Post Your New gTLD Domain Name Sales

newgtldIt has been more than a year since the New gTLD program started and quite a few of sales have been reported so far. I have sold 2 domain names myself.

I posted the top 10 New gTLD sales of 2014 in a post here: Top 10 New gTLD Domain Name Sales Of 2014.

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New gTLD Inquiry By Someone That Writes Differently

newgtldI got an inquiry for one of my New gTLD domain names today at the

It turned out not to be a prospective buyer but it was really interesting how this internet user from Pakistan arrived at my domain name.

He left a comment that said: Continue reading

Donuts Renewal Rate Drops Below 65%

donutsDonuts released the renewal rates for its first 25 New gTLDs and 180,000 domains and the overall renewal rate seems to be closer to 65% (probably lower) so far rather than the projected 80%.

The renewal rate for the first 81,569 names was 68.4%.

Of course .Guru that has the most domain name registrations is dragging the overall renewal rate (that was not revealed this time) down. The .Guru renewal rate is Continue reading

More Proof That ICANN Is A 2-Face Organization

icannYesterday I made a post about hundreds of 2-letter .berlin domain names that were registered by a .berlin registry partner against ICANN rules. It turns out that the problem was much deeper than I thought.

Several ICANN "affiliates", friends and partners and some registries tried to justify these registration by providing the ICANN authorization: Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels. But that only made this worse.

This is a letter from ICANN authorizing the use of Continue reading

All 2-Letter .Berlin Domain Names Were Registered Against ICANN Rules

berlinAll 676 combinations of 2-letter .berlin New gTLD domain names were registered yesterday against ICANN rules that prohibit the registration of all 2-letter domain names in New gTLDs.

Domain names like, and have been registered by a single Berlin based company that seems to be a partner of the .berlin registry.

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Sedo Sells 543 Domains For $1.8 Million: 100,000 EUR, $65,000

sedoIn the past week 543 (669 in the previous week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.8 million ($1.3m in the previous week). Only 204 (236 in the previous week) domains from the 543 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 59% (56% 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 $3,315 ($1,943 last week).

See here the top 10 of all Sedo sales in 2014 and the top 10 in New gTLD sales.

Here are the 204 public and reported Sedo sales for the week March 30 to April 5 2015:

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Most Of The $2,500 .Sucks Domains Have Their .Com Available To Register

sucksA previous post contained a list of 89 .sucks domain names that have been registered by trademark holders during the first few days of the sunrise period for .sucks.

Here is what a search for the corresponding .com domains revealed: Continue reading

More .Sucks Domains Registered By Toms, Uber, Time Warner & Nokia

sucksWe are just a few days into the sunrise period for .sucks and more .sucks domain name registrations are registered (or rather applied for) daily.

Latest registrations include domain names registered by Toms, Uber, Continue reading

The Most Awkward Moment At NamesCon

NamesConI have been holding this story for a while but I guess it is time to post it now.

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 I was attending what was probably the last session at NamesCon 2015 called "The Executive Roundtable: Outlook for 2015".

It was a panel of "senior level executives from Registrars and Hosting Companies to talk about their takeaways from the Continue reading

Starting Dot Launches “PREMIUM TLD 50“

starting-dotStarting Dot, the registry of .ski, .bio and .archi, launched the inaugural edition of the “PREMIUM TLD 50“, ranking of the world’s top 50 premium generic top-level Internet domains (gTLDs).

The Premium TLD 50 measures the performance of the largest premium generic suffixes by total number of domain names registered. It tracks the performance of gTLDs with an average retail fee over Continue reading