Covering the domain name industry since 2005.
Domain Name Wire celebrated its ninth anniversary over the weekend.
I’d like to take this occasion to thank all of Domain Name Wire’s loyal readers. Publishing a blog is only fun when there’s an engaged audience. Many of you take the time to comment and interact with posts. Many others tell me personal stories about how DNW has helped them grow their business, sell a domain name or clarify their strategy. Whether you comment regularly or just read the content, I appreciate your continued readership.
None of this would be possible without the support of sponsors. I’d like to thank every company that has advertised on Domain Name Wire throughout the past nine years. I was just looking through the Screenshots.com archive and saw that many of today’s advertisers have been with the site for many, many years. Sedo has been a continuous advertiser for 8 years, for example. Thanks to all of you.
If I can ask just one favor on this ninth birthday of Domain Name Wire, it would be that you take 5 minutes to complete the 9th annual Domain Name Wire survey. Your opinions about what’s going on in the domain name industry matter, and it will help shape what I write about in the year to come.
Here are photos from Domain.com’s party in Austin Saturday night and the .CO HQ.
Domain.com threw a party in conjunction with Public Interest Registry (PIR) Saturday night in Austin at the SXSW festival.
A steady cold rain didn’t keep people away. In fact, it may have drawn them to the relative comfort and warmth of dancing in a tent.
For the second year in a row the party featured 80s cover band The Spazmatics. Drinks included “The Domain Fire” and the “Refresh-ORG”.
On the other side of downtown, .CO had a continuously packed house at its pop-up HQ in a storefront attached to the W Hotel. The .CO HQ was open from Friday through Sunday and featured visits by John Battelle, Gary Vaynerchuk, and .co users Backplane and DJ Skee.
Here are some pictures from the .CO HQ:
What do customers look for in a domain name registrar?
The 9th annual Domain Name Wire survey is open and awaiting your participation.
As always, the survey asks some questions about domain name registrars and why people use the registrar they do.
The survey asks participants to rank eight difference factors commonly considered by customers. There’s an additional one this year that wasn’t on the list last year: availability of the top level domain name options you like.
Although new top level domain names are flooding the market now, there are still many notable registrars who aren’t offering them.
I’d Laugh out Loud at being paid twenty grand for LaughOutLoud.com.
Afternic and GoDaddy teamed up to sell just over $2 million worth of domain names last week. Here’s a list of some of the sales to end users. You can see previous end user sales lists here.
LaughOutLoud.com $20,800 – a company called Codeblack Enterprises, LLC. Is it connected to this entertainment company?
BoatTransport.com $16,000 – auto transport company Showroom Transport.
HealthShield.com $10,000 – LegalShield, previously known as Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. I guess they’re getting into the health insurance business.
ServiceDogCertification.org $1,000 – Service Dog Certification of America.
AdventureTrips.com $6,500 – iTravel, LLC. in Ely, Minnesota.
WestparkBaptist.com $1,100 – West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. They use the matching .org domain name.
HaywardRoofing.com $1,000 – Hayward Roofing and Construction in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They already own HaywardContracting.com.
MetalDecks.com $2,000 – Commercial Siding & Maintenance in Houston.
SiteAlerts.com $5,300 – Marketing software company HubSpot.
SummervilleNissan.com $1,000 – Advanced Dealer Systems, most likely for a client.
ShoreToShoreRealty.com $1,200 – the admin email of the buyer is STSRealtyCorp.com, which I assume stands for “Short to Shore”.
SeeItNow.org $1,596 – The Motion Picture Association.
FondationBeyeler.com $4,750 – Beyeler Museum AG in Switzerland.
HealthData.org $1,500 – Health Metrics And Evaluation at The University of Washington.
AssetLock.net $2,500 – Jenkins Wealth Management Group in Centennial, Colorado.
IDCamps.com $1,000 – iD Tech, which organizes summer technology camps.
ShaleMag.com $1,000 – Shale Magazine, which covers the oil and gas business.
OkinawaTravelInfo.com $1,750 – the owner of okinawa-travel.info.
Jen7.com $1,250 – clothing brand 7 for All Mankind.
Prysma.com $4,500 – FHA lender Prysma Lending. They use PrysmaLending.com.
MedicineStores.com $1,500 – appears to be registered by a pharmacy in Aledo, Texas.
WashingtonPrime.com $2,000 – a CSC client.
OceanStore.com $4,500 – Inversiones Oceans GSM, S.A. in Panama.
Entertainment company now controls Gauntlet.com domain name.
Warner Bros. has filed a UDRP against the domain name Gauntlet.com, and it appears the domain name registrant handed the domain name over as a result. It’s not clear yet if a payment was involved, but I’ve reached out to the previous domain owner.
Warner Bros. distributed the 1977 film The Gauntlet directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood and Sondra Locke.
But its interest in the domain name might not have to do with a movie remake.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment purchased some of video game publisher Midway’s assets for $49 million in 2009 after Midway filed for bankruptcy. Midway had developed a Gauntlet video game. It registered Gauntlet related domain names after the acquisition.
Only time will tell if the domain name will be used for a movie or video game.
The UDRP was withdrawn and the latest UDRP record shows that the domain name is now controlled by an intellectual property law firm.