Rightside stock up 50% this year
Shares rebound from tough 2014. 2014 was miserable for owners of Rightside stock. Its shares sank 58% from $15.82 after being spun off from Demand Media to $6.72 at the close of 2014. Ouch. 2015 is seeing a big reversal. Shares opened today at $10.11, up 50% from the January 2 open of $6.76. The […]
Domain Name Wire - 2 hr 40 min ago
Why Donuts is revealing domain name renewal rates
By predicting and revealing renewals, Donuts hopes to get registrars and domain name investors on board. Donuts has posted an update on its renewal rates, showing an overall 68.4% rate after ten days. The update also highlights a reason Donuts predicted its renewal rates ahead of time and has continuously revealed its rates now that ...
Domain Name Wire - 2 hr 59 min ago
Royal Caribbean files lawsuit to capture typos
Cruise line goes cruising for typos. Cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against two typos of its RoyalCaribbean.com domain name. The two domains — RoyalCaribean.com and RoyalCarribean.com — forward to another domain name that is a lead gen site for cruises and is branded with “R...
Domain Name Wire - 19 hr 28 min ago
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Tips to Sell More Domain Names with Jeff Gabriel – DNW Podcast #26
Sell more domains with these expert tips. Want to sell more domain names? Jeff Gabriel, VP of Sales for DomainNameSales.com, has sold many domains (including some record-breakers). He shares tips for how to sell more domain names in this episode of the Domain Name Wire Podcast. Many of the tips are universal and can be […]
Domain Name Wire - 22 hr 53 min ago
UPS.com expires in 9 days
UPS and other big companies have domain names expiring soon. OK, so they surely have auto renew turned on. But isn’t this cutting it close? UPS’ main domain name UPS.com, the one it uses to run its company, expires on April 8 and hasn’t been renewed yet. UPS isn’t the only big company with a […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:1
Tips to Sell More Domain Names with Jeff Gabriel – DNW Podcast #26
Sell more domains with these expert tips. Want to sell more domain names? Jeff Gabriel, VP of Sales for DomainNameSales.com, has sold many domains (including some record-breakers). He shares tips for how to sell more domain names in this episode of the Domain Name Wire Podcast. Many of the tips are universal and can be […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:30
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Chehadé : It was just a misunderstanding
ICANN CEO explains domain “hogging” comments made during the Davos Annual Meeting. ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé has responded (pdf) to a letter from Internet Commerce Association (ICA) regarding domain “hogging” comments he made in a Huffington Post interview. In a video interview with Huffington Post in January, Ch...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9:55
Interesting UDRP: FIMO.club
Potential use as a fan site for a product saves domain name for respondent. A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP filed by Staedtler Mars GmbH for the domain name FIMO.club. Staedtler Mars GmbH sells a clay called FIMO that’s apparently popular with hobbyists. The respondent was an una...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9:40
IPC asks ICANN to halt controversial .Sucks domain name roll out
Calls it “predatory, exploitative and coercive” and points out bizarre contract with ICANN. The Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) is asking (pdf) ICANN to halt Vox Populi’s roll out of the .sucks top level domain name, calling the registry’s unique pricing “predatory, exploitative and coerciveR...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 27, 2015 - 17:1
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Evaluating domain names on ValPak coupons
The majority of advertisers in a ValPak coupon mailer include a web address on their ad. I recently analyzed a coupon mailer I received to see if local businesses are promoting their websites in advertisements. Today I tore open a ValPak mailer to see if the results would be similar. They were, with some slight […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:27
Optilead Ltd. engaged in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
WIPO panel determined UK company filed domain name dispute in bad faith. UK company Optilead Ltd has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Optilead.com. Optilead Ltd uses the domain name Optilead.co.uk for its shopping cart abandonment services. According the the World Intellectual Property ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9:58
NameJet Expired Domain Name Review
Joseph Peterson takes a look at recent expired domain name sales at NameJet. NameJet’s 2 top-performing expired domain auctions from the past week overlap with stories in the news elsewhere. KYTE.com ($5.3k) brings to mind a UDRP filed against KITE.com, which was just reported 4 days ago. Are the events related? NameJet’s...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:10
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.Ping fetches $1.5M at auction, .Srl goes for $400,000
Two two-way races for new top level domain names have been settled. Two top level domain name contention sets were settled in auctions yesterday. Golf company Ping (Karsten) won .Ping for $1,501,000. It was in contention with Radix. Thus, .Ping will become a .brand instead of a generic domain name. InternetX won the auction for [R...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:14
Are you surprised by Donuts’ renewal rates?
Latest day was 61%, but it might be too early to draw conclusions. New top level domain name mega-registry Donuts has been blogging daily renewal rate data for its first domain names released nearly 14 months ago. The most recent data show a 71% renewal rate for the 37,857 Donuts domain names that have exited […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:44
17 End User Domain Name Sales
ccTLD owners, a bank and plastic company all make purchases at Sedo. Sedo handled 674 domain name transactions last week for $1.2 million in sales. 56% of sales were buy-now prices, which is a bit higher than usual. There were a number of good sales, including a handful of ccTLD owners that bought the matching […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:2
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Heritage Auctions accepting submissions for summer domain name auction
Auction house will hold another exclusive auction this summer. Heritage Auctions is planning another live domain name auction for early this summer. The format will be similar to one it held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in February. It will be limited to about 30 high value domain names, primarily .com. It […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 9:14
Survey says .Com performs better than new TLDs
Survey says that people more likely to click and recall .com domain names. Interbrand, ostensibly on behalf of Verisign, has released an infographic showing results from a 1,000 person survey about the power of .com. The survey shows that people click on domain names ending in .com more than those in new TLDs. Consumers were […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 18:21
The state of local domain names…based on a coupon book
Almost all local businesses advertising in a coupon book included a website on their ad. How many local companies promote their websites in ads, and what kind of domain names do they use? A coupon book I received in the mail recently gives insight, even though it’s a fairly small sample size. I opened up […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 15:32
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This week’s new TLD launches: .Green and .Tires
.Green finally comes to fruition this week. Two new top level domain names are available to the public this week. .Green went live this morning and is available at a number of registrars. .Green domain names are available to everyone. Pricing at the three registrars I checked is between $60-$80 for the first year. Earlier […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:10
.Ping and .Srl domain names to be settled Wednesday
Two top level domain names head to the auction block on Wednesday. Auctions to settle contention sets for the .Ping and .SRL top level domain names will take place on Wednesday. The so-called “Auctions of Last Resort” will take place because one of the applicants didn’t want to settle the set in a private auction. [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:27
How Major League Baseball can Boost New Domain Names
If it actually uses its new TLDs, Major League Baseball can have a profound affect on awareness of new domain names. On today’s Domain Name Wire Podcast, Michael Berkens discussed some of the recent new top level domain name auction results. One that I think is interesting is .Baseball, which was won by Major League […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:32
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2 interesting new TLD-related videos
.Rocks, not .com, and .XYZ. I don’t have any cute cat videos to share with you this Monday, but I have a couple new top level domain name-related YouTube videos might interest readers. In the first one, one of the ten-year-old members of music band V² explains that their website is vsquared.rocks. Not .com, his […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:48
New TLD Auction Results with Michael Berkens – DNW Podcast #25
What do the winners and losers of new TLD auctions mean for the program? Google, Amazon, Donuts…lots of big companies are duking it out in auctions to control top level domain names. The results include a lot of surprises. On this week’s show, fellow blogger and new TLD consultant Michael Berkens talks about who’s w...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:38
Donuts first new domain names are starting to drop…
Donuts’ first domain name registrations are starting to drop. Donuts is releasing renewal numbers for its new TLDs daily as the first batch of names exit the auto-renew grace period. Yesterday, Donuts COO and Co-Founder Richard Tindal blogged results for the 6,352 Donuts domains that exited the grace period as of Saturday. Of t...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:56
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Weebly introduces program for domain name registrars and hosts
Reseller program allows hosts and registrars to offer Weebly website builder tools. Website builder Weebly launched a new program for domain name registrars and webhosts today, enabling them to offer Weebly’s website creation tool to their customers. NameCheap and Endurance International Group (which owns a number of hosting co...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:0

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