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  • Lies, damned lies and new TLD statistics

    1. BY - Dec 15, 2014
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    Dig into statistics to understand how valuable they are.

    New top level domain name options have been out for less than a year, and everyone is clambering for data to make sense of the rollout.

    That includes me. I look at registration data from a number of sources, weekly sales information, usage data…basically, anything I can get my hands on.

    Yet it’s important to understand that data can be misleading, especially if you don’t dig into the details. A prime example is looking at raw registration numbers as a sign of the popularity of a new TLD. These numbers are not always indicative of popularity because of freebies and registry registrations.

    Here’s another data point that might not be all it’s cracked up to be: the number of registrations for any given TLD in the Alexa top million. Click here to continue reading…

  • 6 new top level domain names launched yesterday, and the most popular is…

    1. BY - Dec 11, 2014
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    Six new domain options launched, and you might be surprised by which one had the best first day.

    Donuts and Rightside combined to launch six top level domain names yesterday. Rightside launched .auction and .software. Donuts launched .business, .immo, .network and .pizza.

    Guess which one had the most registrations?

    If you’re an English speaker, you probably guessed wrong. According to nTLDstats, .immo ended the “zone file” day with the most registrations at 5,247.

    .Immo is short for “real estate” in a couple languages.

    Here are the rankings, again based on nTLDstats:

    1. .Immo 5,274
    2. .Business 3,292
    3. .Software 3,068
    4. .Network 3,055
    5. .Pizza 1,272
    6. .Auction 1,053

    .Business and .Network, both long form versions of existing TLDs, have a long way to go to catch up with .biz (2.4 million) and .net (15.0 million).

  • How most people see domain investors

    1. BY - Dec 03, 2014
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    This guy got his name as a domain name, but he wasn’t happy about how it all went down.

    Want to know how a person trying to get his hands on a domain name sees domain name investors?

    Here’s a pretty good summary.

    Brad Frost, a web developer (and speaker, writer, consultant, musician, and artist, according to his bio) recently went through the ordeal of acquiring

    The domain was previously registered by another Brad Frost, and this Brad Frost waited a long time for the domain to expire so that he could pick it up.

    Like many people in the same boat, he didn’t really understand the domain expiration process. I don’t blame him. It would have taken a lot of hours to figure it out.

    The short of it: the domain was at enom, so he should have backordered with NameJet. Instead, he backordered it at GoDaddy. But no one backordered it at NameJet, and someone using Pheenix picked it up. Click here to continue reading…

  • Top Clicks and Domain Name News Stories from November

    1. BY - Dec 02, 2014
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    A look back at November in the domain name business.

    Top 5November was a super-busy month here on Domain Name Wire. The DNW Podcast had a bunch of great shows, one of my stories hit the mainstream press, and we learned that a big domain name company exchanged hands for $44.9 million.

    Every month, I run down the top five posts from the past month. This month I’m going to add a bit to it by looking at the most clicked links within Domain Name Wire stories.

    5 of the 6 top clicks from last month were from one story: a list of Mike Bloomberg domains registered by HBO for John Oliver’s comedy show Last Week Tonight. The five links combined were clicked 1,955 times last month.

    The #2 most clicked in-story link was a link to DomainPunch from this story; it got 411 clicks.

    A Miami Beach Realtor got 149 clicks from this story about .Realtor domain names.

    OK, now on to November’s top 5 stories: Click here to continue reading…

  • New TLDs this week: .Paris, .Moscow, .LTDA and more

    1. BY - Dec 01, 2014
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    Four geo domains among those releasing this week.

    It’s a fairly busy week for new top level domain names, especially for those watching geographic top level domain names.


    .МОСКВА and .Moscow launched today, and they will be very interesting to watch given the initial interest in Russian IDNs. The domains are cheap, both 101domain and DomainDiscount24 have prices around $10 or less.

    .集团, Chinese for “conglomerate”, appears to have also launched today. It will be pricey; 101domain lists the domain for $789 for one year. Click here to continue reading…