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

.OOO Has 28,133 Premium(?) Domains And 149 Registrations After Its 1st Day

newgtld.OOO entered general availability yesterday, 24th of October. According to it has about 28,500 domains after its first day. But more than 28,000 are the so called .ooo premium reserved domains. I have no idea what the registry is calling premium .ooo domains but I would never have guessed that it could be so many!

The real registrations are 170 and that includes the Continue reading

“What Have We Learned From .Com?” Apparently Not A Lot!

newgtldRolf Larsen, founder and CEO of dot GLOBAL, wrote an article on “Innovation Insights” of Some people will not like what I have to say about the article, including Rolf.

These kind of articles are misleading at best and are doing a disservice to the domain name industry. Here is why.

The article is named “What Have We Learned From .Com ? Could New gTLDs Help Make the Internet More Resilient?”.

Apparently we have learned nothing because .com is not mentioned Continue reading

.Realtor Launches Today But Geographic, Generic Terms And Initials Are Not Available

realtorThe National Association of Realtors launches .REALTOR today October 23 offering 500,000 domains to its members but geographic, generic terms and initials are not available.

For example if you are named John Cooper Smith you can’t register the domain name And of course you can’t get anything like, Continue reading

Fegistry Wins .REALTY Auction For $5.6m, Outer Orchard .SALON For $5.1m & Amazon .SPOT For $2.2m

newgtldOn 22 October 2014, an Auction conducted by ICANN’s authorized Auction service provider, Power Auctions LLC, was held to resolve string contention sets for three new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) strings; SALON, SPOT, and REALTY.

String contention Continue reading

New gTLD 1st Day Domains: .Healthcare 1406, .Vet 648, .Army 202, .Navy 122, .Airforce 116

newgtldHere are the 1st day domain name registration results from this week’s first 5 New gTLD launches:

One Donuts New gTLD went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability on Wednesday 22nd of October: .healthcare. The string has 1,406 domain registrations after its first day.

Rightside entered general availability for 4 of its extensions on the 22nd of October: Continue reading

TLD Registry, Of Chinese Online & Chinese Website, Featured In IoN Magazine

dot-chinese-onlineArto Isokoski is CEO of TLD Registry, operator of two new gTLD IDNs in Chinese, .在线 (Chinese Online) and, .中文网 (Chinese Website) is featured on page 10 of the October edition of the domain industry’s IoN Magazine. Arto’s interview addresses important questions about the Chinese market and TLD Registry’s IDN’s, Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website.

See the interview below (courtesy of IoN magazine): Continue reading

.NYC: 22% Of Registrants Bought Only 1 Domain Each, 3% Of Registrants Bought 30% Of All Domains


nyc.NYC launched on Wednesday the 8th of October. I wanted to find who bought what domains and how many domain names were bought by each registrant.

.NYC didn’t get the results some people were expecting and people that registered .nyc domains didn’t have very good taste. And it shows.


I got the first zone file after the general availability to see who bought what domains and how many of them. There were 26,853 registered domains after the first day.

The zone file includes domains registered by Continue reading

83% Of Lawyers Not Eager To Get .Lawyer Or .Attorney Domains

newgtldHere are the results of the latest Law Times online poll.

According to the poll, the majority of respondents aren’t too eager to register a .lawyer or a .attorney domain name for their websites.

83% of poll respondents said a domain name with the word “lawyer” on the right side of the dot is Continue reading