This was the 4th largest recorded cash domain sale ever!
(Purchased for $42,000 in 1997) It is important to note that this domain had career earnings in excess of $15 Million via pay per click earnings and never had adult content)
989.com $818,181.81 (registered for $100 in 1997)
899.com $801,000 (registered for $100 in 1997)
9595.com $180,000 (registered for $100 in 1998)
Men.com $1,320,000 (bought from 3rd party for $15,000 in 1997)
eBet.com $1,350,000 (registered for $100 in 1997)
Property.com/Properties.com $4MM + Equity Stake
(Bought from 3rd party for $750,000 in 2005)
Candy.com $3MM + Royalties + 10% Ownership +++
(Bought via broker for about $100,000 in 2005)
iReport.com to CNN for $750K
The following were early sales to establish domain value. Registered between 1996 and 1999 for $35-$100 each.
So here is the pricing for the next level thru the end of next month now that the allotted amount for the $1495 level with 3 nights in the hotel have been exhausted.
Starting tonight at 5PM:
$1495 includes ticket and 2 Nights at the Bellagio.
$1595 will be the price for 3 nights
$1295 without hotel.
As I stated in the opening, we have exhausted the tickets at the $1495 level with 3 nights at the Bellagio. But we will keep that open until COB TODAY or the next 10 tickets for anyone else to take advantage of the early bird.
Below is Part 1 of a 2 part video that was shot live at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. just exactly one week ago today. Almost to the hour. Whichever side of gTLD's you come down on, you will love it! At least I think you will.
I think you will see it is candid, passionate, respectful and displays the best of our industry debating a true unknown. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed participating in it and I want to thank Frank for agreeing to do it to begin with. It is great theatre and it was sorely needed to give some clarity to what is coming.
Team Schilling was made up of Frank Schilling, Monte Cahn, Jeff Saas, and Tim Johnson. Team Schwartz had Lonnie Borck and yours truly.
Gentlemen, thank you for agreeing to participate in this panel. It is helpful to all. The proof will be when you see the comments and overall reaction throughout the industry and beyond. I hope you will join me again in Las Vegas in May so we can do it again because we are a long way from knowing what is to come and in May we will be closer to finding out.
Now I am going to sit back and watch it for the first time myself. History in the making. We will look back at this in a few years and we will see. Enjoy!!!!
Part 2 will be out next Monday if all goes smooth or sooner if we can. If you can't load on your mobile device, try
So at the show last week I came to this thought and conclusion and I shared it with all: "DotCom is the Biggest and largest Franchise in the History of the World!" Actually in the history of mankind. Think about that, just don't react. There has never been anything like .com in history. So many belong to the special club. All the Fortune 10,000 for starters and 95% of all business on Main Street belong to this franchise. Most franchise owners are in North America but there are owners in every single town and city in the world. Many of them.
It is just going to be interesting to watch exactly how this franchise will be dethroned by the wishes of a few. Yes, those few are powerful but nowhere as powerful as the franchise that each of them are shareholders of. Let's see how many abandon their dotcom and relocate on .whatever. How many lead by example. My guess is that none will actually do that.
Truth be told, I make a Living on Folks that Think Completely Different than Me. That's right people who completely disagree with me in fact. It is because they see the world differently that allows me to make money. To get a head start. To have what they need before they know they will need it.
I know that if you are building your empire on .somethingotherthandotcom and you have a great success or even a modest success, that you are going to have a need, want and a desire for my .com. Now I did not know this when I bought my dotcoms. EXPANSION is what provided that knowledge.
.Whatever will enjoy some success. However their success does not translate to many of us nor the end-user. But it does put them on the journey of knowledge and when they pass a certain point, it is pretty easy to predict their need, want and desire and then their actions. You can also predict their anger or disappointment or frustration. But some of those emotions are starting to dwindle as again knowledge replaces them.
If everyone thought the same it would be hard to make money. It is the different ways of thinking that are the fuel for capitalism.