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Top Topics: My $30,000 Sale; Reaction to GoDaddy's Acquisition of Uni...

By James Iles, Feb 14, 2020
  1. If you have followed domaining news this week, you might have seen Verisign's proposal to increase .COM registration and renewal prices. This news has not been received well by domain investors and leading domaining companies alike.

    The day this is published, February 14th is the final day that you can submit comments to ICANN to oppose this deal, assuming that you wouldn't like to pay more for your .COM domains. Commenting closes at 23:59 UTC on February 14th, 2020. If you would like to submit a comment opposing the rise, you can do so by visiting the ICANN website.

    Here are this week's Top Topics.

    GoDaddy Acquires Uni

    The biggest story of the week, and no doubt one of the biggest of the past several years, is GoDaddy’s acquisition of the Uni registrar. Along with the registrar, GoDaddy also purchased the Uni marketplace and CEO Frank Schilling’s vast domain portfolio.

    As you might expect, most domain investors have an opinion. In this discussion, we see domainers reacting to the news, and speculating on the value of the deal, which is likely to be revealed in GoDaddy’s corporate documents later on this year.

    Interestingly, the deal did not include the Uni registry which owns and operates domain extensions such as .LINK. That news is also a major discussion point here.

    Topic by: @equity78

    My $30,000 Sale

    It’s relatively rare for domain investors to share intricate details of their five-figure domain sales on a public forum, but today we're lucky enough to be privy to some information from a $30,000 sale.

    The domain in question is a “crypto” keyword domain name that was originally acquired by the investor for a three-figure fee in 2017. Since then, they have turned down offers in the $20,000+ range, holding out for a higher price. They achieved that higher price and cashed out at $30,000. More details about this sale are available in this discussion.

    Topic by: @DnFolk

    The Results of My Afternic Experiment

    Seasoned domain investor AbdulBasit Makrani experimented with his domain name portfolio in January by moving his domain landing pages from Uni’s marketplace to Afternic to see how inquiry rates and sales would be affected. Testing different services, in general, can help any investor with determining what is most effective for them.

    For AbdulBasit, it seems that it’s too early to draw any conclusive conclusions. With a portfolio of around 3,500 domains, AbdulBasit achieved 500 inquiries, but no sales as a direct result of his changes. More in-depth results can be found in this discussion.

    Topic by:

    The Comment Period Closes Today!

    If you’re reading this on Friday, February 14th, the day that this blog is published, you have just a few hours to comment on the proposed .COM price increase.

    The proposed 7% price rise has resulted in widespread condemnation from the domain name industry. From registrars such as NameCheap and GoDaddy down to individual investors, the opposition has been rife.

    There have been several discussions this week asking investors to take a moment to comment on the proposal. This post from George Kirikos goes further by explaining why this proposed .COM agreement would affect more than just prices.

    Topic by: @GeorgeK

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    About The Author — James Iles

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  6. Bob Hawkes

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    A collection of important topics; thanks @James Iles I hope most have used the opportunity to comment to ICANN on the .com increase and other changes. I suspect aspects of the Uniregistry - GoDaddy deal will be discussed for a long time.
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    Thanks once again @James Iles for the mention.
    I'm sure this will give clear picture to fellow domainers for deciding whether to use Afternic landers or not.
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    Thank you @James Iles for giving great collections
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