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Should new TLD registries sell directly to consumers?
New TLD registries might need to go direct to consumers in addition to the existing registrar channel. There has been an established channel for gTLD domain name registrations for a long time. The registries offer domains to registrars, who in turn sell them to people like you and me. This channel has been mandated in […]
Domain Name Wire - 2 hr 9 min ago
Donuts aims for Million domain name milestone this month
Customers have registered 960,000 second level domain names under Donuts’ domain names. Donuts, the largest registry for new top level domain names, hopes to sell its millionth domain name registration this month. The company’s latest newsletter pegs its total registrations at 960,000 across 147 top level domains. That...
Domain Name Wire - 3 hr 13 min ago
Warning: do you know where your parked domain traffic is going?
Zero click traffic may lead to scam and installer sites. “Zero click” monetization for parked domains, in which domain traffic is forwarded to another site rather than landing on a page full of ads, is nothing new in the domain name industry. In recent years, though, more parking companies have integrated with zero click ...
Domain Name Wire - 20 hr 39 min ago
Times have changed: GoDaddy CEO to speak at women in computing event
CEO of company known for sexy commercials to speak on panel at women in computing conference. GoDaddy’s CEO is speaking on the “Male Allies” panel at next week’s Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event. Let that soak in for a moment. Such a role for a GoDaddy CEO would not [&#...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:17
20 end user domain name sales
A list of 20 end user domain name sales on Sedo last week. Sedo sold about $1 million worth of domain names last week and many of them were to end users. Some new TLDs changed hands, including .parts and .audio domains. The company that bought a .audio uses a .digital domain for its main […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:8
Company pays $25k to resolve lawsuit stemming from UDRP
Domain name owner that sued after losing UDRP settles for $25,000 (not including the domain). Companies that file long shot UDRPs with the hope of scoring a great domain name, take note. An Austin company has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against it after it initiated a UDRP case. And the […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:24
How to selectively assign sales leads on allows you to handle the sales inquiries you want and send the others to brokers. I use (DNS) to park most of my domain names because I like using their sales platform. DNS’ platform allows you to handle purchase inquiries on your own for no fee or assign a broker to handle your […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:12
Frank Schilling has sold $12 million in domain names this year
Schilling says his domain aftermarket sales have hit $12 million for the year. Frank Schilling has sold $12 million worth of his own domain names this year, already surpassing his total from 2013. Schilling disclosed this number in an update to (DNS) clients. He said his sales platform has been the engine behind h...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 29, 2014 - 15:43
This week’s new TLDs: .Bayern, .ovh and .deals
A geo and an open .brand top level domain name launch this week. It’s a slow week again for new top level domain names, and that will be the case going forward for awhile. On Tuesday, the geo domain .bayern (Bavaria) launches. On Wednesday, Donuts releases .deals in general availability. .City will enter the Early […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:2
Sedo end user domain name sales
An aviation company and a seller of hair extensions among end user domain name buyers. Sedo handled 591 domain name transactions the week before last for a total of about $1 million in sales. The list includes a startup in Texas, a bunch of .uk purchases, and a company buying a .berlin domain name to […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:14
Expired Domain Report: $12.5k and hundreds more
In Persian mythology, the Huma (هما) is a Phoenix-like bird — part male, part female — that lives “its entire life flying invisibly high above the earth, and never alighting on the ground”. Its shadow falling on one’s head would foretell kingship. This meaning probably did not inspire the $11.5k sale of ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:31
UDRP filed against, and it might be interesting
Dispute might be over business rather than cybersquatting. A UDRP was filed against the generic domain name yesterday, and this domain has an interesting history that suggests the issue might be bigger than cybersquatting. The domain was previously owned by, a company that is selling off its assets through “a ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:9 acquires escrow service
Escrow service that launched this year is gobbled up by largest online escrow company. For the past year, the number of online escrow companies targeting the domain industry has grown considerably. It’s about the shrink by one. announced today that it has acquired from Thought Convergence. This is Thought ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:46
Top Level Design wins .design contention set
Hotly contested top level domain name goes to Portland company. The .design top level domain name will be run, fittingly, by Top Level Design. Top Level Design beat out six other applicants in a private auction to win the domain. Given the number of applicants, I suspect the final price for the domain was near […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:3
Mike Robertson joins DirectNic as Business Development Director
Australian who co-founded Domain Guardians to move to U.S. for role. DNC Holdings (DirectNic) announced today that it has hired Mike Robertson as Business Development Director. A familiar face (and Australian accent) at domain conferences, Robertson previously co-founded Domain Guardians. Domain Guardians started as a sort of estate ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 13:2
Apple iOS 8 tip #10: selecting TLDs from the keyboard
Millions of iOS 8 users are being reminded about how to quickly insert .com using the iOS keyboard. I made the switch from Android to iOS last week with the iPhone 6. iOS 8 has a “tips” app that pushes a new usage tip to you every few days. It’s helpful for someone like me […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:53
Spamhaus wins in UDRP, but it won’t get the domain right away
Domain name is part of Ondova portfolio tied up in courts. A UDRP panel has awarded anti-spam group The Spamhaus Project the domain name, but the group won’t be able to use the domain any time soon. The domain name is registered to Ondova Limited Company and is part of a domain name portfolio […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:33
SEO’s say expired domains are being targeted by Google
Some people think Google is using expired domain info to track down so-called “Private Blog Networks”. About ten years ago I made a mint from expired domains. These weren’t good expired domains. They were just domains that had been used before, had lots of incoming links and nice Google juice. I’d slap up a si...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 17:53
Is Verisign’s plan for a standards group part of its patent play?
Company’s CEO disclosed creating an industry group as part of monetizing its patent portfolio. Verisign recently announced plans to organize a group called Registration Operations Association (ROA) to discuss technical aspects of domain name registration. A three part blog series proposing the group, penned by Verisign Senior D...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:2
Minds + Machines’ numbers show new TLD auctions are getting out of control
Highly contested new TLD auctions are likely ending well above $10 million. Minds + Machines put out a press release today about winning the .law and .vip domain names at auction, and the numbers in it provide hints about how much companies are paying to win private auctions for new TLDs. If my math is […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:10

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