NamesCon 2015 with Jothan Frakes – Domain Name Wire Podcast NamesCon is just two months away. Learn about the upcoming show on this week’s podcast. NamesCon returns for its second edition this January. Its inaugural show brought together 600 people from the domain name industry, making it the largest non-ICANN domain related event. On this week’s podcast, co-producer Jothan Frakes...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:42
Mike Mann and (more) economics of domain name portfolios Washington Post article provides more data on about domain name portfolios. The Washington Post wrote about domain name investor Mike Mann yesterday, and the article sheds more light on the economics or large domain name portfolios. Really, it applies to all domain portfolios, even if you have a small one. I wrote about this topic [&...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:16
Mobile.co owner pays dearly for Mobile.co.com Company pays $32,000 for mobil.co.com and movil.co.com. The company that owns Mobile.co has spent $32,000 to acquired the third level domain names Mobile.co.com and Mobil.co.com, the .co.com registry reported this morning. Freelancing site Mobile Inc bought the domain names in a deal brokered by Igloo.com. Although it might seem like...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:49
New TLDs this week: .Quebec, .Top and .Engineer A few new TLDs hit registrars’ shelves this week, including a large geo domain. A few top level domain names coming out in a week is the new normal, so I’m going to stop calling these “slow” weeks. Here’s a look at this week’s new top level domain name rollouts. .Quebec – Quebec gets its [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:36
Reviewing last month’s NameJet sales Joseph Peterson takes a look at some of last month’s notable domain name sales at NameJet. If I were to tell you that, by selling 66 domains at or above the $2,000 mark during October, NameJet recorded one of its lowest monthly domain counts ever, that would be quite misleading. True, only 5 out of the […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:0
Bespoke.com saved in UDRP, but no RDNH and unbelievable dissent Domain bought for $18,805 earlier this year saved in UDRP, but it was closer than it should have been. In September, I wrote about the domain name Bespoke.com being hit with a UDRP after the buyer paid $18,805 to buy it in an expired domain name auction. A three person WIPO panel has denied the […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:23
Why my North Dakota Trucking domain name pays for itself Registering NorthDakotaTrucking.com probably didn’t make sense, but now I understand why it pays for itself each year. I registered the domain name NorthDakotaTrucking.com in 2007. I was on a bit of a geo domain kick at the time. But let’s face it, on the surface, this is a pretty crappy domain registration. We’re t...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:59
Last week’s 200+ expired domain name sales up to $27.1k In this report, Joseph Peterson discusses over 200 expired domain name sales from last week. A picture is worth a thousand words, and these – depicting KPF’s architectural plan for the Meixi district of Changsha, a capital city in China – go a long way to explaining the $27.1k high bid in NameJet’s auction of Meixi.com la...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:28
IDN.com owners will lose big if Verisign doesn’t get its way They could be forced to buy transliterations within a limited time period. Verisign has been negotiating its contracts for transliterations of .com for a long time, and last week we got an idea about what the hold up is. ICM Registry, the domain registry for .xxx and the forthcoming .adult, .porn and .sex top level […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:58
.Melbourne hits 2,775 registrations, .restaurant has solid first day .Melbourne wins the day, but not by much. The .Melbourne domain name launched Wednesday in Australia — Tuesday night in the United States — and had 2,775 domain names registered at the close of business on day one of general availability. That does not include landrush domain names that are still in contention. The zone [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:33
Internet wins as court denies motion to seize ccTLDs Court rules .ir, .sy, .kp and related IDNs cannot be “attached” as compensation. ICANN and the internet community at large got a victory this week as a U.S. court denied a request (pdf) to seize country code top level domains (ccTLDs) as compensation in a lawsuit. A number of claimants that had won a judgement […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 20:49
Phone service continues to bolster Tucows’ top line Ting product shows continued growth, OpenSRS takes a dip. Domain name and mobile phone service provider Tucows continues to see growth in its Ting offering, offsetting stagnating revenues in its domain name business. Net revenue for the third quarter of 2014 increased 9% to $38.9 million from $35.6 million for the third quarter of 20...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:26
Disney buys a .club domain & 21 other end user domain name sales Disney, AMC and other big names bought domain names last week. Sedo had a busy sales week when it came to selling domain names to big name end users. From Disney, to $10 billion clothing company Next, to AMC, a number of household brands bought domain names at the marketplace last week. Interestingly, these three […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:40
Major Chinese travel sites Ctrip.com and eLong.com go down due to domain change Domains placed in clienthold status. The websites for two major publicly traded Chinese travel sites went down today as a result of their domain names being place in “ClientHold” status at the registrar. Sites for $8 billion (market cap) Ctrip.com (NASDAQ: CTRP) and $0.6 billion eLong.com both were unavailable this mornin...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:22
New TLDs should emulate the Startup.club model for premium domains Program promotes .Club while also generating premium domain sales revenue. .Club’s new Startup.club program is ingenious, and something that other new top level domains should consider emulating. Here’s startup.club in a nutshell: get a premium .club domain name but pay it off over 10 years, and .Club will also give you P...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:59
This week’s new TLDs: .Melbourne, .Restaurant and more A big geo among this week’s new TLD releases. I’ve been a bit remiss about my weekly new TLD posts, perhaps because the past couple Mondays have been busy news days. That, and new TLD rollouts have slowed down to a trickle. But I’m not late this week, as all the TLD launches I can […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:28
John Oliver’s five .NYC domain names making fun of Michael Bloomberg Comedian pokes fun at Michael Bloomberg’s domain names, which Domain Name Wire revealed last week. Last week I wrote a story about Michael Bloomberg’s 400 .nyc domain names. The over-the-top defensive registrations included everything from MichaelBloombergisaWeiner.nyc to MikeIsTooShort.nyc to MikeBloombergisaDweeb.nyc. T...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:26
Moncler goes on (domain) defense after geese allegations Company registers boycott domain names after negative news report. Luxury Italian coat maker Moncler saw its shares drubbed after an Italian news report suggested that makers of down jackets were plucking geese inhumanely. The company has responded in the press to the allegations, while also quietly scooping up domain names its hater...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:38
Judging by the sponsor list, NamesCon 2015 is going to be huge Already 40 sponsors lined up for January’s NamesCon event. It may be hard to believe, but NamesCon 2015 is just two months away. And, judging by an updated sponsorship list for 2015, it’s going to be a very big conference. Uniregistry is taking top billing for the event, and there are six Gold sponsors: Afilias, […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:52
Amazon.com wins .Book top level domain name battle Amazon wins 9-way battle for .book domain name. Amazon.com has won an auction for rights to run the .book top level domain name. The company went head-to-head with 8 other applicants for the domain name, including Google, but ultimately agreed to pay the most to run the domain name. Although my money was on Amazon.com […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:14