Proxy domain inquiries on the increase in 2017

Domain inquiries that utilize proxy third parties, are on the increase this year. Seemingly innocent queries attempt to approach domain owners, on behalf of larger entities. By using proxy domain buyers, a company can save thousands, sometimes millions of dollars. Whether these inquiries arrive from professional domain brokers, or other disassociated parties, one thing is certain: they are attempting to lower your maximum ROI. How does one respond to such inquiries depends on a variety of factors. The first step, is to consider not responding, and await for the party that is really interested to step in. One might respond requesting the signing of a full disclosure, before releasing any information on pricing. There are many cases where such requirements will send the … [Continue reading]

Things I learned from my 9 years as a “domain blogger”

When I started Acro.net as a domainer's blog in 2008, little did I know it'd continue for this long. Producing creative content predates my early domain blogger days by almost two decades, as a journalist for computer and subsequently Internet industry publications. Blogging, however, is an entirely different beast, that requires some other type of motivation. For example, at a certain time in my life, I produced Greek blog content to help me retain my connection to my language and heritage. I recently expanded on this subject, in an article titled "Just how hard is it to “blog” about the domain industry?" Over the course of the past 9 years I learned a few things, blogging about the domain industry, social media and technology rather inconsistently - because that's what blogs … [Continue reading]

Domain investments : Hold long, for maximum ROI

My most recent five figure domain sale started as an acquisition on DNForum, around this time in 2005. The domain was part of a fire sale by the late investor, Igal Lichtman, whose "Mrs. Jello LLC" sales threads were legendary. I spent $1,000 buying two LLL .net domains, and a two word .com. Igal's words in response to my acquisition were: "As always, good choice" Indeed, I sold one LLL .net three months later for five figures, and the other LLL .net six months later for four figures. The two word .com had to wait 12 years in order to be sold. The buyer circled me for six years before making a move, and it took a change in the company's management team to commit to a sale. But that's the beauty of domain investing, one learns to foresee the future by making wise choices, … [Continue reading]

First experience : Using the Escrow.com Domain Concierge service for domain transactions

As an Escrow.com customer for the past 15 years, I've been using its services exclusively for the acquisition and sale of domain names. Exactly a year ago, Escrow.com launched its Domain Concierge … [Continue reading]

Never negotiate with the IT guy about domain acquisitions

Many incoming inquiries seem to arrive from a company's IT guy, and they are outright the least qualified to negotiate with. An IT professional, whether middle manager or lower, is not able to make … [Continue reading]