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“Water, water, every where,Nor any drop to drink.”
That would be Coleridge — his ill fated sailor thirstily contemplating the vast seawater. But I doubt “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was the Rime.com that just sold at GoDaddy Auctions for $12.8k. Aside from that archaic spelling of “rhyme”, we have “rime” as the hoarfrost that forms from a fog in winter. Nope. Not it either. My bet is on the Play Station game, Rime — whose trailer is oddly reminiscent of Coleridge’s poem with its sea scape, gulls, curse, and isolation. I’d go beyond that and wager that this shared mythos — far from being a coincidence — probably inspired the game’s name. Mythos.com sold for $8.4k, by the way. Oh, yeah … Another maritime masterpiece (by Herman Melville) sold a domain last week: MobyDicks.com ($510) will probably go to a seafood restaurant somewhere.
Speaking of thirst, Middle Eastern deserts had an exceptional showing in last week’s expired auctions — and all of them .INFOs. Highest of these sales stands the home of the world’s tallest building, Dubai.info ($7.1k). Accompanying that modern tourist destination were 2 more ancient: Pyramids.info ($86) and Sahara.info ($280).
Other .INFOs did well too. For starters, Brasilia.info ($570), the 4th largest city in Brazil with a population of 2.5 million. But then we have a string of non-geo domains: Remodel.info ($294), Runners.info ($166), Mushrooms.info ($136), and AssistedLiving.info ($65). Those are all strong keywords, and .INFO (which already sells regularly on the aftermarket) seems to me more promising than most new TLDs being introduced this year.
Inventor.org ($2.95k) and InvestmentBrokers.com ($3.5k) are no surprise. .ORG is perfect for the first one. I’m taken off guard, however, by a $1.9k sale of GoCanada.org. After all, Canadians would prefer .CA and .COM to .ORG, one would think. As for Suo.cc at $5.5k? Haven’t got a clue! If I read this as Italian, then it means “His / Her / Its Direct Current”. (DC = CC, “corrente continua”.) That Italian explanation is beyond far-fetched, especially when .CC is only really loved in China and the registrant’s in Vancouver. $5.5k is quite high for .CC. So your guess is as good as mine.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ Rime.com 12811 Mythos.com 8400 Dubai.info 7100 Suo.cc 5050 InvestmentBrokers.com 3561 Inventor.org 2950 WholesaleKitchen.com 2509 GoCanada.org 1925 Yaske.com 1802 Avnoma.com 1691 SERCOnline.org 1466 Mocking.com 1302 AppLife.com 1259 NextMontreal.com 1225 1777.net 1071 SafeComputingTips.com 1045 MyOpenBar.com 1025 SEOList.com 1025 Clashe.com 1008 EffectiveMedia.com 999 PerfectCut.com 996 ApplyWise.com 912 NamePhoneLookup.com 891 TheLoop21.com 885 CameraStrap.com 809 PHPFusionMods.com 771 CodeJoomla.com 760 DiskDrives.com 723 APleno.com 710 MagicSlimBlues.com 710 IAMG.com 701 LoanToday888.com 625 AWorldOfPossibilities.com 610 Dans-Arcade.com 601 Brasilia.info 570 JosephDana.com 567 Quilao.com 531 Dedicame.com 511 AgriCart.com 511 MobyDicks.com 510 GoToWorld.net 510 MilkweedFarm.com 505 Yemis.com 500 FixieBikes.com 475 Chatmola.com 444 TheLastMinuteBlog.com 442 VirginiaBusiness.org 410 StayInNaples.net 410 EscapesWithYou.com 405 SafeSpeedsGeorgia.org 405 HelpingPsychology.com 405 MMORPGRealm.com 405 AureaSF.com 401 StoryLine.net 397 Business-Networking.com 390 FluPortal.org 385 NewRock1019.com 375 WholeBodyVibration
365 TsunamiBomb.com 355 ParisShortStay.com 355 Top100Reviews.com 355 RobertOliver.com 355 LettersInsideOut.net 355 Q8X.com 350 SZMZ.com 339 MuslimBridalShop.com 337 DragonRide.com 330 EmigrateTo
326 PureGreenLiving.com 325 GetAPodcast.com 320 CarolinePlanCode.org 315 MessagingTalk.org 315 ElmsInn.com 310 BluegrassDay
305 MasteringBridge.com 305 SecurityAndMore.com 305 AWorldOfPossibilities.org 305 BigKoreanTV.com 305 TrackPackPA.com 305 HotCaptcha.com 305 StayInZurich.com 305 Alabasa.com 301 GMRoper.com 300 Remodel.info 294 PositiveLove.com 290 ThePaperBoy-
286 DCScripts.com 285 ECHR.org 284 BrownstownHouse.com 281 DatePeople.com 280 TweetBeat.com 280 Kullanici-Eeneyimi.com 280 Sahara.info 280 InstaCollage.com 277 Bad420.com 268 ElemNation.org 265 1st-London-Hotels.com 265 StayInGeneva.com 265 ARHS.net 265 OntarioClassic
260 0071.net 258 SocialCouture.com 255 AutoSymphony.com 255 HoganBooks.com 255 TimoteoCarpita.com 255 Mambo-Code.org 245 HaystackNetwork.com 244 ElderlyTech.com 240 Qwote.com 235 UmbrellasOf
235 StageForLearning.com 230 NYBlade.com 230 SocialRevup.com 225 VisualApproach.com 223 Goovite.com 215 WhiskeyDurham.com 215 FilesClub.com 211 DianaVreeland-Film.com 210 LyricsTrax.com 206 Braithwaite-Lee.com 205 BuzzineFilm.com 205 Fantasy-Goddess-
205 WebPartsStore.com 205 ShopLungUSA.org 205 MassBayFilmProject.org 205 Trailer1.com 205 ArtLawTeam.com 205 IntelligenceRealm.com 204 WorldTravelDirectory.biz 200 GamesTalks.com 195 Alz-RochesterNY.org 190 TweenInk.com 185 Delphi3000.com 180 MoneySweepstakes.com 178 PeaceTech.net 176 ConcussionMovie.com 175 AdaptiveTech.net 175 ALRF.com 172 VirtuosityOne.com 170 ClubEstrella.com 170 BethIsraelMalden.com 170 Runners.info 166 FreshMonkey.com 165 SkyDelight.com 165 MaineDep.com 165 Desordre.biz 164 PrivateStage.tv 155 86596.com 152 CannabisTravel.com 150 CaffeineMarketing.com 150 HumanInvestment.com 150 TheShemaleTube.com 142 GifIt.com 141 Mushrooms.info 136 BeowulfAlley.com 135 Zangan.com 128 Up440.com 125 DallasNorth
122 10290.com 121 StayInBonn.com 115 AfricanHolidaySafaris.com 111 KingCorn.com 108 Postalz.com 106 Xpree.com 106 ShoreLineFloridaKeys
106 Groovideo.com 105 Wet.cc 105 AskGayMen.com 101 PeaceAir.net 101 VHIX.com 94 Buykinis.com 93 Pyramids.info 86 AssistedLiving.info 65 Waybo.com 62 22421.com 60 94091.com 46 40497.com 46 10Facts.com 45 DriveThroughDesigns.com 35 14829.com 35
Remember disk drives? Well, the .COM for that outdated computer technology just sold for $723. Frankly, I think that was a decent buy. Although domainers mainly chase future trends, older technology becomes more expensive the rarer equipment and technicians become. DiskDrives.com will have its day again! E-commerce product domains aren’t dead. CameraStrap.com claimed $809.
Spanish domains did fairly well. APleno.com ($710) means “to the full” and has various end users to sell to. Dedicame.com ($510) is about declarations of romantic love, and there are a few developed active sites based around that concept and phrase, including Dedicame.biz and DedicameVIP.com. Other lower-valued Spanish domain sales (e.g. ClubEstrella.com y Retronimo.com) are scattered in the charts.
Some domain sales clump together. For instance, AWorldOfPossibilities.com ($610) + .org ($305). Likewise, this quartet of European cities: StayInNaples.net ($410), StayInZurich.com ($305), StayInGeneva.com ($265), StayInBonn.com ($115). Bizarrely, the highest of those was a .NET, while the other 3 were .COM. I suppose we can add to that list ParisShortStay.com ($355).
One clear argument in favor of some new TLDs is the ongoing pattern of awkward domain choices for movie releases. Every time I see an encumbering suffix like “-film” or “-movie” or “theMovie”, I must admit there’s room for an nTLD to step in and clean up. All the same, domains like DianaVreeland-Film.com ($210) and ThePaperBoy-Movie.com ($280) won’t simply go away. Thanks to all the back-links they accrued during promotional lead-ups to the films’ debuts, such domains retain SEO value, I guess. Names of the form ConcussionMovie.com ($175) or, better yet, KingCorn.com ($108) (without any suffix) are preferable. But movie distributors clearly understand neither domains nor SEO. Otherwise, they wouldn’t continually be letting go of domains about their back catalogue!
Waybo.com ($62) slipped right past most of the would-be cybersquatters and went astonishingly cheaply, considering the Chinese website Weibo.com is ranked #16 globally and #5 in China, according to Alexa. CannabisTravel.com was also undervalued at $150. In the grand scheme of things, marijuana-focused travel is just a transitional phase. But right now, while recreational cannabis is legal in some U.S. states and illegal in others, people definitely do plan trips around getting high; and companies exist to help them. Meanwhile, a completely different motivation for travel shows up in another good buy: EmigrateToAustralia.com ($326).
What else? 5-digit numerical domains continue selling but were down last week at GoDaddy. I counted 6 … and all between $35 and $152. VHIX.com ($94) may be short for “vehicles”. ShoreLineFloridaKeysRealEstate.com ($106) stretches a proud 30 letters long, whereas GifIt.com ($141) makes a short, ultra-catchy brand name for gif videos. UmbrellasOfCherbourg.com ($235) is a hauntingly beautiful French musical (and film) by Michel Legrand – going by its English title in keeping with performance practice. Kullanici-Eeneyimi.com anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Yes, you guessed it. That $280 domain is Turkish for UX (user experience) design.
AskGayMen.com sold at the appropriately introductory price of $101. Buykinis.com ($93) is obviously about women’s swim wear. Less obviously, the .CO.UK is already in use. If neither of those is your image of PositiveLove.com ($290), there’s always TheShemaleTube.com ($142). But regardless of your sexual preferences, DatePeople.com ($280) might prove a handy reminder if you find yourself infatuated with pets , pizzas, or furniture.
Now for NameJet! LiveSpace.com passed $11.1k last week. Other expired auctions included 2 domains of social importance: JustLaw.com ($3.1k) and PalestineHistory.com ($360). CasinoTours.com ($2.7k) seems like a money maker to me. Unfortunately, the typo AffiliateProgams.com ($1.3k) will have to be written off as somebody’s loss.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ LiveSpace.com 11121 CapitalTrading.com 3300 JustLaw.com 3101 CasinoTours.com 2700 ImageGallery.com 2505 EnterWeb.org 1901 Ultramed.com 1644 BookWare.com 1500 BIATX.org 1410 BigJohns.com 1401 AffiliateProgams.com [sic] 1280 SLE.net 860 OutNorth.org 841 BlendedLibrarian.org 807 CSCMail.net 761 RollWithIt.com 759 Malva.com 711 EVR.net 670 SHHB.com 666 TuxGames.com 650 OpenSports.com 620 SkiHoo.com 565 TheLockeInstitute.org 501 Bumpa.com 450 HamFish.org 401 NHACD.org 391 Boulevard.net 381 PalestineHistory.com 360 DLCA.com 337 SandwichClub.com 332 DessauSoprin.com 330 GymClassMagazine.com 315 Retronimo.com 310 NetLondon.com 299 FreeSolutions.com 275 Deviations.com 272 Ahava.org 258 AIHR.com 256 Kultuurikatel.org 205 DatingVideos.com 180 CareerAdvice.org 90 JetBorg.com 70
I quite like Bumpa.com ($450) as a version of “Bumper”. It’s got bounce. RollWithIt.com has the opposite — give. Another good brand name, in my view … Boulevard.net ($381) is a strong term for housing, travel, or fashion. As for Deviations.com ($272), it’s simply one of the cheapest good dictionary-word .COMs I’ve seen for awhile. In contrast, 3-letter .NETs did consistently well at NameJet, based on SLE.net ($860) and EVR.net ($670).
NetLondon.com ($299), SandwichClub.com ($332), and ImageGallery.com ($2.5k) afford some useful comparisons with nTLD domains on offer — .LONDON, .CLUB, and .GALLERY. So do GoDaddy’s SafeComputingTips.com ($1k) and FilesClub.com ($211).
This week’s JetBorg.com ($70) hearkens back to last week’s sale of AirBorg.com. DatingVideos.com ($180) seems like an obvious way for dating websites to push video marketing; so I was surprised by the low price. Maybe dating videos seem old fashioned. If you really want to see something antiquated, though, check out EnterWeb.org. This directory website has scarcely been updated since the 1998 version. I don’t mind seeing directory websites superseded, but it is disappointing to see something like TheLockeInstitute.org, which dates back to 1998, displaced by PPC ads. This internet of ours doesn’t last.
I’ll end with a riddle. What do George Bush Senior, acoustic guitars, offline advertising, conventional ovens, traditional Chinese characters, analog recordings, and Coca Cola Classic have in common? Hint: It’s a particular domain found in the charts above.
My views on domain parking, domain sales, registrars and registries.
I’ve been collecting my thoughts on the domain name business over the past month, and it’s time to put them down in writing.
Here’s what I think about the state of the domain name industry in August, 2014.
Domain parking is down. Way down. But don’t confuse down with out.
We’re still talking about a relatively big business. Rook Media’s acquisition of DomainSponsor and its domain name portfolio in April is proof of this.
I’m seeing more and more domain name owners forgo parking revenue and instead posting for sale signs on their domain names. Some parking/sales platforms, such as DomainNameSales.com, make this easy.
Domain resales of .com domain names continue to be strong. Domain name registrars have integrated aftermarket sales paths, which are driving a number of these sales.
Granted, when you can no longer rely on parking, you count on sales.
The domain name registration business is getting lots of attention lately.
Rightside is now a separate, publicly traded company. It’s no longer part of Demand Media. So many Demand Media analysts focused on the content business when they were a combined company. They were oblivious to the domain business. Now that the two companies are separated, it’s easy to see that the domain business is worth more than the content business.
All eyes are also on GoDaddy, which has filed to go public. GoDaddy is a giant, and it being public will bring more attention to the domain name registration business.
Of course, domain name registrations themselves aren’t growing like gangbusters. GoDaddy added about a million domain names in the first half of the year. A couple percent.
That’s not much. Like .com, GoDaddy is big. It’s getting harder to move the needle on domain name registrations.
GoDaddy is more than domains, of course. Its percentage of revenue from domains is falling, giving way to web presence and business applications. All three lines are growing, but domains will make up a smaller part of its business going forward.
Rightside’s domain registration business isn’t growing much, either.
Tucows, another publicly traded company, smartly diversified into mobile phone service a few years back. Without that, it would have had a pretty lame second quarter. Instead, it blew doors.
Which brings us to new TLDs…
The hope was that new TLDs would present a growth opportunity for registrars. So far, it has been muted.
There wasn’t some crazy, pent up demand for new TLDs. And now the market is flooded with them.
Any honest new TLD registry will tell you they’re disappointed by registration numbers so far. They’ve had to reset expectations.
Even I, who didn’t quite see the demand most applicants did, expected more than what we’re seeing.
That’s not to say new TLDs are a dud. Many registries, particularly the portfolio ones, are doing just fine.
Judging by the crazy prices some applicants are paying for new TLDs at auction, they still think better days are ahead.
It’s likely. There’s just not that initial huge rush of registrations that many had hoped for. Most people aren’t going to go through the hassle of switching domains. New TLDs will pick up momentum over time, siphoning off some new registrations that would have gone to .com.
The key here is over time. New TLD business models that weren’t set up to grow over time are in pretty bad shape.
Registries are having to market to end users. They’ve realized they won’t get the real estate they want with domain registrars.
A lot of TLDs are in the “unsustainable” zone of registration base. They need to figure out a way to grow or cut overhead, fast.
ICANN will get a lot of pressure over the next 12-24 months to reduce the fixed price component of its contract with registries. We’re only talking $25k a year, but that’s a big deal if your TLD has just a couple thousand registrations.
Frankly, ICANN should acquiesce. It has a huge surplus from new TLDs, thanks to higher-than-anticipated application numbers.
So that’s my view of the domain name industry right now. I reserve the right to change my opinion next month.
Company continues to grow revenue as it heads toward IPO.
GoDaddy released its second quarter financial results today through an amended S-1 Initial Public Offering filing with the SEC.
Q2 2014 revenue came in at $338.5M, up from $276.0M in the same quarter of 2013 and $320.2M in Q1 2014.
The net loss for the quarter was $37.5 million, worse than the $35.3 million loss it turned in during the second quarter of 2013 but better than the $51.3M loss in the first quarter of this year.
Although its revenue from the domains business is growing, it represents an ever lower piece of the pie. Hosting/presence and business applications continue to grow in importance to the company, making up a combined 44.2% of revenue last quarter.
The company added 231,000 customers during the quarter. It has grown its base of domains under management by about one million so far this year.
GoDaddy files four patents related to adding new TLD options to a registrar.
GoDaddy has filed four patent applications describing methods for adding new top level domain names to a registrar’s offerings.
Each top level domain name a registrar offers comes with its own restrictions, GoDaddy explains:
A large part of the difficulty in adding new TLDs is that each TLD may (and usually does) have unique business requirements. As non-limiting examples, the business requirements for a TLD may include whether the thick or thin Registry model is being used, minimum and maximum registration periods, valid registration periods, length of any registration grace periods, billing requirements, domain name transfer requirements, auto renewal requirements, reseller information, and so on. Each TLD may have its own combination of business requirements that must be correctly handled by the domain name registering entity.
I can summarize the invention like this: using a database to manage TLD business rules rather than hardcoding them.
Of course, the patents are a bit more complicated than that.
GoDaddy proposes a Top-Level Domain Markup Language (TLDML):
TLDML is a markup language that describes the attributes and business rules for a top-level domain. Unlike Extensible Markup Language (XML), TLDML is preferably a strictly defined markup language where every tag has a pre-defined meaning Tags are preferably not introduced unless their meaning is first clearly defined. Similar to how HTML instructs a browser how to render a page to an end user, TLDML instructs a domain name registering entity how to manage a top-level domain subject to the registry’s requirements. A TLD’s business rules will typically include many, if not all, of the registry’s requirements. In some embodiment, the TLDML may also describe attributes specifically determined by the domain name registering entity in offering the TLD. A Registrar may create the format and specify the data points that will be captured in a TLDML document.
The four related patents are titled “A TLD MARKUP LANGUAGE”, “CREATING AND USING A TLD MARKUP LANGUAGE”, “ADDING TLD REGISTRATION CAPABILITIES TO A REGISTERING ENTITY” and “TLD MARKUP LANGUAGE BASED DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING ENTITY”.
The applications were filed in 2012 and just published today.
Two soon-to-be public companies aren’t necessarily good comps for each other.
Demand Media is getting ready to spin off its domain name business, Rightside. Competitor GoDaddy recently filed its S-1 for an initial public offering.
It might be tempting to compare the two companies. After all, both of them are prominent in the domain name space.
But when it comes to comps, Rightside and GoDaddy don’t match up. Here are some key distinctions between the two companies.
GoDaddy is a retailer, Rightside sells through middlemen.
GoDaddy primarily sells directly to the public. Rightside, through its eNom brand, sells domain names through resellers such as hosting companies. Rightside also owns retail brand Name.com, but it’s a small percentage of its sales.
While GoDaddy counts on millions of individual customers, Rightside depends on an army of resellers. When it rolls out new products, it has to convince each of its resellers to carry them. Rightside markets to a smaller group of customers than GoDaddy. That makes its marketing costs lower, but margins are squeezed as well.
Rightside is betting directly on new TLDs.
Before everything is said and done, Rightside will probably “own” about 50 top level domain names. These domains will be sold through its own channel as well as the registrar channel. This can be a high margin business.
The company will also provide the backend for hundreds more top level domains.
GoDaddy, on the other hand, is content with being the shelf space for these domain names.
Rightside’s topline has stopped growing. It’s banking on new TLDs for growth. GoDaddy is banking on growing its customer base and selling them more stuff.
Rightside is a big domainer.
Rightside owns 300,000+ second level domain names. GoDaddy has previously played this game, but it’s a small part of its business now.
If I could summarize the difference with one thought, it’s this: GoDaddy is a marketing company. Rightside is an infrastructure company.