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Afternic Sales Network Expands With New Partner in China - .ME Builds Community With New Loyalty Program & Whizzbangs Blog Opens Social Network for Domainers

Expansion seems to be the order of the day. Domain aftermarket powerhouse Afternic, the .ME Registry and Michael Gilmour's Whizzbangs Blog have all announced new developments in their continuing growth.

Afternic's aftermarket domain sales platform (often referred to as the Afternic DLS - for Domain Listing Service) continues to add muscle. Afternic (who was recently acquired by Go Daddy) announced a new partnership

with Xinnet, the second-largest domain registrar in China (Afternic's fastest growing market). The agreement puts Afternic's vast selection of fast-transfer domain names in front of Xinnet's huge base of customers.

Bob Mountain
Chief Revenue Office, Afternic

Afternic's Chief Revenue Officer, Bob Mountain, said  “Adding Xinnet to the lineup brings a great selection of domain names to business and individuals in China who are looking for their ‘just right’ name. Afternic is focused on making the domain name aftermarket seamless and easy to access for users around the globe. We created the Domain Listing Service and the Fast Transfer network to remove the complexity of buying a domain on the aftermarket. Our goal is to give customers the same experience if they’re purchasing an aftermarket name or registering a primary domain name.” 

The Afternic DLS Network now has over 120 members, most who use Afternic’s Fast Transfer system. Fast Transfer eliminates lengthy escrow and transfer processes, giving customers the domain name they want within seconds of making the purchase.

Meanwhile, .ME has introduced a  .ME Loyalty Program, a platform designed to connect all .ME users into one community and reward them with perks and prizes, including T-shirts, domain name and hosting packages, gift card vouchers and more. They posted a special walkthrough video at YouTube to illustrate how it works.

The concept consists of these three basic steps:

  1. Sign up at the Loyalty Program page

  2. Perform fun actions to collect points

  3. Redeem rewards


For more information about the platform and program, .ME invites you to follow their social media channels and keep an eye out for announcements at FB.ME/domainME, as well as on the #domainME hashtag. Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry, said, "We are looking forward to being able to give back to our outstanding community. Become a part of it today and help us make the Internet more personal!" 

To learn more about the .ME Registry, developing a .ME business idea, some clever uses of the .ME domain or to simply find out how to register a .ME domain name, you can visit http://www.Domain.ME

Michael Gilmour

Most of our regular readers know or know about domain industry veteran Michael Gilmour, the founder of domain monetization company ParkLogic.com and author of WhizzbangsBlog.com, who was profiled in our November 2008 Cover Story

Michael, who knows the domain monetization business as well as anyone on the planet, has just rolled out a major new feature at WhizzbangsBlog - the addition of a social network dedicated to domain investors. It should open up a lot of new opportunities to expand your circle of  friends in the business as well as, learn and share information and knowledge with other domain asset owners.

In addition to being one of the smartest people in the business, Michael is one of the nicest, all of which makes him the right guy to guide this kind of endeavor. You can be sure he will make you feel right at home.

(Posted January 7, 2014) 

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