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“Creepy” .Com videos get 600k watches, here are 2 more [Watch]

October 30, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

If you thought “Fish on a Bus” was weird, wait until you see “Bee in a Bar”.

Last week Verisign released videos under its new marketing campaign “Make Your Idea Internet Official”.

The videos have been described in a number of ways, with “creepy” being one of them. Yeah, “Fish on a Bus” is certainly creepy.

Both videos have soared to 300,000 views on YouTube. I have no idea how Verisign is promoting these videos and if it is buying views. But the comments on them seem authentic…they’re as stupid as most comments on YouTube.

Anyhow, Verisign published a couple more videos in the series. Including one in which a woman sleeps with a bee. Seriously. They’re worth watching:



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Domain Holdings sold nearly $10 million in domain names last quarter

October 29, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

…and 98% of sales were .com.

Domain Holdings average salesDomain Holdings’ outbound domain name sales machine continued to churn last quarter, with the company selling $9.55 million worth of domains in Q3.

That’s down slightly from the $9.9 million it sold in Q2, but that quarter included a $5.0 million sale. The biggest transaction in Q3 was $2.7 million.

And compared to Q1…it’s up nearly 3x.

Here’s some other interesting data from Domain Holdings’ quarterly sales report:

  • 28% of sales in Q3 were conducted with Chinese buyers
  • Average weekly sales were $796,249…which is nipping at the toes of some larger marketplaces
  • 97.73% of sales were .com domains
  • End user sales in Q3 accounted for 73.84% of all sales
  • The company sent an average of 480 emails and made an average of 59 calls per closed sale


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21 end user domain name sales at Sedo

October 29, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

A sex toy company, pet food seller and Big Blue bought domain names last week.

Sedo sold $1 million worth of domain names last week, including some to big name buyers. It looks like IBM even got into the mix.

Here’s a list of 21 end user sales at the marketplace last week:

(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.)

ShowReel.co.uk 1,500 GBP – Guy Harris, male voiceover talen at VoiceoverGuy.co.uk.

BananaSoftware.com $3,000 – Banana.ch SA, maker of Banana Accounting software.

Sheldons.co.uk 745 GBP – GH Sheldon Wholesale Bakers Ltd. in Manchester, UK.

DanskFlowers.co.uk 990 GBP – Dansk Flowers, a UK florist.

Greenies.co.uk 2,000 GBP – Crown Pet Foods Ltd, which is part of the same company that makes Greenies pet chews.

EntrepreneurZoom.com $1,200 – Entrepreneur.com, Inc. bought this domain rather than its typical modus operandi of taking legal action against people with “entrepreneur” in their name.

MediaLibrary.com 1,002 GBP – Streaming video company Streaming Ltd.

BlueMix.com $14,500 – the domain is registered to CSC Corporate Domains, but I suspect its IBM for its BlueMix Dev Ops tool. IBM uses the domain name BlueMix.net.

Campus-Party.com $799 – Futura Networks, which runs the site Campus-Party.org. Tucows owns CampusParty.com and Web.com owns CampusParty.org; both seem to have reasonable prices on them.

Wrap.me 1,500 GBP – Ravensworth Digital Services, a London company that runs Printed.com. This is a clever name for car/building wrapping of printed ads.

Astroline.com 9,500 EUR – New Zealand company MyAstrologer.

LoomisJobs.com $1,000 – Loomis Armored US, provider of armored cash transport.

MisterSex.com $2,505 – sex toy company MSX Distribution.

FundingNetwork.com $2,800 – Symbid, a crowd investing platform.

Wilo.org 1,050 EUR – Pump manufacturing company Wilo, which owns Wilo.com.

LakeVermillion.com $2,999 – Lake Vermilion Resort Association

RailGuru.com 5,000 GBP – Rail Plus Australasia, a train ticket agent. They don’t own Rail.guru.

Durango.info 2,300 EUR – For Lewis College in Durango, Colorado bought this domain and forwards it to its website.

Korellis.com $1,400 – Korellis Roofing in Indiana, which owns the domain KorellisRoofing.com.

SlotMatrix.com 3,000 EUR – Sportsbetting company BetBrain Ltd. They also own OddsMatrix.com.

3DFashion.com $10,000 – Coltex Fashion, a clothing company in Netherlands.



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Critics say Google is “Hispandering” with new .Soy domain name

October 29, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

If the company is Hispandering, it’s also mompandering and corporationpandering.

New top level domain name registries offering regional, niche, or cultural domains, take note: the people you’re targeting might take it the wrong way.

That’s apparently the case with .soy. Google’s new domain name isn’t targeted to yuppies who don’t like cow’s milk. It’s targeted to the Hispanic community. “Soy” is Spanish for “I am”.

But some people in the community think the effort is misguided. That, or they needed something to write about this past week when .soy came across their desk.

A Fox News Latino article aks “Google’s new .SOY domain: Code for segregation or source of Latino pride?”. It says Google should just hire more Hispanics rather than offering them a new top level domain name on the web.

This article in RedEye Chicago says Google is “Hispandering to a special level”.

Apparently .com and .net weren’t big enough for everyone, so Google decided to create a separate area of the Internet for Latinos to listen to salsa music, share enchilada recipes and do whatever else Latinos do…

…Latinos aren’t asking to be treated differently; quite the contrary, we’re simply asking to be treated the same. Latinos don’t want their own special corner of the Internet.

And a handful of people on Twitter said Google was segregating Latinos.

Wait. What?

Tell that to the LGBTQ “community”, which is pissed off at ICANN for not handing it its own place on the web with .gay.

If the Hispanic community thinks Google is pandering to them, they’re going to be really miffed to find out that Google and other companies are “pandering” to the Japanese (.みんな – everyone), moms (.mom) and corporations (.inc).

They’ll be surprised to find out that Hotels (successfully) argued that they should have their own home on the web. So did the “eco” community, which apparently doesn’t include people like me who just like to recycle.

I bet the people of New York are upset that they’re being “segregated” online with the new .nyc domain name.

Apparently controversy can be good, however. Google’s .soy video (below) has been viewed over 600,000 times, making it the most popular new TLD video to date. About 1 in 450 of them have purchased a .soy domain (it has 1,308 names in the zone).



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TLD Registry opens Chinese headquarters and names GM

October 28, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Chinese IDN registry opens office in “China’s Silicon Valley”.

TLD Registry, the company behind the Chinese IDNs Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), has opened a Chinese headquarters and named a new General Manager for China.

The company’s China headquarters is in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, commonly known as “China’s Silicon Valley”. Last Friday’s opening party was attended by Embassy of Finland‘s Minister Commercial, the Service Delivery Center of the State Council Office for Public Sector Reform‘s Counsellor Mr Yu Yang, and the China Network Information Center‘s Deputy Director for Registrar Administration and International Business.

TLD Registry also announced that it has hired Jin Wang to be its China General Manager. Wang was previously Business Operations Officer for the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which manages the .cn domain name registry.

The company’s two IDN top level domain names have over 50,000 registrations, including many by the Chinese government.

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Pictured: China GM Jin Wang (left) and CEO Arto Isokoski.



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Amazon.com trademark might tip off plans for new top level domain names

October 28, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Trademark application covers registry services related to selling domain names to the public.

Amazon.comWhat does Amazon.com plan to do with top level domain names it is the registry for? Does it still plan to earmark them for just Amazon.com’s use? Is it just for defensive purposes? Or will it promote them to consumers?

We don’t know much, but a recent trademark application provides some possible hints.

Earlier this month, Amazon filed an intent-to-use trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Amazon Registry Services”.

The goods and services description contains a laundry list of offerings, including some that wouldn’t apply to a registry that doesn’t plan to promote its domain names to consumers:

retail services for domain names; providing information concerning listings of domain names for sale by others; conducting auctions of domain names for sale;…consulting services for setting up, management and compliance activities relating to domain name registrars

I’m not inclined to read too much into the trademark filing, as it makes sense for Amazon to cover every possible service related to running a registry. Still, it could be a sign that Amazon is getting ready to promote domains like .spot and .buy as alternatives to .com.

The company recently started offering domains to customers via its Route 53 service.

Should Amazon.com go all in on selling domain registrations, it also has a patent for selling and leasing domain names.



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.Feedback plans to bundle feedback platform with domain names

October 28, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

.Feedback domain names will come with a full-fledged feedback system.

Jay Westerdal’s company Top Level Spectrum has submitted a request to ICANN to offer a feedback platform combined with its forthcoming .feedback top level domain name.

The platform would mean that .feedback registrants could almost instantaneously launch a site on their domain names with a full-fledged feedback system. They could just register the domain and then log in to set up the site.

In some ways, it would be like how .tel offers an information platform integrated with .tel registrations. However, registrars would have the option of not bundling the service with .feedback registrations.

The company is partnering with QuestionPro, another Seattle company, to offer the service.

As for what the proposed service would mean for competition? “This TLD is awesome for competition,” writes Top Level Spectrum.

Although many registrars shudder at the thought of packaged services like this, this is one of the first inklings of “innovation” in top level domain names.



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Radix gets .site as Google participates in a private auction

October 28, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Radix tops Google and three others to win .site domain name.

New top level domain name company Radix has secured the .site domain name, the company announced on social media this morning.

That means the company has .website, .site and is still in the running to complete the trifecta with .web.

Particularly interesting is that Google was in the contention set for .site. To my knowledge, the company has been a holdout for participating in private resolution of new TLD contention sets. If Google is now participating, this means many more new TLDs will be resolved without going to ICANN’s auctions of last resort.

.Site was set to be auctioned off by ICANN next month.

Radix competed in a five-way race for .site. In addition to knocking off Google, Radix topped Donuts, Interlink Co and Minds + Machines.

In my opinion, .web is better than .site, which is better than .website. However, it will be a while before .site comes out. And I bet we’re a good year or two from .web coming out, which gives the others a head start.



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Turkish restaurant chain guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

October 27, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Develi Restaurant chain guilty of abusing UDRP.

DeveliA restaurant in Turkey has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name develi.com.

The complainant runs a restaurant chain called Develi and uses the domain name DeveliKebap.com.

A key problem for the complainant was that Develi is also the name of a city in Turkey. Although the complainant has trademarks including “Develi”, these are figurative marks as part of a drawing.

In fact, when the complainant tried to trademark a Develi logo in the United States, it specifically disclaimed the exclusive right to use “Develi”.

In finding the complainant guilty of reverse domain name hijacking, the panel wrote:

The Panel is troubled by the Complainant’s inability to provide suitable evidence to support its assertions of the extent to which it is well-known, in terms of its case that the Respondent was more likely than not to have been targeting it. More importantly, however, the Panel is concerned by the Complainant’s critical failure to address either in the Complaint or in its supplemental filing the fact that the name “Develi” holds a non-trademark meaning arising from the eponymous city. Instead, the Complainant attempts to rely upon bare averments that it is well-known, vague assertions as to the reach and extent of its restaurant chain with no supporting evidence and an unfounded submission that the Respondent is Turkish.



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Domain Name Wire Podcast #4: Ron Jackson recaps this year’s domain name sales

October 27, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Listen to Domain Name Wire Podcast #4.

Domain Name Wire podcastWhat impact has the launch of hundreds of new top level domain names had on the domain name market?

In this episode of the Domain Name Wire podcast, DNJournal editor Ron Jackson recaps year-to-date domain name sales and discusses recent sales trends. He also talks about how he got started in domain investing and the types of domain names he selling these days. It’s a can’t-miss episode.

Also: the economics of private vs. public top level domain name auctions, Afilias plans to raise $100 million and Amazon.com and others lock in new TLDs.

Click play or download to begin listening. (Listen to previous podcasts here.)



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