Domain Name Wire

Domain Name Wire

  • A look back at November’s NameJet Sales

    1. BY - Dec 18, 2014
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    November for Namejet – as measured by domain auctions that closed above $2,000 – was a slow month. Just one month prior, 12 out of the 66 charted sales surpassed $10k, with the highest attaining $91.8k; but last month only 1 out of 61 sales climbed into the 5 digits. To be fair, the high end of the domain market is always the most erratic. Trends are mainly to be found iNameJetn the low and mid-value ranges and over a longer period of time.

    Interestingly, activity in the domain sector seems to be quite seasonal.
    Cycles in NameJet data during the past 3 years suggest that the aftermarket heats up in Summer and cools off by late Autumn:

    Season Quantity > $2k
    (Mean by Year)
    Sum of Sales > $2k
    (Mean by Year)
    Summer (6,7,8) 254 $1.49 million
    Autumn (9,10,11) 223 $1.07 million
    Winter (12,1,2) 251 $1.46 million
    Spring (3,4,5) 264 $1.40 million

    That’s a very quick glance – far too crude to bear scientific scrutiny. Still, it’s suggestive. But what actually sold? Click to continue reading…

  • Cuba domain names take off after yesterday’s announcement

    1. BY - Dec 18, 2014
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    Yesterday was a good day for Rob Sequin’s domain name portfolio.

    Cuba websites

    Traffic to Rob Sequin’s Cuba websites, including (pictured), quintupled yesterday.

    Yesterday, President Obama announced renewed relations with the government of Cuba. The announcement has immediate ramifications for trade and travel between the two countries, and opens up the potential for much more.

    Immediately, people went to domain name registrars to register Cuban domain names. According to Verisign’s DomainView tool, over 1,500 domains containing “cuba” were registered yesterday in .com and .net. Compare that to fewer than 100 that are registered on a typical day.

    Additionally, close to 300 domains including “Havana” were registered. Even the term “Cigar” had a banner day, with domains like registered.

    But one man was way ahead of these people. Click here to continue reading…

  • Johnson & Johnson pays $3.1M for .Baby, CREA $3.4M for .MLS

    1. BY - Dec 17, 2014
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    .Baby and .MLS new TLDs awarded.

    Johnson & JohnsonTwo new top level domain names contention sets were resolved at auction today. The auction with six participants ended with a lower price than the one with just two.

    Consumer products company Johnson & Johnson won .Baby with a $3,088,888 bid. It beat out Google, Minds + Machines, Donuts, Radix and Famous Four in the auction.

    Johnson & Johnson also owns the domain name

    Canadian Real Estate Association beat Afilias in the auction for .MLS, paying $3,359,000. CREA tried everything it could to avoid an auction, but it failed in both its Community Priority Evaluation and Legal Rights Objection against the Afilias’ bid.

    So instead of just paying to win at the auction, it spent a lot on lawyers and an additional community application for the domain. Given the results in some other objections, it might have been worth rolling the dice.

  • Last week’s end user domain name sales at Sedo

    1. BY - Dec 17, 2014
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    Some end user sales…and some probable end user sales.

    Sedo handled 573 transactions last week for a total of about $1.0 million of domain name sales.

    This week’s end user list is shorter than usual, but that doesn’t mean there were fewer end user sales. For one thing, there are a lot of domains still in escrow.

    Another reason is that a lot of sales look like they might be end users, but it’s hard to tell for sure.

    For example, sold for $35,477. End user pricing? Perhaps, but that’s a great domain name. The buyer also owns about 100 domain names, and I many of them are parked. I suspect it’s an end user sale, but I’m not sure.

    Another example is at 3,125 EUR. The address points to a Regus office in New York City. Sounds like an end user sale to me, but I can’t tie it to one company.

    OK, on to the verified list of some of the week’s end user sales at the Sedo marketplace: Click here to view the end user sales list

  • Could new TLDs have an SEO benefit in the future?

    1. BY - Dec 17, 2014
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    Only if it improves search results.

    Using a new top level domain name instead of a .com or other gTLD does not give you a benefit in Google search results. Ditto for using a .com instead of a new TLD. They’re basically the same.

    That’s what Google says. And it makes sense when you think about it. A lot of people that think new TLDs have an SEO advantage are thinking with their heart, not with their head.

    Logic dictates that Google would give a boost of some sorts to domains on new TLDs if it made its search results better. I can’t think of a plausible argument at this point in time that Google SERPs would be better if new TLDs received some sort of boost. If Google’s algorithms accidentally gave a boost based on TLD, it certainly would scramble to fix this.

    While it doesn’t make sense for Google to favor a new TLD over an existing TLD at this point, it could make sense in the future. It would make sense if it improved search results. Let’s go through some of the arguments that ranking new TLDs ahead of other TLDs would benefit search results, and consider if they are valid now and if they will be in the future. Click here to continue reading…