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Digital assets are worth less without a brick and mortar business
One of my clients has strong ties with the former DEC/Digital in Maynard, Massachusetts. The recent auctioning of several digital assets of the former company, that was absorbed by Compaq and eventually Hewlett-Packard, adds a sad epitaph to the region’s tech sector. My client is a corporate veteran that has lived the 70′...
Acro - Friday, July 25, 2014 - 17:50
GoDaddy auctions + lousy customer service = moving my domains out
After 14 years of on/off relationship with GoDaddy, it’s game over and I’m in the process of moving out every single one of my 250+ domains there. GoDaddy failed miserably to acknowledge and satisfy a simple customer request, preferring to keep $14 instead of retaining a customer. The GoDaddy customer representative and t...
Acro - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:0
Afternic – A pleasant surprise of a domain acquisition venue
Like many other domain investors, I received the news of Afternic’s acquisition by GoDaddy last year with mixed emotions. Giant companies that incorporate other smaller entities into their business structure, are never good news for the smaller company and its employees. However, Afternic doesn’t seem to have lost any of ...
Acro - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 19:35
When the reserve is nothing but a bait number
Maintaining the dual roles of domain buyer and domain seller, is not an easy task. One has to juggle between these two roles – rolled together into the joint function of “domain investor” – and keep an objective approach to business. As a domain seller, whenever I offer domains for sale on various venues, if [...
Acro - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 14:38
Swimming in a sea of domain freebies
A little over a week ago, I asked Network Solutions and XYZ to “cut the bullshit” and end the blind give-away promotions that have polarized the domain industry and have created artificial registration numbers. Not to mention, both companies involved lost a substantial amount of “face” in the industry. Despite...
Acro - Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:42
Close the domain deal quicker with a not-so-appealing alternative
Happy July 4th and TGIF. I’ve seen some lengthy, multi-part “instructions” recently about how to close domain deals. Things aren’t that complex, really. Deals begin with an offer and/or a quote. If the offer or the quote aren’t accepted, we move onto what I call “the not so appealing alternative.&#...
Acro - Friday, July 4, 2014 - 17:3
XYZ / Network Solutions: Cut the bullshit already!
In case you were wondering whether the infamous XYZ promotion by Network Solutions has stopped or not, I can assure you it’s still going full force. With more than 200,000 .XYZ domain names under the management of Network Solutions, it’s mathematically certain that these are all automatic registrations via an XYZ / NetSol...
Acro - Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 15:37
If you send me unsolicited emails, your disclaimers are invalid
Unsolicited email, aka “spam”, has been the single most annoying and time-consuming element on the Internet. More than twenty years ago, when I first received such “random” emails, I used to regard them as an entertaining departure from the stack of business emails that filled my inbox. Most of the spam that m...
Acro - Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:19
Consumers care about brands
The consumer world runs on brands. Household names are associated with products and services, not because of their dot or TLD, but because of the creative part that tags them. Products and services are in turn familiar items due to relentless advertising, that generates familiarity with the name. It’s how it’s been done f...
Acro - Monday, June 23, 2014 - 18:50
Registries and the igloo ice equation
A lot of math is floating around, some of which appears to be skewed to fit the agenda of the “professors.” As I’ve said before, new gTLDs are not like candy, and therefore it does not matter what the total numbers amount to, at this point. What matters, however, is that registries stop selling ice […]
Acro - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:22
My one and only XYZ domain
There has been a lot of controversy recently about ‘XYZ’ domain names. The criticism primarily arises not from the gTLD itself, but rather from the artificially inflated metrics – all thanks to an apparent XYZ agreement with Network Solutions. While this argument has been brought to the domain industry’s atten...
Acro - Friday, June 13, 2014 - 16:31
‘I hate your business model’
I will not sugar-coat it: we are being hated upon, potentially by the entire world outside our little industry. Domain investing is an open industry where anything goes; speculators, short term tasters, flippers, agonized penny stock traders, long term betters – anyone and their mother can become a ‘domainer’. There...
Acro - Friday, June 13, 2014 - 13:19
Moniker exodus: An update
After the Moniker issues of last week, I was able to transfer my last remaining domain there, to Uniregistry. It took 5 days, and the domain still shows in my Moniker account. Moniker always had issues with syncing its system to the Registry, so I’m left with a ‘ghost‘ domain that’s already moved out. The [...
Acro - Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 18:4
New gTLDs are not like candy
There is an ongoing obsession with gTLD numbers, that needs some debunking. According to several web sites that track the number of gTLD registrations, the total numbers now exceed one million gTLD domains. That’s like saying that WalMart offers 1,000,000 different types of candy – which is as far from the truth as it get...
Acro - Monday, June 9, 2014 - 13:48
Thank you, Veterans
Today’s day marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day; the decisive moment in history that changed the route of World War II. Although other battles cost many more lives, the beachhead of D-Day allowed the Allies to shrink the stronghold of the powers of the Axis and begin the liberation of Europe. I grew up knowing […]
Acro - Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:20
Goodbye, Moniker
I’ve never been a heavy user of Moniker; not even in the “good old days” when Monte Cahn ran the show. Moniker’s interface always left something to be desired, and it was always behind the practicality and efficiency of other web interfaces, such as that of eNom. These days, even GoDaddy’s improved domai...
Acro - Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 17:28
Is the Domain Name Sales domain management system confusing?
I’ve been using Domain Name Sales as the only platform to sell domains, ever since Frank Schilling demonstrated the iPhone app during TRAFFIC 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale. I don’t own an iPhone, and thus my experience is solely through a web browser; even on Android, the experience is smooth. Ever since its launch, the DNS [...
Acro - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 13:29
Domain marketplaces must set a minimum age for buyers
The youth of today is exposed to a whole lot more information, tools and gadgets than a decade ago; let alone thirty years, ago when I was a teenager. While it’s good to be able to receive this type of technological exposure, there’s a reason why the age of 18 is considered the base limit […]
Acro - Friday, May 23, 2014 - 11:40
Turning down domain offers is the best way to start the week
As much as I enjoy closing deals, Monday is reserved for a special task: turning down offers and making counter-offers. A lot of buyers expect you to be willing to go forward with their price, but I’ve found that a good solid “no” on a Monday sends them into a positive spin. Counter-offers thus arrive […]
Acro - Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11:6
I don’t know Carlito
I don’t know Carlito. He’s not a domainer, he’s a complete stranger. He’s the father of a friend’s friend, and his daughter’s plea showed up on my Facebook timeline on Friday. Carlito is spending his final days painting – having never painted before in his life – in order to leave on ca...
Acro - Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 17:38

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