52 new TLD sales over $5,000 you probably haven’t seen yet
Here are 50+ notable new top level domain name sales. Uniregistry recently released sales data covering nearly 6,000 domain names totaling $42.6 million. You can download the full list at NameBio.com. The vast majority of names on the list are .com, and most of the rest are ccTLDs and legacy extensions. But I found 52 […] The p...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 14:6
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New domains and ccTLDs also benefiting from Pokemon Go craze
Lots of Pokemon domains are being registered in domains other than .com. Last week Elliot Silver at DomainInvesting wrote about the surge in .com and .net registrations including the word “Pokemon”. At the time, nearly 4,000 .com and .net domains had been registered. As of this morning, that number has grown to over 7,000...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 11:59
Donuts and Radix still miffed over .Web applicant
Companies file reconsideration request. Meanwhile, who just bought web.biz? Last week Radix and Schlund Technologies GmbH sent letters to ICANN asking them to postpone an upcoming auction for .Web, scheduled to take place July 27. They are concerned that applicant Nu Dot Co is now controlled by (or bidding on behalf of) another entit...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:47
WTF: Heidi Powell files cybersquatting lawsuit against Heidi Powell over HeidiPowell.com
Pity the poor woman who had the gall to register who own name as a .com domain name. I’ve seen a lot of ridiculous cybersquatting complaints filed through UDRP or the courts, but this one might top them all. You might have heard for Heidi Powell if you’re into weight loss reality TV. She’s co-host […] The post...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:34
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Flippa seller claims Pokemon Go typo receiving thousands of visitors
Seller wants to quickly flip Pokemon Go typo. A seller has listed PokeymonGo.com — a typo of the popular game Pokemon Go — on Flippa, claiming it “was receiving thousands of visitors to his website” just minutes after it went live. He’s trying to quickly flip the domain and site on Flippa. With close to ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 8:56
Tesla.com is now Tesla’s main domain name
Company’s TeslaMotors.com web address now forwards to Tesla.com. In February, Domain Name Wire broke the news that car maker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) had finally acquired the domain name Tesla.com. Its main website has long been TeslaMotors.com, a domain name it had to settle on because Tesla.com was registered way back in 1992. Aft...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 18, 2016 - 15:23
My conversation with Matt Mullenweg about domain names
A transcript of my in-depth conversation about domain names with the creator of WordPress. Two weeks ago I had Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, on the Domain Name Wire Podcast to talk about domain names. It was one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve published (and already the most downloaded), in [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:59
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Jothan Frakes on Hong Kong, NamesCon – DNW Podcast #93
Jothan Frakes discusses the upcoming DomainFest in Hong Kong as well as January’s NamesCon show. NamesCon co-founder Jothan Frakes explains changes being made to January’s upcoming NamesCon conference. He also discusses NamesCon Hong Kong, which takes place in Hong Kong in August. Listen to what you need to know before bo...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 18, 2016 - 11:30
Pheenix raises backorder prices, adds .xyz
Prices are still much cheaper than competing services. Expired domain drop catching service Pheenix announced it is increasing prices “Due to price increases by both ICANN and registries.” The move comes days after SnapNames and NameJet both announced price increases. Pheenix will now charge $24.99 (up from $21.99) for re...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 18, 2016 - 8:52
Verisign files patent apps for using DNS for Internet of Things (IoT) devices
Verisign wants to patent a couple ways to use the DNS for the internet of things. Verisign, the domain name registry that operates the .com top level domain name, has filed two patent applications for applying DNS to internet-connected devices, i.e. internet of things (IoT). The two applications were filed in January 2015 and publish...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:15
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Rightside reveals premium and .live stats, date for 2-character release
New TLD company offers stats about .live and premium domain names. Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) published some interesting stats about its second quarter today. Here are some of the notable numbers: $1 million premium sales (wholesale) from premiums in Q2. This was probably helped by the company’s special renewal pricing on premium ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 14:14
SnapNames and NameJet are increasing backorder prices
Fees go up by $10 next week. SnapNames and NameJet are increasing their fees to catch pending delete expired domain names. The sites will increase their minimum fees by $10 to $79.00 on Tuesday, July 19. The fee increase will not apply to domains already ordered at the $69.00 price. SnapNames and NameJet pooled their […] The po...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 14:4
16 end user domain name sales
Several companies buy “matching” domain names. Sedo had a fairly slow sales week over the U.S holiday, handling 416 domain name transactions for about $1 million. Despite the lower-than-usual transaction total, there were plenty of examples of end users buying domain names. A company paid €27,500 to add the .com to go wit...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 10:36
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Applicants ask for .web auction postponement over Nu Dot Co
Applicants concerned that rival has a big-money backer. At least two applicants for the .web top level domain name are asking for this month’s auction to be postponed. Radix and Schlund Technologies GmbH sent letters to ICANN that state: We support a postponement of the .WEB auction to give ICANN and the other applicants time [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:54
Donuts invests in Blockchain technology company
Donuts makes an investment in Netki. Donuts has made its second investment under its Donuts Labs program. Netki, Inc. is billed as a digital identity startup dedicated to democratizing digital currency. Just how does this relate to DNS? Here’s how Donuts explains it: As a distributed database, the blockchain maintains a continu...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 10:46
Companies still love descriptive .com domains
Big companies are still snapping up .com domain names for use and protection. The release of new top level domain name options hasn’t slowed the Verisign juggernaut down. Companies still want to own descriptive and protective domains in .com, as well as .net. Here’s one example that came across my radar today. Pharmaceuti...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 10:38
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Brexit is hot, Trump is finally not
Brexit cracks top ten .com trending keywords. Verisign (NYSE:VRSN) released its top trending keywords for .com yesterday, representing the keywords that saw the biggest jump in registrations in June. It wasn’t surprising to me to see Brexit on the list this month. I highlighted some of these registrations in a post last month. ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9:8
Escrow.com moves to San Francisco
Largest domain name escrow service moves headquarters north. Escrow.com is moving its headquarters from the Los Angeles area to San Francisco, the company announced today. The San Francisco office will be led by Danny Raja. He joined the company in April. Escrow.com also announced that it has completed a back end transition to Amazon...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 16:17
Here’s how many three-letter .coms are used by end users
In this guest article, Michael Robini analyzes how many three letter .coms are used by end users. What percentage of LLL.com domains are really used by end users? 1 – Answer We chose to give an answer for each domains category (defined below in the article): Pure Chinese premium: 34.6% Pure Western premium: 59.6% Both […]...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 13:5
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Two new TLDs in the wild within 100 yards of each other
Two neighboring companies in Austin are using new top level domain names. New top level domain names are slowly being put into use. It’s not that unusual to see them in the wild anymore. But I’ve now come across my first case of seeing two new top level domains on signs in close proximity to […] The post Two new TLD...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 10:45

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