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$40-$50 Renewals? Seriously?

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Andrei

I don’t want to be a “perma-naysayer” when it comes to new gTLDs but a lot of things about them leave me scratching my head… to put it mildly.

Here on DomainingTips, the #1 question I want to answer is not “Are new gTLDs a good option?” but rather “Are new gTLDs a good option FOR DOMAINERS?”
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Why Risk Your Money When the Odds Are Stacked Against You?!?

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Andrei

Look, I don’t mind taking risks. In fact, as an entrepreneur and investor, you could say I take calculated risks for a living.

But when it comes to new gTLDs, I just don’t understand the equation. Why on Earth do people invest in them when there are lots and lots of more attractive investment options out there?
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The Short Domain Situation Is What It Is

Posted on 03 July 2016 by Andrei

Whenever there’s as much money on the table as with short domains, a lot of people try to manipulate you. Through blog comments, when posting on forums and so on.

The easiest way to identify someone who is trying to manipulate, at this point, is seeing him or her say things such as “short domains are hot” or “ is hot” when the reality is quite different.
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The First New gTLD I’ve Seen “In The Wild” In My Country :)

Posted on 16 June 2016 by Andrei

For the first time since new gTLDs have been released, I’ve actually seen a local business use one in my little Eastern European corner of the world. I was driving and noticed the site being advertised on a red transportation car. Of course, I took a picture (well, my wife took it), for your viewing pleasure:
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You Can Even Lose Money With Free Domains

Posted on 15 June 2016 by Andrei

Today, it’s easier than ever before to buy domains on the cheap… the only problem is that the “quantity over quality” strategy doesn’t exactly work very well… at least not usually.
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Huge List of Thoughts After My Honeymoon

Posted on 04 June 2016 by Andrei

Haven’t posted over the past month or so due to the fact that someone was crazy enough to sign up for a lifetime of me :)

After planning/organizing the wedding, getting married and enjoying our honeymoon (got back in town yesterday night), it’s time for a huge list of thoughts about the industry, about my own plans and all that good stuff. Let’s get started:
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What Were They Called? End Users?

Posted on 11 May 2016 by Andrei

Seeing the term “end users” written on my WordPress dashboard as I am typing this seems… well, just a tad bit strange. I actually took a moment and thought about whether or not I should use a hyphen between “end” and “users”, I kid you not :)
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Most Chinese Investors Are Beginners

Posted on 05 May 2016 by Andrei

Reading buyout threads has been quite frustrating because most of them have something in common: due to the fact that China has been the main “engine” of those buyouts, a lot of people use illogical arguments such as “the Chinese are buying, they must be on to something” or “do you actually think the buyout will stop and that all those Chinese investors will lose money?” as if “the Chinese” possess a crystal ball and can accurately predict the future.

They don’t. They can’t.
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Short Domains as a Hedge Against Currency Devaluation

Posted on 27 January 2016 by Andrei

I live in Europe where we actually have a DEFLATION problem rather than inflation concerns but in a lot of other countries, especially in Asia and South America, currency devaluation is a huge, huge threat. In my opinion, the idea of protection against currency devaluation has perhaps been the main driver of short domain prices.
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The Fed Rate Hike and… Domains?

Posted on 18 December 2015 by Andrei

Not sure how many of you guys are on top of financial news but something pretty significant happened: after 7 years of rates basically at zero as a response to the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis, the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States) increased rates by 0.25%.
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