Recapping NameJet’s hot domain name sales month

NameJet had another strong month in April. Here’s a look at its results.

As measured by the number of domain name sales closing at or above $2,000, so far 2015 is shaping up to be NameJet’s best year. Out of 47 months on record, just 8 have racked up 100 or more $2k+ sales. During 2014, no month saw 100 sales; yet 3 of the past 4 months are among those 8. March totaled 94, which is just shy. February set the all-time record.

April’s high sale $32,220 is not as striking as we’ve often seen. (March more than quadrupled that figure.) NameJetActually, as monthly highs go, $32.2k is smack dab in the middle – 23rd from the top out of 47 recorded months. It would rank 8th among the past 12. The TLD distribution is also typical: 5 .NETs and 4 .ORGs, leaving 107 .COMs. Nothing else. Click here to continue reading…

Flippa acquires Domain Holdings

Flippa bulks up sales engine with Domain Holdings.

Domain HoldingsWebsite and domain name marketplace Flippa has acquired domain name brokerage Domain Holdings for an unspecified price. The combined companies expect to generate $70 million in revenue over the next 12 months.

Flippa, originally created to sell existing websites, has expanded its domain name sales business in recent years. It also started hiring brokers to help move domain names, a role that Domain Holdings will now fill.

Domain Holdings, founded in 2010, brokered more than $30 million in domain name sales last year. The company has had lots of turnover on its sales team, especially in the past couple months. It’s not clear if the recent exodus had anything to do with the imminent acquisition.

While Domain Holdings will remain a separate company, it will assist Flippa with outbound sales.

More information about the acquisition is on Flippa’s blog and DNJournal.

Awareness still a challenge for new top level domain names

Even at a webhosting conference…

Leaders from five domain name companies took the stage at yesterday’s WorldHostingDays conference in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

The most interesting moment was during Q&A. Someone in the back of the room said he’d never heard of .Club before, and registered a few domains during the session. He had a question about an error message he got from a registrar about not being able to register a domain name — it sounded a lot like this 1&1 “illegal” message. Click here to continue reading…

This week: .Tennis, .One, .Bingo and more

Donuts launches a handful of good domain names this week and hosting provider releases .One.

Dot One

The company behind is shifting the dot to the left with .One.

Donuts gets back into the game with four domain names exiting Early Access and now available at regular prices starting on Wednesday: .bingo, .chat, .style and .tennis.

The company is also launching .apartments in early access this week. If you want to get a popular term, you can pay extra beginning Wednesday to secure it ahead of general availability.

Also on Wednesday, the hosting and domain name registration company behind will launch .One. This isn’t a .brand top level domain name; it’s open to registration by anyone. The generic domain name is affordable. 101Domain is offering them for $9.99.

WorldHostingDays kicks off in Pennsylvania

WorldHostingDays‘ first stateside conference kicked off in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania last night.

Rain made it difficult for some attendees to make it in time for Monday evening’s opening party, but hundreds of people crowded the exhibit hall and conference venue by this morning.

As a “destination conference” a couple hours from Pittsburgh, the event is heavy on fun social and networking events. At lunch each day, attendees can go down a 1,980 foot slide, take the chairlift, go for a segway ride or bowl. Tomorrow afternoon there will be golf, ziplining, and shooting sporting clays.

Here are a few pictures from the show: Click here to continue reading…