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

Loan.info Sells For $18,500 At Sedo (Sold For The 3rd Time In 2 Years)

infoLoan.info sold for $18,500 at Sedo after it was previously sold for $6,640 at Namejet back in November 2013.

The domain has been auctioned 3 times in the past, selling twice, before being sold at Sedo:

  1. loan.info $6640
    Namejet November 2013
  2. loan.info $6,200 (Reserve not met)
    Namejet May 2013
  3. loan.info $8,293
    Go Daddy December 2012

The domain was bought by Luc-Andre BIGGS (aka Federer) that is a very active .info seller especially at Flippa. It was sold by someone from China.

Loans.info also sold last month for

Continue reading

Why I Renewed 1,000 Domain Names In July And Dropped 130

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:

.com 289
.net 8
.org 65
.info 171
.biz 5
.us 458

Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading

Sedo Has A .Info Domain Auction (proposal.info, guess.info, collections.info)

Sedo is running a .INFO domain name auction in July. The new .INFO auction features 50 generic .INFO domains such as inbox.info and loyal.info that all owned by Sedo’s sister company DomCollect Worldwide Intellectual Property AG.

sedo .info auction

All domains have a 100-499 EUR reserve. The auction will run for 7 days, ending on July 17th at 6pm CEST. At this time 16 domains have bids but no domain has reached reserve. Highest bid is 200 Euro for sells.info.

Here is the complete list of the 50 .info domain in the auction: Continue reading

Follow the domain sales – Pizza.info sells for $6,218: seller leaves money on the table (domain was bought for $20,452)

Sedo announced today the sale of the domain name pizza.info for the amount of 4,544 EUR or $6,218.

Pizza.info, that is a Landrush 2 domain name, was bought in 2008 for $20,452. The buyer from Italy sold the domain today and took a pretty bad hit of about $15,000 if we take into account the 15% Sedo fee.

And considering the circumstances then it is much worse than that…

That is because 2 weeks back Sedo announced the sale of the domain pizza.nl for 75000 Euro or $103,318 USD and also the sale of the domain Pizza.es for 35000 Euro.

Both domains were bought by dutch company Thuisbezorgd.NL that also owns the domain takeaway.com. Whois for the domain name pizza.info has not yet been updated but I am pretty certain that it will the the same buyer.

That is why I follow domain name sales and I think that all domainers should. If a company is on a buying spree and you are not the first domain they buy then you might know who the buyer is (and what they have paid so far). If you get an anonymous offer you can then price your domain name accordingly.

I believe that the seller of pizza.info left a lot of money on the table… If you have a “pizza” domain name please be on the lookout…

Pocket Domain dropped 700+ .info domains from its Alfena registrar

Pocket Domain dropped 700+ .info domains from its Alfena registrar a few weeks back. Most of thedomains were registered during the 2003-2009 period.

Most of the domains were owned by PocketDomain that used to run a small backorder service calledDropCatcher.Info (or DropCatcher.org). PocketDomain runs a few registrars like Alfena and PocketDomain. Not sure what the current registrar count is now. The backorder service claimed to catch .com, .net, .org, .info and .mobi although it caught mostly .info and a few .org. I am not sure if the service is still available but I haven’t seen any .info caught by DropCatcher.Info for months.

PocketDomain.com displays just this message: “Apache is functioning normally”.

A few of the domains were owned by Charles Christopher, a very old member (ILikeInfo) of the domainname forum DomainState.com, and a few domains were owned by attorney Stevan Lieberman of Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC.

I believe that Stevan Lieberman was (of maybe still is) offering legal advice and services to PocketDomain.

A lot of the dropped domains were caught by backorder services and some were hand registered. Some got some decent prices in the auctions. Actually more about 400 of the 700 have since been registered with most of the 400 registered on the day of the drop. I got maybe 100 of them. I got great 1-word .info domainslike:

acronym.info
spare.info
deco.info
compilation.info
mods.info
d-d.info
materials.info
smash.info
draft.info
clients.info
wear.info
abbreviations.info
novice.info
decryption.info
acronyms.info
conquest.info
impulse.info
curse.info

The 700 dropped domains went mostly unnoticed and there were not a lot of auction wars. Here is the list of the top auctions prices:
clients.info $360
crowd.info $266
telecommunication.info $193
gonorrhea.info $138
deco.info $117
actresses.info $93

Games.info sells for $20,300 at Flippa (seller flips the domain for a $8,800 profit within 1 month)

Afilias has auctioned off about 500 premium .info domains in the past 6 months and a lot of these domains are popping up in auctions. Games.info just sold for $20,300 at Flippa. The same seller sold Vacation.info for $11,650 a few days back. The seller is Luc-Andre Biggs that has made quite a few .info flips lately. Here are the latest flips:

Quote.info
Namejet: $460 (May 9, 3rd .info Afilias auction)
Flippa: $2,550 (May 29)
Result: $2,090 profit

Vacation.info
Namejet: $3,000 (May 10, 3rd .info Afilias auction)
Flippa: $11,650 (May 30)
Result: $8,650 profit

And here his newest success story:
Games.info
Namejet: $11,500 (May 7, 3rd .info Afilias auction)
Flippa$20,300 (June 11)
Result: $8,800 profit

Click below to see how the same seller, Luc-Andre Biggs (aka Federer), sold Asbestos.info at Flippa for a$5,710 profit just 17 after he had bought the domain at the 3rd premium .info auction: The .info domain flip: is it really possible? (finance.info sold 3 times in 6 months, Asbestos.info $6,750). Luc also sold Gym.info for $1,475 at Flippa on June 5.

Afilias 4th premium .INFO auction at Sedo: 135 domains sold for $133,382 (antalya.info $9,100)

Sedo partnered with Afilias to auction a list of 158 Premium .INFO domains for the first time. Each name was listed with a low 1-99 USD reserve. The auctions ended on May 5 2013. The list included domains with German, French and Spanish terms such as wein.info, futbol.info, geologie.info, musique.info, physik.infobut a few English terms were also included in the list.

Here are some quick stats:

  • 135 domains sold for a total of $133,382
  • 23 of the 158 domains were not sold
  • The average sales value was $988
  • The mean sales value was $551
  • 96 domains had a value up of up to $999
  • 39 domains had a value between $1,000 and $9,999

The 4th auction had more domains but lesser quality that the previous 3 auctions and that resulted in a lower average and mean domain name prices and lower sales. Here is a quick comparison of the 4 auctions so far.

1st Auction 2nd Auction 3rd Auction 4th Auction
DomainsSold 103 131 79 135
Total Value $279,502 $264,280 $239,317 $133,382
Average Price $2,714 $2,017 $3,029 $988
Mean Price $1,365 $810 $2,500 $551

See here the results of the 1st .info auctionthe 2nd .info auction and the 3rd .info auction.

Here are the results of the 158 domains in the 4th auction:

Domain Name Price Bids
antalya.info 9,100 USD 60
urlaub.info 6,600 USD 49
sexe.info 4,602 USD 76
rechtsanwalt.info 4,544 USD 45
krebs.info 4,333 USD 55
bier.info 3,833 USD 62
wein.info 3,633 USD 43
immobilier.info 3,600 USD 48
sexo.info 3,450 USD 63
futbol.info 3,350 USD 59
societe.info 3,301 USD 57
medizin.info 2,988 USD 45
ferienwohnungen.info 2,702 USD 21
graz.info 2,550 USD 45
australien.info 2,370 USD 28
gutachter.info 2,100 USD 33
karneval.info 2,050 USD 28
obertauern.info 1,940 USD 39
sportsbetting.info 1,868 USD 19
musique.info 1,850 USD 27
branchenbuch.info 1,827 USD 30
darmkrebs.info 1,800 USD 25
jura.info 1,658 USD 42
tauchen.info 1,560 USD 39
malaga.info 1,550 USD 42
brustkrebs.info 1,500 USD 24
dachdecker.info 1,500 USD 46
rioja.info 1,460 USD 41
inkasso.info 1,433 USD 36
tenerife.info 1,351 USD 35
cadiz.info 1,300 USD 42
sansebastian.info 1,300 USD 38
weine.info 1,255 USD 30
abenteuer.info 1,153 USD 32
multiple-sklerose.info 1,130 USD 19
briefmarken.info 1,092 USD 23
farmacia.info 1,050 USD 27
brauerei.info 1,050 USD 27
formentera.info 1,000 USD 13
riester-rente.info 970 USD 22
riesterrente.info 970 USD 22
chemotherapie.info 950 USD 14
saalbach.info 940 USD 12
kirche.info 902 USD 22
sportsbook.info 825 USD 20
salamanca.info 816 USD 27
leukaemie.info 810 USD 14
almeria.info 810 USD 33
schnupfen.info 810 USD 32
sprachkurs.info 808 USD 16
physik.info 806 USD 13
oberbayern.info 752 USD 19
antiquitaeten.info 750 USD 10
radtouren.info 710 USD 31
jaen.info 700 USD 26
schach.info 690 USD 25
costablanca.info 683 USD 28
salzkammergut.info 652 USD 17
zauchensee.info 652 USD 24
kleinwalsertal.info 652 USD 21
egger.info 650 USD 22
nachrichten.info 610 USD 18
pontevedra.info 610 USD 30
valladolid.info 600 USD 25
teruel.info 600 USD 19
mondsee.info 552 USD 5
baleares.info 551 USD 22
negocios.info 551 USD 19
kopfschmerz.info 510 USD 11
erektion.info 490 USD 15
pensionen.info 489 USD 14
kufstein.info 470 USD 9
stadtplan.info 466 USD 17
tarragona.info 420 USD 19
direktmarketing.info 415 USD 23
lofer.info 412 USD 9
katschberg.info 410 USD 23
caceres.info 410 USD 9
avila.info 410 USD 19
klopeinersee.info 409 USD 11
braunschweig.info 405 USD 10
kaprun.info 401 USD 15
castellon.info 380 USD 18
ludwigsburg.info 360 USD 8
merida.info 360 USD 9
segovia.info 360 USD 11
albacete.info 350 USD 13
zellamsee.info 310 USD 9
schwaben.info 309 USD 15
huelva.info 300 USD 10
chemnitz.info 290 USD 7
huesca.info 270 USD 5
inspiration.info 269 USD 6
badajoz.info 230 USD 12
rajasthan.info 230 USD 13
sportsbet.info 222 USD 10
zentralschweiz.info 215 USD 13
geologie.info 209 USD 12
alava.info 200 USD 5
guipuzcoa.info 200 USD 7
ourense.info 200 USD 5
burgos.info 190 USD 7
banff.info 169 USD 5
lup.info 165 USD 4
soria.info 160 USD 3
sportbetting.info 159 USD 9
bregenzerwald.info 150 USD 5
palencia.info 139 USD 3
spielkasino.info 130 USD 5
vinschgau.info 129 USD 5
kirchberg.info 109 USD 3
ukevents.info 109 USD 2
coburg.info 99 USD 1
feesten.info 99 USD 1
halbleiter.info 99 USD 1
haug.info 99 USD 1
jagdhof.info 99 USD 1
koenigsallee.info 99 USD 1
kuchl.info 99 USD 1
mariazell.info 99 USD 1
oberwart.info 99 USD 1
philately.info 99 USD 1
rotenburg.info 99 USD 1
schmitten.info 99 USD 1
sports-betting.info 99 USD 1
zwickau.info 99 USD 1
bikehotels.info 99 USD 1
langen.info 99 USD 1
latsch.info 99 USD 1
sexten.info 99 USD 1
sulden.info 99 USD 1
terlano.info 99 USD 1
termeno.info 99 USD 1
tramin.info 99 USD 1
valdaora.info 99 USD 1
allinfo.info - -
arucana.info - -
badwesternkotten.info - -
balve.info - -
fuschlamsee.info - -
gazoline.info - -
godwad.info - -
goforit.info - -
golf-alpin.info - -
heitersheim.info - -
kirchbergintirol.info - -
laval.info - -
lippstadt.info - -
micheal.info - -
netzgang.info - -
nordenham.info - -
power2learn.info - -
privatvermieter.info - -
sexbet.info - -
sex-bet.info - -
stubaiergletscher.info - -
stveit.info - -
ukevent.info - -

ICANN posts for public comment the proposed renewal agreements of the .INFO and .BIZ Registries

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:
.INFO

Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

ICANN is posting today for public comment a proposed agreement for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .INFO. This proposed draft is the result of discussions between ICANN and Afilias Limited, and will be considered by the ICANN Board after public comment. The current agreement is scheduled to expire on 30 June 2013.

The current registry agreement for .INFO, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. The agreement also provides that upon renewal, changes may be made to render the terms similar to other comparable agreements. The proposed renewal agreement includes modified provisions to make the agreement in line with other comparable agreements, as well as additional provisions that are currently proposed in the final draft of the New gTLD Registry Agreement posted for public comment.

Included in the proposed renewal agreement are the following provisions:

  • Threats to Security and Stability: A new provision has been added to allow the registry operator to temporarily prevent the registration of one or more names in the TLD in order to respond to an imminent threat to the security and/or stability of the TLD or the Internet.
  • Use of Registrars Accredited Under the 2013 RAA: 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.
  • Emergency Transition provisions: A new provision proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement is included in the renewal agreement to provide for emergency transition in the event the registry is unable to sustain certain critical registry functions for a period of time.
  • Code of Conduct: The registry operator will be required to comply with the Registry Code of Conduct as proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement.
  • Resolution of Disputes: The dispute resolution procedures were updated similar to the New gTLD Registry Agreement to require the parties to attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation before they may initiate arbitration.
  • WHOIS: The WHOIS output is required to be compatible with ICANN‘s common interface for WHOIS (InterNIC), and if requested by ICANN, the registry operator must provide a link on its website to a webpage designed by ICANN containing WHOIS policy and education materials.
  • Cross-ownership Restrictions: The renewal agreement lifts restrictions on cross-ownership of registry operators and registrars or registrar resellers.

Posted for public comment are both clean and “redline” versions of the agreement and modified appendices as follows:

Contractual Compliance Review:  As part of the renewal process, ICANN conducted a review of recent performance under the .INFO Registry Agreement. The compliance review covered areas including: Timeliness and Content of Monthly Reports; Add Grace Period Limits Policy; Bulk Zone File Requirements; and Payment of Required Fees. ICANN analyzed relevant data and documents and found that Afilias is in substantial compliance with the .INFO Registry Agreement in the areas reviewed by ICANN. The assessment can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/reports/operator-afilias-info-03jun13-en.pdf [PDF, 87 KB]

Section II: Background:

ICANN and Afilias Limited entered into Registry Agreement on 8 December 2006 for operation of the .INFO top level domain. The current registry agreement for .INFO may be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/info

Section III: Document and Resource Links:

Current .INFO Registry Agreement and Appendices: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/info

Section IV: Additional Information:

None

.BIZ

Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

ICANN is posting today for public comment a proposed agreement for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .BIZ. This proposed draft is the result of discussions between ICANN and Neustar, Inc., and will be considered by the ICANN Board after public comment. The current agreement is scheduled to expire on 30 June 2013.

The current registry agreement for .BIZ, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. The agreement also provides that upon renewal, changes may be made to render the terms similar to other comparable agreements. The proposed renewal agreement includes modified provisions to make the agreement in line with other comparable agreements, as well as additional provisions that are currently proposed in the final draft of the New gTLD Registry Agreement posted for public comment.

Included in the proposed renewal agreement are the following provisions:

  • Threats to Security and Stability: A new provision has been added to allow the registry operator to temporarily prevent the registration of one or more names in the TLD in order to respond to an imminent threat to the security and/or stability of the TLD or the Internet.
  • Use of Registrars Accredited Under the 2013 RAA: 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.
  • Emergency Transition provisions: A new provision proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement is included in the renewal agreement to provide for emergency transition in the event the registry is unable to sustain certain critical registry functions for a period of time.
  • Code of Conduct: The registry operator will be required to comply with the Registry Code of Conduct as proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement.
  • Resolution of Disputes: The dispute resolution procedures were updated similar to the New gTLD Registry Agreement to require the parties to attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation before they may initiate arbitration.
  • WHOIS: The WHOIS output is required to be compatible with ICANN’s common interface for WHOIS (InterNIC), and if requested by ICANN, the registry operator must provide a link on its website to a webpage designed by ICANN containing WHOIS policy and education materials.
  • Cross-ownership Restrictions: The renewal agreement lifts restrictions on cross-ownership of registry operators and registrars or registrar resellers.

Posted for public comment are both clean and “redline” versions of the agreement and modified appendices as follows:

(Note: Redlines for Appendix 2, Appendix 9 and Appendix 11 are not included because there are no proposed changes to current versions.)

Contractual Compliance Review: As part of the renewal process, ICANN conducted a review of recent performance under the .BIZ Registry Agreement. The compliance review covered areas including: Timeliness and Content of Monthly Reports; Add Grace Period Limits Policy; Bulk Zone File Requirements; and Payment of Required Fees. Neustar was found to be in compliance with the .BIZ Registry Agreement in all areas reviewed by ICANN. The assessment can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/reports/operator-neustar-biz-03jun13-en.pdf [PDF, 67 KB]

Section II: Background:

ICANN and Neustar, Inc. entered into Registry Agreement on 8 December 2006 for operation of the .BIZ top level domain. The current registry agreement for .BIZ may be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/biz

Section III: Document and Resource Links:

Current .BIZ Registry Agreement and Appendices: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/biz

Section IV: Additional Information:

None

Wholesale prices in 2019: .INFO at $14.42 and .BIZ at $15.25 while .COM remains at $7.85

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.