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12|23|2014 10:40 am EDT

Ron Jackson Finally Owns

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Auction, Domain Sales

For more than a decade, Ron Jackson has been producing his domain industry publication DNJournal.  It’s been regarded as a “go-to” industry publication for his weekly sales reports and his “cover stories”, featuring prominent industry profiles, but did you know that Ron didn’t even own  OMG Ron you don’t own all variations of your domain?  How could you even conduct a successful business?!

The site has always operated under name (DN being an industry acronym for Domain Name) and over the last decade I’d say Ron has done a great job of making that a name we all know and trust.  I would venture to guess most of us in the industry call it by DNJournal.  Even so, from a brand perspective it probably would be smart for Ron to pick up too.  Ron already owns and, in case you were wondering.

A few weeks ago the domain name expired and more recently went to auction at NameJet, with the closing slated for December 22nd. The final sales price ended up being $250.  The winner was none other than Ron Jackson.  There were a couple of bidder IDs that showed up early :  “pheenix”, “aaaaaaaaa” and “thegeneral1979”  but there wasn’t much competition. It really feels like the name was not bid up at all . . . maybe as a courtesy to a really great guy.

Unsure about who was bidding for Ron or if he was bidding, I reached out to make sure he had his sights on this name. He replied with an interesting story about domainers and “dick moves”.

I don’t know if you know the story behind that domain. Goes all the way back to the end of 2002 when I asked people at DNForum to help me pick a name from a few options I listed. They picked DNJournal which I liked best as well, so I registered that name. Within a few days, some other forum member from Canada (forget his name – Lorenzo or something like that) registered and tried to sell it to me. At the time I was too stupid to consider registering other variations of the name. He has held it for 12 years and I was determined I would never let him profit from it (at least from me as I thought his initial action was a dick move). Others who inquired said he wanted $1500. I would have gone that high in this auction but would never have given it to him.”


What do you think?  Was it a “dick move” ?  IMHO it was.
Here’s one the older DNF threads where the former owner talks about owning this name : .  Many of DNFs older threads seem to be missing.

I’m just glad to see after all these years to see Ron the new owner of

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AbdulBasit Makrani

December 23, 2014 @ 11:04 am EDT

Nice to see Ron acquired this domain and owns several other variations.

DnJournal has been a great resource for every domainer.

Patricia Kaehler

December 24, 2014 @ 7:31 am EDT

I’m glad to see it where it belongs…
~Patricia Kaehler — Dayton, Ohio USA — DomainBELL

Show some Love… should be in YOUR Blogroll (smile)


December 25, 2014 @ 3:10 pm EDT

Congrats Ron, can’t even put into words the contribution DNjournal has made to the domain industry.

Manmeet P Singh

December 26, 2014 @ 10:34 pm EDT

I dont really use NameJet, and was eagerly waiting for the name to drop. I had it backordered on quite a few other platforms as well.

I wanted to grab the domain name and gift it to Ron for all the great work he has put in for the betterment of industry and for supporting people like us in our various efforts.

Congratulations Ron!!


January 9, 2015 @ 9:38 am EDT

Interesting to see Ron Jackson have several domain variations. Most people don’t consider domain name variations for their site. In future i will also register more domain name variations for my site.


December 16, 2015 @ 4:49 am EDT

Great info for me. If you have more domain name variation then your site will get more traffic from search engine.


December 22, 2015 @ 9:19 am EDT

I think Ron made a very smart move, and he is a great guy and a great resource for all in the Domains industry :-)

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