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This week’s Expired Domain Name Report

August 28, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in expired domain name sales.

Turns out this is my 100th article for DomainNameWire.com. Saying “Domain.TLD sold for $$$ because ???, implying Blah” – that’s the easy part. What’s tricky, as a writer, is finding ways to vary that sentence 50 times in a row without going nuts. Harder still: inventing transitions to move through the sentences. After all, looking at a list of prices in descending order, there really are no segues. “Flow” is hard to achieve. With 100+ domains to cover, reports tend to be dense; and the natural structure is flat and monotonous. Yet varying the pace only adds to the length of the journey! Fortunately, while I grapple with making the unreadable readable, busy people can cut loose and skim the tables.

NameJet’s top 3 expired domain sales last week were all English, followed by Chinese in slots 4 & 5. Parent companies / umbrella brands often go for names that suggest unity yet broad universality. We saw that with Google’s Alphabet. It’s true of Unilever, Frank Schilling’s “Uniregistry”, and equally true of UniPress.com. Yes, it’s a good name; but no, the intrinsic value of that domain isn’t $8.6k on the wholesale market. Supply and demand, though. That domain might upgrade several websites, all of which are competing to be seen and remembered: UnipressCorp.com, GetUnipress.com, UnipressSoftware.com, Unipress.co.uk, etc.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
UniPress.com 8605 LeatherJacket.com 6876
StaffTraining.com 4600 HG882.com 4420
ChengJie.com 3920 FirstGov.com 3350
GoldenCoast.com 3145 FanMedia.com 3100
KunTou.com 3100 TIPS.org 2605
TDI.org 2555 HG7077.com 2109
LALawyers.com 2000 Landmark
Homes.com
1700

LALawyers.com was a bargain at $2k. Altogether, L.A. lawyers probably billed more than that in the time it took you to blink. Considering how many people work as staff employees somewhere and how frequently requirements and faces change, there’s money in StaffTraining.com ($4.6k). Coincidentally, KunTou.com ($3.1k) is Japanese for “education”or “training”; but the buyer is Chinese. (Japan remains strangely absent from the domain market.) ChengJie.com ($3.9k) may be a personal name or some broader topic; mostly I find people named Jie Cheng rather than the reverse.

“HG” prefixes like the 2 above have also popped up here and here and here, for starters. But mostly it’s the many 4-letter .COMs and 5-7 digit numerics where you’ll find Chinese buyers in the charts below. Words interest me more than character sequences. Take Pergament.com ($910), for instance. That’s actually a variant of “parchment”, which preceded paper. And the buyer might be either a real estate company or an investment fund. Meanwhile, Yamas.com ($1.0k) and Peruvian llamas are not related; rather, Yamas would be a Hindu system of ethics.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
ERNO.com 1500 CBM.net 1410
GreenCraft.com 1400 OSRE.com 1350
BabysFirst.com 1300 Yamas.com 1021
WCBA.com 931 Pergament.com 910
Student
Ambassadors.org
820 SRHS.org 819
NanoBusiness.org 800 Retra.com 785
HCFB.com 730 Women-
Alive.org
730
TEPG.com 729 930999.com 708
MasterBall.com 704 LoveSun.com 691

GreenCraft.com ($1.4k) is one of 8 or more “green” domains to have sold at NameJet between $1k and $10k so far during 2015. We saw the second highest last week and the highest back in May. Not surprising, since 100% of all our lives are subsumed in the environment; and “green” is one helluva shortcut for “sustainable” (4 syllables) or “environmentally friendly” (8 syllables)!

BabysFirst.com ($1.3k) might struggle with ambiguity. Then again, context clarifies whether we’re talking about a “baby’s first” step / word / fender bender or putting “babies first”. WashingtonUniversity.com ($601) seems better than WUSTL.edu. (Counterintuitively, they’re located in St. Louis, Missouri, not Washington.)

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
ProjectEarth.net 630 FMON.com 614
Washington
University.com
601 ScoutUSA.com 601
StarCinema.com 598 SecurityLight.com 591
YHHQ.com 581 CancerSource.com 580
BigMeal.com 574 FireBird
Raceway.com
570
EVGE.com 557 Industrial
Pumps.com
541
Anfim.com 530 YYOY.com 510
XCDG.com 500 MXMY.com 500
Bires.com 498 ThePumping
Station.com
475
271333.com 469 TBFJ.com 460
NPSY.com 460 GlobalVisions.com 454
MHPR.com 452 TroubledWith.com 450
BossModels.com 450 Z4S.com 445

Anfim.com ($530) may be intended as an upgrade for a coffee grinder, whereas Bires.com ($498) is a surname used in several websites, including that of race car driver Kelly Bires. Speaking of racing, FireBirdRaceway.com ($570) matches the name of an Idaho facility using FireBirdOnline.com. Several pump domains also sold: IndustrialPumps.com ($541), IndustrialPump.com ($231), and ThePumpingStation.com ($475). But the biggest cluster of domains was centered around assisted living; at least 9 sold – 5 of them between $300-$400.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
ASBH.com 440 IndianCrafts.com 438
BLRD.com 430 Digital
Musician.com
429
SocialMedia
Campaign.com
410 T8R.com 410
Rat-Dog.com 405 Philadelphia
AssistedLiving.com
400
SmileyVault.com 390 FuelGauge.com 389
ProtoCom.com 370 BloodHounds.org 350
LawsOfForm.org 350 Boston
AssistedLiving.com
330
8884888.com 319 AirFranc.com 310
OBBF.com 310 Charlotte
AssistedLiving.com
310
Opera.info 301 StLouis
AssistedLiving.com
300
Detroit
AssistedLiving.com
300 Talfazat.com 295

Week to week, the amount of data collected varies; but the TLD distribution is very consistent. .ORG is doing quite well. I count 12 sales within these charts – 2 above $2.5k and 4 more above $700, three of which are 2-worders. .NET shows up with 4 sales, including an LLL it placed at $1.4k. Usually .NET and .ORG are the only 2 TLDs to feature here apart from .COM, but last week a number of expired .INFOs drew fire from bidders. These 6 included quality single words like Universities.info ($265), Paranormal.info ($238), and Opera.info ($301):

That’s a clue about the meaning of Talfazat.com ($295) = تلفزات . Quite undervalued. Quite.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
ALOE.info 285 WriterTools.com 285
VoxPhoto.com 280 IZODCenter.com 280
OEVA.com 266 Universities.info 265
BVMC.com 264 MagicMe.com 258
AntiTerrorism.org 245 CTEQ.com 244
Paranormal.info 238 LYLV.com 232
Industrial
Pump.com
231 HamFish.org 225
CSCMail.net 221 SinoPro.com 220
EnergyNet.net 211 TCQA.com 210
FutureInfo.com 210 ATMolor.org 210

WriterTools.com ($285) is a nice, straightforward domain. AntiTerrorism.org ($245) reminds me of the MUCH higher sale of CounterTerrorism.com in May. Looks like that’s the very subject currently being tweeted about by someone named Hamilton Fish, whose twitter handle matches HamFish.org ($225). I don’t know wether the SinoPro companies on .CN or .TW bid for or will buy SinoPro.com ($220). However, if you’d like some FutureInfo.com ($210), here are some predictions:

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
58404.com 209 Remarker.com 209
DataConf.com 209 Vermundo.com 195
56486.com 181 QLAT.com 180
Spectrum
Pacific.com
179 81784.com 177
VBDotNet
Heaven.com
175 HOSX.com 165
FamilyCareGivers
Online.com
161 VDLR.com 159
VFDI.com 159 Aigam.com 159
DanFissel.com 157 LColby.com 152
AtrixLabs.com 141 DYAW.com 141
Experimental
Cinema.com
140 IvanaTrump.com 140
12Seba.com 139 QatarInvest.com 129
CarlLevin.com 125 DirtyBlue
Media.com
125
UCQF.com 112 KevinSeconds.com 110

Lots of personal names in that $100 – $150 range: Dan Fissel, L. Colby, Carl Levin, Kevin Seconds, even Ivana Trump, former wife of Donald Trump. There appear to be at least 2 travel sites using the name Vermundo – one on .DE and another on .RO; so Vermundo.com ($195) may go to either (or neither) of them. SpectrumPacific.com ($179) matches an existing e-learning company currently using the .ORG.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
JVSM.com 100 OrangeNYC.com 99
RXGE.com 99 InRadio.com 99
Cash-Money.com 99 Grandmother
Clocks.com
99
W-Water.com 95 OJVQ.com 91
WindKraft.info 90 GrandLake
Webs.com
90
BeidaBiz.com 90 TutoWeb.com 89
RazmeSinai.com 81 HumanInteract.org 80
YuzBasi.com 80 TexasToolBox.com 79
SessionWare.com 79 MagnetMotors.com 79
Wholesalers.info 79 789QX.com 79
Buffalo
AssistedLiving.com
70 Tennessee
AssistedLiving.com
70
Pennsylvania
AssistedLiving.com
70 DayCaseBeer.com 69
Personal
Locker.com
69 Payments
Service.com
69
Missouri
AssistedLiving.com
69

Gender equality made progress last week as Saudi Arabian women won the right to vote. While it may not be as crucial, it’s still nice to see someone making a case for GrandmotherClocks.com ($99).



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GoDaddy introduces two factor authentication outside U.S.

August 27, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Security tool expanded to 185 countries.

Two Factor AuthenticationNon-U.S. customers of GoDaddy can now activate two-factor authentication to add security to their accounts.

The service has been available in the U.S. for several years, and international customers have been asking for it.

The SMS-based system sends a text message to customers after they enter their standard login credentials. They must enter a code from the text message before gaining access to their account.

In theory, this means someone would have to obtain both your login credentials and phone in order to crack into your account.

Other registrars, such as Uniregistry and eNom, use Google Authenticator as an app-based two factor authentication. These work in all countries.

GoDaddy’s international expansion of two-factor authentication adds 184 countries, so odds are it works where you live.



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.Online domain name registrations by the numbers

August 27, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

A look inside .Online’s strong debut.

By all accounts, .Online had a great first day yesterday. It got over 30,000 registrations. Its overnight zone file now sits at about 35,000 names.

I dug through the zone file to look for patterns. Here’s what I found…

Here are three companies that registered a lot of domains. There might be others, but these companies pointed the names to their corporate nameservers:

  • Microsoft – 40 domains including msn.online, skype.online and windows10.online
  • Bank of America – 39 domains including bac.online, bofa.online and instinct.online
  • Home Depot – 30 domains including hdx.online, thehomedepot.online and workforce.online

1&1 crushed it. According to nTLD Stats, it has registered close to 15,000 .online domains so far. I suspect this is due to two things:

  • Harvesting its pre-order list.
  • $9.99 introductory price

Here are the domain parking companies that pop out as having the most new .online names on their nameservers:

  • Sedo 678
  • Domain Name Sales 338
  • GoDaddy Cash Parking 235

Domain investors clearly got in on the action. Chad Wright went big, and Ben Inc (Ben Van Dyk) got 299.

Finally, here’s a chart showing how many domains were registered by SLD length, up to 20 characters:

online-chart-2

Many of the three character domains were three digits. There were a total of 865 domains registered that started with a number.



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Progressive Specialty Glass Company nailed for RDNH

August 27, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Company fails to even make a prima facie of lack of rights or legitimate interest.

Specialty drinkware company Progressive Specialty Glass Company has engaged in reverse domain name hijacking.

National Arbitration Forum panelist Darryl C. Wilson came to this determination after the glass company filed a UDRP against Progressive Specialty Co Inc, a swag maker.

Both companies have been in a business for decades, and Progressive Specialty Co Inc. registered the domain name back in 1999.

It seems that, just recently, the complainant started pestering the respondent about her domain name. The complainant tried to get the respondent to sell her domain name. When that failed, it filed the UDRP.

The UDRP was pretty bad, with Progressive Specialty Glass Company failing to even make a prima facie case that the domain owner lacks rights and legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.

Wilson called this a case of “Plan B” reverse domain name hijacking:

Respondent contends that Complainant has used scare tactics and bullying to force Respondent to transfer the disputed domain name to Complainant. Complainant disputes that it has operated outside of proper business etiquette in any manner. The Panel notes that Respondent registered the disputed domain name in 1999 and operated its business for many years prior to Complainant’s mark registration and that Complainant’s own domain name was registered in 2001. Respondent contends that she was unaware of Complainant’s existence until receipt of Complainant’s C&D letter and the threat of filing the present UDRP action. The Panel notes the parties engaged in negotiations over the possible sale and transfer of the disputed domain name but were unable to come to a satisfactory agreement. Complainant argues that its subsequent actions were warranted due to Respondent’s infringement of Complainant’s mark but Complainant provides no evidence of infringement. Complainant’s registration of the mark PROGRESSIVE SPECIALTY GLASS, INC. does not give Complainant exclusive rights to control the use of the individual words that constitute its mark. The marks are not identical and the parties businesses coexisted for more than a decade without any apparent conflict. Complainant did not contact Respondent until after Complainant registered its mark. But registration of a mark does not make prior use of similar marks suddenly infringing uses. The Panel here finds that the evidence supports a conclusion that Complainant’s assertions of Respondent’s bad faith registration or use are unfounded and Complainant has used the UDRP as a Plan “B” option to attempt to secure the domain after commercial negotiations have broken off. The Panel finds that reverse domain name hijacking is present.



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Cha-ching: Minds + Machines picks up another $3.5 million from losing auctions

August 27, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

New TLD company reaps millions from losing .art and .data auctions.

Minds + MachinesNew top level domain name company Minds + Machines has padded its bank account with another $3.5 million as a result of losing two more top level domain auctions.

The company got the money from losing private auctions for .art and .data.

Minds + Machines still has an interest in 7 contested strings, so it might pick up even more cash from losing auctions in the future.

With about $50 million in its bank account, the company is considering the best way to return excess cash to shareholders. It is considering a special dividend or share buybacks. One of its board members, Elliot Noss, has done significant share buybacks at Tucows.

Despite the big cash hoard, the company is tightening its belt for the long run. This is a mature decision that bodes well for the company’s future.

In other Minds + Machines news, former board member and co-founder Frederick Krueger sold another 20 million shares. He only has 21.5 million left.



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.Online gets 28,000 registrations in first 30 minutes

August 26, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

New domain name likely sets launch record for new domain names.

The new .online top level domain name received over 28,000 registrations in the first 30 minutes of general availability today. It now has over 30,000 registrations, including 1,130 high priced registrations during the early access period.

In addition to being a very popular word tacked onto the end of existing registrations in .com, .Online registry has been heavily promoting the domain name. I received two promotional emails yesterday from registrars. Also, former .online partners Tucows and NameCheap will push the domain.

Radix is also buying outdoor advertising in San Francisco to promote .online. All told, it’s putting millions of dollars into its marketing.

The thing I see holding .online back is steep premium prices on many domain names. In many cases I checked, you can get [Word]online.com for much less.



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Above.com hires Aaron Kvitek to lead marketing

August 26, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Former Oversee.net VP will lead marketing for domain investing tools provider.

Above.comFormer Oversee.net VP of Marketing and Communications Aaron Kvitek has joined Above.com, which is best known for its domain name parking optimization service.

Kvitek was most visible in the domain name business for his work on Oversee.net’s DomainFEST conferences.

He is now tasked with improving Above.com’s messaging to the domain name community. The company found that many people didn’t understand that it’s a parking optimization company rather than a parking company itself. It also has an integrated registrar and marketplace, but Above.com has mostly been associated with domain parking.

Above.com is part of Trellian.



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18 end user domain name sales including a .Science domain name

August 26, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

End user domain name sales from the past week.

You are getting sleepy…very sleepy…you will visit Domain Name Wire several times a day and visit the advertisers’ sites…

Oh, excuse me. I’ve gotten carried away after writing about Hypnosis.science selling for $3,000 to an end user this past week.

Sedo had a great week, selling $1.7 million worth of domain names. That total must include a big one that isn’t disclosed.

As for what’s disclosed and was purchased by an end user, here’s a list:

(You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on Sedo, download this report.)

IACC.co.uk £700 – International Associated Cargo Carrier in Egypt, which uses the domain name IACC.net.

EditFlow.com $2,500 – the domain name currently lists Fairwinds Partners as the registrant, so it’s likely for one of their clients.

iBroker.co.uk £4,000 – Trading Motion, SL, which provides a marketplace for automated trading programs.

SureRater.com $950 – Society Insurance. The company applied for a trademark for “SureRater” for an online insurance rating system back in June.

TVcats.com $795 – Video production company UPLGroup registered this domain under the name of CatsWorld Ltd.

CrowdSecurity.com $2,650 – Austin, Texas based security firm Praetorian.

The-Journal.com €899 – Local news company Ballantine Communications, Inc. I don’t see any publications on its website called The Journal, so perhaps it’s for a new publication.

Vinylizer.com $1,795 – Indie Pool provides music services to independent musicians in Canada. It offers vinyl pressing, so that’s probably what this domain name will be used for.

Prosperity.in €1,999 – World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. Probably to show off all of their prosperity.

Plasso.com €3,900 – online payments company Plasso decided it needed more than Plasso.co.

Mariquitas.com €1,000 – Ara Food Corp sells a food branded as Mariquitas. I could tell you what it is if you didn’t have to have flash installed to view anything on their website.

Bonnieundclyde.com €899 – Bonnie&Clyde GbR. I think this is a real design firm. They own the domain bonnieundclyde.com.de (no typo there).

DKLED.com £1,200 – Lighting company DK LED uses the domain name DKgroup-led.de.

mNotify.com $850 – Bulk SMS messaging company mNotify only had the .net domain before.

Hypnosis.science $3,000 – You think .science domains are free? Not for OmniHypnosis.

ADifferentOpinion.net £1,200 – American Fidelity Assurance Company offers supplemental life and health insurance through employers. It appears to have also recently purchases ADifferentOpinion.com.

LarsonText.com $2,100 – Larson Texts, Inc. produces math textbooks. It forwards the new domain name to LarsonsText.com.

GetImmunized.com $888 – Okaki Health Intelligence. All I can gather from the jibberish on its home page is that it helps analyze health information. Nice domain name at a great price.



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Domainers might want to check unclaimed money databases

August 25, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

I found some money waiting for me from a domain name company.

You’ve probably seen promotions from your state for its unclaimed funds databases. States maintain a database where you can claim money owed to you, such as a utility deposit refund, forgotten bank accounts, insurance premiums, etc.

I saw an ad for Texas’ unclaimed money database the other day and decided to search my name. I was surprised to find that I had $33.96 waiting for me from Endurance International Group (EIGI).

EIGI is a rollup of a lot of shared hosting companies (e.g. Hostgator) and domain businesses (e.g. Dotster).

I reached out to EIGI to figure out what the money was from, and they weren’t able to track it down. This is unsurprising since they’ve acquired so many companies over the years. I started using Dotster in 2000, and I’m sure I’ve used some of their hosting companies along the way.

The EIGI money is tied to an old address, so I suspect it was sent there and returned undeliverable. Perhaps it was a refund.

In my case, we’re not talking about big bucks. But it’s probably worth checking our your state’s database to see if you are due money.



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Amazon wins: .Shop and .通販 not confusingly similar after all

August 25, 2015Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Duh.

Are the top level domain names .shop and .通販 likely to confuse a reasonable internet user?

Certainly not visually. Nor aurally.

They also don’t mean the same thing. According to fluent Japanese speakers, 通販 used to be the term for catalog/mail order shopping, and later encompassed online shopping.

Yet panelist Robert Nau found them too similar in a string confusion objection filed by Commercial Connect against Amazon.com, applicant for the Japanese string.

It was perhaps the most baffling decision in all of the new top level domain name objection proceedings.

Now, a three member International Centre for Dispute Resolutions panel has reversed (pdf) the original decision.

The panel found that Nau “could not have reasonably come to the decision it reached” and that he “failed to meet [his] burden of proving that” the two strings would cause probable confusion in the mind of the average, reasonable internet user.

Nau also found that .shop and .shopping are too similar, as are .tour and .tours. Although string confusion panelists were conflicted on plurals, .shop and .shopping is a bit of a long shot as well.

If there’s ever a chance to file an objection against another domain blog, I think Nau would find Domain Name Wire too similar to Domain Incite.

The reversal comes as part of a limited review of two string confusion objections.



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