46 years ago on July 28th,1969 Neil Armstrong was gracing the cover of Time having made history by broadcasting live from the moon. Playboy Magazine in the back of the drug store was considered porn. The top hits on the radio included… Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus), The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women, Tommy James and the Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion, Blood, Sweat & Tears - Spinning Wheel, and Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good. July 28, 1969 is also a day that will be recorded in history decades later for an achievement no one could imagine back then, one as revolutionary as walking on the moon. It’s the Internet and the key to its success being realized by a a great man born on that day: The fabulous Frank Schilling, Happy birthday Frank!
While you were sleeping domaining's most esteemed investor was talking up new extensions while quietly buying up old ones to use as loss leaders generating traffic and inquiries that will be priced too high for some leading to an opening to sell newer names and earn lifetime registration royalties.
It all started around 2006 with a big splash at T.R.A.F.F.I.C following news of the Marchex acquisition of Yun Ye's portfolio, Domain Sponsor's aggressive push to buy up thousands of smaller portfolios under "brains" brand, and a three other companies which then amassed over 400,000 domains, attracting 50 million visitors a month. According to copious notes that I kept during that period from DNJournal and Ron Jackson T.R.A.F.F.I.C keynotes, "in a single quarter just one of these big three spent $11.5 million on 34 portfolios and added 40,000 new domains."
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What a great business plan. To buy at a 90% discount and sell at 100X cost.
Over the next year our research shows Frank will increase his non-gTLD inventory by a third (that's 100K domains, folks, yet only 10% of the rotting fruit). His acquisitions have been golden encompassing the reclamation of the painstaking acquisitions once openly discussed and traded on the coveted Rick's board. What's coming in is not just dot COM gold, it's also the best .Net, .INFO and one-word generic wonder .ORGs on the planet.
Niall Kennedy, a software engineer in San Francisco, California must be pounding his fist through the walls missing the boat for the second time in life and blaming his misfortune on the hard work and brainpower of the early adapter. In 2007 he was irate after discovering that a few guys like Frank, Marchex, Kevin Ham and Name Media were in the possession of the world's finest domains. He blogged then....
"Think of a name, any name, and it’s probably already registered as a .com domain. Most sites blocking your path to a memorable and descriptive names are owned by domain squatters, businesses buying domain names in bulk and running targeted advertisements from Google and Yahoo!. Domain names are not only memorable, they influence a site’s ranking in search engines, since a site URL containing the phrase “kittens” has a higher possible correlation to kitten content than a URL without the keyword match. Kevin Ham owns over 300,000 domains, virtual real estate in our online lives. He assembled the portfolio over many years of work, taking advantage of changing technologies, business environments, and legal terms. He is just one example in a global domain industry collecting millions of dollars a year prospecting new names.
He paid 10-times the typical domain registration fee in exchange for such privileged access to the domain name ecosystem. Ham was able to snap up over 10,000 domains in late 2000, just months after imploding Internet brands vacated their offices and their web brands."Hey Niall, you and anyone else can register a great .Click name here for $1. What are you waiting for?
Now I present Domain Name Sales house and Power Seller sales (and below them screen shots of the next state) that are on the radar for the early summer. I guarantee it's a mind-blowing list beyond anything you'll see anywhere else.
CanadaStay.Com (Redirect CanadaStays.Com)
ClaimServices.Com (Auto Claim Services)
ConditionMonitoring.Com (redirect Ludeca.Com/Prod_Vibration_Balancing)
FrontWalk.Com (Linear Tv)
LastStopShop.Com (Merlin Truncate Route 66)
MontreauxLiving.Com (Redirect SeeTheProperty.Com)
Rising.Org (Merlin To Coventry University )
Uala.Com (.It Redirect)
VisitCayman.Com (Redirect Caymanislands.Ky)
WorkOutSupplements.Com (Redirect Vitaminsupplements)