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  • Headliners added to NamesCon: Atallah, Alexander

    1. BY - Nov 25, 2014
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    Akram Atallah and Fiona Alexander have been added to the NamesCon agenda.

    Akram AtallahNamesCon, taking place in Las Vegas January 11-14, has added a couple big names to its agenda for the first full day of the conference.

    On Monday, July 12, I will have a fireside chat with the president of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah (pictured). Atallah is in charge of generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services at ICANN. This includes new top level domain names.

    Fiona Alexander has also been added to the schedule for Monday, and will give opening remarks. Alexander is Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, NTIA, US Department of Commerce. It’s the Department of Commerce that is involved with Verisign’s contract to run .com, and it’s also the group that currently assigns the contract for IANA functions. This is the contract currently at the center of much discussion about the U.S. government “giving up control” of the internet.

    These are two big additions for NamesCon, and it shows the breadth of the conference. NamesCon is shaping up to appeal to all segments of the domain name industry.

  • HomeAdvisor’s costly name change is paying off

    1. BY - Nov 25, 2014
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    HomeAdvisor spent a lot of money on its rebrand, and saw a sharp drop in traffic initially, but it has paid off.

    HomeAdvisorA couple weeks ago Quebec announced a decision to opt-out of switching its web presence over to the new .quebec domain name, citing a price tag north of $10 million.

    Just how much work goes into changing to a new brand and domain name?

    One large company has gone through a domain change, and it provides a good case study for the costs — both in upfront money terms and lost business during the transition. Click here to continue reading…

  • Crazy Country Code Domains with Daniel Greenberg – DNW Podcast #8

    1. BY - Nov 24, 2014
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    Learn about domain name registries that charge $4,000+ per domain or require hand delivered registration applications.

    Domain Name Wire podcastCan you imagine having to send a Western Union payment in order to register a domain name? How about hand delivering an application for a domain name? Or spending $4,000+ per year for registration?

    Daniel Greenberg of Lexsynergy has seen it all, and on this podcast he’ll share some stories about registering country code top level domain names.

    This week’s podcast also discusses Nissan’s $6.8 million sale of, GoDaddy’s latest numbers and .Dot.

    You can subscribe via iTunes to listen to the Domain Name Wire podcast on your iPhone or iPad. I’d greatly appreciate you leaving a positive review on iTunes as well. (Last week the DNW Podcast hit the “New & Noteworthy section thanks to your reviews!)

    Or, click play below or download to begin listening. (Listen to previous podcasts here.)

  • This week’s new TLDs: 5 from Frank Schilling

    1. BY - Nov 24, 2014
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    Schilling’s company releases another five top level domain names.

    UniregistryApparently only one company thought it wise to release new top level domain names during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday week: Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry.

    Uniregistry is releasing five top level domain names in general availability on Tuesday: .hosting, .property, .diet, .help and .click.

    .Hosting and .Property are the most expensive, with retail prices ranging from $28-$40. .Diet and .Help have prices in the $18-$25 range.

    .Click is cheap. Very cheap. Retail prices are typically between $6-$7 per registration.

    For previous launches, Schilling has registered a bunch of domain names himself, thus letting domainers pick over the scraps. For .click, he’s holding back fewer than 150 domains from registration, at least until general availability goes live. This means some high quality terms will be available at the second level. The only question is: what’s a good keyword under .click worth?

  • GoDaddy announces Super Bowl ad plans

    1. BY - Nov 24, 2014
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    Danica Patrick to once again star in GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial.

    GoDaddyGoDaddy announced plans today for its 11th consecutive appearance in the Super Bowl.

    GoDaddy’s 2015 Super Bowl ad is called “Journey Home”, and will focus on GoDaddy’s small business offerings.

    Patrick, who already holds the record for most Super Bowl appearances by a celebrity, will star alongside a puppy. Apparently, the commercial will appear to be a Hallmark-style commercial, and then have a twist.

    Under GoDaddy’s new leadership, you can rest assured the ad won’t tease you to visit GoDaddy in order to see Danica strip, either.

    GoDaddy typically runs two Super Bowl commercials, but next year it will just be one.

    The 2015 ad was created by Barton F. Graf 9000.