Sunday, May 1 2016

Google Files COmplaint For Two-Google Related Domain Names

Google has recently filed a complaint against the owner of wallet-google.com, wallet-help-center-google.com domain names.The company filed the complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on April 5,2016.According to whois records, wallet-google.com was registered in March,2016 while wallet-help-center-google.com was registered in February 2016.The National Arbitration Forum will examine over the next days…

Verisign Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2016

Verisign has recently reported the financial results and details about .com and .net domain name registrations and renewals for the first quarter of 2016.Business Highlights include : Verisign Registry Services added 2.65 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 142.5 million .com and .net domain names in…

DSAD.com: Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Sunday, May 1st

Thanks to Josh yesterday for doing a great list. His list was a lot better than mine overall. I can see I need to add more keywords and less short. There were a lot of names that I do think you can resell and make money but there were some that I think you would have to sit on for quite a long time. They make sense as words but not many uses for end users. Its easy to get caught up and build a portfolio of 1000 names that eat renewal money year after year. But he has built a great profit center but knowing which names to buy,hold and sell that cover costs and give profit. Most portfolio owners can’t pull it off. His list also helped me.

It allowed me to take a day off and relax. I ended up taking it easy and running a 1:34 half marathon. My 7 min 11 second average pace was seven minutes slower than my fall half marathon but I was super happy just to run the thing since I have barely been running because of how busy we are at work. Because of my NamesCon injury I just started running 6 weeks ago. So running that time on 12 training runs this year was a nice accomplishment. I had to work right after the nursery and that was the real challenge. But that’s what I do. Run Nursery Domains and it was nice to take one of the out of the day for once. I promise I won’t do it again for another year. Here are today’s names. Click to see current prices

VideoSpace.com I feel like this whole video on the Internet thing is going to take off. 43 bidders agree

MVPGaming.com With gaming parlors showing up in every state, just a matter of time until somebody names their company this

ShuttleBuggy.com No bidders, 15 years old. Not a ton of value but much more fun to say than Uber

ExecutiveLuxury.com Sounds so posh……and expensive

TheStockFinder.com No bidders. 14 years old. Solid name for a stock blog or site

ZASJ.com Lower boats still getting over $250

BLQD.com Not sure exactly why this is getting such a high bid

UltraMegabit.com 571,000 backlinks

HostHelp.com A ton of affiliate money in hosting or helping others find hosting. 17 years old

LargeChecks.com No bidders. Look it up. There are companies that specialize in printing those large checks people give away. I’m going to buy it if nobody else does.

MedBall.com Short for medicine ball. One of the best pieces of workout equipment you can own. Can use it in so many ways. I use mine as an ottoman. No bidders

WeedClearance.com You see all those discount cig stores so you know the discount weed stores are coming soon

ReadyToOwn.com An old sales term. Maybe too old. No bidders

EQNU.com, ACZL.com, ZSNV.com, HOGJ.com, GJIJ.com Some non premium LLLL.coms for you to take a look at

LaptopACAdaptor.com You don’t see specific product domains getting bids much anymore but since practically every person that has a laptop has bought one of these it is getting some action

PredictiveMedia.com Media names always sell. As long as it has some cool word in front of it

SocialLion.com I guess lions can be social

XW77.com The 77 is the driver. The X helps as well

OnlineDrivingCourse.com I was a better drive because I played so much Pole Position so I know that online driving courses are beneficial

NeedAHandyman.com Good marketing name for a service that offers them. Handymen are in HUGE demand. Hard to find someone that can do simple services right now. Everyone is so specialized

Special Domain Shane ONLY Coupon…….. CODE IS DDCDS2015 – Good 30% off Discount Domain Club to get the lowest renewal prices Godaddy offers (DDC)

SearchPoint.com Nice brand although I do admit it is pretty close to SitePoint

DeliciousPie.com Thousands of visitors to this delicious auction but nobody wants a piece of the pie

NiceFrance.com Bidding up to $1500 on this vacation spot.

FOR OTHER GREAT NAMES FOR SALE MAKE SURE TO VISIT CAX.COM

NotBroke.com No bidders. I like it because you can say you have money without bragging. Not a bad blog or site name for $69

UYDR.com Only 10 bidders on this medical name.

Sinopta.com A surname in Turkey and other countries but to me it sounds like a good brand. I feel like I should take this if I had high blood pressure

6663.info These triple repeater .info are still getting bids

978188.com Only 4 bids for the double 8 at the end

388830.com The zero hurts it but the triple 8 doesn’t. Only 2 bidders

Blower.net I think leaf blower some for obvious reasons. But I don’t blow leaves or mow. I just thought everyone knows I love leaf blowers

LUP.com Let Us Something

TVQ.com A television station in Brisbane. Also a LLL.com I’m guess that a Chinese buyer will pay more than the TV station

TLKC.com End in C. C is money

Mediocre.net It’s OK to be average. But you only tell that to people that are.

Mortal.org The word works with dot org. We are all but some don’t act like it

WeMakeShitHappen.com Not very professional but gets the point across as well as any domain sold today

PlasticSurgeons.net This is an example of a dot net that is a real bargain to someone that is going to actually use the name

DaveBerry.com I love his humor. One of the funniest writers I know

QFFQ.com The pattern is collectible and its pretty nice looking. Tough acronym though

ETTD.com This is much easier to use an acronym. At $300 at press time

DWWD.com Another ABBA.com Reserve is a little higher but looks like its going to hit it

Have a name at auction and need more exposure? Send me an email. I Charge $10 per name per day. We may be able to help. If you have an auction you want to promote, email us for details.*All names chosen by me, Shane . (ie you click through and purchase a name you like) or an occasional paid listing. Everything I say is based on my own research or is opinion. Do your own due diligence. That means look it up yourself if you don’t think the stats or my opinion is correct. I hand choose my names but I am paid to make this list by both the auction houses, individuals that are auctioning names, and Godaddy affiliate links. Keep that in mind and only buy names that YOU think are good

Update on Top 10 Sales from a Year Ago: QUA.com, XHF.com, RandPaul.com, More

Listed below are updates to the top 10 domain sales from a year ago, as ranked by DN Journal.

1. QUA.com sold for $459,000

This was picked up by Chinese company Qunar, which is publicly traded and has a market cap over $5 billion. They’re working on a travel portal, “Qua.com is a sub-brand of Qunar.com targeting international market. Qunar is popular Chinese travel search site which aims at helping travelers to find travel products and information.” The site has an Alexa rank near 650,000.

QUA

2. Amra.com sold for $127,500

A big upgrade from Amra-Music.com, although identical sites are live at each domain. “AMRA is the first of its kind — a global digital music collection society, built on technology and trust. AMRA is designed to maximize value for songwriters and publishers in today’s digital age, while providing the highest level of transparency and efficiency.”

Amra

3. RandPaul.com sold for $100,980

This sale got a few headlines when it was announced. The former presidential candidate now has his site geared back towards Kentucky, vs the nation as a whole. This site is the traffic leader for the week, with its Alexa rank near 225,000.

RandPaul

4. BSH.com sold for $100,000

No site resolves, and the owner is under privacy protection.

5. Daikuan.cn sold for $84,750

No site resolves.

6. ATF.com sold for $75,000

Google Translate is tough on this Chinese language site, but it appears that a type of music site, or even a specific artist’s site, is live. Alexa rank near 13 million.

ATF

7. Historia.com sold for $60,000

You can see the placeholder below, which has been live for nearly the full year. Alexa rank near 4.8 million.

Historia

8. PWX.com sold for $35,000

9. NWN.com sold for $32,220

Both of the LLL.com above are owned by the same individual in China, and no sites resolve at either.

10. XHF.com sold for $29,412

You can see the placeholder below, part of which translates as follows, “Xinhua Finance (XHF.com) is an independent financial information and financial data provider, was established in Beijing in 2015, and set up overseas offices in London, Hong Kong and New York.“

XHF

Thursday, April 28 2016

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Be trusted. Be positioned for success. Be confident.
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How to build a website that makes an impact on your business

The UK has over 52 million Internet users1 and 1.9 billion2 Internet users exist worldwide, making it a rich and powerful medium to create awareness of your business. Being present on the Internet can offer almost any business a cost-effective solution to be visible and available to its customers and prospects. Any business can decide to be a part of this ever expanding digital world by registering its domain name and building its website.

When you build a website and want to create an impact, it will take some preperation.

Let us examine and review the basics.

Register a domain name - An important first step to doing business on the Internet is to select and register a domain name that helps boost your company’s visibility on the web. For example, a .com domain name is a good option because it helps provide instant recognition, visibility and credibility for your brand online, both in the UK and globally. A .net domain name is also a good choice – many young entrepreneurs pick this type of domain when they start putting their novel business ideas into practice on the web.

Define your purpose of having a website for your business. Is the website going to promote the company, serving as a marketing tool to advertise your brick-and-mortar business? Or, will the website be an online e-commerce store where visitors can purchase goods and services online?

Once you are clear about the purpose of your website, it would be advisable to do some web surfing. Review other websites for a design or functionality you like.

Design and appearance: A website should be visually appealing and professional. These general guidelines may help –

   A good colour scheme may only contain 2 or 3 primary colors. Don't overdo the color, as it can distract from the written content.
   Allow for adequate white space in your design. Uncluttered layouts allow viewers to focus on your message.
   Graphics and/or high quality photographs can increase visual appeal. These should be selected to add meaning or context to your written content.

Content is king: Content on your website should be informative and relevant to your audience. The main reason why people visit a company’s website is to seek information or buy its products or services, so the information on your Website should help them to accomplish those goals.

Clear website navigation: Navigation is the roadmap of your website. Visitors to your website need to know three essential things: where they are, where they can go, and how they can get back to where they came from. Remember, visitors to your website are in a hurry -- don't make them hunt for information or keep them guessing about where they need to go next.

Interactive: Build in feedback forms and other means of communication so that your visitors or customers can interact with you in order to share feedback or make a request.

Inspire trust: In the online world, your website does the talking on your behalf; hence you should try and display information that can showcase your potential credibility as a business. Using client and/or media reviews for example, may help engender trust in your website visitors.

If your website offers the option of purchasing products or services online, you will need to ensure that adequate steps are taken to make it safe and secure for your site visitors to carry out a monetary transaction on your website.

Test your website thoroughly before going live: Make sure all the text, images, colors, and page layouts are correct and there are no spelling mistakes. If left unattended, these are likely to make visitors to your website think that your business is amateurish.

Promote your website to help people find your website on the Internet: You can help boost your visibility by including your complete domain name in virtually every communication medium your company uses, from the business card to the office supplies. In addition to this, you may want to register your domain name on an online search engine because many Internet users utilise search engines to locate companies and businesses. Some technical adjustments may need to be made while developing the website so that it potentially responds more efficiently to certain searches made by Internet users, something commonly known as the 'Search Engine Optimisation' process.

Refresh and revise your website content regularly. A website that has the same information month-after-month becomes stagnant and predictable. Try replacing one of your key web page graphics with newer versions or adding the latest news about your company.

Now that you have a framework, you can go ahead and build your website.

If You Can’t Even Remember Your Own Website Don’t Expect Others To…

I got an inquiry from a Hong Kong company about a New gTLD domain name I own. My domain name is an exact left.right match of their generic 2-word company name.

They are currently using a .com.hk domain name for their website. For some strange, at least to me, reason they have chosen (?) not to register the .hk version of their name even though it is now available for anyone to register. Their web development company that handles the domain registrations for them is using a .hk domain. Yet they probably don’t care. All they care is to build an expensive website on any domain name even if no one ever visits it again.

I have found out that in countries that allow both first level registrations like .hk and second level registrations like .com.hk for years, people tend to either remember .com or .hk when presented with a .com.hk url. So their customers are either typing .hk going to a not found page or they are typing .com that takes them to a webpage owned by a totally different company in some other part of the planet.

To make matters worse their “contact us” page lists the wrong email address for the company. They have written info@**********.com instead of info@**********.com.hk. And the email address link is wrong too. I checked archive.org and the email address is wrong for at least a year now. No one has discovered the mistake. A first the mistake was solely on the web development company but after all this time I have to blame the company that contacted me. They don’t ever visit their website? It is not like it has more than 10 pages…

Are there more mistakes like this? Maybe on business cards, stationary or even ads? Who knows…

So if you can’t even remember your own website how can you expect others to remember it?

Company Accidentally Buys Domain Name For $400,000

You have heard of impulse purchases or drunk domain name registrations but this one is really remarkable.

Mike Mann, owner of DomainMarket.com, announced on Saturday on Twitter that he had just sold a $400,000 domain name.

   Either I just sold a domain for $400,000 to a 20 yr old tech unicorn or someone just did the biggest hack ever on my web site.

mikemann1A unicorn is a start-up company valued at over $1 billion.

About an hour later he made a Facebook post saying the the purchase was an accident made with a credit card with no limit!

   OK the answer is in, it is a 20-something year old tech unicorn with perhaps an unlimited credit card limit accidentally bought a very expensive domain from my web site, he says he was just researching domains and meant to purchase a different one etc etc………. no deal, ship

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Mike Mann’s DomainMarket.com owns more than 260,000 domain names including domains like Mali.com, VaticanCity.com and HappyBirthday.com that is currently listed for sale for $2,000,000.

DomainMarket.com lists its complete domain name portfolio with prices so here are a couple of candidates close to $400k:

BocaRosa.com – $399,888 EarthDay.com – $399,888

So we know the buyer made a mistake but we don’t know what was the domain that was actually bought after the mistake, if any. And I have never heard of a larger credit card refund. Have you?

Brand Stories.

Company: Uber Founded: March 2009 Valuation: $62 billion +

Original Domain: UberCab.com Preferred Domain Name: Uber.com

UberCab, which was founded in 2009 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, first launched services in San Francisco in 2010, using the eponymous URL www.ubercab.com until it was forced by San Francisco and California regulators to drop the “cab” from its name.

Uber has continued to grow in the past five years, expanding in markets and size. The company that was valued at $60 million in February 2011 now has a valuation of more than $62 billion. It has expanded beyond San Francisco to more than 180 cities in the U.S. and 60 countries around the world, and its car service may be just the beginning — Uber is exploring ways to use its delivery platform in other ways. Recent rollouts include UberEATS, a local food delivery service launched in 12 major cities, and the announcement that Uber would help distribute AMBER alerts via its data network.

At about the same time that it changed its name from UberCab to plain ol’ Uber, Uber bought uber.com from Universal Music Group. Because the young company was cash-strapped, they offered — and UMG accepted — a 2-percent stake in their company in return for the highly desired domain. They later bought this stake back from UMG for $1 million. So, essentially, they acquired this must-have URL, which is now priceless, for a cool million. Not bad at all.

Although Uber may have been originally forced by regulators to change its name from UberCab, it’s undoubtedly a move they would have made at some point anyway. After all, Uber is essentially a technology company, and their continual forays into other services using their delivery platform shows that they know this and are looking at the ways to best monetize it. Uber as a brand is both highly adaptable to a number of scenarios (i.e., UberEATS, UberHEALTH, Uber EVENTS) and very valuable. After all, “uber” means the best of whatever you are, and Uber is striving to be just that for a number of things. And they’ve got a boatload of uber domain names in their portfolio to prove it. Uber cool.

   TAKEAWAY:
   UberCab had no chance of ever becoming a verb.
   They needed the domain to reflect their ever-growing popularity and authority in the marketplace. The word Uber (by itself) did and when your brand becomes a verb you know something is working. Plus Uber is a technology company — they are not just a cab. Imagine if Amazon was called AmazonBooks…

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Twitter LogoCompany: Twitter Founded: 2006 Valuation: ~ $19 billion

Original Domain: twttr.com Preferred Domain Name: Twitter.com

Twitter was first developed by Jack Dorsey and Noah Glass while they were working at Odeo, a podcasting company, in 2006. Dorsey envisioned the service, which went by “twttr,” as an SMS-based service that people could use to track their friends through status updates. Users would send a text to one main number and that text would then be broadcast out to all of their friends. SMS short codes are five digits, so they tried to get twttr, but Teen People were already using it (well, they were using txttp, which is numerically the same as twttr).

A bird enthusiast originally owned the Twitter.com domain, and company co-founders weren’t willing to spend the money to buy the domain name from him until they were confident their platform would catch on. (An early logo features bubble-font lettering in green, making “twttr” look more like “twtta,” which we kind of love.) A lot of joking references have been made to the long-running Wheel of Fortune television game show, at the fact that within just six months, the powers-that-be were willing to purchase the necessary vowels to take control of Twitter.com. It may have seemed like a big deal then — since Odeo had basically foundered and Ev Williams had bought back the stock from investors and taken control of both Odeo and Twitter — but the reported $7500 paid for the Twitter.com domain makes us wonder, from the perspective of a decade’s hindsight, why they even waited at all.

   TAKEAWAY:
   The Twitter founders got a bargain by getting their preferred domain name early in the game, before even they knew how successful the service would become.

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Anker logoCompany: Anker Founded: 2009 Valuation : $200 million +++

Original Domain: ianker.com Preferred Domain Name: anker.com

So Yang, a senior engineer at Google, returned to his native China in 2011 to found the Anker brand. Four years later the company is reportedly doing over $100M in sales annually and is consistently one of Amazon’s top sellers.

With rumored plans to go public in 2017 its no wonder they upgraded from ianker.com to Anker.com in June, 2015 paying a reported $130,000 USD for the domain name.

   TAKEAWAY:
   The first look at iAnker poses a question of who they are? Is it I AnKer, are they trying to say I An Ker? This upgrade to eliminate brand confusion were dollars well spent.

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Bitly LogoCompany: Bitly Founded: 2008 Valuation: A Lot.

Original Domain: Bit.ly Preferred Domain Name: Bitly.com

Bitly began in early 2008, with an initial $1.5 million in seed funding from New York City-based VC firm BetaWorks (they also chipped in more money during another round two years later). At the time it was one of a handful of URL shortening companies, including TinyUrl.com, and it has since emerged as the dominant player in the field.

Bitly never seemed to have a problem getting users to use a domain with an uncommon .ly extension, but the company began redirecting bit.ly to bitly.com in 2011. Libya, which owns and controls the .ly extension, closed down one or two other domains, accusing them of being anti-Muslim. However, some experts believe that Libya was only able to do this because those sites let their domains expire, though it can enforce the requirement on country codes that users must have a local presence. Either way, the bit.ly domain has been extended through May 2022.

Bitly is not the only URL link shortener out there and with the acquisition of Bitly.com they now have a top level domain to compliment the brand. Think Google’s Goo.gl, Twitter’s t.co, YouTube’s youtu.be, etc. The brand names stand alone as domain names while shorteners live on in other extensions (t.co, goo.gl).

   TAKEAWAY:
   By shifting to Bitly.com instead of domain hack bit.ly, the company now comes across as more than just a one-trick pony and shows the authority that tech companies need.
   It also reduces the risk of operating under a domain name that is is regulated by the Libyan government. This risk alone made it worth upgrading due to the unpredicitability of how some countries regulate country code extensions.
   Imagine being a company founder and waking up to this article referencing an extension your company is formed around.

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Square LogoCompany: Square Founded: 2009 Valuation: ~ $3 billion

Original Domain: squareup.com Preferred Domain Name: square.com

When Jack Dorsey (Twitter’s co-founder) and his friend Jim McKelvey originally thought up the idea of Square, which would allow merchants to accept credit card payments via smartphones, the story is that they went to the dictionary and came across the word “square.” Connotations of the word that fit their concept included the expressions “fair and square” and “square up,” which means to settle a deal (with money, one hopes, not with fists). It didn’t hurt that using Square as the company’s name also gave them a design for their hardware, either.

Not unexpectedly, square.com was not available when the company launched, so Square took instead the domain squareup.com, which was a good second-choice pick. More recently, Square bought the square.com domain for a reported millions of dollars.

   TAKEAWAY:
   The company is consistently referred to as Square in media everywhere. There was no logical argument NOT to acquire square.com. Our guess is thousands of people email someone @square.com every month thinking they were reaching squareup.com. This email vulnerability alone (especially for a payments processing company) is enough to warrant paying top dollar for the preferred domain.

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Dropbox LogoCompany: DropBox Founded: June 2007 Valuation: $10 billion+

Original Domain: getdropbox.com Preferred Domain Name: dropbox.com

DropBox launched services in 2008, using the getdropbox.com domain. The company began as an online data storage system back before the idea of “the Cloud” was as ubiquitous as it is today. In 2009, with users and traffic growing daily, DropBox filed court papers against what it deemed a squatter on the dropbox.com domain, which had been a parked site until it began hosting links to DropBox competitors. They cited the fact that traffic to dropbox.com was growing and they were losing an immeasurable number of potential customers who were visiting the site to find DropBox and not necessarily knowing to go to getdropbox.com. Although financials are unclear, by October 2009 — as TechCrunch reports — DropBox was finally using “the domain everyone thought it already had.”

Let’s remember a key point here. Secondary words like GET, INC, LLC, CORP, PLAY, etc. are not your brand, nor will people (including employees) remember them. What people remember, and what the media often refers to, is the primary word of your company name. We live in a short world. Your domain needs to be short.

   TAKEAWAY:
   This story is a perfect example of the difference between a good-enough domain and the perfect domain. Getdropbox.com was a good choice of URL for a startup when DropBox found that its first choice was unavailable and it needed to roll out its product and business. However, once its product became successful and word started spreading, potential customers assumed they would find the recommended site at the product’s URL. The need to acquire the preferred domain (dropbox.com) became almost mandatory.

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Facebook LogoCompany: Facebook Founded: 2004 Valuation: $250 billion (mid-2015)

Original Domain: thefacebook.com Preferred Domain Name: Facebook.com

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched “The facebook” while still an undergrad at Harvard, he was said to have named the social platform after the papers that were distributed to freshmen to tell them more about other students and staff. The platform rapidly expanded outside of Harvard to other Boston-based colleges and then colleges and universities nationwide. In August 2005, Zuckerberg spent $200,000 to purchase facebook.com and dropped “the” from the company name and its URL. While that was no small amount for a year-old company, a decade later Facebook easily shelled out $8.5 million for FB.com, which tells a lot.

Facebook wasn’t a new concept at the time — MySpace had launched a year earlier, based on Friendster’s original concept — but Zuckerberg was able to build and grow it into the wildly successful social platform it is today. While he may have been able to name it anything he wanted and still have it turn into the 800-pound gorilla in the industry, the history of branding shows that one-word names seem to find the most success. And when your name becomes synonymous with the activity your product actually does (i.e., Hoover), you know you’ve caused a societal shift. Zuckerberg has always been a visionary, and streamlining both the company name and its domain name in the early years undoubtedly helped Facebook on its meteoric ride. Plus, it appears to have helped save the company the millions of dollars it would have needed later on to get its coveted domain name.

   TAKEAWAY:
   Anytime a company drops THE from a domain name, it becomes more much authoritative. You never want to be known as THE  company.
   Imagine our world if brands used THE in domain names. THEcocacola.com, THEFedex.com, THEtwitter.com .. Oh please, shoot me now.

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Instagram LogoCompany: Instagram Founded: March 2010 Valuation: Billions.

Original Domain: instagr.am Preferred Domain Name: Instagram.com

Instagram was launched in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger as a mobile photo and video-sharing social platform. In a little more than a year, it had 10 million users. Facebook acquired the app in 2012 and it continues to grow to this day, especially among the younger crowd, who have grown up with smartphones and image sharing, and prefer the social network to Facebook.

Instagram didn’t just come out of nowhere. Systrom had actually developed, and gotten funding for, a prototype of an app called “Burbn,” which was a location-based check-in app similar to Foursquare. However, after receiving $500,000 in investments and hiring Krieger as the engineer, they looked at Burbn and decided it was too cluttered and needed to be stripped down. Because the photo component was the most popular one with beta users, they kept that feature — along with comments and “like” capabilities — and started again. They named the new app “Instagram,” an amalgam of “instant” and “telegram” that also sounded “camera-y,” in the words of Systrom.

Nobody, not even the two founders, could imagine how rapidly their app would be downloaded from the moment it appeared in the Apple App store. Less than four months after launch, Instagram secured $7 million in a round of funding, putting its valuation at $20 million. At the time, Bloomberg Business noted that the company didn’t even have “real company” accoutrements, such as its own permanent Web address. It was using instagr.am.

Systrom made the decision to pay $100,000 to the owner of the Instagram domain name in January 2011. In 2014, however, a relative of the seller denied that the seller had had the authorization to sell the domain, and wanted the domain name back. Facebook won the 2014 UDRP case, which also included 21 other similar domains that were a typo or two away from the Instagram.com URL.

   TAKEAWAY:
   Domain hacks look cool but should always be secondary URL’s. When instagr.am launched practically everybody called it Instagram –- they didn’t pronounce it instgr.am (can you even pronounce that?). Always try to acquire the domain your employees and customers will pronounce by default.

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Foursquare LogoCompany: Foursquare Founded: 2009 Valuation: $250 million+

Original Domain: playfoursquare.com Preferred Domain Name: foursquare.com

After Dennis Crowley sold Dodgeball to Google in 2005 and then left the company in 2007, he went on to create Foursquare — essentially the next-generation of Dodgeball’s location-based social network — in 2009. While you wouldn’t be the first to wonder whether Crowley loves playground games, he has stated in the past that he always wanted to use the name “Foursquare,” but settled first on Dodgeball when the foursquare.com domain wasn’t available.

When he started all over again, he had no such qualms and just went with playfoursquare.com to get the new company going. And it did start out as a mobile gaming app tied into the location-based services, so that “play” in the URL made sense. After Foursquare’s first round of funding, the acquisition of foursquare.com was a top priority. In fact, in mid-2014, Foursquare spun its gamification component into a separate app called “Swarm,” (the domain is for sale) and became even less about gaming and more about personalized local search.

While Foursquare users don’t pay for the service, the company has worked to leverage its knowledge of locations and user visits for revenue-making purposes. Many products and platforms use the Foursquare API — including Twitter, which uses it to geo-tag tweets — and the company’s deep data is anything but child’s play.

   TAKEAWAY:
   The removal of “play” in their domain makes them sound a little more grown up and, more importantly, shows that their Foursquare service means serious business (regardless of the fact that they briefly, and unintentionally, let the domain name expire in March 2010).

Why You Need The Perfect Domain Name

Building a brand is something every entrepreneur dreams of. Whether it’s the next unicorn, a fashion empire or the local go-to ice cream parlor, your brand name is representative of so much more than your financial statements. It represents your culture, how people connect with you, how customers refer to you, how employees explain what you do and more. The right domain name is a critical part of your brand.

It is also one element that many CMO’s and founders fail to recognize the importance of until its too late (and much more expensive). However, there comes a time when every solid brand will want to upgrade. From Uber to Instagram, Twitter to Anker. Almost every brand matures, and with that maturity comes the need to acquire a better domain name.

Paul Graham, one of Silicon Valley’s most notable Venture Capitalists and co-founder of Y Combinator, published an article in August, 2015 noting that obtaining the best .com domain name was less about getting users and more about signifying strength.

Paul wrote, “The problem with not having the .com of your name is that it signals weakness”. He also noted an extremely important point “Sometimes founders know it’s a problem that they don’t have the .com of their name, but delusion strikes a step later in the belief that they’ll be able to buy it despite having no evidence it’s for sale. Don’t believe a domain is for sale unless the owner has already told you an asking price.”

All one has to do is look at Nissan.com to understand the headaches associated with someone else owning a name resembling your brand. Over ten years later, and multiple lawsuits later, Nissan (the car manufacturer) is no closer to obtaining the domain owned by Uzi Nissan (yes, Nissan is a last name), and rightfully so. Why should the domain name go to someone just because they are bigger and more well-known? After all, Nissan is his family heritage and the name of his company.

Tuesday, April 19 2016

Verisign Q4’15 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 314 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by approximately 15 million domain names in the fourth quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 314 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). That’s a 5 percent increase over the third quarter of 2015. 1

.com and .net Breakdown

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 139.8 million domain names in the domain name base in the fourth quarter of 2015. 2 In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.2 million domain names for the same period in 2014. TLD Breakdown

In the fourth quarter of 2015, the top 10 TLDs in order by zone size were:
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ccTLD Breakdown

Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) reached 144.4 million domain names at the end of Q4 2015, with an increase of 6.6 million domain names, or a 4.8 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2015. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the top 10 ccTLDs by zone size were: ">">"> New gTLD Breakdown

At the end of Q4 2015, new gTLD (ngTLDs) registrations totaled 10.9 million, which represents 3.5 percent of total domain name registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 51.9 percent of all ngTLD domain name registrations. The following charts show ngTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, and also the top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations. DNS Query Load

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the fourth quarter of 2015 was 123 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 194 billion. Quarter over quarter, the daily average increased 2.8 percent and the peak decreased by 67.3 percent. Year over year, the daily average increased 11.9 percent and the peak increased 32.6 percent.

For more domain stats from the fourth quarter of 2015, check out the Q4’15 infographic below and the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief. Q4 2015 Domain Name Industry Brief

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Sunday, April 17 2016

Search for domain name registrars to register or renew your domain name.

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Verisign operates the authoritative registries .com, .net, .name, .cc, .tv and .コム domain names, and provides domain registry services for .jobs and new gTLDs. Verisign does not register or renew domain names—we work with domain registrars to register domain names. Find a registrar now!

The Internet grew to 314M domain names in the 4th Quarter of 2015.

The Internet grew to 314M domain names in the 4th Quarter of 2015. Read more domain name trends in our latest Domain Name Industry Brief http://vrsn.cc/1VofvzZ
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How to Redirect Your Domain Name to a Social Media or E-Commerce Site



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Monday, April 11 2016

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http://www.domainshop.com/ is one good sites

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BrandBucket sold 801 domain names for $2.4 million in 2015

801 domain names found homes through BrandBucket last year.

brandbucketBrandable domain name marketplace BrandBucket sold 801 domain names last year for a total of $2.4 million, the company announced today. That’s an average of $3,000 per domain sold.

The company lists over 27,000 brandable domain names for sale, ranging from two-word domains (DropHatch.com, ShareReady.com) to made up words (Rycky.com, Vouchza.com).

Each domain name in the marketplace includes a logo.

BrandBucket adds a 30% consignment fee to the seller’s asking price, plus a charge for the logo. It also charges a $10 listing fee.

This means the company probably brought in about $750,000 in revenue last year, assuming all domain sales were for third-party listers.

Brandable domain names can be difficult to sell, but BrandBucket does a good job pulling together quality brandable inventory at fair prices. This, combined with requiring clients forward their domains to landing pages, helped the company turn 3% 5% of its inventory last year.

This story was updated to reflect a sell-through rate of 5% based on the average number of domains BrandBucket had listed for sale last year (16,000).

Saturday, April 9 2016

People Can Spoof Emails from Your Domain Name

“If you received a spam email which you believe came from one of our website addresses, you must understand that identifying information in email is easily forged by spammers. We do not send email from any of our website addresses. In fact, since we only use these website address for providing web pages, we work with a leading spam detection organization to collect and forward email to them for spam identification, because there should be no reason why anyone is sending email to our website addresses.”

People Can Spoof Emails from Your Domain Name

Over the years, I have had several people ask me to let them have an email address on a domain name I own. Some people like having an email address from a particular domain name because it’s a novelty and others want to have name@something.com because the something is related to their profession or personal interests. I have never offered an email service and I have no interest in offering it for many reasons.

Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call and text messages from someone who apparently received an email that looked like it came from one of my domain names. Someone harassed her from a made up email address, and she asked me for information about the email address because she saw that I own the domain name. Obviously (from my perspective) the email was spoofed, but it was quite disturbing to hear that someone chose one of my domain names to use for this.

Luckily, this seems to be an isolated case rather than someone using a domain name to run a large scam or spam campaign, but it is still something domain owners should know is possible. If a domain owner offers email service from their domain names, this can be even more problematic and require legal intervention.

When you have good domain names, especially domain names that sound “official,” there could be people out there pretending to be affiliated with the domain name or website. In fact, Uniregistry Market even has a canned response for domain owners who receive inquiries from people who believe they received spam from a parked domain name:

   “If you received a spam email which you believe came from one of our website addresses, you must understand that identifying information in email is easily forged by spammers. We do not send email from any of our website addresses. In fact, since we only use these website address for providing web pages, we work with a leading spam detection organization to collect and forward email to them for spam identification, because there should be no reason why anyone is sending email to our website addresses.”

When you have desirable domain names, there could be people who use them to send spam, scam, or harass others.

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