Sunday, May 20, 2018

Using All Of The Domain

Introduction

I find many domain owners do not take full advantage of the possibilities offered by subdomains. With most extensions your purchase the second level domain (e.g. if I own expertise.space the top level domain TLD is space, while I own the second level expertise with that TLD). However, I also own the right to use the third level.  Many assume the third level has to be www and that the only domain name they own is www.expertise.space, but that is just one possibility. I could just as well use Canadian.expertise.space if I wanted, for example.

What is a Subdomain

Most web hosting services allow you to have either a limited or unlimited number of subdomains associated with each hosted domain (this is one thing to check for when looking for a service). That means if for example planners.top is the domain being hosted, and you set up a subdomain named event, then when someone types in event.planners.top they will go to the website information you have placed in the subdomain. On your hosting panel your subdomain will be just like its own domain, and to the user event.planners.top seems like a different site from planners.top. You can read about subdomains here.

DNS Redirects

You can achieve almost the same thing by using domain name server (DNS) redirects.  These are instructions where your domain is registered that tell all the domain name servers in the world where to go when various URLs are use. That is I could put DNS redirects where I have the domain name planners.top registered, and direct event.planners.top to one web location, and wedding.planners.top to another.  This does not even need to be a website I host - I could point it to my Facebook page, LinkedIn account, or somewhere else if I wanted.
     DNS redirects are somewhat easier to implement than setting up a subdomain, and have certain advantages (such as you can either mask it or not - when masked it means the URL at the top will show wedding.planners.top rather than the real URL of the site). It depends on your application whether the subdomain or DNS redirect is the better option.  DNS redirects can be used with any registered domain name, while you will need a hosting service to enact subdomains.

Why Is This Important?

This means that when you own the rights to a single domain, you own also the rights to all the three part combinations with that domain name.  For example, I have (or at least did when I wrote this - it is currently for sale) the domain planners.top.  That is a pretty memorable one word domain name in a well known extension by itself, but the real strength of the name is when used with subdomains (or DNS redirects) to make any of the following (I have not implemented them, but could have them all go different places):
  • Canadian.planners.top
  • career.planners.top
  • daily.planners.top
  • event.planners.top
  • financial.planners.top
  • site.planners.top
  • urban.planners.top
  • wedding.planners.top
Another domain that I currently have for sale is tweets.today.  I like the domain a lot - short, memorable, and high impact.  But it becomes even more versatile if you also consider it used with subdomains where many sites could operate in parallel using the one second level domain. Here are a few possibilities, although the list is endless.
  • best.tweets.today
  • funny.tweets.today
  • golf.tweets.today
  • inspirational.tweets.today
  • science.tweets.today
  • top.tweets.today

Domain Name Phrases

One use for subdomains or DNS redirecting is in domain name phrases (see our website for some examples, or more about domain name phrases here).  One of the leading companies in domain name phrases is Names.of.London - check out possibilities with this search box.

Another domain that I own is kindness.top.  I admit that, although memorable and a highly searched English word, by itself the domain name maybe feels a little strange.  However, when combined with an additional word like make.kindness.top it becomes a great call to action domain phrase.  If, for example, on Twitter someone enters exactly that phrase with the periods, it becomes a link to the associated location.

With DNS you can readily direct it different places according to the third level word.  To demonstrate this I have directed make.kindness.top to our site page describing domain name phrases, while I directed kindness.top and www.kindness.top to the landing page where we have it available for sale. Check it out with the above links (or type the URLs into your browser)!

Want to see another one?  I have directed curlers.win and www.curlers.win to the page (on Namecheap Marketplace) where the domain is for sale, while I directed the domain name phrases all.curlers.win and young.curlers.win to a page on my website where I talk about that particular domain phrase.  Note that I used DNS masking, so it looks like the website URL is all.curlers.win, even though the website you really are at is a page on my NamesThat.win site .

A Touch of Distinction

A simple use you might want to make of this idea is to add the word the instead of www  as the third level of the domain.  For example direct people to the.photonics.site (instead of www.photonics.site or just photonics.site), or if you had a biotechnology newsletter or review called The CRISPR Review it might be cool to call your website the.CRISPR.review.

Summary

  1. You can use DNS redirects or subdomains with your hosting provider to make various third level domains with the second level domain that you own.
  2. DNS redirects can be done in just a few minutes using the control panel where your domain is registered.  They can be masked or not.
  3. Subdomains are created using the control panel where your domain name is hosted (this might or might not be the same place as where the domain is registered). You add subdomain web content exactly like it was an independent website.
  4. Many web hosting plans permit an unlimited number of subdomains.
  5. These techniques can be used to operate sites in parallel with a single domain - e.g. financial.planners.top could operate separately from event.planners.top. 
  6. You can make a domain name into domain name phrase using the same techniques.  For example, the domain name kindness.top can become make.kindness.top.  That expression becomes clickable in social media like Twitter.
  7. If desired you can precede your website with something other than www (but remember that some people may assume it is www, just like some assume the TLD is com).

Disclosures:
At the time of writing I had for sale the domain names mentioned here: planners.top, tweets.today, curlers.win, photonics.site, CRISPR.review and kindness.top (if the links no longer go to a landing page, it means the domain is no longer for sale, and we have no association with the new owner). At our website www.NamesThat.win we sell domain names for domain name phrases. We also have an affiliate relationship with Names.of.London.



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Namecheap Marketplace for Domain Sellers

I recently noticed that the Namecheap (NC) Marketplace (NCM) now allow BIN as low as $1 (used to be $5, the maximum remains at $1000).  I have found the NCM a good place to sell value domains at low prices, and this change makes it even more flexible in trying to get a few dollars for domains about to expire (or otherwise). I thought this might be a good time to explain the main features, and to give some tips for domain name sellers.

Main Points:
For those unfamiliar with the NC Marketplace;
  1. The NCM is only for domains registered with NC.
  2. Listing process on NCM is easy (can list price, term, categories, text description). To list a domain log into your account, select Domain List and then Manage (for the domain you want to list).  Then scroll to near the bottom, and click on the Sell Domain. Fill in the information, and your domain is up and for sale immediately.
  3. They charge 10% commission with no minimum or other charges.
  4. NC act as effective escrow on NCM transactions, taking buyer payment, then automatically transferring the name and changing contact information (purchaser must have NC account but they are free).
  5. NC essentially push the domain to new owner, so there is not an automatic need to add a year registration.
  6. You accumulate funds in your account, which you can transfer in any amount to be used to purchase NC domains (or I presume other services like web hosting).  If you want to withdraw them to your PayPal as money, need to have $100 minimum. Although NC do not add any fees for a PayPal payout, depending on your country, PayPal may add 0.5 to 2.0% fees on the money transfer.
  7. Purchasers can buy you domain by putting it in the NC cart and use any of their standard payment options that include credit cards, Paypal and Bitcoin (as well as others).
  8. You do NOT need to wait for the 60 day ICANN period, since the sale is essentially a push to the new owner.
  9. It is not an auction site - you set a BIN price and the purchaser has only that option.  Also, there is no direct route for potential purchasers to interact with you.
  10. When you click on the name of a domain name for sale on NCM it will show you both the day the current for sale listing expires, and the expiration date for the registration of the domain name.  Don't confuse the two!
    I have both bought and sold domains there, and have found the process smooth and fast (longest wait was a few hours). I have found NC support very responsive, when it is needed.

Search Notes:
One important point to note is that in general domains registered on the NC Marketplace do NOT show up in the general NC domain search (the one used for hand registrations).  To see listings on the NC marketplace you need to go to Domains tab, and then down to Marketplace.  The search is slow though.  You can turn off options by price or category on the left but response is slow. 
     Some names on NCM DO show up in the general NC search.  I have not figured out which ones get there, but I think that the name must be listed for some small multiple (or more) of registration cost for that extension, and be listed, and not expired for an extended period.  If anyone knows more precisely, please add in comments.

Tips:
A few tips for those selling domain names through the NCM:
  • Although you can list up to 5 categories for each domain (e.g. technology, business, advertising, computers, etc.), only the first two alphabetically get listed beside the domain name.
  • You can re-list a domain name that has not sold.  I sometimes use longer periods (simpler), but I sometimes use the shorter duration listing and re-list, since many of the sales seem to come when the domain listing is about to end when the name will be near the top of their list.
  • I find that to be very successful you need your own website or social media presence to post to your listings.  People will in general not find your domains through the NCM.
  • I find some who list on NCM do not realize how easy it is to have a single link which always shows your updated NCM listings.  Simply find one of your listings, then click on your username (in blue on left - mine is fundybob), and then get the URL from that page.  As an example, here is mine:  https://www.namecheap.com/store/domains/marketplace/buy-domains?seller=fundybob 
  • If desired, you can also link to any particular domain name.  To do that find the domain name in NCM, then copy the URL.  Note that when the listing period expires and you re-list you will need to change the link.  An example: https://www.namecheap.com/store/domains/marketplace/listing/56000093
  • You can use that along with a DNS redirect to make the NCM listing a landing page. For example, if you click the link expertise.space you will see this set up for one of my domain names.  One advantage of using NCM as your lander, is that the potential purchaser is immediately in an environment where they can instantly purchase the domain name and implement it with a hosting package.
  • I use both types of links on my website.  On my main page https://NamesThat.win/ (see second line of icons), I link to all my NCM listings, while on the following page you will see links to individual NCM entries (these I need to update by hand). https://namesthat.win/domains.html
  • While you can't change a price once the domain name is listed, you can delete it and then re-list it right away, so that is how to edit the NCM price if you made a mistake or have second thoughts. To delete your listing, log in to NC, go to Domain List, select the name, then click on Manage.  At the bottom right, where it tells you it is for sale, click on Cancel and enter your password again.   
Final Thoughts
     The NCM can be one option to easily and inexpensively sell domain names.  Because there is no minimum commission, it is particularly good for low cost domain names (I recently sold one for just $2.00 there, and the commission charged was only $0.20).  While most of my buyers seem to first find my domain names through my website (or social media, perhaps), many prefer to purchase them through NCM.  
     One big advantage of the NCM in my opinion is that NC generally have cost competitive renewal rates for most  extensions, and also excellent value in shared web hosting.  The new Stellar Plus shared hosting with unlimited domains and storage is an especially good deal. Therefore, if your end user has plans to use the domain they are buying to set up a first website, it is fast and easy.  The new owner can literally have their website up the day they purchase the domain from you.  
     While other registrar marketplaces exist and are great (Namesilo comes to mind), I like NCM a lot.  If you decide to list there, I wish you all the best.

Happy Domain Investing,
Bob

ps While I won't be able to edit this one, I am planning to post a version that I will update on my blog at this link: https://agreatnameforyou.blogspot.ca/

pps Disclosure:  I have no association with NC, other than as a user and an affiliate account, and was not compensated or encouraged to create this post. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Price Categories Added

Our goal at NamesThat.win is to offer innovative domain names at great prices, and to make finding, acquiring and using a domain name as easy as possible.  Someone suggested to us that they would like an easy way to find domain names on our site within a certain price range.  While the discount section of our catalog has offered a listing of our significantly reduced domains, it did not offer an easy way to, for example, find a domain name at $40 or less.  We are pleased to announce that we have now rectified this and now offer a By Price listing.

At the top of each page at our  website you will now see a By Price (see diagram) link.  When you click it you will go to listings divided by price.  For example, one of the categories lists all domains we have available in the price range from $69 to $88. The lowest price category starts at domains just $8 or less!

Within each price category the domain names are listed alphabetically in our standard catalog format with a bit of information on the domain name along with links where it can be purchased. For example, we show the listing for DreamSmall.co below.  The top line shows our initial and current price ($49), where it can be purchased (in this case either on Undeveloped. com or our Efty Marketplace listing), along with a brief description usually including possible uses, automated estimates of worth, and the date that the expiry date of the current registration that goes with the domain name.
In the lowest price category ($8 or less) the only purchase options are normally the Namecheap Marketplace.  Since you can open a Namecheap account for free in just a few minutes if you don't already have one.  Namecheap handles your payment and the transfer of the domain name to you, which normally happens within hours or less. They offer various payment options including credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin (among others).

In the $9 to $18 we normally offer two purchase options, Namecheap Marketplace or the Efty Marketplace.  We recommend that you use Namecheap Marketplace, as they act as essential escrow agents, moving the name from us to you.

In the price categories starting at $28 purchase options will depend on the domain name, but normally include Undeveloped.com, along with Efty Marketplace and possibly others. Normally the price will be the same in all options, but check with the domain name that you want as occasionally minimum requirements or other costs make it necessary to list a higher price with some options.

We will continue to offer our other choices for searching on our site.  All of the domain names we have for sale are listed alphabetically in the List section of our site.  If looking for a specific name this is the easiest place to find it (although it does not include detail like a description).

Our domain names are listed by category in our catalog, for example if you want to search for domain names related to the Internet of Things or Nanotechnology you can go to that section of our catalog. We show a portion of the catalog in the image below, but go to our site for the full catalog.  The catalog starts with a Featured link to some of our favourite domains, but after that the categories are listed alphabetically.

Still reading?  Thanks!  We have a little bonus for one engaged early reader.  To celebrate our new By Price categories we have listed one domain name in the $8 (or less) category that we think is a pretty great deal (it is up for renewal in a few weeks so you will have to renew it after purchase).  You will have to go to our website to find the domain name, and check if it is still available, but here is a teaser of information on the domain. Why not go see what the name is, and pick it up! I will update this listing with sold after it is gone.

  • single common dictionary word applicable to the financial industry
  • uses a popular ngTLD extension that makes sense with the word
  • about 40,000 exact term Google monthly searches 
  • about 2.7 million broad term Google monthly searches
  • advertisers pay of order of $3 per click for both the exact and broad search term
  • automated Estibot® worth estimate $2000, GoDaddy GoValue® $700
  • we originally offered the domain name at $475
  • registration expires May 17, 2018 (renews standard rates)
  • buy it now on Namecheap Marketplace for $8 to one lucky buyer

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New gTLD Sales Mar 23 - Apr 22

Another month has rolled around, and here is a report on "new" global TLD (ngTLD) domain sales reported in the Namebio database.  In this context new include extensions released after 2013.  Country code extensions are not included, even if they are generic ones such as .pw (professional web).  Nor are the older global extensions such as .biz, .pro, .info, etc.  While the Namebio database certainly does not include all sales (see closing paragraph below), it is highly respected, daily updated and includes statistical data, making it the best source for reports such as this.

During the monthly period ending April 22, 2018 there were

  • 27 recorded ngTLD domain name sales;
  • A median sales price of $2400;
  • A mean sales price of $4980;
  • In terms of major sales,  20 were for $1000 or more including 3 for $10,000 or more;
  • Highest sales were live.casino for $34,483 and chat.chat for $20,000; 
  • There were sales in 18 different TLD extensions during this period;
  • Global Registry, Sedo and Uniregistry had the most reported sales. 

The highest value sale was live.casino for $34,483, with chat.chat taking second place with a $20,000 sale. The domain fc.group sold for $10,000. The total value of reported ngTLD sales is about $134,400 in this period.

The 8 global TLD sales were from the dot.global registry, while the others were all non-registry sales. The most popular marketplaces for these sales were Sedo with 6 and Uniregistry with 5.  A variety of venues had a single sale, and Dynadot 2 during this period.

Here is the breakdown by number of domain sales reported in each extension.
  • casino 1
  • chat 1
  • city 1
  • domains 1
  • exchange 1
  • global 8
  • gold 1
  • group 2
  • help 1
  • jetzt (means now in German) 1
  • life 1
  • movie 1
  • nyc 1
  • online 1
  • poker 1
  • store 1
  • wang 1
  • xyz 2
There were sales in 18 different extensions, ranging from the most widely held of the ngTLDs to some with only modest registration numbers.  Interestingly only a few of the same extensions are in both the previous report and this one, and somewhat surprisingly no .club sales in this period. Also, it is noteworthy that of the 5 most popular ngTLD extensions, only .xyz has reported sales during this period. 

If we compare this with the previous monthly report, the number of sales is slightly down, but the median and average price are both slightly up, as is the number of sales over $10,000. The differences are not statistically significant.

So far in 2018 in total there have been 189 Namebio reported ngTLD sales with a median price of $2300 and a mean price of $7800.  Two ngTLD remain in the top 10 Namebio sales of the year,  home.loans for $500,000 and The.club for $300,000.

Some readers will notice that a huge sale announced during this period, vacation.rentals for $500,300, is missing from the list.  It was the highest publicly released price ever paid for a ngTLD, and had it been included the average price for the monthly report would have been about $23,300.  Unfortunately there is not standardization in terms of what date is used, with some reporting using the announcement date, others the transaction date, and sometimes the date the last instalment was paid since high value domains are often purchased in several instalments. Namebio generally use the sales date while DNJournal uses the announcement date. A pretty consistent set of dates, using purchase date, is used in the Sold Domains listing. 

On a NamePros discussion regarding sources present in the Namebio database it was pointed out that registries seem to have largely stopped reporting, and no doubt there are many registry sales not represented in the database. The Namebio database does not include sales with value less than $100, nor sales from a number of venues such as Undeveloped.comhttps://undeveloped.com/ or Efty Marketplaces, nor from many ngTLD registries, so it is difficult to estimate how complete a record this is of all  #ngTLD domain name sales. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

New gTLD Namebio Reported Sales Last Month

About every month or so, I plan to have a look at what sales have been publicly reported in the database for 'new' global domain name extensions (ngTLDs).  The term new is perhaps unfortunate, as many of them have been around since 2014.
Namebio

There were 31 recorded ngTLD domain name sales in this period (Feb 23 - Mar 22, 2018), with a median sales price of $1210 and mean sales price of $4089. A total of 18 of the sales were for $1000 or more.  The highest value sale was blockchain.ventures for $42,000, with Berlin.club taking second place with a $11,700 sale.

The 8 global TLD sales were from the dot.global registry, while the others were all non-registry sales. By far the most popular marketplace for these sales was Sedo, with 14 of the sales, including the largest one.

Here is the breakdown by number of domain sales reported in each extension.

  • cab 1
  • club 3
  • digital 1
  • global 8
  • group 2
  • guru 1
  • market 1
  • mba  1
  • media 1
  • news 1
  • one 1
  • online 2
  • ooo 1
  • plus 1
  • top 1
  • ventures 1
  • vin  1
  • watch 1
  • xyz 2
There were sales in 19 different extensions, ranging from the most widely held of the ngTLDs to some with only modest registration numbers.  

So far in 2018 in total there have been 139 Namebio reported ngTLD sales with a median price of $2324 and a mean price of $9238.  The latter was highly influenced by two January sales: home.loans for $500,000 and The.club for $300,000. Blockchain.ventures is the fourth highest ngTLD of the year.

The Namebio database does not include sales with value less than $100, nor sales from a number of venues, so it is difficult to estimate how complete a record this is of all  #ngTLD domain name sales. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why Would Anyone Want a New Extension Domain Name?

Background

Over at NamePros poster thevictor asked this question:
Hey NP,
There are many threads dedicated to showcasing, appraising, discussing these new gTLDs, but I am having trouble finding any information as to why an end-user would want to invest in a ngTLD versus a .com domain name? What are some use cases and/or selling points for a ngTLD? Aside from them being very unique and one-of-a- kind, how would you respond to a .com holder who asks this question? Thanks in advance for any insights or success stories regarding this!
I decided to take a little while to provide an in depth response there, but I thought I would also post it here (this version is slightly expanded with a few additional links).

A whole book could be written in response, so you should not consider these the only reasons why sometimes new domain extensions make sense for both end users and domain name investors. I sincerely hope that I have provided what the original poster desired, some specific reasons and examples.

Why Use a New Domain Extension?

  1. You want a powerful, single word domain name, but that name is simply not available at any price to you in .com or .net. This is probably the driving reason behind the domain name sale of a couple of weeks ago of blockchain(.)ventures for $42,000.
  2. You believe that a domain name doesn't need to have a .com tacked on, and it is more aesthetic and elegant to simply have a domain name that describes exactly what your enterprise is. If you listen to the interview by the person who paid $500,000 earlier this year for home.loans that is essentially his reasoning (and he had earlier business success with a similar other name). Or about a year ago casino(.)online sold for $201,000.
  3. You can express the exact name of your company through a ngTLD, e.g. look at DXC.Technology. Their name is their website. Nothing added. Elegance defined.
  4. You do use a .com or cc for your main site, but you also want a descriptive domain name for a subset of your activity. Design is central to a business like Kohler. Surely it made sense for them to use Kohler.design? (and they do)
  5. What you do can be described perfectly and concisely using a ngTLD. That is probably why earlier this year Talk(.)show sold for $50,000, and maps(.)Amsterdam sold for about $8500. Also in 2018, tax(.)help sold for $6000.  In these, and many similar cases, you see the domain name and you know instantly what the site is about.  With extensions ranging from loan to review, club to trade, blog to store, and over one thousand more, it is hard to think of an operation that would not fit with one of the ngTLDs.
  6. You want to use domain name phrases in a marketing campaign. Most of the legacy gTLDs and cc TLDs are difficult to make into domain name phrases. But this can express endless ideas when creatively using ngTLDs (see the recent examples over at the thread where people listed their 5 best ngTLD domain names for loads of great examples). I set up a few examples from my portfolio so you can see how they work. For example, if you enter we.redefine.fun or all.curlers.win or help.diversify.science it could redirect anywhere on the web (try them out). Phrases like this are easy for people to remember and can be entered into social media as clickable phrases. The good folks over at Names.of.London (yup just click the phrase) have great possibilities available at reasonable rates. You sell art? They have art.for.sale that you can rent very inexpensively!
  7. You are a small (perhaps single person) business, and you can combine your name with an extension to express exactly what you do. For example if my name was Jane Doe and I was an accountant, the domain name JaneDoe.accountant would perfectly describe my business.  This works particularly well for sole proprietorships where you must use your exact name. I describe this on the blog here.
  8. You want good value in your domain purchase price. There are countless small sales of ngTLDs, many below the $100 Namebio limit so don't show up in that database (a more extensive one for small sales is DNPric.es, but it too is far from complete).. In a bit of self promotion, might we be out of step to point out the great deals in some of the new extensions that we have over at NamesThat.win?  You run a roofing business, wouldn't it be cool to have the domain name roofer?  Or your company produces sensors for the Internet of Things, why not the domain name sensor?  Into robotics? Shouldn't your domain name be simply  robotics?  All of these are available right now in the gdn (global domain name) extension for between $125 and $175! You can get a memorable, descriptive name for great value in new domain extensions.
  9. You feel that the dot com bubble burst in 2000 except for the domain name business. You find this is the era to have something new, something like The.club, and are willing to pay $300,000 for that as was done in January of this year. But the really great thing is you don't need to pay funds like that to get a still pretty great name.  You sell hiking equipment, wouldn't hikers.world by an applicable domain name? Your startup works with gene therapy techniques - edits.life says it pretty concisely? Your reference site is the place to read about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), the most popular growing investments these years. Surely ETFs.site would work well.  We have all of these right now for less than $130 each, and thousands of other domain investors have similar deals on great names with ngTLD extensions.
  10. You can purchase single letter domain names in some of the ngTLDs. For example A(.)top sold for just over $96,000. Sometimes you don't even have to pay that much for a single letter ngTLD.  For example, in 2017 V(.)photo sold for $15,000 and G(.)rich for $13,750.
  11. You can use a ngTLD as part of a call to action. With a two word phrase like Act(.)today (that sold for $20,000 in 2017), Our(.)place (sold for $10,000 in 2017) or Learn(.)wine ($10,000 sale from 2017) you can simply and directly urge the reader to take some action.
  12. You want to shake up things a little. The parent body of company Alphabet don't have a lot at abc.xyz, but who can argue that it isn't a cool and appropriate domain name? Speaking of cool, isn't 2(.)cool a rather unique domain name? It sold in the Namescon auction this year for $2900.

What Else?

At some point I will probably post a second part on this topic, with additional cases and examples.  For example, I wanted to talk a bit about the more specialized extensions and their use. I also hope to address the idea that the underlying value of a domain name is of more importance than simply looking at what that extension has sold for in the past.

Please feel free to suggest your own ideas that I have left out! And of course if a reader is looking for more big ticket sales scan through lists such as this one over at DNJournal, or use the Namebio database and search on one or more of the new extensions.  Thanks to all the insightful people who keep NamePros the vibrant online domain community, as their experiences and ideas have inspired my interest in domain names.

So while most sales in the daily domain report at Namebio are certainly .com, there are good reasons for both end users and some domain name investors to consider investing in the "new" extensions.  I also did a post more from the domain investing perspective related to this topic here. The domain investing community should be large enough for those who prefer legacy domain extensions, country code domains, and the new extensions.

Photocredit: The image at the top of this posting is by Pixabay user qimono.  

Note: While an effort was made to make sure that this post was current and correct at time of writing, if any details are important to the reader it is their responsibility to independently establish that information. This posting is for informational purposes, and is not to be construed as individual advice for any domain investing decision.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Purchase Choices SSL Secure


Efty Market SSL Secure

Over at NamesThat.win we have made some changes to give you more peace of mind in purchasing domains from us.  While we provide information on our domain names at our website that itself is not yet SSL (e.g. see our complete list alphabetically here, or consult our thematic catalog of domain names here), when it is time to make an offer or purchase it directly we forward you to one of the marketplaces. Now all of those purchase options are fully SSL secure.

Our Efty Marketplace is now updated so any transactions (offers or purchasers) there are SSL secure.  The other options were already  SSL secure. Therefore, whether you choose to purchase one of our domain names from Afternic, our Efty Marketplace, the Namecheap Marketplace, or from our listings on Undeveloped, the process will be secure and you can have peace of mind that any information that you provide is secure. 

The Choice is Yours

Note that when we multiply list across platforms, we only list a buy it now price at one of the sites (to prevent any chance simultaneous purchase). Purchase price on different marketplaces is the same. If you would prefer to do the purchase through a different marketplace than the one implemented with a buy it now price, just let us know and we will see if it is possible to move the listing. If you plan to purchase, or have, web hosting through Namecheap, for example, it makes sense to purchase the domain and have it transferred to your account there. 

Note that it is not always possible for us to move a domain name BIN listing to your preferred site.  For example, if we are offering the domain name at a very low price, the commission structure at Afternic make it unfeasible for us to move the listing there.  If the domain name is not registered at Namecheap, then we can't move it to their Marketplace (we may be able to do so by adding a year or more of registration, although that would influence the price we can offer the domain name at). In general we can offer any domain name at Efty or Undeveloped, even it if it is not currently there.

Making an Inquiry

Although you can make an inquiry about any domain name on this form, including making an offer, we suggest if you want to make an offer it is better to do so through the secure Efty marketplace listing (almost all of our domains are listed there under Make Offer). The reason for this is because your inquiry form at NamesThat.win is not SSL protected, but all of our linked sites are fully SSL secure.



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