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Chris Sheridan and Steve Banfield are leaving Rightside
Two key figures at eNom are moving on. A longtime fixture in the domain name industry — as well as a newer hire — are leaving domain name company Rightside. VP of Business Development Chris Sheridan is leaving the company this week to join website maker Weebly. His experience at Rightside, where he worked on […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 16:15
Thoughts on yesterday’s $1 million domain name auction
A strong auction with a headline-grabbing .club sale but dominated by .com. By now you’ve probably read a bit about yesterday’s Right of the Dot domain name auction at NamesCon. Here are my takeaways. 1. The auction sold just shy of $1 million worth of domain names. It’s not the glory years of 7 or […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:12
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Vegas.club changes hands in $100k deal
Vegas.club site plans unveiled during NamesCon. .Club has a second $100,000 deal under its belt as part of its
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 17:9
.Buzz domain names to be featured on Wheel of Fortune
Multiple sites on .buzz domain names will be promoted on popular game show. .Buzz domain names are about to get a lot more buzz. Howard Lefkowitz presented his plans for almost 400 .buzz domain names today during a NamesCon presentation. The majority of his domain names are city names, but also include travel.buzz. For two […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 16:20
[Video] An exciting talk at NamesCon
Howard Lefkowitz wakes up hungover crowd at NamesCon. Let’s face it, sessions at domain name conferences are usually less than stimulating. Sure, there’s good information, stuff you can learn…but they usually feature a couple people sitting down holding a mic. Not today at NamesCon. Howard Lefkowitz’s talk abo...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 16:15
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GoDaddy SVP explains why new TLDs are struggling
Head of domains at largest domain name registrar says new TLD registries are failing small business owners. Why are new top level domain names struggling to grow their registration bases? GoDaddy Senior Vice President of Domains Mike McLaughlin told a large audience at NamesCon today that registries are making it difficult for small ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:42
Company makes Magical Mystery claims, loses UDRP
Motive behind creating ad agency website and trademark claims are questioned. San Francisco company Hippie Tours LLC has lost a UDRP against the domain name HippieBus.com. It made a number of Magical Mystery claims in its UDRP. John Berryhill represented domain name owner Mansour Elseify in the case. On the surface, this case appeare...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 13:14
$55k Stolen domain name CIN.com returned via UDRP
Company paid $55,000 for domain name before it was stolen. Corporação Industrial do Norte, S.A (CIN) has recovered the domain name CIN.com, a domain name it says was stolen from it, through a UDRP. The company acquired CIN.com for $55,000 last summer. It alleges the domain name was then stolen and transferred to domain name […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 12:29
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This week in new TLDs: We are the .World
.World among this week’s new top level domain launches. A few new top level domain names hit general availability this Wednesday, and an intriguing domain name enters the early access program. On Wednesday, Donuts’ .world exits the early access program and becomes available at regular prices. There are lots of good SLD-TL...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 12, 2015 - 17:31
2015 Domain Name Predictions – DNW Podcast #015
Domain name industry experts predict what will happen in 2015. In this special episode of the Domain Name Wire Podcast, 9 domain name industry experts look into the crystal ball and make predictions for what will happen in the industry in 2015. You’ll hear from representatives of Escrow.com, Rightside, Donuts, Sedo, DirectNic, ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:1
Heritage Auctions finalizes list for exclusive February Auction
Auction will have just 30 lots. Heritage Auctions has finalized the list of 30 lots it will auction off in next month’s domain name auction. This is probably the smallest number of domain names to be auctioned in a live auction event, and it will be interesting to see how this approach works. Some of […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:53
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eBay takes down over 1,000 domain names with a single UDRP
eBay wins a massive UDRP case. eBay has successfully taken down over 1,000 domain names containing its trademark, many of which were set up as commerce sites. The online auction company filed a UDRP against the owner of 1,153 .com and .net domain names. All of the domain names contained “ebay” followed by a series […...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:42
These guys thought Mike Berkens was toying with them…
Podcast tells the story of guys who tried to buy a domain name from Michael Berkens. I just listened to a very interesting podcast called Reply All. This particular episode talks about two guy’s effort to buy a domain name from Michael Berkens. The guests run a site at Longform.org and wanted to buy Longform.com. […]
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 21:30
Categorizing Top Level Domains: “nTLDs”
Joseph Peterson asks, “when is new not really new,” and proposes new terminology to clarify it. Going into the new year, I decided to make a little glossary of domaining definitions. That includes words many people use already, some terms I’ve been tossing around privately for years, and a few I’ve invented on...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, January 9, 2015 - 13:35
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How to get the most out of NamesCon
A few quick tips to get the most out of your conference-going experience. Heading to NamesCon next week? You’re not alone. More than 800 people are expected to attend the conference, unless mother nature gets in their way. (We’re even expecting a little ice in Austin tomorrow!) Here are some tips for getting the most [...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, January 9, 2015 - 9:43
Women in Domaining returns at NamesCon
15 sponsors support Women in Domaining event. One of the most important social gatherings at next week’s NamesCon conference will be Women in Domaining. More women work in the domain name industry than before, but it’s still a relatively small number. It’s nice to see an event for women who work in the industry to [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 16:14
GoDaddy Auctions implements bidder verification
Verification process should reduce questionable bidding. Responding to complaints about the integrity of its domain name auction platform, GoDaddy rolled out a bidder verification requirement today for its auctions service. Bidders are restricted to participating in two auctions and a maximum of $1,500 in bids until they complete the...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:6
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DQZ.com and other Expired Domain Name Sales
DQZ.com among the leaders at NameJet over the past week. When it comes to 3-letter .COM domains, value is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Enough domain investors agree to pay within a certain range based on scarcity, observed sales, and the opportunity to resell to one another that a given LLL.com is often purchased without ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:56
ROTD auction at NamesCon will sell a lot of domain names
Sell-through rate at next week’s auction is guaranteed to be high. Right of the Dot (ROTD) is hosting a live domain name auction next Tuesday during NamesCon. From the looks of it, they’re going to sell a lot of domain names. The only question is how much they’ll sell for. Already 31 domain names have […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 9:31
Existing TLD .Reise headed to the auction block
Top level domain name will be auctioned at the end of February. Innovative Auctions Ltd., the same company handling many private new top level domain name contention set auctions, is holding an auction for .REISE on February 27. What’s unique here is that .reise is an existing top level domain name that’s now available fo...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 15:56
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25 End User Domain Name Sales
End user domain names sales continued during the holidays. Sedo didn’t report domain name sales over the holidays, so this week’s end user sales report includes sales from the past three weeks. Over this period, Sedo handled 1,067 transactions for a total of $2.6 million worth of domain names. Let’s just right into ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:6
How Correctica made me look smarter
Service finds errors that spell and grammar checkers don’t. When I write a post for Domain Name Wire, I act as researcher, writer and editor. That’s why you occasionally see a typo or two in articles. I review articles before posting, and always pay attention to that red squiggly underline indicating a misspelled word, bu...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 9:57
ICYMI: 2014 in Review
A look back at the past year in the domain name business. Over the past week I released a podcast and five posts covering five big themes in the domain name business in 2014. I know a lot of people travel or unplug over the holidays, so here’s a summary: Consolidation continued in the domain […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 15:18
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How to Use Sched.org to get the most out of NamesCon
Sched.org makes it easier to take advantage of NamesCon’s great keynotes and panel discussions. NamesCon starts on Sunday in Las Vegas. It’s going to be big (800+ people) and packed with content (125 speakers and panelists). With a number of concurrent sessions, planning is required to make sure you don’t miss out o...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 12:14
Domain name registry Afilias dumps planned IPO
Registry had planned to float in November. Domain name registry Afilias has pulled plans for a $100 million initial public offering, as reported by Domain Incite this morning. A company spokesperson told Domain Incite, “The final decision to cancel the IPO was based on market conditions at the time.” Given that stock mark...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:48

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