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  • Mike Robertson joins DirectNic as Business Development Director

    1. BY - Sep 25, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Australian who co-founded Domain Guardians to move to U.S. for role.

    Mike RobertsonDNC Holdings (DirectNic) announced today that it has hired Mike Robertson as Business Development Director.

    A familiar face (and Australian accent) at domain conferences, Robertson previously co-founded Domain Guardians. Domain Guardians started as a sort of estate planning system for domain name owners. It later shifted into other domainer-focused products including domain brokerage. The company handled the $1.0 million sale of

    Robertson got his start in the domain business as business development manager for Fabulous, an Australian domain name registrar.

    At DNC Holdings, Robertson will head up activities for aftermarket, monetization and account management programs. He will be relocating to the United States.

    DNC Holdings recently promoted Kellie Peterson to President, and it seems the company is in expansion mode.

  • My .website results: Hexonet wins the day

    1. BY - Sep 19, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 18 Comments

    Hexonet did remarkably well with my .website pre-orders.

    .WebsiteOn Wednesday, I wrote about the challenges I had pre-registering domain names at various registrars.

    I was specifically trying to pre-register .website domains. .Website was supposed to launch Wednesday, but was delayed a day for technical reasons. This gave me another 24 hours to go after the domains I wanted. Click here to continue reading…

  • Hey domain registrars, get your sh*t together!

    1. BY - Sep 17, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 12 Comments

    Pre-ordering new TLDs is (still) a complete mess.

    This morning I tried to give my money to a handful of domain name registrars. I tried really hard.

    Some of them refused to take it unless I jumped through a bunch of hoops. Mind-numbing, hair-pulling hoops. Someone pass the Propecia, because I’m going to need some to replace all the hair I just pulled out.

    The simple exercise I was trying to complete: pre-registering .website domain names.

    Let me tell you, it’s a good thing the general public isn’t trying to pre-register new TLDs. Even as a domain expert, it’s complex. Most domain name registrars have hacked together solutions that simply don’t work well.

    Here’s how my journey started… Click to continue reading

  • An example of new TLD channel marketing courtesy of Minds + Machines

    1. BY - Sep 10, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Getting registrars excited about promoting new TLDs is key to each registry’s success.

    Minds + MachinesI’ve written numerous times about what new TLD companies are doing to promote their domain names to end users.

    Just as important is marketing them to domain name registrars, which typically act as the channel to get domain names into the hands of end users. This is especially important given the flood of new domain names hitting the market every week.

    Here’s an example of channel marketing… …Click here to continue reading

  • Kellie Peterson promoted to President of DNC Holdings

    1. BY - Sep 05, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Peterson promoted from CSO role.

    Kellie PetersonA familiar face at domain name conferences has been named president of DNC Holdings.

    DNC Holdings, which you more likely know by its registrar name Directnic, has promoted Kellie Peterson from the Chief Strategy Officer role.

    Peterson will be responsible for DNC’s registrar services, aftermarket, monetization and publishing units.

    Before joining DNC Holdings, Peterson ran the Domain Business Unit at Endurance International. Endurance, now a public company, is a rollup of shared hosting and domain name registrars including Prior to Endurance, Peterson was Executive Vice President at

    In a separate announcement, Directnic said it now accepts bitcoin and other crypto currencies for domain name registrations. It has integrated with GoCoin to accept bitcon, litecoin and dogecoin.