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Directi to relaunch .pw as “professional web”

October 8, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Directi to relaunch .pw as “professional web”

Country code domain name .pw to be relaunched as generic domain.

dot.pwDirecti (see disclosure) today announced plans to rebrand and relaunch the country code domain name .pw to stand for “professional web”.

.Pw is the country code for the island country of Palau.

Kevin Murphy has some of the back story including an interview with Directi co-founder Bhavin Turakhia.

The domain will be released similar to a traditional top level domain, including a sunrise period for trademark holders.

.Pw is the latest country code domain name to undergo a transformation into a “generic” domain. .Tv (Tuvalu), .co (Colombia), and .me (Montenegro) have all become successful registry businesses.

Of course, branding .pw as “professional web” takes a bit more explanation than these other examples, which means the business model and marketing will be different. One key difference: domains will likely be priced at a wholesale level below that of .com.

(Disclosure: I work with advertising companies affiliated with Directi, including Media.net.)


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Lean Domain Search adds business name generator (and it’s good)

October 2, 2012business name generator, domain generator, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, lean domain searchComments Off on Lean Domain Search adds business name generator (and it’s good)

Tool helps businesses come up with a name.

Lean Domain Search, a domain name / web site name idea generator, has launched a new service that generates business names.

Much like the existing web site name generator, the new business name generator checks names for domain availability, twitter handle status, and trademarks.

So what’s the difference between a domain name generator and a business name generator? It’s subtle but important.

Lean Domain Search creator Matt Mazur explains that some prefixes and suffixes are good for company names and others are only good for web sites.

Mazur gives the example of a photography.

If you want to create a web site about photography, the website name generator will give you names like photographytrack, photographygate, and photographyright.

These are good names for web sites but not so good as company names. The business name generator creates names like Arrowhead Photography, Fasttrack Photography, Checkpoint Photography, and Dreammaker Photography.

Mazur looked at common business prefixes to create the system.

Lean Domain Search’s web site name generator is brilliant and comes up with many domain names that are worth hand registering.

The business name generator is really good, too.

But there’s another difference between the two: the web site name generator is free and the business name generator is paid.

It’s $299 for a single use (i.e. a company trying to come up with its own name) or $1,188 annually for agency use.

Frankly, the price is worth it, but getting businesses to understand the value it brings and getting them to pay in advance might be challenging. Perhaps the money back guarantee will convince people to give it a try.

I have one gripe about Lean Domain Search. The site professes that you need not spend thousands of dollars on a domain name and there are plenty of available domains to register for $12. While true, I think businesses may make a mistake by not understanding that their favorite domain might be available for $1,000 or so. It would be great if Lean Domain Search tapped into the fixed price databases at Afternic and Sedo to at least show that a domain is available for purchase.


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NameMedia launches NameFind.com to help businesses find a name

September 26, 2012Afternic, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, namefind.com, NameMediaComments Off on NameMedia launches NameFind.com to help businesses find a name

NameFind makes finding a company or product identity much easier.

NameMedia, the company behind Afternic and BuyDomains, today launched a new name finding service called NameFind.

There are a bunch of sites out there that help entrepreneurs find available domain names based on topics or keywords. NameFind goes several steps further and has a key component that makes if valuable to domain name investors.

In addition to finding unregistered and for sale domain names, the site pulls up matching social media handles from Facebook, Twitter, and over a dozen other social networks so you can quickly see if they are available. (Through a partnership with Knowem.com you can register all of them at once for a fee.) It also runs a check against the U.S. Trademark database to show you if there’s an exact match.

Users can narrow down their list of ideas and invite friends to vote on them. (This approach seems much smarter than some crowdsourcing services out there that let anyone see your idea.)

I’d argue all of this is pretty slick functionality, wrapped into a package that’s better than many competing services. It’s a great service for people going through a company or product naming process.

But that’s not what excites me the most. What excites me is that NameFind educates people that they can buy the ideal domain name, often times at a price that is well within budget. Too many people say “My ideal name is taken. I’ll look for another.” But that ideal domain name might be available for less than $2,000. If a domain name is listed on Afternic it will show up along with its price.


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TRAFFIC heads to Fort Lauderdale

September 21, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted trafficComments Off on TRAFFIC heads to Fort Lauderdale

Domain name conference just two weeks away.

The Targeted TRAFFIC conference kicks off at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale October 7.

Before the show even begins there are plenty of activities for early arrivers. On Saturday October 5 you can go deep sea fishing, scuba diving, golfing…you get the idea. You can see a full list of Saturday’s activities here.

The cabanas are open on Sunday from 10-5 as well.

The show officially kicks off Sunday evening with the opening cocktail party.

On Monday the day will start with Rick Schwartz blasting the Brazilian company that attempted Reverse Domain Name Hijacking of Schwartz’s SaveMe.com domain name.

There’s also a new gTLD debate on tap. Daniel Schindler of Donuts will be there, which should make for a lively conversation given that his company has applied for more top level domains than anyone else.

The live auction will take place afternoon Monday. The auction list is still being finalized.

Monday night will conclude with the main TRAFFIC party.

I’m also excited for Tuesday morning when Frank Schilling unveils his upgraded domain selling system. I’m curious what he has up his sleeve.

See you in Fort Lauderdale.


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DOMAINfest set for Feb 5-8, 2013

September 19, 2012Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Oversee.netComments Off on DOMAINfest set for Feb 5-8, 2013

Dates finally set for big domain industry conference.

domainfestOversee.net has set the dates for its annual DOMAINfest Global conference. Next year’s shindig will take place February 5-8.

The show will return to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The entire hotel will be reserved for DOMAINfest guests.

Moniker will be holding an auction in conjunction with the event.

DOMAINfest is typically the domain investing community’s largest event in terms of attendance. ICANN meetings are larger, but those include a lot more people from the policy making side of the internet.

It will be interesting to see how the conference changes this year now that Oversee.net’s only big domain name company is DomainSponsor. It sold Moniker and SnapNames earlier this year.


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DomainTools suspends “abusive” accounts

August 21, 2012Domain Services, domain tools, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DomainTools suspends “abusive” accounts

Domain data provider takes steps to eliminate abusive and auto generated accounts.

DomainToolsDomainTools is taking steps to remove abusive and auto-generated accounts that use its service, company CEO Tim Chen announced on the company’s blog today.

Chen explained that the company had previously been lax about closing accounts unless they leaked valuable data or affected site operation. It was concerned about false positives (shutting down legitimate accounts).

But apparently it has hit a tipping point, as the company decided to clean up what it views as abusive and auto-generated accounts.

“By pruning abusive accounts we strive to maintain the highest levels of service availability and query speed that our users and members deserve,” Chen wrote.

Users who feel their accounts were closed in error can contact MemberServices (at) DomainTools (dot) com to rectify the problem.

[Editor's note: The headline of this story was changed to replace "deletes" with "suspends" to better reflect the action DomainTools has taken. Accounts can still be restored.]


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Review: DomainTools Android app

July 27, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Review: DomainTools Android app

Whois at your thumbtips.

DomainTools androidIt’s been a couple years since DomainTools released its iPhone app. I guess DomainTools prefers to cater to the Apple fanboy crowd rather than the Android hipster crowd.

Alas, my need for quick whois data can now be satiated: DomainTools released an Android app yesterday.

The free app makes it easy to look up whois records. Of course, there are plenty of fast ways to do that. The magic is in the extra details: DomainTools’ registrant and IP data, domain screenshots, etc.

You should think of the app as a springboard to DomainTools’ mobile optimized site. If you want to view any of the juicy details, such as whois history, the app launches your mobile browser and brings you to DomainTools.com, where you need to login to see the goodies. (Once you login you can go straight to the data on subsequent lookups.) But if you just need fast whois lookup and a screenshot or two, the app alone will suffice.

The app is fairly straightforward and works fine. My only complaint is that it takes a good five seconds for the app to load past the splash screen.

Oh, and that it took two frickin’ years to get the app on my Droid.


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Poll: Are you going to TRAFFIC or ICANN?

July 23, 2012domain conferences, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, trafficComments Off on Poll: Are you going to TRAFFIC or ICANN?

Two domain conferences in back-to-back weeks this fall.

After a long absence of North America domain name conferences, two are on tap for October: TRAFFIC in Fort Lauderdale October 7-10 and ICANN in Toronto October 14-19.

While both shows are sure to attract different crowds, there will surely be domain investors at both.

Which do you plan to attend? Answer the poll question and feel free to comment below.

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DOMAINfest Global 2013: Yep, it’s still happening

July 19, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DOMAINfest Global 2013: Yep, it’s still happening

7th DOMAINfest Global to return in 2013.

In my discussions in recent days about the sudden lack of domain conferences, a common question has been, “Is Oversee.net still doing DOMAINfest next year?”.

It’s a fair question given that Oversee.net is a much smaller company than it was a year ago having since divested Moniker and SnapNames. Sure, the conference has always technically been sponsored by DomainSponsor (which is now Oversee.net’s bread and butter when it comes to client facing products). But will it really go on?

No need for speculation. Here’s what the company said in response to a DNW query:

Yes, DOMAINfest will be back. We have already begun the process of organizing our 7th annual DOMAINfest Global conference, to be held at the end of January 2013. An official announcement listing the dates and venue will be issued within the next couple weeks. We are excited to continue the DOMAINfest tradition of providing domain investors and online marketers with unbeatable networking opportunities, plus a chance to learn from a diverse roster of expert speakers.

See you in January.


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Are there fewer domain conferences or just different domain conferences?

July 18, 2012domain conferences, Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Are there fewer domain conferences or just different domain conferences?

There are only two big domainer conferences this year, but domainers still find opportunities to get together.

Two years ago you could have gone to a domain name conference every other month.

This year there are just two big domain conferences: DOMAINfest (which already took place) and the upcoming TRAFFIC conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Here at HostingCon I’ve had conversations with several people about this sudden lack of opportunities to get together.

But is that really the case?

One person pointed out that there are a lot more domainers attending ICANN meetings. My initial thought is this is because domainers are applying for new top level domains. But that same person pointed out something else: ICANN meetings are free.

It’s a good point. ICANN meetings are not only free, but more money goes into producing them than any domainer conference. (Thanks to domain investors’ fees paid to ICANN, of course.)

It doesn’t hurt that ICANN meetings are often held in some pretty cool locales.

Still, ICANN meetings are not domainer meetings. Domainers are outnumbered by policy wonks, attorneys, bureaucrats and Donut-eaters.

There are also events like HostingCon which attract many businesses in the domain investing industry (although not many individual domainers).

Next year TRAFFIC will add a second show in Las Vegas. I think this will bring us up to a reasonable number of domainer conferences spread throughout the year (assuming DOMAINfest goes through with its show again).

What do you think?


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