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 what March 25, 1821 signifies for all Greeks around the world. A nation that was placed under four centuries of Ottoman oppression managed to start a spark that became a fire, leading to the liberation of lands and people. But it wasn't until more than a century later that Greece would become the version one sees on the map today. My dad used to joke about how "the first 100 years are the toughest ones" in a person's life, as if everyone has the luxury to live a century in order to reap the benefits of their effort afterwards. Shaping a nation takes longer, especially when heritage, … [Continue reading]

Uniregistry : Payouts are faster, cheaper with Tipalti

Having just completed my first domain sale using Tipalti, the new payout processor for Uniregistry, I'm about to share my experience. When negotiations take a while to complete, the last thing one needs is some additional delay with the delivery of the final "check." Fortunately, that wasn't the case; less than 36 hours after the five figure sale closed, the funds were in my account. I received a notification email from "GoDaddy and affiliate brands" letting me know that payment had taken place. Using Tipalti and direct deposits, payments are "instant" and the funds are available in full, minus a commission of 90 cents. That's nothing compared to the $15 - $20 dollar wire fee when Uni Market sales were paid via the Cayman Islands. GoDaddy is using the same processor for … [Continue reading]

Blocked an entire TLD for the spam it produced

There is a tremendous amount of spam circulating 24/7 and domain investors often receive hundreds of emails daily. In recent years I've identified the two primary reasons unsolicited email has increased in volume: Cheap, throwaway domain names, and Spam servers hiding behind free proxy DNS services With that in mind, the type of spam that I've been receiving for the past three years can be sourced from domain names registered at NameCheap. They seem to reach agreements with a number of registries that discount gTLDs as low as a dollar per domain, or they are willing to take a hit and attract new customers. Either way, the end result is that spammers register dozens of cheap domains and proceed with step two: using Cloudflare as a free proxy DNS service. The combination … [Continue reading]

Don’t fall for this double offer domain trickery

Got an active inbound interest for one of your domains? That's great. Then again, unless your minimum asking price is met, that might not be a good sign. Assuming you're using a third party … [Continue reading]

Prospective domain buyers (ab)using GoDaddy to circumvent asking price

When GoDaddy acquired Uniregistry and its Uni Market, I had high hopes. The promise for an improved, combined market with "millions of eyeballs" was shared exactly one year ago, in February … [Continue reading]