Sedo Sells 543 Domains For $1 Million: Baltic.Cruises $25,000, kiel.com 19,500 EUR

sedoIn the past week 543 (525 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1 million ($1.4m last week). Only 154 (144 last 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 49% (48% 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 $1,842 ($2,667 last week).

Here are the 154 public and reported Sedo sales for the week September 8 to September 14 2014:

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Sedo’s Report From The Dmexco Conference: 90% Visitors Never Heard Of New gTLDs

sedoSedo published a report on the dmexco 2014
Digital Marketing Exposition & Conference that was held in Cologne Germany. The conference had 32,000 visitors and Sedo along with representatives from Famous Four Media, Donuts, DotClub, NicAT, and Denic attended it.

Jodie Chamberlain had this to say about her interactions at dmexco: “While dmexco participants were knowledgeable about traditional domain endings, I’d say that 90% of them never heard of the new gTLDs. But they were online marketers, so it just took seconds for them to understand what opportunities new gTLDs can bring them.”  Continue reading

Registry and Registrar Pricing Problems With .Website, .Host and .Press

newgtldI had made a landrush pre-order for the domain video.press. After landrush had ended I checked to see if I got the domain only to see that my pre-order had disappeared from my account and that the domain was available to register. The landrush price that I had paid was $80 as the domain was not a premium one. Landrush prices were very low compared to other landrushes and also compared to the general availability pricing for .press.

I checked to see if the domain was available at Go Daddy and got this $69.99 price:

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New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Website 6,342, .Press 800, .Host 780

newgtldHere are the domain name registration results from yesterday’s 3 New gTLD launches:

Radix launched yesterday its first 3 New gTLD strings: .Website, .Host and .Press.

.Website got the most registrations as expected and has 6,342 domains today. .Host and .Press didn’t do as well and got 780 and 800 domains respectively.

Radix reported yesterday that .website had more than 6,500 domains in the first 4 hours. I think that the actual number today is higher than 6,342 and maybe closer to 7,000 but zone files don’t include domains without a nameserver. And it seems that all landrush domains that had more than 1 applications are not showing up in zone files as these don’t have nameservers.

I checked 2 of my landrush domains and they are not in the zone files. So I am waiting for the auctions to start.

I also think that the numbers are not as high as expected because there are a lot of reserved domains and then almost all the other domains are high premiums ($400-$6000). There were very few non-premium domains that I could find. So although I liked all 3 extensions I only applied for 3 domains in total.

The “New gTLD 1st Day Registrations” include sunrise domain names as well as any domains registered by the registry or any founder’s program. Any registry is allowed to register up to 100 domains for it’s own use and give out another 100 as part of the New gTLD founder’s program.

(I am always comparing the same first hours from their 1st day for all New gTLDs. The hours between General Availability and the first zone files update.)

.Website Surpasses 6,500 Domains In First 4 Hours Of Launch

radixGeneral availability launched today for three top-level domains: .WEBSITE, .PRESS and .HOST. These TLDs entered General Availability with 80+ registrars onboard, including industry leaders like GoDaddy, eNom, OpenSRS, 1Api, 1&1, DomainMonster and Name.com.

.WEBSITE surpassed 6500 domains in the first 4 hours. I expect it to be at a bit under 7,500 at the end of the day. I assume that the .host and .press numbers are lower than .website as expected.

“We have been confident about .website right from the start and these numbers just reinforce the potential the TLD holds.” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Radix business head.

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Report On ‘Registrar New gTLD Market Share’ Attacks .XYZ and Network Solutions

newgtld “Perhaps it is better to be the leader on a few high-potential TLDs than to be in “pole position” on a TLD artificially inflated by short-term promotional tactics.” OUCH!

This is a conclusion of the September 2014 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names, that focuses on the representativeness of some of the main registrars in the newgTLD “Top 10″ and the efficiency of some of the other registrars of lesser size on these new markets.

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New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: Church 4044, .Guide 3387, .Life 2016., .Loans 632, .Republican 385

newgtldHere are the domain name registration results from yesterday’s 5 New gTLD launches:

4 Donuts New gTLDs were out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability on Wednesday: .Loans, .Life, .Guide and .Church.

.Church has 4,044 domains after day 1 and leads the donuts strings. .Guide has 3387 and .life 2016. .Loans did worst of all with only 632 domains after its first day.

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Amazon Wins .Buy For $4.6m, M+M .VIP For $3m and Dot Tech .Tech For $6.8m

newgtldOn 17 September 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; BUY, TECH, and VIP.

Four applicants for BUY participated in the Auction. Amazon EU S.à r.l. prevailed in the Auction with the winning price of $4,588,888.

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New Domains, Growing Pains And The .Sexy Bus

sexy-bus-adUniregistry has 2 buses going around Los Angeles, California with a .Sexy ad on them: http://areyou.sexy.

The ad was a great idea as it will increase New gTLD recognition to all kinds of people on the street. People that don’t know anything about domain names or know very little but  do visit websites everyday. I also love the color of the bus, the enormous size and the minimality of the ad. No photos, graphics or logos. Just a domain name.

But I do see a few problems with the ad and one of them is the “http://” part. When asked, Frank Schilling said that it was added in the ad because “most people will visit from iphones.. Mobile Safari doesn’t support .sexy without http yet. Early days. We’re all pioneers.”.

But “http://” is typed by hardly anyone anymore in the address bar of browsers. I think that only a few people still type it and these are the people that were first online in the 90s and Netscape would not work without “http://”.

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.Organic Announces 6 Pioneer Brands And Participates At Natural Products Expo in Baltimore

organicAfilias today announced that six leading organic brands are participating in the .ORGANIC domain pioneer program and plan to launch .ORGANIC sites soon.

These brands include:

  • Rodale Institute — Organic pioneers since 1947, the Rodale Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. Their upcoming websites include RodaleInstitute.organic and research.organic.
  • Stonyfield — Stonyfield is a leading maker of nourishing organic yogurts and dairy products, and will soon promote their organic offerings at stonyfield.organic.
  • Applegate — Applegate is a producer of high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products. Applegate plans to launch sites at applegate.organic and hotdogs.organic. Continue reading