Nine ways to Thanksgiving : Is your domain name a real turkey?

Happy Thanksgiving. Today marks the official beginning of the Holiday Season, and domain investors will soon be shopping for hot deals across the Internet, or fighting at retail stores to get the latest TV sets and games consoles. Going shopping for presents requires one thing: making more money than what you spend. Domain renewals can […]

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HyphBot : How Adform discovered the ad scam botnet

Hyphbot is a bot network that generated more than $500,000 dollars a day, by forwarding traffic to its money-making videos. The network faked the originating source of traffic, making advertisers believe they were buying traffic from legitimate resources on major networks. Traffic fraud costs billions of dollars to advertisers every year, and HyphBot is one […]

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Corporate crime: Don’t fire your employee before you secure your domain assets

A domain was reported stolen at GoDaddy, after a company’s former employee took control of it and changed the password and even the account’s PIN. The distraught business owner, shared his plight on the GoDaddy support forum: I own a business with my family name and As well as a work email and website. An […]

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GoDaddy: Latest auction changes unrelated to Rick Schwartz’s tweets

GoDaddy implemented a series of changes to its domain auctions, a day after a series of tweets by Rick Schwartz rocked the domain industry’s foundation. Effective December 4th, GoDaddy will treat domain auctions as irreversible; their registrants will no longer be able to game the system to get free appraisals, and then renew the domains […]

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HyphBot : Ad scam used 34,000 domains to reap $500,000 dollars daily

A sophisticated scam involving 34,000 domains reaped up to $500,000 dollars in advertiser’s traffic, a day! Bot traffic driven by cybercriminals created more than a million URLs, in an attempt to fool advertisers into buying ad traffic that supposedly originated from big publishers. This technique is called “domain spoofing,” and the bot traffic was then […]

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Donuts Platinum Domains: Interview with Matt Overman

Donuts, Inc. is the biggest operator in the new gTLD namespace, with 238 gTLDs in their domain portfolio. We interviewed Matt Overman, VP and GM of Aftermarket and Premium domains for Donuts, Inc. The main focus of this interview: Donuts Platinum Domains. DomainGang: Matt, what are the Donuts Platinum Domains; give us some more details, […]

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After 16 years, DigiPower.com is lost in a UDRP

DigiPower.com, a domain registered in 2001, changed hands via the UDRP process. The Complainant is Maurice Mizrahi / Mizco International, Inc. They operate a battery and assorted electronics business, from the domain DigiPowerSolutions.com. That domain was registered in 1998. In 2000, the Complainant filed a trademark application for DIGIPOWER, which was registered with the USPTO […]

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Rick Schwartz : I am the new owner of GoDaddyBlows.com

Rick Schwartz announced that he’s the new owner of the domain GoDaddyBlows.com. The Domain King became furious by the method that GoDaddy uses to auction expired domain names; even after payment, the auction’s result can be voided, and funds are returned. But what about the time one spent, researching and bidding up a storm? Said […]

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Shut for fraud : List of domains at Tucows that got on the black list

Engaging in unlawful activities, such as spamming, phishing and other crime, can get your domains banned and blocked. Despite what some people seem to think, one cannot register a domain name and break the law with it. Per ICANN regulations, Domain registrars are obligated to handle such unlawful activity reports, and respond by freezing the […]

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Ask Me Nothing : DomainSherpa show to roll out new, exciting format

DomainSherpa moved recently from the busy hands of Mike Cyger, to the equally busy mind of Drew Rosener. The cryptocurrency boffin is eager to get the show off the ground, and hinted of new updates that might be coming. “We’re rolling out a new, exciting format for our live guests, called ‘Ask Me Nothing’,” said […]

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Poll: How much did Rick Schwartz sell that NNN .com domain portfolio for?

Rick Schwartz‘s recent sale of a domain portfolio consisting of 10 NNN .com names, upped the ante for how numeric domains are valued. The Domain King acquired those ten domains for $700 dollars. How much did he sell them for? Initially, Rick’s tweet stated “millions” and that spans $2 million to infinity, and beyond. 🙂 […]

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Legal Zoom grabs ZoomLegal.com via the UDRP process

Reversing the domain keywords of a popular legal assistance web site, had a bad effect for the registrant of ZoomLegal.com, as Legal Zoom Inc., filed a UDRP against the domain. According to the case’s particulars: “The Complainant is a provider of online legal services for small businesses and consumers, providing legal document services, attorney listings, […]

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