How to turn an unsuccessful domain sale to your benefit
On a given day of the week, I receive numerous inquiries for domains in my portfolio, even on weekends; the needs of people and companies for a domain representing their brand never stops. Not every inquiry turns into a sale, and conversion rates fluctuate during the year, depending on various parameters. There is one thing […]
Acro - 3 hr 52 min ago
Numbers and figures : The psychology of domain bidding
Bidding on domain names in public – or private – auctions, is a process that requires certain elements to be present, as part of a successful strategy. To begin with, domains that are promoted extensively or prominently, most often don’t fall in the “great deal” category. They are simply chosen per the i...
Acro - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 16:16
GoDaddy expired domains : Why the long wait after payment?
Recently, I renewed my trust in GoDaddy and it’s all thanks to the hard work of Joe Styler, who has been assisting with a lot of the issues I addressed last year. First and foremost, Joe’s patience, demeanor and ethics project sainthood; I am fully aware of the gravity of the word, and it’s not […]
Acro - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 21:53
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You think WHOIS privacy deters domain theft attempts ? Think again.
The current counter-argument that domains with WHOIS shield on are protected from theft, is outright weak. While the privacy of a registrant’s info is much more respected outside of the US and the original com/net/org triad of TLDs, there is a false perception that by masking that information a domain is safer. ICANN mandates t...
Acro - Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:17
A domain Escrow process for non-profits : Autism.Rocks aftershocks
It seems that the domain community is “up in arms” about the way the sale of Autism.Rocks was handled by Sedo. Fact-checking isn’t always the norm in the domainer village, and Sedo was quickly demonized over their 15% sales fee charge instead of a 3% escrow charge. A lot of “hindsight 20/20” statements a...
Acro - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 13:40
Uniregistry registrations : Use PayPal for registering domains
I’ve been using Uniregistry for the majority of my new TLD and gTLD domain registrations, thanks to their efficient control panel, quality of support and great bulk pricing. Uniregistry is also working on integrating Domain Name Sales into the registrar; in the coming months expect some great announcements from the Caymans base...
Acro - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:43
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Responding to Domain Name Sales inquiries can be a challenge at times
Not all inquiries at Domain Name Sales lead to a positive, constructive exchange. Let’s face it: every impersonal communication can deviate from the rules and principles of “in person” exchange. The use of email can trigger responses that can be misconstrued by either party, thus leading to an escalating exchange th...
Acro - Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 12:58
Are all “big cheese” domainers trustworthy?
About a month ago I placed a private offer on a domain at Flippa that triggered my interest, after missing the end of the auction by mere seconds. The offer was for a few hundred dollars, and the seller was seeking more than twice that amount. I could not justify such a price and countered […]
Acro - Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:16
100.org and the 100% Campaign launching in New York
I’ve been privileged to have sold one of my best domains, 100.org, to a great cause. The transaction completed last year, and gave the chance to a great, celebrity-backed campaign about 100% renewable energy to be born. The Solutions Project has now pushed forward for the 100% campaign with its pilot location, New York. It̵...
Acro - Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:10
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Sweet Captcha : WordPress plugin spread ads serving malware
A year ago I raved over the discovery of Sweet Captcha, a free captcha plugin for WordPress. At the time, and until yesterday, the plugin appeared to do its task quietly, blocking thousands of spam comments on my blog publications. Unfortunately, since at least Sunday, Sweet Captcha has been quietly serving pop-ups and pop-unders to ...
Acro - Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 17:22
You can still get great domains at the forums
Having just sold a .ORG domain for three times the amount of a recently acquired, aged .COM, I can honestly say: you can still get great domains at the forums. Whether you’re after a brandable domain or a generic, domain forums such as DNForum and NamePros offer the opportunity to discover domain gems. While most […]
Acro - Friday, June 5, 2015 - 13:24
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
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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
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
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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, DropCatch.com – 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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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

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