Three domain sales : Uni Market, GoDaddy, and Escrow.com

It's been a fun May as far as domain sales go; today I'll be comparing three popular domain aftermarket platforms, based on my recent experience. The Uni Market needs no introduction, I've used it since 2012 when it was called Domain Name Sales. Now a part of the GoDaddy brand, it's still where the majority of my domain portfolio is listed. GoDaddy Web Services is the 800-pound gorilla of the lot, what with being part of the biggest domain registrar in the world. With Uni Market code injected in its core, it's what happens when domains are looked up at GoDaddy.com: they often convert into sales, particularly if there is a BIN price set. Last and by no means least, Escrow.com, which I've used consistently since 2002. It's the single most trusted, licensed online escrow service in … [Continue reading]

American Rescue Plan : Selling the .com was easy, getting paid was not

The American Rescue Plan is a huge financial stimulus package aimed at transitioning the US through and after the pandemic. Valued at just under $2 trillion dollars, the plan's name was first announced by government officials on social media on the evening of January 14, 2021. Moments after that tweet, I registered the matching .com. AmericanRescuePlan.com started receiving traffic right away. The following day I had two four figure offers at which point I changed the lander to a BIN, thus linking it to Afternic and by the 17th the domain had sold. If I can go from $8.67 to $5k in two days, I'll take it. The domain was registered and parked at Uniregistry but the offers came through the GoDaddy brokerage and the purchase was made on their network. Since I interacted via the … [Continue reading]

Greece: The first 200 years are the toughest ones

Greece celebrated its bicentennial today, commemorating 200 years since the war of independence began in 1821. As a Greek, I'm proud of my heritage and despite the physical distance I'm well aware of what March 25, 1821 signifies for all Greeks around the world. A nation that was placed under four centuries of Ottoman oppression managed to start a spark that became a fire, leading to the liberation of lands and people. But it wasn't until more than a century later that Greece would become the version one sees on the map today. My dad used to joke about how "the first 100 years are the toughest ones" in a person's life, as if everyone has the luxury to live a century in order to reap the benefits of their effort afterwards. Shaping a nation takes longer, especially when heritage, … [Continue reading]

Uniregistry : Payouts are faster, cheaper with Tipalti

Having just completed my first domain sale using Tipalti, the new payout processor for Uniregistry, I'm about to share my experience. When negotiations take a while to complete, the last thing one … [Continue reading]

Blocked an entire TLD for the spam it produced

There is a tremendous amount of spam circulating 24/7 and domain investors often receive hundreds of emails daily. In recent years I've identified the two primary reasons unsolicited email has … [Continue reading]