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Collateral Damage of Identity Theft in the Domain Space

October 4th, 2010 Comments off

I’ve been working with Mike Berkens this weekend on a breaking story that has some scary ramifications for the domain industry.  Mike just published the scary part of the story on his site.  To sum it up, Chris Hartnett, a well known domain investor has been the victim of identity theft.  The thief has used Chris’ name to conduct fraudulent business including bidding and purchasing names on NameJet as well as stealing domain names and putting them up for sale, posing as Hartnett.

From reports, there were over $60,000 worth of domains sold on Namejet to this fraudulent bidder.
Some of the names include :

  • booktools.com *
  • solars.com
  • browning.com  *
  • hawaiifun.com  *
  • premiumshopping.com *
  • casinotrust.com
  • datastructures.com *
  • pack.org *
  • virtualserver.net
  • w3w.com
  • tradewire.com

* names were transferred out to the “fake Chris Hartnett” bidder.

The identity theft part of this story is bad enough, and the damage to Chris is horrible.  However, there’s another part that Mike didn’t cover and that’s the collateral damage, ie the other victims of these crimes in the domain space.

In the case of Namejet auctions, the fraud impacts Namejet, legitimate bidders and registrar partners.  ”Fake Chris Hartnett” ran up multiple auctions and cost legitimate bidders thousands of dollars.  I personally was involved in an auction where “fake Hartnett” , if not exposed, would have cost me $12,000 dollars extra.  At least 3 separate incidences occurred where “fake Fartnett” ran up domain prices on the auctions.  Namejet has informed us that they are offering the customers a credit or offering to re-auction the domains. Imagine bidding and not knowing wether the bidder is real or some hijacker bidding against you with no fear of ever having to really pay for the domain.

Registrar partners of Namejet are likely not going to be paid for these names, yet they most likely have already transferred out domains to “fake Hartnett”. Registrars now are victims as well.  Any name that “fake Hartnett” won may have been moved to a new registrar even and likely can’t be transferred back without a court order.  Additionally, some registrars, like NSI and Fabulous, pay out money to former owners which will never be reimbursed.  It’s a big mess.

In the case of the stolen domains that “fake Hartnett” put up for sale and sold. The real owners of the domain are out the domain. There could be potential legal battles now including registrars, brokers, the “real” owner of the domain as well as the new owner.

This is indeed a scary incident and one that should make all domain owners vigilant about keeping track of their domains.  It should make all auction houses even more vigilant about the domains they sell and the people they allow to bid. It’s time that we start getting serious about security in this space and finding ways to catch and punish criminals like this.

(c) 2010 DomainNameNews.com


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In fact this weekend DotGreen is sponsoring the GreenFestivalExpo in New York City, a 3-day event that continues through Sunday . http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150425.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150429.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150423.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150422.htm 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 Guta.com has closed the year's biggest 3-letter .com sale to date. Meanwhile, Rob Grant is reporting a boom for .com Real Estate .domains. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150421.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150420.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150416.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150422.htm 300172CD-15E9-437E-B1DE-0B4CE5C0AC94 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:09:33 -0400 DomainHoldings Broker Tracy Fogarty Leaves to Open Own Shop at eNaming.com 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 eNaming.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150413.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2015/march-april.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150409.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150415.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150407.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150406.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150403.htm D7DDC37C-A65B-41B1-B4AA-862522E05F15 Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:25:36 -0400 Car.info Takes the Checkered Flag with Biggest Domain Sale Reported This Week The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150408.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150401.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150331.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150326.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150401.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150324.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150323.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150319.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150325.htm 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 ParkLogic.com Founder Michael Gilmour published his first novel! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150317.htm 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 IrishWhiskey.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150316.htm 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 Symbolics.com was registered. Good .coms have skyrocketed in value since then and that has unfortunately drawn attention from cyber criminals. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150315.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150313.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150312.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150318.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150310.htm 0F25C1F2-FB60-4205-A711-4A3457C8060F Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:14:27 -0400 $5,000,000+ Sale of Invest.com Apparently Completed, Name Now Out of Escrow Last November we shared the news that that an Israeli venture capital company had bought Invest.com for over $5 million. Since then, the name has been held by Escrow.com but now the WhoIs record has changed, indicating the deal may be complete. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150309.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150306.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150305.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150311.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150303.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150302.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150227.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150304.htm 0E9F26CC-A940-4D1E-9B1D-35EA3FAA6918 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:40:29 -0500 Sales Boom at DomainHoldings Apt to Continue With HongKong.com & 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150224.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150223.htm 0C7749B9-8411-4EDC-A3C6-956F0D13639E Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:18:31 -0500 Flippa.com Expands Offerings with New Premium Domain Brokerage Service Flippa.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150220.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150219.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150225.htm 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 :-)! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150217.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150216.htm 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 Globerunner.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150213.htm 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 DNJournal.com! 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150218.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150210.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150209.htm 45688889-6C3A-4E50-AF13-0A324E6C8337 Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:25:29 -0500 With €400,000 Purchase of Viajes.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/companies/2015/viajes.com.htm 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 Above.com A new gTLD premium domain auction at the Above.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150206.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150211.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150203.htm 989E5BE2-7535-4E88-B8F2-B1AAFFCDA24F Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:10:38 -0500 Biggest Domain Sale in 5 Years Rung Up By Rick Schwartz - Porno.com 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 Porno.com for just under $8.9 million. That is the biggest cash domain sale since Sex.com in 2010 and the 4th highest we've ever reported. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150202.htm 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2015/january-february.htm EADE0340-DDB3-435A-AEF8-83E2EFD14643 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:07:11 -0500 Big Sale of HomeCare.com & Tidal Wave of ccTLDs Flood This Week's Domain Sales Chart The weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. While HomeCare.com 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150204.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150128.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150126.htm 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150123-2.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150123.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150128.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150121.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150120.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150117.htm 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 RightOfTheDot.com 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.   http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150116.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150114.htm 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 Oversee.net a few weeks ago. We have all of the photos and highlights for you. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150112.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150111.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2014/november-december.htm 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 EscrowHill.com While some of us came out of the holidays carrying a little more excess weight than we wanted, EscrowHill.com 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150108.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20150114.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150106.htm 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, MostWantedDomains.com, has completed an $800,000 sale of a 3-digit numeric .com domain to a Chinese buyer. Here are the details... http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20150105.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141231.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141230.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141228.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141226.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141225.htm 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 RightOfTheDot.com. NamesCon sent out an update on the auction today. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141224.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141223.htm 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 CitiesPlanet.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/companies/2014/city-brand-media.htm 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 Coffee.club 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141218.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141224.htm 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 Oversee.net sold off the last of their high profile domain divisions, DomainSponsor.com, 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? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141217.htm 27C8C09A-D108-4794-A4EF-71FB9C481BE0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:39:31 -0500 Escrow.com Golf Tourney + Go Daddy + Parsons Foundation = $380,000 for Wounded Veterans! Escrow.com 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141216.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141215.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/events/2015/namescon2015-preview.htm 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141211.htm 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). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141217.htm 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, Name.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141209.htm 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 Vegas.com CEO Howard Lefkowitz. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141208.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/december.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141204.htm 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 Invest.com for over $5 million with the name now in escrow. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/november.htm 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 Coffee.club Celebrates Their Launch When Bill McClure acquired Coffee.club 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 Coffee.club has gone live and they are allowing us to give one of our readers almost 20 pounds of gourmet coffee! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141127.htm 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 Z.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141124.htm 63E57721-8322-424F-9D58-B08D334B9F2E Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:02:21 -0500 Z Whiz! Z.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141121.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141126.htm 88858D9C-2A40-4096-A2BC-25C13D5DE8E7 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:20:12 -0500 Legal Brand Marketing Lands Best Law-Related .co.com 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 .co.com registry are happy about a deal they just announced with Legal Brand Marketing for 14 top law-related .co.com domains http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141119.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141118.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141117.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141115.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141113.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141119.htm 5D1D9234-1A0C-47BA-9B8E-1A929D23E57E Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:12:48 -0500 Power.com 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 Power.com has been sold to Power Integrations, Inc. for $1,261,000 in one of the six biggest sales reported so far this year. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141111.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141110.htm 9CCF7134-888E-4593-AE6C-A64CDF9AF523 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:24:08 -0500 Buyers Love 3-Letter .Coms - Lov.com 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 LOV.com topped our latest Sales Chart and seven more 3-letter .coms took places on the leader board. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141112.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141105.htm DC5DF17F-83F9-4B90-A1A0-5792752A0E00 Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:37:51 -0500 Endurance International Group Reveals Purchase of BuyDomains.com from NameMedia  One of the best-known companies in the domain space, BuyDomains.com, 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141104.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141103.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141101.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141030.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141029.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141027.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2014/september-october.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2014/july-august.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2014/april-june.htm 3ADC8D27-30B7-4038-9EFB-66A812A6661A Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:11:47 -0400 Emall.ca and GoDaddy Team Up to Launch Premium .CA Sales Platform at DomainExchange.ca Emall.ca Inc. (who owns what many consider the best portfolio of premier .CA Canadian ccTLD domains) has teamed up with GoDaddy.com to launch a new website dedicated to selling high-quality .CA domain names at DomainExchange.ca. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141024.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141022.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm 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, .com.au, net.au, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141021.htm 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 Pink.host? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141020.htm 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 http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141016.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141022.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141014.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141015.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/september-october.htm 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 Uniregistry.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141007.htm 922E5385-C9F2-402C-B08C-66965ECA826F Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:31:50 -0400 Too Cute! Heritage Auctions Sells Cute.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141008.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140930.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140929.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140918-2.htm 26C272AC-2F15-4143-82AC-6B2A5ED8973A Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:28:56 -0400 Igloo.com Expands Domain Brokerage Services With Acquisition of Aftermarket.com Domain brokerage and consulting firm Igloo.com has acquired online domain sales platform Aftermarket.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140918.htm 9DE07586-F155-42AB-AFD4-95580C2BB51F Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 Rob Grant Closes Six-Figure Sale of TorontoRealEstate.com 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 TorontoRealEstate.com that tops this week's DNJournal Top 20 Sales Chart, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140924.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140917.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140916.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140915-2.htm 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 DailyDomains.com.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140915.htm 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140912.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140911.htm 355788EE-02B4-4458-9DF6-6CFE5302AAA7 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:08:58 -0400 Big Sale of Digital.com 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 Digital.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140917.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140909.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140908.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140905.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140910.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/july-august.htm 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 KK.com for $2.4 million in the second largest sale reported in 2013. Now he is taking on a new challenge at Radix. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140903.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140902.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140829.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140828.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140903.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140827.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140826.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140822.htm 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 DomainNameSales.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140821.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140827.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140819.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140818.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140815.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140820.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140812.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140811.htm 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 DomainQueen.com 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140808.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140813.htm 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 DomainQueen.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140805.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140804.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140731.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140806.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140729.htm ED76A2DA-3164-46A3-9F43-C8A6E35D60C4 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:20:52 -0400 What's a Better Domain for a Blueberry Farm - Blueberries.link or HowsMyPicking.com? 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 - HowsMyPicking.com. There is a story behind that name and how it relates to new gTLDs. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140728.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140730.htm 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 DomainIndex.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140723.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140722.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140721.htm 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?" http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140718.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140723.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140714.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140716.htm 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 HilcoDomains.com 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 HilcoDomains.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140710.htm 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 Bitcoins.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140709.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140708.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140625.htm 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 ParkingCrew.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140624.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140623.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2014/january-march.htm 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 Fundable.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/companies/2014/citiesplanet-fundable.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140619.htm 54AE5D46-DCB7-4CE0-9F79-7949F340FECC Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:30:28 -0400 Symphony.com Leads This Week's Sales Chart at 375K as Mob.com Makes 6-Figure Music Too Two of the year's top 20 domain sales were reported this week with Symphony.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140625.htm 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 Internet.bs 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 Internet.bs Corp. in a deal valued at approximately $7.5 million. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140617.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140616.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140614.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140613.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140612.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140618.htm 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140611.htm 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). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140610.htm 01C9E4DD-0A05-45E7-9E3F-DEF1B1EEA64B Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:20:01 -0400 Profile.com Owner to Get $1.5 Million + Equity to Sell Domain in Deal Brokered by WebsiteProperties.com We've learned that brokerage WebsiteProperties.com has won a contract for the owner of Profile.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140606.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140605.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140611.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140603.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140602.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140531.htm 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140530.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140529.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140528.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140526.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140525.htm A1755560-CF68-4C1B-B676-FF8675986505 Sun, 25 May 2014 11:50:25 -0400 Pasta.com Sells for 250K + 50 Cent Helps Launch .CLUB & DNW Has an Offer You Can't Refuse Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com. Pasta.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140523.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140522.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140528.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140519.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140516.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140515.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140521.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140513.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140512.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/events/2014/traffic-west-preview.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140508.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140514.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140507.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140506.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140505.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140501.htm 2F518153-AB27-4BA7-81E8-EF17E1AAD81E Thu, 1 May 2014 19:05:37 -0400 Flashcards.com Helps Sedo Ace This Week's Sales Test With Quarter Million Dollar Deal The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140507.htm 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 nGTLDStats.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140429.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140423.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140430.htm 84E5602F-1BC0-4E82-A706-2E628AB18E50 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:02:59 -0400 MI.com 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 MI.com for $3.6 million. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140422.htm 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 Oversee.net's seminal domain monetization business, DomainSponsor, today at an undisclosed price. Here's the back story behind the BIG Deal. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140421.htm 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. DomainShane.com and AccidentalDomainer.com are merging into one new blog. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140418.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140423.htm 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? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140415.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/events/2014/domainfest-review.htm 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 DNJournal.com, news from Verisign, Famous Four Media who just won the right to .PARTY, Heritage Auctions and DomainNameWire. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140410.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140416.htm 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 Mobile.net DomainNameSales.com Vice President of Sales Jeff Gabriel has confirmed the company has sold Mobile.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140408.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140407.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140404.htm D36FED18-42A3-40AB-8A89-E2F7F0EF69DF Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:26:16 -0400 The DNA Completes Its Board With New Members from Afilias, Web.com, 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? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140403.htm E6793F0D-422F-463A-9DBB-32B892DEE850 Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:45:53 -0400 Blacklist.com 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 EnergyStock.com. 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 Blacklist.com in a private transaction. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140409.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140401.htm 126E30C4-7870-459E-93A1-808B002B2451 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:49:45 -0400 New DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140331.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140327.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140402.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140325.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140324-2.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140324.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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 Chat.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140321.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140320.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140326.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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 Uniregistry.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140318.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140317.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140314.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140319.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140312.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140308.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140307.htm 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 - Whisky.com at $3.1 million and Youxi.com ("games" in Chinese) at $2,430,000. Now, less than 24 hours later, we have confirmed a third blockbuster 7-figure sale involving 37.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140306.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140312.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140304.htm 650CB009-22A4-491D-BC48-5881DF49612A Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:37:06 -0500 Web.com Swallows SnapNames, Afilias Gets .Green & Domains90210 Opens Auction Site Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com, SnapNames changed hands again, this time moving from KeyDrive to Web.com. Afilias wins rights to operate the coveted .GREEN new gTLD and Beverly Hills based Domains90210 debuts a new auction format. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140303.htm 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 DomainIndex.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140228.htm 6A2AF22B-DA2D-4744-9A9D-4D9B1D622A1E Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:06:41 -0500 Whisky.com: 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 Whisky.com for $3.1 million. Castello, who got the name at NO CHARGE, tells his amazing domain & personal story here. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm 9215D05C-1B63-4C36-936B-988458304260 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:52:26 -0500 100.com Changes Hands for $950,000 in the Highest Domain Sale Reported So Far This Year The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. Last week I was talking about the high end of the market taking a breather. Well, break time is over! We have learned that 100.com has changed hands for $950,000 in the biggest sale reported so far this year. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140305.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140225.htm 2C6728E3-5A08-48F7-BC2D-237398BDC756 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:00:33 -0500 Making News: Uniregistry, .CO.COM, RightOfTheDot, The DNA, SedoMLS & Name.com Just another Manic Monday! Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com Frank Schilling's Uniregistry.com, .Co.COM, RightOfTheDot.com, The DNA, SedoMLS and Name.com are all making news - with the New Zealand bobsled team co-starring in one of those stories! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140224.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140221.htm 22F33FEF-8534-48A1-AE77-C84FDA1B3AF5 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:19:14 -0500 Web.com Enters 8 New Markets, .ORG Growth Continues & Domainfest Names Its Keynote Speaker Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com, Internet services provider Web.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140220.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140226.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140218.htm B644E542-CCB6-4092-A6E5-A90F3E1918DD Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:40:03 -0500 Domainfest Lands Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington But Who Has ChesterBennington.com? 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140217.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140214.htm 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 Advertising.com for $500 million John Ferber entered the domain business as co-founder of DomainHoldings.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140213.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140219.htm 1C2A64B9-1610-40DC-A026-DFF11B1A3714 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:28:38 -0500 CitiesPlanet Inks Deal With iDigitalRussia.com to Develop and Launch Over 4,700 .RU Websites CitiesPlanet.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140212.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140211.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140207.htm 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 eName.com http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140212.htm 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 Apptopia.com. Sedo became a domain industry giant and the partners think they can replicate their model in the booming apps world. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140204.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140203.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140202.htm 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)! http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140205.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140128.htm 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 Blinds.com When the Wall Street Journal reported that Home Depot had acquired Blinds.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140127.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140123.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140129.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140119.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140118.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140117.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140115.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140114.htm 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, .co.com leaders will be on hand to talk about their new domains. Elsewhere, bree is in the news again! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140110.htm 7BF8901F-538A-4F9A-811E-9C703E4AF574 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:01:50 -0500 Competition in the Domain Escrow Business Escalates with EscrowHill.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140109.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140115.htm 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 DNJournal.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140107.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140106.htm 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20140108.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140102.htm 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/november-december.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/november-december.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140101.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131230.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131222.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131225.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131216.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131212.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131218.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131210.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131209.htm CDB2A926-7317-441E-AAB6-6C4DDBC126E0 Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:29:20 -0500 Fix.com Sells for $850,000 + HA Moves MutualFunds.com 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 Fix.com has sold for $850,000 and Heritage Auctions has closed big sales of MutualFunds.com & two others to push total sales from their debut auction past $1.5 million. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131206.htm 1BF8BAF9-F78A-4754-9B44-E23E3D0D3E47 Fri, 6 Dec 2013 16:12:23 -0500 Companies Making News: Archeo, InterNetX's New Domain Game, Turkey.com & Igloo.com 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 - Igloo.com talks about their role in developing & launching Turkey.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131205.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131211.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131203.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131202.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131129.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131128.htm F5456EDB-F167-4813-8DBD-F368E00C63C6 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:17:26 -0500 88888.com Tops This Week's Sales Chart After Changing Hands in One of Year's 20 Biggest Deals When you first see 88888.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131204.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131126.htm 1B0254C7-3873-407B-B311-4CB070BAA99D Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:57:42 -0500 Queen of the Hill: Andee Hill Leaves Escrow.com to Launch New Service at EscrowHill.com Andee Hill, the former Director of Business Development at industry giant Escrow.com, has left the company to launch her own licensed international escrow service, aptly named EscrowHill.com. Gregg McNair will serve as Chairman and top managers have also been named. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131125.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131122.htm 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 .co.uk owners. Edwin Hayward, who was one of the main protesters, weighs in on Nominet's NEW plan. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131121.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131127.htm 98BD0675-66C2-4D81-A41F-C700FCF08051 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:16:33 -0500 Oversee Offers a Cure for Mundane Weekends With Their Latest Website - WanderWe.com Oversee.net owns one of the industry's largest domain portfolios but they have become major developers as well. Some of their sites, like LowFares.com, are built on category-defining generic names but their latest one, weekend getaway booking site WanderWe.com, went the brandable route. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131119.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131118.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/events/2014/namescon-preview.htm 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 - co.com.Today Goldstone announced the launch of a new co.com registry that will allow users to register third level domains (for example, cars.co.com). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131115.htm 8AB83E6A-7A32-4BEE-AB2A-6E7CBD9297A2 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:00:28 -0500 Why Team Internet, EMail.biz, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131114.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131120.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131113.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131111.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131109.htm D7FCFF8C-C7CD-4F0A-91E5-10E9131C6815 Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:12:17 -0500 Castello Brothers Sell LagunaBeach.com - KK.com Goes for $2.4 Million - Ward.com 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131107.htm 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 DNJournal.com. .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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131113.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131105.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131104.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/august-october.htm 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). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131031.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131106.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131029.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131028.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131026.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131024.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131023.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131022.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131021.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131020.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131019.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131018.htm 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 Claims.co.uk. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/september-october.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131023.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131016.htm 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 ElliotsBlog.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131015.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131014.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131010.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131016.htm C628602A-4E54-4BBF-9BD8-76FD906F48CB Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:16:38 -0400 Bidding Opens in TRAFFIC/Above.com Silent Auction + Servers.com on the Block in Bankruptcy Sale Auctions are in the news today. The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference has enlisted Above.com's Domain Marketplace to run a Silent Auction in conjunction with this month's conference in in Florida. Meanwhile, Servers.com will be sold this month in a bankruptcy auction. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131008.htm 7FD84E1E-37AF-4954-ACFA-885E37133A75 Tue, 8 Oct 2013 17:24:12 -0400 How You Can Help Escrow.com 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 - Escrow.com. However, it will take your help to put them in the super bright spotlight they deserve! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131007.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131004.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131003.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131009.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131002.htm 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 ParkingCrew.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20131001.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130930.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130927.htm 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 HallOfShame.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130926.htm 63F0DF12-3C7E-489C-A96B-2A1CE762A7E0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:12:14 -0400 Pizza.net 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. Pizza.net 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. Pizza.net leads our latest weekly Top 20 Sales Chart where it is joined by 15 .coms and four ccTLDs. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131002.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130920.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130919.htm 24D24621-A748-45F4-AD84-CAFB8513C417 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:57:41 -0400 Six-Figure Sale of Intranet.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130925.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130917.htm 0B52264E-ADC8-4777-B071-E3007741FA91 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:56:20 -0400 German Partners Acquire Sale.co.uk Domain to Expand Business They Created at Sale.de 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130916.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130913.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130912.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130918.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130910-2.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130910.htm 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 HallOfShame.com website devoted to exposing reverse domain name hijackers. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130909-2.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130909.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130903.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130828.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130911.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/august.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130823.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130822.htm D4779274-9EA4-4AFE-A712-EB48A0ED78E9 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:38:46 -0400 The Beat Goes On: Email.biz 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 Email.biz. Now the young software magnate is offering free downloads of original music to promote the service. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130821.htm 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 RussianGirls.com doing the honors at DomainNamesSales.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130828.htm 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 - DomainState.com - 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130820.htm 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 SportsPicks.com 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 SportsPicks.com website has the look of a winner. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130819.htm 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 Donuts.co have each added a a familiar name to their executive team. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130816-2.htm 9D89DC6A-A677-4A8A-8A96-C2D7FD40C3CB Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:07:25 -0400 How CBS-TV Got UnderTheDome.com 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 UnderTheDome.com domain name for a bargain price. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130816.htm 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 Chicago.com? 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 Chicago.com get a new owner of just a new investor? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130815.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130821.htm 3B27F38B-FF85-4781-9A47-538C8F387265 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:56:40 -0400 Do the Math: Domain Market Comeback Continues With Blockbuster Sale of MathGames.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130814.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130806.htm 30EDC79F-65F7-4113-B936-C9800C99AC4D Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:34:37 -0400 Bill Karamouzis Buys MathGames.com for $725,000 to Launch Groundbreaking New Company Bill Karamouzis has revealed that he paid $725,000 to acquire MathGames.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130801.htm 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 CookingGames.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/july.htm 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 Igloo.com and DomainNameSales.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130807.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130730.htm 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 (HA.com), 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130729.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130725.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130731.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/june-july.htm 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 CitiesPlanet.com, 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 http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/companies/2013/citiesplanet.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130719.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130717.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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 Body.com, a name that sold for big bucks for the second time in the past four years. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130724.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130716.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130715.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/companies/2013/sedo-revisited.htm 6E9C3707-ADB7-4F38-A766-EF7496D97F3B Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:32:48 -0400 High End Sales Continue Comeback With BIG Body.com Deal But "Sale" of MD.org Ends in Lawsuit High end domain sales continue their comeback with Go Daddy reporting a big deal for Body.com. 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 MD.org has blown up with the high bidder being sued for non-payment. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130711.htm 2B2A0E0E-8DE2-4511-B813-46CEC75F679A Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:37:49 -0400 Blockbuster Sale of 114.com 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 114.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130717.htm 91245861-79EE-4547-B717-DB0AEDC8EC1A Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:19:51 -0400 New Partnership Between IP Neighborhood & Fabulous.com Expands Market for Premium Domains Intellectual Property intelligence firm IP Neighborhood and professional domain services provider Fabulous.com have joined forces in a new partnership that the two companies said will showcase thousands of premium domain names for sale worldwide. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130710.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130709.htm B06AE072-2759-4AA9-8F23-1D46DE7E60EF Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:03:50 -0400 REParking.com Creates New Path to Better Revenue From Mortgage and Real Estate Domains BankAds.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130708.htm 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 DevHub.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130705.htm 82A7D5EB-FAA7-4267-870F-9E8DD1ACCE32 Fri, 5 Jul 2013 17:20:28 -0400 Price Paid for Brand.com 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 Brand.com after we uncovered the previously unannounced price paid for the domain in a widely publicized sale a couple of weeks ago. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130710.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130702.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/june.htm 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 Domainsbot.com). 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130701.htm E36EB88F-1DA5-4DCD-AC59-796F2CD4C75B Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:00:00 -0400 Aftermarket.com Offers New Option for Buying, Selling & Parking Domains in One Place Multi-faceted domain industry company Thought Convergence, the parent company of DomainTools.com, TrafficZ.com and Aftermarket.com, has beefed up the latter service to make it a one stop shop for buying, selling and parking domains. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130628.htm 08BF1A7D-FA9A-4399-A98A-8FD28B944EC3 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:27:57 -0400 InternetMedia & MediaOptions Joint Venture Produces New Way to Sell Domains at DNX.com If you've been looking for a new way to sell your domains, the people behind DNX.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130627.htm A553E558-3FCA-473A-8C07-AF3111FBC262 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:45:32 -0400 Trek.com 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 SharedReviews.com closed a six-figure deal with the Trek Bicycle Corporation for Trek.com - a transaction that ranks among the five biggest sales reported so far this year. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130703.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130625.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130626.htm D05BCDC0-4AF6-4DB7-ADD1-0D683BD14F31 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:56:06 -0400 Less Than 3 Weeks After Buying Bouquet.com Bill McClure Has Site Up & Affiliate Program in Place Bill McClure bought Bouquet.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130619.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130617.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130613.htm 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, DomainNameSales.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130619.htm 803DF24D-C422-4F65-B3FF-131F81BAA9A3 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:49:42 -0400 Frank Schilling Announces Major Improvements at DomainNameSales.com DomainNameSales.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130611.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/may.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130607.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130612.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130605.htm 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 BrandBucket.com says business has never been better for brandable .coms. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130604.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130603.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130601.htm%A0 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130531.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130530.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130529.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130527.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130524.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130529.htm 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 DomainBoardroom.com, ElliotsBlog.com and Escrow.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130522-2.htm 06E51A69-9491-45E0-9C63-4FE367B323D0 Wed, 22 May 2013 12:17:36 -0400 DomainAdvisors.com Rebrands Under a Cool New Name - Introducing Igloo.com! We all love domains but the industry veterans behind DomainAdvisors.com 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 Igloo.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130522.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130521.htm 86102A27-891C-4869-AE34-1B346DE52B52 Tue, 21 May 2013 16:32:49 -0400 Companies in the News: Email.biz, TRAFFIC, Directi's .IN.NET & Michael Cyger's SEOBlog.com Lots of ground to cover in the Lowdown at DNJournal today - most centering on the launch of new businesses. Email.biz, Directi's .IN.NET and Michael Cyger's SEOBlog.com all joined the growing ranks of new online enterprises. Elsewhere, Traffic Las Vegas offers 1-day passes. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130520-2.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130520.htm 8578FEAE-56B2-422D-98C1-A78DE6A2591D Mon, 20 May 2013 07:41:48 -0400 Two Reasons Nashville.com'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 Nashville.com website to another level. Today he is celebrating successes on both fronts. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130516.htm 3F011C10-851D-44AB-B11F-EA2F52267653 Thu, 16 May 2013 17:31:34 -0400 Companies in the News: NameMedia's BuyDomains.com, Sedo & Hilco IP Auctions Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com: BuyDomains.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130515.htm EC2504EA-6076-4A9A-907E-4B71681BFDF1 Wed, 15 May 2013 20:35:05 -0400 Select.com Tops This Week's Sales Chart With Seller Getting 1,100% Return on His Investment  Select.com has the penthouse suite on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart at DNJournal.com after veteran domain investor Michael Bahlitzanakis closed a $120,000 deal for the domain - one that Michael originally acquired for just $10,000. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130522.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130514.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130510.htm 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. http://dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/may.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130515.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130508.htm E7DC7C08-190C-41EB-8151-27F328B36BF7 Wed, 8 May 2013 12:01:43 -0400 Escrow.com Transactions Pass $1.5 BILLION Mark - More Than Half From Domains & Websites Escrow.com released some pretty startling sales numbers today when the company reported the total value of Escrow.com'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)! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130507.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130506.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130502.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130508.htm 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!) http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130430.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130429.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/april.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130426.htm 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130425.htm 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 HuntingMoon.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130501.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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 V.me. Also, NAF reports the number of UDRP cases they handled dropped in 2012. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130423.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130422.htm 70E86A3E-50B5-49B5-9C4B-9F08F10C6B0C Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:22:17 -0400 People & Companies in the News: Chicago.com, Oversee.net, Bill Sweetman & VentureCamp.com Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com: Josh Metnick's Chicago.com forms a major new partnership, Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130419.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/april.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130418.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130424.htm 026A80D7-BAE8-4F6F-A7EF-F23BCEE720DA Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:38:56 -0400 Debut CD Coming From bree - the Rising Rocker Discovered by Nashville.com'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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130417.htm E7EBB748-F235-4C0E-AAA9-F85C5F3F5341 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:29:43 -0400 1Q-2013 Domain Sales Results Broken Down in New DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/march.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130415.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130411.htm 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 Sedo.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130417.htm 5DB5AF60-0E0D-4A39-B88B-2B7E8A089926 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:02:59 -0400 Why Brandroot.com'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 Brandroot.com to mine it. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130409.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130408.htm BF33F3AC-B4CB-41F2-9AD9-8FBE3DBDA0A3 Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:55:38 -0400 Escrow.com to Unveil New Website This Weekend - Here is a Sneak Peak Starting tomorrow Escrow.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130405.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130404.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130410.htm 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 1.org 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 1.org and B.org. Also, the cost of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas tickets go up tomorrow. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130401.htm 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 Scottsdale.com and GeoPublishers.com President. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/march.htm 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 RetailDigital.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130329.htm 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 DomainBoardRoom.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130328.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130403.htm 027F5FF2-C041-4ED7-8B82-02FA2FC1BBFA Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:06:02 -0400 HealthInsurance.net Sold For $525,000 - Plus .PW Opens to the Public Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com - HealthInsurance.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130325.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130322.htm 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 DomainHoldings.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130327.htm E406B4ED-FDFE-4043-B4F8-48871DA0900C Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:43:32 -0400 Ari Goldberger Goes Big with Launch of Songs.com and MD.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130319.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2013/february.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130318.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130313.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130320.htm 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 Dropping.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130312.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130311.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130307.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130306.htm 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 LawHelp.com 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 LawHelp.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130313.htm 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 Sedo.com Legal Counsel Jeremiah Johnston will headline a session called New Domains Have Landed: Now What? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130305.htm 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, Oversee.net, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2013/february.htm CB0216C1-9A41-4592-962D-B8ED56FBBD7E Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:20:55 -0500 World Accelerator Adds Teacher.com, Couple.com & Scandal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130304.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130301.htm 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 DNJournal.com - 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 Jerusalem.com's touching remembrance of Igal Lichtman. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130228.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130306.htm 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 inteLend.com. Collins designed the business to serve intellectual property owners, especially those who hold quality domain names and/or revenue producing websites. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130226.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130225.htm 68DA9391-7C6C-41A4-9B68-30D34D510229 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:09:17 -0500 What Do Domainers, Escrow.com, 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, Escrow.com, 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? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130222.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130221.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130227.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130219-2.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130219.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130218.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130220.htm FBCF59F5-AE4B-4833-B834-EA8575EAFAA9 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:15:15 -0500 Death of Parking Pronouncements Premature? Oversee Says PPC Earnings Are Improving Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130214.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130212.htm 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 Oversee.net'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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130208.htm 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!. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130207.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130206.htm 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 DomainNameSales.com honored domain brokers with a special night of dinner and drinks just for them. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130205.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130204.htm 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 DNJournal.com by veteran Internet legal counsel Brett Lewis of Lewis & Lin LLC has some information you need to know! http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/legal/brett-lewis-on-udrp.htm 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 Sedo.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130201.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130131.htm B2E49BFE-B56F-480B-A773-D2403B4E3D20 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:36:25 -0500 Estate.com 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, Estate.com 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 Booker.com, a name that sold for $375,000. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130213.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130130.htm 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. http://dnjournal.com/cover/2013/january.htm 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 DomainNameSales.com team will be hosting a pre Webfest Global conference dinner for domain brokers only next Monday night. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130128.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130125.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130124.htm 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! Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130123.htm 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 Booker.com on our early 2013 Year to Date Sales Chart. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130130.htm 876A0519-69FA-415B-B890-DF4337E9243D Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:27:34 -0500 Michael Cyger Reaches a Major Milestone as DomainSherpa.com Posts Its 100th Show When Michael Cyger launched the video interview site DomainSherpa.com 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? http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130122.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/december2012-january2013.htm 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 Atlanta.com, BuenosAires.com and HiltonHead.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130118.htm 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 DomainHoldings.com Co-Founder John Ferber is a man of many talents. After selling his previous company, Advertising.com, 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130117.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130123.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130115.htm 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." http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130114.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130111.htm 708C4B37-FCEC-4588-9CE2-007EA2FDFA19 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:34:30 -0500 DomainInvest Rolls Out New Affiliate Program Designed to Boost Hosting.co.uk Business DomainInvest.lu, 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 Hosting.co.uk. A new affiliate program is the centerpiece of their plan to build an elite hosting company. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130109.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130116.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130108.htm 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 Name.com Today In the first major acquisition of the new Year Demand Media announced today that they have acquired Denver-based domain registrar Name.com. The Name.com team will now report to Demand Media’s Registrar Services VP Taryn Naidu who commented on the deal. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130107.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130105.htm 4BB32ED7-F8E7-4250-B4DC-C9288B063308 Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:46:13 -0500 Silver.com 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 Silver.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20130109.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130103.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130102.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130101.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121231.htm 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 made.it this far. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/december.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121228.htm 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 - Sex.com at $13 million) is leaving his role as President at DomainAdvisors.com to join Frank Schilling's rapidly growing domain aftermarket operation, DomainNameSales.com (DNS). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121227.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121226.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121225.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121224.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121221.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121220.htm 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 DomainNameSales.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121226.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121218.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121217.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121219.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121210.htm 35EF5BB7-0637-475E-AA4B-14EB6013DCFA Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:15:45 -0500 Go Daddy Domains and Websites Now on the Warehouse Shelves at Costco.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121206.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121212.htm C6C9D5D0-AAFB-41D4-AE8E-68236FBFF09B Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:00:31 -0500 You Know the Domain King - Now Meet the .BIZ Baron - Email.biz 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 Up.biz, Profit.biz and his latest venture - Email.biz. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121204.htm 739B6D47-2AAF-4728-A5FF-FA3003E85C34 Tue, 4 Dec 2012 17:47:05 -0500 Christmas.com 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 Christmas.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121203.htm 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 World.com, USA.com, Lawyer.com, Doctor.com and London.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/november.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/november.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121129.htm 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 DNJournal.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121205.htm 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 DotBuyer.com that they think has what is needed to stand out in the crowd. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121127.htm 22C7D2A7-AC44-4080-8164-7AE2DF70FA60 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:16:50 -0500 Castello Brothers Sign Big Nashville.com 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 - Nashville.com - with Nashville based DevDigital - one of the largest software and web development companies in Nashville. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121126.htm 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 ParkingCrew.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121123.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121122.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121128.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121120.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121116-2.htm 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 DomainLegalTeam.com.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121116.htm 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." http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121115.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121121.htm 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 DNJournal.com: MediaOptions Lures a New Business Development exec away from Go Daddy, DomainIndex says a Nominet plan would destroy .co.uk values and TelNames is trying to breathe new life into the widely ignored .tel extension with a Mobile Website Builder app for iPhones. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121113.htm 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). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121109.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121108.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121114.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121107.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/october.htm 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 JointVentures.com Rick Schwartz has added a new business to his entrepreneurial portfolio. Schwartz just launched Jointventures.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121106.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121105.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/october.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121102.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121101.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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 .co.uk sale ever reported. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121107.htm 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 DNForum.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121030.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121029.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121026.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121031.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121024.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121022.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121019.htm 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 Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121018.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121024.htm 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 Protrada.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121016.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121017.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121011.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121009.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121008.htm 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, http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121007.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121006.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121010.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121003.htm 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 (Sex.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121002.htm 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 internet.uk) that would come at a much higher cost than .co.uk and would likely devalue millions of existing .co.uk domains. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20121001.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/august-september.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120928.htm E4B86824-B8CD-401B-9F82-D92143D1A701 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:09:06 -0400 Companies in the News: Yahoo, Media.net, Sedo, Go Daddy, NameMedia, Team Internet & Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120927.htm E8444BFC-8790-4A6F-82F5-FFD07718BDB8 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:19:05 -0400 Platinum.com 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 Platinum.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20121003.htm 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 FanClub.com and Saws.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120925.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/august-september.htm 0B1E23A2-1854-492C-9B15-5B1A202EEFDD Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:02:42 -0400 Above.com Integrates Domain Monetization, Registration & Sales in a New Domain Investor Platform Above.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120920-2.htm 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 Oversee.net and the fourth in a row to be held at the Fairmont in Santa Monica. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120920.htm 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 Afterparty.com, a domain that DomainAdvisors.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120926.htm 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 Chicago.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120918.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120917.htm 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 ParkingCrew.com 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 ParkingCrew.com (Team Internet's domain monetization unit). Industry veteran Axel Kaltz's decision to come on board was the source of Zeifang's joy. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120913.htm 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 DNJournal.com. .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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120919.htm 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 Internet.bs 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 Internet.bs Corp. (IBS) and has also been appointed Chairman of the fast growing Bahamas based registrar. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120912.htm 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 DomainSherpa.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120911.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120910.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120912.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120906.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120903.htm 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.  http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120829.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120828.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120827.htm 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 .kiwi.nz extension, Meanwhile an unhappy applicant for a global .kiwi extension remains stuck in ICANN's interminable new gTLD waiting line. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120824.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120829.htm BF25A548-B6C6-4DF6-838B-441766F08E5F Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:39:44 -0400 What Does DN Journal, Sex.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120822.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120821.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120820.htm 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 & Jerusalem.com Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com: .ORG continues to grow rapidly, Michael Mann's companies earn some major recognition, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and Zenscrow.com join forces to offer financing for live auction domain purchases and Igal Lichtman's Jerusalem.com is drawing attention with a cool new iPad app. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120817.htm 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 DNForum.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120816.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120822.htm 05794ACF-C8FB-45B5-9DBF-07125EF943A8 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:04:41 -0400 Escrow.com 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 Escrow.com have formed a strategic partnership that makes Escrow.com the exclusive escrow provider for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auctions. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120814.htm 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." http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120813.htm 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 Denver.com sale story with comments from Rob Grant and NameMedia launches a new "wholesale" domain sales site. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120810.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/new-gtlds/dotgreen.htm 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. DomainSherpa.com has also added a key new member to their team - Producer Wayne Nelson. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120808.htm 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 DNJournal.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120815.htm A8778B59-BF24-4E4D-8B79-4472FA1589D9 Wed, 8 Aug 2012 17:21:29 -0400 Industry Veteran Victor Pitts Joins Above.com as Director of Domain Services Victor Pitts has joined fast-growing domain registrar Above.com 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 Above.com's Registrar and Marketplace services. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120807-2.htm 43AB1F78-F302-4494-8278-E03707C474EE Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:16:53 -0400 Sedo Sells Hoteles.es 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 Hoteles.es ("hotels" in Spanish). We have an inside look at how a deal of this magnitude, involving parties from multiple countries, got done. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120807.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120806.htm 7C4533A3-67D2-47D0-8CD3-C6EB676903BC Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:30:12 -0400 Sedo Broker Dave Evanson Reports Selling Designers.com for $118,000 Sedo broker Dave Evanson just posted on his Facebook page that he has wrapped up a $118,000 sale of Designers.com 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120802.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120808.htm 4BD807B0-F9DC-4AA2-8886-1F13DD3C7148 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:42:11 -0400 Chef Patrick Beams Out of ScienceFiction.com - Braden Pollock Takes Over the Bridge There is a new captain on the bridge of the starship ScienceFiction.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120731.htm 9E267172-2886-4820-BE52-C3A6379122F3 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:13:48 -0400 Companies in the News: GoDaddy, Sedo, ECOP.com, Oversee.net & 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, Oversee.net has joined an effort to stop fraudulent traffic & DomainHoldings has a new service. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120730.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/july.htm 9DAEFE01-88B0-438B-8AE2-CBB10A6010FB Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:18:05 -0400 Scottsdale.com Owner Fred Mercaldo Comments on the Blockbuster Sale of Denver.com The 7-figure sale of Denver.com has created quite a buzz in the geo domain community. One of those most excited is Scottsdale.com owner Fred Mercaldo who also manages dozens of key geo websites through CitiesPlanet.com. Mercaldo also serves as President of the GeoPublishers.com trade association. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120725.htm 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 DNJournal.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120801.htm D8448FF5-3CF6-410E-A8CD-FDB8BFE98C94 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:51:37 -0400 Geo Domain Giant Dan Pulcrano Sells Denver.com 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 Denver.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120724.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120723.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/july.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120720.htm 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 http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120718.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120725.htm 033A73AA-AA8B-44C8-B587-4846DA1A0C4E Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:43:42 -0400 Companies in the News: Oversee.net, Thought Convergence, Afternic & Dnbiz Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com: Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120717.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120716.htm 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 Kids.us R.I.P. Kids.us. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120713.htm 3A459DFC-5092-4559-8482-BE1902D7C66A Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:40:29 -0400 Escrow.com'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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120712.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120711.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120718.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120710.htm 363B3EE3-A4E5-4742-917D-EBA7FFBF1516 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:12:39 -0400 SedoMLS Network Expands Again with Addition of Rob Monster's Epik.com Domain aftermarket giant Sedo announced the newest addition to the SedoMLS network today with U.S. registrar & domain developer Epik.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120709.htm 3D4C803E-C92C-4401-9F0B-BF73C1894446 Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:06:11 -0400 Protrada Adds Over 50,000 New Members With Acquisition of DomainFace.com Assets  The innovative domain trading platform Protrada.com 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 Domainface.com, including their 52,500 members, for an undisclosed price. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120706.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120705.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120704.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120711.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120703.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120702.htm FD04B189-7B91-4044-9DD6-46FFEC6C8E13 Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:00:59 -0400 Great Scot! How Tommy Butler Went From Gutting Chickens to Developing Glasgow.com A new Cover Story is out at DNJournal.com. Tommy Butler owns and operates Glasgow.com, the well developed website that represents Scotland's largest city. Butler is also steadily building a big network of sites around his Glasgow.com base. Not bad for a kid who started out gutting chickens in Glasgow for 50 cents a day! http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/april-june.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120629.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/may-june.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120628.htm 8BB676BE-9F07-4777-AB36-F9CE3D2972F0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:03:03 -0400 ArtDeco.com Draws Highest Sales Price Reported in the Domain Aftermarket This Week The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120704.htm 22ADB758-50E2-4B44-9E8A-6DC0C78ABC67 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:18:46 -0400 Teen Domainer Brian Diener Co-Founds New Content Production Company at CollegeCopywriters.com While still in high school Brian Diener made a name for himself by chronicling his adventures as a domain investor on the TeenDomainer.com 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 CollegeCopywriters.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120627.htm 414FABFB-520E-497E-A312-180180E6E6E4 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:17:36 -0400 Domain Monetization Companies in the News: DomainHoldings, ParkLogic and Oversee.net Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com domain monetization companies and leaders are in the news including DomainHoldings.com's DomainPower platform, ParkLogic Founder Michael Gilmour (who is featured in a new video) and Oversee.net CEO Debra Domeyer who appeared on a big stage today in New York. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120626.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120625.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120622.htm 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 Sedo.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120621.htm F77EF1E6-0C71-4D8D-9E0A-A9A76FFB85A7 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:47:37 -0400 MovingCompany.com Arrives at Top Spot on This Week's Sales Chart After Selling for Six Figures The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. The six-figure sale of MovingCompany.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120627.htm 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, ESQwire.com, of a double-pronged victory for one of their clients over a company owned by Italian media magnate Silvio Berlusconi. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120619.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120618.htm 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 SaveMe.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120616.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120620.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120613.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120612.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120611.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120607.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120613.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120605.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120601.htm 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 DNJournal.com. DomainAdvisors.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120606.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120531.htm 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 Moniker.com in 1999 and served as the popular registrar and brokerage service's CEO for 10 years, has taken a new role with DomainHoldings.com where he will serve as an Executive in Residence and Advisor to the Board. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120530.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120529.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120524.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120530.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120522.htm AE87F987-4DC6-4A37-B8A3-9B9FD20BBC22 Tue, 22 May 2012 15:40:10 -0400 DONA.com Becomes 1st Registrar to Offer UDRP Insurance & ICA Support With Share of Profits A new domain registration service has rolled off Domaining.com creator Francois Carrillo's assembly line. DONA.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120521.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120518.htm 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 Appraiso.com. Now Protrada.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120517.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120523.htm 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 Moniker.com before leaving that registrar last December, is returning to the trenches in a business development position with Seattle-based registration giant eNom.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120515-2.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120515.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120510.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120516.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120508.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120507.htm 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 + Escrow.com 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, Escrow.com has rolled out a new tool that will be of special interest to domain brokers. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120504.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120509.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120502.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120429.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120427.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120425.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120423.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/april.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120420.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120425.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120417.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120416.htm 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 Moniker.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120412.htm 4864C5C4-88AF-4A42-B646-28ADADC5112B Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:23:56 -0400 Industry Veteran Jim Grace Joins DomainHoldings as Director of Monetization DomainHoldings.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120411.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120418.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120410.htm 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, SaveMe.com, from its owner, Rick Schwartz. Today Schwartz spread the news beyond industry boundaries, making sure mainstream businesses are aware of the hijacking threat too. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120409.htm 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 DomainHoldings.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120407.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120405.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120411.htm 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 Protrada.com'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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120403.htm 859329BF-DDAB-450F-8D87-B0693498DEFB Tue, 3 Apr 2012 18:36:24 -0400 Philly.com & 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 Philly.com, 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120402.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120330.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120329.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120404.htm 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 Escrow.com 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 Escrow.com readies a new look. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120327.htm 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 Dofo.com (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 Dofo.com over the weekend and found a lot to like in Carrillo's new creation. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120326.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120323.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120322.htm 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 Sedo.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120328.htm 237808B3-BEC9-4619-976C-8EC356A178B0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:31:03 -0400 Escrow.com-DomainTools Partnership = Faster Transactions + Domaining Europe Names Keynoter Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com: Escrow.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120320.htm 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 Brannans.com (named after a man that helped trigger the California Gold Rush). Brannans is already accepting submissions for their 1st auction. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120319.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120315.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120321.htm 5491A679-AA28-4069-ABF1-7F599C74CB97 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:25:04 -0400 New Domain Monetization Options Continue to Grow with Latest Advance at DomainPower.com New domain monetization options are continuing to sprout. TrafficMedia.com & Protrada's DevName.com are doing it by reducing much of the time & expense involved in domain development . Meanwhile DomainPower.com has just announced a major upgrade to their platform that offers 31 different monetization options. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120314.htm 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 Music.com, Computer.com, CreditCards.com, Diamond.com and many more. The serial entrepreneur is now expanding into yet another field - documentary filmmaking. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120313.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120312.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/february-march.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120309.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120308.htm 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 DNJournal.com. .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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120314.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120306.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/people/tim-schumacher.htm 9AE1D4FA-8E06-434C-91FC-696E31B59E19 Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:49:00 -0500 Morgan Linton Launches an Innovative Website Appraisal Platform at Appraiso.com 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 Appraiso.com, a platform Linton says is "the first Intelligent Website Appraisal system." http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120305.htm 0C9581F8-129E-4F91-A3D1-8A2FF9EBCF75 Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:20:53 -0500 Oversee.net 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, Oversee.net 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120302.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120301.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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 DomainNameSales.com doing the honors.That venue and several others had big weeks as business was brisk across the board. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120307.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120227.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120223.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120229.htm B8375119-CDBE-41C0-B500-83F60FAE8959 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:53:24 -0500 Ron Sheridan's Pixt.com May Revolutionize Photo Sharing + Lana del Rey Wins Major Award Today in the Lowdown at DNJournal.com, 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). http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120221.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120216.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120222.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120215.htm D2D58F0B-E1E9-45CB-AAAC-684844101015 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:33:01 -0500 Afternic Expands Into Russia, the Biggest German Domain Show Begins & WaterShave.org 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120213.htm 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. Oversee.net decided it was time to broaden the scope of the show with an agenda aimed at "Internet entrepreneurs of all stripes." http://www.dnjournal.com/articles/events/2012/domainfest-global-2012-review.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120210.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120215.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120208.htm 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 Bobbleheads.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120207.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120206.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120203.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120201.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120131.htm 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 DNJournal.com: 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120130.htm 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 Sex.com DN Journal's January Newsletter is going out to opt-in subscribers today. http://www.dnjournal.com/newsletters/2012/january.htm 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, DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2012/january.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120126.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120201.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120124.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120123.htm 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 Chicago.com 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. http://dnjournal.com/articles/companies/2012/atidentity.htm 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! http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120120.htm 21EE42AB-DB31-4412-8B04-301B38051282 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:29:34 -0500 New Speakers Added to DOMAINfest Global Lineup & Escrow.com Hits the Billion $ Mark DOMAINfest Global has added 3 expert speakers to the line up for the upcoming show in Santa Monica. Escrow.com has reached a major milestone - the $1 billion mark in secured sales and Screenshots.com offers a concise look at how the web's key sites looked during Wednesday's protest against SOPA/PIPA. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120119.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120125.htm 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 MuhammadAli.com 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." http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120117.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120116.htm 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 DNJournal.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120113.htm 1B906B15-9294-4441-BAE2-90A79EFAEEED Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:52:46 -0500 Multi-Million $ Marijuana.com Sale Made Possible By Little-Known Service at Escrow.com You probably heard about the sale of Marijuana.com (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 Escrow.com that is helping fuel more sales at the high end of the market. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120112.htm 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 DNJournal.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2012/20120118.htm 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 DNJournal.com: Inside Braden Pollock and Patrick Ruddell's new partnership in ScienceFiction.com. 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120110.htm 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 Business.com 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120106.htm 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 DNJournal.com, 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20120111.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120104.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120103.htm 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. http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2012/dailyposts/20120102.htm 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? DNJournal.com rings in the New Year with a new Cover Story. Ever since domain parking revenue went into a ta