Nov 22, 2013
Jason Thompson

Your Domains Aren’t As Valuable As You Think Because Deborah Jacobs At Forbes Says So


Domainers! It is time for all of us to reconsider our investments. According to Deborah Jacobs we’re currently sitting on massive amounts of fool’s gold. Deborah is obviously correct because she attended the latest Heritage Auction domain name auction. She sat at the auction and noticed that names weren’t selling for the asking prices.

From what I read, it looks like Deborah Jacobs learned just about everything she needed to know about domaining within 48 hours. She is clearly a scholar and incredibly overqualified to assess this industry as a whole. Apart from her piece being Pulitzer Prize worthy, she obviously tried her hardest not to be biased and should be commended for this.

Thank You, Deborah for taking the time to share your experience with the masses. You deserve a raise at Forbes and I would be more than happy to write a personal letter to the editor on your behalf.

Confused, don’t be. This is the exact style of writing Deborah used to summarize our industry in a nutshell. She made us out to be domain squatters who have gotten in over-our-heads in a speculative industry which is now dying a slow, but painful death. The truth is Deborah never took the time to get to know any of us.

She decided to write a biased piece which completely portrays Rick Schwartz as a traveling sales man who has mastered the art of flipping snake oil. It is individuals like Deborah who cast a negative light on what otherwise is a small community, which for the most part, gets along well together. Domaining isn’t something you can discover one day and write about the next. This is an “industry” that takes time to learn the inner workings of and can’t be defined in 48 hours.

In my opinion any publicity is good publicity. So minus the bias of Deborah’s article, I’ll take the glitter and you keep the fool’s gold. Cheers Ms. Jacobs, drinks on you.

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Nov 21, 2013
Jason Thompson

Los Angeles-Based Nasty Gal Sues Startup New Nasty Over Trademark


I was browsing a few sites this morning and noticed that two local brands are involved in a lawsuit which is just plain Nasty! Apparently Los Angeles-based Nasty Gal has decided to sue Los Angeles startup New Nasty. As you might of guessed it both of these companies are in the fashion e-commerce segment. Nasty Gal sued New Nasty over the use of the word “Nasty”.

A lawsuit was filed on November 18th in the California Central District Court which accuses Charamon Hunter, the owner of New Nasty, of infringing on Nasty Gal’s trademark. Nasty Gal is pretty much saying that they have established their brand in this space and any use of the word “Nasty” can and will be considered trademark infringement.

According to the defendant, when Nasty Gal contacted her, she offered to help clear up any confusion by putting a disclaimer on her site. The disclaimer would of stated that New nasty has no affiliation with Nasty Gal. She is quoted on as saying “By no means am I for corporate bullying, especially from multi million dollar companies vs. small business owners for their own selfish reasons.”

Corporate bullying is obviously a problem here in the US, but the real question is did New Nasty purposely try to infringe on the Nasty Gal brand? Only time will tell how this lawsuit pans out, but this really does make me start to think about all of the new gTLDs which will be unleashed in the near future. I can’t help to think that .nasty might be one to join the ranks soon. Does this mean that Nasty Gal can go after any clothing company who decides to register a .nasty domain, after all this might confuse people. ;-)

Nov 20, 2013
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 11-20-2013

HostGator has been really disappointing me lately. I understand that server migrations need to be conducted, but they could of at least given me a phone call in regards to this. A number of my sites have been down for several hours. I guess they had a server migration occur around 11 PM PST. Glad I didn’t see the monitoring system go off because I would not of been happy! Oh well, things like this tend to happen in the hosting world. Now I have to plan some time to determine what is up and what is down.

Here is the list for today. You can blame HostGator for it being a few minutes late.

Nov 19, 2013
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 11-19-2013

I’ll keep this short, but if you are looking for plumber geo names, then you better reserve some time to grab a few today. There are a ton of plumber names dropping right now. I am grabbing two of them because they are cities that I know quite well here in Los Angeles. Other than that feel free to bid your heart out. I tried to feature a few of them in the list today, but there are a lot more that I didn’t include.

What’s even more ironic is I have a plumber at my duplex working on a water leak today. The adventure that I went through to find this guy is exactly why these domains are worth it! Enjoy!

Happy bidding!

Nov 18, 2013
Jason Thompson

The New gTLDs Have A Trump Card And It’s Called The WWW Prefix

There has been a lot of talk about the new gTLDs and the confusion that they can potentially present. As stated in a previous blog entry, I even found myself a bit perplexed. For me, it always comes down to the way a domain is advertised on a vehicle. Everyday I find myself looking for domains on my drive to and from work. I’m always happy when I see a .com domain because it shows how the small to medium sized businesses in my area get it. It’s also indirectly advertising the TLD, which in turn we all benefit from.

It has gotten to a point where .com domains do not really need a WWW prefix. A .com has become a strong enough brand to stand alone, even better, end-users have come to associate it with a website. Although the .com TLD can shed a little WWW fat, the new gTLDs will most likely be proud to welcome the WWW prefix. The prefix can and will help establish the new gTLDs. The prefix has been used since the early days of the Internet and has helped end-users get to their website destinations for years. This mere notion will transfer over into the new gTLD space. If an end-user sees the WWW prefix they will associate it with the world wide web.

In my opinion the WWW prefix is a trump card which will most likely help the new gTLDs. I can see the prefix being used to simply help end-users get acclimated to new gTLDs until they have become strong enough brands to stand by themselves. The WWW prefix is user-friendly and has been associated with websites for quite some time now. I didn’t even get to the fact that the major web-browsers tend to like the prefix as well.  In short, the WWW prefix will help end-users understand that they are looking at a domain name, regardless of what the extension is. Who would of thought that a prefix could be almost as powerful as the extension itself?