Domains to Master

Domains to Master

Typo Squatter About to Get $24K or More for ‘’


What, you haven’t heard of the hip media blogging service Tubmlr (pronounced “tub-em-ler”) which caters to middle-aged singles looking for mail-order brides?

Currently, serves up a wonderful collection of spammy Google ads such as “Talk with Russian women,” “Date Sexy Russian Girls,” “Live Chat with Steamy Beauties from Across Russia. Fulfill Your Desire!” and “Mexican Ladies to Marry.” The site also offers ads for plus-size lingerie, cheap flights, Italian single ladies, and Magic/Bird on Broadway.

Wait. Our bad. That’s no blogging platform! That’s just a typo squatter hoping to catch some of the accidental traffic from bloggers who are so eager to get a Tumblr fix that their fast-moving fingers transpose a letter. And he or she is about to make some money just about the easiest way possible on the Internet. Read More

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Meanie Registrar Gives In After Yanking Nonprofit’s Domain

In what can only be a Christmas miracle, the domain registrar 1and1 has decided to return the domain to the New York City-based barter startup. Renewal notices went straight to spam, and OurGoods forgot to renew their domain name for about $9; in retaliation, 1and1 blacklisted them. The cofounders begged, but customer service wouldn’t listen: the domain had already been shuffled over to DomCollect, 1and1’s partner, for resale.

“We hope that no one buys it and I don’t know why 1and1 doesn’t want to work with us,” cofounder Caroline Woolard said at the time. “I was just telling them we are a nonprofit, it’s $9 a year, can we really just pay you $9? They say the grace period is over somehow and because we didn’t pay they want to blacklist us and just let it go up for grabs.”

But apparently persistence paid off. Out of the blue, 1and1 emailed OurGoods last week to say they could have the domain back. Read More

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Domain-Jacked! 1and1 Yanked This Nonprofit’s Domain and Blacklisted Them Over for Being Late on a $9 Renewal


is a three year-old barter network based in New York City. A nonprofit run by volunteers, OurGoods has an intensely devoted community of about 1,000 users. So, when the site accidentally let its domain name lapse, cofounder Caroline Woolard got dozens of frantic “What is going on?!” emails on a Saturday night. What happened was the usual: OurGoods neglected to pay $8.99 on time because emails from the registrar 1and1 were going to a spam folder. After the grace period expired, 1and1 shuffled the domain over to its partner, DomCollect, where it will sit until it goes up for public auction. Read More

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Etsy Is Upsetsy! Files Complaint Over,,, and


Yesterday Etsy filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum, which handles domain name disputes for ICANN, over five “EtsySucks” domains: .com, .biz, .info, .org and .net. ( is still free!) The domains appear to be owned by the former editor of the now-defunct “Unofficial Etsy News Blog” previously at, Domain Name Wire reports. Read More