You might be in possession of stolen domains
If you casually acquire domain names off lists, auctions or even domain investors beware: some of these domains might be stolen property. Last week, a domain auction that was advertised on blogs, social media, and even, was terminated. The domain was stolen from its rightful owner by a person other than the seller; afte...
Acro - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 17:25
We are a start-up and can’t afford five figures
Every time I receive an inquiry for a domain name best suited for a start-up or a product, I face the same dilemma. Do I quote the maximum valuation price for the domain, or do I give them a break? This dilemma stems from a statement that is often part of the response to a […]
Acro - Monday, September 28, 2015 - 13:46
LinkedIn Premium : 33% success rate with InMail function
I recently upgraded to the Premium membership at LinkedIn, the global network of professionals. It’s not that I desired to expand my 500+ business connections much further. After all, one has to be selective with their contacts, or things like this happen. In this case, I was interested in getting in touch with LinkedIn members...
Acro - Friday, September 25, 2015 - 20:17
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If NameBright can do it, so should other domain registrars
Recently, I shared my frustration on the prolonged time it takes to confirm outgoing domain transfers away from NameCheap. While some blame the delays on the fact that NameCheap utilizes the back-end of eNom, from my understanding NameCheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and no longer an eNom reseller. Either way, the proces...
Acro - Monday, September 21, 2015 - 9:51
Love, money and the meaning of life
In this time and era we’re often caught in the rat-race, and society has changed a lot in the past decade and a half. While the Internet connects billions of people, that digital umbilical cord is fragile and easy to disintegrate into the bits and pieces it’s composed of. Our friends are one-dimensional, flat projections ...
Acro - Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 21:22
NameCheap : No option to expedite domain transfers out
One of the most frustrating characteristics of domain transfers, is the inability to expedite them to the gaining registrar. It’s the year 2015, a full decade since EPP / authentication codes were introduced to authorize an inter-registrar transfer, and yet, some domain registrars ignore the progress made since. NameCheap is on...
Acro - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 13:31
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Final thoughts on ‘liquid domains’
By now, the subject of so-called “liquid domains” has been covered ad nauseam. My recent position on the subject generated a lot of interesting commentary, for and against the existence of this domain genre. Personally, I believe that it’s a unicorn of sorts. Elliot’s blog featured a “free for all”...
Acro - Monday, September 14, 2015 - 19:5
In memoriam of 9/11 : From the ashes, new life rises
September 11 marks the haunting legacy of human loss, in an extensive act of terrorism that cost 3,000 human lives. Every year, memories of that day should become stronger, not weaker; they should become starting points for new beginnings, not the end of the line. This year also marks the first time since the 9/11 […]
Acro - Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:57
Are gTLD alternatives “stealing the bread” of traditional domain investors?
Twenty months after the launch of the first new batch of gTLDs, the registration numbers show many interesting things. Top placement for XYZ, which holds 15% of the total, despite allegations for a “massaging” of the numbers via a Network Solutions promotion. Totaling more than 7 million registrations, each one of the top...
Acro - Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:22
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10,000 reasons why you don’t need ‘liquid domains’
This year marks the 10th anniversary of my first five figure sale. I still remember the feeling of crossing the number “10000”, up from four figures. The German buyer still uses the domain, which makes me feel good about the sale. In the years since, not much has changed in how I attack domain investing, […]
Acro - Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:26
Two way authentication : Print some back-up codes
After getting a new phone over the Labor Day weekend, I found myself in a situation I hadn’t planned for. While transferring photos, contacts etc. was my priority, I didn’t remember to disable two way authentication at various domain registrars, before switching to the new phone. By doing so, I effectively locked myself o...
Acro - Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 13:44
Domain investing and life : Your mileage might vary
I see a lot of thirst for knowledge in the domainer community, and it’s not always from newcomers to the game of domain investing. Domain forums such as DNForum and NamePros are active beehives of information, and one has to be able to extract the honey without consuming too much pollen. Over the course of […]
Acro - Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 20:57
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Most end user buyers have no clue what an “aftermarket domain” is
If I could have a dollar for every email I sent, educating prospective buyers about aftermarket domains, I’d be at least one thousand bucks richer. The fact is, end user buyers – as opposed to domain investors – are for the most part unfamiliar with the value and pricing of domain names. This comes as […]
Acro - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 15:3
Google : New logo gets rid of the serifs
Shocking news this morning, as Google revealed its new corporate logo. The new Google logo inherits the same colors per letter, and gets rid of the serifs it used for years. It also changes its little “g” icon, replacing with a four color “G”. The font family appears to be Relish Pro, according to a […]
Acro - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:31
GoDaddy two way authentication : Use it!
Now that GoDaddy has rolled out two way authentication internationally, there is no excuse not to use it. In 2014 and 2015, the proliferation of domain theft targeted GoDaddy customers in record numbers. One cannot blame it on anything else than the fact that in pure numbers, GoDaddy is the biggest domain registrar in the […]
Acro - Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 20:10
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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 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 - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 14:37
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 – 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

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