Did I go too far in my blog post yesterday? I think I might have…

Yesterday I wrote a blog post about a new domain investor who has been tweeting about his investments in .CX domain names. I wrote the post, hit publish, and woke up this morning to a stream of comments. What I saw honestly didn’t feel great, it was either people really slamming this new Domainer or commenters calling me a jerk for picking on a new investor.

So I think I went too far and I feel bad about it.

I think what I was responding to is a somewhat protective feeling for new domain investors that I think can often read what other new investors are doing and mimic their strategy. I do think there is very little data around .CX being a good investment and I guess I felt that Johan was writing about it on Twitter as if it was a successful investment strategy.

I’ve seen new domain investors go down the wrong path and lose a lot of money doing it. For some, they have the play money, but it’s sad to see someone that invests money that is very meaningful to them and their family into domains just to lose it all. I do think .CX is a very risky investment and that’s really what I wanted to get across in my post. I have also talked about the dangers of investing in domains that violate known Trademarks so felt that was important to bring up as well.

Okay, now all that being said, after reading my post again I think I come off sounding like a jerk. I emailed an apology to Jothan and he sent a nice and well-written email back, and yes – he felt singled out and I can understand why.

So I’d like to take a minute to apologize publicly to Jothan for my post yesterday and some of the wording that I used. Looking back on it, yeah – probably not the right way to share my opinion.

For new domain investors who read my blog, I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re getting started in the Domaining world, I’d be very careful with putting too much money into things like .CX domains…but I probably just could have said that without dragging Jothan through the mud.

That being said, there are two kinds of people in this world, those who will never apologize for anything and think everything they do is right…and those who know when they screw up and apologize. I’m in category #2 so Jothan – I’m sorry about that, it wasn’t the right way to share my thoughts, you seem like a good guy and you deserve a warm welcome to the Domaining world. I hope to buy you a beer someday and would welcome an interview with you on my blog so you can share your journey with us.

AUCTION RECAP OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on September 11, 2019.

If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the domain auction ended, but the name may not have sold if a reserve was in place.

Other Names at Auction

AdMagazine.com 20 year old domain, met reserve, reach the advertising community which is in demand based on the $5CPC

At $545 with a few hours left

Orgasms.com 22 year old adult name that sold for over $40K back in the day. Now up for sale again

At $10,500 with 17 days left

GlucoseKit.com Tens of millions of diabetics in the US

$220

Sexe.com “Sex” in French. Be curious to see if this bid is real

At 210,000 EUR with 4 days left

Xylent.com No bids at $79. I think it makes a cool looking and sounding brand

At $89 with less than an hour left

GoDaddy Names at Auction

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Namejet Names at Auction

The 5N.com sales are getting boring to watch as clear prices have been set based on numbers and patterns. I’ll skip any 5N sales until something changes.

VideoProjectors.com $2,000
wlgreens.com $1,600
obion.com $1,010
polyview.com $864
nesd.com $787
InteractiveSports.com $711
SafeMaker.com $681
AisleOne.com $623
TheInspection.com $610
optro.com $585

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Can I Trust Uni When Buying a Domain Name?

Anytime you buy something online, trust is a big factor. Paying for something online from any website often gives me anxiety, actually. Buying a “digital product” like a domain name can raise anxiety even more because of the unknown processes involved with domain ownership changes, so I wanted to share my thoughts on trust when buying a domain name.

Can you trust Uni when purchasing a domain name?

The short answer here is absolutely yes! Uni is a reputable company which has been around for a long time. Founded in 2012 by internet pioneer Frank Schilling, Uni Corporation is actually 3 different entities.

Uniregistry is a domain name registry that operates over 20 gTLD domain names like .link, .help, .game, .hosting, .pics, .auto, and more.

Uni is a full-service domain name registrar with millions of customer domain names under management.

Uniregistry Brokerage is a domain name market that is used by thousands of individuals to buy and sell domain names, that has resulted in over $200 million in domain sales.

All services are housed on Uniregistry.com and are often referenced simply as Uni.

Proof is in the pudding!

In 2018, Uniregistry Brokerage alone sold $50,100,177.46 of aftermarket domain names for our clients. That was 5,445 domain names that buyers entrusted Uni checkout to purchase an aftermarket domain name and securely received ownership of the domain name after purchase. We are not only here to assist with payment, but we are also here to guide you from start to finish with the transfer of ownership of the domain name into your account.

In 58 of those 5,445 aftermarket domain purchases, clients trusted Uni to handle transactions of $100K and higher. The average sales price on Uni Brokerage in 2018 was $9,200.

Uni Brokerage has had the privilege of successfully transacting over $200,000,000 in domain name sales for our buyers and sellers.

Uni has over 50 professional employees that depend on the brand. Reputation and trust are very important to all employees and will always be very important to us. We are fully staffed with over 40+ professional domain name brokers, a dedicated accounting department, legal staff, customer service team, domain name specialist and more. Every single transaction handled on Uni is important to us. You are important to us.

So, should you trust sending a payment to Uni when buying an aftermarket domain name? Absolutely! Uni handles hundreds of aftermarket domain name transactions every month, worth millions of dollars. Payment safety and security are very important to Uni and our team is here to assist you from start to finish in your domain name transaction.

The Uni team looks forward to helping you with all your domain name needs and we appreciate your trust in doing so.

177 Domain Discoveries for September 12th

Every day we scan more than one hundred thousand domains across all the major marketplaces and pending delete lists to find domains you can buy that have sold in the past. Sale history, like the age of a domain name, is a great proxy for quality to help the cream rise to the top. Today’s list has 177 domains for sale with history. […]

TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop List for 9/12/2019!

Here is TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop List for 9/12/2019. I will not be back-ordering or bidding on any of these domains myself. There are some really valuable domains on this list! If you have any thoughts/input please leave a comment below! Good Luck!

celebritystars.com

catnipsum.com

zoomevents.com

prinfo.com

spalti.com

theimum.com

highwayauto.com

photosites.com

plgroup.com

firin.com

bigfilm.com

ebru.tv

kandidat.com

cacasino.com

redbuffalo.com

resmitatiller.com

sizzy.com

anua.com

crazyheart.com

komisyoncu.com

blogacademy.com

philately.info

smartriver.com

81 Newly Funded Companies and their Domain Names: HotelEngine.com, Gambling.com, Stoke.world

Back in January 2015, shortly after starting this blog, I decided it would be a good idea to publish a weekly list of recently funded startups and their domain names. You can find the very first list I published here and together with the help of Candace Cook we published almost 160 lists, covering and analyzing more than 10,000 startups and their domain names.

The series became a weekly favorite for many readers but it took many hours for us to research and compile the list and then publish it so we stopped publishing the list 4 years later, in January 2018.

Thanks to some recent updates to Crunchbase’s Pro subscription I am now able to export a list of data in minutes which used to take hours to manually compile previously which means I am bringing this series back.

Here’s this weeks list:

Organization NameDomain NameFunding Amount (in USD)Funding Type
Soto Solarsotosolar.com $110,363,094.00 Venture
Ubi Transportubitransport.com $49,794,790.00 Venture
Olivelaolivela.com $35,000,000.00 Series A
BrightInsightbrightinsight.com $25,000,000.00 Series A
SGI DNAsgidna.com $25,000,000.00 Series A
Sparxsparx.co.uk $24,260,897.00 Venture
Oneberryoneberry.com $22,000,000.00 Series A
lesBigBosslesbigboss.fr $19,874,876.00 Venture
Fyllohellofyllo.com $16,000,000.00 Seed
Hotel Enginehotelengine.com $16,000,000.00 Series A
Gambling.com Groupgambling.com $15,500,000.00 Venture
Huhu Savinghuhusaving.com $14,037,846.00 Series A
Specific Diagnosticsspecificdx.com $12,500,000.00 Venture
Culture Fresh Foodsculturefreshfoods.com $11,000,000.00 Series A
Sellicssellics.com $10,000,000.00 Series A
Cannaraycannaray.co.uk $9,575,698.00 Series A
Checkmyguestcheckmyguest.fr $7,725,416.00 Venture
Maarifa Education Holdingsmaarifaeducation.com $7,000,000.00 Venture
Minu.mxminu.mx $6,500,000.00 Seed
DigitalF5digitalf5.com $6,000,000.00 Private Equity
NeuralGalaxyneuralgalaxy.com $5,895,895.00 Angel
Quantificarequantificare.com $5,532,754.00 Series A
Veralox Therapeuticsveralox.com $5,400,000.00 Seed
Reforce Internationalreforceinternational.com $5,239,428.00 Venture
3RDFlix3rdflix.com $5,001,225.00 Seed
Vyapar Appvyaparapp.in $4,970,000.00 Series A
Flat.mxflat.mx $4,500,000.00 Pre-Seed
FPL Technologiesonescore.app $4,500,000.00 Seed
Stoke Worldstoke.world $4,500,000.00 Seed
Wayland Additivewaylandadditive.com $3,682,960.00 Series A
Cashflocashflo.io $3,300,000.00 Series A
Roublerroubler.com $3,300,000.00 Series A
Saltboxjoinsaltbox.com $3,200,000.00 Seed
Harvest Platformgrowmyharvest.com $3,100,000.00 Seed
Edgecortixedgecortix.com $3,000,000.00 Seed
In Diagnosticsindiagnostics.com $3,000,000.00 Seed
Starcave Globalstarcaveglobal.com $3,000,000.00 Venture
ProcedureFlowprocedureflow.com $2,900,000.00 Venture
HHRChina.comhhrchina.com $2,788,622.00 Series A
BLIINKbliink.io $2,756,920.00 Seed
Agicapagicap.fr $2,633,458.00 Seed
Novaremed AGnovaremed.com $2,624,478.00 Venture
AFC Wimbledonafcwimbledon.co.uk $2,458,994.00 Equity Crowdfunding
DappRadardappradar.com $2,330,000.00 Seed
Nodalviewnodalview.com $1,877,071.00 Venture
DC Power Codcpowerco.com.au $1,627,878.00 Equity Crowdfunding
Freemeltfreemelt.com $1,600,000.00 Seed
Sigrid Therapeuticssigridthx.com $1,600,000.00 Venture
Team Flashteamflash.gg $1,500,000.00 Seed
Auto YiMiautoyimi.com $1,399,364.00 Seed
SmartTax51smarttax.com $1,392,950.00 Angel
Simply Solutionssimplysolutions.com $1,231,004.00 Venture
CodersRankcodersrank.io $1,230,000.00 Seed
Huboohuboo.co.uk $1,229,972.00 Seed
Kenmei Technologieskenmei.ai $1,102,768.00 Seed
CrowdBureaucrowdbureau.com $1,100,000.00 Series A
Everest Fleeteverestfleet.com $1,100,000.00 Seed
Studio216studio216.com $1,100,000.00 Seed
LUMI'INlumi-in.fr $1,096,350.00 Venture
Myelin Foundrymyelinfoundry.com $1,001,795.00 Seed
Agaveagave.com $1,000,000.00 Venture
PlexTracplextrac.com $1,000,000.00 Seed
ESN Cleercleer.com.au $945,000.00 Equity Crowdfunding
Aero Commerceaerocommerce.com $925,065.00 Seed
Tnediccatnedicca.com $750,000.00 Seed
Desana Networkdesana.io $673,530.00 Seed
VRAIvrai.ie $634,587.00 Venture
The Algorithm Peoplethealgorithmpeople.co.uk $613,826.00 Venture
Legal Managerlegalmanagerservices.com $553,275.00 Seed
reBLENDreblend.co $550,000.00 Seed
FILIBfilib.fr $548,175.00 Seed
Dreamdata.iodreamdata.io $535,000.00 Pre-Seed
Assetz Exchangeassetzexchange.co.uk $488,640.00 Equity Crowdfunding
Endcrawlendcrawl.com $450,000.00 Seed
RealARrealar.com $120,000.00 Seed
Clavis Aurea Singaporebeetrack.io $50,000.00 Seed
Recruiteryrecruitery.co $50,000.00 Seed
Saddle Shoppesaddleshoppe.com $25,000.00 Seed
Loog Guitarsloog.nyc $23,195.00 Product Crowdfunding
Bulrush Agritechbulrushagritech.com $16,880.00 Angel
SockMonkey Studiossockmonkeystudios.net $12,064.00 Venture

Funding data is based on online reporting and DNgeek cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. To compile this list we only include companies that raised their first round of Angel, Seed, Series A or Venture funding and exclude companies that raised private equity, grants, pre-IPO or Series B and beyond funding rounds. 

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Foolproof method for determining if a domain is worth hand registering

Today: Why businesses don’t reply to outbound emails / Picker.com sold for $22,800 / How many marketplaces do you list your domain with a buy it now on? / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Buying 3 letter .co domains – Budget: Up to $450.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these three-letter .co ccTLD’s, this buyer is ready for a smooth transaction if you’re ready to liquidate.

5G & Augmented Reality: The Future of Sports Technology – Are you currently investing into any 5G or augmented reality domain names? What do you think the future holds for them and why? Compare notes with other investors.

How to report your domain name sales – Is there a specific way that you like to report and publicize your latest domain name sale? Check out how other domain investors are reporting theirs.

How many marketplaces do you list your domain with a buy it now on? – Every domain investor/reseller does it a bit differently. How do you list your domain names for sale on multiple marketplaces? Or do you just use one?

Picker.com sold for $22,800 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a six-letter dictionary-word .com domain for five-figures. How much do you think it should have sold for?

Why businesses don’t reply to outbound emails – I think just about everyone has run into unanswered emails over the years, but how many of you have found out the reason why businesses are not answering you? Check out what some domain investors say the reason is.

Foolproof method for determining if a domain is worth hand registering – What method(s) do you use to determine if a domain name is even worth the cost of hand registering it? Take a peak at what some domain investors do to find out.

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This guy is hand-registering a bunch of .CX domains…

Dosebuy Domains

Every once and awhile (okay more than that) someone jumps into the domain name world, ignore all the advice experienced investors give, and try to forge their own path. I’m all for trying new things but I’m not crazy about repeating other people’s mistakes.

One of the great things about the domain investing world is that there are resources like DomainSherpa and DNAcademy that can help new domain investors get started on the right foot.

For me and many other domain investors, hand registering a bunch of random domains that we “thought” would be worth a fortune was our first mistake. In any new market, just jumping in and spending money often ends in, well, losing money.

The people I’ve seen excel at domain investing are those who take the time to listen, read, and learn. In many cases they don’t repeat other’s mistakes and actually end up starting out with some pretty solid investments. Two great examples here are Josh Reason and Josh Schoen. Both Josh’s are buying really solid domains and they really took the time to learn the market before diving in.

Then there’s DoseBuy. Now before I go any further I want to say, the point of this post is not to be mean or make fun of Johan, the man behind DoseBuy. I think it’s great that he’s publicly sharing his journey in the domain world with all of us.

That being said, I see him repeating mistakes that so many new domain investors have made, and he doesn’t seem to care what people think, he’s just forging ahead on his own path. Johan’s focus has been hand-registering domains and he’s picking up some pretty dangerous Trademark violations like AllThingsStadia.com (Google Trademark) and some really long weird names like CanItBeConfirmed.com.

Lately he’s been tweeting quite a bit about the one word .CX domains he’s been registering. I’ll be honest…I’ve never heard of .CX, and there’s a good chance you haven’t either. Which is why I’m also not surprised that a bunch of one-word .CX domains were available.

As you can see from the image at the top of this post, today Johan tweeted some of his .CX domains to President Trump in an attempt to start a vote and retweet campaign on Twitter…so far no takers.

Like I said above, I appreciate Johan sharing what he’s doing, but I hope at some point he takes the time to go through Michael Cyger’s DNAcademy as I think it will save him a lot of money down the road. Buying 10 .CX names costs around $200 and I think it’s safe to say one expired two-word .COM for $200 would very likely produce a much higher ROI, but to each their own.

Of course maybe I’m missing the boat here. Maybe .CX is the next big thing and Johan is sitting on a goldmine…okay, I’m being sarcastic there. Still, since I think Johan will be reading this I want to tell him – keep on being yourself and doing what you want to do. Just know that registering Trademarks isn’t a great idea and hand registering domains tends to be a money loser unless you really know what you’re doing. I would be happy to pay for admission to DNAcademy if you’d like – in the end I think you probably could make good money in domains because you’re clearly interested in the space.

If you want to take a look at Johan’s portfolio it is available here – https://dosebuy.com/portfolio

Now it’s your turn. What do you think? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

Can you pick domains by simply looking at their names?

Look at the domain ArmyAnts.com. What do you see? What kind of business can you operate from this domain? How much can you sell the domain for? These are the questions that confront me almost everyday when I sift through thousands of domains in the garbage dump.

Frankly, I would not have bought ArmyAnts.com for even $10 as I could not figure out how the keyword “army” and “ants” together could be applied to any business field. This also tells you how bad I am in picking domains, because ArmyAnts.com was actually sold for $5,000 just a few days ago.

According to Wikipedia, army ants actually exist. They are predatory insects that can kill animals such as chickens, pigs, and goats. Google search reveals that “Army Ants” was the brand of a soldier toy product produced in the 1980s. It is also the title of a collectable trading card, a book written by Michael Desing, and a sound track performed by a Polish musician.

dotDB reports 24 similar domains and at least 8 of them are active, including ArmyAntStudio.com (purchasing agent), Armyants.org (car blog), ArmyAnts.us (robotics special interest group), RM-ArmyAntsRemovals.co.uk (removal services), and MillionArmyAnts.com (university site). Below are three domains which are perfect candidates for upgrade to ArmyAnts.com.

ArmyAntsRemovals.com is owned by UK-based moving company Army Ants. The company also operates ArmyAntsSelfStorage.com, ArmyAntsSelfstorageLTD.com, ArmyAntsSelfstorageLTD.co.uk, and ArmyAntsSelfstorageLTD.uk.

TheArmyAnts.com is owned by India-based branding and advertising agency Army Ants. The company leverages characteristics of ants to project an image of not being intimidated by workload, valuing teamwork, being organized, and getting the job done.

ArmyAntsConstruction.com is owned by a USA-based construction company which provides commercial and residential roofing services. The company name is Army Ants Construction but it’s likely to be remembered by its customers as “Army Ants”.

As you can see, only after doing the research could I see the value of the domain ArmyAnts.com. So, research is vital. This is echoed by top domain picker Mike Mann in the September 25, 2014 Domain Sherpa show when he said, “It’s a filtering process. I can read through 10,000 extremely fast and then I create candidates, and then with the candidates it takes more time to do research on Google and then look at the other domain statistics. I would see them on a list and then research but most people just make a snap judgement ‘oh that’s not worth anything’. Then I would study the data to figure out what its true value might be.”

In conclusion, I cannot pick domains by simply looking at their names. I must rely on tools such as dotDB and Google search to do my research and discover values of domains.

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Originally published on Grandseeds.com

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