New UK Domain Name Spammer SwitchAds.com (SwitchConcepts.co.uk and SwitchConcepts.com)

I got a spam email from SwitchAds.com yesterday for the 20th time so I decided to reply and ask them to unsubscribe me as they seemed like a real United Kingdom company. And they actually replied even though I didn’t like what they said.

The spam has an email called “Enquiry” and that is because it targets domain name owners after harvesting domain name whois records for email addresses.

Here is the body of the email I got from sarah.webb@switchads.com:

Hi,

I’m looking to get in touch with the person responsible for display advertising on ******.com, are you able to help?

We have created a really simple platform that works in partnership with your existing advertising solution (e.g. Google AdSense) to help websites like yours generate more revenue and we’ve got strong advertising demand in your sector right now. 

I’d love to discuss setting up a test with you to prove how good SwitchAds really is. Who’s the best person to talk to?

Kind regards,

Sarah Webb
Sales Manager

Switch Concepts Limited
Hounsdown House,
Hounsdown Business Park,
Southampton SO40 9LX
United Kingdom

M: +44 (0) 7585 118336
T: +44 (0) 333 200 1230
switchads.com

As there is no unsubscribe link on the email, I replied to them and I asked them to remove me from their mailing list and got this reply: Continue reading

New TV Ad For .London New Top Level Domain Name

The .London registry released a new TV ad for the new top level domain name.

Until 31st July 2014, Londoners get priority for Dot London domain names. This means that if you are a London-based business, organisation, neighbourhood association or a proud Londoner, you get priority when applying for a Dot London domain name.

A digital pioneer, London is one of the first cities in the world to launch its own domain name, putting it at the forefront of innovation once again.

Get your .London domain name here now: www.makeit.london

View the TV ad from Dot London and see if a .London domain is vital to your business and customers or not: Continue reading

.Tokyo Has 9,598 Domain Registrations After Its 1st Day

Yesterday 22th of July the .Tokyo new domain name extension entered general availability. Tokyo has a metropolitan population of over 35 million people. This was one of the big geo New gTLDs but it didn’t do as well as I expected.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were not great for the .Tokyo New gTLD. It has a total of 9,598 domain registrations today. These numbers include the Sunrise (trademark) and the Landrush domain registrations. .Tokyo increased it’s registrations by about 8,700 domains on it’s first day.

I was expecting that .Tokyo would do better than .berlin that Continue reading

New NameJet iOS App Available For Download

NameJet announced the release of it’s new iOS app. NameJet’s new App for iOS gives you more control when bidding in domain name auctions while on the go.

This is how Namejet describes the iOS app:
“The app has an easy-to-use interface, allowing you to manage your bids, putting you in control of your auctions regardless of location.

Never miss out on another NameJet domain auction. With an easy to use interface, the NameJet app allows you to manage your bids, and puts you in control of your auctions no matter where you are.”

I wish they made an Android app too.

The NameJet App Version 1.0.1 is now Continue reading

Go Daddy Customer Complains About 2 Domains That Were Removed From His Account

A Go Daddy customer is complaining that he registered 2 .xyz domains in June and Go Daddy removed the 2 domains from his account in July and registered the domains under some other name.

I am not sure what happened because the 2 domains he mentions have different registration dates and one of the domains is not registered with Go Daddy.

complete.xyz: registered on July 2 2014 at onamae.com
april.xyz: registered on July 17 2014 at Go Daddy

I checked domaintools.com and I can’t find a whois record earlier than the dates above.

The pissedconsumer.com review is titled:
“GoDaddy’s flawed Trademark filter can cause you to lose your domains.”

Here is what the Go Daddy customer had to say: Continue reading

.Tokyo New Top Level Domain Enters General Availability Today

Tokyo-DomainsGMO Internet Group company, GMO Registry announced that .tokyo (http://hello.tokyo/en), the top level domain representing Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, opened for worldwide general registration on July 22, 2014, at 03:00 UTC.

Following the initial launch phases in which .tokyo was open first exclusively to trademark holders and then in a special priority pre-registration phase, tomorrow’s launch marks the first time that .tokyo domain name registrations will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at over 50 .tokyo accredited registrars worldwide.

Click here to see the other 8 New gTLDs that enter general availability this week.

Here is the complete press release: Continue reading

New Shorter .NZ Domains Names Coming In September In New Zealand

The .nz registry is following the footsteps of Nominet, the .uk registry, offering shorter .nz (New Zealand) ccTLD domain names.

From 1pm, 30 September 2014, ‘second level’ domains like the .co in ‘.co.nz’ and the .org in ‘.org.nz’ will become optional. You’ll be able to get .nz names with them, without them, or both.

You may have ‘Preferential Registration Eligibility’ if you are an Existing Registrant. This means you could register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name before it becomes available to anyone else.

If you have a .nz domain name, you’re an existing registrant. It’s important to know that you may be eligible to register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name before it becomes available to anyone else.
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Moniker Update: Support Replies, Bulk Auth Codes, Privacy Email Fail, Privacy Price

This is time for another Moniker update. The past 2 months have been crazy. I have made 8 posts, including this one, describing what have been a Moniker system disaster.

Before a couple of days I received some cryptic emails from Moniker:

we hereby acknowledge receipt of your payment in the amount of 8.45 $ by TRANSACTION [Receipt of payment cash; Transferring balance from duplicate account to active account.].

and then:

we hereby acknowledge receipt of your payment in the amount of -8.45 $ by Balancing of negative account debit; Transferring balance from duplicate account to active account..

These 2 payments cancel out and they don’t appear in my invoice or transaction history so I am not sure if I need to worry or not. I have no idea what the “duplicate account” refers to…

Problems with Moniker are not really improving fast but I did receive a response to my support ticket for the emails above during the weekend:

When the system was migrated, another account was created for you by accident. The system closed the other account and transferred the funds to your active account ****. We do apologize for this error and hope you understand what happened.

Yes, Moniker support has started repliying to support tickets. I started 4 support Continue reading

New gTLD Weekly Review: .Tokyo, .University, .Town, .Toys, .Consulting

This week 9 New gTLDs enter General Availability and another 4 New gTLDs enter the EAP General Availability.

On the 22nd of July .Tokyo enters general availability. This is one of the big geo New gTLDs. Tokyo has a metropolitan population of over 35 million people.

On the 22nd of July .Moe enters general availability. The word “moe” (in Japanese: “萌え”; pronounced as “moh-ay”) is a slang word rooted deep in the Japanese Otaku culture. It has often been used to mean a particular type of “adorable” or “cute” towards fictional characters, people, animals, etc.

Donuts enters EAP General Availability for the following 4 New gTLDs on Wednesday, July 23rd 2014: .Reisen (travel in German), .University, .Town and .Toys.

.Travel didn’t have large adoption in the past few years so Continue reading

“Domain Registry of America” Registrar Suspended By ICANN For 90 Days

The registrar BRANDON GRAY INTERNET SERVICES INC. (dba NameJuice.com) that has been behind the ”Domain Registry of America”  (DRoA) or “Domain Renewal Group” scam was suspended by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) on the 19th of July 2014.

Brandon Gray’s ability to create new Registered Names or initiate inbound transfers of Registered Names is suspended for 90 days pursuant to Section 5.7 of the RAA. The suspension is effective 19 July 2014 at 00:00 UTC and will conclude on 17 October 2014 at 00:00 UTC, or longer if Brandon Gray has not demonstrated compliance on or before 10 October 2014.

The registrar scam sends domain name expiration letters all over the world asking for Continue reading