NEW YORK – There is an old saying “Follow the Money”, popularized by the 1976 drama-documentary motion picture “All the President’s Men” which was about the Watergate scandal (I’ve yet to see the movie, but plan to).
However, in this case, I prefer not to follow the money, because it looks like it’s disappearing into a region of space-time; one exhibiting strong gravitational effects that nothing – not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light can escape from (Black Hole).
Here is a list of near-worthless garbage (some of which come with hefty yearly renewal fees) that wiped-out a bear-minimum of $167,439.00 from being spent on traditional domains (now take it easy, I did use the word “near” worthless garbage [smile]) .
The list is a compilation of public records reported by DNJournal.com and NameBio.com for sales so far this year (January and February 2019). And again, this is only from the sales which are recorded at these two great sites. Based on similar sales we’ll see at least a million removed from the market by years end (and that’s less any blockbuster PR events).
Enjoy your Sunday morning coffee.
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If only the WhoIs records would have remained publicly available. This would have been a golden lead sheet for firms mimicking the early days of Stratton Oakmont.
*A previous version of this list had a .net included which was removed.
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Internet Marketing Services Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, is a Google AdWords Certified Professional, authored a ‘how to’ book called ”Mastering Your Website‘, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy brand Searchen Networks®
Interesting. Some look like they are purely defensive registrations. Others didn’t even bother to get their domain including the gtld extension in .com.
John Colascione says
The .global’s are probably outbound sales from the registry. I believe the start asking price is $4800 (which is why there is a few of them at that price-point) and they do outreach to corporations which are a good fit for those names. The CEO Rolf Larsen gave a fantastic presentation at NameCon about marketing the TLD and strategies for running a successful ngtld registry.
That would explain a lot about why these .global’s are even selling. It is not that there is real demand for the names it is the old “cold call” at work. Hope domainers haven’t been registering stuff based on those sales.
John Colascione says
That is exactly what it is. .Global registry is very proactive with their outreach to potential buyers. They are also extremely proactive with ensuring there is little riff-raff going on with their names to maintain a high quality register pool of owners, not to mention, owners who can afford the year over year renewal fees, ie, solid corporations. A very unique approach. As you said, if end users are relying on that data, its somewhat skewed. Boots on the ground verses sitting on hands.