Domain price quotes should be higher, not lower

In a given week, I receive dozens of domain inquiries for my portfolio, at Domain Name Sales. Not every inquiry is worth responding to, but I take the time to "ping" those that make the inquiry; sometimes, to educate them on the value of domain names. Sometimes, even though a sale seems to complete and the escrow process is initiated, the other party fails to pass the test of honesty and integrity and they do not proceed with payment. Such cases, however unpleasant as they might be, offer the upside of reviewing a domain's potential from a different angle. For example, what made the deadbeat buyer risk their reputation and exposure of their name, not to mention, potential litigation from a failed contractual agreement? Often times, the buyer is a legitimate buyer, a company … [Continue reading]

Offers made around a domain’s expiration date

Over the course of more than a decade in active domain investing, I've experienced that a lot of inquiries are made around the time of a domain's expiration date. There are several reasons why this happens, and here's what I've found the most important ones to be: The inquiries are made by end users unaware of the domain's dropping cycle. A domain investor or other party attempting to capitalize on the notion that last minute renewals are rare. Owners of similar domains, e.g. in other TLDs or forms of the same domain, seeking to add that domain as a brand supporter. Although it's prudent to renew domains well in advance so as not to risk losing them, at times it's interesting to experience another person's "rush" by letting these domains get close to their expiration date, or … [Continue reading]

September 11: It only takes two minutes to honor and remember

Thirteen years ago, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came down in a formless mass of glass, steel and human remains. As much disconnected as we appear to be today from the visuals of 9/11/2001, the gut-wrenching imagery of a destroyed pair of iconic New York City buildings is still etched onto the minds of most American adults. The loss and destruction was followed by a flood of courage, determination and camaraderie, reminding everyone of the euphoria of World War II victories. Saving lives from the rubble, the stories of people that helped get the living out - sometimes by sacrificing their own lives - form, to this day, the very highest point of the American psyche. It takes two minutes to write this post, it takes this much, really, to remember how the madness of some … [Continue reading]

Why domain quotes come with an expiration date

Just like pasteurized milk, domain quotes have an expiration date. There's a good reason for that; milk goes bad after it "expires", and a domain quote has a lifespan in order to protect its value … [Continue reading]

Down with Facebook, get your own domain names!

Facebook has been up and down more often than an Essex girl's knickers, to quote a British joke. Many businesses were drawn into utilizing Facebook as their sole outlet to conduct transactions, all … [Continue reading]