First bad experience with!

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

As mentioned in my last post about having bad experience with for which I promised to share how it actually was a sour experience for me.

So far I have initiated transactions in U.S Dollars and no buyer had any objection to date. For the recent sale of, I did the same way but for the first time the buyer made the payment in Euros. As buyer made the payment and both of us (buyer and seller) were in regular touch with Escrow team to find out when the payment will reach to them and it took 20 (correction – 15 days) for them to inform us that we have received the payment but since it’s in Euros, the funds will be sent back.

Both buyer and seller requested them to convert the funds or at least mention somewhere clearly while during the transaction but they didn’t do this favor for us even though they took too long just to share this update and gave me the link to one of their FAQ –

Where they have stated “ regrets that we are unable to modify the currency type once it is selected.” and “ is unable to offer currency conversion”. If they will keep such attitude towards their clients, get ready to lose business.

Since Brandon Abbey sold and left the company, after that I have read many people complaining about their service.

Rather than creating confusion for both parties and losing time and money in such cases, better they keep it simple by having just one currency for transactions in USD. If not, they should either clearly mention during the transaction or have some flexibility by providing currency conversion service.

There will be some who will say that buyer should have read the FAQ before sending the funds but that doesn’t happen in every case and anyone while facing any difficult situation goes to read FAQ and not simply to learn A-Z of that particular website.

My regular readers must have seen that I had kept logo for around 3 years and I was listed as one of their partners but since the management changed, they removed my website logo from their partner’s list without any prior notification which shows how good and efficient people are working at I asked and no concrete reason was provided and informed me that we shall put up your website logo again once we launch our new design. I’m sure that’s not going to happen early but I still kept their banner for some more months but couple of weeks back removed it. They have took off the logos of many other companies and surely won’t have informed them like to me.

Doesn’t mean I will stop using their service completely right now but I shall start looking out for alternatives and one of that I see is Payoneer Escrow.

Care to share your thoughts? Anyone had such incident in past or would like to share some other bad experiences with

From $2,000 offer to a $12,500 sale

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been great year so far in terms of $$$ of sales but the number of sales are very poor but I would say overall it’s fantastic.

So here is another sale which I wanted to share. Many readers asked me the purchase price or at least the price range I should share so I have decided to disclose the price range. Normally I don’t share because buyer might feel I overpaid considering the ROI made by the seller.

Anyhow, the domain in question is which I sold for $12,500. Bought in 3 figs range. Buyer came directly through WHOIS and offered 2K when I asked to present an offer. When I said offers only in 5 figs will be entertained, they came up with 3K and 3.6K. With no positive response from my end, they revised their offer and presented 10K. My next move was to shift from giving the price range to quoting the exact asking price which was 15K. Finally the deal was finalized at 12.5K which was the middle of both our quote and offered prices.


During the entire process, I was *NOT* happy with for the first time through which the deal was completed. For more detail about this, I will share it in one of my next posts.

As always your feedback, suggestion and/or criticism is welcome so feel free to shoot one 😉

How to land your email in inbox with maximum chances

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

When I used to contact potential buyers in the past to sell my domains, I tested a lot of things. From changing subject line to message and took lot of time to see which experiment works best. The challenge was not only to write proper subject line and message to send but one more important thing which many domain sellers don’t bother is to make sure that email lands in potential buyer’s inbox all the time.

What I learned over the years and what I wanted was to maximize getting the response back from potential buyers. No matter the response being in “not interested” type messages but the thing was to get the response which always kept me going forward.

Some time back I have already shared sales pitch letter which shows what type of emails I used to send to endusers but today I wanted to share what I used to do in order to maximize the chances of getting the email get landed in *inbox* instead of spam/junk folder.

Simply change the text a little in every next email which will maximize the chances of your email to land in inbox.

Let’s suppose many times you know the person or domain owner you are contacting is John Smith so instead of just writing Hello, you can write Hello Mr. John Smith, which will not only bring his attention towards reading your email but at the same time increasing the chances of getting the email landing in inbox because the filters/system checking for automated emails with same text may put you in trouble by getting your email account banned or email ends up in junk/spam folder.

By doing those 2 things you made the potential buyer read your email with more interest as he will think you know him somehow and that’s why you have contacted him by calling his name. Also your email gets landed in inbox.

You must be thinking what if I don’t know the person name and message being repeated so the best way is to change the domain name of potential buyer in every next email you send. For example, if you check sales pitch letter I have shared in past, you will see that I have written “We thought your company might take an interest in buying it.” So in every email, you may change the company domain you are contacting and that will make every new composed email different from each other. And by adding person name at the top will make it even better in case you came to know whom you are contacting.

I have tried this method and gave me the best results. Make sure you are trying to sell the domain is having at least some potential. Otherwise no matter how good sales pitch letter you write, you won’t be able to sell the domain.

Feel free to comment, share your feedback and suggestion if any.

My domain saved in UDRP

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

First, I would like to thank Mr. Howard Neu for accepting this case and later defending it successfully the domain which is one of our prime properties.

Let me tell you some background before I shall tell you about the case in detail.

In October 2015, the law firm representing contacted me for the purchase of my domain and started offer from $100 up to $7,000 to which no interest was shown.

Next in June 2016, the complainant filed UDRP on our domain and Mr. Howard respresented me to defend and save the valuable domain.

Today, we got the news of winning the case.

Below is the detail:

“In a 3 person panel decision, the UDRP Claim for was denied at WIPO. In the case of Kitchn Norge AS v. Abdulbasit Makrani, Case No. D2016-1189, a Norwegian company that held the Norwegian trademark for KITCH’N was too limited to a specific area (Norway and Sweden) as to apply to Bad Faith on the part of the Respondent Abdulbasit Makrani.  Here are some of the relevant excerpts of the decision:

The Panel notes that, at the time the disputed domain name was acquired by the Respondent, the Complainant had been trading in Norway and Sweden for some 18 years, had been the proprietor of the Norwegian trademark No. 221252 for KITCH’N for some 11 years and also appears to have been selling through the Internet for almost 2 years.

There is no evidence that the Complainant’s trademark might have been used outside Norway and Sweden and the Complainant’s website clearly targets consumers located in Norway since it is entirely in Norwegian.  Moreover, a Google search for “kitchn” shows several results unrelated to the Complainant and its mark.

The records indicate that the Respondent is a professional domain name registrant and acquired the disputed domain name through an automated process immediately after the original registration lapsed.  As highlighted in previous cases, the automated nature of the acquisition cannot be an excuse for turning a blind eye to trademark rights, since otherwise it would be the “perfect shield for abusive registrations”.  SeeResearch In Motion Limited v. Privacy Locked LLC/Nat Collicot, WIPO Case No. D2009-0320.

However, particularly given the nature of the disputed domain name as a contraction of the dictionary term “kitchen”, the Panel finds that nothing in the case file indicates that the Respondent had ever known of the Complainant’s rights or that the Respondent registered the disputed domain name to capitalize on the Complainant’s mark.

This finding is supported by the fact that the use of the disputed domain name does not show an intention to target the Complainant or its competitors, as the links displayed on the website published at the disputed domain name are mainly related to cooking recipes and not to the Complainant’s trademark and products.

Instead, in the case at hand, there is no evidence that the Respondent might have registered the disputed domain name with the intention to sell it to the Complainant or to trade off the Complainant’s mark.  Therefore, the Panel also finds that the Respondent’s refusal of the Complainant’s offer for the disputed domain name and his request of a higher sum do not amount to bad faith.

In view of the above, the Panel finds that the Complainant has failed to demonstrate that the Respondent registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith.”

The Respondent AbdulBasit Makrani was represented in this case by the Law Office of Howard Neu, P.A.

I wanted to convey a message to all people around the world, I will try my best to defend my properties and won’t let them go easily.

Any feedback is welcome.


*UPDATE*WIPO decision here

From $23,000 offer to a $24,000 sale

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been some time I published my last post but that was due to guests at my place and was on little tour of hilly areas in my country. It seems I am back in action now 😉

Looking at the post title, one would definitely wonder that when I got starting offer of $23,000, why did I settle for 1K extra and sold it. Let me unfold the story for you…

From $23,000 offer to a $24,000 sale

The domain in question is which was nothing but a parking revenue generating from around 750,000 backlinks! It’s been making hundred of dollars every month for me and I had plan to sell this domain for at least 20K. I once listed in GoDaddy Auctions but didn’t meet the reserves and someone contacted me privately during that time and offered up to $10,000 which I happily declined.

Last month the buyer (current owner) of contacted and asked if this domain is up for sale and what I am looking for. As always, I asked the buyer to present his offer and it came out healthy one $23,000. I countered with $25,000 because I don’t usually quote high price when I get a decent opening offer and always price out what I actually would ask other buyers.

He countered with $24,000 which I accepted. This guy was really cool to deal with and he did wire the payment at within 24 hours of his first email of inquiry! Within 2 days the entire deal was completed except to verify transaction and release funds.

It was my 7th sale of the year and another 5 figure sale of 2016. Going great in terms of generating cash flow but number of sales are disappointing. Overall, it’s been fantastic year.

Feel free to give your feedback and share your recent sales.