Expire.com launches as dutch auction for domain names

Domain name prices start at $500 and drop from there.

DropCatchThe team behind HugeDomains, DropCatch.com and NameBright launched a new service called Expire.com today.

It has nothing to do with expired domains, however. The name refers to domain name buying opportunities that are about to “expire” (i.e. end).

Expire.com runs dutch auctions, a model that has worked well for new top level domain name companies that have run so-called early access phases. Domain names on Expire.com start at $500, and then drop by $100 everyday until they hit $100: Click here to continue reading…

DNW has been refreshed — take a look

The site looks similar, but it should run better.

You might not notice anything different when you visit Domain Name Wire today. But under the hood, the site has been completely redone. It should now load faster and work better in more browsers, with better responsiveness for mobile devices.

If you experience any glitches or problems on the site, please first try to do a hard refresh or clear your cache. If the problem persists, I’d be grateful if you can send an email to me at editor (at) domainnamewire.com with the following information:

  • Browser name and version number
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  • A description of the issue, and/or a screenshot

I always appreciate when people point out bugs and typos on Domain Name Wire, so feel free to contact me whenever something arises, even if it’s not related to this latest refresh.

Thanks for reading.

Highlights from Rightside Q4 investor call

Domain name company Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) reported results today.

Rightside reported fourth quarter and full year financials for 2014 after the bell today.

The company had earnings of $1.5M for Q4, and adjusted EBITDA of $0.6M. For the year it turned in a net loss of ($1.9M) and adjusted EBITDA of ($3.1M).

I just listened to the conference call, and here are some of the highlights from the quarter:

  • The company got $7.8 million for losing new top level domain name auctions. In Q3 it reported $8.6 million from losing seven auctions.
  • As of the end of the year, Rightside’s new TLDs had 150,000 registrations for $5 million in cash sales. At the end of Q3 it had about 80,000 for $2.5 million in sales.
  • 15% of new registrations at Rightside’s retail registrar Name.com were new top level domain names, and these sell for about 3x .com prices.
  • The company is targeting breakeven on an adjusted EBITDA basis for 2015.
  • CEO Taryn Naidu says the company will try lots of marketing approaches for its new TLDs next year. It is getting some traction in industry publications for its legal domains and .vet. It is also partnering with associations that have members who are targets for Rightside’s vertical TLDs.

Amazon goes big on city .Delivery domain names

Company registers major city domain names in new .delivery top level domain name.

Amazon.com drone

Whether by drone or by truck, Amazon is improving delivery. Just expect more innovation in Denver than Detroit.

Amazon.com is obsessed with improving delivery, from its local locker pickup to Sunday delivery to delivery by drone.

So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the company registered a bunch of city.delivery domain names when they became available earlier this month. Here are some of the top 30 metro area domain names it registered at a premium during “Early Access”:

Atlanta.delivery Boston.delivery Charlotte.delivery Chicago.delivery Dallas.delivery Denver.delivery Houston.delivery LosAngeles.delivery Miami.delivery NewYork.delivery Phoenix.delivery Portland.delivery SanDiego.delivery SanFrancisco.delivery Seattle.delivery WashingtonDC.delivery

The company passed over a number of city names, which were registered by InnovationHQ instead. I don’t know what this means for Amazon’s plans or favoratism toward certain cities, but here are some that InnovationHQ picked up a few days later:

Baltimore.delivery Cleveland.delivery Detroit.delivery KansasCity.delivery Minneapolis.delivery Orlando.delivery Philadelphia.delivery Pittsburgh.delivery

Domain definitions: FLD for “Free Level Domain”

Joseph Peterson suggests a new term for what we frequently call “second level domains”…because second level isn’t always accurate.

Last month I suggested the term nTLD to categorize certain domain names. This month I’d like to suggest a name for domain names that you and I can register at a domain name registrar:

FLD – Short for “Free Level Domain”.

This one may not catch on, but I’ve been using it internally as a variable and field within all my databases for quite some time. The meaning is quite familiar; only the word and the precise application are a bit new. In common parlance, this is what many people mean when they say “SLD”.

What’s wrong with “SLD” then? Well, literally “SLD” stands for “second level domain”. It’s the string immediately to the left of the TLD. So if we’re looking at Facebook.com, then “com” is the TLD, followed by “Facebook” as SLD. So far, so good … Click to continue reading…