James Iles

Top Topics: Getting Eyes on Auctions; Should Offers Be Reported?...

By James Iles, Mar 15, 2019
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    James Iles Top Member PRO Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    I had planned a full article about this subject, but I think my point can be summed up here. With ZenSourcer’s recent rebrand to, the crypto marketplace Gem (operating on have lost much of the Gem brand control and power that they may previously have had.

    The company operating on have raised over $20 million in funding, and their Crunchbase profile bills themselves as one of the most trusted crypto and blockchain brands in the world. Yet, by letting through their fingers, I believe they have compromised that trust.

    As we saw with my recent interview with Jacob Smith of Packet, who purchased for $350,000, not owning the .COM domain was actually devaluing their brand. I believe this may happen to, too.

    Here are this week’s Top Topics.

    How Do You Get Eyes on Your Auctions?

    Domain name auctions can be a productive way of liquidating domains you may have otherwise dropped, or to produce cash flow within your portfolio.

    The problem is, how do you get investors or end users to find and participate in your auctions? Does a successful auction combine an attractive reserve price along with multiple bidders? Does actively promoting the auction on social media or via direct end user contact make a difference?

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    Poll: Should Domain Offers Be Reported?

    Resources such as DNJournal, NameBio and regularly report sales data that acts as an enormously helpful reference for the industry. Many high value sales go unreported, but it does at least give a barometer for the potential value of similar names.

    Something that doesn’t get reported on is the offers that have been received. Should offers (along with proof of the offer) ever be reported for reference purposes?

    Topic by: @Internet.Domains

    Discipline in Domaining

    To be successful in any endeavour, you’ll need to maintain a certain standard of discipline. This is especially true in domaining, where daily effort could be needed to see any kind of return on your investment.

    In this opinion piece, investor @Arpit131 outlines why he believes discipline is vital for success in the domain name industry. Do you agree?

    Topic by: @Arpit131

    What Do You Do When a Previous Owner Wants Their Domain Back?

    Domain names expire for a number of reasons. Sometimes the previous owner intends to drop their domain, but sometimes an administrative error can mean the domain expires by accident.

    Opportunist investors may snap up any valuable domains at an expiry auction, but the previous owner may be intent on getting their domain name back.

    Have you ever been in the situation where a previous owner wants their name back? Is it a situation that can result in a sale, or have you ever given a domain back for free? This discussion has produced an interesting conversation about previous owners.

    Topic by: @alcy

    Showcase Your Five-Letter Domains

    Five-letter .COM names can make the perfect brand name. Investors such as @Domain Shane have made a regular income stream from brandable five-letter names, and their relatively low price point means that they’re an attractive prospect to many investors.

    Here, investors are prompted to share their best five-letter .COM names for feedback from the community.

    Topic by: @PHILIPPE RAVEL

    Top Topics of the Week is a blog series featuring the most popular discussions and content within the domain community. Tune in weekly to see what’s trending
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    About The Author — James Iles

    James is a domain name industry professional currently working on numerous domain industry research, acquisition and sales projects. Contact [email protected] For all inquiries relating to NamePros stories and interviews, please email: [email protected]

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    DOMAIN ILLUMINATI Owner of ▲ the most expensive domain of all time. Gold Account

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    It's interesting that you have not included the following thread in your blog post because that one was a clear top topic of the week:

    Most selling new TLD in Aftermarket is .TOP

    I would appreciate your explanation on that.
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    Addison Top Member VIP

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    That has to sting. :xf.frown:
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