.Ping and .Srl domain names to be settled Wednesday
Two top level domain names head to the auction block on Wednesday. Auctions to settle contention sets for the .Ping and .SRL top level domain names will take place on Wednesday. The so-called “Auctions of Last Resort” will take place because one of the applicants didn’t want to settle the set in a private auction. [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:27
How Major League Baseball can Boost New Domain Names
If it actually uses its new TLDs, Major League Baseball can have a profound affect on awareness of new domain names. On today’s Domain Name Wire Podcast, Michael Berkens discussed some of the recent new top level domain name auction results. One that I think is interesting is .Baseball, which was won by Major League […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:32
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2 interesting new TLD-related videos
.Rocks, not .com, and .XYZ. I don’t have any cute cat videos to share with you this Monday, but I have a couple new top level domain name-related YouTube videos might interest readers. In the first one, one of the ten-year-old members of music band V² explains that their website is vsquared.rocks. Not .com, his […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:48
New TLD Auction Results with Michael Berkens – DNW Podcast #25
What do the winners and losers of new TLD auctions mean for the program? Google, Amazon, Donuts…lots of big companies are duking it out in auctions to control top level domain names. The results include a lot of surprises. On this week’s show, fellow blogger and new TLD consultant Michael Berkens talks about who’s w...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:38
Donuts first new domain names are starting to drop…
Donuts’ first domain name registrations are starting to drop. Donuts is releasing renewal numbers for its new TLDs daily as the first batch of names exit the auto-renew grace period. Yesterday, Donuts COO and Co-Founder Richard Tindal blogged results for the 6,352 Donuts domains that exited the grace period as of Saturday. Of t...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:56
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Weebly introduces program for domain name registrars and hosts
Reseller program allows hosts and registrars to offer Weebly website builder tools. Website builder Weebly launched a new program for domain name registrars and webhosts today, enabling them to offer Weebly’s website creation tool to their customers. NameCheap and Endurance International Group (which owns a number of hosting co...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:0
The most influential person in the domain name industry is…
No surprise at the top, but it gets interesting after that. This year’s Domain Name Wire Survey asked respondents who the most influential person is in the domain name industry, as well as who they’d most like to have dinner with. Unsurprisingly, domainer-turned-registry/registrar/parking/sales person Frank Schilling was ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:32
2 Things that could harm domain names
Forget new TLDs vs. old TLDs. The industry needs to focus on outside threats, too. Much of the conversation in the domain name industry over the past year has been about this battle between new TLDs and .com. The debate has been about if .com is king or if new TLDs pose a challenge to […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9:45
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.Uno domain launches Uno Social Site
Site gives .uno domains away for free, but ensures free domain names will be used. The company behind the .uno top level domain name has launched a new social media aggregator called Uno Social Site. Uno Social Site aggregates your data from various social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) in one place. It also […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 13:37
ICANN budget proposal shows new TLDs weaker than expected
As registrars predicted, 2015 forecast was too rosy. ICANN released its 2016 draft FY16 Operating Plan & Budget for the fiscal year beginning this July, and it shows weaker-than-expected new top level domain name results in the current year. The group expects just $14.1 million in revenue from new TLDs for FY 2015 (which ends [&...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 10:8
GoDaddy sets IPO range, plans to raise $400M at up to $3B valuation
Company sets anticipated range in SEC filing. GoDaddy revealed a planned IPO range of $17.00-$19.00 per share in an SEC filing this morning. At the mid price point of $18.00, GoDaddy will raise $396 million. If it prices at the high end, and its underwriters exercise and option to purchase 3.3 million more shares, it […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:26
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Goldman Sachs and other end user domain name buys
A Goldman Sachs company was among those buying domain names at Sedo last week. Sedo handled 675 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1.2 million. The top sale was TheRecRoom.com for $89,888. This was clearly an end user purchase, but the domain name’s whois record is protected by privacy. As for the […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 15:41
LuckyGames.com, BearClaw.com and other Expired Domain Name Sales
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name sales at NameJet. Without the added attraction of money, games of chance are a bit boring compared to games of skill or strategy. So it’s fair to assume LuckyGames.com (with its $9.5k high bid) stands for slot-machine-style gambling rather than chess, basketball, or m...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 9:57
2 character domain names become available today
Short domain names to be released today. Top level domain name company Rightside is releasing 20,000 two character domain names across its TLDs today at noon EDT. The two character domains to be released include at least one number in them, taking the form of NL.tld, LN.tld or NN.tld. That obviously limits the appeal compared […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 8:48
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Promoting Top Level Domain Names with Google Ads
Verisign is promoting an article about .com when users search for “domain names” on Google. I saw an interesting Google Adwords ad today when searching for “domain names”. Most ads for this search are usually for domain name registrars such as GoDaddy. But this one caught my eye: The ad links to this story on ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 16:11
Donuts launches ad campaign to boost awareness of new TLDs
Company starts campaign to build awareness of the availability of alternatives to .com domain names. Donuts launched its first major, web-based advertising campaign to raise awareness of new top level domain choices yesterday evening. The “Freedom of Choice” campaign involves display and video advertising targeted to smal...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:37
A day in the domain name community at SXSW
Here’s how domain name companies marketed their wares at SXSW this year. Yesterday afternoon I went downtown to see what all of the domain name companies were up to at SXSW in Austin. I started by searching for the .Space grilled cheese sandwich stall. Unfortunately, they had just run out of sandwich materials before I […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:31
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Trademark King still wants to TM famous marks and brands
Company submits specimens for many of its dubious trademark applications. The company that spent about $50,000 trying to trademark what are mostly famous brands, trademarks and common phrases is still pushing on after receiving initial refusals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Indiana company Trademark King Inc filed over 1...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:38
Domain parking still falling, according to survey
Revenue still shrinking for many domainers. How low can domain name parking revenue go? Still lower, apparently. That’s according to the approximately 200 people who responded to this year’s Domain Name Wire Survey. 36% of respondents said their 2014 domain name parking revenue was lower than 2013. Only 17% said it was be...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 9:51
GMO loses community bid for .Shop domain name
Company scores just six points in evaluation. GMO Registry has lost is Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) for the .Shop top level domain name. The company scored 6 points out of a possible 16 on its CPE, falling well short of the 14 required. It scored no points for Community Establishment and Nexus. It picked up […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:15
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Crowdsourcing and Domains with Ryan Noble – DNW Podcast #24
Crowdsource.com and finding good domain names using the crowd. Ryan Noble has built a big business on Crowdsource.com. In this episode, he’ll explain how his company helps big brands tap into large pools of remote workers to complete big projects. He also discusses how the company uses great domains like Write.com and Transcrib...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:30
Froyo and sandwiches starting conversations about new TLDs at SXSW
Free food with a sales pitch. Spreading awareness of choice in top level domain names isn’t easy. One-on-one conversations might be the best way to explain what they are and why you might want one. That’s the idea behind promotions by Sedo and Radix at this year’s SXSW conference in Austin. Sedo set up a […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:3
NameJet Expired Domain Report
Frank Schilling made a comment yesterday regarding NameJet that I believe is significant – and not because it’s anything new … rather the opposite. Many people, myself included, have observed rising final auction prices and speculated about the intermixture of wholesale and retail purchases at Nam...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 14:17
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Where to find Domain Name Companies at #SXSW
Find at least seven companies in Austin at #SXSW. Over the next 10 days about 400,000 people will come to Austin for SXSW and the many unofficial events that surround it. Here are some of the places you can find domain name companies in Austin during SXSW. .Co – .Co always has a big presence […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:51
MarkMonitor: we won’t profit on .Sucks
Company will charge modest service fee on “Extortion domain”. Brand protection domain name registrar MarkMonitor says it understands its clients will feel compelled to pay for a .sucks domain name, but it won’t profit from the registrations. The company says it will charge just $25 above wholesale for the domain nam...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:59

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