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Christian.com domain name sells for $600,000 (again)

August 14, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Christian.com domain name sells for $600,000 (again)

Domain name sells for the exact same price that it sold for in 2009.

Sedo domain name broker Dave Evanson announced today that he brokered the sale of the Christian.com domain name for $600,000:

The domain name is in escrow at Sedo and the buyer’s identity hasn’t been revealed yet.

Christian.com sold for the exact same amount in 2009 when Boris Kreiman bought the domain name shortly after buying Call.com for $1.1 million. Kreiman told Domain Name Wire that he was going to create a Christian social network using the domain name.

The domain was about to be sold at the Rick Latona TRAFFIC auction in 2009, but the transaction went through Sedo. So this is the second time Sedo has had a hand in selling Christian.com.

After the 2009 deal, the domain was under Whois privacy until late 2015. At that time the domain Whois record changed to Avatar Invest Inc. in Russia.

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DreamHost enables export-to-WordPress for its Remixer website builder

August 14, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DreamHost enables export-to-WordPress for its Remixer website builder

No lock-in with DreamHost’s site builder.

I’ve been reviewing non-WordPress website builders over the past month and have more reviews to come.

These site builders make it easier for non-techies to build websites than using WordPress. But there’s a big drawback: lock-in.

Each builder is proprietary and they are designed to limit the ability to export to a different platform and/or webhost. In return for an easy-to-use site builder, you agree to be locked in indefinitely with the service.

But hosting company DreamHost announced today that it is opening up its Remixer site builder. Customers that use Remixer to build a site can export it to WordPress on a Dreamhost shared hosting account. Even though the initial export is to a Dreamhost account, customers could then use the WordPress export feature if they wish to change hosting companies.

Being able to start designing a site in a simple site creator and then harness the customizability that WordPress offers seems like a big win.

DreamHost says that it is the first company to allow exporting from a standalone website builder to WordPress.

Although I haven’t tested Remixer yet, I will do so in the future.

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Dynadot eclipses 1 million domain name milestone

August 13, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Dynadot eclipses 1 million domain name milestone

Domain name registrar hits key growth milestone.

Domain name registrar Dynadot has hit the one million domains under management milestone.

The company was founded in 2002 and became ICANN-accredited the following year. It didn’t hire its first employee until 2006. Since then, it has grown to four offices (San Mateo, CA, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Toronto).

Dynadot is also a 50% female company in an industry that is male-dominated.

Todd Han founded and bootstrapped the company. It hasn’t taken any outside investment or debt, and Han doesn’t plan to sell the company.

Listen to Han talk about the Dynadot story and what it’s like being a small-to-mid-sized registrar in DNW Podcast #141.

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Reverse domain name hijacking (even with no response)

August 13, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Reverse domain name hijacking (even with no response)

Panelist finds Mister Auto SAS filed complaint in abuse of policy despite domain name owner not responding.

A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Mister Auto SAS in France guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name MisterAuto.com.

The decision by panelist John Swinson comes despite the domain name owner not responding in the case. Yet it was a fairly easy decision; the domain was registered well before the Complainant existed and the Complainant made no argument to address this.

It’s not surprising that Mister Auto wanted MisterAuto.com. It uses the hyphenated domain name Mister-Auto.com to sell auto parts. It sent a cease & desist letter to the domain name owner and never heard back.

Swinson summed up Mister Auto SAS’ action in filing the UDRP:

The Panel considers the Complainant launched the proceedings out of desperation as its prior attempt to contact the Respondent went unanswered (and the webpage did not resolve – revealing no clues as to the Respondent’s possible motives) but without a reasonable chance of success and as such in the circumstances constitutes an abuse of the Administrative Proceeding.

Mister Auto was represented by Cairn Legal in Belgium.

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Top Domain Sales of the Year – DNW Podcast #197

August 13, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Top Domain Sales of the Year – DNW Podcast #197

Reviewing the top domain names sales so far this year.

dnw-podcastFor this week’s special edition of the Domain Name Wire Podcast, I review the top 10 public domain name sales of the year as reported by DN Journal. It includes everything from Ice.com at the top to a discussion of cryptocurrency buyers and new top level domain name sales. We’ll be back next week with the regular podcast format — and if you have suggestions for guests, please let me know!

Subscribe via iTunes to listen to the Domain Name Wire podcast on your iPhone or iPad, view on Google Play Music, or click play below or download to begin listening. (Listen to previous podcasts here.)

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How to be a guest on podcasts

August 13, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on How to be a guest on podcasts

This step-by-step guide shows the process for marketing yourself through podcasts.

There are lots of interesting companies in the domain name space. There are also lots of Domain Name Wire readers who dabble in domain names yet have more intriguing businesses than just buying and selling domain names.

These companies and people should take advantage of podcasts to get the word out. Being a guest on a podcast is a lot like being a guest on a radio show but with several benefits

– The audiences are micro-targeted
– There’s a relevant podcast for every topic
– They aren’t live and can be edited before airing
– Because there are so many podcasts, it’s much easier to get booked as a guest on one

My PodcastGuests.com service now has over 5,000 users, many of whom have used the service to get booked on multiple podcasts.

If you need a little push to get over the hump and start being a guest on podcasts, I put together a handy guide that walks you through the process step-by-step. You can download it here.

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Domain names around Seattle

August 10, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domain names around Seattle

Here are some notable domain names I saw around Seattle over the past month.

I spent the past month in Seattle on my annual “escape the Texas heat” vacation. And while people up here have complained about the 80+ degree days, it’s much nicer than what Austin is experiencing right now.

During my visit, I came across a handful of domain names that caught my attention. Here are some of them:

Southport.life

My understanding is that Renton has typically been the working class and manufacturing part of Seattle. Renton has become more attractive for living and office space as the rest of the city has become insanely expensive.

That seems to be part of the idea behind Southport, a big development on the southern edge of Lake Washington. I walked through the beautiful new Hyatt Regency and came across a sign promoting Southport:

An ad for Southport in Seattle.

Southport.com is owned by Digimedia. Southport is trying to pitch a lifestyle, so I understand why it went with Southport.life for its marketing.

RFI.com

While walking to lunch one day I spotted RFI.com on the side of a van. I always like seeing companies put three letter domains to use.

RFI Communications & Security Systems is a West Coast commercial security system design company.

RFI is a commercial security company that uses RFI.com.

HillTopper.bike

Biking is a popular way to get around in Seattle but the hills can be an impediment.

This poster caught my attention for its use of a .bike domain name to promote a kit that adds motorized power to your bicycle:

An ad for HillTopper.bike

HillTopper.bike forwards to electric-bike-kit.com. I understand why they are promoting the .bike domain instead!

Jucy

I’ll finish with a perplexing non-domain. Take a look:

This van doesn’t have a domain name on it.

You see this type of promotion (to just Google the company name) a lot in Japan. But not in the States. It doesn’t make much sense to me why you’d send someone to Google rather than directly to your website.

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Quantifying GoDaddy’s aftermarket

August 9, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Quantifying GoDaddy’s aftermarket

GoDaddy’s aftermarket business continues to grow, and analysts need to understand how it works.

An analyst asked GoDaddy about its domain name aftermarket business on this week’s GoDaddy earnings conference call. GoDaddy credits increased aftermarket revenue for growing its topline domain name revenue and it’s important for analysts and shareholders to get an understanding of how the business works.

Aftermarket revenue is not like domain name registration revenue. Domain registration revenue is recognized over time and is recurring. If a registrar sells a domain for $12 this month, it will recognize $1 of revenue per month for the next year. More often than not, that domain will be renewed so the one registration continues to contribute to revenue for a long time.

But when GoDaddy sells a domain for $10,000, the best it can expect the next year is to get a standard renewal fee. It also recognizes the full amount upfront.

While aftermarket revenue is good revenue, analysts that are modeling GoDaddy’s business need to separate out what is recurring and what is not.

After the call, I contacted GoDaddy’s investor relations group to get clarity on GoDaddy’s answer provided during the conference call. Here’s the takeaway: the aftermarket business contributes mid-single digits to GoDaddy’s total revenue. Last quarter the company had revenue of $652 million, so if you assume about 4%-6%, that gives a number of about $25 million to $40 million in aftermarket revenue for the quarter.

GoDaddy’s domain revenue was $305 million, so roughly 10%-15% of domains revenue comes from the aftermarket.

The GoDaddy aftermarket has three main revenue sources:

1. Domains that GoDaddy has purchased for resale. Think Mike Berkens’ portfolio, Donuts’ portfolio, etc. that it has purchased and are now part of NameFind.

2. Expired domain names. This includes both domains expiring on GoDaddy’s platform as well as partners that send their inventory to GoDaddy.

3. Afternic and AfternicDLs sales.

The company counts revenue differently for each bucket depending on if it takes on the risk. Investor relations noted:

“[Domain aftermarket sales can be] recognized as either gross or net, depending on the set of circumstances with that partner. Each partner’s arrangement governs whether or not we take the risk of loss in the sale or we’re merely facilitating the sale. If we are placing any warranty/guarantee on the sale (assuming risk of loss) we’ll recognize the sale on a gross basis, scenarios where we’re facilitating the sale…we’ll record net.”

GoDaddy books the full amount of revenue if it sells a domain from its own portfolio. If it sells a domain investor’s domain through Afternic for $10,000, it only recognizes the $2,000 commission it earns.

Give GoDaddy credit for its smart approach to growing the aftermarket. As I mentioned earlier, Aftermarket revenue is good revenue, it’s just very different from what the company makes from domain registrations.

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Tucows’ revenue drops on Namecheap transfers

August 9, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Tucows’ revenue drops on Namecheap transfers

Bulk transfer during Q1 hits revenue at Tucows.

Domain name company Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) reported second quarter 2018 earnings after the market closed yesterday.

Revenue fell 4% year-over-year to $81.1 million. This was not a surprise and it mostly relates to the bulk transfer of 2.65 million domain name to Namecheap. The Namecheap contract was low margin; the gross margin for the wholesale domain business fell by only $350,000.

Net income fell 31% year-over-year to $3.6 million, but Tucows’ adjusted EBITDA number posted an 8% gain to $11.2 million.

While Namecheap hurt the overall revenue from the domains business, its retail domain operation and portfolio business showed gains. Ting Mobile also showed growth.

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Tucows changes the format of its quarterly earnings conference call, and it’s a great idea

August 8, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Tucows changes the format of its quarterly earnings conference call, and it’s a great idea

New investor call model should be emulated.

Publicly traded companies release their earnings once a quarter. They follow it up with an analyst and shareholder call that goes something like this:

The CEO talks about what happened during the quarter. Then she hands it off to the CFO, who recaps the essential numbers. Then the call is turned over to Q&A with financial analysts who cover the stock.

The Q&A part is rarely interesting. Because most companies release their earnings within a short window, the analysts are switching between multiple calls. It’s common to hear “I just got off another earnings call, so apologies if someone already asked this, but…”

Their question is usually basic and yes, someone already asked it.

The questions are rarely insightful because analysts have only just received the earnings data, and the answers are carefully worded to avoid screwing up.

In other words, these calls can be a big waste of time.

So I love what domain name company Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) decided to do starting with its Q2 results.

Instead of holding an earnings call, Tucows is publishing pre-recorded remarks from the CEO and CFO. Then it will open a seven-day question window for analysts and shareholders to submit questions. Management will publish answers in writing one week later.

I don’t think this will be any easier for Tucows. Analysts will have better questions and expect better answers than what they get on a conference call. But it will avoid the quarterly waste of time and be better for analysts, shareholders, and the media.

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