Domain Name News 02/16

Here are a few of the notable domain stories from the past week:

NamePros.com Is Sold – The popular forum has been sold to the owners of Bodis.com, a domain parking provider. The sale price is rumored to be between $200,000 – $300,000. Ron James, the original owner who launched the forum in 2003, is expected to stay on as an administrator.

NamePros.com along with DNForum.com, are the two most well known domain forums. DNForum offers three paid levels of membership and caters more towards experienced domain investors. NamePros, on the other hand, is free to all members and attracts more people new to buying and selling domain names. The new owner of NamePros intends to keep it that way. “It is not all about those that are super successful and have a lot of money to spend. New comers want to learn about domaining too and they have to start somewhere,” he recently wrote on DNForum.

I joined NamePros.com in early 2009. I found it to be a helpful resource to learn about domains, as well as a place I could liquidate some of my domains that I couldn’t sell elsewhere. My favorite section on the forum is the Domain Sales thread where members post some of the sales that they have recently made.

Parked.com Shuts Down – One of the largest domain parking services Parked.com, closed down without giving any notice. The closing does not come as much of a surprise since domain parking has continued to struggle over the last few years. What is surprising is the way the company handled it. Parked.com, who has always offered good customer service in the past, did not notify any of their customers of the move.

WhyPark.com, a parking service owned by Parked.com, recently changed its name and domain to DomainApps.com. It was recently discovered that Parked.com customers are now able to manage their domains via DomainApps.com.

I used to use Parked.com for all of my domains. I liked how easy it was to use, the clean user interface, and the fast, reliable payouts. I now use Sedo to park most of my domains. The only reason I changed over is to reduce commissions on any domains I sell via Sedo’s platform.

Ebay Domain Sales – The Ebay auctions for the domains that I wrote about last week ended with some relatively impressive sales. StatePatrol.com sold for $500, FingernailPolish.com went for $1480, WeedEaters.com closed at $1624, and TruckingSchools fetched $2170. The seller had one other domain that I did not mention, Top25.com, which closed at $2025.