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Interview: .Cloud top level domain winner Aruba
Aruba, which defeated Google and Amazon to win the .cloud top level domain name, discusses why it applied for the domain name and what it plans to do with it. .Cloud was one of the most applied-for top level domain names, with big names like and Google throwing their hats in the ring. Which […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:54
Wow: Nissan sells domain name to GMO for $6.8 million
GMO Internet, operator of Japan’s largest domain name registrar, has acquired the one letter domain name for JPY800 million ($6.8 million), the company announced today. Japanese car manufacturer Nissa sold the domain name, which it used to promote its Nissan Z car. GMO says it’s going to use the domain name to accele...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 21, 2014 - 9:10
Frank Schilling changes strategy for .Click launch 5 more Uniregistry domain names go into general availability next week. And for one of them, .click, Frank Schilling is taking a different strategy when it comes to holding back domain names. In previous launches, Schilling’s companies have registered thousands — even tens out thousands — of n...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 16:33
Rightside shares hit new low
Domain name company isn’t getting much love from Wall Street. Shares of domain name company Rightside have dropped 15% this week, and hit an all time low of $8.33 in trading yesterday. Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) is trading for $8.55 per share this afternoon. It’s unclear what caused the sharp drop this week. Rightside repor...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 15:39 at $20k and other expired domain name sales
Once again, China tops our list of last week’s expired domain auctions. This time it’s GoDaddy with ($20.3k), meaning … you tell me! Various working professionals share that name. (There’s a certified public accountant using, for instance.) Yet I suspect that coupling “Hua”...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 14:56
Nirvana gets domain names from Australian man who demanded $1.5 million
Panels say it Smells Like B.S. Nirvana LLC — the company that owns the intellectual property from the late grunge band Nirvana — has won control of five domain names registered by an Australian man. The company filed UDRP and aUDRP disputes against Darren Wilcox (Willcox) for the domain names, nirvanad...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:43
Dish DBS beats Google in .Dot auction, pays $700,000 for domain
Dish won a two way race to operate the top level domain name .dot. Dish DBS, the satellite TV company and owner of Blockbuster, has beaten Google in a public auction for the top level domain .Dot. It paid $700,000 for the rights to the domain name. You’re not misreading this – the domain name […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 21:38
17 end user domain name sales, including a big .Me
An antiquated technology term in .me sells for five figures. Sedo sold $1 million worth of domain names last week. While this week’s list doesn’t include as many end user buyers as the last one (at least publicly), a lot of smaller businesses bought domain names. One of the most amusing ones is at […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 13:43
GoDaddy’s DomainFinder App advances domain name selection
App makes it easier to narrow in on the best domain name. GoDaddy recently released an iOS app for finding and registering domain names called GoDaddy DomainFinder. Many of its features are similar to what you find on and other registrar sites. For example, the app lets you filter by price, TLD, and length. […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:36
How .Realtor quickly became one of the most used new TLDs
Easy-to-create starter sites fuel early usage of domain names for Realtors. About four weeks ago, the National Association of Realtors released the .realtor domain name. Ahead of the launch, I called it one of the most important launches in the nascent new top level domain name program. .Realtor has quickly shot up to the #4 […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 15:11
Google upgrades mobile-friendly sites in search results
Sites will get label, and might get a search benefit in the future. Google announced today that it is adding a “mobile-friendly” label to sites in search results, and is experimenting with using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. Over the next few weeks, Google will start adding the “mobile-friendly” ide...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:47
Guy tries to trademark one of Rick Schwartz’s domain names
This one will be interesting. This morning I was perusing recently filed trademark applications when I came across an application for When I checked the whois on the domain name, I saw that the domain was registered to domain name investor Rick Schwartz. But the company that filed the trademark was Trademark King in...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:33
UDRP rule changes coming next year to thwart “Cyberflight”
Registrars will be required to lock domain names prior to registrant finding out about UDRP case. ICANN has announced a July 31, 2015 implementation date for amended rules under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The new rules were designed to thwart a practice of “cyberflight”, in which the owner o...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 9:20
GoDaddy reports Q3 earnings in SEC filing
Revenue up nearly 25% compared to same quarter last year. GoDaddy filed an amended S-1 with the SEC today, in which it discloses its results from the third quarter. Here are some financial highlights: Q3 2014 revenue was $356.9 million, up 5.4% from Q2 and 24.7% from Q3 2013. Domain revenue kept growing, but its […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 17:36
Switching to a .brand is more expensive than you think
Make a wholesale switch from to .Brand will be expensive, and won’t give you many benefits. News over the weekend of the Government of Quebec deciding to not change its domains over to .Quebec heightens the discussion on if it makes sense for brands to switch their web presence to a .brand. If they […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 16:47
NamesCon 2015 with Jothan Frakes – Domain Name Wire Podcast
NamesCon is just two months away. Learn about the upcoming show on this week’s podcast. NamesCon returns for its second edition this January. Its inaugural show brought together 600 people from the domain name industry, making it the largest non-ICANN domain related event. On this week’s podcast, co-producer Jothan Frakes...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:42
Mike Mann and (more) economics of domain name portfolios
Washington Post article provides more data on about domain name portfolios. The Washington Post wrote about domain name investor Mike Mann yesterday, and the article sheds more light on the economics or large domain name portfolios. Really, it applies to all domain portfolios, even if you have a small one. I wrote about this topic [&...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:16 owner pays dearly for
Company pays $32,000 for and The company that owns has spent $32,000 to acquired the third level domain names and, the registry reported this morning. Freelancing site Mobile Inc bought the domain names in a deal brokered by Although it might seem like...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:49
New TLDs this week: .Quebec, .Top and .Engineer
A few new TLDs hit registrars’ shelves this week, including a large geo domain. A few top level domain names coming out in a week is the new normal, so I’m going to stop calling these “slow” weeks. Here’s a look at this week’s new top level domain name rollouts. .Quebec – Quebec gets its [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:36
Reviewing last month’s NameJet sales
Joseph Peterson takes a look at some of last month’s notable domain name sales at NameJet. If I were to tell you that, by selling 66 domains at or above the $2,000 mark during October, NameJet recorded one of its lowest monthly domain counts ever, that would be quite misleading. True, only 5 out of the […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:0

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