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Bidding on Facebook Typo Seems Unwise

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One of the top ten domain names listed under "The Drop" category on NameJet's homepage today is Facebbok.com. With a little over two days to go until the expired domain name auction, there are ten bidders with a high bid of $166. This does not count any bids who placed backorders at SnapNames, DropCatch, Pheenix, or other drop catch auction platforms. Bidding on this domain name seems unwise to me.

Facebook has filed quite a few UDRPs for domain names the company believes is infringing on its mark. In fact, it looks like the company is undefeated in UDRP filings. Although I don't recall reading about a cybersquatting lawsuit filed by the company, that doesn't mean there have not been any filings, and it certainly doesn't mean that there won't be future litigation if the company feels it is necessary.

From my vantage point, this kind of domain name is all risk and hardly worth the risk. I understand that when there is money to be made, there will always be people willing to take the risk, but it is a bad look for the business of → Read More


NameJet Introduces Seller Dashboard

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NameJet just announced the introduction of a Seller Dashboard, allowing sellers on the platform to see the status of their auction sales. Previously, sellers could "watch" their auctions when they went to auction within their bidder dashboard, and they could search for them individually or on a special auction page if that was created for their auctions.

This is good news for sellers, as it makes it much easier to see the status of their auction at any time rather than having to wait for a daily payment update email or having to email the NameJet team. The Seller Dashboard is located within a seller's "My Account" page, listed on the left hand side under "My Listing."

Here is a screenshot of the Seller Dashboard with the drop down menu showing the auction status options: (more…) → Read More


NameJet & SnapNames Hosting “Dominate the Drop” Webinar

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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: (more…) → Read More


10 Companies That Could Benefit from a NamesCon Auction Domain

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I am sure that most people in the domain investment space read about the Sumo.com acquisition. Noah Kagan, the founder of the company, spoke about the importance of the Sumo.com domain name on Domain Sherpa and in an article he wrote on Entrepreneur.com.

I was looking through the NamesCon auction on NameJet, and I want to share my thoughts on 10 companies (or people) that could benefit from buying 10 domain names at auction, notwithstanding the reserve prices. Most of these domain names don't match the brand name, but I either instantly thought of the company when seeing the domain name or I saw their major industry presence when Googling the keyword.

10 domain names and the company that would benefit from owning it: (more…) → Read More


5 Super Bowl Sunday Thoughts and Updates

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Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year. Either my team (New England Patriots), is playing in the Super Bowl, or I am excited to hang out with friends and watch the commercials. Whatever the case is, the Super Bowl is usually played right in the middle of the Winter. This means that the days are starting to get longer and I can begin looking forward to the Spring. I love the Winter in Boston, but I am very happy when it is over.

This evening, Tom Brady will be playing to win his fifth Super Bowl. I thought I would share 5 thoughts and updates prior to the big game tonight. You are welcome to share some of your thoughts as well. (more…) → Read More


Here’s How President Obama Acquired Obama.org via NameJet

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Obama Foundation - Obama.orgFormer US President Barack Obama acquired the Obama.org domain name, and it is now being used for the Obama Foundation website. President Obama announced the news on his Twitter handle yesterday:




When researching the Whois records for this domain name, I noticed a domain name industry connection. Prior to the recent privatization of the Whois information for Obama.org, the owner of the domain name was listed as industry veteran Kellie Peterson. Kellie now works on the domain registrar side of Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com.

According to NameBio, Obama.org was acquired via NameJet in 2011 for $2,800. Based on Historical Whois records from DomainTools, it looks to me like this was a privately held domain name that was auctioned instead of an expired domain auction. Kellie was the winning bidder in the auction, and she → Read More


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