WaterCoolers.com sells for $25.2k, and other expired domain name sales
A look back at the past week in expired domain name sales. The gossip at the water cooler this week might be WaterCoolers.com itself, which was NameJet’s top expired domain auction, selling for $25.2k. Not too far behind (at $15.1k) is the German word for “style”: STIL.com. Or is it? Perhaps it’s an acronym fo...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 13:34
20 End User Domain Name Sales
Here are 20 end user domain name sales that took place over the past week. Sedo handled 593 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1.2 million in sales. End user buyers include a webhosting company that created a shorter domain with .ch, an air conditioning company in Arizona, and a bail bond […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:4
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Donuts new TLD renewal rates range from 55% to 72%
Company releases updated figures for renewal rates. New top level domain name company Donuts has released updated renewal rates for the first 25 top level domain names it launched. Rates range from about 55% to 72%, well under the company’s predicted 80% renewal rate. (The company now says it expects rates to trend toward 80% [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:21
Sneeze.com: great brand with an interesting history
A chain of allergy doctors uses a fantastic domain name. The other day I got out of my car at a retail center and noticed this great domain name on the building next to me: Sneeze.com. This is a fantastic name for an allergy doctor! I looked up the company and found that they have […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:59
Verisign: China is trending
Chinese terms dominate trending words in .com registrations last month. Much of .com’s growth has been fueled by Asia recently, and the top trending keywords in .com and .net from last month bare this out. Verisign released numbers on March yesterday: It appears that 7 of the top 10 trending terms in .com are in […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:5
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Which new TLDs are performing best on the resale market
.Club is a top seller. NameBio, a domain sales data site, published details this morning about which new top level domain names are selling best on the aftermarket. Here are the top 5 based on publicly-reported sales, ranked by dollar volume: You can see the full chart here. NameBio’s Michael Sumner provides a number of […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 9:19
Google’s mobile deadline one week away
Search results on mobile devices to change one week from today. Most people in the United States are making a last minute push to complete taxes, but another deadline is quickly approaching for website owners. April 21 — just one week from now — is the date that Google will change its search results on […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 15:3
New TLDs this week: .Fashion, .Garden and .FRL
Minds + Machines launches two more domain names and another geo domain name goes live. Three top level domain names enter general availability this week, including a geographic domain. .FRL launches on Tuesday. This domain name stands for Friesland, a part of the Netherlands. The domain is targeted to the Frisian people as well as [&...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:24
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.Promo and other TLDs headed to auction
Auction group hopes to sell .Promo and other TLDs at June auction. Innovative Auctions Ltd. is holding another auction to “resell” already-contracted top level domain names. The next auction will take place June 4 and will feature .Promo. Play.PROMO Oy has entered into a contract with ICANN for the top level domain name b...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:6
Bring out the Pinata: Fiesta.com UDRP fails
Panel rules domain name not registered in bad faith. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found in favor of the owner of the Fiesta.com domain name in a UDRP, although just one of three panelist found the complainant to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. Dean & Simmons, Sàrl and Heintz Van Landewyck [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:29
Domain investing success story with Michael Castello – DNW Podcast #28
Michael Castello’s twenty year journey in domain names. Michael Castello, CEO of Castello Cities Internet Network, discusses the amazing story of how he got into the domain name business and picked up great domains like Nashville.com and Whisky.com. Like many early domain name investors, he stumbled upon domain names when life ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:30
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WIPO panel finds chemical company engaged in RDNH
Panel determines that company submitted “selective and incomplete story”. A three person WIPO panel has found NH Resources LLC of Texas to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name No-Heat.net. It’s a bizarre case in which the parties have already been embroiled in lawsuits, there are allega...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 10:27
Brands missing the mark with .Sucks defensive registrations
Knee-jerk reaction doesn’t make sense and leaves companies vulnerable. I’m not a fan of .sucks business model. I’m not a fan of charging big brands a premium to protect their brands with the veiled threat of someone creating a gripe site against the company. At the same time, I’m a bit flummoxed at the knee-je...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 10:17
See which new top level domain names are deleting
Check out which domains people are letting go. Want to take a second stab at domains registered under new top level domains a year ago? Curious what types of domain names people are giving up on after a year? Domain Punch has a new section that shows which domain names were deleted from the zone […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 9:26
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Big brands register .Sucks as ICANN asks FTC for review
Oprah, Apple and Microsoft among companies paying to protect their brands. Intellectual property interests and brands owners are upset about the .sucks domain name and its pricing, but many big brands aren’t taking chances even as ICANN asks government regulators to review it. .Sucks registry Vox Populi continues to advertise w...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:16
ICANN asks FTC and OCA to review .Sucks
ICANN asks government agencies for feedback on .sucks plan. ICANN has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), asking them to consider if Vox Populi’s plans for the .sucks top level domain are violating any laws or regulations these agencies enforce. .Sucks registry...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 16:10
MySchool.com domain name owner fights back after lawsuit
Domain name owner alleges reverse domain name hijacking. Original Web Ventures has responded to a lawsuit filed against its domain name MySchool.com, and has made claims of its own against plaintiff Joseph Carpenter. Carpenter filed an in rem lawsuit against MySchool.com in February after losing two separate UDRP cases over the domai...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 15:0
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DomainNameSales increases sales commissions
Rate increased to 15%, in line with competitors. DomainNameSales.com is increasing the fee it charges for brokering a sale from 12.5% to 15.0%. The commission applies to existing negotiations for which a deal hasn’t been reached. In justifying the price increase, DNS VP of Sales Jeff Gabriel wrote: Over the past 90 days we have...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 11:30
Lady Gaga charity switches from .org to .foundation
It’s a longer TLD but shorter address overall. The Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, has switched its web address from a .org to .foundation. The charity was using bornthiswayfoundation.org, which now forwards to bornthisway.foundation. Although the top level domain is longer, th...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 11:21
NameJet expired domain name review
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in NameJet expired domain name sales. 5-digit numeric domains don’t typically sell for $9,120, but one expired NNNNN.com did just that at NameJet last week. 51513.com = 3 x 7 x 11 x 223, in case you care about prime factorization, which the odds are you don’t. Apart from Chinese crypt...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:46
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16 end user domain name sales up to $109,000
End users buy domain names for up to $100,000. Domain name marketplace Sedo had a banner week, closing 543 transactions for a larger-than-normal $1.8 million tally. The sales were led by Mercari.com, bought by the maker of the Mercari app. Mercari has been downloaded over a million times. A number of other five figure sales […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:8
Uniform Rapid Suspension by the numbers
A look at which new top level domain names are getting hit with the most URS cases. Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) was introduced along with new top level domains as a sort of faster, cheaper version of UDRP. Companies can make a cybersquatting claim against a domain name in the abbreviated procedure. If they win, […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:36
Donuts challenges .Charity decision
Company invokes Independent Review Process over year-old objection decision. New top level domain name company Donuts has filed for an Independent Review Process over a community objection decision for .Charity. The Independent Objector filed community objections against both Donuts and Famous Four Media for their .charity applicatio...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:10
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The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing New gTLDs
In this guest post, Aditya Chauhan of LogicBoxes explains big challenges facing new top level domain name registries. When ICANN announced the nTLD program, thousands of applicants threw their hats in the ring. It seemed pretty straight forward; the existing TLDs were running out of short meaningful options, all that was needed was t...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 15:41
Slicing the data: Top 50 “Premium” gTLDs
One more way to look at the top level domain leaderboards. Registries have sliced and diced the new top level domain name leaderboards in many ways: paid registrations, registration years, number of domains used, Alexa rankings, etc. Here’s another one courtesy of StartingDot, the company behind .Bio, .Archi and the forthcoming...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:8

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