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2018 – The year it was for Domaining!

2018 – The year it was for Domaining!

2018 proved to be a great year for Domaining. Many good Sales happened during the year and many new technologies and niches were discovered.

And just like that, another year has flown by!

Here are few most prominent developments from the last year:

 

1. Crypto.com Sold for $12 million

The domain crypto.com, whose owner Matt Blaze has held out for a long time refusing to sell it to cryptocurrency companies, finally sold it for “millions.”

One of the hottest and highly sought-after domain names in the world, Crypto.com, has been reportedly sold to Crypto Visa card company Monaco for around $12 million.

Blaze is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a well-regarded cryptography researcher who is credited with the phrase and concept of “trust management,” an important framework for modeling the authenticity and reliability of parties in information security.

A visit to Manoco old website (https://mona.co/), redirected visitors to the new Crypto.com website with the message: “Monaco is now Crypto.com.”

Monaco is now Crypto.com

Monaco is now Crypto.com

Related Link: Crypto.com Sold – List your Top 5 Crypto Domain Names

 

Some other Big Sales of 2018 include:

ice.com Sold for $3.5 million

bad.de Sold for $138,443

Related Link: bad.de sells for $138,443 – Top 5 ccTLD Domain Name Sales

 

2. GDPR got implemented

GDPR is a European regulation that aims to strengthen protections for the use and storage of individuals’ personal data.

GDPR requires that companies manage personal data in a certain way – and this can have a significant implications for people who deal in domain names.

The biggest impact of GDPR on domain names affects those that use the registration details publicly listed on WHOIS for their Business strategies, Domain name outbound marketing, direct selling/offering of domain names to the domain owners and sending offers directly to the domain owners in case the domain name is not listed at the marketplace.

Related Link: GDPR – How it affects a Domainer

 

3. I attended DomainX 2018

Yes, I attended the DomainX 2018 held at Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi on August 5th, 2018

The idea behind DomainX conference was to bring industry leading International Domain Name and Internet Marketing experts to interact with fellow domain name investors and web startup community to showcase their proven products and services.

DomainX 2018 also introduced the special new section on Web Hosting & Cloud Discussion this year.

I got to speak on the session for “Will This (Domain Name) Sell?” which was an engaging and involving session in which the Participants of the Event would ask us about a Domain Name they own and we need to give us our Opinion on the same.

Will This Domain Name Sell?

Will This Domain Name Sell?

Related Link: DomainX 2018 – A Super Domaining Show again!

 

4. Met new people, made new friends

I love making new friends and I respect people for a lot of different reasons. Yeah, I love doing ensemble pieces. You get to meet so many new people and make new friends. These are not just some famous quotes by great people, but they really make sense on each day we live.

I was fortunate to know more about the people working at companies with whom I have been dealing since more than 10 years each, DynaDot.com and GoDaddy.com

I thank both the teams of DynaDot.com and GoDaddy.com, for taking out the time and coming to meet me at our office in New Delhi, India.

 

with Barry Coughlan and Jacqueline Daly of DynaDot.com

with Barry Coughlan and Jacqueline Daly of DynaDot.com

with Alpesh Shinde of GoDaddy.com

with Alpesh Shinde of GoDaddy.com

 

They are excellent people to deal with, very supportive. No doubt why both these organizations, DynaDot and GoDaddy, are doing so well. This is due to such hard working and sincere people working with them.
 

Related Link: Some more amazing domainers/domain names related people I met in 2018

 

Thats all for 2018! Wishing 2019 to be another great year for Domaining!

 

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bad.de sells for $138,443 – Top 5 ccTLD Domain Name Sales

Top 5 Sales of ccTLD domain names

bad.de sells for $138,443 at Sedo. Thats the Highest reported ccTLD sale for the year 2018, till now.

music.ai takes the second position this year for a sale of $101,500 through Undeveloped.com and feed.co sold at Sedo again for $85,000.

Just end of last month bang.io sold for $22,500 at Park.io, an exclusive marketplace for ccTLD domain names.

Are these the best times for ccTLDs sales ? What is a ccTLD ?

Lets explore this further.

ccTLDs stand for Country code top-level domains, they are native to each country and almost all countries have their own unique assigned ccTLD, for example, UK has .co.uk/.uk and even USA has one – .us (although .com is majorly used across the United States).

As per Moz.com, “Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) are the best way to show search engines in which country you do business”.

I totally agree with them, a ccTLD is assigned to a country in the world, so if you are doing business that is Local and related to Your own country, you should and must use a ccTLD.

Talking about the ccTLD domains reported sold for Highest prices, .de has one Sale reported to be above $1 million mark, and that is of kredit.de sold for $1,169,175 and .co.uk has sales of cruises.co.uk/cruises.co.uk reportedly sold for $1,099,798.

Today, I am going to report the List of Top 5 Sales of ccTLD domain names, for each ccTLD (well we are taking only top most ccTLDs, since they are many!). Sales data as on date taken from – NameBio.com

So here we go, I will start with my favorite ccTLD, that is .de (Germany):


.de (Germany)

kredit.de Sold for $1,169,175 in 2008 via Sedo

poker.de Sold for $957,937 in 2007 via DomainFest

aktien.de Sold for $725,000 in 2011 via Sedo

casino.de Sold for $625,060 in 2008 via Private Sale

chat.de Sold for $470,000 in 2003 via Private Sale


.co.uk (United Kingdom)

cruises.co.uk Sold for $1,099,798 in 2008 via Private Sale

cruise.co.uk Sold for $1,099,798 in 2008 via Private Sale

furniture.co.uk Sold for $650,000 in 2016 via Sedo

webhosting.co.uk Sold for $500,000 in 2012 via Sedo

phones.co.uk Sold for $344,710 in 2008 via Private Sale Continue Reading

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DomainX 2018 – A Super Domaining Show again!

Group Photo taken at DomainX 2018

And they did it again …. I attended the DomainX 2018 held at Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi on August 5th, 2018.

It was an amazing show organized by Manmeet Pal Singh, Gaurav Kohli and the rest of their team.

Would like to quote John Ruskin here, Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

I attended DomainX last year in 2017 too.

The DomainX 2018 had an Intriguing list of Speakers lined up for the event, including – Michael Bereslavsky of DomainMagnate.com, Samiran Gupta (Head of ICANN in India), Rodney D. Ryder (IP Adviser, Government of India) and so on. I also met with representatives from various Global companies who attended the DomainX 2018 like DynaDot, GoDaddy, Connect Reseller, etc.

We all have heard and most of us have attended popular domain name industry conferences like TRAFFIC, NamesCon and DomainFest but DomainX is a first timer for a country like India and it sounds very interesting. India’s very own domain name conference!

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Choosing the Right Domain Name – Each letter counts

Choosing the Right Domain Name - Each letter counts

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet – this is so admired statement made by William Shakespeare, which is definitely true in general Except for Domain Names.

A domain name is your website name. A domain name is the address where Internet users can access your website. Domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.

A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.

Having said that, you do encounter some challenges when you intend to register a domain name for your business or personal use.

First problem that you encounter when you try to register a domain name – its already gone! Every domain name is unique. No two websites can have the same domain name. If someone types in www.yourdomain.com, it will go to your website and no one else’s. This problem can however be overcome thanks to the Domain Name Aftermarket websites. If the current registrant of your desired domain name wants to sell their domain name, and you find the price appropriate, you are a luck person.

Second thing that can’t be ignored in the present world is – Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights. It can be a challenge to get the domain name that you want, and it can be tempting to jump on it immediately once you find it’s available. But it’s important to consider trademarks when purchasing website domains. While it might sound counter intuitive, simply owning a domain doesn’t give you the trademark over a particular name. You may use websites like knowem.com and uspto.gov to avoid any Trademark hassles in future.

Third and most important thing that I consider is, the order in which your Words are arranged in the domain name. According to the SEO experts, your order of words makes no difference on how competitive a specific phrase is… the competitive level is what it is. Google DOES view different word orders as two different keywords, but it’s not uncommon for inversions/variants like the ones you identified to have the same search volumes, especially for longer-tail, niche queries. However, its Not recommended overly optimizing for both by trying to add/stuff both variants into the title tags, headings, body copy, etc.

Taking an example to explain with SEO in mind:

Which one you think is better between the following:

www . NewYorkLaywer . com

OR

www . LawyerNewYork . com

The way an end user’s mind works, NewYorkLawyer is a winner.

But from the SEO point of view, the actual words used in the domain name have relatively little impact on search rankings.

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Crypto.com Sold, List Your Top 5 Crypto Domain Names

Crypto.com Sold, List your Crypto Domain Names

The domain name Crypto.com, whose owner Matt Blaze had been refusing the sales offers for many years, has now sold it to a cryptocurrency company called Monaco.

Monaco was founded in Switzerland in 2016, and in addition to its cards and tokens, it’s launched a mobile wallet app and an automated cryptocurrency investment system. Prior to the acquisition, Monaco used Mona.CO for its website. This domain name now forwards to its MCO white paper, which can be found at MCO.Crypto.com.

The domain name Crypto.com has been sold for reportedly a figure around $12 million.

I heard about the news one day before I came to know about this figure and while discussing it with another domainer friend, I told him a figure around $55 million considering the Hype around Crypto names these days. But when I heard $12 million, I really thought its under-sold.

Earlier, Amazon had bought three domain names related to cryptocurrency: amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com and, amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Amazon already owns the “amazonbitcoin.com” domain name, according to Coindesk.

So much craze around Crypto Domain names and So many sales happening since last year, for example:

CryptoWorld.com Sold for $195,000 via Domain Market

CryptoBank.com Sold for $125,000 via Undeveloped

CryptoRate.com Sold for $99,888 via FoundationDomains

CryptoGame.com Sold for $85,000 via RapidNames

CryptoNews.com Sold for $50,536 via Sedo

What are the Top 5 Crypto Domain Names that you own? Tell us by commenting to this Article.

P.S. Please comment below and Send us your best 5 Crypto domain names, can be any TLD/Extension but must be related to Crypto. Having Crypto keyword in them is not necessary. We won’t approve the comment if you send us more than 5 domain names.

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Check the Whois first – Don’t Jump into Decisions too fast!

Check the Whois first - Don't Jump into Decisions too fast!

This post is to express gratitude towards another blogger, Gabriel de Kadt, who wrote an article about me on his website, Qreativbox.com

The year was 2009 and the domain name was SolutionsOverseas.com.

I don’t even know the person, neither did he know me. The article was not about any good things or business deal we did, but was rather a complain he had about me that I mentioned one of his websites in my Portfolio of websites I own.

I registered the domain name SolutionsOverseas.com in 2004 and it was dropped after 2 years. But since I had developed the domain name into a website, with pages in it, it did remain in my Portfolio of websites made.

The domain name was dropped by me (not renewed) after some two years and as it seemed Gabriel happened to register the same domain name after a few years, probably 2008-2009 and when he searched for a backlink to that domain name on Google he found me claiming I build that website (a confusion over the years) and this is what he wrote in his blog regarding me:


I read this article a few years back and was surprised. But I did realize that the person has a valid point. He was not wrong at his end. So I wrote him a comment on the same article post as well as sent him an email with the same content: Continue Reading

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Domain Appraisal Scam still exists!

Domain Appraisal Scam still exists!

Well this is one of the oldest online scams that has been existing since last 15 years as far as I know!

So I got an email from a person representing a company in the year 2003. The email said they are interested in one of my domain names they mentioned and would like to offer me $x,xxx for the same.

I thought thats a great news, since the domain name itself was not deserving that much, I replied I agree with the same. They replied thats great news and now all they need is a domain name valuation to show the amount is justified to their accounts department which will then release the money.

They also suggested they don’t trust the existing top valuation Private companies and they only trust an XYZ (name hidden) company for their domain name valuations. I followed the link and paid around $200 for the valuation. The result came in 2 hours saying my domain was worth $xx,xxx.

I forwarded the domain name valuation appraisal report to them. And here I am today, no reply from them even after 13 years, its 2018 now!

So here is how it works:

– You get an email out of the blue from someone who wants to buy your domain name. Not only that, but their opening offer is $5,000. Sweet!

– Don’t get too excited yet. The person offering you that huge chunk of change might be a scammer.

– The domain name appraisal scam has been active for many years, which unfortunately means it’s working. The scammer preys on your excitement about a big payday, only to get you to part with your own cash. Continue Reading

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GDPR – How it affects a Domainer

GDPR - How it affects a Domainer

GDPR is a European regulation that aims to strengthen protections for the use and storage of individuals’ personal data.

GDPR requires that companies manage personal data in a certain way – and this can have a significant implications for people who deal in domain names.

The biggest impact of GDPR on domain names affects those that use the registration details publicly listed on WHOIS for their Business strategies, Domain name outbound marketing, direct selling/offering of domain names to the domain owners and sending offers directly to the domain owners in case the domain name is not listed at the marketplace.

The European Union (EU)’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) protecting EU citizens privacy takes effect on May 25, 2018. So far, so good. Who doesn’t like privacy? But, many groups, including Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the Domain Name System (DNS), are completely unprepared for the new laws.

So, why does that matter to you? It matters because ICANN also runs the WHOIS public database of domain name owners. Everyone with any web domain must register not only their domain, but their names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Continue Reading

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How to start making money with Domaining

How to Make Money From Your Domain Name

While everyone wants to earn money (yes, everyone), we always keep looking for legit ways of making money.

A rule of thumb that I follow is when I purchase a domain name I have to believe that I can flip it for a 100% profit.

So if I spend $200 on a domain I need to feel like I can sell it for no less than $400. This way, even if I’m wrong in my estimation I still have some room to still turn a profit.

Honestly, domain flipping is one of my most successful channels of income when it comes to the internet marketing world. It’s also one of the easiest in my opinion.

Buying a good domain name and selling it over time is a common way for domain investors to turn a profit. Most good domain names are already registered and the ones that aren’t have to be developed from the ground up.

If you are looking into domains that are currently registered, you have a few options to consider: Continue Reading

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How to effectively use namebio.com

How to effectively use namebio.com

One of the most effective tool I use for my investments into the Domain Names is NameBio.com

As per their Twitter handle, Namebio.com claims “Search our database of more than $1.5 billion in domain name sales!”

So how useful is Namebio.com – Whenever you are buying or selling a domain name and looking for comparable sales data, you may use NameBio for comparable past sales and history.

Their Search is quite effective, I personally use – Pattern Search and Keyword/Position Search Continue Reading