The most influential person in the domain name industry is…

No surprise at the top, but it gets interesting after that.

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How most people probably envision dinner with Frank Schilling.

This year’s Domain Name Wire Survey asked respondents who the most influential person is in the domain name industry, as well as who they’d most like to have dinner with.

Unsurprisingly, domainer-turned-registry/registrar/parking/sales person Frank Schilling was the top vote. 38% of people said Schilling was the most influential person in the industry.

Rick Schwartz came in second, despite taking a step back from being a public figure this past year. Click here to continue reading…

NamesCon Domain Name Conference Recap – DNW Podcast #018

Listen in at last month’s NamesCon domain name conference.

Domain Name Wire podcastTake a walk on the floor of NamesCon 2015 in Las Vegas in this episode of the Domain Name Wire Podcast. I walk the exhibit floor talking to exhibitors, pop in on a few sessions, and also play part of Frank Shilling’s keynote.

Featured on this episode: Frank Schilling, Bret Fausett, Domain Capital,, TLD Registry, Top Level Design, .Buzz, .Club, Ron Sheridan and InternetX.

Also: GoDaddy Super Bowl ad, buying bids at Flippa, and

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Frank Schilling changes strategy for .Click launch

Dot Click5 more Uniregistry domain names go into general availability next week. And for one of them, .click, Frank Schilling is taking a different strategy when it comes to holding back domain names.

In previous launches, Schilling’s companies have registered thousands — even tens out thousands — of names ahead of general availability launch. That left frustrated domainers searching through the scraps. This was especially notable because Shilling said last January they they wouldn’t hold many domains back.

With .click, the registry is only holding back single character domains. Also, because .Click has already passed the “controlled interruption” period for name collisions, there won’t be a block list there.

In other words, a free-for-all. No premium pricing, no names held back.

Retail prices will also be $6.88 or less, Schilling says.

It will be interesting to see how this affects early registration numbers.

BuyDomains and the economics of large domain portfolios

Should very large domain name portfolios be valued per domain or on sales and profitability metrics?

BuyDomainsThe sale of this week, including a portfolio of close to a million domains for something less than $80 per domain, has raised eyebrows.

On Tuesday, I wrote a bit about the BuyDomains’ business and how the valuation might make sense when viewed from a different perspective.

This post will go into a bit more depth, and compare BuyDomains to other domain portfolio business models. Click here to continue reading…

Frank Schilling has sold $12 million in domain names this year

Schilling says his domain aftermarket sales have hit $12 million for the year.

Frank Schilling has sold $12 million worth of his own domain names this year, already surpassing his total from 2013.

Schilling disclosed this number in an update to (DNS) clients. He said his sales platform has been the engine behind his secondary market domain name sales success.

The update lists a number of other big changes and features coming soon to his domain name platform: Click to continue reading