Survey finds 76% of Australians prefer .au domain names

AU-Domain-NamesA survey of more than 3,000 Australians has found .au domain name registrations are on the rise, with 76% of all domain name holders choosing .au, an increase of 2% on last year.

The survey is the second annual report to investigate domain name use and ownership in Australia.

It was jointly prepared by AusRegistry and .au Domain Administration (auDA) with assistance from global market research company Effective Measure.

Security and trust

The report found .au remains Australia’s home on the Internet with more than double the level of trust over any other namespace.

George Pongas, General Manager of Naming Services at AusRegistry, said the results show the .au brand position is built on a foundation of trust, reliability and security. Continue reading

Wix Partners with Google on Domain Registrar

Wix.com Ltd. (Nasdaq: WIX), a leading global web development platform, announced today that it is partnering with Google on the open beta launch of its new domain registration service, Google Domains. The product enables businesses to search, find, purchase and transfer the best domain for their business – whether it’s .com, .biz, .org, or any of the wide range of new domains that are being released to the Web.

Google announced that it is testing Google Domains in a post at Google+ 2 days ago. Google is working with some of the top website building providers like +Shopify, +Squarespace, +Weebly, and +Wix.com.

Through this new partnership, Wix will complement the Google Domains service with its unique drag-and-drop, no coding required, website creation platform.  With over 50 million users worldwide the Wix product suite lets anyone create a complete and professional online presence, as well as manage additional aspects of their business – beyond website creation – from the Wix cloud. Based on the company’s freemium business model, Wix users can choose to maintain a free website or upgrade to a paid premium subscription in order to benefit from additional features and capabilities such as connecting a domain, removing Wix branding and adding e-commerce solutions. Continue reading

At last I get an inquiry by someone that understands the value of domains…

At last I got today an inquiry by someone that understands the value of domains. No, I didn’t make a sale. But at least they didn’t try to devalue my domain or make a bullshit $100 offer.

My domain is a 2-word .com that was registered in 1995. Many similar domains like .net, .org, .biz, the hyphen equivalents, and various ccTLDs are all taken for years.

I send the potential buyer a quote and then asked for an offer. I got this message:

I’m not in your range. But thanks. I’ll go a different route. It’s a great domain. Save it for the larger $$$.

At least someone understands that domains have value and that you pick a domain depending on your budget. You don’t ask the seller to adjust to your budget when your budget is 1/100 of the domain price. Continue reading

Google Domains Announced in a Google+ Post

Google announced that it is testing Google Domains in a post at Google+ 2 days ago.The post has over 180 comments at the moment this post was written. What seems remarkable to me is that many people don’t know that Whois Privacy is offered for free by many registrars.

Google’s research says that 55% of small businesses still don’t have one. “So as we explore ways to help small businesses succeed online (through tools like Google My Business [http://goo.gl/Ajvbn5] ), we thought it made sense to look more closely at the starting point of every business’s online presence – a website. And that starts with a domain name.

Google says that they have invited a small number of people to kick the tires on Google Domains [http://goo.gl/pHvjoO], a domain registration service they are in the process of building. Google Domains isn’t fully-featured yet, but people have the ability to buy and transfer domains through it and send feedback on their experience.

While Google is still building out all of the features, it’s goal is to make Google Domains more widely available soon.

Please find here (Google Domains Goes Into Beta Offering Domains Names From $12) a few more details on what the Google Domains currently offers.

People in the comments also seem to ask for more free email addresses that just one that Go Daddy offers. I asked for an invitation code but I don’t think I am getting one. :(

In case you missed it here is the complete Google+ post: Continue reading

.Global Auction Results: 35 Domains Sold For $63,780 (Banking.Global sold for $12,000)

Namejet.com teamed up with with .Global Registry and Right Of The Dot to hold an Online/Live auction during the ICANN London Conference for 82 premium .Global domain names. 35 out of the 82 domains were sold yesterday for a total value of $63,780. Highlight sales include Banking.Global that sold for $12,000, Sports.Global that sold for $8,000 and IDW.Global that got $5,200.

Namejet.com handled the pre-bidding on the domains before the live auction, which was held today in London during the ICANN 50 conference.

These domains were anticipated to be sold in the price range of $1,000 USD to $50,000 USD. Many were priced at no reserve and most of the domains carried a reserve of $5,000 or less. All of the domains carry normal renewal prices.

All domains that didn’t meet reserve will go to an extended auction at Namejet.

(The auction was a bit confusing because the reserves were changed during the auction. So I am not too sure about a couple of auction prices: cannabis.global and trading.global))

Here are the .Global auction results: Continue reading

Apples.com Gets A $55,000 Bid And ChristianBale.com Sells For $1,525

A couple of high profile domain name auctions ended yesterday. One at Namejet and one at Go Daddy auctions.

The domain name Apples.com was in a Namejet auction. The domain was put in auction by it’s current owner. It got a $55,000 bid but as the reserve was not met the domain was not sold. Apples.com was registered in 1995.

Over at Go Daddy Auctions the domain name ChristianBale.com was sold for $1,525. This was an expired domain auction. Continue reading

.dsrtftdrg – Delivering spam, eggs, spam, spam, bacon and spam

As a industry-leading registry operator in free domains, .dsrtftdrg has spent quite a bit of time prepping for anything that might go wrong in a namespace that’s as fake popular as we’ve become. So even though we’re busy promoting the next big thing, offering more free domains to people that don’t want them, we’ve been just as proactive behind the scenes (yes, we noticed) to monitor and block delicatessen ham, plus other forms of ham.

Sure, ICANN requires all registries to do some self-registering. But at .dsrtftdrg, we have taken things waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay further by not only securing partnerships and direct data feeds from some of the world’s most trusted spam and malware providers, but we’ve taken our innovation skills to the max by developing our own in-house abuse technology. (I swear to you that I didn’t touch this…) Continue reading

New Spam/Scam Email Targeting Snapnames and An Auction Ending Today

I got an email today that looked a bit suspicious at first glance. The email was send by a Gmail address (snapnamez@gmail.com) and the name was listed as “Domain Auction”. The subject was “LLLL Premium Domains and more…” and the email listed several 4 letter domains as well as other domains that being auctioned at Snapnames.

All domains had direct links to the snapnames auctions. I believe this is a spam email with the senders snapnames affiliate codes embedded in the links. All domains are part of the 2014 Summer Premium Auction that ends today.

But the most serious matter is that the email is trying to pass off as it was send by Snapnames. The scam email is signed off by “John Morozova” that is supposed to be
“VP Sales – Brokerage, Premium Auction and Escrow Services” of Snapnamez.

Do you notice the “z” at the end? I don’t believe that John Morozova is the name of a real person, yet alone someone working at the real Snapnames. Continue reading

Matomy Media Group Acquires Team Internet (Parking Crew And DNTX)

Global digital performance-based marketing company Matomy Media Group today announced that it has acquired a majority ownership position in the Munich-based direct navigation search company Team Internet AG. As part of the deal, Matomy will increase its ownership stake in Team Internet from 20% to 70% and will integrate the company’s products into its multichannel suite of performance-based marketing capabilities.

Team Internet generated revenue of $23.3 million in 2013 with EBITDA of $4.16 million. The company will continue to be led by its three founders, under the direction of CEO Nico Zeifang, in synergy with Matomy’s global management team.

Commenting on the acquisition, Matomy CEO Ofer Druker said: “Team Internet has developed an innovative approach to incorporating performance-based marketing capabilities that are based on an optimization algorithm within the direct navigation business for both desktop and mobile devices. The company’s founders – CEO Nico Zeifang; Chief Operating Officer Stefan Wiegard; and Chief Technology Officer Mario Witte, along with the entire Team Internet team – will bring significant knowledge and capabilities to Matomy.

“This acquisition will enable us to broaden our scale and offer additional reach to our growing base of global advertising clients.”

Founded in 2010, Team Internet is comprised of two businesses: Continue reading

Google Domains Goes Into Beta Offering Domains Names From $12

Google opened it’s own registrar and will probably start offering domain names from $12. Google launched Google Domains that is currently in Invite-Only Beta testing. This is how Google describes domain names and what it’s registrar will offer:

A domain name, your address on the Internet, says a lot about who you are and what you do. New domain endings like .guru and .photography can help you find a meaningful address that stands out on the web. Every domain includes easy forwarding, branded email (you@your_company.com), simple management tools and other helpful features.

Every domain you buy or transfer to Google will include helpful features to make getting online easy and managing your domains simple:
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