GDPR And What’s Currently Happening

If you hold a lot of domains, your head is probably spinning, or you’ve discovered what migraines are like. GDPR and European Union privacy law is causing registrars and ICANN itself to go mad trying to create policies that do not violate privacy for EU domain owners, and at the same redevelop all privacy policies. It’s a mess. Registrars are doing different things.

We domain sellers would’ve liked to continue being able to use public Whois for many reasons —

So buyers can find us easily;
So we can go out and find prospective buyers;
So escrow services and domain marketplaces can use Whois to confirm ownership;
And for general research into who owns what.

We’ve really relied on public Whois. It’s going to be hard to change. We need to find other ways to accomplish the same things.

Sales landing pages, with contact forms for domains you’re selling, aren’t sufficient by themselves but absolutely necessary now.
Registrar-provided contact forms aren’t sufficient, but extremely helpful.***
Marketplace listings have suddenly become much more important, since they offer another way for a buyer to find you.
And we’ve run across an inventive way someone changed his contact info to include a contact method, which could work for some registrars masking your email.

What Some Registrars Are Doing About GDPR

What you’ll find on a Whois page now depends varies with the registrar controlling the domain.
I haven’t researched how domains of different countries are being handled, but will update as I find things out and post it here.

Enom: It’s in process.
Enom has a helpful blog and subscriber newsletter to update users, but they are still working out how they’ll allow for registrants to opt in and allow some access to their Whois info, or stay private. At this writing, you cannot opt to allow public access to your Whois information that has been blocked. Resellers and other Enom customers have been emailed links to lots of user pages.
Here are some:
Reseller FAQ

Checklist-for-Resellers

Transfers: GDPR-Enom Blog The only change I see is that a transfer out has to be approved by Enom (you’d click on an email from Enom), not the gaining registrar.

https://www.enom.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Data-Use-Consent-Settings-Pages-Enom.pdf

Moniker: Offering a helpful work-around for some.***
This applies to domains registered at Moniker. Moniker is not blocking Whois name, address or email for those in the U.S. However, this might change soon, and perhaps the workaround is for domains that are privacy-enabled. At the bottom of the Whois page, you’ll see a URL where you can find a contact form to reach the owner of any Moniker-regged domain: Domain-Contact.org
This url can be found on many Whois service pages, but not Godaddy Whois, which stripped it off. This action on Godaddy’s part is really unhelpful.

Godaddy: Mixed.
Names and addresses and even emails are shown for Godaddy registrations, but not others. And of course there’s that masking that they were already doing, so any info for Godaddy-registered domains has to be viewed on Godaddy’s Whois.

Dynadot: Not blocking U.S. info, yet.
The Dynadot Whois for names registered with Dynadot is still public — name, address, email, for owners located in the U.S.

In Praise Of The Phrase: “And” Phrases

Do you like hand-registering domains? If so you probably spend a lot of time trying to come up with brandables, great phrases, or trendy words that no one’s bothered with yet, at least in some extensions. Sometimes I’ll make lists of different types of words, and awhile back decided to extend my search to phrases. I made a list of phrases with “and” in the middle.

It was really disappointing to find nearly every one of them already registered in .com, showing how much people enjoy commonly used phrases. Never underestimate the common phrase, when it comes to domains.

My list of And phrases is below. I removed the book, magazine and play titles part because it was just getting too long. So you won’t find items like warandpeace, antonyandcleopatra, or caranddriver.

Sayings —-
life and death
death and taxes
birds and bees (maybe more often said, the birds and the bees)
peas and carrots
salt and pepper
sweet and low
beer and skittles
bubble and squeak
please and thank you
And of course we could add proper names —
ben and jerry
ren and stimpy
lord and taylor
dick and liz — open
Some directives or exhortations —-
try and guess
stop and think
sit and listen
look and listen
shop and save
Actions —-
sit and stew — open
sit and spin
knit and crochet (or needle and crochet)
kneel and pray
cut and paste
cut and dried
shake and bake
copy and paste
wither and die
curl up and die
rise and shine
sit and rot — open
shiver and shake
laugh and play
At some point these are simply phrases —
cry and scream
yell and scream
wail and moan
wine and dine
dine and dash
touch and go
hell and back
come and go
buy and sell
give and take
push and pull
back and forth
scratch and sniff (Here we must remind everyone of the obvious, that “and” can often be replaced with a contraction ’n’ or ’n or simply n)
hug and kiss
wave and particle
time and tide
fool and his money
moose and squirrel
lock and key
seen and not heard
cat and mouse
horse and rider
bit and tackle
mother and child
forgive and forget
loved and lost
father and son
friends and lovers
bread and butter
wine and cheese
tea and crumpets
peaches and cream
wine and roses
fish and chips
hide and seek
live and learn
hope and pray
watch and learn
sing and play
run and jump
hunt and fish
point and shoot
fair and square
man and beast
man and woman
big and beautiful
lost and found
sweet and sour
fun and games
day and night
night and day
rich and famous
art and science
prim and proper
needle and thread
read and write
find and seek
hop and skip
slip and slide
rock and roll
run and jump
hit and run
you and me
you and I
me and you
eggs and bacon
bacon and eggs
ups and downs
back and forth
this and that
here and there
hearth and home
land and sea
truth and justice
right and wrong
lo and behold
down and dirty
down and out
high and mighty
north and south
east and west
left and right
hunt and gather
smoke and ash
rag and bone
dog and bone

GigaDomains Update & Other Things

GigaDomains is still under construction, a major overhaul. Soon the new version will be public and you’ll be able to search our portfolio by keyword, look at all we have under a category, check out our short names and be able to contact us. Mike is doing the entire site, and the programming is extensive.

He does our other sites, too. Some are not commercialized (yet) but are excellent examples of programming we’ve used later for monetized sites. For example, Mike made what is now one of my favorite news aggregator sites: BUZZPOST.COM. If you like to read tech news, you should visit it.

Most domaining blogs don’t discuss development much, but it’s clear that if you have a good-sized portfolio you must consider putting sites up on some names so they don’t lie fallow. Even mini-sites are not-small undertakings, but can 1)bring a bit of income; 2)demonstrate one type of commercial use of your domain name; and 3)jump-start the imaginations of end users; 4)ward off poachers with (unwarranted) UDRP in their minds; and 5)start a history of your name being in use, which is nearly always a good thing.

It’s tiring when people email to ask how much your domain is, “because you’re not using it” — and then go on to make very, very low offer.

Whether you put a site up or not, you definitely are using it, as inventory in your domain business.

Think Laterally

There was a British TV mystery show called Midsomer Murders with a detective who always told his sergeant, “Think laterally.” And of course his advice was always right, because solving mysteries on TV usually presents villains being inventive and unexpected. He’s telling his detective, Look at other ways something can be accomplished.

So it goes too, if you want a memorable, succinct domain — which of course you do — but can’t come up with the sums that generic and short .com domains command, you can do things a little differently.

You can get around the problems of cost and rarity by looking into domains other than .com.  Explore the other realms of gTLDs: The keywords you need, generics you want, are often there.

I like .ws names although that extension’s promotion hit problems some time back, and it never took off like it should have. Consider how short it is to type, even shorter than .com; and that the biggest registrars support it — there’s no out-of-the-way registry site to deal with. Maybe, for a while, you might remind your site visitors to think of it as if it stood for “website,” for help remembering it — and you’re off and running. Alternate extensions are perfect, I think, for personal interest websites (“vanity” sites) or blogs, as well as mainstream commercial pages.

Our one-word domains portfolio includes generics & first names such as:

Afterlife.ws

Annette.ws

Blackbird.ws

Bluebird.ws

Peck.ws

Physics.ws

Pittsburgh.ws

Starling.ws

Terry.ws

We have some one-word .buzz domains as well, to offer for sale now; some excellent keywords in there. Contact us at Gigadomains (at) yahoo.com to inquire on any of these.

Astrology.buzz

Friendly.buzz

Lines.buzz

Odds.buzz

Podcasting.buzz

Rankings.buzz

Ratings.buzz

Sensual.buzz

Smokers.buzz

Brandables, Keywords & Companies

One of the most thoughtful domainers we see these days is Keith deBoer, and when his columns appear on DNGeek I always stop to read them — they’re always good. Yesterday’s post, concerning WealthFront and its list of most-desirable companies,  was extremely relevant and interesting — and the list itself gave me a (nice) surprise, because a name we sold to the present owner is on it: Ipsy.  

The WealthFront list is something I’ll continue to examine. Not only are the company names themselves significant, but the type of business they’re in is vital to keep alongside the names — Meaning matters. These end users represent probably the best (and most lucrative) way the term could be applied.

On the WealthFront list, I noticed that there are some plurals among the names. Mostly they were “networks,” “systems,” “technologies,”  “sales,” “labs,” — which may need to use a plural to indicate the breadth of their work. It would be a small outfit indeed that did lots of research but had only one lab, for instance. However, there is always “language lab” or some other conceptual lab which would prefer to use the singular.

But other strong words such as studio vs. studios — it’s hard to say if the singular is stronger or not without knowing the rest of the domain. Another example might be engine vs. engines.

**Considering our own past sales, along with Keith’s Y Combinator keyword lists, we might compile our own list of best keywords. I notice “ware” is not on his lists. This is probably just coincidental.

An Industry That Uses Lots of Brandable Names

Recently, several ads for pharmaceuticals have jumped out at me during researching other things, and I was struck by the odd names these drugs had. Each was using the .com for their website.

The names were Opdivo.com, Yervoy.com, and Xiidra.com. All brandables, all kind of strange.

The first and second ones are owned by Bristol-Myers Squibb, registered in 2012 and 2009 respectively. The third name is registered by Michael Freed of Shire.com.

On the home page of Shire.com is a notice about another one: Onivyde, an oncology drug they’re marketing, now available in certain countries. Their website is Onivyde.com. A related name is Provyde, the name of their service that helps people get the drug if they cannot afford it; they do not appear to own that domain but have a trademark on the name.

While pharma companies sometimes will use a name that hints at aspects of the substance or simply combines portions of the ingredients’ names, they obviously have a wide range of choice in whatever name they choose for their product. (And of course different countries later will likely carry varying brand names of the same drug.)

In other words, these are all made-up names. They may not need to be catchy. In fact two of these examples are serious cancer drugs and aren’t likely to become household names. The website contains information aimed at physicians, not the public. (On the other hand, other drugs WILL become household names.)

Some names are deliberately chosen so they don’t sound like other things, but is it necessary for them to be a mouthful like Yervoy? Why should they buy only some twelve-dollar, not-so-great names found in drop auctions? Perhaps we should all list our more easily-pronounced brandables for the benefit of this industry.

Here are some of our best ones that sound like pharma names but we have lots more:

AMBIA.COM

ABIMA.COM

AMOZE.COM

AUTOMA.COM

INUEVA.COM

INPIA.COM

IMOSAIC.COM

LUVIK.COM

MIRGO.COM

NUESTRA.COM

PYXE.COM

KISHTA.COM

VIRIN.COM

ZENCA.COM

ZUMIA.COM

YACHA.COM

ZEVOS.COM

VEGAE.COM

SINBOL.COM

KATZURA.COM

KOZORU.COM

Ohz.com — Sedo Auction; Chinese Domain Sales

Anyone wishing to get this super-short domain, OHZ.com, should go bid right now: Sedo.com

There are only 1.5 days left in the Auction!

Due to the ocean swell of Chinese buying of domain names, I think we start regarding these Eastern domainers as superhuman and able to get profits easily. Probably this is myth, if not downright stereotype. Sometimes I am seeing missed opportunities. For instance, this domain name — DNQQ.com — which contains both the DN like in DN.com, the Chinese domain marketplace, and then it ends in QQ, like the IM service I think of as the Chinese Yahoo —

— is for sale at roughly $1,560 USD. https://www.4.cn/search/detail/pid/5989883/ref/10017

That seems like an excellent buy to me; in fact, cheap. However, I’m wondering if it’s as attractive to a buyer in China.

Another observation: If you’re selling a numeric like 115888.com, is it de rigueur to make the price end in “888” also? I see many examples of it. Maybe Rick Schwartz could comment on this. Maybe it’s just good luck to make everything 888 when you can; so why not?

 

Selling CHIPs — The Chinese Market

If you’re selling Chinese premium domains (and who isn’t?), you have likely had this happen: You got multiple offers from clamoring buyers who agreed to a price but then suddenly went silent. You couldn’t reach them anymore, and if you did, they changed their minds — or wanted to pay less.

In the western hemisphere the issues can be a little opaque. But Chinese domainers are probably having a difficult time of it.

It seems they’re dealing not only with a volatile demand for these domains in their own country, but the Chinese stock markets, whose ups and downs strongly affect all other economic endeavors. Some buyers speak of a “crash,” and it’s unclear sometimes whether they’re talking directly about the market for these domains and the demand for them, or the general stock exchanges. In fact, when investors treat domains like stocks, the differences become blurred.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) for instance had been climbing all year, then in late summer experienced a series of huge drops/crashes. A recent big drop occurred in early November. A lot of recovery has occurred today and yesterday.

And on 4.cn, bidding on some LLLL.com domains is again reaching the equivalent of $1,000 USD and more. Business appears to be going back to how it was…

Domainer’s Choice Awards!

This year’s Domainer’s Choice Awards nominees have been selected, although the voting will not happen until May. You can check out the nominees for the different categories at http://domainerschoiceawards.com/2014-nominees/ so don’t forget to check them out and start picking your favorites!

You do need to sign up, with a valid email, since the voting system will be done by a 3rd party system this year and they will be sending you the email with instructions and where you can vote (it will be sent in May).  After the voting, the awards will be given out on June 28th at Dana Point, California.

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