A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on November 19, 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. $15,000 $910 $880 $840 $820 $652 $631 $605 $600 $598

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Planning ahead for NamesCon 2020 – what the one thing that matters most to you?

With NamesCon 2020 just around the corner I thought now would be a good time to talk about how you can get organized before the conference to make sure to maximize your time there. I read a great book called The ONE Thing that does a great job of covering a relatively simple but powerful topic.

The book highlights something that’s always been important to me when it comes to getting value out of conferences which is having a goal. Yes you can come up with a whole list of goals, pack your calendar full of meetings, attend a zillion sessions, but when you peel all that back, there should be one thing in your mind that you really want to get out of the conference.

When I first started going to domain investing conferences my goal wasn’t to make money and cover my conference ticket, it was to meet new people and learn. I knew that I would probably spend $2,000 – $3,000 all in and likely not make a penny after going, but I would build up my network and learn from experts who actually knew what they were doing.

Today the main reason I go to 2 – 3 domain investing conferences a year is to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and well – learn. My “one thing” has been the same for a while now, I want to talk to as many people as possible and hear what’s working for them and what isn’t, and doing that in-person IMO is the best way to learn the fastest.

I don’t typically sell domain names to other Domainers so I don’t try to find a way to cover the cost of a conference while I’m there. Instead I see it as an investment in the future and since I spend only an hour or two a week on domain investing, talking with people who spend 10 – 20 hours a week is incredibly valuable.

At the same time, I know plenty of people who sell domains to Domainers, and for them the conference is about making deals. Other people work for companies in the domain industry and for them it’s about meeting with new and prospective clients.

What I think is important is to have that one thing solidified in your head before you get to the conference as it will help you drive you behavior forward. If you see me at NamesCon, I’ll probably be talking to someone about what they’re investing in, what’s selling, what’s not, what tweaks did they make to their landing page, etc. that’s my one thing and that’s what I’m focused on.

I spend somewhere north of $6,000 per year on conferences and for me it’s always been very well worth it. We are lucky to be in an industry where people are so open about what they’re doing and I love seeing how people’s strategies and ideas change over time. Domain Investing has changed my life both financially and socially, I met some of my best, life-long friends in this industry and I can’t wait to see everyone in Austin next year.

Of course, not everyone should spend the money on a domain conference. Heck, it’s going to cost you likely $2,000 – $3,000 – is your ONE thing worth that to you? It might not be in which case there’s still plenty of places to connect with other domain investors. Don’t feel like you need to go to a conference, only go if it’s worth it to you and if you think in the long run it’s going to help you as an investor.

So now I’ll pass the mic to you, if you’re going to NamesCon, what’s your ONE thing?


172 Domain Discoveries for November 20th

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 172 domains for sale with history. […]
WebHostingPad – Having Your Brand Buttoned Up is Critical

Originally a classical musician, Jacob Smith has deep experience with online marketing and customer success, and a proven track-record for developing highly productive global teams.  As a partner at the SEO firm Dinkum Interactive, Jacob created and implemented high-growth web strategies for hundreds of campaigns, driving measurable business results for universities, nonprofits, B2B suppliers, and luxury eCommerce retailers.   

A native of Southern California and a veteran of Philadelphia, Jacob is based in Vermont and holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Temple Universities.  When not chatting in Slack, he can be found playing with his kids, his bassoon, or his BBQ.

Mike:  Hi Jacob, tell me about and what you provide.

Jacob: Packet is a bare metal cloud, which means we enable developers and enterprises to consume physical infrastructure with full automation, just like AWS, GCP and Azure.  

Mike:  Talk about how Packet was chosen as the name of the company.  What hoops did you have to jump through to get the domain name? Can you share what it cost?

Jacob: If you’re an internet geek, you’ll know that a ‘packet’ is how we package up and transmit data across the network.  Since the one thing you have to buy from a cloud provider is network, we figured that Packet was both a meaningful and yet humanizing name for a new cloud startup.  Getting the domain is always the hard part, of course!  We started with and then after finding the owner of (a company in Japan had rolled up a ton of ISPs, including a Florida based ISP that  used we were able to acquire our first “real” domain.  Funny enough it was made possible  by having lunch with a distant cousin, who manages domain portfolios for big companies.  

Acquiring was a longer process – especially after the domain was acquired by a sophisticated domain seller.  We traded notes for about a year, but as the company really started to take off with some new venture funding, we knew it was time to acquire and so we quickly came to an agreement.  There are few things as important as your brand, so having as our home has been fantastic.

Mike:  You are a co-founder of the company.  While we could discuss this for hours, what’s involved in founding a new company?   You have the investment rounds listed on your site.  How difficult is this process?

Jacob: As most founders will tell you, starting a company is easy, but growing a company is hard.  It’s a constant process of reinvention, and so having a strong set of core values or guiding principles has really helped us along the way.  In terms of fundraising, we definitely earned our battle scars but have ended up with fantastic investors.  Much like a marriage, it’s all about finding the right partners who believe in you and your vision, and can help you execute as the challenges come along.

Mike:  You’ve got a strong background in SEO.  How has that skill crossed over into your current role?

Jacob: Absolutely!  Although I don’t put a ton of time into Packet’s SEO myself at this stage, I think the user-centric viewpoint that digital marketing and SEO in particular taught me has been super critical.  I always found SEO to be about 50% art and 50% science,  and as CMO my portfolio reflects a similar balance: we run a good number of metrics-driven campaigns, but also invest heavily in positioning our brand in front of customers in unique and meaningful ways, such as through live events and content. A mentor once told me: don’t try to be unique…try to be special!  How will you stand out from all those other links, right?  

Mike:  How important has a keyword domain name played as the home of your online presence?  What advantages does it give you over the competition?

Jacob: We moved from one memorable and easy to spell domain ( to another ( and honestly I don’t think it has changed our digital strategy significantly.  That being said, we sell an incredibly non-transactional product: our customers can spend millions of dollars per year with us, and trust our platform with their entire business.  In this way, having your brand buttoned up is critical.

Mike:  Can you share the traffic numbers you receive at

Jacob: Sure!  We have fairly modest numbers, around 20k visitors per month.  

Mike:  How about your history as classical musician? How does one make the shift from fine music to high tech?

Jacob: Lots of musicians and artists find their way into tech – I think due to the unique combination of discipline, ability to follow rules, creative  and collaborative nature. I’ve always been interested in technology, and so making the leap was more about building upon my interests. It also helps sometimes to be a starving artist…lots of motivation to figure things out.  :)

Mike:  As an entrepreneur, do you have any favorite books that you feel have helped mold who you are as a leader?

Jacob: I’ve really enjoyed Gino Wickman’s approach to running entrepreneurial businesses, so I would check out “Traction”.   It provides a simple, metrics-driven process that just works.  I’m also a big fan of history, and simply love Walter Isaacson’s biography of Ben Franklin: the original American hacker-entrepreneur!

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TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop List for 11/20/2019!

Here is TNT’s Handpicked Best of the Drop List for 11/20/2019. 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!

Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday November 20th, 2019

I keep all my emails. I mean all of them. I’ve archived all my emails from the last 20 years. I keep 7 years on my computer and the rest on a hard drive. Why? It’s like a time capsule. You want a diary of someone’s life? Got through their received and sent emails. I was looking through my emails from December 2012 and here were a few examples of some of the fun emails from that year

  1. An email from the domain emailed me to find out what I thought of the value now that Johnny Manziel was the next great football player and that was his nickname. We all know how that turned out
  2. I put a bid on Protrada for Remember Protrada? and what a shitty domain. And yes I got outbid on that name, thank goodness. And then I raised my bid and won for $32
  3. I got an email from sitemeter showing my site WallStreetFighter had gotten 12 million visits. I only had it up two years before I sold it. They used their own tracker but the old numbers came to me for 5 years before the site folded
  4. I made $551 in November 2012 from essociates affiliate program for this blog. Not a bad month and one I haven’t seem from them since
  5. I got an inquiry for I got a ton of inquiries for that one. Sold it but can’t remember what I sold it for. Pretty sure its in emails if I look. Found it. $4k
  6. Bought for $1500 at Namejet. Flipped it later for $5K
  7. My auction on Flippa for ended with no bids. I still own it
  8. I sold for $5500 on Afternic
  9. Got an email from Toby Clements was at $25K
  10. Someone sent me an email with a joke. What do you call 100 lesbians with guns Militia Etheridge.
  11. And finally an email from my Dad. He almost died this year and so glad he’s with me because it would have been tough to read. Thankful every day

Quote of the Day: You learn a lot about people when they don’t get what they want.”

Domain of the Day: We talked about this on Sherpa. The fact that it would be confused by Chili but all that means is you should get a little price break

Namejet, Sedo, Snap, and other Names Up for Auction Not sure if the bids are coming for the backlinks and history or the Video game which probably is the reason for the history Has a bid at $79 “First” in German Decent dot cc that ends today 20 year old domain. Sounds like a good combo No bids. Decent name if you’re in the cartoon or animation business Another chance to add a Somebody is thinning the portfolio To a kid the best days of the year. Met reserve at $200 One of the states that it’s legal Really nice dot org. I think you could sell from dot org with a name like this one. No reserve so its going to sell Investment grade Just kidding. I hate terms like that but it really is a nice

Godaddy Domains With Bids

Click the links to fund the site and our work Because you know this is the next mattress products coming out. Everyone is trying to get in the sleep data market Millions of people take cruises every year. I’ve never been a fan Lightbulbs or plant bulbs not a ton of value but a nice gesture Where’s your invisible wire? Right here. Where? Right here… right in front of you Point your phone and save Negative term but maybe you can make it positive Workout no matter where you are At $600 at press time but I think this is a boring name and would never buy it. But it looks good on you I see it as a graphic design tutorial Town in Croatia or just a good sounding brand Learn Russian. Insert Trump joke here Upgrade name for a few dozen companies Makes it sound like you are choosy about the quality of your games Your new local microbrewery

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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.icu Just Rocketed To Number One On The New gTLD Charts

It was about 14 November when .icu rocketed to number on the new gTLD charts, soaring past the previous number one, .top. .icu had been on a charge in the previous week, soaring almost three-quarters of a million (724,000) domains under management from 8 to 14 November. Today registrations in .icu stand at 3.815 million while .top is around 3.735 million, according to

.icu has been rising quickly and 12 months ago there were only 143,000 registrations and now make up 12.82% of new gTLD registrations. Only one in 5 (20.6%) of all .icu domain names are parked compared to .top whose figure is 3 in 5 (60.49%).

Overall there are now 7 new gTLDs with more than one million domains under management out of 29.848 million. But registrations have been rocketing rapidly since the beginning of October, largely driven by .icu’s rise, rising around 3 million after having been stuck in the low 26 million/high 25 million mark since around November 2018.

The other new gTLDs to currently have over the 7 figure registration mark are .xyz (2.727m), .site (1.939m), .club (1.488m), .online (1.379m) and .vip (1.229m).

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ccTLDs Can Now Participate in ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System

ICANN announced Tuesday that country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators will now be able to actively participate in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system.

ICANN‘s DAAR system is used to study and report on domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries. The data is obtained from a curated list of Domain Name System (DNS) reputation providers.

Now, ccTLD operators can pull their own aggregated DAAR data via the Monitoring System Application Programing Interface (MoSAPI). The MoSAPI interface allows registry operators to retrieve information collected by the ICANN Service Level Agreement Monitoring (SLAM) system. While ccTLD operators will not be subject to the SLAs the SLAM system monitors, using MoSAPI will allow a consistent interface for all registries participating in DAAR. The aggregated data counts security threats broken down by threat type (e.g., phishing, botnet command and control, malware distribution, and spam) per TLD. These data sets will be similar to those of the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are currently provided via MoSAPI. Having access to such data will enable ccTLD operators to monitor the DAAR security threat levels per threat type per month in the same way as gTLD operators.

The ICANN organization invites all ccTLD operators to participate in the DAAR project to promote a greater understanding of DNS abuse across the global DNS. To participate, ccTLD operators should send a request to to begin the process.

More Information

For additional discussions regarding DAAR project data sharing and any other measurement of DNS security threats and abuse related topics please join the DNS-Abuse-Measurements mailing list.

DAAR webpage:


ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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The Big Gorilla… .com… Tops Weekly Sales Chart

Domain Name Journal logo proved to be the big gorilla for the week ending 27 October, topping the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales and selling for $496,320 through RightOfTheDot, easily topping and which sold for $91,000 and $50,000 through Afternic and Uniregistry respectively.

On the aftermarket side of things, Uniregistry came out tops with 9 sales and another with Media Code LLC while Sedo had 6. For top-level domains, there were 17 .com sales and one each for .app, and .net.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported domain name sales for the week ending 27 October, go to:

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