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Microstrategy announces the sale of Voice.com domain name for $30 million in Cash

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Microstrategy has just announced what is one of the biggest news in Domain industry. This could also be one of the biggest deals done fully by cash as well. Microstrategy has informed the world that it has made the sale of Voice.com domain name. This deal was done in cash and the domain name was sold for $30 million. The company says that the deal was facilitated by GoDaddy which means that the transfer process was done on GoDaddy. And the deal was completed on May 30, 2019. This domain name has been used by block.one who have made the use of Voice.com for its social media platform based on blockchain.

Voice.com is an 18-year old domain as it was first registered in 2001 and it is assumed that the domain expired and was dropped later. Later, Microstrategy bought this domain from a person owning this domain in China for a price which is not disclosed.

Here is MicroStrategy’s statement on this deal:

“Block.one has made a smart strategic decision in choosing Voice.com to be the internet domain name for its new social media platform. The word ‘voice’ is simple and universally understood. It’s also ubiquitous ― as a search term, it returns billions of results on the internet. An ultra-premium domain name like Voice.com can help a company achieve instant brand recognition, ignite a business, and massively accelerate value creation. MicroStrategy holds more than a dozen evocative and powerful domain names. While our focus continues to be on our core analytics and mobility business, we are open to leveraging these domain names in equity or other strategic transactions with well-funded parties”

MicroStrategy also holds many ultra-premium domain names apart from Voice.com which include Wisdom.com, Alert.com, Strategy.com, Hope.com, Courage.com, Speaker.com and iDream.com including others. You can also visit Strategy.com where MicroStrategy has listed all the domains in its possession and you can express interest in any of the domains.

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Mike Mann reports selling of 9 domains in May for $179, 828

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Mike Mann who is known to be a big domain investor as well as a sharp mind in the industry has reported sales of some premium domains for a lot of money. Mike Mann’s report reveals that he sold a total of 9 domains last month. The total amount that was paid by different buyers for these 9 domains was $179,828. It is reported that the average domain sales price was $19,981.

Before getting to know which were these domain names and what they were sold for, we should have a look at who MikeMann is. Basically, MikeMann is the owner of a website called DomainMarket.com which is famous for offering premium domains to the tune of more than 350,000. Now, it does not mean that MikeMann reports every domain sale that DomainMarket makes. Instead, Mike reports what he wants to report and hides others.

Also, it is known that he purchases and sells hundreds of domains every month through market research and other factors. Yet, he only discloses details about the ones that get the highest price for obvious reasons. One more thing to consider here is that Mike Mann needs to sell more than $2.5 million worth of domains so that he can break even in terms of returns on investment.

Talking about the 9 domains that he has reported for May 2019, the highest sale out of those domains has been for Dermacor.com which has collected $29,888 on its own which was purchased for just $7 from Purch in 2009. Other domains include aitko.com, rebelrealestate.com, avoro.com, sundayservice.com, jazzyou.com, havuzlu.com, fancyfarmer.com and pandacloud.com.

Now, one thing that you would have noticed here is that all the domains are having .com TLD which shows that this TLD has the most value which is even more than .net domains. It should also be noted that DomainMarket.com is reporting its monthly reports since 2016.

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Undeveloped.com is now DAN.com, launches a Domain Automation Network partnered with IBM

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Undeveloped rebrands to DAN.com

The biggest news out of the Domain name industry is that undeveloped.com has now rebranded. You will now get the new Undeveloped website on DAN.com. However, it is worth mentioning that if you type undeveloped.com, you will be redirected to DAN.com so it does not change much. But we feel that the redirection will be phased out overtime. Apart from changing the brand name as well as the domain, DAN.com or Undeveloped has also launched a Domain Automation Network in partnership with IBM.

And yes, you might have already realised that Domain Automation Network comes down to DAN.com which is why this domain name was chosen. Undeveloped BV which is a company based in Amsterdam says that “it solves the most significant problems in the domain industry by creating a new backend infrastructure to handle both simple and complex domain transactions and transfers, fully automated and transparent powered by blockchain.”

With the new DAN.com website, you will now have lots of new features such as automated domain transfers to smart contracts as well as it introduction of WHOIS 2.0 format as well which is powered by Blockchain 100%. Also, you do not have to worry about content on leased or rented domains anymore.

Apart from that, average domain delivery speed has also been improved by DAN.com. DAN.com claims that it will deliver ICANN affiliated .com domains in 4 hours at an average whereas unlocked domains will be delivered in 15 minutes and locked domains in just 6 hours.

Interestingly, domains managed in the DAN network will be delivered instantly as claimed by the company. Also, DAN has made a major announcement regarding rented domains as well as domains under the payment plan.

“Through process automation, we are making premium domains affordable again. The average sale price of domains on the secondary market currently is $3.161. The better the brand, the higher the price tag.

Today, at DAN.COM you can purchase high-quality domains that would yesterday cost you a small fortune, starting from just $10 a month.”

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Here are the trending domain name keywords of May 2019

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Top 10 trending domain name keywords

As you would be aware by now, Verisign who is the registrar of .com and .net domains around the world releases a list of top 10 trending domain name keywords every month which gives us an idea of which domain names were acquired the most last month. Also, it gives us an idea of what the current trends in the industry are.

It should also be noted that usually, a domain name keyword comes in the list of top 10 keywords when the keyword is used in a domain about 700-800 times. However, it obviously varies as to how many times the domain keyword has been used to come up in the first place.

Looking at the trends this month, it is clear that the similarities between the .com and .net domain keywords have been very less. We can see that the number 1 keyword for the .com domains was coupons whereas the same for .net domains was abuse. The top 3 domain keywords for .com domains were completed by “coupon” and “finest” whereas the top 3 keywords for .net domains had “apple” at number 2 and “child” at number 3.

It is also interesting to see that there is the domain keyword “weed” at number 10 in the list of .net domains which means that it was registered more than 700 to 800 times last month. As you might be aware, weed is banned in most parts of USA and is considered dangerous.

Another thing to note is that we can get a pattern from the domain name keywords for .net domains such as “child”, “abuse”, “apple”, “phone”, “pain”, “weed” but the same cannot be said for the .com domains. Because the 10th domain keyword in this list is “simplicity” which reveals nothing at all to understand the trends. However, we can see that “coupon/s” was the trending buzz word last month on .com buyers’ mind.

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