Virtual .US Town Hall meeting takes place Wednesday
.US owners should tune in and ask questions at online event tomorrow. Neustar, the registry that runs the .US country code domain name for the United States, is holding a .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall tomorrow, April 22. The virtual town hall takes place from 1-3 PM ET and registration is required. The usTLD Stakeholder […]
Domain Name Wire - 1 hr 30 min ago
Google begins mobile search rankings shakeup
Search rankings on mobile devices are shifting starting today. Today is the day. Google has begun changing search results on mobile phones based on if sites are mobile friendly or not. According to a blog post from the company, the search rankings rollout will start today but take about “a week or so” before it […]
Domain Name Wire - 4 hr 18 min ago
.London, .NYC and new ways to calculate the success of a TLD
A deep dive into how .London and .NYC are being used. The .London and .NYC top level domain names were both launched last year and have risen to the top of new TLD leaderboards. .London currently has about 60,000 registrations and .NYC has topped 75,000 in the zone file. Does that mean .NYC is “beating” […]
Domain Name Wire - 5 hr 19 min ago
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New Domain this week: .Poker
Afilias launches .poker this week, and it is the only new TLD launch I could find. I can only find one new top level domain name on Calzone.org that’s launching this week, so it will get a little extra focus. Afilias launches .Poker on Tuesday with support from about 70 registrars. Retail pricing appears to […]
Domain Name Wire - 23 hr 22 min ago
Help! My Domain name was stolen! with Pablo Palatnik – DNW Podcast #29
What would happen if your business’s domain name was stolen? Imagine waking up one day and finding that your business’s domain name was stolen. That’s exactly what happened to Pablo Palatnik, founder of online sunglasses retailer ShadesDaddy.com. On this week’s episode, Palatnik explains how he first learned h...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 11:30
Is Amazon.com the biggest user of new domain names?
Amazon has registered a bunch of domains under new TLDs, and it’s forwarding them to pages on its website. It’s still unclear what Amazon.com’s strategy is for the many top level domain names it will soon control. But we might get a hint from examining its use of other registry’s top level domain names. Amazon...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 10:40
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Stolen domain name 608.com returned to owner in UDRP
Panel orders 608.com transferred back to its previous owner. An Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) panel has ordered the domain name 608.com be returned to its previous owner, who said the domain name was stolen from him. In the dispute, Complainant Chiu Tsen Hu said he purchased the domain name at Sedo in […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 9:35
The history of Verisign’s Internet Official contest winners
Verisign contest hits its goal in first round. Verisign has announced the first five winners in its Internet Official contest, a promotion designed to show that good .com domain names are still available. The domain names selected have interesting histories. The first five winners, who will each pick up $5,000, are: 1. ChooseYourTatt...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:50
Judge denies motion to strike UDRP cases from MySchool.com pleadings
Plaintiff asked judge to forbid information about its two UDRP losses over the same domain to be used in pleadings. United States Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson has denied a motion to strike prior UDRPs from pleadings in a cybersquatting lawsuit filed over MySchool.com. Joseph Carpenter has lost two UDRPs against the domain name M...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:9
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Google nixing domain names in mobile search
Search results replace domain name with site name. Google is making sweeping changes to its search rankings on mobile devices next week, but the search giant just introduced another pretty big change. Starting yesterday, Google began replacing the URL in search results with the site’s name and breadcrumb. The site-name-instead-...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9:15
WaterCoolers.com sells for $25.2k, and other expired domain name sales
A look back at the past week in expired domain name sales. The gossip at the water cooler this week might be WaterCoolers.com itself, which was NameJet’s top expired domain auction, selling for $25.2k. Not too far behind (at $15.1k) is the German word for “style”: STIL.com. Or is it? Perhaps it’s an acronym fo...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 13:34
20 End User Domain Name Sales
Here are 20 end user domain name sales that took place over the past week. Sedo handled 593 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1.2 million in sales. End user buyers include a webhosting company that created a shorter domain with .ch, an air conditioning company in Arizona, and a bail bond […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:4
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Donuts new TLD renewal rates range from 55% to 72%
Company releases updated figures for renewal rates. New top level domain name company Donuts has released updated renewal rates for the first 25 top level domain names it launched. Rates range from about 55% to 72%, well under the company’s predicted 80% renewal rate. (The company now says it expects rates to trend toward 80% [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:21
Sneeze.com: great brand with an interesting history
A chain of allergy doctors uses a fantastic domain name. The other day I got out of my car at a retail center and noticed this great domain name on the building next to me: Sneeze.com. This is a fantastic name for an allergy doctor! I looked up the company and found that they have […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:59
Verisign: China is trending
Chinese terms dominate trending words in .com registrations last month. Much of .com’s growth has been fueled by Asia recently, and the top trending keywords in .com and .net from last month bare this out. Verisign released numbers on March yesterday: It appears that 7 of the top 10 trending terms in .com are in […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:5
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Which new TLDs are performing best on the resale market
.Club is a top seller. NameBio, a domain sales data site, published details this morning about which new top level domain names are selling best on the aftermarket. Here are the top 5 based on publicly-reported sales, ranked by dollar volume: You can see the full chart here. NameBio’s Michael Sumner provides a number of […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 9:19
Google’s mobile deadline one week away
Search results on mobile devices to change one week from today. Most people in the United States are making a last minute push to complete taxes, but another deadline is quickly approaching for website owners. April 21 — just one week from now — is the date that Google will change its search results on […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 15:3
New TLDs this week: .Fashion, .Garden and .FRL
Minds + Machines launches two more domain names and another geo domain name goes live. Three top level domain names enter general availability this week, including a geographic domain. .FRL launches on Tuesday. This domain name stands for Friesland, a part of the Netherlands. The domain is targeted to the Frisian people as well as [&...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:24
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.Promo and other TLDs headed to auction
Auction group hopes to sell .Promo and other TLDs at June auction. Innovative Auctions Ltd. is holding another auction to “resell” already-contracted top level domain names. The next auction will take place June 4 and will feature .Promo. Play.PROMO Oy has entered into a contract with ICANN for the top level domain name b...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:6
Bring out the Pinata: Fiesta.com UDRP fails
Panel rules domain name not registered in bad faith. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found in favor of the owner of the Fiesta.com domain name in a UDRP, although just one of three panelist found the complainant to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. Dean & Simmons, Sàrl and Heintz Van Landewyck [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:29
Domain investing success story with Michael Castello – DNW Podcast #28
Michael Castello’s twenty year journey in domain names. Michael Castello, CEO of Castello Cities Internet Network, discusses the amazing story of how he got into the domain name business and picked up great domains like Nashville.com and Whisky.com. Like many early domain name investors, he stumbled upon domain names when life ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:30
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WIPO panel finds chemical company engaged in RDNH
Panel determines that company submitted “selective and incomplete story”. A three person WIPO panel has found NH Resources LLC of Texas to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name No-Heat.net. It’s a bizarre case in which the parties have already been embroiled in lawsuits, there are allega...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 10:27
Brands missing the mark with .Sucks defensive registrations
Knee-jerk reaction doesn’t make sense and leaves companies vulnerable. I’m not a fan of .sucks business model. I’m not a fan of charging big brands a premium to protect their brands with the veiled threat of someone creating a gripe site against the company. At the same time, I’m a bit flummoxed at the knee-je...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 10:17
See which new top level domain names are deleting
Check out which domains people are letting go. Want to take a second stab at domains registered under new top level domains a year ago? Curious what types of domain names people are giving up on after a year? Domain Punch has a new section that shows which domain names were deleted from the zone […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 9:26
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Big brands register .Sucks as ICANN asks FTC for review
Oprah, Apple and Microsoft among companies paying to protect their brands. Intellectual property interests and brands owners are upset about the .sucks domain name and its pricing, but many big brands aren’t taking chances even as ICANN asks government regulators to review it. .Sucks registry Vox Populi continues to advertise w...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:16

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