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Should ICANN Permanently Rescue Failed New gTLDs?

Posted on 30 March 2017 by Andrei

Yesterday, I’ve put three options on the table so as to try a bit of a collective brainstorming experiment. Today, I’d like to analyze the first option in more detail, which is having ICANN bail out the failed extensions.
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Can (and Should) Failed New gTLDs Be Saved?

Posted on 29 March 2017 by Andrei

After three or so years, it’s blatantly obvious that for a lot of extensions, there just isn’t enough demand. Realistically speaking, registries made a mistake by being too lenient when it comes to choosing terms.
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We’re All Brilliant Traders in a Strong Uptrend

Posted on 28 March 2017 by Andrei

I’ve read a post on TheDomains about Dominic, a short domain investor who shared his story on NamePros and first of all, I think he deserves our respect for having the courage it takes to share his numbers in an upfront manner.
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Does a Trigger-Happy Industry Deserve Good Leaders?

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Andrei

Over the years, I’ve seen beginners get scammed time and time again. By people who sell them dreams, by registries which release fake sales (even before the new gTLD craze!), by those who sell picks&shovels despite knowing there’s no gold out there and so on. My first instinct has always been feeling sorry for them and it still is… but with a twist.
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The Comfort of Reliability and Lack Thereof

Posted on 25 March 2017 by Andrei

I have to admit there are days during which I envy those who have the comfort of 9 to 5 jobs. Even if it’s a fake sense of comfort and the idea of job safety is somewhat of a joke, it must be relieving not to feel any kind of “I wonder how much money I’ll make next month”-type pressure.
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Let’s Talk About “Blockbuster” Sales

Posted on 24 March 2017 by Andrei

First and foremost, I want to make it clear that this post is written by someone who has been domaining for quite a few years but never had a “blockbuster” sale that tops the charts.

Realistically speaking, most of those who are reading this won’t have a blockbuster sale either but let me ask you: so what?
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Investing in Brandables Isn’t For Everyone

Posted on 21 March 2017 by Andrei

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of investing in brandables.

Investing in generics? Sure. Investing in short domains? Yep. But brandables? Totally different ballgame as far as I’m concerned.
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Do Most Chinese Domainers Invest in a “Pump and Dump” Manner?

Posted on 18 March 2017 by Andrei

A short while ago, I’ve published a video about pump and dump schemes on my One Minute Economics YouTube channel and made it clear that despite people mostly using the term when talking about penny stocks (the penny stock video was published first, then the one about pump and dump schemes in general), other assets can be pumped and dumped as well.
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You Make the Bed You Lie In

Posted on 14 March 2017 by Andrei

As someone who has been warning domainers against investing in new gTLDs since before bashing new g’s was “cool” (2015, to be precise), I have to say I feel sorry about the drama Frank and Uniregistry are going through right now. It’s literally a feeding frenzy of hate out there and here on DomainingTips, I don’t believe in jumping on bandwagons and beating dead horses just so I can score some popularity points. Which is why I’d make a poor politician, I guess.

A lot of dramatic things have happened over the past couple of days, culminating with GoDaddy’s decision of dropping Uniregisty strings altogether (all of them, not just the ones affected by the price increase) and I believe it’s time to draw some conclusions with a clear head. Which is what I’ll be trying to do now.
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Let’s Talk About Worst Case New gTLD Scenarios

Posted on 13 March 2017 by Andrei

If let’s say two years ago, someone would have said new gTLD renewal prices would go up 30 times in some cases, he would have been called a conspiracy nut. Yet it happened. As those who invested in Dot Hosting and Dot Juegos domains found out, renewal fees did in fact go up from $10-$20 all the way to $300 per year. Worst case scenarios aren’t just horror stories, they can and sometimes do materialize.
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