Website & Email rely on Domains

Most people think of websites when discussing domains. But the more personal, important, and perhaps valuable dimensions are the accompanying email addresses.

Corporate communications are increasingly electronic. A poor web address may be largely ignored owing to links & display of corporate name. But the email stands alone.

A lousy second-tier email address using .pop or .xyz is blatantly unprofessional. Moreover, this is a personal link to each employee, so weakness & embarrassment are magnified repeatedly. It can be money well-spent paying a few tens of thousands of dollars to purchase the .com -- while available, if available at all.

Short powerful .com domains remain best.


"Nation-Neutral" .com

A major benefit of .com comes from "nation-neutral" positioning when compared to ccTLD such as .de or .jp or .se etc.

Some Korean people (for example) may feel anger or resistance with a Japan .jp address, but with no dislike for .com

Using .com for product sales can avoid local rivalries such as SE/FI or CN/JP or UK/FR etc. We might see Chinese characters from CN or HK or TW or JP or elsewhere which elicit different feelings depending on the suffix TLD. The .com also provides a more solid base for franchising.

IDN ("International Domain Names") use non-ASCII characters. It's crazily ethnocentric to claim all languages & character-sets except ASCII English are "international" - but that's for another post.

Many IDN can be recognized or read in nearby jurisdictions or amidst global diaspora. Some French or Italian words, IDN, have become standard English vocabulary thanks to global food trends (for example) or migration of culture. Family names need not be mangled.
ॐ.com  (Hindu letter / symbol OM)

Primitive internet required local texts be bastardized to ASCII addresses, but this is no longer true. In many cases the makes good sense and may become highly valuable. 


Regulatory Capture of ICANN

One of the worst dimensions of internet stability is apparent corruption at the top.

Regulatory capture by the current registry operators of .com and .net (Verisign) and .org (PIR & Ethos Capital)is unsurprising in that billions of dollars are involved without transparent public tenders and open-bid contract. Hugely valuable properties in the public domain are assigned in sweetheart deals.

A recent ICANN staff exercise gathered public comment on proposed .com price increases (and also assorted regressive strictures on domain name owners in favor of governments). It seems the Verisign registry has successfully coopted ICANN staff with a promise of US$20,000,000.

8998 comments were received, hugely against price increase to .com

Comments closed 14 Feb 2020. Here they are (8998 in total):

Did any of the proposed changes attract substantive supporting comments. I think not.

But the agreement is already formulated in principle. Public comment should have been solicited earlier. And our failure to rubber-stamp means nothing.

Ultimately, ICANN staff report to the ICANN Board of Directors, but in consultation with the Board, ICANN staff guide decisions.

"Presumptive renewal" is acting in restraint of trade.
I checked which so-called "independent" blog authors and domain authorities commented against the price hikes. Hungry for the billions of dollars at stake, some well-known names missed giving comments. Maybe they hope to cultivate favor with Verisign or ICANN staff. In other words, you don't see the names of the ass-lickers.

Costly NOT to BUY?

I own the domain name

We began Glowup in 1995 offering people assistance with their personal strategies. We charge fees as tutor / consultants. In 2003 we expanded to internet and online assistance. offers worldwide services:
  •       Life Strategies
  •       Achievement Tutoring
  •       Legacy & Estate planning services
We're a small business.
With an expanding range of requests to buy the domain name, we decided we'd sell and rebrand if the price were right. So we now announce at the bottom of our main webpage:

We're repeatedly asked to sell domain
Many firms trade on the GLOWUP name (count)
US$70,000 could buy on 2020-01-15
(if direct purchase; price open to change)
Financing available

Many firms trade in the same space, though in assorted industries and in various parts of the world.

If a major player buys the popular name, these many other Glowup firms have reason for concern. Heavy global marketing of Glowup as a new consumer good or service will surely interfere with their business. Sorry!

It is Costly NOT to BUY.

Kissing English Rump

The people of Asia have many reasons to be proud of their learning & civilization.

Chinese society especially has a long and glorious history. Japan and Korea are also great.

At the dawn of the world wide web, internet addresses were designed to use only English characters: abcd, numbers, dash - and period .

Many organizations worldwide built websites using anglicization of their names. Swedish organizations dropped ä ö å characters, France ignored the é while Denmark substituted for Ø.

But for many years now, it's been possible to use non-English characters, IDN International Domain Names.

It is also very easy to add such domain names as an alternative door to any website.

Why do Asian firms often continue using only abcde domains? The colonial mentality remains. Let's instead Be Proud of local languages.

Give the English speakers a backdoor to your website (maybe). But proudly use your local language. Build more on the many great Chinese, Japanese, Korean & other global language domains, and surely get .com for global access.

NO more kiss the English arse!

Fantastic domains include:


















Epik Payment Plans BOOST Domain Sales

I'm excited about the growth & ideas at Epik. How is it possible that payment plans (Lease-to-Buy / Rental Plans) have not been easily available everywhere? Payment plan mechanics involve software, payment systems, legal templates, etc., but the pioneering work done by Rob Monster and team is extraordinary.

With lease-to-buy, smaller businesses can gain access to high-value domains!

Surely it becomes easier to monetize / sell domains. Epik has opened a new & hugely exciting era of opportunity for small-scale domainers and IP brokers.

Here's an example of the interface to set payment plan.
Example is being sold BIN (Buy-it-Now) for US$20,000.
Or $800 each month for 25 months.
Minus Epik commission (paid by seller) at 9%

Understand Your Exposure w/ Domain Services

I extensively use assorted major domain services such as, Afternic, Uniregistry, and Sedo. They provide important sales services, often without up-front costs. You typically need pay them only when your product is sold. Their costs are not unreasonable, and their published services are dependable. I am happy with them generally.

There are a few problems however.

Some of these services deliberately keep buyer & seller apart, and maintain a measure of secrecy.

They promote fixed prices, Buy-it-Now (BIN), which can be difficult or impossible to edit quickly.

A possible big problem is that they have insider access to your unpublished data & information as well as that of others throughout the industry. And their employees (or the services themselves) can take advantage of their insider market position. Might they directly buy your under-priced domain?

This is most perverse when one or more newly-made big sales leaves your domain or portfolio suddenly under-priced. Others can act before you hear anything.

These markets are largely unregulated -- Watch out for yourself!

Single-character .com EMOJI = 29

Four single-character .com emoji dropped in January 2019, and after dropping they cannot be renewed. This is due to ICANN and IDNA2008, which "prohibits graphic symbols and similar devices that have code points but are not used as basic elements of any writing system."

Lost were: ☂.com umbrella emoji ✡.com Star of David emoji ☦.com Orthodox Cross emoji ♣.com Black Club Suit emoji

That leaves only 29 single-character .com emoji domains in the wild. They are grandfathered, and can be re-registered and transferred, but if they drop they follow their four cousins into oblivion. Those that are for sale seem very reasonably-priced considering their rarity and wide visual appeal beyond written language. ☑.com Ballot box with check ♻.com Black recycling symbol ✈.com Airplane ☺.com White smiling face ✌.com Victory hand ↗.com Northeast arrow ♠.com Black spade suit ⌚.com Watch ♀.com Female sign ▶.com Black right-pointing arrow ◼.com Black medium square ♂.com Male sign ♥.com Black heart suit ✔.com Heavy check mark ♦.com Black diamond suit ✖.com Heavy Multiplication X ♨.com Hot springs ☁.com Cloud ☃.com Snowman ♋.com Cancer ♌.com Leo ☪.com Star and crescent ♍.com Virgo ⌨.com Keyboard ❄.com Snowflake ☮.com Peace symbol ☯.com Yin Yang ✂.com Black scissors ☎.com Black telephone

Startled: Life, Death, and Domains

Sometimes life is HARSH.

I've been surprised to learn when friends and family are gravely-ill. Each of us gets older and closer to life's end.

Here are some non-denominational memorial websites offered For Sale.



A single character; as if Startled, Oval Lips.

Death came. Loved ones Lost to Us: Rest in Peace.
In Loving Memory of John R, HGL & DDL 

Best Business Names

Building global business is tough. Don't accept a poor or third-class beginning: your efforts can fail from poor choice of name. Imagine a great healthy seed on a dry asphalt road: a better location is essential -- without nutrition it will never sprout.

It's much easier building reputation with a great name:
  • Quickly Remembered
  • Meaningful
  • Short
Among the many great names we offer for sale are the below bargains:
Fantastic name for a medical equipment or pharmaceutical firm. In Japan, characters for "ki" include equipment , and spirit or energy .
No better name for PR, advertising or media promotion!
Great name for a major electronic banking or fin-tech venture. Also:

Great for anything related to kids!
Single character 子 means child or baby in China & Japan.

STAR power! Boost value & bring unique fame to your brand.
We've many single-character .com names.
Depending on your needs, let us help you.

Fantastic if your strategy is Cutting-prices! ... or for high-end fashion design

Business in India? Over one billion people respect mystical symbol OM
Why Live Where? Places need to attract investment & tourism, and must work to keep top human resources. We've hundreds of major names promoting place appeal & branding.

Each of these powerful names could be great for a corporate project or permanent home, or can easily be configured to catch leads, forwarding elsewhere.

Even when cost of a name seems out of reach for your budget, perhaps you can swap equity, lease-to-buy, or negotiate terms. The great .com name will surely aid in building trust & attracting capital. Even when seemingly very expensive, the excellent domain can soon pay for itself.


Clever marketing hook of Target stores: Appears like a Target, with .com:

The target and .com are only shorthand, a kind of suggestion.
Target does not own such an address. But they could do.

They could own generic symbol ʘ.com
Character name = Latin Letter Bilabial
can also input as

Effective Guerrilla marketing could use this ʘ symbol,
perhaps as a key to unlock sale prices, to gain a password for
special entry to their stores, or to win limited-edition prizes.
(the symbol is somewhat arcane, how to input is unclear, so mystery deepens)

ʘ.com is just now for sale. The website is active.
It looks like an eye / bullseye, so the site markets vision aids.
Who could make better use of the symbol and its website?

ʘ.com  Bausch + Lomb

ʘ.com  Target 

ʘ.com  Minimum offer   US$25,000 Domain Sale Domains      字母.com       For Sale
Unique .com domains
For Sale
Hundreds of singles !
One character .com domains  (see below) 1字母com  /  一字母com
Languages include Chinese, Korean & Japanese  一文.com

Portable Digital Assets
Profit & Protect Your Wealth
Great Investment Diversification

·       Chinese & Japanese
·       Symbols
·       Assorted other languages
·       Korean

Only a few thousand written characters are used worldwide. The majority are Chinese, many of these same characters are used in Japanese, and most can become .com domains. Symbols and emoji also exist, although very few are allowed registration as .com domains. Only three (3) single-character ASCII domain names are allowed & operational as .com

Three single-character English-language .com exist:
Each was registered long ago and "grandfathered" - and now worth multi-million dollars.But hundreds of exist in other languages, and each can be used worldwide!Each of the International Domain Names (IDN) below can be both typed on a specialty keyboard (as used in the appropriate nation), or entered using "punycode" - an alternative input method for limited Western-language keyboards. Punycode always begins with these four characters: xn--

Single-character .com domain names are highly prestigious. Get yours now!
See our major portfolio here
Most individual domains for sale here are still priced under US$10,000 ---  Ask.

Single-character .com domains offer Global Brand Appeal

Detailed list from:

We happily work with brokers !

Single-character .com domains are extraordinarily rare & intensely attractive.
This is the only major single-character .com portfolio available anywhere.
一字母com is better than   字母com     三字母com     二字母com
    字母com is best !      一字母.com      字母.com

Great domains:  
  • investment
  • wealth protection
  • financial diversification
Unique investment portfolio also available.  Offers may change; open to prior sales; Buy NOW.


Investing in Trust

A young new company paid US$825,000 buying premium domain name

They were interviewed about the decision:   (link)

 "Fast forward one year ... each week that passes only further vindicates our decision to commit to the brand name.

We sell an intangible product and at the end of the day, we’re in the trust business. Owning has lent an extra level of legitimacy to the brand and this, in turn, has translated into sales."

Monopoly Bestowed on Verisign is Unjustified

Verisign is the huge provider of technical registry services. The grossly-profitable company has been allowed to manage the lucrative .com domain names (as well as .net, .edu, .gov, etc).

Oddly, there has been no competitive tender to determine which company is given the extremely valuable contract. Is this a recipe for corruption? Why has Verisign been bestowed a no-bid, presumptive right of renewal for their .com operations?

We hope that Verisign's position will be challenged by another operator who can provide equivalent or better services at a substantially lower price. And now Verisign is seeking to raise the annual fee they charge every owner of a .com domain.

There is substantial movement of personnel and informal contact between key private sector firms, Verisign, special-interest groups, and ICANN, the global organization charged with oversight. Each organization needs certain pivotal people, and transfers can easily generate conflicts of interest. Is there sufficient transparency and oversight to avoid fraud, nepotism, bribery and corruption? 

With the Verisign monopoly generating billions of dollars in a no-bid arrangement, it appears collusive, likely unjustified, and perhaps corrupt.

Read more:
Verisign increase of Fees Unjustified   (link)

Rely on Conglomerates? Bad Consequences

It is vital for businesses to control your own domain and web presence.

Rick Schwartz ( explains it clearly:
"While first contact may be made on social media, follow up contact should be done within the confines of your own website. It is a HUGE business mistake to allow these third parties [Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter] such control of your business and lives.

If you are opening an online business and dependent on Google for your traffic, GOOD LUCK!! Google traffic is a BONUS. Your job is to use all other sources FIRST! If Facebook or Twitter is where you conduct customer service, it's FOOLISH at best! Your #1 job is to transition them off of these platforms and to your website!

These 3rd parties are TOOLS, they are not FOUNDATIONS! The domain name is the ONLY foundation you can control on the Internet." = Opportunity

No .com domain exists using the standard single Latin letter o.

There has been talk and conjecture, and Verisign recently floated a strategy to offer for auction to benefit non-profit causes.

Some companies already are trying to do business in that space, hoping a trademark on the still non-existent address might offer some priority. The firm, Inc. seems to have USA protection for various retail goods as well as vehicles, etc. -- claiming protection in many class codes!

Intellectual property & domain lawyer John Berryhill wrote about this process ten years ago (link) - calling this trademark registration process, when the domain is unavailable, as "phony" and deserving of contempt. Firms must be cautious of infringement.

Franchising your .com

Many smaller businesses building local success have potential to sell their system to entrepreneurs elsewhere. Franchising leverages your experience into much bigger success.

But don't forget the vital importance of marketing!

Your country-code specific domain was perhaps OK in a small market, but for a wider global business, choose .com

This means good top-level cc-tld domains should be supplemented with .com

Plan for the Future!
Don't wait to get the .com additional to cc-tld domains such as .cn (China), .jp (Japan), .au (Australia), .se (Sweden), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ch (Switzerland), .kr (Korea), .in (India), etc.

We were contacted by a good business in Australia [Good Luck to them!] with great franchising potential doing business via

They were attracted to our domain, and offered a few hundred dollars. We wanted about a thousand dollars. Would adding bring them more opportunity? Sure!  But we've been unable to do a deal.

We continue to believe can be flagship brand for a global chain of Korean restaurants. Our digital asset (domain) reflects powerful spiciness of a Korean kitchen! Our early position provides advantage to promote a Korean restaurant franchise or to launch our own bistro chain.

Place Marketing: Paths to Success

Cities, towns and regions around the world compete for resources, needing to attract tourism and investment. Good places need jobs and skilled people.

Development agencies & tourist boards wanting to make their areas more dynamic must develop competitive strategies, or neighbor regions working smarter & harder will win business, taking away top resources.

A TOP WEBSITE is vital, and competitiveness demands at least a two-prong approach. You must develop a permanent base, while also building themed promotions lasting months or perhaps a few years.

Be intuitive! The permanent base must clearly convey what you do! For destination marketing & place appeal, your organization should operate from the .com at
[ Place ][ brand ] or perhaps [ Brand ][ place ]

These truly should be better developed.  Each (now) available For Sale:


International Domain Names, IDN, now allow the worldwide information access at addresses other than in English.

Great positive change! For many years, only the Romanized "abc" could be used for web addresses.

But as Korea uses .ko and China uses .cn and Japan uses .jp -- why bother to use .com ???

Surely in the case of China, millions of people read Chinese and live elsewhere. Some are not ethnically Chinese.

Use of .com de-emphasizes Chinese-origin. Take away the political dimension of using .cn in times of trade wars or territorial disputes such as over sections of the South China Sea.

Products may be made elsewhere for the Chinese market.  etc etc.

Buy the  .com  if you can!   Make Customers Happy.

Your Best Domain -- BUY NOW

Want a premium domain name?

It's an important decision for business success. Don't become fixated on cost of the domain - You must think instead of costs to not have that name.

Failing to earn $50 per day if you owned the great name:
One year loss = 365 x 50 = $18,250.

Twenty-five year loss = $456,250.  Nearly a half-million dollars!

Don't wait. Bite the bullet &  BUY your best domain NOW