Domain Name Wire

Domain Name Wire

Displaying posts under "Uncategorized"

  • Power of Press: London Standard’s front page article about .London

    1. BY - Apr 16, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 5 Comments

    London Evening Standard dedicates half of front page to .london web address.

    London Evening Standard.City domain names are popular with local press, and here’s a great example.

    Michael Blend (formerly with Demand Media) snapped this photo in London today. It’s the front page of London Evening Standard, and it looks like half of it is devoted to the publication getting a .london domain name.

    It’s basically a half page ad for .london courtesy of the publication, which is in the domain’s “pioneer” program. It plans to run in parallel with its existing web address.

    I expect .london to be one of the most successful new TLD launches to date.

  • A new TLD just canceled its landrush citing “little engagement”

    1. BY - Apr 16, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 1 Comment

    .Best says registrars suggested little benefit to holding a landrush.

    The applicant for the .best top level domain name has canceled the landrush phase of its new top level domain name launch. The company says that “registrars have given us feedback that there has been very little engagement with the TLD Landrush Phase”.

    Indeed, with the typical new TLD launching with fewer than 10,000 initial registrations, delaying a launch for a month or two to pick up some pricier landrush registrations might not make sense.

    Donuts has landed on a good hybrid model with its Early Access Program. Although rather confusing to the typical registrant (and a pain technically for registrars), it allows the registry to pick up more revenue in a shortened landrush phase. The Early Access Program is similar to a reverse auction in which prices drop each day.

    .Best may be changing course after the company’s launch of .CEO flopped. .CEO, which has always been a head-scratcher to me, still has fewer than 1,000 registrations despite rather heavy marketing efforts.

    .Best has a bit broader appeal, although I consider it a “backwards” TLD: you describe things as Best Something, not Something Best.

    Sunrise for .best starts on April 17th and ends on May 19th, with general availability starting on May 21st.

  • The smartest domainers of the past decade

    1. BY - Apr 15, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 6 Comments

    Rather than complain about outside forces destroying their business, they grabbed the bull by the horns.

    The past decade has been one of ups and downs for domain name investors. Domain parking busted around the same time the overall economy imploded. Domain values faced downward pressure as investors no longer had rich parking profits to funnel into domain purchases.

    Since about 2008, many domainers have trudged on to domain conferences, complaining about domain parking and their dependency on Google. They blamed others for ruining their gravy train.

    One small band of domainers didn’t spend much time worrying about domain parking over these years. Rather than rest on their laurels, they found a way to make a huge profit from domain names.

    Rather than build a portfolio of thousands of domains, they registered literally trillions of second level domains. Instead of holding out to sell all of the domains for six figures, they sold most of them for under thirty bucks. They also found a way to get the people who bought these domains from them to pay an additional thirty bucks every year, so the domains became an annuity.

    They knew they wouldn’t sell all of their portfolio. Just a fraction — 1.7 million to date.

    And it wasn’t easy. They couldn’t just sit behind a computer all day playing the drops and listing domains on aftermarkets. But they didn’t bitch and moan about this, either.

    They worked hard to build a sales channel. They traveled the world telling people why they should buy their domains. They risked a lot of cash.

    It all paid off, though. To the tune of $109 million.

    Congratulations Juan, Lori Anne, Nicolai and Jose.

  • WTF: No reverse domain hijacking if you try to buy domain first

    1. BY - Apr 14, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 7 Comments

    Panelist says no reverse domain name hijacking because domain owner didn’t respond to purchase inquiries.

    Today’s “WTF, why isn’t this reverse domain name hijacking” case comes courtesy of panelist Alistair Payne and Czech Arbitration Court (CAC).

    The case was filed by the proprietor of French trademarks for “ikase” against the domain name

    The domain was registered six years before the complainant claimed any rights in the “ikase” mark, so the panel rightfully determined that it was impossible the domain was registered and used in bad faith.

    Yet Payne let’s the complainant Yvan Taieb off the hook for RDNH because he didn’t receive any responses to his purchase inquiries for the domain:

    The Complainant must have or at the least should have known that the Respondent had registered the Disputed Domain Name approximately six years prior to its trade mark registrations. However, the Panel notes that the Complainant tried several times to contact the Respondent in order to purchase the Disputed Domain Name but received no response (the Panel notes that the only evidence to this effect before it is an email dated 28 November 2013 from Mr Taibe’s lawyer to and a letter from Mr Taibe’s lawyer dated 16 January 2014 to WHOIS Privacy Services).

    In these circumstances there is, in the Panel’s view, nevertheless a reasonable explanation for the Complainant filing its complaint, as it most probably seemed to the Complainant to be the only way that it could contact the Respondent. In these particular circumstances, the Panel is therefore prepared to give the Complainant the benefit of the doubt and considers that, on balance, the Complaint was made in frustration at not having received a response to the Complainant’s attempts to contact the Respondent and therefore the requirements for reverse domain name hijacking have not been made out.

    The fact that the complainant tried to buy the domain first and resorted to UDRP later is even more proof that the complainant did not feel the respondent was actually cybersquatting.

    Domain owners have no duty to respond to a domain inquiry. And given where the panel says the email and letter was sent, I doubt the domain owner even got it.

  • Next week is colorful for new TLDs: 5 Schillings, Afilias colors, and a bit of buzz

    1. BY - Apr 10, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 0 Comments

    Lots of new domains enter general availability next week, and only two of them are from Donuts.

    Only two of Donuts’ new top level domain names enter their “true” general availability phase next week. It will still be a big week for new TLDs as other applicants launch domains.

    April 15

    .Buzz gets buzzing on Tuesday with broad registrar support. GoDaddy is charging $49.99 and I’ve found other registrars charging as low at $37.99.

    Tax day is also Frank Schilling’s big day. (Of course it’s not tax day for Shilling down in Cayman!)

    He’s launching .link, .gift, .guitars, .pics, and .photo.

    Schilling’s Uniregistry still doesn’t have GoDaddy on board for these domains, so you’ll have to look elsewhere. I’m sure the domains will be available at on Tuesday, but there’s no pre-ordering option there.

    The cheapest I’ve found is .link $9.99, .gift and .pics $19.99, .guitars and .photo $29.99.

    It will be interesting to watch .photo since Donuts already launched .photos. .Photos has close to 10,000 registrations so far.

    April 16

    Donuts Wednesday will be a little quiet this week with only two domains hitting general availability: .holiday and .marketing. .Holiday is in Donuts’ highest price tier, so you can expect to pay $50+. Marketing is in the second tier and will generally cost $30-$40 retail.

    April 17

    Afilias has a “colorful” week as it launches its first six new TLDs: .pink, .red, .blue, .kim, .shiksha (Hindi for Education) and .移动 (Chinese simplified for Mobile Phone).

    It’s pricing is rather reasonable. I found all of the domains available for $16.99 at eNom quoted me $26.00.

    It doesn’t have GoDaddy on board yet, which doesn’t bode well for the launch.

    Also on Thursday, I-Registry might launch .onl in general availability. shows a launch date of April 17 for $14.99 and shows that trademark claims start. But there’s very little on I-Registry’s website about the launch, dates, registrars, etc. In fact, their .rich domain name had trademark claims starting today, but I can’t seem to find a place registering it (at least this morning).