Chad Folkening – DNW Podcast #154

Chad Folkening has been in the domain business for over two decades. Here’s what he thinks. Chad Folkening has been a domain investor for over 20 years. On this week’s show he discusses what he sees happening in the domain industry, how he thinks we can get more liquidity for domains, and how his company […]

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I still think emoji domains are a bad investment

My opinion hasn’t changed and here’s why. I’ve had a few people email to ask what I think about emoji domain names as an investment, especially after domain investor Gregg Ostrick paid $11,201 for ☯.com (Punycode: xn--w4h.com). My answer hasn’t changed since I wrote about this back in May: people are flushing money down the […]

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NTI.com domain name saved in UDRP

Company tried to upgrade from .dk to .com. Domain name attorney John Berryhill has successfully defended domain investor Sahar Sarid’s domain name NTI.com in a UDRP. The complaint was brought by NTI Cad Center A/S, which uses the Danish country code domain name NTI.dk. A three-member Czech Arbitration Court panel found that the complainant’s NTI […]

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Domain inquiries could drop next month. Blame SSL.

Start filling out a form on for sale landers and you’ll see a “not secure” message. Yesterday I wrote about how landing page companies are adding SSL support for domains on their platforms in order to meet Google’s deadline next month. Starting next month, domain names with any sort of user submission form that don’t […]

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Why lower prices at NameJet might mean more money for everyone

A lower starting price is a bet on higher sell-through rates. NameJet is lowering the starting bid prices on a number of direct-transfer expiring domain names. These are the domains that are registered at partner registrars and don’t go through the full pending delete cycle. Domains from Tucows (which owns half of NameJet) will be […]

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SSL comes to landing page tools, but at a price

Services that make it easy to create landing pages across multiple domains need to implement SSL. Next month is the deadline for most sites to move to https with an SSL certificate. At that point, Google’s Chrome browser will give a “not secure” warning when someone visits a page with any type of form. This […]

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Make sure your contact info is updated when you sell a domain

If you don’t, you could be on the receiving end of a UDRP. Mike Mann just lost a UDRP. That’s what the record will show, anyway. But he actually sold the domain in the UDRP, WashingtonJournal.com, for $75,000 earlier this year. The new owner didn’t update the Whois record. C-SPAN filed a complaint against the […]

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What domains BMW and other end users bought last week

BMW, a gaming company, and a deals site bought domain names over the past week. It was a frustrating week to uncover end user domain name sales at Sedo because many of the buyers are using Whois privacy. Still, I was able to figure out the (likely) buyer of WomenInc.com at $25,000 after sleuthing around. […]

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Man sentenced for hijacking company’s domain name and demanding $10,000

Man held former company’s name for ransom and redirected it to porn site. An Arizona man has been sentenced for redirecting his former company’s domain name to a porn site. Travis Tso worked for an IT company in Phoenix. In 2011 he renewed an account for the company with GoDaddy. Fast forward to 2015, when […]

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Spanish police raid .Cat domain name registry offices

Raid is part of crackdown on Catalonia independence referendum. As reported on DomainIncite and InternetNews.me overnight U.S. time, Spanish police have raided the offices of Fundació puntCAT, the registry operator for the .cat domain name. .Cat is a domain name for the Catalonia region and people that speak Catalan. Spanish authorities asked the registry to […]

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