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  • Bitcoin company among end user buyers at Sedo last week

    1. BY - Apr 18, 2014
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    A bitcoin company bought a domain at Sedo last week.

    Sedo had a solid sales week last week with $1.3 million worth of sales. Here are ten that were purchased by end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $10,000 – BitCoin Nordi, a bitcoin seller. $1,900 – FootballAddicts AB, creator of Forza Football app with soccer scores and highlights. $800 – the owner of, a presentation design service. $2,000 – Fashion company STYLIGHT GmbH, owner of the matching .com. $5,000 – Adventist Media Network $3,140 – Auction Nation. I imagine the domain stands for ‘Real Estate Nation’. $13,000 – Shoe company Greats, which has been using $3,995 – Optimal Medicine Ltd in London $777 – Rockville Bank in South Windsor, Connecticut, which is merging with United. $1,495 – Coxco general contractors in Garland, Texas.

  • With just 22 domains registered, .Rich is the biggest bomb in new TLDs. Or is it?

    1. BY - Apr 16, 2014
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    .Rich zone file only has 22 names in it.

    .rich domainLast week the .rich top level domain name quietly launched in general availability.

    And I mean quietly.

    .Rich registry I-Registry’s website is still promoting the January launch of the .rich sunrise. There’s no mention of registrars carrying the domain, either. I can only find a handful of registrars supporting the domain.

    Oh, and it comes with a steep price tag: about two grand a year.

    That’s not a typo. IP Mirror is offering .rich domains for $1,899 a year. wants $2,599.

    The net result is only 22 domains have been registered to date. That’s how many are in the zone file, so it’s possible there are a few more without nameservers.

    Rich people are not registering .rich domains to flaunt their wealth as I-Registry had hoped. Instead, a handful of brands that have registered their names in every extension they can have stepped up to the table.

    Samsung has gone a bit further, registering the names of some of its key executives (e.g.

    I can’t envision a rich person registering one of these to show off. But maybe Paris Hilton will and they’ll go viral in Hollywood and 50 people will register them.


    Is this the worst new TLD launch to date? From a size perspective it appears so. But if the sunrise price was anywhere near the general availability price, it’s possible the registry has pulled in a good $25,000. That beats a registry that sold 1,000 names at $15 a pop.

    I-Registry is apparently also launching .onl on Thursday. It’s short for .online. I don’t think it will get much more revenue out of the gate than .rich.

  • 18 end user domain name sales

    1. BY - Apr 16, 2014
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    3D printing company among end user domain name buyers last week.

    Afternic and GoDaddy combined to sell over $2 million worth of domain names last week. Here are some that were sold to end users.

    You can view previous end user sales lists here. $14,000 – BinMadi Watches. As best I can tell this is the name/brand of a watch. $11,000 – a CSC client, most likely a law firm. $2,000 – Apollo Health & Lifestyle Limited in Hyderabad, India. It uses $6,000 – 3D printing company 3D Systems. $1,288 – Plastics industry trade association Society of the Plastics Industry $2,850 – Heritage Wealth Management Group, Ltd. in Norfolk, Virginia. $1,877 – Security company Kastle Systems. $1,500 – James Wreck, the Hot Sauce Boss outside of Houston. $3,388 – Home Solutions Property Management Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. $1,488 – Creekside Cancer Care LLC in Lafayette, Colorado. $1,500 – IT services company Sterling Rose, which has been using $1,000 – iTMethods Inc. in Toronto. $1,149 – Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana $4,000 – Roman and Williams, an interior design and building firm. $1,300 – Cong ty Co phan Vietcorp, which owns the matching .VN domain name. $1,000 – New York ad firm Bunker. $1,750 – The Mutual Fund Store $1,000 – Wet Okole, manufacturer of seat covers.

  • Uniregistry activates thousands of reserved domains per TLD

    1. BY - Apr 16, 2014
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    Company held back thousands of domains and has now activated and parked them.

    If you take a look at Uniregistry’s zone files for its TLD launches so far, you might think yesterday was a huge day.

    After all, its previously launched .sexy domain jumped from 6,849 to 12,318 registrations. That’s an 80% increase.

    .Tattoo jumped from just 1,432 to 5,932, a jump of over 300%.

    And .link, which launched yesterday, now has a staggering 20,000+ domains in the zone.

    It’s all a mirage.

    Yesterday Uniregistry activated its reserved domain names in top level domains that have launched so far, massively increasing the size of its zones. It accounts for basically all of the growth in .sexy and .tatto.

    Judging by some quick checks, it appears that the majority of domains in .link, which just launched with 20,000+ domains in the zone file, are actually domains reserved by the registry.

    That includes almost all three digit domains that correspond to area codes. I ran whois checks on 434 names in .link starting with and only 10 (yes, 10) of them were registered by someone other than North Sound Names. Two of those were by a DomainNameSales employee! This explains why I had so much trouble finding worthwhile domains to register yesterday.

    North Sound Names, a Grand Cayman company, is running premium sales for Uniregistry.

    All of the domains are parked on Frank Schilling’s with for sale links. They’re also all registered at the company’s Uniregistry registrar, meaning the registrar is technically growing like a weed.

    To be fair, Uniregistry hasn’t asked anyone to judge the size of its domain base based on the zone.

    Uniregistry founder Frank Schilling told The Domains that .Link, .Pics, and .Photo had all surpassed 10,000 “arms length registrations” yesterday. I guess that’s the total non-North Sound domains across all three domains.

    I’ll be curious for the reaction to the level of reserved domains. Schilling has said the company was only holding back a small number of domains per TLD. I suspect his definition of small will be different than that of many domain investors.

  • More new TLD auctions on tap, and Uniregistry appears to be participating

    1. BY - Apr 11, 2014
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    Private auctions taking place later this month.

    With the start of ICANN’s “Auctions of Last Resort” quickly approaching, some new top level domain applicants are working on last minute contention set resolutions.

    Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM: MMX), the band formerly known as Top Level Domain Holdings, says it’s competing in at least three auctions on April 22. The auctions are for .garden, .property, and .yoga.

    The company is in contention with Donuts and Uniregistry for all three of the domains. This seems to confirm that Uniregistry has decided to participate in private auctions after initially saying it wouldn’t due to anti-trust concerns.

    Some applicants tell me they think almost all contention sets will get resolved at the last minute before ICANN’s official auctions take place. I’ll believe that only when Google and Amazon decide to participate.