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.Com registry offers $2 discount on deleting domain names.
Verisign is testing lower wholesale prices for deleting .com domain names later this month.
From December 15-31, registrars will be able to register .com domain names on the day they delete for $5.85. Regular wholesale pricing is $7.85 per year. The domain names must be registered before midnight on the day they are deleted. They must be registered through the auto batch pool, which is a secondary registry-registrar connection.
This is an interesting test. The timing could be that Verisign is trying to push up its numbers just before the quarter ends. But it also could be that they are trying to figure out how to improve long term re-registration of domain names that expire. (Or maybe both.)
Verisign has considered offering tiered pricing on expired domain names, essentially discounting the price over time if there are no takers when the domain drops. But in this test the discount is only good on the day the domain expires, and the discount is the same if you grab the domain immediately after it drops or later in the day.
End user customers are unlikely to see any price decrease from the test.
NameJet’s top sales include many a handful of 3 letter .com domain names.
Expired domain name site NameJet released a list today of top sales from November.
Here are all of the sales of $5,000 or more:
Here are some of the sales from $2,000-$4,999 that I like:
buycigars.com $3,850 – big market
childrenscenter.com $3,625 – there’s a daycare chain in Austin by this name, and a quick Google search reveals lots of sites with childrenscenter within the domain.
rvbroker.com $3,157 – another big market
campusworld.com $2,469 – a good generic for a college site
mortgagetoday.com $2,215 – a quality brandable mortgage domain
DomainScope helps registrants find available domain names, including those with traffic or that recently expired.
To use DomainScope, users plug in keywords and the system returns suggested available domain names. There are also tabs for available domains with traffic as well as expired domain names.
Traffic data for available domains is still presented in the form of a score, and users of the DomainScore system have reported that the score isn’t always a reliable indicator of human traffic to the domain.
Verisign plans to discontinue the DomainFinder, DomainScore and DomainCountdown systems December 15.
Once again, this company has cut it close.
In April I wrote about how 15 Fortune 100 companies had domain names that expired this year.
It’s now October, and all of the companies have renewed their domains before they expired. Some have cut it close to the wire, and here’s another example.
Lockheed Martin’s LockheedMartin.com domain name expires this month. In just 11 days.
I believe most of the company uses LMCO.com for email, but this is still a big deal.
Amazingly, it appears that Lockheed only renews this domain name one year at a time. The past couple years it has renewed it with just a few days to go.
Why wouldn’t you renew this domain for ten years? I doubt the annual renewal fee is a big hit to a $41 billion company.
Three Fortune 500′s have domain names that expire next month, and they all depend greatly on the domains: Metlife.com, Delta.com, and Fedex.com. These companies also renew their key domain just one year at a time.
Registrars must follow new guidelines for expired domain names.
New expired domain name rules governing all gTLDs went into effect on Saturday.
For example, it requires them to send expiration notices at certain intervals.
It also requires domain name registrars to interrupt the nameservers for most expired domain names to get the attention of the domain name registrant. You’ve probably seen this before – when you land on an expired domain name and the registrar holding page explains that the domain name is expiring. The new rules also require registrars to place instructions on that landing page that explain how the domain name can be renewed.
A quick search on expired domain names at a couple platforms shows that domain name registrars aren’t all in compliance with the instructions requirement. Perhaps it will only be applied to domain names that expire after August 31…or maybe registrars are still getting their act together.
ICANN has added a new page to its site to explain why an expired domain name may not be working due to this nameserver change.
ERRP also requires a 30 day redemption grace period on non-sponsored gTLDs and that registrars publish pricing for recovering a domain during this period.