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.Tokyo domain name nears 10,000 registrations
Geo domain has a pretty good first day with nearly 10,000 domain name registrations. .Tokyo launched earlier today and now has 9,598 domain names in the zone file. That means day one adds were near 9,000. This is by far the largest city to launch a new top level domain name so far, and the […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 0:22
An update on Moniker
I’ve transferred many of my domain names out. I’m working on the rest. It’s been 7 weeks since domain name registrar Moniker switched to a new platform. 7 weeks since Moniker broke. The company has fixed a lot of the problems, even if confirmation messages were clearly written by a coder. But as I’ve written [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:27
Comparing home appraisals to domain name appraisals
Appraising homes is easy compared to valuing domain names. Texas doesn’t have an income tax. But the state needs revenue from somewhere, and in Texas that “somewhere” is mostly property taxes. Every year I have to pay about 2.4% of my home’s value in property taxes. This steep rate creates a bit of a dance [&#...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:25
These 10 domain names in this week’s HA auction are worth their reserve
These ten domain names strike me as fairly priced for the right buyer. Heritage Auctions holds its next domain name auction on Thursday, July 24. It’s getting quit a bit of press around this auction, thanks in part to the domain name. There’s a $750,000 reserve on that one. It will be interesting to […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 15:28
New TLDs this week: .Tokyo, .Moe, .Consulting and more
Two Japan-focused domains kick off the week. It’s another busy week for new top level domain names, including a big .city domain name hitting registrar’s shelves on Tuesday. Tuesday Tuesday sees the launch of two Japan-focused domain names…in English. The biggie is .Tokyo, by far the most populous city TLD to enter ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:25
ICANN Finally nabs Domain Registry of America, termination likely coming
Domain Registry of America hits a wall. ICANN has finally managed to suspend a scourge of the domain name registration business, Brandon Gray Internet Services (dba You might not know the company by that name, but if you own domain names then you’ve likely received postal mailings from Domain Registry of America...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 9:17
Minds + Machines nixes Priority Reservation System after registrars complain
Registrars complained to ICANN’s compliance department about program. Minds + Machines has nixed its Priority Reservation System for new top level domain names after registrars questioned aspects of the program. The program allowed customers to reserve domain names ahead of launch. Unlike typical pre-registrations, customers we...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:52
Domain name owner loses UDRP, sues, gets $7,500 owner can keep domain name and some cash. In April I wrote about how the owner of filed its second UDRP against the domain name and won. It was a bad decision based, in part, on a incorrect claim that the domain name was transferred to a new owner after the first […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 20:38
Domain names suggest Democrats to campaign for “1 Million Votes”
DCCC registers domain name for new marketing push. Important midterm elections are upon us and both Republicans and Democrats are revving up their marketing engines. What catchy slogan will the Democrats push? “1 Million Votes”, judging from some domain names the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee registered yest...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:58
Expired Domain Name sales results
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in expired domain name sales. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, rather than explain GoDaddy’s $6.8k sale of, let me just say, “See for yourself!”   This product line sells at mega-retailers like Amazon and Walmart but apparently has a wide distributio...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:16
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

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