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Ad claims Yahoo! helps “domain squatters” build websites.
Nat Cohen sent me some screenshots of an ad Yahoo! is running to promote its webhosting services. I think domainers will get a rise out of the message.
Slide 1: Although Nat wasn’t able to capture the first slide, it says something to the effect of “Jerry registered a domain in 2006″.
So there you have it. Yahoo! has helped thousands of “squatters” create their websites.
At least they didn’t say “cybersquatters”.
Company that invested $1.7 million in great domain name in 2009 gets $50 million infusion from Google Capital.
Google Capital has invested $50 million in real estate auction company Auction.com.
I don’t usually write about fundraising by companies with great domain names. It takes a lot more than a great domain name to build a good business. In fact, what is now Auction.com was already a fast growing business before it had the domain name.
Still, Real Estate Disposition Corporation’s $1.7 million purchase of the Auction.com domain name in 2009 was a smart move that gave the company greater credibility. Until then it operated at the domain name USHomeAuction.com.
With all of the misinformation and questionable practices in the home auctioning business after the downturn, owning Auction.com gave the company credibility that simply wasn’t there with USHomeAuction.com.
Which is why seeing this ad (pictured) on my local newspaper caught my attention. I wouldn’t have paid any attention had it merely read USHomeAuction.
[The original version of this article referred to Google Ventures. The investment was actually made by Google Capital.]
New TLD .domains launches tomorrow.
Starting tomorrow you’ll be able to register .domains domains.
Seriously: anything.domains will be up for grabs.
The Early Access Program phase for Donuts’ top level domain .domains starts on March 5. A week later, on March 12, .domains domains will be available at standard pricing of around $30-$40.
I’m curious what types of domains will be registered in this namespace. I’m sure some registrars will participate.
As for domain investment opportunities, I’ve always found that domainers hate to pay a lot for domains with “domain” in them. I’m not quite sure why.
A few possible names stand out, but unfortunately they’ll be difficult to get.
Donuts has registry reserved premium.domains. Register.domains is on the name collisions list, but even if it wasn’t I suspect it would be reserved. Donuts has reserved register.TLDs in its other domains.
One domain that will be available is expired.domains. But you’ll have to open your pocket book. The domain is a premium one at a level I’ve never seen before from Donuts.
GoDaddy is asking a whopping $1,499 per year. Name.com has it for $960 per year.
If you buy it during the Early Access Program period it will set you back even more for the first year.
Tim Switzer has been hire by the .Build top level domain name registry.
A familiar face in the domain name registry business is joining the .Build team.
Tim Switzer, most recently with DotGreen, will manage the company’s operations and registrar relations activities.
Switzer was with Neustar prior to joining DotGreen. DotGreen’s bid for .green failed after the company determined it couldn’t compete in an auction for the domain name. Afilias ended up winning the .green contention set.
Switzer will have his work cut out for him at .build. The company plans to offer registrations for about $100, near the high end of registration pricing. It also faces competition from other domains including .construction.
That said, the building business is big. Just as an example, .Build is heading to ConExpo in Las Vegas this week. Over 125,000 people are expected to attend the show about asphalt, concrete, mining, and utilities.
New domain names and the Super Bowl headlined last month on Domain Name Wire.
February was a high traffic month on Domain Name Wire thanks to some momentum from the first batch of English language top level domain names.
Oh, and the Super Bowl stole a couple headlines, too.
Here’s a look at the top five articles on Domain Name Wire last month:
1. .Guru rockets to over 10,000 domain names – .Guru is the runaway winner thus far amongst new top level domain name launches. As of today it’s over 40,000 registrations.
2. GoDaddy auction data provide early indication of new TLD demand and values – GoDaddy provided Domain Name Wire with data around auctions for new top level domain names, including top sales so far.
3. How GoDaddy found Gwen, the woman who quit her job in a Super Bowl Commercial – One lucky woman launched her business with a Super Bowl commercial. It was free, too.
4. GoDaddy Super Bowl ads once against put domain biz in the spotlight – In addition to the commercial featuring a woman quitting her job (see #3), GoDaddy also ran a commercial with Danica Patrick and bodybuilders promoting the company’s Get Found product.
5. Check out what this company did with its .Co domain name – An Austin company took an unusual step to make sure people got its web address correct.