We have one more panel ahead for the day and then day two of NamesCon Europe comes to an end. Well, it doesn’t really end, it continues on a boat cruise hosted by Giuseppe from GGRG.com and then likely continues into the night at the casino that inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond.

I decided to escape to my room quickly to write this post and then hopefully sneak in a little power nap since I think it’s going to be a late night. Still, I always make time for blogging but I’ll keep today’s post short and sweet with a handful of reflections on the first two days at NamesCon Europe.

First things first, the NamesCon Europe team has done an absolutely incredible job from start to finish. From picking an amazing venue in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been in, to lining up great panels, to bringing together truly exceptional people. This is a week I will never forget.

The auction yesterday was a lot of fun and Monte and team did a great job putting together a solid list of names and really thinking through what names to put in the auction. Tess from DomainSherpa had a great session with Monte and Andrew Rosner talking about the auction and I’ll be sharing some of the things I learned from that talk in future post. Suffice it to say, Monte always works incredibly hard to pick the inventory he includes in the auction and really goes the extra mile to customize it to the audience.

Every time I go to a domain conference I feel a bit like I’m going to a family reunion. There are some people here that I’ve known for a decade or longer, we’ve gone through a lot together and honestly, they feel like family. The most amazing thing is we all live on opposite ends of the world, and often don’t get to talk as much as I’d like, but when we’re together, it’s like no time has passed.

The content at the conference has been top notch. From panels to talks packed with data like the one in the image above from Giuseppe, it’s amazing how much all of us can learn when we share our knowledge and experience with each other!

I couldn’t end this post without giving a quick shot out to Soren who had the vision to buy this conference and really pushed to make NamesCon Europe something special this year. I found out yesterday that Soren used to live in Cascais and honestly, it would be hard to pick a more beautiful setting for a conference – we are lucky to have someone like Soren in the industry.

Okay, and with that, I now have ten minutes left before I have to head back for a panel so, it’s power nap time! For those of you who have been following the adventure please feel free to comment below and share your insights or any questions you’d like me to ask anyone that’s here for you.

Happy Friday, and wish me luck at the casino tonight, I’ll be channeling my inner Bond, James Bond.

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Everyone at NamesCon Europe got pretty lucky today as the last talk of the day was an AMA with Go Daddy…and of course the big question on everyone’s mind is – what can you share about the Voice.com sale!

Paul Nicks was nice enough to take a little over five minutes sharing the backstory behind this record-breaking domain sale. While a picture might be worth a thousand words, a video gives you every single word, so enough from me – here’s the video and the details behind the $30M sales of Voice.com.

If you have any burning questions you’d like me to ask any of the Go Daddy team, feel free to include them in the comment section below and I’ll ask them at the cocktail party tonight…after they’ve had a few drinks of course 🙂

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I’m sitting here in Cascais right now, watching a panel, and getting ready for the room to be full of bidders as the live auction is now just about two hours away. If you want to participate in the live auction, remember, you don’t have to be here to do it – you can sign-up online. Here’s the details:

http://www.namejet.com/featuredauctions/liveauction

Below is the list of domains that will be in the live auction today, in order:

LOTDOMAIN NAME
10domaining.app
20rental.property
30human.info
40groom.org
50laws.net
60bed.org
70escrowservices.com
80frog.org
90bob.tv
100compensable.com
110baitntackle.com
120fighting.com
130dguy.com
140nue.com
150weed.is
160arizonahomes.com
170weed.business
180ttsn.com
190x.de
200nosmoking.net
210zlz.com
220activity.org
230sux.com
240thriller.com
2508t.com
260cggi.com
270jfai.com
280audio.com
290kol.com
300tattooremovals.com
310wpb.net
3204m.com
330width.com
34018holes.com
350ingredients.org
360alright.com
370deepfryers.com
380foreign.net
390lend.com
400crying.com
410xu.com
420buyweed.net
430112.club
440bitcoinmarket.com
450ziz.com
460gear.co.uk
470xem.com
480though.com
490w.de
500newshoes.net
5102719.com
520achy.com
530drill.com
540analgesics.com
550beautifulwomen.com
560apartment.info
570dogtrainers.com
580gtxs.com
590vaporizers.com
600marijuana.reviews
610husband.com
620cd.ca
630homedevelopment.com
640fibr.com
650yachts.com
660penis.com
670kaiserrolls.com
680damning.com
690ratos.com
700gro.org
710singlemen.com
720hippy.com
730solarpaint.com
740income.property
750fcc.com
760jih.org
770houses.co.uk
780maltarealty.com
790electricmotorcycles.com
800greed.com
810ipxs.com
820naq.com
830museums.net
840angelinvestment.com
850integrates.com
860dbn.net
870taxcollectors.com
880foreclosure.property
890advising.com
900miami.travel
910seniordating.com
920arcadegames.org
930heartdoctors.com
940auriane.com
950celebrityphotos.com
960hackertools.com
970coolant.com
980motels.info
990remarried.com
1000ocrl.com

I’ll be here and likely bidding myself, feel free to pop over to my Twitter account (@morganDOTlinton) if you want to see some live video of the auction in progress.

Happy bidding, there are some truly exceptional names in the auction this year, it’s definitely going to be an exciting evening here in Cascais!

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The domain name world has been buzzing with some pretty incredible news, Go Daddy brokered the domain name Voice.com for a whopping $30M. Now I know what you might be thinking. Was this just the domain name itself or was there a complete business on it generating on ton of revenue.

No business, just the domain.

So now I know what you’re thinking next. Well then it can’t have been an all cash deal.

It was an all cash deal.

At this point I’m sure you want to hear more about the buyer and thanks to Andrew from DomainNameWire.com, there’s now a short Q&A with MicroStrategy (the company that sold the domain) on why they felt $30M was the right price.

In the Q&A MicroStrategy doesn’t go into great detail as to why they felt that Voice.com specifically was worth $30M, instead they said that overall they feel that previous domain sales have undervalued domains. As a domain investor…I’m not going to argue with them, if they think all our sales our too low, more power to them.

This of course begs the question – after this sale are we going to see people increase pricing on their .COM domains, especially premium .COM domains like this?

The timing for this sale couldn’t be better since Domain Investors from around the world are all together in Europe now. I’m looking forward to talking with people about this over the next couple of days to hear everyone’s opinion.

Either way, congrats to the buyer, seller, and way to go Go Daddy on brokering a record-breaking sale. Is this a good omen for NamesCon Europe, I’d say so!

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NamesConEurope 2019 Cliff Notes

Do you remember CliffNotes? They were handy little books you could read that would summarize a much longer book. I think most people used them in High School when they didn’t read a book that was assigned to them and needed to cram for a test about the book.

As Domainers from around the world fly into Portugal, I know many of them are going to end up looking at the agenda at the last minute, or some, will just show up the first day and take it as it comes.

So I decided to put together some CliffNotes for you so you can quickly refer to this blog post and get a summary of everything that’s happening at NamesCon this week. Please note, I’ve left a lot of details out so when you find things on the CliffNotes that you want to do, make sure to go to the NamesCon Europe Official Agenda to get all the good stuff.

Now for you jet-lagged Domainers that are just getting into Portugal and ready to make the most of your experience – here’s your CliffNotes:

Thursday, June 20th

  • 9:30AM – Pick up your badge, grab some coffee (you’ll need it!)
  • 10:00 – 10:30AM – Opening talk with Braden and Monte
    • These are always really good to go to IMO as they often set the stage for the entire conference, you flew all the way here, don’t miss the first talk!
  • 10:30 – 11:00AM – Karn from Radix shares his journey in the Domain Name World
  • 11:00AM – 11:20AM – Giuseppe from GGRG breaks down the ins and outs of liquid domains
  • 11:20AM – 12:10AM – Some of the top domain brokers in the domain world talk about what to look for in a domain name broker
  • 12:10PM – 1:00PM – Frank Schilling (the one and only, always a lot of great gems in Frank’s talks)
  • 2:30PM – 3:30PM – Where to invest in the NTLD market
  • 3:30PM – 5:00PM – Expert Roundtable (ask an expert all your burning questions)
  • 5:00PM – 7:00PM – Right of the Dot Domain Auction
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Domain Auction Reception (i.e. relax and enjoy drinks with other Domainers)

Here’s a few additional tips for making the most of your first day at NamesCon Europe.

  1. Try to not be hung over for day one. This sounds like a silly tip but it’s true. I know how exciting it is to fly to a new city and be around a bunch of fellow Domainers…but you know what’s not fun, being hung over and trying to slog through a day and actually get value out of it. So get some sleep on the first day, you’ll thank me later.
  2. If you can, earmark the talks you want to go for the day before. If you’re reading this now you have a full day to make your selections. While you don’t need to feel guilty if you don’t go to every talk, you also shouldn’t miss every talk. Think of what’s relevant to you and pick talks that align with your interests.
  3. Don’t miss the opening night reception. The first night of the conference is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone should be fresh and buzzing with energy, excited to talk domains. The energy level wanes with each day since conferences are exhausting no matter how you slice it, so the first night really is the best time to catch everyone (including yourself) while you’re at your best…unless of course you didn’t listen to my first tip.
  4. Drink lots of water. International travel is a lot more dehydrating than you’d think. You’ve spent a long time in a plane, you’re jet-lagged, you’re in a totally new environment, and you’re probably also drinking alcohol which dehydrates you. Drink more water than you normally would, once again – you’ll thank me later!
  5. Make at least one goal before the conference. If you’ve spent all the time and money to get out here, don’t walk in without a purpose. You don’t need a long detailed list of things, but have at least one goal for the conference that you can refer back to after the conference.

Okay, we’re official a day away from NamesCon Europe, it’s been a blast being in Lisbon for the last three days, tomorrow I pack up my Lisbon pad and move to Cascais, see you soon!

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With NamesCon Europe now less than 48-hours away it’s official, Domainers are in Lisbon enjoying some pre-conference adventures. As you can see from the picture above, I’m here, and caught up with Braden, Lisa, and Karn for dinner tonight.

It’s my first time in Lisbon and I am blown away, this is one incredible city. Of course I’m not the only Domainer who decided to fly in early for a little extra time in Portugal. Looking around the Twitterverse you’ll see a lot of Domainers saying hello to Lisbon.

Here’s some tweets from Domainers getting their groove on in Portugal’s capital.

Tomorrow I’ll be exploring Sintra which I actually didn’t even know existed until a couple of days ago…now it feels like a can’t miss destination. On Wednesday most of us our saying goodbye to our pads in Lisbon and heading to Cascais for the main event. Given how high the energy level is now, it safe to say this is going to be one incredible conference.

Okay, well it’s midnight here, time for bed, for those getting on flights soon, safe travels and see you soon!

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The list of domains in the upcoming NamesCon Europe auction is one of the best I’ve ever seen. There are some exceptional short .COMs listed like XU.com, KOL.com and Drill.com, each of these would steal the show if the others weren’t around.

That’s what makes this one of the more challenging auctions to pinpoint which domain is going to break through it’s reserve price and take the cake for the top sale.

While I think domains like Drill.com, FCC.com and KOL.com could easily battle for second or third place, I personally think that XU.com is going to take the cake as the highest sale. Earlier this year, OL.com sold for $900,000 in the NamesCon Vegas live domain auction so XU.com selling in the high-six or even seven-figure range is certainly on the table.

Of course, with a huge name like XU.com, you never know exactly where the reserve is set, so it could always end up as the name with the highest bids, but not the name with the highest bids that sold.

I will be in Portugal watching the auction live, and full disclosure, I do have domains in this auction as well. While I like my own names, I can tell you there’s no chance any of them are going to be the top sale so this article isn’t going to end up promoting one of my names, unless one of you has lost your mind!

Okay – so you’ve heard my prediction, now I want to hear from you. What domain do you think will end up as the top-selling in the NamesCon Europe live domain auction next week? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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domainer-t-shirt-namescon2019

As many of you know, last year I made, or really, my readers made a shirt that I printed and gave out for free. For everyone who came to NamesCon in Vegas, you got your shirt there…for the rest of you, sadly you’ve had to wait for me to ship them and I still haven’t gotten around to shipping them all yet. (Don’t worry – if you’re still waiting you will get your shirt!)

Last month, with NamesCon Europe around the corner I spoke to the conference organizers and we worked on a special edition #Domainer shirt, just for NamesCon Europe. Supplies are extremely limited as I’m bringing the shirts in my suitcase from SF to Portugal.

How can you get one?

Easiest way to get one – if you have been on the fence about registering for NamesCon Europe and need something to push you over the edge, let this be it. If you register and email me letting me know that you registered as part of the #Domainer shirt promotion, you’ll get one.

Second way to get one – we’re kicking off a NamesCon Europe social media blitz for shirts. Only ten shirts will be made available and this is a special edition shirt which means none like it will ever be made again. Here’s how to get it:

  • Head to Twitter and write a tweet about what you’re the most excited about at NamesCon Europe
  • Make sure to include some hashtags like #NamesConEurope and don’t forget to include @NamesCon
  • If your tweet is one of ten to get the most retweets and likes, you’ll get a shirt at NamesCon Europe
  • Of course this means that to enter to win, you do have to be coming to Portugal for NamesCon Europe

Here’s a first look at what the special edition shirts look like:

I will be announcing the contest on Twitter tomorrow but of course, I like to give you, my readers, a head start!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Portugal, I’m leaving SF tomorrow and spending a little extra time in Lisbon before the conference starts. If you’re heading out early too, let me know and we can have a little adventure in Lisbon before the official festivities start.

See you there!

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About a month ago I went on a trip to Japan with my Dad. I wanted to make sure to have a VPN service ready to rock before I left. Over the years I’ve tried half a dozen different VPN services and I found two problems with most of the services that I try:

  1. They’re slow
  2. They don’t really allow you to use US services

Combine points #1 and #2 and well…some VPNs are actually useless. After almost two weeks of daily use I can tell you that the NameCheap VPN delivers, so I’m sticking with it for now and looking forward to using it in Portugal next week.

Of course, when something works you typically find it’s more expensive but in the case of NameCheap’s VPN service, they’re very competitive when it comes to price. Here’s a table that breaks it down:

You can use the NameCheap VPN on all of your devices – I’m running it on both my iPhone and my MacBook which is pretty handy.

Thanks to AT&T’s International plan, I just pay an extra $10/day and I can get exact same plan I have in the US, I have unlimited talk/text/data, which means I get the same when I’m traveling. Add in the NameCheap VPN and essentially I’m able to go anywhere in the world and still use my phone and computer just like I’m at home.

If you want to learn more about NameCheap’s VPN service you can read more about it here. Thanks NameCheap for making a VPN service that actually does what it’s supposed to do, and then some!

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In case you missed it, Uniregistry shared their sales data from 2016 – 2018 and there are a lot of really interesting data points in it. You can read it and go through everything yourself, for now, I’ll just pull out one data point that I think is the most relevant to most of my blog readers who are domain investors.

First, let me share the data:

Jan: 456 domains sold, average sale price $7,322 with a total of $3.3M
Feb: 408 domains sold, average sale price $10,181 with a total of $4.1M
March: 501 domains sold, average sale price $9,272 with a total of $4.6M
April: 498 domains sold, average sale price $10,093 with a total of $5M
May: 514 domains sold, average sale price $9,576 with a total of $4.9M
June: 416 domains sold, average sale price $10,573 with a total of $4.3M
July: 437 domains sold, average sale price $8,510 with a total of $3.7M
Aug: 480 domains sold, average sale price $8,049 with a total of $3.8M
Sept: 432 domains sold, average sale price $9,516 with a total of $4.1M
Oct: 453 domains sold, average sale price $10,653 with a total of $4.8M
Nov: 444 domains sold, average sale price $7,865 with a total of $3.4M
Dec: 406 domains sold, average sale price $8,873 with a total of $3.6M

Source – Uniregistry

If you look over one year of Uniregistry sales, first you’ll notice, they’re selling millions of dollars in a domains every month. Second, you’ll notice, the average sales price is pretty much always at or below $10,000.

There’s also a lot of volume there so I’d say, if you want liquidity on your domains, selling at or below $10,000 is a pretty reasonable takeaway here.

Of course if you have a great one-word .COM that’s worth six-figures or more I’m not saying to sell that for less than $10,000. What I am saying is that for all the two-word .COMs in your portfolio that you bought for under $1,000 on a drop…yeah, those will probably have the best chance of selling if priced under $10k.

But then you’ll say – what about my premium two-word .COMs? No, not those, you can price those over $10k. What I’m talking about is your normal, run of the mill two-word .COMs, these are the best domains for your average Domainer IMO since you can get them for under $1,000 and sell them in the five figure range.

Thanks to Uniregistry for sharing this data. There are a lot of other insights in their report but this one really stood out to me since it’s the most relevant to me, you, and probably quite a few other readers.

Did you pick up other insights from the report? Agree or disagree with me? Either way I want to hear from you – comment and let your voice be heard!

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