ICANN Announces Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group Members

As described in the 14 August 2014 posting of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps, four respected individuals with backgrounds in academia, governmental relations, global insight, and the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), will form the Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group.

Selected by ICANN‘s President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, members of the Public Experts Group will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisors to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisors will contribute research and advice, as well as bring perspectives on global best practices to enrich the discussion, all while engaging with a broader network of accountability experts from around the world.

The members of the Public Experts Group are: Continue reading

Domain Name Owner Says Google Ranking Returned 30 Days After Domain Expired

A WebmasterWorld thread called “Accidentally let domain expire for a day: Now site’s gone from Google. Temporary or permanent?” was started by a domain name owner and webmaster that let a domain name expire for a few hours, which resulted in his site being removed from Google and then exactly a month of bad rankings.

Had a domain on GoDaddy set to auto-renew, didn’t realize my card on file had expired.

My site showed GoDaddy’s “Expired Domain” page, then was offline completely for about an hour (after I renewed/while it re-propagated).

So I quickly renewed domain; it wasn’t expired or ‘down’ for more any more than a few hours.

Now when you search my normal keywords that I rank for, my site isn’t there any more.


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Flippa Introduces Starter Sites

Flippa introduced it’s brand new section, “Starter Sites”, that is designed to showcase the best newly created websites on Flippa. All Starter Sites are under 3 months old and need a new owner to grow them to their full potential.

You can find all Starter Sites here: flippa.com/starter-sites

When you find the site you want, you can bid to buy or click “Buy Now” to make payment instantly with PayPal.

Flippa laid out 4 reasons on why someone should buy a Starter Site: Continue reading

ICANN To Give Governmental Advisory Committee More Power

ICANN is posting for public comment proposed Bylaws revisions that would incorporate a higher voting threshold for the Board to determine not act consistently with the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee. Currently, the Bylaws require a simple majority of the Board (50% + 1) to vote to act consistently a piece of advice from the GAC. The proposed amendments to the Bylaws would require 2/3 of the voting members of the Board to vote to not act consistently with a piece of GAC advice. Continue reading

ICANN 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

The ICANN 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for six leadership positions within ICANN, listed below for each ICANN body, in alphabetical order by family name.

Also the Non-Contracted Parties House (NCPH) has selected Markus Kummer to succeed Bill Graham for Seat 14 on the ICANN Board.

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How Did RetailMeNot Get 849 .Codes Domains In Sunrise Without Any Trademarks?

RetailMeNot, Inc. registered 849 .codes domain names in Sunrise without owning any of the corresponding trademarks. The domains were all registered at the 101Domain registrar.

The list includes many keyword domains as well as trademark domains of many other companies. How this was done is a mystery to me or maybe not judging from some other activities I have discovered with New gTLDs.

RetailMeNot may own a couple couple of trademarks such as “RetailMeNot” but it certainly does not own 849 trademarks.

RetailMeNot has registered in sunrise period generic domains such as pizza.codes, find.codes, paris.codes, usa.codes, mobile.codes, security.codes, english.codes and hundreds of other.

Many of these domains were purchased at premium prices such as Continue reading

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award Nominations NOW OPEN Until Friday

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARD Nominations for 2014 are now open by sending the following form to nominations@targetedtraffic.com.

Nominations will remain open until Friday, August 22nd at 6 P.M. EDT.

Only those persons or companies that receive 3 nominations from 3 different individuals will be included on the ballot.

If you see this post and vote please leave a comment to let me know if you want. You can also post your nominations.

“The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS have become the most sought-after and prestigious Domain Industry awards presented annually.  This year marks the 10th Annual Awards. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. EAST 2014, to be held at the Fabulous Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort on Saturday, November 1st.”

You may nominate one person or company in each category. Some previous winners listed. PLUS, two brand new categories.

The AWARDS are: Continue reading

Domain Name Course DNFCollege TERM 3 Started Today

DNFCollege TERM 3 started today at the always popular domain name forum DNForum.com owned by Adam Dicker. The course is free and you can sign up here:


A lot of domain name related material will be covered on the course that will start with this list below: Continue reading

ARI Registry Criticizes The Purchase Of Racing.com For $500,000+

ARI Registry Services, an Australian company offering New gTLD registry services, published a blog article criticizing the purchase of the domain name racing.com for $500,000+.

The domain name racing.com was bought by Australian south east state horse racing authority Racing Victoria for an undisclosed fee.

The domain was sold by domain investor Adam Strong that bought the domain in 2006.

Racing Victoria will use the domain to further its services and racing coverage throughout national and international markets, with a new website and further digital inventory set to be launched by mid-September.

Racing.com currently redirects to the official Racing Victoria’s website: racingvictoria.net.au Continue reading

Donuts Exhibiting At The WWD MAGIC Fashion Event At Las Vegas

donutsDonuts is doing some direct end-user promotion of it’s new top level domains (TLDs) this week by exhibiting at the Womens Wear Daily Magic (WWDMAGIC) 2014 fashion event that takes place in Las Vegas.

The event is hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center and lasts 3 days: August 16-18 2014.

In collaboration with the one of the world’s most authoritative fashion publication Womens Wear Daily (WWD.com), WWDMAGIC provides a broad selection of women’s apparel and accessories across every category, classification and trend. Continue reading