RetailMeNot Spends $4.3 Million To Buy New gTLD Domain Names

retailmenotRetailMeNot, a US coupon company, paid $4.3 million to buy New gTLD domain names from a new domain name registry, according to a SEC filling.

(Thanks to George Kirikos of for the tip.)

The number of the domain names and the name of the registry are Continue reading

.Online Gets 600+ EAP Day 5 Domain Name Registrations

radix-onlineDay 5 of EAP started yesterday for .Online and in the first 45 minutes there were 532 domain name registrations.

Registrants pay about $150 more on EAP day 5 on top of the registration price.

Later in the day Radix Registry informed me that they had already seen 590+ EAP requests. Today's zone files show that more than 600 domains (the number is somewhere between 640 and 700) were registered in EAP day 5 with only a few hours into it. Tomorrow I will have more complete stats.

Across the last 5 days,  .online has received Continue reading

Flippa Weekly Domain Sales: $50,209, $22,000

flippaHighest sale this week at Flippa was the domain names that sold for $50,209.

The marketplace posted over $170,000 in transactions over the past couple of weeks.

Post-Auction Negotiation was the method of sale for 10 domains of this week’s list.

There were 16 domains that were sold by Buy-It-Now and just rebranded "Flippa Portfolio Section" (previously known as Domain Catalog) had 14 sales this week.

Top Flippa Domain Sales from the past week: Continue reading

.Club Challenges .XYZ To A Debate: “what makes a TLD great for domain investors”

club-new-gtldColin CampbelI, founder of .CLUB, has officially challenged Daniel Negari, CEO of .XYZ, to a debate at THE Domain Conference that takes place this September in Florida.

Colin is debating that free or nearly free domain names doesn't make a TLD popular.

Colin Campbell send the following tweet today: Continue reading

Domain Holdings Q2 2015 Report: 29% Increase in Sales, $59,079 Average Sales Price

domain-holdingsDomain Holdings published its Q2 2015 report that shows that 2015 continues to be a strong year.

In addition to the sales success in Q2, Domain Holdings was acquired by Flippa.

Combined, Flippa and Domain Holdings are expected to generated Continue reading

NamesCon Warns Attendees About A Hotel Booking Scam

NamesConNamesCon issued a warning regarding the upcoming show at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Attendants booking for the Jan 10 - Jan 13, 2016 show should be careful booking their hotel room.

I was at NamesCon last year and I will certainly be there this year too if all goes according to the plan. Have a look here at some photos to get you in the mood! And here...

Here is the announcement: Continue reading

Who Should Operate The Search.NYC Domain Name? wrote an article about who should operate the domain name.

At the time the domain name is reserved by the registry but it is not registered and not resolving. It should at least be pointing to the .NYC registry website.

Rightfully New York City doesn't want Google or any other commercial search engine running the search engine. But building a good and fair search engine from scratch is not too easy.

Here is what the article says about Continue reading

“The importance of your domain in local branding”

london-domainsDot London published an article about local branding. The article written by Alexandra Gavril and called "The importance of your domain in local branding" does not only apply to .London but to other regions and TLDs.

If you want to build a brand, and not just any website, then you need to find a strong, memorable and emotionally engaging domain name that stands out, one that you can turn into a searchable phrase over time. This is the most powerful force in your marketing arsenal so don’t rush into getting whichever name you find available.

In this post we’ll be talking about how domains are both a tool for branding and a consideration for the brand strategy, and how you can choose yours to ensure the biggest impact among local customers.

The following pointers by Alexandra Gavril will help guide the branding aspect of selecting your domain name: Continue reading

.Club Day 1 Domain Name Renewal Rate Was 74.98%

club-new-gtldThe .Club registry announced that its day 1 renewal rate was 74.98%.

.Club launched on May 7th, 2014. There were 26K .club domain names sold on the first day and a total of  32K in first 24 hours.

I guess the 24-hour renewal rate is a bit lower than 74.98%.

Donuts, the only other New gTLD registry to release renewal rates, had Continue reading

Fortune 500 Company & European Company Both Buy New gTLD Domains For 5 Figures

newgtldDonuts is releasing thousands of domain names all summer that were previously reserved because of domain name collisions. This week Donuts is releasing all the healthcare related domain names using the Early Access Program including .surgery and .healthcare. Yesterday was EAP Day 1 and 2 domains were sold. Brain.Surgery and Continue reading