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Domain sold last year by Michael Berkens for $35,000 got dropped and re-sold for $5,755

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s an interesting story I was following up since the domain was dropped and caught by NameJet to be auctioned off. The domain name in question is ClosingCosts.com which was sold last year by Michael Berkens for $35,000 and for some reason it got dropped and NameJet caught that one.

Domain sold by Michael Berkens for $35,000 last year got dropped and re-sold for $5,755

 

 

 

I was in that auction and gave the highest very close to the highest bid but didn’t won it. However, I could see Michael Berkens and many other domainers were into that auction but the winner was someone else with bidding alias “ahi”. Currently the domain is under privacy and details cannot be revealed. The auction ended last night.

Quite surprising to see that ClosingCosts.com sold last year for 35k and getting dropped next year itself.

Have you seen any high priced domain dropping so quickly in time?

Rick Schwartz comment on PinkBear.com

Domain-Sherpa-Review-Really-Cool-Brandable-DomainsHello and Assalamo Alaikum everyone,

It was the first time I submitted a domain at DomainSherpa. I was really happy to see my brandable domain was accepted for “Really Cool Brandable” domains theme. I submitted PinkBear.com which Michael Cyger, the publisher of DomainSherpa. I received an email from him informing me that my domain was included in the “Really Cool Brandable” list and the interview with Adam Dicker, Page Howe, Rick Schwartz and Michael Berkens was aired which can be watched here.

I was hoping to get some comment from any of those Sherpas but only Rick Schwartz commented which was really an honor to get some positive feedback on PinkBear.com. If you like you can check the video below and can either watch the complete review of all four Sherpas or just listen to what Rick Schwartz said about PinkBear.com from 27:20-29:00 where Michael Cyger asked what are Rick’s top 3 domains from the list and he mentioned my domain in top 3 which was really nice to hear it.

I sincerely thank Michael Cyger for accepting my domain for the review and thanks to all Sherpas who devoted their time and sharing their experience and review the domains. And yeah, special thanks to Rick for liking my domain and it would be more great if Rick had valuated this domain as to how much he had asked from enduser if the domain was owned by him. I welcome Rick to share his view in this regard which will be highly appreciated.

Overall, it was great experience going through the whole video and lot of things to learn from the domain experts.

Let us know how valuable this video was for you and all comments are welcome no matter how good or good they are 😉

Some recent domain acquisitions by AbdulBasit.com

Some-recent-domain-acquisitions-by-AbdulBasit.comHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been a while since I posted some of recent domain acquisitions. Today I wanted to share some domains which were acquired through multiple ways like auctions, pending deletes, private acquisition, etc. Below are some of the names which were bought in the last couple of months or so…

EHYG.com – I know it’s not looking good as far as characters are concerned but I will take it.

ScrapbookShop.com – I like this name and there are few companies operating under the same name and others have long tail words joining with it.

Afifah.com – It’s a Muslim name of a girl and more commonly Afifa is used, ending with letter “H” makes it less valuable but still hundreds if not thousands of people are there in world using the same spelling in their names.

LawGroups.com – This is one of my first domain in law niche but I am trying to get into this more deeply because the CPC at parking platforms for such domains are really good. As it was recently bought so can’t give you much estimate about the traffic stats but to me this sounds a decent name. Yeah, if it was singular would be far better.

Ruhrstadt.com – Normally I don’t invest in other languages but I found lot of potential in this term.

TheTurbo.com – Well, I really like domains which starts with “The” and there is fellow domainer Shane who loves it as well. I have some other domains which starts with “The” and will try to gather some other time and share with you guys. This can be used for gaming, movie, sports and many different niches.

Alchin.com – When I sold my first domain which had both first and last name a year ago had changed my mind since than as I am seeing people getting more interested in buying domains of their names. I have found two word name selling quite slow compare to one word name no matter it’s commonly used or not. As number of inquiries have rose in past few months which have made me to invest a little more in first, last and first/last names together as well.

Andrepont.com – It was registered in 90’s and dropped recently. A last name which sounds good while calling it.

HannahRose.com – A two word name which is quite common and there are many Hannah Rose who would like to upgrade their name to just HannahRose.com one day… some day…

Matmed.com – Can’t say much about this name. I like it and grabbed it from drop… May be you could add some more info for this domain…

Care to share your recent domain acquisitions? Also if you wish to comment and share your feedback about my domain purchases?

Breaking News: Ken Hansen to lead co.com Registry

Breaking-News-Ken-Hansen-to-lead-co.com-RegistryHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I would like to congratulate Ken-Hansen, Gregg McNair and Paul Goldstone for the launch of co.com registry.  Ken Hansen has resigned his position at Neustar to lead this effort as CEO of “Co.com, LLC”, with Ken Hansen as President and Gregg McNair as Chairman

Recently I received press release from Paul Goldstone which I wanted to share with you guys.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, November, 15 2013 – Three well known domain industry leaders have teamed up to launch the co.com registry that will allow users to register the .com domain names they’ve always wanted!  Ken Hansen,(formerly Neustar) will lead the new venture as CEO, joining Paul Goldstone (President), and Gregg McNair (Chairman).

“When Paul asked me to work with him to build a ‘dream team’ for co.com, I immediately thought of Ken Hansen as our leader. Today our CEO is among the most respected and savvy operators in the registry space. Ken’s appointment along with his knowledge and understanding of the co.com opportunity is turning heads in a sea of confusion. To him the co.com solution was so simple and obvious” McNair said.

Sixty-one countries currently offer domain names ending in “co.countrycode” such as co.uk and co.jp, with registrations for those extensions totaling over 11 million.  Additionally, each year over ten million new .com domains are registered.  co.com Registry intends to capitalize on this strong demand, and the current lack of available domains, by opening up a new tract of land in .com.

“The demand for .com names is not going away”, says Hansen.   “We intend to meet that demand by offering short memorable domain names ending in .com”.

The co.com registry will have an open registration policy, meaning that any company, organization or individual will be eligible to register domain names like companyname.co.com, organization.co.com, or anything.co.com.   “I couldn’t be more excited with the team and the future of co.com domains, where users will be able to pick the perfect .com domain to fit their online and branding needs,” said Goldstone.

co.com domain names are expected to become available in the first quarter of 2014. Plans call for a “Sunrise Period” for trademark holders, followed by a first-come-first-serve “Landrush Period”.  Premium domain names like travel.co.com, tickets.co.com, wine.co.com, insurance.co.com and spa.co.com, are also available.

Those who wish to receive launch updates and additional details, as they become available, can subscribe to the email list at www.registry.co.com.  The co.com team is attending ICANN Buenos Aires and is also available to meet with registrars interested in becoming distributors of co.com domains.

About co.com LLC – The co.com domain registry offers businesses, organizations and individuals, short, memorable and recognizable .com domain names, through a worldwide distribution network of domain name registrars and resellers.  co.com LLC is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Please direct all media inquiries to:
co.com LLC, Public Relations
media@co.com or +1-703-625-6312
www.registry.co.com

I would like to wish them very best and success in everything they do.

Why buying domains privately is better than other available options

Why-buying-domains-privately-is-better-than-other-available-optionsHello everyone,

I feel it’s an interesting topic to share and discuss with you.

I have been actively buying domains through auctions like GoDaddy Auctions, NameJet, SnapNames no matter they are expiring, buy out, privately listed, etc. But there is one more way to acquire domains quite easily and without any trouble. That is to buy domains privately.

Now there are few points right now on my mind which makes me feel more comfortable buying domains privately.

1) Chances are to get reasonable price because the seller won’t require to pay any commission to middleman (broker) or any companies like Sedo, Afternic. These companies charge 10-20% commission which sellers must pay so many times if the seller is regular in this business he will up his asking price by 10-20% depending on the platform where the commission structure varies. So once you go directly there is possibility of getting straightaway discount in the range of commission they would be paying to those companies.

2) It’s completely hassle free because buying domains through an auction is to wait till you win the domain. No matter what the time is. Chances are to lose as well because some buyers don’t have idea what the real value of that domain is (reseller value) and overpay for that domain. You can be the victim too by outbidding him and winning the domain. At the end you will pay more than you were willing to and will face difficulties in selling at decent profit.

3) One more important thing while making private purchases is the negotiation tactics. You have to be very patient and never show your desperateness for that particular domain. You know there are few domains I bought privately which took me more than 1 year to acquire from the previous domain owner. The more patient you are and have negotiation skills, the more chances to get that domain with lowered price.

There can be some more advantages of buying domains privately. If you come across any, feel free to share. Also do you agree with me on above points?