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SnapNames October no reserve auction ends tomorrow, .ca auction kicks off today

October 16, 2012domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, SnapNamesComments Off on SnapNames October no reserve auction ends tomorrow, .ca auction kicks off today

Two auctions worth a look.

SnapNames has an “October Deals” auction that ends tomorrow, and I think it’s worth a look.

There are 61 domains and it appears none of them have a reserve — just a minimum bid of $199 or more.

Many of the domains are ones that you might see sell for $1,000-$3,000 to the right end user, such as AllMBA.com, DebtReductionService.com, DietLogs.com, and SoccerLounge.com.

So far 12 of the 61 domains have bids. LBS.org leads the pack with 8 bidders, but the domain is still only $375 at the time of writing.

BadHumor.com also has multiple bidders and currently sits at $211.

It’s definitely a good auction to review if you like to invest in lower priced domains.

SnapNames also has a .ca auction that kicks off today.

The .ca auction has reserve prices ranging from no reserve to $250,000. Top domains include Loans.ca, Casinos.ca, and Dating.ca.

Just make sure you’re eligible to own .ca domains before you bid.


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Moniker accepting auction submissions for DOMAINfest 2013

September 19, 2012Domain Sales, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker accepting auction submissions for DOMAINfest 2013

Moniker and SnapNames will run an auction in conjunction with DOMAINfest next year.

It looks like Moniker and SnapNames will hold an auction in conjunction with Oversee.net’s DOMAINfest Global 2013 conference next year.

SnapNames.com has a submission form for the auction. It’s currently listed as an online auction.

Both Moniker and SnapNames were owned by Oversee.net until their sale earlier this year to KeyDrive. They provided the auction platform at DOMAINfest conferences for many years, so there was a question if they’d continue to run auctions at the show.

Oversee.net confirmed that DOMAINfest Global will be happening in 2013, but it hasn’t updated its web site with any details.

Auction submissions are limited to 50 per person and are due by December 14.


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Afternic auction on SnapNames ends tomorrow

September 19, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, SnapNamesComments Off on Afternic auction on SnapNames ends tomorrow

Auction features 176 domain names.

Afternic’s first auction on SnapNames earlier this year was a big success. It focused light on some good domain names such as Hipsters.com. That domain sold for $28,500 (which I suspect is a lot more than the original fixed asking price!).

The two companies have teamed up again for an 176 domain auction ending Thursday.

At the time of writing nine domains have bids and five have hit their reserves. The current top domain is PoolandPatio.com, which has met its reserve with a $5,000 bid.

There are a bunch of good mid-tier domain names in the auction. Some of my favorites are:

AirBalloon.com ($1,000-$2,500 reserve) – so many hot air balloon companies could take advantage of this domain

AmazingGetaways.com ($500-$1,000 resere) – excellent travel domain

BathRenovations.com ($1,000-$2,500) – big lead gen category

EuropeanAutoParts.com ($1,000-$2,500) – another big category that would work for an ecommerce site

UniversityApartments.com (2,500-5,000) – student housing continues to be a growth industry, and I also bet there are multiple apartment complexes by this exact name.


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SnapNames releases iPhone App

August 23, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, Expired Domains, iphone apps, SnapNamesComments Off on SnapNames releases iPhone App

Bidding on the go now much easier.

SnapNamesSnapNames just released an iPhone app to make it easier to bid on SnapNames auctions on the go.

The app makes it easier for customers to update bids and see current bidding history from a mobile phone. It does not allow you to place new backorders or bids on domains if you haven’t already done so on the SnapNames web site.

However, the app has a quick link to the SnapNames.mobi mobile site. There you can search for new domain names and place initial bids.

I think this app will be very beneficial to domainers, even with its simple functionality. Sometimes “simple” is best, especially when it comes to something as important as placing a last minute bid in a domain name auction.

The company plans to release an Android app later this year.


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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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Moniker and SnapNames beef up customer support after acquisition

July 23, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker and SnapNames beef up customer support after acquisition

Support and operations staff quadruple.

I recently read Elliot’s post about Moniker’s extended phone support hours.

I’ve been tracking the support situation at Moniker/SnapNames since KeyDrive bought the companies from Oversee.net, as a number of people have made comments about it. Some customers were also concerned because their account manages left the company.

Here are some more details about the support changes at Moniker/SnapNames.

DNW: How did the support changeover from Oversee.net occur?

Moniker/Snap: Given the recent acquisition of Moniker and SnapNames by KeyDrive, and clearly the highest priority by both companies, the support transition began immediately. The first step was to bring in a seasoned client services management team as well as update the support system technology; this started in March culminating with a completed migration of the support portal in June. During this migration the underlying support systems have undergone a major upgrade. Added improvements include a new phone infrastructure, increased staffing and increased hours.

Most importantly, we are pleased to say, is the very positive response we have received from our customers specifically the domain investor community. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to add new support features.

DNW: How has the support function grown since the acquisition?

Moniker/Snap: Our support staffing levels and hours are now based on key service level goals, response time and quality, that are rigorously monitored. From an operational and support perspective this also meant a staffing increase of over 400% from previous levels. Additionally, we are committed to responding to all support calls and online cases within 24 hours – both internationally and domestically.

We understand the importance of providing customers a means to interact with our support team in a manner that they are most comfortable, and for many of our customers, that means picking up the phone and talking to a live person that can help them in real-time.


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Moniker Spring auction results

May 17, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker Spring auction results

Moniker auction nets close to $20,000 in sales.

The Moniker Premium Spring Auction at SnapNames just concluded. Here are the (unofficial) results:

drivinggloves.com 6450 – this is a recently developed site. Auction included Facebook page (with 2,000+ likes) and Twitter handle.
florists.info 3050 – good keyword, but not a bad price given how marketplace for secondary TLDs like this will change in coming years.
loaninterestrates.com 2000
obese.net 1650 – 5 bidders duked it out for this one. It was the last auction to close due to extensions.
scubadivinglessons.com 1267
bearings.net 770
alumn.com 590 – not a very common spelling of the term
njlawfirms.com 575
grilled.net 500
32a.com 470
wyvn.com 300
upcbarcodes.com 300
overnightpriority.com 300 – not to be confused with Fedex’s Priority Overnight
joggingshorts.com 300 – definitely falls under the “niche” category
attempt.net 300


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The inside story of Mama.com

May 14, 2012domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, mama.com, mamma.com, SnapNamesComments Off on The inside story of Mama.com

Mamma.com owner selling Mama.com.

I was originally a bit surprised to see mama.com in Moniker’s Spring Auction ending this week.

Then I realized the domain on auction is actually a typo of the once popular search engine Mamma.com — not the search engine itself. Well, sort of a typo, as I later found out.

I reached out to the founder of Mama.com owner Empresario, Omar Solis. As it turns out, his company bought the Mamma.com search engine in a deal completed in 2011. I asked him for the back story on the domain and he wrote a good explanation. Rather than chop it up, I’ve decided to publish it in full here….

The back-story:

Mamma.com was once a promising search engine from the “.com-bubble” era. It was founded in 1996 by a graduate student from Quebec Canada named Herman Tumurcuoglu. Eventually it got funded and taken public, ultimately merging with a desktop search company named Copernic in 2005. They also wanted to own the single ” m” version of their brand name and an Executive at the company acquired mama.com from a small us-based organization sometime around 2000-2001.

In 2009 we acquired the Mamma.com search and ad network assets from Copernic, which included the two domain names. Originally the deal was for $5 million, but we ended up paying $500,000 for all the assets. We took over the business in 2009, but did not take ownership until Sept 2011 when the sale was finalized with the assistance from a well-known American investor.

Although mamma.com didn’t make it to the big stage as a search engine, it still enjoyed a loyal user base from the US, Canada (especially French CA), France, and Asia. The Ad Network business was also profitable, generating several million dollars a year in revenue. Plus it came with the mama.com domain, which I knew had plenty of value in itself.

Present day:

Today we continue to operate the ad network and monetize the search engine traffic from mamma.com, which has proven to be a steady revenue business. In addition we operate a business incubator called Empresario.com, where we work with nimble entrepreneurs to create new value from our business platforms. Predominately working with online publishers, advertisers, and agencies that leverage our resources to advance their own business.

Our plan this year is to develop our incubator business further, so we decided to systematically dismantle and sell assets that did not directly support our current goals. After the mamma.com deal was finalized in Sept, we took a step back and evaluated the business from top to bottom. What we uncovered was a nice cache of Internet assets that no longer supported our objectives, but had tremendous value.

A good portion of these assets came in the form of premium domain names that we acquired over the years and have been sitting on parked pages. A while back we did well in domain parking but after 2009 our revenue channels became more diverse and parking was overlooked. In regards to selling domains, we have always entertained offers and have sold many domain names over the years, but have never made it a full-blown effort like we are doing now.

Coincidentally, at the end of 2011 we started receiving serious 6-figure offers for mama.com, mostly interest from China and Japan where our largest offers have originated. As we drilled further into the analysis, we figured out that all the type-in users that went to mama.com, were looking for “female/maternal” topics and not a search engine. Separating and selling mama.com from mamma.com started making sense.

Also the sale includes the Twitter handle @mama, which will give this deal a unique twist. I have have not heard of many domain sales that also included the related Twitter handle, which these days is an excellent value-add.

Currently we are focused on the mama.com sale, but we have also put up a sample of 36 premium domain names from our portfolio that are currently available for sale via our site. In the next few weeks will place the rest of our portfolio on Sedo & Snapnames, except for a few exclusives that will only be offered on our website.

Hopefully mama.com will sell via Moniker’s auction this week, but regardless we will continue to push the sale this year, as we are eager to focus on our core business.

You can reach Solis here.


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Bidding for Righthaven.com domain up to $1,850 with 10 days to go

December 28, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, righthaven, SnapNamesComments Off on Bidding for Righthaven.com domain up to $1,850 with 10 days to go

Domain already attracted attention with a long way to go.

Domain auctions usually don’t attract much attention until the final hours. But bidding for the domain name RightHaven.com, which is being auctioned off to help settle a legal judgement, is attracting quite a bit of attention.

The auction at SnapNames still has close to 10 days to go before it closes, yet it has already attracted nine different bidders and has been pushed up to $1,850.

The domain name belonged to “copyright troll” Righthaven, one of the most hated companies on the internet. I can imagine a lot of people would like to buy this domain name as a trophy, and the auction is certainly getting a lot of press.

Righthaven.com is currently in control of receiver Rimon, PC. They have smartly forwarded the domain name directly to the SnapNames auction page, so you can follow the action at Righthaven.com.


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Lots of Bids With One Day to Go in Moniker Auction

September 19, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Lots of Bids With One Day to Go in Moniker Auction

Moniker auction attracting lots of bids with one more day left.

28 domain names in Moniker’s DOMAINfest Meet-Up NYC auction have received bids with still one day to go, although only 14 domain names have met their reserves.

The auction is taking place on Snapnames.

The top domain to meet its reserve so far is Teeb.com at $5,250 with 4 bidders.

Hardcore.com has a bid of $125,000 but it has a reserve of up to $250,000.

Some of the domains that have met their reserves and are still under $500 are AirportSecurityScanners.com, Qse.net, and SundayEvenings.com.

For those with deeper pockets, five domain names are listed at over $1 million: Americans.com, Hot.com, End.com, SouthAfrica.com, and TopMovies.com


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