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I am writing this post because I want to thank all my sponsors, old and new, for supporting my blog. They help me keep focus on what I love writing about: domain names.

I want to welcome my 2 newest sponsors: Rolling.Domains and Escrow.com.

Rolling.Domains officially launched today. It is a promising idea and you can read more about it here. It showcases both new and older TLD’s and offers premium domain name listings and websites for sale.

There is not a lot I can say about Escrow.com other than it was the first Escrow service that I used back in 2003 and I have been using them since then continuously without any problems. I think I have over 150 transactions totaling over $800,000 with escrow.com in the past 10 years.

Of course I want to thank my oldest sponsor as well that is Francois Carrillo and  Domaining.com. Francois has launched various interesting projects such as Lend.me (where you can borrow and lend money using domains), Discretion.com (to send anonymous messages), Cax.com (a domain name marketplace) and eCop.com (a secure escrow service).

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New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Voting 8,383, .Kaufen 4,328, .Media 3,438, .Pictures 1,577

Here are the domain name registration results of this week’s 9 New gTLD launches:

On the 22nd of July .Moe entered general availability and it had 1,068 domains after it’s first day. Today it has 1,351 registrations.

Yesterday 23th of July 4 Donuts New gTLDs went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability: .Media, .Associates, .Lease and .Pictures.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were ok for .Media but not so good for the other 3 New gTLDs. The best one, .Media, has a total of 3,438 domain registrations today. .Pictures has 1,577 domains today and .Lease has 538 registrations. The worst one was .Associates that has only 506 registrations today. These numbers include the Sunrise (trademark) domain registrations.

Just as a comparison .photography had 10,475 and .photos 4,515 domain registrations after their first day.

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HA’s 3rd Domain Auction: Digital.com Hits Reserve With $200,000 But Bitcoins.com Is Removed

Heritage Auctions (HA), one of the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, is having it’s third domain name auction today. Internet bidding that ran for the past 14 days is closed with 7 domains hitting the reserve.

Today’s auction features 81 premium .com and New gTLD domain names such as Watermark.com, Bristol.com, Cute.com, Luxury.club, Digital.com, Baby.club.

3 domains have been removed from the original list for various reasons. Apparently a restraining order issued by the US District Court of Seattle has resulted in the cancellation of the anticipated auction of the Bitcoins.com domain name.

7 domains have hit their reserve on internet bidding and will sell on today’s auction including Digital.com domain that is already at $200,000: Continue reading

Heart Internet Moves To A .UK Domain Name

Heart Internet, one of UK’s largest reseller hosting companies, has become one of the first major businesses in the United Kingdom to switch to the recently launched .uk domain name. Heart internet switched from a .co.uk to a .uk: https://www.heartinternet.uk

Launched in June, .uk is the new flagship domain name, bringing the United Kingdom in line with other major European markets such as France (.fr) and Germany (.de).

According to Heart Internet, “the launch of the new shorter and more memorable domain name is good news for British businesses and the UK domain space as a whole. By combining a shorter extension with the trust of the .uk brand, businesses and individuals will gain wider choice, appeal and more potential opportunities when creating their own online space.”

Heart Internet Director Craig Cotter said: Continue reading

Dot Vegas CEO Jim Trevino Talks About .Vegas At TBAN In Las Vegas

Dot Vegas Inc. Founder, President and CEO Jim Trevino recently had the chance to talk about the .Vegas New gTLD at a Technology Business Alliance of Nevada luncheon. Check out a few highlights from his address at the video here: Continue reading

Flippa Is Introducing A New Auction Webpage

flippaFlippa announced that it is introducing a new auction webpage this week.

This is what Flippa says about the new auction page:
“It’s the result of months of researching and testing with users, with a new design, a focus on buyer safety and a greater emphasis on trust, data and due diligence.”

The new design is still in beta and is currently only available for website auctions. The new auction page will be released shortly for domain and app auctions. In the meantime, Flippa would love to hear your feedback on the design.

The improvements include but are not limited to: Continue reading

This Is What The Internet Was Missing: A Nigerian Registrar

Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the accreditation of Nigeria’s registrar, Upperlink, which makes the company the first Nigerian and the eighth accredited registrar in Africa.

I am not so sure this is what the internet and domain names was missing.

I am sorry to sound so negative but I wrote a post last month about how corrupted the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) that is the .ng ccTLD registry is. Upperlink is the leading .ng registrar.

Upperlink signed the 2013 RAA and can offer the following TLDs according to ICANN: .aero .asia .biz .cat .com .coop .info .jobs .mobi .museum .name .net .org .pro .tel .travel .xxx.

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New UK Domain Name Spammer SwitchAds.com (SwitchConcepts.co.uk and SwitchConcepts.com)

I got a spam email from SwitchAds.com yesterday for the 20th time so I decided to reply and ask them to unsubscribe me as they seemed like a real United Kingdom company. And they actually replied even though I didn’t like what they said.

The spam has an email called “Enquiry” and that is because it targets domain name owners after harvesting domain name whois records for email addresses.

Here is the body of the email I got from sarah.webb@switchads.com:

Hi,

I’m looking to get in touch with the person responsible for display advertising on ******.com, are you able to help?

We have created a really simple platform that works in partnership with your existing advertising solution (e.g. Google AdSense) to help websites like yours generate more revenue and we’ve got strong advertising demand in your sector right now. 

I’d love to discuss setting up a test with you to prove how good SwitchAds really is. Who’s the best person to talk to?

Kind regards,

Sarah Webb
Sales Manager

Switch Concepts Limited
Hounsdown House,
Hounsdown Business Park,
Southampton SO40 9LX
United Kingdom

M: +44 (0) 7585 118336
T: +44 (0) 333 200 1230
switchads.com

As there is no unsubscribe link on the email, I replied to them and I asked them to remove me from their mailing list and got this reply: Continue reading

New TV Ad For .London New Top Level Domain Name

The .London registry released a new TV ad for the new top level domain name.

Until 31st July 2014, Londoners get priority for Dot London domain names. This means that if you are a London-based business, organisation, neighbourhood association or a proud Londoner, you get priority when applying for a Dot London domain name.

A digital pioneer, London is one of the first cities in the world to launch its own domain name, putting it at the forefront of innovation once again.

Get your .London domain name here now: www.makeit.london

View the TV ad from Dot London and see if a .London domain is vital to your business and customers or not: Continue reading

.Tokyo Has 9,598 Domain Registrations After Its 1st Day

Yesterday 22th of July the .Tokyo new domain name extension entered general availability. Tokyo has a metropolitan population of over 35 million people. This was one of the big geo New gTLDs but it didn’t do as well as I expected.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were not great for the .Tokyo New gTLD. It has a total of 9,598 domain registrations today. These numbers include the Sunrise (trademark) and the Landrush domain registrations. .Tokyo increased it’s registrations by about 8,700 domains on it’s first day.

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New NameJet iOS App Available For Download

NameJet announced the release of it’s new iOS app. NameJet’s new App for iOS gives you more control when bidding in domain name auctions while on the go.

This is how Namejet describes the iOS app:
“The app has an easy-to-use interface, allowing you to manage your bids, putting you in control of your auctions regardless of location.

Never miss out on another NameJet domain auction. With an easy to use interface, the NameJet app allows you to manage your bids, and puts you in control of your auctions no matter where you are.”

I wish they made an Android app too.

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