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Moniker enabls bulk transfer auth codes
Moniker makes it easier to transfer domain names to another registrar. It’s been a frustrating six weeks for Moniker customers. After a disastrous switch to a completely new registrar platform, many customers wanted to move their domain names to another registrar. Adding insult to injury, there was no way to get transfer author...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:15
Sony forgets to renew domain name, takes down online gaming service
Sony Online Entertainment goes down thanks to expired domain name. Sony forgot to renew a key domain name,, which resulted in an outage on its popular Sony Online Entertainment game network found at While did not expire, its nameservers are set to When the latter went down, so did SOE.c...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 17:34
Latest .City domain name launches with 4,000+ registrations
.Wien launches. .Tokyo is next week. The latest geo city top level domain name to launch received more than 4,000 registrations on its first partial day. .Wien (German for Vienna) launched yesterday and added 4,201 domain names to the zone file. That brings its total to about 4,650. The registrations are spread across multiple regist...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 14:35
End users flock to domain names as second level .UK names launch
Good domain names sell to end users who will be able to claim the matching .uk domains. Sedo sold lots of good domain names last week. I suspect this is because of the launch of second level .uk domain names. Owners of domain names have first rights on the matching .uk domain […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:9
There’s no such thing as a premium .Info domain name any more
The market is quickly becoming flooded with acceptable alternatives to .info (and .biz) domains. Sedo is trying to sell some of its own .info domain names in an auction right now, and takers are few and far between. The auction is called the “Premium .info Auction”, and I’ll agree that some of the second level [R...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:4
Will new TLDs get a second wind?
It’s likely, but when is the big question. Most new top level domain names are struggling to break even the 10,000 domain name barrier. Many applicants tell me they aren’t worried; it’s the long game. That’s true for many of them, especially the portfolio applicants. I’ve also heard the argument that new...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 15:51
Sedo does the promotion that domain registrars should do
Domain name registrars would see good results from a marketing push similar to this. Sedo just sent out a marketing pitch to people that have listed domains for sale with “club” in them in the past. The subject line was “Did you try selling [something] Invest in THESE names now”, with a pitch for inve...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:9
Domain name auction services should rethink auto extensions
The current method of preventing bid sniping leads to bidder fatigue. Last Friday GoDaddy sent out a somewhat confusing notice about a change to GoDaddy Auctions and auto extensions. Previously, any bid placed within the last five minutes of an auction extended the clock by five minutes. Now, a bid placed in the last four […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:38
.Bar picks up 1,000+ registrations, .rest a bit slower
.Bar has decent first day while .rest struggles out of the gate. The .Bar domain name added 1,116 names to its zone on the first day of general availability. That’s about the same number of domain names that .pub got when it launched last week. This seems like a solid number given the high pricetag […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:30
New TLDs this week: .Bar, .Gripe, .Moda and more
Punto 2012 enters the race, a city TLD launches, and Rightside tries to be fashionable. The weekly deluge of new top level domain names hitting the market continues this week. This week is notable because a new entrant is finally launching two of its domain names. Monday Punto 2012 launched .bar and .rest today. The […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:10
Demand Media spin-off of Rightside set for August 1
Rightside’s debut as its own publicly-traded company is imminent. Demand Media plans to complete the spin-off of its domain name business on August 1. Rightside will become its own public company on that date. It will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “name”. Demand Media shareholders will receive one Rightside s...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:26
Yoweri Museveni domain name put to good use
The ads on are rather ironic. Uganda’s president Yoweri Museven signed into law a harsh anti-gay law earlier this year. Museveni might be disappointed to see what comes up when you type the domain name in a web browser. The parked domain name is owned by Frank Schilling’s Name Administration and ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:51
10 notable sales from NameJet last month
Here are ten of the more notable sales that took place on NameJet in June. Every month NameJet sells dozens of domains above the $2,000 mark.  Andrew Allemann took a look at April, and I followed his lead with May.  Here I’ll be thinking aloud about 10 of the 69 finalized domain sales that NameJet […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 9:57
Is 3,500 domains a slow start or good start?
Last month Famous Four Media launched its first few domains, including .webcam and .trade. .Webcam and .Trade each received about 3,500 registrations on the first day. .Bid received fewer than a thousand. It turns out that the bulk of registrations were undertaken by a single domain investor. I didn’t figure this out until I ha...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:49
Expired Domain Report for this week
Last week, the expired domain market posted gains of …  Well, nobody knows. Without any cost basis to refer to, who can say whether it’s a bull or a bear? In any event, the former domain owner gains nothing from the sale of a domain that expires, sells, and transfers. Right?, however, did finish at NameJet [R...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:50
End users buy matching domains and domain hacks
Many end user domain purchases this past week were for “matching” domains. What strikes me about the latest list of end user domain name sales taking place at Sedo is the number of companies that are buying “matching” domains. They own a ccTLD and want the .com, or they own a .com and want the […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:15
Registrar’s promo misses the point
Promotion misses the point of getting the .com I’ve always wanted. The third level domain name launched in general availability this week. The company is using the tagline “Get the .com You’ve Always Wanted”, pitching you on getting a domain because the .com domain you want is already taken. Co...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:54
.Services domain name up to 4,600 and .Pub 1,300 after one day
.Services runs out of the gate, .pub is toast-worthy. Two new top level domain names launched yesterday and both had fairly good days. Donuts launched .services, its only domain name to come out of the Early Access phase this week. It added roughly 4,000 domain names on the first day to hit 4,584. The domain […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:40
Investing in new TLDs? Hope for modest, not great, success of program.
Early investors in new top level domain names might get a better return if new TLDs as a whole are a mediocre success instead of a home run. Domain investors have registered a good chunk (the bulk?) of new TLD offerings to date. Is this a good investment? I’ve thought about the potential returns from […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:34 gives Heritage Auctions the press it has been looking for
HA adds a press-worthy domain name to its July auction. One of the things Heritage Auctions is trying to do with domain name auctions is bring domain investing to the mainstream. By mainstream, I mean collectors and investors in coins, memorabilia and other items HA already auctions. It’s working the press angle, too. Yesterday...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:16

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