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
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
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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
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
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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
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
Domain buyers claiming to have ‘alternate options’
Nothing is more precious than time. It’s the one thing that eventually runs out, and we need to be in constant control of, doing the things we like, need and want. When domain inquiries arrive, I can tell from the get-go whether they are serious, or have potential, as opposed to being time-wasting pings make […]
Acro - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:14
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Happy Birthday, Uniregistry
It’s been a year since Uniregistry opened up its gates, as a modern domain registrar; instead of relying on outdated technology, it was built from the ground up to provide efficient domain registrations. As part of the beta-testing team, I assisted with the improvement of UX functionality, and squashed a few bugs prior to the [...
Acro - Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:39
GoDaddy ‘Domain Buy Service’ revisited
Late last year, I had a pleasant experience with the GoDaddy ‘Domain Buy Service’, which I acknowledged in a post. As long as the offer that arrives matches your asking price, you are in good hands. If you are willing to counter-offer, the process isn’t complicated either, and the GoDaddy representatives respond to ...
Acro - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:31
Domain Name Sales : Thank you, Rebecca
Recently I explained why the raise in commission for brokered sales at Domain Name Sales is justified. Domain brokers at Frank Schilling’s team are dedicated, hard-working and most definitely top-notch professionals in how they phrase their responses, even when the client is a complete dickhead. A big thank you goes out to Rebe...
Acro - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 9:21
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Domain selling : How to say ‘no’ without saying it
Not every negotiation on a domain is straight-forward; if things were easy, everyone would be doing it. Sometimes the seller appears to be more aggressive than they are expected to be. Your goal, as the seller, is to maintain communication until you are absolutely certain the other party is not willing to accept your terms. […]
Acro - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 14:4
Domain inquiries : Quotes are valid for 3 business days
Receiving and responding to domain inquiries and offers, takes a small chunk of time. One has to research the buyer’s background and formulate a quote based on a combination of factors. Presenting a potential domain buyer with a custom quote is important, in order to achieve a sale. Inquiries that arrive with an offer must [...
Acro - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 14:42
Domains, Easter and American lamb
For millions of Orthodox Christians around the world, Easter Sunday is tomorrow. Today’s Resurrection Saturday, a day that signifies the rising of Jesus after three days on the cross, and thus the beginning of a new hope for humanity. Greeks celebrate Resurrection Saturday at midnight, with a church mass and a massive display o...
Acro - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 11:53
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NameJet, Flippa and Sedo : One necessary improvement in common
As an active domain investor, I utilize most major platforms to acquire or sell domain names. Such venues include Sedo – currently buying only – Flippa, and NameJet. Each domain venue has a distinct method of managing domain auctions, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. With the proliferation of new gTLD do...
Acro - Friday, April 10, 2015 - 12:16
Why commission increase at Domain Name Sales is a good thing
Since I started using Domain Name Sales in the fall of 2012, I’ve raved – time and again – about the incredible tools it provides to domain investors. At the time, my move away from Sedo was primarily based on several facts: Inability to view any useful details about the person I am negotiating with. […]
Acro - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 13:42
Your 1st domain acquisition attempt might be your last
If you’re actively acquiring domains, take notice. As an active domain investor, I dislike both lowballing attempts, and time-wasting scenarios that do not complete within a reasonable amount of time. Acquiring a domain name isn’t science. We both agree on a price, and move forward with escrow. It’s as simple as tha...
Acro - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:7
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Domain inquiries from unqualified buyers
In recent weeks, there seems to be an increase in domain inquiries placed by unqualified buyers. By “unqualified buyers” I’m not referring to the barrage of spam that arrives from a well-known source with fake female identities. The domain inquiries I’m talking about are placed by prospective buyers, whose rol...
Acro - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:6
Are you competing against yourself?
Last week I bid on a domain at Flippa; the seller had set a reserve on it, which is a smart move. No one else was bidding on the domain and I decided to max out my budget, as my tax refund was generous this year. After several attempts to meet the reserve, the auction […]
Acro - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 14:27
The Client, the Buyer, the Broker and his Seller
It’s a complex domaining world that we live in; many roles are interconnected, and quite often byzantine plots enrich its very foundations. While anyone can proclaim to be a domain investor overnight, it takes years of hard work to set the foundation leading to success. These days, the domaining microcosm involves buyers, selle...
Acro - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:48
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Pickles and Dicks : Flippa hump day special
I almost bid on Shane Cultra’s domain auction of earlier today; but I got distracted by some late evening BBQ’ing. It’s a great brandable domain, and I just might have a potential buyer for Shane – if only he picked up the phone to return my calls. Making $6k versus $600 should be a […]
Acro - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 22:12
Don’t be afraid of the blank sheets : The fear of the blank canvas
A blank sheet of paper, or an empty screen can be very intimidating to an artist or any creative person. Its emptiness is something unsettling and lacking direction. This initial fear of the empty canvas can become chronic, leading to the much dreaded writer’s block. To overcome this temporary impasse, a creative person needs t...
Acro - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:43
Weed and feed your domains
Spent most of Saturday doing yard work, facing a particularly persistent weed – not the dollar weed type – I wasn’t familiar with. Would have loved to seek the assistance of Shane Cultra, who’s been in the plant and nursery business for decades, but unfortunately he’s made himself unavailable to me, ...
Acro - Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 19:8
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The beauty of having multiple options
Having options means you can accomplish things faster, and more efficiently – as long as you’re willing to make decisions. When the road ahead is a single route, you are constrained by the definition of that road; its bumps or twists determine your only navigation of it and the speed of your progress. Options are […...
Acro - Friday, March 20, 2015 - 18:8

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