Lawyer Trust Account : A great alternative to escrow
Experienced domain investors actively engaging in sizable sales and acquisitions utilize the services of an established escrow service, such as Escrow.com. The use of an escrow service ensures that both parties engage in and fulfill their part of the agreement – exchanging domains for money. There are times when using the servi...
Acro - 7 hr 37 min ago
Domain misnomers : Chinese premium letters ?
The accuracy of a term is important, especially when defining a class of information. With domains, the term “premium letters” has been defined as a subset of the Latin alphabet, typically excluding the following letters: Q,Y,J,K,Z,X,C,V Although some premium domain keywords rely on non-premium letters – SEX.com com...
Acro - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 16:12
Some confusion among domain buyers at Domain Name Sales
I’ve been using Domain Name Sales to both park and sell domain names, ever since I moved my entire portfolio away from Sedo three years ago. Since then, I’ve successfully completed numerous domain sales, utilizing several different escrow services or directly; the common denominator is that the lander has been that of DNS...
Acro - Monday, August 24, 2015 - 15:29
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My nominations for THE Domain Conference awards
It feels strange knowing that there’s no more TRAFFIC conference. After a decade of successful domain industry shows, Rick Schwartz retired in triumph, and currently safeguards the TRAFFIC name, brand and legacy. Meanwhile, Howard Neu, TRAFFIC co-founder and partner, moves on with THE Domain Conference, that once again uses Sou...
Acro - Friday, August 21, 2015 - 11:15
How much is your .XYZ domain worth today?
The news so far: Google acquired ABC.XYZ, a “domain hack” that perhaps the Campbell Soup Company would also appreciate. Outside of this deal, the substance is about how Google created an umbrella corporation for itself, called Alphabet, and will thus give its founders new roles, away from Google. It’s like reshuffli...
Acro - Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 18:4
Network Solutions can now merge user accounts
Network Solutions is the original domain registrar, and although the days of $35 dollar /year .com registrations are gone, it retains a large number of domains under management. When I registered my first domain in February 1997 with them, I actually had to fork out $100 for two years; the extra $15 per year went […]
Acro - Monday, August 10, 2015 - 13:43
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Premium gTLDs : Registries should provide a tool to query domain renewal costs
There are plenty of new TLD domains in the aftermarket, some of which carry a premium renewal price. In a previous post, I mentioned how domain auction venues should require from the domain sellers to disclose the domain’s renewal cost at the current registrar. As I haven’t seen much of a change on either NameJet, […...
Acro - Friday, August 7, 2015 - 17:18
Expired domains auction trickery won’t get you an accurate valuation
For several years now, some domainers attempt to gauge the value of their domains by engaging in a simple trickery. By allowing their domains to expire and be entered into an auction, they perceive the winning bid to be an accurate representation of value. This practice is not only frustrating for the winner of the […]
Acro - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 12:56
DotSauce Magazine relaunched today
Mark Fulton‘s DotSauce Magazine is back; after a hiatus of exactly 687 days, the publication relaunched today. Covering subjects related to domains, domain investing, SEO, marketing and development, DotSauce Magazine will also be hosting regular contributions by yours truly. DotSauce has been one of these publications that offe...
Acro - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:50
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Your gateway to tomorrow : The future, as seen 32 years ago from a Bell System ad
I was recently reading through the 50th anniversary issue of Newsweek, published in the spring of 1983, that I found in my dad’s library. The articles spanned the events during the half century predating the issue, and are both educating and entertaining. Posting scans of automotive ads alone would be fun, but for now I’m...
Acro - Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 20:3
Some reported sales at GoDaddy are bogus
I use GoDaddy to acquire domain names on their aftermarket, and recently posted about my experience regarding an auction. Despite losing that auction to someone else, I wasn’t as frustrated as the winner must be currently. The reason being, the domain’s registrant pulled the domain out of GoDaddy in the last “minute...
Acro - Friday, July 31, 2015 - 17:17
GoDaddy auctions : When the owner renews the domain
A lot of resources publish domain expiration lists and some are curated by hand. By using these resources, one then spends time identifying domains with a great potential, for development or resale at a later time. On the secondary market, I focus on aged, brandable com/net/org domains and GoDaddy domains that are expired often meet ...
Acro - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 13:4
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Does your daddy know you’re bidding on domain names?
Kids these days grow faster than my generation did. They have access to the Internet, and a great assortment of tech gadgets at their disposal. In stark contrast, I bought my first personal computer at 18. While I’m open to listening to the ideas, aspirations and the occasional wisdom tidbit of young folks, I detest […]
Acro - Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 20:30
Domain inquiries : I see you are not using your domain
One of the biggest arguments in domain ownership is what constitutes “use”. To the average visitor that simply types in a domain name, “use” of a domain is synonymous to displaying some type of content. As long as there is a web page that displays something other than banner ads, then the common perception is ...
Acro - Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 17:51
Tech support feedback is important
When I open a ticket with a domain registrar, or with a related service provider, the primary goal is to get the issue resolved. One has to keep in mind that there are no automata staffing these tech support positions. Real humans, sitting behind a keyboard, examine every case and strive to resolve it. Sometimes […]
Acro - Monday, July 20, 2015 - 19:30
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How the use of a gTLD domain saved a marketing director money and frustration
This is a true story, but some names have been changed to protect upcoming marketing plans. 😉 Lana’s comment on a business forum was full of frustration, anger, disgust: “They stole my domain and for a year now I’ve been trying to prove it, to no avail. I would contact ICANN next but it’d take […]
Acro - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 15:15
GoDaddy and two-factor authentication update
Two factor authentication is a must these days; domain hijacking is rampant and cybercriminals often devise some crafty attempts to steal domains via social engineering. Domain registrars that currently implement two-factor authentication include GoDaddy (SMS, US only), Uniregistry (Google app), Name.com (Google app) and eNom (Google...
Acro - Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 14:31
How to turn an unsuccessful domain sale to your benefit
On a given day of the week, I receive numerous inquiries for domains in my portfolio, even on weekends; the needs of people and companies for a domain representing their brand never stops. Not every inquiry turns into a sale, and conversion rates fluctuate during the year, depending on various parameters. There is one thing […]
Acro - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 13:33
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Numbers and figures : The psychology of domain bidding
Bidding on domain names in public – or private – auctions, is a process that requires certain elements to be present, as part of a successful strategy. To begin with, domains that are promoted extensively or prominently, most often don’t fall in the “great deal” category. They are simply chosen per the i...
Acro - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 16:16
GoDaddy expired domains : Why the long wait after payment?
Recently, I renewed my trust in GoDaddy and it’s all thanks to the hard work of Joe Styler, who has been assisting with a lot of the issues I addressed last year. First and foremost, Joe’s patience, demeanor and ethics project sainthood; I am fully aware of the gravity of the word, and it’s not […]
Acro - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 21:53
You think WHOIS privacy deters domain theft attempts ? Think again.
The current counter-argument that domains with WHOIS shield on are protected from theft, is outright weak. While the privacy of a registrant’s info is much more respected outside of the US and the original com/net/org triad of TLDs, there is a false perception that by masking that information a domain is safer. ICANN mandates t...
Acro - Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:17
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A domain Escrow process for non-profits : Autism.Rocks aftershocks
It seems that the domain community is “up in arms” about the way the sale of Autism.Rocks was handled by Sedo. Fact-checking isn’t always the norm in the domainer village, and Sedo was quickly demonized over their 15% sales fee charge instead of a 3% escrow charge. A lot of “hindsight 20/20” statements a...
Acro - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 13:40
Uniregistry registrations : Use PayPal for registering domains
I’ve been using Uniregistry for the majority of my new TLD and gTLD domain registrations, thanks to their efficient control panel, quality of support and great bulk pricing. Uniregistry is also working on integrating Domain Name Sales into the registrar; in the coming months expect some great announcements from the Caymans base...
Acro - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:43
Responding to Domain Name Sales inquiries can be a challenge at times
Not all inquiries at Domain Name Sales lead to a positive, constructive exchange. Let’s face it: every impersonal communication can deviate from the rules and principles of “in person” exchange. The use of email can trigger responses that can be misconstrued by either party, thus leading to an escalating exchange th...
Acro - Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 12:58
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Are all “big cheese” domainers trustworthy?
About a month ago I placed a private offer on a domain at Flippa that triggered my interest, after missing the end of the auction by mere seconds. The offer was for a few hundred dollars, and the seller was seeking more than twice that amount. I could not justify such a price and countered […]
Acro - Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:16

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