Domain security : All registrars should implement this feature by 101Domain
When it comes down to securing your domain names, one method is not enough. Domain theft is rampant, and the current structure of the reclaiming process puts the onus on the victim. In other words, it’s best not to have to deal with a domain theft incident to begin with. Two factor authentication is the […]
Acro - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 15:2
Did DomainTools grow too big for the domain industry?
Twenty years ago, I “enjoyed” querying the web portal of Network Solutions for the availability of domain names that popped in my head, and watch them getting registered two weeks later. Those were the days of “data trading” to key players in the domain market. The practice continued until the end of the monop...
Acro - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 19:24
Doubling your asking price : Not a threat, a promise
During the past two years, the introduction of numerous gTLDs rejuvenated the domain industry and the domain aftermarket. Domain sales have sustained a high volume and average sales price, indicating a healthy secondary market for domain names. Naturally, the value of .com, .net and .org domains – the original triad – has...
Acro - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 16:19
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Domain sales : Push the right buttons of your potential buyer
To convert a domain inquiry into a sale, there are certain key elements that must be taken care of. It’s not just a matter of pricing the domain right, and in accordance to market conditions. Many inquiries lead nowhere, at least temporarily, simply because the buyer is unwilling to make such an acquisition, being unfamiliar [&...
Acro - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 13:18
Domains, branding and the corporate smell of the 1980’s
In the 80’s I collected corporate annual reports on offer via the Fortune 500 and Businessweek publications. I simply ticked off every checkbox on those coupons, and a few weeks later, glossy booklets arrived at my doorstep. My postman must have hated me, as the collective weight of those reports I’d get for free, week [&...
Acro - Monday, April 11, 2016 - 10:3
Domain inquiries : The two-spear attack and how to win it
Having closed on yet another five figure domain sale, I’m confident with discussing an incoming inquiry strategy, and how to win it. The “two-spear attack” is an attempt to get a domain, facilitated by the same party by submitting two offers of varied size. It can most definitely be extended to accommodate additiona...
Acro - Friday, April 8, 2016 - 11:6
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Domain offers : A twist on the proverbial “poor student” inquiry
The practice of making offers for domain names, under the guise of being someone else, isn’t new. Domain investing presents opportunities that can be exceptionally rewarding. There is competition in the market, and there are only so many good names available. In the mid 2000’s, many LLL .com domains were sold to investors...
Acro - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 14:26
Domain sales : Single transactions versus “lease to own”
Domain inquiries often quote the cost of a domain as a reason that the sale cannot go forward. While direct sales in a single transaction is what I’m personally after, there are times to consider a “lease to own” option. There are a couple of ways to leverage the particulars of such a domain sale: […]
Acro - Monday, April 4, 2016 - 13:10
Uniregistry domain parking : Prepare to be dazzled
The recent launch of the much-anticipated Uniregistry Market generated a strong reaction by me and others. The integration of Uniregistry with Domain Name Sales is still ongoing, and overall the user experience has been carried over. While there are things missing currently, such as the custom response templates, I consider the platf...
Acro - Monday, March 28, 2016 - 11:41
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New Domain Name Sales PPC landers are problematic and here’s why
Ever since I started using Domain Name Sales in the fall of 2012, I’ve consistently offered suggestions and recommendations to the company, directly or indirectly. In the past, I’ve had very little “bone” to pick with DNS, and any issues were resolved swiftly. Today’s revelation of a staged rollout of ne...
Acro - Monday, March 21, 2016 - 16:48
Domain inquiries : Should you keep the conversation going?
An important task of a domain investor, is the evaluation of incoming inquiries and the subsequent response to them. While some inquiries might note appear to be promising, it’s good practice to respond to them, as an exercise in business communications. Many domain investors fail at this point, being unable to articulate their...
Acro - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 13:23
Uniregistry Market : Domain portfolio additions to Domain Name Sales now instant?
My domain portfolio is mostly available through Domain Name Sales. While there have been some issues in the past, they typically get resolved quickly and I’m currently into the 4th year of using DNS both for PPC monetization and domain sales. At the same time, I typically use Uniregistry for registering and managing domain name...
Acro - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 16:36
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China and domain escrow services : Just use Escrow.com
DN.com has released a series of increasingly cryptic announcements regarding its service and web site availability. It all started when a message via Twitter and Facebook indicated that DN.com will be closing down for “1-3 days” to perform some business entity changes. The announcement was followed up by stating that more...
Acro - Monday, March 14, 2016 - 13:10
Domain inquiries : The year after year repeaters
I have no problem with receiving domain inquiries that do not immediately convert into a sale. An exchange that did not lead to a sale, provides useful metrics about a particular domain, and helps me understand the other party’s intentions better. Some inquiries fail due to a budgetary constraint, others expose the inability of...
Acro - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:15
Flippa : On a good course removing trademark violations
Flippa is a domain marketplace that attracts a variety of domain sellers; its global reach is quite profound. While most US-based domain sellers are aware of and comprehend the purpose of trademarks, those in many other countries often do not. Trademark infringing domains are definitely being listed on Flippa, because there is no aut...
Acro - Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:41
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Domain inquiry : A buyer went for the gTLD, and I’m fine with that
I’ve been a keen supporter of the new gTLD system since its launch two years ago. It is the evolution of an Internet name space that was densely occupied by those that ventured into domain investing early on. While I still invest in and support the original TLD triad, .com, .net and .org, I consider […]
Acro - Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:39
Remove your domain acquisition from “for sale” venues
As a domain investor, I often acquire domains after a considerable amount of negotiation. My goal is to maintain the privacy of the terms and the associated price. Although a non-disclosure agreement can take care of the general terms of an exchange, there is a weak point that is not always controlled by me or […]
Acro - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:18
Domain crime : Sometimes, the owner does not want to be found
Fifteen years ago, a Network Solutions flaw cost me a domain, albeit temporarily. That domain theft incident led me to research the proliferation of domain crime, and its processes. For the past dozen years I’ve been following, reporting, exposing and assisting with the return of domains that have been stolen. Many cases involv...
Acro - Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:47
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Domain inquiries: No, I’d rather not make a domain sale today
After 15 years of direct end-user domain sales, I’m very familiar with the lingo used by those who attempt to get a domain on the cheap. I’m not referring to the hordes of “poor students,” or the “single entrepreneur moms,” or even the occasional cash-strapped “non-profit.” Domain sales...
Acro - Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:54
Not all Chinese domain investors are worth dealing with
There are plenty of domain professionals from China that are honest, up front and willing to engage in domain transactions with Westerners. They speak adequate English, and at any rate, better than my Mandarin. Whether you sell to the Chinese, or buy domains from them, you’re bound to come across some shady characters. I sold [...
Acro - Friday, February 5, 2016 - 18:4

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