The Battle For 2 Character Domains in New gTLDs Continues

newgtldThe Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) send a letter to ICANN on the 10th of September about the release of 2 character domain names in New gTLDs that a lot of registries are now requesting. It seems that the GAC is mostly concerned about letter-letter combinations and then about the country territory names.

On behalf of the GAC, I thank you and the NGPC for your positive letter of 2 September 2014. In that letter, you raise two questions to which I wish to respond immediately.

First, it is indeed the subset of two character Continue reading

How To Check If Any Of Your Domains Have Been Stolen From Moniker

monikerYesterday Moniker send emails to all its users with new passwords and asked them to change the passwords immediately. It was later reported that this was done after a massive hacking that resulted in many valuable domain names being stolen from various Moniker accounts.

First of all I must say that I can’t believe that no one at Moniker noticed that a single IP logged into thousands of accounts. Is there anyone over at Moniker? This is a major flag that went unnoticed. This went on for 2 weeks that gave the thieves plenty of time to transfer out any domains the wanted.

Of course if you own a very small number of domains you can check whois and then check if the domain is in your Moniker account. But if you have thousands of domains it is not that easy.

First of all you should Continue reading

The National Association of Realtors Wins Rights to .RealEstate Top-Level Domain

newgtldThe National Association of Realtors® has won the rights to the new .realestate top-level domain. NAR intends to use the .realestate domain along with the recently acquired .REALTOR domain to create order for real estate information on the Internet and to provide NAR members with tools that help brand themselves as the most trusted, valued source of real estate information.

While .REALTOR will be used exclusively by NAR members and Continue reading

The .eu Web Awards Finalists:,

eu-awardsEurid, the .eu registry, announced the 15 website finalists for the .eu Web Awards. The .eu Web Awards is an online competition launched with the objective to distinguish and award .eu websites that are leaders in five particular categories.

The three (3) nominees in the 5 different categories that received the most nominations during the nomination period (from 23 June 2014 until 5 September 2014) are: Continue reading

Daily Domain Sales (10-05-2014): $4,050, $1,625

dailyEnough with the spam. I have had over 1000 spam comments in a day. I am sorry if one of your comments ended up in spam. I will probably never find it in this flood of spam.

Click here to see domain sale reports from the past week.

Here are yesterday’s domain sales and auctions: Continue reading

New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Bayern 19170, .OVH 12519 (free), .Deals 2592

newgtldI wrote this and then totally forget to post it. Here are the domain name registration results from last week’s 3 New gTLD launches:

.BAYERN launched on the 30th of September and got 19,170 domains in its first day of general availability. As expected most domains were registered in German registrars. It had 21,280 domains on day 1.

1 Donuts New gTLD went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability on Wednesday: .Deals.

.Deals had Continue reading

New gTLD Weekly Launch Review: .NYC, .City, .Desi, .Lawyer, .Attorney

newgtldThis week 5 New gTLDs enter General Availability, no New gTLD enters the EAP General Availability and no strings enter the landrush phase.

This is the slowest week in New gTLDs since February when it all began. Probably everybody is staying away from the big .NYC launch on Wednesday.

.Desi launches today the 6th of October.

.NYC is entering general availability on the Continue reading

Study: “Social Media Can’t Beat A Good Blog”

gtldsThe Long Island Business News did a piece written by Steve Baldwin that is the editor of digital content at Didit, a full-service digital and traditional marketing firm in Mineola. He argued that social media like Twitter, Linked In and Facebook can’t beat a blog operating on its own domain name. Here is what Steve Baldwin had to say:

“Because of the emergence of popular social media and micro-blogging platforms, blogs seem to some to be playing second fiddle to establishing a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.”

“A recent study of professional social media experts conducted by Didit illustrates the opinion shift. While 87 percent of these people, Continue reading

.EU Finished Q2 With A 4.2% Growth Rate & 12% More Registrations Than Q2 2013

eu-awardsThe .eu top-level domain finished Q2 with a growth rate of 4.2% year over year, according to the latest quarterly report released by the .eu registry EURid.

During Q2 2014, the number of .eu registrations
increased by 32 791 domain names, a net increase of 0.9%, to 3.83 million.

“Naturally we are pleased with the Q2 results, particularly as we find ourselves in a downward market, where new gTLDs are launched almost daily,” commented .eu General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“With Croatia, Romania and Finland showing growth of more than Continue reading

.PT Allows Registration Of 2-Character Domains And Holds Sedo Auction With 51 Domains

gtldsAs of November 3, it will be possible to register two-character domains at .pt. Terms & Conditions are already available for consultation at

.PT is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Portugal.

Sedo will host an auction featuring 51 of the best 2-character .pt domains In November. Check out the list below.

Whereas there are no technical, administrative or legal grounds for maintaining the provisions which imposed a limit of a minimum of three characters for registering domain names, that provision was reviewed in order for domain names registered under .pt to be accepted with a minimum of two characters. Continue reading