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Oh my, Verisign is actually scared of new top level domains!

Company sues .XYZ and claims its marketing is hurting .com.

If you listen to any of Verisign’s quarterly investor calls, you’ll often hear analysts asking what new TLDs are doing to .com.

Well, new TLDs are creating confusion, the company says. That confusion isn’t really hurting .com. Maybe .net gets caught up in the confusion, but that’s about it.

Actions speak louder than words, though, and Kevin Murphy wrote about proof today that Verisign must actually be a bit concerned about .com in the wake of new TLDs. Click to continue reading…

How is .Com? Verisign discusses, and signs 11 IDN contracts

Verisign signs transliteration TLD contracts, discusses the state of .com.

There was a lot of interesting information in yesterday’s Verisign quarterly investor conference call.

First, the company said it signed 11 contracts for its IDN transliterations of .com and .net, meaning that investors of IDN.com domain names might be close to getting their hands on IDN.com-as-IDN domains.

I say might because Verisign isn’t willing to put a date on it and hinted that the end is not near. The company said it’s asking for a modified sunrise period (reserving for matching brands in .com) and this could take a while if they get pushback.

Interestingly, Verisign CEO James Bidzos, discussing how these transliterations will be marketed, said “We’ll simply be notifying existing registrant brands that the transliteration of their .com registration is available to them.” Click to continue reading…

IDN.com owners will lose big if Verisign doesn’t get its way

They could be forced to buy transliterations within a limited time period.

Verisign has been negotiating its contracts for transliterations of .com for a long time, and last week we got an idea about what the hold up is.

ICM Registry, the domain registry for .xxx and the forthcoming .adult, .porn and .sex top level domains, announced that it finally inked contracts with ICANN for new TLDs. The catch is that ICM had to change how it handled its Domain Matching program.

ICM wanted to reserve second level domain names that match existing .xxx domain names, and then offer the reserved names to the .xxx owner if (and whenever) they decide they want the new domains. The idea is similar to what .UK is doing for owners of third level .uk domains. In that case, third level owners have five years to claim their second level domains.

But ICANN wouldn’t let them do it this way, according to ICM. There are two issues at play, as I understand it. Click here to continue reading…

.Com rebound: Verisign adds 1.15 million domain names to hit 130.0 million

After slow second quarter, Verisign returns to health growth in net-adds in third quarter.

VerisignVerisign just reported third quarter earnings, and it appears to have been a pretty good quarter in terms of .com and .net registrations compared to the previous quarter.

The registration base for .com and .net increased by 1.15 million domain names to reach 130.0 million.

That’s a nice rebound from the second quarter, when Verisign added just 0.42 million registrations to its .com/.net base

In the third quarter, it sold 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 8.3 million for the same period in 2013.

The company reported revenue of $255 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 4.7 percent from the same quarter in 2013.

Verisign’s new videos: Make your Idea Official [watch]

Clever video series promotes registering a domain name as the first step in a business idea.

Verisign released a couple videos today as part of its “Make your Idea Official” campaign. The videos remind me a bit of more recent humorous ads from GoDaddy. Although the videos promote .com and .net, they’re good overall for promoting domain name registration.

In the first video, a guy see’s some other dude moving in on his “idea” at a club: Click here to see the videos