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
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
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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
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
Are you on vacation?
Those of us that utilize Domain Name Sales brokers, often speak with amazement about their effectiveness to reach out and complete domain sales on our behalf. Each DNS broker has their own distinct style in responding, and adjusts it according to the inquiry’s particulars. I keep a close watch on these broker responses, and hav...
Acro - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 15:44
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Thoughts on the Radio Shack domain list and auction
After all these years, Radio Shack is being liquidated. The auction for the Radio Shack portfolio of domain names is being handled by Hilco Streambank; the domain list includes 296 domain names. For a potential brand buyer, the domains related to the Radio Shack name are definitely part of the IP assets that go with […]
Acro - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:58
When the buyer’s ego gets in the way
Not every domain inquiry is perfect, and sometimes the other party’s ego – if it’s overly inflated – can hurt or ruin a potential sale. Inquiries that attempt to shroud themselves in a mysterious vapor of unspecified intentions, call for extensive, careful research by the domain’s owner. The exchange, vi...
Acro - Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:28
Where you list your domain might determine its inquiry volume
I had an interesting discussion with an experienced domain investor the other day; among the things we talked about, was domain sales venues. He’s mostly a seller, so his buying habits are instinctive. One of the observations he made, was that when a domain name is listed for sale on Domain Name Sales, he rarely […]
Acro - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 11:13
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eNom and Google Apps getting ‘lashed’ by technology media
The severity of a Google Apps bug that failed to communicate with the eNom API that domains due for renewal had to renew the WHOIS privacy feature also, has been blown out of proportion. Under the current contract between Verisign and ICANN for .com and .net domains, the WHOIS information is public; the option to […]
Acro - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 18:53
Using the domain BIN is not the only option
Expressing one’s interest in a domain name is a combination of timing, price and knowing basic negotiation tactics. Those who own valuable domain assets aren’t too happy when lowball offers arrive, but establishing a valid interest by making a respectable offer is always a good start. If the domain in question is marked w...
Acro - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:16
Domain Name Sales : Thank you, Brooke
When a domain sale is achieved, everyone is happy: the seller, the buyer and in the case of an existing broker, them as well. But what about when an inquiry doesn’t lead to a sale, despite all the broker’s efforts? Sometimes, the DNS brokers go well beyond the “call of duty” to achieve a sale, […]
Acro - Friday, March 6, 2015 - 11:43
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Uniregistry : Sequential WHOIS shield emails attract unscrupulous spammers
I never had any issues with Uniregistry that were not dealt with swiftly. As part of a group of people that beta-tested the domain registry platform before its launch, I assisted with the initial round of debugging its processes. As a systems analyst and UX professional, I made suggestions about the flow and presentation of […]
Acro - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:32
Verify domain ownership before placing a bid on a domain auction
I’m an impulsive domain buyer, and I’ve made that clear in every venue or domain forum that I participate at. When a great deal is presented, time is often of the essence. As much as one must seize an opportunity, the associated risk can be costly. Imagine bidding on, and winning a domain auction or […]
Acro - Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 17:4
Adobe Photoshop is now 25 years old
Adobe Photoshop ranks among the most widely used graphics applications in the world, and is an industry standard tool for graphic designers. Officially rolled out as a commercial application for the Macintosh on February 19, 1990, Photoshop is now 25 years old. I first saw version 2.5 at the DTP department of a computer magazine [...
Acro - Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:1
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Do we need yet another Domain Conference?
Howard Neu announced THE Domain Conference yesterday, to be held during September 26-29 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Those of us that know Howard for quite some time now, take this announcement as a serious move in the domain conference market; as a co-founder of TRAFFIC along with Rick Schwartz, Howard and his wife Barbara and [̷...
Acro - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 13:22
Should rogue domain registrars be isolated?
Andrew Allemann made an interesting point today, at Domain Name Wire, in reference to the popularity of the Chinese domain registrar, Ename, with domain thieves. “[…] registrars should add an internal security check for transfers to eName. At a minimum, they should enforce the five day transfer waiting period to inspect a...
Acro - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 14:38
Domain ownership and theft: Will ICANN remain antiquated, slow and bureaucratic?
In October 2014, before the ICANN51 conference in Los Angeles, I implored ICANN officials to include the topic of domain ownership redefinition in their agenda. Facing a dramatic surge in domain theft throughout 2014, that article outlined the reasons that domain ownership must be redefined, and stated that a digital certificate of d...
Acro - Monday, February 9, 2015 - 15:44
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Perfect numbers revisited Part Deux: 360 and 100
I’ve followed the seemingly cryptic obsession of the Chinese for Arabic numerals for years. Around 2002, at a time that I was investing in short LLN and LNN .com domains that were available to register en masse, a very smart domainer lady shared with me the information that seems to be less of a secret […]
Acro - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 11:57
A press release is not a rehash of your blog post
Press releases are official statements announcing a milestone, an accomplishment, or an upcoming change about a company. As such, they serve as a public announcement aimed at disclosing information to the media and the consumer of the industry they target. Press releases follow a format that carries the date and location of the event...
Acro - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 13:30
Don’t let employees manage your domains
When you run a business, your assets include domain names; unlike tangible assets, domain names need special care. Keeping track of your asset inventory should extend to domain names as well. If you are in a business partnership, make sure that the assets are recorded and there is a clear method that defines their current […]
Acro - Monday, February 2, 2015 - 19:33
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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 aged 18 and above. As [...
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

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