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GoDaddy Launches Domain Investing Section on Website

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GoDaddy has launched a new domain investing section on its website. If you click on the "Domains" drop down menu on GoDaddy's website, you can see the "Domain Investing" category on the bottom right section (with the word "New" next to it). Clicking on this link takes you to a section of the website that will provide educational materials about domain name investing.

The section was created to help educate people about the business of domain investing. There are a variety of resources and tools referenced within this section of the website. Interestingly, there is also a forum for people to ask questions about domain investing. I do not see this replacing other industry forums, as this seems more geared to helping people who have GoDaddy related questions, although there are plenty of broader, industry-related discussion threads.

GoDaddy's Joe Styler shared this with me: (more…) → Read More


What Will Donuts Do With Name.com?

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The big domain name industry news this morning is that Donuts is acquiring Rightside. According to StreetInsider.com, the deal is for $10.60 per share of NAME stock, which is approximately $213 million. This is an all-cash deal.




A press release with information about the deal can be found on Yahoo Finance.

I am sure there will be quite a bit of analysis from domain industry sources as well as stock/finance sources, but one of the more intriguing things is that Donuts will own Name.com once the deal closes. Since the company was founded, (more…) → Read More


Payoneer Escrow Shares Update

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payoneer-escrowPayoneer Escrow is coming up on its one year anniversary as a domain industry licensed escrow service provider (the company has existed longer than that though). I reached out to the company to see if they could share an update about how their business is growing as well as a brief overview about the domain industry. Scott Reynolds, Payoneer Escrow GM, and Brandon Abbey, Director of Strategic Accounts at Payoneer Escrow, provided an update that I could share with readers.

The large escrow providers likely have the best view of the health of the domain space at large. Although licensed escrow providers like Payoneer Escrow and Escrow.com can not generally disclose specifics about deals transacted via their services, I think it is helpful when they offer insights about the current state of the domain business.

Here is what Scott and Brandon shared with me: (more…) → Read More


Registrars Promoting .Net Sale

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It looks like there is a big sale going on for new .Net domain names. For the past few days, I have noticed quite a few tweets, emails, banner advertisements, and other promotions from registrars offering deep discounts on .Net domain names. I would imagine Verisign is behind this marketing push of .net domain names, although I don't know for certain. I don't think any of the special promos are offering discounts on .net domain name renewals.

I am strictly a .com domain name buyer, so I have not bought any .net domain names at the lower price and do not have plans to do so. If you have an interest in .net domain names, it seems like now would be the time to register them since it looks like the special promotions end soon.

Here are just a handful of the domain registrars that have tweeted about .net promotions in the last few days, and I suspect there are discount codes at other domain registrars and even hosting companies: (more…) → Read More


GoDaddy Acquires More LL .com Domain Names

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GoDaddy LogoGoDaddy has acquired more two letter .com domain names.

I noticed a Whois change this morning on HU.com. The domain name moved from the Esqwire.com escrow account (the law firm of Ari Goldberger and Jason Schaeffer), and the domain name is now registered to NameFind, the portfolio company owned by GoDaddy.

After doing a bit of searching, I noticed that HU.com had been used by Centralnic to sell third level domain names (such as Example.HU.com). When I did a subsequent search for the HU.com domain name, I saw the Domain Name Wire article about Centralnic's decision to sunset some of its third level domain name offerings. The article mentioned 8 LL .com domain names that were included in this decision, so I did Whois searches on those 8 domain names.

Here is the current ownership information: (more…) → Read More


Some Domain Brokers Use Co-Brokers

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Some of the best domain brokers regularly do co-brokerage deals. This means that more than one domain broker from different brokerages is working on selling a domain name. Domain owners need to be aware of the potential for co-brokered deals when they agree to sell a domain name with a domain broker.

There are benefits to a setup like this. The domain owner would get the benefit of having multiple brokers working their connections to close a deal. Different brokers and different brokerages work with different segments of the domain buying market. Some brokers are experts when it comes to dealing with Asian domain buyers. Some brokers are well connected with huge multinational corporations. Most top brokers have cultivated lists of domain name buyers. Having more than one domain broker working within their area of expertise can widen the net to find a buyer.

Even when more than one domain broker is working on a domain deal, the domain owner typically pays the same commission rate. It seems like a win win situation to have → Read More


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