SedoPRO World Tour : A great experience 10 years ago

It's been exactly 10 years since SedoPRO World Tour took place in Boston, Massachusetts. Attending the two day event was a tremendous experience, which I shared at the time, emphasizing the remarkable side of Sedo: its people. Reflecting on the past decade since 2010 and the challenges it has brought forth, both to the domain industry and life in general, I'm extremely happy having had the opportunity to engage other professionals during SedoPRO 2010 that helped shape domain investing. Sedo continues its upwards path offering great domain services and although the SedoPRO event no longer takes place, the people behind Sedo provide domain investors and businesses with a great platform for monetizing, buying, and selling domain names. I learned a lot during those two days in … [Continue reading]

Zero force point: Don’t bend your own arm into buying that domain name

Every domain inquiry begins with the best intentions, as buyer and seller negotiate. It's not just the price that affects the outcome of a negotiation on a domain name, but it's the most important element of the exchange. If there is no agreement on the price, there will be no sale. When negotiations hit a wall, it's primarily a disagreement on the price: the seller wants more money for their domain investment, it's as simple as that. Being told your offer wasn't good enough, or that it won't cut it, is a triggering point for most buyers. The moment that you're seeing zero flexibility from the seller, it's natural to respond in ways that might break the basic rules of conduct. This is the point that a domain buyer should take a breather and think of the domain acquisition process … [Continue reading]

Stolen domain names : The ethics of brokering stolen assets

Domain names have been stolen since the early days of the commercial Internet. The most known case involves the hijacking of Sex.com, a domain that was "milked" for its traffic, before it was returned via a court order to its registrant. There are thousands of domain names that have been stolen in the 25 years since, for a variety of reasons: Financial reasons - the most obvious Political reasons - to inflict harm in the political arena Criminal and extortion reasons - to use someone else's domain as a criminal launchpad Revenge reasons - as a means of personal revenge against the domain registrant Since the early 2000's I've assisted with the identification and recovery of dozens of stolen domain names, in a process that became increasingly challenging. Some had been … [Continue reading]

Uniregistry “affiliate plus” payouts update

As shared by Uniregistry, all affiliate earnings balances are to be paid by the end of this month, as the Affiliate Plus program was terminated. Today, I received my final payment from the program, … [Continue reading]

Recycling Mike Mann’s domains: Thanks Konstantinos!

Querying Mike Mann's domain droplist was a herculean task, but Konstantinos of Online Domain delivered! Fifty thousand domains, or about 16% of Mike Mann's portfolio dropped recently, and … [Continue reading]