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High New gTLD Registration/Renwal Fees – Let’s Crunch Some Numbers
As mentioned yesterday, I liked the Dot Investments extension but at 80+ bucks a pop, I decided to pass because I just don’t see how there can be any money in it for domainers at these price levels. Let’s crunch some numbers and start with some basic considerations. First and foremost, the very best domains will not
Domaining Tips - 18 hr 30 min ago
Did You Register Any .Investments, .Fund, .Tax, .Cash or .Haus Domains?
Only Dot Investments caught my attention but the registry has chosen a registration fee that’s let’s say on the high side (you can get a dot com for 10 years at that price) and as a domainer, I for one don’t see enough upside. For this reason, I didn’t register any domains today. As far as
Domaining Tips - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 15:18
For How Many Years Are You Willing to Keep Renewing?
Yesterday, I posted about the fact that in the absence of end user new gTLD adoption and of course sales, domainers will not keep renewing inventory. An interesting comment to that post is worth reflecting on however: I think domainers tend to renew for several years before dropping. It is emotionally easier to pay a renewal
Domaining Tips - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 0:49
Where Are the End Users?
To be fair, now is *not* the time to start asking that question. This post’s objective is simply pointing out that the “it’s too early to ask that” argument can only work for so long. At this point yes, it works because it actually is quite early in the game but we will eventually have
Domaining Tips - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 14:19
Next Week’s New gTLD Launches
A very busy week for new gTLDs is ahead of us, with three days in the spotlight: tomorrow (August 18) with one General Availability phase, Wednesday (August 20) with five General Availability phases as well as four Early Access Program phases and Thursday (August 21) with one General Availability phase. Let’s take it one day at
Domaining Tips - Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 16:17
Should You Buy and Hold “Hot” Domains?
If you’re not sure what “hot” domains are, here’s a quick example: NNN dot coms or numerics in general, if you will. In other words, I’m referring to domain categories which have done remarkably well lately. Should you limit yourself to flipping in these cases or is “buy and hold” a viable st...
Domaining Tips - Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 18:48
8 GoDaddy Discount Codes
I won’t be sharing an impressive number of coupons with you guys this week but the good news is that all of them should work worldwide as opposed to only for people from the US/Canada. Didn’t use any of them myself, so I can’t guarantee they’ll work. Some people are reporting that certain coupons don’t work if
Domaining Tips - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 16:21
I Think Most New gTLDs Will Be Profitable
… but that in pretty much all cases, “barely profitable” will be the appropriate term and that’s not exactly a good thing given how high the expectations were. I’m reasonably confident a lot of registry operators were expecting a home run and based on what we’re seeing at this point, that’s n...
Domaining Tips - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 0:59
Did You Register Any .Care, .Clinic, .Dental or .Surgery Domains?
4 new gTLDs entered the General Availability phase today and while I was moderately interested in three of them (Dot Care, Dot Clinic and Dot Surgery), I ended up not registering anything. As far as Dot Care is concerned, the pool of domains I considered attractive wasn’t very large to begin with, so I knew right
Domaining Tips - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:17
Attacking Dot Com Is Not a Viable Marketing Strategy
I found out about the fact that Donuts published a post on their official blog with the title “The Importance of Semantics and Affinity, and the Meaninglessness of .COM” over at OnlineDomain a few moments ago. Quite frankly, this marketing strategy leaves me scratching my head and I’ll try to explain why. We’r...
Domaining Tips - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 0:58
Domaining and Time Zone Issues
Those of you who live in the US probably don’t consider time zone issues a topic of great importance but in my case for example (and I’m sure I’m not the only one), the situation is quite different. I live in Europe (GMT+2) and since a *lot* of the people I keep in touch with
Domaining Tips - Monday, August 11, 2014 - 16:32
Next Week’s New gTLD Launches
Nine new gTLDs will be in the spotlight next week: four General Availability phases, four Early Access Program phases and one landrush. In 8 out of 9 cases, the big day is Wednesday, the 13th of August. First of all, here are the extensions for which the General Availability phase will start on the 13th: Dot Care Dot
Domaining Tips - Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 16:3
15 GoDaddy Discount Codes
I’ll be sharing 15 GoDaddy discount codes with you guys today, 5 of them should work worldwide as opposed to only for people from the US/Canada and as far as the remaining 10 are concerned, I’m not sure. Also, one of the codes should work for up to three domains, not just one. Didn’t use any
Domaining Tips - Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 17:18
A Few New gTLD Development Considerations
I’ll be developing a very strong one word new gTLD domain (Stocks.XYZ) soon as an experiment (I’ll turn it into a megasite with 100+ articles) and for the most part, there aren’t *huge* differences between developing a new gTLD and developing a dot com, a ccTLD or a legacy TLD domain. There are however a few
Domaining Tips - Friday, August 8, 2014 - 15:50
Weird Week for New gTLDs
… in a good *and* bad way. On the one hand, we finally have another new gTLD about which we can say that it did ok on its first day of General Availability: Dot Rocks, with 5,191 registrations. On the other hand though, the other 6 extensions performed rather poorly and combined, generated less registrations than
Domaining Tips - Friday, August 8, 2014 - 0:42
Did You Get Any Dot Reise, Fail, Financial, Limited, WTF, Actor or Rocks Domains?
I didn’t register any but if some of you guys did, feel free to let us know. The seven new gTLDs which entered the General Availability phase today were reasonably appealing but I for one didn’t find any available domains that were attractive enough to convince me to take action. Will be interesting to see what
Domaining Tips - Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 16:13
Proactive End User Marketing for New gTLDs?
I have to admit, I have no experience whatsoever in this respect and quite frankly, would imagine that it’s a reasonably tough sell. Even when reaching out to end users when it comes to domains in “traditional” extensions, it’s still hard to convince them to pay a premium for a domain despite the fact that it’s in an extension the...
Domaining Tips - Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 0:59
This Week’s New gTLD Launches
Pretty busy week for new gTLDs, with two Landrush phases, four Early Access Program phases and seven General Availability phases. Today, the Landrush phase for Dot NYC will start and aside from this situation, all of the “action” will take place on the 6th of August (in other words, on Wednesday). Let’s start with W...
Domaining Tips - Monday, August 4, 2014 - 13:28
Consulting in Exchange for Charity Donations?
I decided to start an interesting experiment as of today. If you are interested in my consulting services, I’m willing to help and in return, you have to make a donation to a noble cause. I’ve never seen this concept put to good use before, so why not give it a try? Seems like a win-win-win situation:
Domaining Tips - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 14:33
11 GoDaddy Discount Codes
This week’s coupon list isn’t huge but the good news for those of you who aren’t from the US or Canada is that most of them (8 out of 11 discount codes) should work internationally. As far as the remaining 3 are concerned, I’m not sure. One of them should bring the price down to $0.99,
Domaining Tips - Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 14:55

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