James Iles

Top Topics: Zapier Acquires; Closes at Just $5,050...

By James Iles, Apr 3, 2020
  1. Is automation powerhouse Zapier about to rebrand to Zap? It looks like the company bought earlier this year, anyway. According to DomainIQ, the name moved from NameCheap to under privacy protection in January, with now redirecting to Incidentally, is the registrar for I mentioned this sale, along with five other likely deals, on a recent post on my LinkedIn profile.

    Here are this week's Top Topics. Closed at $5,050

    Recently, the domain expired was caught by DropCatch, and was subsequently auctioned off on their platform. The name attracted a lot of attention but closed at $5,050. Since this is a term synonymous with blockchain technology, which is a trending topic at the moment, many expected this to close higher.

    This discussion is all based around investor expectations for the sales price, with many feeling that the name could have sold for a higher price than it did. What do you think of this sales price?

    Topic by: @Jason Franklin

    Your Top 10 Domain Names

    We all like to show off our domain names and now is your chance. It's also your chance to see which names other investors value from their own portfolios. In this discussion, you're invited to share the top ten domain names from your portfolio for 2020.

    This is also a chance to network with domain investors who have similar domain names to your own. Think of it as a possible opportunity to potentially learn!

    Topic by: @Silentptnr

    My Afternic Experience, The March Edition

    We seem to be featuring AbdulBasit Makrani almost weekly at the moment, but he is sharing some valuable content that should be highlighted. This time, it's the latest in his series about his Afternic experiment. To recap, in January, AbdulBasit switched nameservers for his vast portfolio from Uniregistry Market to Afternic.

    This latest installment gives an update on the sales and offers that have come via Afternic in March. The experiment resulted in four sales this month, which are all noted in this discussion.

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    Plan For the Future. Protect Your Domain Assets

    Director of business development, Mike Robertson, has shared some incredibly valuable advice in the past. For example, I teamed up with Mike to produce a series of articles about how exactly to perform outbound sales on your domain names.

    He's an incredible asset to the industry, and he's just released his most recent advice article about protecting your domain assets and planning for the future. As domain investors, it's important to have a contingency plan in place in the event that anything happens to you. This latest article from Mike discusses this in some depth.

    Topic by: @Mike Robertson

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  6. Keith

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    What did sell for? If anything less than $1.5 million it was a mistake by the seller.
  7. Bob Hawkes

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    I agree. Apparently in 2016 it sold for $375,000 in a package deal. @GeorgeK was credited with finding price of that deal.
  8. But it resold this year from what I’ve seen. Agree that it should be a seven figure sale
  9. Keith

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    Do we know the latest price it sold at?
  10. No, unfortunately
  11. DigitalRoar

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    1,304 is definitely 7 maybe even 8 figure worthy. A 3 letter dictionary pronounceable is the most satisfying & easiest to type in. IMO.
  12. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I hope you regard it within fair comment guidelines, @James Iles if I point out that, in addition to your great picks for worthwhile topics for the week, I think it might be appropriate to also list in the comments on this thread the $200,000 sale at Sedo of as covered in this thread (as well as another by @illumy that confirmed the end-user via WhoIs).

    Why do I think it is worthy of weekly mention?
    • It was the 7th highest sale overall listed on NameBio so far in 2020 (was 6th when thread started)
    • Highest value new gTLD sale so far in 2020, and
    • The buyer is Shopify, a multi-million dollar well-known company.
    • It is the highest sale in NameBio of an .app extension domain ever (yes I do realize various reports of higher sales outside NameBio).
    • It is the 8th highest new extension sale of all time.
    • I believe (not absolutely sure) the most prominent end-user of any of the top 10 all time sales in new extensions.
    • Although @Dave Evanson in a tweet mentioned it before the posting here, I think the story here on NamePros was posted prior to any of the blogs, picking up on the sale (which they all did cover soon after including accurate speculation on likely end-user).
    I realize that it is always a tough call to reduce the dozens of worthwhile topics from the week to a few to list in your column, and as I have said many times you do an amazing job(y) with curation of the best topics. Just thought I would point out that I think this one deserved mention too.

    I think when household name businesses pay 6 figures for domain names it is important well beyond that sale. There is a trickle down impact as other businesses realize that domain names are truly valuable digital assets essential to success.

    As I said, I hope that posting this does not create a string of "my topic should have been listed", but in this case did feel the topic warranted mention as a highlight of the week (there was of course a .com sale at the same price point during the week, too).

    Thanks again for the great collection of topics, and the interesting information on the Zap resale. Hopefully we will at some point learn the price this time around, as it will be interesting to compare the prices at two points four years apart


    Last edited: Apr 4, 2020
  13. FolioTeam

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    Thanks once again for the mention @James Iles (y)
    Since I'm getting lot of positive feedback, I'll keep sharing it.:joyful:
  15. Thanks for highlighting that topic, Bob. Input is always welcome. In most cases, I do steer clear of any discussions that have been mentioned or referenced extensively in the blogs. The sale is certainly noteworthy, though.
  16. Bob Hawkes

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    Good point, James. Thanks for explanation.
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