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Displaying archives for the month of "October 2014"

  • 17 more end user domain name sales

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
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    Here’s a list of some of the end users that bought domain names last week.

    Sedo handled a total of 484 transactions last week, representing $1.4 million in total sales. Yes the most expensive sale they reported was just $16,200, suggesting there was at least one big sale that is not public.

    Before I run through some of the end user sales, here’s a quick thing I noticed.

    Remember when .berlin had a free domain giveaway? They canceled it after a couple groups registered just about everything under the sun. One of those registrants was Sedo, and this past week they profited by selling Macaron.berlin for 800 EUR.

    OK, now for the end user sales list: Click here to view the end user sales list

  • Yesterday’s 5 new TLD launches total about 2,500 registrations

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
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    A slow start, but some of these domains have long term potential.

    Five new top level domain names launched yesterday, and they combined for a total registration base of just 2,500 after the end of the “zone day”. This includes sunrise and landrush, plus the initial hours of general availability.

    Donuts’ .healthcare ended the day with about 1,400 registrations (all stats from nTLDstats).

    I’m a bit curious about .healthcare. There’s a growing chorus of concern about the future .health domain and how people will falsely believe that information on it is authoritative. I personally thing this is silly, but if people do give authority to .health, won’t they also give it to .healthcare?

    The other domains yesterday were all from Rightside. Its four military-related domain names struggled out of the gate: Click to continue reading…

  • Amazon.com buys .spot domain name for $2.2 million, .Realty sells for $5.6 million

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    Amazon wins another new top level domain, but it was out shadowed by more expensive auctions.

    The latest round of new top level domain name “auctions of last resort” at ICANN took place today.

    Three auctions for the rights to run top level domain names closed for prices ranging from $2.2 million to $5.6 million:

    Amazon.com won .spot for $2,200,000, beating applicants Google and Dotspot, LLC.

    Fegistry won .realty for $5,588,888, beating Donuts. Fegistry is Jay Westerdal’s company. I’m surprised the two companies didn’t settle this privately. Both companies are in Seattle and I saw a photo of Donuts CEO Paul Stahura hanging out at Westerdal’s house this summer. I assume Westerdal was the hold out that didn’t want a private auction since Donuts has participated in many.

    Donuts won .Salon for $5,100,575, beating L’Oreal, DaySmart Software (software for spas and salons) and Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (Australian trade group for aesthetic and beauty industry)

    In last month’s auction, the top sale was .tech for $6,760,000. Amazon bought .buy in that auction for $4,588,888.

  • A million domain names have been suspended, and law enforcement is AWOL

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    Domain registrars plead for data as websites go dark thanks to whois verification requirements.

    "We won't provide you with data to show that what you're doing is pointless."

    “We won’t provide you with data to show that what you’re doing is pointless.”

    It has been almost a year since most large domain name registrars have been required to verify certain elements of domain name whois information.

    For now, it’s pretty simple. Your registrar sends an email to the whois contact on your domain and asks you to click a button to verify.

    It’s simple in theory, anyway. The reality is that people aren’t seeing and aren’t getting these verification emails, which are sent for new registrations and when changes are made to whois records. Over one million domain names have been suspended because their owners didn’t verify.

    Suspended domains equal broken websites.

    Domain name registrars have been pleading with ICANN to get law enforcement to say what good this is doing. How is this helping them stop criminals? It it helping them enough to justify taking down over one million domain names? Click to continue reading…

  • Verisign’s new videos: Make your Idea Official [watch]

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    Clever video series promotes registering a domain name as the first step in a business idea.

    Verisign released a couple videos today as part of its “Make your Idea Official” campaign. The videos remind me a bit of more recent humorous ads from GoDaddy. Although the videos promote .com and .net, they’re good overall for promoting domain name registration.

    In the first video, a guy see’s some other dude moving in on his “idea” at a club: Click here to see the videos