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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

Click HERE to see NP members lists including most posts, most points, notable, top members, staff and representatives

Domain Sales Updates, .MX Follow Up and More

I’m home and somewhat rested after a busy and fun trip down to Cancun.  Ready to get back to work!  As promised I am following up on my last post about .MX domains and how prevalent they are in the part of Mexico I was visiting.  Unfortunately, I did not come across any .MX domains during our travels.  I reported last week that the most common extensions I saw were .com.mx and .com domain on billboards, signs, etc and that did not change on the tail end of my trip.  Overall, I did see probably more .COM domains than any other definitely a close second was .COM.MX.  A commenter from my last post who resides in Mexico City gave a few examples of .MX domains that he found on billboards and signs: spark.mx, gti.mx, canacintra.mx, honda.mx, acdelco.mx, wilson.mx.  Thanks ‘PAPA’.  Also, I came across this report from Sales.mx that is showing progression of the .MX extension compared to .COM.MX within Mexico.

Some really great sales have been reported over the last week.  The largest transaction, Quotes.com sold for $1.1 million.  Others reported domain sales: Prince.com $235K, MyGarage.com $85k, Devisen.de (translates to ‘currency’ in German) $70k+, LuxuryApartments.com $65k, Italy.net $52k, CJ.org $32k+ and Kudo.com $30k. Gotta throw a .TV sale in the mix! Amsterdam.tv sold for $13k+.

Michael Berkens posted a handful of .CO landrush auction results yesterday.  I must say I am surprised at how much some of these are fetching.  Some of the head scratchers on the list: National-Lottery.co $3.3K, HalloweenCostume.co $3.1k and doc.co $4.1k.  Honestly, all of these sales are head scratchers to me but only time will tell with these .co domains.  Maybe I’ll be kicking myself one day for not investing in the extension.

For newer domainers I would like to recommend a nice new resource over at DotSauce.com Forum.  It’s simple to use and seems like it’s tailored for newer domainers that want to get questions about domaining answered.  Nice addition to DotSauce Mark!

I Have Achieved Greatness

I’m sure there are 1000’s of members of NamePros.com who deserve this recognition more than myself, but it’s not everyday that you are acknowledged by a community of 160k + people.  Yes, I have achieved greatness in my reputation status bar by accumulating more than 5000 rep points from other members.   That’s what happens when you get addicted to a domain forum (4200+ posts in under two years!)  Here’s my official thread.  Now that I’ve achieved greatness, retirement is soon to come….    😉

While were talking about NamePros I have been pretty busy over there recently.  I’ve got a medical marijuana logo design contest going on in the content/design section.  It’s pretty creative (I think) and worth checking out.  I’d love to hear some feedback on it, you can leave any comments about the design contest here in this post.   Of course, I am always checking the fixed price and bargain bin sections of the marketplace looking for deals on domains/expiring soon names,  purchased three names this week.

It wouldn’t be a complete discussion about NamePros if there wasn’t mention of .TV!  I have some .tv news of my own that I shared in a thread over in dot TV section.  The discussion is about a geo name I registered and am really thinking of developing out.  I wanted to hear some feedback from some of the .tv investors at NP.

Btw..  Thanks to all NP admin and mods, they do a really great job of keeping the forum running smoothly for members to benefit from.  Cheers!

Domaining on Forums Part 2

As promised, this is the second part to my ‘Domaining on Forums’ series. Check out part 1 if you missed it.  Once again, I will be focusing on the two major domain forums NamePros.com and DNForum.com.  Something I forgot to mention in part one is that access NamePros remains completely free, while there are some membership fees to gain access to certain parts of DNforum.  DNForum has three different membership levels: Gold, Platinum and Exclusive.  I am a platinum member which allows me to post new threads in the marketplace forum.  There is an Exclusive member area only and marketplace, these threads can only be viewed by ‘Exclusive’ members.  The Exclusive membership is a bit pricey but is a lifetime membership that has some real perks (it’s on my Christmas list… hint, hint).


Both forums facilitate some very lively discussions on every aspect of domaining. It’s good to spend some time reading and adding to the discussion.  Seasoned domainers on forums will tell newbies to spend at least 3 months reading and asking questions on domain forums before they buy their first domain name.   Forums are a great place to learn and ask questions about aspects of the industry.  A great thing about forums is that there is always someone knowledgeable about the topic you have a question about.  Also, many industry service providers frequent forums to answer questions, address problems, offer advice, or just chime in on certain topics.  As you know the domain industry encompasses so many topics, all of which are addressed (in detail) at both forums.

Here are some of my favorite threads on domain forums (click to the last page of the thread to find the most recent posts):

How to find potential end users (NP)

What’s the most you have paid for a domain? (DNF)

Godaddy discount codes (NP)

Sedo.com thread (NP)

LLL.com discussion and sales report (NP)

LLLL.com discussion (NP)

Notice most of the ‘domain’ discussion I linked to was on NamePros?  Well, there seems to be more actual discussion about domain names there than at DNF.  Still DNForum has a very active marketplace and good discussion.  However, lately some of the most active threads on DNF are political threads, which I usually don’t have enough time or will to engage in.

Buying and selling on domain forums – Forums are great places to do business.  As a rule of thumb remember that when you sell a domain/start an auction at a domain forum you should only expect ‘wholesale’ or ‘reseller’ prices for your domains.  I prefer to buy domain names from members on forums for this reason.  There are many hidden gems in the auctions and sales threads.  As I mentioned in part one, the only domains I like to sell on forums are ones I do not want anymore or that I plan to drop.   Don’t get me wrong there is money to be made by flipping (or selling) domains on forums, I spent quite a bit of time doing that when I rejoined the forums a couple years back.  I wouldn’t recommend trying this in the current market.   From my experience, I would say that there are some more serious domain investors that are active in the DNF marketplace.  In my opinion, the membership fee keeps those small timers from accessing the marketplace at DNF.  You would expect that the quality of domains is better too, well I’ll let you determine that.

There are some handy tools and features that can make your domain forum experience more productive.  I really like the iSpy tool that both DNF and NP utilize it daily.  I just open a tab and keep it on iSpy, every once in a while I will go back to that tab and see if there’s a thread that catches my interest.  Also, the ‘advanced search’ is nice tool to use when looking for someone/something on both forums.  Of course, it’s very important to utilize your signature if you are a frequent poster on a forum.  I link to NameTalent, my Twitter page and a few of my minisites in my signatures.  I get lot’s of visitors coming from forums to my pages via my signature lines.  Here’s a tip: don’t link to parked domains in your forum signatures.  Lastly, at DNF there is a really great alternate language forum for those who wish to do business in other language or who cannot speak English.

I’d just like to take a minute to say thanks to the facilitators of these great domain forums.  Adam Dicker owns DNForum.com and Ron James (RJ) owns and operates NamePros.com.  Thanks for all the work on these forums, they are important resources to the domain name community!

Domaining on Forums Part 1

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Over the last couple years I have spent a substantial amount of time on forums like DNForum.com and NamePros.com, probably too much.  Maybe it felt like I was making up for lost time as I was part of these communities back when they were first conceived in early 00’s.  For one reason or another I had totally stopped visiting them and pretty much stopped ‘domaining’ for almost five years while I was busy spending (or wasting) my time partying, running illegal poker clubs and managing restaurants.  During that time period I maintained a portfolio and sold a few but did very little in the way of monetization, researching or buying/registering domain names.

In 2007, after a trip to Hawaii I returned home with a new vision.  I felt I was ready to get back into domaining and eventually development.  I found myself on NamePros and DNForum regularly to catch up on what was happening in the industry.  To my surprise there were nearly 100k members on NamePros (now over 150k members).  I found a wealth of information packed into these forums.  I logged in and spent as much as 6-8 hours each day solely on these two boards.  Some of the information was not helpful, most of it was.  It’s easy to spend countless hours reading, discussing trends and flipping domain names.  I came back to NamePros right before the LLLL .com buyout occurred.  I was lucky enough to register/buy and flip quite a few for nice profit margins.  I do regret being so quick to flip some of the names I picked up however my need for quick return certainly saved me lots of money (difference between profit and loss) since I was dealing mostly with lower quality letter combinations.  Ok, getting off track here.

Fast forward –> Today, I still peruse these forums frequently looking for deals and reading through interesting threads.  I actually spend just as much time these days buying, researching and selling services related to domaining and web development one domain forums as I do looking for domains to purchase.   I very rarely sell domain names on forums anymore, unless I am getting rid of ones I plan to drop.  Besides pure domain name owners, there are some really good designers and developers looking for work on forums, in my experience it’s quality work for a very fair price.  Of course, DNF and NP have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable domainers as members as well.  I have been lucky enough to conduct repeat business with some top notch members and I am very happy to have ‘met’ and worked with these people.   Forums are a great place to network. New domain speculators that visit these boards are very lucky to have such helpful members that dedicate so much free and quality advice (if not quality at least it is heartfelt and honest).

Spending hours upon hours a day on domain forums is not really necessary though.  It is really easy to get wrapped up in wasting lots of precious time reading and arguing your viewpoints with members holding different perspectives.  It seems like people feel they have to dedicate their efforts to defending their investments in public.  Of course discussion is very important in learning but there comes a point when it evolves into a pointless and a waste of time.  There are senior members at both major domain forums at this very moment defending their viewpoints and engaging in discussion with the same members they have been arguing with about the same topic for over a year, usually in the same thread!  Guys, let it go already.  My advice is to limit your time on the forums to an hour or two a day.  There are so many other resources and places to buy and sell your domain names, don’t limit yourself to just researching on forums.  The past few months I have been reading and researching more and more by reading blog posts and articles published by our industry leaders as well as searching for domain name news on other sites like domainnamewire.com.  I also search news articles via search engines.

Domain forums have other downfalls too.  They are crammed with newbies that litter the sales areas with their new registrations and usually mis-title their sales threads with words like ‘Premium’, ‘Generic’ and ‘Rare’!  Usually when you see these words in the title of a thread you open it to find newly registered domains that have no intrinsic value at all.  That is to be expected.  Also, scammers can be a big problem on domain forums.  I must say that the staff at NamePros in particular does a really good job at eliminating the members that are scammers.  I have done several hundred transactions on forums and have not been scammed (knock on wood).  Be careful, do your due diligence when buying and selling.

Coming up in part two:

DNForum vs NamePros
– Buyind and selling on forums
– Tools that make forums easier to use
– Favorite forum threads

Btw.. My handle on both DNF and NP is ‘nicedomains’

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