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Amazon Now Using Amazon.BlackFriday

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As Frank Schilling announced via Twitter this afternoon, Amazon is now using the Amazon.BlackFriday domain name.  .BlackFriday is a new gTLD extension that is operated by Uniregistry.

The company is not using it as a standalone website, but they are forwarding the domain name to a 2014 Black Friday deals landing page within the Amazon.com website. I would not be surprised if the company is using Amazon.BlackFriday in marketing materials.

Some people might pooh pooh the fact that → Read More


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NamesCon: Spotlight on ICANNWiki

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This article is part of a series of interviews with NamesCon exhibitors and sponsors. NamesCon 2015 will be held January 11-14, 2015 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 800 people are expected to attend this conference.

Today’s interview is with Ray King, of ICANNWiki. Ray is the founder of AboutUs, Director of ICANNWiki, Co-founded SnapNames and is the CEO of Top Level Design, LLC. And it all started with 4 Apple II computers in 1984 which Ray used to teach Visicalc and dBase II.

Tell us more about Top Level Design.

We’re an Oregon based new → Read More


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Report: Z.com Sold for Nearly $6.8 Million

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The 1 letter Z.com domain name has reportedly been sold for nearly $6.8 million, according to a press release that hit the wires today. The buyer is a company called the GMO Internet Group, and the domain name had previously been registered to Nissan North America, Inc.

According to the press release distributed by the GMO Internet Group:

“GMO Internet, Inc. one of Japan’s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar, today announces the acquisition of single-character domain name, Z.com (z.com/en) for JPY800 million.”

At today’s exchange rate, JPY800 million is worth $6,776,448 USD. This would rank as one of the ten largest publicly reported domain name sales of all time. It would also rank as the → Read More


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Heritage Auctions “Now Accepting Premium Domain Submissions”

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According to an email sent to people on the company’s domain industry mailing list, Heritage Auctions is “now accepting premium domain submissions for exclusive February auction.” Judging by some of the domain names used as examples, they are truly looking for the best of the best when it comes to domain names for this auction.

The email came from Aron Meystedt, Director of the Intellectual Property Department at Heritage Auctions, and submissions should be sent directly to him for review.I do not have any details about the event, bidding, or anything else regarding the auction, so if you have any questions about it, you should direct them to Aron.

For your convenience, the content of the email I received is below: → Read More


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Working With Domain Brokers

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Elliot’s blog posting yesterday about conflicts of interest with domain brokers reminded me of what happened when I sold my Bored.com network of sites in 2008 for $4.5 million.

I was not really looking to sell Bored.com, but a broker approached me and asked if he could shop it around (like to Google, Yahoo, etc.). I had never heard of this broker (I don’t think he is still around) but since I was not actively looking to sell the site I figured it couldn’t hurt. After around 6 months he did not generate any offers so I sent out some emails on my own, since I had not given him an exclusive listing.

A few months later one of my potential buyers made me an offer. At the same exact time the broker also found a buyer. Both started in the → Read More


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Domain Industry Connections Are Valuable

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Yesterday, I wrote an article advising people that they should ensure there aren’t any conflicts of interest when choosing to work with a domain broker or consultant. Adam made a very good point in a comment, and I want to discuss it further. In the comment, Adam wrote, “someone seeking advice should likely look for an expert and that expert should be well connected.

One of the greatest value adds of a domain broker or a consultant is his knowledge of the domain space. There are many general business consultants and even IP lawyers without (much) domain industry experience who may offer advice related to domain names. Although there is probably some value from these outsiders, it is beneficial to work with someone who has experience navigating the world of domain investors.

Most connected domain consultants and domain brokers will be able to give advice on how to negotiate with certain buyers and what types of offers can be intriguing. They know that a portfolio → Read More


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