Pheenix to offer $13.99 domain name backorders

Already inexpensive drop catching service to offer cut rate pricing as it boosts number of registrars.

PheenixExpired domain name backordering service Pheenix is offering a new tier of expired domain backorders at just $13.99 per domain.

The new “Super Saver” backorders be usurped by any standard Gold backorders. The Gold backorders cost a little bit more: currently they are $18.95 for .com/.net/.org, but they will rise to $21.99 on September 15.

Pheenix also announced that it has increased the number of registrar creds snagging domains for it by 500%.

The service is strictly an old-school pending delete dropcatcher. It does not have exclusive direct-transfer deals with registrars in which the expired domain service gets first dibs on any expiring domains.

While not a household name, Pheenix is used by a number of volume domainers.

This week’s Expired Domain Name Report

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in expired domain name sales.

Turns out this is my 100th article for DomainNameWire.com. Saying “Domain.TLD sold for $$$ because ???, implying Blah” – that’s the easy part. What’s tricky, as a writer, is finding ways to vary that sentence 50 times in a row without going nuts. Harder still: inventing transitions to move through the sentences. After all, looking at a list of prices in descending order, there really are no segues. “Flow” is hard to achieve. With 100+ domains to cover, reports tend to be dense; and the natural structure is flat and monotonous. Yet varying the pace only adds to the length of the journey! Fortunately, while I grapple with making the unreadable readable, busy people can cut loose and skim the tables. Click here to continue reading…

.Club’s approach to expired domain names

An example of how one new top level domain registry is releasing its expired domain names.

.ClubLast week, .Club domain names that were registered at the beginning of general availability over a year ago started dropping.

The company reported a 75% day one renewal rate. It hasn’t published rates post day one, but that’s certainly a good start.

.Club CEO Colin Campbell told Domain Name Wire that he told investors to expect a 60% renewal rate. He doesn’t think it will stick at 75% in the long run due to promotions, but it’s ahead of what he promised.

Instead of going through a traditional drop, .Club is sending fully expired inventory through SnapNames. The auctions are attracting a fair amount of attention so far.

Campbell explained the choice to auction domains off through SnapNames:

We strongly believe in the domain investor community who can support .CLUB by getting these names placed (albeit at higher prices) in the hands of prospective customers. We had the option to claim every name and put them into our registry reserved but decided to offer them up on the drop at SnapNames upon expiry as an alternative.

If you’re heading to THE Domain Conference next month, .Club is offering a free $69 SnapNames bid to each attendee.

Roundup: Analyzing 100+ expired domain name sales

Joseph Peterson analyzes the past week of expired domain name sales.

Among expired domain auctions, NameJet’s top seller last week was GreenBusiness.com ($8.6k), a name formed from 2 keywords that are each nTLDs in their own right: .GREEN and .BUSINESS. The name can be read as “environmentally friendly”; but “green” also suggests U.S. dollars (as in the GreenBacks.com sale last month). That’s a welcome association if people can be persuaded that going green makes them some green. Click here to continue reading…

Expired Domain Name Sales Review

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name sales.

A French fur trader freezing his fingers to collect beaver pelts up in 19th-century Canada and I might see eye to eye. His days are spent in isolation touring rivers and ponds, recovering his catch, and re-setting the traps. Mine are spent staring into a frigid screen, recovering auction results, and re-setting backorders for next week’s data. Sometimes the traps misfire, as they did this week, and my beaver haul is half as big as the week before. Sacrebleu!

Fortunately it’s the smaller beavers that swim away. The biggest expired domain auction that I saw last week at NameJet was SeeU.com ($7.2k). That LLLL contains multiple meaningful elements, allowing it to be interpreted in various ways: “See” for vision, “U” as in “you”, “U” as in “university”, and even “EU” for Europe. During the previous week, many of the most significant LLLL.com sales had an English tilt. That trend proceeds apace with SeeU.com and OneV.com ($1.1k). Yet despite containing “V” (which China reputedly dislikes) and an English keyword, that last domain had a Chinese buyer. Click to continue reading…