Archive for the ‘domaining’ Category


“Inside Frank Schilling’s $1.65M .XXX Purchase”

Posted October 19th, 2011

As reported on DomainNameWire: “Within twenty minutes during this year’s DOMAINfest conference Frank Schilling agreed to pay $1.65 million for a collection of .xxx domain names — before .xxx was even approved.

Schilling retold the tale today in a TRAFFIC session alongside ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley.

During the DOMAINfest event in Santa Monica Schilling started discussing a purchase with Lawley. The next day the two met up and started discussing names. Within twenty minutes Schilling had handpicked a set of domains for a total purchase price of $1.65 million.”

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“KeySystems and NameDrive Merge into KeyDrive SA”

Posted July 28th, 2011

As reported by “As DVMag reports (German) that the Luxemburgian Investment Fund BIP Investment Partners announced today that it is combining the Registrar Key Systems (St. Ingbert, Saarland) with the domain parking company Namedrive (Luxemburg) in a new holding company named Keydrive S.A. based in Luxembourg. The new ownership was already added to NameDrive’s ICANNWiki entry earlier this month.”

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The Economic Times Predicts Trends and Future Directions Of The Domain Industry

Posted July 19th, 2011

As reported by Manish Dalal for “The history of the domain name is intertwined with that of the growth of the Internet. The first .com domain name was registered in 1985 and it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. While the Internet came into existence nearly two decades before the first domain name was registered, this event is perhaps an inflexion point. This is because a domain name is assigned a unique IP address, which is made up of a long series of numbers that forms the basis of Internet communication and allows users to locate it on the Internet.

Given the dynamic nature of the Internet, new trends in the domain name industry are frequent. 2011 however, is expected to be a little different as it will be witness to some trends in the domain name industry which would perhaps be amongst the most significant since its inception. Read on to know more about these trends and future directions.”

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Posted in domaining, Know Your Domains by Worth Up To 7 Million According to Frank Schilling

Posted July 15th, 2011

As reported by “Citrix Systems this week bought, a 70-employee start-up that makes cloud infrastructure software. At the same time, it acquired what may be one of today’s most desirable tech domain names,

Consider that Apple earlier this year reportedly paid $4.5 million for the “” domain name. Apple unveiled the new iCloud storage service shortly thereafter.

Cayman Island-based Frank Schilling, widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful generic domain name investors with names such as, said that could fetch $3 million to $7 million if its new owner were to sell it.”

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“Hustler Comes Out Swinging Against ICM & .XXX”

Posted July 13th, 2011

As reported by “According to a story in, Hustler has come out swinging against. XXX and anyone who plans to registering or obtaining a .XXX domain name containing one of there trademarks.

In a statement sent to and, Hustler President Michael Klein said:

The ICM registry is “prohibited from registering or selling to a third party any .XXX domain names that contain the famous Hustler trademark or other Hustler-related trademarks.”

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“VeriSign Releases Domain Traffic Treasure Trove to the Public”

Posted July 6th, 2011

This is huge news for anyone in the domain buying/selling business.

As reported by “VeriSign has released VERISIGN® DomainScore™ to the public.

The beta tool allows anyone to enter an unregistered domain name and get an idea of how much traffic the domain gets.

DomainScore uses NXD data — basically visit requests to non existent domain names — to calculate a score ranging from 1-10. The higher the score the higher the traffic to the domain. The score is for the last full week, the last 30 days, and last 60 days.”

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Posted in domaining, Know Your Domains, Tech News by Final Sales Figure Has Come In At $2.6 Million, Is Top Selling Domain Name of 2011

Posted June 29th, 2011

This year’s record breaking domain sale of comes courtesy of Marksmen’s sales division, NameQuiver, in partnership  with Moniker and SnapNames.

The purchase of the domain for $2.6 million (previously reported as $2.5 million) by an undisclosed buyer was, according to the press release: “negotiated privately after an initial multi-million dollar offer.” The sale was co-brokered during DomainFest Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

Marksmen Inc CEO Ken Taylor  said of the sale: “We’re very pleased with our partnership and Moniker’s ability to attract a buyer for, culminating in this successful outcome. We look forward to continuing to use our unique position in the industry to connect premium domain names to our clients and other end-users via auctions and private brokering.”

The release also states that: “Brokers considered a category-defining domain name at a time when social media has become the single largest growth sector on the Internet.”

Congratulations to Marksmen, NameQuiver, Moniker, SnapNames and the Undisclosed Buyer on this exciting transaction.

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“How to Avoid Go Daddy’s 60 Day Lock for Whois Change”

Posted May 13th, 2011

The following linked story  is an exciting piece of information for anyone who buys or sells domains.

The explanation and tips on navigating Go Daddy’s maddening 60 day lock for changes to the WHOIS  come courtesy of Domain Name News.

Click HERE to read.

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Becoming More Legitimate As An Industry Every Day: Domain Estate Planning

Posted March 3rd, 2011

Who will take care of your domains when you die?

Not a bad question but probably not something most think to plan for in their will.  Domain Guardians, a new company set to Launch at ICANN 40 are banking on this as their business is not only as an ICANN accredited registrar but also as domain estate planner and manager.

Domain Name Journal reports:

As one of its key offerings, Domain Guardians has developed a program called Domain Legacy to technically and legally protect and manage domain assets in the event of a portfolio owner’s death or disability. This is a service that many have long wanted to see and now a credible team of trusted industry veterans will provide it.”

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DigiMedia wins Reverse Domain Hijacking Case

Posted February 14th, 2011

The Complainant was Prime Pictures LLC of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), represented by Law offices of Vince Ravine, PC, United States of America (“USA”) The Respondent was L.P. of Texas and Oklahoma, USA, represented by John Berryhill, USA.

The disputed domain name:

See the full skinny HERE.

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