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WIPO panel denies UDRP on WUP.com
Complainant probably didn’t exist when domain name was registered. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP attempt on the three letter domain name WUP.com. The complaint was filed by Wengenroth & Partner, an German SEO and online marketing firm. It appears the company didn’t even exist when...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:31
Will more contested TLDs get more registrations?
Probably, but quantifying it is difficult at this point. I commonly hear that the best is yet to come in terms of new to level domain name launches. The most heavily contested applications are just getting resolved, and these represent the best top level domain names. It makes sense to me. But will this reflect […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:5
Last week’s Expired Domain Name Sales
After seeing English and Chinese jostling for king of the mountain week after week, it’s a real pleasure to see Spanish climb to that top spot, as if reminding us that it – not English – stands as the world’s 2nd most populous language (behind Mandarin). GoDaddy auctioned off the word Gustazo.com for $4.7k. If you’r...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:34
.Club raising more money, valued at $25.4 million
.Club to be valued at $25.4 million after investment. The .Club top level domain name registry is raising more funds, and the latest round will value the company at $25.4 million after the investment closes. .Club previously raised $7.5 million, with about $3.5 million of that in debt. The company is conducting two additional fundrai...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 15:11
Union Bank loses cases against gripe websites
Former customer registered ten domain names to air grievances about the bank. Union Bank has lost three domain name arbitration cases involving an upset former customer. The bank filed three separate actions covering UnionBank.me, unionbancal.co, unionbank.cc, union-bank.co, mufgunionbankna.com, unionbancalcorp.com, unionbancal.net, ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:36
A look back at November’s NameJet Sales
November for Namejet – as measured by domain auctions that closed above $2,000 – was a slow month. Just one month prior, 12 out of the 66 charted sales surpassed $10k, with the highest attaining $91.8k; but last month only 1 out of 61 sales climbed into the 5 digits. To be fair, the high end of the domain market is always the most [&...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:22
Cuba domain names take off after yesterday’s announcement
Yesterday was a good day for Rob Sequin’s domain name portfolio. Yesterday, President Obama announced renewed relations with the government of Cuba. The announcement has immediate ramifications for trade and travel between the two countries, and opens up the potential for much more. Immediately, people went to domain name regis...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:2
Johnson & Johnson pays $3.1M for .Baby, CREA $3.4M for .MLS
.Baby and .MLS new TLDs awarded. Two new top level domain names contention sets were resolved at auction today. The auction with six participants ended with a lower price than the one with just two. Consumer products company Johnson & Johnson won .Baby with a $3,088,888 bid. It beat out Google, Minds + Machines, Donuts, […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 18:28
Last week’s end user domain name sales at Sedo
Some end user sales…and some probable end user sales. Sedo handled 573 transactions last week for a total of about $1.0 million of domain name sales. This week’s end user list is shorter than usual, but that doesn’t mean there were fewer end user sales. For one thing, there are a lot of domains still […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:50
Could new TLDs have an SEO benefit in the future?
Only if it improves search results. Using a new top level domain name instead of a .com or other gTLD does not give you a benefit in Google search results. Ditto for using a .com instead of a new TLD. They’re basically the same. That’s what Google says. And it makes sense when you think […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 11:53
ICANN hacked, zone file system among victims
Hackers phished ICANN employees to gain access to systems. ICANN revealed today that its systems were compromised by a phishing attack. The attack involved emails designed to look like they came from ICANN’s own domain name being sent to members of its staff. Email credentials of several ICANN staff members were obtained. It ap...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:39
Brown Shoe Co. sells Shoes.com busines
Owners of SHOEme and OnlineShoes.com buy Shoes.com. Publicly traded Brown Shoe Co has sold its Shoes.com online business to online shoe-seller SHOEme. SHOEme operates Shoeme.ca/com and OnlineShoes.com. Hardy Capital acquired both of these companies earlier this year. In an interview with Business in Vancouver, SHOEme CEO Roger Hardy ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 15:21
See all 152 trademark apps filed by the Trademark King (at a cost of $50k!)
Guy spends nearly $50,000 on application fees to try to trademark terms such as Google.com, NCAA Final Four and Elvis.com. I’ve written a couple times about Trademark King Inc, an Indiana business that filed a lot of trademark applications matching mostly famous names and common terms. The company has filed 152 applications, ac...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:36
CompareNow.com buys Compare.com domain name
Auto insurance comparison site upgrades its domain name. Auto insurance comparison company CompareNow.com has purchased the domain name Compare.com, according to Whois records. CompareNow.com was founded by Andrew Rose, previously the chairman and CEO of Elephant Auto Insurance. If that name sounds familiar, it might be because the c...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 9:44
New TLDs give no SEO advantage and .Geo domains don’t work how you might think
Google reiterates its guidance on TLDs and search results, and also says it isn’t geotargeted .geo domains on their own. A month or two ago a couple reports came out suggesting that new top level domain names give some sort of inherent search engine advantage. I’ve gotten into the nasty habit (sarcasm) of actually reading...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 15, 2014 - 20:39
Best fake name used in a domain name scam. Ever.
I don’t think think this scammer meant to be so funny. By now, pretty much everyone has seen the Fake Trademark Protection domain name scam, sometimes called the Asian Domain Scam. Here’s how it works: A scammer, typically pretending to be an Asian domain name registrar, sends an email to the owner of a domain […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 15, 2014 - 14:3
Frank Schilling discusses new TLDs and .Com – DNW Podcast #11
Legendary domain investor Frank Schilling explains where new TLDs fit into the domain market. Last week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast was the most popular yet. With this week’s guest, we might make that happen two weeks in a row. Frank Schilling comes on the show this week to discuss why he decided to shift his […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:30
Lies, damned lies and new TLD statistics
Dig into statistics to understand how valuable they are. New top level domain name options have been out for less than a year, and everyone is clambering for data to make sense of the rollout. That includes me. I look at registration data from a number of sources, weekly sales information, usage data…basically, anything I [R...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 15, 2014 - 9:48
Some people are successfully flipping new TLD registrations
Here are some cases where new TLD registrants flipped new domains for a nice return. It’s easy to come out and say new TLDs are a waste of time for domain name investors and that you won’t make any money with them. You can point to high initial prices and registry premiums to suggest that […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 12, 2014 - 11:55
13 end user domain name sales from last week
RestaurantUniforms.com leads the list. Sedo handled 458 transactions last week for a total of about $1.0 million of domain name sales. The biggest public sale was RestaurantUniforms.com, purchased by New York uniform company Paragon Uniform & Apparel, Inc. Another notable sale was GIII.com. Although the price tag was only $5,000...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:25

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