As Andrew previously reported, The Boston building housing the U.S. operations of Sedo had an electrical fire on December 8th. A notice on Sedo’s web site stated that all Sedo employees escaped without serious injury. Sedo is headquartered in Germany, with servers located in several different locations. The fire did not affect any of Sedo’s web operations. A Boston television station reported that more than 50 people were injured in the fire. The 17-story building is owned by MIT but reportedly had a number of tenants. Nearby roads were closed and the Boston transit system’s Red Line was temporarily halted.
Sedo announced a partnership with Dotster to offer Dotster customers one-click access to Sedo’s domain marketplace or brokerage service when the domain they searched is already registered. According to Sedo, this marks the fifth such integration of its secondary domain name marketplace at a major registrar this year. In Q3 2006, Sedo reportedly sold more than 1,200 domain names through the registrar channel, resulting in significant new revenue for Sedo’s registrar partners and more transactions for Sedo’s domain sellers. Sedo and SedoPro are highly recommended.
TrafficZ announced new images in their image bank:
- business: freight, moving company, vending machine, criminal justice, justice
- geography: Boston, Florida, Hong Kong
- health: AIDS
- misc: bathroom, bright flowers, celebrity, curtains, fall, grocery store, lightning, lingerie, lingerie 2, men shoes, men shoes 2, night club, old film, plus size fashion, women shoes
- sports: boxing, wrestling, street fighting, badminton
- technology: desktop
TrafficZ also reported in Mid-December that “landings, uniques and searches have not updated properly in your Domain Manager … however verified revenue data is being accurately reported. Our network engineers have isolated the issue and are currently working hard to resolve it…. Please be assured that all traffic and revenue has been and will continue to be accurately tracked on our system.” Income does seem to be holding fairly steady.
ParkingDots appears to have stabilized their stats problems, but they still have a disclaimer on their site warning about delayed or incomplete stats. Our income has been stable, and they still pay top dollar at 80%. If things remain stable they will again be a highly recommended site in the future. If you have domains there that are doing well, I don’t recommend moving them.
After announcing in late November that it has purchased Afternic, NameMedia, the company behind ActiveAudience and GoldKey, followed-through and replaced DomainSponsor with ActiveAudience as the preferred parking provider on Afternic. Expect to see GoldKey get a face lift in 2007, with many of the features currently on ActiveAudience migrating to the GoldKey platform. I personally hope that they keep some of GoldKey’s simplicity when they do the face lift. ActiveAudience and GoldKey are both highly recommended.
Parked continues to pay out twice a month. I don’t know of any news from Fabulous or Dotzup (which we are still in the early stages of testing). IMonetize is working pretty well for us, but not in the very top tier. Others apparently disagree, as it remains one of the top choices in our ParkQuick poll.
Also in the latest Name Monetizer newsletter you can read about Domainer’s Magazine – the new Print magazine for domainers and get the real scoop on Why Park – a “non-parking service” that creates websites on the fly for your domains. As always – Thanks, Andrew!