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Bitcoin company among end user buyers at Sedo last week

April 18, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

A bitcoin company bought a domain at Sedo last week.

Sedo had a solid sales week last week with $1.3 million worth of sales. Here are ten that were purchased by end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $10,000 – BitCoin Nordi, a bitcoin seller. $1,900 – FootballAddicts AB, creator of Forza Football app with soccer scores and highlights. $800 – the owner of, a presentation design service. $2,000 – Fashion company STYLIGHT GmbH, owner of the matching .com. $5,000 – Adventist Media Network $3,140 – Auction Nation. I imagine the domain stands for ‘Real Estate Nation’. $13,000 – Shoe company Greats, which has been using $3,995 – Optimal Medicine Ltd in London $777 – Rockville Bank in South Windsor, Connecticut, which is merging with United. $1,495 – Coxco general contractors in Garland, Texas.

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Afilias’ new top level domain names have very slow first day

April 18, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Color me surprised.

Afilias launched its first six new top level domain names yesterday, and I’d rate it as the worst first day performance of any portfolio applicant.

I’m basing this on changes to the zone files. Here are the six domains Afilias’ launched in general availability yesterday with how many domains they added to the zone and the current total:

.red 289 to 341
.blue 205 to 270
.移动 142 to 231 (Chinese simplified for Mobile Phone)
.pink 156 to 202
.kim 112 to 135
.shiksha 31 to 63 (Hindi for Education)

The poor initial performance wasn’t due to price, as the domains retailed for about $17 to $26. It’s fair to blame poor registrar distribution in part. GoDaddy was absent. But I also think the overall market opportunity for the color domains is quite limited.

Perhaps the projections in Afilias’ applications weren’t so much sandbagging after all.

I would think for one of the color domains to take off they’ll need to get a few key celebrities, star brands, or startups on board. They’ll have to make the domains mean something when they don’t mean much on their own.

I-Registry also launched a domain yesterday, .onl. It’s apparently short for “online”. The domain’s zone file grew by 303 domains to 379. That’s not bad given that the registry’s dated website made me question if the domain was even coming out yesterday.

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Rightside’s first two domain names enter landrush

April 17, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

After supporting dozens of Donuts’ launches, Rightside is finally ready to play its own hand.

Dot DemocratRightside’s first two top level domain names are getting closer to market.

The company, currently part of Demand Media, launched .democrat and .dance in landrush today.

Although these are the first two of its own domains to enter landrush, Rightside’s registry operations are handling the backend for Donuts’ domain names.

Rightside is running a fairly traditional (if not short) laundrush phase. Applicants order domains during the phase and there will be an auction if more than one person registers the same domain., a registrar owned by Rightside, is offering .democrat landrush registrations for $229.99. It will charge $34.99 in general availability. .Dance is $199.99 in landrush and $25.99 in general availability.

Landrush for both .democrat and .dance run through May 5.

Demand Media plans to spin Rightside off later this year, and Rightside is counting on new top level domain names to drive growth across its businesses.

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Panelist digs up key fact in UDRP

April 17, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Intent-to-use trademark does in complainant.

Neal & Massy Holdings, a business conglomerate operating in the Carribean, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name is owned by domain investor Gregory Ricks.

Ricks defended himself without counsel in the UDRP. He made a good defense, pointing out that the domain name is a dictionary word that he registered 14 years ago.

He overlooked one key thing, though. Panelist Paul M. DeCicco found this key detail himself, and denied the case in part because of it.

It turns out Neal & Massy recently filed an intent-to-use trademark application for “Massy”. So while it claimed to be commonly referred to as Massy, this intent-to-use application dispels that notion:

In filing the ITU application Complainant thereby admits that it has not yet used the MASSY mark in commerce, but instead intends to use the mark at some point in the future. See 15 U.S. Code § 1051(1)b. The unavoidable conclusion that Complainant had no rights in MASSY when it filed its Complaint is further supported by the fact that Respondent registered the at-issue domain name over 14 years before Complainant’s UDRP filing but Complainant did not complain about the domain name until now.

DeCicco declined to find reverse domain name hijacking.

Neal & Massy UDRP for

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.Marketing and .Holiday each pick up 2,000+ domains on first day

April 17, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

First day .Marketing numbers seem rather low.

Donuts launched .marketing and .holiday into general availability yesterday (post the Early Access phase), with both picking up over 2,000 registrations in the first partial day.

.Marketing picked up 2,564 domains to hit 2,970 and .holiday added 2,125 to reach 2,341.

These numbers are from the zone files, and the actual registrations are probably slightly more than this.

I was expecting more from .marketing. Lots of existing domain names end in .marketing, which is why I suspect Donuts may have paid over $1 million to buy rights to the domain from Tucows.

.Marketing should continue to grow as marketing companies find out about it. Still, it’s a reminder of the different economics of paying $185,000 for a domain versus winning it in a contention set auction.

I wonder how much initial TLD registration numbers will affect what people are willing to pay at auction going forward. For some of these domains, it’s going to take a long time to recoup a seven figure investment.

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Power of Press: London Standard’s front page article about .London

April 16, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

London Evening Standard dedicates half of front page to .london web address.

London Evening Standard.City domain names are popular with local press, and here’s a great example.

Michael Blend (formerly with Demand Media) snapped this photo in London today. It’s the front page of London Evening Standard, and it looks like half of it is devoted to the publication getting a .london domain name.

It’s basically a half page ad for .london courtesy of the publication, which is in the domain’s “pioneer” program. It plans to run in parallel with its existing web address.

I expect .london to be one of the most successful new TLD launches to date.

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With just 22 domains registered, .Rich is the biggest bomb in new TLDs. Or is it?

April 16, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

.Rich zone file only has 22 names in it.

.rich domainLast week the .rich top level domain name quietly launched in general availability.

And I mean quietly.

.Rich registry I-Registry’s website is still promoting the January launch of the .rich sunrise. There’s no mention of registrars carrying the domain, either. I can only find a handful of registrars supporting the domain.

Oh, and it comes with a steep price tag: about two grand a year.

That’s not a typo. IP Mirror is offering .rich domains for $1,899 a year. wants $2,599.

The net result is only 22 domains have been registered to date. That’s how many are in the zone file, so it’s possible there are a few more without nameservers.

Rich people are not registering .rich domains to flaunt their wealth as I-Registry had hoped. Instead, a handful of brands that have registered their names in every extension they can have stepped up to the table.

Samsung has gone a bit further, registering the names of some of its key executives (e.g.

I can’t envision a rich person registering one of these to show off. But maybe Paris Hilton will and they’ll go viral in Hollywood and 50 people will register them.


Is this the worst new TLD launch to date? From a size perspective it appears so. But if the sunrise price was anywhere near the general availability price, it’s possible the registry has pulled in a good $25,000. That beats a registry that sold 1,000 names at $15 a pop.

I-Registry is apparently also launching .onl on Thursday. It’s short for .online. I don’t think it will get much more revenue out of the gate than .rich.

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18 end user domain name sales

April 16, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

3D printing company among end user domain name buyers last week.

Afternic and GoDaddy combined to sell over $2 million worth of domain names last week. Here are some that were sold to end users.

You can view previous end user sales lists here. $14,000 – BinMadi Watches. As best I can tell this is the name/brand of a watch. $11,000 – a CSC client, most likely a law firm. $2,000 – Apollo Health & Lifestyle Limited in Hyderabad, India. It uses $6,000 – 3D printing company 3D Systems. $1,288 – Plastics industry trade association Society of the Plastics Industry $2,850 – Heritage Wealth Management Group, Ltd. in Norfolk, Virginia. $1,877 – Security company Kastle Systems. $1,500 – James Wreck, the Hot Sauce Boss outside of Houston. $3,388 – Home Solutions Property Management Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. $1,488 – Creekside Cancer Care LLC in Lafayette, Colorado. $1,500 – IT services company Sterling Rose, which has been using $1,000 – iTMethods Inc. in Toronto. $1,149 – Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana $4,000 – Roman and Williams, an interior design and building firm. $1,300 – Cong ty Co phan Vietcorp, which owns the matching .VN domain name. $1,000 – New York ad firm Bunker. $1,750 – The Mutual Fund Store $1,000 – Wet Okole, manufacturer of seat covers.

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Uniregistry activates thousands of reserved domains per TLD

April 16, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

Company held back thousands of domains and has now activated and parked them.

If you take a look at Uniregistry’s zone files for its TLD launches so far, you might think yesterday was a huge day.

After all, its previously launched .sexy domain jumped from 6,849 to 12,318 registrations. That’s an 80% increase.

.Tattoo jumped from just 1,432 to 5,932, a jump of over 300%.

And .link, which launched yesterday, now has a staggering 20,000+ domains in the zone.

It’s all a mirage.

Yesterday Uniregistry activated its reserved domain names in top level domains that have launched so far, massively increasing the size of its zones. It accounts for basically all of the growth in .sexy and .tatto.

Judging by some quick checks, it appears that the majority of domains in .link, which just launched with 20,000+ domains in the zone file, are actually domains reserved by the registry.

That includes almost all three digit domains that correspond to area codes. I ran whois checks on 434 names in .link starting with and only 10 (yes, 10) of them were registered by someone other than North Sound Names. Two of those were by a DomainNameSales employee! This explains why I had so much trouble finding worthwhile domains to register yesterday.

North Sound Names, a Grand Cayman company, is running premium sales for Uniregistry.

All of the domains are parked on Frank Schilling’s with for sale links. They’re also all registered at the company’s Uniregistry registrar, meaning the registrar is technically growing like a weed.

To be fair, Uniregistry hasn’t asked anyone to judge the size of its domain base based on the zone.

Uniregistry founder Frank Schilling told The Domains that .Link, .Pics, and .Photo had all surpassed 10,000 “arms length registrations” yesterday. I guess that’s the total non-North Sound domains across all three domains.

I’ll be curious for the reaction to the level of reserved domains. Schilling has said the company was only holding back a small number of domains per TLD. I suspect his definition of small will be different than that of many domain investors.

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A new TLD just canceled its landrush citing “little engagement”

April 16, 2014Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off

.Best says registrars suggested little benefit to holding a landrush.

The applicant for the .best top level domain name has canceled the landrush phase of its new top level domain name launch. The company says that “registrars have given us feedback that there has been very little engagement with the TLD Landrush Phase”.

Indeed, with the typical new TLD launching with fewer than 10,000 initial registrations, delaying a launch for a month or two to pick up some pricier landrush registrations might not make sense.

Donuts has landed on a good hybrid model with its Early Access Program. Although rather confusing to the typical registrant (and a pain technically for registrars), it allows the registry to pick up more revenue in a shortened landrush phase. The Early Access Program is similar to a reverse auction in which prices drop each day.

.Best may be changing course after the company’s launch of .CEO flopped. .CEO, which has always been a head-scratcher to me, still has fewer than 1,000 registrations despite rather heavy marketing efforts.

.Best has a bit broader appeal, although I consider it a “backwards” TLD: you describe things as Best Something, not Something Best.

Sunrise for .best starts on April 17th and ends on May 19th, with general availability starting on May 21st.

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