Kids.us Will Remain Suspended

usAn Education Advisory Committee recommended that Kids.us should remain suspended. The Kids.us Education Advisory Committee was convened in April 2014 to consider the ongoing suspension of the kids.us third-level namespace, as well as to contemplate future initiatives and principles through which Neustar, the .us registry, can advance positive and educational experiences for kids within the usTLD more broadly. Continue reading

October: My 476 Domain Name Renewals And 49 Drops (9.3%)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. I am a bit late on this report. So, in October I renewed 476 domains and dropped 49 of them. So I dropped about 9.3% of the total 525 domain names that I had expiring.

In September I had 757 domains in total to renew so you can see that my renewals fluctuate month to month.

These are the domains I renewed in October for a total of 476:

.com 236
.net 3
.org 38
.info 184
.biz 5
.us 10

Here are the domains I dropped in October by extension for a total of 49: Continue reading

September: My 639 Domain Name Renewals And 118 Drops (15.6%)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. In September I renewed 639 domains and dropped 118 of them. So I dropped about 15.6% of the total 757 domain names that I had expiring.

These are the domains I renewed in September for a total of 639:

.com 222
.net 4
.org 52
.info 328
.biz 8
.us 25

Here are the domains I dropped in September by extension for a total of 118: Continue reading

August: My Domain Name Renewals (571) And Drops (67)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed 571 domains and dropped 67 of them. So I dropped about 10.5% of the total 638 domain names that I had expiring in August.

These are the domains I renewed in August for a total of 571:

.com 293
.net 5
.org 67
.info 154
.biz 11
.us 41

Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading

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

Many .US Domain Name Offers Are Coming Lately

I am getting a lot of .us domain name offers lately. They started coming the week before the 4th of July and they keep coming until today.

I have gotten 7 offers for .us domains in 9 days (5 days before the 4th of July and 3 days after the 4th).

I sold the domain sheffield.us to a startup from Miami, Florida. I got the inquiry on the 5th of July, we agreed on the 6th and the domain was paid for at Escrow.com and transferred to the buyer’s registrar by the 7th.

I have also gotten 2 other offers for up to Continue reading

Price Of .US Domains Goes Up Tomorrow

Neustar, the .us registry, is increasing the price of .US domains tomorrow. So from July 1st 2014 all .us domain registrations and renewals will cost an extra $0.50 in wholesale. That is the registrar price increase.

I have not received many registrars notices except one. Dynadot informed me that they are going to increase the .us registrations and renewals by $1. That seems like a big price hike as it is double the registry increase.

So today is the day to renew any .us domains you have. Continue reading

What Domains I Dropped In June And Why… (193 domains dropped)

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I dropped the most domains I have ever dropped. I dropped 193 domains out of the 807 I had expiring in June. I don’t count the few (less than 5%) domains I have in Moniker because that is a mess and I had renewed those well ahead of the new system just to be sure.

So in June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%.

Here are the domains I dropped by extension:

.com 9
.net 8
.org 13
.info 2
.biz 50
.us 111

Yes, I dropped a lot of .us and .biz: 161 domains in total. More on that below.

These are the domains I renewed in June: Continue reading

U.S. Department of Commerce Renews Neustar’s Contract For .US

Today, Neustar Inc. (NYSE:NSR) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the company the contract to continue administering the .US Top Level Domain (TLD), the official country code domain of the United States. Neustar has successfully administered this critical domain since 2001, when the Department of Commerce first selected the company to build and manage the new domain.

“We are honored that the Department of Commerce has selected Neustar to continue managing America’s domain name that millions of businesses, non-profit organizations and consumers use to manage their online presence,” said Lisa Hook, Neustar President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to Continue reading

.US sales at Go Daddy auctions: SanDiego.us $3,756, Maps.us $2,755 etc.

A few days back Go Daddy had a lot of expiring auctions for .US domain names. Most of them were registered since 2002 and more than 250 .us domains were auctioned off. Total sales were for more than $12,000 USD. And that excludes the renewals at about $14 each and that would be about $3500 USD more. Not bad for a single day. This is not a complete list but just the ones I was watching myself and a couple I got from Name Pros. A few were renewed and disappeared from my account before I had the chance to get the prices. I waited before publishing this list as Go Daddy doesn’t hide the registrant’s details on .usdomains as this is not permitted by the registry. There is a workaround for expired domains but Go Daddydoesn’t care.

There were buyers that bought 10, 15, 30, 40 or even 60 of these domains. These 5 buyers bought more than 150 of the total 250 domains.

These are the prices I got from Name Pros:

CriminalLawyers.us $250 – $1000
LogHomes.us $100 – $250
AtlanticCityHotels.us $100 – $251
DivorceLawyers.us $100 – $252
SmallBusinessLoans.us $100 – $253
AmeliaIsland.us $100 – $254
HomeRentals.us $100 – $255

Here is a list of 248 domains that were sold together with their prices:

sandiego.us $3,756
maps.us $2,755
teachingamericanhistory.us $1,005
philosophy.us $482
plane.us $425
affiliatemarketing.us $377
luck.us $355
pennystocks.us $348
massagetherapist.us $282
irish.us $266
nov.us $256
wizard.us $237
bake.us $222
geography.us $217
vista.us $213
patch.us $205
relocate.us $196
melody.us $185
growth.us $170
netserver.us $160
brasil.us $138
mwd.us $135
engagement.us $129
prints.us $122
magnet.us $116
amor.us $115
lawnmower.us $115
icl.us $105
houseinsurance.us $105
treat.us $97
almanac.us $96
processor.us $96
ecstasy.us $96
brilliant.us $93
ccr.us $93
secrets.us $93
alarmsystem.us $93
bibliography.us $92
imt.us $91
mfg.us $90
promoter.us $85
bouquet.us $82
talking.us $80
cwc.us $80
vhs.us $78
casinos-online.us $76
lasvegascasino.us $76
lasvegascasinos.us $76
coating.us $75
online-casino-gambling.us $73
archeology.us $71
exhibitions.us $70
520.us $70
bbe.us $67
ufos.us $60
introduction.us $60
reunions.us $60
carrot.us $60
720.us $60
millions.us $60
tabloid.us $60
adrenaline.us $60
conversation.us $55
bigbang.us $55
nate.us $52
chromium.us $51
gods.us $47
678.us $45
federation.us $44
castles.us $43
pepperoni.us $42
vdm.us $40
udr.us $38
knp.us $38
rdr.us $38
phish.us $38
icr.us $38
motherboard.us $36
carribean.us $34
subject.us $32
760.us $30
908.us $30
707.us $30
941.us $30
delmar.us $30
910.us $29
918.us $27
scent.us $27
banquet.us $27
breeze.us $27
mno.us $27
wage.us $27
meme.us $27
mof.us $25
ntm.us $25
kti.us $25
nev.us $25
727.us $25
genomics.us $22
glamorous.us $22
fellowship.us $22
announcements.us $22
newsroom.us $22
956.us $22
xox.us $21
operations.us $20
ugp.us $20
rkl.us $20
freeway.us $20
domainsales.us $18
daphne.us $17
molding.us $17
occupation.us $17
stainless.us $17
sanitary.us $17
habitat.us $17
incense.us $17
inventories.us $17
zeus.us $17
mwf.us $15
umb.us $15
vendor.us $15
doberman.us $15
rockcutters.us $15
774.us $12
507.us $12
932.us $12
charisma.us $12
giveaway.us $12
warhol.us $12
670.us $12
440.us $12
662.us $12
barney.us $12
920.us $12
947.us $12
913.us $12
antigua.us $12
906.us $12
905.us $12
939.us $12
980.us $12
752.us $12
706.us $12
717.us $12
970.us $12
extinguishers.us $12
780.us $12
andres.us $12
godfather.us $12
barstow.us $12
747.us $12
704.us $12
prospects.us $12
734.us $12
709.us $12
papas.us $12
enquirer.us $12
937.us $12
240.us $12
903.us $12
303.us $12
936.us $12
minutes.us $12
684.us $12
931.us $12
recipies.us $12
784.us $12
705.us $12
scents.us $12
505.us $12
731.us $12
984.us $12
979.us $12
passions.us $12
660.us $12
democratic.us $12
954.us $12
checkbook.us $12
985.us $12
758.us $12
paperback.us $12
912.us $12
aesthetic.us $12
terrible.us $12
380.us $12
902.us $12
664.us $12
casket.us $12
764.us $12
671.us $12
679.us $12
340.us $12
682.us $12
omnia.us $12
caucasian.us $12
shakespeareauthorship.us $12
magister.us $12
angelsamong.us $12
specsys.us $12
sails.us $12
familylawyers.us $12
uscoins.us $12
youngs.us $12
topjobs.us $12
lifeinsuranceshop.us $12
jjm.us $10
517.us $10
vdi.us $10
fcv.us $10
crx.us $10
aza.us $10
rvj.us $10
wdr.us $10
dth.us $10
uwv.us $10
jrk.us $10
rez.us $10
zep.us $10
ysa.us $10
pwa.us $10
jbl.us $10
fpd.us $10
mvy.us $10
uwf.us $10
jkc.us $10
jnr.us $10
whn.us $10
lhc.us $10
qbs.us $10
dlu.us $10
cjb.us $10
hereandnow.us $10
sportslaw.us $10
bioinformatics.us $10
hydrogenpower.us $10
paingel.us $10
mjh.us $10
boyler.us $10
myplace.us $10
shipwith.us $10
welcomehome.us $10
internationaldebtsolutions.us $10
ketubah.us $10
ledzeppelin.us $10
movievip.us $10
new-design.us $10
skyseed.us $10

A few of the domain names were renewed before the domains were transferred to the winning bidders. These are the ones that were renewed:
Lighting.us $1k
Publisher.us $250 – $1000
Barney.us
Godfather.us
Dent.us