Must read: Introducing the “Character Balance Score” – New gTLD Domain Name Sales & The Number Of Characters


sotd4This is my first article that has been published in the traditional style: in a paper magazine. The magazine is called State of the Domains and is published by the Domain Name Association.

I would like to thank the Domain Name Association (DNA) for giving me this opportunity and especially Simon Cousins that is the issue editor and co-founder and CEO of Allegravita LLC.

My article is published on issue 4 of the DNA State of the Domains magazine that is on a 500-copy print run and is being distributed at ICANN 54 conference in Dublin Ireland that started yesterday.

The article is something I have been thinking since New gTLGs first came out and have been working on the data for a few months now. I hope you enjoy it. As always I welcome all comments and requests for future work.


The purpose of this article is to analyze the number of characters Continue reading No Domain Inquiries Are Showing In Accounts

dns_brokersAfter the weekend maintenance came back with some glitches. I wrote how the weekend inquiries were missing from my inbox and I could only access them from the link in the email alert I receive.

There were also some problems with some of the domain inquiry dates that made some old inquiries come up to the top and show up as new. And there were some problems with the duplicate emails being sent and some missing emails.

Today I went into my DNS account and all the domain name inquiries are gone. I can't access Continue reading

Chinese 4-Letter .COM Spammers Have Totally Lost It!

gtldsThese Chinese spammers have totally lost it. There are some serious buyers out there but most of the emails are simply crap.

I am receiving tens of emails per day but this particular one is driving me nuts.

My main problem is that he is not actually sending the email to me but to the abuse department of my registrar. My email address just happens to be in the CC part of the email!

This is the email he ( send me: Continue reading

Get Ready For NamesCon Nights: Opening Party, Uniregistry Clubbing & WaterNight

namescon-escrowNamesCon announced that more than 700 people have registered for the January event. Registrations are on the way to 1000 or even more.

NamesCon send an email to all the registered attendees to give an overview of the conference evenings and some helpful advice on when to arrange your private dinners and drinks!

Here is what NamesCon has arranged and when you get a "open" night: Continue reading

My Weekend Inquiries Are Not In My Account Inbox is back from the weekend maintenance work that promised the integration with Uniregistry. The integrated experience is to be called Uniregistry Market.

I haven't noticed any obvious changes in the or the Uniregistry platforms but I bet there were some backend changes. Probably they are saving the big revelation for NamesCon 2016 this January in Las Vegas.'s announcement said that during the maintenance downtime "You will not be able to log in or use the Domain Name Sales website, but inquiries from potential buyers will not be affected and continue to be collected.".

I received all the emails about the inquiries during the weekend. (At least I think I received all of them.)

But the problem is that Continue reading

37 (3-Number) .Club Domains Sell For $44,727 At Sedo

club-new-gtldSedo hosted an exclusive Numeric Auction with .club domain names, from November 12- 19.

Featured names were,, and many more. The domains were auctioned off without a reserve price and all domains were sold for a total of $44,727.

Here is the complete list of 37 domain names in the auction and the prices these were sold for: Continue reading

.ONLINE Is The Fastest New Extention To Sell 100,000 Domains

radix-onlineAfter a very successful launch (38,000 domains in the first 24 hours) and breaking all nTLDrecords, .online surpassed 100,000 domain registrations this morning. Radix shared the 100,000th domain to be registered  - that came through eNom.

While .online got a jumpstart at general availability, the TLD has maintained momentum and climbed to a top 15 nTLD spot in less than 3 months from GA.  The TLD has featured on several registrar storefronts like GoDaddy, 1&1, Namecheap (retailing around the $9-$15)  that have played a significant role in getting the TLD so high up in the ranks, so early.

Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head of Radix "It is definitely an exciting time for us & we're glad that all the effort & resources invested in this extension are coming to fruition. The next year is going to be EVEN bigger & we're certain .online will emerge as one of the leading new extensions."  This milestone comes at a time as Radix surpasses 1 million Domains Under Management.  A quick scan of the .online zone through DataProvider pulls out some interesting data points:

  • 100+ sites in Alexa 1 million & it's the 2nd fastest nTLD in terms of new additions to the Alexa 1 million list (for the last 30 days)
  • 70% domains between 3-10 characters
  • 28,500+ domains already have developed sites in just 2.5 months of launch. This excludes sites with parked & placeholder pages.
    • There are a total of 246,085 pages on these developed site
    • 9,727 are optimized for mobile or have a mobile version
    • 42,100+ of the domains have MX records
    • Language
      • 56% sites in English
      • 19.4% sites in German
      • 8.6% sites in Dutch
      • 4.9% sites in Russian
      • 2.1% sites in French

The sites with the most amount of traffic on .online are:


Here’s a testimonial from one of their customers summing up why .online works and why the TLD is where it is today "“online embodied the nature of our business more than other options. We love the fact it's not connected to a country, but that it's connected to a concept. We've received a lot of positive feedback with the new extension, and it's resolved a lot of confusion our previous country based extension had. We believe .online is the best extension for business like ours!” – Melinda Jacobs, Founder & CEO

No One Wants To See Your ID! We Have Instead…

gtldsI received an email that seems more like spam than a legitimate email offering a domain name for sale.

Maybe the fact that the sender doesn't know what BCC is and included my email in the "to:" part together with 20 other email addresses made me think this is spam. :)

This is the email I received: Continue reading

Owner Of Offers 20% Of Profits To The French Red Cross

prayforparisThe owner of a clothing company that had the misfortune or luck (depending on how you see it) to be named Pray For Paris is now offering 20% of its profits to the French Red Cross.

The owner registered the domain name back in 2011.

The fashion company, based in Northern Ireland, saw a surge of traffic directed to its website after the unfortunate and tragic events that happened on the 13th of November in Paris. Continue reading

Sell Some Mediocre Domains So You Can Refuse Offers On The Good Ones

gtldsDo you want to make large sales? 5 figures or 6 figures? Sure you do.

But how can you make than happen? Firstly, you should ask 5 or 6 figures for your domains and be ready to do some hard negotiations.

Oh, and you also need some good domains. I am not talking about 2 or 3 letter or number .coms. I am talking about Continue reading

Submissions For The NamesCon Domain Auction End On Friday and NameJet have partnered to launch the premium domain name auction that will occur online on,  in conjunction with the live domain name auction that will be held at NamesCon 2016 in Las Vegas from January 10th - January 13, 2016.

The auctions will feature some of the best .com and new gTLD names available anywhere including Continue reading