Dot .CLUB Registry did the right thing despite own error
Big kudos to the executives manning the dot .CLUB Registry, for researching, acknowledging, and – most importantly – owning a Registry error. It all started with the astonishing manual registration of the domain name Credit.Club. Registrant Bruce Marler, a developer that shared the classroom stage on rapid WordPress devel...
Acro - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:38
Greek Elections: I Cannot Vote .org
Greece is having crucial national elections today, the results of which some say might shock the European Union’s economy, once again. In Greece, where democracy was established two and a half millennia ago, the right to vote has been both a privilege and an obligation, reserved for the Greek citizens. As a Greek expatriate, ho...
Acro - Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:2
Never set a BIN price for your domain names
Selling your domain names on a venue with a fixed, “BIN” price opens up a can of worms. Not only you’re disclosing the price to the public, particularly on Sedo, but you’re also risking getting much less money that what the domain might be worth. Setting a BIN price supposedly generates more sales that close [...
Acro - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:3
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NamesCon chatter: Uniregistry listens
The presence of Uniregistry at NamesCon was not decorative; the 17+ staff members were there to listen to both customers and non customers, and improve both the registry and the DNS platform. Jeff Gabriel, VP of Sales at Domain Name Sales delivered a powerful presentation at NamesCon. Some called it, a “car salesman speech on [...
Acro - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 15:16
Why NamesCon did not happen in 2004
My telecom background allowed me to participate in large industry conferences, in the 1990s and early 2000s. As an employee of corporations and start-ups, I was on the flip side of the conference participants, that of an exhibit staffer. Having to interact with thousands of people at a time, was a task that allowed me […]
Acro - Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:32
NamesCon 2015 – The domain industry’s renaissance event
In 2014, NamesCon quietly entered the domain conference arena, with a clear indication of its intentions: to deliver a meaningful, educating conference of substance for domain industry professionals. By carefully planning this year’s event, Richard Lau and his trusted team of hard-working warriors managed to introduce an entire...
Acro - Friday, January 16, 2015 - 14:54
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Domaining 2015: It’s on, like NamesCon
After attending three TRAFFIC conferences (2008, 2010, 2012), one SedoPRO (2010) and NamesCon (2014) I’m looking forward to next week’s Vegas gathering of domain industry professionals. NamesCon last year delivered its promise of networking those engaged with the domain community, and sparking the fire for bigger and bett...
Acro - Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:47
Have a prosperous New Year!
The year’s about to change on the calendar, and that’s when one typically gathers their thoughts on the previous 364 days that passed. For 2014, I’m grateful for the people that made a change in this world; friends, relatives, associates and colleagues that shared love and support with each other. Every year that pa...
Acro - Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 13:59
EscrowHill: Perfect for international domain sales
I’ve been using EscrowHill as a domain escrow service for almost two months now; having documented my first sale to a domestic domain buyer, it’s time to share some info about an international sale as well. The option to use the Premium Escrow where EscrowHill takes control of both the domain and the funds, allows […...
Acro - Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:49
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GoDaddy pays fast
Three days ago I described my experience with the GoDaddy “Domain Buy Offer” service, outlining the process and how smoothly it went. As I prefer to offer the bulk of my domain portfolio via Domain Name Sales, I was skeptical initially. It all comes down to agreeing on a price, after all, and by achieving […]
Acro - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:29
The Day of Infamy: Pearl Harbor’s legacy
It is true what they say about events that occurred in December: they can’t size up next to the Holidays and get lost in the spending glitz. And yet, an important anniversary, that of the attack on Pearl Harbor, deserves to be brought out of obscurity, each and every year. As every year passes by, […]
Acro - Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:2
Domain Name Sales and GoDaddy: The best of both worlds
The majority of my domain portfolio is monetized and available for sale via Frank Schilling’s Domain Name Sales platform. Most buyers type in a domain and end up on a page lander, which prompts them with a link to inquire further. Others might perform a WHOIS lookup and email me directly. Lastly, another group of […]
Acro - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 14:19
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Registrars taking the spamming route
As if domainer spammers were not enough, domain registrars peddling new, exotic gTLDs are becoming more brazen in their approach. With several hundred new gTLDs currently live, some registrars blindly send out announcements about the availability of extensions without any apparent opt-in or otherwise targeted mechanism. Today I recei...
Acro - Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 20:50
Ethics & the domain industry
Every function of human interaction is governed by ethics – the quintessential, unwritten rules of behavior that define how humans formulate both personal and interpersonal relationships. Without ethics, it would be fine to steal. It would be acceptable to cheat. It would be perfectly normal to deceive, double-cross or take adv...
Acro - Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:46
Domainer spamming: “Everyone is doing it”
If you’ve been receiving email inquiries for your dictionary word domains from a range of Gmail addresses, you aren’t alone. These “pings” harvest your email from the WHOIS, and mass-email domain owners with inquiries of questionable syntax, made by people with bogus names. I ended up receiving 30 such emails ...
Acro - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 14:10
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Forwarding inquiries to the Domain Name Sales platform
The introduction of the Domain Name Sales platform, two years ago during TRAFFIC in Ft. Lauderdale, was an industry game-changer. The DNS platform and assorted app - for iOS, currently – have provided a solid, expandable tool that offers a myriad of options for active domain sellers. Domain inquiries that arrive via direct emai...
Acro - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:5
Premium gTLD domain transfers require manual intervention at eNom
I’ve been using eNom for more than a decade and maintain a portion of my domain portfolio there. When it comes down to gTLD pricing, particularly for Donuts, Inc. domains, eNom appears to offer the lowest prices, along with great domain management features. With some early gTLDs less than 90 days from renewal, I decided […...
Acro - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:39 No more forms to fax or email
During the closing of a domain acquisition at today, I was informed of a pleasant update to how credit card payments are handled. Until now, when making a credit card payment, one had to fax or email a filled out form, with the credit card scanned and another piece of identification – or the […]
Acro - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 15:22
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ICANN give, because I care
Donating to the needy is something that is built within one’s psyche. In an era that compresses human emotions into Facebook ‘likes’ and Twitter #hashtags, the proverbial heart does the real work. This planet is occupied by more than 7 billion humans, many of which face famine or devastation. Selecting where to dona...
Acro - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:19
Domain ‘swapping’ requires mutual trust
When it comes down to domain acquisitions or sales, I observe a basic law of trading: money must change hands. In other words, I sell domains for money, and acquire domains for money; no exchanges or trades of any sort form any part of my business model. On several occasions I was contacted about trading, […]
Acro - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:10
Detailed: My first domain sale using
Last week I completed my first domain sale using the services of, after coming to an agreement with the buyer over a domain I didn’t plan to sell in the first place. It would have been the second such sale using Andee Hill’s professional escrow services for domains, as a previous attempt could not […]
Acro - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 16:0
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How I sold a domain I didn’t plan to sell
As the old saying goes, “everything has a price tag“, and while I generally agree, not everything needs to display that tag prominently. Investing in domain names doesn’t always come with the purpose to resell. Even long term investments can change into becoming selling opportunities, despite the initial plans. Some...
Acro - Friday, November 7, 2014 - 15:58
Duane Forrester is up for grabs
Meeting Duane Forrester, Bing’s search engine guru, during NamesCon was an empowering moment. Duane’s not just a remarkably intelligent professional, he also possesses the interpersonal skills to deliver his knowledge and wisdom, in powerful blasts of information. As the closing speaker at NamesCon, he delivered the facts...
Acro - Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:52
Rust Consulting delivers again as manager of the LCD class action lawsuit settlement funds
If you don’t remember who Rust Consulting are, let me refresh your memory; they managed the settlement and rebates from the infamous “Hank Alvarez” scandal for SnapNames in 2009. Rust Consulting has been involved in managing the settlement process and funds for several other class action lawsuits, including one for ...
Acro - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 19:9
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Domain registrars: The good, the bad and the ugly
ICANN accreditation of domain registrars requires both a strict adherence to the standards mandated by ICANN, and a business approach that understands the complexities of the market. With that in mind, not all domain registrars are created equal. This is not a registrar ranking diatribe, however; I’m not judging registrars by a...
Acro - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:37

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