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  • newDecoding recent numeric domain name sales

    Decoding recent numeric domain name sales

    Kassey Lee investigates recent numeric domain name sales. Numeric domains up to 4 digits (4N) are actually used by Chinese companies. However, those beyond 4N are not often found in use but mostly traded among investors. In this article, I’ll revie…
    - 17 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 1:19pm -
  • 12 end user domain name sales including 6 ccTLDs

    12 end user domain name sales including 6 ccTLDs

    A food manufacturer, a travel site, and a wallpaper company bought domain names. ccTLD domain purchases staked their claim among end users this week. Half of the end user sales at Sedo I uncovered were ccTLDs. Here’s a list of some of the end user…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 8:03pm -
  • Is the end user prospect for your domain a genuine one?

    Is the end user prospect for your domain a genuine one?

    Make sure to do the research to verify it. I recently found a .com where the matching .cn is already developed. Because the second level domain is registered in another extension, does it mean I have a potential end user buyer for the .com? The domai…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 1:01pm -
  • Namecheap revenue continues its surge in Q2

    Namecheap revenue continues its surge in Q2

    Year-over-year revenue grows 38% in Q2. Domain name registrar Namecheap generated $49 million in revenue during Q2 2020, the company reported to Domain Name Wire. That’s up almost 38% over the same period last year and up 7.6% quarter-over-quarter.…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 6:27pm -
  • Intuit missed TurboTaxSucksAss.com

    Intuit missed TurboTaxSucksAss.com

    Companies can’t register all domains that can be used to attack them. Last year, Intuit registered lots of domain names defensively as reports surfaced about its nefarious tactics with TurboTax. It had lobbied the government not to make its own tax…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 5:03pm -

The Domains

  • “This decision provides the basis to render countless domain names to be worthless junk”
    While some are championing and raising prices on their one word .com domain names. John Berryhill has a completely different take. Of course this is one man’s opinion, but John does have an expert background in defending domain names in legal dispu…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 4:37am -
  • Online Businesses Using .CLUB and other Domain Name Extensions to Benefit from Supreme Court “Booking.com” Ruling
    So while premium .com owners seem to be championing the Booking.com decision. Others are now looking at how pairing the name and extension can create added value within an ip portfolio. Jeff Sass sent me an email about how .club is looking at things.…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 10:21pm -
  • Sedo weekly sales led by Expert.ai
    Sedo released their weekly list of domain name sales and Expert.ai led the way at 95,000 Euro, ($106,725). Stellantis.com was second at 20,000 GBP, ($24,786) just edging out Company.ch at 22,000 Euro, ($24,715). 43 .com sales 18 cctld sales 7 other t…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 8:14pm -
  • Domaining.com June Broker Newsletter
    This is the June issue of the domaining.com monthly bulletin which exclusively features names for sale by brokers. SPONSOR Visit CastelloBrothers.comTraveler.com, Cost.com, Eel.com, Sample.com, Stew.com, Smoothie.com and more for sale at CastelloBrot…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 10:26pm -
  • Those Perfect 10 auction proceeds probably should have gone to Giganews
    Over the last couple weeks Perfect10.com and PerfectTen.com expired and were acquired at NameJet. Perfect10.com closing at $47,510 and PerfectTen.com closing at $5,308. The former men’s magazine went out of business mostly because of lawsuit they l…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 9:58pm -

TLD Investors

  • new5555.net closes at $38,286 third highest reported 4N.net ever

    5555.net closes at $38,286 third highest reported 4N.net ever

    Over the last few months I had been noticing the increasing number of 4N.nets transacting at Namebio. We are only at the halfway point of this year and we have already seen more 4N.nets sell than 2018 and 2019 combined plus another 153. That’s righ…
    - 23 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 7:00am -
  • What a difference a year makes

    What a difference a year makes

    There were a few names on Wednesday that closed at GoDaddy auctions that saw a big difference in price from this time last year. IslandVacation.com last year $2,938 – this year $7,600. With a lot less travel due to Covid-19 that’s a nice increase…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 7:03am -
  • June domain sales edge May by $100,000 – Average sale price up

    June domain sales edge May by $100,000 – Average sale price up

    Looking back at June 2020 Domain Sales. Here we will examine domain sales and data trends for certain naming categories. June saw Namebio reporting 10,171 vs 10,652 sales in May. Dollar value in June was $8.9 million vs $8.8 million in May. The avera…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 6:25pm -
  • eName weekly sales led by EA.cn

    eName weekly sales led by EA.cn

    Weekly sales from eName ending 6/29/20 For those unfamiliar, Launched in 2005, the #1 domain name marketplace in China and the preferred platform for all Chinese domain investors. The week was led by EA.cn at $19,126. 11.cn was the top numeric at $15…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 8:14pm -
  • An IP attorney’s take on the Booking.com decision

    An IP attorney’s take on the Booking.com decision

    Jess Collen has been an IP attorney for 30 years and he covered the Booking.com case on Forbes. Jess did a good job of breaking down what this means for small and mid sized businesses. He also threw in a bonus for owners of true premium one word .com…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 7:38pm -
  • Experts pick: Top Phrases Business Names

    Experts pick: Top Phrases Business Names

    Kathleen Krause published a piece on Squadhelp where I guess their branding experts picked their top phrases. If you are finding it hard to sum your company up into one, catchy word, see if you can do it in a phrase! Have some fun with it and try to…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 5:41pm -
  • If you are going to “Own your future” you might want to own your domain name

    If you are going to “Own your future” you might want to own your domain name

    So Flippa like NamesCon is putting on a Virtual conference. The title is “Own Your Future Live” This will be nowhere as extensive or as long as NamesCon 360°. But it is a free event with some interesting and worthwhile speakers. Noah Kagan is ce…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 11:31pm -
  • The difference in finding that perfect domain name buyer vs wholesale

    The difference in finding that perfect domain name buyer vs wholesale

    When you look at a lot of names that sell to an end user and resell the second time at an expired auction. You see just how perfect the timing can be to find that end user and otherwise what it would go for at wholesale. Certain factors like age and…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 4:59am -
  • Real Estate vs Websites

    Real Estate vs Websites

    Many like to compare real estate and domain names. In the world of buying and selling websites many like to do the same. I can say getting involved more in website buying and selling has become a bigger interest of mine over the last year. Dominic We…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Jun 20, 12:05am -
  • Farming.org flipped for $5,000 profit – DubDub.com takes a dive

    Farming.org flipped for $5,000 profit – DubDub.com takes a dive

    Yesterday we had Encrypt.org being sold for a $4,000 profit a few years after it last sold. Farming.org took that spot today, selling for $9,500 after selling for $4,335 on Sedo in 2014. A lot of interesting domain name sales action on Thursday. Dese…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 6:13am -

Domain Investing

  • newNobody Will Request an “Appraisal Certificate”

    Nobody Will Request an “Appraisal Certificate”

    Domain industry attorney Jason Schaeffer reported today that three of his clients received $60,000 offers to buy domain names, and the supposed prospective buyer requested an “appraisal certificate” in order to proceed with a deal. 3 clients this…
    - 12 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 6:11pm -
  • newBrandsight Job Opening: Account Executive

    Brandsight Job Opening: Account Executive

    Brandsight is looking to hire someone in an Account Executive role, according to a job opening posted recently on LinkedIn. Because GoDaddy acquired Brandsight earlier this year, the job listing is under the GoDaddy branding. This is a work from home…
    - 17 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 1:05pm -
  • Differing Opinions on Ramifications of SCOTUS Decision

    Differing Opinions on Ramifications of SCOTUS Decision

    Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Booking.com can be trademarked. The 8-1 decision was a good read, and there was some interesting insight from the opinion. The dissent, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, included some pos…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 12:48pm -
  • Network Solutions Should Ditch Registrar-Transfers.com

    Network Solutions Should Ditch Registrar-Transfers.com

    Network Solutions uses an unbranded domain name for at least a few important confirmation functions. When I need to confirm my email address at Network Solutions or approve a transfer away from Network Solutions, I am directed to different pages on t…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 3:21pm -
  • Booking.com Wins Supreme Court TM Case

    Booking.com Wins Supreme Court TM Case

    #SCOTUS rules that the addition of “.com” to a generic term can create a protectable trademark — SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2020 Booking.com has won its trademark case at the United States Supreme Court. The 8-1 decision was written by J…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 2:41pm -

DSAD

  • newAUCTION RECAP OF JULY 2, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on July 2, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 14 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 4:25pm -
  • newDomain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday July 3rd, 2020
    I used make and sell websites and over the years I created some pretty good ones and a fe bad ones. One of the websites I created was LazyStripper.com. It was a pretty worthless comedy site but at one point actually got a lot of traffic. I would p…
    - 19 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 10:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 1, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on July 1, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 3:40pm -
  • Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday July 2nd, 2020
    I put some money back into my options trading account this week because I think the market is about to be very volatile. Don’t take anything I say as a recommendation from this point on. Just telling everyone my thoughts. Volatility is a great…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 9:51am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JUNE 30, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on June 30, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 3:59pm -
  • Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday July 1st, 2020
    That was a Hell of a 1st half of the year wasn’t it? It felt like a few years built into one. It certainly took a lot of work, emotion, and action to get through it. For some it just took words. Most people just sat around talking about what wa…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 10:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JUNE 29, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on June 29, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 3:33pm -
  • IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, June 30th

    - 4 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 10:29am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JUNE 28, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on June 28, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 3:17pm -
  • Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Monday June 29th, 2020
    When I worked in the pits of the Chicago Board of Trade there were two kinds of people. The analyst traders and the Buy and Sell traders. In the underlying asset pits like the Bond Pit you did one thing. Buy low, sell high. It took skill but onl…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 10:55am -

Domain Gang

  • newTrueworths.com #UDRP got denied despite Complainant’s gallant effort
    The UDRP that was filed against the domain name Trueworths.com referred to domainers as “high-volume registrants” – and asserted that they have special duties to avoid trademark infringement. The Complainant is Truworths Ltd, South Africa, and…
    - 11 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 6:44pm -
  • new#Domain clicks : Hey Europe, I Don’t Care About Cookies!
    The Europe-spawned GDPR changed a lot of things in the domain investing industry and beyond, including how personal data in the WHOIS is handled. Even cookies now have to have explicit notifications and pop ups, seeking a web site visitor’s approva…
    - 14 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 3:35pm -
  • Dark landers matter: #BuyDomains rolls out new yummy lander for its #domains
    BuyDomains was formed in 1998 by Mike Mann. The domain marketplace is known for its signature pricing, where most domains are listed with prices that end in “8” such as $888, $1,288 or $48,888 dollars. Domains listed at BuyDomains resolve as land…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:33pm -
  • Zero carbon arena : #Amazon now hiring experienced #domainer!
    Last week, Amazon announced they acquired the naming rights to Seattle’s new downtown arena, and decided to rename it to Climate Pledge Arena. Immediately after, their legal department registered ClimatePledgeArena.com and then went to work registe…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 8:16pm -
  • Betting.com registrant’s trademark application was abandoned in 2000
    Game Lounge acquired Betting.com in a domain rebranding deal worth seven figures, or more. The acquisition of Betting.com is interesting as it coincides with the decision about Booking.com and its matching trademark BOOKING.COM. In 2000, Christopher…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 4:50pm -
  • Betting.com #domain sold to Swedish #betting corp Game Lounge
    Sweden’s Game Lounge, a major betting placement company, announced the acquisition of the domain Betting.com. The acquisition is the next step in Game Lounge’s diversification strategy and expansion into the US market. Earlier this year Game Loun…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 2:38pm -
  • “Freedom to Breathe” parody #domain replaces keyword with #queef
    The Freedom To Breathe “agency” web site content was pulled down by its host, Wix. Following controversy over a fake government-looking card claiming its bearer could use to force businesses into accepting patrons without masks, the domain ftbage…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 8:13pm -
  • Nestle.AI : Registrant wanted $50k but #UDRP gave the #domain away
    The Chinese registrant of Nestle.AI claimed that the domain would be about an AI home robot product. At the same time, they offered to sell it to Nestle – officially Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Switzerland – for the sum of $50,000 dollar…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 5:57pm -
  • MUX.com : #Domain was sold in installments, for up to “six figures”
    Owning a three letter domain such as MUX.com can be a pricey experience, but it doesn’t have to be a single payment transaction. MUX.com is owned by MUX, a video streaming technology company. MUX acquired MUX.com, an LLL .com, on a “start-up budg…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 4:55pm -
  • From .CO to .COM : Buzzer.com leaves the Telepathy #domain stable
    Buzzer.com, another supreme domain owned by Telepathy, Inc., has been sold, apparently. Buzzer Media, Inc., operating from Buzzer.co, is the new owner of the former Telepathy.com asset. Neither Buzzer.com or Buzzer.co are resolving, currently. Regist…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 2:09pm -
  • Mike Mann drops price of “Princess and the Frog” #domain name
    Domain entrepreneur, Mike Mann, has been discounting his domains recently, and it seems that even Disney would be given a price cut! We noted how “Princess and the Frog” will be the new name of the Disney ride, Splash Mountain. Mike has both doma…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 3:51am -
  • #Sedo #domain sales for the week of June 29, 2020 topped by Expert.AI at 95000 EUR
    Sedo weekly: Top sale is that of Expert.AI at 95,000 Euro. Welcome to the latest edition of reporting on the Sedo domain sales; this time we cover the week ending on June 29, 2020. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, sponsors of DomainGan…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 8:04pm -
  • #Booking yeah! But don’t rush registering your generic #domains as trademarks
    The US Supreme Court today affirmed that the domain name “booking.com” can be registered as a trademark (BOOKING.COM) instead of seen as merely a generic domain name. The decision should be well-perceived by many domain name investors that hold g…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 6:37pm -
  • FTBAgency.com : Freedom to Breathe Agency site down after fake “mask exempt” cards exposé
    The domain FTBAgency.com was registered on June 12, 2020 and it hosted content about how face masks are supposedly harmful to one’s health, and a violation of people’s rights. The so-called “Freedom to Breathe Agency” project shared a fake ca…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 4:04pm -
  • State Farm loses second #UDRP against TheStateFarmBowl.com
    State Farm filed a UDRP against the domain TheStateFarmBowl.com in March, which they lost. Three months later, they filed again, and once again they lost the case. The reason: no new information was provided, other than some private exchanges with th…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 2:49pm -

Online Domain

  • GoDaddy ripping people off with .us domain names
    .US domain names are some of the cheapest domain names to register and renew. Yet somehow GoDaddy, a US company, has decided that .us domains are a good choice so it can rip off customers and make an extra $10+ a pop. .US domains cost $19.99 to regis…
    - 35 days ago, 30 May 20, 1:43am -
  • Internet grows to 366.8 million domain names in Q1 2020
    Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the first quarter of 2020 closed with 366.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 4.5 million domain name registrat…
    - 36 days ago, 29 May 20, 1:39am -
  • Lost a GoDaddy auction, then the winner defaulted. How do I find who the bidder was?

    - 40 days ago, 25 May 20, 4:55pm -
  • “Is the lockdown driving domain registrations?”
    Numbers from CENTR show a spike in new registrations in the month of April 2020. A sample of 25 European ccTLDs saw a 20% increase in new domains registered in April 2020 from the same time a year earlier. So the Council of European National Top-Leve…
    - 44 days ago, 21 May 20, 4:15pm -
  • CSC moves from a New gTLD to a .com domain
    CSC, a brand protection agency (among others), announced today that its Digital Brand Services branch is moving from a New gTLD (cscdigitalbrand.services) to a .com (cscdbs.com) domain. CSC started using the (long) .services domain name in 2016 but n…
    - 45 days ago, 20 May 20, 1:42pm -
  • Domain Agents domain valuation guide – 20% increase in domain offers during lockdown
    Domain Agents has published its 2020 domain valuation guide and the first observation made by Ryan McKegney, CEO of DomainAgents, is that during lockdown there has been a 20% increase in domain name offers. “Even as the pandemic has created instabi…
    - 46 days ago, 19 May 20, 4:04pm -
  • How is shopping around for a domain going to help you?
    I have this same question for years. How is shopping around for a domain going to help you? Help you get it cheaper that is… I am not talking about different domains. I am talking about this one domain a buyer wants and the seller is accepting offe…
    - 51 days ago, 14 May 20, 4:48pm -
  • Liquid domains report: $7,398,803 in Escrow.com sales
    Giuseppe Graziano from GGRG partnering with Escrow.com and Estibot’s parent company Intelium and ShortNames.com published the 15th edition of the Liquid Domains Overview (LXDO), which focuses on the 614,928 .com domains we call “liquid”. The o…
    - 51 days ago, 14 May 20, 2:21pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 4 domains for $89,776 in April
    Mike Mann reported selling 4 domain names in April for a total of $89,776. Prices started at $14,888 and went up to $30,000. Mike Mann sold 4 .com domains. The average reported domain sales price was $22,444. If you want to further understand Mike Ma…
    - 52 days ago, 13 May 20, 3:53pm -
  • ElectricCar.com domain name sells for 6 figures
    ElectricCar.com Sedo announced today that the domain name ElectricCar.com was sold for a 6-figure price. The seller from Michigan USA has owned the domain name since late 2016 or early 2017. The domain was parked at Sedo and then for sale at Undevelo…
    - 54 days ago, 11 May 20, 2:56pm -
  • Tucows Q1 2020 report: revenue and gross profit growth of 6% and 11%
    Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. All figures are in U.S. dollars. “The first quarter was a ver…
    - 57 days ago, 7 May 20, 10:52pm -
  • Escrow.com sells $85.85 million worth of domain names in Q1 2020
    Escrow.com has just released today its Domain Investment Index Report for Q1 2020. Here are some key findings from the Escrow.com report: Domains prices grew from last quarter, with rocket growth for 4 character domain names. Transacted domain names…
    - 58 days ago, 7 May 20, 4:06pm -
  • GoDaddy will pay $218 million for Neustar
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. GoDaddy announced the price of the registry business of Neustar Inc. acquisition for $218.0 million in cash, with expected closing in the coming mo…
    - 58 days ago, 6 May 20, 9:31pm -
  • 2019 report: Domain market grows – Registrar consolidation increases
    CENTR has published the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q4/2019 . The report covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with additional focus on the European ccTLD market. Highlights f…
    - 59 days ago, 6 May 20, 4:54pm -
  • I lost 3 done deals in 3 days!
    I was in negotiations to sell 3 domain names to different buyers. I think all buyers were from the US. I reached an agreement with the buyers on all 3 domains but I eventually lost all 3 deals. That was last week. I lost 3 deals for a total of $20k i…
    - 61 days ago, 4 May 20, 3:46pm -
  • LXME rebrands to LMX.com (Liquid Market Exchange)
    LXME, Giuseppe Graziano’s Liquid Domain Market Exchange that launched in September 2018, is rebranding today to LMX.com, which stands for Liquid Market Exchange. “The purpose of LMX is to create a safe environment in which investors are able to t…
    - 64 days ago, 1 May 20, 4:30pm -
  • NamesCon Europe postponed to 2021
    You probably saw this coming, but NamesCon Europe 2020 is postponed to 2021. “Since every country is still fighting the coronavirus, we can’t predict what travel will look like this summer, so we are aiming to prevent last-minute inconvenience an…
    - 64 days ago, 1 May 20, 2:11pm -
  • Breaking: ICANN board withholds consent for a change of control of PIR and .org
    Today, the ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of control and entity conversion request that Public Interest Registry (PIR) submitted to ICANN. What I find really interesting is that “The entire Board stands by this decision…
    - 64 days ago, 1 May 20, 2:58am -
  • ICANN independence: ICANN’s new excuse for allowing the .org transfer
    An array of useful idiots have started vomiting “rebellious” posts and articles around the web supporting the new excuse that NoEthos publicists invented for ICANN. This new “argument” will be used to allow the .org transfer to proceed. The e…
    - 65 days ago, 30 Apr 20, 2:49pm -
  • What is the point of temporarily waiving domain restoration fees?
    Radix joined Verisign and some other registries in temporarily waiving off the domain name restoration fees. I don’t understand what is the point of temporarily waiving a fee that was totally unnecessary to begin with and almost no one uses anyway.…
    - 66 days ago, 29 Apr 20, 12:39pm -
  • Namesilo’s March 2020 domain name registration report
    Namesilo published its March 2020 domain name registration report. Here are some of the details published:  The post Namesilo’s March 2020 domain name registration report appeared first on OnlineDomain.com.Related Articles:Namesilo publishes m…
    - 67 days ago, 28 Apr 20, 3:14pm -
  • CentralNic 2019 report: revenue up 95% to USD 109.2m
    CentralNic Group PLC (AIM: CNIC) announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2019. Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, commented: “I am delighted to report CentralNic Group enjoyed another record year in 2019, with 61% year-on-year gr…
    - 68 days ago, 27 Apr 20, 5:19pm -
  • Verisign Q1 2020 reports an operating margin of 66%
    VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2020. Verisign had an operating margin of 66%. I guess that is not enough for Verisign or the corrupted ICANN so they will suck a few more billions out all registrants…
    - 71 days ago, 24 Apr 20, 3:17pm -
  • Most abused domain extensions and registrars (Spamhaus Botnet Threats)
    Spamhaus released its botnet threat update for Q1 2020. Among other botnet related details, Spamhaus announced the most abused domain extensions and domain registrars associated with botnets. Here is what the Spamhaus wrote: Most abused top-level dom…
    - 72 days ago, 23 Apr 20, 5:06pm -
  • Donuts migrates backend operations to Amazon Web Services
    Donuts Inc. has announced its migration of backend operations to the cloud. Donuts’ registry now operates on Amazon Web Services and is probably the first major registry backend operator to migrate an existing on-premises backend to the cloud. Donu…
    - 73 days ago, 22 Apr 20, 5:05pm -
  • Google ignores many businesses and gives them ZERO ad credits
    In early April Google made an announcement that it will be helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) stay in touch with their customers during this challenging time with the coronavirus and covid-19 by giving them free ad credits on Google Ads…
    - 74 days ago, 21 Apr 20, 4:45pm -
  • ICANN was ready to approve the .org transfer
    ICANN was ready to approve the .org transfer on April 16 but the California Attorney General ruined their party. ICANN, ISOC, PIR and NoEthos Capital were very close to getting their corrupted plan completed but at the last minute California Attorney…
    - 75 days ago, 20 Apr 20, 5:37pm -
  • Donuts sells my.life for $175,000
    Donuts announced today that it sold the domain name my.life for $175,000. The domain was purchased on March 31, 2020. Donuts is the registry of more than 200 domain name extensions and the domain name my.life was one of its platinum domain names that…
    - 78 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 5:34pm -
  • California Attorney General slams ICANN, ISOC and PIR (CAG urges ICANN to reject .ORG transfer)
    California Attorney General sent a letter on April 15th urging ICANN to reject the transfer of control over the .ORG registry to Ethos Capital. In his letter the California Attorney General slams ICANN, ISOC and PIR repeatedly. “As discussed below,…
    - 78 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 12:13am -
  • Sometimes it is hard to believe it!
    Sometimes I get so blindsided by an email that I don’t even know where to begin writing a post. I got an email through the contact form on this blog from a guy in the US asking me to evaluate 6 of his domains. “It probably should only take you ab…
    - 80 days ago, 14 Apr 20, 6:27pm -
  • ICANN 68 will also be held as a remote public meeting
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), probably the most corrupted organization on planet earth, announced that its ICANN68 Policy Forum, which was to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will now be held via remote participat…
    - 85 days ago, 10 Apr 20, 5:43pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 2 domains for $69,776 in March
    Mike Mann reported selling 2 domain names in March for a total of $69,776. Prices started at $19,888 and went up to $49,888. Mike Mann sold 2 .com domains. The average reported domain sales price was $34,888. If you want to further understand Mike Ma…
    - 86 days ago, 9 Apr 20, 4:39pm -
  • WIPO 2019 report: 3,693 UDRP cases covering 6,298 domain names
    Trademark owners filed a record 3,693 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2019. WIPO’s 2019 caseload covered 6,298 domain names in total. The Center held a major Oct…
    - 87 days ago, 7 Apr 20, 6:40pm -
  • GoDaddy acquires Neustar’s registry business
    Goodbye Neustar! Hello GoDaddy Registry! GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), today announced it is acquiring Neustar Inc’s Registry business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2020. The Neustar Regi…
    - 88 days ago, 6 Apr 20, 10:49pm -
  • Neustar will continue running the .CO domain registry
    The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinTIC) of Colombia announced as the winner of the tender for the operation and administration of the .co country code top level domain (.co ccTLD) to .CO Internet SAS. .CO Internet SAS is o…
    - 89 days ago, 6 Apr 20, 5:02pm -
  • ISOC Ireland: “Ethos does not seem to understand or care about the .ORG community.”
    The Internet Society (ISOC) Ireland send a letter to ICANN on March 31, 2020 saying that “Ethos does not seem to understand or care about the .ORG community.”. This is one of many ISOC chapters from all over the world expressing their opposition…
    - 89 days ago, 6 Apr 20, 2:09pm -
  • Thanks for nothing: Verisign waives the domain name restore fee!
    Last week, Verisign promised to not raise the .com prices (even though ICANN had not YET granted Verisign the permission to steal millions of dollars from the global economy by allowing 7% price increases for the next 4 years)  to “support” peop…
    - 93 days ago, 2 Apr 20, 2:04pm -
  • .Club 2019 premium sales report
    Since its launch .CLUB  has earned total premium name revenue of $7.7 million USD. .CLUB is close to its sixth year of operation. They created 3 major programs and products to assist end-users to have easy access to .CLUB premium names. Here is how…
    - 93 days ago, 1 Apr 20, 6:05pm -
  • Pay your fucking bills!
    I see a lot of people lately that are looking for an excuse to not pay their bills on time. (or ever?) And I am not talking about people that have lost their jobs or income due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, there are a lot of people that have or…
    - 96 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 5:49pm -
  • Efty stats: inquiries are down, traffic is up!
    Efty decided to share some important stats around the impact the coronavirus outbreak has on domain name inquiries and traffic across its platform. “The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound and serious impact on the global econom…
    - 99 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 4:01pm -
  • Shop.app sold for $200,000 (bought on the 1st day of .app EAP)
    The domain name Shop.app sold for $200,000 at Sedo and it was not a registry sale. The seller was from California and the domain was brokered by Yiming Yang. The domain name is pending transfer out of GoDaddy that it is currently registered. Shop.app…
    - 99 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 4:08am -
  • Adjusting your business to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic
    The Coronavirus pandemic has affected almost everyone in the world one way or another. A friend send me an email telling he is in self-quarantine, he can’t practice his main profession and is using this time to adjust his domain name pricing. I am…
    - 100 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 5:12pm -
  • DAN removes all Corona Virus related domains
    DAN.com announced that starting today it will be removing all Corona Virus related domains from its marketplace. I mostly support the decision but I just think that the justification shouldn’t have been price related. It doesn’t matter whether th…
    - 100 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 2:41pm -
  • Verisign promises not to raise .com and .net prices this year
    Verisign said today that it “promises” not to raise .com and .net prices this year, although ICANN has not approved (yet?) the .com price increases. (7% in each of the next 4 years) Verisign said will freeze registry prices for all of its Top-Lev…
    - 25 Mar 20, 3:17pm -
  • New York Attorney General investigating coronavirus-related domains
    The Office of the New York Attorney General (NYAG) is investigating the registration and use of coronavirus-related domains for the purposes of deceptive advertising, phishing schemes and malware dissemination. These activities may violate a number o…
    - 24 Mar 20, 5:36pm -
  • Fake websites selling coronavirus masks are scamming organizations
    The Coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a cottage industry of scam artists looking to prey on people’s fears. Fake websites selling coronavirus masks are scamming organizations out of millions. An investigation by Escrow.com has found a surge of…
    - 23 Mar 20, 3:42pm -
  • Google launches Coronavirus website and expands COVID-19 search experience
    Since the beginning of the year, search interest in COVID-19 has continued to climb around the world. Right now the disease is the largest topic people are looking for globally, surpassing even some of the most common and consistent queries we see in…
    - 21 Mar 20, 12:28pm -
  • Alarming Coronavirus messages in domain inquiries
    I have put up a contact form on a lot of my domains and I get quite a few odd requests on a variety of subjects instead of valid domain name inquiries. Most of the time it is people that get the wrong website and don’t understand what the contact f…
    - 20 Mar 20, 6:04pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 8 domains for $286,564 in February (CoronaCare .com, Ready .org)
    Mike Mann reported selling 8 domain names in February for a total of $286,564. Prices started at $2,288 and went up to $169,888. Mike Mann sold 7 .com domains and 1 .org domain. The average reported domain sales price was $35,821. If you want to furt…
    - 19 Mar 20, 7:17pm -
  • CentralNic announces Team Internet had $74m in revenue
    CentralNic Group plc (AIM: CNIC) announced an update on the FY2019 performance of its latest acquisition, Team Internet AG, Germany (“Team Internet”). As reported by Matomy Media Group Ltd. (“Matomy Media”) as part of their audited annual rep…
    - 19 Mar 20, 5:15pm -

Domain Incite

  • GoDaddy domains doing just fine during pandemic, lays off hundreds anyway

    GoDaddy domains doing just fine during pandemic, lays off hundreds anyway

    GoDaddy has announced hundreds of lay-offs as part of a restructuring made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, but it says its domain name business is still doing pretty well. The market-leading registrar late last week announced changes that will…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 9:19pm -
  • I was wrong, rejected “racist” web site didn’t go to Epik

    I was wrong, rejected “racist” web site didn’t go to Epik

    Vdare.com, the domain for a US-based right-wing news blog that was jettisoned from Network Solutions last week under a cloud of racism allegations, did not, as expected, wind up at Epik. Rather, Whois records reveal that the domain is now under the w…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 4:42pm -
  • World’s most deluded new gTLD applicant makes coronavirus pitch

    World’s most deluded new gTLD applicant makes coronavirus pitch

    Indian new gTLD applicant Nameshop, which still refuses to accept defeat eight years after its application for .idn was rejected, has a new coronavirus-related pitch to try to persuade ICANN to please, please, give it a gTLD. You may recall that this…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 9:55pm -
  • Does ICANN have a race problem?

    Does ICANN have a race problem?

    In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, pretty much every corporation and institution in the US, and many elsewhere, have felt the need to make statements or enact changes in order to show how non-racist they are, and it seems ICANN is now no exc…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 9:01pm -
  • As the world burns, ICANN gives its richest execs huge pay rises

    As the world burns, ICANN gives its richest execs huge pay rises

    ICANN has just given some of its highest-ranking and richest execs pay rises of up to 15%, even as the world stands on the brink of a global recession and ICANN is predicting its own budget is on the verge of huge shrinkage. Its board of directors ha…
    - 10 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 2:36am -
  • Web.com is kicking out a racist web site. How long before it winds up at Epik?

    Web.com is kicking out a racist web site. How long before it winds up at Epik?

    An American news site for white nationalists says it’s been given its goose-stepping orders by Web.com unit Network Solutions, and it’s looking for a new registrar. VDare, named after Virginia Dare, a semi-mythological American folk hero, has bee…
    - 11 days ago, 23 Jun 20, 2:24pm -
  • Over 660,000 “coronavirus” domains registered

    Over 660,000 “coronavirus” domains registered

    There have been hundreds of thousands of domains that appear to refer to coronavirus registered since the start of the outbreak, but the domain industry reckons only a tiny portion of them have been used maliciously. Speaking on a recent webinar, ICA…
    - 11 days ago, 23 Jun 20, 12:49pm -
  • Watch three members of the ICANN community get assassinated

    Watch three members of the ICANN community get assassinated

    Three members of the ICANN community got killed by an assassin in a 2012 movie, now available on Amazon Prime, I inexplicably had never heard about until today. The film’s called Rogue Hunter, and it’s produced and directed by prominent community…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 9:01pm -
  • “Horrifying” Zoombombing attack on ICANN meeting, again

    “Horrifying” Zoombombing attack on ICANN meeting, again

    ICANN’s eleventh-hour decision to remove password requirements for ICANN 68 was proved wrong almost immediately after the meeting got underway on Zoom today. According to participants and ICANN itself, several sessions were “zoombombed” this mo…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 3:47pm -
  • Coronavirus is saving ICANN millions of your money, but will it use the cash wisely?

    Coronavirus is saving ICANN millions of your money, but will it use the cash wisely?

    ICANN is saving millions this year due to the coronavirus-related shift to online-only public meetings. But it’s thinking about using some of the cash to do things like pay for broadband upgrades and hotel rooms for some of its community volunteers…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Jun 20, 3:42pm -

DN Journal

DN Academy Videos

Michael Cyger’s Domain Name Quarantine Social #16 (June 26, 2020)

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Michael Cyger’s Domain Name Quarantine Social #15 (June 19, 2020)

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Michael Cyger’s Domain Name Quarantine Social #14 (June 12, 2020)

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Michael Cyger’s Domain Name Quarantine Social #13 (June 5, 2020)

- 27 days ago, 6 Jun 20, 8:50pm -
The DNAcademy Accelerator Announcement

- 30 days ago, 3 Jun 20, 10:12pm -
Michael Cyger’s Domain Name Quarantine Social #12 (May 22, 2020)

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