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Buyer beware: Phishing email requesting renewal

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to post a quick note to give you all a heads up that it has come to our attention that there are phishing emails being sent out to Name.com customers. The email appears as if it is a notice of expiration from Name.com requesting a $75 renewal (youch!). The email will look similar to:

This is just a general reminder to read carefully through details and if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. Let us know if you have any questions. Don’t fall victim!

1 week special just for .EU!

Ladies and gentlemen, now announcing a 1 week only special on .EU domains:

Starting today (5/23) through 5pm MST Friday, May 27, 2011 register a .EU domain for 2 years at just $9.99!

Register .EU and connect with nearly 500 million Europeans located in the 27 countries that make up the European Union. .EU is less anonymous than generic TLDs, and lets your customers know you are open and ready for business across Europe! Declare your European loyalty and presence by registering a .EU today and start expanding your reach!

Register .EU Now

Registrations are open to any person, company, or unity located in the European Union.

For More information please visit: EURid: The .EU Registry

CEO Kills Elephant


The recent video of GoDaddy’s CEO, Bob Parsons, killing an elephant that was causing damage to farmer’s crops is all over the web. Between the professionally edited video to the release of it on his personal blog, we’re confident they knew what was coming and even invited the publicity (shocking, we know). It didn’t take long before PETA had declared a boycott against the company and Twitter feeds were blowing up with Anti-GoDaddy tweets.

A number of domain registrars and hosting companies have offered discounts to move away from GoDaddy and pledged to donate a percentage of the proceeds to elephant related charities. We applaud their effort to raise funds for these worthy causes, whatever their motivations may be. We debated internally how we could best respond to the situation, as making a quick buck didn’t sit right with us, no matter how tempting. Of course we want folks to know we are a great option if they are leaving their current registrar, but giving back is also a part of our company culture Name.com Gives Back. We really wanted to do something to help the situation, which was sadly brought to light by this incident.

Name.com has made a seed donation to ElephantPepper.org in the amount of $500, because we believe it’s the right thing to do. This organization benefits the elephants, the local farmers, and the habitat they both have to share. More interesting however is the alternative solution they have found. Turns out elephants hate chili peppers so they focus their efforts on training farmers to use chili peppers as a natural deterrent (we’re all about innovative solutions).

Many people have reached out and asked what we could do if they wanted to transfer their domains away. In addition to the seed donation we have decided to donate $1.00 from each domain that is transferred to us from GoDaddy, starting today and running through April 15. We want to give folks some time to move their domains and a little help if they have a lot to move. If you have more than 50 domains to transfer, email our support team at support@name.com and we can offer assistance with any bulk transfers.

For more information on check out these links:

Elephant Pepper

National Geographic

Live Science

Reasons you should consider using Name.com:

– Simple, easy to use interface
– Loads of cool tools and services
– No obnoxious up-sells
– Stellar customer support team
– The most aggressive thing we hunt is a double espresso in the morning.

Join Our Team, Become an Affiliate!

You guys have been making our day with all your positive feedback over the phone, in emails, and on Facebook/Twitter. Not to mention we so appreciated your support on our Name.com .CO commercial! We were excited to read each and every comment and would again like to extend a thank you for all the support.

We recognize this is a two way street, and would therefore like to give you something in return for sending us new purchasing customers. Our Affiliate Program allows you to make 15% off someone’s retail purchase just for sending them our way. Think about it – someone buys just one domain for $9.99 and you get close to $1.50!

Name.com has recently released the beta version of our Affiliate Program and we’d like for you to test it out. 🙂 In case you’re not familiar, an Affiliate Program is simply a program that rewards you for sending new customers. We are able to track who you refer to us by providing you with a unique link to our site, this is called an Affiliate Tracking Link. Here’s how it works; you send a person to our site via your provided link, they make a purchase, then you get a monetary thank you. You can share your Affiliate Tracking Link with others by including Name.com banners on your blog or web site or by posting a shout out about Name.com with your special link through your facebook/twitter pages, or email. You can get as creative as you wish on how you choose to promote, the bottom line is your referral makes a purchase, we reward you for it. We’ll provide the tools and premade banners to get you started.

Intrigued? Get started by visiting: www.name.com/affiliate

Wanna get in on the action but don’t have a blog or still not sure about what an Affiliate Tracking Link is or how to use it? We’ll help you! Just tell us how you plan to promote Name.com and we’ll guide you through how to do it. Please tell us in the “Additional Comments” section of your submission to participate as a Name.com Affiliate (Name.com Affiliate Application)

Let’s make some money together! 🙂

Sell Your Premium Name.com Domains Through Afternic!

Name.com + Afternic

We are very excited to announce that Name.com is the latest registrar to join Afternic‘s domain listing service! This means you can now opt-in to list your premium Name.com domain names on their marketplace to find potential buyers. And if you make a sale on the Afternic marketplace, the transfer of the domain will be very fast, instead of waiting two weeks for the funds to go through Escrow and then finally to you.

To opt-in your Name.com domains into this marketplace, you will just need to follow these simple steps:

  • Sign up for an account on Afternic
  • Confirm your account via the email confirmation
  • Start adding your premium domains into your account
  • Make sure you select “Premium Promotion” when you add your domains
  • Follow the instructions on the opt-in email you receive after adding your domains

Not too long ago, Art discussed the benefits of premium domains and in Afternic’s press release, Name.com CEO, Bill Mushkin also touches on this and states that “The use of premium domain names to drive traffic and rank well through SEO is becoming more mainstream and is being used by small and big businesses alike.”

He then goes on to add “Joining Afternic’s DLS allows us to connect more sellers and potential buyers through the industry’s largest reseller network, giving sellers the best chance to sell their domain and buyers the best chance to find the perfect domain for their project or business.” A statement that really touches on one of our main goals here at Name.com: to provide the best tools and services to help you with your various domain name needs.

While other registrars may provide aftermarket services, they are often not the best experience for the customer. We are confident that by utilizing Afternic’s marketplace, we can not just help you sell and buy your premium names, but make the experience a pleasant one.

April is all about ME..err..YOU!

This month we’re focusing on you. Name.com is offering .ME registrations for just $7.99 and renewals for just $14.99 with the code ALLABOUTU !

.ME is becoming a more popular TLD and we’ve started to notice it gaining some traction. In the social media space, two new services have popped up fairly recently that have embraced this extension to help make things a little more personal.

Flavors.me is a slick service that lets you put up a website easily and add all of your content from other services like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and many others. We dig it. Plus if you get their premium service you can use a custom domain name, and we always like to see that.

Formspring.me is a really clever way to interact and get to know people through random questions. So if you’ve just been dying to ask your friend how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, now you can without feeling like a weirdo.

.ME can be used for regional purposes as well, helping to create a sense of community right off the bat. A great example of this is Boulder.me, a startup resource for our Colorado neighbors. From a community perspective, there is a lot of potential for .ME.

Now for the domainers out there, there’s currently a .ME auction going on over at NameJet and there’s a great opportunity to snatch up some first name domains. The personal names auction ends some time next week, so you’ll need to act fairly fast to get your bids in.

Cheers and happy bidding!

Domain Aftermarket Newsletter Launches Friday

Name.com is launching a daily domain aftermarket newsletter this week. Our clients have been asking us for this for months. Now we finally have a lineup of domain names at prices that we feel represents a broad enough range to entice everyone.

With a variety of price points starting at $20 for expiring names from the Name.com family of registrars to tens of thousands of dollars for names from our brokerage clients – there’s a little something for everyone.

Sign up now so you don’t miss a single domain: Aftermarket Domain Names

Bido.com Unwrapped

Recall Media’s one-name-per-day auction site, Bido.com bowed today with the inaugural auction of DiscountImages.com. Was is a success? Only the team over at Bido.com can say for sure. There were four bidders with a total of 20 bids on the name. That’s better than almost all of the low reserve/no reserve names at the last TRAFFIC auction in Orlando. The end result was a winning bid of $911US.

The appraisals for DiscountImages.com varied from lows of $500 to highs of $15k targeted at end-users. My own appraisal of $750-1500 was based on a variety of factors including past sales, recent offers on my own domains, industry trends and end-usage. I might have a couple of factors I’ll keep under my hat, but overall this isn’t rocket science. End-users are not the target for Bido.com and value expectations that take the end-user into account aren’t going to hit the mark here.

Does having industry expert appraisers weigh in on a name help or hinder the auction process? It might mean that some names get less, but I think it’s best for the industry as a whole. Overpaying for names means the industry is in a bubble (and look where that gets the real estate market). Having realistic appraisals and data on the likely end-use and/or development for a name presents us all with the opportunity to create a stable marketplace that will continue to grow over time.

Would I use Bido to move some of my names? You bet. There are many names in my portfolio that I either hand-regged or picked up in a drop or otherwise paid very little for. Why would I *not* take a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars for them? Are there names in this group that I’m not willing to trust the model to? Of course. But the crown jewels are few and far between. Domain investors who can be honest with themselves over their portfolio and the likelihood of a big payday for those mid-tier domains might find great success at Bido.com.

Cheers to the Bido.com/DNZoom team.

SimulScribe Buys PhoneTag.com: Rebranding for Growth

TechCrunch is reporting that Voice to Text messaging provider SimulScribe has acquired the domain name PhoneTag.com for $30k and is planning on rebranding under the new name starting April 25. It appears that Strong Inc. was the seller.

The name SimulScribe totally sucks for our business. People have a real challenge remembering the name and they cannot spell it, which is a real problem considering that new customers need to type in our web address to sign up. When your company offers a consumer product that relies on viral marketing, a difficult name is a really bad thing. In fact, I’m constantly amazed at how well we have been able to do with such a shitty name.

I am not sure I could be in greater agreement that this company needed a new name. I had no idea what they did based on their name. While it’s still not obvious from PhoneTag.com I at least know it has something to do with phones and it’s catchy.

TechCrunch is also running a poll on whether readers think the name was overpriced or not. As of this writing 320 respondents say no, to 87 yes.