Must read: 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

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Trademark Clearinghouse Has 31,866 Marks And 89,773 “TM” Notices Have Been Sent

The Trademark Clearinghouse has published it’s latest stats. So far 31,866 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 28th of July 2014. The number of marks were 30,916 on the 19th of June. So the Trademark Clearinghouse added 950 trademarks in these past 40 days.

Finally there have been 89,773 notifications sent out to TM holders so far. This means that 89,773 (or probably less) new gTLD domain names have been registered that contain a mark that is registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. The registered domains are probably less than 89,773 as when a domain, that consists of a trademark that is registered by multiple parties in the Trademark Clearinghouse, is registered then multiple notifications are sent to TM holders.

On itself that doesn’t mean something to me as it is getting more difficult with each passing day to find a dictionary term that is not registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse and because of availability most of the New gTLD domains that are registered consist of just 1 word. Common terms such as “insurance” or the letter “e” are trademarked.

I am almost certain that almost 99.9% of these 89,773 domain registrations do not infringe on any trademark. Of course most of it all depends on the use. Continue reading

Minds + Machines Client “Celebrate Broadway, Inc” Wins .Broadway

MindsAndMachinesFollowing recent press comment, Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announced that its client, Celebrate Broadway, Inc., has secured the sole application status for .broadway.

Minds + Machines will act as the registry service provider for the new generic top-level domain and will be advising Celebrate Broadway on the next steps ahead of the domain’s launch—pre-delegation testing, contracting and then delegation into the Internet’s root zone.

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.London Domain Name Ads On The London Underground

This is how you do marketing in a big city for a geo New gTLD like .London. You target the most popular transportation service. And in this case it is the London Underground. That and of course a .London TV ad is also very helpful.

The .London landrush ends on a the 31st of July. Visit for more.

Every day around 24 million journeys are made across the London transport network.

London’s metropolitan area is the largest in the EU with a total population of 13,614,409, while the Greater London Authority puts the population of London metropolitan region at 21 million.

My sister that now lives and work in London send me a couple of photos from the London Underground Central Line: Continue reading

“Tax Savings Should Drive Long Term Bottom Line Growth for VeriSign” did an article today about the VeriSign shares after the VeriSign Q2 2014 report.

Shares of VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) rose over 10% on July 25, 2014 after the company reported strong profit figures in the second quarter of 2014. The company reported revenues of $250.4 million, marginally missing consensus estimates by about $1.3 million. However, net income per share for the quarter increased to 68 cents and was 4 cents higher than consensus estimates, fueled by a $300 million share buyback program. In year-on-year growth terms, revenues increased 4.6% this quarter while net income expanded 15.3% over Q2FY13.

It seems that .com and .net growth has slowed down but this bound to happen someday. Continue reading

My First Interaction With Go Daddy Chat Support

As you may have heard Go Daddy has discontinued the email support for some months now. They only use live chat and phone support now. They thought that email support was too slow. And it was. I usually got a first response 24 to 48 hours after I opened a ticket but the main problem was that the response was always a canned one, telling you to check the FAQ.

None of my problems were not resolved reading the FAQ, which I did read before contacting support, so I usually ended up going back an forth with the Go Daddy support for a few days until I got them to actually DO something instead of telling me “read the FAQ” or “this is not possible”. I was only getting one response per day no matter how fast I replied to them.

The other day I had a problem with a refund that I had once before a few months back. So because it was night here in Greece and the new European phone support center was closed (it is not open 24/7 as the US one) I thought about trying the Go Daddy chat support. I didn’t use the US phone support as it is very expensive to call US from Greece.

godaddy-support1You can find the chat support at the bottom right of the go Daddy support webpage. Take a look at the photo on the left.




godaddy-support2So I opened the chat support you can see on the left and got this message:

A product expert will be with you soon. Estimated wait time is 16 minutes. Thank you for your patience.


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New gTLD Weekly Review: .WTF, .Fail, .Financial and .Limited

This week 4 New gTLDs enter General Availability and another 4 New gTLDs enter the EAP General Availability. This is a slow week and it might be because of the summer vacations… All new domain extensions are from Donuts that hasn’t missed a single week since it started.

Donuts enters EAP General Availability for the following 4 New gTLDs on Wednesday, July 30th 2014: .WTF, .Fail, .Financial and .Limited.

.Fail may be good for a complaints website but .WTF seems a bit odd to me. Both have zero resale potential. .Financial and .Limited will have some very … limited … interest by companies that end with “financial” and “limited”.

4 Donuts New gTLDs will be out of the Continue reading

GoDaddy & Microsoft Partner to Provide Affordable Office 365 to Small Businesses in India

GoDaddy and Microsoft today announced a long-term strategic partnership to offer Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy as its exclusive core business-class email and productivity service for small businesses in India.

Microsoft Office 365 offered through GoDaddy will give millions of small businesses access to enterprise-grade productivity solutions at an affordable price, starting at Rs. 149/month.

Here is the complete press release: Continue reading

Sedo sells 506 domains for $1 million: $90k, $25k, $8k

In the past week (July 14 to July 20), 506 (570 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1 million ($1.5m last week). Only 162 (188 last week) domains from the 506 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 52% (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 $1,976 ($2,632 last week).

Here are the 162 public and reported Sedo sales for the week July 14 to July 20 2014:

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Verisign Q2 2014 Results: Revenue Up To $250 million, 128.9 Million .Com And .Net, .Net Price Goes Up

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $250 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 4.6 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $100 million.

  • Verisign Registry Services added 0.42 million net new names during the second quarter, ending with 128.9 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 3.7 percent increase over the zone at the end of the second quarter in 2013.
  • In the second quarter, Verisign processed 8.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.7 million for the same period in 2013.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the first quarter of 2014 was 72.6 percent compared with 73.2 percent for the same quarter in 2013. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.
  • Verisign announced an increase in the annual fee for a .net domain name registration from $6.18 to $6.79, effective February 1, 2015, per its agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Here is the complete report: Continue reading