James Iles

A Year in Review: Our Top Stories From 2018

By James Iles, Dec 31, 2018
  1. With the end of 2018 upon us, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the year. As usual, domain names have had an interesting year, and NamePros has covered some of the most popular news items and features from the past twelve months.

    In this handy recap, we relive the best moments of the year from the NamePros Blog including two seven-figure sales, a number of interviews and some feature articles that you may have missed.

    Inside Interview: Why Buying Was Worth Every Penny

    Our first interview of the year was with Craig Clark, an entrepreneur that created a pillow and bedding brand on In 2010, he acquired and for an undisclosed fee.

    Here, Craig talks to us about buying these two premium .COM domains for a six-figure fee, as well as his activities as a domain investor, picking up premium names such as Sells for a Seven-Figure Fee

    In March, investor and broker James Booth (@BoothDomains) shared a tip with us that the domain had sold for a seven-figure fee. Confirmed in emails with someone familiar with the transaction, we reported the sales price of 4.5 million Euros.

    Currently, is displaying the homepage of Yes, an ecosystem for digital identity.

    Expert Exchange: The Domain Broker Series

    From March to October, we published our latest series of “Expert Exchange”, in which we get a panel of domain experts to answer questions about the industry. This series looked at a number of issues surrounding domain sales, with questions answered by some of the best domain name brokers in the industry.

    Every Expert Exchange article is available for you to read via the Expert Exchange tag.

    5 Ways to Track Down Domain Owners After GDPR

    In May, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was introduced by the European Union, affecting the exportation of personal data both inside and outside the EU region. This regulation affected the visibility of much of the WHOIS database, making domain tracking much more difficult in many cases.

    We outlined five useful tips to help you continue to track down domain name owners for either outbound sales or for potential acquisitions.

    Did This Newspaper Sell

    Domain acquisitions by new and existing companies have been plentiful in 2018. At the beginning of the year, we covered blockchain company Swarm’s acquisition of, and in June, we discovered the sale of by Massachusetts newspaper The Patriot Ledger.

    The name was confirmed to have been acquired by French crypto wallet manufacturer Ledger. The sales price has not been revealed.

    7 Top Domains Owned by Michael Cyger

    This year, we’ve published several articles in our ongoing series, looking at the best domains from both investor and company portfolios. One of the most popular articles from this year was a look at seven top domains from the portfolio of @Michael Cyger.

    Michael is perhaps best known for creating the @DomainSherpa brand in 2012, running the show until he sold the site to @MediaOptions in 2017. Sells!

    In 1993, Matt Blaze, a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, registered the domain name With the growing popularisation of crypto currency, Matt naturally received many unsolicited offers for the name. He wents as far as to publicly state that the name wasn’t for sale.

    That is until July 2018 when the domain name was sold to Monaco, who swiftly rebranded to Reports later surfaced that the sales price was $12 million, although this hasn’t been publicly confirmed.

    Inside Interview: Why Adam Perzow Spent 7 Figures on

    Speaking of cryptocurrency, another big sale happened this year, with entrepreneur Adam Perzow acquiring for a seven-figure fee.

    In an in-depth interview, Adam tells us why he bought the domain name and what he plans to do with it. Sells for $3.5 Million

    In the year’s biggest publicly-disclosed sale, NamePros’ own Director of Sales and owner of GritBrokerage, @Brian Harbin, brokered the sale of for $3.5 million. With help from David Clements (@davidclements) of Brannan’s, the pair secured a deal for the domain less than forty-eight hours after Brian signed an exclusive agreement to broker the name.

    It was later revealed that the domain was acquired by Intercontinental Exchange, with the name currently redirecting to

    Braden Pollock Sells for $500,000

    Early in 2018, we detected that moved out of domain investor Braden Pollock’s possession and into privacy protection. Fast forward to October of this year and Braden was able to disclose some details of this transaction to us.

    Braden, founder of LegalBrandMarketing, disclosed the fact that a $500,000 figure was agreed upon after just four emails. This sale ranks as the second largest publicly-disclosed .ORG sale ever!

    Confirmed: Transfers to DuckDuckGo

    Since 2010, Google has owned the domain name, a name it acquired after buying On2, a video codec company formally known as The Duck Corporation. Rival search engine DuckDuckGo has continuously coveted the domain, with CEO Gabriel Weinberg asking Google to sell him the domain on more than one occasion.

    Early in December, Jamie Zoch (@Yofie) noticed that the domain had moved away from Google’s registrar account and into a privacy-protected NameCheap account. Days later, Gabriel Weinberg confirmed to us that Google had transferred the name to DuckDuckGo with no mention of transaction-specific details.

    The confirmation story from NamePros was used as a source in publications such as TechCrunch, The Verge and Gizmodo.
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    About The Author — James Iles

    James is a domain name industry writer. Contact james (at) For all inquiries relating to NamePros stories and interviews, please email: [email protected] For James' own blog, visit

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  6. Nahdism

    Nahdism Established Member

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    Thanks for the rewinding the big news of 2018, James :)
  7. The Durfer

    The Durfer Wesley Sweatman VIP

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  8. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    Thank you for the superb postings all year long James. I look forward each time I see that there is a new post out, and this look back at the year reminds me of some of the most interesting ones. I really like when you look at some top domains in an elite portfolio, such as the Michael Cyger case mentioned here, and no matter the topic Expert Exchanges always have a lot to teach us. Knowing the thinking of those who put up major bucks for a super elite name and how they see it moving their business forward helps us better choose and promote names even when they are not in that league. My favourite was the Matt Blaze story for crypto. Thanks for all your hard work on the NPs blog posts and best wishes for the year ahead.
  9. blumutt

    blumutt Established Member

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    Great stories to reflect on as we move into another year, hopefully a better one, as far as domains and politics go.

    Happy New Year!
  10. WatchDogue

    WatchDogue Top Contributor VIP

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    When the pressures of time make a comprehensive review of NamePros and all of its new weekly content difficult to read in detail, it is always appreciated to read your " Top Topics " weekly compilations.

    Those and your " Interviews " add a cache to NamePros that sets it apart from other domain forums or discussion groups.

    Thanks for all that you do and, appreciate the " Year In Review - Our Top Stories" as well.
  11. golan

    golan VIP

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    What about this 3L name stolen from an hysterical woman, that was a very long thread with soooo much of priceless information and food for thinking...
  12. ncinsure90

    ncinsure90 Established Member

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    Thanks for this news.
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