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Monthly Archives: September 2011

How to Buy Domain Names Like a Pro: 10 Tips from the Founder of PhoneTag.com

9. Negotiation
Here are the typical negotiation responses after you get in contact with the owner:
a. “I will sell it to you for $800,000” When you get ridiculous offers, I typically go back with what I think they are worth, so for Bulk.com they as…

Founders Block » Blog Archive » Is Your Ideal Domain Name Already Taken? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Each deal is individually negotiated, a process which can take months, but one of the more common financing agreements he’s structured involve the startup paying some portion of a fair price up front (usually 1/3 or 1/2) and getting three years to b…

The Dangers of Optimism -or- Don’t Develop | DomainArts.com

There are successes.  Warren Royal’s Bobbleheads.com may be the best example of a domainer successfully launching an online business that sprung from his domaining business.  Warren, I believe, has devoted himself fully to the Bobbleheads business,…

Making Millions Through Adult Domains and an Affiliate Network – With Evan Horowitz

Evan Horowitz is CEO of HuntingMoon.com, a leading domain name brokerage and marketplace, and Essociate.com, an affiliate advertising network guaranteeing a “100 percent leak-free” experience for publishers and domain name owners.

Courthouse News Service

we conclude that Congress meant ‘registration’ to refer only to the initial registration,” Judge William Fletcher wrote for the unanimous panel. “It is undisputed that Edward Hise could have retained all of his rights to gopets.com indefinitely if he h…

New Domains for You and .me — Blog — WordPress.com

Today we are adding .me (to .com, .org and .net) as a new option for upgrading to your own, custom domain name on WordPress.com. All of our domain mapping options cost just a couple dollars per month for your domain name and hosting. You don’t have…

A VC: Finding And Buying A Domain Name

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I’ve linked to this Fred Wilson post before, but this comment is priceless. Sounds like a Rick Latona level player and he’s doing us all a favor by describing how to approach a sale.
So what do most domain owners do? IGNORE YOU. Th…

Lady Gaga Sued Her Own Fansite And Lost | Styleite

Lady Gaga loves to talk about how much she loves her fans. So why would she try to shut down one of her biggest fansites, LadyGaga.org?
The Mother Monster filed a claim against that website through the National Arbitration Forum, alleging that the site…

Puerto 80 Explains How Rojadirecta Domain Seizures Violated The First Amendment | Techdirt

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Go justice!
The appeal of a district court’s refusal to return the Rojadirecta domain names has moved forward. Our original post discussed a filing to ask the Second Circuit appeals court for an expedited hearing of the case, which …

Fritinancy: Does Creative Spelling Make a Name More Protectable?

A domain must be unique—and, yes, altering the spelling may get you a cheap domain. But a trademark follows a different standard: it need not be unique, but it must be distinctive. (And it should not be descriptive.) An important test of a viable tr…

Breaking: Federal Court Rules Bad Faith Under ACPA Applies Only To Initial Registration Not To Renewals Or Transfers | The Domains

“”The primary question before us is whether the term “registration” applies only to the initial registration of the domain name, or whether it also applies to a re-registration of a currently registered domain name by a new registrant. We hold …

Twitter and Domaining – Do You Reserve a Twitter Handle to Match a Domain Name? | NameTalent.com – Domain Name Publication – News, Trends and Analysis of the Domain Name Industry

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I for one completely agree.
Having the exact Twitter @username to compliment your domain could be a strong selling point.  An example, a buyer is looking for a good .com to brand his new product, his budget is say $10k.  Of course,…

Virginia is for Lovers, Free Websites with Google/Intuit

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As mentioned in the comments, more are coming. They rolled this out in Canada months ago.
Yesterday Google announced a new program called Virginia Get Your Business Online designed to provide free websites to Virginia small businesse…

Selling Five-figure Domains – With Jason Davis

Jason Davis’ wife called him crazy when he bought Recruiting.com for $75,000 in 2002. But four years later Davis sold it to Jobster for a six-figure price. He realizes that his end users – the people who buy his job- and recruiting-related domain n…

I'm out of the office, so please read this spam – WSJ.com

Here’s a real-life example of how it works: An Associated Press reporter accidentally sent a message to a “verizonwireless.co” address instead of the proper “.com” and got this response, ostensibly from his contact “tom”:
“I am out of office right now …

Etsy Upset About “Sucks” Domains – Domain Name Wire

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Takeaway here is: Don’t park your ‘sucks’ sites.

Freedom of speech? It’s true that someone could register EtsySucks.com and write about their dissatisfaction with the site. But the domain names are merely parked, which isn’t goo…

The Tea Party Is A Canadian Rock Band, And Their Domain Name Is For Sale

It turns out the domain name teaparty.com is owned by a Canadian rock band with a Middle Eastern inspired sound– and according to Bloomberg Businessweek, they’re tired of being confused with the American political movement.
“So much damage has been …

Rick Latona » Are singular or plural domains better?

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There you have it folks. No less an authority than Rick Latona.
All things being equal, I’d take the plural any day.
In the vast majority of keywords I've researched the plural still wins over. This is especially true with short …

Is Domain Name Typosquatting Worth It?

Typosquatting Research OpportunityThe potential to monitor the performance of a typo domain name piqued my curiosity. Would the domain name actually produce traffic? I asked Steven if I could test the effectiveness of couponscom.com as a typo domain, a…

Where In The World Has Berkens Been? Playing a $10 Million Dollar + Hand of Poker On The New gTLD’s | The Domains

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Meet the new game…
ICANN has failed to deliver a rule book, clearly defined within the time necessary to digest and understand it properly.
If the new gTLD process starts out in mass confusion the results are going to be a mass mes…