Announcing Our Spring Auction!

Afternic, Moniker, and SnapNames team up once again.

We’re excited to announce that we will be kicking off our spring domain auction today, where we have listed a great number of premium domain names. Whether you’re looking for a lucrative domain flipping opportunity, or searching for the next top business domain, our auction inventory is worth checking out.

This spring auction will run through Friday, March 22nd at 12:15 PM (Eastern), and features 136 quality domain names at auction prices. Many domains have low reserves, if any at all, and offer the potential for a tremendous return on investment.

The featured domain list includes appealing keyword-rich domains, such as Actors.com and MountainBiking.com, that are sure to produce great traffic opportunities. With 134 other incredible premium domains available, we hope you find one or more names that meet your domain needs.

Perhaps one of the following domains might be a worthwhile investment for you or your business:

Auction Names

Or if these don’t fit what you are looking for, check out the full list of domain offerings on the auction page. Take advantage of auction prices and bid now before you miss this fantastic opportunity!

For more information, you can read the full press release on the auction here.

Afternic Weekly Sales: February 18, 2013 to February 24, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of Feb 18, 2013 to Feb 24, 2013
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Afternic’s sales totaled $1,043,176.

The top public sale for the past week was ChillerSystems.com, which sold for $18,000.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 19.4% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Society at 10.4%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

Weekly Sales

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GiftCardExchange.com – Gift giving has taken on a whole new look.

Instead of splurging on expensive gifts that have the potential to be returned, consumers are turning to gift cards as their go-to gifting idea. While 60% of people wanted to receive a gift card in place of a physical present this past holiday season, the average American household has $300 worth of unused gift cards just lying around.
Gift Cards
Take advantage of this lucrative opportunity by investing in GiftCardExchange.com and providing consumers with the chance to exchange their unwanted gift cards for other gift cards or even cash, creating a win-win for everyone!

With the growing trend of consumers looking for an opportunity to cash out or swap their gift cards, the search volume for terms related to “Gift Card Exchange” has grown to over 48 million each month. This increased search potential ensures strong traffic to GiftCardExchange.com and an immediate ROI.

Gift card revenues are projected to increase nearly 30% in the next three years, growing from $110 billion to about $140 billion by 2015 making now the perfect time to invest in GiftCardExchange.com. With positive search and revenue possibilities, GiftCardExchange.com is sure to generate consumer traffic and an abundance of exchanging action.

GiftCardExchange.com is now available exclusively at Afternic.com. For more information, please contact Todd Cantwell at 781-839-2857 or by email at tcantwell@afternic.com.

New gTLDs and Search Engines

What to expect with new gTLDs and organic search results.

If you’re waiting for your new gTLD to be launched, you might be wondering what the new gTLDs may mean for search engine rankings. While cracking the key to the algorithm may be an impossible feat, you can consider what we already know about search engine optimization and how domains are ranked in search results now.
Search
Unlike the current gTLDs, the new extensions offer the opportunity to expand where you use rich keywords in a URL. While the most popular domain extensions now range from two to four letters, many of the new gTLDs are significantly longer. So not only do the new gTLDs have the advantage of a keyword rich domain name, but also a keyword rich extension that follows their second level domain.

This has the potential to be beneficial in search results, should the website reflect quality development. Using targeted keywords throughout the site that are relevant to your product or service will help to earn your new gTLD domain credibility in search results and boost your ranking.

There is also potential to see new search engines emerge. With the possibilities that these new gTLDs take off, and introduce millions of new domain names to the internet, we may begin to see niche search engines. While no one can predict the future in search, the way we search now could start to transition to something completely new and different.

There has already been progress in the niche search engine space with the introduction of search engines specific to TLDs. These allow users to search all domains within a specific  extension. Growing in popularity, these new niche search sites could be a look into the future of the new gTLDs and how they will affect the way we search.

It’s only a matter of time until we see if the remaining, soon to be launched, gTLDs will also follow suit with their own personalized search engines.

Afternic Weekly Sales: February 11, 2013 to February 17, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of Feb 11, 2013 to Feb 17, 2013
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Afternic’s sales totaled $1,083,230.

The top public sale for the past week was DiscountLoans.com, which sold for $39,000.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 16.2% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Business at 13.3%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

Weekly Sales

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Afternic Weekly Sales: February 3, 2013 to February 10, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of Feb 04, 2013 to Feb 10, 2013
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Afternic’s sales totaled $1,015,525.

The top public sale for the past week was sjcco.com, which sold for $10,888.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 15.5% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Business at 14.7%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

Weekly Sales

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Mastering Google’s Algorithm: Geo-Modified Domains

Tap into local opportunity with a geo-modified URL.
Geo-Modified Domain
One of the first steps in mastering Google’s algorithm is attempting to understand it. If you can determine how Google populates its search results and gain a better understanding as to why those results are presented, then the appropriate SEO actions become more apparent.

In a recent Google conference held in London, Ed Parsons, Google’s geospatial technologist, shared that one out of every three Google searches are about places. This indicates that consumers are not only looking for particular businesses, products, and services, but also places that are relevant to their location. Originally in 2004, Google had a separate Google Local page, which allowed consumers to search for a business and a location by filing out two separate boxes. Now, Google has recognized a growing trend of local searches and incorporated location based results into consumer searches.

Being aware of this transition can be extremely beneficial for businesses, website developers, and domainers alike. Whether you’re developing a domain, or purchasing domains for the purpose of domain flipping, geo-modified domains have significant value for any business. If, for example, you were a florist in Waltham, Massachusetts, you might consider purchasing WalthamFlorist.com. Since flowers are normally a product purchased locally, the addition of the keyword Waltham to your domain would be even more advantageous in search results.

A geo-modified URL is often easier to remember as well because it indicates your brand or business, in addition to location. This straightforward keyword approach has the potential to drive both type-in and search traffic, tapping into consumers who are searching for local businesses and others who already know of your business in the area.

If you’re in the market for a new domain or opportunity, take advantage of a geo-modified name by searching the millions of premium domains at Afternic today!

Afternic Weekly Sales: January 28, 2013 to February 03, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of Jan 28, 2013 to Feb 03, 2013
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Afternic’s sales totaled $1,585,647.

The top public sale for the past week was ulive.com, which sold for $75,000.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 18.8% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Business at 10.7%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

Weekly Sales

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