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7 ways to sell your domains – DNW Podcast #229

Hobi Michalec shares tips to sell your domain names.

dnw-podcastThis week I chat with domain broker Hobi Michalec with domain brokerage Lumis. Hobi shares 7 methods to sell your domain names. While you’ve surely thought of some of them, I learned a lot from listening to these tips of the trade. Hobi also has some advice for people who struggle to get on the phone to close sales.

Also: Unlimited .org prices? Tucows buys Ascio, AppDetex raises funding, dot-brands, Honeywell and more.

This week’s sponsor: Name.com.

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The best way to monetize traffic domains

Today: I’m doing all my domaining with a tablet. What about you? / DataLand.com sold for $4,071 / The best .CO sales / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Buying MozDA 40+ Domains – Budget: Up to $1,500.00 ea. – Be sure to check your portfolio for some of these MozDa domain names. This buyer is ready to buy in bulk, up to $1,500.00 each.

Buying one word .coms – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – If you have any one-word .com domain name assets in your portfolio you would sell for some quick capital, be sure to check out this buyers specified criteria.

The best .CO sales – Are you investing in and successfully reselling .co ccTLD’s? If so, share some of your sales reports. If not, check out what other .co investors are selling to get a better idea of the market.

The appraisal of GlobalWearable.com – Is a global wearable an actual thing? Maybe a product that does better with global connections than others, with local restrictions? Satallite broadband based maybe for global reach? What do you think this domain is worth in today’s market.

DataLand.com sold for $4,071 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a eight-letter, two-word, .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

I’m doing all my domaining with a tablet. What about you? – I use a laptop most times and occasionally a smartphone. What devices are you using today you can’t live without for domain investing? Take a look at what some domain investors are using.

The best way to monetize traffic domains – How are you monetizing your traffic generating domain names? Is there really a best way to do it? Some domain investors think so. Check out what they are saying.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

How to invest $10k in the domain industry

Today: Indian Brands using Generic Phrases – Domains – .IN and .CO.IN / Altamira.com sold for $5,751 / The appraisal of JobBanks.org / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

SolarJacuzzi.com – What do you think about a solar Jacuzzi? Would you ever use one? It sounds like an interesting invention. What do you think the .com is worth?

Buying 4 letter .com only – Budget: Up to $150.00 – If you are looking to liquidate a four-letter .com for some fast cash, this might be an opportunity. Check out this buyers specified criteria.

Buying NNN.tv – Budget: $50-$100 – Do you have any three-number .tv ccTLD’s in your portfolio you would sell for a quick wholesale price? If so, check out this buyers guideline.

The appraisal of JobBanks.org – A job bank non-profit seems like a good fit. Do you think it fits enough to have value in today’s market though? What would you appraise it for?

Indian Brands using Generic Phrases – Domains – .IN and .CO.IN – Is anyone else following this new generic brand trend going on in India with .in and .co.in domain names? Check it out.

Altamira.com sold for $5,751 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a eight-letter brandable .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

How to invest $10k in the domain industry – If you had $10,000.00 to invest into the domain name industry, how would you go about investing it? Take a look at what other domain investors are suggesting to put the money.

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The importance of Strategic Branding for a Startup’s Success

Today: What to tell an end user that wants more information / Memo.io sold for $9,000 / Free sites to find domain sales history / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Buying quality, short and aged .io and .com names ending with -bot – Budget: Up to $100.00 ea. – If you have any quality, short and aged .io and .com names ending with -bot that meets this buyers specified criteria, this buyer is ready to pay fast cash for wholesale pricing.

EscapeFat.com – Weight-loss or weight-prevention? Either way, it sounds like a catchy brand. What do you think it’s worth in today’s market?

5StarKicks.com – What’s this? What does it mean? Maybe it could be a five-star competition of who can kick a ball the farthest? What would something like that be worth though?

Free sites to find domain sales history – Which one of these free sites are you using to find previous domain name sales history? Do you have one to add to the list? Check out what some investors use daily that you might not have known about.

Memo.io sold for $9,000 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a four-letter, dictionary-word, .io ccTLD for a high-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more less than what it sold for?

What to tell an end user that wants more information – Have you ever been in a situation where a potential end user actually responds to your outbound email and wants more information? What information did you send? Take a peek at what some investors say is the way to handle it.

The importance of Strategic Branding for a Startup’s Success – Do you consider the strategy of branding when you invest in a domain name so that you can further understand how an end-user will associate to it? Take a look at what a domain investor suggested about it here.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

Best strategy to snap up a good two word .com domain

Today: Will the emoji domain ever take off? / Optim.com sold for $20,420 / The preferred method to verify domain ownership / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

.Co domain wanted, only one word – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – Do you have any single-word .co ccTLD’s in your portfolio that meet this buyers specified criteria? If so, you could be up to four-figures richer.

Buying Travel Related Domain names – Budget: Up to $200.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for a travel related domain name like the one this buyer is looking for. If you’re looking for some quick wholesale cash, this could be an opportunity.

$6.99 .NET Flash Sale from Dynadot – If you were thinking about registering any .net domain name assets you think will have more value in the future, check out this promotion for a $5.99 .net.

The preferred method to verify domain ownership – What method do you use to verify if a seller is the actual owner of a domain name asset you want to buy? Have you used any of the methods these investors have mentioned so far?

Will the emoji domain ever take off? – Have you invested in any emoji IDN’s (Internationalized Domain Name’s)? What kind of research do you have showing that they have potential in the long hold game? When will they take off? Take a peek at what some emoji investors are saying about it.

Optim.com sold for $20,420 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a five-letter, pronounceable, brandable, .com domain. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Best strategy to snap up a good two word .com domain – What strategy are you using right now that effectively identifies and snaps up the perfect two-word .com? Take a look at what some domain investors are saying about it.

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Making a fortune squatting domains on the Dark Web?

Typosquatting on corporate names is not the only squatting game in town. TheNextWeb has a story about someone claiming to have made $760,000 in BTC by squatting on websites that reside on the Tor network. From the article: A scammer is claiming to have made 200 BTC ($760,000) through ‘typosquatting’ criminal dark web sites on the Tor […]

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Google made a game-changing announcement at GDC, but is Stadia a game-changing name?

As many of you know, I love games. I grew up playing both board games and video games, still love them both, and over the last few years have really gotten into both indie games and VR games. Since the Moscone Center is just a few blocks from my place, I usually pick up an EXPO pass for GDC so I can get a chance to walk around a bit, play some games, and chat with companies like Unity, Google, etc.

This year at GDC there’s a lot of buzz about all kinds of different things, Oculus released the Oculus Rift S, Unity announced a zillion things including some incredibly slick real time ray tracing, and Google is getting more buzz than they ever had at a gaming conference as they dive into the gaming world with Stadia.

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Okay so before I dive into the name, I know most people have no idea what the heck Stadia is, so let me explain. Right now, if you want to play an awesome new game like Fortnite or APEX Legends you’ll need a kick-ass gaming PC to really get the best experience. For those who are in this wacky gaming world, you know that a kick-ass gaming PC costs $2,000+ and for those wondering, yes I built my own gaming PC and no, I’m never happy with it and always want to upgrade.

Google is taking an entirely new approach with Stadia by creating a gaming platform where the games are actually running on super fast computers at Google and streamed to gamers. This means that the speed of your computer really doesn’t matter, you just need a fast Internet connection. To demonstrate this, Google actually tried to find the slowest PC possible during their demo to highlight how powerful Stadia is…and it was damn impressive.

Seriously, a $500 PC can now play a networked game with the same settings that only a $4,000 gaming PC could normally support. While you can use your own controller with Stadia, Google is also releasing their own controller later this year, here’s what it’s going to look like:

stadia-controllerOkay, so now you have a rough idea of what Stadia is…now for the elephant in the room. What about the name? It didn’t take long for people to hop on Twitter to share their thoughts on the name and overall with many people commenting that it sounded like some new medication.

I have to agree, this was a bit of a head-scratcher for me. The domain name Stadia.com was originally bought for $3,601 back in 2010 but I haven’t done the research to see if it was Google that picked it up then or a private buyer who might have resold to Google more recently. Either way, IMHO it’s a pretty mediocre product name and it really doesn’t feel like a name for a gaming-related product or service.

When I think of popular gaming platforms, they all have pretty strong names – Steam, Discord, Twitch. Stadia just feels like it doesn’t fit in with the rest. Of course maybe I’m just being too critical, and let’s be honest, with the marketing machine that is Google behind it, they’ll be okay. I’m really excited about what they’re doing and will definitely be a Stadia customer myself so in this case product > name at least for me.

What do you think? Did Google pick a good name for their new gaming service? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

If you could own just 1 domain in the world, which one?

Today: The role of NamePros in your domaining career / ConnectNow.com sold for $9,550 / Renting domain names / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

.com switches to .app in the wild – Have you seen any other companies switch from a .com gTLD to a .app ngTLD before? Take a look at what this company did that might bring hope to .app investors.

Websites with Adsense Revenue Wanted – Budget: Up to $2,000.00 – Do you have any adsense revenue generating websites that meet this buyers specified criteria? If so, and you want to liquidate it for some fast cash, this might be an opportunity.

Is it legal to register .de domain names in America? – What say you? Are the .de ccTLD restrictions iron clad or is there a loophole for those outside the country to own one without risk of repossession?

Renting domain names – Have you ever thought about renting a domain name or currently renting one? Take a look at this discussion covering a few different areas of the practice.

ConnectNow.com sold for $9,550 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a ten-letter, two-word, .com domain for a high-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

The role of NamePros in your domaining career – How long have you been a member of namePros and what are some of the things you’ve learned in your time there? Take a look at what some domain name investors are saying.

If you could own just 1 domain in the world, which one? – Well? Out of all the domain names out there, no matter who owns them now, if you could have your cherry pick of any one of them, which one would you choose?

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

Is it still too early for emoji domains?

Page Howe was mentioned in an article on ieee.org. The article took a look at emoji domains and why they do or don’t make sense. Page has been outspoken about his belief in emoji domains and gets a couple paragraphs. From the article: People like Page Howe, a domain and digital asset investor, are bullish on […]

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How to contact a domain owner with private whois!

Today: Buying a 4 Letter (4L) LLLL Pronounceable .com – Budget: Up to $25,000.00 / HistoricalTextArchive.com sold for $8,349 / A .app domain sold for $30,000 before it’s first renewal / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Buying STADIA domains – Up to $1,000 – Do you have any stadia related domain names in your portfolio you would sell for up to $1,000.00 in cold hard cash? Take a look at this investors guidelines to see if you have what they want.

Everything Starts with a Domain Name – Wouldn’t you agree that everything online starts with a domain name? Check out what some domain investors are saying about the industry as a whole and share your perspective.

HOT.us – Did you see what I saw in the top domain forum today?

Buying a 4 Letter (4L) LLLL Pronounceable .com – Budget: Up to $25,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio again for one of these pronounceable four-letter .com’s outlined in the buyers specified criteria.

A .app domain sold for $30,000 before it’s first renewal – That’s not too bad. Did you anticipate that .app sales in the five-digits would take longer or should they have been selling sooner for that much?

HistoricalTextArchive.com sold for $8,349 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a twenty-two-letter, three-word, .com domain for a high four-figures.

How to contact a domain owner with private whois! – When you run into privacy on a domain names whois, how do you find out who the owner of the domain name is? Take a look at what some domain investors are doing to track down a domain owner.

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The concept of buying expired domains was covered in DarkReading

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Something seems to be in the air in March as I’m noticing quite a few stories that seem to really miss the mark when it comes to understanding the domain industry. Earlier today, DarkReading published an article titled, Are You Prepared for a Zombie (Domain) Apocalypse?

Which in all honestly, does sound pretty darn scary. Until you hear what they mean by a Zombie (Domain) Apocalypse.

They mean, people simply buying expired domains. This is something me and many other domain name investors have done for years. This article makes it sound like anyone who buys expired domains is a shady figure looming in the shadows.

“When a domain registration expires, they can be claimed by new owners. And sometimes, those new owners have malicious intent.” (Source – DarkReading)

Spooky. The reality is, people registering expired domains aren’t usually a big problem online. Like anything in life, a bad person doing something a normal person does can go bad easily. Have a criminal (let’s say someone running a meth lab) moves into a suburban neighborhood and starts a “Breaking Bad” style drug house…well that doesn’t mean that we now should believe that everyone moving into suburban homes is running a drug ring.

The domain name world has long been both not understood and misunderstood. This article highlights another pretty big misunderstanding. The reality is, most people have no idea that you can just buy expired domain names. The people out there registering expired domains are often just investors, not nefarious criminals.

Hey, there are even blogs and newsletters focused on highlighting opportunities in the expired domain market. They aren’t there to support scammers and criminals, they’re supporting investors, just like a real estate investor or stock investor would share places to get good deals on either of those assets.

The silver lining for all of us who choose domain names as an asset class is, the rest of the world still hasn’t quite figured out what we do yet…and maybe that’s okay.

What do you think? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

What’s your best domain worth?

Today: ICANN shuts down Alpnames domain name registrar / Mamie.com sold for $5,300 / What’s up with .Voting? / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Looking for Cabinet related domains – Budget: Up to $500.00 – Do you have any cabinet related domain names in your portfolio that you would sell for up to $500.00? Take a look at this buyers specified criteria.

Buying Coffee/Cafe related Domains – Budget: Up to $200.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these coffee or cafe related domain names. This buyer is ready for a smooth transaction.

Buying one word .com .net .org .io .co – Budget: $200.00 – Triple check your portfolio for a one word .com .net .org .io .co that meets this buyers guideline if you’re looking to liquidate a few domains for fast cash.

ICANN shuts down Alpnames domain name registrar – This is interesting news. Did anyone else see that coming? Are the rumors true or is it just hype? Take a look at what some investors think about it.

What’s up with .Voting? – Has anyone else seen the price differences at registrars for .voting new gTLD assets? Check out what some people said about this.

Mamie.com sold for $5,300 – That’s not a bad domain name sale for a five-letter, pronounceable, brandable, .com domain. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

What’s your best domain worth? – I know you have a few domains that you consider to the best, but what is the number one top domain in your portfolio, hands down? Take a look what some people are saying their best valued domain name is.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

Falling in love with domains again

Today: Negotiation tricks for high ticket domain sales / HealthChoicesPa.com sold for $5,505 / Why Dot-Best new tld may in fact be one of the “best” / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Two word exact match .com – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these two-word exact match .com domain names. This buyer is ready for a quick wholesale transaction.

The percentage of assumed end user price a domain investor should pay to acquire a domain – Is there even a fixed percentage for that? Wouldn’t it all depend on multiple variables? How do you determine the reseller price based on the end-user price?

Why 6N.com w/ repeated pattern are worth more when the pattern is at the end and not the beginning – Do you know the answer to this domain evaluation question? Why do you think that there is a difference in value? Take a peek at what some domain investors are saying about it.

HealthChoicesPa.com sold for $5,505 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a fifteen-letter, two-word + one abbreviation, .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Negotiation tricks for high ticket domain sales – Do you have some super special negotiation tricks or strategies to help close a big ticket domain name sale? Take a look at what other domain investors do to close a deal and share your experience, too.

Why Dot-Best new tld may in fact be one of the “best” – Wait, did they just say the new .best gTLD might be one of or the best TLD’s? Does someone have any stats to compare to verify or debunk that?

Falling in love with domains again – Have you ever fallen out of love with domain names? Maybe you decided to take a break for a while. It may be time to step back into the game. More and more investors of one time past are coming back to play too.

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How networking helps in domaining

Today: Myths of hand-registered domains / RugbyShirts.com sold for $9,500 / Buying a Two-word domain name related .com – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Brandable for apparel startup – Budget: Up to $80.00 – If you have any apparel related brandable domains you want to liquidate for some fast cash, this might be an opportunity.

Need a test domain – Budget: Up to $50.00 – Need an extra fifty-bucks? If you have a test, example, or testing keyword domain in one of the extensions this buyer is looking for, you could pocket that fifty-bucks you wanted.

Canna.Shop – This is an interesting new gTLD combination. “Canna Shop” is a fairly known term these days and more people are learning about them. It’s an upward trend. Do you think that gives it value in today’s market?

Buying a Two-word domain name related .com – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these domain name related domains. This buyer is ready for a smooth transaction if you have what they need.

Myths of hand-registered domains – Are the day’s of hand registered domains making a big profit gone? Or do you think they are still holding strong as the world evolves and new terms and companies form?

RugbyShirts.com sold for $9,500 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a eleven-letter, two-word, .com domain. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

How networking helps in domaining – Have you come to realize yet that the bigger your networking circle, the better you do? Could it be that networks really does help in domaining or are there other factors?

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

The most likely new TLD’s to sell themselves

Today: Ai (artificial Intelligence) names selling / The deal with VR .com’s and cannabis.com’s / AdExperts.com sold for $4,000 / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Looking to buy a few English 1-word names in .io, .net and .co – Do you have any English 1-word names in .io, .net and .co you would sell for up to $500.00 each? If so, check out this buyers specified criteria.

Buying pronounceable .com’s – Budget: Up to $500.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these pronounceable .com’s if you need some quick capital. This buyer looks ready to do business.

Pricing Strategy – Higher commission / Higher sales price – Does your pricing strategy work like this or are you using a different strategy that works better? Compare notes with other domain investors.

AdExperts.com sold for $4,000 – That’s not a bad nine-letter, two-word, .com domain name sales report for a mid-four-figures. do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

The deal with VR .com’s and cannabis.com’s – Hey, do you know what the deal is with vr and cannabis related .com domain names are? Take a look at what other domain investors think the deal is.

Ai (artificial Intelligence) names selling – Are you investing in AI (Artificial intelligence) related domain name assets? Sold any yet? Check out what other Ai domain investors are saying about the market.

The most likely new TLD’s to sell themselves – How close have you been following the new TLD markets? This discussion is about the top new TLD’s that domain investors think are good investments because they sell themselves, without much effort.

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Domain Investing News Highlights for the week of March 11th, 2019

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Another week is behind us, and as usual, there was plenty of news in the domain investing world to keep us all busy. In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories that caught my eye. Last week I think I covered too many stories and I really want to keep this short and sweet because it’s Friday and you really don’t have the time to read a bunch of news stories, so I’m sticking with three, if you want more in the future just let me know in the comment section below.

Now, onto the news!

  • ICANN shuts down Alpnames – one of the top stories this week is the shuttering of a registrar that I frankly have never heard of called Alpnames…they broke some rules, are no more, and now hundreds of thousands of domains are in purgatory. DNW broken the news (to me at least) and also wrote a solid article about how to rescue your domains from Alpnames.
  • Mike Mann declared himself the real domain king – here we go again. It’s happened before, and it’s happening again. Domain Investor Mike Mann went on Twitter and said he really should be the domain king. I like both Rick and Mike so I’m staying out of this one.
  • Sketch.com was acquired just before a $20M raise – another great one-word .COM is off the market forever as Sketch.com was acquired by the startup of the same name, perfectly timed just before they announced a $20M raise.

A little bonus story, while I don’t want to promote my own articles too much here, I am excited for Efty who announced this week on the Domain Sherpa show that they’ll be supporting larger portfolio owners (i.e. 5,000+ domains). Woot!

Okay, now stop reading domain investing news and go out and enjoy your Friday night. If you think there’s a story that should have made the list, share away in the comment section below.

Share your Security and Privacy related domains

Today: New gTLDs – Used in text, progress in voice recognition and artificial intelligence / GANK.com sold for $7,419 / Buying Female First Names – Example: Phiona.com, Isabela.com etc. – Budget: Up to $500.00 ea. / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

WTB: Guns, Firearms, and Outdoor domains – Budget: Up to $100.00 ea. – If you have any gun, outdoor, or firearm related domain assets to liquidate for quick cash, check out this domain buyers specified criteria o see if they qualify.

Wtb brandables and others – Budget: Up to $100.00 – Are there some brandable domains or maybe something else that fits this buyers guideline laying around collecting dust in your portfolio that you want to flip? Check this out.

Wanted – Keyword “article” .com 120$ each – Do you have an article related domain name sitting in you domain portfolio you want to sell fast? This might be an opportunity.

Buying Female First Names – Example: Phiona.com, Isabela.com etc. – Budget: Up to $500.00 ea. – Be sure to check your portfolio for a female first name .com. This buyer is ready to pay wholesale pricing so you can liquidate fast.

GANK.com sold for $7,419 – That’s not a bad four-letter, pronounceable, brandable, dictionary-word, .com domain for a high four-figure domain name sales report. I would have guessed it should sell for more, what are your thoughts?

New gTLDs – Used in text, progress in voice recognition and artificial intelligence – What are your thoughts when it comes to how new gTLD’s will be treated in voice recognition, compared to non-keyword extensions? Take a look at what some domain investors think will happen.

Share your Security and Privacy related domains – Do you have any security or privacy domain names in your portfolio that you are proud of? Show off a couple of your best and check out what other investors are buying.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

Trying to name your startup? Here’s what one founder learned…182 bad names later

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Tyler O’Briant, the co-founder of Kowalla wrote a great article about lessons learned from generating 182 bad startup names. The reality is, for any startup, coming up with a name is hard, and given that just about every name you can come up with is likely already taken, it’s probably harder than it has ever been.

While I don’t completely agree with Tyler’s entire article (sorry Tyler, you’re awesome and I like 98% of what you said!) there were some really solid words of wisdom that I think many founders can relate to.

Alec started working a demo he called “Actualizeur” earlier in the year. The name worked on a conceptual level. We wanted to build a place for people to actualize the projects in a community of like-minded builders. But it had it’s faults too. Mainly, I haven’t found anyone but Alec who could spell it correctly.

Actualiezer… Actualizr… Actualizer… Actualizur?

We launched into the process of finding a new name. We hoped to find another name-product match like we had with Actualizeur, but with a lower vowel-to-consonant ratio. (Source – ProductHunt)
The issue Tyler highlights here is a big one, and one that I think many people learn the hard way. When your name is a word that people might be able to guess how to spell…but you’ve spelled it in some weird way that only makes sense to you…that’s not a winning name.

The first startup I worked for (back when I was 15…yeah I’ve been in the startup world for a LONG time) was called Xaos Tools. Everyone I told our name to assumed it was spelled Chaos Tools…so literally, every single time I said our name, I would have to say, “Chaos Tools” but with an “X” to which I’d usually get a lot of confused looks and then I’d have to spell it out.

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Another issue that Tyler highlights a really good idea that I think can help founders as they’re trying to land on a name:

Look to the fallen. CBInsights has been compiling postmortems of various failed startups since 2014. These post mortems are interesting reads, and while naming your startup they’ll help give you some insight into naming trends over the years. Kowalla’s name was actually inspired by Gowalla, a former Austin-based startup mentioned in this list. (Source – ProductHunt)
I highly recommend startups that are trying to figure out a good name read this article, it’s a good one. That being said, I did mention earlier above that I don’t agree with everything in the article. It’s really the end. Tyler ends by saying, “Then, buy the domain and build something great.”

This last sentence could be turned into an entire book. “Buying the domain,” is often a lot easier said than done. I wrote about this topic on Medium in a post titled, What Every Startup Founder Should Know About Buying Domain Names. Domain brokers like Media Options have also covered this topic in great detail. In short – it really isn’t as simple as coming up with a name and then just buying the domain.

Coming up with the name is freaking hard, so is buying the domain, it’s all hard, but as a startup founder hard is just par for the course. Thanks to Tyler for putting this article together, I really like it and it hit a lot of really good points that I think founders will enjoy now and for years to come.

What did you think of the article? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

Re-purposing CCTLD’s For Their Marketing Advantage

Today: What to do when the previous owner of your domain contacts you to get it back / WOPE.com sold for $7,900 / Should you buy a domain because it gets 100k – 1M searches per month and park it? / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Looking for 2 word .com or one word popular .io, .co – Budget: Up to $1,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for a single or two-word .io or .co ccTLD. This buyer is ready for a smooth transaction.

Buying a domain for a birthday wishes type of website -Budget: $20.00 – If you have a birthday wishes related domain name asset in your portfolio you would sell for $20.00 you may want to check out this buyers guideline.

Jogg.com – It’s four-letter, short, pronounceable, brandable, and a .com. Do you think that’s enough to give it value in today’s market? What would you appraise it for?

What to do when the previous owner of your domain contacts you to get it back – Have you ever had this happen to you? How did you reply to them? Take a look at what other domain investors have done and suggest.

Should you buy a domain because it gets 100k – 1M searches per month and park it? – Everyone invests in domain names for different reasons. What works for one, may not work for another. Do you think investing in domains simply because of search traffic to a term is wise?

WOPE.com sold for $7,900 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a four-letter, pronounceable, brandable, .com, however, I would have expected it to sell for more. What do you think it should have sold for?

Re-purposing CCTLD’s For Their Marketing Advantage – Do you know of all the popular ccTLD’s that are marketed as something else, instead of their country code? What about the less popular ones? Check out what domain investors have shared so far that works.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

 

I have decided to broker one, and only one domain name this year

As many of you know, I’m not a domain broker. In the past I have brokered a domain name here and there but for the most part I just buy and sell my own domains. Still, every once and a while I get connected up with someone that has a domain that is just so darn awesome that I can’t help myself. I don’t have a lot of additional bandwidth so when I do broker a domain, it’s just one domain, usually for the entire year.

This week a domain name crossed my path that is too good not to take on, so I’ve decided that in 2019 I will broker one, and only one domain name. At this point you’re probably wondering, okay, get to the point Morgan, what’s the name!?!?

chill

While the owner is in no rush to sell I am starting to field offers, this is a monster name and I am really looking forward to finding a company with a big enough idea and market to do it justice. There are many examples of companies that have acquired a one-word .COM and seen it as a massive game-changer for their business. Zoom recently acquired Zoom.com, and the story of the Candy.com sale at $3M is a great one, this turned out to be a small investment for the return it provided for the new owners.

If you are interested in this domain name or know someone who is please feel free to contact me directly. If you’ve been interested in me brokering a domain name, you’ll have to wait until 2020, 2019 is going to be a Chill year for me.

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