Why I Renewed 1,000 Domain Names In July And Dropped 130

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.

In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.

These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:

.com 289
.net 8
.org 65
.info 171
.biz 5
.us 458

Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading

.ORG 2013 Report by PIR: 206,542 new domains, 2.6% growth, 40% of registrations are from overseas

Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the increased growth of .ORG throughout 2013. The report reveals that 206,542 new .ORG domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) to more than 10,346,000 globally.

Other findings outlined in “The Dashboard” include the following:

  • The number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent in 2013.
  • When it comes to renewal, 85 percent of .ORG registrants renew their domains for at least three years or more.
  • The organisational make-up of the global .ORG community remains diverse with the majority of registrants (20 percent) representing wiki and open source-related causes.
  • Charities, schools, and recreational clubs and groups are all equally represented at 8 percent, respectively.

“The Dashboard” also highlights notable growth outside of North America, with nearly 40 percent of .ORG registrations stemming from overseas. For example, as Asia continues to be a core growth region for .ORG, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top 10 countries for .ORG registrations, and together comprise approximately 6 percent of the total .ORG market share. In fact, India alone has increased its .ORG registration market share by 50 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .ORG domains. The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.

“Historically, .ORG has been the trusted home for nonprofits all over the world. While that credibility still resonates today, it’s clear that the composition of users who carry out their passions, their ideas, and their missions on the .ORG domain is broadening,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, “Now more than ever, we’re seeing that .ORG is where action begins – for art and cultural institutions, clubs, sports teams, environmental and educational groups, as well as scientific, philosophic, and religious organisations. It is also the ideal domain to exercise social good or social entrepreneurship because .ORG is for businesses that think differently. As we charge ahead into 2014, we’re optimistic that we will reach new heights in Public Interest Registry’s pursuit to maintain .ORG as the trusted domain for individuals, businesses, and organisations worldwide, while also serving as a foundation for and complement to our soon-to-be-launched .NGO|.ONG domain offerings for global non-governmental organisations.”

Within “The Dashboard,” Public Interest Registry offers insight into its vision and preparations for the 2014 public unveiling of the .NGO and .ONG domains – in addition to four other internationalized domain names (IDNs) that translate into “organisation,” “org” or “structured organisation” in Devanagari, Russian Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts. Public Interest Registry’s applications to create and manage the .NGO|.ONG domains and the new native IDNs were approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013.

For more information on “The Dashboard” or to download a copy, please visit http://pir.org/news.

About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10.3 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society ( http://www.internetsociety.org ) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

.org whois server changes from PIR

I am using Watch My Domains ISP to manage my domain names. This is a great tool for all domainers and I highly recommend it. I was using it checking whois for about 500 of my domains yesterday when I realized that wasn’t getting whois details for my .org domain names. I was getting an ERROR message.

I then remembered that the Public Registry Interest (PIR), the .org registry, run scheduled maintenance on Saturday. All PIR whois servers were down.

I have been using whois.publicinterestregistry.net as my .org whois server for many years and never had a problem with it other that the whois limit that PIR introduced back in 2005.

I tested all the .org whois servers I know and this is what I found:

whois.publicinterestregistry.net (not working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.org (not working giving out this message: Whois Lookup Error: Whois server is currently not reachable.)
whois.publicinterestregistry.com (working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.biz (working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.info (working)
whois.pir.org (working)

So it seems that the whois.publicinterestregistry.net and whois.publicinterestregistry.org redirections to the main whois server were deactivated on Saturday. This seems a bit strange to me as the .com, .biz and .info versions are still working.

I decided to go with whois.pir.org as my preferred whois server with Watch My Domains. It seems to be working perfectly so far.

BTW Afilias Limited is PIR’s chosen back-end service for the .org gTLD. That is the reason that all the “publicinterestregistry” domains are owned by Afilias.

Fixed: .org whois server is not responding

I just tried to check whois details for a .org domain and it seems that the .org whois server is down and is not responding.

A whois search at PIR, the .org registry, whois search webpage at http://pir.org/services/whois/ returns an error:

Error: No results retrieved from
whois2.publicinterestregistry.net server for ******.org

Other online whois services return similar errors:

Connect failed to: org.whois-servers.net

A whois search for the domain name pir.org at DomainTools.com provided a cached whois record and an error message:

Viewing a cached Whois record
The Whois registry responsible for this domain name did not provide 
a valid Whois record. The cached record shown here was current 
on 01/11/2014. Please check back later for any updates.

.org Project 94 combined results: 50 domains sold for $143,661, not a single 1 character .org sold

In a terrible PR move PIR, the .org registry, managed to not sell a single 1 character .org domain from the 31 domains that were auctioned off in the 2 auctions run by Namejet/Enom and Go Daddy. In total 50 2 character .org domain names were sold for $143,661. None of the 31 1 character .org domains were sold because the reserve prices were not met. PIR could have easily earned close to 1 million if there were no reserve prices. Namejet alone had $327,142 of bids that were not realized because the reserve was not reached. And of course a lot of bidders get frustrated and stop bidding when they end up bidding against a reserve. Go Daddy could have had more than that as it had some very good quality letters.

Of course the prices would have been higher if end users were involved which in this case it’s obvious they weren’t. The prices below are reseller prices.

Go Daddy had a 50k USD reserve price on all 1 character .org domains. Namejet got a 60K USD bid on u.org but the reserve was not met. Were the reserve prices chosen by PIR? I would guess so.

Namejet didn’t help much either as it run a competing auction event at the same time the Project 94 auctions were running with several 3 letter .org domains and a few 2 letter .org domains. Some of the top prices were:
md.org $555,650
tx.org $19,100 Reserve Not Met
fl.org $15,333 Reserve Not Met

Go Daddy auctioned off 42 1 and 2 character .org domain names. 27 of 42 domains sold for a total of $88,642. The average sales price for the 27 domains was $3,283.

Namejet/Enom auctioned off 39 1 and 2 character .org domain names. 23 of 39 domains sold for a total of $55,019. The average sales price for the 23 domains was $2,392.

Domain Name High Bid Auction House
fs.org $9,250 Go Daddy
ts.org $9,065 Go Daddy
nh.org $8,600 Go Daddy
yo.org $7,806 Namejet
lo.org $7,400 Go Daddy
ur.org $6,006 Namejet
75.org $5,654 Namejet
bp.org $5,325 Go Daddy
hb.org $5,223 Go Daddy
e3.org $4,900 Go Daddy
zl.org $4,155 Namejet
zi.org $3,650 Go Daddy
zp.org $3,554 Namejet
pj.org $3,500 Namejet
31.org $3,425 Namejet
57.org $3,411 Namejet
cq.org $3,300 Go Daddy
yk.org $3,100 Namejet
qd.org $2,827 Go Daddy
3g.org $2,800 Namejet
wz.org $2,627 Go Daddy
b3.org $2,550 Go Daddy
2c.org $2,500 Go Daddy
nq.org $2,500 Go Daddy
zq.org $2,500 Go Daddy
zg.org $2,175 Go Daddy
7d.org $2,001 Go Daddy
c2.org $1,803 Go Daddy
3p.org $1,800 Go Daddy
xq.org $1,725 Go Daddy
d3.org $1,550 Namejet
r4.org $1,339 Namejet
5v.org $1,325 Go Daddy
i6.org $1,125 Go Daddy
2w.org $1,026 Go Daddy
h9.org $1,025 Go Daddy
6g.org $1,009 Namejet
7e.org $910 Go Daddy
0d.org $857 Namejet
0n.org $855 Namejet
5c.org $832 Namejet
k4.org $810 Go Daddy
1w.org $764 Namejet
o7.org $760 Namejet
z9.org $755 Namejet
0t.org $753 Namejet
0p.org $743 Namejet
z8.org $741 Namejet
6j.org $700 Go Daddy
9q.org $650 Namejet
Domain Name High Bid Reserve Auction House
u.org $60,000 Reserve Not Met Namejet
j.org $31,000 Reserve Not Met Namejet
1.org $30,300 Reserve Not Met Namejet
b.org $30,000 Reserve Not Met Namejet
r.org $29,100 Reserve Not Met Namejet
p.org $25,000 Reserve Not Met Namejet
8.org $23,000 Reserve Not Met Namejet
0.org $16,643 Reserve Not Met Namejet
7.org $15,100 Reserve Not Met Namejet
l.org $12,300 Reserve Not Met Namejet
2.org $10,600 Reserve Not Met Namejet
6.org $10,200 Reserve Not Met Namejet
9.org $10,000 Reserve Not Met Namejet
4.org $9,099 Reserve Not Met Namejet
5.org $8,100 Reserve Not Met Namejet
3.org $6,700 Reserve Not Met Namejet
a.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
c.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
d.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
e.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
h.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
i.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
k.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
n.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
o.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
q.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
s.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
t.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
v.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
w.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy
z.org $0 $50,000 Reserve Not Met Go Daddy

.org Namejet Project 94 Results: 23 of 39 domains sold for a total of $55,019 (yo.org $7,806, ur.org $6,006)

From April 9 to April 18, 2013, Namejet/Enom offered on 3 day auctions 39 rare, valuable one and two character .org domain names. 23 of the total 39 domains were sold in this auction with a total price of $55,019 USD. The average sales price for the 23 domains was $2,392. The top domains were yo.org that sold for $7,806 and ur.org that got $6,006. Of course all these are reseller prices just like what the 42 Go Daddy Project 94 .org domains got.

Here is the complete list of the 23 sold .org domains:

Domain Name Price
yo.org $7,806
ur.org $6,006
75.org $5,654
zl.org $4,155
zp.org $3,554
pj.org $3,500
31.org $3,425
57.org $3,411
yk.org $3,100
3g.org $2,800
d3.org $1,550
r4.org $1,339
6g.org $1,009
0d.org $857
0n.org $855
5c.org $832
1w.org $764
o7.org $760
z9.org $755
0t.org $753
0p.org $743
z8.org $741
9q.org $650

One letter and one number .org domains had high reserve price and although they got many bids of up to $60k for u.org, not a single one was sold. Here is the list of the 16 one letter and one number .org domains that didn’t get the reserve price and weren’t sold:

Domain Name High Bid
u.org $60,000 Reserve Not Met
j.org $31,000 Reserve Not Met
1.org $30,300 Reserve Not Met
b.org $30,000 Reserve Not Met
r.org $29,100 Reserve Not Met
p.org $25,000 Reserve Not Met
8.org $23,000 Reserve Not Met
0.org $16,643 Reserve Not Met
7.org $15,100 Reserve Not Met
l.org $12,300 Reserve Not Met
2.org $10,600 Reserve Not Met
6.org $10,200 Reserve Not Met
9.org $10,000 Reserve Not Met
4.org $9,099 Reserve Not Met
5.org $8,100 Reserve Not Met
3.org $6,700 Reserve Not Met

.ORG ranks first in terms of trust and information ahead of .com, .info and .net

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .org registry, recently conducted a survey through ORC International to measure the level of trust consumers have in .ORG and their sentiments towards other online resources, such as social media, and found that 82% of survey respondents still think a website is the most trustworthy place to get information on a charity or social cause.  Despite the growing rise and popularity of organizational social media pages and accounts, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn were respectively ranked second, third and fourth most trustworthy

Public Interest Registry said: “we fully believe in the power of the Internet as a useful medium to spread knowledge, ideas and support for the common good. As the not-for-profit-operator of the .ORG domain, we have a responsibility to help maintain the integrity of the Internet by providing a trusted place online for organizations, companies and individuals to tell their stories and to mobilize their communities.”
A large majority of all respondents (90%) associate a .ORG web address with the words “non-profit,” “trusted,” “exclusive,” or a combination of all three. Furthermore, nearly half (49%) of the respondents polled would choose to purchase a .ORG domain to relay information about a cause that they were passionate about. Other key findings include:
  • Assuming there are four websites, all with similar content but each with a different domain name, 39% of all respondents surveyed indicated they would trust .ORG the most; 23% chose .COM and 25% said they would trust them all equally (.ORG, .COM, .INFO, .NET).
  • In a time of crisis, 33% of all respondents would look for information on a .ORG, followed by .COM (31%) and .INFO (17%).
PIR also said that “While these survey findings certainly help us validate our daily efforts to give more causes around the world a trusted online venue, they also demonstrate how audiences seek to connect with these causes and communities across the many Internet options available. As hundreds of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) become available online in the months ahead, Public Interest Registry is working with the global community of non-profit and NGOs to ensure that the transformations coming to the Internet expand the opportunities for organizations and their causes around the world.”

.org Go Daddy Project 94 Results: 27 of 42 domains sold for a total of $88,642 (fs.org $9,250, ts.org $9,065)

From March 18 to April 4, 2013, Go Daddy Auctions offered on an extended 17 day auction 42 rare, valuable one and two character .org domain names. 27 of the total 42 domains were sold in this auction with a total price of $88,642 USD. The average sales price for the 27 domains was $3,283. The top domains were fs.org and ts.org getting more than $9,000 each.

Here is the complete list of the 27 sold .org domains:

Domain: Final Price: Asking Price: Bids:
fs.org $9,250 $1,000 39
ts.org $9,065 $1,000 63
nh.org $8,600 $1,000 50
lo.org $7,400 $1,000 59
bp.org $5,325 $1,000 43
hb.org $5,223 $1,000 65
e3.org $4,900 $10 85
zi.org $3,650 $1,000 41
cq.org $3,300 $1,000 57
qd.org $2,827 $1,000 41
wz.org $2,627 $1,000 32
b3.org $2,550 $10 39
2c.org $2,500 $10 67
nq.org $2,500 $1,000 14
zq.org $2,500 $1,000 45
zg.org $2,175 $1,000 21
7d.org $2,001 $10 74
c2.org $1,803 $10 57
3p.org $1,800 $10 44
xq.org $1,725 $1,000 22
5v.org $1,325 $10 98
i6.org $1,125 $10 35
2w.org $1,026 $10 41
h9.org $1,025 $10 83
7e.org $910 $10 48
k4.org $810 $10 40
6j.org $700 $10 64

One letter .org domains had a starting price of $50,000 and didn’t get any bids. Go Daddy required a $5,000 deposit in order to make a bid and that didn’t make it any easier. Here is the list of the 15 one letter .org domains that didn’t get any bids:

Domain Name Starting Price
a.org $50,000
c.org $50,000
d.org $50,000
e.org $50,000
h.org $50,000
i.org $50,000
k.org $50,000
n.org $50,000
o.org $50,000
q.org $50,000
s.org $50,000
t.org $50,000
v.org $50,000
w.org $50,000
z.org $50,000

Namejet auctions 39 1-2 character .ORG domain names in April – Project 94

Namejet will auction 39 1-2 character .ORG domain names starting April 6 as part of Project 94. In partnership with eNom, NameJet is now offering this exclusive list of Premium .ORG domains for auction. For more information, see What is Project 94?. The starting bid for all domains is $69 and the 39 auctions close on different dates spanning from the 6th of April up until the 15th of April.

When you place a valid backorder on a Project 94 .ORG domain at NameJet, you will be required at that time to supply additional information that the Registry will use to qualify you as a valid Registrant. Please be aware the Registry will directly review and reject any backorder application that either does not meet the criteria or any that are found to have provided invalid, fraudulent or blank information in the required fields. NameJet does not make the decision on who is qualified and will pass the information provided to the Registry for approval. All bidders are required to answer this question before making a bid:
“How do you intend to use the .ORG domain(s)?”
Please read the “.ORG PIR Usage Statement” below so you know what you should reply.

Project 94 domains are expected to go over $5000 after auctions open, so it is recommended that any qualified participant becomes a Nemejet Verified Bidder previous to the beginning of the auction.

Here is the complete list:

Domain Closing Date
0.org  4/6/2013
0d.org  4/6/2013
0n.org  4/6/2013
31.org  4/6/2013
b.org  4/6/2013
pj.org  4/7/2013
57.org  4/7/2013
5c.org  4/7/2013
8.org  4/7/2013
9.org  4/7/2013
7.org  4/8/2013
d3.org  4/8/2013
j.org  4/8/2013
ur.org  4/8/2013
yk.org  4/8/2013
r.org  4/11/2013
75.org  4/11/2013
6.org  4/11/2013
3g.org  4/11/2013
1w.org  4/11/2013
0p.org  4/12/2013
0t.org  4/12/2013
yo.org  4/12/2013
5.org  4/12/2013
p.org  4/12/2013
o7.org  4/13/2013
z8.org  4/13/2013
4.org  4/13/2013
6g.org  4/13/2013
9q.org  4/13/2013
2.org  4/14/2013
3.org  4/14/2013
zp.org  4/14/2013
r4.org  4/14/2013
u.org  4/14/2013
l.org  4/15/2013
z9.org  4/15/2013
zl.org  4/15/2013
1.org  4/15/2013

As part of Project 94, from March 18 to 28, 2013, Go Daddy Auctions is offering 42 rare, valuable one and two character .org domain names. Starting today, if you want to participate in the auction, you can request approval. The 42 domains have starting prices from $10 to $50,000. One letter .org domains have a starting price of $50,000, 2 letter .org domains have a starting price of $1,000 and the 2 character domains have a $10 starting price.

.ORG PIR Usage Statement

Project94 is the allocation of 94 1-2 character .ORG domain names that have never been released for registration. These names will be made available to registrants who not only reflect the core attributes of the .ORG domain but also reinforce the trust and value of the .ORG brand.

Consistent with the Registry’s mission to provide a trusted platform for the expression of ideas, knowledge, and causes which promote the public good on the Internet, qualified applicants are those whose mission and purpose are consistent in all respects with promoting positive influences for the betterment of society. Subject to these criteria and without limiting the possibilities, the following are examples:

  • Wiki or wiki-like organizations, which provide and promote collaborative education and information forums.
  • Local community groups, who use or intend to use one or more of the Domain Names to foster and promote public good.
  • Educational organizations
  • Sports teams and/or sport-related organizations
  • Non-profit/charity/advocacy organizations
  • Open Source/collaborative project organizations
  • CSR, fundraising, or charity organizations
  • Commercial enterprises that offer non-harmful goods or services to the public on a non-discriminatory basis

Applicant agrees that their intended use is consistent with the mission of the Registry and acknowledges that any improper use of the domains or failure to comply with the stated mission will be a violation of these terms. Applicant must certify that all information provided by the applicant is in the usage statement is true and correct.

Go Daddy’s Project 94 .org auction gets a 1 week silent extension

Go Daddy’s Project 94 .org auction was supposed to end today. Instead auctions end 1 week from now. Go Daddy decided on a 1 week “silent” extension. There has not been any mention anywhere for this extension and of course no reasoning.

The only reasoning for this decision would be Go Daddy’s greed. The auction was supposed to run for 10 days, from March 18 to 28, 2013, offering 42 rare, valuable one and two character .org domain names. Now auctions will end up lasting a whopping 17 days. The problem is that there have been very few bids and that is a result of Go Daddy’s arrogance. One letter .org domains don’t have a single bid because of the $50,000 starting price and of course because of Go Daddy’s unreasonable request for a $5,000 deposit for  total bids over $50,000.

One letter .org domains have a starting price of $50,000, 2 letter .org domains have a starting price of $1,000 and the 2 character domains have a $10 starting price.

Even total bids of $2,500 to $50,000 require a $100 deposit that you can’t actually use for the auctions. Last time I checked you can’t make a combined payment using both GoodAsGold funds and a different payment option such as a credit card.

Even 2 letter .org domains don’t have many bids. TS.org is leading with $4,000 but another 5 2 letter domains have bids of not more than $1,025.

Will there be any 1 letter .org sales? I don’t think so, unless an end user wants to invest in one of those domains AND they have planned ahead and made the $5,000 deposit risking they don’t win and they never see that money again. Deposits are non refundable. I will certainly will not be making a single bid in this auction.

Here is the complete list of the 42 domains.