This week: .Amsterdam, .Fans, .FYI and .MBA

New domain names become available Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

A handful of new domain names are hitting domain registrars’ shelves this week.

On Tuesday, .Amsterdam enters general availability. There is a fairly limited list of domain name registrars on nic.amsterdam, but 101Domain is offering them for $41.99. Click here to continue reading…

Pheenix to offer $13.99 domain name backorders

Already inexpensive drop catching service to offer cut rate pricing as it boosts number of registrars.

PheenixExpired domain name backordering service Pheenix is offering a new tier of expired domain backorders at just $13.99 per domain.

The new “Super Saver” backorders be usurped by any standard Gold backorders. The Gold backorders cost a little bit more: currently they are $18.95 for .com/.net/.org, but they will rise to $21.99 on September 15.

Pheenix also announced that it has increased the number of registrar creds snagging domains for it by 500%.

The service is strictly an old-school pending delete dropcatcher. It does not have exclusive direct-transfer deals with registrars in which the expired domain service gets first dibs on any expiring domains.

While not a household name, Pheenix is used by a number of volume domainers.

This week’s Expired Domain Name Report

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in expired domain name sales.

Turns out this is my 100th article for DomainNameWire.com. Saying “Domain.TLD sold for $$$ because ???, implying Blah” – that’s the easy part. What’s tricky, as a writer, is finding ways to vary that sentence 50 times in a row without going nuts. Harder still: inventing transitions to move through the sentences. After all, looking at a list of prices in descending order, there really are no segues. “Flow” is hard to achieve. With 100+ domains to cover, reports tend to be dense; and the natural structure is flat and monotonous. Yet varying the pace only adds to the length of the journey! Fortunately, while I grapple with making the unreadable readable, busy people can cut loose and skim the tables. Click here to continue reading…

GoDaddy introduces two factor authentication outside U.S.

Security tool expanded to 185 countries.

Two Factor AuthenticationNon-U.S. customers of GoDaddy can now activate two-factor authentication to add security to their accounts.

The service has been available in the U.S. for several years, and international customers have been asking for it.

The SMS-based system sends a text message to customers after they enter their standard login credentials. They must enter a code from the text message before gaining access to their account.

In theory, this means someone would have to obtain both your login credentials and phone in order to crack into your account.

Other registrars, such as Uniregistry and eNom, use Google Authenticator as an app-based two factor authentication. These work in all countries.

GoDaddy’s international expansion of two-factor authentication adds 184 countries, so odds are it works where you live.

.Online domain name registrations by the numbers

A look inside .Online’s strong debut.

By all accounts, .Online had a great first day yesterday. It got over 30,000 registrations. Its overnight zone file now sits at about 35,000 names.

I dug through the zone file to look for patterns. Here’s what I found…

Here are three companies that registered a lot of domains. There might be others, but these companies pointed the names to their corporate nameservers: Click to continue reading…