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
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
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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
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), (Google app) and eNom (Google...
Acro - Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 14:31
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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 and the 100% Campaign launching in New York
I’ve been privileged to have sold one of my best domains,, to a great cause. The transaction completed last year, and gave the chance to a great, celebrity-backed campaign about 100% renewable energy to be born. The Solutions Project has now pushed forward for the 100% campaign with its pilot location, New York. It̵...
Acro - Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:10
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Sweet Captcha : WordPress plugin spread ads serving malware
A year ago I raved over the discovery of Sweet Captcha, a free captcha plugin for WordPress. At the time, and until yesterday, the plugin appeared to do its task quietly, blocking thousands of spam comments on my blog publications. Unfortunately, since at least Sunday, Sweet Captcha has been quietly serving pop-ups and pop-unders to ...
Acro - Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 17:22
You can still get great domains at the forums
Having just sold a .ORG domain for three times the amount of a recently acquired, aged .COM, I can honestly say: you can still get great domains at the forums. Whether you’re after a brandable domain or a generic, domain forums such as DNForum and NamePros offer the opportunity to discover domain gems. While most […]
Acro - Friday, June 5, 2015 - 13:24
How a DNForum domain acquisition led to a 9000X ROI
When I say that I hold domain names long term, I mean it. Domain flipping is the surest path to losing money. A domain name acquisition from 2009 has just transformed into an almost five figure sale, and the completed exchange is yet another example of my decision to trust my gut feeling. Six years […]
Acro - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 16:5
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Flippa and the ever-shifting domain BIN price
A few weeks ago, I noted how most active domain auction venues lack one thing in common: the ability to display the annual cost for renewing the domain. Kevin Fink was the only one that contacted me privately on the matter, to assure me that Flippa takes notice and many improvements are slated ahead. That’s […]
Acro - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 18:9
Why I don’t appreciate third party brokers barging in
In this industry we pretty much know each other, thanks to its structure and relatively small size. I often meet other domain industry professionals, at local meetings or at larger gatherings such as domain conferences. Connections are important to have, value and utilize in a mutually respectful yet efficient manner. I often use dom...
Acro - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:18
Happy Grandmother’s Day
Grandmothers are twice the mother one has; they possess the love, patience and understanding distilled through the experience of an extra generation. Not to discount one’s love for their mother, but today’s Mother’s Day celebration clearly deserves to be expanded, including grandmothers as well. My own two grandmoth...
Acro - Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 16:14
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Give the domain buyer a piece of your mind
Negotiations that rely on the domain buyer’s commitment to establish credibility of their interest, can often lead to a non-sale. When a buyer displays interest, or even seems to understand the requirements set forth by the seller and yet does not commit to a timeframe, the process is doomed to fail. As I’ve said recently...
Acro - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 14:53
Domain duel : DropCatch 2 – SnapNames 0
For the second consecutive time, – a NameBright outfit for catching and auctioning dropped domains – beat SnapNames for a domain I was after. Once touted for its ability to beat other drop catching services, such as Pool, SnapNames charges $69 as a basic fee. DropCatch charges $59. Operating in an industry t...
Acro - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:10
Domaining Europe welcomes domainers to beautiful Spain
Domaining Europe 2015 opens its gates officially tomorrow, welcoming domain investors from around the world to beautiful Valencia, Spain. From the 23rd to the 25th of April, an elite number of speakers, vendors and sponsors will join domainers that are world travelers, engaging in meaningful discussions and business ventures....
Acro - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 13:46
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Oops! Wrong email : My first ever domain sale was an accident
When responding to emails, or composing a new email, one has to be careful about the recipient’s address being correct. I tend to double check or triple check the email address, particularly since many corporate emails share the same first part. Sending an email to the wrong recipient can be embarrassing, but it can also [̷...
Acro - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 15:17

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