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A few days ago, I shared with you about GoDaddy Domain Auctions disappearing before time expired as experienced by now retired, longtime domain investor Rick Schwartz.

Schwartz was figuratively robbed in broad daylight by GoDaddy’s Aftermarket platform as he actively bid on a expired domain that vanished from his viewing with less than 5 minutes this morning.

With no good explanation of what took place, Schwartz took to Twitter, and lit a fire under GoDaddy with endless questions, jabs and everything in between.

And where did this get him and us, the domaining community? Continue reading

Twitter lit up Friday afternoon like the forthcoming Christmas lights (🎄) will in about a week or so.

The legendary Domain King himself, Rick Schwartz, took to Twitter mid afternoon to express his extreme latest discontent concerning GoDaddy’s aftermarket.

Although it’s been nearly 3 years since his retirement or semi-retirement announcement and the end of blogging, Schwartz has been actively tweeting, ranting, buying, selling, pontificating and more on a wide number of topics, including but not limited to domains. Continue reading

A week or so ago, I introduced you to the Facebook Graph API using PHP.

Although the Facebook Graph API can be used to retrieve a trove of wide-ranging data, I specifically showed you step-by-step how to retrieve the total count for a unique URL’s likes, shares, and comments.

Today, I’m going to show you the same, but this time using JavaScript and jQuery, a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify client-side scripting of HTML. Continue reading

A few weeks back, I questioned whether or not the emoji-domain grinch was on the prowl and lurking to reclaim emoji domains due to substantially higher renewal costs.

If you’re in the camp that has registered one or many of the swelling 21,000+ .ws emoji domains through GoDaddy’s emoji domain search engine at $4.99 over the last year or so, then you likely want to pay close attention to the renewal date and, more specifically, the renewal cost.

It’s been one month since I stumbled upon Ben’s tweet about his registered .ws emoji domains renewing at seven (7) times the original investment.

And Ben’s not the only one noticing emoji domain renewals biting at their wallet or purse strings.

And although an apples-to-oranges comparison, when compared to various new gTLD extension renewal pricing, .ws emoji domain renewal pricing remains reasonably priced at $34.99 (at the time of this writing).

As for apples-to-apples comparison, other extensions allowing emoji domains are competitively priced between $30-$50 per domain renewal.

Should you possess 5 or less emoji domains approaching renewal, then you may or may not blink an eye at the renewal fee (or you may, who knows).

But that’s certainly not the case with persons registering 5 or more emoji domains, or multiple emoji domain renewals transacting on the same date.

Regardless of the extension chosen, owning multiple emoji domains are somewhat costly if you never considered substantial future price adjustments, or expected GoDaddy’s renewal cost to remain the same.

But no need to fear, there are two specific actions worth considering when aiming to save on and reduce emoji domain renewal costs. Continue reading

What a week it’s been in the domain industry!

At the beginning of this week, news broke that MediaOptions purchased DomainSherpa, the leading educational media company dedicated to the domain name industry, after Michael Cyber retired for greener and more relaxing pastures.

Now it’s a Friday afternoon and almost time to call it quits when I stumbled upon what looks to be a valiant effort to be the next DomainSherpa for Emoji Domains. Continue reading

A few weeks ago, one of my many websites crossed the thousand like club for Facebook likes.

It was a time to celebrate!  Why?

Well, this particular website is a local and somewhat a hyper micro-niche. To be honest, I’m surprised and elated this website has 1000+ likes.

Nevertheless, crossing the 1000+ Facebook like club renders the like button differently.

Instead of being able to now see that there are 1,024 likes, the Facebook like button for this specific website now only shows “1K”.

And because I don’t have a Facebook Fan, Business, or Profile page associated with this website, this adds yet another degree of difficulty in attempting to understand exactly how many likes, shares, and comments exist for website URL, also known as website domain name. Continue reading



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