Ten years later : How “Friday Funnies” became DomainGang

Keeping a personal blog for a decade is easy, one can write whenever they have the time, or the inspiration - or the need to share something with the public. Doing the same for an industry publication that provides content daily with very few exceptions, requires an enormous commitment. It's no longer a "whenever" project, it's a sanity-testing labor of love. A decade ago I launched DomainGang.com, after many years of sharing funny and not-so-funny jokes and creative stories related to domains on a number of forums. I announced the launch of DomainGang here on Acro.net the following day, switching from the "Friday Funnies" category of posts that I was testing on this blog. The first day's posts were all parody, fed by my need to get some steam out by outputting creative stories … [Continue reading]

Domain buyers: Strike while the iron is hot

The majority of my domain buyers are corporations, start ups, and companies in stealth mode. I'm pretty sure the occasional proxy buyer managed to get a good deal, and as long as the price is right I would sell to a domain investor as well. All these categories of buyers have one thing in common: they are looking to spend money in order to get a domain in exchange. This seemingly easy task has two major obstacles to overcome: time and money. Both obstacles are interconnected, and the end result can be a quick deal or no deal at all. By stretching the time frame that a domain is acquired at, the domain buyer is risking two things: I lose patience and decide that the offer is a waste of my time, or I increase my asking price next time I'm contacted about the domain Why … [Continue reading]

Another ridiculous attempt to justify a lowball domain offer

During the past 20 years, I've seen a lot of attempts to justify making lowball offers for a domain name in my portfolio. The most common one seems to be that, since the domain hasn't been active for X number of years, nobody really wants it. My first thought and silent response, is always the same: "That's right buddy, it seems that you are only the 2nd one to want it - but you arrived late to the party, after I did." Of course, this assumption is ridiculously inaccurate, as it fails to take into account the definition of domain activity, and whether others have shown interest in it. I've sold domain names after more than 12 years of PPC monetization - a fair use - but also having rejected, or ignored, dozens of inquiries about them during that time. It's not always … [Continue reading]

Domain negotiations with the Arab world

Arabic speakers account for more than 4% of the world, and almost 320 million people. The Arab culture is a mosaic of local traditions, with a long history going back thousands of years, and the … [Continue reading]

Rub.com : Finally, a domain investor takes the right development approach

When you own a quality generic domain name, such as Rub.com, it's important not to erase its potential. Generic domains that aren't developed suffer the consequences of an unforgiving Google, that … [Continue reading]