DotGreen Community Inc. & Afilias Partnership Best gTLD Story of the Year

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It was one year ago that the DotGreen Community Inc. was forced to withdraw its application for the hotly contested .green TLD.  This disappointing announcement came months before the fate of the .green TLD would be decided via ICANN’s auction process that saw companies with very deep pockets including Demand Media, TLDH (Minds+Machines) and Afilias all vying to become the official .green registry. Finally, after some backroom deals during the private auction for the .green TLD, Afilias stood as the lone and winning applicant for .green (to go along with their other color TLDs .black, .blue, .pink, .red).

Seeing .green become just another new gTLD released by a company purely looking to profit from the popular string would have been a tough pill to swallow.  Myself and many others in the domain industry saw years of planning and promoting by DotGreen Community Inc. founder, Annalisa Roger in preparation for becoming the .green registry operator.  Since 2007, the DotGreen Community Inc. has put forth a clear vision of how the .green namespace would focus on much more than just selling .green domains.  Their model is one of promoting sustainability, furthering the green movement and partnering with environmental groups to help bring more awareness and action to environmental issues while operating the unique .green top level domain.

That’s why I was delighted when I read the story on DNJournal learning that Afilias and the DotGreen Community Inc. had partnered, giving responsibility of running the .green TLD to the DotGreen Community while Afilias would provide their back end registry services.  This is a big win for both parties involved and for the greater green community! I have no doubt that Annalisa Roger and her team will be successful pioneers in the gTLD space and I look forward to an exciting launch.  Congrats DotGreen Community!

Fifteen GoDaddy Discount Codes Under $2

When registering new domains it’s always nice to grab a good .COM for two bucks or less! Using coupons is a very easy way to save $ on hand registering names.  Many folks that register at Godaddy are also signed up for Discount Domain Club (DDC) where renewals for members are under $9. I prefer to transfer out to a more user friendly and secure NameBright.com for $8.53 before having to renew at godaddy.

Anyway, enjoy some coupons for cheap hand regs – you’ll need a CC/Debit card and no promises these codes will work outside the US/Canada or at all they do expire eventually! Special Savings! $1.99 .COMs now at GoDaddy!

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Special Savings! $1.99 .COMs now at GoDaddy!

One Way to Acquire the Domain (types) You Want

While searching for a name in a certain niche or in pursuit of building a strong domain name portfolio, simply buying hand registered domains just won’t cut it. Buying domains names from premium marketplaces like Sedo, Afternic, etc. can be a great way to build a good portfolio but at the same time may also be very expensive and the negotiation/sale process can be quite lengthy. Of course, I always recommend anyone dabbling in domaining learn to benefit from drop catching and backordering.

All of the above are great ways to acquire domain names but another interesting way to buy domains is by starting a thread on the most popular domain name forums (DNF and NamePros) in the Domains Wanted section.  The great thing about posting buying requests in the forums is that you are in total control – you determine your budget and criteria and that’s it, just wait for the messages to come in.

Anytime I start a thread in these sections of the forums I get dozens of messages from members on the forums with domain names that fit the criteria in my ‘WTB” posts.  It is important to set very specific guidelines for the kinds of domain names you want when writing these posts.  Even still if you are specific in identifying what TLD, budget, length, age etc of the kind of domain you want to buy, you still may get a few off the wall domains sent in that you will have to ignore.

While you will have likely have a lot of messages to discard, you will be surprised at the quality AND quantity of domains that members will send over.   One thing I really dig when buying on both forums is the fact that the buyers and sellers are generally very fast with their transactions.  Of course, do your due diligence and look at the forum members iTrader rating and check up on the domain(s) before making any deal.  Something to keep in mind while buying domains on forums is that since you are talking directly with the domain owner, this is a great place to network and negotiate for a better pricing, bulk deals, etc.  So if you want to buy more domain names and have clear niches and keywords in mind, I definitely recommend putting a feeler out there on the forums.  When you start your thread topic make sure you include the following information.

* Set a clear budget (per name or per lot)

* Be very clear on the TLD(s) you are looking to acquire

* Be as specific as possible of the type of domain name you want – provide clear examples (length, numbers, hyphens, # of words, etc)

* Make sure you have members PM you their domain for sale instead of post it in your thread

* Specify payment methods you accept

#FF A Few to Follow in the #DomainIndustry on Twitter

Thanks to the industry folks that periodically include me in their weekly #FF tweets. Today I’m posting some of my favorite profiles to follow on Twitter from the domain industry. Happy Friday! Enjoy the list…

@thedomains
@DNJournal
@adamstrong
@fusible
@morganlinton
@DomainingCom
@elliotsblog
@mwzd
@Nameclerk
@DomainKing
@AndrewHazen
@DonnaMahony
@fmichlick
@DaveZan
@domainnamenews
@TheDomainAgents
@goldnames_com
@JeffreyMGabriel
@PeterBrooks13
@NameBio
@billmushkin
@BradenPollock
@jasonthompsonco
@Domains90210
@AccidentalD
@SedoDaveEvanson
@CSSGilbert
@hybriddomainer
@Domainsville
@AbduTarabichi
@DomainAdvisors
@ianlopuch
@snowkitten
@domainholdings
@adamdicker
@AmmarKubba
@Astounde
@jensale
@briansgilbert
@melshuddleston
@AnnalisaRoger
@HeyVic
@mikemanndotcom
@GeorgeKirikos
@Frank_Schilling
@bocamike
@DomainSushi
@RJColby
@DomainShane
@acroplex
@BillSweetman
@DomainAnimal
@DomainNameWire
@bemarnet

Of course, don’t forget to follow me @NameTalent

BitcoinWallet.com Sells For $250,000

In a Tweet and Facebook post by domainer and Bitcoin guru Niko Younts, he announced the sale of BitcoinWallet.com and BitcoinWallets.com for a combined $450,000.

BitcoinWallet (.com) just sold for $250,000 and BitcoinWallets (.com) is pending at $200k. #bitcoin #wallstreet

The sale was just announced on CoinDesk.com and goes into a bit of detail about the buyer Alex Charfen, an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. These sales (assuming bitcoinwallets.com sales goes through) will rank #5 and #7 respectively on the DNJournal YTD chart and I believe BitcoinWallet.com is the biggest Bitcoin related sale of all time.

Congrats to Niko Younts, he has been buzzing about Bitcoin and BitcoinWallet.com for quite a while now. It was just 10 days ago in another Facebook post he announced that he announced at the most recent Bitcoin conference that he was seeking strategic partnerships or VC for BitcoinWallet.com.

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