3rd Annual Domain Name Wire Survey is Now Open

DomainNameWire has opened their third annual survey of the domain industry.

http://domainnamewire.com/2008/01/28/2008-domain
-name-wire-survey-now-open/

We encourage you to participate. It will only take you about 5 minutes to complete the survey. And as long as there is a significant sample of participants, it should produce good data about a number of subjects, like what people want most from their registrars and which are the favorite domain monetization services.

Don’t hesitate to ask my opinion what choices you should vote for. (Hint : there are lots of opportunities to vote for Afternic and NameMedia.) 😉

Submit Your Afternic Success Story – Reap the Rewards!

Are you an Afternic member who has had success profitably buying or selling domains on Afternic? Have you seen a great return on your investment?  If so, we want to hear from you!

We are looking for the best member success stories to share with the rest of the Afternic community! We want to know why your story is interesting or funny, or what you did to ensure a successful sale.

We will feature selected success stories both on our blog, and in our monthly newsletter. These stories will provide domain owners with free PR and valuable links to their currently available domains.

To top it off, if your story is selected we’ll also give you a free Featured Listing upgrade for the domain of your choice. Featured listings enjoy prime placement on Afternic’s homepage.

Simply email your success story to Kara LaMarche at klamarche@namemedia.com and include “Afternic Success Story” in the subject line. Take a look at our recent post on the sale of UI.com as an example, or simply include the following details in your email:

1.       The name of the domain(s) you sold

2.       The purchase and sale price, OR if you don’t want to disclose that info, the margins for which you sold it for.

3.       What do you feel was the critical factor(s) for the success of this sale?

4.       What is the most important lesson you have learned as a domain investor that you would share with those reading about your story?

5.       How has Afternic met your needs as a domain investor and what do you feel are the major strengths of the service?

We look forward to hearing your story!

Staying On Top of Closing Soon Auctions

Any domain you see on Afternic that is called “Closing Soon” means that the domains is currently being auctioned. It will be sold within the 7 days. It’s your last chance to bid.

Since our auctions close at all times – 7 days a week, 24 hours a day -we recommend that you add the Closing Soon RSS feed to your news reader. Don’t miss auctions that close at odd times or on the weekend. Here are five that are ending this weekend:

FXPros.com

Jjjl.com

Crowdnet.com

RareAndFamous.com

TexasNotaryAgent.com

Closing Soon inventory is always available on our home page and as a downloadable text file.

The Afternic community is truly a global community, so bids are submitted at all times in all time zones. We also recommend that you use your domain watchlist to track activity of domains of interest.

Ideas? Suggestions? Let us know!

First 3 Afternic Auctions Now in Closing Soon

The newest member of the Afternic family has reached a milestone: three exclusive domains in Afternic Auctions have moved into Closing Soon. Each of the three auctions is scheduled to end January 27 at 4 PM EST.

CrowdNet.com

RareAndFamous.com

TexasNotaryagent.com

Afternic Auctions features exclusive domains and bidding starts at only $60. It’s free to PreOrder. You’ll find familiar, easy-to-use auction and bid management tools:

  • Proxy bidding
  • Free preorders
  • Downloadable inventory links
  • Alerts & Watchlist

Here is a sample of domains currently available for PreOrder, and when its auction is scheduled to begin

Domain

Auction Begins

HandsOnRealEstate.com

25-Jan

TicketDigest.com

28-Jan

WordsOfGrace.com

28-Jan

ITHome.com

29-Jan

Culturepedia.com

29-Jan

FlightLane.com

29-Jan

BuildingAndRenovating.com

31-Jan

BodyInkTattoos.com

8-Feb

MelbourneChef.com

12-Feb

CameraSurplus.com

14-Feb

PopupGreetingCards.com

15-Feb

AlpineReserve.com

15-Feb

PhoenixTopTen.com

19-Feb

OfficialHomeInspections.com

20-Feb

SeniorLoveConnection.com

23-Feb

Note that a few names may be withdrawn from Afternic Auctions before their auction starts.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out Afternic Auctions for great values and great additions to your portfolio.

Countdown to Afternic Auctions

The first live Afternic Auctions start in less than a week.  Since we began making this exclusive inventory of expiring names available for preorder on December 18, we have seen many high quality names added to Afternic.

 If you haven’t taken a look at Afternic Auctions yet, here is just a small sample of the high quality domains that could be yours for bargain prices!  Bidding starts at just $60.  But they must be preordered soon, or the opportunity to win them in auction will be gone.

Domains expiring in the next week:

GiftsForGranny.com
ManhattanCafe.net
TexasNotaryAgent.com

Other great names expiring soon:

BodyInkTattoos.com
CameraSurplus.com
Culturepedia.com
ITHome.com
NaturalSunPower.com
OfficialHomeInspections.com
PatientSolution.com
PopupGreetingCards.com
Sailboater.net
SlimmingDoctor.com
SunnyvaleSoftware.com
SuperShipping.com
TicketDigest.com
Well-Made.com
WordsOfGrace.com

Click here to search all Afternic Auctions 

Remember any name that doesn’t receive at least one preorder will not go to auction and will expire.  So be sure to preorder names you are interested in before the auction start dates.

To learn more about Afternic Auctions, visit the FAQ page or watch the Afternic Auctions Overview webinar we held in December. 

Playback of Our Live Afternic Auctions Demonstration

A few weeks back, we held a live webinar to demonstrate Afternic Auctions. It was a great success. You can always tell that you’re hitting home when the audience stays on for the entire presentation. And when you get great questions. The last 15 minutes was a Q & A session, and attendees submitted more questions than we had time to answer!

If you missed it, we invite you to watch a recording of the webinar. Click here and follow the on-screen instructions. The recording will start, and you’ll see a WebEx “player” on the screen that you can use to fast-forward, rewind, pause/play, and adjust the volume.

The presenters were Pete Lamson, SVP & General Manager, Domain Marketplace & Affiliate Parking, and myself, Adam Gross, Director of Marketplace Products.

If you have questions about Afternic Auctions or any other Afternic service, please feel free to email us at service (at) afternic.com

And since this first webinar was so well-received, we have decided to keep doing them. On January 29, we will present “AfternicDLS : Best Practices for Selling Your Domains”. Email webinars (at) afternic.com for registration. We hope you join us!

Much.com For Sale on Afternic

Happy New Year!

We’re looking forward to working with you to make 2008 a fantastic year, so let’s kick it off with a bang:

AfternicDLS member kazkaz11 is listing Much.com on Afternic It’s actively receiving bids. This domain has HUGE potential.

It’s yet another great domain available from an AfternicDLS member. And it’s a great sign of things to come for domain investors in 2008.