Perfect numbers revisited

While there is a trend that treats every numeric domain as a coin of sorts, the truth is that not all numbers are created equal. In the course of a decade, I've invested in a limited amount of numeric domains in the original three TLDs, perhaps no more than 25 in total, maybe less. Selective investment means that I am not interested in flipping domains; as a long term investor I treat domains as assets to hold onto, until the right buyer comes along. The sale of 360.org in 2009 proved that one can make a nice ROI out of particular numbers. I do not ascribe to the notion that every numeric domain has a buyer, unlike the current frenzy on Chinese domain venues catering to resellers. Enter 100.org - my best acquisition and sale of a numeric domain to this date - which awaited for … [Continue reading]

Lessons learned during the past 100 years

During TRAFFIC 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to meet with Natasa Djukanovic of dot .Me and other members of her team. As a Montenegrin, Natasa's excitement over the launch of dot .Me as both an open, national ccTLD and a brand, was quite evident. I, on the other hand, had additional reasons to be elated from this meeting and I shared them with Natasa. One hundred years ago, the Balkan wars were raging; Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Turkey were all involved in a preliminary turmoil that eventually involved many more nations, into the Great War that erupted in 1914. And yet, despite all these deep-rooted historic atrocities, we were able to share a table to talk about our personal lives, interests and forge business relationships. What lessons have we … [Continue reading]

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 … [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 … [Continue reading]