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One Domain Can Change Everything | NameCorp

Excellent summary of all the advantages to owning and building on a great domain name.
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A Domain Name Is An Asset.

Say that with me again, so you understand the difference between buying a service and an asset. A domain name is an asset.

  • A domain name is not a toy.
  • A domain name is not just a thing for the Interweb.
  • A domain name is not something everybody will automatically remember.

A domain name is a highly valuable piece of intellectual property that you need to focus on getting right.

  • A domain name is something your staff has to spell every day
  • A domain name is the face of your company email
  • A domain name is your home on the web.

Try To Get It Right The First Time!

Change Your Name
“If you have a US startup called X and you don’t have x.com, you should probably change your name.

The reason is not just that people can’t find you. For companies with mobile apps, especially, having the right domain name is not as critical as it used to be for getting users. The problem with not having the .com of your name is that it signals weakness.
–Paul Graham 8, 2015

What I Learned Spending $1.5 Million on Sumo.com
“This is crazy for me. I used to be so against buying expensive domain names!”
– Noah Kagan Feb 16, 2017

How (and Why) We Purchased the Snappa.com Domain for $40,000
Since Snappa.com was taken, we registered Snappa.io. I mean, all the hip new startups were using .io right?

Brutal Honesty: The Developer CEO & Our Journey
So, in the end, we went with a terrible domain name – “teamworkpm.net”. Could it be worse?
Captain Hindsight says we should have called it GetTeamwork.com
The upgrade to Teamwork.com cost them $675k

How to Name Your Startup
“The domain name doesn’t matter.”
My current startup is named Buffer, but the domain name is bufferapp.com
— Written by Joel Gascoigne Jan 17, 2014
We acquired Buffer.com: Here is how and why we did it

(At a cost of what’s estimated to be $600k)
– Rodolphe DutelMar 10, 2015

How Is A Sale Transacted?

Killer Web App

So you found the name you’ve been looking for. You contacted me with an email, we’ve come to an agreement on the price. Then what? How does the domain become yours? It goes like this:

  • I initiate a transaction at Escrow.com
  • Escrow emails you and if you don’t already have one, you sign up for an Escrow account. Once you accept the terms of the sale that I’ve listed (as per our negotiation) I will get an email from Escrow stating so. Escrow will now ask you to fund the transaction. Your money goes to Escrow.com.
  • Once Escrow has the funds, they email me with the go ahead to begin the domain transfer.
  • I will have already collected from you your Godaddy account# and the email address that is associated with that account. I begin a ‘push’ from my Godaddy account to yours.
  • Once the domain has transferred to your account, you inform Escrow.com that you are in possession of the domain. Only then are the funds released to me.

Why Escrow.com? Because they’re very good, very secure, and their pricing is fair. If you’re new to Escrow you may be asked to provide some form of identification to confirm your account. Although it can be part of the negotiation, typically the buyer pays escrow fees. The fees will depend on the amount of the transaction and the form of payment. You can calculate escrow fees here: https://www.escrow.com/fee-calculator.

Once Escrow informs me that the funds have been deposited, I initiate the domain transfer to your Godaddy account. Even if you don’t normally use Godaddy as your registrar, I highly recommend going this route because it is by far the easiest.  I will simply need your Godaddy account # and the email address that associates with that account.

If you’re new to the Godaddy interface, finding your new domain can be a bit daunting. It will be found in the Domain Manager Control Panel top left under the Domains dropdown (next to DNS) in Pending Account Changes > Incoming Account Changes.

Once you accept the domain it goes into your account and you have full control of it. You can begin using it immediately. If for some reason you’re not comfortable with doing the transfer at Godaddy I would suggest using Escrow’s ‘Concierge’ service. More expensive, but hands on help in doing the transfer (explained very well here). Once you have possession of the domain (there is an ‘inspection’ period, but expediting this part of the process is greatly appreciated) you let Escrow know you’ve received it, at which point they release the funds to me. At each step of the process Escrow updates with emails. The transaction is updated in your Escrow account as each step is completed. If it’s your turn to take action it will be stated there as well.

 

There’s A Domain For That – Startup Domains For Sale

A selection of names acquired over the last six months. Hundreds of hours pouring over domain drop lists and navigating the auction sites so that you don’t have to. For more information or to make an offer, email me (If you don’t hear back it slipped into the spam folder – please try again).
More great names here and here!

mynts

Got Mynts? Mynts.com!

todotodone

Get it done! ToDoToDone.com!

uddha

Calm, Headspace, Yoga! uddha.com!

txt2.com

We’re tired of apps. Text it to me! txt2.com

baconly

Does your company evoke the awesomeness of bacon? Baconly.com

malmu

The spirit of Scandanavia! Malmu.com

trppy.com

What a trip! Trppy.com

alaysia

The spirit of the East! Alaysia.com

MindTo

#BCI I just got my MindTo.com

PencilThisIn

Scheduling? Booking? PencilThisIn.com

Owlyn

Soft & Wise,  Owlyn.com

waterMyFlowers.com

Does your app WaterMyFlowers.com?

Enobu

Cute! Enobu.com

joque

Stylishly jock? Joque.com

whoevr

Hang out in my hologram with Whoevr.com

submixer

We are SUBMIXER.com!

vrcorder

The all-seeing VR recorder VRcorder.com

apprazer

Does your app appraise? Apprazer.com

disbot

Don’t mess with the Disbot.com

epayd

I just got epayd.com!

stuffidpayfor

Are you the reverse Ebay? StuffIdPayFor.com

pubto

Distributed publishing? PubTo.com!

updit

Level up! Updit.com

votified

Do make the web votable? Votified.com

Most of my domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
I’m up for creative deals.
Like the names but not your niche? I can find you a great name for a reasonable price.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

More Great Names For Startups

For more information or to make an offer, email me.
More great names here and here! Or write and ask about a name in your niche.

carcoming.com

Does your startup pick me up? carcoming.com

audiotripping

Do you make guided audio tours? AudioTripping.com

cleverplans

Algorithms for getting it right the first time? CleverPlans.com

getvetted.com

Get Vetted! GetVetted.com

localbutton

Does your app find local awesomness? LocalButton/s.com

ircly

Building on the IRC channel? Ircly.com

happyfriending

HappyFriending.com

agingtests

Online brain-health diagnostics? AgingTests.com

ebellion.com

Online rabble rousing? ebellion.com

klozr

Marketing and sales funnel app? klozr.com

p2pcar

Wow! p2pcar.com

tastly

Food? Tastly.com

nettests

Save the teachers! Build NetTests.com

p2pbikes

Bike sharing! p2pbikes.com p2pbike.com

krazd

Krazd.com

Most of my domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
I’m up for creative deals.
Like the names but not your niche? I can find you a great name for a reasonable price.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

How To Start A Project | Autodidacts

I may be biased 😉 but it seems to me this infographic is missing the ‘look around for reasonably priced domains that match our project idea and save ourselves a whole lot of time’ step.  Here’s a few other things to consider…  With a better domain, are you more likely to invest time into your project? (Your domain should inspire you and give you confidence to talk about your project!) If you invest in a domain, you have skin in the game and what better nudge to ‘get it done’ than cash out of pocket? Apart from whether or not you build your project, will the domain you’ve invested in become an asset you could resell, that could even increase in value? Does a great domain make your project easier to sell later if you decide to move on?

Early in your project’s life, your domain is the clearest signal of how clever you are as an entrepreneur.

From Autodidacts.io (Well, of course, great content can help… at least in the short run.)

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Moz on Domains, Uniregistry Sales, Myth of the Available Domain Name

Rand Fishkin, SEO expert-founder of Moz.com, reviewed choosing a domain name recently. If you’re about to launch a company the video provides an excellent approach to finding the right domain. Rand doesn’t discuss the costs of his various examples. You can bet, for example that Gusto.com cost ZenPayroll an easy quarter million when they rebranded last year (2015).

Here’s the list of acceptable domains that Rand comes up with in the video. For fun, lets have a look at what it might take to get one of these.
PastaLabs.com is taken. In fact it’s registered to Moz! It’s parked using Enom DNS servers.  PastaLab.com is owned by someone in Korea.
LandOfNoodles.com Congratulations, LandOfNoodles.com is available for registration fee! 7/26/16
MyPasta.com Is owned by the Campbell Soup company and forwards to Prego.com
PastaScience.com Hey, another Moz registration! About a year old. Again, parked with ENOM.
ThePenneIsMightier.com Registered to someone in LA who, considering they also have penneismightier.com, is probably starting a business.
PastaPerfected.com Hmm, not in the Whois database, but also not available? In transition?  PastaPerfect.com has a private registration and doesn’t resolve.
Gusto.com Discussed above. Can’t get anywhere near Gusto except for obscure new TLDs.
HandCut.com Forwards to a crystal glass company.

Well, we found one at least! Certainly it’s pronounceable. Rand liked this one. I’m not crazy about it.
But the point wasn’t to find a great domain, it was to demonstrate what to look for.

1) Make it brandable.
2) Make it pronounceable.
3) Make it as short as you possibly can, but no shorter.
4) Bias to .com.
5) Avoid names that infringe on another company or another organization’s existing trademark or could be confused with that trademark.
6) Make the domain name instantly intuitive.
7) Use broad keywords when sensible, but don’t stress keyword inclusion.
8) If your name isn’t available, it’s okay to append or modify it.

Uniregistry recently shared a list of domains and prices they sold over the last year or so for a total of $42 Million! Namebio published the list on their blog.

Recent unpublished comments to this blog remind me that a lot of people hate anyone who owns a domain they’re not using (let alone companies like Uniregistry that hold millions). These people are confused and this excellent article from Bill Sweetman might help them get clarity. Taken: The Myth of Domain Name Unavailability

More Brandable Domain Names – There’s a Domain For That!

For more information or to make an offer please email me.
More great names here!
(Where a Twitter handle is mentioned, I’m happy to transfer it to you for free at the conclusion of a domain sale.)

lucidcare.com

LucidCare.com @LucidCare

amusy

VR companion app? Vlovr.com

eroticly.com

Need to hide something? clokt.com

iLiky.com

iLiky.com

amusy

Amusy.com

eroticly.com

Eroticly.com

MarketTesters.com

MarketTesters.com @MarketTesters

weplant

What do we do? WePlant.com

iArty.com

iArty.com

Boardly.com

Boardly.com $2800

gaymr

Refunds? Refundy.com @Refundy

BotMine.com

BotMine.com @BotMine

iMobl.com

iMobl.com

gaymr

Gay games? Gaymr.com $12,000

RSSES.com

RSSES.com

divup

Split the check! DivUp.com Now with DivApp.com!

netaphysical

Internet of things, you mean Netaphysical! @Netaphysical

denvr

Startup, app, blog, product, tv show? Denvr.com

appyending

Edgy game or…? AppyEnding.com @AppyEnding

indeepkimchi

In Deep Kimchi! InDeepKimchi.com

oaves

Because everyone loves Oaves!

smellbots

Does your hardware ‘smell’?

agetests

Does your app or startup test for aging? AgingTests.com @AgingTests

bikedeliveries

Like Uber for deliveries, on bikes. Cool! @BikeDeliveries

imaky

Kids and making? iMaky.com!

sktrs

Skateboard brand! skrts.com!

Phoak

Do you make Phoak music? Phoak.com!

wedesigned

Crowd-sourced design? WeDesigned.com

hobbying

World-class hobbyist destination domain Hobbying.com $9000

appycamper

Camping app? appycamper.com @appycamper

swiply

Mobile app with gestures? Swiply.com @Swiply

CarComing.com

CarComing.com @CarComing

rsser

Clone your drive, your dog? clonu.com

Most of my domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
Need a domain to run a market test? I’ll point the DNS to your test if you’ll share the data.
Are these domains an appropriate quality/price point, but not in your vertical? I can find you a domain.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

iLiky.com WePlant.com CarComing.com Amusy.com Eroticly.com Boardly.com Refundy.com BotMine.com iMobl.com Gaymr.com RSSES.com DivUp.com Netaphysical.com Denvr.com AppyEnding.com Oaves.com SmellBots.com BikeDeliveries.com AgingTests.com iMaky.com  Phoak.com MarketTesters.com Rsser.com iArty.com WeDesigned.com Hobbying.com appycamper.com Swiply.com sktrs.com InDeepKimchi.com Klozr.com clonu.com clokt.com Vlovr.com LucidCare.com

 

Psyching Out a Domain Owner, and What Kevin Paid for Oink

Jason Goldberg is the founder and CEO of FAB. In this excerpt from an interview with Kevin Rose, Jason tells us how he was able to get Fab.com for a ‘low six figures’ and Kevin tells us what he paid for Oink.com.
[Update 6/16/17 From DNGeek.com]

  • Virtual Piggy Rebrands As Oink – Oink.com
    Virtual Piggy, a payments service aimed at minors rebranded as Oink in late 2013 after buying the domain, trademarks, and social marks from Kevin Rose for $57,500. Founder and CEO Jo Webber told TechCrunch that the reason was strategic:  “Piggy” sounded too infantile but “Oink” lets them retain some of the branding association with piggy banks while sounding more punchy in a way that will resonate better with the older end of the youth market — or so the company believes.

Click arrow to play audio. Psyching Out a Domain Horder
Update 12/6/16 Pepo, Jason Goldberg’s social media app, raises $2.35M from his old Fab.com backers

Brandable Domain Names – There’s A Domain For That!

For more information or to make an offer please email me.  More great names here!
(Where a Twitter handle is mentioned, I’m happy to transfer it to you for free at the conclusion of a domain sale.)

FixIt.Tv

FixIt.Tv @FixItTv

GroopReads.com

Read it together! GroupReads.com @GroupReads

 

Swipd.com

I ‘Swipd’ it! Swipd.com @Swipd

yowio

Yowio.com @Yowio

SolarPowder

SolarPowder.com @SolarPowderCom

osoyo

Osoyo.com @OsoyoCom

iuzit

Do you use it? iuzit.com @iuzit

Killer Web App

KillerWebApp.com @KillerWebApp

WeedApp

Rentome.com

NFC Coupons

NFCcoupons.com @NFCcoupons

Stokt

Five letters, 14 years old, exact-match Twitter. Stokt.com I’m @stokt

 

 

Lucid Streaming

LucidStreaming.com @LucidStreaming

appanese

Is your startup a Japan related app? @appanese

Vidiads

Is your startup to do with ads in video? @Vidiads

NFC Systems

Nice, corporate-quality near field communication domain. @NFCSystems

appets

Oh, like an app for pets? appets.com @appets

heyto.com

Send them a HeyTo! @HeyToCom

OneTapp

Mobile sharing app? OneTapp.com @OneTapp

Typly

Type? Fonts? Typly.com @Typly

louzy.com

Louzy.com How was the service? @LouzyCom

yayno.com

Yayno.com Yay, or no? Something to do with making a choice. @YAYNO

affly.com

Affly.com Affiliate related company? @AfflyCom

ichrg

Charging station startup? iChrg.com @iChrgCom

Filterly

Filterly.com Aggregating and filtering? @FilterlyCom

Bendr

Social bar-hopping app? Bar-hopping limousine service? A band? Lots of possibilities. @BendrCom

Orbno

Inspired by names like Blekko. They may hate it, but they won’t forget it. @Orbno

Givly

Giving it away? @GivlyCom

TDrop

@_TDrop

Fukrz.com

Did you develop an edgy game? Now with Fukrs.com @Fukrz

Share My Bike

Also ShareMyBicycle.com @ShareMyBike

Hapium

Did your company discover Hapium? @Hapium

HugTo

Down and out? Send them a HugTo! @HugToCom

HoopMe

Basketball game, app or startup? @HoopMe

Burnly.com

Calories? Burning Man? Burnly.com @BurnlyCom

Pokibot.com Pokbot.com

Poker anyone? Pokibot.com @Pokibot Pokbot.com @Pokbot

CodeFounder.com

Building an SaaS that matches coders and founders? CodeFounder.com @Code_Founder

iSpyTv

iSpy.Tv @iSpy_Tv

Most of these domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
Need a domain to run a market test? I’ll point the DNS to your test if you’ll share the data.
Are these domains an appropriate quality/price point, but not in your vertical? I can find you a domain.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

FixIt.Tv Swipd.com iuzit.com Pokibot.com Pokbot.com KillerWebApp.com WeedApp.com Burnly.com NFCCoupons.com Stokt.com HugTo.com HoopMe.com LucidStreaming.com Appanese.com Vidiads.com NFCSystems.com Appets.com HeyTo.com OneTapp.com Typly.com Louzy.com Yayno.com Affly.com iChrg.com Filterly.com Bendr.com Orbno.com Givly.com Fukrz.com ShareMyBike.com Hapium.com LePetitOiseau.com  GetLA.com CodeFounder.com iSpy.Tv GroupReads.com