Domains in the News

Since I started out as a domain investor, I have compiled an extensive list of articles and press coverage on domain names. Many of these articles have helped the domain industry grow a lot since the late 1990s, because they informed the general public and new investors about the many opportunities in the world of domain names. Today, there are many professional domainers making a living off domaining and there are big domain companies raking in multi-million dollar revenues. Although the domain industry still has a long way to go, it sure has matured to a great extent if you look at where it was just a few years ago. This development as well as the general importance of high-quality domain names for businesses all over the world has been documented by the articles and press reports linked to below.

Unfortunately, a few of the articles are not available on the web anymore. If you happen to find them again anywhere on the Internet, please let me know so I can add a link. Also feel free to contact me if you have recently come across an interesting domain-related article that you think might be a good addition to this list. I'm always looking to add more articles whenever possible!

[Last updated: 17/06/2010]

Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2010 to Buy Domain-Name Firm for $135M

Financial Times, June 17, 2010
A battle for online naming rights

Miami Herald, May 14, 2010
Internet domain names bring in millions at Fort Lauderdale auction

Bloomberg ( link), May 05, 2010
Bloomberg Television feature on Directi and its founder

CNN Video (, May 03, 2010
Live CNN Television Interview on IDNs

Long Island Business News, October 16, 2009
Long Island internet marketer is master of domain names

TechCrunch, October 09, 2009 Sells For $16 Million

Los Angeles Times, August 03, 2009
Mark Madsen: Clipper, ex-Laker and domain name speculator

Associated Press, August 03, 2009
NJ man is first to be charged with Web name theft

BusinessWeek, July 17, 2009
The Domain Name Business

New York Times, July 14, 2009
Brokering Peace Between Brand Owners and Domainers

Boston Herald, July 13, 2009
Key Web names seen as "free" advertising

Forbes, July 09, 2009
Get Your Internet Domains Now

Inc. Magazine, July 01, 2009
Good Domain Names Grow Scarce

CNET News, June 30, 2009
Do URLs matter anymore?

TechCrunch, June 05, 2009 Sells For A Sweet $3 Million

Wall Street Journal, March 03, 2009
How to Create a Successful Web Site For Nothing (or Almost Nothing)

TechCrunch, February 27, 2009
Toys'R'Us Buys At Auction For $5.1 Million

E-Commerce Times, January 07, 2009
Negotiating the Domain Name Thicket

Inc. Magazine, January 01, 2009
And the Money Comes Rolling In

The Deal Book (NY Times), December 15, 2008
First, the Scandal. Then the Web Site?

Wall Street Journal, December 05, 2008
What's in a Name? More and More, a Number

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (German), November 12, 2008
Top Ten der teuersten .de-Domains

Financial Times Deutschland (German), November 11, 2008
Lukrativer Handel mit Domain-Namen

Focus (German), November 10, 2008
900.000 Euro für

Forbes, November 08, 2008
Flipping For Domains

MSNBC/, July 30, 2008
Imminent Domaining

Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2008
Demand Media wags a long tail of niche websites

Globes Magazine (Israel), June 10, 2008
Realtors of the Web

Boston Globe, May 19, 2008
Is a $12m name like

The Industry Standard, May 06, 2008
The allure of the .com domain name

The Huntsville Times, May 02, 2008
Master of their domains: Mark Van Dyke owns popular military, college sports Web names

InformationWeek, April 18, 2008
Domain Name Sales Boom During Real Estate Bust

Washington Post, April 07, 2008
Building His Own Start-Up Ecosystem

Times Online, March 23, 2008
Get a good name on the web

The Observer/Guardian, March 16, 2008
Trade in web names worth millions

Boston Herald, March 14, 2008
Right domain name key to Web success for company

Investor's Business Daily, February 11, 2008
Domain Name Game Still Going Strong; Tad Less Secretive

The Christian Science Monitor, February 07, 2008
What's in a (Domain) Name? Some serious cash.

New York Times, February 01, 2008
Coins in the New Realm

International Herald Tribune, January 31, 2008
What's in a domain name? Serious money

Sydney Morning Herald, January 29, 2008
Domain king's rivers of gold

Fortune, January 25, 2008
Are domain names recession-proof?

Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2008
No slump in online real estate

Business 2.0, September 27, 2007
The Web's local mogul

Forbes, September 26, 2007
The Mixologist

Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2007
Web-Address Theft Is Everyday Event

E-Commerce Times, August 31, 2007
Domain Names: The Latest Real Estate Deals

BusinessWeek, August 13, 2007
Does Success Hinge on a Domain Name?

Red Herring, August 06, 2007 For Sale

USA Today, July 21, 2007
Internet domain names the 21st century real estate

Business 2.0, July 17, 2007
How to beat Yahoo at its own game

Forbes, June 29, 2007
The Most Expensive Web Addresses

New York Times, June 27, 2007
More Than Just Squatting (on Domain Names)

Red Herring, June 25, 2007
Domain Auctions: Heady Days (article not available)

BusinessWeek, June 25, 2007
The Domains Of The Day

Nashua Telegraph, June 22, 2007
Virtual properties paying off

New York Post, June 22, 2007
Dot.Com Sale Nets Big Bucks

Lowell Sun Online, June 11, 2007
Domain Game (article not available)

Financial Post, June 09, 2007
B.C.'s masters of their domain

Sidney Morning Herald, June 05, 2007
Masters of their domains

Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2007
How Najafi Cos. Hit The Buyout Jackpot

New York Times, May 28, 2007
Millions of Addresses and Thousands of Sites, All Leading to One

Business 2.0, May 22, 2007
The man who owns the Internet

E-Commerce Times, May 08, 2007
Don't Buy the Keyword - Buy the Domain

Palm Beach Post, March 02, 2007
Fred's Head: What's in a (domain) name? Millions (article not available)

CircleID, February 28, 2007
Domain Aftermarket Overdue for an "Asset Repricing"

USA Today, February 19, 2007
Entrepreneurs profit from free Web names, January 26, 2007
Cyberspace land grab (article not available)

CircleID, December 20, 2006
The Closing Window: A Historial Analysis of Domain Tasting

Reuters, December 14, 2006
Russian vodka maker buys domain for $3 mln

David Kesmodel, December 14, 2006 Sold for $3 Million

Austin American-Statesman, November 07, 2006
Austin firm buys site for comparing credit cards (article not available)

Forbes, October 31, 2006
Master The Domain Name Game

IT Week/, October 31, 2006
Value of generic domains questioned, October 30, 2006
Sedo Makes Another Record Domain Name Sale With (article not available)

Red Herring, October 26, 2006
There's Hell To Pay!

Washington Post, October 22, 2006
'Click Fraud' Threatens Foundation of Web Ads

BusinessWeek, October 02, 2006
Blogging for Dollars

Business 2.0, October 01, 2006
New ways to strike it rich on the Web

BusinessWeek, August 14, 2006
Valley Boys

USA Today, August 14, 2006
Google search ads find momentum

CNN Money, August 02, 2006
A domain by any other name is not the same

Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2006
All the Good Ones Have Been Taken - In Domain Names, Too

Houston Business Journal, May 19, 2006
Internet REIT nets big names

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 17, 2006
Speculating on domain names

USA Today, April 13, 2006
Sellers of Internet addresses surf for - and get - some big payoffs

Business 2.0, December 01, 2005
Master of their Domains

Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2005
Thanks to Web Ads, Some Find New Money in Domain Names

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 24, 2004
Marchex solidifies its Web presence

Puget Sound Business Journal, November 23, 2004
Marchex agrees to $164.2 million purchase of domain operator

MSNBC, July 20, 2004
Domain name sells for $2.75 million

MyBusiness Magazine (, July/August 2001
The 6:30 a.m. Domain Gold Rush (article not available)

Wired, June 01, 2001 Kicks Domain Habit

Wired, March 06, 2001 Joins Domain Scheme

Wired, November 17, 2000
Do We Really Need New Domains?

South Florida Business Journal, September 22, 2000
The king of domains

Forbes, December 30, 1999
The name says it all

BBC News, December 06, 1999
Betting on

New York Times, December 01, 1999
What's in a Cybername? $7.5 Million for the Right Address Cramer, December 01, 1999
Did Jake Winebaum Overpay for the Rights to

San Francisco Chronicle, November 26, 1999 - It's Big, It's Really Big

New York Times, August 22, 1999
Unreal Estate

Palm Beach Post, August 16, 1999
Want Web Address? Talk To The Landlord

Wired, August 13, 1999
Tadpoles Hopping onto

New York Times, August 09, 1999
Net Address Sold at Auction for $823,456

Wired, July 21, 1999
A Prescription for Riches?

New York Times, July 15, 1999
At Least Some Domain Names Draw Money at Net Auctions

Time Magazine, August 31, 1998
What's In A Name?

Sacramento Business Journal, March 16, 1998
Internet domain name sold for $100,000

BBC News, February 25, 1998
Gambling on e-future

Bill Gates, February 25, 1998
"Domania" rules the World Wide Web (article not available)

The Independent, June 15, 1997
Smart Net address nets $150,000 profit

CNET News, June 04, 1997
Domain name fetches record price

New York Times, May 12, 1997
Prototype Internet Name Is Sold for $100,000-Plus

CNET News, May 04, 1996
What's in a name?

Wired, October 1994
Billions Registered

Again, if you have recently found an interesting article about domain names or if you know of an old article not yet listed here, please send me a note so I can add it. Thanks!

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