January’s top domain name news

These were popular news stories in the domain business last month.

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1. Sex/com is for sale again – It last sold for $13 million, and the current owner wants at least $20 million. But they think they’ve found a business model, so it’s not just the domain that’s for sale.

2. GoDaddy to change aftermarket commissions on Feb 1 – That day has now come, which means its standard commission on Afternic network sales is 25%. But customers can get a 40% reduction in commission to 15% if the domains are parked with any of GoDaddy’s services. This means sales on Uniregistry and Dan are now 15%, too. Don’t like the changes? Here are some alternatives.

3. Epik updates: layoffs and technical issues – The troubles at Epik continue. It let go of staff and still hasn’t paid all of the customers it owes. And customers report problems registering and renewing domains.

4. Pool.com relaunches as web3 domains business – Because, why not? After my story, the group put out a press release explaining how it’s different from other web3 domain businesses. I’m skeptical, and it didn’t help that they misstated the name of a chief competitor, Unstoppable Domains, as Impossible Domains. (They later fixed it.)

5. Namecheap vs. ICANN – Namecheap claimed victory in a fight over domain price increases, but ICANN has its own spin. ICANN has to foot the bill, so I’d say Namecheap is the winner. Owen Smigelski of Namecheap walked me through it on the podcast.


#422 – Million dollar domain sales

#421 – Rebranding to Going

#420 – Fighting uncapped prices

#419 – New TLDs 10 years later

#418 – 2023 Predictions Episode

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