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This week’s expired domain report: Got .info?
“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” That would be Coleridge — his ill fated sailor thirstily contemplating the vast seawater. But I doubt “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was the Rime.com that just sold at GoDaddy Auctions for $12.8k. Aside from that archaic spelling of “rhyme̶...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:8
.Cash and .Fund each get fewer than 1,000 registrations
Slow start for the two new TLDs that launched yesterday (for which we have data.) Five top level domain names launched yesterday. Unfortunately, ICANN’s centralized zone file system only has updated zone files for two of them. .Cash gained 725 registrations to end the day with 909 in the zone file. .Fund picked up just […...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:38
Registry launches “Chinese Domain Ambassador Program”
Registry engages with customers with ambassador program. Here’s another example of a registry reaching out directly to its registrants to help promote their new top level domain name. TLD Registry, the company behind Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), has launched a its Chinese Domain Ambassador Program. T...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 13:38
Reverse domain name hijacking ruling over SaintLazarusUSA.com
WIPO panelist hands down RDNH ruling. Every once in a while I read a UDRP involving organizations in a world I simply didn’t know existed. Such is the case in The American Association of the Order of St. Lazarus, Inc. v. Thierry Villejust over the domain name SaintLazarusUSA.com. The complainant was found guilty of reverse [...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:8
What domain names NASCAR and others bought at Sedo last week
NASCAR among end users buying domain names last week. Sedo sold $1.1 million worth of domain names last week, including one to NASCAR. Details of these end user domain name sales are below. You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:5
The state of the domain name industry
My views on domain parking, domain sales, registrars and registries. I’ve been collecting my thoughts on the domain name business over the past month, and it’s time to put them down in writing. Here’s what I think about the state of the domain name industry in August, 2014. Domain parking is down. Way down. But [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 15:53
Registrant of 4,000+ .email domain names faces mounting legal problems
Yoyo.email claims it registered trademark-matching .email domain names for a legitimate fair use. Most National Arbitration Forum panels have disagreed. You’ve probably never heard of Yoyo.email before, but it is one of the biggest individual registrants of new top level domain names in a single TLD. The company registered over...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:50
Are industry-specific resellers the future of domain name registration?
Niche resellers and registrars are key for selling industry-specific domain names. Many of the new top level domain names coming to market are targeted to particular industries: .photography for photographers, .plumbing for plumbers, .solar for the solar industry. Selling these domain names through mass market domain name registrars ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:43
Porsche loses Porsche.social URS to planned fan site
Porsche.social is just a parked page, but its owners claim to be creating a free site for Porsche enthusiasts. Car company Porsche has lost a Uniform Rapid Suspension cybersquatting case it brought against the San Jose, California owner of Porsche.social. Interactiv Corporation told the URS panel that it plans to use the domain name ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:23
Donuts promoting its TLDs at Vegas fashion show (photo)
Company goes direct to customers to promote its niche domain names. “If you build it, they will come.” Not if they don’t know you’ve built it! Although there are close to 200 new top level domain names on the market, dozens of them niche domains for particular industries, very few people know about them. IR...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:24
Poker Tilt: a pro poker player (and sometimes domainer) tells his life story
Professional poker player and domain investor Dutch Boyd publishes Poker Tilt. A key reason I like the domain name industry is that I get to meet people from very different backgrounds. One of these people is Dutch Boyd, a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner who also dabbles in domain names. I met Boyd […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:33
New TLDs this week: .Bio, .Haus and an expensive Donuts domain
StartingDot and Rightside join Donuts with new top level domain name releases this week. Last week was a Donuts-only week for new TLDs. This week the mega-registry is joined by Rightside and StartingDot. On Wednesday, Rightside will launch .haus. That’s German for “house”. Expect to pay anywhere from $25-$40 for .ha...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:0
4chan loses domain name dispute with Oversee.net
4chan wanted to get the domain name 4chan.com. Popular bulletin board site 4chan has lost a case it filed to get the domain name 4chan.com. 4chan, LLC, which operates the top 1,000 site 4chan.org, filed the complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against Oversee.net back in March. Oversee.net has since sold its...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:44
GoDaddy amends IPO filing, reports Q2 results
Company continues to grow revenue as it heads toward IPO. GoDaddy released its second quarter financial results today through an amended S-1 Initial Public Offering filing with the SEC. Q2 2014 revenue came in at $338.5M, up from $276.0M in the same quarter of 2013 and $320.2M in Q1 2014. The net loss for the […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 18:55
A bunch of domain names sell for $1.5 million, sort of…
Domain names change hands, but not with cash. The domain names manufacturedhome.com, manufacturedhomes.com, manufacturedhouse.com, manufacturedhomes.net and modularhomes.com have been sold for over $1 million. Sort of. There’s a bit of a back story. The seller is SearchCore, a company that, until recently, was in the business o...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 16:40
This week’s expired domain name sales roundup
Along the way to yesterday’s $20k sale of EnRoute.com, GoDaddy expired auctions zigzagged through some desirable addresses and took a few weird detours. Two domains that attracted me personally were the self-explanatory GenerateLeads.com ($8k) and Masker.com ($2.7k), which suits various privacy services and also describes a gue...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 15:12
Medical domain names all under 2,000 registrations after first day
No surprises in initial launches of four medical-themed domain names. As I previewed earlier this week, the only four domain names entering true general availability this week were medical-themed domains from Donuts. Here are how many domains are registered in each of the four after the first day, based on zone file numbers: .Dental ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:13
Internet marketer goes to prison, registers his inmate number as domain name
Well known online marketer starts a blog that uses his inmate number. You might not know Shawn Hogan by name, but it’s possible you’ve heard about him. He runs the Digital Point marketing forum. He also made a mint from affiliate marketing. How he made much of that money in affiliate marketing ended up landing […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 22:17
What domain names Shell and other end users bought last week
Shell buys a .IN, liquor company buys a .club. Shell Oil is among the big companies that bought domain names last week at Sedo. You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on Sedo, download this report. Chat.fr and Chat.de 99,999 EUR […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:8
Amazon launches Square competitor, snaps up 100 domain names
Company registered 100 related domain names ahead of latest product launch. Today Amazon.com launched Amazon Local Register, a mobile credit card merchant solution similar to Square. Yesterday the company registered close to 100 new domain names for the new service, by my count. Of the companies I track, Amazon does the most defensiv...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:48

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