While I have received more than 15 offers for my New gTLD domain names (but haven’t sold any) today I got my first offer through Uniregistry, the registrar owned by Frank Schilling.
I am getting offers either directly by email or by prospective buyers visiting the lander of my New gTLD domains that are parked at the DomainNameSales.com (DNS) platform but today I got an offer at DNS that seemed a bit strange at first. Instead of the usual DNS symbol next to my offer that looks like an RSS feed I saw the Uniregistry logo:
The buyer from Amsterdam made 7 offers until he made it over my minimum offer price that is set at $1,500 for all my domains at DNS. His last offer for my xxxxxx.photos domains was for
The source was listed as Uniregistry. I wondered how the buyer ended up at Uniregistry. Then I checked to see who owns the 2 .com domains xxxxxxxphotos.com and xxxxxxphoto.com and where these are parked. Both are parked with DNS and the plural is owned by Frank himself.
So could it be that the buyer was sent to Uniregistry after the .com negotiations failed so he would buy a New gTLD domain but instead of buying a free domain he ended up back at DNS inquiring about an aftermarket New gTLD domain? Was it Frank that send the buyer my way?
Mike Berkens complained that the Uniregistry Affiliate program had very disappointing results. That is probably true (100% true from PPC users) because people are used to buying free domains at their favorite registrar like Go Daddy but what about buyers that come from failed negotiations? Maybe they want the same word combination in a New gTLD and chances are, if the .com was very good, that the corresponding New gTLD will be taken too. So they are back at DNS but the New gTLD domain will cost a fraction of the price of the .com.
So even though you might not be making any affiliate money someone else at DNS could make some by selling a domain. DNS had the option to send a failed negotiation message and redirect the buyer to DNS to find other domains but I see that now this option has been replaced with the New gTLD Uniregistry affiliate link. Maybe we need to have both options.
I have not received any offers from Uniregistry for any of my other non New gTLD domains so maybe this message got the buyer thinking of buying a New gTLD domain.
So what do you think about “paying it forward”? Could this work for domaining? Would you redirect a lead to domains owned by other domainers?