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So Rob Monster started a thread about who should control a registrant’s whois? The thread also delves into how obscured whois affects domain sales.
Do professional domain investors accept these extra steps and tolerate the idea that their WHOIS data is masked or otherwise obscured, effectively forcing people to contact registrants through other means?
At the same time, ad blocking software have made many conventional parking landers effectively blank screens. Some parking companies have started to pivot using landers but most parking is still an easy ad block.
I ask this because I realize that many domain sellers have had a tough few months with selling domains. It dawned on me that the drop in domain selling activity appeared to coincide with GDPR rollout which kicked off in earnest on May 25, 2018 and where many registrars simply masked everything on WHOIS.
One thing I noticed is people are all over the map in how they value public whois with relation to domain sales.
Jurgen Wolf said
As for me, the direct inquiries to my WHOIS email were very rare even prior GDPR.
99.99% – spam only.
So it is not important for me in terms of sales.
While Korganian was doing a lot better in the days of fully public whois.
Before GDPR, I had a lot more people email me or call me on the phone to purchase my domains.
I loved those quick phone sales out of the blue!!!
All the sales were to end users for a nice profit too.
Now Rob included a poll with regards to who should control whois on a domain name.
Who should decide whether WHOIS is visible?
No surprise that the registrant being in control is the leading vote getter at 85%.
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Sedo continues to add to it’s new sales landers with the addition of 12 more templates.
An email was sent out today announcing the new releases.
Now the new landing pages consist of 3 basic templates, which you can customize with information in 4 different ways:
- Offer Box Only
- Domain Facts
- About the seller.
- Full version
One does wonder if Sedo waited too long to roll out what many were asking for years ago. Efty, DAN and Epik have set the standard for landing pages at the present time.
So I was reading a post on Namepros that was dealing with front running domain auctions.
The op actually had a front runner contact them on a domain they owned in another extension.
They actually posted the back and forth, which you can read here.
After that the conversation became about how NameJet should stop this and how they don’t really care about it in the opinion of some.
Another member Grego85 posted,
Why would they? Seriously.. think about it.
I replied with this,
Forget about why would they? How could they? I am not cheerleading for NameJet and I think there are things they can do better. I have never engaged in front running, but how could NameJet stop it.
So Goodtreats.com is expired on NameJet (hypothetical example), a human being decides to hit Google, corp directories, etc… Starts asking them if they would be interested in purchasing the name? How can NameJet prevent that? What legal standing would NameJet have if they knew about it? which in cases where the front runner doesn’t also email domain investors like in the coinsociety case would be less than 1% in my estimation.
Do we all know right now who is contacting businesses that have no understanding of NameJet/GoDaddy auctions? Plenty of people are probably out there sending off emails trying to get a bid.
I think aftermarkets have a lot of things they need to fix, but I cannot see how they can prevent front running, because if it was done right, where the spam monkey knew to avoid contacting domain investors, the aftermarket and domainers would never know what was going on in the first place.
Some have a position front running is not wrong and don’t see the problem.
Looking back at August here we will examine sales data trends for certain naming categories.
August was a down month as expected, people are away on vacation and not as much business gets done. Sales were down roughly $1.6 million vs July.
Overall Namebio recorded 9,838 sales down from 10,400 total sales ($100 or more) in July. This was for a total dollar amount of $8.8million down from $10.4 million in July. The average sales price was $929 down from $998 in July. JoyRide.com was the high sale at $300,000.
One of the hottest threads on Namepros over the last three weeks is the Epik.com Promo Deals and Happy Hour Mega-Thread. In that thread Rob Monster has been publishing happy hour specials where .com domains have been available to register or transfer for $6.99.
Epik has made a concerted effort to be visible and available on Namepros. Several employees have joined Namepros and post promos while also responding to members questions.
It seems as this happy hour thread has moved on there was interest in seeing how low Epik will go on price.
Rob Monster has tied it to likes on this post
Of course domain investors are always looking for an even better deal and Rob was asked about $5.99 .coms?
So Rob added
600 likes will now bring about $4.99 .com regs and $5.99 transfers.
Epik certainly seems like they are striving to be a domainer’s best friend when you look at all the participation on what is the social network of the domain industry, Namepros.
Rob shared some financial data with me regarding the company,
During Q2 our organic revenues grew 71% versus Q1 2019. In addition, we did consolidate two important technology acquisitions: BitMitigate and Sibyl Systems.We are now completing a $2.5 million investment round this quarter comprised of value-added investors. This will find additional technology investment and perhaps another small acquisition.
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Verisign (VRSN NASDAQ) released their Domain Name Industry Brief for Q2 2019. The second quarter of 2019 closed with 354.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 2.9 million domain name registrations, or 0.8 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2019.
.COM AND .NET DETAIL
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 156.1 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at the end of the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.3 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2019. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 6.4 million domain name registrations, or 4.3 percent, year over year. As of June 30, 2019, the .com domain name base totaled 142.5 million domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 13.6 million domain name registrations.
Darpan Munjal is the founder of Squadhelp, a company that helps people name their business. The naming platform has become very popular over the last year at Namepros with many members submitting names there. For the 2nd Time, Squadhelp.com has made the Inc. 500, Ranking No. 274
Mr. Munjal was interviewed for the upcoming issue of Inc. and provides some insight into how he started Squadhelp.
From the article:
I soon knew I needed a controlled platform on which competition and cash awards would incentivize people to submit high-quality names. I registered the domain Squadhelp.com and spent several months building the platform. Then, in late 2011, after I’d left Kaplan, I launched the website. One of the first contests on the site gave me the name for the e-commerce company I co-founded in 2012–Fashionara.com–and which operated until 2016.
How much does it cost?
Our naming competitions start at $199, and our logo design competitions start at $299. Also, there are three additional contest level that each offer more features and benefits. See our Pricing Page for details.
Netico Inc sold Piano.tv for $15,000 last month on Sedo and they followed that up last night with another .tv sale, the sale of Caliente.tv (Spanish for Hot) again at $15,000. These represent a tie for the fourth highest sales in .tv for 2019.
Both names were registered back in 2010.
Only 153 .tv sales reported year to date for $250,000. Not the best numbers in 2018 there were 208 for $341,000. There is a chance those numbers can be matched but going to need a pick up in the last four months. The average sale price is almost identical at $1,637.
Uniregistry released their top 20 sales for the week and Skew.com led the way at $92,000. Simple.Life was second at $20,000 and another 4L was third with Zord.com selling for $13,000.