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Answer this question on the 9th annual Domain Name Wire survey.
This year’s Domain Name Wire Survey has additional questions about top level domain names now that new ones are finally rolling off the assembly line.
By taking the survey, you’ll answer questions such as:
* How many second level domains in these new extensions do you plan to register for yourself or on behalf of your company in 2014?
* What will the release of new top level domain names do to the value of existing .com domain names?
* What impact will the introduction of new top level domain names have on existing TLDs other than .com
* Of all of the new top level domain names you’ve heard about, which is your favorite?
* Of all the new TLDs you’ve heard about, which do you think will get the most registrations?
* On average, how many second level registrations do you expect each new TLD to have one year after general availability for the domain starts?
By taking the survey you’ll also get a chance to win great prizes such as a free escrow at Agreed and a copy of David Kesmodel’s book The Domain Game.
Here’s a link to the survey.
Donuts next six domains launch and 1&1 is picking up steam thanks to cut rate pricing.
fivesix of Donuts domain names reverted to “regular” pricing today and they picked up about 20,000 registrations in the first hours, according to updated stats on nTLDStats.com.
The six domain names and their net adds are:
.Academy and .Computer appear to be in Donuts’ middle price tier and the other four are in its lowest price tier.
Also interesting is that it appears 1&1 and its affiliated registrars might be picking up a bit on GoDaddy from a market share perspective. Many of these domains show that 1&1 got more registrations than GoDaddy.
Not only did 1&1 spend about $50 million promoting pre-registrations, but it is also offering low first year registration prices.
For example, right now you can register a .computer domain at GoDaddy for $39.99. At 1&1 it’s $19.99 for the first year and then $39.99 thereafter.
This first year pricing would be very appealing to a domain investor. They can register domains for half the price and then see where the TLD (and new TLDs as a whole) are in a year to determine if it’s worth paying full price for another year.
[Editor's note: the original version of this post did not include numbers for .company, which also reverted to regular pricing today.]
City domain name rockets out of the starting gate.
The .Berlin top level domain name has quickly racked up over 30,000 domain name registrations according to the latest published zone file.
A lot of domain industry insiders think .city domain names have some of the best potential among new TLDs, and .Berlin’s quick start is certainly a positive sign.
Perhaps encouraged by the success of Germany’s country code domain name .de, applicants applied for eight city and region names in Germany: .Cologne, .Bayern, .Berlin, .Hamburg, .Koeln, .Saarland, .ruhr and .nrw (North Rhine-Westphalia).
Although that’s a sign that German’s appreciate localized TLDs, it could also be that they already feel like they have a local TLD and won’t be as inclined to register (or at least use) a city domain. It will be interesting to see how much usage .Berlin domain names get.
German domain name registrar 1&1 registered the most .Berlin domains with over 10,000 registrations, according to new TLD tracking site NTLDstats.com. Prior to .Berlin 1&1 had registered about 15,000 domains, so this is a big boost. (1&1 sister registrars, including United Domains, have registered more.)
1&1 is giving a free year of .berlin registration to people in Germany and Austria.
A quick scan shows that about 1,500 of the domain names are internationalize domain names.
Two of the .city domain names I’m keeping an eye on are .nyc and .London.
EnCirca finds that domains were used for nefarious purposes.
ICANN terminated the accreditation of domain name registrar ABSYSTEMS INC (dba yournamemonkey.com) in December for multiple contract breaches.
EnCirca got more than it bargained for.
ICANN informed EnCirca that ABSYSTEMS had approximately 700-800 names, but some of the names had already been transferred away. It estimated that 30% of the names were registered to individuals and companies in the United States, and 70% of the names were registered through a privacy service in the Philippines. ICANN also said the latest escrow deposit information seemed to be okay.
When EnCirca received the data, even the US contacts looked suspicious, EnCirca President Thomas Barrett told Domain Name Wire.
Although not required for registrar transfers, Barrett decided to put all of the customers through email verification. 75% of the customer emails bounced and no customer verified their account.
So EnCirca compared the list of transferred domains to a list of unauthorized pharmacies listed at NABP.Net and there were over 110 matches.
Next, the registrar asked LegitScript to analyze the list of 750 domains. On its first pass, LegitScript flagged 96% of the domains as fraudulent. (LegistScript does this service free for registrars.)
As a result, EnCirca has suspended all of the domains that were migrated from ABSYSTEMS.
Some of the domains, including the registrar’s main domain, were transferred out to another ICANN registrar and are now under Whois privacy. The remaining domains will be allowed to expire and deleted per the normal schedule.
Although a bit of work for EnCirca, the net result is a rogue registrar has been put down and the internet is a little bit safer than before, Barrett noted.
The launch of new domain names has been anything but smooth.
Confusion. Frustration. Incompetence.
That’s how I’d sum up the launch of new TLDs so far.
I’ve already written about some of the challenges of new TLD launches to date. How they’re coming out with a whimper. How domain name registrars are making it difficult to register these new domain names.
Kevin Murphy over at Domain Incite has more examples today in a post titled “Registrars screwing up new gTLD launches?”
Yes, registrars are dropping the ball. But registries are making it difficult for them, too.
Change your entire business model
Imagine going to Bentonville in an effort to sell Walmart on carrying your new type of cereal. Actually many new types of cereal.
You don’t just want shelf space, you tell them. You want them to try a completely new pricing scheme that changes over time. They’ll be forced to use your new type of ordering software. Oh, and you’d like a deposit, please.
It sounds ridiculous, but that’s what a lot of registries are telling registrars.
Case in point: if I were a registrar, I wouldn’t touch .wed with a ten foot pole. Apparently most registrars agree.
I get that the registrar model might seem old and stale. But if you want to make money with your new TLD today, you’re going to have to live with it. Get user adoption now and worry about innovation later. Otherwise your “innovation” will end up in the trash pile anyway.
Ready! Fire! Aim!
Last week’s royal screw up award goes to Donuts, which accidentally allowed people to register domain names it wasn’t allowed to register: eco. and 00.
Eco is on the temporarily-protected list of IGOs.
It’s still being debated how to handle the IGO list. At the end of the day I have no doubt consumers will be able to register eco at the second level.
We also have a fluid situation around name collisions, which has forced registries to hold back thousands of some of the best possible second level registrations.
The crazy thing is over a hundred new TLD contracts have been assigned and dozens of new TLDs delegated while the community still tries to figure this out.
Look, if I were Donuts I’d also push my domains to market as soon as possible. If you raised $100 million you’d feel the need to start showing results, too. You’d want to beat others to the race even if you have one bum ankle.
But an outside observer would question the sanity of signing contracts that say key terms can be changed later. They’d expect the key terms to be figured out first.
Pay attention to term 4.5.2, exhibit A, and attachment C.
Have you read your registrar’s Domain Name Registration Agreement or Terms of Service lately? Have fun.
The section of GoDaddy’s registration agreement with specific provisions for different TLDs covers 32 pages single spaced when I copy and paste it in Microsoft Word. That doesn’t include the additional content found in the 67 hyperlinks in the section.
Options, Options, Options
So you want to register a .coffee domain name? Great, I’ve got lots of options for you.
Pre-registration, non-binding pre-registration, paid pre-registration, reservation, registry-guaranteed priority registration, landrush, sunrise, sunblock (I just coined that term for trademark blocking services), EAP day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5.
Oh, but nevermind. I can’t sell you that domain. It’s on the name collision list. Oh, this one is actually a premium priced domain. This generic term can’t be registered due to a trademark block.
Don’t understand each option and how much it costs? Don’t know if you get your money back if you don’t get the domain name? You’re not alone. (Re that last link: it doesn’t matter who has accurate information; the fact that so many people are confused or getting conflicting information is a symptom of the complexity.)
Our tech team is a little bit behind.
Registrar search is dismal. Some registrars require you to go to a separate part of their site to register new domains.
Imagine trying to find something on Google, but instead of using the main search box you have to click a link and use a different search box.
Who spends $50 million marketing a product but doesn’t hire a good user interface expert to allow people to easily buy the product?
It sounds ridiculous, but that’s what’s happening.
There are also technical errors. I’m often told a domain isn’t available when it is. At eNom.com my search comes back “unknown” when a domain hasn’t come out yet. It doesn’t tell me I can pre-register it. If I search for a domain in Donuts’ EAP it tells me I can register it for a seemingly steep price, but doesn’t mention this is an early access program price. Well, the cart at checkout actually shows a registration fee and “Early Access Fee” without any explanation about what that extra fee is.
If a domain isn’t yet ready for pre-registration at GoDaddy, the search defaults to .com.
Somewhere in the c-suite at Verisign an executive is having a chuckle.
Help! My domain doesn’t work!
I just got an awesome .sexy domain name. But when I type it in on my iPhone the site doesn’t resolve. The browser takes me to a search results page.
It’s a good thing no one uses Apple products, huh? (cough)
A smoother future?
Birthing Pangs (noun): the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.
For the sake of the industry, let’s hope these can be quickly worked out.