zoho.com domain purchase

Story behind Zoho.com domain name purchase

Zoho is not a normal start-up unicorn. Its founder Sridhar Vembu achieved unicorn status without taking venture capital money. Zoho is competing with top companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon without recruiting talent from top educational institutions. Most of Zoho recruitment is done from colleges in small towns.   Still, it achieved $500 million in [...]

2015 Domainx conference

2015 DomainX conference in Bengaluru in August

Domain Name Owners Association of India (DNOI) is conducting the second edition of DomainX conference in Bengaluru. This bi-annual event will be held from August 7th to 8th at Taj West End hotel in Bengaluru.   Timings: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM – Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 5:30 PM (Indian time)   [...]

domain name sales

My domain musings and statistics

I started domaining in 2011 after accidentally reading Domain King’s blog. At that time, I felt bad for not finding this opportunity earlier. I found several similarities between stock market and domain investments especially long term investment. Just like many others, I also made several mistakes in the initial days. But, I also saved several [...]

What is going on at Snapnames?

I backordered “Gurjari.com” on Snap Names on May 31. SnapNames sent me the following message on June 1.   Snap[NAMES] Jun 01, 2015 We attempted to secure the following domain names: gurjari.com …as they were released by the registry, but the attempts were unsuccessful. We’re sorry that we were unable to acquire these domain names.   [...]

Flippa offer

Flippa announced anniversary offer

Flippa announced wonderful offer on the occasion of sixth anniversary. Money spent by you on listing or upgrading at Flippa will double over next 48 hours.     Ex. If you spend $9 on 1 listing, you get another free listing.   If you spend $250 on 1 premium listing, you get another free premium [...]


Flipkart bought Flipkart.ch for $ 5500 through Sedo

India’s No.1 e-commerce company Flipakrt bought Flipkart.ch for $ 5,500. Transaction was done through Sedo. .ch is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Switzerland.   Flipkart.ch is now parked with Europe registry. It is a rare thing to see an Indian company purchasing a domain name with .ch extension that too by paying mid-4 figure [...]

domain name sales

Domain Name Sales (DNS) hiked commission fee

After Godaddy and Afternic, Domain Name Sales (DNS) also joined the party by hiking commission fee. DNS has just announced new commission structure for brokered transactions.   DNS hiked commission fee for brokered transactions from 12.5% to 15%.     Domain Name Sales have added 5 new Domain Brokers – two are fluent in Mandarin, three [...]


Godaddy after market commission and pricing structure

Godaddy announced a new pricing structure and commission fees for domains listed for sale on its platform.     Cost of domain Commission fees $50-$5000 20% ($15 minimum) $5,000-$25,000 $1,000 +15% of amount over $5k $25,000+ $4,000 +10% of amount over $25k Godaddy set a minimum price of of $50 for Buy-It-Now Auctions and $100 for [...]

verisign domain industry report

Verisign domain industry report – Q3, 2014

Verisign has released its quarterly domain industry report (Q3, 2014). In spite of new TLD madness, .com is still showing. Country Code top level domains are showing significant growth.   Among the geographically based new TLDs, .berlin marched ahead with more than 1.38 crore registrations. Among new TLDs, .club showed significant growth.     Total [...]

How Amazon fooled Flipkart in domain space?

Flipkart people spent lakhs of money in advertising “Big Billion day” for its discount sales special on October 6. But, it failed to one basic thing – registering the domain name.   But, smart people at Amazon just bought “Bigbillionday.com” on October 4 and redirected it to Amazon.in. It is not about how much benefit [...]