About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain name registration, management, UDRP consulting, website development and hosting. He has been online since 1995 and a domain investor since 2002. You can find him at Google+ - Twitter - LinkedIn

Daily Domain Sales (9-20-2014): 88bet.com $4,500, lally.com $2,466, PrivateOffers.com $1,500

dailyI have a fever and a case of “too many lost Go Daddy auctions” today. I tried 3 domains and lost all 3 auctions. I guess my bidding was too sensible for Go Daddy. Well anyway…

I had some problems with registry and registrar pricing problems with .Website, .Host and .Press. I may have lost a domain or not. I guess I will find out tomorrow.

A new report on ‘New gTLD registrar marker share’ attacks .xyz and Network Solutions on there opportunistic marketing tactics.

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Sedo Sells 543 Domains For $1 Million: Baltic.Cruises $25,000, kiel.com 19,500 EUR

sedoIn the past week 543 (525 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1 million ($1.4m last week). Only 154 (144 last week) domains from the 543 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 49% (48% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales. And will not reveal what percentage of the total sales value do the Buy Now listings represent.

The average domain name sales price was $1,842 ($2,667 last week).

Here are the 154 public and reported Sedo sales for the week September 8 to September 14 2014:

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Daily Domain Sales (9-19-2014): DormRoom.com $12,450, 1934.com $7,099, Market.info $7,000

dailywebsidebuilder.com sold for $355 at Go Daddy auctions. Are you kidding me? Does anyone check the spelling of domain names? These prices are ridiculous at Go Daddy. And if these misspellings are sold for this kind of money then you can imagine for much good names are sold for.

A new report on ‘New gTLD registrar marker share’ attacks .xyz and Network Solutions on there opportunistic marketing tactics.

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Namejet Sells 95 Domains For $744k: BigDeals.com $36,100, Gains.com $25,500

Namejet released it’s August 2014 domain name auctions report. Namejet sold 95 (82 last month) domains for $743,969 ($509,926 last month).

Namejet only reports domains that were sold for $2,000 or more. I am sure that the bulk amount of sales are below this threshold. Here are the 95 reported domain sales at Namejet:
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Daily Domain Sales (9-18-2014): Tasks.com $130,000, NUS.com $28,900

dailyI had 4 inquiries for New gTLD domains in a day. 2 for .ninja domains and one each of a .social and a .tips domain. It seems that things are picking up for New gTLDs.

Flippa sold tasks.com for $130,000 while Namejet sold two 3 letter .com for 5 figures each.

My favorite screech.com sold for $5,799. lol

A new report on ‘New gTLD registrar marker share’ attacks .xyz and Network Solutions on there opportunistic marketing tactics.

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Sedo’s Report From The Dmexco Conference: 90% Visitors Never Heard Of New gTLDs

sedoSedo published a report on the dmexco 2014
Digital Marketing Exposition & Conference that was held in Cologne Germany. The conference had 32,000 visitors and Sedo along with representatives from Famous Four Media, Donuts, DotClub, NicAT, and Denic attended it.

Jodie Chamberlain had this to say about her interactions at dmexco: “While dmexco participants were knowledgeable about traditional domain endings, I’d say that 90% of them never heard of the new gTLDs. But they were online marketers, so it just took seconds for them to understand what opportunities new gTLDs can bring them.”  Continue reading

Registry and Registrar Pricing Problems With .Website, .Host and .Press

newgtldI had made a landrush pre-order for the domain video.press. After landrush had ended I checked to see if I got the domain only to see that my pre-order had disappeared from my account and that the domain was available to register. The landrush price that I had paid was $80 as the domain was not a premium one. Landrush prices were very low compared to other landrushes and also compared to the general availability pricing for .press.

I checked to see if the domain was available at Go Daddy and got this $69.99 price:

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But I knew that something was wrong because I couldn’t order the domain at some other registrars. Continue reading

New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Website 6,342, .Press 800, .Host 780

newgtldHere are the domain name registration results from yesterday’s 3 New gTLD launches:

Radix launched yesterday its first 3 New gTLD strings: .Website, .Host and .Press.

.Website got the most registrations as expected and has 6,342 domains today. .Host and .Press didn’t do as well and got 780 and 800 domains respectively.

Radix reported yesterday that .website had more than 6,500 domains in the first 4 hours. I think that the actual number today is higher than 6,342 and maybe closer to 7,000 but zone files don’t include domains without a nameserver. And it seems that all landrush domains that had more than 1 applications are not showing up in zone files as these don’t have nameservers.

I checked 2 of my landrush domains and they are not in the zone files. So I am waiting for the auctions to start.

I also think that the numbers are not as high as expected because there are a lot of reserved domains and then almost all the other domains are high premiums ($400-$6000). There were very few non-premium domains that I could find. So although I liked all 3 extensions I only applied for 3 domains in total.

The “New gTLD 1st Day Registrations” include sunrise domain names as well as any domains registered by the registry or any founder’s program. Any registry is allowed to register up to 100 domains for it’s own use and give out another 100 as part of the New gTLD founder’s program.

(I am always comparing the same first hours from their 1st day for all New gTLDs. The hours between General Availability and the first zone files update.)

Daily Domain Sales (9-17-2014): BermudaHotels.com $10,252, foko.com $6,700

dailyThere were a lot of domains auctioned at Namejet yesterday. 8 domains sold for 4 figures and a lot more just under $1,000.

Today a new report on ‘New gTLD registrar marker share’ attacks .xyz and Network Solutions on there opportunistic marketing tactics.

I said the other day that .XYZ in the rate it is burning money it is going to be one of the first New gTLDs to go under. There are now more than 45 comments posted.

New gTLDs are having some growing pains and early marketing attempts may have a lot of problems.

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.Website Surpasses 6,500 Domains In First 4 Hours Of Launch

radixGeneral availability launched today for three top-level domains: .WEBSITE, .PRESS and .HOST. These TLDs entered General Availability with 80+ registrars onboard, including industry leaders like GoDaddy, eNom, OpenSRS, 1Api, 1&1, DomainMonster and Name.com.

.WEBSITE surpassed 6500 domains in the first 4 hours. I expect it to be at a bit under 7,500 at the end of the day. I assume that the .host and .press numbers are lower than .website as expected.

“We have been confident about .website right from the start and these numbers just reinforce the potential the TLD holds.” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Radix business head.

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