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Proxy domain inquiries on the increase in 2017

Domain inquiries that utilize proxy third parties, are on the increase this year. Seemingly innocent queries attempt to approach domain owners, on behalf of larger entities. By using proxy domain buyers, a company can save thousands, sometimes millions of dollars. Whether these inquiries arrive from professional domain brokers, or other disassociated parties, one thing is […]
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Things I learned from my 9 years as a “domain blogger”

When I started Acro.net as a domainer’s blog in 2008, little did I know it’d continue for this long. Producing creative content predates my early domain blogger days by almost two decades, as a journalist for computer and subsequently Internet industry publications. Blogging, however, is an entirely different beast, that requires some other type of […]
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Domain investments : Hold long, for maximum ROI

My most recent five figure domain sale started as an acquisition on DNForum, around this time in 2005. The domain was part of a fire sale by the late investor, Igal Lichtman, whose “Mrs. Jello LLC” sales threads were legendary. I spent $1,000 buying two LLL .net domains, and a two word .com. Igal’s words […]
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Never negotiate with the IT guy about domain acquisitions

Many incoming inquiries seem to arrive from a company’s IT guy, and they are outright the least qualified to negotiate with. An IT professional, whether middle manager or lower, is not able to make decisions that involve marketing functions and associated budgeting. While technically a domain name is a digital asset managed by the IT […]
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Domains versus fancy pants, and a fashionable .COM upgrade to a .IO

A recent domain inquiry arrived from a party that operates their own clothes boutique, from an upscale area no less. The introduction included the disclaimer that they did not possess great financial resources for the domain. Nevertheless, it was a direct, polite inquiry that arrived via the Uniregistry Market, and I ran the obligatory background […]
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Working In Teams

“After all is said and done, more is usually said than done.” The New York Times published a very interesting article by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg about working in teams. Whether in school or at work, you have probably all worked on a team at some point, but most people never really think much… Read More »
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Why won’t Tucows disclose their resellers’ services?

Recently, I had to confirm whether a particular, UK-based registrar is ICANN-accredited. Transferring domains to non-accredited domain registrars is important to know; one must be aware of which ICANN-accredited registrar they resell for. The registrar identified itself as a reseller of OpenSRS/Tucows. But I had to confirm it, so I contacted Tucows. My communication with […]
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