The best domain registrar we’ve ever found is like Godzilla or the Bilderbergers

The first domain I ever registered was…I have no idea because it was 17 or 18 years ago and I drink. I do remember having to fax in a form. Many of you are already lost because the word fax doesn’t mean anything to you. You are lucky, faxing was dumb. I am certain that only the government still utilizes faxes. Faxes are probably how Trump files his bankruptcy paperwork and how the Clintons get their foundation fleecing rake tallies. Anyhow the point is that it was slow, used paper and your options sucked..like voting.

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Why .COM is king: only 9% of consumers comfortable with new tlds

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If you look through OwnedWords.com you’ll notice the domains we own or broker are all .COMs. You may have immediately thought well these guys must be old, true, however the real reason is because .COM has never been out shined for value.

There are a few of the newer domain extensions that seem to be carving out a niche like .io in the tech realm or .me in the social profile category. There’s many people people who will say domain names don’t matter for SEO or traffic building. I think in some cases, part of the time they would be correct. However I do not know any business or brand owner who would throw away the .COM version of their identity. The fact is that the internet went through puberty wearing the .COM label. There is never going to a .ninja boom or bust in Silicon Valley.

Let’s take a look at a succinct and well put together survey of 10,000 internet users spanning both the US and UK. This report was done by the NCC Group, a global expert in cyber security and risk mitigation based in the UK.

Here are a few key takeaways from “Trust in the Internet Survey 2016”:

  • Only 9% of consumers feel comfortable visiting website ending in the new domains
  • By 2016 there are nearly 1,000 new gTLDs had been introduced by ICANN
  • 47% related to feeling “much less secure with the additional domain extensions in use”

You can find the report linked here “Trust in the Internet Survey 2016

You can find lots of high quality .COM domain names that everybody is comfortable using right here on OwnedWords.com .com domain sales

LA.com acquired by L.A. Times parent company Tribune Publishing Co.

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Tribune Publishing Company(TPUB) has reportedly acquired the domain LA.com.

Currently a landing page offers the opportunity to sign-up via email to be notified of the new LA.com launch. Additionally you can enter you mobile phone number to “win your personal @LA.com email address”.

Google results for the domain reveal the skeleton of the previous LA.com website. All of the links in the search results go 404. (Why not bother redirecting? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

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I cannot suggest what the site previously offered visitors. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 15 years and can say I’ve never been to that website. However, I would suggest that this sale likely made the domains previous owners enough money to be able to actually afford to live here. (57% of the population in LA can’t afford it)

DomainNameWire reported today on the apparent sale. No details regarding the sale were available.

A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. It all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is. I didn’t have one. I didn’t care. I finished the drink and went to bed.

-Raymond Chandler / The Long Goodbye

(Chandler lived in L.A. and most of his novels took place in/around the city. If you haven’t read Chandler’s books put down the internet and go read them. It’s great stuff!)

Domain Name Listings Info

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Yeah, seriously we have a ton of domain names to get posted here. There’s not going to be much logic applied to how the domains are posted. There’s just too many and one of us has a drinking problem. Probably best to bookmark the main page or follow us on Twitter if you are interested in catching a new .com

Here are a few things that help explain how we operate and define terms you will find in our listings.

Search results: These are the numbers of results returned in Google for keywords or phrases contained in or taken from the domain name.

What you should know…You may see different results. However they should be in the ballpark. The results vary according to lots of factors determined by Google. That’s good though, they are a lot of really smart people. If we ran it, all results would be pictures of Ukrainian models in Porsche 911s from the 70s.

Fair value: Usually a range. This is the estimated value that we believe we would consider the domain to be a good purchase or sale.

What you should know…this is largely based on our experience over the past 15 years as well as the previous offers that have come in for the domain. We do not pay much attention to the current “domain market”. It’s manipulated bullshit. The data set is also so tiny compared to the number of developed domains that it’s simply delusional to use recent sale as anything other than a curiosity.

Minimum bid: This is simply the number we expect is needed to interest the owner in taking the next step.

What you should know…we have a history with the domain owners we work with. We know what we will sell domains for. The original price paid is a consideration that may affect the pricing in a way that isn’t obvious to a buyer.

BIN: Buy It Now. This is the set price that the domain would sell for right now.

What you should know…occasionally a domain will have an ongoing negotiation or might be part of a package deal, that may mean we can’t sell it for the BIN price. However we will always convey the BIN offer to the owner regardless of other deals that are influx.

tags: We try to intelligently use post tags to identify related domains. It’s pretty easy to find overlap using tags.

Escrow: A third party who will facilitate the payment and release the fund after the domain transfer is verified.

What you should know…More expensive domain purchases require the use of a 3rd party escrow service. It’s just better for everyone involved and worth the small fee. Escrow.com is the one we use.

What words do you own?

-Abraham Lincoln