Thankful For DNW Podcasts

Happy Thanksgiving to U.S. domain investors and all that work in this growing industry. Really, I am thankful for every resource and contributor in this space. Elliot at DomainInvesting.com has published several posts this week pointing out many (not all) of the people and companies that really add value to our everyday business.

I have been binge listening to the DNW podcasts lately as my appetite for understanding the entire domain business and not just the investing aspect has grown. So, this is a quick post to thank Andrew Allemann at DomainNameWire.com for continuing to produce a weekly podcast featuring guests from almost every facet of the domain naming industry.

It is no easy task to put together and host a single podcast but to produce one almost every week for the last couple years surely takes a lot of hard work and commitment. Andrew’s passion for domains is evident and the information shared by he and his guests is invaluable. Of course, all of his guests deserve a big thanks as well. Here are a few of my favorites:

Understand Blockchain with Ken Hansen – DNW Podcast #156

Selling a 6 figure domain name – Kate Buckley – DNW Podcast #87

The most successful new domain? with Ken Hansen – DNW Podcast #96

Donuts CEO Paul Stahura – DNW Podcast #58

From zero to a $1 billion with Divyank Turakhia – DNW Podcast #139

Is the eShares rebrand to Carta really a mystery?

There was an interesting article published on MorganLinton.com Nov. 9th – After raising over $67M eShares fails to secure the .COM and rebrands to Carta. This brought to light for those not involved in the startup community a major rebrand that just happened in that space.

Basically Carta formerly called eShares (using eSharesInc.com) sent out a very candid email to its client base that it has rebranded to Carta, because it does not own eShares.com. There are a lot of comments on the blog post about whether it was a good, bad or just plain stupid idea for this company to not secure the .COM and move the entire brand to Carta.com.

It is an intriguing topic but most of the comments and even opinion shared by Morgan in a follow up blog post There’s a lively discussion happening on my blog about the eShares rebrand seem to ignore the fact that eShares.com is a developed website and it is partnered with ContribA Contribution Platform for Digital Assets on the Blockchain. Many of the comments and one that was featured by Morgan are written as if eShares.com is a parked domain and that the owner probably got too greedy watching eSharesInc.com grow over the last couple years. It is also written that Carta FAILED to secure the .COM.

I happen to think that Carta never even had a chance to buy it. Although the domain is under privacy, I am assuming Chad Folkening a top domain investor and well rounded businessman still owns eShares.com and probably didn’t even flinch when/if offers came in from Carta. I was pretty surprised that two blog posts and many comments could be published on this topic as if eShares.com was just an ordinary parked domain owned by an overly greedy domainer. It took me two seconds to make the connection once I visited eShares.com and I recalled some recent publications on TheDomains and DomainNameWire that spoke about eShares and Contrib here and here. Chad explains in an article on TheDomains that there will be a utility token on the Contrib platform called eShares.

I left this information in a brief comment on the “There’s a lively discussion happening on my blog post..” article last night when there were no comments. I went to the article today there is only one comment from Francois of domaining.com so maybe my comment was censored or got trashed by accident? Anyway, I really don’t think it is a mystery at all why Carta had to rebrand. It appears to me that a very well off domain investor has a business plan with this domain and simply did not want to sell.

7 Interesting Nuggets of info from the Verisign Domain Industry Report

Verisign published its Domain Name Industry Brief today, if you don’t feel like reading all of it below are 7 key takeaways from the briefing. This report is off the heels of the news that .COM just topped 130,000,000 registrations for the first time ever (source).

  • Growth of .com and .net domain names redirecting to social media sites is owned by Instagram, which has seen over 71% increase over Q2 2016. The next highest went to YouTube with 28% increase.
  • Geographical New TLDs registrations have eeked out almost 1% market share of total geographical domain registrations from ccTLD domains.
  • ‘Coin’ was the top trending keyword in .COM and .NET in Q2 2017. Crypto ranked 2nd in .COM and 4th in .NET, respectively.
  • The average sale price for the top 10 .com domain names reported by DNJournal as sold in the aftermarket in Q2 2017 was $917,000.
  • Total ccTLD registrations were 144.2 million in Q2, which is +1.1M or a 0.8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2017. ccTLDs increased by approximately 3.7M registrations, or 2.6 percent, year over year (not including .TK which would skew results greatly).
  • The top 10 ccTLDs are .CN, .TK, .DE, .UK, .RU, .NL, .BR, .EU, .AU and .FR. As of June 30, 2017, there were 302 extensions in the root, with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 64.8 percent of all ccTLD registrations.
  • New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.2 million during the second quarter of 2017.

What Are Domainers and Domain Companies Buying?

The Domains Wanted section at NamePros forum sure has been interesting lately.

I’ve used the domains wanted section to make several purchases and blogged about my experience acquiring domains there. I always figured it’s a given, on the domain forum you expect domainers to look for cheap deals, no domain investor ever wants to pay “end user pricing.” That being said there are some funny posts the last few weeks by several members that are titled something like this:  I will buy killer one word, two word, LLL or LLLL .com ONLY if you are extremely DESPERATE for money and have no other options!!

Lol..we get it…you want to buy names cheap, who doesn’t?  So, should every serious domain investor flood the domain wanted section or blogs with this kind of post?  Or should buyers continue posting the types of names they want buy with their budget?  A big part of successful domaining is finding and negotiating a good deal, these posts seem lazy in my opinion but there’s a sucker born every day I guess.

My favorite current thread is by domain broker Andrew Rosener of Media Options, they are enthusiastically trying to fill a portfolio with domains from every year starting in 1987-2017.

I am looking to buy at least one domain name from both years: 1990 & 1991

I really don’t care about the quality of the domain. 

The WHOIS data must show the original registration date.

I’ll pay a fair price. Probably more than anyone else would pay. Budget is between $1,000 and $100,000 (depends on the domain of course!).

I am completing a portfolio which includes a domain name from every year except 1986 (will take one of those too if you happen to find one!), 1990 and 1991. 

1987: ksr.com
1988: cli.com
1989: murphy.com 
1990: ? (insert: OpusTech.com)
1991: ? (insert: Aracor.com)
1992: ins.com
1993: pwl.com
1994: impala.com
1995: bigjohnson.com
1996: kettle.com
1997: backflip.com
1998: flawless.com
1999: axp.com
2000: vvr.com
2001: loro.com
2002: lare.com
…and so on and so on…

Almost complete, (UPDATE: portfolio is now complete) the portfolio was missing domains from years 1990 and 1991 but since posting yesterday MO has purchased OpusTech.com which has a registration date of 8-30-1990.  The whois does show MediaOptions as the new owner and domaintools.com also lists it for sale at $15,000 which is likely still lingering from the previous owner.  In the post it is also mentioned that he will buy a 1986 domain if you can find one.  There are 6 domains registered in 1985 and 53 registered in 1986*, most look like they are in use but I didn’t check any.

Besides aged and premium .COM names there is a lot of demand for Brandable and pronounceable 5-7 letter .COMs, and several LLLL (four letter) .com requests with many of them also looking for pronounceable patterns.  Cryptocurrency and Weed/Pot/Cannabis and Advertising/Tech domains seem to get a lot of requests in the domain wanted section at NamePros recently as well.

So, if you have some good domains, investors are buying…and they are still only paying reseller prices in most cases. Good luck and happy hunting/selling!

*source 100 oldest domain names

NamePros Closing in On 1,000,000 Members

NamePros.com is the largest domain name forum online and has been around since 2003.  Over the last 13 years it has seen a couple of ownership changes, several upgrades/updates and along the way it has picked up 999,975 members (as of this morning).  Goes to show how much the domain naming industry is really growing.

For me, NamePros has been more than just a great place for discussion, reading and research but also offers a large and active domain marketplace.  Over the last 2-3 years I have also noticed NamePros really getting in tune with the rest of the industry.  By adding a very active blog and social media presence, I now see more and more key industry players posting and participating on NamePros.  It really is evolving into a complete domain community and NP and all of its moderators should be proud.

Of course, any forum reaching 1,000,000 members is worth celebrating.  NamePros and friends ran a contest (already closed) and are set to give away some cool prizes soon including NamesCon tickets and advertising packages for the member who guesses the right date/time of the 1,000,000th sign up.  Looks like it will happen in the next day or two! Big congrats and thanks much to NamePros for building and maintaining such a great community.

Current forum stats (as of 5.16.2017 @ 8:15 MST):

Discussions: 1,018,748
Posts: 6,153,785
Members: 999,975

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