Expired Domain Report: Carol.com, Pranksters.com and more Deck the halls! Carol.com, which GoDaddy sold for $20.8k this past week, may be one of the best brand names for the Christmas season. Either that or some woman named Carol ought to be immensely flattered! Another dictionary-word .COM, Pranksters.com reached $7.1k. It’s not hard to imagine a “Pranksters” show based o...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:49
SC Johnson plays tricks to limit consequences from Off! Botanicals recall Information about recall is on a non-descript domain with a restricted robots.txt file. SC Johnson, maker of Off! bug sprays, is recalling certain 4 oz bottles of its OFF! Botanicals Insect Repellent. It’s undertaking some website and search engine tricks to limit the long term consequences. Although SC Johnson is publicizing t...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:14
.Club first new TLD to reach 100,000 paid registrations Marketing efforts pay off as .Club crosses milestone. .Club sent out a press release this morning touting that it has now sold 100,000 domain name registrations — the first new TLD to reach this milestone. .XYZ and .Berlin have more registrations, but most of their registrations were given away for free. What was .club’s ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 29, 2014 - 9:39
The next 50 days will be important for new TLDs Big launches make the next 50 days a key period for new top level domain names. A lot of new top level domain names have come to market already. Some have flown out of the gate, others are growing modestly, and some have stalled. In my opinion, the next 50 days will be an important […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:19
This week’s new TLDs add between 50 and 10,000 domains on first day One domain is off to a quick start, the others not so much. Seven new top level domain names launched this week. By far, .Hamburg for the city of Hamburg was the most registered domain name. (Ironically, this is the one new TLD launch this week that I missed in my weekly preview.) There are […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:3
UDRP: Girls Do Porn, but company Doesn’t Do Trademarks well Company runs site that is rather descriptive of its services. BLL Media Holdings has lost a UDRP it filed against Infinitoria Ltd over the domain name GirlDoPorn.com (in which “girl” in singular). The complainant purports to run the site GirlsDoPorn.com (in which “girls” is plural). BLL failed to show the Worl...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:18
Christine Jones’ gubernatorial bid ends in primaries Former GoDaddy exec places third in Republican primary. Christine Jones, former general counsel for GoDaddy, lost her bid to become the next governor of Arizona in the Republican primary yesterday. Doug Ducey, current Arizona treasurer and former CEO of ice cream franchise Cold Stone Creamery, took 37% of the vote in the primary. Jon...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:45
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:55
App maker spends $80k to drop “app” from domain name Ridescout pays big bucks for shorter domain name and other end user domain name purchases. The .app domain name is coming. Until then, many app makers have plugged “app” onto the end of their domain names when they can’t get the .com domain that matches their app name. Does the domain name still matter for […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:46
Rightside signs new Google domain parking agreement Company says material terms are “substantially similar” to the prior agreement. Rightside, parent company of eNom and domain parking platform HotKeys, has signed a new domain name parking agreement with Google. In an SEC filing, the company stated that the agreement is similar to the one it replaces: In general, the mater...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 17:7
One of the worst domain names. Ever. We lost some vowels along the way. Good luck finding us. I’ve seen a lot of bad domain names in my day. There was the women’s site sk-rt.com (it’s cute for skirt!). Then there was some made up name like schmoop or shloop or something like that. (It’s in my archives somewhere, but it was […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 16:20
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 13:49
Why your new TLDs won’t work well with domain parking (yet) Domain parking ads don’t consider the full meaning of a domain name that spans the dot. A couple weeks ago Donuts launched the .cash top level domain name. This got me thinking about domain parking. I’ve owned a few .com domain names with the term “cash” in them. When they got clicks, they were high […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:30
Quickly find the top websites built on new TLDs Two tools show you which sites built on new TLDs are gaining traction. A key for the long run success of each new top level domain name is usage. Which TLDs are getting traction with actual end users? Two tools based on Alexa data can help you find out. Softnik, creator of Watch My Domains […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 9:41
Domain name registration and the Paradox of Choice Offering too many choices might lead to more abandoned shopping carts. One of my favorite books is Barry Schwartz’s The Paradox of Choice. The premise of the book is that more choice doesn’t necessarily mean more satisfaction. It can lead to regret, dissatisfaction, and indecision. The book references a report by Columbia...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:6
Domain name investor sentenced to jail for tax fraud Australian man was active on domain name forums. A domain name investor who was active on various domain name forums has been sentenced to jail for defrauding Australian tax authorities. Michael Purse spent tens of thousands of dollars buying expired domain names, District Court Judge Steven Millsteed said. The judge said Purse got $...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:4
This week in new TLDs: $150k/domain? Plus .black, .hiv, and .creditcard Pull out your .creditcard. This week will be an interesting one for new top level domain names: Afilias takes a different tact on .color domains, an EAP with a $150k price tag, Donuts raises the bar with .creditcard, and the first “social cause” TLD launches. Tuesday Following on the lackluster launches of .red, .pink and...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:3
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