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Andy Booth launches Imperial.com for high-end domain brokerage

Second brand aimed at high-end buyers. If you’re going to sell premium domains, it’s helpful to use premium domains yourself. Or two premium domains. That’s the strategy domain investor Andy Booth is taking. He started using Evolve.com for his brokerage last year. Now he’s adding Imperial.com as a high-end brokerage. The idea is to segment […]

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How to network at NamesCon Online

Here’s how to (virtually) network at NamesCon Online. Networking at virtual conferences is different than in-person conferences. Different, but not necessarily better or worse. Many people will find networking at virtual events easier, especially if they are new to the industry. NamesCon Online features a networking room that has been very busy over the last […]

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Using Afternic and getting “For Sale” landers, the old fashioned way

With GoDaddy’s integration borked, here’s how to list your domains on Afternic and get GoDaddy-branded sales landers. GoDaddy’s integration with Afternic, which theoretically lets customers add domains to Afternic from within their GoDaddy account, has been in beta for over two years. It broke back in May, which I discovered after submitting names that didn’t […]

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Use these two tools to find Chinese meanings of acronym domains

You don’t know to understand Chinese to find meanings for acronyms. Recently I discovered a tool which, together with a translation tool, may help you find Chinese meanings of an acronym domain even if you don’t speak the language. The tool is 域名含义助手 (Domain Meaning Assistant) at JSCXC.com. The site is very easy to use. […]

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Efty teams up with Dan.com, also introducing marketplace

Efty users will be able to accept payments through Escrow.com or Dan.com. The domain name industry creates strange bedfellows. For example, you might look at Efty.com and Dan.com as competitors. Both offer landing page services to domain name investors. Yet they don’t have the same solution set, and that’s where a new partnership comes into […]

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CentralNic first half revenue eclipses $110 million

Q2 wasn’t as bad as thought. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) announced today that its first-half 2020 revenue will be more than $110 million. This is more than it generated in all of 2019. The revenue jump is largely due to acquisitions, the biggest of which was Team Internet. Team Internet operates domain […]

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PayPal adds seller protection for domain name transactions

PayPal extends intangible goods coverage to sellers, but it might not be easy to make a claim. PayPal has updated its intangible goods coverage for transactions to covers both buyers and sellers of domain names. Previously, PayPal’s protection guarantee only covered buyers of domain names. The updated coverage protects against someone buying a domain name […]

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For Escrow.com, Q2 was a tale of two businesses

As domains tanked, other products filled the gap. The second quarter of 2020 was a dismal one for domain sales at Escrow.com. Volume dropped from $85.8 million in Q1 to just $55.2 million in Q2. That’s the lowest number since 2018. Covid-19 pummeled the domain aftermarket. Which is why I was initially confused when I […]

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MMX: Registrations and billings up, revenue down in H1

Registrations at domain name registrars grew while one-off brokered sales dropped. Top level domain name registry MMX (aka Minds + Machines, London AIM: MMX) issued high-level earnings information today for the first half of 2020. Year-on-year registrations grew 31% to 2.38 million as of 30 June 2020. Total first-half billings were up 7% year-over-year to […]

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Verisign extends price freeze through Q1 2021

.Com price hike delayed. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, announced today that it has extended its price freeze on .net and .com domain names through March 31, 2021. The registry instituted the freeze on prices it charges registrars in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the company generally […]

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