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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.

10 Picks From the NamesCon – ROTD Extended Auction

This year’s NamesCon live auction on Monday, January 23rd saw over $1.2M in domain sales.  There were some impressive sales as well as some smoking deals.  Top sales from the live auction included: Single.com ($290k), SportsCars.com ($48k), Yea.com ($45k) and Dpt.com ($42k).

The NamesCon – ROTD extended auction hosted on NameJet.com features domain names that did not close in the live auction as well as additional inventory, hand selected for this event. There are several auction lots that are close to the reserve and will probably sell by the time the extended auction closes next week on February, 9th.

We have picked 10 auction lots to feature that are close to or meet the reserve and look like good deals.

FreeChecking.com – Currently at $1,875.00. Reserve Met. Maybe one of the most common phrases you see on local banking commercials.  Great deal at current bid.

Journalists.com – Currently at $30,200. Reserve not met. Must be getting close as reserve range is $25-$50k. Big name, especially in today’s news climate.

Stop.com – Currently at $199,999. Reserve not met. According to reserve range ($100k-$200k), next bid should topple the reserve! Pretty amazing domain, Estibot valuation $492k.

Morsels.com – Currently at $1,450. Reserve met. Nice one word .COM at a pretty low price so far.

AdultClub.com – Currently at $620. No reserve.  Sexy adult name looks like a good deal at current bid, $10k Estibot valuation.

ExpiringNames.com – Currently at $360. No Reserve. Surprised to see just a few bids on this relevant domain industry name.

Realest.com – Currently at $4,300. No Reserve. Catchy name, decent price and will sell.

OL.com – Currently at $850,000. Reserve not met. Getting close as we’re in middle of reserve range ($750k-$1M).

Homecoming.com – Currently at $50,000. Reserve not met. Within reserve range of $50-$75k.

IronCurtain.com – Currently at $450. No Reserve. Cool two word .com going for a fraction of $42k Estibot valuation.

 

 

 

ClintonKaine.com VS TrumpPence.com

The winner….. Donald Trump, because he owns both of them.

ClintonKaine.com and TrumpPence.com represent the combination of last names for both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates and their respective VP nominees. The Trump campaign did not hand register either of these domains, they were both purchased this year.  So, what is premium presidential domain name worth during the height an election cycle?

presidential-election-1336480_640It appears the answer this go round is $15-$20k.  These domains were both listed for sale shortly after the candidates chose their VP running mates, and both sold this year.

TrumpPence.com was registered this February and sold on the Flippa.com marketplace last month for just shy of $19k ($18,734 officially). The domain was recently put to use forwarding to a fundraising splash page on DonaldJTrump.com, the campaigns’ official website.

ClintonKaine.com has been registered since 2011, before the last election cycle. It also sold via Flippa for $15,000 last month. TheDomains reached out to the seller to confirm the sales price and get further details. It was revealed that the Clinton campaign offered $2,000 for the domain. That’s when the registrant connected with a broker that eventually made the sale. ClintonKaine.com now points to a page on DonaldJTrump.com that is titled ‘Disqualify Hillary Clinton’.

Political domain names generally have quite a short shelf life once an election cycle is underway, but can be lucrative if utilized in a timely manner.

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