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First Brannans Domain Auction by Clements brothers yields $34,000

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

As per the unofficial tally of the first Brannans auction held by David and Toby Clements, the auction sold 8 domains for a total of $34,000 USD. yielded the highest price at $13,250 USD. The sold names were:

Lot #DomainPriceReserve$13,250.00$5000-$10000$8,250.00$5000-$10000$6,250.00no reserve$2,100.00no reserve$2,000.00$2,000.00$1,200.00$1000-$2000$600.00$500-$1000$350.00$300-$500

The new domain auction house formed by the brothers ended their first auction today. They used the Proxibid platform for the auction. You’ll find the official results here.

Related posts: Sells for $600,000

September 4th, 2009 Comments off

Sedo and - leaders in aftermarket domain name sales - have joined together to sell for $600,000.

“After realizing that the domain my client was interested in,, was scheduled to be part of Rick Latona’s upcoming auction,” said Tessa Holcomb of, “I worked closely with David Clements at Rick Latona Auctions to reach a mutually beneficial agreement for the buyer and seller. Collaborating efforts with David on this acquisition was a pleasure.”

It was the first time the two industry leaders have partnered on a sale.

“We understand the value of building and maintaining relationships, not just within our own industry, but across the spectrum,” said David Clements. “We are always open to discussions with buyer’s agents and seller’s agents alike.”

[via Rick Latona]

(c) 2009

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B5614979-0226-4963-89FF-82F91A871021 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:31:34 -0400 Dream Team: DOMAINFest Joins Forces With THE Domain Conference for Fall Show in Florida The inaugural edition of THE Domain Conference continues to take (and change) shape as the September event in Fort Lauderdale draws closer. In an announcement that will surprise many, TDC announced today that DOMAINfest will be part of the show in South Florida. 9CA2E26E-E3C7-4F2D-BE91-5E8C08AB095C Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:50:29 -0400 The 3-Letter .Com Beat Goes On - They Bag 11 of the Top 20 Spots on Our Latest Sales Chart I'm back from a vacation break and little has changed on the domain sales front since I left - 3-letter .coms are still ruling the roost. 11 of the top 20 sales on our latest all extension chart are 3-letter .coms including five of the top seven entries. 18986F50-DC5A-40A6-942B-1DC33C7473AC Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:24:03 -0400 Over 1.3 Million Piping Hot Donuts to Come Out of the New Domain Registry's Oven This Summer Donuts Inc., the world’s largest registry for new gTLDs, will begin releasing over 1.3 million previously reserved domain names in the 144 extensions they administer this week. 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WHD is known for holding their shows in gorgeous but remote locations that keep attendees close together - a strategy that produces a great networking environment. 30329EDC-5D7B-4E13-AA22-8A31D8D0638C Thu, 21 May 2015 01:57:11 -0400 Photos & Highlights from Day One of America's 1st WHD.usa Conference in Pennsylvania The first WorldHostingDays conference ever held in America - WHD.usa - got underway Tuesday at the beautiful Seven Springs Mountain Resort in western Pennsylvania. We have some cool photos and highlights from a very busy opening day and night at the two-day event that will conclude tonight. 0F5721EE-8466-4C63-9044-F75B1B24DF56 Wed, 20 May 2015 13:45:10 -0400 Hold onto Your Hats! Flippa Acquires Domain Holdings - Predicts $70 Million in Sales This Year We have learned that a popular marketplace for buying and selling websites, domains, and apps, has acquired premium domain name brokerage company, Domain Holdings Group, for an undisclosed price. The combined entities are projected to ring up $70 million in sales over the next 12 months, BBE6BD48-4328-4C47-8789-2E6ADC431578 Wed, 20 May 2015 09:00:00 -0400 Photos & Highlights from Monday Night's Pre-Show Party at WHD.usa - Conference Opens Today The WHD.usa conference gets underway today in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. WHD is the world's largest series of conferences for the hosting and cloud service provider industry but this will be the first time a WHD event has ever been held in the U.S. Last night early arrivers were treated to a pre-show party hosted by CPanel. 2A539DE5-238B-4CED-B74B-CD1ED03E63CF Tue, 19 May 2015 05:42:39 -0400 Looks Like a Mini Domain Conference May Break Out During the WHD.usa Event Next Week The world's largest series of conferences for the hosting and cloud service provider industry - WorldHostingDays (WHD) - will be coming to the United States for the first time next week and while the show has a hosting focus, domain people will be out in force. 59322472-12C2-4353-82C0-5D0F9BFEDBFD Fri, 15 May 2015 16:22:21 -0400 Giuseppe Graziano Releases The Definitive Guide to Numeric Domains and It's Free of Charge Giuseppe Graziano, who recently opened his own brokerage & consulting shop at, has produced a nice gift for investors interested in numeric domain names - an excellent report called Numeric Domains 2.0 - The Definitive Guide - and it is available online at no charge! BD433F43-831B-49C0-AA96-3D4F3BE76ABB Thu, 14 May 2015 18:38:05 -0400 One-Word .com Tops This Week's Sales Chart Backed by 5 More Hits from 3-Letter .Coms Five more 3-letter .coms filled spots in the top ten on our latest weekly Top 20 Sales Chart. However a name just one letter longer took the top spot with a sweet sale of more than $200,000 brokered by Larry Fischer's EA4FF80F-C85B-4F5C-B0B3-CD70D4B7CE0F Wed, 13 May 2015 19:56:28 -0400 DomainHoldings Reports 1Q-2015 Sales Jump 40% Over Same Quarter a Year Ago DomainHoldings has released their latest quarterly report covering the 1st quarter of 2015. The year over year numbers are impressive with total sales jumping over 40% from the same quarter a year ago. The average sales price also surged hitting a new company record at over $49,500. 680E331E-7D59-4FF6-83C5-8A5BCA2A8543 Wed, 13 May 2015 14:59:20 -0400 Busy Birthday for NamesCon's Richard Lau: New Office Opens, Jodi Chamberlain Exits, Domainfest Emerges NamesCon Co-Founder Richard Lau turned 45 today and like most other days he is working on conference business. There's a special discount offer for NamesCon tickets, a new office to open, a fond goodbye to Jodi Chamberlain & emerging plans for Domainfest. 955A77FF-B6C8-4B8E-A385-10909BB58EC2 Tue, 12 May 2015 14:38:41 -0400 ParkingCrew's Axel Kaltz Acquires in a Way You Never Would Have Expected There is an old aphorism in journalism that says a dog biting a man isn't news, but a man biting a dog - now that's news! We heard about a domain industry version of that kind of scenario this week (and thankfully it was an event that didn't leave any bite marks)! 19511A0A-72B5-4407-AB81-448039BB23C5 Fri, 8 May 2015 18:12:20 -0400 .CLUB Celebrating 1st Anniversary with $1 Domains at Select Registrars Until 11:59PM Tonight The new gTLD program is now old enough to see several registries celebrating their 1st anniversaries. That day arrived today for .CLUB, the new gTLD that has sold more domains to registrants than any other. To celebrate $1 .CLUB domains are available at many registrars today only. 614ED441-B380-43DD-A050-6E49353D6935 Thu, 7 May 2015 17:34:33 -0400 3-Letter .Com Boom Continues - One Nets Nearly a Half Million $ - 8 More Make Top 20 Chart The sheer number of 3-letter .coms on our weekly Top 20 Sales Chart has been unprecedented but now the prices are reaching the stratosphere as well. This week's top sale hit $459,000 in one the five highest domain sales reported so far this year. B5ED479F-7028-4983-A1CD-3204E9011AC4 Wed, 6 May 2015 20:28:52 -0400 Domain & Hosting Industry Experts to Converge Two Weeks from Today at WHD.usa Two weeks from today the first WorldlHostingDays conference ever held in America will open at the 7Springs Ski & Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania . WHD.usa is a big deal for both the hosting and domain industries as many companies operate in both spaces. 5FAFCDAC-E424-4C4C-9ECF-E300D6767B5A Tue, 5 May 2015 18:57:34 -0400 Domaining Europe Releases Photo Gallery from 2015 Conference in Valencia, Spain The 2015 Domaining Europe conference was held in Valencia, Spain April 23-25. Show organizers have now posted dozens of photos from the 7th edition of the popular event held at the Sorolla Palace Hotel on the conference's Facebook page. Here is a sampling for you. 782D5421-FF21-4BB4-BD26-F4D905D9F3A6 Mon, 4 May 2015 19:55:55 -0400 After Launching New Direct Auction Sedo Closes Week with Support for .Irish at Netistrar Party It has been a busy week at Sedo, beginning with the launch of a new auction feature called Direct Auction that will be of interest to many domain sellers. They closed the week co-hosting a Netistrar party in London last night celebrating the new .irish TLD. 7CE948C1-D857-449A-AB9E-4859603D1067 Fri, 1 May 2015 09:55:30 -0400 3-Letter .Coms Continue Reign Taking 3 of Top 5 Spots on This Week's Domain Sales Chart I know this is starting to sound like a broken record but 3-letter .coms continue to rock the house. Three of the top five sales on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart are 3-letter .coms including a $200,000 sale that tops the chart. 5CD5C8AA-82A4-4FFA-B68E-8258615A8A4D Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:29:03 -0400 CEO & Chairman Matt Barrie Tells Us What's in Store for A lot of people were surprised to hear this week's news that had been acquired by Australia's for $7.5 million. Today we talked with Freelancer CEO & Chairman Matt Barrie to find out what is in store for now. E43CF11F-076C-455C-83A5-F7125B022C49 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:09:57 -0400 DNSeattle Returning for Round 2! Next Month's 2015 Meetup Follows Sold Out Debut in 2014 Last year's debut edition of the DNSeattle meetup for domain industry professionals in the Pacific Northwest quickly sold out. Now, with a new date in a warmer season and a shiny new show venue, organizer Michael Cyger is excited about what is in store for the 2015 event coming up next month. 476B9A4B-66AA-40BA-B45C-E49320E9818C Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:58:31 -0400 Australian Firm Buys - No Changes Planned for U.S. Based Business Sundays are usually pretty quiet in the domain world, but Australia's dropped a bombshell as the weekend came to a close by announcing they have purchased California based escrow business giant for $7.5 million in cash. 7FEFCBFD-C156-4330-A064-6C8E1C882843 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:38:22 -0400 .Green Turns Earth Day into Earth Month - Celebration Continuing This Weekend in New York City While Earth Day was held on Wednesday, the .green registry has been holding a month-long celebration around the event. In fact this weekend DotGreen is sponsoring the GreenFestivalExpo in New York City, a 3-day event that continues through Sunday . B72026B8-6376-4D1E-A639-AA893B68D2A2 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:56:51 -0400 3 Letter .Coms Hit a 2015 High With $290,000 Sale That Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart We've been talking a lot about a boom in 3-letter .com sales this year and yet more fuel was added to the fire this week when broker George Hong closed the biggest sale of the year to date in that category. Get the details on all of the week's top sales in our latest report. 759B948A-A8D3-472D-9C0C-70E16E19BE5E Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:03:41 -0400 Day 1 is Done at the 2015 Domaining Europe Conference in Valencia, Spain The 2015 Domaining Europe conference got underway today at the Sorolla Palace Hotel in Valencia, Spain where show founder Dietmar Stefitz welcomed guests from around the world to the 7th edition of the popular event. F75D688E-C7AB-46DD-A216-10F3D90E68F3 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:13:59 -0400 Marchex Sells Over 200,000 Domains to Go Daddy Marchex, who in recent years has morphed from a major domain sales and development company into a mobile advertising analytics company, has sold the bulk of its remaining domain portfolio to Go Daddy in a $28.1million deal. 7643A2EF-2E78-445F-870B-D28F878C6444 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:30:00 -0400 George Hong Brokers Year's Biggest 3-Letter .Com Sale to Date It's no secret that sales of 3-letter and other short .coms have been booming and that trend continued today when we learned that broker George Hong of has closed the year's biggest 3-letter .com sale to date. Meanwhile, Rob Grant is reporting a boom for .com Real Estate .domains. 76598822-2F1C-4D48-8B78-2ADC15E68AF1 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:40:57 -0400 World Hosting Days Conference Coming to America for the First Time Next Month A World Hosting Days (WHD) conference is coming to the U.S. for the first time ever next month and many domain companies will be on hand to welcome the big event to the States. WHD drew 6,300 attendees to its global event in Germany last month and is now taking the show on the road. 5E7CDAB2-38F3-4DBC-916F-BF7914A111EF Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:51:31 -0400 eMarketer Report Says Success of New gTLDs May Depend on Promotion By Major Brands eMarketer, a major market research firm, has released a new study on the introduction of new gTLDs and their chances for success. They concluded that brands who operate their own "dot.brand" extension may make or break the program. 591BE8B0-A074-4408-9B1F-711FB2BA80C8 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:28:40 -0400 .Coms Take 18 of 20 Positions on This Week's Sales Chart with 3-Letter .Coms Still Rocking No six-figure sales were reported this week but there were still a lot of solid sales to report, especially from the .com camp. The world's most popular TLD swept 18 of the 20 entries on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart with six more 3-letter .coms hitting the elite list. 300172CD-15E9-437E-B1DE-0B4CE5C0AC94 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:09:33 -0400 DomainHoldings Broker Tracy Fogarty Leaves to Open Own Shop at After two years as an outstanding broker at DomainHoldings (and 20 years as a successful broker in both the mortgage and domain fields), Tracy Fogarty has left to open her own brokerage and domain consulting firm at 8BC8EDE6-5BBE-4FC2-898D-30E1AF8B581E Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:54:41 -0400 Building .Buzz: How Bill Doshier Wound Up Running His Own Domain Registry Hundreds of new domain extensions have been introduced over the past year with most of them scooped up by well-funded corporations. Still, if you look closely enough you can spot an occasional David among the Goliaths. One of those Davids is .Buzz's Bill Doshier. BFC6CA6F-984F-467B-A96A-31A30EC04383 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:39:45 -0400 New Study Says "Consumers Feel Uncomfortable with the ‘New Internet’ and New gTLDs" The quote in the headline above comes directly from a press release we received today from the NCC Group about a "New Internet Study" they conducted. We sent a message to a leading new gTLD registry operator requesting their take on this study but have not yet received a reply. 4E9D0D52-0751-48F3-9B6C-889E29D84878 Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:46:34 -0400 Demand for 3-Letter .Coms Continues to Soar - They Take 14 of 20 Entries on Latest Sales Chart The latest weekly domain sales report is out at Two six-figure sales led the way but the big news was an overwhelming performance by 3-letter .coms that swept 14 of 20 chart entries. 655B214E-E9F6-4B27-A9D9-DAF9AAE6BB6D Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:48:44 -0400 Friday's World Domain Day is the 1st of Three India Conferences Planned for 2015 After a successful debut in Hyderabad last August World Domain Day is back, this time in a different city, for round two coming up on Friday (April 10) in New Delhi. That will be the first of three 2015 conferences planned by three different promoters in three different cities. 3C0343B9-8809-4857-8B03-6D8F05007289 Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:20:33 -0400 Next Heritage Auctions Live Domain Sale Coming to San Francisco This Summer Heritage Auctions has announced that their next live premium domain auction will be held in San Francisco on June 25. Submissions of one-word and two or three letter .coms are now being accepted. 418862EA-5204-46D0-90A9-2DCAFF58A7C9 Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:17:05 -0400 Uniregistry Tells Customers They Will Be Rolling Out "Innovative New Domain Marketplace" Soon Uniregistry sent a letter to clients thanking them for helping the new registrar reach over 800,000 registrations in the company's 1st year. The letter also had an interesting bit of news - a line that said a new Uniregistry Market for buying & selling domains was coming soon. D7DDC37C-A65B-41B1-B4AA-862522E05F15 Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:25:36 -0400 Takes the Checkered Flag with Biggest Domain Sale Reported This Week The new weekly domain sales report is out at It's not often that we see a .info domain on our weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and almost unheard of to see one beat all comers, but that happened this week. Still, the .coms swept 16 of 21 chart entries overall. 93FCB8A8-B56D-41B2-B20F-E2825A77B451 Wed, 1 Apr 2015 19:32:25 -0400 Go Daddy Off to the Races With Fast IPO Start - .CLUB Registry Reaches 200,000 Registrations One of the biggest stories not just in the domain world, but the mainstream business world as well, is Go Daddy's first day as a publicly traded company today. The stock got off to fast start - jumping 30% at the opening bell. Today was also a landmark day for the .CLUB Registry. 2BC2B081-C242-436A-89A3-457774300924 Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:46:26 -0400 Latest Report From the Public Interest Registry Shows .ORG Growth Continued in 2014 Public Interest Registry, the operator of the .org domain, released their latest bi-annual domain name report covering the second half of 2014 today. With the final numbers from last year now tabulated, the PIR report showed another year of growth for the TLD. F3FE371F-C573-4B6F-B5BB-80089510095A Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:17:31 -0400 Aiming to Increase Appetite for New gTLDs Free Sedo Food Truck Served 1000s at SXSW We're used to getting sales reports from Sedo, but the data that came in today was different with frozen yogurt and coffee replacing domains! The change stemmed from a successful food truck promotion Sedo ran at the recently concluded SXSW extravaganza in Austin, Texas. BF10FBEC-482C-441B-9A8A-B5B2CB8D6A4A Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:12:57 -0400 Pair of 6-Figure Sales and More 3-Letter .Coms Highlight This Week's Domain Sales Chart This week's Top 20 Sales Chart looks a lot like last week's chart with .coms taking nine of the top 10 spots and 16 places overall including five 3-letter .coms. Also like last week, five ccTLDs made the list while no non .com gTLDs could do so. 1E7C6CF9-5A58-4AC7-8160-9FCC7ED51343 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:20:07 -0400 Forbes Says Compatibility Issues Could Be Bigger Threat to New gTLDs Than Lack of Awareness A Forbes Magazine article published Tuesday pointed out a New gTLD roadblock that could be an even bigger threat to adoption of some new extensions than low public recognition - a lack of universal compatibility with key components of the web itself. 227B9E48-BD9A-45A9-85BF-EFD9A850FF5E Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:56:47 -0400 Domaining Europe Adds New Speakers for Show Opening One Month from Today in Spain  The 2015 Domaining Europe conference gets underway one month from today in Valencia, Spain. With the event drawing closer a lot of new speakers have been added since we shared the first draft of the show agenda with you a few weeks ago. 263BE8CC-E7E6-4707-AA15-E191EC15EB86 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:52:29 -0400 Page Howe Raises .LA's Profile During Trip to Washington D.C. With Southern California Business Leaders Veteran domain investor Page Howe wrapped up a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C. last night as part of a new role he has taken with the .LA domain registry. Page was one of some 200 Los Angeles area business leaders who made the ACCESS Washington D.C. trip. 4DBF9223-DE5D-420B-BBE1-F1D87EA44C66 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:28:53 -0400 15 .Coms & 5 ccTLDs Fill This Week's Top 20 Domain Sales Chart Including Five 3-Letter .Coms .Coms had another solid sales week, filling eight of the first nine places on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. The ccTLDs also had a good week with five chart entries including one that ranks as the 4th biggest country code sale reported so far this year. 1EC20F2E-D5EE-4B0E-B318-ED8CFB7D111A Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:33:33 -0400 After Winning in the Domain World Michael Gilmour Goes to Battle on the Bookshelf! I have always been astonished by how remarkably creative so many people in the domain industry are. Our embarrassment of creative riches was underscored again today when Founder Michael Gilmour published his first novel! 36054852-1789-4EDD-92D4-59F7B1622678 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:05:54 -0400 5-Figure Domain Sale Prompts THE Domain Conference to Extend Discount Through St. Patrick's Day You may have noticed that sold for €10,000 to earn a spot on the all extension Top 20 Sales Chart last week. The seller happened to be Howard Neu, founder of THE Domain Conference that will debut next fall. Turns out Howard's good fortune is good for ticket buyers. 0AC94F38-1A54-474C-80D7-8ADC6A5B959A Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:18:21 -0400 .Com Turns 30! With Top Domains Now Worth a Fortune More Criminals are Trying to Crash the Party Happy 30th Anniversary .Com! The world's most popular domain extension reached that milestone today (March 15, 2015) - three decades after was registered. Good .coms have skyrocketed in value since then and that has unfortunately drawn attention from cyber criminals. D74A3781-EDD7-41CE-B61B-0956697CD9CD Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:11:39 -0400 4Q Reports from Verisign & Archeo Show Continued Growth in New Registrations & Aftermarket Sales Registry operations giant Verisign and a leading aftermarket sales company, Archeo, have released new reports on 4Q-2014 domain registration and sales activity that shows continued healthy grow in both categories. 320E42F0-0E6B-40CD-A28C-E5147D40EE23 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:20:23 -0400 Rising Business Star & 2nd Generation Domain Investor Heather Hartnett Featured in Wall Street Journal Many of you know Domain Hall of Fame member Dr. Chris Hartnett & may also know his daughter Heather, a domainer herself who has become a rising star in the business world. In fact she was just named CEO of an innovative new VC firm that caught the Wall Street Journal's eye. B8F04AAB-D273-468C-A1B5-B0DBF61B344B Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:37:19 -0400 Big Sales in Every Category Give This Week's Domain Sales Chart a Healthy Glow The domain aftermarket continues to fire on all cylinders. This week we saw another six-figure .com sale as well as one of the year's five biggest non .com gTLD sales and one 2015's ten biggest ccTLD sales. 9323F1CE-9381-40F6-88D4-3232133EAE34 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:21:05 -0400 Free Map of Domain Universe Charts Birth of 800+ TLDs Created Since 1st Domain Registration in 1985 Sunday will mark the 30th anniversary of the first domain name ever registered. Since that day in 1985 more than 284 million domains in a variety of extensions have been registered. Only 9 TLDs existed in 1985, a number that a new free map shows exploding to more than 800 this year! 0F25C1F2-FB60-4205-A711-4A3457C8060F Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:14:27 -0400 $5,000,000+ Sale of Apparently Completed, Name Now Out of Escrow Last November we shared the news that that an Israeli venture capital company had bought for over $5 million. Since then, the name has been held by but now the WhoIs record has changed, indicating the deal may be complete. 47AF0908-9516-4DCB-A26C-BAFB9CBEEC66 Mon, 9 Mar 2015 19:16:02 -0400 New Indian Domain Conference Coming to Mumbai as Part of 1st DigitalCon Event Next Month Two of the key organizers from last year's DomainX conference in India, Nishank Yadav & Anshul Goyal, have co-founded a new conference, DomCon, that they are launching next month in Mumbai as part of a two-day DigitalCon event pairing domains and mobile technology. DEA09CC9-D7B0-4DC9-85FE-930486829EFC Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:55:12 -0500 Domaining Europe Provides First Peak at the Agenda for Next Month's Conference in Spain The 2015 Domaining Europe conference is coming up April 23-25 in Valencia, Spain and show founder Dietmar Stefitz has just posted the first draft of the agenda for the event that will be held at the Sorolla Palace Hotel. A3C79B14-A89C-47FD-86B8-1CDE5825057F Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:07:15 -0500 Trio of Six-Figure Sales (one Topping 500K) Headline This Week's Domain Sales Report Spring is still a couple of weeks away but impressive domain sales continue to blossom at a variety of venues. Three more six-figure sales were finalized this week including one that ranks as the year's 3rd biggest sale to date . Another is 2015's 2nd biggest cTLD sale. F77E283B-C321-4637-B4CE-3719E9828146 Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:39:13 -0500 Radix Adds .Online to Growing Portfolio of New gTLDs - .CO.COM Happy With Year One Results Radix Registry is celebrating the addition of .online to their portfolio of solely owned new gTLDs that already includes .website and .host among others. Meanwhile, the .CO.COM registry reports growing momentum after ending their 1st year with over 10,000 registrations. 21158D05-EAE3-4B12-994D-75614F2526F4 Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:01:40 -0500 Discount Tickets to THE Domain Conference Look Like a Great Deal After Our Visit to the Venue We just came back from South Florida where we thoroughly explored the Fort Lauderdale resort where the inaugural edition of THE Domain Conference will be held in September. It is a fabulous venue that makes the introductory $349 registration fee an absolute steal. 2FCDBC3D-ACBE-4C8A-BF95-B63D2E302295 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:41:52 -0500 South Florida Domain Pros Get a Preview of THE Domain Conference Coming to Fort Lauderdale Next Fall The South Florida Domain Pros held a meeting last night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We drove over to see industry friends and also get a closer look at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel where Howard, Barbara and Ray Neu will be staging the debut edition of THE Domain Conference in September. 88678144-32EF-4069-8FB3-2BACCCCD76BE Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:29:30 -0500 Sedo Rings Up One of the Year's Five Biggest Sales to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart Though the year is still young we've already seen a lot of impressive domain sales, the latest coming this week when Sedo booked two nice six-figure sales - one of which ranks among the five biggest sales reported so far this year. 0E9F26CC-A940-4D1E-9B1D-35EA3FAA6918 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:40:29 -0500 Sales Boom at DomainHoldings Apt to Continue With & Others Added to Inventory Domain Holdings released their full 2014 sales results (and 4Q-2014 results) Monday, reporting just under $31 million in sales last year. Their quarterly sales breakdown mirrored a trend of exploding high end .com sales that we watched unfold as the year progressed. 19AC03EA-E275-44E7-B30A-E402CEB596D4 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:56:33 -0500 NamesCon 2016 Tickets Just $199 Through Feb. 28 + Last Call for South Florida Domain Pros! Dates have been announced for the 2016 NamesCon conference and if you act now you can go for next to nothing! Plus, this week's South Florida Domain Pros meeting has turned into a mini-conference featuring well known industry players from around the U.S. and Canada. 0C7749B9-8411-4EDC-A3C6-956F0D13639E Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:18:31 -0500 Expands Offerings with New Premium Domain Brokerage Service is a popular platform for selling both developed websites and domain names. The company has also enjoyed success selling high end websites through their Deal Flow division. Now Flippa is applying the same principal to top tier domain assets with a new service. DF3A2636-D4D3-4102-A85C-044B7D37B7D4 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:41:01 -0500 Start Spreading the .News - Rightside Acquires One of the Most Attractive New gTLDs New gTLDs have been getting released at such a furious pace over the past year it's hard to keep up with them. Still, in the midst of all of the clutter one stands out in the crowd from time to time. It probably won't surprise you to know that some news about .news caught my eye today. 2EADCF02-A141-4845-85B5-FBE71721B0D4 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:49:35 -0500 Sedo Domain Takes a Shine to Top Spot on This Week's Sales Chart - Changing Hands for $95,000 After the flood of domain sales we had over the past two weeks the market was due for a little bit of a breather this week and we got it. While no six-figure sales were reported this time out Sedo did come extremely close. It was also a good week for the ccTLDs who had 8 chart entries. 5B7D3B0B-F6B2-4723-BC89-6990E71D4B42 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:40:42 -0500 Adam Strong Beefs Up NameBio, Elliot Silver Has a New Son & Rick Schwartz is Now Engaged! We've gotten a lot of good news from some long time friends (and fellow writers) over the past 24 hours - some business and some personal. Everything from an expanded business to a new baby and a future bride - what more could you ask for :-)! 064F57E9-7C23-4C28-BF3F-30AAE2A55E89 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:23:59 -0500 Goodbye T.R.A.F.F.I.C. - Hello THE Domain Conference! Neu Event Coming in Late September After a historic 10-year run the pioneering T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference is officially joining co-founder Rick Schwartz in retirement. Still, as they say, THE show much go on and a new conference (or perhaps we should say a Neu conference) has been created by some familiar faces. C17D846C-185C-484C-9203-F182D1456932 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:57:42 -0500 Globerunner Releases Updated .COM vs. New gTLD Marketing Test Results & the Winner Is... Last summer we told you about an interesting .COM Vs. New gTLD search engine marketing test conducted by who concluded they weren't convinced one was better than another. 8 months later they have re-run the tests and gotten some different results. 1FEA452E-6A9B-4AD1-B670-BA5D87D920D2 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:15:32 -0500 Flood of New Data From DomainNameSales Shows Domain Aftermarket is On Fire Welcome to the biggest weekly domain sales report in the 12-year history of! The domain aftermarket staged a major rebound in the second half of last year but It turns out the boom was even bigger than we realized. F8B58600-39DC-4EC6-A654-51BBEF6C5358 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:02:14 -0500 Hold the Date! South Florida Domain Pros Set to Meet Again February 26 in Fort Lauderdale South Florida Domain Pros are getting together again in two weeks with a meetup scheduled for Thursday, February 26 in Fort Lauderdale. SFDP is a regional professional trade association that was established last year in one of the world's hot test spots for domain business activity. 04BB1623-22E2-47F8-B6DE-C53BFA1E66EF Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:59:51 -0500 HA's Live Domain Auction Produced Nearly $1 Million in Sales Today - 3 Names Hit 6 Figures Heritage Auctions staged their latest premium domain auction today in front of a live audience at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The sale produced a total of $984,965 led by three names that crossed the six-figure barrier - one going over a half million dollars. 45688889-6C3A-4E50-AF13-0A324E6C8337 Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:25:29 -0500 With €400,000 Purchase of Amado Benitez Plans to Be a Big Player in the Travel Business You may not have heard of Barcelona, Spain based domain investor/developer Amado Martin Benitez before, but don't be surprised if you start seeing the 33-year-old entrepreneur's name everywhere in the near future. 4410CDFB-D547-4BBD-AD47-13E7F5BE04CF Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:49:54 -0500 Clock Winding Down on Radix's Premium New gTLD Domain Auction at A new gTLD premium domain auction at the Marketplace entered its final 14 days today. The Radix Registry contracted with Above to have them conduct the sale of 53 previously reserved domains in the .WEBSITE, .HOST and .PRESS TLDs. 7C40FF28-C68C-4403-A938-88F358120584 Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:50:52 -0500 Biggest Sale in 5 Years & Another That May Become Highest Ever + 5 More That Hit 6 Figures! It was an amazing week for domain sales. Our latest weekly domain sales report may well be the most remarkable one in the more than 10 years we have been doing them. E5AF89A2-9FE8-4015-82CC-CB3446703FCB Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:33:13 -0500 Donuts Reaches 1st Anniversary With Over 1.2 Million New gTLD Domains Sold Donuts, the largest operator of new gTLD registries with more than 150 extensions now live, is celebrating their 1st anniversary today. They marked the occasion by reflecting on what they have accomplished in their first year of operation. 989E5BE2-7535-4E88-B8F2-B1AAFFCDA24F Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:10:38 -0500 Biggest Domain Sale in 5 Years Rung Up By Rick Schwartz - Brings $8,888,888! "Domain King" Rick Schwartz has done it again! The pioneering domain investor and co-founder of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference has closed the sale of for just under $8.9 million. That is the biggest cash domain sale since in 2010 and the 4th highest we've ever reported. A47B471C-FB19-4A01-993D-63701F9184CC Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:43:25 -0500 State of the Industry: After a Big Leap Forward in 2014 Experts Think 2015 Will Be Even Better Here it is - our 11th annual State of the Industry Cover Story! We have once again called upon leading experts from across the domain industry to give us their perspective on the most important developments of the past year and their forecast for the year ahead. EADE0340-DDB3-435A-AEF8-83E2EFD14643 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:07:11 -0500 Big Sale of & Tidal Wave of ccTLDs Flood This Week's Domain Sales Chart The weekly domain sales report is out at While stole the show with an impressive sale in the NamesCon conference's live domain auction, the ccTLDs also made waves by piling up nine entries on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart, 00BFFD72-25F4-4E5D-887A-B9D7F9BD845F Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:50:42 -0500 NamesCon Extended Auction Heads Into Final Week With Bids on 2 Names Totaling Over $1 Million The RightOfTheDot Live Domain Auction staged at the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas Jan. 13 generated just under a million dollars in sales. Now the extended online auction is heading into its final week with a chance to add over $1 million more to the total. 731CB197-2FA3-4ACB-88C4-72A43DD0D2A6 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:35:35 -0500 Valideus Lures Jeff Neuman Away from Neustar to Help Launch New Company in America London based management consultancy Valideus decided to launch a sister company in the US and they have gotten off on the right foot by appointing veteran domain industry executive Jeff Neuman as the Senior Vice President for Valideus USA. Jeff started his new job today. C68F0CC0-2282-426C-99E1-DDEC1B794789 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:19:59 -0500 Latest Quarterly Verisign Report Shows Continued Growth in Worldwide Domain Registrations Verisign has issued their latest Domain Name Industry Brief covering3Q-2014. Always a treasure trove of interesting information, the latest brief reveals that 3Q-2014 closed with a base of 284 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains, up almost 7% year over year, 43642C3E-0005-4E2F-8116-58D6324636FB Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:26:40 -0500 Big Names Now Up for Bid in Next HA Live Domain Auction Coming Up Feb. 9 in New York City Pre-bidding  has now opened for the next live domain auction from Heritage Auctions. The mainstream auction giant will stage the sale on Feb. 9 at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. If you will be in the New York area you are welcome to attend the auction in person. 25974BFF-ED6A-48E9-9525-95FC973CE3FC Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:30:26 -0500 2-Letter Swedish ccTLD Domain Tops This Week's Sales Chart After Selling for Over 250K The competition between .coms and the new gTLDs has caused some to overlook the ccTLDs - a category, that like .com, is considerably stronger in aftermarket sales than non .com gTLDs are (the new gTLDs fall into the latter category). We got a big reminder of that this week! 1BDD8DF6-BAEE-47DC-AD77-7E035254517A Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:04:00 -0500 Adam Dicker to Deliver Keynote Speech at the 2015 Domaining Europe Conference in Spain At NamesCon last week in Las Vegas Adam Dicker's sessions often attracted a standing room only crowd. Those on the other side of the Atlantic will get a chance to see Adam in April when he will deliver the keynote address at the Domaining Europe conference in Valencia, Spain. 8F58AAB1-C0DC-4354-A358-E04D5DE4635C Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:44:35 -0500 NamesCon 2015 Sends Happy Attendees Home With Another Winning Hand We're back home after 8 days on the opposite side of the country. We headed west to cover the 2015 NamesCon conference in Las Vegas and today we have some final reflections on the big show including some previously unpublished photos. 1AEF2280-C70B-464A-AD51-B636C10CE1CC Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:46:35 -0500 Final Day Photos & Highlights From the 2015 NamesCon Conference in Las Vegas The 2015 NamesCon conference completed its four-day run Wednesday evening in Las Vegas. We have photos & highlights from the final day of the big event at the Tropicana Hotel that experienced tremendous growth in its second lap around the conference track. A92BD5DE-21BA-434E-BE16-9717E3AFD173 Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:13:11 -0500 NamesCon Day 3 Review: Live Domain Auctions Live Again & Lefkowitz Brings Vegas Buzz to the Club! Day 3 of the 2015 Namescon conference Tuesday saw breathing new life into live domain auctions and the very successful Las Vegas based entrepreneur Howard Lefkowitz unveiling two big plays in the new gTLD space centered around .buzz and .club. We have photos & highlights from the entire day. 0CE378EA-0B56-4F03-B9F7-B17D55AB8841 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:17:01 -0500 Day 2 Photos & Highlights from NamesCon 2015 Including Another Amazing Water Night The 2015 NamesCon conference continued full steam ahead with a busy 2nd day Monday (Jan. 12) in Las Vegas. After a jam-packed business day and a wow-inducing Women in Domaining the annual Water Night fundraising gala was held with over $138,000 raised for the Water School! Here's a visual trip through an unforgettable day and night in the desert. 99B9C837-DBE8-45BD-B92F-AF01984807F8 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:49:18 -0500 Opening Day Photos and Highlights from the 2nd Annual NamesCon Conference in Las Vegas Sunday The 2015 NamesCon conference got underway Sunday at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas with a day christened Domainfest at Namescon following the show's acquisition of the Domainfest conference from a few weeks ago. We have all of the photos and highlights for you. 645D3133-A906-4123-A532-FF27BEB6499D Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:57:46 -0500 NamesCon: Where New Friends Are Made and Old Friends Meet - Sometimes for the First Time! The 2015 NamesCon conference doesn't officially begin until later today but things were already hopping at the show venue (the Tropicana Hotel) and around Las Vegas last night as some of the more than 800 expected attendees began arriving from around the world. A045EC94-B440-48A7-8EBB-61C93E30C0BE Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:00:55 -0500 Final 2014 Domain Sales Numbers Show Impressive Increases Over Previous Year New DNJournal Newsletter: Another domain sales year is in the books and 2014 was one we will remember fondly. Total dollar volume and median domain sales prices were up almost across the board year over year for .coms, non .com gTLDs and ccTLDs. 1D483DD7-02A1-450C-97F3-96ED4227EC0B Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:01:17 -0500 Andee Hill Enlists Noted Domain Attorney Stevan Lieberman to Expand Services at While some of us came out of the holidays carrying a little more excess weight than we wanted, went in the opposite direction and has added muscle that is allowing them to start the new year with an expanded suite of domain escrow services. F3329653-2F77-4EA4-84A6-CDAEBDF18797 Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:48:59 -0500 Pair of Six-Figure Sales Give 2014 a Good Sendoff and Get 2015 Started on a High Note Due to the holiday break we have 3 weeks worth of sales data for you this week! A pair of six-figure sales provided the latest highlights with one getting the new year off to a great start and the other closing the books on a solid 2014. A79D8F2F-2363-4B9E-8B6E-565EA137B65D Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:02:06 -0500 Are You Ready to Rumble? ParkingCrew Issues $100 a Match Foosball Challenge at NamesCon While we love the speakers, sessions and exhibits at NamesCon, what could be more fun that watching our industry cohorts try to rip each other's face off in a little friendly competition! It's about to go down again when NamesCon returns to Las Vegas next week. 8FCDB977-C64C-4136-A487-65E294729377 Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:33:45 -0500 2015 Domain Sales Season Off to a Good Start: 3-Digit Numeric .Com Sells for $800,000! We have learned that Michael Berkens' company,, has completed an $800,000 sale of a 3-digit numeric .com domain to a Chinese buyer. Here are the details... 8E7E3152-3261-4199-B51A-2EB29AA2D840 Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:57:45 -0500 Welcome to Fabulous 2015! 2014 Was Good & We Believe the New Year Will Be Even Better Not sure where 2014 went but ready or not, here comes a New Year! A solid rebound in the domain aftermarket and the influx of new money being invested in new gTLDs made it a good year for many players and we believe 2015 will be even better. D629677E-B0C6-4490-97BD-DDF17F669186 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:56:20 -0500 With NamesCon #2 12 Days Away Here are 12 Previously Unpublished Photos from the Debut Show The 2nd annual NamesCon conference is just 12 days away. The event gets underway January 11 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. To give you an idea of what is in store here are 12 previously unpublished photos from the debut edition of NamesCon last January at the Tropicana. BDFD5F08-50B8-48B8-9225-772948FA3AF6 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:09:13 -0500 TrafficZ Exits Parking Business - Will Shut Down New Year's Eve One of the biggest names in the domain parking business over the past decade, TrafficZ, is closing down effective at 12:00 AM Wednesday, December 31. Parent company Thought Convergence broke the news in a letter sent to clients this morning. 4A397CF0-01D2-40D7-94B6-BD43058CB1B9 Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:39:10 -0500 Women in Domaining Will Meet at NamesCon With WaterSchool Support in Mind A Women in Domaining Cocktail Social will be held January 12 during the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas. With TWO private donors agreeing to match all donations made to the WaterSchool that night the ladies plan to pool their resource to TRIPLE their impact. 7EBAA0AA-33AC-41F7-BD42-77C1D111244C Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:59:16 -0500 Christmas Day: A Day that Reminds Us We are Here for More Than Ourselves The headline above paraphrases one of our favorite Christmas quotes (from the late newscaster Eric Sevareid). We wish each of you and your loved ones a sublime Christmas Day and pray that the Christmas spirit of joy, love and giving lives within you in every day to come! FA56C8CC-CE9B-4BFF-99BC-E1EE4012D54A Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:32:04 -0500 NamesCon & RightOfTheDot Issue Update on Live Domain Auction Coming Up January 13 The 2nd annual NamesCon conference coming up January 11-14 in Las Vegas will have something the debut show last January did not - a Premium Live Domain Auction that will be staged by NamesCon sent out an update on the auction today. 091F1DDF-521A-4D7D-A0A3-CC2E350454E2 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:45:29 -0500 He Loves .LA! Page Howe Sets Up Shop on Hollywood Boulevard in Bid to Boost .LA Domains Veteran domain investor Page Howe loves his hometown. The Los Angeles native is now combining his passion for both LA and domains by opening a new office in Los Angeles to promote the .LA TLD while his ILove.LA website spreads the word online. 421394CB-923F-425D-9687-5BE1EC46EF72 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:16:52 -0500 Huge Boost for GeoDomains: Tom Henderson & Fred Mercaldo Form City Brand Media Last summer Fred Mercaldo went looking for funds to expand his geodomain development platform at Fred wound up attracting more money than he was looking for and a new team of world class partners headed by San Francisco bay area business star Tom Henderson. 48A1FC75-4DB0-470A-B680-DA4BC451167D Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:22:19 -0500 Coffee.Club Goes From a Domain Name to a Business Delivering Product in Just 6 Weeks 6 weeks ago Bill McClure cut a deal with the .CLUB registry to buy the domain for $100,000. Bill promised to have a full blown coffee subscription business operating on the domain within a month and true to his word the site appeared and deliveries are arriving now. E28F8AC0-805F-40BD-AE09-DB28FDADC0F9 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:55:44 -0500 Another 3-Letter .Com Clears the 6-Figure Bar to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart The thirst for short .com domains remains unquenched - a point underscored again this week with another 3-letter .com heading our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after ringing the 6-figure bell. The top 3 sales on the elite list were all .coms with 4 letters or less. 9021D741-6DE5-479B-BDFC-A074C3DF78C1 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:57:57 -0500 Oversee Out of Conference Business - Sells Domainfest to NamesCon - New Shows in the Offing? After sold off the last of their high profile domain divisions,, earlier this year most have expected them to ditch the Domainfest conference as well. That has now happened with NamesCon acquiring the event. Are new shows ahead? 27C8C09A-D108-4794-A4EF-71FB9C481BE0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:39:31 -0500 Golf Tourney + Go Daddy + Parsons Foundation = $380,000 for Wounded Veterans! and Hanna's Restaurant stages an annual golf tournament in Southern California to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. This year's tournament raised $190,000 with Go Daddy & the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matching that! CD71506B-FBCA-47F2-B82D-4EE19137D3D9 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:03:47 -0500 EasyGroup Does It the Hard Way - Coughs Up Over $21,000 For a Domain 9 Years After UDRP Failed A common complaint about the UDRP process is that decisions by arbitrators can be wildly inconsistent. That resulted in an oddity we saw today involving the EasyGroup who won one "Easy" domain through UDRP but were forced to shell out five figures for another 9 years after a UDRP loss. 381C8EFD-8EB1-4AA7-B9F0-33F5DE52F421 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:27:15 -0500 The NamesCon 2015 Preview: Bigger & Better are Bywords for Round 2 in Las Vegas Next Month After a successful debut last January, the NamesCon conference will be returning to Las Vegas next month for an encore that promises to be even bigger. Organizers expect the attendance to jump by as much as 50% and floor space has been dramatically increased to accommodate the crowd. 626689AB-AF8E-4EF1-881D-DD85890F614C Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:27:57 -0500 Domaining Europe Set to Return to Valencia, Spain Next Spring Dates have been set for the 7th edition of the Domaining Europe conference in beautiful Valencia, Spain. Show founder Dietmar Stefitz will oversee the event set for April 23-25, 2015 at the Sorolla Palace Hotel. 507B48D9-1AC3-4B72-AA61-8BE1848F0761 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:36:49 -0500 7-Figure Sale Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart After Bank Spends Big to Get 3-Letter Domain The high end of the domain market continued a nice run this week with a 7-figure sale topping our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart (the 4th time in the past 5 weeks that a seven-figure sale has been reported). 4D0BD6B4-70F5-43AC-BA4C-AC18B8F64BA6 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:03:27 -0500 Photos & Highlights from Rightside's Big Day at NASDAQ Friday Friday was a memorable one for Rightside - the parent company of eNom,, NameJet & Rightside Registry. Rightside leaders hosted their 1st Investor & Analyst Day at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York where CEO Taryn Naidu capped the day by ringing the closing bell. CD151E70-4883-41DE-A1E0-29084D955DA8 Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:20:42 -0500 One Degree World Places Big Bet on New gTLDs - 1st Websites Launched Today Las Vegas based One Degree World launched the first of what they say will be hundreds of revolutionary new travel and entertainment partner websites today and all of them are being built on new gTLDs! ODW is a new company founded by former CEO Howard Lefkowitz. B7B2E321-E827-4F28-ADF3-10C631B3CF5C Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:10:47 -0500 New Dream Team? Kellie & Mike Move to Tampa to Help Make DNC's Wish Come True New Cover Story at Domain industry veterans Kellie Peterson and Mike Robertson have moved to Tampa, Florida to help DNC Holdings make their wish for explosive growth come true. We visited them in their new digs to get the inside story. 78DA7AB3-32E0-4663-AFC3-3ED472062DB3 Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:42:11 -0500 ...And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! A 7-Figure Domain Sale is Reported for the 3rd Week in a Row For the 3rd time in as many weeks a 7-figure domain sale has come to light with a Pennsylvania Bank selling their 3-letter domain to a foreign bank with the same initials. The U.S. bank thought the money was good enough to take the windfall and set up shop on a longer name. DD9ABCEE-7F73-40C8-A418-27B7926D3DCF Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:15:07 -0500 Domain Registrations Still Booming - Over 18 Million Added Over Past Year According to Verisign  Verisign released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief covering 2Q-2014 this week and it contained a lot of good news. 18.6 million domains across all extensions have been added in the past year - a 7.2% jump. ccTLDs outperformed the market with a double digit rise. 69A4BF80-077A-4A5E-B2EC-CFC76C503AD5 Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:09:04 -0500 Long Holiday Weekend Brings Aftermarket Lull Offset by Sale Over $5 Million in Escrow With the four-day Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. resulting in a very short work week, domain sales were light. Still, the holiday was brightened considerably by a report that a venture capital company had bought for over $5 million with the name now in escrow. B0C40588-BC32-4F99-ABD7-A0BA51EBAA44 Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:44:57 -0500 TLD Registry to Present Masterclass on Booming Chinese Domain Market at NamesCon With NamesCon 2015 less than six weeks away the show's agenda is rapidly falling into place. Today TLD Registry announced they will present the world's first Masterclass on the booming Chinese domain market in a lecture series that will run all four days of the Jan. 11-14 show in Las Vegas. D06FE849-529D-4C0A-9ED1-45347AF13E67 Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:45:10 -0500 TRAFFIC East 2014: A Pictorial Review from an Unforgettable 10th Anniversary Show The 10th anniversary edition of the TRAFFIC conference that concluded earlier this month on Miami Beach marked the end of a era. Our wall to wall pictorial review documents Rick Schwartz's final ride with TRAFFIC. We haven't published ANY of the photos in this review in DNJ before. 38EAF082-F925-42D1-905B-56A5AD927A99 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:44:54 -0500 One of Our Readers Will Get Free Coffee for Six Months as Celebrates Their Launch When Bill McClure acquired in a $100,000 deal four weeks ago he said he would launch a new coffee subscription service on the domain by December 1.True to his word has gone live and they are allowing us to give one of our readers almost 20 pounds of gourmet coffee! 1F152EE0-A1D1-4D9C-AE5A-73334E15DF04 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:38:58 -0500 The Year's Biggest Sale to Date Towers Over This Week's Domain Sales Chart At the end of last week news broke that Japan's Nissan Corporation had sold to GMO Internet, Inc. for a whopping $6,784,000. That was, by far, the biggest domain sale reported so far this year, and it towers over all others on our latest weekly domain sales chart. AF212168-AC5A-4D3E-BA2C-4645646CBF75 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:14:14 -0500 LogicBoxes Webinar to Unveil Automated System to Help ccTLD Registries Sell More Domains While new gTLDs are getting the lion's share of attention since they started going live earlier this year, LogicBoxes believes there is also a great growth opportunity for ccTLD registry operators thanks to a new automated system designed to help them sell more domains. Also today - a stolen domain alert. 63E57721-8322-424F-9D58-B08D334B9F2E Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:02:21 -0500 Z Whiz! Sells for Nearly $6.8 Million in Biggest Domain Sale Reported So Far This Year This is how you close out the year on a high note! With less than six weeks left to go in 2014, the year's biggest domain sale and one of the five highest cash sales reported since we started tracking and verifying domain sales 11 years ago was announced today. A2469C73-6DB0-401A-AAFE-EFB2539B9A90 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:39:21 -0500 A New gTLD Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart and 3 ccTLDs Hit the Top 10 They say variety is the spice of life. If that's true you will love this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Several non .com domains found themselves at the VIP table alongside the .coms. In fact the biggest sale of all was a new gTLD and 3 ccTLDs crashed the top 10. 88858D9C-2A40-4096-A2BC-25C13D5DE8E7 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:20:12 -0500 Legal Brand Marketing Lands Best Law-Related Domains in Win-Win Deal with Registry It is widely believed that the success of new registry operators rests on end user adoption and development in their namespace. That's why operators of the registry are happy about a deal they just announced with Legal Brand Marketing for 14 top law-related domains 61567926-2657-46C2-9A9B-593A33F9F457 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:49:47 -0500 Time to Break the Ice - NamesCon Invites Trademark Association President to Give Keynote Speech NamesCon 2015 will have J. Scott Evans, President Elect of the International Trademark Association (INTA), as a keynote speaker at the upcoming January conference in Las Vegas. The move aims to improve relationships between IP interests and domain entrepreneurs. EBE4FD01-9145-437D-B95F-D86A3ED9EBDC Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:25:56 -0500 Marketing Matters: TLD Registry Honored for Promoting New TLDs & Chinese Extensions A common criticism of new gTLD registry operators is that they don't do enough to market their offerings. No one has said that about TLD Registry though. Their "full court press" in the publicity arena has earned them a Best Marketing by a New gTLD award. 4612DCCF-5B39-41A9-9362-324C57DD8F99 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:10:45 -0500 NamesCon Tickets for Just $399? Yes! IF You Register Before Midnight Tonight From what we are hearing it sounds like just about everybody is going to be at the 2nd annual NamesCon conference coming up January 11-14 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.You can be there too for a remarkably low price - just $399 - IF you register before midnight tonight. 8A6C7881-7947-429F-838B-ED26245B8471 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:29:03 -0500 Archeo Domains Rings Up $1.6 Million in 3Q Sales - Says When it Comes to Domains Size Matters Archeo Domains reported today that they closed $1.6 million worth of domain sales in the recently concluded 3rd quarter of 2014. Archeo also provided some insight into how domain length affects sales. Shorter, as you would expect, was better, but not as much as you might think. E543441B-F88F-4C97-A86B-93D3CA88F68E Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:35:06 -0500 The 9th Seven-Figure Sale Reported So Far This Year Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at with the year's 9th reported seven-figure sale leading the charge. Those nine million-dollar or more sales ties the record for a single year set in 2007 and we still have a month and a half to go in 2014. 5D1D9234-1A0C-47BA-9B8E-1A929D23E57E Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:12:48 -0500 Sold for Nearly $1.3 Million in One of the Year's Biggest Sales Thanks to George Kirikos we are able to report that the domain has been sold to Power Integrations, Inc. for $1,261,000 in one of the six biggest sales reported so far this year. EFACB7F4-C7FC-4AB4-8777-94A48CA91C60 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:14:11 -0500 With New Bridges to Help You Cross the Language Barrier the Booming Chinese Domain Market is Beckoning  Chinese buyers have been in the middle of many of 2014's biggest domain sales.As a result domain owners in the U.S. and other countries are becoming more interested in tapping into the booming Chinese market. The good news is it is getting easier to get over the language barrier. 9CCF7134-888E-4593-AE6C-A64CDF9AF523 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:24:08 -0500 Buyers Love 3-Letter .Coms - Tops This Week's Sales Chart With 7 More on Leader Board Domain buyers have long had a love affair with 3-letter .coms. That was shown again this week when topped our latest Sales Chart and seven more 3-letter .coms took places on the leader board. 1E5EF260-4822-4512-B89F-D09E87C2E127 Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:51:44 -0500 Why Bill McClure Agreed to Pay $100,000 for Coffee.Club In the middle of the closing night party at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East Saturday night, Bill McClure and .CLUB officials climbed on stage to tell the crowd they had cut a deal for McClure (a coffee industry end user) to buy Coffee.Club for $100,000 spread over 10 years. McClure told us why he thinks he got a good deal. DC5DF17F-83F9-4B90-A1A0-5792752A0E00 Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:37:51 -0500 Endurance International Group Reveals Purchase of from NameMedia  One of the best-known companies in the domain space,, has been sold by NameMedia to the Endurance International Group. The previously undisclosed sale was revealed when Endurance reported their 3Q-2014 financial results this morning. DCA2E3A2-8125-4656-BB1A-172A22322891 Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:51:04 -0500 Photos & Highlights from the Final Business Day & Farewell Breakfast at TRAFFIC East 2014 The 2014 TRAFFIC East conference concluded over the weekend at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. Saturday was the final day of business, one that included the annual TRAFFIC Awards ceremony & evening Dessert Party . Sunday's Farewell Breakfast was the grand finale. 6F1A1390-A8F7-4781-BC57-F483E6016782 Mon, 3 Nov 2014 16:57:12 -0500 Photos and Highlights from Day 2 of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2014 Friday in Miami Beach, Florida After opening Thursday evening with their traditional Welcome Party at the Fountainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach, the 10th anniversary T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference got down to business Friday. We have all of the photos & highlights including Friday night's Halloween Masquerade Ball. CAB8E8A2-8026-4415-B45E-D40CF611A83F Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:56:22 -0400 Photos & Highlights from Opening Night at the 2014 TRAFFIC East Conference in Miami Beach The 10th anniversary edition of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference got underway tonight with a scintillating opening night outdoor welcoming party at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. We have photos & highlights from the entire day in South Florida for you. F16D9BD9-CCD0-401D-82B6-92DF673CA366 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:39:19 -0400 Photos & Highlights from the First Day of Pre-Show Networking at TRAFFIC East on Miami Beach On a picture perfect day on Florida's Miami Beach the 10th anniversary edition of the pioneering T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference unofficially opened today when early birds enjoyed the first of two days of pre-show cabana networking at the fabulous Fontainebleau Hotel. EB14C410-17A5-4ACD-BE2A-7BB4D0013796 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:57:53 -0400 TRAFFIC Gets Underway Wednesday - Organizers Promise a 10th Anniversary Bash You Won't Forget We're about to head out for Miami Beach and this week's 10th anniversary edition of TRAFFIC that gets underway with pre-show cabana networking at the Fontainebleau Hotel Wednesday. This evening co-founder Howard Neu told me more about what to expect. C52A5BBF-CCFD-4998-8504-AD8AE28287C4 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:16:08 -0400 Median Domain Sales Prices in Latest Quarter Again Leave 2013 Numbers in the Dust In our last two newsletters we detailed a powerful aftermarket sales advance in the first two quarters of this year. In a final installment of the series, we break down the recently concluded 3rd quarter when median sales prices increased yet again. Total $ Volume Year to Date is also up big. 6B27A465-7484-4952-8C00-C21AA63DB4B6 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:49:04 -0400 Domain Sales Continued Double Digit Year Over Year Gains in 2Q-2014 As I told you in the previous DNJournal Newsletter, domain sales kicked off 2014 with some astounding year over year gains in 1Q-2014. That powerful post recession rebound continued in 2Q-2014 as well. Here are the details. 4C52F962-8150-4156-B2E3-D03213A7FC65 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:17:25 -0400 Dramatic Comeback for Domain Sales Reached a Crescendo With Huge Gains in 1Q-2014 After a long, debilitating recession sales in the domain aftermarket finally started a comeback in 2013. The rally continued with some astounding gains in the first quarter of 2014 and after quarters 2 and 3, sales are still running far ahead of where they were at the same point last year. 3ADC8D27-30B7-4038-9EFB-66A812A6661A Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:11:47 -0400 and GoDaddy Team Up to Launch Premium .CA Sales Platform at Inc. (who owns what many consider the best portfolio of premier .CA Canadian ccTLD domains) has teamed up with to launch a new website dedicated to selling high-quality .CA domain names at 536AE21D-19EF-467E-B0F7-C874EAB1F608 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:09:34 -0400 TRAFFIC's 10th Anniversary Conference Opens With Cabana Networking One Week from Today TRAFFIC East opens one week from today when Cabana Networking will get underway at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The popular poolside networking days began at the 2010 TRAFFIC East conference and proved to be an immediate hit. E1E48A38-7F9E-419E-AF37-CED0DA7D704D Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:28:21 -0400 Domain Sales Have Rebounded Strongly This Year But Past Week was Weak In compiling 2014 domain sales data for a report I will give at next week's TRAFFIC. conference, I found that total domain sales $ volume for the first three quarters of 2014 was up almost 20% from the same period last year. Still, this past week was a weak one with no reported sales topping $40,000. CD59EE3E-FA99-4B29-B9EA-8DA2433DA90D Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:34:05 -0400 AusRegistry Issues the 1st in a Series of Quarterly Reports Analyzing Performance of the .AU ccTLD AusRegistry, the Melbourne based organization that provides the technology that powers Australia's popular .AU ccTLD (in all of its flavors,,, etc.) has just issued the first of what will be a quarterly series of reports providing the latest information on how the extension is performing. 20DA1038-C34A-45F8-95F1-4B09F164E85D Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:18:26 -0400 With Final Countdown to TRAFFIC East Underway Verisign Named Premier Sponsor We have barely a week left before heading out for the 10th anniversary edition of TRAFFIC. at Miami Beach. Over the weekend the show announced that industry giant Verisign will be the Premier Sponsor for the landmark event. Also today, why did BlueHost turn to A6D83E6C-49CC-4F6F-A9F4-66B4E28A7844 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:07:33 -0400 NamesCon Adds New Element to January 2015 Show - A Live Domain Auction Run By RightOfTheDot The expanding NamesCon conference in Las Vegas will have more than additional floor space and a bigger crowd when the show returns to the Tropicana Hotel for its second run in January. Show organizers announced they are adding a live domain auction that will be conducted by RightOfTheDot, LLC 4AC07349-92EF-472E-9229-C40ADC3CA5C8 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:37:06 -0400 A Dozen .Coms Lead This Week's Sales Parade but ccTLDs & Non .Com gTLDs also Dot Top 20 For the first time since the end of August no six-figure sales were reported this week. That left the door open for a $64,000 sale at Sedo to claim the top spot on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. It was one of 12 .coms on a leader board that also includes 5 ccTLDs. 58399DA4-1B23-4E1F-A680-223B2F301F33 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:14:23 -0400 Uniregistry Adds Another All-Star: Natalie Lambert Signs Up as Director of Business Development Just last week we told you about Frank Schilling's Uniregistry adding two long time industry standouts to the company's management team. Now we have learned that another all-star, Natalie Lambert, has also signed on with the former CCIN VP becoming Director of Business Development. E5D45DA7-CC4E-48D3-A512-2C789BE354A9 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:49:01 -0400 Six-Figure Mark Breached Again This Week With Sedo Doing the Honors This Time Out 68 sales of six figures (or more) have been reported so far this year with the latest of those coming this week when Sedo hit the mark (on the button) with a $100,000 sale that tops our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. 6A5F759B-253B-414D-A40A-45ED2EA1E89F Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:56:18 -0400 The 10 Most Memorable Moments in TRAFFIC History & 10 Reasons to Go to the 10th Anniversary Show Hard as it is to believe that a decade has already passed, TRAFFIC Co-Founders Rick Schwartz & Howard Neu will be bringing their baby back home to South Florida for a big 10th anniversary extravaganza at the end of this month. We asked them to share their top 10 TRAFFIC memories with us. A22D677D-87FE-4587-9C85-F5E75F204A70 Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:10:55 -0400 U2! Frank Schilling's Uniregistry Adds Two Rock Stars to the Company's Management Team With Frank Schilling as its founder already had the industry equivalent of Elvis at the helm. Still, the registrar/new TLD registry operator has gotten even stronger with two more domain world rock stars added to the management team over the past 24 hours. 922E5385-C9F2-402C-B08C-66965ECA826F Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:31:50 -0400 Too Cute! Heritage Auctions Sells for Over 200K to Top This Week's Sales Chart I was away on vacation last week so I have a double dose of domain sales data for you this week. The biggest development was Heritage Auctions closing several big sales from their last domain auction - sales that filled five of the first 8 positions on our latest Top 20 Chart. A7984234-DA43-447E-AF49-530C50F2135C Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:28:21 -0400 Halloween Masquerade Ball & Rick Schwartz Roast  to Highlight TRAFFIC's 10th Anniversary Just one month from today the 10th Anniversary edition of the pioneering TRAFFIC conference will get underway at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The show, which will run through Halloween weekend, will have TWO special events on the big holiday October 31. F3C95BAC-E56D-49E8-9511-E9D6AB090AA7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:25:44 -0400 How a Double Dose of Good News Made a Memorable Beach Vacation Even Better Last week my wife Diana and I were spending a week on vacation at one of our favorite places, Florida's Siesta Key, when we got a call about a big acquisition as well as word that one of our favorite people in the industry was moving to a new job in our hometown. 5F1B0B7D-0E66-41FA-B14D-E981F6BF9296 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:08:41 -0400 Backing from City of Las Vegas Helped .VEGAS Draw Plenty of Attention to Their Launch Befitting its status as the new gTLD representing the Entertainment Capital of the World, .VEGAS had a very splashy General Availability debut Monday in Las Vegas. The new extension is also benefiting from its partnership with the City of Las Vegas who gets 10% from each .VEGAS registration. 26C272AC-2F15-4143-82AC-6B2A5ED8973A Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:28:56 -0400 Expands Domain Brokerage Services With Acquisition of Domain brokerage and consulting firm has acquired online domain sales platform from Thought Convergence, Inc. The Igloo announcement said visitors to their newly owned marketplace will have access to millions of names appealing to every type of buyer. 9DE07586-F155-42AB-AFD4-95580C2BB51F Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 Rob Grant Closes Six-Figure Sale of to Top This Week's Sales Chart Rob Grant has the world's best portfolio of geo-targeted .com real estate domains. Rob collected the latest dividend from his vast collection today when he closed a 6-figure sale of that tops this week's DNJournal Top 20 Sales Chart, E13221D1-77FC-4C11-ADF3-E76AABC63C49 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:26:00 -0400 8 More New gTLDs Arrive Today as New Study Pits New gTLDs Against .Coms in SEM Test 8 more new gTLDs entered General Availability today, joining 8 others that arrived Monday and hundreds more before that. With the flood gates opening wider a new study pits new gTLDs against .coms to see which fare better in a search engine marketing test. The results may surprise you. EC371AD3-32BD-4087-B56D-5360D7E8FC7E Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:43:05 -0400 Afilias Puts the DotGreen Community Back on the Field with Kathy Nielsen Also Joining the Team Afilias, who last February won the rights to operate one of the best new gTLDs, .green, has made some major moves to bolster the prized TLD's prospects. Management has been turned over to the widely respected DotGreen Community with Kathy Nielsen added to the Executive Team. 7DB756B6-032B-48A5-97E9-4E2030D339D6 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:21:04 -0400 Tattoo U: Learning a Thing or Two from a Local Tattoo Convention (There are Still Riches in Niches) I learn about a lot of niche opportunities that I didn't know existed by reading the local newspaper every morning. Such was the case when I read a piece today about a big event held at our city's convention center over the weekend - The Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention. 6B684CB9-D3A7-45F7-A13B-80EE45812198 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:02:59 -0400 Give Us This Day Our Daily Domain!  Young Entrepreneur Jacob Fedosky Aims to Do It With New Site The last time we caught up with fast moving young entrepreneur Jacob Fedosky he was off to college at Texas Tech where he also continued the domain related endeavors he began while still in his teens. Now 21, Jacob launched his latest project today at 2F1C699C-DF69-43E5-B30D-C0D44A7225AF Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:22:51 -0400 Photos and Highlights from the 1st DomainX Conference in Hyderabad, India With the conclusion of the first DomainX conference last Sunday (Sept. 7, 2014) at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Hyderabad, India, Indian domain investors have dramatically elevated their profile on the world stage. CF84CA0E-0804-464C-870C-302E3E87A11A Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:23:24 -0400 In Memoriam: Tina Smith - She Left a Light On For Us That Will Never Go Out  This is a sad day for those of us the domain industry who have had the pleasure of knowing or just crossing paths with the effervescent and beautiful Tina Smith. We got word from Tina's husband Tim last night that his wife, best friend and partner had lost her battle with breast cancer. 355788EE-02B4-4458-9DF6-6CFE5302AAA7 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:08:58 -0400 Big Sale of Tops This Week's Sales Chart - .DE Domains & 3-Letter .Coms also Soar When Heritage Auctions ran their latest premium domain auction in July, the biggest bid went to Today that big six-figure sale became official when the transfer of the domain was completed. It leads this week's Top 20 Sales Chart followed by two German .de domains. 30E8BB19-8DC3-4D1A-ADBD-E573F9A91BF9 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:13:57 -0400 Industry Companies Plan to Give Domains a Major Push at Huge Online Marketing Expo This Week Europe's largest online marketing fair and conference - DMEXCO - will have a very strong domain industry flavor when it opens Wednesday in Cologne, Germany. Over 30,000 attendees from approximately 100 countries are expected to visit the 800 exhibitors at the two-day event. B517C4E3-1E5E-49C1-8FE8-73808FBF6693 Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:39:26 -0400 1st DomainX Conference Ends in India, Dolly Parton Goes .Country, Kellie Peterson Becomes President! Today in the Lowdown at the first DomainX conference for domain investors was held Sunday in Hyderabad, India. Elsewhere, the .country new gTLD lands a perfect partner in Dolly Parton and industry veteran Kellie Peterson assumes the presidency at DNC Holdings Inc. 3B1BB4FD-8902-4A42-BAA7-ADB61682F753 Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:59:06 -0400 2nd Half of Indian Domain Conference Doubleheader Coming up Sunday When DomainX Debuts India's first pair of conferences devoted solely to domain investing will be completed Sunday when the DomainX Conference makes its debut in Hyderabad. An impressive international cast of speakers will include Michael Castello, Adam Dicker and Deepak Daftari. 6AF9A847-62F5-43F7-ACAB-442BDEF9C6C2 Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:25:20 -0400 Garry Chernoff's Latest Home Run & a Big .CA Sale Take Top Spots on This Week's Sales Chart If big domain sales were home runs legendary domain investor Garry Chernoff might well be our version of Babe Ruth. The low key Canadian hit another one out of the park this past week - a 6-figure sales that tops our latest weekly chart. The year's biggest .CA sale, also six figures, is #2. 65BEEEE7-FE50-40B0-B4D9-AE857FEE1DF5 Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:45:25 -0400 How Jothan Frakes Has Broken Down Barriers and Brought People Together He's is the domain world's leading diplomat. In a new DN Journal Cover Story we detail how one-time wallflower Jothan Frakes developed the people skills that allow him to cross boundaries often closed to others and mend fences wherever he finds friction. EB596756-6985-4C74-8DE8-E5DADFD464C6 Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:44:52 -0400 Veteran Domain Broker Kevin Kopas Joins Radix Registry as Channel Manager for the Americas Even if you don't know Kevin Kopas by name, you have probably seen some of the results he produced during his time as a domain broker. At Moniker Kevin helped sell for $2.4 million in the second largest sale reported in 2013. Now he is taking on a new challenge at Radix. E86A86B3-A4C5-4FFD-AEFE-CC284045147D Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:51:06 -0400 Photos and Highlights from the 1st World Domain Day Conference in Hyderabad, India  A new international domain conference, World Domain Day, debuted Sunday, August 24 at the Avasa Hotel in Hyderabad, India. Show organizers reported more than 300 attendees turned out for the inaugural event with multiple countries represented. We have photos & highlights. FBF4FDF7-926A-43DA-8F69-961A3B56E7C1 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:54:44 -0400 .CLUB 1st to Hit 100K - Hitfarm Says Farewell - Big Sale for .CA - Adam Strong Appreciated We have several interesting items to close the week with. Everything from .CLUB reaching a new gTLD landmark, to a well-known parking company closing down to news of a BIG two-word Canadian .ca sale to a new profile of veteran domain investor Adam Strong. 733AD7B6-EA64-4821-8540-933DB0628136 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:21:15 -0400 Despite Competition from New gTLDs .ORG Continues to Grow with Registrations Passing the 10.4 Million Mark   When the new gTLDs began arriving in the first half of this year a lot of people predicted that the new competition would hurt the original non .com gTLDs, .net and .org more than .com. So, it was interesting to see that PIR reported continued .org growth in the first half of this year. 071AE6AF-0867-45DF-A056-EFC760D74A5D Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:06:23 -0400 New Data from DomainNameSales Helps Flood DNJ's Weekly Top 20 With Big Sales What a difference a week makes. Last week we were talking about the aftermarket taking a nap - this week it's PARTY TIME! We confirmed the year's 8th seven-figure sale - a blockbuster that is joined by a half-dozen six-figure sales on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. 4E44FCB0-2B86-4445-BCB0-A00A7AB8B3AB Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:49:56 -0400 Finalists Announced for 2014 TRAFFIC Awards - 64 Nominees Chosen Across 11 Categories The 2014 TRAFFIC Awards will be handed out at the conference's 10th anniversary show that starts Oct. 30 at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. Today final nominees were announced in 11 categories with 64 different people or businesses advancing to the final vote. F81E92CB-B470-404C-B5EB-D5AE7E08B28E Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:45:41 -0400 Radix Retools Landrush Process for Their New gTLDs With New No Risk Low Price Model  With hundreds of new gTLDs hitting the market this year, some registry operators are re-thinking the roll-out process in an effort to set themselves apart in a huge field of competitors. Radix registry opened a Landrush for three of their new gTLDs today that offers a different twist. 448C1337-AC2A-42D5-ACA3-10530A07B6DB Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:31:37 -0400 Rival Promoters Square Off in India With 2 Domain Conferences Scheduled 2 Weeks Apart Two rival domain conference promoters will be going head to head in Hyderabad, India over the next two weeks with each putting on an event in the same city with just 14 days separating them. Is that too close for comfort? We're about to find out - the first one is coming up Sunday. 205110CC-E721-4231-95FD-1142997AAA2F Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:36:34 -0400 DomainNameSales Had a Banner 2Q That Included Two 7-Figure Sales and Seven in 6 Figures had a blowout 2nd quarter that included one sale over $2 million and another above $1 million. Unfortunately, those names were subject to NDAs but the company was able to share seven other sales that broke the six-figure barrier and dozens in five figures. 152B4334-15F5-4908-B7D1-8B8F6527790C Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:17:33 -0400 The Aftermarket Took a Breather This Week But News About an Uncharted Blockbuster Bubbled Up OK, who accidentally hit the snooze button? Someone must have because the past week was the slowest we've seen in the aftermarket so far this year. Among the sales that qualified for our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart, only eight managed to reach even five figures. C17BED29-4014-4150-AE43-F7CC96CC0835 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:46:36 -0400 10 For 10! The 10th Annual TRAFFIC Awards Will Honor 10 Winners - Nominations Now Open The 10th anniversary edition of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain conference will be held at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami's South Beach October 30 - November 2, 2014 and for the 10th straight year the annual T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards recognizing industry excellence will be handed out. 2916E4C9-4810-4793-9D28-F74A728ECCE0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:44:57 -0400 Susan Lawrence Proves Baseball Isn't the Only Business That Has All-Star Free Agents! With baseball season winding down several big name free agents will be hitting the market this fall. However, if you run a domain company that could use a new power hitter, one is available now! 29C614A4-AF5B-413F-9024-4BA81F57A607 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:49:21 -0400 Making News: Adam's Dicker's Domain College, Michael Gilmour's Webinar & the TRAFFIC Awards Several upcoming events to tell you about today - including a new class at Adam Dicker's "Domain College", a special webinar hosted by Michael Gilmour and some new rules for the annual T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards voting that begins with nominations next week. EA856454-09B1-4C08-A88A-37AC8577EEF2 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:45:46 -0400 Chat Domains Chalk Up Big Bucks With a Pair of ccTLDs Delivering Over $220,000 at Sedo "Chat" has always been a popular keyword in domain names. Just how popular was underscored this week when Sedo made two huge ccTLD sales to take the top two spots on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. One of those hit the YTD Country Code Top Ten. 385F4C14-3E8B-4299-B4AE-0A0A3BF81242 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:34:08 -0400 ArcheoDomains Launches Revamped Blog & Issues Q2 Newsletter With a GeoDomain Focus ArcheoDomains announced the launch of a revamped blog today with a new focus on helping new businesses navigate how to build their brands online. The company also issued their Q2-2014 newsletter today - a publication that also offered a new focus with this issue. FF8EAC44-06F2-41B9-A92A-6822D2FE58DA Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:12:59 -0400 Verisign Reports More than 19 Million Domains Added to the Internet Over the Past Year Verisign released their Q1-2014 Domain Name Industry Brief today, a report that said the total number of registered domain names worldwide (across all extensions) has jumped to 276 million. That is a 7.5% increase in the past year with over 19 million names added to the web. A4E2E95C-8731-4183-A7A1-388C15413EFD Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:07:41 -0400 DomainQueen Update: We've Joined Dozens of Others in Taking the Unorthodox Interview Plunge We accepted Charlotte Gilbert's invitation to do her unorthodox 15-question interview at and the results have been published (there are no questions about domains which should tell you this is not your usual industry interview). Dozens of others have done it too - now it's your turn! 538E89AB-BB67-470D-BB3A-99813FBA26E4 Fri, 8 Aug 2014 18:09:24 -0400 The Year's 7th Reported 7-Figure Sale Tops This Week's DN Journal Top 20 Sales Chart The chase for the top spot on this week's DN Journal Sales Chart wound up being a one-horse race with a 3-letter .com winning by about 16 lengths.That 7-figure sale was the 7th largest sale reported so far this year - and was one of seven 3-letter .coms on the weekly leader board. 0314F208-DD0E-44B4-BE9F-23D9745CCC32 Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:43:52 -0400 With New Blog Industry Veteran Charlotte Gilbert Offers a Different Take on the Domain Business Yep, there are already plenty of domain blogs but you can bet will be different, because Charlotte Gilbert is different (in the best possible way). You can expect her writing to reflect more on her primary love - the people in our industry - than the mechanics of the business. 72309B27-7AFD-443A-9A08-75859AF3D435 Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:57:05 -0400 Rightside Completes 1st Day as a New Public Company + DomainGuardians Books Million $ Sale After beginning life as a division of Demand Media, domain conglomerate Rightside Group completed its first day as an independent public company today. Meanwhile, another company, DomainGuardians, was also in a celebratory mood after booking a million dollar sale. 32E910A8-EFB4-4F41-9B59-A6C572AE5872 Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:51:44 -0400 More Good Sales News: Sedo Reports Double Digit Rise in Average Prices in 1st Half of 2014 Just two days after DomainHoldings reported a huge increase in their 2Q-2014 domain sales, Sedo is out with a report today revealing a 17% increase in their mean average sales price during the first six months of this year vs. the same time frame a year ago. 34CD9B3C-285D-43FC-829B-B06AE174F88B Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:52:47 -0400 Chinese Buyers Continue to Spend Big on Domains - Their Latest Chart Topper Hits Nearly 200K Chinese buyers have taken over the upper reaches of the 2014 domain sales charts, accounting for more than half of the year's top ten sales.Their latest salvo came this week when a 3-letter .com sold for CNY 1.2 million (almost $200,000) to land among the year's 30 biggest sales to date. B545E982-9263-46BF-8F2A-DC99EDE498CE Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:03:57 -0400 Domain Sales Heat Up - Domain Holdings Reports 2Q-2014 Sales 3X Higher Than Previous Quarter After a long recession, we've been seeing reported domain sales rebound nicely in 2014 and further evidence came today when Domain Holdings reported their 2Q-2014 domain sales nearly tripled from the previous quarter. ED76A2DA-3164-46A3-9F43-C8A6E35D60C4 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:20:52 -0400 What's a Better Domain for a Blueberry Farm - or When I picked up a couple of fresh pints of blueberries at my grocery this week I couldn't help noticing the domain name on the label. Instead of the company's name it was an odd URL - There is a story behind that name and how it relates to new gTLDs. B832A5C3-824F-4C57-BD93-C0334756A6E9 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:46 -0400 Four 6-Figure Transactions Totaling Over $1.1 Million Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart Someone mist have missed the "summer doldrums" memo! Four high end sales lit up the domain aftermarket this week with three of those not only topping our latest weekly all-extension Top 20 Sales Chart, but also crashing the top 20 sales for the entire Year to Date. FA2886A4-0974-4716-8FCF-71FDEC051D1B Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:14:19 -0400 Webfair Virtual - The 1st Online Only Domain Conference Ready to Open Its Doors Thursday Morning In February we told you about plans Michael Marcovici of had to stage the first virtual domain conference online this summer. Well, that event, called Webfair Virtual, finally arrives tomorrow (Thursday, July 24) with the virtual doors opening at 6am U.S. Eastern Time. 6C115D0A-881D-4B00-A948-726868EC831C Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:54:35 -0400 3rd Heritage Auctions Domain Names & Intellectual Property Auction Will Be Held Thursday As word of mainstream auction house Heritage Auctions's commitment to domain names has spread, the firm has been able to offer increasingly impressive sales catalogs. HA has assembled an exceptionally large group of high end domains for their 3rd event coming up Thursday. E87D4801-4DFE-4C37-9C95-DBA586A1A8D7 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:29:03 -0400 Sedo Plans Major Promotion of New gTLDs at Europe's Biggest Digital Marketing Conference Some new gTLDs have been criticized for a lack of promotion. Industry giant Sedo plans to turn up the volume for the new G's by organizing a major domain presence at Europe's biggest digital marketing conference, a September event that expects to welcome approximately 30,000 attendees. 374A01C5-52A3-4764-AF9F-F07D6D31E47A Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:46:58 -0400 Love of Domains Explained: Mystery Revealed By "Smokey & The Bandit" Movie Fanatics! How many times have you tried to explain to friends & family exactly what it is you do and why you love, of all things, domains? I'm sure anyone who has tried is familiar with that blank look you get back from the other person who is too polite to respond, "What planet did you say you were from again?" 85EC9B93-4727-4552-AF95-E43C02F0BAED Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:15:23 -0400 6-Figure Chinese .Com Sale and a Powerful ccTLD Performance Light Up This Week's Sales Chart The latest domain sales report is out at The past two weeks were highlighted by a big Chinese entree with a lot of ccTLD seasoning! Our latest chart topper was a 6-figure Chinese .com sale and 8 ccTLDs also made the all extension Top 20 Chart. BA467D2E-186B-4415-82B7-27EF5A1E0FEC Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:44:23 -0400 NamesCon Proves Me Wrong - Rooms for the January 2015 Show in Las Vegas Will Be $79 Again When NamesCon announced the dates for their 2015 show in Las Vegas I wrote "I will be surprised if their room rates are that low ($79) again. Prior to the 2014 show, the Tropicana had just finished a major remodeling and were cutting some great deals." OK, I'm (very pleasantly) surprised! 6DC4678F-0100-4C5E-9E28-F6B04CE8E2B0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:50:22 -0400 Chart Topping Seven-Figure Sale at Sedo Closes First Half of 2014 on a High Note We've got some catching up to do! As regular readers know I've been away the past two weeks so our new double length domain sales report and another one coming up Wednesday will bring you completely up to date on all sales reported to us since I left for an anniversary/vacation. 88465E8E-24E1-40D1-92E4-CED7AB95D376 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:00:25 -0400 A New Option for Buying and Selling High End Domain Names Has Just Launched at The options you have for buying and selling high end domains just increased by one as well-known IP auction house Hilco Streambank has launched a new platform devoted entirely to domain sales at FB36CC80-A431-44B4-AD97-D0620CDB4290 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:44:30 -0400 Domainers Bestow Awards on 16 Industry Leaders, .CO.COM Enters GA &HA Announces Next Auction I had a very nice break the past 2 weeks, but I'm sorry I had to miss the 2014 Domainer's Choice Awards dinner that was held June 28th in Dana Point, California. Here's a hat tip to the winners plus news from a new entry in an old gTLD and Heritage Auctions's plans to sell A28D6344-4991-4E2C-9BBF-19B2F844EE3B Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:53:04 -0400 We are Back in the Real World Ready for Whatever the Second Half of 2014 Has in Store I'm back from a two-week break that my wife Diana and I spent celebrating our 30th anniversary in Europe. It's the longest time I've spent away from the publication since starting DN Journal over 11 years ago and being disconnected from all of you for so long certainly felt strange! 195CB2F2-33E2-4B9F-8940-EA67E0542391 Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:59:26 -0400 I'm Taking a Break But I Have a Good Excuse! The DNJournal office will be closed until July 8. This will be the longest break I've taken since launching the publication over 11 years ago - but I have the best possible reason for taking that time off now. B5140533-C665-4621-81D8-4EB7BB149CEE Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:27:27 -0400 ParkingCrew Parent Team Internet Sells Majority Interest in Company to Matomy Media Group A global digital-performance-based marketing company, Matomy Media Group, has acquired a majority ownership position in direct navigation search company Team Internet AG, the parent company of popular domain monetization providers F2C45B84-791A-49A0-8234-D647EBE2FE2A Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:35:20 -0400 Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 In a final look back at TRAFFIC West 2014 in Las Vegas we tell you about a surprising prediction about Google's fate from the keynore speaker, as well as one of the brightest highlights for us - meeting an unusually large number of extraordinarily interesting people for the first time. 385B3293-159F-45C3-B87C-EFAC5F6F6B77 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:24:06 -0400 India to Get Its 1st Major Domain Conference - Plans Announced for September Event in Hyderabad Though India-based domain companies & investors play a key role in this business the country has never hosted a major domain investors conference. That is scheduled to change with plans announced for the first DOMAINX event to be held in Hyderabad in September. 61B4C3D8-75B0-4D48-B925-D2E0833503B1 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:44:01 -0400 2013 Domain Sales Easily Surpass Previous Year Despite Mixed Bag in Closing Quarter The domain aftermarket got back on the right track in 2013 with reported sales enjoying a double digit jump from the previous year. Despite the impending arrival of new gTLDs .Coms rose by a bigger percentage than the overall market. Details in our latest newsletter. C112BD42-B97F-4C07-A7E5-4E3D90093447 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:18:55 -0400 CitiesPlanet Starts Fundable Campaign to Realize Platform's Game Changing Plan for GeoDomains Last year we told you about a venture capital company's investment in CitiesPlanet, the geodomain development platform created by Fred Mercaldo. Intent on growing the company into a new media powerhouse, Mercaldo has opened a 3rd round of funding at B4960196-17EF-4D7D-B9B3-7C2B3BA1ED9C Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:02:42 -0400 .Website Set to Debut on New gTLD Battlefield That 's Getting Bloodier With Each Passing Day One of the biggest concerns I would have if I were launching a new gTLD would be the hit the perceived value of new TLDs is taking from registries dumping thousands of domains free of charge. .Website steps on that daunting battlefield next week with the founder hoping to rise above the fray. 54AE5D46-DCB7-4CE0-9F79-7949F340FECC Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:30:28 -0400 Leads This Week's Sales Chart at 375K as Makes 6-Figure Music Too Two of the year's top 20 domain sales were reported this week with conducting the biggest transaction in a deal that, in addition to sitting at the pinnacle on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart, ranks #11 on our Year to Date Top 100. 6D8103D4-910A-42A2-B4C0-BB05424E04CE Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:09:40 -0400 CentralNic Makes Move Into Retail Registrar Market With Multi-Million Dollar Acquisition of CentralNic, a publicly traded domain registry services provider listed company on the London Stock Exchange, has made a big move into the retail registrar market by acquiring the ICANN accredited registrar business of Corp. in a deal valued at approximately $7.5 million. 44E74E7B-CD3B-41DB-BDFD-B049F793CBA7 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:00:33 -0400 Paul Goldstone Recalls the Pre-ICANN Days of Domain Registration as He Becomes the New Secretary of the Registrar Stakeholder Group Paul Goldstone, who founded one of the earlier domain registrars, has been elected to the Executive Committee of ICANN's Registrar Stakeholder Group. The new Secretary told us how things have changed since he started back in the pre-ICANN days of 1996. C282D1C0-F519-4AD0-B197-E6482BC416C3 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:19:25 -0400 ICA Takes Down Corwin Letter on Network Solutions/.XYZ Issue After Fairness Objections Raised Yesterday we told you about a letter that ICA Legal Counsel Phil Corwin wrote about the current Network Solutions/.XYZ controversy. The letter, written for CircleID as a private individual was also posted to the ICA site but that copy has been taken down due to objections raised over one passage. E6E5CF29-3E58-4C3D-8230-EC66FA9EF396 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:12:49 -0400 Phil Corwin's Wake Up Call to ICANN: Time for Oversight Body to Clean Up the NetSol/.XYZ Mess For those of you who have not been following the Network Solutions/.XYZ news closely and are wondering what all of the hubbub is about, ICA Legal Counsel Phil Corwin has just published the most comprehensive article about this sad situation to date. 1AA61F98-DA99-4270-92A0-3FAF45262873 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:15:42 -0400 How a New Website is Going to Make My Son-in-Law's Dream Come True I've always advised domain investor/developers to take one domain related to a subject they are passionate about and build a website devoted to that topic. One home run can generate more revenue than hundreds of undeveloped domains. My son-in-law is taking his shot at it now. CFA6AB94-8CEE-48A5-A626-47B5A87D7183 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:34:22 -0400 .Coms Sweep 17 of 20 Entries on This Week's Domain Sales Chart and Bag the 4 Biggest  You've heard of the calm before the storm - the past week was more like the calm after the storm. We had a 7-figure sale and a quartet of six-figure sales raining dollars on the chart in our last report but this week no reported sales broke out of the mid five-figure range. A56E693E-311A-4145-81DA-6BF3D8276DA6 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:14:16 -0400 .CO.COM Releases Most of Their Premium Land Rush Domains at Sub $50 Prices The .CO.COM Registry has decided to release many of their premium (short, most memorable) domains for immediate hand registration, even though the extension is still in its Land Rush phase.Sub $50 prices are easy to find for the newly released names. D68B0FCE-0ADD-46A1-A003-026E9213AB56 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:45:50 -0400 As Phantom .XYZ Registrations Pile Up at NetSol Stats Tracker Plans to Subtract Inflated Numbers Well I had hoped for better in the ongoing .XYZ/NetworkSolutions registration fiasco but apparently its not going to happen. As of today, zone files show over 84% of .XYZ names are registered at NetSol (a registry that normally has well under 5% of new gTLD registrations). 01C9E4DD-0A05-45E7-9E3F-DEF1B1EEA64B Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:20:01 -0400 Owner to Get $1.5 Million + Equity to Sell Domain in Deal Brokered by We've learned that brokerage has won a contract for the owner of that will give him $1.5 million in cash and 10% equity in a new venture capital backed startup that will launch a social media oriented site on the domain this summer. 45519219-691C-4D48-A6DE-D73CDE41A387 Fri, 6 Jun 2014 21:05:07 -0400 Papering the House Backfires on New gTLD Registry But Who is Really to Blame? Network Solutions placed tens of thousands of new gTLD domains in client's accounts without asking their permission first. Experts say that violates NetSol's Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. Oddly enough, their actions brought more heat on .XYZ than on themselves. 81220A25-0572-497F-9209-202F95381A2E Thu, 5 Jun 2014 19:48:36 -0400 Domain Sales Explode With $3 Million Sale & Four 6-Figure Sales Logged Over Past 2 Weeks Americans expect to see fireworks on July 4th but they arrived more than a month early in the domain aftermarket with the top five sales alone totaling more than $4 million over the past two weeks. This boom has actually been going on all year. 804B7757-4633-44EF-BDB5-02E73F1528CC Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:03:06 -0400 Tooting the .XYZ Horn: Founder Daniel Negari Says His New gTLD Debuted With a Bang .XYZ Founder Daniel Negari, whose TLD just entered general availability, has drawn attention by predicting .XYZ will have 1 million registrations in its first year and will be the "new" .com. Those audacious comments have put .XYZ under the critic's microscope. 04DFCE68-E931-48A6-8537-72060B73CFE2 Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:48:03 -0400 Curtain Comes Down on TRAFFIC West: Photos & Highlights from the Last 2 Days in Las Vegas The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference completed its 2014 run at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas with a Farewell Breakfast Saturday morning. We have all of the photos and highlights from the last day of business Friday through the final event this past weekend. 88BBD3AE-D895-4FF1-A1D9-6A518DFC6071 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:13:09 -0400 .CLUB Welcomes Another Entertainment Superstar - Demi Lovato - to the Club As we are getting packed up to head home from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference in Las Vegas we just got word that .CLUB has scored another celebrity coup. DEMI LOVATO has joined the club! C639AA9E-8517-4FD7-8686-D4A09C7927BC Sat, 31 May 2014 10:21:56 -0400 Day 2 Photos & Highlights from the 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West Conference in Las Vegas The 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference continued Thursday with the first full day of business at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. We have all of the photos and highlights including those from the official T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Party Thursday night, 59BFE6A0-6875-41D2-866F-346497569407 Fri, 30 May 2014 21:00:29 -0400 Day 1 Photos & Highlights from the 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West Conference in Las Vegas The 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference officially got underway Wednesday (May 28) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and we have all of the photos and highlights for you from the time registration opened, through the Opening Night Cocktail Party last night. 0CBEEAA3-00D3-4089-B2F3-1E22741D878F Thu, 29 May 2014 11:15:28 -0400 Pre-Show Photos & Highlights from T.R.A.F.F.I.C West in Las Vegas The 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C West conference opens this evening with the traditional Welcome Cocktail Party at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, but early birds have been busy getting in some pre-show networking at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s poolside cabanas since Monday. We arrived Tuesday afternoon and gathered some photos and highlights from the early going to share with you. 126F7843-45C5-49AB-BEF1-00B5EBF4E437 Wed, 28 May 2014 13:32:14 -0400 Reflecting on America's Most Somber Holiday & Remembering Gavin Durni Americans are observing one of the nation's most important holidays today - Memorial Day - a day devoted to honoring the men and women who gave their lives in military service for the United States. At DN Journal we are also remembering an industry colleague who left us much too soon. C528BB2C-7382-4728-88E3-AC328B324AC0 Mon, 26 May 2014 14:21:09 -0400 TRAFFIC Adds Offer You Can't Refuse: Mob Lawyer/Legendary Mayor to Sign Free Books The TRAFFIC West conference that opens Wednesday evening in Las Vegas continues to add special last minute attractions. The city's famous former mayor, criminal defense attorney & author Oscar Goodman will be there to sign free copies of his colorful biography for attendees. A1755560-CF68-4C1B-B676-FF8675986505 Sun, 25 May 2014 11:50:25 -0400 Sells for 250K + 50 Cent Helps Launch .CLUB & DNW Has an Offer You Can't Refuse Today in the Lowdown at has sold for $250,000 - that's a LOT of carbs! Also, rap superstar 50 Cent helped launch .CLUB last night and Andrew Allemann offer a free guide to help you sell more domain names on the most popular marketplaces. 71DA1FFD-AFB5-4080-95D1-944A2E7A6733 Fri, 23 May 2014 18:36:37 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Grants My Wish and Even Throws in a Couple of Autographed Guitars! In a change of plans, hot rock band Otherwise, who records for Century Media Records, will play both acoustic and electric sets at the official T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Party next week. PLUS, they will be giving away a couple of autographed guitars! B7FA6632-7086-45A5-A186-005740B21C15 Thu, 22 May 2014 14:42:11 -0400 Hat Trick for 6-Figure Sales: Trio of High End Deals Lights Up This Week's Domain Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at After taking a break the previous week, high end buyers were back this past week to put three sales of $100,000 or more on the all extension leader board. C1C1EA7D-26A6-469C-A79C-363FF0A0D0E0 Wed, 21 May 2014 21:58:04 -0400 TRAFFIC Unveils New Details About Next Week's Show in Las Vegas: Otherwise to Perform The 2014 TRAFFIC West conference is coming up next week in Las Vegas and show organizers have released some interesting new details about the big event. Cabanas will open a day early to celebrate Memorial Day and a top notch band is coming in to play at the official Party. 693C52CA-2869-4A20-82DB-44CBEEBB65D5 Mon, 19 May 2014 18:29:25 -0400 New Quarterly Sales Reports from Domain Holdings Bring Additional Insight to Aftermarket Trends Domain Holdings opened a new window into domain aftermarket sales trends this week when the brokerage company released the first report in what will be a quarterly series of reports breaking down domain sales at the well-known firm co-founded by John Ferber and Chad Folkening. 5483ABE3-9AE1-4577-BD47-FF6ACEC40421 Fri, 16 May 2014 18:30:44 -0400 .CLUB Doubles Down: Will 50 Cent's Appeal Produce a Downpour of Dollars for the New gTLD? The lack of new gTLD marketing has been a recurring theme lately. The one really big exception has been .CLUB, who seems to be everywhere as they continue to separate themselves from the marketing pack. In their latest move they added a rap superstar to the .CLUB team. D0094520-AF91-4BA4-8F37-90A54AA5447D Thu, 15 May 2014 18:27:53 -0400 Long Isn't Always Wrong: Three-Word .Com Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at High end buyers like short names so it is rare to see a name longer than two words at the top our our weekly chart. In fact there hasn't been this year - until now. A three-word .com broke the long-name drought at #1. 7A62A8AB-CA8A-491C-A4EE-B09702F523DE Wed, 14 May 2014 20:21:22 -0400 Domaining Spain Ends 2014 Run After Attendees from 18 Countries Converged in Valencia The 2014 Domaining Spain Conference concluded its 3-day run at the Hotel Sorolla Place in Valencia Saturday. Show promoter Dietmar Stefitz said attendees from 18 countries came together for the 6th edition of the annual event. We have some photos & highlights for you. 6E8B5E3F-767B-4486-BCF1-FE8942CC7704 Tue, 13 May 2014 11:22:25 -0400 TRAFFIC Adds 2nd Keynote Speaker to Expanded Agenda for This Month's Las Vegas Show TRAFFIC Co-Founder Rick Schwartz has added some new elements to this month's conference in Las Vegas, including a second keynote speaker announced today. Schwartz also hinted that TRAFFIC is preparing to move operations to the West Coast. 47B0432F-1EC6-425B-8E08-F5D7A11BBB48 Mon, 12 May 2014 17:47:15 -0400 Fate of New gTLDs & Future of Domain Investing Will Be on the Table at TRAFFIC Las Vegas A high stakes game will be going on when the TRAFFIC West Conference runs May 28-31in Las Vegas with the fate of new gTLDs and the future of domain investing on the table. We connected with the show's co-founders to find out what will be going on and why you should care. 5B3CE282-E10A-4BA7-86C0-E6DD6DE0E5D2 Fri, 9 May 2014 09:49:34 -0400 New gTLD Top Ten Club Gets New Member in Record Tying Time - .CLUB Does it on Opening Day  As more and more new gTLDs enter General Availability it gets harder and harder to stand out in a crowd that has now reached triple digits.The only thing better than being in the top ten is being there on the first day you open the general availability door. .CLUB is the latest to do that. FD5AEF09-96F3-41CC-9DBB-6C7AC9C0CBE0 Thu, 8 May 2014 17:38:20 -0400 Six-Figure Country Code Sale at Sedo Races to Top of This Week's Domain Sales Chart A German ccTLD delivered a satchel full of cash to top our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart this week. That big sale at Sedo also ranks as the 4th highest country code sale so far in 2014. .Coms swept the rest of this week's top 10 en route to taking 17 of the 20 chart entries overall. F8617826-09DC-40FF-B4E0-1433E96DA669 Wed, 7 May 2014 22:24:11 -0400 South Florida Domain Pros Forming Industry's 1st Local Professional Trade Association For several years now domain investors have gathered in a handful of local cities or regions for occasional meetups. Now a group of South Florida Domain Pros has decided it is time to take it to the next level by forming a professional trade association for their region. The launch event is next week. A9AA7E65-85F2-42FD-B35D-A921EB8B3AFF Wed, 7 May 2014 10:50:39 -0400 Coming to Your City! bree (featuring David Castello) Opens U.S. Tour Tonight This will be a BIG night for Domain Hall of Famer David Castello who also plays drums in the rapidly rising rock trio bree (a band named for its dynamic singer/guitarist Bree Castello, who became David's wife in January). bree kicks off their first U.S. tour tonight in Birmingham. DC2973ED-EA44-4399-9830-E23908D8A939 Tue, 6 May 2014 17:29:48 -0400 TRAFFIC Fetches New Lead Sponsor - GetItFido Will Launch Monetization Service in Las Vegas When the TRAFFIC West conference returns to Las Vegas this month a new premier sponsor will be on board. GetItFido has been successful in several lines of business (including domain names) for more than a decade and are now looking to expand their domain industry presence. F3574821-1E2C-4C88-823E-58214E5DCE2E Mon, 5 May 2014 09:14:23 -0400 New TLDs Need Active Websites to Gain Recognition - How .ME is Getting it Done Before ICANN launched its new gTLD program, re-purposed ccTLDs like Colombia's .CO and Montenegro's .ME managed to remodel themselves into successful globally available extensions while others failed to gain traction. There is a lesson there that new gTLDs could benefit from. 2F518153-AB27-4BA7-81E8-EF17E1AAD81E Thu, 1 May 2014 19:05:37 -0400 Helps Sedo Ace This Week's Sales Test With Quarter Million Dollar Deal The new weekly domain sales report is out at Over the years Sedo and their Senior Broker, Dave Evanson, have topped our domain sales chart several times and they just did it again with a little help from flashcards. AE8AB389-90D5-4D29-A8D5-43067DE7DED6 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:13:49 -0400 Top 10 New gTLDs Gobbling Up Nearly Half of Sales - 92 Others Fighting Over What's Left According to 102 new gTLDs have at least a tiny share of the registrations that have been made to date, however the top ten new gTLDs have cumulatively gobbled up 45% of all registrations leaving many others with as little as 0.01% of the market. B84BFAD5-C2D4-45C1-BDEF-1253E3BD30C8 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:00:09 -0400 Land Rush for Chinese .Online and .Website TLDs Ends Thursday - General Availability Begins Monday Two new Chinese language TLDs - .在线 (.online in Chinese) and .中文网 (.website in Chinese) will open general availability Monday, April 28. Their Land Rush phase ends tonight just before midnight in the Eastern U.S. but Thursday in most parts of the world. DB2EC3A8-7629-4C31-9514-C057B0A2DD9C Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:15:55 -0400 2014 Domain Sales Chart Gets a New Leader With 7-Figure Sale of a 2-Letter .Com The new weekly domain sales report is out at A blockbuster $3.6 million sale that we reported in our Lowdown section Tuesday tops both the new weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and the 2014 Year to Date Top 100 Sales Chart. 84E5602F-1BC0-4E82-A706-2E628AB18E50 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:02:59 -0400 Changes Hands for $3.6 Million in the Biggest Domain Sale Reported So Far This Year We have a new leader in the 2014 domain sales race! Xiaomi Inc., a major privately owned consumer electronics manufacturer based in Beijing, China, announced today that they have acquired for $3.6 million. 85BEFFE5-08E1-4C9E-B061-A1A0F0B4C9E9 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:45:09 -0400 Oh My! Rook Media Buys DomainSponsor in a MAJOR Shakeup of Domain Monetization Consolidation continues to change the domain world as we knew it. In one of the biggest mashups to date, Rook Media acquired's seminal domain monetization business, DomainSponsor, today at an undisclosed price. Here's the back story behind the BIG Deal. 14C8DE21-C702-4934-BED2-7D202CE0325E Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:46:52 -0400 Consolidation Comes to the Domain Blog Business - DomainShane & AccidentalDomainer Are Merging Consolidation has been re-shaping the domain industry for years now so it was just a matter of time before that irresistible force arrived in the blog sector of the business. and are merging into one new blog. 4FEF500C-D4C4-473A-872E-81E518F51F62 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:37:36 -0400 3 Six-Figure Sales (2 That Rank Among the Year's Top 20) Lead This Week's Aftermarket Action The new weekly domain sales report is out at The pace remained quick in the aftermarket with a trio of 6-figure sales at the front of the pack. In addition to leading this week's all extension Top 20 two newcomers cracked the first 20 on our Year to Date Top 100. 52EECFF9-732F-44FA-B8F2-B58DE91CF54A Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:06:49 -0400 Some First Impressions as Six More New gTLDs Entered General Availability Today New gTLDs continue to sprout in numbers that are threatening to put the spring flower population to shame. 6 more entered general availability today, with 5 of those coming from Frank Schilling's Uniregistry. Will they blossom or wilt in a very competitive environment? 314E49D9-F9B9-4944-8D88-9C49418EB872 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:44:08 -0400 That's a Wrap! Wall to Wall Photos & Highlights from DomainFest 2014 in Hollywood The 2014 DomainFest conference wrapped up its three-day run at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California April 2 and we have previously unseen wall to wall photos and highlights from the big event in Tinseltown. 151EC64F-4E4E-4CB4-94F9-2ED49837A202 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:19:28 -0400 Companies in the News: Verisign, Famous Four's .PARTY, Heritage Auctions & DomainNameWire Today in the Lowdown at, news from Verisign, Famous Four Media who just won the right to .PARTY, Heritage Auctions and DomainNameWire. AC2A33CD-6167-476A-A0F7-1C6055F79D3B Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:10:28 -0400 Huge Wave of New Domain Sales Data Floods This Week's Chart With BIG Numbers A tsunami of new domain sales data hit our office this week - flooding our weekly charts with the highest number of sales ever gathered in a single week. The big wave included three six-figure sales and an unprecedented 148 five-figure sales! 66BB7AAE-9A53-428E-9982-232F06CE5186 Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:32:31 -0400 DomainNameSales Sets a New Record for a .Net Sale Banking $500,000 for Vice President of Sales Jeff Gabriel has confirmed the company has sold for $500,000 in the highest .net sale on record. Gabriel credited DNS broker Andrew Mathias for making the landmark sale of a domain that was owned by Frank Schilling. 08442AF6-780B-4B97-9227-F68B57FFB65D Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:43:45 -0400 .CO.COM Land Rush Starts Tomorrow Then HA's 2nd Big Domain Auction Happens Wednesday A couple of notable domain sales events will be happening over the next 48 hours. The new .CO.COM registry opens their 90-day Land Rush period tomorrow, then on Wednesday, giant mainstream auction house Heritage Auctions stages their 2nd domain name auction with 103 lots available online. E78C28D8-1F27-42B8-BF0F-8DAF42204F25 Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:32:23 -0400 Three for Three?: Frank Schilling Offers Yet Another Way for Domain Owners to Make Money Frank Schilling has already produced 2 big hits as a domain service provider with a disruptive domain monetization service & an innovative domain sales platform. Now he is trying to make it 3 with a new registrar/registry operation that offers an unusually generous affiliate program. D36FED18-42A3-40AB-8A89-E2F7F0EF69DF Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:26:16 -0400 The DNA Completes Its Board With New Members from Afilias,, Neustar, Amazon & Asiamix The Domain Name Assocation has finalized its 12-member Board of Directors with the election of five new Directors. The DNA has been operating with an interim board since the trade group was founded last year by Donuts, GoDaddy, Google, Rightside and What Box? E6793F0D-422F-463A-9DBB-32B892DEE850 Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:45:53 -0400 Attracts a Lot of Greenbacks to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart After hitting the second half of last week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart with Bilal Kapadia is back with a much bigger sale this week. In fact this time he went straight to the head of the class with a big sale of in a private transaction. BC641AF8-246A-450A-89E3-7DF9645011D3 Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:52:34 -0400 Clubbing the Competition? Land Rush for New .CLUB gTLD Buoyed By Major Marketing Push  I'm hearing that the new .CLUB gTLD that opened its Land Rush period today can be seen just about everywhere you look at this week's DomainFest conference. That comes as no surprise to me as .CLUB continues to follow the .CO playbook on how to roll out a new extension. 126E30C4-7870-459E-93A1-808B002B2451 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:49:45 -0400 New Facebook Page Offers Exclusive Content and New Article Alerts DNJournal has had a presence on Facebook since 2007 however, since I joined before Facebook started offering company pages, I have always posted domain news on my personal account. With the launch of DNJournal's new FB Page anybody can follow those posts now. 913AF595-F1D5-4C67-BA41-A818158D0CE9 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:54:50 -0400 DomainFest Organizers Talk About What Has Changed & What's Ahead Next Week in Hollywood DomainFest opens Monday morning in Hollywood, California. Show organizers are switching things up this year with changes in dates, the show's name, location and format. To get the Lowdown on Domainfest we connected with Debra Domeyer & Dwayne Walker for a special preview interview. A5C762A1-1866-4FA2-AB3F-8C96F9071434 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:53:03 -0400 High End Domain Buyers Take a Break - Non .Com Domains Claim 3 of Week's Top 5 Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at After four consecutive weeks highlighted by six and seven figure sales, the buyers at the high end of the market finally took a breather. That opened the door for non .com domains to take more places in the top 10 than .coms. F02DE66B-94EE-4826-91A5-1DEC763FDF8C Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:27:01 -0400 Rick Schwartz Says Domain Investors Will Be Top Dogs When TRAFFIC West Returns in May With TRAFFIC West 2014 just two months away Co-Founder Rick Schwartz sent out a conference update letter promising domain investors that in a world flooded with new gTLDs they will remain the sole focus of the pioneering show that returns to the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas May 28-31. 7A594903-159B-4895-81C8-E0B550216B02 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:47:56 -0400 NamesCon Returning in 2015 - Las Vegas Show Will Run January 11-14 at the Tropicana Hotel After a very successful debut show this past January in Las Vegas the NamesCon conference today announced dates for a return engagement in 2015. The conference will return to the Tropicana Hotel for an event that will run January 11-14, 2015. 36EC255E-1BAF-43C8-A36D-99D001F96343 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:38:09 -0400 Finalists Named in DCA Award Balloting - Field Narrowed to Top Three in 16 Industry Categories The first stage of balloting for the 2014 Domainers Choice Awards was completed over the weekend with the field narrowed to the top three nominees in 16 different industry categories. The award winners will be selected in a final round of voting in May and will be announced at a June dinner. 083662D9-D2DB-484E-8769-45E1852E2835 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:31:09 -0400 DCA Noms Close Saturday Night...Calling All SoCal Domainers...Larry Fischer Lands a BIG One! Today in the Lowdown at time is running out if you want to vote in the 2014 Domainers Choice Awards, plus the Southern California Domainers Group will be meeting again next week and domain industry veteran Larry Fischer helps chalk up a huge sale of 65A4CE9E-219F-441F-A199-2AC0EC9CC3A5 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:17:17 -0400 Rockin' Day for Registries! Neustar Buys .CO, TLD Registry Takes Bow in Macau, Sun Rises on .XYZ What a big news day for domain registries - one that culminated late this afternoon when Neustar announced an agreement to acquire .CO for $109 million. Elsewhere, the TLD Registry is celebrating the launch of two new Chinese gTLDs in Macau & .XYZ entered sunrise. 1A2C9506-9630-4CDF-A1DF-2984B88FFC48 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:43:08 -0400 2 More Big Sales (One Ranking Among the Year's Top Ten) Lead This Week's DNJ Chart The domain aftermarket's long streak of big sales continued this week with two more that cracked the six-figure mark. One of those, at more than a quarter of a million dollars, ranks among the year's 10 biggest sales. 17D85587-8CE2-4165-94B9-FE2C0DD29A63 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:23:21 -0400 With U.S. Exit Who Will Oversee the Internet? + What's Inside Frank Schilling's New Domain Registrar? Today in the Lowdown at the U.S. Government plans to give up oversight of ICANN so who will fill that role next? Plus, a sneak peak inside Frank Schilling's new domain name registration service at 9C62CA83-9750-454D-A209-FD1625FEFB0E Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:42:28 -0400 Berlin Becomes 1st City to Have its Own TLD Tomorrow When Open Registration for .BERLIN Begins Like ccTLDs, new TLDs representing major cities like New York, Paris and Miami will give local businesses, service providers and individuals a way to connect the dots between their name and their location. Tomorrow, general registration begins for the world's 1st City TLD: .BERLIN. 5AA67357-6E87-43B1-A3D2-46005DDEBFCC Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:13:09 -0400 You Think Domain Names Are Expensive? A Mobile Phone Number Just Sold for $2.12 Million! We've seen several 7-figure domain sales over the past two weeks but did you know that some mobile phone numbers also sell at stratospheric levels like that? A perfect example came last weekend when a mobile phone number in the UAE sold for over $2 million! 477ECBB4-CB49-4F11-ABAF-A3CF92A02351 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:02:59 -0400 2-Digit Domain Sells For 7 Figures & 4-Letter .Com Commands 6 Figures to Lead New DNJ Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at We are continuing to see some eye popping sales at the high end of the domain market. with a transaction near $2 million topping our new all extension Top 20 Chart, followed by a solid $100,000 sale. BC251187-B52C-4902-8B4E-04F7808F49DE Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:54:47 -0400 Heritage Auctions Steps Back Up to the Plate With 2nd Major Domain Auction That Opened Today Heritage Auctions became the 1st major mainstream auction house to sell domain names last fall when they racked up over $1.5 million in their inaugural sale. Now they are back with their 2nd major domain auction that got underway today with more than 100 high end names on the block. 56B60E39-8A10-4ADB-AD37-DCF9329FBFDF Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:28:50 -0400 2014 Domainers's Choice Awards Nominations Opened Today in 16 Industry Categories Nominations for the 2014 Domainer's Choice Awards opened today and will remain open until midnight March 22, 2014. The top three vote getters in each category will move on to the finals. You must register in the nomination round to be eligible to vote in the finals. 2DCE4A0F-05A5-4EA9-B0D9-60015C003B54 Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:16:26 -0500 Inside the House That Domains Built: Frank Schilling Opens the Doors to His Grand Cayman Home The Financial Times published a nice profile of legendary domain investor Frank Schilling today. Most of you are already familiar with Frank's domain exploits so the most interesting part of the story to you may be the inside look at Frank's family life & gorgeous home on Grand Cayman. 0116AF44-2F0C-4904-AD2B-145AA4A5ED35 Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:10:24 -0500 And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! 37.Com Sold to Chinese Company for Nearly $2 Million Just yesterday I told you about the first two 7-figure domain sales reported this year - at $3.1 million and ("games" in Chinese) at $2,430,000. Now, less than 24 hours later, we have confirmed a third blockbuster 7-figure sale involving BA3E66BF-16C0-464A-B7B5-9C516864204B Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:12:19 -0500 TWO Multi-Million Dollar Sales Take Over Top Spots on DNJ's Weekly & YTD Sales Charts The year's first seven-figure domain sales were reported this week - one cracking the $3 million barrier and the other easily passing the $2 million mark. Get all of the details in our latest weekly domain sales report. 2865A19E-E937-4228-94AF-671E12B43968 Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:25:53 -0500 SXSW Interactive Festival Begins Friday - Sedo's Jeremiah Johnston to Speak About New gTLDs The huge SXSW Interactive Festival begins its five-day 2014 run Friday in Austin, Texas. Sedo's long time General Counsel Jeremiah Johnston will be there to talk about new gTLDs in a session titled The Discussion’s Over: New Domains Are Here that will be held Monday. 650CB009-22A4-491D-BC48-5881DF49612A Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:37:06 -0500 Swallows SnapNames, Afilias Gets .Green & Domains90210 Opens Auction Site Today in the Lowdown at, SnapNames changed hands again, this time moving from KeyDrive to Afilias wins rights to operate the coveted .GREEN new gTLD and Beverly Hills based Domains90210 debuts a new auction format. FDDDA22F-B3FD-4456-A696-3E1137EA1CB3 Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:53:56 -0500 1st Domain Conference Requiring No Travel & Little Cost - Webfair Virtual - Coming in June Webfair Virtual, being organized by, plans to offer a low cost alternative to traditional domain conferences, with no travel expense and little cost. The debut Internet-only event is slated for June and a number of sponsors and attendees are already on board. 6A2AF22B-DA2D-4744-9A9D-4D9B1D622A1E Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:06:41 -0500 How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale! In a new DN Journal Cover Story domain visionary Michael Castello reveals one of his greatest successes - the previously undisclosed sale (made just last month) of for $3.1 million. Castello, who got the name at NO CHARGE, tells his amazing domain & personal story here. 9215D05C-1B63-4C36-936B-988458304260 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:52:26 -0500 Changes Hands for $950,000 in the Highest Domain Sale Reported So Far This Year The new weekly domain sales report is out at Last week I was talking about the high end of the market taking a breather. Well, break time is over! We have learned that has changed hands for $950,000 in the biggest sale reported so far this year. 2F37B5C9-9430-4540-9C1D-0149E5F83847 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:38:22 -0500 Top Level Domain Holdings Wins Costly Fight For .Wedding But Bows Out of Battle for .Green The fate of one of the more attractive new gTLDs was announced today when TLDH revealed they won rights to operate the coveted .wedding extension at a cost of over $2.2 million. At the same time, TLDH said they bowed out of an auction for another highly sought TLD, .green. 2C6728E3-5A08-48F7-BC2D-237398BDC756 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:00:33 -0500 Making News: Uniregistry, .CO.COM, RightOfTheDot, The DNA, SedoMLS & Just another Manic Monday! Today in the Lowdown at Frank Schilling's, .Co.COM,, The DNA, SedoMLS and are all making news - with the New Zealand bobsled team co-starring in one of those stories! 4181B72E-D475-4F8F-94A8-A8FB7C758793 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:17:32 -0500 Domain Boardroom Sets Dates for the Private Forum's 3rd Annual DBR Funfest Dates for a popular domain industry get together were announced today on DBR FunFest's Facebook page. The 3rd Annual DBR Funfest will be held June 25-28, 2014 at a location to be announced soon. This year's event will also feature a return of the Domainer's Choice Awards. 22F33FEF-8534-48A1-AE77-C84FDA1B3AF5 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:19:14 -0500 Enters 8 New Markets, .ORG Growth Continues & Domainfest Names Its Keynote Speaker Today in the Lowdown at, Internet services provider hasn't been content to do business only online. They have 16 local offices open to aid small businesses in person and they announced they are opening 8 more. We also have news from .ORG and Domainfest. 7FA3C9A1-B401-47FF-9E97-3D7B0F09BD07 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:59:18 -0500 High End of Domain Market Takes a Breather But Two Older 7-Figure Sales Come to Light The new weekly domain sales report is out at After producing a long string of six-figure sales in recent weeks the high end of the market finally took a breather this week with no sales reported at that level, however word of two older 7-figure blockbusters did surface. E54E5ECA-238F-4B2B-A30A-FED684A39F1F Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:13:23 -0500 Annual Sedo Study Says .Com Rang Up Higher Sales & a Bigger Share of the Market in 2013 Domain sales and monetization giant Sedo released their annual Domain Market Study covering 2013 today. Sedo said .com remained the world's most popular extension and that .com's market share jumped 5% over 2012. Average and median prices for .com also increased. B644E542-CCB6-4092-A6E5-A90F3E1918DD Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:40:03 -0500 Domainfest Lands Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington But Who Has Domainfest 2014 has signed famous rock band Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington to play a private concert for show attendees April 1st. As domainers we wondered if Bennington owned his own name in .com or, like Bruce Springsteen, had to settle for something else. 47E32C6D-A8D0-40F6-82B6-7C8FCE67784C Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:43:59 -0500 DomainingSpain Conference Update Comes With a Love Story & A Hard Lesson Learned The annual Domaining Spain conference will be returning to the beautiful seaside city of Valencia May 8-10, 2014. Today I got a show update from founder Dietmar Stefitz that included a love story perfect for Valentine's Day, along with a cautionary tale that is worth paying attention to. F47E9AF4-F47B-4D8A-BB1E-1530D8743FA9 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:19:57 -0500 There They Grow Again! John Ferber Launches New Ad Firm & Turakhia Fortunes Continue to Rise After selling for $500 million John Ferber entered the domain business as co-founder of John has decided it's time to make another BIG splash in the internet advertising game. Meanwhile the Turakhia Brothers are back in the spotlight. F83E3D21-0DCF-401B-AA37-4E5351659478 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:02:04 -0500 4 More 6-Figure Sales (All .Coms) Top This Week's Sales Chart - One Ranks Among Year's Top 5 The new weekly domain sales report is out at After producing a half dozen six-figure sales the previous week, the domain aftermarket continued to cruise at high altitude this week with four more in that stratosphere, including one of 2014's five biggest sales. 1C2A64B9-1610-40DC-A026-DFF11B1A3714 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:28:38 -0500 CitiesPlanet Inks Deal With to Develop and Launch Over 4,700 .RU Websites, the domain development platform founded by geodomain industry leader Fred Mercaldo, has just signed one of the largest development deals in the company's history. CitiesPlanet will build over 4,700 .RU websites for iDigitalRussia under the agreement. 09E9A8B8-9F41-4285-8CC3-7FEC9F157434 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:35:09 -0500 Olympics Whetting Your Appetite for Sports Domains? Sedo & .CLUB Want to Put You in the Owner's Suite If you are like many domainers, ideas for new domain names are popping into your head while you watch the current Winter Olympics. Sedo knows about our domain tunnel vision so they have teamed up with .CLUB to try to take advantage of it with a Winter Sports Auction this month. 9B939275-69CB-4759-842C-141A9AECCE3F Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:50:28 -0500 You Can't Tell the Players Without a Program: New Tools for Keeping Track of the New gTLDs If you go to a basketball game you may pick up a program so you can figure out who's who among the dozen or so players on each team. With hundreds of new gTLDs arriving in the domain world this year you are going to need a much BIGGER program and fortunately those now exist. 3A8D2F16-2321-4817-B2F9-94DD55334E4F Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:08:25 -0500 A Half Dozen 6-Figure Sales (5 of Them ccTLDs) Lead Another Big Week for the Domain Market You have to love the fast start the domain market has gotten off to in 2014. In yet another big week, a half dozen six-figure sales were reported with five of those coming from deals that continue to close from the recent .CN Registry auction staged by 507325DD-F172-495E-AA49-F07F0392D05A Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:24:52 -0500 New Venture for Sedo Co-Founders Schumacher & Essman - Helping Build a "Sedo for Apps" Tim Schumacher & Ulrich Essman, 2 of the 4 college friends who founded Sedo in 2001, have gotten involved in a major new venture - helping build a "Sedo for Apps" at Sedo became a domain industry giant and the partners think they can replicate their model in the booming apps world. 778455B4-6528-4C38-BA59-3FB792884ABE Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:20:33 -0500 Why Rick Schwartz Believes Buying New gTLDs Now Could be Hazardous to Your Financial Health A lot of different views about new gTLDs are expressed by the 17 domain industry experts featured in our latest annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Some predict success, others disaster. Here are some comments from leading skeptic Rick Schwartz that were not in the Cover Story. 86ACA354-1389-4D85-AB2A-2629F7199355 Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:22:32 -0500 Photos & Highlights From the 1st DNSeattle Domain Meetup Held on Top of the Space Needle DNSeattle, a new meetup for Seattle area domain investors and entrepreneurs, was held for the first time Thursday night (January 30, 2014) with a sellout crowd on hand for the first event held in a meeting room atop Seattle's iconic Space Needle. 085695AE-777D-4D92-A260-508084ECDDA7 Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:43:15 -0500 State of the Industry: 17 Experts Dish on What Happened in 2013 & How New gTLDs Will Impact 2014 The 10th edition of DN Journal's annual State of the Industry Cover Story is out. . We have assembled our biggest panel of experts ever to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they see coming our way in the new year ahead (hint: new gTLDs are involved)! 29415131-F3CE-484A-933B-2B3177B64C11 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:44:28 -0500 Wan More Time! For the 2nd Week in a Row the 3 Biggest Domain Sales Total Over $1.3 Million As legendary linguist Yogi Berra once said, "It's deja vu all over again!" For the 2nd week in a row, the top three sales on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart totaled over $1.3 million. This week's trio included the year's biggest sale to date - an $800,000 whopper. 600DC9D6-72CB-4DB6-BE6E-9D36941D6ACD Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:59:32 -0500 First Domains From Donuts Start Coming Out of the Oven Tomorrow When Open Registration Begins No one has placed a bigger bet on new gTLDs than Donuts. The new registry operator raised over $100 million to go after more than 300 new TLDs. Starting tomorrow the general public can start registering domains in the first seven Donuts TLDs to hit the open market. 71BA9923-8DD0-4789-843B-54F550044492 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:37:54 -0500 Marc Ostrofsky Gives Us the Inside Story on Home Depot's Big Purchase of When the Wall Street Journal reported that Home Depot had acquired, I immediately remembered that was a domain and business that industry pioneer Marc Ostrofsky had invested in. So, over the weekend I caught up with Marc to get the inside story on this mega deal. BC951C51-C3BE-41C5-959B-4E997007587E Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:54:43 -0500 DomainFest Returning to Original Name & Hollywood Location for 2014 Show Opening March 31 DomainFest will be returning to Los Angeles March 31-April 3, 2014. The upcoming conference will have a different name, a different location and different dates than it had last year, but the name and location will still be very familiar to veteran DomainFest attendees. C2470E0B-A2CC-453A-9E9F-B90B24409F9F Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:00:15 -0500 Trio of 6-Figure Sales Totaling Over $1.3 Million Headline a Fabulous Fortnight for Domains The domain aftermarket has gotten the New Year off to a quick start. A trio of six-figure sales - two of which passed the half-million dollar mark - lead our latest weekly domain sales report - an expanded edition covering the past two weeks of market activity. D26BC806-D61E-4E8D-8799-E57C0901B7FF Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:14:24 -0500 Photos & Highlights from David & bree's Rock & Roll Wedding Saturday in Las Vegas Domain Hall of Famer & rock band musician/manager David Castello married band mate bree Saturday afternoon at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas - the place where rock star Jon Bon Jovi was also married. We have photos and highlights from the rollicking special occasion we were honored to attend. 49D5A910-66C8-4CE8-AD1C-D4872BD38F52 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:11:10 -0500 Going to the Chapel and They're Going to Get Married: David & bree's Rock & Roll Wedding Just Hours Away Our friends, Domain Hall of Famer David Castello and his beautiful bride and bandmate bree, are getting married this afternoon in what is sure to be a memorable rock & roll wedding at a well-known Las Vegas chapel. We have some photos from last night pre wedding dinner/post dinner party and will also be at the wedding today. 087A1927-6E10-4F5F-BD02-74F471251019 Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:44:26 -0500 Photos & Highlights From the Last Two Landmark Days at the Inaugural NamesCon Conference With close to 600 registrants on hand, the inaugural NamesCon Conference completed its run with 6 keynote speakers, 30 business sessions (featuring 100 speakers) and a variety of social and networking events Tuesday and Wednesday at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. ECE9B711-892B-4B39-9989-962C7383D0F7 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:15:13 -0500 Huge Water Night Party at NamesCon Raised Over $111,000 for the Water School But 3 Domainers Got Scalped! The domain industry showed up in a BIG way for the Water School last night at a huge Water Night fund raising Party held at the Tropicana Hotel during the NamesCon conference that is running there through Wednesday evening. A record breaking total of over $111,000 was raised largely thanks to three brave domain industry figures who gave up their locks to save lives. 88B3D07E-56B7-497C-B96D-404F8F891B28 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:53:14 -0500 Photos and Highlights From Opening Night at the Inaugural NamesCon Conference in Las Vegas We arrived at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas Monday, joining almost 600 others who are converging there for the debut edition of NamesCon, the highly anticipated conference being produced Richard Lau, Jodi Chamberlain and Jothan Frakes. Here are DN Journal's Photos & Highlights from Opening Night. 38A02594-EF90-4DC9-B63A-A19C03078FE5 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:42:50 -0500 Rosters Released for Epic Ping Pong Battle at NamesCon - Women in Domaining Also to Meet Lots of NamesCon news for you today. The rosters have been released for next week's 16-man East vs. West ping pong battle . Meanwhile, women in domaining announce their own event. Also, leaders will be on hand to talk about their new domains. Elsewhere, bree is in the news again! 7BF8901F-538A-4F9A-811E-9C703E4AF574 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:01:50 -0500 Competition in the Domain Escrow Business Escalates with Opening Today With the arrival of hundreds of new TLDs this year many expect the number of aftermarket domain sales transactions to grow, accompanied by a bigger demand for domain escrow services. That has encouraged some new companies to launch in an effort to grab a share of the escrow fee gold. 3EC58BC2-35BC-457D-A522-5B2845E3349A Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:00:00 -0500 2014 Domain Sales Season Gets Underway With a Big Canadian ccTLD Sale Leading the Charge And they are off! The 2014 domain sales season is underway with the first week of reported sales now in the books. With the New Year's Eve/Day holiday cutting into the opening work week one might expect slow going in the aftermarket but quite a few respectable sales were announced. 0BB1EC29-C017-47CB-BA9B-F26A1C77AD45 Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:56:24 -0500 Growing Companies in the News: Afternic, the .ME Registry & WhizzbangsBlog Today in the Lowdown at, notes on growth developments at three well-known companies. A new partnership has expanded Afternic's domain sales reach in China, .ME offers customers a new loyalty program and Michael Gilmour adds a domain social network to Whizzbangs Blog. 2B657A4D-BFAE-4EA6-8B13-60CF3F547C9D Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:30:27 -0500 Crazy for Keynotes! Next Week's NamesCon Conference Will Feature Five Keynote Speakers The countdown to the first ever NamesCon conference continues. A big crowd will be on hand for next week's inaugural event in Las Vegas and they will be treated to a big agenda that features five keynote speakers, including Frank Schilling. 7719A25D-1F65-4F40-83B6-72260591676F Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:16:43 -0500 2013 Domain Sales Season Closes With 30 Five-Figure Sales Logged Over the Final 2 Weeks The 2013 domain sales season is over, closing with 30 five-figure sales reported over the past two weeks. With no six-figure sales reported Sedo was able to claim the top spots on our latest all extension Top 20 Chart with a pair of mid five-figure sales, 13FB1735-C669-48FB-858A-ADAC9B417D13 Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:44:41 -0500 The Holidays Were Great But It's Even Better to Be in a Business Where Going Back to Work is Fun! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends. As much as I enjoyed the break, I know that like a lot of people in this business, being on the job is just as much fun as being off the clock and that is a rare blessing indeed. 0D033317-80AE-4B6D-901A-A53EBD234B65 Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:13:14 -0500 Award Winning Sedo Brokers Provide an Inside Look at the Business of Buying & Selling Domains With PPC revenue down, domain sales have become more important than ever in generating revenue. That has boosted the role of domain brokers. To get an inside look at that business, we talked to 3 of the best from Sedo, whose brokers won 2012 & 2013 Broker of the Year Awards, E1167E93-515E-4E45-B245-F3FD8695DEB8 Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:12:23 -0500 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2013: A Pictorial Review of the Last Bash on Fort Lauderdale Beach The 25th edition of the pioneering TRAFFIC conference was held in October on Ft. Lauderdale Beach.Though we provided daily highlights from the show, we traditionally put together one big review article for posterity which gives us an opportunity to share many previously unseen photos. 315C35F6-DC75-4BD6-8681-0B9B0C5EB17D Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:51:41 -0500 Welcome to 2014! Get Ready for a Year Filled With BIG Changes and Even Bigger Opportunities A new year beckons with great prospects for people in the domain business. Like every year that has come before, 2014 will be one of great change in our industry but one with even more excitement & new opportunities to prosper in a business that never gets old. 9AA7C195-6F6A-4CEE-B51D-46077013891F Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:55:09 -0500 Final Agenda Announced for 1st NamesCon Conference Opening 2 Weeks From Today in Las Vegas NamesCon organizers have released the final agenda for their debut show that opens Jan. 13 in Las Vegas. It is an ambitious program packed with keynote speakers, social events and 30 different business sessions spread across three simultaneous tracks. C692984F-CB56-46E2-99F9-3B5A1F5C03E2 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:31:18 -0500 Water School's Good Work Earns Domain Industry Supported Charity a $100,000 Cash Award Most domain industry participants are well aware of the life saving work being done by the Water School - work that has now been recognized in a BIG way by the STARS Foundation. They have named the Water School a winner of their 2013 Impact Award - an honor that comes with $100,000 in cash! 56172306-5200-4B44-B445-83233AFE65AE Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:10:19 -0500 Christmas Comes Early for Domain Sellers With Six 6-Figure Sales Topping This Week's Chart It was a banner week for domain sales led by a half-dozen six-figure sales including the year's biggest ccTLD sale. All told three of this week's country code sales ranked among 2013's ten best. Meanwhile the .coms piled up 16 of 20 chart entries with four of those hitting six figures. BC8D9C0D-384C-4C31-B651-8F464C358F58 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:51:07 -0500 HA's Debut in the Domain Business Continues to Pay Dividends Well After 1st Sale Ended Heritage Auctions rang up over $1.5 million in their first domain sale but even those who did not have a name in the auction benefited - and continues to benefit - from the bright spotlight that accompanied the arrival of one of the world's biggest auctions houses in our business. C09E78E8-5F50-482A-AEEB-15EA35A15E21 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:29:53 -0500 Domain Masters Radio Resurfaced Wednesday With an Outspoken New Mann Behind the Mike After nearly 9 years on the air, the Domain Masters radio show went silent last spring. However, it returned Wednesday with a Mann known for strong opinions behind the mike. New host, legendary domainer Mike Mann, wasted no time in stirring the pot, declaring new gTLDS will never catch .coms. 5AA0E3AB-38D0-4A87-A4D0-A8EC5807B20F Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:39:55 -0500 Trio of 6-Figure Sales Totaling Over $1 Million Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart  Several domain owners got very nice early Christmas presents this past week when they sold names that soared into the six-figure stratosphere. The largest of those was a blockbuster that ranks among the year's 5 biggest sales. We also saw one of 2013's 10 biggest ccTLD sales. 3656FC13-371E-4CCA-BB14-DEDA5299F5FB Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:38:25 -0500 2014 Tour Will Bring bree (with Drummer/ Domainer David Castello) to Our City & Maybe Yours Too! Christmas came early for us today when we learned that Domain Hall of Famer David Castello will be bringing bree (the rapidly rising Nashville-based rock trio he manages and plays drums for) to our town (Tampa, Florida) for the first time when the band starts a USA tour next spring. 2F579D3E-31CB-41FB-8751-815DCF761F02 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:00:06 -0500 Why Do We Call Them Computer Bugs? Google Honors the Woman Who Coined the Term in 1945!  You seen Google Doodles, the whimsical cartoons the search giant uses in place of their standard logo to mark special occasions. Today's Doodle stumped me so I looked into what the toon represented and was introduced to a women who named the computer bug almost 70 years ago! CDB2A926-7317-441E-AAB6-6C4DDBC126E0 Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:29:20 -0500 Sells for $850,000 + HA Moves to Push Auction Total Past $1.5 Million High end domain sales slowed during the Thanksgiving holiday last week but they are back this week. We have learned that has sold for $850,000 and Heritage Auctions has closed big sales of & two others to push total sales from their debut auction past $1.5 million. 1BF8BAF9-F78A-4754-9B44-E23E3D0D3E47 Fri, 6 Dec 2013 16:12:23 -0500 Companies Making News: Archeo, InterNetX's New Domain Game, & Today in the Lowdown at DN Journal: Archeo sets Buy It Now prices on over 30,000 domains, InterNetX tests your knowledge with a cool new domain game, and - speaking of cool - talks about their role in developing & launching E8F17529-9839-4323-ADC3-F9F86962C2F4 Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:28:44 -0500 Domain Bargain Hunters Kept Thanksgiving Cash Registers Ringing Last Week The new weekly domain sales report is out at America's 4-day Thanksgiving weekend cut the U.S. work week in half and high end domain buyers were among those taking some time off, however the mid-range of the market stayed busy with hundreds of 4 & 5 figure sales posted. B0050CBD-2327-4A3E-BA16-AA45144EFCD5 Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:12:35 -0500 Tickets for Domaining Spain 2014 Now Available & We Have a Half-Price Ticket Code For You With a low registration price and hotel room rates discounted to an astonishingly low €70 a night, Domaining Spain has always been one of the world's best conference bargains. If you want to go to the 2014 show next May, we can make it even cheaper for you to do so! 128762E6-462F-447D-8D0E-90EDC85649BA Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:28:38 -0500 .KIWI Borrows Page From .TV Game Plan - Fixed Prices Announced for "Premium" Names The .KIWI registry has decided to set fixed prices ranging from $500 to thousands of dollars on the "premium" names in their new gTLD. You can now see the prices they have assigned to the names they think will be in the highest demand. See if they make any sense to you. 0D8DB678-944B-44B7-9174-35F9196A3355 Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:23:32 -0500 One Lucky Organization Will Win a $35,000 Website Makeover From .ORG Operator PIR Public Interest Registry (PIR), the administrator of .ORG domains, has announced 10 finalists in their .ORG Website Makeover Contest. The public can vote now to pick a winner in balloting that ends Dec. 13. The makeover from OmniStudio is valued at approximately $35,000. EE89C21F-9DF5-43CB-B0E3-BFC7A6F6084D Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:11:52 -0500 Happy Thanksgiving! What Time Has Taught Us and What We Have Learned When I think of the countless things I am thankful for today, the many special people I've met and friends I've made in this fascinating industry over the years immediately come to mind. If I were a poet you would inspire me to write one, but since I'm not let me share one that says it well. F5456EDB-F167-4813-8DBD-F368E00C63C6 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:17:26 -0500 Tops This Week's Sales Chart After Changing Hands in One of Year's 20 Biggest Deals When you first see you might think someone has a button stuck on their keyboard, but there is gold in those numbers - and a lot of it. At close to a quarter of a million dollars this ranks among the 20 biggest sales reported so far this year. 956B4CF8-DC3B-4843-8202-24EBD688A40D Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:52:59 -0500 First Big Wave of New gTLDs Arrives with Donuts Opening Sunrise for 7 Extensions Today After years of talk new gTLDs have finally started arriving at registrars in significant numbers. Donuts, one of the biggest new gTLD registry operators, opened sunrise today for 7 of their extensions - the first English language TLDs to open shop in ICANN's massive new gTLD roll out. 1B0254C7-3873-407B-B311-4CB070BAA99D Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:57:42 -0500 Queen of the Hill: Andee Hill Leaves to Launch New Service at Andee Hill, the former Director of Business Development at industry giant, has left the company to launch her own licensed international escrow service, aptly named Gregg McNair will serve as Chairman and top managers have also been named. 215CFCF1-0938-4AB0-803F-A96CDE7C1555 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:00:00 -0500 HA Stages 1st Domain Auction - Mann Goes Behind the Mike & Bree Wows Crowd With New Video Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal: Reflections on the first Heritage Auctions live domain sale...Colorful domain pioneer Michael Mann is going BEHIND the mike...and a hot new video from rapidly rising rock trio bree (featuring David Castello) has the band poised to break out! 00CC3304-FB0D-424D-B7C2-C6FCE7347DB4 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:09:36 -0500 British Expert Edwin Hayward Sounds Off on Nominet's Decision to Offer New .UK Domains Last year Nominet had British domain owners in an uproar with their plan to allow top level .uk registrations for the 1st time, with an 800% price increase and no rights protections for owners. Edwin Hayward, who was one of the main protesters, weighs in on Nominet's NEW plan. 7C51C2E3-E6A1-4B02-A0B9-3761A808C067 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:41:41 -0500 ccTLDs Bounce Back With Week's Biggest Domain Sale and Six Places on the Top 20 Chart After .coms went on a rampage, sweeping 19 of 20 entries on our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart the previous week, the ccTLDs bounced back this past week, piling up 6 chart entries, including the week's biggest sale - one that ranks as the 5th biggest ccTLD sale so far this year. 98BD0675-66C2-4D81-A41F-C700FCF08051 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:16:33 -0500 Oversee Offers a Cure for Mundane Weekends With Their Latest Website - owns one of the industry's largest domain portfolios but they have become major developers as well. Some of their sites, like, are built on category-defining generic names but their latest one, weekend getaway booking site, went the brandable route. 6655B80A-ACA8-4C23-8DCE-D16F86A0794D Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:09:44 -0500 Final Countdown Underway for Landmark Heritage Auctions Domain Sale Coming Up Thursday For the first time one of the world's three biggest auction houses - Heritage Auctions - will be running a live domain auction this week, putting domain names on equal footing with traditional collectible asset classes like art, jewelry and coins. HA believes this first sale is the start of something big. 09DC1E58-A842-4F67-9510-907518AB73C8 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:17:48 -0500 How NamesCon Plans to Spur Domain Industry Growth With New January Show in Las Vegas After seeing a void on the domain conference calendar Richard Lau decided to fill it with a new show. NamesCon is not just a new conference though - it is an attempt to expand the industry by bringing people from varied fields together at an astonishingly low price. 4CC9DF15-A2CD-466D-82AA-02A8DBE56893 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:12:36 -0500 Paul Goldstone Assembles All-Star Team Led By CEO Ken Hansen to Launch CO.COM Registry Domain industry veteran Paul Goldstone has decided what he wants to do with his favorite domain - Goldstone announced the launch of a new registry that will allow users to register third level domains (for example, 8AB83E6A-7A32-4BEE-AB2A-6E7CBD9297A2 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:00:28 -0500 Why Team Internet,, Fred Mercaldo & Elliot Silver Have Reason to Celebrate You may have heard the sound of corks popping in domain circles over the past few days. Several well-known faces in our industry had good reason to celebrate. We'll tell you what those reasons were and also let you know about a new domainer's meetup being planned for Seattle. 5C7E32BF-0442-4C39-B330-F8555C8B8066 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:06:31 -0500 $2.7 Million 2-Letter .Com Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart With Year's 2nd Biggest Sale The domain aftermarket had another solid outing this week with the year's second biggest sale (and its third 7-figure transaction) topping our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. We also saw two more six-figure sales with one of those reaching $325,000. B1097CCD-004A-4478-B4DD-1235D661D5FF Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:24:24 -0500 Go Daddy Founder Bob Parsons Donates $1 Million to Help Military Veterans in His Hometown Go Daddy Founder and former U.S. Marine Bob Parsons was back in his hometown of Baltimore this week. Parsons went home to cut the ribbon on a new veterans center at his alma mater, a facility made possible by a $1 million gift from the domain industry entrepreneur. FE2C33D6-7618-4D20-A7A0-A8A51D1F0E83 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:45:51 -0500 Veteran's Day 2013 - Saluting Military Veterans in the Domain Industry Today is Veteran's Day in the U.S., a day when America honors the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. The domain industry has been fortunate to attract a remarkable cross section of impressive people from all walks of life, including many who have served in the military. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank those friends and colleagues for their service! 19634695-0D87-4BC0-8C8F-1123327E076C Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:54:00 -0500 Calling All Military Veterans Now Serving in the Domain Industry - We Want to Recognize You Monday Monday will be Veteran's Day in the United States - a day when we honor the men and women who have served in America's military over the years. In the domain industry we are fortunate to have a number of veterans among our friends and colleagues and this year we would like to recognize them in a special post in this column on Veteran's Day. D7FCFF8C-C7CD-4F0A-91E5-10E9131C6815 Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:12:17 -0500 Castello Brothers Sell - Goes for $2.4 Million - Acquired for $2,999! In a rare occurrence, the Castello Brothers have let one of their developed geodomain properties go. Meanwhile, another two 2-letter .com has changed hands for seven figures and a very nice one-word/popular surname .com domain has been acquired for next to nothing! 507A8D3A-DB20-4635-8059-3F88F96DB4F4 Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:55:58 -0500 .Coms Fill First 3 Spots on This Week's Top 20 Sales Chart But Non .Coms Also Do Well The weekly domain sales report is out at .Coms registered another win, taking the top 3 spots on our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart & a dozen places overall. Non .com domains fared well too with the ccTLDs & non .com gTLDs combining to claim 8 spots on the elite list. 4D2B7393-627C-4F04-BC0F-879CBD78FE8C Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:10:47 -0500 Veteran Domain Industry Exec Taryn Naidu Lands on the Right Side of Demand Media Makeover Demand Media has announced the CEO, executive team and company name chosen for a newly formed domain services company that is proposed to be spun off from Demand Media. Taryn Naidu was named to lead the new firm christened Rightside Group, Ltd. 370971E4-A0DA-4721-BC1D-11BB3B9CD80D Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:44:00 -0500 Scintillating Schwartz-Schilling New gTLD Debate Video Now Complete With Part Two Online TRAFFIC has released the 2nd part of the show's video of a scintillating new gTLD debate between Team Schwartz & Team Schilling that was staged at TRAFFIC East. You can watch it here. Also - CALLING ALL DOMAIN INDUSTRY MILITARY VETERANS - Uncle Ron Wants You! DD294732-2F77-4998-8DE5-C523B0F1C288 Mon, 4 Nov 2013 16:33:59 -0500 Domain Sales Soar in 3Q-2013 - $ Volume Rockets Up 37% From 2Q-2013 - Up 47% from 3Q-2012 With the high end of the market finally making a comeback, total sales across all extensions not only improved in 3Q-2013 - they exploded. Sales volume in the latest quarter rose 37% from the previous quarter and a stunning 47% from the same quarter a year ago. 7BF6E1D7-7039-4FBF-9D0C-B6E66624FB12 Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:26:29 -0400 Part One of Rousing Schwartz vs. Schilling New gTLD Debate Video is Here + Plus a New Association is Formed to Promote the New Extensions Without question a highlight of last week's TRAFFIC East conference was a rousing debate over new gTLDs that pitted teams led by industry giants Rick Schwartz and Frank Schilling against each other. You can now see the first half of that shootout here ( the second half is coming next week). 38B0B1C3-D960-41E3-8CD1-91A4E2F14BBF Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:31:21 -0400 Past Fortnight in the Domain Aftermarket Produced Three 6-Figure Sales & Dozens in 5 Figures The latest weekly domain sales report is out at Since we were away covering T.R.A.F.F.I.C. last week this week's report is actually a double length column that will bring you up to date on all sales reported over the past two weeks. F0FE85C1-810A-40E8-BFED-69F586840045 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:16:51 -0400 Domains Move Into the Big Time With Heritage Auctions Pushing Them in National Ad Campaign In July I told you about one of the world's 3 biggest auction houses - Heritage Auctions (HA) - opening a new domain division and how important this development is for the domain industry. HA is now advertising domain names nationwide alongside art, jewelry, coins & other valuable assets. CE314FF1-A156-4E17-A86A-4CB841BB55F0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:42:25 -0400 Domain Industry Joins Family & Friends Mourning the Loss of Trellian Founder/CEO Ren Warmuz It is always painful to lose someone you care about but when a person in the very prime of their life is lost way too soon, the hurt is even deeper. The kind of bad news none of us ever wants to hear came today when we learned that 45-year-old Ren Warmuz passed away Sunday afternoon. B5B866AA-5BE5-4E9D-AD61-A311581E3F17 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:51:58 -0400 Domain Hall of Fame Member Michael Mann Announces Plan to Start a New Political Party After making his mark in the domain industry T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Hall of Fame member Michael Mann is now seeking to win a much bigger challenge - establishing a new major political party in the United States that he has dubbed the Better Government Party. F95EB37C-A84C-4AC6-BAD1-9060724FB1E3 Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:09:48 -0400 TRAFFIC East Ends With Food, Friends & Fond Farewells at Wednesday Morning Breakfast The curtain came down on the 25th edition of TRAFFIC Wednesday morning when the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference closed with the show's traditional Farewell Breakfast at the Ritz Carlton on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. Here are some photos from that & some final thoughts. 7FA11CD3-ACB6-4B62-9076-FF9595EC83F6 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:29:31 -0400 Photos & Highlights from the Final Day of Business at the 2013 TRAFFIC East Conference The final day of business at the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference Tuesday (Oct. 22) got underway with a breakfast at the Ritz Carlton on Fort Lauderdale Beach that featured some special guests. We'll also tell you why one panelist showed up for a business session in his bathrobe! 06D61655-B02E-42F6-B1C8-FECC23D9A4A1 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:41:21 -0400 Photos & Highlights from Day Two at the TRAFFIC East Conference Monday at Ft. Lauderdale Beach The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference continued Monday (Oct. 21) with the first full day of business at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. The busy day on the beach including a new gTLD showdown between Rick Schwartz and Frank Schilling (and supporting team members) that was videotaped and is expected to be online soon. F4D3369C-0672-44EB-BF98-958F78277E5A Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:28:02 -0400 Opening Day Photos & Highlights from the 2013 TRAFFIC East Conference at Fort Lauderdale Beach The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference officially got underway Sunday (Oct. 20) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. We have photos and highlights from the entire opening day and night including a "confrontation" between Rick Schwartz and Frank Schilling. 406D0C00-5AFC-4C68-898E-3C91611C37FC Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:09:14 -0400 Photos & Highlights From a Fabulous Day of TRAFFIC East Pre-Show Networking at Ft. Lauderdale Beach Saturday The flock of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. early birds continued to grow Saturday on a gorgeous day at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. The conference doesn't officially get underway until this afternoon but dozens of attendees came to town early to enjoy a couple of days of preshow cabana and poolside networking. 7B02D595-490A-48BD-B0D8-E29E50D5F678 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:38:52 -0400 How T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Pre-Show Networking Turned into a Crazy Mix of Mardi Gras and ComicCon A funny thing happened as the first day of pre-show networking at the 2013 TRAFFIC East conference wound down at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach last night - we found ourselves in the middle of a crazy combination of ComicCon and a Mardi Gras style masquerade! 44BC06A1-55F5-44A7-8DA4-61280E10EBFB Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:04:02 -0400 TRAFFIC Gets Underway Today With 2 Days of Pre-Show Networking Leading Up to the Main Event We're driving south today, on our way across the state to Fort Lauderdale Beach for the TRAFFIC Conference that is now getting underway at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. It all starts with the first of two pre-show networking days on TRAFFIC's Cabana Row and the Ritz pool deck. 4103B371-5352-4784-9C8A-BA06BABBC07D Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:15:46 -0400 John Quail's Claim to Fame: How a Young Irish Entrepreneur Used Domains to Build a Booming Business DNJournal Cover Story: 28-year-old John Quail has had a lot of success buying & selling high end domains. He started in high school and flipped his way up the ladder while finishing college. Now Quail is turning some of his best domains into full blown businesses, led by C1F881B0-989C-4213-A1EE-4CFF76D80669 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:41:15 -0400 Domain Aftermarket Explodes With 3 Blockbuster Sales Totaling $2.2 Million The new weekly domain sales report is out at and it was a banner week for the aftermarket. We saw the year's third 7-figure sale as well as two other transactions that came in at close to a half-million dollars each. One of those was the year's biggest non .com gTLD sale. 828CBDD4-4B23-436F-8A7E-F03434D3A28C Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:48:35 -0400 All Aboard! The 1st Rolling Domain Conference Was Held on a Stunning Luxury Bus in Berlin Christoph Grueneberg & Thomas Mueller have staged the largest German language domain show for 7 years, but this year their domain development work left them too busy to organize their usual event. So, they came up with something different - the 1st domain conference on wheels! EAD32198-2550-4D2A-9732-5D33FD9776F5 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:25:23 -0400 With Domain Investing Becoming a Bigger Game Elliot's Blog Gets a Perfect New Name If you typed into your browser this morning you might have been surprised to see a different website appear. Have no fear, the popular blog written by veteran domain investor Elliot Silver hasn't been hijacked - it simply has a new home at an even more relevant address. 57F30CDE-4F83-4287-BC11-09A251F0092B Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:32:11 -0400 Demand Media Co-Founder Richard Rosenblatt Resigns as Chairman & CEO Demand Media Co-Founder Richard Rosenblatt has stepped down as the company's Chairman, effective immediately, and has also resigned as CEO, effective Oct. 31, 2013. The board of directors has named Rosenblatt's fellow co-founder, Shawn Colo, as interim President & CEO. E9BF845B-89A9-4D46-943B-8CD5EF2574CC Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:30:14 -0400 Why Bonus Networking Days Are Attracting a Growing Flock of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Early Birds The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference coming up Oct. 20-23 in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida will be a great place to do business - but a lot of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. veterans have learned that some of the most profitable and enjoyable times at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. come BEFORE the show even begins. C96B66AD-891A-42DD-AA56-35BD7806616E Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:25:38 -0400 Trio of 6-Figure Sales Including Year's 2nd Biggest ccTLD Sale Power Domains to Another Big Week The domain aftermarket continues to gain steam as we head into the home stretch for 2013. The past week saw three 6-figure sales and more than 50 5-figure sales - an exceptionally large number that would have allowed us to fill 2 Top 20 Sales Charts and still have some domains left over. C628602A-4E54-4BBF-9BD8-76FD906F48CB Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:16:38 -0400 Bidding Opens in TRAFFIC/ Silent Auction + on the Block in Bankruptcy Sale Auctions are in the news today. The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference has enlisted's Domain Marketplace to run a Silent Auction in conjunction with this month's conference in in Florida. Meanwhile, will be sold this month in a bankruptcy auction. 7FD84E1E-37AF-4954-ACFA-885E37133A75 Tue, 8 Oct 2013 17:24:12 -0400 How You Can Help Secure a Spot in the Super Bowl Advertising Line Up When the 2014 Super Bowl game is played in February more than 100 million TV viewers may see a commercial featuring a name that is familiar to just about everyone in this business - However, it will take your help to put them in the super bright spotlight they deserve! 9057BA21-8EF9-4819-A44A-A68BEBEDD322 Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:19:42 -0400 People & Companies in the News: Public Interest Registry, Steve Banfield & Hilco Streambank A busy week for the domain business started with the Public Interest Registry, the operator of the popular .ORG TLD, announcing a major re-branding of the organization. Elsewhere, Demand Media made an important new hire and Hilco Streambank opened a new domain & IP Auction. 855603E1-451F-439B-AAAC-CB68BEC2740F Fri, 4 Oct 2013 19:42:43 -0400 TRAFFIC Just Two Weeks Away - Agenda for the Florida Show Includes a New gTLD Debate T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s annual Florida conference is always a highlight of the year's closing quarter and the upcoming show October 20-23 on Fort Lauderdale Beach (preceded by two days of cabana networking) will be no exception. The shows highlights will include a New gTLD Debate. 1681C3A2-1969-4E97-A991-F9D1910B9467 Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:58:07 -0400 Hot Week for Domain Sales Led By an $850,000 Deal & Two Others at a Half Million Each Summer may be over but 2013 domain sales were hotter than ever this past week when 3 of the year's top 10 sales were reported. One of those ranks among 2013's top 3 sales while two others reached the half million dollar mark to tie for #6 on our YTD Top 100 Chart. 12E9450B-5D29-4901-B47F-ED31B8B9EB89 Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:38:00 -0400 Sedo Founders Sell Remaining Shares to United Internet - Domain Powerhouse to Go Private European internet giant United Internet has acquired the last 4.46 million shares of Sedo that were still held by the company's co-founders, a move that will allow United to take Sedo private. We have Sedo Co-Founder Tim Schumacher's comments on the move. 72E2467B-80B0-4B77-A536-77A3C0D66510 Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:22:08 -0400 Igal Lichtman's Domain Monetization Legacy Lives on With ParkingCrew Picked to Serve TrafficMedia Clients With the February 2013 passing of domain industry legend Igal Lichtman, Lichtman's TrafficMedia team began looking for some kindred spirits to serve the company's clients in a way that would carry Lichtman's ideals into the future. Their choice was C81021AD-3160-46F6-83CA-35BF6198340B Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:25:23 -0400 Verisign Research Says Businesses Prefer Websites to Social Media - Sedo Offers New gTLD Insight A couple of new studies are out with findings that should be of interest to domain investors. Verisign canvassed global businesses to see what they valued most - websites or social media marketing. Meanwhile, Sedo released a study on the prospects for new gTLDs. 49999C63-53DB-4155-BE7D-A8543D3D5BE7 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:02:12 -0400 Registrar InterNetX Lures New Resellers With Free Professional Domain Management Software One of the first issues people run into when they get into the domain business is keeping track of and managing the growing number of domains in their portfolios. Dedicated domain management software can solve the problem and registrar InterNetX is using theirs to sign up new resellers. E6134A83-4D31-44FA-976B-7AA60ED5D47F Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:25:13 -0400 Endless Parade of Scammers & Domain Hijackers Prompts Rick Schwartz to Expand Hall Of Shame Rick Schwartz's new website is outing would be domain thieves found guilty of reverse domain hijacking. The rogue's gallery at the site is growing fast and the parade of miscreants has prompted Schwartz to expand the site with a new Scammers section. 63F0DF12-3C7E-489C-A96B-2A1CE762A7E0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:12:14 -0400 Changes Hands for 6 Figures in Year's Biggest .Net Sale to Top This Week's Chart A hot one came out of the .net oven this week. changed hands in the biggest .net sale reported so far this year. It is also the 2nd biggest non .com gTLD sale of the year. leads our latest weekly Top 20 Sales Chart where it is joined by 15 .coms and four ccTLDs. 9D9B2463-63E0-4965-A404-01B72F7132CD Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:06:38 -0400 Companies & Organizations in the News: Marchex, Archeo, DomainTools & Southern California Domainers Today in the Lowdown at Marchex changes plans to take their Archeo domain division public, DomainTools hires two new Vice Presidents and Southern California Domainers schedule their first meetup of the year. E175F3B9-69A3-47D2-A315-DF1E355EAD65 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:25:20 -0400 Blockbuster Acquistion: Go Daddy Buys Afternic and SmartName From NameMedia In one of the most significant acquisitions in domain industry history GoDaddy has purchased two major businesses from NameMedia - domain aftermarket sales platform Afternic and domain monetization company SmartName. GoDaddy also got NameMedia's new NameFind service. 24D24621-A748-45F4-AD84-CAFB8513C417 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:57:41 -0400 Six-Figure Sale of Helps Sedo Sweep 9 of the Week's 10 Biggest Sales In our last weekly domain sales report of the summer (fall officially arrives this weekend!) Sedo celebrated the end of the season with a virtuoso performance, sweeping the top nine spots on our latest all extension sales chart. B531D458-9804-4F0B-A0C2-F5096AFBD32F Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:08:41 -0400 DomainNameSales Rolls Out New Services Led By Beefed Up Brokerage Team & Buy It Now Option DomainNameSales (DNS), the disruptive aftermarket sales platform founded by Frank Schilling, has added some more new services led by an expansion of the DNS brokerage team. That is allowing them to have brokers personally follow up on otherwise dormant purchase inquiries. 0B52264E-ADC8-4777-B071-E3007741FA91 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:56:20 -0400 German Partners Acquire Domain to Expand Business They Created at Christoph Grueneberg and Thomas Mueller are well-known figures in the domain business. They own one of the top .de domain portfolios and also stage the biggest German language domain conference. Now they are making a big splash in domain development too. BBCFE890-10B8-4445-B104-2521D8065140 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:02:58 -0400 Oversee/DomainSponsor Celebrates Sam Tseng's 10th Anniversary With the Company There are very few people in the domain industry that have spent ten years with the same company. ! It takes a special kind of person to not only survive but thrive in the constantly changing environment that domain industry managers have to navigate - someone like Sam Tseng. 1A2A8637-DD6F-4EA7-AC00-F06B3589FA40 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:43:32 -0400 .ME & Marlers Team Up in Effort To Teach Kids Programming & Create Tech Jobs in Rural America The .ME Registry has teamed up with domain investor/developer Bruce Marler and his wife Tiffany in a partnership designed to teach kids programming and spur the creation of new tech jobs in America. The unlikely setting for the non-profit joint effort is in rural Missouri. C7942E98-2499-4FFE-900E-47626F797660 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:59:45 -0400 Multi-Million Dollar Deal - the Year's Biggest to Date - Leads This Week's Expanded Sales Chart I was on vacation last week and during that "quiet" time (from a reporting stand point) the domain aftermarket was busy making noise including the year's biggest sale to date. Along with that 7-figure blockbuster, we saw 3 six-figure sales and dozens more in the five-figure range. 6AF6D87B-B798-4ED8-9F1F-02F562CF4D96 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:40:21 -0400 $100 Million Deal to Buy Directi in the Works & Marc Ostrofsky's New Book Hit Store Shelves Today Today in the Lowdown - a deal to buy India's biggest registrar, Directi, is in the works....Domain pioneer Marc Ostrfofsky's 2nd book hit store shelves today, two years after he debuted with a New York Times bestseller...and the Domainer's Choice Awards are coming back. D4132990-82F6-47A5-962D-7CC7485BE079 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:23:44 -0400 200,000 Domains from the Massive Marchex Portfolio Made Available on New Sales Platform One of the best portfolios in industry history is now up for sale with more than 200,000 names to choose from. The portfolio was originally assembled by legendary investor Yun Ye who sold it to Marchex for $164 million. Now Marchex spinoff Archeo is offering the names on a new platform. 3FE3778C-FBF0-449E-83E6-45019AE3685F Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:00:05 -0400 Rick Schwartz's Hall of Shame - The New York Times Does Domains & Jim Grace Joins Team Internet I want to update you on some news and information that came out while I was away on vacation last week. We start with Rick Schwartz's new website devoted to exposing reverse domain name hijackers. 182F3C8A-15BB-420A-B905-5BC77BD422E6 Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:09:52 -0400 Two-Letter .Com Domain Sold for $4.7 Million in the Year's Largest Domain Sale to Date I just returned from vacation and this is the kind of news I like to come back to. Veteran domain brokers Tessa Holcomb and Marcus Kocak teamed up to negotiate the year's biggest domain sale to date, acquiring a two-letter .com for $4.7 million on behalf of a London based financial firm. FF3FF4EA-FB16-4269-B55D-FA505105B86F Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:01:14 -0400 Two-Character .Com Sold for $140,000 in Deal Co-Brokered by SuccessClick and DomainGuardians SuccessClick and DomainGuardians teamed up to sell a two-character .com domain (a number and a letter) for $140,000 - the biggest 2-character domain sale reported so far this year. Both brokerage firms are led by well-known industry veterans, SuccessClick's Stephen Douglas and DomainGuardians co-founder Mike Robertson. A523F668-44D4-4E7E-8A10-C05FE0872F55 Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:02:51 -0400 National Advertisers Say ICANN Preparations for New gTLD Rollout "Woefully Inadequate" In a letter we received today, the Association of National Advertisers, who represents dozens of well-known global brands including AT&T, eBay, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, blasted ICANN over "woefully inadequate" preparations for the impending roll out of new gTLDs. 7665C234-AA91-449C-B378-72EDDB8F308C Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:25:53 -0400 Sedo & Go Daddy Team Up to Produce 6-Figure Sale That Tops This Week's Sales Chart Aftermarket powerhouses Sedo and Go Daddy Auctions joined forces to generate a 6-figure sale and take the top spot on our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart this week. 5 ccTLDs made the Big Board along with 3 Non .Com gTLDs, including two of the year's 10 biggest sales in that category. D721164C-CF1C-49DD-B4E2-C68139153359 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:09:17 -0400 Rising Star: How 27-Year-Old Warren Buffett Disciple Daniel Negari Is Building an Internet Empire Few 27-year-olds have enjoyed as much entrepreneurial success as Daniel Negari has. From online retail sales to high end real estate to buying and selling premium domain names to running his own new gTLD registries, Negari has been on a mind boggling winning streak since his early teens. E0FB4A3B-B883-4D61-985A-C7A32AD0BE6C Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:06:26 -0400 A Hair Razing Experience: How the Water School Has Changed Lives (Including Jodi Chamberlain's) After allowing her head to be shaved in return for donations to The Water School, veteran domain conference promoter Jodi Chamberlain went to Africa last month to get a first hand look at the Water School's work. She came home with a new outlook on life. D4EC415A-A06F-4645-BEF2-5C9270779F25 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:50:58 -0400 After Debuting With a Bestseller Author/Domain Pioneer Marc Ostrofsky Returns With Word of Mouse! Domain industry pioneer & author Marc Ostrofsky made the New York Times Best Sellers List with his first book, 2011's Get Rich Click! His publisher wanted more so after two years behind the keyboard Ostrofsky is ready to release his 2nd book, Word of Mouse, September 10th. D4779274-9EA4-4AFE-A712-EB48A0ED78E9 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:38:46 -0400 The Beat Goes On: Offers Free Original Music Downloads to Attract New Users This past spring I told you about Indian entrepreneur Anshul Goyal signing a Bollywood movie star to serve as spokesperson for his innovative email service at Now the young software magnate is offering free downloads of original music to promote the service. 34B6DE86-E269-4EE4-8210-A6D2328DAAED Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:08:29 -0400 Russian Girls Reign Over This Week's Sales Chart After 6-Figure Deal at DomainNameSales After just a one-week absence the six-figure sale returned this week with doing the honors at They took the first 3 places on our latest Top 20 Chart. as .coms swept 18 of the 20 positions. The other two spots went to ccTLDs. 2F243460-492B-450F-9FBC-FA1C2A622A2E Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:50:53 -0400 DomainState Unveils New Domain Industry Directory & Special Section Detailing Registrar Stats One of the first domain forums - - is now offering a comprehensive domain industry directory featuring 19 different service and information categories. DomainState has also launched a free Registrar Stats section detailing the latest registration trends. A39FE600-ABA5-4030-9DD4-80514ACACB08 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:04:37 -0400 Domainer Steven Newman Takes the Development Plunge With Slick New Site at I've always thought that it was a good idea for domain investors to try their hand at developing at least one website on a topic they are passionate about. Veteran domain investor Steven Newman has just branched out in that direction and his new website has the look of a winner. 768FC993-F06A-4F72-BB3E-B6BF08C37A2A Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:59:11 -0400 POP.CO Promises to Put Businesses Online Instantly + Two Veteran Industry Execs Join New Teams The .CO registry has announced the beta release of POP.CO, a new platform that says it can almost instantly put a business or idea online. Elsewhere, the Endurance International Group and have each added a a familiar name to their executive team. 9D89DC6A-A677-4A8A-8A96-C2D7FD40C3CB Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:07:25 -0400 How CBS-TV Got For a Bargain Price Just Before the #1 Show Launched I you have been watching TV this summer you probably know all about CBS-TV's hit series Under The Dome. It has been the top-rated show on TV since the first episode aired in June. What you might not have known is how CBS got the domain name for a bargain price. 1A49E5DE-7B39-4080-93A8-F87859D95925 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:22:17 -0400 Sedo Dissects the Domain Market & Their Own Financial Results + What's Up With Sedo has released their latest quarterly domain market study and reports sales were spread across a record number of TLDs. They also released their own financial results for the 1st 6 monthsof 2013. Elsewhere, speculation continues - did get a new owner of just a new investor? B0353510-1B53-4165-A182-20C45554A194 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:55:51 -0400 7-Week Run of Blockbuster Domain Sales Ends But Over 30 Solid 5-Figure Sales Were Booked The new weekly domain sales report is out at After 7 straight weeks with at least one 6-figure (or higher) domain sale reported, the streak was snapped this week. Still, it was a respectable outing for the domain aftermarket with 32 solid 5-figure sales reported. 3B27F38B-FF85-4781-9A47-538C8F387265 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:56:40 -0400 Do the Math: Domain Market Comeback Continues With Blockbuster Sale of For the 7th consecutive week the domain aftermarket has produced at least one 6-figure (or higher) sale and the latest one ranks as the 2nd biggest sale reported so far this year. We also saw the year's 2nd biggest ccTLD sale this week. The details are all in our latest weekly domain sales report. C08AEC30-BA78-4B63-8DA7-193DF724BA79 Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:20:26 -0400 TRAFFIC Picks a New Miami Beach Venue & Hints of a New Conference Role for Adam Dicker Predicting a new boom in the domain business, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founder Rick Schwartz announced the fall 2014 Florida show will move to a larger venue on Miami Beach to accommodate bigger crowds. He also hinted that DNForum owner Adam Dicker will take on a new role with the show. 30EDC79F-65F7-4113-B936-C9800C99AC4D Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:34:37 -0400 Bill Karamouzis Buys for $725,000 to Launch Groundbreaking New Company Bill Karamouzis has revealed that he paid $725,000 to acquire to use for a new website that is the first offering from his revolutionary new children's education company TeachMe, Inc. That is the 2nd highest reported price paid for a domain name this year. 7E658A1C-A018-4304-B5A7-965FCE033E86 Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:51:25 -0400 How Bill Karamouzis Plans to Change the World With a Big Idea and a Bold Domain Buy After shocking the domain world by paying $350,000 for in 2010, Bill Karamouzis went on to build an internet gaming empire and sell his company to an industry giant. Now he is back with an even bigger domain purchase and plans to literally change the world. 03F5D9E0-68A4-46E8-8436-E3F90B9A45EF Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:20:34 -0400 Igloo & DomainNameSales Team Up For $600,000 Sale as Domain Market's Hot Streak Continues So much for the summer doldrums! Just before the deadline for our latest weekly domain sales report, we received word that and had teamed up to close a $600,000 sale - one of two new sales that rank among the 10 biggest reported so far this year. 521694EE-2C0C-4BDB-A977-99EB9BB29F78 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:27:50 -0400 Weekly Streak of 6-Figure (or Higher) Domain Sales Will Reach at Least 7 + Sedo Embraces Brazil With Sedo announcing a $300,000 sale today our weekly domain sales chart Wednesday will have at least one 6-figure (or higher) sale for the 6th week in a row and an even bigger sale will hit next week's chart. Plus, Sedo courts Brazil's 80 million internet users with a new site in their own language. 158EE250-940A-4259-B3A2-2AD7C5BE61CF Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:45:28 -0400 One of World's Largest Auction Houses Opens New Domain & IP Division Led by Aron Meystedt In a landmark development for domains, Heritage Auctions (, the world's 3rd largest auction house, has created a new division dedicated to domain names and intellectual property. Veteran domain investor/developer Aron Meystedt was selected to found and direct the new division. FD47D5E4-E86E-4D22-ADCB-B6BF4F2ECAB7 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:33:55 -0400 John Berryhill Collars Reverse Domain Name Hijacker on Way to Winning 2 UDRPs in One Day Attorney John Berryhill has had many good days in the UDRP arena but Wednesday was an especially gratifying one as he logged TWO important wins on behalf of Frank Schilling, including one in which the complainant was found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. 17FB68C1-8DF6-44FF-A83A-5B48EC959AFE Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:42:55 -0400 3-Letter .Com Sells for 6 Figures to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at The six-figure sale of a 3-letter .com led this week's sales parade, one that saw three ccTLDs, all French domains, reach the top 10. Still the .coms dominated, taking 16 places and leaving just one spot for the non .com gTLDs. 673BFC98-4826-482A-AA08-22537F74CA99 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:47:17 -0400 Key Domain Sales Indicators Turn Positive in 2Q-2013 - $ Volume & Median Prices Both Rise The domain aftermarket may have turned a corner in the 2nd quarter of 2013. We've finished breaking down the sales data reported to us in 2Q-2013 and almost all of the key indicators either rose or held their own against the previous quarter as well as the same quarter a year ago. 0429459E-71D3-4822-BAA9-4041C86BCDCA Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:41:21 -0400 New Funding & Key Partnership Has CitiesPlanet Poised to Put GeoDomains In Higher Orbit, the world’s first full monetization platform for geodomain brands, today announced both a major capital infusion and a partnership that is expected to allow the company to expand its client portfolio of city .com brands to thousands of geodomains in the coming 24 months B1D866F3-B4CC-4B67-8D3D-E9240997463E Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:41:29 -0400 Dr. Chris Hartnett's Accomplished Father, William Hartnett, is Eulogized in the U.S. Congress When I interviewed Dr. Chris Hartnett for a 2008 Cover Story, Chris spent a good deal of time talking about the influence his father, William Hartnett, had on his life. William passed away this week after a life filled with so many accomplishments even the U.S. Congress took note. F2784025-66D9-4DCE-9ED0-8A060DA5B464 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:00:27 -0400 .CO Celebrating 3rd Birthday & Sedo Report Showing Solid Aftermarket Performance for the TLD The .CO Registry has a lot to celebrate this week. Saturday marks the TLD's 3rd birthday as a globally available open extension. On top of that, Sedo released a report today showing solid aftermarket performance for .CO domains on Sedo's sales platform. 49BB9997-2587-4174-8BA8-197BD58E67DF Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:22:16 -0400 $380,000 Deal Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart as High End Resurgence Continues The new weekly domain sales report is out at For the 3rd week in a row a blockbuster sale has taken a place among the year's three biggest sales. This time it was, a name that sold for big bucks for the second time in the past four years. FD4DBDC3-7647-4CAF-832D-7FA989327D4D Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:13:56 -0400 The European Union's .EU Becomes 9th TLD Offered By The SedoMLS Premium Network For domain sellers multiple listing services have dramatically improved the visibility of domains for sale - putting listings on dozens of partner sites, including leading registrars. However, these systems support only certain TLDs. Today the European Union's .EU joined the SedoMLS club. 234B5D1A-0978-4AB5-A99A-DE3BF81C7BF5 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:26:19 -0400 Ouch! Only Thing of Value Left From CompUSA & Circuit City Are Domain Names & Trademarks I used to spend a lot of time & money at the local CompUSA store. I liked the place so much I even bought stock in the company. But then online retailers with even lower prices ate their lunch and that of another giant retailer - Circuit City. What's left of them is now being auctioned off. 9904B469-42CD-4D95-A442-5C5CDF6B591D Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:00:14 -0400 Sedo Revisited: How the Industry Pioneer Has Kept Pace Through a Decade of Constant Change Over the past decade much has changed at Sedo but the company continues to play a leading role in an industry where the winds are always shifting. To get a fresh view of today's Sedo and how the company has adapted to change, we talked with key members of Sedo's leadership team. 6E9C3707-ADB7-4F38-A766-EF7496D97F3B Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:32:48 -0400 High End Sales Continue Comeback With BIG Deal But "Sale" of Ends in Lawsuit High end domain sales continue their comeback with Go Daddy reporting a big deal for The year's top 3 sales have now been reported over the past 2 weeks. On the flip side, a half million dollar auction "sale" of has blown up with the high bidder being sued for non-payment. 2B2A0E0E-8DE2-4511-B813-46CEC75F679A Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:37:49 -0400 Blockbuster Sale of Takes Top Spot on DN Journal's New Weekly Top 20 Sales Chart As we told you in our Lowdown section Tuesday, the first 7-figure domain sale reported in 2013 has been completed with changing hands for $2.1 million in a private transaction. That blockbuster sales leads our latest weekly Top 20 Sales Chart as well as our updated YTD Top 100. 91245861-79EE-4547-B717-DB0AEDC8EC1A Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:19:51 -0400 New Partnership Between IP Neighborhood & Expands Market for Premium Domains Intellectual Property intelligence firm IP Neighborhood and professional domain services provider have joined forces in a new partnership that the two companies said will showcase thousands of premium domain names for sale worldwide. A869C501-5A08-4342-9AB7-A6C6A268C050 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:18:51 -0400 Year's First 7-Figure Sale Reported - $2.1 Million Domain Goes to a Chinese Buyer Seven-figure domain sales have been few and far between in recent years. Only two were reported all of last year and none had been reported this year - until this post. B06AE072-2759-4AA9-8F23-1D46DE7E60EF Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:03:50 -0400 Creates New Path to Better Revenue From Mortgage and Real Estate Domains Co-Founder Sean Sullivan believes the key to getting the best domain monetization results is to stop relying on search engines and build direct advertiser relationships in specific verticals. After doing that with financial services domains he is at it again in a new vertical. 5BD62E59-4B70-48F5-878F-3470B941C42B Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:40:10 -0400 Partnership With Marchex Gives DevHub's Rapid Development Platform a Major Boost is known for its rapid website development platform that helps small businesses quickly establish a web presence on their own domain. They are also growing the business be offering their technology as a private label development solution that Marchex has just embraced. 82A7D5EB-FAA7-4267-870F-9E8DD1ACCE32 Fri, 5 Jul 2013 17:20:28 -0400 Price Paid for Revealed - It's Now the Biggest Domain Sale Reported This Year The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal - topped by the biggest sale reported so far this year. The honor went to after we uncovered the previously unannounced price paid for the domain in a widely publicized sale a couple of weeks ago. 0BF9B362-2E2E-4CB3-88B8-E2F92FFB6D93 Wed, 3 Jul 2013 17:36:23 -0400 Dollars From Donuts: New gTLD Registry Operator Invests in More People & New Office Space A key player in the upcoming launch of new gTLDs, registry operator Donuts Inc, is continuing to gear up for the arrival of hundreds of new domain extensions. On Monday the company announced the hiring of six more team members and the opening of a new office in Southern California. 6BA94E5B-A3B3-4DB5-BC9D-6A3ACCE3F35E Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:32:39 -0400 Have Gavel Will Travel: How Paul Keating Became One of the Domain Industry's Top Attorneys Over the past decade globe trotting domain defender Paul Keating has proven himself to be one of the best in the business. Ironically, he got involved with domains at a time when he planned to QUIT LAW only to have a persistent domainer change his mind. Details in our new Cover Story. AC29500F-3E1D-4306-B365-74C55B544F28 Mon, 1 Jul 2013 19:20:11 -0400 New DomainsBot Name Suggestion Tool is First to Recommend TLDs As Well As Keywords Many registrars offer domain name suggestion tools (a service most often provided to them by Today DomainsBot added a new twist to its popular offering by launching the TLD Recommendation Engine, a tool that recommends relevant TLDs as well as keywords. E36EB88F-1DA5-4DCD-AC59-796F2CD4C75B Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:00:00 -0400 Offers New Option for Buying, Selling & Parking Domains in One Place Multi-faceted domain industry company Thought Convergence, the parent company of, and, has beefed up the latter service to make it a one stop shop for buying, selling and parking domains. 08BF1A7D-FA9A-4399-A98A-8FD28B944EC3 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:27:57 -0400 InternetMedia & MediaOptions Joint Venture Produces New Way to Sell Domains at If you've been looking for a new way to sell your domains, the people behind, a domain name exchange that just launched, thinks they may have just what you are looking for. The new platform has introduced some new twists designed to freshen up the traditional sales game. A553E558-3FCA-473A-8C07-AF3111FBC262 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:45:32 -0400 is Star of This Week's Sales Show After Changing Hands in One of Year's Top 5 Transactions No question about who was this week's star in the domain aftermarket. Broker Peter Ejtel of closed a six-figure deal with the Trek Bicycle Corporation for - a transaction that ranks among the five biggest sales reported so far this year. CD47A839-63CC-498B-8635-71B27D247ED8 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:37:31 -0400 Fact Book 2013: Everything You Wanted to Know About Canada's .CA ccTLD CIRA, the administrator of Canada's .CA country code domain, has done an excellent job of promoting the ccTLD in recent years, helping .CA registrations double between 2007 and 2012. CIRA has put out a 2013 Fact Book that details .CA's success story as well as other key domain trends. 178DBE14-9739-4852-9E13-F0B8657AF300 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:48:27 -0400 Week's Top Domain Sales Include One of the Year's 10 Biggest Non .Com gTLD Transactions The new weekly domain sales report is out at A trio of .coms and a non .com gTLD sale fill the first four slots on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. That non .com gTLD sale ranks among the year's 10 biggest in that category. Four ccTLDs also made the leader board. D05BCDC0-4AF6-4DB7-ADD1-0D683BD14F31 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:56:06 -0400 Less Than 3 Weeks After Buying Bill McClure Has Site Up & Affiliate Program in Place Bill McClure bought for $30,000 in the TRAFFIC Las Vegas live auction just 3 weeks ago but he already has an attractive e-commerce site running on the domain along with an affiliate program for other domain owners who have floral related .com domains. 9C2F0D31-E134-40F1-BFEE-FE2551C26C59 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:02:15 -0400 Bar None: Photos & Highlights from the Ari Goldberger Family's Celebration of Life As I told you in my last Lowdown post, when I was getting ready to head out for Cherry Hill, New Jersey to attend this past weekend's bar mitzvah for Ari Goldberger's son Josh, I was expecting the kind of BIG production that Ari is known for. Even so, the event wound up far exceeding my already high expectations. F37ACB02-6076-4FAE-8273-6395FC08C8A9 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:52:32 -0400 Why a Webcast May Be This Weekend's Best Show & What Ari Goldberger Has to Do With It! Though he has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid, business has always taken a back seat to attorney Ari Goldberger's family. He pulls out all the stops for major life events involving his wife & kids and one of those is coming up this weekend that you can watch on the web! 962C4F3D-2075-4AAF-80A9-4515D7526761 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:58:32 -0400 6-Figure Drought Ends With DomainNameSales Ringing Up One of Year's 10 Biggest Sales After three consecutive weeks with no six-figure sales reported, ended the aftermarket's high end hiatus by booking one of the 10 biggest sales reported so far this year. Meanwhile the market's mid-range continued to flourish. 803DF24D-C422-4F65-B3FF-131F81BAA9A3 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:49:42 -0400 Frank Schilling Announces Major Improvements at had an immediate impact on the domain sales business when the site launched last year. Frank Schilling and his team have been continually improving the platform ever since then and Schilling says the latest version has been a major breakthrough. 1C7BEDF9-A5F3-490C-A4B2-0A24291AC751 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:00:28 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas 2013: A Pictorial Review of the Big Show at the Bellagio For a a fresh perspective our customary final T.R.A.F.F.I.C. review article is being presented in a pictorial review format this time around. Our photos, almost all previously unpublished and presented in chronological order, will take you through the big show from start to finish! 9F10B69F-3FF4-460C-B520-229777A5341E Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:15:23 -0400 A European Elected to Chair ICANN's Registrar Stakeholder Group For the First Time Despite the huge role European countries play in the global domain industry no one from the continent has ever chaired ICANN's Registrar Stakeholder Group until now. Michele Neylon, the CEO of Irish registrar Blacknight, was elected unanimously to the position by his peers this week. 9A334888-D9D6-4E9A-91D7-C7DAC6417010 Fri, 7 Jun 2013 18:38:27 -0400 Six-Figure Sales Drought Reaches 3 Weeks But Market's Mid-Range Continues to Bustle After seven straight weeks with one or more six-figure domain sales reported, we've now gone three weeks in a row without one. While mum has been the word on high end sales, we are continuing to see hundreds of solid sales reported at four and five figure levels. F04358FA-8CD7-49F0-BFA0-75E950162043 Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:04:35 -0400 nterNetX's DomainShop Wins Top Prize for Their White Label Registration & Hosting Solutions Many domain investors operate their own domain registration and/or hosting businesses by using white label solutions from major players in those spaces. InterNetX's DomainShop is one of those that enable you to quickly set up your own shop and they just won a major award for their efforts. 2723AE9C-B706-48D7-9F04-68925E8B5CE8 Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:02:26 -0400 BrandBucket Founder Says Business is Brisk for Brandable Domains Category defining .coms are kings of the domain world but .coms have always been the leader in brandable names too. Even though Brandable new gTLD alternatives are coming soon, the founder of says business has never been better for brandable .coms. FCE31C26-2D18-4156-81FE-0E60FA87F421 Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:58:40 -0400 Breakfast of Champions: Why the Final Hour at TRAFFIC Las Vegas Was One of the Show's Best I'm back home from another highly productive TRAFFIC conference. My last post from Las Vegas Saturday had everything except photos from that morning's Farewell Breakfast (we had to leave right after it). Today I rectify that and explain why it is one of my favorite things about TRAFFIC. 88C5E8FD-2915-499D-B93D-38919BA28560 Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:57:58 -0400 Photos & Highlights From Friday's Closing Day of the 2013 TRAFFIC Las Vegas Conference The 2013 TRAFFIC Las Vegas conference closed with a busy day & night of activity Friday (May 31) at the Bellagio Hotel (though there will be a Farewell Breakfast for the last to depart this morning - us among them). We have photos and highlights from the last big day including a surprise birthday celebration at last night's closing party. D4B5B4EE-BE67-45BD-96DA-4356380C87D6 Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:53:49 -0400 Photos & Highlights from a Busy 2nd Day (& Neon Night) at TRAFFIC Las Vegas 2013 The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference continued Thursday at the Bellagio Hotel with a busy second day that included multiple business sessions, a live domain auction and a big evening party that benefited The Water School. We have photos and highlights from all of the activity for you. 89EF1438-9DF5-4515-B047-3C644117DB6B Fri, 31 May 2013 11:55:01 -0400 Opening Day Photos & Highlights from TRAFFIC Las Vegas 2013: Cabanas, Cocktails & Canadians! The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference officially got underway Wednesday (May 29) at the dazzling Bellagio Hotel. The morning and afternoon hours were filled with cabana networking and a special session for show newcomers, followed by a high energy evening at the traditional T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Opening Night cocktail party that drew attendees from around the world. A727D561-D6F3-4FF5-B910-92A20128FCA8 Thu, 30 May 2013 09:50:53 -0400 Fun, Fountains & Friends: Pre-Show Photos & Highlights from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C Las Vegas conference gets underway today at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel but many guests got a jump start on the festivities. I got into town a day early so I could gather some advance photos that will set the stage for you before the curtain goes up on the highly anticipated event that will run through Saturday morning. 786F152E-E149-4F64-BF00-A6279E94A2E6 Wed, 29 May 2013 11:12:16 -0400 U.S. Domainers Join Millions of Americans Observing Memorial Day Today For those who live outside the U.S. and may be wondering why this seems to be a slow business day, it's likely because few Americans are on the job. This is a special holiday here - Memorial Day - the day we honor the men and women who gave their lives in military service for the United States. 7C69EFF1-B9C2-4BF4-AC4A-06C3AE5B9BB5 Mon, 27 May 2013 16:06:58 -0400 In the News: Bill Sweetman, Bree, TRAFFIC Las Vegas, Hilco IP Auctions, Afternic & Directi As we head into a long holiday weekend in the U.S., we have news and information from several fronts today. The people & companies in the news include Bill Sweetman, David Castello & Bree, TRAFFIC Las Vegas, Hilco IP Auctions, Afternic & Directi. E0596A2D-ECE9-42BC-88A7-F67796B7CB50 Fri, 24 May 2013 18:57:40 -0400 ccTLDs Take 9 Places on This Week's Sales Chart But No 6- Figure Sales for 1st Time in 2 Months After 7 straight weeks with one or more 6-figure sales, the domain aftermarket took a breather this week with the highest reported sale topping out at $32,500. The ccTLDs shined though - piling up 9 chart entries. The .coms still won with a dozen while the non .com gTLDs went empty-handed. 2FC2D22D-AF7C-4D84-A0B2-731FDFD3F796 Wed, 22 May 2013 20:21:06 -0400 Domainers Rally Around Relief Efforts for Oklahoma Tornado Victims With Charity Domain Auction, and have joined forces to stage a three-day charity domain auction to raise funds for the victims of this week's disastrous tornado in Oklahoma. Gift certificates and services are also being offered in the auction that ends at 5pm Friday. 06E51A69-9491-45E0-9C63-4FE367B323D0 Wed, 22 May 2013 12:17:36 -0400 Rebrands Under a Cool New Name - Introducing! We all love domains but the industry veterans behind decided that when it comes to standing out in a crowd, having "domain" in the company name may have finally gotten to the point of being TOO much of a good thing. That's why they have just become 8AA830D3-4BEC-419E-A697-708E7CFCF05D Wed, 22 May 2013 11:20:25 -0400 TRAFFIC Las Vegas Through the Years - The Shows That Set the Stage for Next Week's Big Event When the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference returns to Las Vegas next week it will be the 6th time the pioneering domain conference has been held there. We take a look back at the five previous Las Vegas shows that set the stage for next week's big event at the Bellagio Hotel. 86102A27-891C-4869-AE34-1B346DE52B52 Tue, 21 May 2013 16:32:49 -0400 Companies in the News:, TRAFFIC, Directi's .IN.NET & Michael Cyger's Lots of ground to cover in the Lowdown at DNJournal today - most centering on the launch of new businesses., Directi's .IN.NET and Michael Cyger's all joined the growing ranks of new online enterprises. Elsewhere, Traffic Las Vegas offers 1-day passes. 1EF3A00D-4AB2-4ECD-8E1D-2AC70F6BFA5E Mon, 20 May 2013 15:00:31 -0400 David Castello & Bree to Make National TV Debut Tonight With a Live Performance on AXS-TV Things are happening fast for bree and domain industry giant David Castello, a lifelong musician who manages the rapidly rising rock star and plays drums in her trio. Bree will lead the group's live national TV debut tonight on billionaire Mark Cuban's cable music channel AXS-TV. 8578FEAE-56B2-422D-98C1-A78DE6A2591D Mon, 20 May 2013 07:41:48 -0400 Two Reasons's David Castello is Doing a Happy Dance Domain industry giant David Castello ( who is also a life long musician) moved to Nashville a couple of years ago to manage the career of an upcoming rock star and play drums in her trio. While there David has also been spending a lot of his time working with DevDigital to take his company's website to another level. Today he is celebrating successes on both fronts. 3F011C10-851D-44AB-B11F-EA2F52267653 Thu, 16 May 2013 17:31:34 -0400 Companies in the News: NameMedia's, Sedo & Hilco IP Auctions Today in the Lowdown at has unveiled a slick new website aimed at end users, Sedo had good news and bad news in its latest quarterly financial report and Hilco Streambank added some new domains to a special IP auction they will run next week. EC2504EA-6076-4A9A-907E-4B71681BFDF1 Wed, 15 May 2013 20:35:05 -0400 Tops This Week's Sales Chart With Seller Getting 1,100% Return on His Investment has the penthouse suite on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart at after veteran domain investor Michael Bahlitzanakis closed a $120,000 deal for the domain - one that Michael originally acquired for just $10,000. ABFEF2E6-97E7-4C69-A668-C13E11D060CF Wed, 15 May 2013 18:56:55 -0400 TRAFFIC Keeps Live Auction Tradition Alive With Catalog Release for May 30 Sale in Las Vegas Live domain auctions have been a fixture at TRAFFIC conferences ever since the pioneering event staged the first one ever in 2005. Another live auction will be part of the 24th conference in the popular series at the end of this month in Las Vegas and the current sales list was released today. F20B3447-2C52-44D6-B636-C383A0F04D73 Tue, 14 May 2013 09:46:16 -0400 Stop the Presses! Change of Plans for the Big Water Night Party at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas A big fund raising party for the Water School was going to piggyback on this month's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference but the Water Night event has now been absorbed INTO T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and will run Thursday night (May 30) instead of opening night as originally planned. FBC33F5E-F69B-48E2-8545-40CFA1F6BCB4 Fri, 10 May 2013 17:00:23 -0400 Back By Popular Demand: After a 5-Year Absence TRAFFIC Returns to Las Vegas This Month Las Vegas used to be an annual stop on the TRAFFIC calendar but this month's conference will be the first show co-founders Rick Schwartz & Howard Neu have staged there in 5 years. In our latest newsletter Rick & Howard explain why they're going back now and what's in store for attendees. AF5A637F-9A78-4057-93AA-29E5E4D13E9C Thu, 9 May 2013 19:10:31 -0400 Trio of 6-Figure Sales Including Year's Biggest ccTLD Deal Fuel Big Week for Domains The new weekly domain sales report is out at It was another very strong week for the aftermarket with one of the year's top 5 .com sales, as well as 2013's biggest country code sale and one of its 3 biggest non .com gTLD sales. B8D91C31-564C-404B-A466-A234B25C96F1 Wed, 8 May 2013 20:11:50 -0400 How the Domain Boardroom Funfest Wound Up Getting Bobbled - And Why That's a Good Thing! DomainBoardroom's 2nd annual DBR Funfest wrapped up a four-day run in Dana Point, California Monday that had guests raving about another great get together with fellow members from the popular private forum. The un-conference uncorked plenty of surprises along the way. E7DC7C08-190C-41EB-8151-27F328B36BF7 Wed, 8 May 2013 12:01:43 -0400 Transactions Pass $1.5 BILLION Mark - More Than Half From Domains & Websites released some pretty startling sales numbers today when the company reported the total value of's historical sales has passed the $1.5 BILLION mark - less than 18 months after they hit $1 Billion (a figure that took almost 11 years to reach)! 8E4978FF-94B8-48A2-8327-CDA0D9584C5F Tue, 7 May 2013 16:51:00 -0400 TRAFFIC Las Vegas: Last Week to Save on Hotel & Registration Rates + Water Night Party Planned The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference is just 3 weeks way and if you want to go to the highly anticipated event, you can save yourself some money by acting this week. In a related note, a Water School fund raising event has been scheduled to run after TRAFFIC's opening night party. D9D6101A-E21E-4F7E-9C9C-D85EDC8D6957 Mon, 6 May 2013 17:18:35 -0400 Companies in the News: .ME Registry, Hilco IP Auctions, Afternic & NameJet The options for acquiring good domains are going up. .ME is offering 5 premium generic domains to whoever has the best development plan (rather than the most money), Liquidator Hilco Streambank is auctioning off some good .coms and NameJet is now offering Afternic domains. 72D13A7F-3A89-4800-9243-B5677F22EFDB Thu, 2 May 2013 17:13:32 -0400 One of Year's Three Biggest Sales Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart The past week was a strong one for the domain aftermarket. One of the year's 3 biggest sales set the pace and we also saw 2013's 2nd biggest ccTLD sale. There were so many 5-figure sales we could have filled two Top 20 Charts and still had a domain left over. 1B274BD3-B49A-4B53-BC61-57947C603A94 Wed, 1 May 2013 20:49:55 -0400 Photos & Highlights From the Final Day of Business at Domaining Spain 2013 in Valencia The Domaining Spain conference closed another successful run over the weekend in Valencia. We've gotten some photos and highlights in from the final day of business at the latest European extravaganza produced by Dietmar Stefitz and Jodi Chamberlain (who came home happy but without any hair!) 181BCFBB-0A95-4D71-9C27-5B7F73B21B78 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:44:22 -0400 Jodi's Mane Goes Down the Drain in Spain and the Man Responsible For It Gets a Special Honor! In one of the most highly anticipated events at the 2013 Domaining Spain conference that ended over the weekend, show co-promoter Jodi Chamberlain had her head shaved Friday night in a fund raising effort for the Water School. We have some photos from that as well as details on a special award that was presented the same night to the man responsible for the loss of Jodi's locks! 2B5E82E6-109F-41DF-8F84-CF0AEAEF1DC4 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:11:43 -0400 How a 10-Year Journey Helped 2-Year-Old Rook Media Become a Domain Monetization Darling New DNJournal Cover Story: Every now and then someone seems to come out of nowhere and capture people's attention - the proverbial overnight sensation. It happens in the domain business too - most recently with a new wave of domain monetization companies. However, a lot more went into the success of Rook Media than meets the eye - it took years of experience & hard lessons learned to set up their big breakthrough. 27DA14A1-C327-4C94-844C-F8E83749FA04 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:01:05 -0400 More Opening Day Photos & Highlights from the Domaining Spain 2013 Conference in Valencia The 2013 Domaining Spain conference got underway Thursday in Valencia. We had some more opening day photos come in overnight featuring everything from paella to a Domaining Spain 2013 Family Photo shot this morning on the front steps of the hotel where the show is being held. 533FF058-D6A9-4AF1-9BA1-F6D39949976B Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:17:30 -0400 Domaining Spain 2013 Got Underway Today With New gTLDs Leading the Agenda The 2013 Domaining Spain conference got underway today with a good crowd on hand for the start of the three day event at the Hotel Sorolla Palace in Valencia. Almost all of the day's six business sessions were centered on the impending arrival of hundreds of new gTLDs, 2B228281-46E4-4F6D-B76A-967C58E4B055 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:11:02 -0400 Twin $200,000 Sales at HuntingMoon Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart racked up TWO $200,000 sales this week to claim the first two positions on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Those sales also rank among the five biggest transactions reported so far this year. The .coms swept all but two chart entries with those two going to ccTLDs. FA879EAA-F009-45F6-A934-968AC6DC39CE Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:12:24 -0400 .PW Registrations Exceed Expectations - Visa Gives .ME High Visibility - NAF Reports Decline in UDRPs Today in the Lowdown at The .PW Registry hoped to sell 100,000 domains in its first year but has already hit 50,000 just 3 weeks after opening. Plus, the .ME Registry is getting a big boost from Visa's Also, NAF reports the number of UDRP cases they handled dropped in 2012. B2B7A94D-4606-48F3-88E6-341C6A2EBC20 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:39:18 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Announces Plans Through 2015 - Florida Show Will Move to New Venue Next Year The next T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference is coming up just 5 weeks from now in Las Vegas. In addition to that show, co-founders Rick Schwartz & Howard Neu have revealed plans for their 2014 & 2015 shows, including a new Florida venue. Meanwhile Domaining Spain is set to open Thursday. 70E86A3E-50B5-49B5-9C4B-9F08F10C6B0C Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:22:17 -0400 People & Companies in the News:,, Bill Sweetman & Today in the Lowdown at Josh Metnick's forms a major new partnership, announced improvements to one of their key sites, Bill Sweetman has decided to leave Tucows to open his own shop and we take you inside Chad Folkening's new VentureCamp. 05E90D66-1C2D-4E52-9444-005BC289DAFC Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:03:36 -0400 VentureCamp: Ambitious New Reality Series Features Domains, Start Ups, Mentors & Mansions! Chad Folkening is shooting for the stars in his latest enterprise - VentureCamp. It is a business start up incubator/web-based reality docu-series in which 3 teams of 4 entrepreneurs each compete to build the best online business while living in a mansion with world class mentors! EC19EFBE-2B3E-4328-AB97-56767CAA9528 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:31:17 -0400 Domain Broker's Family Mourns the Loss of Their 13-Year-Old Daughter - Friends Seek Help for Them Brianna Berrier, the 13-year-old daughter of domain broker Matthew Berrier, passed away under difficult circumstances last Friday and was laid to rest yesterday afternoon. Two of Matthew's industry friends are seeking help for the family as they try to cope with this tragic loss. 6CE99D95-6455-4E0F-8E99-D0DF36F16B7F Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:13:50 -0400 This Week's Domain Sales Included One of Year's 10 Best + Top 10 ccTLD & Non .com gTLD Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at The past week was a good one for domain sales with a 6-figure .com sale that ranks among the 10 biggest deals reported so far this year, along with one of 2013's 10 biggest ccTLD sales and one its 10 best non .com gTLD sales. 026A80D7-BAE8-4F6F-A7EF-F23BCEE720DA Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:38:56 -0400 Debut CD Coming From bree - the Rising Rocker Discovered by's David Castello Domain Hall of Fame member David Castello's return to the rock music world is continuing full steam ahead. David and bree, the rapidly rising rocker he manages and plays drums for have just announced her debut CD will be out in June on David's Werewolf Tunes label. E7EBB748-F235-4C0E-AAA9-F85C5F3F5341 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:29:43 -0400 1Q-2013 Domain Sales Results Broken Down in New Newsletter DN Journal's latest newsletter is going out to opt-in subscribers today and is also available on the web. In it we break down our domain sales data from the first quarter of 2013. While total $ volume slipped in 1Q-2013 .COM Managed to beat both volume & median price numbers from a year ago. 679BB273-AD88-4997-8AA3-8CA63D7B7F8D Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:39:52 -0400 Boston Marathon Bombing Brings Out Vultures Looking to Profit From Tragedy It never fails. Whenever disaster strikes, vultures come out of the woodwork to register domain names related to the tragedy. Dozens of such domains were registered immediately after the bombing at the Boston Marathon today creating an ugly mess we all need to combat. B0F76036-7CAD-457B-9C29-EA4B629C8B6C Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:34:16 -0400 Facebook Founder and Top Tech Leaders Launch New Political Action Site on .US Domain Facebook Founder Marc Zuckerberg and some of the world's top tech leaders, representing companies including Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, PayPal and Cisco and many others, has launched a new political advocacy group at FWD.US, giving America's ccTLD a nice boost. 9E3EAF48-38C5-473D-90AC-9B1E802C12F0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:39:32 -0400 Two-Word .Com Clicks for 6 Figures at Sedo and They Go on to Post 12 of the Week's Top 20 Sales The first week of April was a particularly good one at They closed a $120,000 sale (one of the year's 10 biggest sales to date) to take the top spot on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and went on to pile up 12 of 20 chart entries overall including 5 of the first 6. 5DB5AF60-0E0D-4A39-B88B-2B7E8A089926 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:02:59 -0400 Why's Michael Rader is Banking on Brandable Domains Generic domains tend to get most of the attention in this business but many of the most successful sites on the web were built on brandable domains - names that may not mean anything at all. Michael Rader sees a profitable niche there and built to mine it. 6EFAAAF6-1B20-4082-9C1D-EDD00C9491C1 Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:27:20 -0400 Registered Domains Now Number Over a Quarter of a BILLION + George Kirikos Scores Big Win in Court Today in the Lowdown at Verisign's latest quarterly Industry Brief revealed total domain registrations have passed 250 million. Plus, George Kirikos scores a big win in court for domain owners and other industry news. BF33F3AC-B4CB-41F2-9AD9-8FBE3DBDA0A3 Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:55:38 -0400 to Unveil New Website This Weekend - Here is a Sneak Peak Starting tomorrow visitors will be greeted by a sleek new look featuring a completely revamped format and color combination. To see what is in store at the popular financial security service check out the screenshot from a sneak peak we obtained for you. 221B7B4A-9958-456F-ACEB-6A991A338DEF Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:07:39 -0400 Friction Over New gTLD Program May Produce Fireworks at ICANN Meeting Opening Sunday We may see some fireworks at the ICANN meeting that opens Sunday in Beijing, China. ICANN heads into the meeting playing defense after Verisign, PayPal and the Association of National Advertisers all said the new gTLD program has big problems and should be delayed. 53A91CF4-0195-4A82-BD89-565F368ABD42 Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:56:33 -0400 Big Week for Domain Sales with Two of the Year's 10 Biggest Deals + 2013's Top ccTLD Sale The new weekly domain sales report is out at It was a big week with two of the year's 10 biggest sales reported, both .coms, as well as the year's biggest country code sale and one of its five biggest non .com gTLD sales. 4A681C2C-E266-4EDB-810C-B50D3C28D12A Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:45:42 -0400 eNom's Auction of 39 One and Two Character .ORG Domains Including Opens Sunday PIR's Project 94 auction of 94 previously unreleased one and two character .ORG domains continues with eNom's portion of the sale opening Sunday. They will auction of 39 domains through NameJet, including and Also, the cost of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas tickets go up tomorrow. 063A2015-DA0B-4D71-A845-9E841AF1E377 Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:56:25 -0400 Nothing But Net: Fred Mercaldo's Fascinating Journey from Steelworker to Geodomain Statesman New DNJournal Cover Story: It took awhile for Fred Mercaldo to find his true calling. After morphing from steelworker to insurance salesman to art dealer to property manager, Fred finally found a home on the net as owner of and President. A5B2720A-4671-4E54-8F49-4DDEB9C9B704 Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:57:40 -0400 Citing Afilias Survey Retail Trade Magazine Says Consumers Have No Clue What New gTLDS Are published a story today that said 75% of U.S. and UK consumers are oblivious to new web extensions. Even more troubling for new TLD proponents is the high percentage of those polled who indicated they would rather not visit sites built on unfamiliar extensions. 2DD236A8-DFB2-4E4E-9C37-06AC55DE00F2 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:58:58 -0400 DomainBoardRoom Celebrates 6th Birthday Sunday - Members Set to Party at Upcoming Funfest Congratulations to founder Donna Mahony and the members of on the private domain forum's 6th birthday - an occasion that will officially arrive Sunday. Forum members, their families and DBR friends will get a chance to celebrate in person at the upcoming DBR Funfest. D99168B0-98EE-412F-9AFB-7A0A08F15001 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:36:20 -0400 Flurry of NDA Sales Leaves Door Open for Lower Level Deals to Take Top Spots on Sales Chart This was the slowest sales week we've seen thus far in 2013 but, as the old saying goes, numbers can be deceiving. Ironically, in a week when there were no publicly reported sales above $30,000, several venues reported brisk business that was not reflected due to NDAs. 027F5FF2-C041-4ED7-8B82-02FA2FC1BBFA Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:06:02 -0400 Sold For $525,000 - Plus .PW Opens to the Public Today in the Lowdown at - changes hands for $525,000 and, with its land rush now over, .PW opens the doors to general registration. The TLD's administrator, Directi, says over 4,000 domains were taken in the first half hour of open registration. 71B7119B-B6C2-4FBE-B841-217ECD72F0F5 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:44:22 -0400 Industry Veteran Opens New Forum Dedicated to Domain Leasing & NeusNews Gets New Look This year's buzz around domain leasing is about to get even louder. Industry veteran Gordon Martin has just opened a new public forum devoted to leasing. Also today, Howard Neu is marking the 3rd anniversary of his blog with a new look and The Water School is celebrating World Water Day. 9ECDC56B-6933-457B-B268-0A04E98330D8 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:56:25 -0400 DomainHoldings Rings Up 6-Figure Sale to Take Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart sits at the summit on DN Journal's latest weekly Top 20 Domain Sales Chart after handling a six-figure sale that also ranks among the seven biggest sales reported so far this year. We also saw the year's biggest .org sale and one of the five biggest ccTLD sales. E406B4ED-FDFE-4043-B4F8-48871DA0900C Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:43:32 -0400 Ari Goldberger Goes Big with Launch of and Most of you know Ari Goldberger as one of the domain industry's elite attorneys but he is also a serial entrepreneur who has an ownership interest in some of the best domain names on the web. Ari and his partners have just developed and launched new websites on two of their premier assets. 014E3309-F8A9-4FAA-A270-A4834AFADB0C Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:42:04 -0400 Parking is Dead? Why ParkingCrew's Founders Say You Can Cancel the Funeral How many times have you heard that domain parking is dead? If that is the case, then you have to ask why so many new competitors have entered a supposedly dying space - and why are their clients giving them good reviews? ParkingCrew's founders chime in on that in our latest newsletter. BBFC8D57-0AF3-4572-B086-8CFC379FE031 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:17:54 -0400 Simon Johnson Ratchets Up the Domain Intelligence Arms Race With IP Neighborhood One sure sign that this industry has come of age is the increasing sophistication of professional research tools available to investors, developers & intellectual property owners. Australia's Simon Johnson has launched the latest salvo in the domain intelligence arms race with IP Neighborhood. AB0B4A5E-45E7-4472-8D0E-498D3A3D0D07 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:02:39 -0400 Extent of Procter & Gamble's UDRP Deceit Growing as More Facts Come to Light Earlier this week a WIPO panel found Procter & Gamble guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking, in part because they grossly inflated (lied) about sales numbers for a defunct product they once made called Swash. But it gets EVEN WORSE and winning attorney John Berryhill proves it. B1A9FCE7-B372-42DD-A0D4-7549B9389F76 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:47:37 -0400 ccTLDs Take Top Spots on This Week's Domain Sales Chart & Pile Up Nearly Half of All Entries Someone must have declared the past 7 days ccTLD Week. Country code domains took the top two spots on our latest all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart and went on to pile up 9 chart entries overall. The .coms took everything else leaving the non .com gTLDs in the cold. BBEED4C8-D7D2-42D2-88C4-7434DFD637ED Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:12:24 -0400 After a Decade of Creating Research Tools for Domain Investors Luc Lezon Paints His Masterpiece When I entered the domain business one of the first people I came across was Luc Lezon, a software wizard who, after starting out as a domain investor himself, began creating tools that made it easier for others to find quality domains. Lezon has now released his masterpiece at 7E2ED5CE-3EFC-48E4-8901-1C2831747D55 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:08:40 -0400 Procter & Gamble Not Too Big to Fail -  Reverse Hijacking Attempt Tarnishes Famous Name If there was a Dumbest UDRP Filing of the Year Award Procter & Gamble would probably have the 2013 dishonor sewed up and we are not even through the first quarter of the year yet. In an unfunny Comedy of Errors, P&G has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. 4347B362-DB18-495E-B200-D144DE6004BB Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:26:39 -0400 Five Great Australian Domains Go on the Market - Our Rule Book Goes Out the Window They say "rules are made to be broken" but I try not to break them, especially when they are my own rules! However, they also say there is an exception to every rule and with 5 truly exceptional Australian domains hitting the market at once, our rule book will have to take a back seat. 3F633928-545D-45E0-8B98-D6392A3E3DFE Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:07:30 -0500 Go Daddy Scores Brownie Points With Aspiring New gTLD Registry Operators at Arizona Confab Go Daddy didn't become the world's biggest domain registrar by leaving a lot of stones unturned. They know the operators of hundreds of new gTLDs will desperately need shelf space and promotion from the #1 registrar to succeed and they rolled out a big welcome mat for them today. C75A2162-10D8-4879-A0DF-28D0D819977F Wed, 6 Mar 2013 20:32:29 -0500 Afternic Locks Up the Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart With There were no 6-figure sales reported this week but Afternic came within hailing distance of that lofty level with a high five-figure sale of The ccTLDs had a big week with four country code domains making the top 10 while three non .com gTLDs qualified for the Top 20. FA3765C2-5E53-4ADD-8BD4-DC93CF80D560 Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:44:49 -0500 SXSW Interactive Festival to Address New gTLDs With Presentation from Sedo's Jeremiah Johnston The massive 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival  in Austin, Texas is going to shine a light on new gTLDs. On Monday, March 11 Legal Counsel Jeremiah Johnston will headline a session called New Domains Have Landed: Now What? A1D10D37-0FA4-4D5A-9998-90844FB0D5FD Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:41:49 -0500 Webfest Global's Maiden Voyage: Why the Conference Set Sail With a New Name & A Different Game After running 6 annual conferences under the DOMAINfest Global banner, the show's promoter,, decided it was time for a change. That led to a new name - Webfest Global - and more importantly, a new game plan that expanded the show's focus far beyond domains. CB0216C1-9A41-4592-962D-B8ED56FBBD7E Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:20:55 -0500 World Accelerator Adds, & to Their New Development Platform Last fall Gary Millin launched World Accelerator, a new platform aimed at partnering with experienced development teams to turn great generic domain names into full-blown businesses. It looks like the idea is taking off in a big way with four solid one-word .coms the latest to come on board. 6BB9153D-4A5D-4D64-B06A-4ECF5928542D Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:38:02 -0500 Great Value, Beautiful Location & Timely Agenda Has Domaining Spain Set Up for Another Sellout Domaining Spain 2013 is now less than 8 weeks away. This annual conference in beautiful Valencia, Spain is a phenomenal value (one reason people came to last year's show from 23 different countries around the world). We have all of the details in this conference preview. DDED79C0-5FB6-4E07-B8E0-BD3F721548B1 Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:24:03 -0500 .CO.UK Rescued, .ORG Rockets, Chris Hartnett Sparkles & Igal Lichtman's Light Shines On Today in the Lowdown at - Great Britain's venerable .CO.UK extension avoids a self-inflicted wound, .ORG soars to new heights, Domain Hall of Famer Chris Hartnett makes his mark in an entirely different field and's touching remembrance of Igal Lichtman. 9E585CE8-2DBD-4B83-BF54-DFFFA5CDAC34 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:36:53 -0500 3-Word Portuguese Term Produces Week's Top Domain Sale - Canadian Domain Fills #2 Slot This week's all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart has a distinctly international flavor with a pair of non English terms in .com and a half dozen ccTLDs filling slots on the leader board. The biggest sale was a three word Portuguese term. Meanwhile, the non .com gTLDs came up empty handed. CF4782A2-67AF-4F58-BDF2-60AD171E99BF Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:54:55 -0500 New Service Offers Short Term Cash Loans Secured by Your Domains & Financing for New Purchases Attorney Matt Collins has launched a new financial services company at Collins designed the business to serve intellectual property owners, especially those who hold quality domain names and/or revenue producing websites. 15AAF853-5B99-45BC-BC14-0F86A1898BC8 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:12:29 -0500 NameMedia CEO Kelly Conlin in Line for a Board of Directors Seat at a Major Media Conglomerate NameMedia's Kelly Conlin is one of the few top executives who has successfully transitioned from traditional media to digital and is completely comfortable on both sides of the fence. His track record in both old and new media has a storied conglomerate hoping to add him to their Board. 68DA9391-7C6C-41A4-9B68-30D34D510229 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:09:17 -0500 What Do Domainers,, Guitars, Giving, Geddy Lee and Rush Have in Common? Here is a riddle to puzzle over this weekend (at least until you find out the answers in our latest Lowdown post) - What do domainers,, Fender Guitars, Giving, Geddy Lee, Rush and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have in common? And why is a Stratocaster hanging on my office wall? 4957F01A-6547-41C9-B4D2-8D5EA135C653 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:50:18 -0500 DomainMarket President Resigns, Protrada Partners With DomainPower & .US Registry Up For Grabs Today in the Lowdown: After just 10 months on the job the President of Michael Mann's DomainMarket has resigned...Protrada and DomainPower have signed a new partnership deal...and the U.S. government wants your opinion on who the next operator of the .US Registry should be. 58DC733E-E4F0-4599-8866-BAFFADEFBABF Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:30:33 -0500 Sedo and DomainNameSales Trade Punches to Sweep 9 of the Week's Top 10 Domain Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at Popular venues Sedo and DomainNameSales traded punches in a duel that ended with 9 of this week's 10 biggest domain sales being split between those two combatants. One of those reached six figures. 06F7A44D-F0E5-426A-A375-37D403E3ED45 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:43:07 -0500 Family & Friends Honored Domain Industry Giant Igal Lichtman at Funeral Service This Afternoon A funeral service for domain industry giant Igal Lichtman was held this afternoon in Igal's home town of Livingston, New Jersey. We have a first hand account from one of Igal's long time friends - noted domain attorney Ari Goldberger, who was among those on hand to honor Igal. CC9154BB-F788-4D9D-B4EC-1569805B2410 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:18:36 -0500 The Domain Industry Loses a Giant - Igal Lichtman Leaves Us After a Life Very Well Lived This is the hardest article I've ever had to write. When I got a text message last night that said "my beloved husband, Igal, passed away peacefully this afternoon" I refused to believe that irreplaceable industry treasure, devoted family man and friend Igal Lichtman was gone. C9A2E765-7453-44DF-BD80-DD3C4BA12B9D Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:29:23 -0500 Did You Know the Latest New TLD Land Rush Opened Today? Say Hello to .PW You've been hearing about ICANN's impending launch of 100s of new gTLDs for years now, but new gTLDs come in more than one flavor, including those that have already been re-launched as new TLDs after starting life as ccTLDs. Land rush for the latest of those got underway today. 8BF746CB-B846-49BE-81D8-AE6EDDF5B3CD Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:27:15 -0500 DomainAdvisors Get Their Mojo Working With $300,000 Sale That Tops This Week's Chart DN Journal has a double dose of domain sales data for you this week. There was no sales column last week while I was away covering the Webfest Global conference, so this time out I'm bringing you completely up to date on all sales reported to us over the past two very solid weeks. FBCF59F5-AE4B-4833-B834-EA8575EAFAA9 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:15:15 -0500 Death of Parking Pronouncements Premature? Oversee Says PPC Earnings Are Improving CEO Debra Domeyer tells us the company saw year over year growth in domain monetization with average PPC revenue in 4Q-2012 topping the same quarter a year earlier. In a time when the "parking is dead" mantra is frequently repeated, that was bit of unexpected news. 7383DBC0-1057-4CF1-AE0D-3C638B8B8AF9 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:48:26 -0500 Rick Schwartz Sounds Off on New gTLDs and the Key Difference Between Them and .Com Rick Schwartz shared his new gTLD view with me while I was conducting interviews for our current State of the Industry Cover Story. Some of his comments were included in that article, but due to space constraints in that wide ranging article, I held some others that I can share with you now. 63E49CEB-4934-41E7-AC34-BA774D8EBF51 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:45:01 -0500 Closing Day Photos and Highlights From the 2013 Webfest Global Conference in Santa Monica The 2013 Webfest Global conference (the 7th annual show staged by's DomainSponsor unit) closed last night after a three-day run at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California. We have photos and highlights from the final day of the event that drew over 500 registrants from around the world. 35BE9939-A834-4DC6-979E-98C688D8F791 Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:03:39 -0500 Day 2 Photos and Highlights from the Webfest Global Conference Including Kim Kardashian Keynote Variety was the order of the day Wednesday at the Webfest Global conference. In keeping with the show's expanded agenda, attendees heard talks devoted to improving existing websites, advice on starting a new online business from keynoter Kim Kardashian and had dinner under the space shuttle Endeavour!. F9C3890F-7F94-4C3D-96CB-40B139C8158E Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:18:41 -0500 Opening Day Photos and Highlights from the Webfest Global Conference + Richard Lau Loses His Locks  In my last post Tuesdsy morning, that went up just before the 2013 Webfest Global conference got underway at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, I noted a long day was ahead. That day (and night) finally wound down around 1:30 this morning and what an interesting day it was! 451FA21A-7970-4958-976A-3323B388EEBA Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:38:46 -0500 Photos and Highlights From Frank Schilling's Dinner for Domain Brokers Last Night in Santa Monica The 2013 Webfest Global conference opens this morning with a Speed Networking session at 9am Pacific time (12 Noon Eastern), but for many who arrived early for the show in Santa Monica, California, the networking has already been underway for 24 hours or more. In one major pre-show event Frank Schilling's honored domain brokers with a special night of dinner and drinks just for them. 2D8C9D15-F720-4527-BBF5-423A176DFBD2 Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:43:12 -0500 $13 Million in Sales Helps Win Amanda Waltz a Major Promotion at DomainAdvisors DomainAdvisors Limited has promoted Amanda Waltz to become their new Director of Sales and Acquisitions. In making the announcement today, DomainAdvisors CEO Tessa Holcomb said, "With 15 years of proven results in sales and business development , Amanda quickly became a key player within the Domain Advisors team. During her short time in the industry Amanda has closed over $13 million in domain and website sales and acquisitions. 8A9BE7C9-7AAE-4B39-9C09-2C32C3BC2C2F Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:41:50 -0500 Someone Filed a UDRP Against Me - Now What? If you find yourself asking this question, then a new guest article at by veteran Internet legal counsel Brett Lewis of Lewis & Lin LLC has some information you need to know! 7BC185B5-D536-4622-8B0A-6072E5A1D400 Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:11:52 -0500 Sedo CEO Tobias Flaitz Looks Back at His 1st Year on the Job and Ahead to What 2013 Has in Store Exactly one year ago today Tobias Flaitz became the CEO at domain industry powerhouse I caught up with Tobias to get his thoughts on the direction of Sedo and the industry in general over the past year, as well as where he saw things going in 2013. 60B8FE7D-17AA-4639-A2AB-CCE5DB18266D Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:26:10 -0500 Webfest Networking: "If You Want to Go Somewhere, Find Someone Who Has Already Been There!" The headline above is a famous quote from Robert Kiyosaki, who also said, "The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work!" Wise words to keep in mind if you are going to next week's Webfest Global Conference. B2E49BFE-B56F-480B-A773-D2403B4E3D20 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:36:25 -0500 Changes Hands in the 2nd Biggest Sale of the New Year to Top DNJ Sales Chart  In the 3rd six figure sale reported in the opening month of 2013, has changed hands in a deal that puts it at #1 on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and at #2 on our Year-to-Date Top Sales Chart, trailing only, a name that sold for $375,000. 674272FC-43B4-4831-B41C-50E322EE09B4 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:54:23 -0500 Free Revenue Producing Domains, One Year of Parking Revenue Paid in Advance - For Real? Welcome to the new world of parking company promotion! Despite the decline in PPC revenues in recent years, the parking space is more competitive than ever. Players determined to stand out in the crowd are pulling out all the stops to get domain owners to check out their platforms. C734D380-854C-4584-9D94-714F342A0830 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:40:45 -0500 The State of the Industry: 15 Experts Weigh In on Where We've Been & Where We Are Headed Now Every January we have kicked off the new year with a State of the Industry overview featuring a select group of domain business leaders who tell us what they saw as the most important developments in the past year as well as what key trends they expect to see shaping our industry in 2013. 047AC098-CA49-4985-8449-C91ECFB272DA Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:41:02 -0500 Frank Schilling Invites Domain Brokers to Dinner Call it an offer you can't refuse or at least one you wouldn't WANT to refuse if you are in the domain brokerage business. Industry giant Frank Schilling and his team will be hosting a pre Webfest Global conference dinner for domain brokers only next Monday night. 3CF4379D-D487-4267-B82F-090E146E36A3 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:33:27 -0500 Water Night! What It Is and Why You Will Want to Be Part of It if You Are Going to Webfest Global Yesterday I ran through a lot of things that will be going on during the upcoming Webfest Global conference.Today I can tell you about a can't miss event that is not part of the show schedule, but is sure to draw just about every major player in the industry who will be in town for the conference. 3574DA1A-0624-4F55-A60D-CC8365FF5916 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:48:45 -0500 Beyond Kim Kardashian Webfest Global Show Agenda is Tabloid Fodder Free The choice of Kim Kardashian to be the keynote speaker at the Webfest Global conference has generated a lot of criticism on social media sites and in the commentary sections of industry blogs. We looked to see if there are any other potential bombs ticking on the show agenda. FBAF5413-C4C1-4567-9C58-5B62B089FA63 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:52:21 -0500 Kim Kardashian Named Keynote Speaker for the Upcoming Webfest Global Conference Well, I have to admit I didn't see this one coming! has selected celebrity/entrepreneur Kim Kardashian to be the keynote speaker at the Webfest Global Conference coming up February 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California. 92DC375A-36B4-4AFD-8B1A-6E526ED18E5D Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:57:51 -0500 Sedo Posts Year's 2nd Six-Figure Sale to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart Sedo claimed the top spot on this week's Domain Sales Chart after banking $112,651 for the #1 domain. That is also the second highest sale of the New Year, trailing only last week's $375,000 sale of on our early 2013 Year to Date Sales Chart. 876A0519-69FA-415B-B890-DF4337E9243D Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:27:34 -0500 Michael Cyger Reaches a Major Milestone as Posts Its 100th Show When Michael Cyger launched the video interview site just under two years ago it quickly became clear that an important new domain industry resource had arrived. Still, who would have expected to see 100 quality video interviews in the free site's library this soon? 82E5D74A-4E51-408C-9FD8-E7EB80708F3D Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:47:32 -0500 A Tale of Two Markets: Median Domain Prices Rose in 2012 But Total $ Volume Slipped The 2012 domain sales season is in the books. We have crunched the numbers for the final quarter and for 2012 as a whole to see how they stacked up against the corresponding periods a year ago. While the market had a split personality in 2012 it finished with a strong 4th quarter performance. 132F5391-E689-48C5-A2C9-66EB1320205E Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:18:55 -0500 GeoDomain Giant Skip Hoagland Goes on the Warpath - Slaps Chamber of Commerce With Lawsuit Skip Hoagland owns one of the world's best geodomain portfolios, including, and to name just a few. When local Chambers of Commerce started unfairly competing with his businesses Hoagland decided it was time to go to WAR. 08612EB4-E646-4EEC-9812-273D5FFE44B9 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:49:49 -0500 DomainHoldings Co-Founder John Ferber Becomes a Movie Producer! 1st Film Opens Saturday Co-Founder John Ferber is a man of many talents. After selling his previous company,, for close to $500 million, most think of him as an internet entrepreneur, but he may end up being better known as Movie Producer John Ferber! EEF3E8F5-371A-4989-93CD-31C73E3F75C2 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:09:41 -0500 Software Company's $375,000 Domain Purchase Tops This Week's Sales Chart Week 2 of the 2013 domain sales season produced a very substantial six-figure sale. We learned that Booker Software Inc. paid $375,000 to acquire a new name for their company in the first confirmed six-figure sale of the new year. 30FA222F-9C57-4A48-BE93-69D4B6A1C26F Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:29:25 -0500 Finding Your Niche: How a Laid Off Local TV Reporter Created a New Career for Himself Online I have often talked about the boundless world of opportunity offered by the web. It's just a matter of finding your niche. The Internet has given a lot of displaced people a new lease on life including a local TV sports reporter whose story was told in our local newspaper this morning. 5964C021-A5E5-47E8-BEC0-213774C973E4 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:43:14 -0500 Domain Leasing Continues to Gain Converts - NoktaDomains Latest to Get On Board While it is true that there is nothing new about domain leasing, I've never seen interest in leasing higher than it is right now. The latest major operator to make a big move into leasing is NoktaDomains, a company that says "domain leasing will be the rescue of monetization of domain names." 124C3339-5679-46EE-81FD-0E086D736C8F Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:17:39 -0500 The Mane in Spain Goes Mainly Down the Drain! Jodi Chamberlain Next to Lose Hair for Charity? PPX Chairman Gregg McNair managed to convince a series of male domainers to let him shave their heads in exchange for donations to The Water School. Now the Mad Barber from Melbourne has his sites set on his first female "victim" - Domaining Spain Producer Jodi Chamberlain. 708C4B37-FCEC-4588-9CE2-007EA2FDFA19 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:34:30 -0500 DomainInvest Rolls Out New Affiliate Program Designed to Boost Business, a company co-founded by industry veterans Frederick Schiwek, Markus Schnermann and Xavier Buck, is making a big push into the domain hosting business with A new affiliate program is the centerpiece of their plan to build an elite hosting company. 040CFCB1-7A23-47E0-8D9A-024038417EF3 Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:56:57 -0500 1st Week of the 2013 Domain Sales Season Finds 3 DNS Transactions at Top of the Chart The 2013 domain sales season is officially underway with the first week of data now in. With the past week shortened by the New Year's holiday, opening week sales were a little light but DNS still logged a trio of solid 5-figure sales that fill the first 3 slots on our latest Top 20 Chart. 977DFCB7-66C3-422E-8C42-8F14C3671395 Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:59:16 -0500 Peter Maxymych - The Latest Domain Industry Figure to Make a Big Splash in the Music Business One thing that has always impressed me about people in the domain business is how creative they are. Many have shown that trait in areas beyond the domain business, especially in the world of music. People like Peter Maxymych who produced a major label CD that was just released today. 344A4549-FCBD-4760-9C5E-171DA7FDCAAA Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:49:47 -0500 Demand Media's Taryn Naidu Comments on Company's Acquisition of Registrar Today In the first major acquisition of the new Year Demand Media announced today that they have acquired Denver-based domain registrar The team will now report to Demand Media’s Registrar Services VP Taryn Naidu who commented on the deal. 7B168C43-5387-4450-B5D3-E8B4057DCA32 Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:07:58 -0500 DN Journal's First Decade - 2012: The 10th Year of the Ride of Our Lives I have been featuring some of the key people and events we have covered over the past decade in a series of 10th Anniversary Lowdown posts the past couple of weeks. Today we complete the journey with a glimpse at some of 2012's many highlights. 4BB32ED7-F8E7-4250-B4DC-C9288B063308 Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:46:13 -0500 Strikes Gold - Closes 2012 Sales Season in One of the Year's 3rd Biggest Deals The 2012 domain sales season has come to a close - and it ended with a bang as changed hands in the year's third biggest sale. We have all of the notable sales reported in the final two weeks of the year in our last 2012 sales report. Our 2012 Top 100 has been finalized too. B3D327AF-FEC1-41FC-B72A-B59200CF3FD7 Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:47:01 -0500 DNJ's First Decade - 2011: Predictions We Would Run Out of Things to Write About Prove Wrong When I started DN Journal in 2003 people told me, "you are going to run out of things to write about in a few months!" Fortunately, those concerns proved to be unfounded as this industry wound up having far more interesting back stories than anyone (including me) could have ever imagined. 65BAF75F-3609-49DD-9355-2AE754C2F276 Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:10:13 -0500 DNJ's First Decade - 2010: Conference Wars Continue & Cover Stories Feature Key Players The latest in our series of posts highlighting key people and events we have covered in DN Journal's first decade (our 10th anniversary was New Year's Day), takes you back to 2010 when conference wars raged on and Cover Stories featured players from many arenas. 3A67CD10-1C32-4AA0-8713-9231A929DBA8 Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:40:29 -0500 A New Year, a New Beginning - Looking Forward to Moving Onward & Upward With You in 2013! Happy New Year! My wish for each of you is that 2013 will be your best year ever. I have a gut feeling that lot of good things will be happening for our industry over the next 12 months. Let's all follow that upward arrow and climb new heights together! 092F896D-34F9-497E-94D2-4107CBF2697F Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:09:52 -0500 DN Journal's First Decade - 2009: Recession Arrives But Domain Investors Hold Their Own The latest in our series of Lowdown posts highlighting some of the people and events we have covered in the course of DN Journal's first decade (our 10th anniversary is tomorrow - New Year's Day 2013), dials the wayback machine to 2009 when the Great Recession was starting to bite. 8ACC0B2F-D94B-4EFF-9FA4-34E53226ABF2 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:52:51 -0500 A Perfect 10: DN Journal Completes Its First Decade and We Couldn't Have Enjoyed it More - Thank YOU for Making it Possible! DN Journal marks its 10th Anniversary on New Year's Day. I always thought it was more productive to look forward than back, so I never stopped to celebrate previous anniversaries, but hitting double digits made even me think it was time to pause and reflect on how we this far. 4AB35524-6D13-403B-BC45-B051674721EA Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:04:00 -0500 Highlights From DN Journal's First Decade: 2008 - Another Big Year Before the Great Recession Arrives DN Journal marks its 10th anniversary January 1st. We continue highlights from our first decade with a look at 2008 - another boom year that closed with the arrival of the Great Recession. It was a big year for geodomains and personal profile Cover Stories that remain among our favorites. 5CF014DA-F729-42B2-B5B9-BE9C5C4C81CB Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:19:44 -0500 Super Broker & DomainAdvisors President Jeff Gabriel Takes New Position with Frank Schilling's Company DN Journal has learned that super broker Jeff Gabriel (the man behind the biggest all cash domain sale ever reported - at $13 million) is leaving his role as President at to join Frank Schilling's rapidly growing domain aftermarket operation, (DNS). 5AC783DC-CE99-409F-9BAA-D4CF967CC564 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:09:53 -0500 Highlights From DN Journal's 1st Decade: 2007 - The Year the Domain Boom Reached New Heights Last week I started running a series of highlights from DN Journal's first 10 years - an anniversary we will officially reach on January 1, 2013. Today we revisit 2007 - a record breaking year when the domain business set some high water marks that still stand today. F5ED9880-2CC7-4A9A-A596-4DD86753AE7A Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:28:33 -0500 "The joy that you give to others, is the joy that comes back to you" - Merry Christmas! "Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, the joy that you give to others, is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing, the poor and lonely and sad, the more of your heart's possessing, returns to you glad." - John Greenleaf Whittier. 570E0188-D61E-4D06-AE41-A60897F613B2 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:32:39 -0500 DNJ-10: Domain Pioneers Up Close & Personal: How Our Cover Stories Evolved Over the Years DN Journal will celebrate its 10th anniversary on January 1, 2013. One of the things the publication has become best known for is its monthly Cover Stories. Here is how those pieces evolved from brief sketches into richly detailed profiles of the industry's leading companies & personalities. C6787715-B374-4C91-BC8B-5482384642E4 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:02:35 -0500 DNJ-10: Conferences in Tech Meccas Silicon Valley & Seattle Put Domains on The Map Here is another set of highlights from DN Journal's first 10 years. After the 2004 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference gave domain investors a central place to meet a 2006 show moved the ball further down the field by taking the domain story to Silicon Valley. Meanwhile another conference secured Seattle. CB47D220-5A05-41FF-8DDF-AA0E62C2D179 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:44:43 -0500 Verisign Releases Latest Quarterly Domain Brief - # of Registered Domains Soars 12% in One Year Verisign released their latest Domain Name Industry Brief, covering the 3rd quarter of 2012, today. The quarter ended with more than 246 million domain names registered across all Top Level Domains. For the 7th consecutive quarter the number of registered domain grew by more than 2% from the previous quarter. C94381F2-A620-40ED-BA46-489174620041 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:04:42 -0500 DomainNameSales Goes on a Tear With a Hand in ALL of The Week's 11 Biggest Domain Sales It should be a very Merry Christmas at The domain aftermarket sales platform founded by industry legend Frank Schilling shot the lights out this past week either solely or jointly ringing up ALL of the 11 biggest sales and 16 of 20 on our weekly Top 20 Sales Chart. DA5BE57C-25AA-4891-B5C8-AC1D21843A8B Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:40:25 -0500 DN Journal's First 10 Years: Revisiting Some Familiar Domain Industry Faces and Places 2 weeks from today we will be celebrating a milestone - the 10th Anniversary of DNJ was originally meant to be a part-time project but it wound up taking on a life of its own (and taking over my life in the process!). Here is the 1st of several posts looking back at the way we were. 65651D86-ED52-4035-B16C-5B6D4E7CAF53 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:12:53 -0500 Companies & People in the News: Go Daddy, Webfest Global, Roy Flanders & .INFO I was away last week for a special trip with my daughter but now I'm back with some catching up to do! I'll start by touching on some of the most interesting stories that came out while I was away involving Go Daddy, Webfest Global, industry pioneer Roy Flanders and the market for .INFO domains. 26DA5920-3722-4229-9234-CE124212670E Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:09:54 -0500 The Domain Aftermarket Crowns a New 2012 Heavyweight Champion With $2.45 Million Sale Sales at the ultra high end of the domain market have been rare this year. Until this past week, only one had breached the 7-figure barrier. Now a $2.45 million blockbuster has changed the picture and taken over #1 position on our Year to Date Top 100 Sales Chart. 463D1BAA-CC59-42C6-B3B0-F271C26A6E5C Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:02:11 -0500 I'll Be on a Brief Hiatus This Week Taking a Special Trip With My Daughter From the time she was a small child my daughter Brittany said she was going to grow up to be a doctor. She will reach that goal when she graduates from medical school in May. This month she is doing residency interviews around the country and the location of two of those prompted me to go with her. 35EF5BB7-0637-475E-AA4B-14EB6013DCFA Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:15:45 -0500 Go Daddy Domains and Websites Now on the Warehouse Shelves at You've got to hand it to Go Daddy - they are everywhere.. Another example of the huge inroads Go Daddy has made on Main Street arrived in the latest issue of warehouse giant Costco's in house magazine. It has an article detailing a partnership between the #1 registrar and top wholesale club. 807D7FC3-5312-4C23-A2B8-8BF1AF5E13AF Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:45:48 -0500 Two Names Share Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart - Four Others Tie for #3 The new weekly domain sales report is out at Ties were the order of the day with two names tied for the top spot, four deadlocked in the runner-up position, three knotted at #9 and four more sharing the final slot on the Top 20. C6C9D5D0-AAFB-41D4-AE8E-68236FBFF09B Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:00:31 -0500 You Know the Domain King - Now Meet the .BIZ Baron - Founder Anshul Goyal You know Rick Schwartz as the Domain King but you might not be familiar with the .BIZ Baron - India's Anshul Goyal. His company owns thousands of premium .biz domains and has developed several of the best ones, including, and his latest venture - 739B6D47-2AAF-4728-A5FF-FA3003E85C34 Tue, 4 Dec 2012 17:47:05 -0500 Gets a New Lease on Life With Move to Left of the Dot's Sub-domain Platform After spending almost a decade as a parked page, the spectacular potential of is finally being realized after a move to the Left of the Dot platform that combines domain development with smart utilization of sub-domains, taking top tier domains to a new level. 750CEB10-9FC6-48C6-A1C3-95F4FF1B7AF7 Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:53:45 -0500 Group That Owns Some of World's Best Domain Names Seeking Development Partners World Media Group owns a stunning collection of domain names including,,, and to name just a few. Since they have more great names than they can develop alone they are now looking for development teams to work with. DCAC2F6B-7E10-4D0E-A9ED-5FB313BD90DE Sat, 1 Dec 2012 17:05:57 -0500 Lapping the Field: Why Legendary Domain Investor Frank Schilling is Out to Change Our World 5 years ago we published a Frank Schilling profile that became one of our most widely read Cover Stories to date. There has been a tremendous amount of change in Frank's life - and in all of ours since then - so we decided it was time to revisit the legendary domain investor to bring his story up to date. B7BF4F7F-3B26-4DFD-AD2F-D19A68FF048E Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:13:41 -0500 One of Europe's Top Conferences - Domaining Spain - Opens Registration for April Show Domaining 2013 has opened registration for their 5th annual event, coming up April 25-27 in Valencia, Spain. The conference, co-produced by Dietmar Stefitz and Jodi Chamberlain, will return to Valencia's Sorolla Palace Hotel where the successful 2012 event was held last spring. DD4410A4-E62C-4E44-9E1C-A846B59E2A1E Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:46:01 -0500 Domain Aftermarket's Mid Range Back in the Spotlight While the High End Takes a Breather This wound up being the only week in November without a six-figure sale being reported. After ten sales were logged at that level over the past three weeks, $70,000 wound up being good enough to take the top spot on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart at 4A3EFE76-3DD2-4189-B1E4-62457E713A01 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:07:59 -0500 New Domain Sales Platform Targets End Users With Pricing Guidance and Quality Names There are a lot of well established domain sales venues out there so you might not think there is a need for any more. However, Australia based Kikabink International has a new end user oriented sales platform at that they think has what is needed to stand out in the crowd. 22C7D2A7-AC44-4080-8164-7AE2DF70FA60 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:16:50 -0500 Castello Brothers Sign Big Deal Covering Everything From Management to Sale The Castello Brothers (Michael and David) have signed a management, development, monetization and sale agreement for one of their premier properties - - with Nashville based DevDigital - one of the largest software and web development companies in Nashville. B61E89C1-39D6-4CCF-9D3A-DBF9D4EA309E Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:47:40 -0500 CEO of Team Internet AG's ParkingCrew Comments on Why Company Went After Elephant Traffic In a major move last week Team Internet AG acquired Elephant Traffic and is now integrating Elephant Traffic into its rapidly growing platform. I caught up with Team Internet CEO Nico Zeifang today to find out why the company went after Elephant Traffic and what the deal means for Elephant Traffic clients. 9C46A9BB-4D51-444C-8AE9-758BA8C81815 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:06:37 -0500 Seven of My Favorite Thanksgiving Sayings (and Sincere Thanks From Me to You) Americans are celebrating one of our most meaningful holidays today - Thanksgiving - a day when we pause to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. While holiday feasts are part of the celebration the true spirit of Thanksgiving is so much more than that. E387D54F-7D03-43D0-AAF1-96AD4E8E00FB Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:35:09 -0500 Four 6-Figure Sales Totaling Nearly $1 Million Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart We're three weeks into November and all three have been very strong ones for the domain aftermarket. The past week was the month's best yet for the high end of the market with a quartet of six-figure sales totaling just under $1 million setting the pace. The new Top 20 features 14 .coms, 3 ccTLDs and 3 non .com gTLDs. 070A7E1D-D6C9-411F-8397-A313C0C21AFB Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:26:47 -0500 Woman Who Lost Lawsuit for Squatting on Man's Name Forced to Pay Plaintiff's Legal Fees Too A lot of people have had UDRPs filed against them or been sued for registering a domain based on a celebrity's name. However, under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, a person doesn't have to be a celebrity for you to get in trouble if you register their name as a domain, then try to sell it to them for a profit. 73F11B09-4351-4199-B6FA-5F60CE08057F Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:06:48 -0500 Guess Who is Heading to Hollywood After Winning Nashville's Musician of the Year Competition Last month I told you about a rapidly rising Nashville-based rock trio fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist BREE with Domain Hall of Fame member David Castello on drums being nominated for the 2012 RAW Nashville Musician of the Year Award. The nominees battled head to head on stage last night and look who won. 98EB86C4-47D3-43DA-B569-481201054777 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:55:25 -0500 Attorney & TRAFFIC Co-Founder Howard Neu Takes the Field With a New Domain Legal Team T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference Co-Founder and veteran domain attorney Howard Neu has just launched a new venture. Neu has teamed up with well known Federal Litigation Attorney Roger Teich to anchor a one-stop web site for legal needs at AAA0C64D-1CE9-444C-BD02-A437AD035B04 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:02:41 -0500 ICANN Drops a Bomb - New TLD Point Man Kurt Pritz Resigns Due to "Conflict of Interest" ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade sent shock waves through the domain community today when he announced the resignation of ICANN CSO Kurt Pritz, who has played the lead role in ICANN's controversial new gTLD program. Chehade said Pritz is ending his 9-year tenure at ICANN due to an undisclosed "conflict of interest." 36E292AD-9AE0-4DC4-96CE-1169C096289C Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:15:05 -0500 Twin 100K Sales at Sedo Spearhead Another Strong Week for Domains The domain aftermarket's November rally continued this week, led by a pair $100,000 sales at Sedo and 31 others that reached five figures at various venues across the industry. The .coms claimed 13 spots on our new all extension Top 20 Sales Chart while the ccTLDs took four places and the non .com gTLDs three. 733AD6A3-F15D-40FA-A9F9-3EB5E1DE5246 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:36:30 -0500 Companies in the News: MediaOptions, DomainIndex, Nominet and Telnames Today in the Lowdown at MediaOptions Lures a New Business Development exec away from Go Daddy, DomainIndex says a Nominet plan would destroy values and TelNames is trying to breathe new life into the widely ignored .tel extension with a Mobile Website Builder app for iPhones. 25444638-C695-4601-96B0-149ADC3F30E8 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:28:08 -0500 Moving Music/Video Tribute to Veterans Created by Sams Family Members Going Viral America will observe Veteran's Day Sunday. The meaning & emotion behind this special day has been captured in a very moving way in an original song and video that has been put together by three wonderfully talented members of the David Sams family (David's amazing story was told in a 2011 DN Journal Cover Story). 09FFDC3D-0640-47EF-848F-CE19A5877A5F Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:58:53 -0500 DN Journal's Top 20 All-Cash Domain Sales Reported Since 2003 We have never published an all-time top domain sales chart, because we can't vouch for sales reported before we started tracking and verifying them in late 2003 (prior to that some of the big "sales" reported were dubious at best). However, we can share the Top 20 all cash domain sales we have reported over the past decade. BD33F70C-B67F-446D-A90F-97EBFDC8D937 Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:19:02 -0500 One of the Year's Five Biggest Transactions Headlines a Solid Week in the Domain Aftermarket The new weekly domain sales report is out at It was an excellent week for the aftermarket with two six-figure sales including one that is now tied for #2 on the year's Top 100 list. The .coms had their most dominating week of the year, piling up 19 of the 20 chart entries. 1BF28D11-13E9-45E5-AF94-CC92168DE465 Wed, 7 Nov 2012 20:33:26 -0500 Big Changes at Sedo - Three Co-Founders and Chief Sales Officer Leaving Earlier this year Sedo Co-Founder and Former CEO Tim Schumacher left the company that he started 12 years ago with Ulrich Priesner, Marius Würzner and Ulrich Essmann. Today Sedo announced that Priesner, Würzner and Essmann will also be exiting, along with Chief Sales Officer Liesbeth Mack-de Boer. A1DCD9D9-A9E2-4605-B74A-ACCCC51187C4 Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:49:10 -0500 3Q-2012 Domain Sales Produce Rise in Median Price & Transactions But Total $ Volume Dips A new DN Journal monthly newsletter covering 3Q-2012 domain sales is being emailed to opt in subscribers this morning. 3Q was a tale of two markets with the high end remaining very sluggish while the mid range was a bee hive of activity, producing big jumps in the number of transactions and the median sales price. 66000743-F6D7-45F4-A500-7771E55A26F1 Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:02:11 -0500 Rick Schwartz Launches New Business Based on "Million Dollar" Domain Names at Rick Schwartz has added a new business to his entrepreneurial portfolio. Schwartz just launched, a new platform that he said will give companies an opportunity to secure a premium generic .com website domain name with zero up-front capital cost through a joint venture or leasing arrangement. 81E0BE4F-D8C0-4B8D-AE3E-4F399CB0697B Tue, 6 Nov 2012 17:23:00 -0500 Sedo Releases 3rd Quarter Sales Results - Reports Much Stronger Median Sale Prices Sedo released their latest quarterly Domain Market Study today, breaking down their sales results in 3Q-2012. Their numbers mirrored a trend we saw in the 3rd quarter data we collected from sales venues throughout the industry - higher median sale prices but lower total $ volume compared to the same quarter last year. 68D16E2F-53A4-4508-9C45-D8890A52CC96 Mon, 5 Nov 2012 17:54:26 -0500 Resetting the Table: T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Caps a Year of Positive Change in the Conference Game After several years of over-saturated domain show calendars, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 successfully closed a year that will go down as the year that equilibrium returned to the conference game. We have the complete show review, with many previously unseen photos and highlights, in the latest DN Journal Cover Story. 303C672C-AFBA-4807-AA88-D307C67960C5 Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:15:08 -0500 How Will Those Big Marchex Domain Sales Revealed Thursday Fit Into DNJournal's Charting System? Marchex has released the prices they received in each of their top 500 domain sales over the past four years. With 49 of those sales hitting six figures, obviously many would rank high on our annual Top 100 sales lists - if we knew what year they took place. Here is how we decided to handle this new flood of important sales information. 18968D79-950F-48CE-9F19-82FD24BE34BE Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:46:12 -0400 Marchex Spins Off New Company That Gets Their Domain Assets & Reveals Prices from Their Top Sales In a major development today, Marchex announced they are spinning off a new company - Archeo - that will get all of their domain assets while the original company concentrates on pay per call and mobile advertising. Marchex also revealed how much they got for each of their Top 500 domain sales with prices up to $700,000. F1838638-069D-41FB-8355-6C902E1FA5E0 Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:30:12 -0400 The Year's Biggest ccTLD Sale Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart With Another ccTLD at #3 The new weekly domain sales report is out at It was a great week for country code domains as the ccTLDs took two of the top three spots (and five places overall) on our new all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. The chart topper is also the 2nd biggest sale ever reported. FCD5770D-B24D-4345-9EE7-7254300CCA17 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:06:27 -0400 Adam Dicker Stars in New Video Series & Edwin Hayward Launches Counter Attack on .UK Proposal owner Adam Dicker was one of the big hits at the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference - now he is bringing the kind of advice he dispensed there to a new video blog. Meanwhile another industry veteran, Edwin Heyward, has launched a counter offensive against a controversial Nominet plan that would undermine .CO.UK. DFE57EA7-9C66-4314-89E2-E3BF6959FF26 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:12:12 -0400 Domain Name Market in Doldrums? The Back Story on Today's Article in the San Francisco Chronicle A new article about the domain aftermarket was published by the San Francisco Chronicle today. I was quoted extensively in the article so can give you some insight into the story's misleading headline as well as an unintentionally comical comment about domains made by a clueless Forrester research analyst. 6FB5881B-1AF0-4258-BB02-EBB1C74C893C Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:58:38 -0400 Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: BREE & David Castello Meet Eurhythmics Star Dave Stewart In my last post I told you about the rapidly rising rock trio fronted by BREE (featuring Domain Hall of Famer David Castello on drums) being nominated for Nashville Musician of the Year. As another example of how exciting things are getting for David & BREE they spent a lot of quality time with Eurythmics star Dave Stewart last night. C5469AAB-D82D-4F40-8DD6-D6E8843010F0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:26:41 -0400 3-Letter .com Takes Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart After Selling for $80,000 The new weekly domain sales report is out at This was a good week for 3-letter domains with a pair of 3-letter .coms (one in the #1 position) and a 3-letter ccTLD all making the all extension Top 20. A 3-letter .biz domain also went for more than $10,000 but fell just short of making the Big Board. 2922AF87-1A01-4C13-954F-A7C8A85B8956 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:50:50 -0400 You've Gotta BREElieve!  New Artist Managed by David Castello is Breaking Out Domain Hall of Fame member David Castello returned to the music business in the summer of 2011 when he moved to Nashville to manage the career of upcoming singer/guitarist/songwriter BREE and play drums in her raucous rock trio. BREE has been making strides ever since and was just nominated for a major award. BC50F5C0-6A58-40F4-BF72-0C04CD1F4481 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:07:19 -0400 Jacob Fedosky's Fast Track From Teenage Domainer to Corporate Director of Domain Development 19-year-old Jacob Fedosky started buying and developing domains in high school and continued to do so after leaving his Florida home for college at Texas Tech. Now, Jacob has taken yet another big step in his domain career by accepting a corporate position as Director of Domain Development at Vessio. 428B3A28-89BA-4CB2-8726-43AD044D5484 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:33:15 -0400 Rook Media and The Water School Bring Crowd Sourced Philanthropy to Domain Parking We have been long time supporters of The Water School, a life saving charitable organization with widespread industry support. That's why we are happy to be able to tell you about a new program launched by Rook Media and The Water School that, for the first time, brings crowd sourced philanthropy to domain parking. A9DA20B0-6E2E-4BB6-85FB-6FC346CF90D4 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:49:47 -0400 Rebranded Webfest Global & T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to Run 2013 Shows on Revamped Playing Field After being re-named Webfest Global, the conference formerly known as DOMAINfest Global, has joined T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas in opening registration for 2013 shows that will be running on a dramatically revamped conference playing field. C1C89217-259E-4BD5-B3DC-0D20D0E0B130 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:26:54 -0400 Big Week for ccTLDs as They Take 8 Places on DNJ's Top 20 Chart Including 5 of the Top 10. The new weekly domain sales report is out at The .coms, as usual, took the most positions on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart - 11 places overall, including the top two - but the ccTLDs also enjoyed a big outing, piling up 8 chart entries in one their best performances of the year. C9809B14-AD39-4F06-9DCD-AF4CCEB6E181 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:13:42 -0400 New Protrada Partnership Promotes Domain Investing + Two Industry Veterans Brew Up a New Business has made telling mainstream business owners and investors about the value and power of domain names one of their primary missions. A new partnership is helping them advance that cause. Meanwhile, industry veterans Larry Fischer & Bill McClure have brewed up a tasty new joint venture. 56D84B21-326C-40A8-8AED-A32FB7455950 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:11:54 -0400 George Kirikos Uncovers 3 Sales Totaling Over $1.1 Million That Top New DNJ Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at You may recall hearing about some big sales this year at prices that were either undisclosed or unverified, preventing us from charting them. That changed this week when George Kirikos found the prices of those domains while combing through SEC filings. 3D62B363-9981-4E4A-8A5E-3368ADF03282 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:17:34 -0400 Closing Day Photos & Highlights from the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference The 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference closed Wednesday morning (Oct. 10) with a Farewell Breakfast at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. We have photos and highlights of what happened over the final 24 hours of this year's big show including all of the business sessions and social events. 8EE2AC43-95F6-4234-93C6-9A16E9F93121 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:03:34 -0400 Photos and Highlights from the First Full Day of Business at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Monday The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 conference being held on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach got down to business Monday with a full slate of business sessions during the day and the show's official party at Pier 66 Monday night. We have photos & highlights from those events as well as the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award winners announced today. DFFA8A0F-CD9F-481D-A66B-77F1A2F4E7DD Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:59:23 -0400 Opening Day Photos & Highlights from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Sunday on Fort Lauderdale Beach After two days of pre-show networking, the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference officially got underway Sunday (Oct. 7) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. We have photos and highlights from all of the opening day (and night) activities for you. 87AEF40A-6ABE-49ED-AF89-FAE351844BF4 Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:24:44 -0400 Saturday's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Pre-Show Photos & Highlights from Fort Lauderdale Beach The 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference opens this evening with a 6pm welcoming cocktail party at the oceanfront Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. Many people arrived early for two days of pre-show networking and social activities. Here are the day 2 photos and highlights from Saturday, 5220038A-96D4-44C3-9E07-061486985300 Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:40:00 -0400 First Photos and Highlights from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Conference on Fort Lauderdale Beach The 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in Fort Lauderdale, Beach, Florida doesn't officially open until tomorrow evening but several dozen early birds were already in town Friday for the first of two days of pre-show cabana networking. There was also an impromptu big night out hosted by DNForum owner Adam Dicker. 87BE7FB2-BD3F-45C8-97CA-DFEFCA346A57 Sat, 6 Oct 2012 08:58:56 -0400 Two 6-Figure Sales, Including the Year's 2nd Biggest ccTLD Deal Top This Week's Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at The domain aftermarket enjoyed a very solid week led by a pair of six-figure sales and 44 other transactions that reached five figures - enough to fill TWO Top 20 charts and still have names left over! D08DED23-0537-4D75-BCD2-089A2704F1A3 Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:30:48 -0400 People, Companies & Events in the News: T.R.A.F.F.I.C., Phil Corwin, Verisign & David Castello Lots of bases to cover in the Lowdown at DNJournal today including our favorite unsung event at T.R.A.F.F.I.C., an update on what ICA Legal Counsel Phil Corwin is up to, highlights from the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief and how David Castello and budding rock star Bree are shaking things up in Nashville. EEDAD089-698D-4CB6-A607-040308C02C13 Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:32:24 -0400 More Tips on Choosing a Domain Broker From the Guy Who Brokered the Biggest Sale Ever Reported In a follow up to our recent Cover Story on domain brokers, Jeff Gabriel, the man who brokered the most expensive domain sale ever reported ( at $13 million) added his thoughts on what you should look for in a broker, how you can help one sell your names and what it takes if you want to become a broker yourself. 5E99BBC1-E2D7-4E45-A93E-1D7D870804D1 Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:12:01 -0400 Nominet May Offer .UK Domains That Cost 800% More Than .CO.UK - Says It's Not About the Money Apparently not a believer in the old axiom, "if it's not broke, don't fix it," Nominet, who administers Great Britain's .UK ccTLD, is considering opening up 2nd level registrations (such as that would come at a much higher cost than and would likely devalue millions of existing domains. F5759BD5-52B9-4406-BE42-2C318C1465B7 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:03:57 -0400 Domain Brokers: How to Choose One and What it Takes to Be a Successful One A new Cover Story is out at We take a look at the rapidly expanding domain brokerage business to find out what attributes a domain seller should look for in a broker, what sellers can do to accelerate sales and what skills a person needs if they want to get into the domain brokerage business themselves. DE3A5B88-9285-4566-8D46-15863EE1A2D6 Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:27:07 -0400 Afternic Website to Get Major Makeover Next Week + Domain Industry Women Take Center Stage Expect to see a much different website if you log in at Afternic around this time next week. The popular aftermarket domain sales venue sent a letter to its members today giving them a heads up on the impending makeover. Also today, kudos to Raymond Hackney for putting nearly two dozen domain industry women in the spotlight. E4B86824-B8CD-401B-9F82-D92143D1A701 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:09:06 -0400 Companies in the News: Yahoo,, Sedo, Go Daddy, NameMedia, Team Internet & If company activity in the domain industry over the past 24 hours is any indication, the final quarter of this year (that gets underway Monday) is shaping up to be a busy one. I don't recall the last time I've seen so many notable announcements packed into such a short period of time. E8444BFC-8790-4A6F-82F5-FFD07718BDB8 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:19:05 -0400 Strikes Gold - Tops This Week's Chart as One of Year's Five Biggest Domain Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal. This week's sales race was no contest as zoomed to the top of our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after changing hands in one of the year's five biggest sales to date. The #2 domain was a ccTLD that ranks among the 12 biggest in that category. 918BCD78-8C37-465E-82AA-AFF3A01AA55C Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:34:43 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Releases List of Over 300 Domains to Be Auctioned Off October 8th With the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference less than 2 weeks away final show details continue to be announced. Today the list of domains that will be sold in the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. live auction on October 8th was released with more than 300 names on the roster including category defining domains and 55B1B451-1333-4DDF-88ED-959D898F2CC8 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:38:25 -0400 Event Queen Jodi Chamberlain Expands Her Domain With Launch of a Global Executive Network Jodi Chamberlain has earned a stellar reputation for producing crowd pleasing industry events. She recently took another giant step by forming her own company - a new baby that is already blossoming in multiple directions including a move to establish a global executive network. We have the full story in our latest monthly newsletter. 0B1E23A2-1854-492C-9B15-5B1A202EEFDD Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:02:42 -0400 Integrates Domain Monetization, Registration & Sales in a New Domain Investor Platform has undergone a major makeover. The well-known domain services company based in Australia launched a new Domain Investor Platform today that combines a new Domain Name Marketplace, Domain Registrar and Escrow service with their existing Domain Parking Manager service. AEBE879D-32FF-4B98-A5EB-169019F2AB09 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:46:25 -0400 DOMAINfest Global Gearing Up For Return to Santa Monica, California in February The DOMAINfest Global conference will be returning to the oceanfront Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California for the 2013 show that will fun February 5th through February 8th, 2013. This will be the 7th annual DOMAINfest Global event staged by and the fourth in a row to be held at the Fairmont in Santa Monica. 92C53A3A-594A-4CD1-8BBF-1E061F924C94 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:32:17 -0400 Where's the Afterparty? At #1 on This Week's Domain Sales Chart! No blockbuster sales were reported this past week but a wide assortment of solid mid-range sales were booked. The best of those was, a domain that sold on the DomainNameSales platform for a nice mid five-figure price. ccTLDs took four spots on the new Top 20 and Non .com gTLDs three. C66A1D4F-EC01-4C13-8C9C-700D673D1B70 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:54:19 -0400 Back to the Future: Two Geodomain Veterans Return With Plans For a New Conference Two veterans from the geodomain space, Former Associated Cities Executive Director Patrick Carleton and Chairman Josh Metnick, have formed a new company that plans to stage the 1st annual GEO.FUTR Geodomain & GeoTLD Investors and Operators Conference in the fall of next year. AF06FEDA-1195-48F5-872F-C689FEBC56FE Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:56:46 -0400 Google's View of My Hometown - What Are All of These Odd Domains Doing In My Search Results? A couple of times each year I go back to the small Midwestern town where I grew up to visit family. I did a search on Google to see what might be going on during my next trip to the area and it was very interesting to see what ten websites Google put on the 1st page of results for a geographic location that I literally know inside out. 0C6AED1C-B43D-42B2-8121-5AB6349F3ADA Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:31:13 -0400 Team Internet CEO Jumping with Joy After Landing Axel Kaltz for Key Role at Nico Zeifang, the CEO at Team Internet AG is always upbeat, but he was more excited than usual when he contacted me today to rave about a new addition to the team at (Team Internet's domain monetization unit). Industry veteran Axel Kaltz's decision to come on board was the source of Zeifang's joy. F5ABF4F6-9C59-45B4-AAFB-C02D73F0296A Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:49:44 -0400 Webquest's Chad Wright Rings Up a $90,000 Sale to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart  The new weekly domain sales report is out at .Coms enjoyed a banner week sweeping all but one entry on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Chad Wright of Webquest Inc. led the .com charge with a $90,000 sale. It was followed by a huge ccTLD sale - the only non .com sale on this week's leader board. 343607BC-E03B-404D-8469-BC376C660839 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:05:45 -0400 Gregg McNair Expands Into the Domain Registration Business With Big Move at PPX International Chairman Gregg McNair has just added another domain iron to his company's expanding fire. McNair has acquired a substantial equity position in Corp. (IBS) and has also been appointed Chairman of the fast growing Bahamas based registrar. 657F205B-675F-43BF-94EC-BC783F62D389 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:43:14 -0400 DomainSherpa's Michael Cyger Launching Twitter Based Venture Supported by 275,000 Followers Most of you are familiar with Michael Cyger's, one of the web's best domain information resources thanks to a rich library of video interviews that Michael has conducted with dozens of industry leaders in recent years. Tomorrow Michael will be launching a new venture that looks like another winner. 1E45919E-57F9-4A58-B2CF-0CD5F3648881 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:10:32 -0400 Costco Does Domains - Warehouse Club's Magazine Dispenses Advice From Go Daddy I was leafing through the September issue of the Costco member's magazine when I was surprised to come across an article about domain names. The article offers businesses tips from Go Daddy about what they should look for (as well as what they should avoid) when choosing a domain name. Some of the advice may surprise you. 8F930872-CD4C-4403-B194-4F222F30978C Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:46:32 -0400 Domain Aftermarket Heats Up With 70 Sales Ranging From $10,000 - $120,000 Over Past 2 Weeks The latest domain sales report is out at This expanded edition covers the past two weeks of sales reported across the industry and it was a very solid fortnight for the aftermarket with 70 sales reaching at least five figures and one topping the six-figure mark. A80C28AF-91E3-495C-AAC1-1E193810EC37 Fri, 7 Sep 2012 00:36:32 -0400 Keynote Speaker Named for Next Month's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Conference on Fort Lauderdale Beach A man who has been referred to as the "King of Affiliate Marketing" has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C conference coming up October 7-10 at the Ritz Carlton on Fort Lauderdale Beach. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Rick Schwartz sent the news to those on the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. mailing list this afternoon. FA3F9440-C878-4CA1-9339-908963F865F0 Thu, 6 Sep 2012 15:19:21 -0400 The Jackson Family's Weekend Wedding Had a Distinct Domain Flavor The past few days have been a whirlwind surrounding my daughter Brittany's wedding to David McCreery in Sarasota, Florida Saturday. Thanks to some good friends who came from out of town for the event, the wedding had a distinct domain flavor. E1D56AD5-3649-4C1F-901B-CE5D71A54AE6 Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:06:11 -0400 Photos & Highlights from the Rocky Mountain Domain Conference's 2012 Meetup in Denver After staging his first Rocky Mountain Domain Conference last year in Denver, Michael Law, assisted by Mike Awada, presented the 2012 edition of the regional meetup last Thursday night (August 23) in downtown Denver. Michael provided me with some photos and highlights from the event so I could share those with you. 323E5D8A-2D85-4CEC-A762-5717AD324CE0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:08:41 -0400 Domain Holdings Expands Executive Team Again Bringing Industry Vet Michael Feeley Onboard The executive team at Domain Holdings continues to expand with Michael Feeley being added as Vice President of Sales for the company's domain monetization solution, DomainPower.  Feeley is well known in the industry after managerial stints at Kanoodle, DotzUp and Sendori. E54D63D6-4D05-42B0-8745-4EDC1F0D98B6 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:00:37 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards Ballot Deadline is 9PM Tonight If you want to cast a ballot in the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards voting, you have to get your choices in by 9pm U.S. Eastern time Monday night (August 27). We have a link to the ballot with all of the categories and nominees for you. The awards will be handed out at the upcoming show on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach October 7-10. 9603629A-6487-41BB-833C-5AC0B245991A Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:00:25 -0400 New Zealand Set to Launch New Extension, Taking Just 4 Months From Application To Approval While the debate over new gTLDs continues, one nation is taking advantage of the autonomy individual nations have in running their own country code domains to fast track a new extension, Meanwhile an unhappy applicant for a global .kiwi extension remains stuck in ICANN's interminable new gTLD waiting line. 073D473B-B749-46CC-940C-0B1511A2C54B Fri, 24 Aug 2012 20:27:07 -0400 Year's 2nd Biggest .Org Sale Tops Chart After .Com's Six-Figure Sales Streak Finally Ends  The new weekly domain sales report is out at After 5 straight weeks of 6-figure .com sales, the streak came to an end this week. With a .Org taking the top spot on our new all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and a ccTLD taking the runner-up position, the highest .com sale was relegated to 3rd place. BF25A548-B6C6-4DF6-838B-441766F08E5F Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:39:44 -0400 What Does DN Journal, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire All Have in Common? Over the years we have been mentioned in numerous national mainstream publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and on the front page of USA Today. However, as a former TV guy, I didn't feel like we had really made it until this afternoon when our name popped up on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. E4A05AFA-BF62-480D-86CE-D8EFB4C837BA Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:26:53 -0400 M.I.T. Takes Dim View of New gTLDs - Former ICANN Chair Sees No Benefits Whatsoever Though they are essentially a done deal the debate over new gTLDs continues with M.I.T.'s prestigious Technology Review coming down hard on the anti-new gTLD side in a new article today titled "ICANN's Boondoggle." One of the harshest critics of the new gTLD program is the first Board Chairperson ICANN ever had. A591D111-CCDD-4FE3-8D49-C29DBBAA091D Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:29:47 -0400 With 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Show 48 Days Away Organizers Aim Revamped Website at End Users T.R.A.F.F.I.C. organizers have beefed up the show's website, retaining the easy on the eyes exterior but adding a lot of new muscle aimed at attracting more end users and mainstream business people to the big event. A detailed new story covers the show's history & clientele, as well as the importance of domain names & traffic. F357B7DD-A21D-46CB-A5A9-951A1142A6A4 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:05:35 -0400 People & Companies in the News: .ORG, Michael Mann, T.R.A.F.F.I.C., Zenscrow & Today in the Lowdown at .ORG continues to grow rapidly, Michael Mann's companies earn some major recognition, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and join forces to offer financing for live auction domain purchases and Igal Lichtman's is drawing attention with a cool new iPad app. 31CF7FC5-1834-4259-ABC6-D58E13CE1735 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:53:03 -0400 Farewell to Max "Americar" Walker - A Domain Industry Treasure Who Left Us Too Soon For the past 10 years friendly Australian Max "Americar" Walker has been one of the regulars at that old-timers always looked forward to hearing from. Max had some special qualities that made him a forum favorite of many,including myself, so I was very saddened to hear the news that Max has passed away. F1863996-0F6C-480D-B6B0-0A81FFF42F70 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:13:58 -0400 Another High End Sale at Sedo Extends Industry's Six-Figure Sales Streak to Five Weeks The new weekly domain sales report is out at The industry's six-figure sales streak remains alive after another high end sale at Sedo. It was one of 15 .coms on the new leader board. ccTLDs swept the five remaining spots leaving the non .com gTLDs empty handed. 05794ACF-C8FB-45B5-9DBF-07125EF943A8 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:04:41 -0400 Forms Strategic Partnership With the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference With the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference less than 8 weeks away, activity is heating up on every show front including the live domain auction. In a key development announced today, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and have formed a strategic partnership that makes the exclusive escrow provider for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auctions. F961BD2E-1C6B-4C2C-95A1-836EF3A978F8 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:48:52 -0400 With New Startup Taking Off Morgan Linton & Teammates Decide to Quit Day Jobs & Go For Broke Congratulations to Morgan Linton are in order on a couple of fronts today. From a personal standpoint there is his impending marriage to his lovely fiancee & business partner Daina Burnes, while on the business side there is the success of a new startup that Morgan said represents he and Daina "finally living their dream." 279F31D4-4AE4-484A-93E8-EF96A6880A2A Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:12:07 -0400 People and Companies in the News: DotGreen Community, Rob Grant & NameMedia Today in the Lowdown at DN Journal, background on a new feature story that takes you inside DotGreen Community's 5-year effort to win a .green gTLD. Also, the top site in real estate news jumps on the sale story with comments from Rob Grant and NameMedia launches a new "wholesale" domain sales site. 6745742D-C317-4D38-9CA5-4B71B54EFBE2 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:50:43 -0400 After 5 Years Preparing to Run a New gTLD DotGreen Community's Fate Rests in ICANN's Hands Founder Annalisa Roger and her team at the DotGreen Community know it will be difficult for a new gTLD to break through the clutter of hundreds of other planned new gTLDs. That's why they have been tirelessly promoting .green for over 5 years now. But with 3 other applicants chasing the TLD, the race is still far from over. 22ED9C78-C9D3-444F-9750-EE24E5DA998F Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:59:51 -0400 Alan Dunn Joins DomainHoldings as Senior VP & DomainSherpa Adds New Producer Wayne Nelson Domain Holdings Group continues to add to an already outstanding management team. Well-known and highly respected domain industry veteran Alan Dunn has joined the company as Senior VP of Strategic Media. has also added a key new member to their team - Producer Wayne Nelson. C4E09E46-5B65-4244-A371-AEFAFE0FF635 Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:41:27 -0400 Six-Figure Sales Streak Extended to Four Weeks With Deal At Sedo Topping New DNJ Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at, For the fourth week in a row a six-figure sale leads our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Sedo kept the streak alive while taking the top three spots on the elite list. The chart features 17 .coms, three ccTLDs and one non .com gTLD. A8778B59-BF24-4E4D-8B79-4472FA1589D9 Wed, 8 Aug 2012 17:21:29 -0400 Industry Veteran Victor Pitts Joins as Director of Domain Services Victor Pitts has joined fast-growing domain registrar as Director of Domain Services. Pitts, who has previously held senior positions at Moniker, iGoldrush and ICM Registry, will be responsible for leading and overseeing the continued development of's Registrar and Marketplace services. 43AB1F78-F302-4494-8278-E03707C474EE Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:16:53 -0400 Sedo Sells for Over $340,000 -  The Inside Story Behind the International Transaction In a deal shepherded by Sedo Senior International Sales Consultant Frank Tillmanns, the company has completed a €275,000 sale ($341,234 at today's exchange rate) of ("hotels" in Spanish). We have an inside look at how a deal of this magnitude, involving parties from multiple countries, got done. 55769A12-C92A-46A8-B03F-D6D5F0F7CF40 Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:37:30 -0400 Michael Castello's Martian Connection - Why the Red Planet's New Rover is His Favorite Robot Michael Castello of Castello Cities Internet Network was in our area on a family vacation over the weekend. However when we got together, one family member was missing. It seems Michael's son Jonathan was tied up with a little project you may have heard about - landing a $2.5 billion rover on the planet Mars this morning! 7C4533A3-67D2-47D0-8CD3-C6EB676903BC Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:30:12 -0400 Sedo Broker Dave Evanson Reports Selling for $118,000 Sedo broker Dave Evanson just posted on his Facebook page that he has wrapped up a $118,000 sale of for the popular domain sales venue. Dave has rung up many sales at this level but I'm sure it never gets old for him or Sedo! 73C930AE-0F13-49E4-937B-B101D356E997 Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:01:27 -0400 6-Figure 2-Letter .Com Sale Handled By Toby Clements Tops This Week's Sales Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at The current streak of six-figure domain sales has been extended to three weeks thanks to a nice two-letter .com transaction handled by the Toby Clements Newsletter.The latest all extension Top 20 Chart also includes a pair of .nets and a ccTLD that reached the top 10. 4BD807B0-F9DC-4AA2-8886-1F13DD3C7148 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:42:11 -0400 Chef Patrick Beams Out of - Braden Pollock Takes Over the Bridge There is a new captain on the bridge of the starship Original co-founder Patrick Ruddell has sold his shares to Braden Pollock, a former 50/50 partner who now becomes sole owner of a website that is attracting over half a million visitors a year. Here's the exclusive story behind Ruddell's decision. 9E267172-2886-4820-BE52-C3A6379122F3 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:13:48 -0400 Companies in the News: GoDaddy, Sedo,, & DomainHoldings The new work week is off to a flying start with news on several fronts. The CEO at GoDaddy has stepped down, Sedo revealed some interesting sales data, ECOP offered free escrow services on domain sales under $500, has joined an effort to stop fraudulent traffic & DomainHoldings has a new service. 886ABB0E-746A-4A0C-B221-61ACC0E59FEA Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:55:22 -0400 Fewer High End Domain Sales in 2Q-2012 Cause $ Volume to Slip But Median Prices Edge Up DN Journal's new monthly newsletter is going out to opt in email subscribers today. The newsletter, also available online, features a breakdown of the domain name sales numbers reported to us in the 2nd quarter of 2012. The results were interesting with total dollar volume down from 1Q-2012 but median prices edging up. 9DAEFE01-88B0-438B-8AE2-CBB10A6010FB Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:18:05 -0400 Owner Fred Mercaldo Comments on the Blockbuster Sale of The 7-figure sale of has created quite a buzz in the geo domain community. One of those most excited is owner Fred Mercaldo who also manages dozens of key geo websites through Mercaldo also serves as President of the trade association. 2245A6B7-C6E7-4F31-9ECD-AB0E81B23300 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:09:29 -0400 New DNJournal Chart Includes Another 6-Figure Sale and One of Year's 10 Biggest ccTLD Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at, For the second week in a row a 6-figure sale tops the leader board. We also saw one of the year's 10 biggest ccTLD sales, a $77,500 deal that landed among the top three on the latest all extension sales chart. Three other country codes also made the Big Board. D8448FF5-3CF6-410E-A8CD-FDB8BFE98C94 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:51:37 -0400 Geo Domain Giant Dan Pulcrano Sells to Peter Niederman in 7-Figure Deal In a huge geodomain deal, Boulevards New Media Inc., the Silicon Valley-based company headed by CEO Dan Pulcrano, has sold to Denver businessman Peter Niederman, CEO of Kentwood Real Estate. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, though both parties confirmed it was a 7-figure transaction. 4437455A-DBBB-4386-8144-59D156906EDB Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:35:36 -0400 Toronto Newspaper Questions Whether Canada's .CA ccTLD Can Survive New gTLDs An interesting article in the Toronto Star has a headline asking whether or not Canada's .CA extension - the nation's official country code - can survive the impending wave of new gTLDs. We definitely have some thoughts on that! 0F36C293-E518-41C5-BCAA-02C249D04045 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:02:55 -0400 Course Correction: Why Airline Pilot Bob Olea is Now Banking on Domains as Well as Planes DN Journal's new July Cover Story is out. It's a fascinating profile of United Airlines pilot/domain investor-developer Bob Olea. This story about one of the most personable people in the domain business is filled with more ups and downs than a hang glider in a hurricane. If you don't know Bob, you should - so let us introduce you. 62C25FEF-5BDE-41FC-9B4E-61DBA815E02B Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:07:57 -0400 Happy Days for .CO But Skeptics Predict Consumers Will Seek .Com Shelter in New TLD Flood .CO had a lot to celebrate on the TLD's 2nd birthday today, including 1.3 million registrations in more than 200 countries. However, skeptics predict a different outcome for 100s of other new TLDs that plan to start launching next year. They say the unprecedented flood will create mass confusion and make .com stronger than ever. 33BFD781-C707-46DB-8C1E-BCAF5379CE46 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:16:30 -0400 Hostingcon 2012 Concludes in Boston With Many Domain Industry Faces In the Crowd As the home base for a number of domain industry companies and individual entrepreneurs, Boston has always been a beehive of domain activity. That was truer than ever over the past three days when many domain investors, developers and company executives from out of town were in Beantown for Hostingcon 2012 6DD40917-42BB-40D6-B649-A0B8F3895C51 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:32:16 -0400 DomainNameSales Scores First 6-Figure Sale Reported Since Late June The new weekly domain sales report is out at For the first time in four weeks, a six-figure sale was reported with Frank Schilling's DomainNameSales doing the honors. High five figure sales also returned this week including a South African ccTLD sale that ranks among the year's ten biggest country code sales. 033A73AA-AA8B-44C8-B587-4846DA1A0C4E Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:43:42 -0400 Companies in the News:, Thought Convergence, Afternic & Dnbiz Today in the Lowdown at adds a key new member to their management team, Thought Convergence reaches a major milestone and the AfternicDLS expands further into Asia by adding leading Chinese registrar Dnbiz to their domain sales network. 8DC4AAE6-BC03-4FC5-8144-7041E199C66D Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:18:11 -0400 Domain Registrations Jump 23 Million in 1 Year, .CA Celebrates 25th Birthday + Cool Tool from DomainsBot Today in the Lowdown at Worldwide domain registrations soared by more than 23 million names over the past year...Canada's .CA extension celebrates its 25th birthday while closing in on 2 million total registrations...and Domainsbot's popular domain name suggestion tool is made available to all developers. 92D82BCC-1367-420B-8C99-6C2BE50FBB2E Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:24:08 -0400 A Rare Look at What the Death of a TLD Looks Like: U.S. Agency Shuts Down R.I.P. The rarely used extension that was created by an Act of Congress in 2003 with the idea of providing a safe place for kids on the web is suspending operations effective July 27, 2012. The shutdown offers a seldom seen look at what happens to registrants and website owners when a domain extension dies. 3A459DFC-5092-4559-8482-BE1902D7C66A Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:40:29 -0400's Close Call, MHB's History of the Domain Business & Andy Booth's Ascent I read three articles this week that I thought were especially interesting & relevant and will remain so for a long time to come, so - in case you missed any of them (and knowing that I almost missed one of them that is several months old myself) - I wanted to add a brief review and link to each of them for you and for posterity's sake. B0EDA2E6-00FF-43B9-8011-EA5D021A6140 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:09:11 -0400 .ORG Reaches 10 Million Registrations - Here's the Name That Put Them Over the Top .ORG has soared to new heights having reached more than 10 million domain registrations. The official announcement came today from the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the not-for-profit operator of the popular extension founded in 1985. PIR also revealed who registered the 10 millionth .ORG domain. 1AC87EB3-F08F-4A98-929E-0273B4122875 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:03:14 -0400 Six-Figure Drought Continues But Four and Five Figure Domain Sales are Flourishing The new weekly domain sales report is out at 6-figure sales remained on summer vacation for the 3rd week in a row but buyers were out in force scooping up hundreds of domains priced between $1,000 and $50,000. DomainHoldings sold a group of 22 numeric .coms for $14,800 each - a total of over $325,000. 11673A19-69B3-4159-9D81-57F0E489365C Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:40:14 -0400 New .INFO Contest Offers Chance to Win a Revolutionary Lytro Camera The new Lytro cameras have created a considerable buzz among gadget and photography freaks and Afilias, who operates the .INFO registry, is taking advantage of that by giving away two Lytros in a new Summer 2012 INFO Spotting Contest that kicked off today and continues through August 31, 2012. 363B3EE3-A4E5-4742-917D-EBA7FFBF1516 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:12:39 -0400 SedoMLS Network Expands Again with Addition of Rob Monster's Domain aftermarket giant Sedo announced the newest addition to the SedoMLS network today with U.S. registrar & domain developer coming on board. Epik joins more than 60 SedoMLS partners, including Godaddy and other top registrars, on Sedo's global premium domain name sales platform. 3D4C803E-C92C-4401-9F0B-BF73C1894446 Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:06:11 -0400 Protrada Adds Over 50,000 New Members With Acquisition of Assets  The innovative domain trading platform that debuted last summer just took another giant step forward. The company has acquired the assets of UK based domain search engine and data supplier, including their 52,500 members, for an undisclosed price. 5D077C77-5A66-4D91-BCF0-C6152B38766B Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:31:27 -0400 Facebook Threat to Domains Wanes as Ad Execs Show Diminishing Interest in FB vs. Rest of Web During its meteoric rise a lot of people predicted the popularity of Facebook would lower the value of domain names. With FB membership rising into the 100s of millions doomsayers reasoned that companies would spend more time & money marketing on FB than through their own websites. News flash - it's not happening. ED9E313C-39EF-4DB8-914E-BEC9EE1F916C Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:41:36 -0400 .CO.NO Went Live Today After Winning Court Battle With Norway's .NO Registry 11 years ago Norwegian company Elineweb A.S. acquired the two-letter Norwegian country code domain CO.NO. Last year the company decided to start selling sub-domains of CO.NO but the operator of Norway's .NO ccTLD disrupted their plans, leading to a lawsuit that .CO.NO just won. EEFF2BB6-B64D-4EE4-8D11-3FBE6F5677A9 Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:29:29 -0400 Market's Mid-Range Continues to Hum With This Week's Top 20 Sales Totaling Over $440,000 The new weekly domain sales report is out at For the second week is a row no six-figure sales were reported but action remained strong in the market's mid-range. The top 20 sales averaged over $22,000 apiece with a $64,980 sale at GoDaddyAuctions setting the pace. AC2E754F-1C0F-4054-8868-C83A6333AA0A Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:53:21 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Offers $150 Ritz Carlton Gift Card to Those Who Register for 2012 Show This Week If you are planning to go to the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference October 7-10 at the Ritz Carlton on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida organizers just gave you a good reason to register by the end of the day Friday. They are offering a $150 Ritz Carlton Gift Card with the first 25 tickets purchased between now and the Friday deadline. DDAB41DA-6969-45E3-8810-1F7C5B0F7090 Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:33:42 -0400 Summer's Here and the Time is Right for Domainers at the Meets This year's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference is still 3 months away but domainers in some parts of the U.S. will get a chance to do some socializing before then in local meet ups that will be held in July and August. Organizers in South Florida and Colorado have both announced meet up dates and locations. FD04B189-7B91-4044-9DD6-46FFEC6C8E13 Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:00:59 -0400 Great Scot! How Tommy Butler Went From Gutting Chickens to Developing A new Cover Story is out at Tommy Butler owns and operates, the well developed website that represents Scotland's largest city. Butler is also steadily building a big network of sites around his base. Not bad for a kid who started out gutting chickens in Glasgow for 50 cents a day! B141295D-2DF7-4A67-ACD8-70DAF490CEF1 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:11:48 -0400 Media Battle Royal: In the Race to Influence Consumer Spending the Web Trails But is Gaining Ground The Internet, TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines & Mobile are all competing in a race to wield the most influence on consumer purchasing decisions. The value of domain names will be heavily influenced by how this race turns out. A new study shows we are continuing to gain ground but we are not there yet. 3D858028-C6C9-4492-97E8-4D1B8C79456D Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:03:31 -0400 A Different Take on New TLDs from the CEO of a Company That Loves .Coms AND New TLDs The latest newsletter is now going out to opt-in subscribers and it has also been posted online. We have heard all of the arguments from both new TLD advocates and those who believe they will be crushed by the reigning king - .com. To get a different view, we sought out a CEO with a major stake in both camps. 846C01FF-EFC6-438F-8B20-B184BB0C49F6 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:00:53 -0400 Sedo Serves Up More Data, Moniker/SnapNames Targets China & Sudden Death for Digital Archery Today in the Lowdown at Sedo announces a new feature that provides more valuation data about domains for sale there. Moniker/SnapNames has expanded their presence in China through two new partnerships and ICANN shoots an arrow through Digital Archery's heart leaving it DBA (Dead Before Arrival). 8BB676BE-9F07-4777-AB36-F9CE3D2972F0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:03:03 -0400 Draws Highest Sales Price Reported in the Domain Aftermarket This Week The new weekly domain sales report is out at Things were slower than usual at the upper end of the domain market with no six-figure sales reported and only one topping $25,000. However the mid-range did well with the Top 20 Chart being divided between 16 .coms and 4 ccTLDs. 22ADB758-50E2-4B44-9E8A-6DC0C78ABC67 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:18:46 -0400 Teen Domainer Brian Diener Co-Founds New Content Production Company at While still in high school Brian Diener made a name for himself by chronicling his adventures as a domain investor on the blog. Now a college sophomore at Emory, Diener has joined another talented student, Harvard University's Chris Smiles, to launch a hot new content production company at 414FABFB-520E-497E-A312-180180E6E6E4 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:17:36 -0400 Domain Monetization Companies in the News: DomainHoldings, ParkLogic and Today in the Lowdown at domain monetization companies and leaders are in the news including's DomainPower platform, ParkLogic Founder Michael Gilmour (who is featured in a new video) and CEO Debra Domeyer who appeared on a big stage today in New York. 5F5242A3-3189-49A9-B81C-32B33EA7903B Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:25:56 -0400 Complete Videos of Speeches Made by Incoming and Outgoing ICANN CEOs Today in Prague ICANN's new CEO, Fadi Chehadé, made a well-received public debut with a speech today at ICANN's 44th international meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. We have the full video of his talk as well as outgoing CEO Rod Beckstrom's farewell address and speeches from ICANN's Board Chairman & its COO. D219B11A-BE36-468E-928D-518976764EC3 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:34:45 -0400 ICANN Names a New CEO to Replace Rod Beckstrom - Fadi Chehadé to Take Over by October 1 ICANN today named Fadi Chehadé as its new CEO replacing Rod Beckstrom who will step down July 1. The 50-year-old Chehadé who is a citizen of three countries, Lebanon, Egypt and the United States, will take over on or before October 1, 2012 with ICANN's COO handling CEO duties until Chehadé arrives. 50BA1938-0389-4016-851E-2344F4673368 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:05:33 -0400 Leading Aftermarket Venues Gain Exposure to New Customers in China + Two Recommended Reads If you list domains for sale with two popular aftermarket venues, the AfternicDLS and/or, new partnerships those companies have forged with registrars in China will put your names in front of a huge new pool of potential buyers. Also today, two highly recommended reads of importance to all domain owners. F77EF1E6-0C71-4D8D-9E0A-A9A76FFB85A7 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:47:37 -0400 Arrives at Top Spot on This Week's Sales Chart After Selling for Six Figures The new weekly domain sales report is out at The six-figure sale of in a deal that ranks as the 7th highest sale reported so far this year tops our latest leader board. Four ccTLDs and two non .com gTLDs also made the elite list with one of those country code sales landing in the top five. 4E4E1B67-F485-48F2-AF88-422F6BF53BFD Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:12:57 -0400 Italian Company Loses Both UDRP & a 2nd Attempt to Take Name Away Through a Lawsuit Less than a week after Rick Schwartz scored an important UDRP win against a Brazilian company that tried to hijack one of his domains, comes word from Ari Goldberger's law fim,, of a double-pronged victory for one of their clients over a company owned by Italian media magnate Silvio Berlusconi. 606B2486-09D3-4D93-9A24-8A43FD797204 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:15:29 -0400 Sedo Predicts What the Ten Most Successful New TLDs Will Be Last week when ICANN announced the 1,409 new TLDs that 1,930 applicants are chasing, speculation immediately began on which proposed extensions have the best chance for success. Sedo put in their two cents today when they released a list of what they think are the 10 most valuable new TLDs based on an in house study. 60A3DACC-EB8C-437E-8853-65055D2B77A6 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:53:44 -0400 Justice is Served - Brazilian Hijackers Who Attempted to Steal Rick Schwartz's Domain Found Guilty Just when I was about to give up on domain owners getting a fair shake in the UDRP system (arbitrators rule against domain owners 85% of the time, often in painfully obvious miscarriages of justice) a fair and sensible WIPO panel restored some sanity to the process and did the right thing in a case involving 78742797-9265-4941-AD33-AC45E05076AE Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:37:47 -0400 Two ccTLD Sales That Rank Among the Year's Ten Biggest Stand Out on This Week's Chart It was a good week for the ccTLDs as three country code domains landed on the upper half of this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Two of those also rank among the ten biggest ccTLD sales reported so far this year. We also saw one of the year's ten biggest non .com gTLD sales. 01E1054F-134B-444B-BEFB-20B8BB8F03EE Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:32:06 -0400 Big Reveal Bares All - Next Step, the Big Wait ICANN's "Big Reveal" was held this morning (U.S. time) in London where the domain name system's oversight body released the names of those who have applied to run new TLDs as well as the extensions they want to run. While this was a highly anticipated event, the arrival of new TLDs is still a long way off. 917C02D6-7D60-4136-9E81-2F77C73D1DCE Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:30:24 -0400 Many Domain Investors See Big Reveal as Big Yawn Wednesday's "Big Reveal" Day when ICANN will officially announce who has applied to run what new TLDs is capturing a ton of press attention from both domain industry blogs and mainstream media outlets. Ironically, the least interested spectators of all seem to be individual domain investors! 75503DB2-9966-4ABF-A783-8842A353D7C2 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:56:30 -0400 Frank Schilling Continues His Transformation from Legendary Investor to Leading Service Provider Frank's Schilling's place in domain industry history was secured years ago when he was universally recognized as one of the most successful investors of all time but over the past year he has been spreading his wings even further and, with his latest venture, he is emerging as one the industry's top service providers as well. D4A2A81F-7B0F-49EC-8D51-09D570FCB89B Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:29:32 -0400 Another Huge Win for the Web - Consumers Now Say Online is Their Favorite Way to Shop Ever since the Internet arrived on the scene I've watched in amazement as the web has steadily overtaken one traditional powerhouse after another. The web has just landed a stunning blow against another giant - this one an even bigger Goliath than previous victim traditional media, It's the big kahuna - shopping. DC39EDA6-4D29-4100-A735-88913528BA34 Thu, 7 Jun 2012 18:58:03 -0400 Toby Clements Closes One of the Year's 3 Biggest Domain Sales to Top New DNJournal Chart Toby Clements sells a lot of domains through his popular newsletter but he really outdid himself this past week when he rung up one of the three biggest sales reported so far in 2012. With that 2-letter .com sale three of the year's five biggest sales have now been ultra-short two-character domains. 8E76C350-F178-4B50-BA62-AFB0290471F7 Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:14:41 -0400 Donuts Inc. Fattens Up on New gTLD Apps Downing Over 25 Dozen in One Sitting In my last post I told you about some of the dozens of applications to run new gTLDs that have been turned in by some of the companies who plan to be heavy hitters in the expanded space being opened up by ICANN. Today another shoe dropped and it was a really BIG and unexpected one. DBAB5D80-D356-4655-913C-2B3868BF7221 Tue, 5 Jun 2012 17:36:31 -0400 Big Reveal Still 2 Weeks Away But New gTLD Applicants Already Spilling the Beans Now that ICANN has closed its bug-riddled TLD Application System they have set June 13 as the date for the Big Reveal. That's when the 2,000 or so new TLDs applied for will officially be named. However, some who plan to operate new TLD registries just couldn't wait and have already announced the ones they are going for. AAAFF4DD-2167-42F0-9196-B404864946AD Fri, 1 Jun 2012 16:52:54 -0400 DomainAdvisors Rings Up One of the Year's Four Biggest Domain Sales to Top This Week's Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at has rung up a lot of big domain sales but most have been subject to non-disclosure agreements, This week however, they were able to share a big one they just closed with us - one that ranks among 2012's four biggest reported sales. 69B05F49-2767-4640-9576-48D56D2827EF Thu, 31 May 2012 18:57:57 -0400 DomainSponsor Welcomes One of Their 1st Employees Back Home as Song Signs On A lot of companies and good people have come and gone in this business over the years but few came, went, then came back again - especially to the same place where they started. Mike Song has done just that and people who have been in this industry a long time couldn't be happier. 977C34CE-44B2-4E5B-9A59-EC2A942E746B Thu, 31 May 2012 15:18:36 -0400 Industry Pioneer Monte Cahn Joins DomainHoldings Team as Executive and Advisor Monte Cahn, the domain industry pioneer who founded in 1999 and served as the popular registrar and brokerage service's CEO for 10 years, has taken a new role with where he will serve as an Executive in Residence and Advisor to the Board. CD28CF66-1966-40CF-BA91-17125403959D Wed, 30 May 2012 09:08:53 -0400 Rick & Howard Lock in Dates For Their First Las Vegas T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference in 5 Years Time flies when you're having fun. When T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu take the big show back to Las Vegas (for an event starting exactly one year from today at the Bellagio) it will be the first time they have run what was once an annual Vegas show in more than five years! 8E84E498-B789-43AE-A554-ED06E04F2101 Tue, 29 May 2012 12:13:07 -0400 Domain Industry Donors Support Newly Bald Brethren By Giving Over $50,000 to The Water School After the antics of one mad barber from Australia, two domain conferences and four scalps collected - the results are now in. Over $50,000 has been collected for one of the domain industry's favorite charities - the Water School. Today we acknowledge those who generously gave to this live saving organization. B0822D7A-DC18-4058-9C40-B169F3BD3B1F Thu, 24 May 2012 16:48:02 -0400 Two Sales Totaling $160,000 Share Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart For the second week in a row there were enough notable domain sales reported to fill nearly TWO all extension Top 20 Sales Charts. 39 five-figure sales came to our attention with two of those tying for the top spot on this week's Big Board. One of the leaders ranks among the year's six biggest ccTLD sales. 0F8D47E4-B546-48E8-B3AA-B7011F16F9FF Wed, 23 May 2012 17:50:33 -0400 ICANN Re-Starts Stalled New TLD Application System as New Marketing Firm Enters the Fray After being shut down for nearly six weeks due to technical issues, ICANN's TLD Application System (TAS) has finally been re-started for those interested in operating new gTLDs. Meanwhile a new firm filled with familiar faces has launched a company that will provide marketing services to new gTLD registry operators. AE87F987-4DC6-4A37-B8A3-9B9FD20BBC22 Tue, 22 May 2012 15:40:10 -0400 Becomes 1st Registrar to Offer UDRP Insurance & ICA Support With Share of Profits A new domain registration service has rolled off creator Francois Carrillo's assembly line. brings a new value proposition to the registration game offering UDRP insurance and a 30% share of profits to the Internet Commerce Association - the industry's advocate before ICANN and Congress. 3F3153B8-02B9-4FAF-9322-ECD4EB2EDEEE Mon, 21 May 2012 09:42:23 -0400 iPhone App Puts Historical Domain Sales Information at Your Fingertips Here's an app every domain investor will want to have on their smartphone. Simply called "Domain Sales" the app provides access to more than 72,000 historical domain & website sales dating back over 10 years. It covers multiple extensions including .com, .org and .net as well as ccTLDs and filters let you refine search results. C3579FE7-6410-4126-AE10-772F7CDB721A Fri, 18 May 2012 18:18:11 -0400 Marriage Made in Heaven: Protrada Adds Appraiso to Their Website Development Platform A couple of months ago I told you about a new website appraisal tool that had just been released at Now has decided to pair Appraiso with their innovative website development platform, giving clients a new way to determine the value of the websites they are building. 0C5454A9-F9EF-4B02-A58B-66BA4857DF4C Thu, 17 May 2012 11:48:56 -0400 Solid Week for Domain Sales With Enough Notable Sales to Fill TWO Top 20 Charts It was another solid week for the domain aftermarket led by a 6-figure sale and enough in the 5-figure range to fill TWO Top 20 sales charts. .Coms (including a Spanish language domain at #2) swept 16 of the 20 chart entries. The country codes and non .com gTLDs took two each with one ccTLD reaching #3 on the Big Board. E966E2E3-D853-4D2F-8B36-3F158D821881 Wed, 16 May 2012 18:33:37 -0400 Bari's Back! Ex Moniker Exec Bari Meyerson Takes Business Development Position at eNom Bari Meyerson, a popular domain industry veteran who was a fixture at before leaving that registrar last December, is returning to the trenches in a business development position with Seattle-based registration giant C342B577-A97A-4B22-9587-92EBBBACA929 Tue, 15 May 2012 14:16:26 -0400 With 3 of His 5 Daughters Graduating This Week Marc Ostrofsky is Going Plane Crazy You will have to forgive domain industry pioneer and best selling author Marc Ostrofsky if he seems a bit disoriented this week. He is crisscrossing the country to attend graduation ceremonies for 3 of his 5 daughters. $1.5 million in college bills to put all five through school is also giving him a few gray hairs! 30001075-8650-4B15-BB61-17FC0EEDE188 Tue, 15 May 2012 10:48:07 -0400 New Study From Sedo Shows Rising Domain Sales With Buy Now Most Popular Listing Option Sedo has released their latest quarterly Domain Market Study, covering domain sales made on their worldwide platform in the 1st quarter of 2012. The new report showed their highest sales since early 2011 and that Buy Now has become the most popular sales option for the first time. 16D22C0E-97B1-4482-964A-E3FCF912A1F0 Thu, 10 May 2012 17:43:16 -0400 Three Previously Unannounced Six-Figure Sales Set the Pace in a Banner Week for Domains Warm weather is returning to most parts of the northern hemisphere and domain sales seem to be heating up in tandem with the rising temperatures. We documented three new six-figure sales this week that are being reported for the first time, including one that ranks among the year's three biggest sales to date. 10C1A017-643A-49F5-9ED7-8612726977E3 Wed, 9 May 2012 20:39:53 -0400 2012 DNCruise Officially Scuttled But Chef Patrick May Raise the Anchor Again Next Year After two well received voyages in 2010 and 2011, DNCruise, the only domain conference held on a cruise ship, will not leave port in 2012. Organizer Patrick Ruddell (AKA Chef Patrick) gave me the news today and explained the reasons for his decision. He also commented on the possibility of bringing the event back in 2013. BF19E0B7-EA7B-4FF0-A5BD-856A798EFACF Tue, 8 May 2012 18:33:56 -0400 Honorary Domainer Lisa Bloom Releases Another Best Seller & Writing Bug Bites Ammar Kubba TV personality, author and attorney Lisa Bloom, the fiancée of well-known domain industry figure Braden Pollock, has released Swagger, her second straight best selling book. Meanwhile, the writing bug also seems to have bitten the personable CEO at Thought Convergence - Ammar Kubba. 08DAF13B-593F-4B52-A6E2-2F8D183E90F7 Mon, 7 May 2012 17:11:41 -0400 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Goes Back to Vegas in New Venue + Launches New Tool for Brokers After a 3-year hiatus, the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference will return to Las Vegas in the spring of 2013 with the big show playing at the fabulous Bellagio Hotel for the first time. In another announcement of interest, has rolled out a new tool that will be of special interest to domain brokers. 049573A7-24E2-4CBF-96F8-4E0C36EF7404 Fri, 4 May 2012 19:23:35 -0400 3 Six-Figure Sales and 66 That Hit Five Figures Headline Busy Fortnight for the Domain Market The latest domain sales report from covers the past two weeks of action in the aftermarket and a busy fortnight it was with three 6-figure sales including the year's second biggest non .com gTLD sale and its third biggest country code sale. 91471A08-ED97-4C3E-821B-7C498886F735 Fri, 4 May 2012 00:03:40 -0400 Some Final Thoughts on Domaining Europe 2012 We're back from a great week in Spain where the Domaining Europe 2012 conference was held last week. We stayed over a couple of extra days to visit a few more of Valencia's many attractions and just got home Tuesday. Before we return to our regular programming here are some final thoughts on the show. 58D625BE-5B2C-42C9-AE66-E7109CE7F076 Wed, 2 May 2012 21:39:20 -0400 Photos and Highlights From Day 2 Friday & Closing Day Saturday at Domaining Europe 2012 The Domaining Europe 2012 conference ended Saturday evening in Valencia, Spain with the 4th event in this series winning rave reviews. Attendees came from 23 countries around the world. Here are photos & highlights from the last two days plus the reason I am going home with no hair! 0107BC01-54C9-44D3-A765-4EF472535C19 Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:01:28 -0400 Opening Day Photos and Highlights from the Domaining Europe 2012 Conference The Domaining Europe 2012 conference got underway late Thursday afternoon in Valencia, Spain and opening day activities did not end until the wee hours of this morning. We have exclusive photos and highlights from the first day of an event that drew domainers from 23 different countries. A6E465E7-A45A-4B60-BED8-2C4142E001A6 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:16:33 -0400 Pre-Show Photos & Highlights From Domaining Europe 2012 in Valencia, Spain Diana and I arrived in Valencia, Spain Tuesday evening along with some other early birds who wanted to get a jump start on the Domaining Europe 2012 conference that opens Thursday in this beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea. Here are our exclusive pre-show photos & highlights. 6857E18A-1A2B-4169-9B66-953D40DB66A9 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:39:58 -0400 Spain Joins Michael Mann in the Domain Spotlight & Deadline Looms to Protest .Com Contract This week's Domaining Europe conference will put Spain in the industry spotlight along with Michael Mann who was the subject of an interesting CNET story over the weekend. Plus, Thursday is the deadline for the public to comment on an ICANN-Verisign .Com contract renewal that would cost domain registrants big bucks. 2FCEC9D7-EC89-4114-AADF-C609BA6244D1 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:40:57 -0400 DNJournal Newsletter: Domain Sales Transactions Up 15% in 1Q-2012, Total $ Volume Dips The latest newsletter is going out to opt-in subscribers this morning. In it we break down the domain sales data reported to us in the first quarter of 2012. Reports of an upswing in domain sales activity were confirmed by a big jump in transactions though total $ volume dipped a bit with the absence of blockbuster sales. 26E34947-2C0B-4D1F-A8EF-98F1DAD010EA Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:27:15 -0400 New Book From Domainer/Developer John Colascione Details How to Master Your Website One thing that has always impressed me about the domain business is how many creative people are in it. We've got authors, TV producers, musicians and others with impressive talents of all kinds. You can now add John Colascione to the list. The industry veteran's first book - Mastering Your Website - just came out in paperback. 2C58B381-4E9B-4136-8664-81D04EB392D5 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:48:36 -0400 Moniker Hits the Jackpot - Leads New DNJournal Chart With Year's 2nd Biggest Domain Sale The new weekly domain sales report is out at A blockbuster sale at Moniker, the second highest sale reported so far this year, led the way in a week that also produced 2012's second biggest non .com gTLD sale to date. 18D55051-E22A-4A03-AA49-D4ECB89887FA Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:37:51 -0400 BREE on the Verge of Major Breakout With Release of New Video Featuring David Castello Despite tremendous success in the domain industry, David Castello couldn't resist returning to his first love, music , when he met a talented singer/songwriter named Bree. They moved to Nashville together and formed a band that is on the verge of a major breakout. Their hard rocking first video was just released today. 1BDCF544-0AB9-4F77-9E0F-7593894CFA59 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:40:24 -0400 .US Finally Getting Big Promotional Push From the American ccTLD's Registry - Neustar For the past decade many .US buyers have felt that apathy at the American ccTLD's registry had left a potentially great TLD to die on the vine. At long last, the 10-year drought finally ended this past week when Neustar rolled out an extensive promotional campaign aimed at American small businesses. FE77FE44-7658-428C-96E4-E800E005319B Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:05:44 -0400 Moniker Closes Year's 2nd Biggest Domain Sale + ICANN Forced to Delay New TLD Application Deadline has closed a major domain sale, one that ranks as the second biggest sale reported so far in 2012. Also today, technical glitches forced ICANN to move back today's application deadline for those who want to operate new gTLD registries. 4864C5C4-88AF-4A42-B646-28ADADC5112B Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:23:56 -0400 Industry Veteran Jim Grace Joins DomainHoldings as Director of Monetization continues to add to its staff of seasoned industry veterans, bringing highly regarded former DomainSponsor Senior Account Manager Jim Grace on board as Director of Monetization. Grace will oversee the company's DomainPower monetization platform. 558E8B2A-61BE-4238-BFB2-60CBD74EB401 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:43:34 -0400 Market's Mid-Range Makes The Most Noise This Week With Nearly 2 Dozen Solid 5-Figure Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at A trio of .coms in the mid five-figure range fill the first three spots on our new all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. The 15 .coms on the leader board were joined by three .nets and a pair of ccTLDs. 4D7E6479-E3B9-4F98-A8A4-ABD7F9B66AD1 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:00:36 -0400 Largest IDN Sale on Record Comes to Light - Deal Completed in 2011 Came with $216,000 Price Tag We have learned that a deal for a major city IDN geodomain was completed in July 2011 when the final installment on a $216,000 purchase price was paid. That is the highest verified sale price reported to date for an IDN. The sale also ranks among the 30 biggest domain sales reported last year. D7BCF6B9-FA8E-457B-A6E5-DBC582EDB5A5 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:12:05 -0400 Rick Schwartz Puts Fight Against Reverse Domain Name Hijackers in Business World Spotlight As most of you know, a little-known Brazilian company is attempting to use the UDRP process to hijack the generic domain name,, from its owner, Rick Schwartz. Today Schwartz spread the news beyond industry boundaries, making sure mainstream businesses are aware of the hijacking threat too. DF2BC024-4139-4A32-958E-AB1A6265343A Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:46:11 -0400 DomainHoldings CEO Jason Boshoff to Deliver Opening Day Address at Domaining Europe 2012 The Domaining Europe 2012 conference coming up April 26-28 in Spain has added CEO Jason Boshoff to a line up of speakers that already includes EuroDNS Founder & Chairman Xavier Buck who will deliver the keynote. Meanwhile, PPX Chairman Gregg McNair is planning a "Hair Raid" at the event. 278CBDCE-A6C4-4E15-B8B0-AB5E6004D3C6 Sat, 7 Apr 2012 15:20:46 -0400 Independent Operators Trouncing Local Newspapers & TV in Fight for Online Ad Revenue If you've been thinking about developing a geo or geo-targeted domain name into you own local media business, you might be wondering how good your odds are in competing for online advertising dollars against websites operated by long established newspapers or TV stations. The answer may surprise you. 4802268C-0292-4B2C-A97B-0498E89E3379 Thu, 5 Apr 2012 18:19:18 -0400 Busy Domain Sales Week Topped by One of the Year's Five Biggest Deals Flowers aren't the only things blossoming this spring - domain sales also seem to be busting out all over. The past week was led by two six-figure sales including a .com that ranks as the 5th biggest sale reported so far in 2012. We also saw the year's 2nd biggest non .com gTLD sale and two of the five biggest ccTLD deals. C8DC2F33-ADBE-4D63-8332-A6E15DDD18DD Wed, 4 Apr 2012 18:21:21 -0400 Domain Industry Evangelist to Share Stage With Donald Trump & Anthony Robbins in San Jose's Troy Rushton is going to get a golden opportunity to tell the mainstream business world about the value of domain names next week. Rushton has been invited to join Donald Trump, Anthony Robbins and other successful entrepreneurs as a featured speaker at the National Achievers Congress. 859329BF-DDAB-450F-8D87-B0693498DEFB Tue, 3 Apr 2012 18:36:24 -0400 & 2 Philadelphia Newspapers Sold for $55 Million to Local Business & Political Leaders The City of Brotherly Love was rocked by a major media deal today when the Philadelphia Media Network, publishers of, the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News was sold to a group of powerful local business and political leaders for $55 million. This comes just 2 years after the company had been purchased for $138 million! 27F54DE2-C188-4706-A431-1E9EB63E266B Mon, 2 Apr 2012 19:49:59 -0400 Congratulations to Domain Investor/Developer/Blogger Elliot Silver and His Wife Karen Our friend Elliot Silver has enjoyed multiple successes in the domain business but none of them have made him anywhere near as happy as the life changing personal event that the popular domain investor/developer/blogger and his wife Karen are celebrating. 6C78E227-657F-445F-87F1-8C2C50507CC8 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:59:07 -0400 Google Partners With Florida to Offer State's Businesses Free Websites Google and several Florida business development agencies have entered an interesting partnership aimed at getting more of the Sunshine State's businesses online. Google and its Florida partners have even scheduled live seminars around the state to show business owners, in person, how to get their enterprises online. ED6FACB2-F1F9-4DA5-A16B-A7ED3DF29BBD Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:47:27 -0400 Two 6-Figure Sales & One of Year's 10 Biggest Non .Com gTLD Sales Highlight New DNJ Chart The new weekly domain sales report is out at A pair of 6-figure .com sales and one of the year's 10 biggest non .com gTLD sales spurred this week's action in the domain aftermarket. Three ccTLDs also joined the party with one of those ranking among the week's six biggest sales. 0EE91D51-76F7-404E-86A8-DBA23F1E5E69 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:23:18 -0400 Free Advice From Domain Attorney Paul Keating + IDNTools Retools & New Look for At next month's 2012 Domaining Europe conference in Valencia, Spain noted domain industry attorney Paul Keating will be supporting the 4th annual event by offering attendees free consultations during the show. Elsewhere today, IDNTools re-launches after a complete makeover and readies a new look. 28F2952F-0BFE-43E8-A38D-66AC448E14FC Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:51:38 -0400 New Free Resource from Francois Carrillo Puts Extensive Domain Information at Your Fingertips Francois Carrillo recently launched a new website at (short for "domain information") and he has been adding features to this very useful new free resource ever since (with still more coming in the weeks ahead). I took a close look at over the weekend and found a lot to like in Carrillo's new creation. D79B24D2-6616-4351-AB3E-533C5FA97C9C Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:55:13 -0400 People in the News: NameMedia's Jason Miner, ICA's Phil Corwin, Marc Ostrofsky & Lana Del Rey We wrap up another busy week in the domain business with news & information from or about some well-known figures in our always fascinating field. One got a major promotion, another sounded a vital alarm, the work of a third wound up being a question on a popular TV game show and a fourth performed live on American Idol! 4B63F5C6-016A-4F2C-8588-A706FC15C1E9 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:48:33 -0400 Ron Jackson Going Bald? If Gregg McNair Has His Way It Will Happen Next Month in Spain Help! Gregg "The Mad Barber" McNair has his hair clippers out again and I am the one in his sites this time! Right now it is not looking good for the home team (me) because McNair is being aided and abetted by two domain industry "sheriffs" who have put a big bounty on my head in an effort to raise money for The Water School. B8D900B2-97BE-468E-BF04-DC8FDB79DF7F Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:53:17 -0400 6-Figure Sale at Sedo and Clamor for Country Codes Kept Cash Registers Ringing This Week claimed the top spot on our all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart this week with a nice six-figure sale. Sedo also played a big role in an outstanding week for the ccTLDs. Seven country code domains earned places on the elite list, led by a $47,000 Canadian .ca sale. 237808B3-BEC9-4619-976C-8EC356A178B0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:31:03 -0400 Partnership = Faster Transactions + Domaining Europe Names Keynoter Today in the Lowdown at and DomainTools announce a new partnership that will speed up domain sales transactions. Plus, a member of the DomainTools Board has been named Keynote Speaker for next month's Domaining Europe conference in Valencia, Spain. DF7E7D5B-C9AD-4B83-8E7A-9AEA51FD31F0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:45:43 -0400 Clements Brothers Launch New Domain Name Auction House and Brokerage Service Two domain industry veterans who are also brothers, David Clements and Toby Clements, have joined forces to launch a new domain name auction house and brokerage service called (named after a man that helped trigger the California Gold Rush). Brannans is already accepting submissions for their 1st auction. 8F3B229E-52DD-4200-839C-8384F80BDC15 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:26:21 -0400 Brazilian Company Using UDRP as a Burglary Tool in an Attempted Generic Domain Theft? This reverse domain hijacking trend is getting out of hand. Not that it comes as a surprise. With the high value of generic domain names, more over-reaching corporations with no right to generic names, are attempting to steal them through the UDRP process rather than pay for assets that belong to someone else. 66C27A70-B4D3-4280-BE53-D67374E3993F Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:04:10 -0400 Blockbuster .Net Sale One of Two 6-Figure Deals That Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart A blockbuster 3-letter .net sale - the year's biggest non .com gTLD sale reported to date - claimed the top spot on this week's all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart. The runner up position went to another six-figure 3-letter domain . We also learned about two more 6-figure sales that were subject to NDAs. 5491A679-AA28-4069-ABF1-7F599C74CB97 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:25:04 -0400 New Domain Monetization Options Continue to Grow with Latest Advance at New domain monetization options are continuing to sprout. & Protrada's are doing it by reducing much of the time & expense involved in domain development . Meanwhile has just announced a major upgrade to their platform that offers 31 different monetization options. 54F34A81-12F4-44D7-8119-08C19E701370 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:19:44 -0400 Domain Pioneer Mike "Zappy" Zapolin Filming New Documentary With Deepak Chopra Mike "Zappy" Zapolin has been involved in the development and sale of some of the best generic domain names on the Internet, including,,, and many more. The serial entrepreneur is now expanding into yet another field - documentary filmmaking. A8355A4D-413F-46AB-A5A4-079299AD9DC5 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:07:48 -0400 ICANN Meeting Opens In Costa Rica With a Warning from Outgoing CEO Rod Beckstrom The 43rd ICANN public meeting got underway today in Costa Rica with outgoing President and CEO Rod Beckstrom (who will leave the post July 1) warning the Board of Directors that they needed to make some major changes if the organization wants to maintain its role as administrator of the domain name system. 53091946-EABD-4CC2-A643-ACE7BF977261 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:10:32 -0400 Fly Like an Igal: Lichtman Innovates Again With Dazzling Automatic Website Builder at TrafficMedia A new Cover Story is out at 9 years ago our very 1st Cover Story featured an innovative new monetization service created by Igal Lichtman & his partners. Lichtman prefers to keep a low profile but the quiet industry giant finds himself in the spotlight again with his most ambitious project to date in TrafficMedia. 3FE1BFA7-AEE9-4B5A-AF31-BD6512CE6672 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:18:25 -0500 Total Number of Domains Registered Soars 10% in Past Year + Mountain Rises at NameMedia Domain registrations continue to rocket. The latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief reports the number of domains registered worldwide across all TLDs increased by more than 20 million in the past year. Elsewhere, popular domain industry executive Bob Mountain has been given a well deserved promotion at NameMedia. DB72D628-BB2C-4320-90EE-D57EEC75AC5C Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:30:16 -0500 New Solutions Make Domain Development Much Easier - DevName Launches Latest Option One of the more encouraging trends I've seen in recent months is how quickly automated domain development platforms are improving, make it possible to build real websites faster than ever before. Not mini-sites. Useful content-rich websites and even full-blown businesses on selected domains. 0AAAF86B-AC2D-4E80-9AD5-DC2462E21D08 Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:31:09 -0500 One of the Year's 3 Biggest ccTLD Sales Tops Another Strong Week for the Domain Aftermarket The new weekly domain sales report is out at .Coms dominated the all extension chart, sweeping 18 of the 20 positions, but all of those trailed the German ccTLD that sits on top of the elite list. The other non .com was also a ccTLD. Once again Frank Schilling's DomainNamesSales had a big chart presence. 5831A5FA-09D3-4505-A750-C65D04CD3C82 Wed, 7 Mar 2012 19:13:39 -0500 South Florida Domainers Set to Meet March 22 + The Davy Jones Connection to Ari Goldberger One of the biggest local domain groups in the U.S., South Florida Domainers, just announced their 1st meeting of the year. We'll tell you when and where as well as how you can take part in a live domain auction there. Plus, we'll tell you about the connection late Monkees lead singer Davy Jones had with domain attorney Ari Goldberger. 83901157-3CEA-4E64-B5DE-82E1DF989A4C Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:49:20 -0500 Inside Sedo: Co-Founder & Former CEO Tim Schumacher Leaves With a Fascinating Look Back After more than 10 years leading domain industry powerhouse Sedo, Co-Founder and former CEO Tim Schumacher left to explore new business opportunities outside of the domain space. Immediately after he stepped down Schumacher gave us a fascinating inside look at how Sedo thrived & survived a turbulent first decade. 9AE1D4FA-8E06-434C-91FC-696E31B59E19 Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:49:00 -0500 Morgan Linton Launches an Innovative Website Appraisal Platform at Morgan Linton, his fiancée and business partner Daina Burnes and a private developer they have been working with are in a celebratory mood today. After countless hours of work and a significant financial investment, the trio has launched, a platform Linton says is "the first Intelligent Website Appraisal system." 0C9581F8-129E-4F91-A3D1-8A2FF9EBCF75 Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:20:53 -0500 Makes Another Change at the Top - One Co-CEO is Elevated, the Other Exits Less than five weeks after naming Debra Domeyer and Scott Morrow Co-CEO's, has made another change at the top. Ms. Domeyer has been named sole CEO and Mr. Morrow has left the company. We'll tell you more about the new captain of the Oversee ship. A47CA1D1-C521-45C1-A016-AF9F19F201B3 Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:43:09 -0500 Do You Run a Popular Advertiser Supported Website? A Flood of Money May be Coming Your Way More and more advertisers are chasing eyeballs that have moved to the web by spending a bigger percentage of their ad budgets online, but you may not be aware of just how large the tsunami coming our way is likely to be. Here are some numbers from a reliable source that should light a fire under your development plans. 86B09C2F-F635-42CD-988A-1A444A0753E4 Thu, 1 Mar 2012 18:05:54 -0500 The Year's 1st Reported 7-Figure Domain Sale Headlines a Banner Week for the Aftermarket The new weekly domain sales report is out at It took two months to break the ice, but the year's first reported 7-figure domain sale is finally in the books with Frank Schilling's doing the honors.That venue and several others had big weeks as business was brisk across the board. 92A5CBDE-666D-4516-996E-2A510D8C4E6F Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:57:44 -0500 David Castello Launches New Music Publishing Company and Signs His First Writer Domain Hall of Famer David Castello made a major return to his music industry roots in 2011 when he moved to Nashville to manage up and coming singer/songwriter BREE and play drums in her band. Now David has launched a music publishing company and signed his first writer - the one that he wanted most. A689BC78-481C-4CA1-86E9-52D7E2743573 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:02:22 -0500 With 7 Weeks Left for New gTLD Applications Activity is Heating Up at Consulting Companies Those who want to run their own new gTLD registry have to get their applications in before ICANN closes the door on the current application period April 12, 2012 - exactly seven weeks from today. With the deadline looming activity is heating up at new gTLD consulting companies who say business is booming. BF844354-63E1-4A8B-B2F4-D4E8042FA119 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:01:59 -0500 Market's Mid-Range Flexes Its Muscles This Week With Over 3 Dozen Solid Five-Figure Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at While no six-figure domain sales were publicly reported this past week there was plenty of strength in the market's mid-range with 39 solid five-figure sales entering the books. 13 of those were .coms, 5 were ccTLDs and 2 were non .com gTLDs. B8375119-CDBE-41C0-B500-83F60FAE8959 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:53:24 -0500 Ron Sheridan's May Revolutionize Photo Sharing + Lana del Rey Wins Major Award Today in the Lowdown at, Ron Sheridan's latest venture - an innovative photo sharing platform with slick new technology - could make big waves on the web. Plus, Lana Del Rey took home a major honor in tonight's Brit Awards in London (the UK version of the Grammys). 7ABDB0C0-2CE0-441D-9BA2-9A9CFD2EFB3E Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:55:06 -0500 Presentations & Videos from DOMAINfest Global Conference Now Available to All Online If you weren't able to attend the 2012 DOMAINfest Global conference that ran January 31 - February 2 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa, Monica, California, here's the next best thing to being there. Show organizers have posted presentations and videos from the various conference sessions online for all to see. 6AEBA5E9-DE0A-48BF-9915-D48EFE903A77 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:55:54 -0500 6-Figure AfternicDLS Sale Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart - ccTLDs Take 8 Places A very nice 3-letter domain changed hands for 6 figures to top this week's domain sales chart. The all extension Top 20 featured 8 ccTLDs (including two in the top five) and 3 non .com gTLDs,along with the usual flock of .com sales. One of the those non .com gTLDs was the year's 2nd highest sale in that category. C09AB266-DF71-43D6-8130-F3D9E7BBE3E5 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:27:35 -0500 .ORG Continues High Rate of Growth - 2011 Marked the 3rd Straight Year of 9-10% Gains The Public Interest Registry (PIR), administrator of the .ORG TLD, enjoyed another growth spurt in 2011. According to the registry's latest semi-annual report, .ORG registrations grew 9.9% in 2011, reaching 9.6 million total registrations at the end of the year. The registry also announced it will apply for a new gTLD. D2D58F0B-E1E9-45CB-AAAC-684844101015 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:33:01 -0500 Afternic Expands Into Russia, the Biggest German Domain Show Begins & Debuts! The AfternicDLS announced its latest expansion today - one that opens up the rapidly growing Russian market for domain sellers...Plus, the biggest German language domain show opened today in Hamburg...and the shaving of 3 domainer's heads at DOMAINfest Global has led to the launch of a new website! 2D25740E-8655-48B3-96A2-ED667F8E8AC8 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:15:24 -0500 DOMAINFest Global Review: Industry Changes Prompted a New Direction for the Big Event The DOMAINfest Global conference held in Santa Monica, California Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2012 was the show's 6th annual event but it was considerably different than the ones that came before. decided it was time to broaden the scope of the show with an agenda aimed at "Internet entrepreneurs of all stripes." 05FAF4DD-8F4C-4254-BE3D-9901491C79AB Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:21:34 -0500 What Could Be Better Than Spring Time in Spain? Join Us in Valencia For Domaining 2012 in April We have heard so many good things about the biggest domain conference in Spain, staged annually by Dietmar Stefitz, that we decided we needed to be at the next one, Domaining2012, coming up April 26-28 in Valencia, Spain. Dietmar and Co-Producer Jodi Chamberlain are putting together something special for the big event. BB7876B2-0B65-476B-9E1A-A83F2126E451 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:20:08 -0500 Aftermarket Catches Fire Over the Past Fortnight With 4 Six-Figure Sales and 63 in Five Figures I was away last week covering DOMAINfest Global so this week I am bringing you up to date on all reported domain sales for the past two weeks. The good news is that this past fortnight was an exceptionally strong one with a quartet of 6-figure sales backed by a huge supporting cast of 63 names that hit the 5-figure mark. B6316318-692E-4502-B904-982C47710D7F Thu, 9 Feb 2012 21:25:35 -0500 Who Is The Single Woman David Sams Has Gotten Involved With? You might think that National Enquirer like headline is meant to trick you into clicking through to this article but it's true - David Sams (one of the original producers of the Oprah Winfrey Show and the subject of our September 2011 Cover Story) has entered a new relationship with a single woman that has resulted in a hot new book! D3287664-863D-4623-AA59-A2DCB4E17BBD Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:06:10 -0500 With a Little Help From Einstein, Warren Royal Again Proves the Power of a Great Domain Domainers have always preached the value of a category defining .com domain name. Such a name provides instant credibility and web surfers often believe sites built on those names are the leading authorities in their category. For proof of that you need look no further than what Warren Royal has done with 99B159FE-D18C-43DD-983C-BB4591B1B524 Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:43:38 -0500 CEO Switch at Sedo Was Among the Major Events at DOMAINfest Global Last Week During the course of last week's DOMAINfest Global conference, long-time Sedo CEO (and company Co-Founder) Tim Schumacher stepped down and new CEO Tobias Flaitz stepped in to take his place. Both were on hand to chat with company clients and show guests as Sedo moved forward under a new leader. E2743E45-3355-46C7-BD0B-8E119776F220 Mon, 6 Feb 2012 18:34:30 -0500 Closing Day Photos & Highlights from DOMAINfest Global in Santa Monica DOMAINfest Global 2012 is now history. The 6th annual show concluded in Santa Monica with a farewell breakfast this morning that followed last night's grand finale at the House of Blues. We have closing day photos and highlights that pick up where we left off near the end of Day 2. 37AAA04F-FEC5-4CCF-BD09-2A68CA4DD4D1 Fri, 3 Feb 2012 20:50:53 -0500 Day 2 Photos & Highlights From DOMAINFest - Oversee Sells Moniker & SnapNames Today in the Lowdown at we have Photos & Highlights from the DOMAINfest Global conference, covering late Day 1 activity last night as well as today's Day 2 events in Santa Monica. Find out why three conference attendees are sporting a dramatically new look today. 49741DF5-46B3-4991-8412-CAF2A8A46264 Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:20:01 -0500 Pre-Show and Opening Day Photos & Highlights from DOMAINfest Global in Santa Monica The 2012 DOMAINFest Global Conference is underway. While the show officially opened this morning, there was a lot of pre-show activity last night including a big soiree hosted by Frank Schilling. We have photos and highlights from that as well as today's opening sessions in Santa Monica. F9DB230E-160F-43E8-8C53-842762161EBA Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:06:48 -0500 Go Daddy Joins SedoMLS, Doors Open at DOMAINfest Today & 2011 Domain Sales Dissected Today in the Lowdown at The SedoMLS Network announces a new partnership with registration giant Go Daddy, the doors open at the DOMAINfest Global conference in Santa Monica this afternoon and we break down 2011 domain sales data and ponder how much money lies beneath the tip of the sales iceberg. CBA50F0C-E5BF-4CFD-BA72-E65D86C579F1 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 07:22:15 -0500 Reported Domain Sales in 2011 Slide Vs. 2010 - Mostly Due to Impact of DN Journal's January Newsletter is going out to opt-in subscribers today. 24A34522-6467-4EB8-9D7A-78396EF00D7D Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:42:45 -0500 The State of the Industry January 2012: DN Journal's Biggest Annual Cover Story is Now Out For the 8th consecutive year, kicks off the New Year with our annual State of the Industry Cover Story, an endeavor that brought together 15 experts and company leaders from across the industry to get their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they believe is in store in the year ahead. A54D06E9-CD99-4D26-B4DD-0F6983719117 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:11:50 -0500 .Com Registrations Pass the 100 Million Mark - Final Agenda Set for DOMAINfest Global Today in the Lowdown at DN Journal: .Com registrations pass another milestone - the 100 million mark. Plus, DOMAINfest Global releases the final agenda for next week's big show in Santa Monica and domain sales giants Afternic and Sedo have announcements about the latest expansion of their respective platforms. 262B974C-546D-4F57-A6D2-B23FD71C6B09 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:25:13 -0500 Role Reversal: 6 Non .Com gTLDs and 2 ccTLDs Join 12 .Coms on this Week's Sales Chart Last week a half dozen ccTLDs and a pair of non .com gTLDs earned placed on DN Journal's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.. This week they did a complete switch with the non .com gTLDs taking six places while the country codes had to settle for two. One constant was the .coms who again took the most chart entries. 59D0CC97-0E41-406A-8BB3-12E60C2B6D85 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:17:47 -0500 Europe's Domaining 2012 Conference Announces Additions to the Show Speakers Line Up Europe's Domaining 2012 conference, coming up in Valencia, Spain April 26-28, is still three months away but show organizers have been hard at work for weeks now putting together an all-star speaker's line-up. Here are some of the industry experts who will be on stage. D2A82F92-5F66-4C77-B721-C8674BA68D98 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:11:59 -0500 3 New Party Venues Ready to Welcome Guests at Next Week's DOMAINfest Global Conference The DOMAINfest Global 2012 conference will be running next week in Santa Monica, California. Over the past couple of weeks I've posted about some of the business highlights on the agenda, but one of the biggest changes will involve the evening social events. After a 3 year run, the Playboy Mansion is out & 3 new venues are in. 4BCC825B-3286-4FF4-B9E5-D2ADD70432A1 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:30:41 -0500 Industry Heavyweights Find New Domain Monetization Gold in Old Vein: Email Addresses When I got an email from owner Josh Metnick with a subject line that said "Something amazing is happening!" I sat up and took notice. Josh is not a guy who is given to hyperbole. We got on the phone and he did indeed have an amazing story to tell - one that will be music to the ears of owners of top tier .com domains. 40FF9E43-1853-460C-B6A1-85080A87FBF1 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:08:48 -0500 SOPA Sinks, Water School Founders Retire & David Castello Rocks Today in the Lowdown at DN Journal: Wednesday's widespread protest by key Internet websites has killed the controversial SOPA bill, the two founders of one of the domain industry's favorite charities have retired and named replacements (one a domain pioneer) and David Castello returns to his first love! 21EE42AB-DB31-4412-8B04-301B38051282 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:29:34 -0500 New Speakers Added to DOMAINfest Global Lineup & Hits the Billion $ Mark DOMAINfest Global has added 3 expert speakers to the line up for the upcoming show in Santa Monica. has reached a major milestone - the $1 billion mark in secured sales and offers a concise look at how the web's key sites looked during Wednesday's protest against SOPA/PIPA. E39E37CD-DDC7-4EE3-9DE9-5F9D50782A7E Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:48:05 -0500 6 ccTLDS and 2 Non .Com gTLDs Join a Dozen .Coms on DN Journal's Weekly Sales Chart Diversity was the keyword for week two of the 2012 domain sales season. As usual, the .coms did dominate with a dozen entries on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart, however a half dozen ccTLDs and a pair of non .com gTLDs also elbowed their way onto the elite list. 1D47EA8E-2DB0-4B50-8741-C4C534EC46B5 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:37:18 -0500 Muhammad Ali Turns 70 & Brings Back Memories of the Day I Met "The Greatest of All Time" Legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Seeing all of the news items about Ali's birthday left me wondering how was currently being used and also brought back fond memories of the day I got to go toe to toe with "the greatest of all time." 134A0FFF-A059-47CD-8078-BA3DFEA51E4D Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:12:42 -0500 DOMAINfest Extends PITCHfest Application Deadline + 1, 2 & 3 Letter .PRO Auction Winding Down The deadline to apply for DOMAINfest Global's popular PITCHfest Contest for online entrepreneurs (coming up Feb. 1) was set for today, but conference organizers decided to leave the window open a little longer. Elsewhere, time is running out to bid in a 1,2 & 3 Letter .PRO domain auction that ends Tuesday night. 752CD49A-32B2-46BC-B5F2-E448D77C83D4 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:56:11 -0500 Four Domain Conferences Issue Updates & Lana Del Rey Readies for Her National TV Debut In today's Lowdown at we have news from 4 different domain conferences; DOMAINfest Global, the next Southern California Domainers meetup, Domaining Europe and Traffic 2012. Plus, Lana Del Rey, the new music industry sensation with domain industry roots, appears on national TV tomorrow night. 1B906B15-9294-4441-BAE2-90A79EFAEEED Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:52:46 -0500 Multi-Million $ Sale Made Possible By Little-Known Service at You probably heard about the sale of (including both the domain name & the popular forum built on it) last November in a deal reportedly worth $4.2 million. What you haven't heard is that the deal was made possible by a service provided by that is helping fuel more sales at the high end of the market. 25CC2DF4-0F40-42B5-899A-7FEAF4EFDF1F Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:47:43 -0500 2012 Sales Season Opens With a Flourish: Million Dollar Deal & Two at Six Figures Set the Pace The new weekly domain sales report is out at It covers the first week of 2012 sales. The New Year got off to a good start with a million dollar sale reported along with two 6-figure sales that we are the first to report. One of those is a big Canadian ccTLD sale. DAD06187-C9F5-4974-9E2B-C53EA4EF9C0A Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:59:46 -0500 People & Companies in the News: Braden Pollock, Patrick Ruddell, ICANN, Sedo & .CO Today in the Lowdown at Inside Braden Pollock and Patrick Ruddell's new partnership in Plus, ICANN leaders to answer questions tomorrow about the controversial new gTLD program that opens Thursday and a new brokerage agreement is announced by Sedo and the .CO Registry. 96347C82-3A06-495E-B168-696012ABEAB5 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:20:27 -0500 Domain Pioneer, Author & Evangelist Marc Ostrofsky Goes Global With New Book Deal Marc Ostrofsky, the domain industry pioneer known for the sale of in a deal valued at $7.5 million and for writing the book, Get Rich Click!, is in the news again. Publishing giant Simon & Schuster has purchased the rights to his New York Times bestseller and will distribute it globally. 32B5581B-A743-4E01-9976-225940616F4C Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:47:07 -0500 2011 Domain Sales Season Closes With a Bang Led By a Trio of Six-Figure Sales The new weekly domain sales report is out at, encompassing the final week of the 2011 domain sales season. The old year went out with a bang with the final week of sales reports bringing three six-figure sales to light along with 37 solid five-figure sales. 8E8B41A2-EF3B-46E8-9D19-AD7486D6823C Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:32:21 -0500 Dark Cloud Over ICANN's New gTLD Program as Department of Commerce Steps In It looks like ICANN will begin accepting applications for an unlimited number of new gTLDs on schedule next week. However, a late wave of vehement opposition has brought the U.S. Government into the fray and cast doubts on when or if many proposed new extensions will actually see the light of day. 545444FA-A51C-486B-AA1B-D8CAA7E3D2D7 Wed, 4 Jan 2012 17:29:34 -0500 Newspaper Giant Gannett Buying 1000s of iPhones & iPads to Help Reporters Gather News I love my iPhone as much as anyone but I never envisioned the do everything device might become a key piece of news gathering equipment for professional journalists.Gannett, the media giant that publishes USA Today, is buying 1000s of iPhones & iPads to help its reporters record video & retool for the web. FEDECAF0-94BE-4C00-AFD7-9D2E8E99946E Tue, 3 Jan 2012 18:56:12 -0500 2012 is Here Bringing a New Opportunity to Have Your Best Year Ever! I love new years (and not just because it is a good excuse to drink champagne though I do give New Year's Eve bonus points on that count)!. I like New Year's Day even more. Regardless of whether the previous year was good, bad or indifferent, there is always something exciting about starting a new year with a fresh slate. 656E4F63-1AB7-4A75-850C-D35599D1CE39 Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:33:09 -0500 Braden Pollock: Could He Be the Domain Monetization Messiah People Have Been Looking For? rings in the New Year with a new Cover Story. Ever since domain parking revenue went into a tailspin a few years ago, people have been looking for an alternate means of monetization that would restore the returns their domains used to produce. Some think lead gen whiz Braden Pollock may have a solution. B987B86D-DEB8-441C-B2DC-8F1DA98DE43E Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:34:50 -0500 Miami Police Dept. Lets Drop - Gives Cybersquatter Early Christmas Gift Despite warnings from a local citizen that they were about to lose, the Miami Police Department let the domain drop because they didn't want to pay the renewal fee. To absolutely no one's surprise a cybersquatter grabbed the name and parked it. Now a Miami news outlet is blowing the whistle on the police. 88D151C3-8368-46BE-8EE5-9CB87C646669 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:44:45 -0500 News Aggregator Organizes Domain Sale to Pay Back Bloggers A few top domain blogs and news sites do well financially through advertiser support, but it