.OOO Registry Talking Nonsense & Confusing 34,000 With 34 .ooo!

newgtldThe .OOO registry is talking nonsense once again on an interview with the IndiaTimes.com.

“Infibeam’s chief executive Vishal Mehta told ET that the company, being the sole owner of the global top level domain (gTLD), has seen massive interest from top brands across sectors worldwide that have registered for the dotooo domain names for their companies.”

Not exactly true. .OOO has almost 31,000 domain name registrations but about 30,500 of Continue reading

New gTLD Weekly Launch Review: .Market, .Mortgage, .Saarland

newgtldThis week 1 New gTLDs enters General Availability, 2 New gTLDs enter the EAP General Availability and no string enters the landrush phase.

Rightside enters Early Access Program (EAP) for 2 of its extensions on the 29th of October: .market and .mortgage.

On the 30th of October another geo New gTLD will launch: Continue reading

TLD Registry Opens China Headquarters

tldregistryTLD Registry, operator of 2 new gTLD IDNs in Chinese, .在线 (Chinese Online) and, .中文网 (Chinese Website) announced that it opened its new China headquarters in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, also known as “China’s Silicon Valley”.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Continue reading

SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings & EMDs Are Still Favored

newgtldTotal Websites performed an important SEO study on New gTLDs and EMDs. They started by doubting Matt Cutts that EMDs and gTLDs both do not play a significant role, if any, in SEO rankings:
“However, as much as I would love to believe the legitimacy of statements coming directly from the almighty Google itself, our team just wasn’t quite sold on it.”

I too am doubting Matt Cutts sayings. Kind of, anyway. Maybe I mostly doubt people’s explanation.

Saying that EMDs and gTLDs both do not play a significant role means that they DO play Continue reading

ICANN’s New gTLD Auction Proceeds At About $26 Million So Far

newgtldICANN New gTLD auction proceeds are at about $26 million so far. Almost all money comes from the 2 most recent auctions that included New gTLDs such as .tech and .realty.

.Auctions are the Continue reading

Are You Renewing Your New gTLD Domains?

poll-domain-namesIt has been about 9 months since the New gTLD program started. So now we are about 3 months away from the first New gTLD domain renewals. So what do you intent to do? Renew your domains or not? And if so then what percentage roughly?

My previous poll asking if people are buying New gTLD domains just ended with more than 500 votes. Results are quite interesting. Continue reading

CentralNic Beats 7 Applicants To Get .Design New Top-Level Domain

newgtldCentralNic plc today announced that its client Top Level Design LLC (“Top Level Design”), has succeeded in beating seven other companies to successfully acquire the rights to the new Top-Level Domain (“TLD”) .DESIGN. CentralNic has subsequently been awarded exclusive global distribution rights to .DESIGN domain names.

The New gTLD .Design was won in a private auction and the amount Continue reading

Sedo Sells 484 Domains For $1.4 Million: Designs.net $16,800, Sharing24.com $12,500

sedoIn the past week 484 (491 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.4 million ($1m last week). Only 150 (174 last week) domains from the 484 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 51% (51% 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 $2,893 ($2,037 last week).

Here are the 150 public and reported Sedo sales for the week October 14 to October 20 2014:

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Paper: New gTLDs, Registries & Registrars (Myth & Fact)

newgtldA new paper commissioned by CENTR and written by Architelos evaluating the impact of new gTLDs, in particular on the domain name sales channels has been published.

In August of 2014, CENTR commissioned Architelos to conduct a study documenting the New gTLD sales channel and registry-registrar dynamic. The goal of the study was to review the most prevalent beliefs and predictions Continue reading

How Many Domain Registrations Did .Realtor Get On 1st Day? Nobody Knows!

newgtld.Realtor launched yesterday by the National Association of Realtors that is offering 500,000 free domains to its members. One problem with the extension is that geographic, generic terms and initials are not available for anyone to register. And only members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) and The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) can use the .REALTOR domain.

I wasn’t expecting a lot of registrations on day 1 as all registrations will Continue reading