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At least 38 domains will sell in Dotster auction ending tomorrow

August 22, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotster, SnapNamesComments Off on At least 38 domains will sell in Dotster auction ending tomorrow

Nearly half of domains in auction have already hit their reserves.

It’s genuinely refreshing to see a domain name auction with good quality mid-market domain names and reasonable reserves. That’s how I’d describe the current Dotster auction on SnapNames.

With just 24 hours to go, the auction looks like it will be a big success. I count 38 domain names that have met their reserve already. That’s nearly half of the 81 listings.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise when you look at the inventory. There are some good domains in there and all have reserves south of $5,000.

Four letter domains such as,, and are attracting the most attention.

The highest bid so far is $3,500 for, which seems like a good deal at the price. A couple good comps would be which sold for $6,000 and which sold for $2,000 (according to Knoxville is much smaller than Phoenix., an inferior name due to word order, sold for $1,850.

Here are some other domains I like and their current bids: $850 $750 $675 $625 $325 (no bids)

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Dotster moves domains to credentials

May 17, 2012Domain Registrars,, Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotsterComments Off on Dotster moves domains to credentials

Company transfers domains between registrar accreditations.

Dotster Domain.comIf you start to see domain name registrar growing in registrar ranking reports, there’s a good explanation for that.

Dotster, which owns, has transferred the domain names from its Dotster accreditation to the one.

I was alerted to this change when I received a DomainTools whois change alert on a friend’s domain name that I helped her register. My first thought was that her domain had been stolen, until I remembered that Dotster owns

I reached out to Dotster to find out what was going on. Brian Unruh, General Manager at Dotster, told Domain Name Wire:

Through acquisitions, Dotster historically has owned many registrar credentials. We consolidated them to deliver a higher quality customer experience and better efficiency. In fact this change is just one of many that we’re making to improve the services we provide our customers. While’s registrations are now using the credential, Dotster customers will remain Dotster customers and continue to receive industry leading service and care.

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The Worst Domain Name Promotion of All Time

March 23, 2010Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotster, go daddyComments Off on The Worst Domain Name Promotion of All Time

Whatever happened to the Dotster Dots?

There have been a lot of bad stunts, publicity attempts, and ads put out by domain name registrars. But one of them stands out as perhaps the worst of all time: The Dotster Dots.

Dotster was one of the first discount domain name registrars, but has languished through the last decade while watching Go Daddy take home the crown. In 2006, Dotster took a look at what had happened in the domain name industry since 2000 and saw that Go Daddy was killing it. How? It must be the Go Daddy girls, some marketer thought.

And so began Dotster’s ill advised “me too” campaign, called the Dotster Dots. The company put out a press release and open auditions for female spokespersons who would be called “Dotster Dots” instead of “Go Daddy Girls”.

If you’re going to copy someone, you should at least try to do a better job than they did. But Dotster’s promotion looked like amateur hour. Talk of the Dotster Dots disappeared quickly, as if someone at Dotster realized how dumb it was making them look and made an executive decision to cut its losses quickly after announcing the winners. Now all that’s left is the domain name, which forwards to

Of course, attempts to copy Go Daddy’s successful commercials haven’t stopped. At least Crazy Domains hired an A-list name for its knock-off.

What Dotster and other copycats don’t realize is that the “hot models” thing isn’t some plug-n-play method to sell lots of domains. Next thing you know the founder of one of these competitors is going to start hunting elephants in Africa, thinking that must be the key to success.

It takes a lot more than that. Have you noticed how every mobile phone that tries to compete with the iPhone looks just like the iPhone? Whereas Apple tried something new, everyone else is just trying to copy it rather than come up with its own creative solution.

It’s the same thing with video games right now. Nintendo came out with the Wii, and then its two competitors decided they must have some sort of motion controller. Rather than think outside the box like Nintendo did, they’re all playing catchup.

Good luck with that.

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Blockbusters: Sells for $1.5 Million, Marchex Sells for $250,000

November 30, 2009Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotster, marchex,, sedoComments Off on Blockbusters: Sells for $1.5 Million, Marchex Sells for $250,000

Two big domain name sales over holiday week.

In what should have been a lackluster week thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, Sedo turned in one of its best performances of the year for domain sales. Leading the pack was a sale you’ve probably read about already, at $1.5 million. The buyer wants to remain anonymous, and is using GoDaddy’s whois protection to shield their identity. The domain currently points to a basic GoDaddy parking page.

Another big sale this week was for $250,000. Marchex sold the domain name to RegistrarAds, Inc., an affiliate of domain registrar Dotster. Dominio is Spanish for domain.

Below are other notable sales for the week. Note the sales of,, and

.COM 89,000 USD 55,000 USD 28,500 EUR 18,500 USD 13,000 USD 12,650 EUR 12,500 USD 11,000 USD 10,000 USD 9,800 EUR 7,500 USD 7,500 USD 7,200 USD 7,000 USD 6,000 USD 6,000 USD 5,500 USD 5,500 USD 5,105 USD 5,000 USD 5,000 EUR 5,000 USD 5,000 USD 5,000 USD

ccTLDs 44066 EUR 23800 EUR 11900 EUR 11900 EUR 11900 GBP 9000 EUR 8700 GBP 8600 USD 8000 EUR 7000 GBP 6600 EUR 5950 EUR 5950 EUR 5212 EUR 5100 EUR 5000 USD 5000 GBP 3827 GBP

Other 31001 EUR 27500 USD 8500 EUR 7500 USD 6500 EUR 6500 EUR 5050 EUR

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