Looking to buy .red, .blue and .pink domain names? Here are the registrars…

The New gTLDs .red, .blue and .pink launched today by Afilias. The .BLUE, .RED, .PINK general availability period opened at 16:00:00 UTC on April 17, 2014.

A lot of people complained that they couldn’t find what registrars are offering these 3 new gtlds. Visiting the official Afilias website is not very helpful.

Even going to http://www.afilias.info/pre-register gets you nowhere. The official websites for .red, .blue and .pink are subdomains of afilias.info but I can’t find a link to them anywhere.

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General Availability Started Yesterday: .Codes, .Farm and .Viajes

Donuts entered EAP general availability for the following 3 New gTLDs yesterday:
.Codes, .Farm and .Viajes (travel in Spanish).

This seem like a slow week for Donuts with weak strings. I don’t know the Spanish market so I am not sure about .viajes but judging from .travel and the recent launch of .uno things don’t seem promising. I might be after a couple of .farm but that is about it.

The following 2 New gTLDs are out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability today: .Holiday and .Marketing. .Holiday had 2338 registrations after the first day and .Marketing had 2963 domains.

You can register a (.Codes, .Farm and .Viajes) domain name using the Donuts EAP that is available in registrars that sell Donuts gTLDs. EAP prices start at about
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Future Media Architects (FMA) is dropping 2737 3-letter .info domain names

Future Media Architects, Inc. (FMA) owned by domainer Thunayan K AL-Ghanim (aka “Elequa”) is dropping thousands of 3 letter .info. FMA owns domain names such as media.com, multimedia.com, fm.com mp3.tv, dj.net and i.net.

I read a comment by Mark about thousands of 3-letter .info dropping and I immediately thought of FMA that at one point owned about 3872 3-letter .info domains.

I checked and found out that he has already dropped 2000 .info domains and is in the process (domains are in pending delete status) another 700+. Once these are dropped he will be down to 1135 3-letter .info domains having dropped 2737 domains.

He is dropping lower quality 3-letter domains such as: rdx.info, yuq.info, yxi.info, lgv.info
joj.info and zqq.info.

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New gTLDs reach 500,000 domain name registrations (.link is at 20,000 but…)

New gTLDs surpassed 500,000 domain name registrations today reaching 531,665 registrations with the help of 5 Uniregistry new gtlds that launched yesterday and .buzz. Here are their first day registration numbers:

buzz  796
gift  4894
guitars  513
link  20050
photo  5347
pics  2368

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Fake Trademarks Stealing Generic Domains In New gTLD Sunrises

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Have you heard of “What Box Holdings“, “Plan Bee LLC” andThomas A. Brackey II“? If you are looking to buy a New gTLD domain name you probably have. They managed to register more than 300 premium generic domain names before anyone else. How? Using “fake” trademarks in Sunrise.

They have registered domain names such as cloud.guru, social.photos, Build.house, BET.guru, online.bike, VACATION.photos, discount.repair etc.

I am sure they will tell you that these are not fake trademarks. They have about 40 real trademark registrations in Switzerland, although they only operate in the US, for non existent
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Meet the suckers that paid $2500 for each of their .Rich domain names (microsoft.rich)

The .Rich New gTLD entered general availability last week (April 10). No one noticed because no one is buying .rich domains. And the reason is that the registration and renewal cost is set at about $2500 retail. (101domain.com has a 2,599.00 USD price)

Not a single registration has been made in general availability and it’s no wonder. Sunrise attracted 16 domain name registrations from the suckers below that apparently will register anything and at any price.

I blame the consultants and the brand “protection” companies that advice them. Or they just spend the companies money on their own registrar without telling them exactly what they do and why they do it. They have a budget and just burn it every year.

Actually one of the brand protection companies, Mark Monitor, bought their own .rich domain name. Good thinking!

Samsung registered the names from 2 of their executives. I don’t get it.

Does anyone think that someone will pay $2500 every year to own apple.rich and infringe on Apple?

Here are the 16 .rich purchases (I have included the brand protection firm that is also the registrar when available): Continue reading

Applicant Auction announces suggested schedule for 8 future private gTLD Auctions

Applicant Auction, that offers private auctions for resolving gTLD contention, claims they are getting an increasing number of requests from applicants who want to avoid the ICANN Last Resort auction.

A common question is: What is my last chance to participate in your private auction?

To be able to give a clear answer for this, they are suggesting a schedule for future Applicant Auctions. When a gTLD is scheduled for an ICANN Last Resort auction, the latest possible date to hold a private auction for that string is about a month earlier – and they have reflected that in the suggested schedule.

The reason for holding a private auction at least a month earlier is that they would like to ensure that the settlement process for the auction can finish before the ICANN-imposed deadlines for withdrawals, which is the same as the “deposit deadline”, and 7 days before each ICANN auction.

The dates Applicant Auction proposse are not the only options for auctions - they are happy to hold auctions on other dates applicants agree on, as long as there is enough time to finish the settlement process.

The schedule is available online at http://www.applicantauction.com/schedule, and as a downloadable pdf.

If you would like to participate in a scheduled Applicant Auction, please contact them at least one week before contracts are due for that auction - this means at least 8 weeks before the ICANN Last Resort Auction the gTLD is scheduled for. The latest ICANN schedule will be found here

New gTLD Registries Allowed To Register 100 Domains To 3rd Parties Before Sunrise For Promotion

The Qualified Launch Program (QLP) Addendum is available for new gTLD registry operators as of 10 April 2014. The QLP Addendum allows a registry operator to register up to 100 domain names to third parties prior to the Sunrise Period for purposes of promoting the TLD, under certain conditions. These domain names are added to the 100 domains that the registry is allowed for registration for it’s own use.

View the Qualified Launch Program Addendum now [PDF, 63 KB]

The Qualified Launch Program Addendum is intended to provide a
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.Guru reaches 50,000 domain name registrations

The .guru New gTLD was the first string to reach 50,000 registrations last night. The total number of domain names of all new gTLDs is at 481,773. The number is higher if you count the domain names that don’t appear in the zone files because they don’t have nameservers assigned.

.Berlin is 2nd behind .guru but I must admit it isn’t doing as good as I had expected. Despite Berlin residents being offered a free 1 year domain name registration it hasn’t managed to surpass .guru yet.

Here are the 14 New gTLDs with 10,000 domain name registrations or more:
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Afternic/Go Daddy Weekly Domain Sales: Taillights.com $39,200, betm.com $32k (3-31-14 to 4-6-14)

Afternic and Go Daddy published their combined weekly domain name sales. The total sales for week 3-31-14 to 4-6-14 were $2.042.237.

A lot of domains sales were not reported because the seller and/or buyer asked Afternic/Godaddy to keep the sale confidential. Also only sales above $1,000 are reported. This is a list of the reported domain names sales at Afternic and Go Daddy and their prices:
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