NameJet Expired Domain Name Review

Joseph Peterson takes a look at recent expired domain name sales at NameJet.

NameJet’s 2 top-performing expired domain auctions from the past week overlap with stories in the news elsewhere. KYTE.com ($5.3k) brings to mind a UDRP filed against KITE.com, which was just reported 4 days ago. Are the events related? NameJet’s auction precedes the UDRP story by 3 days, and the buyer is located in China. So perhaps not.

You will remember that Alibaba’s 2014 IPO was the largest initial public offering ever. What are the odds that the Chinese buyer of Alibab.com ($5.2k) had something in mind other than this multi-billion-dollar Chinese company? Setting that question aside, it’s significant that the top 2 purchases are (not for the first time) Chinese. Click here to continue reading…

.Ping fetches $1.5M at auction, .Srl goes for $400,000

Two two-way races for new top level domain names have been settled.

Two top level domain name contention sets were settled in auctions yesterday.

Golf company Ping (Karsten) won .Ping for $1,501,000. It was in contention with Radix. Thus, .Ping will become a .brand instead of a generic domain name.

InternetX won the auction for .Srl at only $400,000, beating Google. Srl is a corporate identifier similar to LLC for Limited Liability Company.

InternetX already runs .LTDA, a similar corporate identifier short for “Sociedade limitada” that is commonly used in Brazil. .LTDA launched in December and has about 150 registrations.

$400,000 is the lowest amount paid so far for a top level domain name at an ICANN “Auction of Last Resort”.

Are you surprised by Donuts’ renewal rates?

Latest day was 61%, but it might be too early to draw conclusions.

New top level domain name mega-registry Donuts has been blogging daily renewal rate data for its first domain names released nearly 14 months ago.

The most recent data show a 71% renewal rate for the 37,857 Donuts domain names that have exited the renewal grace period. This includes 14 top level domains, and the majority of these names were registered in general availability.

Comparing day 4 to day 3, the renewal rate dropped to about 61% for the latest additions.

Donuts has predicted an overall 80% renewal rate for its domain names. The early data suggest this might be difficult, but there are two things to keep in mind:

1. Two of the earliest domains, .guru and .photography, are its two most-registered. TLDs with lots of registrations probably have lower quality ones (the 50,000th domain is not as good as the 5,000th).

2. There was also a lot of speculation early on, and much of this has waned as people realize the profit potential is a long way off.

I think it’s reasonable to assume that renewal rates for smaller TLDs that were launched later will be higher. Still, 61% for “day four” seems a bit discouraging. (We discussed this a bit on this week’s Domain Sherpa show, before the latest numbers came out). What do you think?

17 End User Domain Name Sales

ccTLD owners, a bank and plastic company all make purchases at Sedo.

Sedo handled 674 domain name transactions last week for $1.2 million in sales. 56% of sales were buy-now prices, which is a bit higher than usual.

There were a number of good sales, including a handful of ccTLD owners that bought the matching .com domain name. A real estate investor who also invests in domain names was responsible for the top purchase of BuyMyHouse.com. Click to see the list…

Heritage Auctions accepting submissions for summer domain name auction

Auction house will hold another exclusive auction this summer.

Heritage AuctionsHeritage Auctions is planning another live domain name auction for early this summer.

The format will be similar to one it held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in February. It will be limited to about 30 high value domain names, primarily .com. It will take place in June in either Dallas (where Heritage Auctions is based) or New York.

The February auction brought in over $1.3 million in sales, with many of them coming post-auction. NL.com highlighted the auction at $575,000.

People who wish to sell domain names in the auction should contact Aron Meystedt. His contact information is on this HA.com page. Given the exclusivity, I’d recommend limiting submissions to one or two of your best domain names.