GoDaddy’s latest patent applications
Company adds to its stack of pending patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just published a handful of patent applications filed by GoDaddy. Methods and Systems for Recommending Packages of Domain Names for Registration (application 14/500711) is a continuation of patents I wrote about earlier this month. It essentially d...
Domain Name Wire - 9 hr 27 min ago
40 End User Domain Name Sales
40 recent end user domain name sales at Sedo. During the past week, Sedo’s network sold $900,000 in domain names. The 3 highest sales were Heika.com ($300k), which is a title associated with Japanese emperors; Anker.com ($150k), the German for “anchor”; and HOOQ.com ($50k). As usual, I’ve compiled a list of 40...
Domain Name Wire - 11 hr 2 min ago
Frank Schilling defends DBAT.com in UDRP
Owner of .net domain name filed cybersquatting complaint. Baseball equipment company DBAT has lost a UDRP it filed against Frank Schilling for the domain name DBAT.com. The baseball company uses the DBAT.NET domain name. According to the decision (embedded below), DBAT originally threatened Shilling with a UDRP in 2009. It then tried...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:10
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Google: Make your website mobile friendly by April 21…or suffer
Google says major mobile search changes are coming. Unless you want to lose search traffic, you need to make your site mobile friendly before April 21. Google announced today that it will place more weight on how mobile-friendly a website is when users search from a mobile device starting April 21. The company says this […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 13:41
Google pays $25 million for .App domain
Google pays dearly for rights to control .App domain name. Google has won the rights to operate the .App top level domain name after paying what may be a record-breaking price for a top level domain name. 13 companies applied to run the .app domain name, and 12 of them were still in the running […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:48
Interesting: Minds + Machines patent app for using domain names as currency
Patent application describes a novel way to use domain names as a currency. So far, we’ve seen some innovation in how new top level domain names are distributed and sold, but not much innovation in how they’re actually used. Minds + Machines has an idea that certainly seems innovative: using domain names as a currency. [&...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:0
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Wow, how was this case not reverse domain name hijacking?
WIPO panelist drops the ball in RDNH decision. A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP complaint against the domain name alessandro.com, but failed to find the complainant guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Frankly, I’m stunned that panelist Pablo A. Palazzi did not find beauty pro...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:3
Marchex CEO steps down
A new boss at Marchex and Q4 earnings released. Marchex reported earnings today, and also announced that long time CEO Russell Horowitz has stepped down. Company co-founder Pete Christothoulou has taken over the top post. The company, which derives the bulk of its revenue from performance advertising in which customers pay for phone ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 18:2
Here’s what sold at NameJet this past week
Joseph Peterson reviews the previous week’s expired domain name sales on NameJet. China is perched at the top of our chart – same as last week. The high expired domain sale from NameJet was YuChu.com ($11.9k), which – if experience is any guide – probably has multiple meanings apart from being a proper name. In spite of its res...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:27
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New candidate for worst domain name: Sqeeqee.com
Why would you put your company at such a marketing disadvantage? I’ve written about plenty of poor domain name choices, and I have a new candidate to throw into the mix: Sqeeqee.com Sqeeqee.com is some sort of social networking platform, and it proudly just launched a cloud file hosting service called SqeeBox. How do you [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:59
GoDaddy releases earnings, picks GDDY ticker
Domain name registrar gets one step closer to IPO. GoDaddy filed an amended S-1 statement with the SEC today that revealed fourth quarter and full year 2014 financials, as well as the company’s planned NYSE stock ticker GDDY. Fourth quarter revenue at the company grew to $371.7 million, up from $356.9 million in the third [R...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 19:28
Domain Name Wire Survey is closing soon
The survey period is closing soon… The deadline for completing the 10th annual Domain Name Wire survey is quickly approaching. Complete the survey here Already, people from 25 countries of taken about 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. They’ve answered questions about: Why they chose their current domain name registrar,...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 17:17
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.Science soars to 10,000 registrations in three hours
Famous Four’s latest launch is off to a fast start. Famous Four Media launched the .Science top level domain name this morning, and registration activity has been brisk so far. At roughly three hours after launch, 9,680 .science domain names have been registered. The company expects the number to top 10,000 within the next half...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 13:1
Oh my, Verisign is actually scared of new top level domains!
Company sues .XYZ and claims its marketing is hurting .com. If you listen to any of Verisign’s quarterly investor calls, you’ll often hear analysts asking what new TLDs are doing to .com. Well, new TLDs are creating confusion, the company says. That confusion isn’t really hurting .com. Maybe .net gets caught up in t...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:55
Minds + Machines reports numbers, including $36M from auctions
Big 2014 numbers from losing auctions, but domain registration revenue starting to grow. Minds + Machines released some preliminary numbers for 2014 today. It can be summarized as: it pulled in a lot of cash from losing auctions, and registrations of its domains picked toward the end of the year as it released more of […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:19
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Expire.com launches as dutch auction for domain names
Domain name prices start at $500 and drop from there. The team behind HugeDomains, DropCatch.com and NameBright launched a new service called Expire.com today. It has nothing to do with expired domains, however. The name refers to domain name buying opportunities that are about to “expire” (i.e. end). Expire.com runs dutc...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 16:0
Quickly developing domains with Bruce Marler – DNW Podcast #21
Learn how you can quickly develop your domain names into web businesses. Want to develop your domain names into websites? Bruce Marler has done it on a number of domains. In this episode he explains his process for building out sites, including how he built a starter site on credit.club in just four hours, including […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:31
Domain Holdings sells $8.1 million of domain names in Q4
Company brokered over $30 million worth of domain names last year. Domain Holdings reported today that it sold $8.1 million worth of domain names last quarter, bringing its 2014 tally to $31.0 million. The fourth quarter number was down slightly from a strong Q2 and Q3 ($9.9M and $9.6M, respectively) but still strong compared to [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:6
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NamesCon sets dates and early bird special for 2016 show
NamesCon sets dates for 2016 and offer $199 tickets. It seems like just last month that the domain name industry converged on Las Vegas for NamesCon 2015. Oh yeah, it was last month. Yet NamesCon has already announced dates for its 2016 show, which will take place January 10-13 in Las Vegas. Tickets are 80% […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 9:21
DNW has been refreshed — take a look
The site looks similar, but it should run better. You might not notice anything different when you visit Domain Name Wire today. But under the hood, the site has been completely redone. It should now load faster and work better in more browsers, with better responsiveness for mobile devices. If you experience any glitches or […...
Domain Name Wire - Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 21:5
Guy takes third stab at MySchool.com with lawsuit
Owner of MySchool411.com really wants MySchool.com, preferably without paying for it. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. That’s apparently Joseph Carpenter’s belief. Carpenter runs the site MySchool411.com. He filed a UDRP against MySchool.com in 2010 and lost. He filed another one last year and lost agai...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, February 20, 2015 - 16:49
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So I got a call from Register.com this week…
Registrar called about a renewal, and it was strange. If you have any domain names at a Web.com registrar (Register.com and Network Solutions), you know the company is big on marketing to its customer base. You literally get one email every day from the company, promoting everything from search engine optimization to Facebook pages. ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:12
Brand.com domain name goes back on the market
Company that acquired domain name in 2013 is changing business models. The owner of Brand.com, which bought the domain name for $500,000 in 2013, is putting the domain name back on the market. ReputationChanger.com acquired the domain name in 2013 and rebranded as simply Brand.com. Now Brand.com is changing its business focus to a ne...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:34
Highlights from Rightside Q4 investor call
Domain name company Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) reported results today. Rightside reported fourth quarter and full year financials for 2014 after the bell today. The company had earnings of $1.5M for Q4, and adjusted EBITDA of $0.6M. For the year it turned in a net loss of ($1.9M) and adjusted EBITDA of ($3.1M). I just listened […...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 17:51
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gTLD Food Truck coming to Austin during SXSW
Sedo to promote top level domain name choices during SXSW. Sedo is bringing its “gTLD frozen yogurt” marketing idea to Austin next month during the SXSW conference. The company partnered with registries for a similar program during dmexco in Cologne last September. Sedo served frozen yogurt with toppings, and the toppings...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:32

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