition. The NYPost has a circulation of over 720,000.

I visited several of the domain names listed in the advertisement, and it looks like they → Read More

Watch out for Poor Classification


I won an auction at GoDaddy Auctions a little over a week ago. After the domain name was pushed to my GoDaddy account, I asked my Account Manager to change the nameservers on the domain name and I noticed something a bit problematic when I visited the landing page to see if it had been changed. When visiting the landing page on my mobile phone, I saw a large graphic “XXX” header and the keywords were adult related. The domain name isn’t adult related, although I could see why it would be classified as such because of one of the keywords.

Having an adult lander isn’t a big deal for me or my company. I don’t generally buy adult domain names, but I don’t have any issues with adult domain names or parking. Some people might have issues, but that isn’t why I found it troublesome. The issue I thought about and wanted to share with you is that a former owner might take exception to this and make a big deal about it. No, the former owner shouldn’t have any say in what happens with a domain name that expired, but some can make a big deal anyway.

I have read quite a few news articles about → Read More

How I Used Estibot’s Bulk Appraisal Tool


EstibotEstibot is a somewhat polarizing tool. Some people use Estibot regularly, and some people are vocal about its shortcomings. I would not say that I am a regular Estibot user, but I want to share how I found it to be helpful for me.

I was in the process of buying a few domain names from a large portfolio owner. In looking to do an even larger deal, I asked if I could have a list of their portfolio for review. I was sent this very large list with tens of thousands of .com domain names. I tried to look through the list on my own, but I couldn’t really focus. I did find a few good domain names, but I was sure that I would miss some of the better names, and if I was going to be able to do a large deal, I wanted to have the best chance of picking out the top names.

I re-signed up for an Estibot account and paid a hair under $150 for a month of access. I had to sign up for a more expensive account because of the number of names I wanted appraised and the short time period I had to appraise them all. I input the names 10,000 at a time and reviewed each .CSV file with the full appraisal information.

I was able to scan through → Read More

NameJet & SnapNames Hosting “Dominate the Drop” Webinar


I received an email from NameJet about a webinar covering dropping domain names. The free webinar is co-sponsored by NameJet and SnapNames. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 8th at 2pm (Eastern time). You’ll need to sign up in advance to participate in this webinar.

Here’s the email, which includes information about what will be covered during the webinar: → Read More

Not Responding to an Offer Could Result in a UDRP


I follow UDRP filings and decisions, especially those that involve short, keyword, and other independently valuable .com domain names. One of the things I have noticed is that sometimes companies file UDRP complaints as their “Plan B.” They are willing to buy a particular domain name, but they file a UDRP because the domain owner’s price expectation is too high or because they don’t receive a response to their inquiry or inquiries.

It is unfortunate when a company files a UDRP because they couldn’t come to terms with the domain owner. This is a risk domain owners should know about, and it can be unavoidable when a company (usually wrongly) thinks it should be the rightful owner of the domain name. UDRP panels generally seem to get these decisions right, although the legal cost for the domain owner can be high and I would imagine it is frustrating to have to defend the right to own a great domain name.

Some domain owners ignore inquiries and offers as a policy. Perhaps the offer is far too low to be considered and the owner doesn’t want to waste his or her time dealing with a lowballer. Perhaps the owner doesn’t reply as a strategy to induce a larger offer. This sometimes works as a company or business person gets more desperate and improves an offer after not hearing feedback. Sometimes a domain owner simply doesn’t want to sell a domain name and ignores the offer.

Whatever the case is for not responding, → Read More

Two Upcoming Domain Events Outside the US


There are two domain industry events taking place within the next couple of months. DomainX, originally established in India, is holding an event in London in April. Domaining Europe will be held in Berlin, Germany in May.

DomainX London, a one day event, is currently scheduled for April 9, 2017. The event venue has not been posted on the website yet, so I am not sure where it is going to be held. Judging by the speaker list and agenda, it looks like there is quite a packed agenda with a range of topics. The ticket prices range from £102.96 – £206.46 via EventBright.

This is the first DomainX event being held in London after two prior events in India. The conference organizer is Manmeet Pal Singh.

Domaining Europe is scheduled for May 14-16. The conference is being held at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany. The conference agenda is fairly wide ranging, covering quite a few domain industry topics. Ticket prices to attend Domaining Europe range from €423.50 – €786.50 via EventBright.

Domaining Europe is being organized once again by Dietmar Stefitz, and the event has been held for the last several years.

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