Hello from Milan – Our European Adventures Begin We arrived in Milan about an hour ago after what I have to say is one of the best flights I’ve ever been on from JFK to Milan. It was our first time flying in an Airbus 380 and our first time flying Emirates and I could have honestly been on the plane for ten more […]
MorganLinton.com - Friday, October 23, 2015 - 7:42
A Starter Guide to MorganLinton.com, Part I I started out in the tech world by reading MorganLinton.com and browsing topics on NamePros. It seems that life has a way of circling back on itself, and years later I find myself with the exciting opportunity of running NamePros, and the honor of being one of Morgan’s writers myself. MorganLinton.com has been a consistent […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 13:58
A Look at the Top 100 Six Number Sales of All Time If you have paid attention to domain trends over the last several years you have watched the upward move in 4N.com which led to a buyout of 5N.com and a subsequent price rise. Now 6N.com is the place for those that missed the 4N and 5N trains. In this article we take a look at […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 20:32
Heading to Boulder for Techstars FouderCon Tomorrow morning we’ll be flying to Boulder for an annual conference run by Techstars called FounderCon. Founders from all over the world will be converging on Boulder along with some VC’s, Angel Investors, and some major companies like Google and Target that will be meeting with companies during the conference. I will be...
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 15:34
What are your favorite Google Acquisitions? My top three are… For those keeping score, Google has been busy in the acquisition department over the years, in fact they’ve acquired over 180 companies to-date. Techcrunch wrote an article today highlighting some of the more well-known acquisitions and it made me think back to a few that I can remember, and one that even changed my daily life....
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 19:58
Monthly Musings #1 Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. I’m starting to realize that I’m getting too busy to do these every weekend so I’m going to shoot for getting at least one musing done each month, hence moving from weekend musings to monthly musings. This would have been my 75th weekend musings so rather [R...
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 16:32
C.CLUB, HJ.CLUB, JS.CLUB and More Hit The Auction Block Later This Month It’s no secret that two and three character domain names have risen in value over the years. This is due in part to scarcity but more because of a fundamental shift in focus and interest from businesses in acquiring short, memorable domain names. This month popular new domain extension .CLUB will be holding one of the largest a...
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 21:37
Google Starts the 26L.com trend buys the whole alphabet in .com Google has purchased a 26L.com, abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com. This has actually been reported on mainstream websites like Mashable.com and NBCnews.com. The full alphabet is actually registered in many extensions, from net and org to country codes like .ca,.de and .co.uk. The string is surprisingly registered in some new gtlds as we...
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:48
Branding With New gTLDs Mark Skoultchi a partner at Catchword, wrote an article on BrandChannel.com that delved into how naming strategies with regards to new gtlds. Mark was clear that .com was the top dog but provided some insight for big companies, Start-ups and small businesses. From the article: gTLD Strategies for Major Companies and VC-backed Start-...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 19:23
The name change is official – on Monday Google will become Alphabet on the NASDAQ Not too long ago Google made a major announcement – they were changing their name to Alphabet (or at least the parent company), and today that change went live. Starting Monday Google will no longer trade on the NASDAQ, Alphabet Inc. will. Don’t believe me? Here are the SEC filings. Starting Monday if you owned Google [...
MorganLinton.com - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 23:24
Most Popular Domain Name Scams, Part I The summer domain sales lull is coming to an end and domain scammers are out in droves. Have you received an offer on your domain that seems too good to be true? A WHOIS security email that seems slightly out of the norm? A message from your registrar asking to confirm a password? Don’t fall […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 13:2
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 21:57
Inside a Domain Flip: A quick 15x ROI thanks to Park.io I received a great question via email from a blog reader this week: “What price do you typically buy domains for and what do you sell them for? Also is there a certain ROI goal that you try to hit?” Most of the domains that I buy are in the sub-$500 range, and most of […]
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 11:7
7 Quick Ways to Spot a Horrible Domain Have you ever mentioned your company’s name to someone, only to be met with “What?”, “Can you spell that again?”, and “How dare you?!” Or maybe they completely mispronounced it? All these responses mean your business name is a problem. Startups already have an endless list of challenges to focus on without piling on the […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 13:12
Domains for startups – what to do when you can’t buy the domain you want? If you’ve ever wanted to buy a domain name for your startup there’s an incredibly good chance that domain has already been taken. I wrote an article on Medium.com that goes through all the basics of acquiring a domain that’s owned by someone else. The problem is – what if you’ve tried everything and the ...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 22:43
BrandBucket Featured in Forbes Article on shortcuts for startups Forbes published an article on startups, the article titled, Four Shortcuts To A Faster, Lower-Cost Business Startup focuses on ways to get your business of the ground faster. On the domaining side the brandable boutique BrandBucket got a mention in shortcut number one, Making the right impression. From the article: 1. Make the right...
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 4:3
Gold.co.uk reportedly sold for £600,000 An article posted today on Telegraph.co.uk states that Gold.co.uk has sold for £600,000 making it the largest sales price ever for a .co.uk domain. What is interesting is the buyer had a deal to buy the name from the seller £40,000, but the deal fell through and he invested the money in BullionByPost, which is […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 15:51
How to calculate the value of a .IO domain name So we can all admit that .IO came out of nowhere and became popular almost overnight. Now some of the most successful startups are branding on .IO domains and the trend doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down. As we all know, .IO domains don’t sell for as much as .COM’s, honestly, in most cases it’s […...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 22:37
So You Want To Buy A Parked Domain Name I received a tweet this morning asking if there was any hope for an individual (vs. a company) to buy a domain name given how many are parked. My response was: absolutely, individuals have the same chance as a startups, remember parked usually means “for sale” This echoes what I think is a common confusion […]
MorganLinton.com - Monday, September 14, 2015 - 23:45
A Simple “For Sale” Landing Page For Domains The more you can do to make it easier for people to a) know that your domain name is for sale, and b) get in contact with you is directly related to how many offers you get on your domains. I’m always amazed when people complain about not getting any offers only to have a parked […]
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 21:57
Do Expired Domains Sell For More Money On Average? It’s a phenomenon I’ve been seeing for a long time, expired domains can get a lot of attention, and in many cases I have seen names sell for a lot more than they would if they were part of a paid auction. Of course it is incredibly hard to compare individual domain sales since every […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 22:23
Buying a .com where the keyword doubles as a new extension Over the last couple weeks I have had a couple of conversations with people about .com domains that end in a new gtld extension. One friend said that he was no longer going to purchase names like racquetballonline.com because now we have an online extension. He asked me my thoughts and I kind of feel […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 17:32
An Easy Way To Tell If You Own A “Premium” Domain Name The term “Premium” is thrown around way, way, way, way, way too often. I’ll be honest, I used to think all of my domains were premium too. Then I learned the crushing, but important truth (unless you are one of about 50 people in the world that this doesn’t apply to): The vast majority of […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 22:41