Ably.com sold for $17,500

Today: Check Social Media Accounts Before Acquiring A Domain / Free uk and co.uk / China Domain Scammers Emails – BE CAREFULL!! / and More…

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

Niche CBD domain name forecast for 2020 – Are you following the CBD domain name niche closely? If so, and you have some stats to share that paint a picture for 2020, compare notes with other CBD domain investors and share your own.

Oylly.com – That’s a playful five-letter, pronounceable, .com domain that sounds like “oily”. Do you think it’s playfulness is enough for a start-up to want to brand with it? What would you appraise it for?

Free uk and co.uk – Is this too good to be true or are they really letting you registrar a free .uk or .co.uk ccTLD? If you are looking to register one and want to save some cash, this might be an opportunity.

Check Social Media Accounts Before Acquiring A Domain – Everyone invests a bit differently. Do you check social media accounts before you acquire a domain name so you can get those too and bundle them with the domain as a package?

China Domain Scammers Emails – BE CAREFULL!! – It’s always a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse of current scams happening in the industry to be safe. Have you encountered this one before?

Ably.com sold for $17,500 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a four-letter .com for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

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A hacker stole 17 domain names during the Ethereum Name Service Auction, and now they’re giving them back – here’s why

If you remember back in September I wrote an article about a domain auction being run by the Ethereum Name Service, well – the auction was hacked, and the hacker stole 17 domains including Apple.eth. Here’s the scoop:

As CoinDesk reported at the time, the ENS bidding process managed by digital-collectibles marketplace OpenSea was exploited, allowing a hacker to nab 17 domain names for lower bids than other users placed. ENS and OpenSea asked the hacker to return the domain names, promising compensation for finding the bug.

(Source – CoinDesk)

Well, in an interesting turn of events, the hacker agreed to return the domains in exchange for a reward.

Now it’s not uncommon to hear about companies offering “bug bounties” which are essentially systems for rewarding hackers for finding bugs. This isn’t the way they usually go but in this case it does seem to be a win-win since the Ethereum Name Service gets their domains back and the hacker gets a bug bounty when there wasn’t really an official bug bounty program running.

So what does the hacker get in exchange for stealing these domains and then giving them back? She/he will receive 25% of the final auction price of every domain name sold in the auction.

Timing is critical for this as DevCon5 is taking place this week in Osaka. My flight from LAX to Osaka on Sunday was actually full of DevCon5 attendees and this year the conference is expected to be their biggest show yet.

If you don’t know what DevCon5 is, think of it as the go-to conference for Ethereum developers, hence why the Ethereum Name Service really wants to get the auction back in action and these domains out to the community.

My only question is, if Apple.eth goes back into the auction and sells, will Apple Inc. go after it with a UDRP? It seems odd that they’re auctioning off domains that violate major trademarks like that but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on that one!

What happens when you point 1000+ domains to an online store

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Today: 69669.com sold for $9,000 / SEO: Does Google Prefer Shorter Domains? / Buying Pronounceable 4L.com – Budget: $1,500.00 / and More…

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

Buying Pronounceable 4L.com – Budget: $1,500.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for any four-letter .com domain names that fit this buyers specified criteria. This could be an opportunity to liquidate fast.

Buying 4L .com – Budget: Up to $500.00 ea. – Double check your portfolio for another four-letter .com that meets this buyers guideline. They are looking for a quick and smooth transaction if you have what they want.

Block.one agrees to pay 24M fine for unregistered ICO (used to buy Voice.com) – If you are into the legal side of the domain industry and like to follow different cases, this might be an interesting read for you.

How many free ccTLDs are there? – A lot of domain investors know of the generally free .tk ccTLD, but how many more free ones are out their? Take a peak at what some domain investors found that are free too.

69669.com sold for $9,000 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a five-letter .com for a high-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

SEO: Does Google Prefer Shorter Domains? – What have you found in all your years of research and development when it comes to google indexing and valuing? Check out what some developing domain investors are saying.

What happens when you point 1000+ domains to an online store – Have you ever redirected one-thousand or more domain names to a single eCommerce stores home page before? If not, you should probably read this to see what happened to this domain name investor.

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CtsaCentral.org sold for $5,100

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Today: Expired domains explained / .com’s All Gone and One-Word Opportunities Abound! / Do you get buyer’s remorse and start purging soon after? / and More…

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

Buying dog niche domain – Budget: Up to $250.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for a domain name that meets this buyers specified criteria. It could be an opportunity to liquidate for some quick spending money this weekend.

Buying BrandBucket SquadHelp – Budget: Up to $50.00 – If you have any BrandBucket or SquadHelp domains that meet this buyers specified criteria, you might be able to unload a few for some quick cash.

HealthyDietPlans.net – What do you think about this sixteen-letter, three-word, long-tail, .net domain name in today’s market for health and weight-loss? Is it good enough to have some value?

Do you get buyer’s remorse and start purging soon after? – So, have you? When is the last time that you bought a domain, or several for that matter, and then regretted it almost immediately after taking possession of the domain(s)? Check out some domainers stories.

.com’s All Gone and One-Word Opportunities Abound! – Do you agree that one-word alternatives to .com are worth more money in today’s market now that most the .com’s are already taken? Take a peak at what some domain investors think.

Expired domains explained – How long have you been researching and catching expiring domain names? Share some of your experience and compare notes with other veteran expired domain name investors.

CtsaCentral.org sold for $5,100 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for an eleven-letter, acronym + word, .org domain name for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

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An Exact Match Pair Sold – Should Domain Investors Hold These?

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Today: PhoneCases.com sold for $24,000 / .me domains today / How long you should put a domain up for auction / and More…

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

Buying Chinese premium 4l .com – Budget: Up to $10.000.00 – If you’re secretly holding any premium Chinese four-letter .com domain names and in need of some fast reinvestment capital, this might be the opportunity you were waiting for.

Buying NLL, LNL, LLN .COM – Total Budget: $5,000.00 – Do you have any NLL, LNL, or LLN .com domain name assets in your portfolio you would liquidate for some quick capital? This might be an opportunity.

Buying (Extreme) Secure Project Domain – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – Make sure to check your portfolio for a domain that meets this buyer specified criteria. They are ready for a quick and smooth transaction if you have what they want.

How long you should put a domain up for auction – Do you have a specific strategy to auctioning a domain name asset that has a cut-off or maximum time frame for the best results? How long do you auction a domain for? Take a peak at how long other investors run an auction.

.me domains today – Are you a .me ccTLD investor and following the market closely? Share some of your statistics and compare notes with other .me investors.

PhoneCases.com sold for $24,000 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a ten-letter, two-word, .com domain for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

An Exact Match Pair Sold – Should Domain Investors Hold These? – How often have you seen the .com and new TLD hack sell together or shortly after one another? Is it worth doubling-up and having both in your portfolio these days?

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What Is A Domain Name?

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A domain is a name that identifies IP addresses on the internet. The domain name Yahoo.com represents about fifteen (15) IP addresses. Domain names are used to identify Web pages. For example, in the URL http://www.gohome.com/index.html, the domain name is gohome.com.

You register a domain name by registering with a domain name services registrar. The domain name industry is regulated and overseen by ICANN, which is an organization responsible for providing standards and procedures for certifying companies as domain name registrars.

Domain name registration has grown over the years. Network Solutions was the first domain name registrar to ever provide such a service. That was over two decades ago but today there are many accredited registrars. Only a domain name registrar is permitted to access and modify the master database domains that are on InterNIC servers. The fee is determined by the registrar as far as getting a domain name and some registers have special domain name packages.

Do You Really Need a Domain Name?

You use a domain name to create an identity on the World Wide Web and domain names can also be used for branding purposes, such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. In picking a domain name, the title shouldn’t stray far from what your company (or product) is all about. This will allow you to market your web-site as a subsidiary of your business and put your domain name on business cards and advertisements.

Once you select a domain name, you must register it with a domain name registrar. This is a task you can do easily. Many companies now offer a complete package that includes hosting and the registering of the domain name for you. Fees probably will include a one time set-up fee for all of the backend technical work that needs to be accomplished. Then pay your service provider a monthly, semi-annual or annual fee for Web site hosting services.

Many domain registrar services have competent online tools to help you get your domain name and hosting site up and running.

Three Ways to Profit from Domain Names

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When most internet users hear the phrase “domain name,” most don’t blink an eye. This is because many are under the belief that domain names are pointless unless you want to build a website. In some aspects this is true, but not if you want to make money online.

Did you know that there are at least three ways for you to make money with domain names? Most are surprised to hear this. So, what are those three ways?

1 – Domain Name Flipping

Domain name flipping is a phrase that is used to describe the process of buying and reselling a domain name. It is similar to real estate flipping. An investor buys a house and then resells it for a profit. With domain name flipping, a domain name is purchased and then resold for a profit.

So, how do you flip a domain name? The first step is to buy a name. When doing so, choose wisely. Names that are short and contain a popular word or phrase are the most profitable. You will also find many alternatives, including .com, .tv, and .biz. When possible, opt for a domain name ending in .com, as they are the most profitable.

Next, you need to sell the domain name. Most opt for a third party website, such as SEDO. You create a listing highlighting your domain name, its benefits, and the asking price. Interested buyers will approach you with an offer.

To make the biggest profit, avoid bidding websites, because with most you need to sell to the highest bidder, no matter how little the final selling price.

2 – Use

Another way to make money with a domain name is to use it. In this instance, you need a web hosting plan. Web hosting is what allows content, pictures, and video to display on a website.

When creating a website, remember that your goal is to not create a “pretty,” website, but one that can make you money. For that reason, take a popular topic, such as Christmas shopping or shopping on a budget. Write articles on the subject and post to your website. If inexperienced with writing, opt for a professional web content writer.

The next step in making money with domain name use is to find moneymaking programs. These programs include pay-per-click programs, such as Google AdSense, and affiliate programs, such as LinkShare.com. Incorporate advertisements into your website and wait for the money to start rolling in.

As previously stated, a website needs content. Content that is optimized for search engines will result in organic clicks. To maximize profits, not only rely on search engines, but other marketing tactics, such as article directories and social media.

3 – Turnkey

As previously stated, it is easy to create a website out of a domain name. That website can generate income through affiliate programs and pay-per-click advertisements. Unfortunately, this process is not easy. It can take a webmaster six or more months before they start seeing profits. If you don’t want to wait that long, sell.

When selling a website that not only has a domain name, but content as well, that website is known as a turnkey website. A turnkey website is one that is ready for immediate use. As soon as the transfer is made, your buyer can place advertisements on the website and generate income.

To sell a turnkey website, use a third party site that specializes in the buying and selling of domain names, turnkey websites, and more. This specialization will work to your advantage. It means contact with buyers without you having to lift a finger. In all, you spend about 10 minutes creating a listing. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Also, put a bold message on your turnkey website advertising sale.

As you can see, there are at least three easy ways to make money with the use of domain names. These approaches are just a few of your options, but they have the potential to be the most profitable.

.com’s strongest selling point for end users other than TLD

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Today: Appraisal of SendOrReceive.com / OceanUp.com sold for $9,100 / Pronounceable 4L .com-One word .io-One word .tv – Budget: Up to $200.00 / and More…

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

Cafe.school – Maybe it could be a school that teaches how to manage or operate a cafe? In that context, do you think that today’s market holds some value for it? What would you appraise it for?

BidBlaster.com – This ten-letter, two-word, .com domain name might be a cool proxy bid app or even an auction platform. Is it brandable enough that a start-up would want to develop on it though?

Pronounceable 4L .com-One word .io-One word .tv – Budget: Up to $200.00 – Do you happen to have any pronounceable four-letter .com’s that you would want to quick flip for some wholesale liquidation cash this weekend? If so, take a look at this buyers guideline.

Appraisal of SendOrReceive.com – This is an interesting thirteen-letter, three-word, long-tail, .com domain name that could fit in the shipping and receiving or communications niches. Is that enough to give it value though? What do you think?

OceanUp.com sold for $9,100 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a seven-letter, two-word, .com domain for a high-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

.com’s strongest selling point for end users other than TLD – Have you been researching and selling domain names for a while? What would you say .com’s strongest selling point is? Take a look at what other domain investors are saying.

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How the reshaping of the world will influence the domain industry

Today: What revenue generating parked domains usually sell for / 998998.com sold for $35,666 / Terre.tv sold for $6,100! / and More…

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

Looking for 4L pronounceable or keyword names .com only – Total Budget: $4,000.00 – Do you have any four-letter, pronounceable or keyword .com domain names in your portfolio you would liquidate for some fast cash that meet this buyers criteria?

Buying Engg blog domain .com only – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – Make sure you double check your portfolio for one of these engg related domain names for a blog development. This buyer is ready for a quick and smooth transaction for the right domain.

What revenue generating parked domains usually sell for – Have you ever resold a domain name that you had parked a while and it consistently generated some revenue? What did it sell for and how do you put value on your parked domains? Take a look at what others said.

Terre.tv sold for $6,100! – Wow! Chalk another mid-four-figure, five-letter, .tv ccTLD sale up on the board. These babies just keep on rolling off the shelves.

998998.com sold for $35,666 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a six-number .com domain for a nice five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

How the reshaping of the world will influence the domain industry – Do you follow world trends and shifts in how things are done on a global level? With some of the changes coming, how do you think it ill effect the domain industry?

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

Domain Names and Search Engine Ranking

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Does the length of your website’s domain name registration affect search engine optimization and results?

Should you renew your domain name for a long period of time? And if so, how long is long enough? If you want to stay ahead of your competition, then you might consider looking at the length of time your competitors have registered their domain names. If your competitors have generally renewed their domain names for one or two years, you might consider registering your domain name for 5 or 10 years. While putting off your domain name’s expiration date might help your search engine rankings, keep in mind that this may be only a small victory when it comes to search engine rankings.

Its good business sense to register a domain for at least 10 years. You don’t want to deal with the process of renewing them every year. It’s best to obtain the domain names that you want to keep for a while and renew then on a 5 to 10 year plan.

If your domain name expires, there’s a good chance that someone will register your domain name immediately after it expires. If, for whatever reason, you don’t renew your domain name, someone watching a ‘watch list’ of expiring domain names will try to capitalize on the online business that you’ve built over the years. They know that there is potential website traffic they can have simply by renewing your old domain name. By renewing your domain name for several years, your domain name won’t expire for a while, and it won’t be opened up to expired domain name buyers.

If you really want to stay ahead of the competition, you might consider registering or renewing your domain name for 100 years. Currently, Network Solutions is the only registrar offering the 100 year option, which costs $999.00 , they also have a twenty year option. At other domain registrar’s you can renew or register a domain name for up to ten years.

Yes, you can lose critical positioning in the search engines if you don’t reregister your domain name in time. You may have to start the SEO process all over again!