at $19.5k and other expired domain name sales
Joseph Peterson’s weekly roundup of expired domain name sales. China is back with ($19.5k) foremost among expired domain sales at NameJet. These days any attracts bids, whatever the letters; yet this domain ought to be classified as meaningful Pinyin rather than as an acronym or an arbitrary 4-letter string. I...
Domain Name Wire - 13 min ago
DomainApps to eliminate content sites, become just a parking company
Company created to challenge domain parking is now just a domain parking company. It has come full circle. DomainApps, which came to life as WhyPark and an alternative to domain name parking, will now become just a parking company. The company sent an email to customers this morning stating that it will discontinue content sites [...
Domain Name Wire - 1 hr 54 min ago
eBay at 20 and the difficulty of building a market
Building a marketplace is hard, even in the domain name business. It’s crazy to think that it’s been 20 years since the first auction on eBay (then AuctionWeb). 20 years! So much has happened since then when it comes to the internet. eBay created a market of buyers and sellers, much like the two predominant […]
Domain Name Wire - 2 hr 21 min ago
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.Online is fastest to 50,000 registrations
New domain name hits 50,000 registration milestone in record time. People continue to register .online domain names in droves. According to .Online registry Radix, .online is the fastest new domain to reach 50,000 registrations (excluding registries that gave away free domains). It took just 7 days to reach the milestone. According t...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 12:37
What domains Under Armour and other companies bought last week
Under Armour wants you to Rule Yourself. Under Armour is getting ready to move into its new Austin office. It also has a new domain name in its portfolio. The company was one of many that bought domain names at Sedo this past week, led by at $25,000. Read about these domain name purchases […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 12:19 Verisign did a “blatant bait-and-switch”
Company doesn’t want to provide accounting information to Verisign. is fighting back against a Verisign request for more information about how the registrar accounted for .xyz domain name registrations. Verisign is suing .XYZ for false advertising after .XYZ boasted about its registration volume — which Verisign a...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:14
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Here comes .Sex
Trademark holders can now claim domain names ending in .sex. ICM Registry has started the sunrise for its latest adult-themed domain name, .sex. .Sex joins .xxx, .adult and .porn in the company’s stable of top level domain names. As with .adult and .porn, there will be a unique Sunrise B and Domain Matching period. The […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 9:18
Hot in August: Top 5 Stories on Domain Name Wire
A look back at the past month in the domain name biz. It’s back to school, cooler weather and domain name conference season… But before that, August was a news-making month for the domain name industry, in particular the .xyz domain name. I wrote multiple stories on some of the hotter topics, so I’ve grouped […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:30
6 domain name company stocks are up so far this year
A good year for domain name stocks, especially compared to the broader market. Down market? Not for many domain name companies that have seen their stock prices jump quite a bit so far this year. As of the close of trading yesterday, six of the domain stocks I track are up. Just three are down, […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 10:11
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Company tries to emulate Chinese TM domain scam, fails miserably
The trademark domain name scam is one of the oldest in the book. A registrar from China emails you, saying that someone is trying to register domain names very similar to your trademark or existing domain names. They’re checking with you as a courtesy to see if you’d like to register the domains first. Although […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:33
.XYZ seeks to dismiss Verisign’s expert testimony
New TLD company claims some expert testimony should not be allowed. .XYZ is asking the court to dismiss expert testimony from four expert witnesses in Verisign’s false advertising lawsuit against the new top level domain company. Some of the court filings are heavily redacted, leaving out the juicy details many in the domain na...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:10
Giving .Love to new TLDs with Christa Taylor – DNW Podcast #48
New domain name consultant Christa Taylor discusses the current state of new top level domains. Christa Taylor runs new top level domain name consulting firm Dot TBA, which has assisted a number of new TLD applicants with their financial projections. She’s also currently involved with the launch of the .Love top level domain. C...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 31, 2015 - 11:30
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This week: .Amsterdam, .Fans, .FYI and .MBA
New domain names become available Tuesday and Wednesday this week. A handful of new domain names are hitting domain registrars’ shelves this week. On Tuesday, .Amsterdam enters general availability. There is a fairly limited list of domain name registrars on, but 101Domain is offering them for $41.99. On Wednesday...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:18
Pheenix to offer $13.99 domain name backorders
Already inexpensive drop catching service to offer cut rate pricing as it boosts number of registrars. Expired domain name backordering service Pheenix is offering a new tier of expired domain backorders at just $13.99 per domain. The new “Super Saver” backorders be usurped by any standard Gold backorders. The Gold backor...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 31, 2015 - 9:47
This week’s Expired Domain Name Report
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in expired domain name sales. Turns out this is my 100th article for Saying “Domain.TLD sold for $$$ because ???, implying Blah” – that’s the easy part. What’s tricky, as a writer, is finding ways to vary that sentence 50 times in a row without going nu...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:27
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GoDaddy introduces two factor authentication outside U.S.
Security tool expanded to 185 countries. Non-U.S. customers of GoDaddy can now activate two-factor authentication to add security to their accounts. The service has been available in the U.S. for several years, and international customers have been asking for it. The SMS-based system sends a text message to customers after they enter...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:58
.Online domain name registrations by the numbers
A look inside .Online’s strong debut. By all accounts, .Online had a great first day yesterday. It got over 30,000 registrations. Its overnight zone file now sits at about 35,000 names. I dug through the zone file to look for patterns. Here’s what I found… Here are three companies that registered a lot of domains. [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:43
Progressive Specialty Glass Company nailed for RDNH
Company fails to even make a prima facie of lack of rights or legitimate interest. Specialty drinkware company Progressive Specialty Glass Company has engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. National Arbitration Forum panelist Darryl C. Wilson came to this determination after the glass company filed a UDRP against Progressive Speci...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:56
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Cha-ching: Minds + Machines picks up another $3.5 million from losing auctions
New TLD company reaps millions from losing .art and .data auctions. New top level domain name company Minds + Machines has padded its bank account with another $3.5 million as a result of losing two more top level domain auctions. The company got the money from losing private auctions for .art and .data. Minds + […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:16
.Online gets 28,000 registrations in first 30 minutes
New domain name likely sets launch record for new domain names. The new .online top level domain name received over 28,000 registrations in the first 30 minutes of general availability today. It now has over 30,000 registrations, including 1,130 high priced registrations during the early access period. In addition to being a very pop...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 13:41 hires Aaron Kvitek to lead marketing
Former VP will lead marketing for domain investing tools provider. Former VP of Marketing and Communications Aaron Kvitek has joined, which is best known for its domain name parking optimization service. Kvitek was most visible in the domain name business for his work on’s DomainFES...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 11:54
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18 end user domain name sales including a .Science domain name
End user domain name sales from the past week. You are getting sleepy…very sleepy…you will visit Domain Name Wire several times a day and visit the advertisers’ sites… Oh, excuse me. I’ve gotten carried away after writing about selling for $3,000 to an end user this past week. Sedo had a...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 9:17
Domainers might want to check unclaimed money databases
I found some money waiting for me from a domain name company. You’ve probably seen promotions from your state for its unclaimed funds databases. States maintain a database where you can claim money owed to you, such as a utility deposit refund, forgotten bank accounts, insurance premiums, etc. I saw an ad for Texas’ uncla...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:26
Amazon wins: .Shop and .通販 not confusingly similar after all
Duh. Are the top level domain names .shop and .通販 likely to confuse a reasonable internet user? Certainly not visually. Nor aurally. They also don’t mean the same thing. According to fluent Japanese speakers, 通販 used to be the term for catalog/mail order shopping, and later encompassed online shopping. Yet panelist Robert Nau f...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 9:32
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.Club’s approach to expired domain names
An example of how one new top level domain registry is releasing its expired domain names. Last week, .Club domain names that were registered at the beginning of general availability over a year ago started dropping. The company reported a 75% day one renewal rate. It hasn’t published rates post day one, but that’s certai...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 9:14

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