June 21, 2012 | DomainInvesting.com
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.Org Prices to Increase on July 1


Public Interest Registry (PIR), the domain registry that manages .org domain names, will be raising the wholesale prices for .org domain names on July 1st, 2012. Most domain registrars typically follow suit, and the amount of the price increase generally depends on where you register domain names.

Domain registrars have been sending out emails to clients, and registrars like NameCheap have also been blogging about the price increase. While the increase isn’t much, it can be a burden for people and companies that hold a significant number of .org domain names.

There are a couple of ways you can save money though. First, you can renew, register, or transfer your .org domain names for the 2012 price prior to the July 1 price increase. A second way to save money is to see if your preferred registrar is running any .org registration or renewal deals in advance of the deadline. I’ve found that companies may run special offers to encourage customers to renew for several years to save money.

After June 30, prices on .org domain names will be going up, so if you have any in your portfolio, now is a good time to renew them.

June Great Domains Auction Starts Today


Sedo’s Great Domains is running its June auction beginning today and ending on Wednesday, June 28. There are over 200 domain names scheduled for auction, and I’ve selected my top picks for the auction below based on the name quality as well as the reserve price. There also seem to be quite a few ccTLD domain names included.

Top 5 picks for June auction with reserve price ranges shown:

  • Lavs.com – $1 – $499
  • Wardrobes.com – $5,000 – $9,999
  • Hairstylists.com – $1,000 – $4,999
  • GameShow.com – $25,000 – $49,999
  • PaternityTests.com – $5,000 – $9,999

Ironically, a couple of months ago, I made an offer to the owner of a domain name in the Sedo auction (not going to mention which one) which is right in the reserve price range. The owner declined, but I never received a follow up email informing me that the name is going to auction. I may bid on the auction, but had I not noticed on my own, I wouldn’t have even known it was up for auction. As I mentioned in the past, you should always contact people who expressed an interest in a domain name if you put it up for sale.

What are your favorites in the auction?