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07|31|2012 04:32 pm EDT

Sedo sells domains for over $1.3 Million USD including for almost $26,000 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This past week, 823 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling over $1.3 million. 42% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlights of public sales include:

  • Top .com: at 49,999 USD
  • Top ccTLD: at 21,000 EUR
  • Top “other” TLD: at 10,500 EUR

See the full list of Sedo reported sales after the jump.


07|31|2012 10:47 am EDT

SedoMLS Adds French Registrar Rapidomaine as Partner

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales

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Today,, Sedo, announced a partnership with French registrar Rapidomaine. As the newest SedoMLS Premium partner, Rapidomaine provides their customers with access to Sedo’s inventory of 16 million premium domains directly at Rapidomaine’s website.

“Becoming a SedoMLS partner has given us the chance to expand the services we’re offering our customers” said Alexandre Badelon, CEO of Rapidomaine. “Users can now purchase premium names to augment their portfolio without leaving the familiarity of their Rapidomaine account.”

“The SedoMLS Premium network is all about connecting sellers and buyers, wherever they’re based globally,” said Liesbeth Mack-de Boer, Sedo’s Chief Sales Officer. “With a new partner in the network, we’re making our inventory of 16 million domains available to even more potential buyers around the world.”

About Rapidomaine

Rapidomaine is a French domain name registrar that was founded in 2002. Rapidomaine makes their customers’ interest their priority.

About SedoMLS

The SedoMLS Promotion Network is the largest domain distribution network, with more than 80 partners, including Go Daddy and other top registrars. It supports more TLDs than any other domain distribution network, and provides its registrar partners with a new revenue stream. SedoMLS partners display matches from Sedo’s unique inventory. Some partners redirect potential buyers to to continue with the purchase, while others allow buyers to purchase a name directly by searching for it, adding it to their shopping cart, and completing the partner’s online checkout page.

About Sedo

Sedo, an acronym for “Search Engine for Domain Offers,” is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany and with offices in London, England and Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 16 million listings. The success of Sedo’s model has attracted a global base of more than 1 million members.

[via Press Release/email]

Disclaimer: DNN’s Managing Editor Frank Michlick provides consulting for SedoMLS through his company DomainCocoon.

07|27|2012 02:48 am EDT

Thomson Reuters buys Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Information company Thomson Reuters announced today that they bought brand protection company and corporate domain registrar Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum.

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a transformational shift within the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,” said Chris Kibarian, president, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “It is emblematic of our strategy to accelerate innovation and growth within our business.”

“Thomson Reuters already helps thousands of companies create, manage and protect hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property assets,” said David Brown, president, Intellectual Property Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “With the addition of online brand protection solutions like those provided by MarkMonitor, we’ll be able to deliver advanced technologies to keep customers one step ahead of brandjackers and reduce the enormous risk posed to brands online.”

The MarkMonitor team, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Irfan Salim, will join Thomson Reuters.

Mark Monitor submitted a number of new TLD application on behalf of corporate clients

See the full release after the jump. [via TechCrunch, hat tip to VSDHoldings]


07|26|2012 08:59 am EDT

Sedo’s Monthly GreatDomains Auction ends today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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Sedo’s monthly Greatdomains auction ends today in 3 hours. At the time of this post, 73 of the 228 domains listed in the auction have received bids so far and 24 have meet their reserve.

See a list of the domains and their current bids after the jump.


07|25|2012 05:08 pm EDT partners with Team Cymru to combat malware

by Frank Michlick in Categories: PPC industry

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The company’s domain parking pages were accidentally blocked by an anti-virus software earlier this year announced today that its domain parking unit DomainSponsor has entered into an agreement with Team Cymru, a specialized Internet security research firm and non-profit dedicated to making the Internet more secure by helping organizations identify and eradicate problems in their network. 

Given the size and scope of its DomainSponsor traffic monetization network, the company sees itself in a uniquely advantageous position to help detect and identify potentially malicious communications to share via its relationship with Team Cymru to benefit the wider Internet Security Community.

According to’s CEO Debra Domeyer, the company “want[s] to support their efforts to help other companies avoid network problems caused by malware and to help users have a safer online experience.

Earlier this year in May, an author by the name of EarlGrey wrote on that’s domain parking subsidiary DomainSponsor had been “hacked” and was “spreading malware“. The report turned out to be a false alarm, as confirmed by’s VP of Marketing & Communications, Aaron Kvitek, and a comment posted by the original author. The company’s domain parking pages had accidentally been blocked by an anti-virus software and was able to work with the vendor to remove the block.

See the full press release after the jump.



07|25|2012 04:05 pm EDT

Two letter domain for sale

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As Sedo is offering for sale, another two letter domain hits the market – And even though the domain features a vibrant business interview site run by Brian Null and his partners, the domain name is only for sale by itself. As announced today, it is being brokered by Domain Guardians with a mid $xxx,xxx USD asking price. For more information contact Mike & Jen at Domain Guardians.


07|25|2012 02:43 pm EDT

TRAFFIC 2012 Awards Nominations close today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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As posted yesterday via email and on Rick’s Blog, the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Awards nominations are open until COB today. You can send the nominations via email to trafficawards (at)


The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS have become the oldest, most sought-after and prestigious Domain Industry awards because winners are selected by your peers and presented annually each Fall since 2004. This year marks the 9th Annual Awards with the Ceremonies scheduled to take place at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012, at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Ritz-Carlton Resort on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

This year we have added DOMAIN BROKER OF THE YEAR as a new category. You may nominate one person in each category by filling in your preferences below and sending back this email to trafficawards at before 6PM EDT Wednesday July 25th.

The AWARDS are:

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION (the NEW company with best monetizing results)

I nominate:


BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION (this includes Revenues, Sales, Development, etc.)

I nominate:


THE “WE GET IT” AWARD ( this goes to the brick and mortar company that understands the value of a good domain)

I nominate:


DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR (self-explanatory)

I nominate:


DOMAIN BROKER OF THE YEAR (the person or company that is the most successful in brokering the sale of domains)

I nominate:


BEST DOMAIN BLOG (the one that you can’t miss)

I nominate:


SPONSOR OF THE YEAR (the company that really gives the best customer service)

I nominate:


DOMAINER OF THE YEAR ( the person who stands above the rest in the domaining industry) Past Winners Include: Richard Lau, Rick Schwartz, Frank Schilling (2005 & 2011), Kevin Ham, Rick Latona, Mike Berkens, Gregg McNair.

I nominate:


DOMAIN HALL OF FAME (two people are inducted each year, but only nominate one)

The following have already been inducted to the DOMAIN HALL OF FAME:

I nominate:

Thanks for Participating!
Rick Schwartz
Howard Neu

07|24|2012 04:32 pm EDT sold for $140,000 USD – Sedo Sales Report until July 23rd, 2012

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Please find the weekly sales list attached. This past week, 834 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling over $1.5 million.

43% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlight public sales include:

  • Top .com: at 140,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: at 30,000 USD
  • Top “other” TLD: at 17,000 USD

See the full list of reported sales after the jump.


07|19|2012 08:08 am EDT

Snapnames/Moniker International Premium & ccTLD Auction ends today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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The  Snapnames/Moniker International Premium & ccTLD Auction ends today with only one domain so far having met the reserve price (since it was listed at no reserve), At the time of the posting the auction is running for seven more hours.

See the domains and their current bids after the jump.


07|17|2012 12:26 pm EDT names Gene Chuang CTO

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People, Up to the Minute

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. July 17.®, announced today the appointment of Gene Chuang as its Chief Technology Officer.  Chuang will be responsible for identifying and building technology platforms that support the growth of Oversee’s current and future business initiatives.

Known for his expertise in mobile, social and search marketing platforms, Chuang is an experienced technology development professional and team leader. He was Executive Director of AT&T Interactive, leading teams of engineers in Data Systems and Mobile Engineering. He also served as Director of Engineering at Yahoo Search Marketing where he led the development of large-scale search platforms.  Most recently, he was Director of Engineering at Chegg, an online network for college students that offers assistance with homework, course selection and textbook rentals, purchases and resale

“We’re delighted to welcome Gene to the Oversee management team,” said Oversee CEO Debra Domeyer. “Technology has been and will continue to be the foundation for Oversee’s success.   Gene’s appointment reaffirms our commitment to being at the cutting edge of technology. He is that rare technologist with business savvy and product vision who also excels at building teams and recruiting the best of the best.”

“Oversee is a company that has tremendous growth potential,” noted Chuang. “My goal is to develop and scale technology solutions at Oversee that add value to the company’s businesses. I’m excited to work with the strong tech team we have on board.”

Chuang is a frequent speaker at tech industry events and has received numerous industry awards. He graduated Magna cum Laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.