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

ICANN Issues Alert On The Latest Domain Name Renewal Phishing Scam

icannLast week I wrote about the latest email scam that is targeting domain name owners. Domain name owners receive an email with their details from whois data and a domain name that may or may not be expiring. The scam uses a disposable domain name with ICANN’s logo and info plastered all over it. The email asks owners to go to that website so they can renew their domain names. All that the scam tries to do is steal credit card information.

ICANN issued an alert about this scam today: Continue reading

Daily Domain Sales (9-28-2014): BuyShares.com $2,444, LifeJet.com $2,025

dailyNot much to talk about today. I have been pretty busy on a new project and I sold another domain that is not in English and the buyer is from Europe. One domain on Friday and one today. Can’t be a coincidence.

Make sure you read this if you still haven’t: “New Domain Renewal Scam Steals Your Credit Card With A Tempting $3 Price And An ICANN Logo“.

Click here to see domain sale reports from the past week.

Here are yesterday’s domain sales and auctions: Continue reading

DomainNameSales.com: Integration With Uniregistry And New Documents.link

dns_brokersDomainNameSales.com issued an announcement to inform users of upcoming changes between now and Q1 2015.

Frank Schilling has had more than 12 million in sales up to now in 2014.

With the completion of Uniregistry the development team has turned to the integration of the sales platform. In a few short months DNS will debut inside Uniregistry. Regardless of where your names live, you’ll soon be able to load names into the Uniregistry manager to better manage and sell your domain names.

Uniregistry’s Documents.link feature (debuting this week), will let you store documents, legal notices and sales inquiries relating to domain-names — all inside the Uniregistry Manager. This useful system lets you email, store and maintain notifications received from outside parties using Uniregistry and the Amazon cloud. Continue reading

Huffington Post: “When Hackers Steal A Web Address, Few Owners Ever Get It Back”

noThe Huffington Post did an article today called “When Hackers Steal A Web Address, Few Owners Ever Get It Back”. The article mentions the theft of MLA.com and the popular blog DomainGang.com:

Domain theft has been happening since the dawn of the Web. But while the Internet has created a place where small and large businesses can flourish, the law has not evolved to protect people from thieves who hijack their domains. When their websites are stolen, many business owners find they have nowhere to turn to recover them.

 

Several recent victims interviewed by The Huffington Post said they got little or no help from domain registrars like GoDaddy, Internet.bs or HostMonster. Victims also said they couldn’t get help from local law enforcement or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN, a California-based nonprofit responsible for managing the Internet address system. Continue reading

New gTLD Weekly Launch Review: .Bayern, .Deals, , OVH, .City

newgtldThis week 3 New gTLDs enter General Availability, another one New gTLD enters the EAP General Availability and 1 enters the landrush phase.

.BAYERN is launching tomorrow the 30th of September.

Donuts enters EAP General Availability for the following 1 New gTLD on Wednesday, October 1st 2014: .City.

It seems that Donuts is running out of extensions. In the next month it only has 1 more New gTLD coming out: .HEALTHCARE

.OVH launches on the 2nd of October.

One Donuts New gTLD will be out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability on Wednesday: .Deals.

1 New gTLD enters landrush phase this week:
.melbourne on the 1st of October


You can register any Donuts domain name using the Donuts EAP that is available in registrars that sell Donuts gTLDs. EAP prices start at about $12,500 and are lowered within the course of the week until they reach the regular registration cost after the 7 day period.

Go Daddy’s early access prices are $12,539.99 for day one, $3,164.99 for day two, $1,239.99 for day three, $689.99 for day four and $189.99 for days five to seven. After day seven the regular registration cost applies.

The Donuts Early Access Program (EAP) is designed for registrants who want to secure relevant, memorable domain names the instant they’re available. The EAP takes the place of a traditional landrush for all Donuts gTLDs.

Interested individuals, organizations, businesses and others can register names on a first-come, first-served, non-restricted basis. In addition, this program allows brand owners the opportunity to obtain non-trademark domain names to help promote and protect brands, register authoritative terms for their industries, or simply get an interesting and usable Internet identity.

Early access registrations are available for the first seven days of a gTLD’s general availability.  EAP commences today at 16:00 UTC (11:00 a.m. US Eastern Standard Time) and ends in a week from now, also at 16:00 UTC. Each week a series of Donuts gTLD launches, EAP will begin at 16:00 UTC on Wednesday and close at 16:00 UTC the following Wednesday.

More are on the way. In fact, Donuts will open several gTLDs each week for most of 2014.

As a reminder, each gTLD’s general availability is preceded by a 60 day process known as Sunrise, when trademark holders are able to secure their trademarked terms.  Once this phase is completed, the gTLD is open for anyone to register names.  Registrations are available only through accredited domain name registrars — you can find a complete and regularly updated list of registrars that sell Donuts gTLDs here.

General Availability Calendar

TLD

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Early Access (GA)

.VENTURES November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.SINGLES November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.BIKE November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.HOLDINGS November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.PLUMBING November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.GURU November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.CLOTHING November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014
.CAMERA December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.EQUIPMENT December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.ESTATE December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.GALLERY December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.GRAPHICS December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.LIGHTING December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.PHOTOGRAPHY December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014
.CONTRACTORS December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.LAND December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.TECHNOLOGY December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.CONSTRUCTION December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.DIRECTORY December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.KITCHEN December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.TODAY December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014
.DIAMONDS December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014
.ENTERPRISES December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014
.TIPS December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014
.VOYAGE December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014
.SHOES December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014
.CAREERS December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014
.PHOTOS December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014
.RECIPES December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014
.LIMO December 31, 2013 March 1, 2014 March 5, 2014
.DOMAINS December 31, 2013 March 1, 2014 March 5, 2014
.CAB December 31, 2013 March 1, 2014 March 5, 2014
.COMPANY December 31, 2013 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014
.COMPUTER January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014
.CENTER January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014
.SYSTEMS January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014
.ACADEMY January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014
.MANAGEMENT January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014
.TRAINING January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014
.SOLUTIONS January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014
.SUPPORT January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014
.BUILDERS January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014
.EMAIL January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014
.EDUCATION January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014
.INSTITUTE January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014
.REPAIR January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014
.CAMP January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014
.GLASS January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014
.SOLAR January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014
.COFFEE January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014
.INTERNATIONAL January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014
.HOUSE January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014
.FLORIST January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014
.HOLIDAY February 4, 2014 April 5, 2014 April 9, 2014
.MARKETING February 4, 2014 April 5, 2014 April 9, 2014
.VIAJES February 11, 2014 April 12, 2014 April 16, 2014
.FARM February 11, 2014 April 12, 2014 April 16, 2014
.CODES February 11, 2014 April 12, 2014 April 16, 2014
.CHEAP February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014
.ZONE February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014
.AGENCY February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014
.BARGAINS February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014
.BOUTIQUE February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014
.COOL February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014
.WATCH February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014
.WORKS March 4, 2014 May 3, 2014 May 7, 2014
.EXPERT March 4, 2014 May 3, 2014 May 7, 2014
.FOUNDATION March 11, 2014 May 10, 2014 May 14, 2014
.EXPOSED March 11, 2014 May 10, 2014 May 14, 2014
.VILLAS March 18, 2014 May 17, 2014 May 21, 2014
.FLIGHTS March 18, 2014 May 17, 2014 May 21, 2014
.RENTALS March 18, 2014 May 17, 2014 May 21, 2014
.CRUISES March 18, 2014 May 17, 2014 May 21, 2014
.VACATIONS March 18, 2014 May 17, 2014 May 21, 2014
.CONDOS March 25, 2014 May 24, 2014 May 28, 2014
.PROPERTIES March 25, 2014 May 24, 2014 May 28, 2014
.MAISON March 25, 2014 May 24, 2014 May 28, 2014
.TIENDA March 25, 2014 May 24, 2014 May 28, 2014
.DATING April 1, 2014 May 31, 2014 June 4, 2014
.EVENTS April 1, 2014 May 31, 2014 June 4, 2014
.PARTNERS April 1, 2014 May 31, 2014 June 4, 2014
.PRODUCTIONS April 1, 2014 May 31, 2014 June 4, 2014
.COMMUNITY April 8, 2014 June 7, 2014 June 11, 2014
.CATERING April 8, 2014 June 7, 2014 June 11, 2014
.CARDS April 8, 2014 June 7, 2014 June 11, 2014
.CLEANING April 8, 2014 June 7, 2014 June 11, 2014
.TOOLS April 15, 2014 June 14, 2014 June 18, 2014
.INDUSTRIES April 15, 2014 June 14, 2014 June 18, 2014
.PARTS April 15, 2014 June 14, 2014 June 18, 2014
.SUPPLIES April 15, 2014 June 14, 2014 June 18, 2014
.SUPPLY April 15, 2014 June 14, 2014 June 18, 2014
.REPORT April 22, 2014 June 21, 2014 June 25, 2014
.VISION April 22, 2014 June 21, 2014 June 25, 2014
.FISH April 22, 2014 June 21, 2014 June 25, 2014
.SERVICES April 29, 2014 June 28, 2014 July 2, 2014
.CAPITAL May 6, 2014 July 5, 2014 July 9, 2014
.ENGINEERING May 6, 2014 July 5, 2014 July 9, 2014
.EXCHANGE May 6, 2014 July 5, 2014 July 9, 2014
.GRIPE May 6, 2014 July 5, 2014 July 9, 2014
.ASSOCIATES May 13, 2014 July 12, 2014 July 16, 2014
.LEASE May 13, 2014 July 12, 2014 July 16, 2014
.MEDIA May 13, 2014 July 12, 2014 July 16 2014
.PICTURES May 13, 2014 July 12, 2014 July 16, 2014
.REISEN May 20, 2014 July 19, 2014 July 23, 2014
.TOYS May 20, 2014 July 19, 2014 July 23, 2014
.UNIVERSITY May 20, 2014 July 19, 2014 July 23, 2014
.TOWN May 20, 2014 July 19, 2014 July 23, 2014
.WTF May 27, 2014 July 26, 2014 July 30, 2014
.FAIL May 27, 2014 July 26, 2014 July 30, 2014
.FINANCIAL May 27, 2014 July 26, 2014 July 30, 2014
.LIMITED May 27, 2014 July 26, 2014 July 30, 2014
.CARE June 3, 2014 August 2, 2014 August 6, 2014
.CLINIC June 3, 2014 August 2, 2014 August 6, 2014
.SURGERY June 3, 2014 August 2, 2014 August 6, 2014
.DENTAL June 3, 2014 August 2, 2014 August 6, 2014
.TAX June 10, 2014 August 9, 2014 August 13, 2014
.CASH June 10, 2014 August 9, 2014 August 13, 2014
.FUND June 10, 2014 August 9, 2014 August 13, 2014
.INVESTMENTS June 10, 2014 August 9, 2014 August 13, 2014
.FURNITURE June 17, 2014 August 16, 2014 August 20, 2014
.DISCOUNT June 17, 2014 August 16, 2014 August 20, 2014
.FITNESS June 17, 2014 August 16, 2014 August 20, 2014
.SCHULE June 17, 2014 August 16, 2014 August 20, 2014
.GRATIS June 24, 2014 August 23, 2014 August 27, 2014
.CLAIMS June 24, 2014 August 23, 2014 August 27, 2014
.CREDIT June 24, 2014 August 23, 2014 August 27, 2014
.CREDITCARD June 24, 2014 August 23, 2014 August 27, 2014
.DIGITAL July 1, 2014 August 30, 2014 September 3, 2014
.ACCOUNTANTS July 1, 2014 August 30, 2014 September 3, 2014
.FINANCE July 1, 2014 August 30, 2014 September 3, 2014
.INSURE July 1, 2014 August 30, 2014 September 3, 2014
.LOANS July 8, 2014 September 6, 2014 September 10, 2014
.LIFE July 8, 2014 September 6, 2014 September 10, 2014
.GUIDE July 8, 2014 September 6, 2014 September 10, 2014
.CHURCH July 8, 2014 September 6, 2014 September 10, 2014
.DIRECT July 15, 2014 September 13, 2014 September 17, 2014
.PLACE July 15, 2014 September 13, 2014 September 17, 2014
.DEALS July 22, 2014 September 20, 2014 September 24, 2014
.CITY July 29, 2014 September 27, 2014 October 1, 2014
.HEALTHCARE August 12, 2014 October 11, 2014 October 15, 2014
.RESTAURANT September 2, 2014 November 1, 2014 November 5, 2014
.GIFTS September 2, 2014 November 1, 2014 November 5, 2014
.SARL September 2, 2014 November 1, 2014 November 5, 2014
.PIZZA September 30, 2014 November 29, 2014 December 3, 2014
.IMMO September 30, 2014 November 29, 2014 December 3, 2014
.BUSINESS September 30, 2014 November 29, 2014 December 3, 2014
.NETWORK September 30, 2014 November 29, 2014 December 3, 2014
.WORLD November 4, 2014 January 3, 2014 January 7, 2014

Forbes: “How Will The New Dot.Tickets Domain Impact The Way People Buy Tickets Online?”

gtldsForbes did an article called “How Will The New Dot.Tickets Domain Impact The Way People Buy Tickets Online?”

Here are some main points from the article and my opinion at the bottom: Continue reading

Flippa Latest Domain Sales: Tasks.com $130,000, Market.info $7,000

flippaHighest sale this week at Flippa was the domain name Tasks.com that was sold for $130,000.

Post-Auction Negotiation was the method of sale for 7 domains of this week’s list. These Flippa post-auction negotiations are working very well. “Buy It Now” was also a big hit this past week with 8 sales.

Top Flippa Domain Sales from Last Week: Continue reading

Daily Domain Sales (9-27-2014): M8.com $75,500, Rosalyn.com $2,325

dailyCheck out the Sedo Great Domains auction results where 907.com sold for 54,000 EUR plus 7 other sales.

The .London priority domain auctions have arrived and are starting in 2 weeks. Only problem is that auctions may keep going into eternity according to the FAQ: “If the leader changes at any time during the last 24 hours, the auction close will be extended for an additional 24 hours from the time the leadership changed.”

Make sure you read this if you still haven’t: “New Domain Renewal Scam Steals Your Credit Card With A Tempting $3 Price And An ICANN Logo“.

Click here to see domain sale reports from the past week.

Here are yesterday’s domain sales and auctions: Continue reading

Sedo Sells 591 Domains For $1 Million: TheMotel.com $25k + 6 New gTLD Sales

sedoIn the past week 591 (543 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1 million ($1m last week). Only 201 (154 last week) domains from the 591 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 48% (49% 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 $1,692 ($1,842 last week).

Here are the 201 public and reported Sedo sales for the week September 15 to September 21 2014:

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Daily Domain Sales (9-26-2014): YSU.com $23,000, 5198.com $20,000, M.ET $2,250

dailyLoanRanger.com sold for $2,500 at Go Daddy. I couldn’t stop laughing for a minute… lol

The domain NoPrivacy.com sold at Flippa for $1,436. The seller was Eric Borgos. That was a good deal for the buyer. I am not sure about Eric…

Check out the Sedo Great Domains auction results where 907.com sold for 54,000 EUR plus 7 other sales.

The .London priority domain auctions have arrived and are starting in 2 weeks. Only problem is that auctions may keep going into eternity according to the FAQ: “If the leader changes at any time during the last 24 hours, the auction close will be extended for an additional 24 hours from the time the leadership changed.”

Make sure you read this if you still haven’t: “New Domain Renewal Scam Steals Your Credit Card With A Tempting $3 Price And An ICANN Logo“.

Click here to see domain sale reports from the past week.

Here are yesterday’s domain sales and auctions: Continue reading