Must read: Mike Berkens Buys Stock .Photo For $16k – Sells It With Stock .Photos For $60k


namescon-escrowMike Berkens bought the domain name Stock.Photo today at the NamesCon auction in Las Vegas for $16,000.

15 minutes later he had already sold the domain name together with the plural version (Stock.Photos) for Continue reading

.Com & .Net Domains Ended 2015 At 139.8 Million Registrations (6.3% Increase & 71.9% Renewal Rate)

verisignVeriSign reported domain name business and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015.

Business Highlights:

  • Verisign Registry Services added 4.6 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 139.8 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 6.3 percent increase over the base at the end of the fourth quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.
  • In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to Continue reading

Am I A Domain Name Geek?

silicon-valleyI decided last night to watch the Silicon Valley TV show from the first episode. I had only watched 2-3 episodes of the show here and there, mostly on flights.

I started watching episode 1 from the first season and I realized that I was thinking of domain names while I was watching the show. Domains made up from the words that came out of the actors mouths.

Not only that but I also realized that by minute 3 of the first episode, and before the opening titles, I already had two 1-word .coms domain names in my possession: Continue reading

What percentage of my domains did I sell in 2015? (poll)

gtldsI wrote an article with details about my domain name portfolio including the total number of domains and the percentage of each TLD I invest in.

I want to ask you to guess what is the percentage of my portfolio that I sold last year.

It would be interested to see what people think.

I own more than 8,500 at the moment. The number I am looking for does not include any bulk domain name sales made to Chinese buyers. What I want you to guess is strictly end-user domain name sales. Please leave a comment with what your percentage is.

What percentage of my domains did I sell in 2015?
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THE Domain Conference Offers Valentine’s Day Special For Married Couples

domain-conferenceTHE Domain Conference has a limited Special deal on Admissions to TDC 2016. From now through February 14th, you and your spouse can attend for the low price of $399 (+ tax) for both you and your spouse.

That's a BOGO for all married couples. Te offer does not apply to boyfriends, girlfriends, significant others, etc.

You can go to Continue reading

Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM & .NET Registrations in January (China Related Keywords Dominate .COM)

verisignThe top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET during the month of January 2016 were published by Verisign.

China related domain names dominate the .com list. "Smith" and "Lock" are the only common keywords in the 2 lists.

Top 10 Keyword Registration Trends for .COM and .NET in January 2016: Continue reading

Donuts Partners With The MPAA To Reduce Online Piracy

donutsDonuts and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) jointly announced an agreement to help ensure that websites using domains registered with Donuts are not engaged in large-scale piracy.

Under the terms of the agreement, the MPAA will be treated as a “Trusted Notifier” for the purpose of reporting large-scale pirate websites that are registered in a domain extension operated by Donuts. The agreement imposes strict standards for such referrals, including that they be accompanied by clear evidence of pervasive copyright infringement and a representation that the MPAA has first attempted to contact the registrar and hosting provider for resolution.

The agreement specifies that Donuts will work with registrar partners Continue reading

New gTLD Utilization Report (.brands, “suspicious” new gTLDs & .bank)

newgtldThe latest edition of CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report shows .brand launches continuing to pick up speed, more new gTLDs climbing up the Alexa rankings and some interesting examples of new gTLDs in use. They also take a closer look at the .bank extension. Continue reading

Do You Want To Activate Astoria .nyc Or Harlem .nyc? A “Without Cause” Clause Might Stop You!

nycThe deBlasio Administration’s licensing initiative for the neighborhood domain names is currently accepting applications.

So if you’re a neighborhood activist or budding media mogul, and want to activate,,, or any of the 380 other reserved neighborhood domain names, submit your applications now. (Here’s the application.) Successful applicants will be Continue reading

Göran Marby Named as ICANN President and CEO

icannGöran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

"I'm delighted to announce Göran as the new head of ICANN," said Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors.

"His leadership experience as a technology CEO and Continue reading

GodsOfEgypt.MOVIE Is The 1st New Domain In A Super Bowl Ad ( Is Parked)

donutsDuring yesterday's Super Bowl coverage, a trailer for the upcoming film Gods of Egypt aired that directed viewers to the domain name GodsOfEgypt.MOVIE. This was a first time that a New TLD domain name was used in a Super Bowl advertisement. (see the trailer below)


But what about the corresponding .com domains of the movie?

The domain name is for sale at and Continue reading