About Konstantinos Zournas

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

Rook Media Acquires Oversee.net’s DomainSponsor Monetization Business

Oversee.net, an innovative technology company that owns and operates a portfolio of websites and mobile apps in travel, retail and consumer finance, today announced that Rook Media, Europe’s largest domain monetization platform, has acquired its DomainSponsor monetization business. Terms of the transaction
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ICANN Appoints Fifth New gTLD Data Escrow Agent

Escrow4All B.V. has been approved by ICANN to provide data escrow services to new gTLD Registry Operators.

All new gTLD Registry Operators are required to regularly deposit a backup copy of their TLD registration data through one of the approved data escrow service providers. The data held in escrow may be released to ICANN under certain circumstances in order to preserve the stability of the TLD in case of an emergency.

ICANN encourages applicants to engage with one of the approved data escrow providers in preparation for Specification 2, Part B.1, of the Registry Agreement.

ICANN-Approved New gTLD Data Escrow Agents

Iron Mountain Intellectual Property Management, Inc.

Name: RyDE Support
Email: RyDE@ironmountain.com
Telephone: +17702258176
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

NCC Group

Name: Tom Scopazzi
Email: registryescrow@nccgroup.com
Telephone: +14152760413
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Note: The templates presented here are for information purposes only. ICANN encourages applicants to engage with one of these data escrow providers in preparation for Specification 2, Part B.1, of the Registry Agreement.

China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)

Name: Escrow Support
Email: deagent@cnnic.cn
Telephone: +8610-58813401
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Beilong Zedata (Beijing) Data Technology Co., Ltd

Name: Zhang Lili
Email: registryescrow@cnic.cn
Telephone: +86-10-62523580
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Escrow4All

Name: Howard Kui
Email: gtld@escrow4all.com
Telephone: +31 20 3420 255
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Note: The templates presented here are for information purposes only. ICANN encourages applicants to engage with one of these data escrow providers in preparation for Specification 2, Part B.1, of the Registry Agreement.

ICANN sends notice of breach to Namevault.com

Please be advised that as of 9 April 2014, Homestead Limited dba Namevault.com (“Namevault”) is in
breach of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) dated 8 August 2013 (“RAA”).

Namevault.com was also sent a notice of breach last year.

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24 more New gTLDs were delegated: .college, .engineering, .media, .university, .gop, .yokohama

ICANN announced that 24 more New gTLDs were delegated for a total of 225 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the 24 new gTLDs: .college,  .engineering, .media, .university, .gop and .yokohama.

Check out the Launch dates of new gTLDs – Domain Name Infographic.

Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 18 April 2014:

  • 1105 applicants have been invited to Contracting
  • 535 applicants have responded to their Contracting Information Request invitation
  • 450 contracts have been sent out for signature
  • 386 Registry Agreements have been signed

Here are the 225 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:

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Thank you all for the 200,000 page views on OnlineDomain.com

My blog reached a milestone with 200,000 page views during the weekend. Nearly 85,000 page views have been served in the past 5 months.

I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in July 2012 and then stopped blogging in 2013 for a while after an incident with my web host that lost everything on my server and wasn’t keeping backups I was paying for. I was a bit disappointed and took a hiatus for 5 months.

I want to thank you all for visiting, reading and making comments that is one of the more important reason I enjoy blogging. Comments are now more than
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Afternic/Go Daddy Weekly Domain Sales: ngsn.com $20k, flavour.ca $17,650 (4-6-14 to 4-12-14)

Afternic and Go Daddy published their combined weekly domain name sales. The total sales for week 4-6-14 to 4-12-14 were $2.065.279.

A lot of domains sales were not reported because the seller and/or buyer asked Afternic/Godaddy to keep the sale confidential. Also only sales above $1,000 are reported. This is a list of the reported domain names sales at Afternic and Go Daddy and their prices:

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Election.com sells for $65,100 at a Namejet auction

The domain name Election.com was sold for $65,100 in a public auction at Namejet. There were  323 bidders in the auction. There was no reserve.

Estibot.com valued the domain at $142,000.

The domain was registered in 1995 and was auctioned off by
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How can I research a domain that I may want to purchase?

Google’s Matt Cutts was asked a question at Google Webmasters about buying a domain name:
Question: How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to me the domain isn’t being indexed and I’ve had to do a reconsideration request. How could I have prevented?
Wally, Reno

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Would you like some weed (.farm)?

I was only after 3 domain names from Donuts 3 new gTLD strings this week that were .farm, .codes and .viajes. I got one and I am happy with that.

Judging from the zone files there was not a lot of action in the first 4-5 days of EAP on the 3 strings. The numbers below include the sunrise registrations and registrations up to EAP day 4 – and day 5:
.farm 61 – 184
.codes 69 – 112
.viajes 44 – 61

.Viajes did pretty bad even compared to .farm and .codes that are a couple of the worst Donuts new gTLDs.

Most of the .farm good (not many) keywords are either reserved or high premiums ($250-$450 renewals). .Codes doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I don’t know the Spanish market so I am not Continue reading

Sedo sells 620 domains worth $1.3 million: gab.com $200k, mobile.com.co $15k (Apr 6 to Apr 12)

In the past week (Apr 6 to Apr 12), 620 (660 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.3 million ($1.3m last week). Only 209 (248 last week) domains from the 620 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 46% (50% 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 $2,097 ($1,970 last week).

Here are the 209 public and reported Sedo sales for the week Apr 6 to Apr 12:

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