Sedo sells 892 domains worth $2.3 million: webhosting.co.uk sells for 500,000 USD, calcio.com at 50,000 EUR and bike-components.com at 32,850 EUR – Week 23/10-29/10 2012

This week, 892 transactions (867 last week) took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $2.3 million ($1.35 last week). Only 227 domains (241 last week) were reported by Sedo this week. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 38% (39% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. This percentage seems to be dropping yet another week but it is still quite an impressive portion of total sales. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales.

Highlights of public sales include:
Top domain overall: 
webhosting.co.uk at 500,000 USD
Top .com domain: calcio.com at 50,000 EUR
Top .net domain: manufacturedhomes.net at 14,000 USD
Top .org domain:
philanthropycenter.org at 4,100 USD
Top .info domain:
forever.info at 9,000 USD
Top .biz domain: georgewashington.biz at 1,000 USD
Top .us domain:
prospect.us at 3,125 USD
Top ccTLD domain: webhosting.co.uk at 500,000 USD
Top 3 letter domain:
uoo.com at 15,000 USD 
Top hyphenated domain:
bike-components.com at 32,850 EUR
Top domain with at least one number:
mode24.de at 12,300 EUR
Top numbers only domain:
1740.com at 1,650 USD
Top Greek domain:
philanthropycenter.org at 4,100 USD (philanthropy = friend of man)

Would you like to see again an analysis like the one I did on a Sedo list from July? Please leave a comment if you want a new list. 

Here are the 227 public and reported Sedo sales for week 23/10 – 29/10 in 2012:

Domain name  Price Currency
.COMs
calcio.com    50.000 EUR
crmsoftware.com    40.000 USD
raise.com    40.000 USD
bike-components.com    32.850 EUR
findspace.com    27.059 USD
uoo.com    15.000 USD
monkeymail.com    10.500 USD
autoportal.com    10.000 USD
click2sell.com    10.000 USD
rosenkranz.com      9.000 USD
aizone.com      8.690 USD
3dprints.com      7.500 EUR
bigmarketing.com      7.000 USD
microlancers.com      5.600 USD
mindjam.com      5.000 USD
nexworks.com      5.000 USD
adultpay.com      5.000 USD
chinareader.com      5.000 USD
taxiseguro.com      4.599 EUR
purum.com      4.500 USD
productdb.com      4.000 EUR
farwestcapital.com      4.000 USD
internetstores.com      4.000 EUR
akwire.com      3.999 USD
ubmconnect.com      3.900 USD
akimax.com      3.900 EUR
jurisnet.com      3.500 EUR
2point0.com      3.200 USD
pornstreams.com      3.000 USD
workinchina.com      3.000 USD
eduas.com      3.000 EUR
tr90.com      3.000 USD
cellphonecase.com      3.000 USD
gero.com      2.800 EUR
acri.com      2.700 USD
lassalinas.com      2.600 EUR
playpop.com      2.600 USD
faironlinegambling.com      2.500 EUR
boeonline.com      2.495 USD
greenpaper.com      2.400 USD
allproroofing.com      2.250 USD
onlineitcourses.com      2.249 USD
vegetarien.com      2.200 EUR
darkmania.com      2.000 USD
wmgm.com      2.000 USD
chinaicon.com      2.000 USD
healthypie.com      2.000 USD
cognitivenetworks.com      2.000 EUR
croh.com      2.000 USD
socialformula.com      2.000 USD
idealgewicht.com      2.000 EUR
runnable.com      2.000 EUR
fashioncrowd.com      1.995 USD
newstrail.com      1.995 EUR
efunder.com      1.990 USD
electricdiner.com      1.895 USD
citimed.com      1.800 USD
drumtrainer.com      1.800 USD
acorio.com      1.800 USD
vestaco.com      1.795 USD
twile.com      1.795 USD
allnigerianews.com      1.760 USD
sareb.com      1.710 USD
gaufriers.com      1.695 USD
1740.com      1.650 USD
abricotier.com      1.560 USD
quotix.com      1.550 EUR
assetshare.com      1.500 GBP
intentioneconomy.com      1.500 USD
project3.com      1.500 USD
casinomarket.com      1.500 EUR
sabzi.com      1.500 USD
dlsp.com      1.500 USD
ebook-download.com      1.400 USD
streetaccess.com      1.400 USD
lockmypc.com      1.300 USD
supersmoking.com      1.300 USD
katrahotels.com      1.299 USD
paraglideshop.com      1.290 USD
michaelscoupon.com      1.200 USD
artfrog.com      1.200 USD
acumba.com      1.180 USD
webmaniac.com      1.100 USD
besaces.com      1.000 USD
itakeout.com      1.000 USD
arredoesterno.com      1.000 EUR
shopistry.com      1.000 USD
florflores.com      1.000 EUR
cloud-solutions.com      1.000 USD
themainboard.com      1.000 USD
pablopicante.com      1.000 USD
spobby.com      1.000 EUR
adstel.com      1.000 USD
franknoak.com      1.000 USD
77cash.com        999 USD
bullionsource.com        999 USD
promtickets.com        980 USD
powerpresses.com        970 USD
bluecats.com        970 USD
bauchdeckenstraffung.com        960 EUR
colonialtax.com        950 USD
tenventures.com        950 USD
ciprese.com        900 USD
drawsocial.com        900 USD
juegosdebasketball.com        899 USD
listyourhotel.com        895 USD
wheatcrofts.com        895 USD
nationalname.com        875 USD
aplusadvertising.com        851 USD
pupazzi.com        850 USD
8906.com        850 USD
ecostix.com        850 USD
mercury-international.com        800 USD
nagscreen.com        800 EUR
cheerblog.com        799 USD
elestream.com        795 USD
nextreality.com        775 USD
plus-size-clothing.com        775 USD
fujo.com        760 EUR
ankitfadia.com        750 USD
pittsfordfederalcreditunion.com        750 USD
banner24.com        750 EUR
detroitbankruptcy.com        748 USD
hookupcloud.com        745 USD
kleinanzeigen24.com        730 EUR
foammemory.com        710 USD
usfo.com        710 USD
loveknots.com        700 USD

 

Domain name  Price Currency
ccTLD
webhosting.co.uk  500.000 USD
pizza.at    75.000 EUR
handy.es    15.000 EUR
mode24.de    12.300 EUR
cruisemiles.co.uk    10.000 GBP
family.me    10.000 USD
abmahnung.de      9.600 EUR
hypotheekadviseurs.nl      5.500 EUR
onlinesportsbook.eu      5.000 USD
bingo.pe      4.950 EUR
laptop.eu      4.000 USD
sam.ba      4.000 USD
games.fm      4.000 USD
artdeco.be      4.000 EUR
wool.co      3.500 USD
prospect.us      3.125 USD
elematic.cn      3.000 USD
chirurgie.be      3.000 EUR
edates.com.au      2.500 USD
metalbox.com.au      2.500 USD
w-e-g.de      2.500 EUR
sharewith.me      2.500 USD
hotel-in-regensburg.de      2.500 EUR
talea.it      2.500 EUR
palettenhandel.de      2.400 EUR
domesticcleaners.co.uk      2.250 GBP
caradvice.com.cn      2.000 USD
juguetessexuales.es      2.000 USD
kaffeetabs.de      2.000 EUR
fashionid.co.uk      2.000 GBP
isearch.co      1.999 USD
taxiplus.de      1.950 EUR
chatportugal.pt      1.800 EUR
ecu.fr      1.800 EUR
selbstheilung.at      1.700 EUR
poolüberdachungen.eu      1.650 EUR
kaiserkraft.in      1.500 EUR
fussballwetten.tv      1.500 EUR
stadtlust.de      1.368 EUR
lactalis.ca      1.200 EUR
kyritz-ruppiner-heide.de      1.161 EUR
noppies.fr      1.150 EUR
fitnessclub.co.uk      1.125 GBP
bap.fr      1.100 EUR
plt.co      1.100 USD
secured-loan.co.uk      1.095 GBP
sigue.me      1.050 USD
onlinegambling.co.in      1.000 USD
photographyforum.co.uk      1.000 GBP
businessbloggers.co.uk      1.000 GBP
fashionvictims.nl        950 EUR
redeye.co.uk        950 GBP
ique.eu        950 EUR
torten-dekoration.de        950 EUR
e-zigi.ch        950 EUR
autowunder.de        950 EUR
startup24.ch        950 EUR
vermont.eu        900 EUR
newonline.de        899 EUR
ondertrouw.nl        850 EUR
leka-reifen.de        800 EUR
localtoolhire.co.uk        800 GBP
ufile.eu        800 EUR
motoragent.de        799 EUR
hansen.co.uk        795 GBP
tdm.be        787 EUR
datenrettung-oesterreich.at        751 EUR
zfm.at        750 EUR
talat.co.uk        750 EUR
pflege-hannover.de        750 EUR
technisches-woerterbuch.de        750 EUR
jvm.it        700 EUR
bullbar.be        700 EUR
monstertemplate.co.uk        700 GBP
Domain name  Price Currency
Other
manufacturedhomes.net    14.000 USD
forever.info      9.000 USD
internationalcall.net      5.000 USD
wechseln.info      4.760 EUR
philanthropycenter.org      4.100 USD
creating.org      3.200 USD
brandhouse.net      2.800 USD
3e.net      2.400 USD
plastics.info      2.100 EUR
mycampaign.org      2.000 USD
deuterium.org      2.000 USD
angeln.org      1.800 EUR
playscape.net      1.750 USD
theatre.info      1.750 EUR
empirical.net      1.540 USD
trainthetrainer.org      1.500 USD
electriciens.pro      1.000 EUR
pediatras.org      1.000 EUR
citamedico.org      1.000 USD
georgewashington.biz      1.000 USD
finnegans.net      1.000 USD
1414.org        999 EUR
blackmesa.net        867 USD
kajal.net        750 USD
warendorf.net        740 USD

New .eu trade and transfer procedure goes live on November 21, 2012

EuRid, the .eu registry operator,.eu will introduce a revised trade and transfer procedure for .eu domains names on 21 November 2012. The revised procedure aims to automate the .eu trade and transfer process, making it more user friendly for both .eu domain name holders and their registrars.

The new .eu trade and transfer procedure will adopt common industry practices in that it will add a year to the current registration period of your domain. Also EURid will permit owners to either simply transfer the domain from one registrar to another or to do a transfer and owner change at the same time. The authorization codes for .eu domain names are created on the fly by request and are only valid for 40 days.

The changes are the result of a lengthy development process that included extensive consultation with .eu accredited registrars, as well as analysis of the top-level domain market best practices.

Due to this revision of trade and transfer procedure for .eu domain names, new versions of the .eu Terms and Conditions and Registration Policy will also come into effect on 21 November 2012.

UDRP complaint for epitec.com denied at NAF – Respondent defaults but Complainant proves legitimate use on behalf of the Respondent!

Respondent chose not to waste his time and money and didn’t reply to these proceedings. Complainant managed to prove the 2nd element (legitimate use) of the UDRP in favor of the Respondent by submitting screenshots of past use from archive.org and by submitting email correspondence with the Respondent, in which Respondent said that he used the domain in the past and plans to use it again in the future. The disputed domain name was registered 14 years before the registration of Complainant’s trademark. So the Panelist hinted that if there was a Response submitted that asked for a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) finding, the Panelist would have made such a finding. Panel rightly found in favor of Respondent.

Complainant was Epitec, Inc. from Michigan, USA. Respondent was EPITEC from Netherlands.

Complainant submitted the Complaint to the National Arbitration Forum on September 18, 2012. The National Arbitration Forum appointed Debrett G. Lyons as Panelist.

Respondent registered the disputed domain name, epitec.com, on June 6, 1998.

Complainant has used the trademark EPITEC since it began business as an IT services provider in 1978. Complainant owns, inter alia, United States Federal Trademark Reg. No. 4,174,322 filed Aug. 22, 2011; registered July 17, 2012 for the word mark EPITEC. That is 14 years after the domain name registration.

Respondent failed to submit a Response in this proceeding.

The Panel found in favor of the Complainant in the first element of the UDRP: Identical and/or Confusingly Similar. Panel found that the disputed domain name is legally identical to the Complainant’s trademark since it takes the trademark and merely adds the non-distinctive gTLD, “.com”

Complainant must first make a prima facie case that Respondent lacks rights and legitimate interests in the disputed domain name under Policy ¶ 4(a)(ii), and then the burden shifts to Respondent to show it does have rights or legitimate interests.

The Panel said there is no evidence that Respondent has any trademark rights however the publicly available WHOIS information identifies Respondent as “EPITEC” and so there is an open question as to whether Respondent might be commonly known by the disputed domain name. Complainant refereed briefly to the fact that Respondent used the domain name from 2000-2003, allegedly in connection with competing services: “[B]oth the Complainant and the Respondent are engaged in industry of IT services. Even outside the context of identical or confusingly identical marks, the applicable services of the Respondent and the Complainant are confusingly similar.”

Panel notes that on August 3, 2012 Complainant sent Respondent what it has called a “cease and desist letter” wherein it stated that “Epitec has closely monitored the epitec.com domain name for some time. Although the Whois listing for epitec.com indicates that the domain name was first registered in 1998, the Wayback Machine internet archive indicates that the epitec.com domain name has not been used since 2003.” The letter also said: “In the interest of avoiding needless litigation, I am authorized to offer you a $300 administrative fee in exchange for the voluntary transfer of the domain name to Epitec.”

The domain name owner replied to this letter by email: “Like I said, I am planning to use it again for future activities. This and the reason that it would be hard to find a new domain name that describes what I am doing since 1998. … I hope you understand that handing the domain name over would cost me too much time and effort, so I will not do it.” Respondent also stated that the domain is not active at present but he has the intention to use it again.

Panel weighed this material against the burden of proof resting on Complainant to show a prima facie case that Respondent has no rights or interests in the domain name and draws the following summary findings:

First, lack of use of a domain name is not per se evidence of a lack of rights or interest in the domain name. In the absence of a Response, Panel might be entitled to make certain negative inferences as a result of non-use, especially over a long period, however in this case Complainant exhibits email correspondence which points to a direct intention by Respondent to use the name. Moreover, Complainant provides evidence that the domain name has been used in the past.

Secondly, Complainant’s bald assertion that passive holding of a domain name is evidence of bad faith must be qualified by the context in which former UDRP cases have made such a finding, specifically, instances where there was no likely good faith use to which the name could be put because of all the surrounding circumstances (see Telstra Corporation Limited v. Nuclear Marshmallows, WIPO Case No. D2000-0003). Whilst some of the factors taken into account by panelists in earlier cases of that kind are present here – namely, a degree of notoriety of Complainant’s trademark, failure to file a formal Response, difficulty in identification of beneficial owner of the domain name – there are in this case additional circumstances which mitigate any adverse finding based merely on non use.

Thirdly, there is no evidence before the Panel of registration in bad faith. The domain name was registered in 1998. Although Complainant holds a much later acquired Federal trademark registration and has given evidence of its common law rights to the trademark at this point in time, there is nothing before the Panel which would allow it draw a meaningful conclusion about the market presence of Complainant’s business in 1998, nor is there any evidence whatsoever that in 1998 Respondent targeted Complainant’s trademark.

Fourthly, there is no evidence before the Panel of use in bad faith. The evidence from the Wayback Machine is largely inconclusive of how Respondent once used the domain name and it is the only evidence which Complainant has put forward in this regard. Panel has already commented on the issue of “passive use”.

Fifthly, the evidence shows that Complainant has been aware of and has been “monitoring” the domain name for some time. Had a Response been filed, it might have been submitted that Complainant has targeted Respondent and a submission of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking may have been made. Certainly, there is no explanation in the Complaint as to why a business established in 1978 delayed until 2012 to contact the owner of a domain name which was so manifestly adapted to suit its business or why Administrative Proceedings were not brought before now if the domain name was considered to be an abusive registration.

So the Panel found in favor of the Respondent in the 2nd element of the UDRP.

Panel didn’t address the third element of the UDRP that requires Complainant to prove that Respondent both registered and is using the disputed domain name in bad faith.

The Panel concluded that relief shall be DENIED.

New appraisal scam – Old scammer

I just got a few emails today from an old scammer. I know him because he is the same scammer that contacted Morgan Linton in March. He is using an email address from a domain name registered just a couple of weeks ago at Go Daddy: levinson@best-unix-hosting-plans.com. The fake appraisal website is located at windows-7-forums.com. This domain was registered recently too. He keeps changing domain names and aliases. The scam remains the same. He is trying to lure domain owners into an appraisal with the promise of a large sale that will never happen.

Here are the first email I got:

Hello!
I’m interested in purchasing *********.biz.
What is your price?

We are in hosting business and my company invests in different web projects and domain names.
If you have a portfolio of names for sale feel free to email me.

Best Regards,
Abraham Levinson
President
Unix Hosting Plans Inc.
***********************
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication may contain private, confidential, or legally privileged information intended for the sole use of the designated and/or duly authorized recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by email and permanently delete all copies of this email including all attachments without reading them.

 

I am sure that Abraham Levinson is not his real name. The confidentiality notice is a nice touch. I couldn’t stop laughing… I replied with a price and he didn’t like it. Like he was ever going to buy the domain:

6000 eur. Ok. Do you visit domain forums? Did you sell names before?
I’m also interested in adult, financial and social network names.
Best regards,
Abraham Levinson
Best Unix Hosting Plans

Finally I got the pitch to buy an appraisal:

In order to process with the deal I need two things:

1. I need a valuation certificate.
It should be from experts I know and trust. Without a professional valuation we both cannot be sure in the final sale price.It will minimize our risks. If you don’t know what the valuation (appraisal) means please read this blog http://www.windows-7-forums.com/Archive/160395472.htm

2. It’s important for us to know that you domain has no problems with trademarks. Some evaluators include this option in the appraisalsal service. I need the evaluation service with the TM verification.

Please take into account, I’m not a novice and don’t accept free or automated valuations. I asked in the forum about reliable and independent valuation services with the trademark verification option. Please read this information:

http://www.windows-7-forums.com/Archive/160395472.htm

If the valuation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional valuation with the trademark verification via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we’ll continue.
How do you want to be paid: PayPal, wire or CC?

Best regards,
Abraham Levinson
Best Unix Hosting Plans

 

He seems to be visiting domain forums. While he is using Privacy on all of his domain names, the domain name forum-windows-club.com that he used in Morgan’s email is currently suspended at Go Daddy (nameservers are NS1.SUSPENDED-FOR.SPAM-AND-ABUSE.COM) and a name is showing at whois: Frank Tschakert. Is this his real name? Maybe not. If you know anyone by this name in any domain name forum please let me know.

It’s also very funny that he is asking for a “TM verification” appraisal while he is using windows-7-forums.com as his appraisal website.

Please stay away from this appraisal scam. He is only trying to get you to pay for the appraisal at his own website and then he will disappear. He will NOT buy your domain name.

CAUTION: Escrow.com has not been sending some (or all) transaction emails plus the “continue” button is gone

I was waiting for a wire transfer to arrive from a buyer for a transaction at Escrow.com. I hadn’t received the usual email from escrow.com (please log in into your account) so I thought that there was some problem with the banks or that buyer hadn’t put the correct transaction id on the wire transfer. So I logged in into my account to file a support ticket only to see that payment had arrived 2 days ago. I didn’t get any emails from escrow.com about this. I don’t have a spam filter so I couldn’t loose the email. I am not sure when this problem started and how widespread is. If you have pending transactions it’s a good idea to log into your account and not wait for the email to arrive. But I had another problem…

Escrow instructed me to transfer the domain name to the buyer:

Submit the domain name transfer to the Buyer

• Escrow.com has secured the Buyer’s payment.
• The domain name transfer process varies with each registrar. Please communicate with your Buyer and the registrar directly to complete this process. Escrow.com does not transfer the domain
• After the transfer process has been started, please click the continue button to move the transaction forward and provide your Buyer the opportunity to mark the domain as received on the Escrow.com site.

 

Problem is that the continue button is nowhere to be found! I have tried to login with 3 different browsers but I can’t see it. I filed a support ticket about all these problems but the first reply was not helpful. I will not transfer the domain until all issues have been resolved.

Latest .info auction results – forums.info sells for $832

Here is a list of the latest .info auction results.

forums.info $832 (Namejet) Expired
popular.info $506 (Go Daddy Auctions)
Expired
circle.info $491 (Namejet) Expired

You can find below the previous lists of .info auction results for October in case you missed them. Please not that my auction lists only include .info sales from dropped/expiring domains plus a few domains sold by their owners at auctions houses. Minimum price is $500 (with a few exceptions). These lists do not include .info domains sold in the aftermarket.

melanoma.info $4,600 (Namejet) Land Rush 2 domain put to auction by the owner
cupcakes.info $798 (Namejet) Expired

meteo.info $527 (Pool) .Info Sunrise Domain from a drop
cognac.info $501  (Premiumsale.com) Land Rush 2 domain from a drop
drums.info $501 (Pool) .Info Sunrise Domain from a drop
jfk.info $444 (Pool) Land Rush 2 domain from a drop

meat.info $1,602 (Namejet)  Land Rush 2 domain. The domain name was auctioned by Yummy Names, a Tucows owned company.
slotmachine.info $807 (Premiumsale.com) Land Rush 2 domain from a drop
mvp.info $510 (Namejet) .Info Sunrise Domain. The domain name was auctioned by Yummy Names, a Tucows owned company.
atm.info $510 (Premiumsale.com) 
Land Rush 2 domain from a drop

Please click here to see my report on .info Land Rush 2 domains.

Small story: A reader made a comment on my report on .info Land Rush 2 domains asking about the price of bankatm.info and I replied that atm.info would have been great. It seems that atm.info was already expired at that date and 8 days later the domain entered a “PENDING DELETE RESTORABLE” status. The domain dropped 4 days ago and I won it in the auction at Premiumsale.com.

What do you think of the prices?

I won jfk.info, mvp.info and atm.info and was the second bidder on a couple more.

Search.xxx now offers ads on search pages

Search.xxx has started offering ads on search pages. Websites like gay.xxx, that sold for $500,000 are already using the ad program. Ads are displayed on top of search results and on the right side of the search pages. I asked ICM Registry how someone can have an ad listed on search.xxx because I can’t find any more information on the ad program. I am waiting for a reply.

Search.xxx already offers 49 pre-set categories and selections based on popular surfing habits. Recent enhancements allow users to search specifically for premium websites, videos or tube sites, still images, cam sites, stores and DVDs. These options are now on top of the “Quick Search” options.

ICM Registry, the registry operator of .xxx, launched on September the 27th, a new search engine at Search.xxx dedicated to developed .XXX websites and .XXX content only.

Yesterday ICM Registry announced that over 1000 reserved domains are now priced and available for purchase.

.xxx registry puts asking prices on over 1000 reserved domains – Many like pornstar.xxx remain unpriced

ICM Registry today announced the release of over 1,000 premium generic keyword domain names. The “release” means that these domains now are priced and are now available for registration on a first come, first served basis. These domains were available before but anyone interested had to contact the .xxx registry and negotiate on the price.

The domain names now feature a lander with a “Buy It Now” button at the top of the page:

There is also a contact form where any interested party can contact the .xxx registry:

There are over 1000 .xxx domain names for sale that include girls.xxx and fuck.xxx. The list of names now generally available can be found at www.icmregistry.com/premium.

This doesn’t mean that all registry reserved domains are now priced. There are still a lot of reserved domains that still display this message on their webpage:

The unpriced domains include many of the top 49 categories featured on the search.xxx search engine. There are domains like bareback.xxx, pornstar.xxx or pov.xxx. You will still have to contact ICM Registry and negotiate to get these domains.

Domain name prices, for these over 1000 priced domains, range from $220000 down to an affordable $330. ICM Registry offers 2 payment plan options:

One-Time Payment Option
You can obtain a Premium Name through a direct payment.
This option allows you to launch your .XXX domain name as soon as possible.

or

Development Program & Payment Plan Option
If you prefer not to make a one-time payment for the Premium Name you desire, you may be eligible to obtain a Premium Name through an ongoing payment plan, coupled with a development proposal.
As a part of the development proposal, we encourage you to think about innovative uses for the .xxx domain name you are pursuing.

Here is the complete press release:

.XXX Operator Releases Main Wave of Premium Generic Keyword Domains

A Month after Launching the Internet’s Adult Search Engine, ICM Registry Releases 1,000 Most-Sought Names

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – October 24, 2012 – Following the highly-successful launch of the Internet’s first Top Level Domain (TLD) porn search engine, www.search.xxx, ICM Registry today announced the release of over 1,000 premium generic keyword domain names. These domain names are now available for registration on a first come, first served basis and many reflect the most popular key words searched by millions of adult content connoisseurs.

Keyword domains ranging from blondes.xxx to zorras.xxx are now generally available for registration for those interested in being part of the Internet’s hottest search engine. ICM Registry, which operates the .XXX TLD, created www.Search.xxx as the first search engine to find exactly what a user wants amongst millions of pages of .XXX content. The creation of the Internet’s first porn search engine drove immediate high volume traffic to many .XXX domains – and has kindled overwhelming interest from across the globe for new generic keyword domains.

The algorithm that search.xxx uses gives weighting to exact match domains with highly developed content and so these newly released names , once developed and listed, will feature prominently in search results for the most popular keywords.

ICM analyzed the most-sought after keywords based on the top keywords entered into Search.xxx by over eight million searches/page views undertaken since the launch on September 27. This was then matched to the list of previously reserved premium names. The list of names now generally available can be found at www.icmregistry.com/premium Editor’s Note: Most of those reference adult-themed content.

CEO of ICM Registry, Stuart Lawley, said the general release of these domains is part of ICM Registry’s responsible approach to developing the .XXX top level domain into an environment that serves adult entertainment consumers by helping them find and enjoy the exact content they want. There has been astounding interest from across the globe from providers wishing to seize this opportunity to build pages of content for a growing audience under the .XXX umbrella.

“In the first week we saw over one million unique viewers who searched through 8 million pages of content. This meant a huge spike in our .XXX registrants’ traffic,” Lawley said. “Now people have heard of Search.xxx, and we’re responding to this sense of urgency and answering a demand for more domain names. For years we’ve studied keywords – but in the last few weeks we have had the ability to know exactly what is currently driving consumers’ interests. Search allows us to provide real-time industry insight while protecting individual consumer privacy.

Lawley added that the release of these domain names is a part of ICM’s on-going mission to build the strength and vitality of the .XXX ecosystem with ICM registrants who develop quality sites; we want our community to prosper from high levels of traffic. Many of the names offered are exact matches of top search terms and categories.

“This general release of premium domain names follows ICM’s prior sales of over $5 million in premium domain names; over the last year, we have sold approximately 200. Many sites such as Gay.xxx at $500,000, Fetish.xxx at $300,000 and Shemales.xxx, which was part of a $200,000 deal, are developed, live and attracting visitors daily,” Lawley said.

Websites built on these new premium domains will benefit from the unique visibility being driven by Search.xxx, the porn-only search engine. Consumers can rest assured that new websites will provide the same .XXX security protection of daily Malware scans by McAfee. Additionally, each site will have a MetaCert electronic Family Safety label making it easier for users, organizations and parents to adjust browser settings to restrict access to websites labeled as adult oriented content.

More on Search.xxx

Search.xxx offers a clean user interface and intuitive keyword searches. Search.xxx uses the same technology as usual mainstream search engines but is for adult content only. Search.xxx allows you to set your language preference and your sexual orientation preference, as well as to control the “look and feel” of your style preference.” Additionally the service offers 50 pre-set categories and selections already figured out based on popular surfing habits. Recent enhancements allow users to search specifically for videos, still images, cam sites, stores, DVDs and more, making Search.xxx an experience totally focused on delivering exactly the adult entertainment users want: quickly, discreetly and easily.

More on ICM Registry

ICM Registry, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is the registry operator for the .XXX sponsored top-level domain as approved by ICANN in 2011. ICM Registry provides the management and supporting infrastructure for this extension offered via registrars around the world.

“Your Auction Has Ended”: Will GoDaddy give me back my time and money?

I won an auction for a .com domain name on the 11th of September for more than $1000 USD at GoDaddy Auctions. I didn’t pay immediately. I paid on the 13th of September because I know the problem I describe below and try to pay GoDaddy at the last minute. I always wait for the “URGENT – Payment Due for xxxxxx.com” email from GoDaddy before I pay my won auctions.

On the 17th of September I got the dreaded email from GoDaddy with the subject:

“Your Auction Has Ended”

This means that the domain I had won and paid and thought was mine had been renewed by it’s owner and the auction had been canceled. I would never get the domain name and I would also have to wait for a refund from GoDaddy.

This was not the first time that happened to me. I have had maybe 20 domain names that were renewed after I won the expired auctions. I had to wait for 13 refunds. And that is just from this year and I am not that active at GoDaddy Auctions. The other 7 domains were renewed in the first 2 days so I hadn’t already paid for them. That saved me 7 refunds.

I got an email that my funds were refunded on the 19th of September and I got the actual funds in my bank account the 21st. So GoDaddy had my money for 8 days and I got nothing in return. In this transaction I lost money on the interest I would have gotten from my bank and also lost money from the currency conversion. (I paid in USD, my bank account is in Euros) But more importantly I lost my time bidding on the auction, paying and then processing the refund with my accountant. I could have used the time to go after some other domain name and I could have allocated the funds to a different domain name. That is why I am not that active at GoDaddy Auctions.

But that could be worse. I could have paid on the first day, as many do, and the domain could have been renewed on the 7th day. (owners have until 7 days after the auction ends to renew their domain names)

So the total fund holding period could have been 7+2+2 = 11 days.

Some say this is a good way to see what your domain name is worth. A free simulated auction that can be used as an appraisal. Owner let’s his/hers domain expire on purpose, the domain is auctioned off, owner gets a free appraisal and then owner renews domain name. And then he might hope for an offer from the auction winner or anyone else in that auction.

Also whois contact details are visible the entire period, before/during/after an auction, so anyone can contact the owner after the auction (if he/she has lost the auction) and make them an offer to buy the domain name for a fraction of the winning bid. Owner makes some money instead of nothing and domainer pays less than the winning bid. Winning bidder gets all the hassle. Some registrars change the whois details after a domain is expired to avoid this. e.g. Network Solutions changes whois to Pending Renewal or Deletion. Of course anyone could find the owner’s whois details using Domain Tools but GoDaddy just makes it easier for anyone to do this.

I don’t like these tactics but if the system is broken then someone will try and exploit it. GoDaddy needs to change this process before most of the domainers get alienated from GoDaddy Auctions.

Last month I reported that en.org got renewed 2 days after the GoDaddy auction. It was sold for $21,586 at GoDaddy but the auction was canceled. I just hope the winning bidder hadn’t paid in that 2 day period because he would to wait on a massive $21,586 refund. Then the il.org auction at GoDaddy was canceled, as this name was also renewed, fortunately before the auction was over.

I don’t think that these 2 domains were auctioned intentionally or that these are going to be sold off any time soon. The domains are owned by big organizations like the Enterprise Network and Choose Chicago. But one email from a domainer could have gave them the heads up and they renewed the domains they had otherwise neglected to renew.

So in order to avoid some of the refunds and since you have 3 days to pay after the time auction ends, I suggest you pay the winning bid after the second day to avoid some of the refund hassle. Just don’t forget to pay!

Sedo sells 867 domains worth $1.35 million: mexicocityhotels.com sells for 45,000 USD, software.cl for 20,000 USD and zts.com for 15,000 USD – Week 16/10-22/10 2012

This week, 867 transactions (853 last week) took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.35 million ($1.65 last week). Only 241 domains (194 last week) were reported by Sedo this week. Actually 241 is one of the highest numbers of the past couple of months. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 39% (42% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. This percentage seems to be dropping but it is still quite an impressive portion of total sales. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales.

Highlights of public sales include:
Top domain overall: 
mexicocityhotels.com at 45,000 USD 
Top .com domain: 
mexicocityhotels.com at 45,000 USD
Top .net domain: mobicash.net at 3,800 EUR 
Top .org domain:
video2mp3.org at 6,500 USD
Top .info domain:
shk.info at 4,300 EUR
Top .biz domain: ria.biz at 8,000 EUR 
Top .us domain:
none reported
Top ccTLD domain:
software.cl at 20,000 USD
Top 3 letter domain:
zts.com at 15,000 USD 
Top hyphenated domain:
em-group.com at 9,000 USD
Top domain with at least one number:
8seconds.cn at 10,000 USD 
Top numbers only domain:
none reported 
Top Greek domain:
none reported

Would you like to see again an analysis like the one I did on a Sedo list from July? Please leave a comment if you want a new list. 

Here are the 241 public and reported Sedo sales for week 16/10 – 22/10 in 2012:

Domain name Price Currency
.COMs
mexicocityhotels.com 45000 USD
gatt.com 20000 USD
zts.com 15000 USD
goodnet.com 12225 USD
rapidink.com 11500 EUR
kopierpapier.com 10770 EUR
globalmining.com 9500 USD
em-group.com 9000 USD
forcity.com 8900 USD
learntodraw.com 8000 USD
price24.com 7500 EUR
fabfab.com 7000 USD
bengaluruhotels.com 7000 USD
greenmobility.com 6000 EUR
ostersund.com 5500 USD
uploadoz.com 5000 EUR
zellus.com 5000 USD
rumpelstiltskin.com 5000 USD
jammart.com 5000 USD
mentorstudents.com 4677 USD
hconnect.com 4500 USD
consular.com 4350 USD
proxime.com 4000 EUR
mejordietas.com 4000 USD
goldhair.com 4000 EUR
flcr.com 4000 USD
elkraft.com 3900 EUR
garbagebags.com 3872 USD
radbag.com 3750 USD
amage.com 3750 USD
securemote.com 3500 USD
leadingsoft.com 3500 USD
olvea.com 3500 USD
boot1.com 3000 EUR
badcarcredit.com 3000 USD
treatmyuti.com 3000 USD
grosik.com 3000 USD
aerotrans.com 3000 USD
cheongster.com 2999 USD
traveloakland.com 2995 USD
smng.com 2950 USD
best-web-hosting.com 2850 GBP
weirds.com 2850 USD
hinos.com 2796 EUR
huurwoning.com 2750 EUR
veracruzhotels.com 2677 USD
kjwestone.com 2500 USD
lilalo.com 2500 EUR
nucci.com 2500 USD
valiram.com 2500 USD
aandekust.com 2295 USD
eucal.com 2200 EUR
johndewey.com 2120 USD
internetwetten.com 2000 EUR
optionclub.com 2000 USD
foldable.com 2000 USD
wkeys.com 2000 USD
industrialassets.com 2000 USD
moovee.com 2000 USD
elohell.com 2000 USD
clicknshop.com 2000 USD
businessbloggers.com 2000 GBP
boombap.com 2000 EUR
letstalkhealthcare.com 2000 USD
educationdegreeonline.com 1999 USD
tahdah.com 1999 EUR
vitamintrend.com 1995 USD
inpin.com 1900 USD
kavaroot.com 1900 USD
mashed.com 1800 USD
stresearch.com 1800 USD
ifreelancer.com 1800 USD
affenbande.com 1800 USD
anmp.com 1700 USD
warhawks.com 1695 USD
clarite.com 1600 USD
embo.com 1600 EUR
lapausecafe.com 1595 USD
sportsdiets.com 1595 USD
hangmat.com 1500 EUR
eceast.com 1500 USD
goldedit.com 1500 EUR
skyabc.com 1500 USD
charmingly.com 1500 EUR
liiist.com 1500 EUR
zoocoffee.com 1500 USD
turnkeyvacations.com 1450 USD
creativeelite.com 1395 USD
zedevents.com 1395 USD
tuffle.com 1298 USD
creditcardsloans.com 1288 USD
nimbusoffice.com 1200 EUR
akpc.com 1195 USD
ainbc.com 1165 USD
ad-alert.com 1150 USD
houkconsulting.com 1100 USD
macoscope.com 1095 USD
cozyhome.com 1000 USD
lanternes.com 1000 EUR
tethertech.com 1000 USD
pipelineconference.com 1000 USD
yoiyoi.com 1000 USD
webassess.com 1000 USD
mediatheque.com 1000 EUR
pacifichvac.com 1000 USD
krapiva.com 1000 EUR
corbanc.com 1000 USD
stopdebtcollector.com 1000 USD
carlocolucci.com 1000 EUR
csari.com 1000 USD
joylands.com 1000 USD
qikpik.com 999 USD
fuutball.com 999 USD
physiovet.com 995 USD
transport-services.com 990 EUR
rayion.com 990 USD
americanthriftstores.com 950 USD
magispartners.com 950 USD
clevelandlimousine.com 900 USD
tereco.com 900 USD
unifiedweb.com 850 USD
newworldofwork.com 825 USD
chemical-research.com 799 USD
12english.com 777 USD
thegardensage.com 777 USD
deols.com 775 USD
thamesboats.com 750 EUR
bitehard.com 750 USD
lucella.com 750 USD
saltforlife.com 750 USD
hauk.com 750 USD
touchtopay.com 750 USD
stockbets.com 700 USD
neuepresse.com 700 EUR

 

Domain name Price Currency
ccTLD
software.cl 20000 USD
xhd.cn 15000 USD
monkey.co.uk 14000 GBP
8seconds.cn 10000 USD
energienet.nl 7500 EUR
wood.co 7000 USD
dreamlines.ru 4000 EUR
nosmoking.it 4000 EUR
pilot.me 4000 USD
mapfre.com.pe 3500 EUR
artdeco.co.uk 3500 EUR
travertinetiles.co.uk 3488 GBP
fabfab.de 2900 EUR
lernprogramme.ch 2900 EUR
familienhelfer.de 2890 EUR
ctx.eu 2500 EUR
avondkleding.nl 2500 EUR
duftrose.de 2433 EUR
glamper.nl 2380 EUR
tuinbank.nl 2350 EUR
street.in 2200 EUR
hag.fr 2000 EUR
employee.co 2000 USD
xvideos.kr 2000 USD
s3x.de 2000 EUR
wirtschafts-akademie.de 2000 EUR
qps.co 1870 USD
rf24.de 1800 EUR
campingitaly.de 1800 EUR
mytoys.co.za 1750 USD
design.cc 1700 GBP
wireless.me 1610 USD
errands.co.uk 1500 GBP
gpw.eu 1500 EUR
pinup.de 1500 EUR
bdk-online.de 1421 EUR
plissè.it 1400 EUR
nakedpeople.de 1400 USD
golfonline.eu 1370 EUR
exchanger.co 1350 USD
similia.de 1300 EUR
shine.ch 1200 EUR
bigpoint.pt 1200 EUR
onlineprinter.de 1082 EUR
repay.ch 1000 EUR
atlan.pl 1000 EUR
silena.ch 1000 EUR
orient-express.co.in 990 EUR
hochzeitstisch-online.de 950 EUR
kioskmedia.de 950 EUR
jonger.nl 910 EUR
ginger.me 900 USD
cyberfitness.de 900 EUR
figurine.fr 900 EUR
bulls.tv 890 EUR
dekust.nl 875 EUR
homeshop.de 810 EUR
madeinchina.co.uk 800 GBP
rag.fm 800 EUR
vettore.it 800 EUR
wowart.ru 800 EUR
multicopter.at 800 EUR
viamij.nl 750 EUR
rebuyer.de 750 EUR
evj.nl 750 EUR
bewis-weil.de 750 EUR
3d-media.de 750 EUR
familybanking.ch 714 EUR
pof.uz 700 USD
las.fm 700 EUR
unternehmerpreis.de 700 EUR
kmt.co.uk 700 GBP
videofeedback.de 700 EUR
Domain name Price Currency
Other
ria.biz 8000 EUR
video2mp3.org 6500 USD
localist.org 5000 USD
shk.info 4300 EUR
mobicash.net 3800 EUR
imuse.net 3500 USD
prio.net 2999 USD
opensocial.net 2500 USD
freundschaft.net 2050 EUR
cyon.net 2000 USD
onlinecasinospiele.org 1750 EUR
schweizerkredite.org 1500 EUR
richman.net 1500 USD
touristik.org 1440 EUR
careercoach.net 1350 USD
discussions.org 1300 USD
newshub.org 1297 USD
bedsdirect.net 1277 USD
direktbanken.org 1200 EUR
lund.info 1200 USD
kreator.net 1200 USD
sportwetten-bonus.org 1150 EUR
erleuchtung.org 1000 EUR
steer.org 1000 USD
orovalley.mobi 1000 USD
pingdom.net 1000 USD
greip.net 950 USD
greenpaper.net 950 USD
wien.pro 900 USD
mindthegap.org 875 EUR
ontheair.net 850 USD
missyou.net 850 USD
webdesignagentur.net 750 EUR
sinter.net 700 USD