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.Info Has Banner Year in 2010

December 7, 2010.info, afilias, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on .Info Has Banner Year in 2010

Registered base of .info domain names spikes in 2010.

2010 isn’t over yet, but .info registry Afilias has released its 2010 .Info Annual Report (pdf). (This is likely to coincide with the ICANN meeting in Colombia and media attention around new TLDs.)

Afilias bills .info as the first “new TLD”, and it has easily outpaced its rivals in terms of registrations. At the end of September .info had 6.8 million domain name registrations. Compared to recent years, this is a nice uptick:

.Info is averaging 300,000 new registrations per month in 2010. According to the registry, about 20% of .info domain names are used for real web sites that appear to have original content. North American accounts for 58% of all .info domains registered, while Europe accounts for 27%. .Info is available in 10 IDNs at the second level, but there are fewer than 30,000 registered. German scripts lead the way with 82% of the .info IDNs.

The annual report is fairly interesting. Yet the last example of a .info site in the report provides a stark reminder about the dominance of .com. It mentions MoveYourMoney.info, which was mentioned on the CBS Sunday Morning Show in February. That same day, MoveYourMoney.COM received 27,000 visitors who were surely looking for the .info but typed in .com.


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ICANN Green Lights 1 and 2 Letter .Info Domain Names

April 25, 2010.info, afilias, Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on ICANN Green Lights 1 and 2 Letter .Info Domain Names

Here comes 1.info.

The ICANN Board approved a resolution granting Afilias the right to register one and two character .info domain names during its Board meeting last Thursday.

.Info registry Afilias made the request in February. It plans to model the distribution of the short domain names similar to how Neustar handled the release of one and two character .biz domain names:

1. Requests for Proposal, where anyone can submit a proposal for developing a particular name. Afilias will award domains to RFPs that meet its goal of broadening awareness of .info.

2. Auction of any domain not given during the RFP

3. Open registration

Neustar’s release of the short domain names resulted in some good sales, particularly ones that could take advantage of the .biz extension. e.Biz sold for $66,001. Most one character .biz domains sold for about $5,000 to $15,000, whereas the typical two character domain sold for under $1,000.

The biggest lift in Neustar’s case was inking a deal with Overstock to launch O.biz through its RFP process. It will be interesting to see if Afilias is able to get any big name companies to sign on.


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One and Two Character .Info Domain Names on the Way

February 18, 2010.info, afilias, Domaining, Domainnamewire, one character domains, UncategorizedComments Off on One and Two Character .Info Domain Names on the Way

X.info will be available soon.

.Info registry Afilias is asking ICANN to approve a plan to offer one and two character .info domain names for registration. As with other newer gTLDs, ICANN originally reserved all one and two character domains from being registered.

Afilias is modeling its plan after Neustar’s launch of one and two character .biz domain names. There will be a three step process:

1. Requests for Proposal, where anyone can submit a proposal for developing a particular name. Afilias will award domains to RFPs that meet its goal of broadening awareness of .info.

2. Auction of any domain not given during the RFP

3. Open registration

During Neustar’s one character auction, the top sale was e.biz for $66,001. Many other one character .biz domains sold for $5,000-$15,000. It is still running two character auctions, with most sales under $1,000. The biggest deal to come out of the RFP process was Overstock.com, which picked up O.biz.

ICANN has opened a comment period about Afilias’ proposal, but I see no reason it would be denied in the wake of the .biz release.


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Mortgage.info for $250? There’s a Small Catch.

November 10, 2009.info, afilias, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on Mortgage.info for $250? There’s a Small Catch.

Afilias release .info domain names.

.Info registry Afilias is letting go of a number of premium domains that were originally reserved under its sunrise period. People claimed bogus rights to domains such as mortgage.info, miami.info, and Jesus.info. Now these domain names can be yours — if you have a good plan to develop them.

Afilias is accepting applications for each of the domains, and will award domain names to applicants who have a solid plan to develop the domains. The idea is to boost the .info brand, much like what Neustar did with accepting RFPs for one and two character .biz domain names. That effort resulted in a major marketing push by Overstock.com, which has launched a site a O.biz.

This is a great opportunity for people looking to develop domains. Sure, you could pay $250 to apply and get rejected. But is that such a big risk for USA.info, Stocks.info, or Soccer.info?


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