Archive for the ‘Domaining’ Category

Some more great features added to DotDB

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Almost a year back I published an article about a great service DotDB which I’ve been using it regularly or I say it clearly that on daily basis.

Since that time, they’ve introduced several new features which are worth sharing with you all. One of the most awaiting thing was to have exclude function and now it does have the function and some more additional new functions like Bulk Search, Export data, API access

What I would love to see them have is to reduce pricing for both Pro and Expert plan so it could be more reasonable especially for Expert plan. I can understand the hard work, investment and lot more involved but to be more competitive and have edge over your competitor, one need to offer a great overall service.

Also while frequently using both at Dofo and DotDB, I finally found the difference between results at both sites. Suppose you type in Print,Factory at Dofo to show results between space which shows the opposite result as well. I mean Dofo shows factory print, factory printing as well whereas at DotDB, when I type print factory, it shows results starting with print or the middle but factory word doesn’t come at first in any way. I think if DotDB adds this feature as well, would make it even better service.

I would suggest anyone interested in using on frequent basis must try their Pro plan for 7 days free trial. It’s worth giving a shot.

I’m sure the developer of DotDB (Lin) will take this feedback positively like in past as well and he’s a good fried of mine.

Feel free to give your feedback and I’m sure Lin or his team would be happy to listen and implement it if necessary.

First five figure sale of 2019

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been long time since I reported my last five figure sale but it looks like the time has come which is the beginning of this year.

The inquiry came in mid October 2018 via Sedo broker Albert Schimmel looking domain for his client with budget in high 4 figures. Since my domain was listed with an asking price of $28,888 so there seems to be big gap. Since buyer’s identity is not disclosed until the sale is completed so you never know if there is any room for buyer to be flexible and come up close to asking price or even accept the BIN.

I responded by giving hint on having some flexibility if the buyer comes close to BIN. After going back and forth with broker in a period of one month, he said the lead is “pretty much dead”. After hearing such words from the broker, I realized the buyer don’t have the budget and will go for other option so I just thought to forget it….

And I really forgot it as well until last week…. when I suddenly received email from same broker after almost 3 months by saying he thinks of getting the buyer to offer $22,000 NET or may be a bit higher.

Now that was pretty much sale going to happen from a pretty much dead lead. Also it was quite close to asking price.

I accepted the offer but asked him to give a try of getting anything above that level but anyways of accepting this in case the buyer makes no move from this amount. I totally left on the sincerity of Albert who I believe gave his best all the way handling this deal and got the buyer to pay $22,500 NET which I suppose makes it $26,470 GROSS for the domain LiftLab.com. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Surprisingly the payment arrived in Sedo’s escrow account the very next day of initiating the transaction. And within next 24 hours, the domain transfer was completed and funds were released!

Thanks to Albert and Sedo team for making the deal so smooth.

Feel free to share your recent domain sale(s) with any detail if you like to.

Unique idea to help grow domain industry

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I always think about making our domain industry more stronger than ever. I’ve come up with a simple but great idea and if this can be implemented, it will be helpful for all domainers participating in this great cause.

There are many instances where domainer gets hit with UDRP and just because of lack of funds, he/she is unable to respond back. Although there have been some cases where a domainer been hit with UDRP and don’t even bother responding having loads of $$$ and ends up even losing it. Well, I’m not talking such lazy domainers and we can rule them out for sure. Domainer including newbie, veteran, panel members or can be any one participate and donate funds.

So what my proposal is we can have 3 or 5 members panel which comprises of domainers and at least one IP lawyer. One of the panel members shall be collecting and sharing it publicly about the total collected and available funds.

Next step is we’ll urge all domainers who’re well capable and have adequate funds to donate on regular basis to collect as much funds as possible which will cover all the expenses from responding to UDRP utilizing the services of our IP lawyer and other expenses incurred if any.

Once we’re well set in terms of securing funds, any domainer who gets hit with UDRP and can contact us in order to seek help in responding. We’ll leave up to the honesty of that domainer to inform if he/she is having no extra funds to respond or can partially cover the fees.

There will be a criteria of minimum two things to meet before we proceed any further.

1) There has to be enough funds easily available with us to cover all necessary expenses.

2) Majority of the panel members MUST agree upon the case in hand is good enough to be responded back. Because we would not be wasting any money on obvious trademark domains.

If the above two conditions are met, funds will be allocated for that particular case and our IP lawyer will take it up further.

I would like everyone to chime in and give your suggestions and/or feedback.

Thank you!

Dofo.com – Discover, buy, register domain all at one place!

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

In this post, I would like to talk about a life-saving website for those that are interested in domain names: Dofo.com. Launched a few months ago, dofo.com gathers together all the information available out there for domains and saves you from the trouble of having to use multiple tools. On Dofo.com, you can search for domains through hundreds of extensions, check registered and available ones, get detailed information on each domain, and also explore among registered domains using scores of filtering options. It was such a unique experience to be able to view how many domains are registered containing the specific keyword that you are looking for, and how many of them are on sale, all displayed in just a single page. Besides, the fact that all these information are laid out for free puts dofo.com one step ahead of other tools.

In a nutshell, dofo.com:

  • Brings together 350 million registered domains in the world,
  • Combines the information on 40 million domains that are on sale across marketplaces such as Sedo, Afternic, and Uniregistry,
  • Offers you advanced filters for many searching combinations,
  • All without charging a penny.

On Dofo.com, there is a separate page dedicated for every domain name. On this page, you can see the following information regarding each domain:

  • Up-to-date Whois Info,
  • Up-to-date Sales Info (sales type and price),
  • Website Info (website status and Alexa rank),
  • Domain Info (language, keywords, domain length),
  • Whois History,
  • Dispute History,
  • Similar Domain Names Sales History,
  • State of other extensions available for that domain (total number of registrations, number of available and on sale extensions),
  • Similar registered domains.

With Advanced Search, you can search with multiple keywords, display results that are on sale, set a price range for query outputs that are on sale and by using special filters like extension type and setting the number of characters, you can find what you are looking for momentarily.

Apart from providing information for each domain, dofo.com presents statistical data as well. Which for me is pretty cool. By searching with a keyword on the Trends page, you can see the total number of registered domains containing the keyword and the number of domains that are on sale, examine the usage frequency of domains and view the popularity rank of a keyword. Also on the Trends page, you can check the status of your keyword among popular extensions.

Under dofo.com’s Registrars page, there are profiles for registrars where you can display the number of domains hosted by each registrar, their rank, registrar’s country ranking, and further details. While on the Extensions page, you can see all the extensions as a ranked list.

The data analyses and collections provided by dofo.com tells us that more features are yet to come soon. I would like to congratulate Dofo.com for bringing a breeze of fresh air into the industry and thank them for developing a product that’ll make our jobs easier. Dofo.com will definitely be helpful for the people in the domain name industry.

I’ve been using Dofo since it was newly launched and I would be more happy to see more features added especially Reverse WHOIS.

Feel free to share your feedback using Dofo and if you would like to have some new feature(s), please post in the comment below. I believe the team of Dofo is really fantastic especially the CEO Macit Tuna who would definitely consider your feedback to be implemented.

Most of my domain sales in last 60 days

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It was a little slow and low time in terms of sales for last few months. Both in terms of selling few domains as well as the amount of total sales. It was quite surprising to see because after having 2,500 domains in my portfolio, such slowness wasn’t expected. But this is part of business and I’ve to adjust accordingly.

Below are most of the sales I’d in recent past:

Simplifire.com – Acquired last year and total cost was in $xx. Had put up BIN like I’ve set up on over 95% of my domains. Sold via Afternic BIN for $4,888 so nothing much to share in detail. But what I can is the ROI was fantastic. I love to buy such type of brandable domains.

Claira.com – Received inquiry via Uniregistry lander and I quoted $2,988. Got an offer of $1500. I responded with $2,800 as the minimum to be accepted. Buyer immediately accepted. I set up escrow at Sedo to use their service and see how it goes. Everything went smooth but the only issue with Sedo escrow is they don’t let you set up escrow by yourself. I need to submit the required detail and Sedo initiates transaction during business timings. That’s where they lack and need to give the right to any one to start transaction and they can look after once it’s started. Acquired this domain in 2014.

RedAccess.com – Another BIN sale via Afternic for $2888. Acquired this domain in 2014. With BIN sales, there isn’t much to share but in my opinion, any sale is something to learn from.

ChapterSix.com – Coincidentally this domain was also acquired in 2014. It looks like I’m making some sales for the domains I acquired in 2014 😀
This domain originally had an asking price of $1,988. Got counter of $1,000. I countered with $1800 for a quick deal and was accepted.

Used Uniregistry checkout system and it worked great! They’ve improved their checkout system as in past sellers were forced to pay the PayPal/Credit Card fee of 3.88% and no option to select buyer to pay that fee. Now it shows both option for seller to opt who’ll pay the fee. Although the Service Fee of Uniregistry is paid by seller which is touch higher but with smooth and small deals I would prefer to use them instead of Escrow.com who asks you lot of stuff to verify your account. During that time, there are chances of buyers getting disappear.

BioFidelity.com – Received inquiry via Uniregistry lander and quoted $6,888. The buyer offered $2,000. After going back and forth with buyer several times, we settled for $2,200. I rarely go that low but since I needed to invest in other and better domains, I went ahead and took it. Deal was completed via Uniregistry checkout.

JhMiller.com – Acquired this domain last year with total cost in low 3 figs. Received inquiry via Uniregistry lander on behalf of their client along with an offer of $113 by mentioning “https://www.freevaluator.com/ and did a quick check for jhmiller.com and it returned $113.62.” While researching about their client, I found they own JhMiller.CO. Anyhow, I quoted the same listing price of $1,988.

It was real fun dealing with this buyer as he gave an offer of $113. In his next response, he revised offer on the automated valuation of another crappy site Estibot.com which according to him gave $1,200. But he was giving an additional $150 above that appraisal.

My excerpts from the next message “We don’t believe in any automated appraisals as none of them is trustworthy. I’m sure you’re aware of the biggest registrar in the world GoDaddy.com which appraises the domain for $1,781 – https://www.godaddy.com/domain-value-appraisal/appraisal/?isc=cardigan&checkAvail=1&tmskey=&domainToCheck=jhmiller.com

Even if it appraises double than that, it won’t affect our asking price as we don’t set our prices based on automated appraisals.

You may want to check weekly reported domain sales – http://www.dnjournal.com/domainsales.htm to get an idea about current domain market.

Since you operate designing company, I’m sure you understands very well about the value of quality domains.”

And there goes the most common silence we domainers face 😀

After around a week later, I countered with $1,850 and gave 48 hours to accept. The buyer got back saying his client is willing to pay $1,750 which is final offer. I took it and deal completed via Uniregistry checkout.

Feel free to share any of your recent domain sales. Also if you like to add comments and/or suggestions on the above sales would be appreciated.