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Contest: Register the Best Available .COM or .XYZ You Can Come Up With Posted on July 13, 2015 by Thomas 0 Comments0 Here is a conte

Contest: Register the Best Available .COM or .XYZ You Can Come Up With

Here is a contest sponsored by .XYZ registry. The contest is simple. Register the best available .COM or .XYZ domain that you can come up with. This contest runs from July 13, 2015 to Sept 3, 2015.  There are two rounds, with $1,000 going a person with the best .COM and another $1,000 going to someone with the best .XYZ. If I’m understanding this prize structure correctly, there will be a total of $4,000 to be paid out. The deadline for the first round is Aug 6, 2015. The second round submission closes at Sept 3, 2015.

Here are the official contest rules.

The story behind the contest:

Daniel Negari, the founder of .XYZ, produced a video where he states that it is…”impossible to find the .COM domain that you want.” In response to the video, Verisign, the registry for .COM, decided to sue .XYZ. That’s when this contest was born.

The judging will be based on 3 main criteria:

Conciseness: Size matters. A concise, one or two word domain almost always beats out a five or six word domain.

Memorability: Your domain is your online brand. Can you say the domain to a stranger and they’ll remember it?

Identifiability: Does your domain identify what you’re using it for? Does your domain include dictionary words without any typos? Will it pass the radio test?

Prizes:

On August 10th and September 7th, the following will be awarded:

  • (1) $1,000 prize to the entrant with the best .XYZ domain name
  • (1) $1,000 prize to the entrant with the best .COM domain name

Eligibility:

  • U.S. residents, 18 year of age or older
  • Residents of Arizona are not eligible
  • No more than 10 submissions per participant per week
  • Unlimited number of participants
  • Winners can’t win more than once
  • XYZ employees and their family members are not eligible
  • Void where prohibited.
  • See the official contest rules for more details on eligibility

To enter the contest, visit TheChallenge.xyz

I have never entered a domain registration contest before, so I will give it a shot. Seems like a fun challenge no matter how it ends up.

.COM is a Part of the Brand Name Posted on September 1, 2015 by Thomas 0 Comments0 Lately there have been a bunch of articles out

.COM is a Part of the Brand Name

Lately there have been a bunch of articles out there advising people to abandon .COM and start using a New gTLD. Articles like this and this. Usually the reason is that there are no more “good” .COMs left to register and because the new extensions add “meaning” to the domain. There is some truth to that thought, but what do you expect when there are over 121 million registered .COMs in the world, vs .XYZ which has under 900K. It’s common sense – of course, you’re going to have less keywords to choose from.

I think there’s a few ways to approach this:

  1. You can think like the New gTLD camp.
  2. Or… you can accept the reality that .COM is the cream of the crop and you must have a .COM even if it means sacrificing a bit on the keywords.
  3. Or… you can accept the reality that .COM is the cream of the crop and buy a decent .COM in the aftermarket.

Remember that a domain name is an investment for your business just like any other business expense or equipment.

The New gTLD camp does give some thoughtful reasons as to why you should make the move to the new extensions, such as adding “meaning” to the domain and being able to choose from a wider variety of available names. Despite that, I believe there are stronger reasons why .COM should be your first choice.

  1. .COM isn’t just a domain extension. After 30 years in existence, it has literally become a part of the brand itself. Would Hotels.com be Hotels.com without the .COM? What about Expedia when they used .COM in their TV commercial jingles?
  2. .COM is engraved in the minds of consumers. People automatically think of .COM when they think of a website. This is good news for .COM site owners because when new domain extensions are used for new websites, you may receive some trickle-in traffic from typos.
  3. .COM is the best neighborhood to be in. I previously wrote about how the domain industry is similar to the real estate industry. Where are you going to buy your next house? In Beverly Hills (.COM) or Compton (.WHATEVER)?

Do you agree or not? Let me know your thoughts.

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.CLUB Hits a Renewal Rate of 75% Posted on August 20, 2015 by Thomas 0 Comments0 According to Colin Campbell, the CEO of .CLUB, they

.CLUB Hits a Renewal Rate of 75%

According to Colin Campbell, the CEO of .CLUB, they hit a first day renewal rate of 74.98%. General availability for .CLUB was May 7th, 2014. About 26,000 .CLUB domains were registered on the first day.

I think this is great news for the .CLUB registry. It’s still too soon to tell, but it is at least an indicator that buyers are holding onto their investments. Come time, I’m going to be renewing my .CLUB domains as well.

Do you own any .CLUBs? What are they and what do you intend to do with them?

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.CLUB Domain Registrations for $6.99 Posted on May 1, 2015 by Thomas 0 Comments0 Earlier this month, I told you the cheapest price

.CLUB Domain Registrations for $6.99

Dynadot
Earlier this month, I told you the cheapest price I could find for a .CLUB domain registration was for $7.88 at Namecheap. Today I found a cheaper price for .CLUB registrations at Dynadot. They are charging only $6.99 for the first year. Unlimited usage. Not valid on renewals or transfers.

Coupon code: Not needed.

Starts: Now

Expires: June 30th, 2015

Go to: Dynadot

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Cheapest Places to Register a .CLUB – Starting at $4.99 Posted on September 3, 2015 by Thomas 0 Comments0 Here are the cheapes

Cheapest Places to Register a .CLUB – Starting at $4.99

Here are the cheapest places (registrars) to register a new .CLUB domain as of this post. These are limited time offers.

Domain.com – $4.99

Dotster.com – $4.99

MyDomain.com – $4.99

Namecheap – $7.88

Note: These prices are only good for the first year of registration. Regular pricing applies for renewals.

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Cheapest Domain Registration Available on the Market Posted on October 16, 2014 by Thomas 0 Comments0 Of course, free is the cheapes

Cheapest Domain Registration Available on the Market

Of course, free is the cheapest domain registration you can get. But, I’m not talking about a free domain that comes with some web hosting offer, or some unknown ccTLD or a free giveaway like .BERLIN. I’m talking about a stand-alone domain registration for premium gTLDs like .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .or .CLUB.

So, which registrar has the cheapest domain registration? Here is what I have so far:

.COM

$0.89 at Domain.com. $0.89 is even cheaper than GoDaddy’s infamous $0.99 deals! This offer is good for up to 2 .COM registrations for the first year. You need to use this coupon code at checkout: 89COM

Check out Name.com every Thursday, from 3-5PM MDT. They offer .COM registrations for $0.99 during their Domain Happy Hour promo.

.NET

$0.99 at 1&1. Limit 1 per customer. This offer is good for the first year and a coupon code is not required.

.ORG

$1.00 at CanvasHost. This offer works on unlimited .ORG registrations for the first year, and a coupon code is not required. This promotion ends December 31st, 2014.

.INFO

$2.99 at GoDaddy. This offer is good for the first year and a coupon code is not required.

.TV

$10.99 at Name.com and Dynadot. You can register a .TV at this price for up to 10 years, but you must do it up-front. If you register it for only one year and then decide to renew, you will have to pay the full regular price for renewal.

.CLUB

$5 at Hover.com. This offer is good for the first year on unlimited .CLUB registrations. No coupon code required.

This list will be a work in progress as promotions are constantly changing and there are hundreds of new gTLDs. If you know of any awesome promotions, please let me know so I can add it here.

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Home › Opinion & Info › How to Get Cheap Domain Names How to Get Cheap Domain Names September 17, 2013 | No Comments In this economy, we look for various ways to save money. Domai

How to Get Cheap Domain Names

In this economy, we look for various ways to save money. Domains are no exception. If you develop websites or work for a website, domain names are a part of everyday business. It only makes sense to save money on things you buy anyways.

Here are some ways you can get cheap domains.

Registrar Promotions

Domain registrars, usually the big ones, are constantly offering promotions to attract new customers, or to steal customers from other registrars. Sometimes you may see domain registration deals for as low as $0.50. In fact, Register.com is offering this promo as we speak. GoDaddy is famous for their $0.99 domain registration deals which have been going on for quite some time. The beauty of these promotional offers is that you don’t need any coupon codes to save. However, you do need to click on a specific ad link.

Here’s how: Simply run a search on Google for “godaddy domain” or “godaddy discount” and you’ll see the ad section (top left). Click on the link that says: $0.99 Domain Name Sale. The key is you need to click on the actual advertisement or ad link in order to activate the promotional offer. This is because there is a code within the URL itself that activates the promotion. Keep in mind that registrar promos only work for one domain per account, in most cases.

Domain Coupon Codes

Coupon codes are similar to registrar promotions. The main difference is that you will need to copy and paste the actual coupon code when checking out, but you won’t have to click on any ad links like in the case of registrar promotions. You can go straight to the registrar’s site and apply the coupon code at checkout. Many of the bigger registrars hand out various coupon codes at any given time, so be sure to search the Internet for them. Finding multiple coupon codes will allow you to save on multiple domain registrations within the same account.

If you’ve used a coupon code to shop online before, then you’ll know how to use a domain coupon code. You simply add the domain names you want to your shopping cart, then when you’re ready to checkout, apply the coupon code prior to hitting submit. You must apply the coupon before the payment is processed or you will not receive the discount.

Domain Forums

This is where veteran domainers and newbies alike meet to discuss domaining topics and conduct business. The top domain forums like Namepros and DNForum have marketplaces where you can buy or sell domain names. You can sometimes find great deals at these forums because most of the people there are domain resellers, not end-users. That means it’s a buyer’s market.

Ebay

You may know of Ebay as a shopping portal and community, but domainers have been buying and selling domains there for years. Some of the listings are fixed price, but you can also find some that are auction-based. With auction-based listings, a domain name could be won by hitting the reserve price. If the fixed or reserve price is low enough, you can save quite a bit of money on a “good” domain name.

Registrar promotions and domain coupons are for new registrations or transfers through a domain registrar. Domain forums and Ebay are for purchasing or selling domains that have already been registered by a private party. Make sure you understand the process of pushing or transferring a domain name if you buy through a private party.

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Home › Discounts & Promos › Cheap .CLUB Registrations at Namecheap – Only $3.88! Cheap .CLUB Registrations at Namecheap – Only $3.88! October 12, 2015 | No Comments .

Cheap .CLUB Registrations at Namecheap – Only $3.88!

Namecheap

.CLUB domain registrations are currently on sale at Namecheap for only $3.88 each. Price is good for the first year and it includes FREE Whois Privacy as well. There does not seem to be a limit on the number of domains you can register with this promotion. But, I’m not sure how long this promotion will last, so jump on this deal while you can.

Coupon code: None needed

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Why Businesses Should Consider Buying a Premium Domain Name Posted on October 4, 2013 by Thomas 0 Comments0 Before we talk about why

Why Businesses Should Consider Buying a Premium Domain Name

Premium Quality DomainBefore we talk about why a business owner should buy a premium domain name, we need to first define what a premium domain is. A premium domain is a domain that has stand-alone value, without regard to any added-value such as PR, traffic, or revenue. Typically, there are two things that would make a domain premium: dictionary word domains with a high volume of exact match searches (1-2 keywords) or short character domains consisting of letters or numbers (2-4 characters).

The TLD extension also factors into the value of a domain. .COMs are and have always been king, followed by .NETs and .ORGs. .INFOs have been gradually climbing in demand and value over the years. A .COM can increase the value of a domain by 10 times or more over the same domain using a .NET or .ORG TLD.

How Much Does a Typical Premium Domain Go For?

It varies greatly, depending on some factors like where it’s sold, how much promoting has been done, market demand, comparables, appraisal value, etc.. Some sell for thousands, while a handful of them reach and surpass the million dollar mark. Obviously, most small to medium businesses won’t be able to fork out 5 to 7 figures for a domain name, but there are plenty of good domains on the market that may fall within the budget of a few thousand.

What Makes a Premium Domain Name Valuable?

There are several reasons why a premium domain is not only valuable, but also in high demand.

1. Adds Credibility. Having a premium domain name adds instantly credibility. A premium domain shows that the business owner is serious about their business, and willing to invest money into their brand. Also, it is highly unlikely that a scammer or spammer will invest that kind of money to conduct their illegal activities.

2. More Brandable. Nice clean domain names that are short and catchy are more widely recognized. It is also easier for people to remember and revisit.

Examples of some companies using premium generic keyword domains:

  • Barnes & Noble owns Book.com, Books.com and BN.com
  • Dreyers owns FrozenYogurt.com
  • 1-800-Flowers owns Flowers.com
  • Bank of America owns Loans.com
  • Citigroup owns Finance.com, Mortgage.com and StudentLoan.com
  • Office Depot owns OfficeSupplies.com
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car owns RentalCar.com

3. Type-in Traffic. Some premium domain names receive a considerable amount of type-in traffic. This happens when a user types in a keyword or keywords into their web browser and simply adds a .COM to the end of it. With type-in traffic, the user completely bypasses the search engine and goes directly to the website. This is also known as Direct Navigation Traffic, and it is considered one of the best converting types of traffic.

4. Domain Strength. Premium aged domains typically have pre-existing backlinks, PR or traffic. Although these elements are not a prerequisite for premium domains, they do add value.

Conclusion

I wouldn’t recommend that you buy a premium domain name with the expectation of receiving a bunch of type-in traffic. The reality is, type-in traffic is dying down as more people rely on search engines to navigate the web. Besides, type-in traffic really only happens with super-premium domains. If anything, you should consider the other factors that make premium domains great: credibility, branding and domain strength.

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Automattic Inc Retains Ownership of Thesis.com Despite UDRP Filing Posted on July 17, 2015 by Thomas 0 Comments0 On July 8 2015, Chr

Automattic Inc Retains Ownership of Thesis.com Despite UDRP Filing

On July 8 2015, Chris Pearson lost the legal battle against Automattic Inc for the ownership to the domain name: Thesis.com. For those of you that don’t know who Chris Pearson is, he is the founder of DIYThemes – most notably known for the premium WordPress theme called Thesis. On the other side of the battle was Automattic Inc, the company founded by Matt Mullenweg and best known for its blogging software, WordPress.

Chris filed the UDRP against Automattic Inc under the basis of copyright infringement. For most of us, this would have seemed like a closed and shut case for Chris considering he has a trademark for “Thesis” which protects him against competitors using the brand in the same niche. The result was quite the opposite.

Surprisingly, the UDRP panel ruled in favor of Automattic. According to the UDRP ruling: Automattic had won because Chris “failed to bring sufficient proof to show that [Automattic] registered and used the disputed name in bad faith.”

According to Chris:

“My attorney did not think an addendum showing a traceroute from thesis.com to themeshaper.com was necessary since Automattic had admitted to forwarding the domain in its official response to the UDRP claim. Personally, I was considering this part of the claim to be a done deal since Automattic had already admitted to the forwarding, and the decision actually cites that fact earlier in the opinion! (Common sense was in play here, too: Go to your browser, type in thesis.com, and see what happens.)”

As much as this case makes you want to shake your head – that little oversight to include an addendum in the UDRP claim cost Chris a lot of time, money, and a big-time domain name.

This UDRP battle is just one of several battles between Chris Pearson and Matt Mullenweg. Their beefing seems to have started back in 2010 over some licensing disagreements. Prior to this UDRP battle, Chris Pearson had an opportunity to acquire this domain from the seller, but did not want to pay the asking price. Instead, Matt Mullenweg purchased it for $100,000. It was after Matt Mullenweg’s purchase that Chris Pearson decided to pursue the domain in a UDRP court. Thesis.com currently redirects to ThemeShaper.com, a blog owned and operated by Automattic.

You can read the original debate between Chris and Matt at: Mixergy

Chris tells his side of the story here after the UDRP ruling: The Truth about Thesis.com

What do you think about this whole situation?

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Home › News › Agreed.com Acquired by Escrow.com Agreed.com Acquired by Escrow.com September 25, 2014 | No Comments Today, Escrow.com put out a press release announcing their acquisiti

Agreed.com Acquired by Escrow.com

Today, Escrow.com put out a press release announcing their acquisition of a small competitor called Agreed.com. This deal merges the biggest online escrow company in the world with one of the youngest domain escrow companies to hit the market. Escrow.com was founded in 1999 and has processed more than $2 billion worth of transactions, while Agreed launched in January of this year.

Statement from Brandon Abbey, President and Managing Director of Escrow.com: “By integrating the technologies of our companies, we will be able to offer a more comprehensive set of options to the domain community…” “When Ammar first approached me with this opportunity, I felt that it would be a good thing for the domain industry, and, since then, we’ve both put a lot of time and effort into making it happen.”

Statement from Ammar Kubba, CEO of Agreed.com: “We’ve spent the past several years building a powerful and intuitive online escrow platform for the domain community. Escrow.com will now be able to scale more rapidly and successfully deliver additional services to the global market. I look forward to working with Brandon and his team throughout the transition and for years to come.”

Based on Abbey’s statement, it appears that Mr. Kubba approached him first with the proposal.

I believe this is a solid merger for both companies, but in my opinion Agreed is getting more out of this deal. Escrow.com is a trusted leader and their market share was never threatened by Agreed. It was mostlikely just a business development decision by Escrow.com.

Escrow.com gains Agreed’s technology, customer base, and the only other licensed escrow company online.

Agreed.com gains cash and minimizes their risk by selling now. Who knows where they would have ended up had they decided to stay in the game and take on Escrow.com as a competitor. Seems like a smart move to me.

There has been no word on how much Agreed.com was purchased for.

Press release source: PRWeb

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Home › Discounts & Promos › $0.99 Domain Holiday Promotions at Network Solutions – 2015 $0.99 Domain Holiday Promotions at Network Solutions – 2015 December 24, 2015 | No Comments

$0.99 Domain Holiday Promotions at Network Solutions – 2015

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Network Solutions is currently running a couple of holiday promotions through December 31, 2015.

  • $0.99 domain registration on the following extensions: .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ. Price good for the first year only. Limit one per customer.
  • $0.25 domain registration on the following extensions: .XYZ, .ONLINE, .INFO. Use coupon code, DOMSALE25, at checkout. Price good for the first year only. Limit one per customer.

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$0.99 Domain Deal at Network Solutions Posted on January 29, 2016 by Thomas 3 Comments0 Here’s a limited time promotional off

$0.99 Domain Deal at Network Solutions

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Here’s a limited time promotional offer from Network Solutions. Register one .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, or .INFO domain for only $0.99 for the first year.

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Update: This deal seems to have expired.

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