Afternic/Go Daddy Weekly Domain Sales: $39,200, $32k (3-31-14 to 4-6-14)

Afternic and Go Daddy published their combined weekly domain name sales. The total sales for week 3-31-14 to 4-6-14 were $2.042.237.

A lot of domains sales were not reported because the seller and/or buyer asked Afternic/Godaddy to keep the sale confidential. Also only sales above $1,000 are reported. This is a list of the reported domain names sales at Afternic and Go Daddy and their prices:
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Fadi Chehadé: U.S. government removes ICANN’s training wheels

Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO, posted an article at his ICANN blog. Basically he says that the U.S. government believes that ICANN and IANA are ready to run without the US supervision.

The U.S. government came to the conclusion that the global Internet community is now ready to assume stewardship of ICANN’s performance as the administrator of the IANA functions. It feels like the moment when the multistakeholder community’s training wheels come off.

He said that ICANN’s hard work for the last 15 years has led to this milestone, when the U.S. government acknowledged that the internet community has performed it’s work with distinction.

Personally I have not given the matter a lot of attention because I don’t think that the U.S. government’s decision will make
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NameJet running a Media Options auction:,,,

NameJet is pleased to be offering these featured domains in auction from Media Options. This exclusive list of 113 domain names includes many premium 3 character domains like,,, and many others. Media Options is an industry leading Domain Broker considered to be a “boutique” brokerage service with well into the 8 figures in completed domain name transactions.

If you want to place bids above $2500 you will need to become a verified bidder.

The domain name auctions are spread out over 2 weeks. First auctions start on April 18 and the last domains are auctioned on May 3.

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New gTLD Domain Sales: 1 sold for $12,500+, 2 for $3,000+ and 20 for $1,200+ (,

This past week the following 5 Donuts New gTLDs entered general availability with EAP: .international, .coffee, .house, .solar and .florist.

The total Donuts EAP purchases from the first 3 EAP days is at about $42,500 or more depending on the premium domain names.

Some of the sales are difficult to find as a few domains don’t have nameserves and don’t appear in the zone files. Only sales over $1,000 are reported.

There was 1 domain name sold on the 1st day of the EAP for about $12,500 or more depending on the registration/renewal price (premium level or no premium). This is the domain name:

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.VG: Zone re-delegated – New registrations possible as of May 12

The .VG zone has been re-delegated to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC). This re-delegation is related to the dispute with the former registry operator Meridian TLD that operated the .VG registry without the consent of the authorities of the British Virgin Islands.

Currently, all .VG domain name operations are frozen.

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Infographic: 271 million domain names registered worldwide

Here is the infographic Verisign published announcing that 5 million domain names were added to the Internet in Q4 of 2013, bringing the registered domain names to a total of 271 million worldwide. Compared to last year, worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5 million (7.3%): Continue reading

HEXONET Now Managing Over 2 Million Domain Names for Clients, Resellers, and Registrars

HEXONET ( announced that the company has achieved the major domain name industry milestone of over 2 million domains under management. Powered by thousands of domain name resellers, from across the globe, and even more registrars outsourcing their domain operations onto HEXONET’s Registrar Operations Center (RegistrarOC) platform, domain growth continues to boom.

The company is now gaining domain names at an accelerated rate and will realize three and four million domains under management even faster than scheduled. Also fueling HEXONET’s expansion are its partnerships with companies from outside the traditional domain name sector, who want to gain access to the Continue reading

How To Use: Uniregistry Affiliate Plus Program and Integration

The Uniregistry Affiliate Plus (UAP) Program that allows parking customers another avenue by which they can monetize their names has published a “how to” guide.

Last week Uniregistry announced the new domain name affiliate program, called Affiliate Plus, and a few days later they announced the first integration between and Uniregistry.

Traditionally, PPC parking revenue places a set of advertisements or search links on parked pages. When visitors to the pages click on the ads, money is earned by the owner of the domain name. Participation in the UAP program places other ads or links on parked pages when clicked on and visitors continue on to register, renew or transfer domain names at Uniregistry, a healthy commission (currently up to 35%) is paid to owner of the parked domain. These earnings are in perpetuity for as long as the name is registered by the original registrant. Read more about the program here

Participation in this program is easy. It can be done in 2 steps.
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Domain Name Association (DNA) Officers Elected by Board

The newly constituted Board of Directors of the Domain Name Association (DNA), the Internet domain industry’s only global trade association, has elected its officers, the organization today announced. With its leaders in place and a full 12-person board, the DNA will now work to deliver programs that advance its dual mission to educate the public about the expansion of domain names and to serve as the voice of the industry.

The newly elected Officers are:

Famous Four Media Wins the .PARTY New gTLD Registry

Famous Four Media, the registry operator for Domain Venture Partners (one of the largest portfolio applicant groups leading this revolution with 57 applications) is delighted to announce the successful resolution of the contention set for the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD)  .PARTY.

Domain Venture Partners along with Blue Sky Registry are pleased to announce an agreement with Oriental Trading Company, Inc for the acquisition of the .PARTY top level domain name registry whereby Oriental Trading Company, Inc has agreed to withdraw its application. Domain Venture Partners looks forward to launching and operating the .PARTY gTLD for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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