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September 25, 2017 13:35

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Markmonitor : Corporate guide to acquiring domain names

A white paper by Markmonitor reveals the recommended corporate approach to domain name acquisition. Titled, “Assessing the Value of a Domain,” this white paper attempts to define the necessary steps, in order to acquire domains necessary to one’s brand strategy. “Have you ever wanted to register a domain only to find that it is already […]

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Chinese domain market report : Amazon to end VPN access for AWS in China

The Chinese government is upping the game of VPN thrones, ordering Amazon to end its VPN services for China’s customers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its Chinese partner, are informing cloud customers in China that VPNs will no longer be allowed. Beijing Sinnet Technology, the local partner for AWS operations in China, sent out several […]

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How I’m getting $1,500+ thanks to the NameJet audit

I’ll start by saying, no, I am not getting some kind of refund relating to bidding in an auction that was proven to have shill bidding taking place on it. While NameJet is doing an internal audit to determine if shill bidding has been impacting their auctions, it looks like they’re also uncovering some payments […]

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Chinese domain market report : Can’t blog about celebrities in China!

The Chinese Internet consumers are like everywhere else; they love reading juicy news about celebrities. In yet another act of censorship, China’s government will be closing down social media accounts that share gossip about celebrities, asking Internet providers for a “crackdown.” The Beijing Cyberspace Administration states that “web sites need to adopt effective measures to […]

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It isn’t when you started in domains, it’s what domains you buy

I can’t take credit for the title of this post but I made this the title because it rings true now and has for many years. The title of this post is a tweet from Rick Schwartz and it rings true today, it rang through ten years ago when I started in this industry (note […]

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Where do you go to get realistic domain investing advice?

Let’s face it – there’s a lot of bad advice out there. IMO there are two kinds of bad advice: Bad advice coming from people who just want to make money off of you (usually by selling a product or service) Bad advice coming from people who have no idea what they’re talking about and […]

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Cars.com confirmed to be the largest domain sale in history

Cars.com has been confirmed to have been the largest domain sale in history, with a staggering $872,320,000 dollar valuation. Domain investor, George Kirikos, provided this number two years ago, and is once again quoting the numbers from the latest Cars.com financial statement: In connection with our acquisition by Parent, we have an intangible asset with […]

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Freedom.com just sold for $2M – here’s how

It’s funny because sometimes I hear people say things like, “are people still buying and selling domain names?” To which I’d love to respond, “No, that ship has sailed” since that would mean less investors to compete over names with, but I can’t say that, and instead I have to tell the truth, the domain name […]

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UDRP loss : Virgin Enterprises continues to assert it has sole rights to the VIRGIN mark

Virgin Enterprises Limited of London, United Kingdom, continues to go after domains that incorporate the keyword “virgin.” Despite VIRGIN being a famous mark, the company has been targeting domains that are unrelated to the services that the mark represents. In some cases, there is marginal connection but the domain gets lost regardless. A UDRP against […]

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Lessons learned from Rick Schwartz – buying a domain with the “perfect” entity to sell it to in mind is probably a big mistake

While Rick Schwartz might not be blogging anymore, he is tweeting more than ever and I’ve been finding some great nuggets in his tweets. This particular nugget is one that I’ve learned the hard way more than once, okay, it probably took me at least five times to really learn my lesson here. Here’s Rick’s […]

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