Symphony.com sold by AbdulBasit.com for $375,000

Symphony.com-sold-by-AbdulBasit.com-for-$375000Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

At this great moment, my heartiest thanks to Almighty ALLAH (The Most Merciful and Beneficent) who always strengthen me with firm belief and right guidance, and thanks to my family as well, they are always a great support specially my father who brought me in this business.

AbdulBasit.com sold Symphony.com for US$375,000, a great milestone is crossed as I was hoping to achieve this goal in current year. This domain was registered since 1997.

Credit to Frank Schilling for making great platform in the shape of DomainNameSales.com and the entire team for doing great job all time. This domain was brokered by Jessica Ebanks of DomainNameSales.com. She did fantastically well in closing this deal successfully and is one of the best domain brokers I have ever worked with. The buyer approached us and gave their initial offer in high five figures. After exchanging several emails we were able to wrap up this deal swiftly through Escrow.com.

I wish all the best to the new owner of Symphony.com and hope to see something big coming up.

Your comments are welcome no matter how good or good they are 😉

Domain Backordering Companies I have known so far

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I have joined Domaining.com this month and it’s my first post after enrolling in – thanks to Francois.

Today I would like to share the domain backordering companies I have worked with. None of them are listed in any specific order.


SnapNames.com

Snapnames-backordering-companySince long time I am using their service and witnessed they have the best catching ratio by far. I am always confident giving BO with them because most of the time they are able to catch domains and beat the competitors even though there are some new companies recently launched.

They also offer pre-release domains as they have done partnership with many registrars and those expiring domains are exclusively auctioned off at SnapNames. You can find many good domains out there.

 

Name.com

Name.com-backordering-serviceThey are good at catching .tv/.cc domains but once in a blue moon Name.com will grab a decent .com on your behalf. Not sure when that they will come for me like it happened with the owner of Mouthwash.com which was some time back caught by Name.com. No harm is giving BO with them but most of the time good names are already backordered so very slim chance left if you are going to BO when a name enters into PendingDelete status. What you can do is to place BO when the domain enters Redemption Grace Period (RGP). At this stage, people normally don’t place BO with Name.com because they charge you upfront and your money is stuck until the domain gets dropped and will be available.
Personally I don’t use Name.com much for backordering .com domains because chances are quite low and I don’t need to stuck my money with the company who normally grabs almost nothing good. One thing I like about them is they take BO on first come first serve basis but there is lot of room left for improvement in increasing the catching ratio.

 

DomainMonster.com

DomainMonster.com-backordering-companyI have used them in past to backorder .cc domains and was really happy to see them catching some good domains for me. Wrote a review about them in past. When they newly launched the BO fee was as low as $19 + domain reg fee. Since then they have increased up to $64.99 which is costly. The only thing I like about them for .com backordering is they don’t charge you anything upfront. Only when the domain is successfully grabbed on your behalf. But that never actually happens 😀

 

Pheenix.com

pheenix-backordering-companyThis is a new company and to promote themselves they offered people to backorder on first come first serve basis. I was excited to see new competitor in backordering business and some time later they changed their business model to private auction. I left them for quite some time and the CEO of Pheenix.com “Tan Tran” actually offered me couple of free BO credits which I declined because I was disappointed to see them making private auction system. They started with first come first serve basis just to get clients and when they reach their target, everything was changed.
Recently I joined back Pheenix when I saw them beating SnapNames and other companies. Impressive to see them catching some good domains and I have won some nice names for myself.

 

DropCatch.com


DropCatch-another-backordering-company I have joined them since their launch of “beta” and I don’t need to say much about them. One of the greedy  companies I have ever worked with. I just dislike their system of making public auctions. People’s hard work is drained off in seconds who placed backorders initially. You can read more about them here.


NameJet.com

Namejet-backordering-company They are not as good as SnapNames in catching Pending Delete domains but you are going to find lot of great domains auctioned off daily from the pre-releases. Similar to SnapNames, they have many registrars affiliated with NameJet and all expiring domains registered at them are auctioned at NameJet.

 

GoDaddy.com

godaddy-backordering-companyI used to BO domains with GoDaddy several years back and I can say they are one of the poor companies in backordering domains. Never caught a single decent domain. I have even heard that some people successfully beat GoDaddy by hand registering domains and at the same time the domain was backordered with GoDaddy! Funny and may be true story because I have read this from many people. Also I have previously written about GoDaddy backordering service here.

 

 

1API/Hexonet.net

hexonet-domain-backordering-company They launched backordering service for .cc domains in 2010 and I was in the first few to join them. When they caught first domain, there was another person who had placed backorder for the same name and it went to public auction. The same greedy business model which is currently operated by DropCatch.com. It was a domain which were merely worth few hundred bucks but they auctioned at GoDaddy Auctions for some days. That domain went for over $1,000. I was really angry at them and their CSO responded it’s newly launched service and we are soon going to make it private auction system and they did it some time later but since than I have never used and I feel it was a good decision by me. I wrote in detail about Hexonet.net in the past which you can read here.

Dynadot.com

They charge you upfront some $14.99 so I paid them in advance thinking they will some day catch a domain for me. Yes, they are also doing private auction so not as bad as greedy DropCatch. But I found the poor thing about Dynadot was when I backordered several domains and they failed each time so I thought to ask for a refund but they declined to refund back and said I am forced to use this fund at Dynadot. dynadot-backordering-company
That’s nonsense really! Now for this purpose I cannot backorder some crappy name to get rid of them. Personally, I don’t recommend any one using them because they don’t catch any good names for you so the money is left with them.

What’s your experience with any of the above companies? Feel free to share any other backordering service you know.

Domain Parking Revenue for May 2014 which was record breaking

Domain-Parking-Revenue-for-May-2014-which-was-record-breakingHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

If you remember I was hoping to have better next month in parking as mentioned in my previous month’s parking revenue post and I got it right. I added some more domains to DNS and was able to hit the $900 mark!

I can sense the drop in revenue from this month because the domains which made significant revenue last month were having temporary traffic boost. From now onwards, I have decided to share some approx stats of my parking which might be useful for you in some way…

Total visitors – 110,000+

Total clicks – 6,200+

Total parked domains – 650

Total revenue – Won’t share the exact amount but it was over $900

Top niche which made the most for me – Telecommunication

$$ made on a single day – $54

Stay tuned for my upcoming posts as there is going to be some exciting news 🙂

eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords

eBay-Inc.-To-Ask-eBay-Users-To-Change-PasswordsHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Got shocked? Why wouldn’t you be yeah… This is scary when you come to know eBay’s database got compromised! That must have taken so much in depth knowledge about hacking and sad to know people waste time in doing wrong stuff rather than getting themselves settle down at right place.

As per eBay blog:

“eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats. However, changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users.

Information security and customer data protection are of paramount importance to eBay Inc., and eBay regrets any inconvenience or concern that this password reset may cause our customers. We know our customers trust us with their information, and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace.

Cyberattackers compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network, the company said. Working with law enforcement and leading security experts, the company is aggressively investigating the matter and applying the best forensics tools and practices to protect customers.

The database, which was compromised between late February and early March, included eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth. However, the database did not contain financial information or other confidential personal information. The company said that the compromised employee log-in credentials were first detected about two weeks ago. Extensive forensics subsequently identified the compromised eBay database, resulting in the company’s announcement today.

The company said it has seen no indication of increased fraudulent account activity on eBay. The company also said it has no evidence of unauthorized access or compromises to personal or financial information for PayPal users. PayPal data is stored separately on a secure network, and all PayPal financial information is encrypted.

Beginning later today, eBay users will be notified via email, site communications and other marketing channels to change their password. In addition to asking users to change their eBay password, the company said it also is encouraging any eBay user who utilized the same password on other sites to change those passwords, too. The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts.

About eBay Inc.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce and payments leader, providing a robust platform where merchants of all sizes can compete and win. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. connects millions of buyers and sellers and enabled $205 billion* of commerce volume in 2013. We do so through eBay, one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through eBay Enterprise, which enables omnichannel commerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

* This adjusted number reflects decision to remove vehicles and real estate GMV from ongoing total GMV and ECV metrics (previously stated ECV for 2013 was $212 billion, incorporating vehicles and real estate GMV).”

Many people over the world shopping online must be having an eBay account and I strongly suggest to change your passwords as quick as possible. Also make sure to use combination of letters, numbers and special characters. As always security remains a concern over the internet and when giant companies gets into trouble that’s not a good sign for rest of the world over internet.