NameJet Sold 941 Domains Names For Almost 6 Million USD In 2014

namejetNameJet, the domain name auction house, sold 941 domain names for $2,000 and over in 2014 for a total value of $5,984,520 USD.

LIU.com was the top domain with a selling price of $155,688. There was another 6 figure sale in 2014: liao.com for $100k. There were 130 5-figure domain sales in 2014 at NameJet.

Namejet.com's sales distribution for over $2,000 by TLD was: Continue reading

November: 827 Domain Name Renewals And 119 Drops (12.6%)

gtldsLike 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

October: My 476 Domain Name Renewals And 49 Drops (9.3%)

gtldsLike 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:

.com 236
.net 3
.org 38
.info 184
.biz 5
.us 10

Here are the domains I dropped in October by extension for a total of 49: Continue reading

Internet.bs Releases List Of 9.5 Million Unregistered .COM Domains

gtldsInternet.bs is releasing a list of 9.5 million .COM names which are currently registered under other TLD spaces yet remain unregistered under .COM. That’s a lot of list!

"There is so much potential amongst these names for high value .COM domains that have so far gone undiscovered."

The list is being released in stages, with those domains starting with numbers, through those starting with the letter Continue reading

2 New Videos From The .COM & .NET Campaign by Verisign

gtldsVerisign, the registry operator for .com, .net and other domain names, is releasing a series of short, humorous videos this month promoting .com and .net domain names

You can see the first 2 videos, Cake in a Club and Fish on a Bus here.

Verisign released 2 new videos from the "Make Your Idea Official" campaign Continue reading

September: My 639 Domain Name Renewals And 118 Drops (15.6%)

gtldsLike 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:

.com 222
.net 4
.org 52
.info 328
.biz 8
.us 25

Here are the domains I dropped in September by extension for a total of 118: Continue reading

Verisign Q3 2014 Report: 1.15 Million New Domains Added Ending Quarter With 130 Million

verisignVeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), today reported financial and business results for the third quarter of 2014, including stats on .com and .net domain names that are on the rise.

Third Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $255 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 4.7 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $95 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $81 million and diluted EPS of $0.53 in the same quarter in 2013. The Continue reading

New .COM & .NET Video Campaign by Verisign

gtldsVerisign, the registry operator for .com, .net and other domain names, is releasing a series of short, humorous videos this month promoting .com and .net domain names

You can see the first 2 videos, Cake in a Club and Fish on a Bus below. Continue reading

August: My Domain Name Renewals (571) And Drops (67)

gtldsLike 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:

.com 293
.net 5
.org 67
.info 154
.biz 11
.us 41

Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading

Donuts: “.COM has become diluted and meaningless. It adds nothing to an identity.”

Donuts, a New gTLD registry with more than 200 strings already released or coming soon, posted an article on it's official blog with the title "The Importance of Semantics and Affinity, and the Meaninglessness of .COM". The article has many flaws...

The article starts by explaining what semantics is: "the term semantics is about meaning."

Approach ten people on the street and ask them what .BIKE is about. Even if they haven’t heard of new domain names the chances are very good they’ll say, “It’s about bikes.” Same goes for .CAMERA, .EMAIL or .REPAIR. All these new domains are semantically meaningful because they refer to something specific that consumers want. Specificity is where Internet addressing is headed, and it’s a big reason Donuts got into this business.

Ask those ten people what .COM means, and you’ll get a puzzled stare, because it doesn’t mean anything to them. In the old days it was there to tell you you’re looking at a website address—before everyone learned the dot itself means it’s a web address. .COM has become semantically forgettable and meaningless. In the context of new TLDs, it means “miscellaneous.”

People doesn't know what .com means because .com has been synonymous with the Internet for 20+ years now. The fact that people don't know what it means and despite that they visit .com websites everyday without even thinking about what it means speaks for itself. .Com is embedded into people's minds. They don't have to think about it and they type it. It is a habit and habits die hard. Continue reading