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 - 13 hr 19 min ago
.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 - 13 hr 42 min ago
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 - 14 hr 22 min ago
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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 - 15 hr 34 min ago
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 - 16 hr 5 min ago
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
Questionable investment: RetailMeNot spends $4.3 million for new domain names
Company has common investor with new top level domain company Donuts. Struggling Austin internet company RetailMeNot spent $4.3 million to acquire second level domain names under a new top level domain name, an SEC filing revealed. The news was first reported by OnlineDomain. While the SEC filing doesn’t disclose the top level ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 24, 2015 - 14:10
Khloe Kardashian gets her (domain) name
Khloe will get domain name registered shortly after her first TV appearance. TV celebrity Khloe Kardashian has won a cybersquatting dispute, and will soon by the proud owner of the domain name. Kardashian and her agents filed the case against the domain name with World Intellectual Property Organization nearly two...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 24, 2015 - 12:12
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Domain Development Legal Mistakes with Enrico Schaefer – DNW Podcast #47
Don’t make these mistakes when developing a domain name into a full website. Are you developing some of your domain names? You’ll want to listen to this week’s interview with Enrico Schaefer of Traverse Legal. Enrico discusses 5 things you need to do when developing a website to keep yourself out of legal hot water....
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 24, 2015 - 11:30
One domain name stock is actually up today
Endurance manages to eek out small gain so far today. The DOW opened down 1,000 points today. It has since recovered a bit, but it’s a safe bet that your stock portfolio took a hit today. One domain name stock is actually bucking the trend. Shares of Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) are up $.12 […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 24, 2015 - 10:29
Get .online this week…
Radix releases a big new top level domain name this week. One of the most anticipated top level domain names of the entire new top level domain name program is releasing in general availability on Wednesday. Radix’s .online will exit Early Access and revert to regular pricing on Wednesday. On day 5 of early access, […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 24, 2015 - 9:35
*** Click to list your domain for sale at CAX *** snags $36k bid at Sedo
Lots of three letter domain names on auction at Sedo. Three letter .com domain names continue to command top dollar. The domain name has a $36,000 bid at Sedo. It’s in an auction that ends around 1 am EDT tomorrow morning. With just one bidder, this was likely an offer that was pushed to […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:57
Philip Morris takes down gripe sites in sloppy cybersquatting decision
Tobacco company convinces arbitration panelist to hand over domain names used to criticize it. Philip Morris has won another cybersquatting complaint against a long time nemesis. The company convinced a single member National Arbitration Forum panelist that David Delman should hand over six domain names he used as gripe sites about s...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 17:18
Roundup: Analyzing 100+ expired domain name sales
Joseph Peterson analyzes the past week of expired domain name sales. Among expired domain auctions, NameJet’s top seller last week was ($8.6k), a name formed from 2 keywords that are each nTLDs in their own right: .GREEN and .BUSINESS. The name can be read as “environmentally friendly”; but “...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 14:34
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Here are the Exhibit and Witness lists for the Verisign v. XYZ trial
Lists will hit home in the domain name industry. Verisign’s lawsuit against, LLC and Daniel Negari continues to move forward at full speed, thanks to the “rocket docket” in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia. Both parties have submitted their proposed exhibit lists and witnesses for the trial. ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:31

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