HL2.com: LLN and LNN domain availability lists

Two decades ago I was busy hand-registering domains from droplists provided by DomainsBot, an excellent daily email service. The rush for daily drops was competitive among those targeting dictionary words but the market was wide open for seemingly "random" combinations of letter/letter/number and letter/number/number domains. I focused on these two ranges as they were the easiest to remember, unlike other combinations such as LNL or NLN. I developed my own domain lookup scripts to go through the full permutation range in a matter of a few minutes. At the time, WHOIS lookup gateways would not block such scripts from performing too many queries too often, and the dropcatch market was at its infancy. I produced domain availability lists for these LLN and LNN ranges, opting to sell … [Continue reading]

Domain inquiries: “I have cheaper alternatives”

Would you walk into a car dealership with a cocky attitude? Probably not. In most cases, when someone wants to buy a car they take a look at the sticker price and state their intentions to the dealer. Negotiations are good to have, especially if you want to get low APR financing, or to take advantage of holiday-specific discounts. If you were to walk into a car dealership saying, "I have cheaper alternatives," you've lost the salesperson's attention that very moment. Not only is the car market hot, both for used and new cars, but car availability is low. In the same manner, reacting to the domain's BIN price with the same response about having cheaper alternatives, has one effect: the seller of this domain asset no longer considers that offer as serious. Personally, I point the … [Continue reading]

Three domain sales : Uni Market, GoDaddy, and Escrow.com

It's been a fun May as far as domain sales go; today I'll be comparing three popular domain aftermarket platforms, based on my recent experience. The Uni Market needs no introduction, I've used it since 2012 when it was called Domain Name Sales. Now a part of the GoDaddy brand, it's still where the majority of my domain portfolio is listed. GoDaddy Web Services is the 800-pound gorilla of the lot, what with being part of the biggest domain registrar in the world. With Uni Market code injected in its core, it's what happens when domains are looked up at GoDaddy.com: they often convert into sales, particularly if there is a BIN price set. Last and by no means least, Escrow.com, which I've used consistently since 2002. It's the single most trusted, licensed online escrow service in … [Continue reading]

American Rescue Plan : Selling the .com was easy, getting paid was not

The American Rescue Plan is a huge financial stimulus package aimed at transitioning the US through and after the pandemic. Valued at just under $2 trillion dollars, the plan's name was first … [Continue reading]

Greece: The first 200 years are the toughest ones

Greece celebrated its bicentennial today, commemorating 200 years since the war of independence began in 1821. As a Greek, I'm proud of my heritage and despite the physical distance I'm well aware of … [Continue reading]