Jeff Gabriel gives specific tips and strategies for selling more domain names.
Jeff Gabriel knows how to sell domain names. He broke into the industry as a domain broker and now runs sales as VP at Uniregistry. Jeff gives tips for how to price your domains and respond to inquiries for maximum sales results. He also explains the process he recommends for outbound sales of your domain names. Also: Godaddy’s big number, Chinese domains, and Amazon’s domain choice.
Video captures a three-year journey selling domain names in China.
TLD Registry Ltd. has published a cool “behind the scenes” video of its business in China over the past several years. It’s embedded below.
Just this week, TLD Registry announced that it received MIIT accreditation. This means its two domain names .在线 (Dot Chinese Online) and .中文网 and (Dot Chinese Website) can now be hosted in China.
The unnarrated video gives an interesting glimpse into the culture of China and what it means to do business there. It features TLD Registry CEO Arto Isokoski and VP Pinky Brand. You’ll also see cameos from other industry players including .Club.
Iit makes me want to visit China to soak in the culture.
February 17, 2017Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Yeah, so J. Carlo Cannell still isn’t very happy with Rightside
Cannell is ready to step up his fight against Rightside.
So Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) sold eNom to Tucows. What does investor J. Carlo Cannell think?
As you might expect, he’s kind of pissed. But his rationale is a bit odd.
You might recall that Cannell (who owns about 9% of the company through his funds) wrote a nastygram to the company about a year ago. In that letter, he said Rightside should stop focusing so much on subpar new top level domain names. Instead, it should focus on its registrar business and pull everything in under the eNom brand.
Now that eNom has been sold, Cannell is stuck holding a company that’s even more focused on new top level domains than before. Yet, in a press release he issued this week, he writes:
“NAME’s January 20, 2017 decision to sell eNom to Tucows (“TCX”) for net proceeds of $76.7 million marks a step in the right direction – but little more than a band-aid.”
Wait–so he’s happy they sold off eNom?
Well, he does say he’s not happy with the price nor the advisory fees the company paid.
February 16, 2017Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on It’s out of control: how do we block SMS spam and robocalling based on Whois info?
Something has to be done.
Robocalling, SMS spam and email spam to contacts collected from newly-registered domain names are out of control. Simply out of control.
I registered a domain name last week using a Google Voice number so I could track the marketing. I received two SMS messages from people pitching logo design and video production within 24 hours. One around midnight. I also received a phone call from someone offering to create a website on my new domain name.
But regardless of blame, I hope that registrars can come together to take out the revenue side of this equation. It might be a game of Whack-a-Mole, but can we give it a shot?
Each SMS or spam message leads to a website. If these websites are suspended then the marketers have to switch domain names to keep the revenue flowing.
This morning I received an SMS message promoting video production at OctaVideos.com. The domain is registered at PublicDomainRegistry (part of Endurance International Group) and hosted at LiquidWeb.
Based on this whois record, I don’t know how it passed verification checks:
Another one I received links to 29DesignX.com. That domain uses eNom’s whois privacy. Another…LogoRadical.com is registered at GoDaddy using its Whois privacy service.
I realize false complaints could be an issue, but something has to be done about this.
Or maybe a registrar can file a false advertising suit. Consider this claim made by “Frank” at OctaVideos when I chatted with him this morning:
One other solution: Registrars can offer free “phone number privacy” to customers. They would just make the phone numbers go to a voicemail system. Email spam is easy to handle. Robocalls and SMS are not.
Oh, and Apple: please create an app to block this crap, or at least let third parties offer apps for it.
Sedo’s monthly GreatDomains auction starts later today. There are a few domains in the auction that caught my eye (beyond just “it’s a short domain”). Also, there are a couple auctions in Sedo’s regular marketplace auctions that you might have overlooked.
GreatDomains Auction (starting today)
Cellars.com – The reserve range of $5,000-$10,000 seems reasonable for this domain name. Lots of wineries use the term in their names (and domain names), but I think the real opportunity is for an online wine shop. The downside is that it might fail the radio test, but I don’t think it does when used in context. It’s more of a brand than Wines.com, which Sedo is selling and has an asking price of $899k. In fact, given the choice, which would you pick?
DVT.com – Search Google for this three letter acronym and you’ll get a bunch of results for Deep Vein Thrombosis. There aren’t many ads running against it, but it’s a major health condition and I think there’s value in this domain beyond just a three-letter investment. The reserve is between $10,000-$25,000.
Monochrome.com – I think this domain name could make a great brand. The question is how good of an investment it will be with a reserve between €10,000-€25,000.
Regular Auctions (end times noted)
Duo.org – Because it has a reserve, it looks like the owner of this domain name created an auction on Sedo without an initial bid. But with ten bids (from 5 bidders), this domain might end up selling. The current bid is $850 and the reserve is under $1,000. The domain name was previously used by a charity. Ends today at about 1:15 PM EST.
PotMagazine.com – There’s no reserve on this one, so it might have been pushed to auction after the owner received an offer. Marijuana domains are hot, so it’s worth taking a look at this one. Auction ends February 22.
If growth rate continues, GoDaddy’s domain name business might hit $1 billion in 2017.
GoDaddy released Q4 and full year 2016 earnings after the bell today.
The company reported $485.9 million in revenue for Q4, up 14.2% year-over-year.
Its total 2016 revenue was $1.847.9 billion, up 15% from 2015. The company also added close to one million customers during the year.
Notably, its revenue from domain names increased over 10% from 2015 to 2016 to reach $927.8 million. If it increases at the same rate in 2017, its revenue from the domains segment will top $1 billion. (Its bookings topped $1 billion in 2016.)
The domains segment generated $242.5 million in revenue in Q4. That’s up 11% year-over-year and about 2.5% quarter-over-quarter.
Both the annual and quarterly numbers were buoyed by GoDaddy’s entrance into the domain name aftermarket by purchasing domain name portfolios.
February 14, 2017Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Amazon launches new Amazon Chime service on a .brand top level domain name
Chime.aws is the second website Amazon has launched on its .aws brand domain.
Amazon’s new video conferencing solution is on the .aws top level domain.
Amazon announced a new video conferencing and work collaboration service today called Amazon Chime. The official website for the service uses the .aws top level domain name: Chime.aws.
.Aws is one of Amazon’s .brand top level domain names and is short for Amazon Web Services.
As part of the launch, the company registered lots of .com domain names that include the new brand for defensive reasons. Oddly, it hasn’t forwarded AmazonChime.com to Chime.aws as of the time of publishing.
This is the second site I’m aware of Amazon hosting on .aws. The other is Quicksight.aws for Amazon’s business intelligence service.
Amazon has activated other .aws sites, but they forward to other pages on Amazon.com. Examples include Podcast.aws and London.aws.
Trump and Wall were popular terms in new .com registrations last month.
We can debate how many people showed up to Donald Trump’s inauguration but there’s one thing we can’t debate: his inauguration propelled him to the top trending term in .com.
After spending much of 2016 in this spot, the sudden reality that he’s the President of the United States along with some of his early actions generated a surge of domain name registrations that include his name.
Trump showed up #1 in Verisign’s trending keyword report for .com for January. Other related terms at the top of the list include America and Wall. Go figure.
Oh, and do you think numbers 4, 5 and 6 are related?
Here are the top ten trending words in .com in January:
February 14, 2017Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Canadian firm Obero tries to Reverse Domain Name Hijack domain name
Company filed cybersquatting claim against domain name that was registered before the company existed.
Obero, Inc., a Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and business analytics firm based in Ontario, Canada, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Obero.com.
The company, which uses the domain names OberoSolutions.com and OberoSPM.com, filed a cybersquatting complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against the owner of Obero.com.
WIPO panelist Christopher J. Pibus called the complaint “fatally flawed.” Obero was formed in 2010. It claimed a first use date of 2010 in its 2016 trademark filing. But the owner of the domain name registered it in 2008, so it was impossible that it was registered to target the complainant.
Pibus wrote, “The Complaint has filed a pro forma complaint, which is entirely bereft of substantive evidence aside from the existence of its Canadian trademark registration for OBERO.”
In finding reverse domain name hijacking, he wrote:
On its face, this Complaint was fatally flawed, due to the absence of trademark rights in the hands of the Complainant at the relevant date.
The Complainant ought to have noticed that the Respondent’s registration of the disputed domain name pre-dated the Complainant’s registered trademark rights by eight years. If the Complainant had done even a cursory investigation it would have determined that its Complaint was without proper foundation…
…The Panel finds that the Complainant’s conduct constitutes an abuse of this administrative proceeding, and that this Complaint has engaged in the act of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking under the Policy.
Obero, Inc was internally represented and domain name attorney Zak Muscovitch represented the domain name owner.
February 14, 2017Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Semiconductor name game: Future Elements, Ablic or Willforce?
A chip company has apparently narrowed its name choice to three different brand names.
It appears that a semiconductor company (or perhaps two chip companies that are merging) are going through the naming process.
Some company registered many variations of three different brand names for a semiconductor company yesterday. The domain names were registered at brand protection registrar MarkMonitor using Whois privacy.
The three names are Future Elements, Ablic and Willforce. Each name was registered with name-corp.com, -global.com, -ic.com, -inc.com, -semi.com, -semicon.com, -semiconductor.com, corp.com, global.com, group.com, ic.com and inc.com, while some were registered in other variations.
FutureElements.com, Ablic.com and Willforce.com are all owned by different parties that don’t seem to have anything to do with chips.
Here’s a full list, in case you want to play the guessing game: