Sunday Thoughts and Updates – 3/22
Although I am not a huge basketball fan, I’ve been watching quite a bit of this year’s NCAA tournament. I don’t have any money on the line, but it’s still fun to watch the games.
Here are quite a few domain name business updates, a few thoughts, and a tip for you. Enjoy your Sunday!
In a blog post published yesterday, Donuts reported some good news yesterday regarding the first wave of renewals (greater than a 90% renewal rate on the first group of 4,500+ names). This number is more than I would have expected, and it must come as good news to other registries as well. Hopefully Donuts will continue to report the renewal numbers as stated in the blog post, even if the number falls.
Daniel Negari and the .XYZ Registry received some good press from the NBC Bay Area affiliate station. In discussing the success of the company and .XYZ domain names, the article mentioned that “Negari said he made his investment back in the first month of business.”
Mike McAllister, who designed several of my websites back in the day, is launching a new ecommerce theme tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks. I don’t currently have any ecommerce websites, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I have one at some point in the future, and it’s good to know what themes are available.
Sedo’s Great Domains auction is underway for the month, and it ends this week. There are quite a few three letter .com domain names up for sale, amongst many others.
Here’s a tip to find end user buyers. Check out who owns similar keyword domain names and contact the companies that seem to “get it.” If you can find out when those domain names were required, that can be helpful. If you are able to find out how much the company paid, even better.
It’s silly to see so many mainstream commentators writing about Taylor Swift’s reported TaylorSwift.porn domain name registration. It’s smart for celebrities and other famous people to buy potentially troublesome domain names. It’s much less expensive to hand register them than go through legal channels to recover.
Someone sent me a link to this video from the 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards featuring a band called V². They are using a .Rocks domain name for their website, and they made sure the interviewer knew it wasn’t .com.
Yo.com launched on March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The business was launched by Left of the Dot, a Canadian company that builds businesses on exceptional domain names.
Many thanks to Tia Wood who helped me with some technical glitches that resulted in the mobile update that was made.
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