Domain sob stories: Should I feel sorry for your political mess?

An increasing number of businesses produce "sob stories" in order to usurp domain names on the aftermarket. The usual excuses involve using a company's status as a start-up or as a non-profit to indicate an inability to budget up for a domain name. By default, these excuses are not true; start-ups and non-profits can have a budget in the five or even six figures allocated to the acquisition of the best matching brand, but they often choose not to. Typically, that's due to the person responsible for managing these budgets, and they are often stingy in how these funds leave their department. When such decisions are being made by IT managers instead of the CEO or the VP of Marketing at the very least, the ensuing communication is a futile attempt at convincing the company's rep about … [Continue reading]

Affiliate program no more at Uniregistry

As a beta tester at Uniregistry, I opened one of the first accounts for its Affiliate Plus Program, six years ago. The program paid handsomely, with 20% being standard on domain registrations, renewals and transfers done with one's ID. Retention of products (domain names) was dependent on how faithful registrants were to the Registrar. Sadly, the program has been terminated, via an announcement today. Uniregistry, now a GoDaddy company, is locking its focus onto existing money-making products geared for domain investors primarily. Participation in the affiliate program lost its steam, apparently, but it was good while it lasted. From my perspective, a lower payout limit would have kept the system going longer, and I don't recall much promotion of it past the first couple of … [Continue reading]

Domain inquiries : Coming back to buy the domain

Engaging with a potential buyer doesn't always result in a sale, but domain names that get renewed continue to work their magic in that person's mind. In other words, inquiries that end due to a difference in pricing, often get a second chance at a later time, sometimes at a price considerably higher than the original quote. An inquiry I received two years ago had arrived with a $80 dollar offer that I would never consider in the first place. My quoted price in the low four figures was met with a response indicating that they'd be getting a different domain. From experience, when an inquiry arrives it's truly focused on that particular domain exclusively, and the old game of "I have alternative options" is not really a true statement. A seasoned domain investor holds onto domains … [Continue reading]

Domain registrants are not landlords

Every time I hear how domains are exactly like real estate, I shake my head at the dissimilarities. Comparing domains and domain investing to real estate and landlords is a convenient … [Continue reading]

Getting the right offer : A waiting game worth playing

Earlier this week I closed on yet another domain sale on the Uniregistry market platform. The agreement was reached last week, but a small glitch caused a short delay with the buyer's funds at … [Continue reading]