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By James Iles, May 17, 2020
  1. Yesterday, I noticed that the domain name Stash.com had changed WHOIS status. It had moved from "ClientTransferProhibited" to "ok," signifying that the domain has been unlocked. This often implies the domain is about to move. Typically, this wouldn't even be close to being newsworthy, but this comes a couple of weeks after financial app Stash raised $112 million with a company valuation around $812 million.

    The company uses StashInvest.com, so using some of its own stash of funds to acquire Stash.com would be a smart upgrade. Time will tell if this movement amounts to anything.

    Here are this week's Top Topics.


    2020 Price Guide and COVID Impact

    So far, this year has proven to be, globally, one of the most turbulent years in recent history. We've been forced en-masse to change our routines, habits, and values fundamentally. Yet, the domain industry seems to be faring well. As many more people jump online or take the opportunity to create a new business project or venture, there are whisperings of domain investors prospering.

    Domain brokerage house DomainAgents has put together a domain price guide and have also published their views on the impact of COVID-19 on domain names. Interestingly, DomainAgents is reporting a 20% increase in domain name offers in the past two months, versus the same period last year.

    Topic by: @DomainAgents


    $180,000 Sale: Congratulations to the Nicest Domainer!

    This week has seen the largest two-word .COM domain sale of the year, beating the previous BettingTips.com by $30,000. Sedo broker @Dave Evanson announced that he had brokered the sale of ElectricCar.com for $180,000.

    A very popular investor owned the name, and the community has come out to congratulate the domainer on what can be marked down as a massive win for him.

    Topic by: @Silentptnr


    3 Years in Domaining, Zero $1,000+ Sales

    Despite success stories of the kind you'll find above, the harsh reality is that domain investing is a difficult skill to master. Thanks to resources such as DNAcademy, the learning curve isn't as steep now, but it can still be challenging to make any real money.

    A prime example is this investor's candid confession. Having been in the domain industry for three years, they have failed to make a sale of $1,000 or more. After some self-reflection, the domainer has asked the community to help to identify the main problems so that they can fix them. If you're struggling to make the larger sales too, then this may be a useful discussion for you.

    Topic by: @abstractdomainer


    Why Does Zoom.com Redirect to Zoom.us?

    Video conferencing platform Zoom has seen daily downloads of its app rise from 56,000 per day to 2.13 million downloads in the space of two months. The service's stock price has also risen from $68.72 on January 1st, 2020, to $174.83 on May 15th, 2020. Its popularity is through the roof.

    Visiting Zoom's website, you'll notice that the company still operates on Zoom.us, despite acquiring Zoom.com for $2 million. Based on analytics from SimilarWeb, traffic to Zoom.com has increased from 80,000 in January to 1.75 million in April, meaning that many consumers assume that Zoom runs on Zoom.com.

    Here, investors are speculating as to why Zoom hasn't switched to Zoom.com, with some suggesting that the reason might just be down to security.

    Topic by: @Samer


    The Future of .CO

    The .CO domain extension has been seen as a viable alternative to .COM for many end-users, and entrepreneurs. In the past, we've seen the likes of Feed.co, Smart.co, and Generate.co sell for five-figures a piece to companies who have gone on to develop on them.

    What is the future for the extension, though? Several investors have provided insight and analysis into the .CO domain extension that will be valuable to anyone already invested in .CO, or anyone who may consider acquiring .CO names.

    Topic by: @abstractdomainer


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

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    Thanks for sharing
     
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    We now own over 1200 .Live domains and have started to see extraordinary interest in Leasing and or JV opportunities with the growth of Live Streaming and UGC

    “Our” world is rapidly changing and online communities/digital ecosystems will be a major part of the “New Norm”

    Let’s go LIVE!!
    Rex
     
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    Hello James,
    This is really very interesting article. It was very enjoyable to read and very informative. Keep it up!
    Thanks for sharing.
    DedicatedHosting4u
     
  10. Congrats on your sale!
     
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    Some interesting topics! (y)
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very forward looking, great work, james.
     
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    Very insightful for a newbie like me in the industry. ✌
     
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    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    You’re on post 715 (this is #714)

    Just want to thank you for featuring my topic

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    CoronaVaccination (.com) domain name for sale
     
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