Must read: Donuts: “.COM has become diluted and meaningless. It adds nothing to an identity.”

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Donuts, a New gTLD registry with more than 200 strings already released or coming soon, posted an article on it’s official blog with the title “The Importance of Semantics and Affinity, and the Meaninglessness of .COM”. The article has many flaws…

The article starts by explaining what semantics is: “the term semantics is about meaning.”

Approach ten people on the street and ask them what .BIKE is about. Even if they haven’t heard of new domain names the chances are very good they’ll say, “It’s about bikes.” Same goes for .CAMERA, .EMAIL or .REPAIR. All these new domains are semantically meaningful because they refer to something specific that consumers want. Specificity is where Internet addressing is headed, and it’s a big reason Donuts got into this business.

Ask those ten people what .COM means, and you’ll get a puzzled stare, because it doesn’t mean anything to them. In the old days it was there to tell you you’re looking at a website address—before everyone learned the dot itself means it’s a web address. .COM has become semantically forgettable and meaningless. In the context of new TLDs, it means “miscellaneous.”

People doesn’t know what .com means because .com has been synonymous with the Internet for 20+ years now. The fact that people don’t know what it means and despite that they visit .com websites everyday without even thinking about what it means speaks for itself. .Com is embedded into people’s minds. They don’t have to think about it and they type it. It is a habit and habits die hard. Continue reading

Gay.Vegas Launches As Part Of the Founders Program

turnedon-fbSome of the early adopters of the .Vegas domain are beginning to come online now that .Vegas is out of the sunrise trademark phase of the roll out. One of the newest sites to launch is www.gay.vegas. Currently operating as a business directory for businesses working in or with association with the LGBTQ+ community, gay.vegas promises to be a one stop shop for all things gay in Las Vegas.

Gay.Vegas is 1 of the 100 domains that registries are allowed to give out as part of the ICANN founders New gTLD program.

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Namejet Refuses To Refund Backorder Made Last Year (Just Won A Domain I Dropped)

I couple of days ago I got an email from Namejet that I won a domain with the tile “NameJet Order Confirmation” and I immediately knew there was something wrong as I had not backordered a domain name. I opened it and I had won a domain that I had won last year and dropped it a couple of months back. So I won a domain with a backorder from last year that was left there in my account.

I opened a support ticket and asked that they delete the domain and refund me the money. And this is the canned reply I got: Continue reading

South Florida Business Journal Features .Club

The South Florida Business Journal posted an article yesterday with the title “Fort Lauderdale-based domain .club is one of top-selling web newcomers”.

The Fort Lauderdale-based domain .club is leading a pack of newly established alternatives to the familiar .com, .net and .org.

Users have registered more than 96,000 .club websites, outranking all but two of 361 new “top-level” domains launched this year to create more URL choices, according to domain-tracking website nTLDStats.

“A lot of entrepreneurs can’t get brandable .coms, but they can get a brandable new domain name extension like .club,” .club CEO Colin Campbell said.

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Michael Gilmour Hosts A Webinar Discussing A Domain Industry Association

Michael Gilmour, owner of ParkLogic, send out an invitation and encourages everyone to attend his upcoming webinar today the 21st of August discussing a Domain Industry Association. Michael has made 5 blog posts lately about a Domain Industry Association starting with this one.

Webinar date: 21 Aug 2014
Time: 4pm (USA Pacific)

Below is a brief invitation video: Continue reading

24 More New gTLDs Have Been Delegated: .diet, .hosting, .property, .gifts, .restaurant, .wales

ICANN has announced that 24 more New gTLDs have been delegated for a total of 370 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the latest 24 new gTLDs:
.diet, .hosting, .property, .gifts, .restaurant, .wales, .healthcare and .realtor.

contracting-overview-960x480-15aug14-enBelow are the key Contracting statistics, as of 15 August 2014:

For the Week Ending: 15 August 2014

Number of Applications Invited to Contracting: 3
Number of Responses to Contracting Invite Received: 39
Number of Registry Agreements Sent to Applicants: 6
Number of Registry Agreements Executed: 2

Number of Requests for Exemption to the Code of Conduct Posted for 30-day Comment: 0
Number of Code of Conduct Exemptions Granted: 0

Number of Applications for Specification 13 Posted for 30-day Comment: 3
Number of Specification 13 Granted: 0

Here are the 370 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:

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.REALTOR Launches Offering 500,000 Free Domains To It’s Members

The National Association of Realtors announced that the new .REALTOR top-level domain will be available October 23, 2014 to members of NAR and the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The top-level domain will be made available only to real estate professionals who are Realtors®, members of NAR or CREA. The domain will also be made available to state and local Realtor® associations, association multiple listing services, affiliated institutes, societies and councils and NAR strategic business partners.

NAR will provide the first 500,000 members who register for a .REALTOR domain with a free one-year license, and CREA will provide 10,000 free domains to members on a first-come, first-serve basis. Continue reading

GoDaddy Acquires Email Marketing Company Mad Mimi

GoDaddy announced today that it has acquired Mad Mimi, which helps small businesses connect with customers through simple, beautiful and effective email marketing.

Mad Mimi’s easy-to-use applications, empathetic and knowledgeable customer care, and robust technology platform made the company a perfect fit for GoDaddy and its expanded offerings to small businesses. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

With the combination of GoDaddy and Mad Mimi, GoDaddy customers can easily collect customer information and add fresh content on their website, improving customer engagement and search engine optimization.

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ICANN Announces Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group Members

As described in the 14 August 2014 posting of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps, four respected individuals with backgrounds in academia, governmental relations, global insight, and the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), will form the Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group.

Selected by ICANN‘s President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, members of the Public Experts Group will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisors to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisors will contribute research and advice, as well as bring perspectives on global best practices to enrich the discussion, all while engaging with a broader network of accountability experts from around the world.

The members of the Public Experts Group are: Continue reading

Domain Name Owner Says Google Ranking Returned 30 Days After Domain Expired

A WebmasterWorld thread called “Accidentally let domain expire for a day: Now site’s gone from Google. Temporary or permanent?” was started by a domain name owner and webmaster that let a domain name expire for a few hours, which resulted in his site being removed from Google and then exactly a month of bad rankings.

Had a domain on GoDaddy set to auto-renew, didn’t realize my card on file had expired.

My site showed GoDaddy’s “Expired Domain” page, then was offline completely for about an hour (after I renewed/while it re-propagated).

So I quickly renewed domain; it wasn’t expired or ‘down’ for more any more than a few hours.

Now when you search my normal keywords that I rank for, my site isn’t there any more.

 

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Flippa Introduces Starter Sites

Flippa introduced it’s brand new section, “Starter Sites”, that is designed to showcase the best newly created websites on Flippa. All Starter Sites are under 3 months old and need a new owner to grow them to their full potential.

You can find all Starter Sites here: flippa.com/starter-sites

When you find the site you want, you can bid to buy or click “Buy Now” to make payment instantly with PayPal.

Flippa laid out 4 reasons on why someone should buy a Starter Site: Continue reading