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IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, January 1st 2019

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 DSAD.com: Happy New Year! Here’s today’s list of domains at auction

IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, January 1st 2019

December 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, January 1st 2019
 DSAD.com: Happy New Year! Here’s today’s list of domains at auction

Happy New Year

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 TLDInvestors.com: Happy New Year to everyone out there, may you have a healthy and fulfilling 2019. Thanks to all those that read and comment. Special thanks to Kassey Lee, Alvin Brown, Sameh at ExpiredDomains.com, Vito at Media Branding, Matt Jackson, Namrata at Radix, Christine at 101Domain, all our advertisers. Brian at Daily Domaining even though ...

GDPR, Biting the hand that feeds you and much more – A look back at 2018

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 The Domains: Looking back on 2018 there were a lot of interesting stories. A lot of big companies picking up premium .com names, and businesses built on premium names. The Domain King left Twitter and came back to blogging. Mike Mann claimed he was the real domain king. A domain theft kept the attention of many a […] The post GDPR, Biting t...

The domain market is still a gold mine!

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 Domaining Tips: Today: The average return on investment time-frame / Most popular sales venues/services / 99676.com sold for $6,188 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying Domains Assorted Domains – Budget: Up to $2,000.00 – Be sure you read this buyers specified criteria to see i...

Domain inquiries heading into annual high season

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January and February tend to have a spike in domain name purchase inquiries.

arrows pointing upThe first two months of the year tend to be good ones for domain sales, or at least domain name inquiries.

Ryan McKegney, CEO of domain offer system DomainAgents, says that the platform has a 10% spike in offer volumes during January and February each year. Many other platforms (and large domainers) experience a similar bump.

Multiple factors seem to be at play.

“Companies often have new budgets and individuals are pursuing their New Year’s resolutions,” McKegney told Domain Name Wire.

The latter seems to be a big factor for smaller domain sales of $1,000-$3,000. Many people decide to start a new business or “side hustle” in conjunction with the new year.

Whatever the reason, domain investors should take advantage of this by making sure their portfolio is listed for sale and all domains link to relevant “for sale” landers.

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2018 in Review – DNW Podcast #217

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Here’s a rewind of the last year in the domain business.

dnw-podcastIn this special episode of the DNW Podcast, we review some of the top stories in the domain name business from the past year. I review GDPR and what impact this has had on the domain business. We discuss major acquisitions in 2018. A huge new top level domain release…and record setting new TLD sales. What role should registrars have in policing the use of domain names? What’s going on with Verisign and .com?

Enjoy this final episode of 2018 and we’ll see you next year.

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Year in Review: MMX acquires .XXX

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Adult top level domain company was one of many acquisitions in the domain business during 2018.

domain name company acquisitions with stock board

MMX, also know as Minds + Machines, is a new top level domain name company with a portfolio of strings such as .beer, .miami and .VIP. It’s publicly traded on the London AIM market (MMX), so it faces the daily pressure of being a public company in a business that is still seeking its footing.

It underwent a strategic review over the past year to see if it should sell itself of bulk up. It chose the later.

In May, MMX announced that it was acquiring ICM Registry for $10.0 million in cash and 225 million shares, which were valued at $31.0 million at the time of the announcement.

ICM registry isn’t your run-of-the-mill top level domain registry. Its domains are adult-themed including .xxx, .sex, .adult and .porn.

While the domains are controversial, the move will shore up MMX’s earnings and add stability to its income statement. This gives the company breathing room.

ICM started its life with a hard-fought battle to get .XXX. The domain was a sponsored top level domain introduced in 2011. The timing was good because it didn’t face competition from new TLDs.

There were three other notable acquisitions during the year.

CentralNic, another domain company traded on the London AIM (CNIC), bought KeyDrive for $55 million.

Private equity group Abry Partners bought new TLD company Donuts in a heated bidding war.

And Neustar bought out Verisign’s (NASDAQ: VRSN) security business that includes things like DDoS protection. The deal will be for somewhere between $50 million and $120 million depending on customer migrations.

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Happy New Year! Wishing You New Highs in Health, Wealth & Happiness in 2019!

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 DNJournal: Even though the number on the calendar is the only thing that is sure to change, there is something invigorating about the fresh start a new year represents.

2018 – The Year That Was…

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 Michael Gilmour:  At this time of year, I like to spend some time reflecting on the state of the domain industry and in particular what I’ve been up to the past twelve months. Let me say from the outset that I’ve seen a LOT of changes take place and from my perspective most of them have been good. Development At the end of 2017 I wrote about ...