Even if you are not watching the show you must be familiar with the most cult character on the show: Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon occasionally uses slang and follows jokes with his catchphrase "Bazinga!" which is an officially registered trademark of Warner Bros. Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. I am a bit late on this report because of the holidays and NamesCon.
So, in November I renewed 827 domains and dropped 119 of them. So I dropped about 12.6% of the total 946 domain names that I had expiring.
In October I had 476 domains in total to renew so you can see that my renewals fluctuate a lot from month to month.
These are the domains I renewed in November for a total of 946: Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. I am a bit late on this report. So, in October I renewed 476 domains and dropped 49 of them. So I dropped about 9.3% of the total 525 domain names that I had expiring.
In September I had 757 domains in total to renew so you can see that my renewals fluctuate month to month.
These are the domains I renewed in October for a total of 476:
Here are the domains I dropped in October by extension for a total of 49: Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. In September I renewed 639 domains and dropped 118 of them. So I dropped about 15.6% of the total 757 domain names that I had expiring.
These are the domains I renewed in September for a total of 639:
Here are the domains I dropped in September by extension for a total of 118: Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed 571 domains and dropped 67 of them. So I dropped about 10.5% of the total 638 domain names that I had expiring in August.
These are the domains I renewed in August for a total of 571:
Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.
In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.
These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:
Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I dropped the most domains I have ever dropped. I dropped 193 domains out of the 807 I had expiring in June. I don't count the few (less than 5%) domains I have in Moniker because that is a mess and I had renewed those well ahead of the new system just to be sure.
So in June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%.
Here are the domains I dropped by extension:
Yes, I dropped a lot of .us and .biz: 161 domains in total. More on that below.
These are the domains I renewed in June: Continue reading
Yesterday I discussed how Future Media Architects (FMA) dropped 4,726 3-letter .biz domains.
Most of these domains are now available to register. I don't say you should go crazy buying these as most domains contain some of the average quality letters (J, K, U, V, W) and the lower quality letters (Q, X, Y, Z).
As I was searching all 3 letter domains I found a couple of gems. I got how.biz and
eva.biz and lost got.biz at an auction.
ICANN posted today for public comment the proposed agreements for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .INFO and for .BIZ. This proposals are a result of discussions between ICANN/Afilias Limited and ICANN/Neustar, Inc. respectively.
After review of the public comments received, the ICANN Board will consider the proposed .INFO and .BIZ Registry Agreements for renewal.
A new provision is included to require the registry operator to amend its Registry-Registry Agreement to require registrars to use the 2013 RAA if registrars representing 67% of the registrations in the TLD sign the 2013 RAA. If the remaining registrars do not sign the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement requiring registrars to become a party to the final 2013 RAA within a certain time period, then the registrars’ access to the TLD registry system will be suspended (that is, those registrars will not be permitted to add new registrations). This requirement is dependent upon the registry operators of identified comparable gTLDs also submitting similar requests to amend their Registry-Registrar Agreements.
The original Registry Agreements had this duration:
.info 18 December 2006 – 31 December 2012
.biz 18 December 2006 – 31 December 2012
The contracts were then extended last December for another 6 months thus ending in 30 June 2013. All current gTLD Registry Agreements can be found here.
Here is the detailed information:
ICANN posted for public comment the proposed renewal agreements of the .INFO and .BIZ Registries. The new contracts will have a 6 year duration spanning up to 2019.
Afilias Limited, the .info registry, and Neustar, the .biz registry, as per the current ICANN registry contract can increase the wholesale price of .info and .biz domain names up to 10% every year. This privilege will continue to exist in the new contract ending in 2019.
.info price is set to increase by 10% to $8.16 on September 1st 2013. This is the Maximum Service Fee (as defined in the .INFO Registry Agreement) for annual increments of initial and renewal domain name registrations (including renewals associated with transfers from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another) in the .INFO registry.
On February 22 2013, Neustar Inc. announced they will be increasing the annual wholesale .BIZ domain registry fee to $8.63 per year, effective September 1, 2013.
On November 30th Verisign, Inc., the registry operator for .com, got it’s contact renewed for another 6 years but although Verisign got the contract renewal, it lost the right to raise the wholesale price of .com for the next 6 years. .com price will stay at $7.85 plus the ICANN fee.
So if Afilias and Neustar increase the wholesale prices 10% for each of the next 6 years thewholesale value of .info will be $14.42 in 2019 and the wholesale value of .biz will be $15.25 whilethe .com wholesale price will still be $7.85. The wholesale price of .info and .biz will be almost double of that of a .com.
Registries should be able to increase wholesale prices according to inflation. US inflation was at 1.1% in April. Registries are making a lot of money as it is with the current prices, so what is the point of these increases? To keep the investors happy?
Maybe it is time for the the U.S. Department of Commerce to deny this plan of raising prices 10% each of the next 6 years for .info and .biz. I will closely watch the comments made on the .info and .biz agreement renewals and give updates. Also the .org agreement renewal is coming up shortly.