The Lowdown from DNJournal

Written by Ron Jackson

Big Week for DevHub as They Celebrate a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award Nomination, New Partnerships With Meebo & Priceline and Passing 1 Million Visitors on Their Network.

DevHub, who is one of only two companies  that were nominated this week for a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award for “Best New Monetizing Solution,” tells us they reached a couple of special milestones this month (the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award winners will be announced at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C New York conference coming up October 26-29. Trellian’s Above.com was also nominated in this category). DevHub was also one of the five companies we profiled in our March 2009 Cover Story called “The Next Big Thing in Domain Monetization?: New Companies Are  Making the Dream of Affordable Mass Development a Reality”.

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ICANN Seeking a Full-Time Lobbyist

Written by Andrew Allemann

ICANN posts job listing for VP of Government Affairs.

When then-ICANN CEO Paul Twomey got grilled by Congress in June, I wondered how ICANN didn’t think to do a bit of lobbying before the hearing. ICANN spends a little money on lobbying, but not much. Now that it’s clear the organization can’t just run away from government control, the company is revving up its lobbying engine.

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AfternicDLS with Over $880K in Domain Sales August 24 – August 30

AfternicDLS domain sales for the week of August 24, 2009 through August 30, 2009.

Total Domain Sales:  $884,882
   — Domain Sales (.com): $768,550
   — Domain Sales (alternate TLDs): $116,332

Looking to see your names on this list?  Click here to join AfternicDLS today >>

.com Domain Sales August 24,2009 through August 30,2009

.com Domain Sales August 24,2009 through August 30,2009

Alternative TLD Domain Sales August 24,2009 through August 30,2009

Alternative TLD Domain Sales August 24,2009 through August 30,2009

How to successfully Sell a Portfolio of Domain Names

Question:

I have 25 domain names all centered around the names handgunreview.com, shotgunreview.com, firearmreview.com, etc. I am interested in selling these as a block.  Do you handle this and if you do, what is the best way to expedite the sale?

Jason Miner, VP Sales, BuyDomains and Afternic responds:

How to successfully sell a portfolio of names is a great question, and one that we are asked frequently.

Multiple domain portfolio sales are usually (but not always) completed when the buyer is a domain investor rather than a business looking to build a brand for their business (also known as end users).

The reason for this is that a business will typically be looking to create an online identity for their company, or possibly a specific product or service line. Usually this means they are looking for a single domain name, or possible a single SLD with multiple TLDs (com, not, org, .us, etc.).

For this reason it can be challenging to sell a portfolio of names to an end user – although it does happen on occasion.

This means that in most cases portfolio sales will occur when a domain investor has interest in the category of names you are offering.  This also means the final price will likely be at a wholesale level rather than full retail price.  In bulk sales to wholesale buyers, the seller receives the benefit of immediate liquidity, but at the cost of reduced domain valuation.

Our recommendation is to first determine a clear understanding of your sales objectives.

Are you looking for a quick sale with immediate cash as the benefit?  Or are you looking to maximize the value of your names and are willing to wait for the right price?

If you are looking to quickly divest your portfolio, focus on offering your domains to large domain investors (Afternic’s parent company, NameMedia, is an active buyer of names.  Portfolios may be submitted for wholesale purchase consideration at http://www.buydomains.com/sell-domains/sell-form.jsp).

If you are looking to maximize the retail value of your portfolio, our recommendation would be to make names available for individual purchase at a higher price point – your perceived full retail value.  There may be greater value in selling 10 names over the course of a year or two to an end user then to sell 50 domains in aggregate to a wholesale. And then you still own your 40 remaining names!

Your tactical course of action ultimately depends on your urgency and overall strategy.

I hope this helps and good selling!

Jason Miner

MeetDomainers 2009

Title: MeetDomainers 2009
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Description: MeetDomainers 2009 Conference
Date: Sept 25, 2009 to Sept 27, 2009

MeetDomainers will take place in Warsaw, Poland from September 25-27, 2009. The event offers a variety of sessions covering the legal aspects of domain names, copyrights on the Internet, domain traffic monetization, web development, and more.

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Announcing the New Online Domainer's Advantage Knowledge Center

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our online Member Center, which went live on August 20 and is already a huge hit among serious buyers and sellers who want to stay on top of what’s happening in the domain industry.

Visit our Member Center for the expert advice, tips and ideas you need to succeed online. We’ve rolled out several key features of the Member Center that will keep you ahead of the game as you build success in today’s market.

First, the Member Center can help you expand your industry savvy. You can study market trends presented by Afternic experts, read the latest insights and developments in the Afternic Blog and stay on top of what’s happening with a Calendar of upcoming industry events around the world.

The Member Center also allows you to hone skills specific to your own individual business strategies. With Ask the Expert, you can post your toughest questions and get the answers you need from Afternic experts. Serious domainers among our members can weigh in, too. If you need an answer right away, you can even join a live chat for real-time discussion of the issues facing buyers and sellers.

Finally, even the most seasoned members will benefit from our Best Practices feature, which brings you Afternic’s in-the-know strategies on making the most of the Afternic platform to buy and sell more valuable domain names.

We have more features in the works, so stay tuned for future updates on our growing Member Center offerings.

Which Domain Conferences You Should Go To in 2010

A handy guide to choosing a domain conference.

Well, I guess the domain name conference wars are on again. We already knew about two conferences in the first two months of the year — DOMAINfest and Domainer MardiGras. But then, despite having only two conferences in the U.S. this year, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. found it necessary to hold a conference in Las Vegas just before DOMAINfest. And so it begins.

Since most people don’t want to attend every conference, I’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose a conference. There’s not a “best conference” for everyone; it really depends on what you’re looking for. It you don’t care about programming, ignore that rating. If you don’t care about striking deals at the conference, ignore that rating. Just find the conference that is best for what you’re looking for. These are my opinions on each conference, although I cross checked them with a couple other experts in our field to make sure I wasn’t way off on any of them. And of course, if you disagree, feel free to comment.

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