If you happen to be in Austin for SXSW then there’s a good chance you’ve bumped-into these guys:
They’re called the XYZ Squad and they are getting a lot of attention at SXSW this year. To shake things up .XYZ is giving away prizes to people who posted a photo of the XYZ Squad on Twitter on Instagram. This caused a flurry of “.XYZ Squad” spottings across Austin.
It’s a pretty cool idea IMO and a great way to get buzz going for a new TLD that is a startup itself. If any of my readers are in Austin and happened to snap a photo of the .XYZ Squad feel free to send it my way and I’ll add it to this post!
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. I just took the photo above while having breakfast with Daina on our patio. Yes, it looks like summer has come early and according to the weather report it’s going to be 81 degrees this afternoon. So, we’re heading off to Malibu for a day of hiking, wine tasting, and just enjoying some much-needed R&R.
We spent most of the day yesterday working on Fashion Metric and have a big week ahead with a completely packed schedule next week and the following. Last week we added polo shirts to the site and like all things FM we’re focused on finding truly unique, high-quality polos that you probably haven’t seen before. Along with polos we also added wallets thanks to a new partnership with an awesome company called Bison Made. You can check-out all our new arrivals next week here. (oh and remember, blog readers get 25%-off with coupon code MORGANVIP25)
On the domain-front things are also absolutely rocking with over $1M in deals closing over the next two months. Next week one of our recent deals will be live on DNJournal, not a huge one but still a nice one-word .COM deal that will turn-into something great! The second semester of the DomainMBA program is also in full-swing and it is incredibly exciting to see so many students move Domaining from a hobby to a business.
Last but not least, I am testing-out some listings on Flippa, one of them closes today – MuscleCars.info and with a $17 reserve I’m interested to see where this goes. Definitely not going to make thousands of dollars but with Flippa I have one focus, can I double my money? Sure you won’t get the 10x or 100x return you’ll get with an end-user but if you can double your money doing anything, that’s not too bad right?
I hope you all are having a great weekend, as always feel free to share your own weekend musings or comment on any of mine. Happy Sunday!
Hello, happy Friday and welcome to Flippa Friday here on MorganLinton.com! There are some truly exceptional domains on Flippa this week and a flurry of bidding activity. Below are my top domain picks from Flippa for this week including one of my own listings!
Message.com – I think it goes without saying that Message.com is an absolutely stellar domain and it’s this quality of name we’re seeing more and more on Flippa.
MuscleCars.info – a great domain for anyone who loves muscle cars, over 70,000 monthly searches and a CPC of $0.92. Low reserve and ending this weekend.
Programmable.net – sure, I’m not crazy about .NET domains but there are some keywords that I think make sense in it. This is one of them and with more and more programmable devices coming to market I can see this being a nice long play.
Salsa.com – another great domain that really needs no explanation, already at $25,000 with 8 bids.
RealEstateForeclosures.com – solid real estate domain, already at $8,000 with 6 bids and there are still 12 days to go. Lots of lead generation potential with this name.
WeddingBlogs.com – when we were getting into wedding-mode I did read my fair share of wedding blogs. This would be an awesome domain for aggregating wedding blogs or just forwarding to an existing one.
It’s a very good time to live in New Zealand, because if you do, then you’re about to get early access to some of the best .KIWI names before anyone else. While .co.nz has been the standard in New Zealand, new gTLDs like .KIWI present new opportunities for NZ-based businesses.
.kiwi is for people and businesses wanting to associate with New Zealand’s culture. It offers greater choice, branding creativity and the opportunity to differentiate your business from competitors. (Tim Johnson, CEO Dot Kiwi)
Now, thanks to a partnership with OnlyDomains and Trade Me .KIWI is giving New Zealand residents a nice edge. From today until March 17th over 100 premium .KIWI names will go to auction, many with a $1 reserve. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Rather than auctioning off everything at once the domain names will be auction in batches, here’s the schedule:
This is a bold move and a pretty exciting way to kick-off a new TLD. On March 18th the first wave on names will become available for registration but the people who participate in these auctions will leave with some of the most premium .KIWI real estate. OnlyDomains had this to say about the auction:
As a Kiwi company, OnlyDomains.com is very excited to give other New Zealanders the first bite of the cherry, and expect fierce bidding to reflect Kiwis pride at being able to say “This is who I am.”
I know I have some readers in NZ so if you do participate in this auction and get some good names feel free to come back here and share them!
As you may already know, there are a deluge of new domain name extensions (also known as new gTLDs) hitting the market, and in the end over 1,500 new .SOMETHING’s will be live. New extensions like .GURU and .TIPS have seen a lot of interest and it’s clear we’re living in a world where there’s not only an app for everything, there’s also a domain extension for everything.
Big news media outlets are covering the rollout however they typically don’t know much about the domain world so are just trying to piece things together. So I thought now would be a good time to share a few pieces of advice for startups trying to figure-out what to make of these new domain extensions:
- You don’t need to worry about most of them – first things first. Anyone that tells you that now you have to spend thousands of dollars buying domains to protect your brand they’re really just trying to make money off of you. At the core of the new extensions is a new way to make money and as we all know fear is a great way to sell things. To be perfectly honest you don’t need to worry about most new extensions, if your company is called “Barney’s Plumbing” and you own BarneysPlumbing.com, are you really worried about someone owning BarneysPlumbing.photos or BarneysPlumbing.holdings interfering with your business?
- There might be a handful that do make sense to buy – Now that you know you don’t need to spend a small fortune on domain names let’s talk about what you might want to buy. If there’s a particular extension that directly relates to your business, sure, it might be nice to nab it if you can. For example, if you run a photography company in Venice called Barney’s Photography and you own BarneysPhotography.com, you might also want to get Venice.photography or Venice.photos but only do so if you can see a clear way these can help your business. Remember, these new domain extensions have no built-in traffic like .COM domains so you have to create your own value out of what really is brand new Internet real estate.
- It’s even easier to protect your Trademark – if you have a TM then you’re going to like some of the new provisions in place that make it harder than ever for people to squat on your existing Trademark. For many new gTLDs buyers must verify that they have a Trademark before registering a domain which makes it pretty hard for them to claim after the fact that they didn’t know.
If there’s one nugget you should get from the tips above it’s that you should not spend thousands of dollars buying up new domain extensions. Yes, there are some you might want to buy but anyone who tells you that you need to spend a meaningful amount of money or risk hurting your brand online is just trying to sell you something.
Remember when Facebook was that cool social network that all your friends were talking about? Maybe you do, or, if you’re in college now Facebook is just the norm and Blend is the cool social network that your friends are talking about, over Snapchat of course.
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There’s a good chance that you’ve either heard from someone or come to the conclusion yourself that hoverboards are now a reality. Hoverboards became embedded in our minds thanks to Back to the Future 2 and now there’s a new company that claims to have built everyone’s favorite movie gadget.
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Ask.FM is a personal Q&A website and app that has some similarities to Jelly but is mostly used by teenagers. The company has been the subject of quite a bit of controversy around safety concerns but it doesn’t look like that has put a dent in the incredible user growth that Ask.FM is seeing.
What I find interesting about this company outside of their insanely amazing user growth numbers is that fact that they picked Ask.fm when Ask.com runs something that could be considered a confusingly similar service. Of course Ask.com is not for sale so they had to decide whether to call themselves something else, or stick with Ask and get it in a different TLD.
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Hello, Happy Friday and welcome to Flippa Friday here on MorganLinton.com! One big change I’m starting to see over the last couple of weeks is the influx of new gTLDs into the marketplace. As I’ve said many times before, I think the best investment opportunities are without a doubt in the .COM space, but, that being said, it’s still interesting to see this change.
Comic.tv – I have been a fan of .TV for quite a while now and while I do think .COMs definitely have the most liquidity, I do love a good .TV and this is a great on IMO. I don’t think names like HomeSales.tv or CarInsurance.tv make sense but Comic.tv and Comedy.tv absolutely do. I’ll might be buying this one depending on how high it ends up going.
Repairs.info – as we’ve seen many times before, .INFO domains tend to do pretty well on Flippa. While I don’t think Repairs.info is as good as something like Insurance.info I do think it is a decent name and for under $500 is probably a pretty good deal with some nice flip potential in the future.
StockMarket.guru – currently at $1,000 with one day to go and only two bids. Any pricing on new gTLDs is purely speculative, still I do like .guru and think that this might not be a bad deal for this name. Don’t expect to flip it and make a profit but these keywords do go well with .GURU.
JustJourney.com – I love a nice brandable two-word .COM and this is one that’s easy to spell, easy to remember, and applicable to a number of different business ideas. I personally think it’s a pretty awesome fit for a travel blog but there are plenty of other uses. Passes the radio and billboard test, and yes, I might be bidding on it.