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Here’s why I’m going to NamesCon next month.
The first ever NamesCon domain name conference takes place January 13-15 in Las Vegas.
Here’s why I’m going to the conference:
1. I was already planning on going to a conference in January.
DomainSponsor usually holds its Webfest conference at the end of January or early February. If Webfest returns next year, it won’t be so early in the year. I was already planning to attend a conference around this time, so NamesCon fills the void.
2. It’s going to be big.
I don’t expect as many attendees as a Webfest conference, but I do expect more than the typical TRAFFIC show (for various reasons).
3. There will be lot of fresh faces.
With more people come more types of people, including many that have never been to a domain show before. Some will come from Affiliate Summit. Others are part time domainers who I interact with on a regular basis but don’t typically go to domain name shows.
4. It coincides with Affiliate Summit.
As I mentioned, some of those fresh faces are in town for Affiliate Summit. I’ve always wondered why the affiliate and domain businesses can’t get together. Now they will. I’m not sure that I’ll go to Affiliate Summit, but it’s nice to have the option.
5. It’s a content-rich conference.
With several breakout sessions going on at the same time, there should always be a conference room worth visiting. The agenda is still being fleshed out but there are several topics that haven’t been discussed at shows I’ve attended previously.
6. The timing with new TLDs is great.
After years and years of discussion, new TLDs are finally becoming reality. This show will coincide with the sunrise periods and launch announcements for many new TLDs.
7. It’s cheap.
$399 to get in the door and $79/night for a hotel room. You can attend this show for about $1,000.
.BlackFriday domain names will soon be available. Will they be useful?
It’s Black Friday in the United States, the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season.
Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry applied to run the .blackfriday top level domain name. It’s possible this domain will be available by Black Friday 2014 despite a very poor priority draw number of 1415.
This is a unique domain in that it is targeted to a short period of time during the year; perhaps one or two weeks.
Here’s how the company describes .blackfriday in its application:
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. .BLACKFRIDAY domain names will be among the best labels for businesses hoping to capture the attention of shoppers on this exceptional shopping day after United States Thanksgiving…
…Uniregistry will offer .BLACKFRIDAY as an intuitively relevant top-level domain serving registrants seeking to provide information about sales on the day after United States Thanksgiving.
I see a couple categories for .blackfriday domains. One is existing retailers or brands, the other is “generic” uses such as deals.blackfriday or electronics.blackfriday.
The big question I have for the first category is why Best Buy or Walmart would want a .blackfriday domain such as bestbuy.blackfriday. If you go to any of their sites today, it’s plastered with Black Friday. Come Monday it will focus on Cyber Monday.
Why would you want a different website for Black Friday? It makes little sense to me for retailers to own a separate .blackfriday domain and run a separate website.
Will they defensively register the domain? I bet they will, especially with how some retailers have fought off sites that scoop their Black Friday sales early.
I just don’t see a constructive use for these retailers. It will be interesting to see how this TLD plays out.
Familiar face at domain name conferences is starting her own domain name escrow company.
Andee Hill has left Escrow.com to start her own domain name escrow service called EscrowHill.com.
Hill has been at Escrow.com, the leading escrow service when it comes to domain names, since 1999.
Gregg McNair is backing the new venture, and will be Chairman of the new company. This is the second domain name company McNair has backed and been named the chair of in as many weeks. Last week it was Co.com.
Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of Internet.bs, has been appointed CTO of EscrowHill.com.
The new company has not launched yet, but prospective customers can sign up for launch information on the company’s website.
NamesCon is an inexpensive alternative to most domain name conferences.
NamesCon, a new domain name conference being organized by Richard Lau, will take place in Las Vegas January 13-15.
Right now you can purchase a conference pass for $199.
That’s not a typo. Tickets are $199, and the top ticket price for advance purchase if you wait until closer to the show is only $599.
That’s much less expensive than the two big domain name shows, TRAFFIC and Webfest. Each of those costs around $800-$1,800 just for a pass, depending on how early you purchase tickets.
Domain conferences are also usually held at nice hotels that cost a lot. As a result, attendees sometimes bunk up or look for nearby hotel options that are cheaper.
The NamesCon hotel? The Tropicana hotel for $79 a night.
Although food isn’t included in the cost of admission, you can realistically go to this conference for under $1,000 including registration, hotel, airfare, and food.
There’s a low minimum cost of attending. If you want to live it up, you can stay at a nicer hotel and spend on luxurious dinners. Or hit the craps tables. But the minimum entry point is quite low in terms of cost.
I think that’s a game changer. If Lau and company pull this off, it could shift the dynamic of domain conferences.
Can a more affordable domain conference attract a quality audience, have good quality content, and deliver value to attendees? These questions will be answered in January.
Major shift coming to .uk namespace.
Under the approved plan, second level .uk domain names (e.g. example.uk) will be available for registration at a wholesale price of £3.50 for single year registrations and £2.50 for multi-year registrations.
Owners of existing third level .co.uk domain names will get first rights to the matching second level .uk domain names. Nominet will reserve the equivalent second level domain name for five years. The .co.uk domain owner can claim the matching second level domain name at any time during this period. The right is with the domain name, not the current registrant, so the right is transferable if a domain name changes hands.
To prevent gaming, this only applies to .co.uk domain names that were registered as of 11:59 pm on October 28, 2013.
Registrants of .org.uk and other third level domain names will not get secondary rights to the .uk domain name if the .co.uk registrant doesn’t opt to register the domain name. However, if no matching .co.uk was registered as of October 28, then the first right goes to the .org.uk owner.
93% of third level .uk domain names are .co.uk domain names, according to Nominet. In only 4% of cases is a third level domain registered under more than one second level .uk domain name.
The original second level proposal by Nominet didn’t give priority to current third level .uk nameholders, and also proposed a wholesale price of £20 per year.
Although I suspect many .co.uk owners will opt to register the shorter .uk domain names, it will be interesting to see what they do with them. Changing to the second level domain will be like moving your site to an entirely different domain name in the eyes of Google. That’s not easy and has search engine repercussions. Perhaps Google will design a system to make it easier for customers to make the transition. Otherwise, .co.uk owners might want to just forward the shorter domain to their existing .co.uk domain.