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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
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
Escrow.com: No more forms to fax or email
During the closing of a domain acquisition at Escrow.com 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
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 EscrowHill.com
Last week I completed my first domain sale using the services of EscrowHill.com, 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
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
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
When you inquire about a domain, don’t pitch your own
It’s common sense: When I go to a store to buy a product, I don’t turn around at the checkout to sell my services instead of paying for the item. This exact, unprofessional behavior applies to domain name inquiries as well. A person who introduced himself as a domain investor from India, placed an offer […]
Acro - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 15:31
The Internet, 20 years later: Party like it’s 1994
Around this time this week, twenty years ago, I connected to the “real Internet”, using a borrowed 9,600 bps modem. There is one word to describe the experience: Slow. It wasn’t just the already obsolete modem’s speed, but also the national pipeline’s available bandwidth, a T1 pipe to Pipex UK connecting...
Acro - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 14:36
ICANN should establish its global humanitarian reach
ICANN51 in Los Angeles brings together technocrats, entrepreneurs and other bright-minded individuals, in a gathering that projects ample lavishness despite recent cuts in spending. And yet, the agenda of such a large organization with a cash reserve in the hundreds of millions of dollars and a global reach, does not appear to includ...
Acro - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 15:24
GoDaddy brokerage offers make little business sense
When someone looks up a domain through GoDaddy for availability and it’s taken, they are presented with an option to make an offer to the domain’s owner. GoDaddy emails the owner and indicates that one of their customers wants that particular domain name. The email does not disclose what the offer is, and requires clickin...
Acro - Friday, October 10, 2014 - 13:32
Domain ownership a hot topic during ICANN 51 conference in Los Angeles
ICANN has expanded the Internet namespace with the introduction of the new gTLDs; this dramatic growth in all directions – a digital Big Bang – dictates that some urgent housekeeping must be performed on existing TLDs. Domains are not treated like property currently, and yet they are bought and sold for thousands and mill...
Acro - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 15:50
Domain theft: Should you disclose it, or be quiet about it?
One of the most interesting discussions I had, in the aftermath of the Moniker mass hacking of customer accounts, was related to disclosing domain theft incidents. While it has been a personal subject of consideration, I did not have the opportunity to analyze my position, so hopefully this post will clarify that. The very respectabl...
Acro - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 17:2
What exactly is a secure Domain Registrar?
Modern security principles are stricter than ever. Implementing security at several levels involves the admission that any system is vulnerable by default. Defining the weak points of any electronic system, whether it is on the Internet or on intranets, is the fist step towards establishing a secure platform to launch customer-orient...
Acro - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 11:46
Moniker password reset points to apparent mass hacking of accounts
Four months ago I moved my last remaining domain away from Moniker. The timing was apparently right, as today I received notifications of a forced password reset via email. While these emails were legitimately sent out, they ended up in my spam folder, which does not reflect positively on Moniker’s reputation. The mail out rela...
Acro - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:4
Perfect numbers revisited
While there is a trend that treats every numeric domain as a coin of sorts, the truth is that not all numbers are created equal. In the course of a decade, I’ve invested in a limited amount of numeric domains in the original three TLDs, perhaps no more than 25 in total, maybe less. Selective […]
Acro - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 13:1

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