Domainers Choice Awards 2014 Nominees (Where is Rick Schwartz?)

The Domainers Choice Awards 2014 nominees were announced today and one major domainer name is missing from the nominees: Rick Schwartz.

I voted for him as a nominee for the Domain Ambassador award. I know that Rick’s choice has been to stop blogging for the past 2 months but that is no reason for people not to include him in their nominations. Sure everyone has the freedom to vote anyone they like but I am a bit disappointed…

Here are the Domainers Choice Awards 2014 nominees: Continue reading

CentralNic signs registry service contract with Radix for .website, .press, .host and .space

CentralNic Group, the internet platform business which earns revenues from the worldwide subscription sales of domain names, has added four valuable domain names to its existing portfolio of 25 “uncontested” domain names that are ready for market.
The company has exclusively signed a registry service provision contract with Radix Registry FZC (Radix), one of the leading applicants for new Top-Level Domains (“TLDs”) with Continue reading

ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore: Internet Governance, New gTLDs, Privacy & Proxy Services

ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore is underway (March 23 – 27) and these are 3 of the subjects in this meeting that I am interested in:

Internet Governance – IANA transition
This will be the main topic of the ccNSO meeting in Singapore. The latest version of the ccNSO agenda reflects the recent events and has introduced 3 sessions that will zoom in from different angles on the NTIA announcement. While the ccNSO plans to discuss the underlying principles of the transition process, the more detailed and concrete proposals that are already being discusses within the different ICANN communities and in fora such as 1Net might force the discussions to a more practical level.

New gTLD updates
On Monday 24 March at 12.00pm Christine Willet (gTLD Operations) will provide an Continue reading

Sedo sells 691 domains worth $1.5 million: 1905.com at $57k, Trace.com at $50k (Mar 10 to Mar 16)

In the past week (Mar 10 to Mar 16), 691 (677 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.5 million ($1.3m last week). Only 252 (218 last week) domains from the 677 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 45% (50% 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 $2,171 ($1,920 last week).

Here are the 252 public and reported Sedo sales for the week Mar 10 to Mar 16:
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Google’s Webmaster Academy is now available with new and targeted content

Google’s Webmaster Academy is now available with new and targeted content!

Two years ago, Webmaster Academy launched to teach new and beginner webmasters how to make great websites. In addition to adding new content, Google now expanded and improved information on three important topics:

  • Making a great site that’s valuable to your audience (Module 1)
  • Learning how Google sees and understands your site (Module 2)
  • Communicating with Google about your site (Module 3)
If you often find yourself overwhelmed by the depth or breadth of our resources, Webmaster Academy will help you understand the Continue reading

Sedo sells 677 domains worth $1.3 million: Jamrock.com $68,750, imeeting.com $47,750 (Mar 3 to Mar 9)

In the past week (Mar 3 to Mar 9), 677 (582 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.3 million ($1.3m last week). Only 218 (192 last week) domains from the 677 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 50% (50% 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 $1,920 ($2,234 last week).

Here are the 218 public and reported Sedo sales for the week Mar 3 to Mar 9:
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Afternic/Go Daddy Weekly Domain Sales: QY.com $100,000, Swimsuit.photos $3,550 (3-10-14 to 3-16-14)

Afternic and Go Daddy published their combined weekly domain name sales. The total sales for week 3-10-14 to 3-16-14 were $2.112.576.

This report includes some nice New gTLD auction sales such as swimsuit.photos for $3,550 and renta.limo at $1,776.

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: Continue reading

Are you Mcconnelling.com or Mcconnelling.org?

#McConnelling is the latest trend to hit Twitter and YouTube thanks to Jon Stewart and Mitch McConnell, a United States Republican Party Senator from Kentucky.

The trend started when Jon Stewart made fun of Mitch McConnell and his tv ad on the Daily Show on March 13th 2014:

mcconnellingorg1Immediately after the show the domain name Mcconnelling.com was registered by Continue reading

Is .Uno The First Cybersquatting Registry? (TedCruz.uno, HillaryClinton.uno, MittRomney.uno)

Is .Uno The First Cybersquatting Registry or are they just running a cheap PR trick to draw attention to their New gTLD?

I noticed that Dot Latin LLC, the .uno registry, used the 1API registrar to buy 65 .uno domains on the first day of general availability yesterday. They got domains like HillaryClinton.uno, TedCruz.uno, PaulRyan.uno, MittRomney.uno and MichaelBloomberg.uno.

.Uno didn’t do so well in their first day of general availability with fewer than 1000 domain name registrations.

I am not sure if they bought the domains to protect these people and organizations but this is a somewhat strange list of domains.

Here is the complete list of 65 domains: Continue reading

Donuts: 280,000+ domain name registrations in 43 New gTLDs

Donuts published yesterday some stas on how their New gTLD registry is doing up to now. Here are the numbers:
The numbers continue to grow during the 25th anniversary year of the Internet and the most significant expansion of online identities to date.
Here are the updated returns for Donuts:
20                   Current Donuts employees
31                   Donuts gTLDs now in the Sunrise process
43                   Donuts gTLDs now available to any registrant (38 of which are at non-EAP pricing)
95                   Donuts gTLDs delegated into the Internet’s root system
122                 Signed Registry Agreements Continue reading