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New TLDs: is it an awareness, acceptance or demand issue?
Are domain registrants not aware of new TLD options or do they just not accept them? Or is there just low demand for each .com alternative? My initial reaction to the underwhelming “out of the gate” registration numbers for new top level domain names this year was that it’s an awareness issue. 99.99% of people [R...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:29
Why Frank Schilling’s new bus ad uses http://
Otherwise, lots of people might not get to the website. Yesterday Frank Schilling tweeted this picture of a bus ad for his .sexy top level domain name: Adrian Kinderis, CEO of ARI Registry, responded asking about why the ad includes https://, and Frank Schilling explained: That lots of cell phone users need to type in […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:21
Domain name search is much improved (at some registrars)
A look at how major domain registrars are handling domain search in the wake of new TLDs. I’ve written a couple times about the state of registrar search as registrars grapple with an onslaught of new TLDs, most recently at the end of February. There’s good news for TLD registries: search is getting a lot […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 16:44
This week’s expired domain report: Got .info?
“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” That would be Coleridge — his ill fated sailor thirstily contemplating the vast seawater. But I doubt “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was the that just sold at GoDaddy Auctions for $12.8k. Aside from that archaic spelling of “rhyme̶...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:8
.Cash and .Fund each get fewer than 1,000 registrations
Slow start for the two new TLDs that launched yesterday (for which we have data.) Five top level domain names launched yesterday. Unfortunately, ICANN’s centralized zone file system only has updated zone files for two of them. .Cash gained 725 registrations to end the day with 909 in the zone file. .Fund picked up just […...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:38
Registry launches “Chinese Domain Ambassador Program”
Registry engages with customers with ambassador program. Here’s another example of a registry reaching out directly to its registrants to help promote their new top level domain name. TLD Registry, the company behind Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), has launched a its Chinese Domain Ambassador Program. T...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 13:38
Reverse domain name hijacking ruling over
WIPO panelist hands down RDNH ruling. Every once in a while I read a UDRP involving organizations in a world I simply didn’t know existed. Such is the case in The American Association of the Order of St. Lazarus, Inc. v. Thierry Villejust over the domain name The complainant was found guilty of reverse [...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:8
What domain names NASCAR and others bought at Sedo last week
NASCAR among end users buying domain names last week. Sedo sold $1.1 million worth of domain names last week, including one to NASCAR. Details of these end user domain name sales are below. You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:5
The state of the domain name industry
My views on domain parking, domain sales, registrars and registries. I’ve been collecting my thoughts on the domain name business over the past month, and it’s time to put them down in writing. Here’s what I think about the state of the domain name industry in August, 2014. Domain parking is down. Way down. But [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 15:53
Registrant of 4,000+ .email domain names faces mounting legal problems claims it registered trademark-matching .email domain names for a legitimate fair use. Most National Arbitration Forum panels have disagreed. You’ve probably never heard of before, but it is one of the biggest individual registrants of new top level domain names in a single TLD. The company registered over...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:50
Are industry-specific resellers the future of domain name registration?
Niche resellers and registrars are key for selling industry-specific domain names. Many of the new top level domain names coming to market are targeted to particular industries: .photography for photographers, .plumbing for plumbers, .solar for the solar industry. Selling these domain names through mass market domain name registrars ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:43
Porsche loses URS to planned fan site is just a parked page, but its owners claim to be creating a free site for Porsche enthusiasts. Car company Porsche has lost a Uniform Rapid Suspension cybersquatting case it brought against the San Jose, California owner of Interactiv Corporation told the URS panel that it plans to use the domain name ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:23
Donuts promoting its TLDs at Vegas fashion show (photo)
Company goes direct to customers to promote its niche domain names. “If you build it, they will come.” Not if they don’t know you’ve built it! Although there are close to 200 new top level domain names on the market, dozens of them niche domains for particular industries, very few people know about them. IR...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:24
Poker Tilt: a pro poker player (and sometimes domainer) tells his life story
Professional poker player and domain investor Dutch Boyd publishes Poker Tilt. A key reason I like the domain name industry is that I get to meet people from very different backgrounds. One of these people is Dutch Boyd, a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner who also dabbles in domain names. I met Boyd […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:33
New TLDs this week: .Bio, .Haus and an expensive Donuts domain
StartingDot and Rightside join Donuts with new top level domain name releases this week. Last week was a Donuts-only week for new TLDs. This week the mega-registry is joined by Rightside and StartingDot. On Wednesday, Rightside will launch .haus. That’s German for “house”. Expect to pay anywhere from $25-$40 for .ha...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:0
4chan loses domain name dispute with
4chan wanted to get the domain name Popular bulletin board site 4chan has lost a case it filed to get the domain name 4chan, LLC, which operates the top 1,000 site, filed the complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against back in March. has since sold its...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:44
GoDaddy amends IPO filing, reports Q2 results
Company continues to grow revenue as it heads toward IPO. GoDaddy released its second quarter financial results today through an amended S-1 Initial Public Offering filing with the SEC. Q2 2014 revenue came in at $338.5M, up from $276.0M in the same quarter of 2013 and $320.2M in Q1 2014. The net loss for the […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 18:55
A bunch of domain names sell for $1.5 million, sort of…
Domain names change hands, but not with cash. The domain names,,, and have been sold for over $1 million. Sort of. There’s a bit of a back story. The seller is SearchCore, a company that, until recently, was in the business o...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 16:40
This week’s expired domain name sales roundup
Along the way to yesterday’s $20k sale of, GoDaddy expired auctions zigzagged through some desirable addresses and took a few weird detours. Two domains that attracted me personally were the self-explanatory ($8k) and ($2.7k), which suits various privacy services and also describes a gue...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 15:12
Medical domain names all under 2,000 registrations after first day
No surprises in initial launches of four medical-themed domain names. As I previewed earlier this week, the only four domain names entering true general availability this week were medical-themed domains from Donuts. Here are how many domains are registered in each of the four after the first day, based on zone file numbers: .Dental ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:13

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