360.com Sells for $17 Million – Poll: Will 360.com be Largest Sale of 2015?

Two monster sales to start out the year – Rick Schwartz sold Porno.com for $8,888,888.  Also, apparently confirmed by domain brokers George Hong and Andrew Rosener 360.com was sold by Vodaphone to Qihoo for $17,000,000.  Qihoo is a leading Chinese technology company that currently operates on 360.cn.  If the 360.com sale is complete, it will top the charts of highest all time reported domain sale.

Ultra premium .com domains are starting to go for more and more..this raises the question.  With it being just the first week into February and two huge sales already reported.. Will 360.com be the largest sale of this year?  Please vote below.

Will 360.com be the largest domain sale of 2015?

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Heritage Auctions Ending Today, 9 Names With Reserve Met So Far (8.co, Igv.com, MoneyBlog.com… more)

Heritage Auctions domain auction ends today and at of the time of this posting there are several good names with reserves already met.  Here are the list of names that will sell today with current bid:

boho.com $7,500

igv.com $8,500

moneyblog.com $1,000

nottinghill.com $5,000

sie.com $22,000

8.co $100,000

nyc.fm, nyc.am $4,000

zic.com $16,000

qde.com $7,000

Of course, the highest bid and most interesting name on this list is 8.co which has been marketed as the perhaps luckiest domain available.  It will be interesting to see how much higher than $100,000 it will sell for.  Igv.com is looking like a pretty good deal at press time as well.  Other notable domains that have not met reserve but seem close are: import.com, mouse.com, corn.com, future.com and classic.com.  Stock.market is a nGTLD that has a good bid already too.

Many super premium domains here..and we’ve seen the super premium prices these types of names are commanding from end users this year so far.  Hopefully a few more of these hit reserves and see more action.


Verisign Celebrates .COM’s 30th Anniversary with #InternetOfficial Giveaway

This is pretty cool.  Verisign is giving away $100,000 in cash prizes in the next three months for contestants that:

* Register the most descriptive, memorable and original .COM domain name(s)

* Submit your newly registered .COM name(s) HERE with a description of why it’s so awesome

* Promote the new domain on your social networks

A panel of judges and the public’s votes will determine the five best domain names registered each month during the contest period. Each monthly winner will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to submit a video explaining the beauty of their entry. Those who submit will proceed to the final round for a chance to win the Grand Prize amount – $30,000!

I found out about this from Michael Berkens post on TheDomains.com, where he also announced he will be one of the judges. This is a nice contest and way for Verisign to create a buzz about .COM in the midst of so much new GTLD activity.

Why Bruce Marler Can Keep Credit.club

Because he’s smart, and a developer.  Almost as soon as credit.club was registered, a great looking site went up on the formerly registry reserved domain name.  If you have questions about how to increase your credit score, p2p lending or any other credit topics, it’s worth checking out.

If you haven’t already heard, the .Club registry made a mistake (or technical error) when moving the credit.club domain from the registry reserve status in order to register it as part of the .club’s Startup.club program.  This allowed the domain to be hand registered at Name.com for normal regfee ($10.99).  There was a huge fuss and folks demanding answers on NamePros thread and on other forums and blogs about how someone can just hand register this caliber of name when it was previously priced at $200,000.

I am not accusing anyone of any wrongdoing here or conspiracy and I certainly agree with the sentiment from most that .Club made a wise decision letting the registrant keep the domain.  I am skeptical that if a pure domainer would have registered credit.club during that window and simply parked the name or left it undeveloped that they would have been able to keep it.  Anyone else think it would have been taken back from the registry?  The official response by Colin Campbell (CEO of .Club registry) on the Credit.club situation in Analysis Part B and C (bold below) indicate that if the site was not developed and launched that it likely would have executed its ‘right’ to take the domain back.

The facts about credit.club.

As promised below are the facts and analysis conducted by Jonathan Frost, our in-house attorney.


· The Operations Department, which manages Company domain name registrations, planned a transfer of <CREDIT.CLUB>, along with 130 other domain names, on 2015-01-13 as part of the Company’s Startup.club promotional program.

· On 2015-01-13T20:11:40, the Operations Department removed <CREDIT.CLUB> from the registry-reserve in order to register it as part of the Company’s Startup.club promotional program.

· Between 2015-01-13T20:11:40 and 2015-01-14T21:51:25 (25 hours, 49 minutes, and 45 seconds), the status of <CREDIT.CLUB> was unregistered and unreserved. At that time, the Operations Department did not have knowledge that the registration had failed. It is not clear whether the failed registration was a result of human error or system error.

· At 2015-01-14T21:51:25, a registrant (the “Registrant”) using domain privacy, without the knowledge of the Company, registered the domain <CREDIT.CLUB> at Name.com.


a) Mistaken Registration

The Registrant’s registration of <CREDIT.CLUB> on January 14, 2015 was due to a mistake made by the registry. The mistaken nature of the registration is clear as the domain name was publicly advertised as being a premium domain name in the Startup.club program and the Operations Department documented its plan to register the domain name to a Company subsidiary for promotional purposes. However, on January 13, 2015, when the Operations Department attempted to register <CREDIT.CLUB>, the registration failed, and the failure was not detected at the time.

b) Right to Rescind

The Registration Agreement between Name.com and the Registrant, the RRA between Name.com and the Company, and the Registry Terms and Policies all contemplate registrations that occur as a result of a mistake by the registry, and the registry may rescind such registrations.

c) Conclusion

Thus, it is within the Company’s contractual rights to cancel the registration for <CREDIT.CLUB>.

Further to his analysis and conclusions I can personally state that no one in .CLUB had any conversations regarding credit.club with the registrant at or before the registration of credit.club.

The registry does not believe it is in our best interest nor the best interest of the registrant to pull the name back given the substantial investment in time and money he has invested to launch credit.club. I informed the registrant of such matters and wish him a continued success.

SOURCE NamePros Official .Club Showcase and Discussion

Again, I am more than happy for Bruce and congrats on the awesome domain and site. I’m a firm believer that you create your own luck and with quick action on the domain registration and launch of the site, he definitely deserves to keep the domain.  We will never know what the .Club registry would have done if the name was registered by a domainer then sat undeveloped or parked.  I’m just playing devils advocate here for all the folks singing praises of .Club for letting the registrant keep the name 😉

*For the record, I am a fan of .Club – it is a solid extension and they are doing a great job of showing other gTLDs how to successfully launch..

Fresh Godaddy Codes and Updated Interface Review

It looks like Godaddy has recently updated its user interface. While there are no big changes to report, navigating through your account using the drop down menus has a crisper and quicker feel to it. The domain management area itself also seems to be working faster when loading and making changes.

On a not so positive note, using godaddy auctions on my mobile phone (i5s) pretty much sucks. The app is buggy, crashes often and using tools like sorting listings by end time and using predefined searches don’t work well.  Also, I noticed that when I am clicking a link to a specific domain auction on my mobile device that it just takes me to the general auctions area and not to the specific domain auction.

Anyway, here are some fresh discount codes for new .COM registrations – all of which were tested today (in the U.S) and work at time of this posting.  Discounted price is next to the code in USD not including the $.18 ICANN fee.  Happy domain hunting!

gofdusch10 .99
cjccoup149 1.49
 bjj149 1.49
ctfxc 1.99
te99cominp 1.99
cjcrmn2cp 2.00

Click HERE to head over to Godaddy and register .COMs using these fresh discount codes.

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