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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 lood.com, fuga.com, and refe.com are attracting the most attention.

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

Here are some other domains I like and their current bids:

Decide.net $850
MyTracks.com $750
PublicDefenders.com $675
PersianFood.com $625
Abow.com $325
iHoroscopes.com (no bids)


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Dotster moves domains to Domain.com credentials

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

Company transfers domains between registrar accreditations.

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

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

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 Dotster.com’s registrations are now using the Domain.com 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 DotsterDots.com domain name, which forwards to Dotster.com

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: Russia.com Sells for $1.5 Million, Marchex Sells Dominio.com for $250,000

November 30, 2009Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotster, marchex, russia.com, sedoComments Off on Blockbusters: Russia.com Sells for $1.5 Million, Marchex Sells Dominio.com 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, Russia.com 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 Dominio.com 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 Dental.net, Daimler.mobi, and Cosmetics.info.

.COM
64.com 89,000 USD
gameland.com 55,000 USD
billets.com 28,500 EUR
thesan.com 18,500 USD
1199.com 13,000 USD
xai.com 12,650 EUR
paybacktime.com 12,500 USD
cashed.com 11,000 USD
ecolife.com 10,000 USD
cartouche.com 9,800 EUR
i-milk.com 7,500 USD
blacky.com 7,500 USD
poppin.com 7,200 USD
5544.com 7,000 USD
uuing.com 6,000 USD
atriel.com 6,000 USD
oltchim.com 5,500 USD
familyprotection.com 5,500 USD
hipe.com 5,105 USD
safeshopping.com 5,000 USD
salondejuegos.com 5,000 EUR
activeden.com 5,000 USD
sincer.com 5,000 USD
xseries.com 5,000 USD

ccTLDs
kindergartenbeirat.de 44066 EUR
ort.de 23800 EUR
1a-krankenversicherung.de 11900 EUR
ke.de 11900 EUR
lodging.co.uk 11900 GBP
66.de 9000 EUR
abstractart.co.uk 8700 GBP
creditcards.de 8600 USD
sh.de 8000 EUR
cheap-generic-viagra.co.uk 7000 GBP
xx.de 6600 EUR
reprisemedia.pl 5950 EUR
buchungen.de 5950 EUR
mz.de 5212 EUR
coloriages.fr 5100 EUR
estates.tv 5000 USD
mountainbike.co.uk 5000 GBP
christiandating.co.uk 3827 GBP

Other
qq.net 31001 EUR
dental.net 27500 USD
kostenlos.net 8500 EUR
daimler.mobi 7500 USD
cosmetics.info 6500 EUR
aeropuerto.info 6500 EUR
iaf.org 5050 EUR


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