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 announced by government officials on social media on the evening of January 14, 2021. Moments after that tweet, I registered the matching .com. AmericanRescuePlan.com started receiving traffic right away. The following day I had two four figure offers at which point I changed the lander to a BIN, thus linking it to Afternic and by the 17th the domain had sold. If I can go from $8.67 to $5k in two days, I'll take it. The domain was registered and parked at Uniregistry but the offers came through the GoDaddy brokerage and the purchase was made on their network. Since I interacted via the … [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 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 … [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]