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Epik on free speech : Disclaimer attempts damage control after #Christchurch fiasco

Epik, the domain registrar founded by entrepreneur Rob Monster, is performing “damage control” on Twitter. In a pinned Tweet, Epik.com refers to its stewardship of freedom of speech on the Internet, along with references to providing no endorsement of content for domain names it services. Says Epik: “Epik.com has a long history of standing for […]

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4×5.com : 21 year old #domain dropped despite famous owner

The ultra short domain 4×5.com dropped and was auctioned off at DropCatch. The auction involved 29 bidders and a total of 62 bids. The domain went for $2,100 dollars, with Dropcatch user “CatchOnTheBeach” winning the domain. 4×5.com was registered in 1998, and in late 2007 it changed hands, being acquired by Stéphane Pictet, founder of […]

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Future Media Architects : Elequa’s #domain portfolio company is under new management

Future Media Architects (FMA) is under new management. FMA.com, the company co-founded by domain investor Thunayan Alghanim, known as Elequa, is now under the control of his sister, Shareefah Khalid Alghanim. The change in management is the result of several years of litigation between the two siblings. According to court documents, Mrs. Alghanim asserted that […]

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Dimensional #domains retain their intrinsic value among #Chinese investors

Domains that are popular lumber sizes retain their intrinsic value among influential investors, a new study shows. For example, 4X5 or 4X8 along with 2X4 and 3X5 are domain sizes investors go after. Even 8×12 and 12×16 are valuable these days. “We are definitely looking to acquire domains at auctions in those popular sizes, and […]

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#Altamira .com : Paleolithic #domain sells for mid $X,XXX

The auction for Altamira.com, a dropped domain originally registered in 1995, has ended. Previously an asset of Banque Nationale du Canada, Altamira.com was auctioned off at DropCatch. The closing price was $5,751 dollars, and the highest bidder was the DropCatch user “somealias.” A total of 198 bids from 68 bidders clearly demonstrate an increased interest. […]

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Lumis #domain newsletter : Million dollar assets for sale

Lumis, the boutique domain brokerage known for its eclectic clientele, has released their latest newsletter. Several new domain names are available to acquire, ranging from a few thousand dollars, to millions. Some of these quality domain names are listed below: Vehicles.com – $2.5M Everest.com – $1M Wind.com – $500k Modern.com – $300k Behave.com – $150k […]

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#Domain sightings : EffMech.com – When shorter isn’t always better!

Spotting domain names “on the go” or “in the wild” is part of our “domain sightings” series. We split those domains in two categories, dot .COM and all the rest, which includes ccTLD, TLDs and new gTLDs – other than .COM. The majority of these encounters are made when in a vehicle; we strive to […]

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#Epik CEO, Rob Monster, believed the #Christchurch video was not real!

In what appears to be a remarkable demonstration of disconnect from reality, Rob Monster, CEO of Epik.com, questioned the legitimacy of the Christchurch massacre video. The chilling video was streamed live on social media, then stored in a variety of formats. We have watched the video, which is shot in first person as the murderer […]

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Last chance to download your Google+ data before shut down

A few months ago, Google announced the end of life of its Google+ service, and now it’s coming to the final days. You only have until March 31st to save your data with Google+ and after that it’s no more accessible. Google+ was a monumental failure by Google to tap the social media market; after […]

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#Google gaming : Would you have spent $3k+ on the domain Stadia.com?

Today Google unveiled more details about Stadia, a box-less gaming platform that uses a new games controller, called Stadia Controller. Aside from that, all one will need to play games instantly, is a Chrome browser and – naturally – a fast Internet connection. During the presentation, the Stadia managers unveiled the game environment’s primary features: […]

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#Sedo sales report : #Domain names sold between 3/11/2019 – 3/17/2019 topped by Vivlio.com – Means “book” in #Greek

Welcome to the latest edition of reporting on the Sedo domain sales; this time we cover the days spanning March 11th, 2019 – March 17th, 2019. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, sponsors of DomainGang. As a side note, GreatDomain auctions at Sedo are now bi-monthly. This report contains 7 domains sold in the […]

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Rob Monster off Twitter after #Christchurch massacre controversy

The mosque massacre in Christchurch cost the lives of many innocent people, caused by a heinous murderer promoting nazi ideology. In the middle of this terrible human loss, a domain registrar’s founder took a stance separate from his company’s past support of right-wing agenda, in the name of “freedom of speech.” In a Twitter exchange, […]

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Long tail #domains : Time to play fair!

It’s time to play fair, says Spotify, openly accusing Apple of favoritism and of bullying the app market. Spotify, the popular streaming music service, has filed  a formal complaint against Apple with the European Commission, and is making a public relations push. To do that, Spotify registered the domain TimeToPlayFair.com and is using it to […]

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#Domain sightings : A .COM, a .TECH and a misplaced dot

Coming across “domains in the wild” is the equivalent of train-spotting – an obscure British hobby. We capture public displays of domain names, aka “domain sightings,” whether they are of the dot .com kind, or other TLDs, ccTLDs and gTLDs, and we’re often surprised by the use of gTLDs or long tail domains. This time, […]

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Mike Mann on #domains and charity : The return of the “dot com king”

Domain investor and serial entrepreneur, Mike Mann, is once again challenging Rick Schwartz’s title. Mike Mann’s use of the “domain king” epithet became a friction point in the past. The founder of Domain Market often refers to media coverage about his right to use “domain king” as proof of achievements, along with donations to charity. […]

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#Fatbergs .com : Disgusting #domain, now available via Sedo!

Fatbergs are clusters of fat and non-organic materials, forming after being flushed down the drain, toilet and other sewer systems. In large metropolitan areas like New York, millions of people that carelessly dispose of cooking oil, fats and other materials contribute to the creation of fatbergs. The cities can spend billions of dollars maintaining and […]

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Huh? Article predicts “Blockchain Domains” to become bigger asset class than .COM

huh

So a pretty strange article hit the news today. The article states that traditional domains have stagnated and a new class of domains, “blockchain domains” are going to take over.

Some companies in the .com era may have succeeded largely due to their domain and its primacy in search results. Today, this market has become stagnant, but innovation is popping up in a new area  — blockchain domains. (Source – InvestInBlockchain.com)

Uh…I’m not sure this guy knows that millions of dollars in domain names sell every week, and more domains sell now than did back in the “.com era” since that was referring to early Internet startups…not domains as an asset class.

The article continues by complaining that it’s impossible to get a new domain extension. This is just bizarrely misinformed since ICANN has approved over 1,000 new domain extensions, some of which are still hitting the market, like .DEV which launched last month.

It gets weirder.

The article goes on to talk about how payments aren’t native with the current domain name extensions…huh? Then soon jumps to how “blockchain domains” are going to fix everything. The first point he makes is that, poof, new domain extensions will be easier than ever to get…why?

“New blockchain domain services can just launch on a public blockchain, no ICANN approval necessary.” (Source – InvestInBlockchain.com)

Sounds simple right…err, no? Yeah, it’s not, and the author even realizes this and wrote a “now of course” paragraph below about how it’s actually probably super complex and you really can’t “just launch on a public blockchain”

“Now of course, there are many challenges with this, but getting approval from a regulator that may take years isn’t one of them. Instead you need to worry about deploying smart contracts correctly, getting apps to support your new extension, and of course getting users to buy and use the domains.” (Source – InvestInBlockchain.com)

The punchline here is .ETH domains and some stats about how they have done, which is impressive in its own right but still just a tiny sliver of the domain market. There also hasn’t been a massive proliferation of “blockchain domains” nor does this seem to be something that’s really actively being pursued by many companies…except for people like the company the author runs…who are launching blockchain domains.

And that’s when it hit me. This was just a marketing article promoting what the company is doing and positioning the market they’re trying to create as some rocket ship about to overtake the domain name industry…I’m not buying it and this is honestly one of the most poorly-researched, and just plain bizarre articles I’ve read about domain names in a long time.

That being said, I understand the concepts behind blockchain domains, heck I’ll even admit I think they could gain popularity as blockchain becomes more widely used. But to claim that the domain industry has become stagnant and blockchain domains are growing like crazy just isn’t true.

Where’s that facepalm emoji when you need it, ah – here it is:

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What’s the Difference Between a Domain and Web Hosting?

If you’re launching your first website and are completely new to it, you may have heard terms like “domain” and “web hosting” being thrown around. But what are they, and what’s the difference? Take a look at this brief overview.

The Makeup of a Website

Every time you visit a website, your computer goes through a process to display that site for you. It starts by entering the domain name into the browser, which can be done through clicking on a link, for example. Then the domain is translated into the owner’s server IP address. That server sends the user the site files, which display as a web page.

Broken down, websites are made up of three components:

  • Domain name
  • Web hosting server
  • Site Files

Some people use the metaphor of a house to describe how these pieces come together. Essentially, your domain name is your address, your web hosting is the house, and your site files are your furniture.

What is a Domain?

Your domain name is your website’s address, such as www.example.com. This address is a lot like a mailing address. It tells computers where to find the site on connected servers so they can send and receive information. Without a domain name, it’d be like trying to call someone on the phone when they don’t have a phone number. They could have a phone, just as you might have a website, but you’d have no way of reaching them.

What is Web Hosting?

A server is a device that’s connected to the Internet and stores site files. When you pay for web hosting services, you’re renting out a space on their hard-drive so that users across the world can access your site files. Many hosts have multiple server locations so they can back up your site files, which helps prepare you both for emergencies like natural disasters.

Web hosting is storage space. It alone cannot stand as your website. Instead, you use that space to store your site files, which save your layout, content, images, etc. Content management systems like WordPress make it easy to work with those files without going into the backend of your hosting account. The best WordPress hosts make it easy to get your site on the web through one-click WordPress installs.

Without web hosting, your domain name would act as a disconnected telephone number—there’d be no way to reach you.

There are multiple types of web hosting. The most common are:

  • Shared: Shared hosting has multiple users on the same server, all sharing the same resources. It’s a lot like renting an apartment. You all share the building and common areas, but you have your own “space” to call your own.
  • VPS: VPS refers to “virtual private server.” With this, multiple sites are on the same server, but the resources are divided up rather than all shared at once. It’s like owning a condo. You share the building with everyone, but you own the part that’s yours. That means you have a specific amount of resources allotted to you and only you. The benefit is that your site will be much faster than with shared web hosting, and it’s scalable.
  • Dedicated: Dedicated hosting means you’re the one on the server. It’s like owning a house. That means all the resources are yours and you can control your server. That makes for lightning-fast websites, and it’s great for people with high traffic numbers.

The best web hosts offer all three types of web hosting so that you can scale your site as your traffic grows.

Do You Need to Use the Same Company for Both?

One thing that confuses people about the difference between web hosting and domains is that many companies in the industry offer both services. That said, you don’t have to use the same company for both. You can use one company to register your domain name and another to host your site files.

This means that you’re not stuck with your first choices if you want to change things down the line. You can always choose a different domain name and point it to the same website. In fact, you can point multiple domain names to the same site at once.

You can also change web hosts without losing your domain name or your site files. You may need to contact support for this to get everything transferred over properly. However, if you find you need a better web host, you don’t have to start all over.

Some people choose to register their domain name through their web host because it’s more convenient. Others choose not to keep everything in the same place to make transferring to a new host easier and to improve site security. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons yourself before deciding which companies to work with.

Hopefully you have a better understanding of domain names and web hosting now to make setting up your site easier.

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4 Things to Consider When Buying a Domain Name

Whether you’re setting up your first website or you have a strong background in website setup, it’s important to carefully consider your domain name. Buying a domain name plays a huge role in establishing your brand. It’s not a process that comes as an afterthought, and it’s not just the name that matters, either. Here are four other things worth considering when buying a domain name.

The SEO Value

There are many factors that impact where your site shows up in search engine results. In fact, if you’re using a website builder, you’ll have plenty of search engine optimization (SEO) tools at your fingertips. One of these factors that comes into play in SEO is the keywords in your domain name.

Let’s take an example. If someone searches “Start Blogging Online,” they’ll find startbloggingonline.com on the first page of the search results. (Note: Your domain name holds weight in search engine rankings, but there are tons of other factors at play. Startbloggingonline.com ranks for this long-tail keyword not solely because of its domain name but because it utilizes other SEO methods to appear in top results for blogging-related searches.)

Think about what SEO value your ideal domain name would bring to the table. Is the keyword relevant to your business or industry, or does it hold another meaning that more people are likely to search for? When people search this key term, what are they expecting to find? Does your site deliver on those expectations?

Don’t try to stuff too many keywords into your name. Your business name is the ideal option, but if you’re starting a blog and trying to come up with a website name based on what’s available, limit it to one word or a two- to three-word phrase. The longer you get, the more complicated it is for readers to remember, and that can indirectly affect your SEO by reducing your backlink potential.

Though SEO potential should be considered, don’t focus all your attention on what keywords will put you at the top. Consider SEO, but don’t forget about branding. Your domain name should benefit both of these areas, not one or the other.

 

Your Budget

If you’ve done any research into possible domain names for your site, then you’ll notice that some names are more expensive than others. On the low end, you’ll likely pay around $10-$15 per year to register your domain name. However, others sell for thousands of dollars.

This high price tag usually comes with domain names that have been previously registered. They may become available once the initial user’s ownership on them expires or if the owner decides to put the name up for sale. Since the domain has been used before, it often comes with added benefits like inbound links that can help with SEO. If it’s the right domain name for you, it also has the benefit of branding value.

In this case, a business with a somewhat atypical name might be able to snatch up a cheap domain that matches their business name. A more common name—whether other businesses also use the name or it’s just a common word, theme, or phrase—may either be taken or sell for a higher price. If your ideal domain name is priced quite high, then you may have to work this into your budget since it can have certain advantages.

It’s up to you on whether or not you want to tweak your domain name to go for the cheaper option or if you want to take advantage of the branding value and spend the money on a more expensive name. Once you go to register your domain, your registrar will tell you whether or not it’s taken and if it’s for sale. Consider your budget and how much you’re willing to spend on a good domain name, but make sure to have a few back-up options available in case your first choice is not for sale.

 

Your Extension Options

When you create your website and choose your domain name, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between several extensions, which include those like .com, .net, .org, and more. Oftentimes, the .com version of a domain is taken, but you can still buy it with a different extension, and sometimes at a cheaper price.

But are the other extensions worth it? The answer is that it depends.

First of all, you want to make sure your extension reflects the nature of your business or organization. For example, .com represents the word “commercial,” .net is for a “network,” and .org means “organization.”

For most business and personal uses, you’ll want to use the .com version. That’s because it’s the most used extension, and it gives your business credibility in having a presence on the web. It’s also more memorable. If web users can remember your domain name but forget the extension, it will be most likely assumed that it’s .com, which will make you easier to find on the web.

Weigh the costs and benefits. If your ideal domain is taken with the .com extension, you might be able to claim the name with the .net extension. Otherwise, you can search an alternative name to see if the .com is available.

 

Where You’re Buying From

Once you have your domain name picked out and know that it’s available, it’s time to think about who you want to register your domain name with. There are numerous registrars out there, including:

  • GoDaddy
  • NameCheap
  • com
  • iPage
  • Bluehost
  • DreamHost
  • HostGator
  • com

This is not a comprehensive list; it’s just a few examples.

You’ll notice here that some of these options, such as Bluehost, HostGator, and DreamHost, are not only domain registrars but are also web hosts. If you’re hosting through one of these companies, then you’ll have to consider if you want to go through them for both services. Though this has its advantages, many people caution against it.

The pros of using the same company for hosting and registering your domain name include:

  • It’s convenient.
  • Setup is easy.
  • Technical support can help if there are any issues.

However, there are also cons to doing this, including that:

  • It’s not as secure as spreading your services out.
  • It can be difficult to transfer your domain if you choose to change your host.
  • Some web hosts rent you the domain name but actually register it in their name, meaning that you don’t have the rights to move it to a new host or sell it. This is not the case with all hosts, but you should pay attention to the terms of your hosting agreement.

It’s up to you to weight the pros and cons about where to register your domain name, but before you make a final decision, be sure to at least consider other options. You’ll also want to research different hosts and domain registrars to see which one is the best for you. Pay attention to the terms of agreement so you understand what you’re getting from these services.

With these ideas in mind, you should be able to move forward with purchasing a domain name that benefits you and your business in many ways. What domain name options are you thinking about picking up for your next website?

 

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