August: My Domain Name Renewals (571) And Drops (67)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed 571 domains and dropped 67 of them. So I dropped about 10.5% of the total 638 domain names that I had expiring in August.

These are the domains I renewed in August for a total of 571:

.com 293
.net 5
.org 67
.info 154
.biz 11
.us 41

Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading

Why I Renewed 1,000 Domain Names In July And Dropped 130

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.

In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.

These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:

.com 289
.net 8
.org 65
.info 171
.biz 5
.us 458

Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading

Many .US Domain Name Offers Are Coming Lately

I am getting a lot of .us domain name offers lately. They started coming the week before the 4th of July and they keep coming until today.

I have gotten 7 offers for .us domains in 9 days (5 days before the 4th of July and 3 days after the 4th).

I sold the domain to a startup from Miami, Florida. I got the inquiry on the 5th of July, we agreed on the 6th and the domain was paid for at and transferred to the buyer’s registrar by the 7th.

I have also gotten 2 other offers for up to Continue reading

Price Of .US Domains Goes Up Tomorrow

Neustar, the .us registry, is increasing the price of .US domains tomorrow. So from July 1st 2014 all .us domain registrations and renewals will cost an extra $0.50 in wholesale. That is the registrar price increase.

I have not received many registrars notices except one. Dynadot informed me that they are going to increase the .us registrations and renewals by $1. That seems like a big price hike as it is double the registry increase.

So today is the day to renew any .us domains you have. Continue reading

What Domains I Dropped In June And Why… (193 domains dropped)

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I dropped the most domains I have ever dropped. I dropped 193 domains out of the 807 I had expiring in June. I don’t count the few (less than 5%) domains I have in Moniker because that is a mess and I had renewed those well ahead of the new system just to be sure.

So in June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%.

Here are the domains I dropped by extension:

.com 9
.net 8
.org 13
.info 2
.biz 50
.us 111

Yes, I dropped a lot of .us and .biz: 161 domains in total. More on that below.

These are the domains I renewed in June: Continue reading

U.S. Department of Commerce Renews Neustar’s Contract For .US

Today, Neustar Inc. (NYSE:NSR) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the company the contract to continue administering the .US Top Level Domain (TLD), the official country code domain of the United States. Neustar has successfully administered this critical domain since 2001, when the Department of Commerce first selected the company to build and manage the new domain.

“We are honored that the Department of Commerce has selected Neustar to continue managing America’s domain name that millions of businesses, non-profit organizations and consumers use to manage their online presence,” said Lisa Hook, Neustar President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to Continue reading

.US sales at Go Daddy auctions: $3,756, $2,755 etc.

A few days back Go Daddy had a lot of expiring auctions for .US domain names. Most of them were registered since 2002 and more than 250 .us domains were auctioned off. Total sales were for more than $12,000 USD. And that excludes the renewals at about $14 each and that would be about $3500 USD more. Not bad for a single day. This is not a complete list but just the ones I was watching myself and a couple I got from Name Pros. A few were renewed and disappeared from my account before I had the chance to get the prices. I waited before publishing this list as Go Daddy doesn’t hide the registrant’s details on .usdomains as this is not permitted by the registry. There is a workaround for expired domains but Go Daddydoesn’t care.

There were buyers that bought 10, 15, 30, 40 or even 60 of these domains. These 5 buyers bought more than 150 of the total 250 domains.

These are the prices I got from Name Pros: $250 – $1000 $100 – $250 $100 – $251 $100 – $252 $100 – $253 $100 – $254 $100 – $255

Here is a list of 248 domains that were sold together with their prices: $3,756 $2,755 $1,005 $482 $425 $377 $355 $348 $282 $266 $256 $237 $222 $217 $213 $205 $196 $185 $170 $160 $138 $135 $129 $122 $116 $115 $115 $105 $105 $97 $96 $96 $96 $93 $93 $93 $93 $92 $91 $90 $85 $82 $80 $80 $78 $76 $76 $76 $75 $73 $71 $70 $70 $67 $60 $60 $60 $60 $60 $60 $60 $60 $55 $55 $52 $51 $47 $45 $44 $43 $42 $40 $38 $38 $38 $38 $38 $36 $34 $32 $30 $30 $30 $30 $30 $29 $27 $27 $27 $27 $27 $27 $27 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $22 $22 $22 $22 $22 $22 $21 $20 $20 $20 $20 $18 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17 $15 $15 $15 $15 $15 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10

A few of the domain names were renewed before the domains were transferred to the winning bidders. These are the ones that were renewed: $1k $250 – $1000

Not everything is about .COM

.COM is king but not everything is about .com. There are still many opportunities in other gTLDs and ccTLDs. I had an intense 24 hours in domaining and my day didn’t involve too much of .com.

At first I got a call from one of the top 5 companies in the world (US based) that wanted to buy one of my .info domain names. My wife answered the call and gave me the phone to talk. The caller only told me his name, so I didn’t know for what company he was working for at that time. When he told what domain name he was interested in I knew he wouldn’t like my price. I can’t disclose the domain name but it wouldn’t be so hard to guess.

I asked him if he had an offer and he said that he wanted to hear my price first. I started telling him that I have declined a lot of 5 figure offers for this domain in the past few years. He interrupted me and told me that he only had an offer for $5,000 USD. So we left it at that and hung up. Don’t think for a moment that the 5 figure offers were a sales pitch. I have actually received these offers.

Then I got back on my PC only to find an email that the caller had send before he called me. He had send the same offer but it was then when the company he was working for was revealed. I didn’t know the company when I talked to him on the phone but my price was and is going to be the same. No matter who calls, my price will be the same for this particular domain. I don’t think this is over just yet…

On the same day I got an offer through for a .org domain from one of the largest and most known UK associations. They are interested in buying a .org domain name I own.

Again on the same day I sold a .net domain at Sedo to a US individual and got a decent offer on a 3 letter .biz domain.

Finally I got an inquiry for a 3 letter .org that I am not willing to sell as it relates to my wife’s line of work. I am currently negotiating a lease for this domain.

And because most of the domains above haven’t produced any results yet here is what domains I have sold so far this year:
3 .com
3 .info
2 .org
1 .net
1 .us

All sales were for $1500 and up and only 4 of the 10 domain sales have been reported. All the others were private.

I must admit that I have a pretty diverse portfolio and that my .info portfolio is at least above average but my results must be very interesting. Don’t you think?

.COM is king and will be for many years to come but not everything is about .com.

Some great .us sales at Sedo this week – sold for $10,000 and for $5,000

I just noticed a couple of solid .us domain sales at Sedo this week: 10,000 USD 5,000 USD

Other notable .us domain name sales from 2012: 14,000 USD 10,000 USD 8,505 USD 6,725 USD 5,000 EUR (I sold this in July to Disney Enterprises, Inc.) 5,000 USD 4,500 USD 4,500 USD

This is NOT spam: .us nexus requirements and compliance policy

Most of you know that the usTLD Nexus Requirements Policy requires that a .us domain name registrant must be either:

  • A US citizen or a person resident in the United States of America (Nexus Category 1)
  • A United States entity or organization (Nexus Category 2) , or
  • A foreign entity or organization that has a bona fide presence in the US (Nexus Category 3)

It is a continuing requirement that all usTLD domain name registrants remain in compliance with Nexus. This means that if you don’t fall into one of these categories above, you can’t ask a US citizen to buy a .us domain and then transfer ownership to you.

Neustar, Inc., the registry operator for the .US domain, enforces the nexus requirements and will:

  • Require that Registrars certify that they enforce the Nexus requirement upon their Registrants, and that Registrars require Registrants to certify tha t they meet the Nexus requirement.
  • Conduct a scan of selected registration request information.
  • Conduct “spot checks” on Registrant information.

When you are registering a .us domain, a registrar will collect the name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and (where available) fax number of the name holder for the name registered and will also collect the IP address and corresponding names of the primary and secondary name servers for the registered name.

Be sure to submit all and correct information when registering a .us domain name and also pick the Nexus Category that applies to you because in case of a “.US NEXUS COMPLIANCE” review and if you don’t fulfill the nexus requirements your registration will be canceled.

Neustar will actually conduct the “spot checks” mentioned above. This is not some urban legend. Every couple of months or so I will get an email from the Neustar .US Nexus Compliance. Although the wording is not all that good, there is no name of the sender anywhere in the email and the email is send in the middle of the night (in US time), this is not SPAM! And it is not some phishing attempt. Believe me. This is legit. Be sure to check that the email address is actually and also be sure to whitelist this address in your spam filters because it is important. Here is an email I got 2 days ago:

Dear Konstantinos Zournas,

As you may be aware, in November 2001, the United States Department of Commerce (“DOC”) selected Neustar, Inc. (“Neustar”) to be the Administrator of the .US top-level domain (“usTLD”), the official top-level domain for the United States of America. As Administrator of the usTLD, Neustar has agreed to perform random “spot checks” on registrations in the usTLD to endure that they comply with the usTLD Nexus Requirements which can be found at (“Nexus Requirements”).

Our records indicate that you are the registrant of the domain name *************.US (“Domain Name”).

On September 02, 2012, this domain name was selected for Nexus revalidation and confirmation. According to the information you provided with your registration of the Domain Name, you indicated that you qualify under:

Category * – You are a US ************.

As part of our verification process, we ask that you provide to us by no later than ten (10) days after the date set forth above, a written response with supporting documentary evidence to demonstrate how you qualify under the above Nexus category.

To satisfy the Nexus investigation for a Category * registrant, we request that you provide a valid Deed, lease, tax id, utility bill, or any official document with the companies US address listed.

In some instances, we may request additional documentary evidence from you to demonstrate that you meet the Nexus requirements.

You should be aware that if you either (i) do not respond within the ten (10) days, or (ii) are unable to adequately explain or demonstrate through documentary evidence that you meet any of the Nexus Requirements, Neustar may issue a finding that your entity or organization has failed to meet the Nexus Requirements. Upon such a finding, you will then be given a total of ten (10) days to cure the US Nexus deficiency. If you are able to demonstrate within ten (10) days that your entity or organization has remedied such deficiency, you will be allowed to keep the domain name. If, however, you either (i) do not respond within the ten (10) days of such a finding of noncompliance, or (ii) are unable to proffer evidence demonstration compliance with the Nexus Requirements, the domain name registration will be deleted from the registry database without refund, and the domain name will be placed into the list of available domain names.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

.US Nexus Compliance
.US America’s Internet Address

Please note that you have 10 days to respond to this email and prove that you are in compliance with the .us Nexus Requirements and another 10 days to cure any US Nexus deficiencies. If you don’t reply within these 20 days (20 days according to the email above or 30 days according to the usTLD Nexus Requirements Policy) your domain name will be deleted without refund, and the domain name will be placed into the list of available domain names through the normal deletion process. Be sure to provide any of the required documents promptly. Any deficiencies in whois details or nexus category will NOT be possible to fix simply by changing whois or the selected nexus category. Upon receipt of the email above the domain name will be placed on a REGISTRY-LOCK. This means that if you have put false or fake information you will not be able to change it after you receive this email. e.g. To transfer ownership to your friend in the US. The domain cannot be modified by the registrant so you will have to prove what’s already there. The name on the whois is the name of the person/company who must be nexus compliant. Once an investigation is started the name is locked and you cannot change anything. You can’t even change your Nexus category, so even if you are a US citizen (Nexus Category 1) but have put Nexus Category 3 by mistake you might lose your domain name. I had a problem with a registrar that had the categories mixed in their database. So when you selected Nexus Category 1 when registering a domain, Nexus Category 2 appeared in Whois. It took my a while to figure out what was going on.

If you reply to the email and fulfill the nexus requirements you will get this email:

Greetings Konstantinos,

Thank you for responding to our inquiry. As a result of our review, we are satisfied that the explanation you have provided meets the Nexus requirements. Thank you for your timely response and understanding of this process.

Kind Regards,

.US Nexus Compliance
.US America’s Internet Address

 After that be sure to check that the REGISTRY-LOCK status has been removed from your domain name. If it hasn’t, and many times it is not removed, just reply to the email asking for the REGISTRY-LOCK status to be removed. If you don’t then you will not be able to change whois details (i.e. sell the domain) or change the nameservers. While in REGISTRY-LOCK status you will able to renew the domain and the domain will resolve but when the time comes that you will want to make changes you will not be able to.

And don’t think for a moment that these “spot checks” are very rare and will not happen to you. The story about is pretty famous. The domain has been deleted 2 times due to a nexus compliance deficiency. The domain was sold by an American to a European company for $75,000 at Afternic in 2007. It was later deleted by Neustar, only to be caught by Pool and auctioned. The Luxembourg bidder that paid $18,500 at Pool had his domain name deleted again by Neustar. Again due to a nexus compliance deficiency. It was later caught by and auctioned once again. It is now owned by a US company.

If anyone from outside the U.S is interested in registering .US names or has already registered some, I would suggest you to form a US company, rather than give false or fake information during a .US registration process.