March’s top 5: India, expired domains, AI and more


A lot happened in the domain name business last month.

These were the top stories on DNW last month ranked by pageviews:

1. Indian ISPs block access to major domain registrars – Courts in India want domain registrars to respect their orders. They appear to be using Indian ISPs to pressure them.

2. 18 end user domain sales up to $400,000 – Sedo sold two strong six-figure domains, including for $400,000.

3. Markmonitor launches expired domain service – Brand owners will get first dibs on trademark domains expiring at Newfold Digital.

4. GoDaddy gets patent for AI-based domain valuation – The domain registrar has several other valuation-related patents.

5. Hand-registered trend domains can take a while to pay off – It took a while, but I finally cashed in on these hand registrations from 2017 thanks to the AI hype cycle.

Miss a podcast? Catch up now:

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Expired domains & SEO – Sean Markey explains why weird domains sell for a lot in expired domain auctions.

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