Domain Traffic Spikes? Time to Set Up Alerts

By parking your domain name portfolio at a venue such as the Uni Market, you benefit from two things at the same time:

  • You receive offers for the domain names that are for sale, and
  • You get pay per click (PPC) revenue through the platform's ad supporting system

Let's face it: PPC revenue is not close to what it used to be a decade ago, and the reason is how Google and other search engines treat traffic these days.

Natural traffic is great to have, and typo-traffic can still arrive in large volumes, but do they pay your bills?

Unless you have some miracle domain, most likely no. With traffic arbitration thrown out the window, it's no longer feasible to redirect that traffic to higher paying sources. That fountain has been sucked dry, and with Google as the biggest ad provider it's not an acceptable practice.

In a nutshell: Money from ad clicks might generate revenue, but it will be considerably less over time.

Revenue isn't the only reason, however, that you should be keeping track of your active domain traffic. In other words, look at the big picture of your domain metrics, and don't sort your data based on how much money your domains generate.

Some domains create a steady amount of money, and receive the same amount of visitors and clicks daily. These "unicorns" are nice to have, but what about domains that spike in visitors, and yet produce little or no revenue?

This is the reason why you should be checking on your domain stats daily, and it's easy to do at the Uni Market. First, log into your account, go to the Market tab, and select the Market > Reporting option from the drop down menu.

From there, you can see the charts that quickly show the performance of your domain portfolio. Choose the Advanced Reports to switch to detailed view, and enter a list of domains you want to see more details on. Generate a report for a period of time, such as the last 30 days, and view the spreadsheet by the individual domain, or the period of time you're interested in.

Then zero in on spikes in traffic that should be explored more carefully, to produce additional data.

Domain traffic does not spike with no reason, it's a typical indication that parameters that change the traffic flow have changed. We're looking for upwards spikes, obviously, because a drop in traffic is not good news at all!

Such traffic spikes mean that a source of traffic has increased its contribution, or that a new source of traffic has been added. But the most important thing to consider is whether a new brand is using your exact domain keyword on a different TLD, ccTLD or gTLD.

When your .com spikes in traffic, perhaps a .net or .org were registered, or the second part of the keyword as a gTLD. For example if you have and someone registered Example.Tech, there will be traffic leakage to your two word domain. It's just the way things work on the Internet.

This is the time to set up Google alerts to your domain's keyword, to try to identify the source of traffic. Google alerts are free, you can specify their time range, and control the maximum volume of email reports you can receive. So if our fictional "Example Tech" company just released a seed funding press release, Google will find that for you.

If you want to get more serious, you can try two additional paid services that are available.

DomainTools offers a powerful set of tools that once set up can provide you with daily reports on the "brand" or domain name you want to monitor. Another option is to use ZFBot, a great tool that can search millions of domain zone files, for the string matching your domain that is spiking in traffic. You can search for the exact match across most TLDs, gTLDs, and some ccTLDs, or as part of a longer string, with numbers and dashes either turned on or off. Lastly, Estibot offers another such option to monitor domains added to your portfolio for related domain registrations; it's a paid service.

Once you confirm that someone else's domain name is now leaking traffic over to your domain name, it's time to consider your action options. If you want to sell your domain to this new potential buyer, you must first determine your asking price, knowing who the other party is, and what their finances look like.

Pro tip: check the USPTO, Google or other databases for existing or pending marks, and make sure the PPC keywords on your domain are related to the primary meaning of the domain keywords and unrelated to the goods or services associated with the mark to avoid potential problems, if the keywords start to drift toward the trademark usage.

Conclusion: Domain metrics are important to peruse and analyze, even when the PPC revenue these domains generate is insignificant. By setting up Google alerts, and by monitoring the registration of domain names related to yours, you can possibly identify the source and prepare yourself for a potential sale. Being proactive is part of the domain name game!


A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on October 16, 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.

GoDaddy Names at Auction

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Namejet Names at Auction

The 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. $3,225 $2,708 $2,500 $1,666 $1,300 $1,100 $925 $812 $705 $516

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159 Domain Discoveries for October 17th

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 159 domains for sale with history. […]

$193k in Sales on October 16th – sold for $26,850 – Daily Market Report

GoDaddy had the top three sales yesterday led by which sold for $26,850. NameBio recorded 283 sales $100+ for a total of $168,823 with an average sale price of $597. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 39% in the number of sales and the total dollar amount increased by 24%. We also recorded an additional 1,235 sales below $100 for a total of $24,617. […]

Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday October 17th, 2019

There was a debate going on last night on Twitter about whether Supply Razor company really upgraded their name from to Many people told the owner what a great move it was but true branding people know that he went from a bad name to a confusing brand. While it looks good because its one word, now he has a different problem. His traffic is now owned by and the general public doesn’t know co . Yeah, yeah “but startups are using it” that’s what domain investors say. And of course anyone who has sold a dot co for a lot of money is going to support dot co. Ask them how many businesses they run on a dot co.

With dot co you are going to have to market your way into business. Especially in the big market of razors. I think the name for $388 (which its listed for sale at) like Theo from Domain Gang suggested would have been a better move. Some said that pigeonholes them into razors. Which is exactly what they do. But what if they want to expand? Into what. Deodorant? Whatever they expand to will be related to razors won’t it? Its a better name and great for SEO.

What’s worse is I think the name Supply sucks anyway. Its boring and generic. Exudes no emotion or thoughts when you hear the name. Even the labels are monotone. I realize the blades are sleek and simple and the owner is trying to exude that through the font and the type size. I assume the owner is trying to use that to represent simple but the name doesn’t do the product justice. The product is awesome. It’s the url I think is no good.

But don’t get me wrong. I’ll sell a dot co all day long. Who am I to tell someone not to waste their money. Especially if they want to waste it on me. But one quick question. Name one major company that I would know that operates on a dot co? Now name a company on a dot co that the average person would know? I’m sure there is one but can’t think of it.

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Domain of the Day: Female names are as in demand as any type of name

Namejet, Sedo, Snap, and other Names Up for Auction Snap expiry and one of the best 5Ls they’ve had in a while It sounds like an IPA so its a great brand Going to be good for someone in our industry

The Sedo Auction starts today. Quite a few LLL.coms up at auction C is the best ending letter in my opinion. Or at least in the top 3 No bids on this 5L 1999 birthday. Busy sidewalk

Godaddy Domains With Multiple Bids

Click the links to fund the site and our work Top number of bids on the Godaddy board. Buying for the juice of the backlinks Drivers, Firearms (in the US), drone Same here but the price is much much higher Anyone else see “Likes”? My daughter would have wanted this from just the name alone Could be aromatherapy but pretty much every scent name is a candle name The prices on the repeaters no longer surprise me Great letter, good bids Almost a million backlinks Juice if you need some for an athletic themed site It’s got social in the name and generally that’s good enough Earth names continue to do well at expiry auctions A first and last name. Just a few bids Upgrade name for a few dozen companies Good if you are trying to sell or rent out Going to be a product. Just not sure what its going to stop or guard Sounds like a marketing site Christmas site all the way I would think the next few weeks would be peak season at the Zombie Store Good 6 letter brand if it goes cheap enough 21 year old name. FM stands for music now I for International

Godaddy Domains With One Or No Bids

The Rest of the Godaddy Names With Bids

Have a name at auction and need more exposure? Send me an email. We 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 us, Shane and Josh . (ie you click through and purchase a name you like) or an occasional paid listing. Everything we say is based on our own research or is opinion. Do your own due diligence. That means look it up yourself if you don’t think the stats or our opinion is correct. We hand choose the names but we are 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.

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111 Newly Funded Companies and their Domain Names:,,

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Let’s say you’ve started a company and lovingly named it Mable. You raised a cool $3M in funding. Would you do like one of the startups on this week’s list and launch on, fork out $275,000 to purchase the exact-match domain or maybe you opt to save yourself some dough and spend $9,888 on

And what would you do if both those domains were already off the market?

Here’s this weeks list:

Organization NameWebsiteFunding StatusTotal Funding (USD)
MeatEaterthemeateater.comM&A $50,000,000.00
Kobiolabskobiolabs.comUnknown $22,200,000.00
ProbablyMonstersprobablymonsters.comEarly Stage Venture $18,800,000.00
Ionova Life Scienceionovabio.comEarly Stage Venture $17,815,230.00
Infimindinfimind.comEarly Stage Venture $14,000,000.00
Abalos Therapeuticsabalos-tx.comEarly Stage Venture $13,238,530.00
Paper Boat Appspaperboatapps.comUnknown $11,673,015.00
Amarna Therapeuticsamarnatherapeutics.comUnknown $11,046,501.00
Tempestjointempest.comEarly Stage Venture $10,000,000.00
IMTherapeuticsimtherapeutics.comEarly Stage Venture $10,000,000.00
XOR.aixor.aiSeed $8,400,000.00
Iconloopiconloop.comEarly Stage Venture $8,375,899.00
LifeX Apsjoinlifex.comSeed $8,257,574.00
MatiPaymatipay.comEarly Stage Venture $7,689,071.00
Mall91mall91.comEarly Stage Venture $7,500,000.00
Origin Spaceorigin.spaceSeed $7,087,875.00
Novaco Microelectronicsnovacoic.comSeed $7,087,875.00
MaveriX Oncologymaverixoncology.comEarly Stage Venture $6,500,000.00
Sensobrightsensobright.comEarly Stage Venture $5,200,000.00
Accentaaccenta.aiUnknown $5,191,855.00
Rho Business Bankingrho.coSeed $4,900,000.00
Strapistrapi.ioSeed $4,000,000.00
Oregrown Industries, Inc.oregrown.comUnknown $4,000,000.00
TIBOT Technologiestibot.frSeed $3,313,793.00
World Masteryworld-mastery.comEarly Stage Venture $3,295,316.00
Mablemeetmable.comSeed $3,100,000.00
Junobankonjuno.comSeed $3,000,000.00
Pulsify Medicalpulsify-medical.comSeed $2,868,348.00
Otherlandotherland.comSeed $2,700,000.00
Lantha Sensorslanthasensors.comUnknown $2,600,000.00
Replica Studiosreplicastudios.comSeed $2,510,450.00
Donnadonna.legalSeed $2,500,000.00
Beatdappbeatdapp.comSeed $2,422,627.00
Enableenable.comUnknown $2,400,000.00
American Airlines Sky Ballskyballinfo.comUnknown $2,400,000.00
PacketAipacketai.coSeed $2,306,721.00
Primaaprimaalab.comSeed $2,209,195.00
VEnvirotech Biotechnologyvenvirotech.comUnknown $2,205,635.00
Redesign Scienceredesignscience.comSeed $2,000,000.00
WEGoT Utility Solutionswegot.inSeed $2,000,000.00
Apohemapohem.seSeed $2,000,000.00
Atomontageatomontage.comSeed $1,950,000.00
Voilà! Technologiesvoila.appSeed $1,727,044.00 $1,703,287.00
Rahkorahko.aiSeed $1,640,769.00
RetargetAppretargetapp.comSeed $1,500,000.00
Smart Data Chinabmi-tech.cnEarly Stage Venture $1,413,907.00
ChinaHotelHelpjiudianbang.comEarly Stage Venture $1,402,052.00
Lirecentolirecento.itUnknown $1,318,126.00
Audionaudi-on.comSeed $1,215,115.00
Chapel Gate Irish Whiskeychapelgatewhiskey.comUnknown $1,103,090.00
Gearflowgearflow.comSeed $1,100,000.00
ApetEatapeteat.esSeed $1,098,957.00
Paperflippaperflip.comSeed $1,000,000.00
Five Vectorsfivevectors.ioSeed $1,000,000.00
Element451element451.comSeed $1,000,000.00
India Assistindiaassist.comSeed $1,000,000.00
Kiboshkiboshpiperepair.comUnknown $976,957.00
Growave.aggrowave.agSeed $900,000.00
AVSoluTIon Technologyavsolutiontech.comSeed $848,344.00
Mekhalamekhalaliving.comSeed $730,399.00
Talkatootalkatoo.comSeed $700,000.00
Orikami.nlorikami.nlSeed $659,063.00
BlackDiceblackdice.ioSeed $636,997.00
Bare Anatomybareanatomy.comSeed $500,000.00
Alertixalertixvet.comSeed $407,586.00
box2boxbox2box.esSeed $330,845.00
Start PRstartpr.orgSeed $127,493.00
DigiTallygodigitally.ioSeed $32,968.00
SmartCatchsmart-catch.comSeed $25,000.00
Cruz Foamcruzfoam.comSeed $25,000.00
Coral Vitacoralvita.coSeed $25,000.00
Blue Tribethebluetribe.comSeed $25,000.00
Dispatch Goodsdispatchgoods.comSeed $25,000.00
EcoDroneecodroneitaly.comSeed $25,000.00
Muuserevolv.ioSeed $25,000.00
Blue Ocean Gearblueoceangear.comSeed $25,000.00
SeaProvenseaproven.comSeed $25,000.00
rePurposerepurpose.globalSeed $25,000.00
Ellipsis Environmentalellipsis-environmental.comSeed $25,000.00
Giftsygetgiftsy.comSeed $5,000.00
Ziwo Cloud Contact Centerziwo.ioEarly Stage VentureUnknown
PrivacyCloudprivacycloud.comEarly Stage VentureUnknown
Fuse Stage VentureUnknown Stage VentureUnknown
Moqiu Technologymqpat.comEarly Stage VentureUnknown
RoomMeroomme.idEarly Stage VentureUnknown
Dongxun Techdongxuntech.comEarly Stage VentureUnknown
Language I/Olanguageio.comSeedUnknown
Rheo TVrheotv.comSeedUnknown
DeepVision Innovation Technologydeepvai.comSeedUnknown
Food To Gofoodtogome.comSeedUnknown
Mighty Oak Entertainmentmightyoakentertainment.comSeedUnknown

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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If Domainers were paid hourly, how much would they make?

I was having a conversation with a friend who is interested in getting started in the world of Domain Investing. She brought up an interesting point as I was sharing some of the fundamentals – when you take the amount of time spent looking at and acquiring names, negotiating deals, and finalizing transactions, what do you end up making hourly?

My initial answer was – well that really depends on a lot of factors. That being said I do think people who buy and hold, don’t do outbound, and only negotiate when they know they have a big buyer likely come out with the highest conversion of time to money.

For people who flip names and focus on outbound they likely end up with a lower “hourly wage” so to speak. Flipping names regularly not only means spending more time researching and buying names, it often means spending a lot more time emailing with prospective buyers and trying to close a deal.

About five years ago I stopped doing outbound myself, since I run a software company I just don’t have the time to do it. While I could make time, after working a ten hour day I’d rather spend time with friends or family vs. doing more work, and yes – outbound is work no matter how you slice it in my book.

My friend continued to push on figuring out this calculation for herself, the reason being that she’s a pretty talented software developer so can make around $200/hour consulting. If she makes less than $200/hour Domaining over the course of a year, she feels like she won’t be doing as good of a job as she could at converting her time to money.

At the end of our discussion I was able to convince her to give it a shot but to start small with two-word .COMs in the sub-$500 range and a target sale price in the $1,500 – $3,500 range. She’s going to start with a $10,000 investment and see if she can turn that into $20,000 valuing her time at more than $200/hour – we’ll see how it goes!

I do think plenty of Domainers would make north of $500/hour if you calculated it. At the same time, I think other Domainers that may “profit” $10,000 – $20,000/year could end up in the $20-$30/hour range which is on par with what an Uber driver makes.

Either way, I think my friend has an interesting perspective and makes a point that every Domainer should be thinking about – how do you end up converting your time to money, and more importantly, how much do you think your time is worth? and its domain implication in corporate China

Hosting for 1 buck!

LL (letter-letter) .com domains are made for China. They are prestigious, short, and easy to remember. Most importantly, they “speak” both Chinese and English.

In 2017, serial entrepreneur Will Hua (花松秀) launched Zhong Bi (中币=China Currency) as a cryptocurrency exchange now based in Hong Kong. Zhong Bi rose within a very short time to be ranked among the top 20 cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. It now serves investors in China, Asia, and the rest of the world.

What is the corporate domain of Zhong Bi? Not nor but (together with The startup acquired in 2017 for a reported 10 million yuan and then the next year for an undisclosed amount. Apparently, the company does not own and Currently, it’s better known as or simply ZB.

This shows the startup sees acronyms more important than Pinyin domains. Since founding, it has added many sub brands such as (ZB Global), (ZB Mega), and (ZB Hong Kong). For brand protection, however, they should secure the necessary Pinyin domains if possible. Look at Jing Dong, the third largest internet company in the world according to Wikipedia. It uses but also owns which forwards visitors to

As you can see, LL domains “speak” Chinese because they are acronyms for Pinyin names which are very Chinese, and 2-pin (two Pinyin words) is popular in corporate China. In the 2018 Top 100 Chinese Internet Companies Report, 78% of Pinyin names are 2-pin. LL domains also “speak” English because outside China they can be known as names each consisting of two English letters.

Smart investors understand this cultural preference and capitalize on it. Yue DAI (戴跃), the “Warren Buffett” in domain investment, has built a portfolio of 16 LL .com domains, many of which are also related to cryptocurrency such as (欧币=European currency), (金币=gold currency), and (淘币=currency hunting).

In short, LL .com domains have great future in corporate China. They will continue to flow to China and their prices will continue to rise over the long term.

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How to contact a potential buyer without Whois

Today: How to increase the value of a domain name / Registering an Indonesian domain / sold for $8,000 / and More…

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

.codes domain showcase – Are you investing into any .code new gTLD’s? What are your best ones? Take a look at what other domain investors own, compare notes, and share yours.

Do you have your own portfolio website to sell domains? – Are you simply using other peoples marketplace platforms to sell your domain names or are you selling them in-house, in your own portfolio? Take a look at how other domain investors do it. sold for $1,000! – Chalk another four-figure .tv ccTLD sale up on the charts. It’s always nice to see the .tv extension selling steadily. sold for $8,000 – That’s not a bad five-letter, .io, ccTLD sales report for a high-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

How to increase the value of a domain name – You see people talking about bad domain names all the time, but how often do you see the value of a bad domain name increase into the green due to strategies implemented by the owner of the asset over time? Check out what some domain investors do to increase value.

Registering an Indonesian domain – Have you ever registered an Indonesian domain name outside of the country? How did you go about taking ownership legally within their their restrictions? Check out how some investors are registering Indonesian domain names.

How to contact a potential buyer without Whois – How do you find the buyers direct contact information when the whois is private and you want to pitch a domain name they could benefit from? Take a look at what some domain investors are doing.

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A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on October 15, 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.

GoDaddy Names at Auction

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Namejet Names at Auction

The 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. $12,600 $3,767 $2,600 $2,019 $1,613 $1,410 $840 $715 $689 $500

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