Domains at Uniregistry: Check the auth code before transferring out

After a decade at Uniregistry as my domain registrar of choice, I've been migrating my portfolio elsewhere. The acquisition of Uniregistry by GoDaddy presents complex issues such as the forced addition of Uni domains to Afternic, with no direct management of these listings via the Uni Market. Currently, I'm transferring domain names (and registering new domains) at Sav.com, with more than 25% of my portfolio already there. As domains at Uni reach expiration, I move them to Sav.com. While the Sav platform is not polished, any bugs that I've reported have been ironed out and there are more improvements in the pipeline. Domain pricing at Sav is also very competitive and transfers from Uniregistry take a couple of hours to complete. By default, Uniregistry generates complex … [Continue reading]

DropCatch domain auctions can expose you to spammers; here’s how to fix it

Participating in domain name auctions at DropCatch is a business activity that I partake in weekly, enhancing and expanding my domain portfolio. DropCatch auctions are popular among other domain investors and I do attend the auction at its closing moments. This approach offers two benefits: deciding whether I want to win "must-have" domains and to make payment after the auction so that I take quick control of the domain name at NameBright, the sister company of DropCatch. At NameBright, it's easy to set up the default nameservers, in order to point them to domain marketplaces such as the Uniregistry Market or Dan.com. Although NameBright offers free WHOIS privacy for the first year, setting that up requires an extra step. NameBright groups domains in categories, one of which … [Continue reading]

Fake sales: Hitting the BIN button at the Uni Market

Setting a "buy it now" (BIN) price for your domains is one established approach to selling. Instead of providing a contact form where visitors can make an offer, you can skip endless negotiations by simply defining the asking price. It's not a secret that many such domain sales take place on popular marketplaces, when the buyer finds the asking price reasonable and affordable. Hitting the BIN button shows intent to buy the product, the domain name, at the asking price. Except, of course, when the buyer is simply clicking on the button because they can. At the Uni Market, using the BIN option requires the provision of contact details and the system initiates the checkout process; the first step is the receipt of funds via one of several types of payment … [Continue reading]

Can someone else add your “for sale” domain on Dan.com?

Dan.com is a domain marketplace that in recent years propelled itself onto the top list of favorite platforms for domain investors. Domain sellers and buyers engage through its well-planned … [Continue reading]

Feel good about selling: Ted Olson’s upcoming book

Ted Olson is a veteran sales expert, having worked with NameMedia, Afternic prior to its sale to GoDaddy, and Endurance International. I had the pleasure of meeting Ted in the late 2000s during one … [Continue reading]