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Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry joins Donuts with new TLD releases this week.
Shortened holiday week be damned: new TLD operators are launching a bunch of domain names this week.
And by this week, I really mean this Wednesday. Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry and Donuts all get in on the action on September 3.
Uniregistry launches .hiphop, .audio and .juegos (games in Spanish) in general availability this week.
The company is sticking to its low price strategy. Both registrars I checked are offering .hiphop domains for $19.99; the other two are $12.99-$13.99.
Interestingly, GoDaddy is not supporting this week’s Uniregistry TLDs despite signing a registrar registry agreement a couple months ago.
Four Donuts domain names exit EAP this week and revert to regular pricing: .Gratis (free), .Claims, .Credit and .Creditcard.
“Regular” pricing isn’t cheap, though. You’ll need to increase the limit on your credit card to buy many .CreditCard domains. Each will set you back about $150-$200 per year.
.Digital, .accountants, .finance and .insure all enter EAP this Wednesday.
Frank Schilling’s registry finally comes to agreement with GoDaddy.
Frank Schilling’s registry Uniregistry has signed a registry-registrar agreement with GoDaddy, paving the way for its top level domains to show up on the world’s largest domain name registrar.
The ink on the agreement is barely dry, so you won’t find Uniregstry’s names on GoDaddy just yet. It’s possible they’ll be available at the registrar before the general availability of .christmas and blackfriday on July 8.
Uniregistry’s domain names, including .link and .photo, have had a decent start. Yet they were severely hampered by distribution.
Given the number of free domains given away through some registrars, it’s hard to judge GoDaddy’s marketshare of new TLDs. But it’s the market leader, by far.
Word on the street is that Uniregistry’s contract for registrars has a couple clauses that turned off domain name registrars.
New registrant report reveals who has the most registrations in new top level domain names.
nTLDStats.com published a new “Registrant Breakdown” today [see update below]. It shows the top registrants of new top level domain names.
Coming in at number one on the list is Frank Schilling’s North Sound Names, which registered tens of thousands of names in his own TLDs in order to sell them at higher prices.
According to nTLDStats, North Sound Names has registered 43,177. I believe close to half of those are in .link alone.
Schilling has previously said he didn’t plan to register domains in TLDs he didn’t own, so all of these registrations should be in his own TLDs.
Number two on the list is the government of China through China Organizational Name Administration Center (CONAC). They did a deal with Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) for about 20,000 domain names. (nTLDSTats shows that it’s on the whois for 17,030 domains.)
After that the numbers drop to about 5,000 domains and fewer.
This information is interesting, and would be even more useful if you could break it down by top level domain.
[Update: Konstantinos Zournas comments that this data has been published for a while. I thought I saw a tweet from nTLDStats saying it just published this, but apparently I actually saw a tweet from TheDomains. So I also owe a hat tip to Raymond Hackney.]
Uniform Rapid Sexy.
When Frank Schilling released his first handful of new top level domain names he also held back tens of thousands of second level domain names for himself. These were registered in the name of North Sound Names.
Since the domains aren’t just held back as premiums for registration but are actually registered, they are subject to URS proceedings.
Schilling has successfully defended the first such proceeding against one of his domains, a URS for Finn.sexy.
The complainant, Finn.no AS of Oslo, Norway, has trademarks for FINN. However, the panel wasn’t persuaded that the domain was registered for any reason other than its generic nature.
You can read the decision here.
Who is the most influential person in the domain name industry?
Frank Schilling, according to respondents to this year’s Domain Name Wire survey.
37% of respondents said Schilling was the most influential person in the domain name industry. The next highest was Rick Schwartz with 18% of the vote.
Who would Domain Name Wire readers most like to have dinner with? Again, Frank Schilling. 26% picked Schilling as a dinner date, and the vote was spread a bit more broadly across other popular names in the domain industry.
Of course, Schilling has become a bit controversial over the past year with the launch of new top level domain names. As one person noted, he’d most like to have dinner with Frank “to ask him what the heck he’s thinking.”
I can only imagine this comment has to do with new TLDs, either investing so much in them or the controversy over the number of reserved domains.
Another respondent quipped, “How do you make a small fortune? Start with a large one.”
As for me, I’d enjoy dinner with Frank and everyone else on the list. As long as they’re paying