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  • Minds + Machines nixes Priority Reservation System after registrars complain

    1. BY - Jul 18, 2014
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    Registrars complained to ICANN’s compliance department about program.

    Minds + MachinesMinds + 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 were guaranteed they’d get the domain name after sunrise since it was a program run by the registry, not registrars.

    Some registrars cried afoul via the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG). They weren’t necessarily upset about the program itself, which let registrars take priority orders as well. The problem, in the eyes of registrars, was that Minds + Machines launched the program before registrars could sign agreements with the registry. This gave M + M a head start and was unfair to registrars, they argued.

    Minds + Machines is now converting orders under the program to landrush orders. Customers can still get the domain name, assuming no one else places a landrush order on the domain name. In that case, it will go to auction.

    Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, released this statement to Domain Name Wire:

    The Compliance Department at ICANN needs to look at every complaint, and so when some of our registrar competitors complained about our Priority Reservation program, they reached out to us for information, which we provided. They asked us to make some changes, which we did. We expect any inconvenience to our customers to be minimal, and to ICANN’s credit this was a major concern for them as well. We expect the vast majority of our Priority Reservation period to be allocated to the customers who applied for them, and any Priority Reservation customer who does not get the name they applied for will receive a full refund. This won’t have any impact on our business, and we are satisfied with ICANN’s assurances that they will strive to prevent the misuse of their compliance function for anti-competitive purposes.

    This shows some of the tension that can occur with vertical integration between registry and registrar.

    I suspect that the changes aren’t just in response to the RrSG complaint. ICANN has been cracking down on registries earmarking or selling domain names ahead of sunrise. ICANN has raised this issue with other registries, including .xyz and .club. Both registries canceled auctions held prior to sunrise.

  • Moniker enables bulk transfer auth codes

    1. BY - Jul 17, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    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.

    moniker-auth-codesAdding insult to injury, there was no way to get transfer authorization codes in bulk. Instead, customers had to request them one-by-one.

    Finally, some good news for customers: Moniker has added bulk auth code exporting. I’m not quite sure when this was added, but I spotted it this morning when I tried to transfer another bunch of domains.

    First, you need to unlock all of the domains you want to transfer. (I was able to unlock a couple hundred without any errors this week, which is also good news.) Then, select “Export Authcodes” from the drop down menu. Moniker will email the auth codes to you for the selected domains.

    The confirmation page says you’ll receive an email with the auth codes within “minutes”. Be patient; in my case it took about 30 minutes.

  • Sedo does the promotion that domain registrars should do

    1. BY - Jul 15, 2014
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    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 investing in .club domains. You can see the marketing email below.

    I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more of this from domain name registrars. Registrars are doing blanket marketing of new TLDs to their entire customer base, but I haven’t seen this sort of targeted marketing.

    Why aren’t registrars emailing owners of domains with “club” in them and suggesting the matching .club domains?

    Sure, it would take a little work. They would need to scrub for availability and do some mail merging. But I suspect the sell rate would be quite high.

    Registrars may be wary of bombarding their clients, but I think they could do this is a smart and limited manner. Registrars and registries would benefit.


  • Registrar’s promo misses the point

    1. BY - Jul 10, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Promotion misses the point of getting the .com I’ve always wanted.

    The third level domain name launched in general availability this week.

    The company is using the tagline “Get the .com You’ve Always Wanted”, pitching you on getting a domain because the .com domain you want is already taken.

    Conceptually this makes sense. Yet a promotion I received from a registrar yesterday doesn’t seem to exactly capture the spirit of this.

    “Second chance to get the .com you always wanted!”, the promotion from DomainIt exclaims:


    The catch is that the promotion is based on a .com domain name I already own. Why pitch it as an opportunity to get the .com I’ve always wanted when I already have the .com? This would make more sense to pitch to people that own a .net, .info, or .biz domain.

    While the .com domain in question isn’t registered at DomainIt, it doesn’t appear that DomainIt scraped whois for this promotion. I believe I picked the domain in question up in a drop and the domain was briefly with DomainIt — about 7 years ago.

    [Update: someone reminded me that DomainIt is owned by Paul Goldstone, one of the founders of]

  • exits landrush with thousands of registrations

    1. BY - Jul 08, 2014
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    Third level domain option enters general availability today., a new third level domain name registration, enters general availability today with “single-digit thousands” of registrations already.

    The registry says that the greatest interest is coming from countries where third level domain names (e.g., and even are already commonplace.

    Some third level domain names already get traffic because of this similarity to country code domain names, and this is where a domain investor opportunity might exist for these domains.

    Many domains that were previously priced at steep premiums are now at regular prices. The cheapest price I found at three registrars this morning was $35/year.