Dotster offers giveaway domain WhoIs privacy
Dotster usually launched a new banking formula for FREE WhoIs privacy. The banking is usually current from 12:01AM PST Sept 1 to 11:59PM PST Sept 4.
Enter banking formula STOPSPAM during checkout for giveaway WhoIs remoteness on adult to 100 domains per order. Click here to go to DotsterM.
Domain name returns
Communicate.com (OTCBB: CMNN.ob) just released some comparable stock returns for its business versus other profitable internet companies. Communicate.com invests in valuable domains and turns them into functional sites, such as importers.com. Marchex (MCHX) on the list is also a domain name company. As you can see the domain name business is a good place to be these days:
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.Net pricing might be fixed
The new agreement between ICANN and Verisign to manage the .net registry holds a big surprise: although the initial wholesale price of domains is lowered from $6.00 to $4.25, the price cap is completely removed in January 2007 (see .net pricing timebomb?).
Registrars were given the chance to react to this pricing scheme, and they had a fair number of complaints about the pricing. In a report recently released by ICANN, the registrars gave the following suggestions:
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Afternic vs. Sedo for adding domains in bulk
I recently decided to add a list of about 300 domains to both Afternic and Sedo, the two leading domain sales sites. I’ve sold domains through both of the systems, and find that just listing domains there can spur interest.
The usual process for adding domains to each service involves entering details one by one…by one…by one. If you’re entering 300 domains, it’s going to take you a couple days. Fortunately, each site offers a service that lets you add ... read more ...
eq.com sells for $100,000
According to the “Recent Sales” section of Afternic.com, EQ.com has sold to $100,000 to user name mgleiss. This wasn’t the first offer for the domain, but previous offers didn’t amount to more than $21,000. Hopefully the escrow will go through.
EQ.com is a huge sale, but Afternic has sold some other great domains today. DirectFax.com sold for $10,500 and several other domains sold for over $1,000.
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Dotster is expanding–literally!
Dotster, one of the registrars that sparked early price wars for domain names, is moving into new offices because of its growth. According to a press release, Dotster now manages about 3 million domain names. That’s about a third as much as leader GoDaddy.
Dotster reports that it tripled its domain registration business in 2005, but does not provide figures on what the basis is. I know that Dotster has gotten aggressive with pricing, especially for people registering ... read more ...
Falwell censor wins behind domain name rights
Back in May I wrote about a court decision involving the domain Fallwell.com (see Falwell domain fight could have implications for free speech on internet). In May a court decided that Rev. Falwell should get the rights to the domain that the current owner was using to critize Falwell’s views.
Good news: an appeals court has reversed the lower court’s ruling on grounds that the domain wouldn’t be confused for Rev. Falwell’s actual site. You can read more ... read more ...
Denial-of-Service Attacks strike PPC Services
Have you noticed that your PPC parked domains haven’t been performing as well as usual? Several services have recently been hit by denial-of-service (DOS) attacks. Such attacks occur when many computers are enlisted to send an overwhelming amount of traffic to a server in order to disable it. Sedo was hit over the weekend, and they are compensating people for the lost traffic. According to a statement from Sedo “the attack began on Saturday afternoon (8/20) ... read more ...
.info domains continue to sell for over $1,000
New TLDs continue to sell well on the aftermarket, and this week three .info domains sold for at least $1,000, according to DNJournal. Sedo sold Prospectus.info for â‚¬1,500 and Beagle.info for $1,550. Mercury.info sold for $1,000 in a private transaction. Other high .info sales this year include Best.info for Â£12,000, Musical.info for â‚¬10,440, Maschinenbau.info for â‚¬5,950, and Broker.info for $5,000. .Info domains will never get the type-in ... read more ...
Yes, I’m still here…
Where are all of a posts?
I’ve been unequivocally ill for a past 5 days, and even had to cancel a outing to New York. Bummer. But I’m removing better, and a domain name news will start issuing again…
Latest domain name statistics
Verisign just released its August domain name report. Among its findings:
-82.9M domain names are registered worldwide, a record high.
-The most popular extensions remained the same: .com, .de, .net in that order
-Quarterly domain registrations increased 63% year-over-year
Verisign reports that “The continued acceleration of using domain names to generate Pay-Per-Click advertising revenues was a big driver of the new unit growth”. Verisign has reported in the ... read more ...
.XXX faces some-more opposition
.XXX, a new domain name extension created for the adult entertainment industry, is facing increasing opposition from governments around the world. ICANN has delayed its final vote on the domain. There are two sides of the debate, and both are opposed to the domain extension for different reasons:
1. Governments, such as President Bush’s office. They think it will just proliferate porn on the internet as site operators keep their .com domains and just add more ... read more ...
Dotster Coupon – 15% off
Dotster is using a 15% off banking special on domain name registrations until Aug 31. Just enter banking formula “SUMMER15″ during checkout. The offer is current on .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, and .us domain names.
Click here to go to Doster and save 15%.
Bob Parsons fights behind opposite NetSol
GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons is mad. So what’s new? But this time it’s about a competitor and its comments in an interview with CNET News. On his blog Hot Points, Parsons tries to discredit many of NetSol’s comments about the number of domains under control by each respective company. Parson’s assumptions are probably correct–not that any domain investor has paid a second of attention to NetSol over the past few years.
Note to Bob: please, lose the earring!
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Domain name association posts another essential quarter
Publicly traded domain name holding association Communicate.com only announced earnings. The association posted a 10th uninterrupted essential quarter. Revenues jumped 43% over a same time final year to only over $1M. Communicate.com owns high form domains like Perfume.com and Importers.com.
Read some-more here.
ParkingSite.com gets off to a quick start
ParkingSite.com, launched by DNForum owner Adam Dicker, is off to a fast start. (See DNForum launches paid parking service.) Yesterday ParkingSite added new templates, automatic selection of DNS parking or forwarding, a payment withdrawal system, and “for sale” signs on parked sites. Stats on keyword-based domains have been excellent; my domain StlNews.com is pulling in about 4-5x what it brought with Sedo Parking. I recently moved some domains that were parked ... read more ...
Chris Chena forks out another $150k
Chris Chena, known for some major domain name purchases, paid $150k last week to pick up Vuelos.com, according to DNJournal. Vuelos means “flights” in Spanish. Another big non-english sale was Medikamente.de, which sold for â‚¬50,000 at Sedo.
It was a big week for expiring domain sales as well. Keep in mind that someone let these gems expire, giving up a huge payday. VegasRealEstate.com went for a shocking $53,611 at Snapnames. Enom’s Club Drop (which ... read more ...
DNForum launches paid parking service
After a long wait (see DNForum’s paid parking service ready to leave beta?), DNForum has launched its paid parking service at ParkingSite.com. Its features blow away most other parking services, and it has the potential to become #1 in short order.
Among the things I like about the service:
-95% payout. ParkingSite only rakes 5% off the top!
-Templates. And I mean tons of templates so that your domain will actually look like it has a real site, not some generic ... read more ...
Niche domain name investing
Sedo has a good article about cornering niche categories of domain names. Read it here.
I agree that focusing on niches for domain names can be a good approach. If you focus on a particular industry you can better understand the keywords and sales values. But you also need to be careful. Back in the day one buzz word that started gaining momentum was “vortal”, which meant vertical portal. Domain speculators grabbed thousands of domains like “BaseballVortal” ... read more ...
Property.com sells for $750,000
“Domain Name King” Rick Schwartz ponied up $.75M for the domain Property.com. Rick already owns similar domains, like Properties.com. Another recent sale that will turn heads is ShoppingCart.com, which sold for $285,000 to MonsterCommerce. This domain was previously owned by Excite@Home. The now bankrupt company is liquidating its domain portfolio. According to DNJournal, the portfolio includes some whoppers including Stuff.com and Home.net.
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Marchex launches zip formula sites – 90210.com
Marchex, famous for buying one of the largest domain name porfolios ever, has launched a beta of its zip code sites. Marchex has over 73,000 zip code .com and .net domains that cover 96% of all zip codes in the U.S. An example of their zip code sites is www.90210.com.
Look for Marchex to start building out some of its vertical sites, such as SeattleInsurance.com, in quick order. Marchex currently owns over 200,000 domain names.
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Register.com gets registered
The rumors have been drifting for months, and currently it was announced: Register.com has been sold. (See previous Register.com posts). The understanding values Register.com during about $200M. Hopefully a customer will debonair adult a bum company.
Read some-more here.
iTunes.co.uk goes to Apple (for now)
The High Court of London has denied Benjamin Cohen’s application for Judicial review on a domain name dispute over iTunes.co.uk. First you’ve heard about this? Check out the history:
Previous iTunes.co.uk posts on DomainNameWire
But is this the end of it? Part of the court’s decision rested on Cohen’s application being late. Cohen can now appeal for oral arguments. It would be shame to see this case end on legal technicalities.
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Iraq gets the domain name prolongation back
Ready to register Iraq ccTLDs? ICANN has redelegated a .IQ extension, that was creatively postulated in 1997, to a National Communications and Media Commission of Iraq. Kazakhstan also had a ccTLD redelegated. It was creatively combined in 1994, and has been redelegated to a Kazakhstan Association of IT.
Web hosting for domain name owners
Domain name investors have a number of choices about how to host their many domain names. The easiest option is to park the domain at various services at no cost–in fact, the parking services pay you (see ParkQuick). But what about when you want to create a web site for the domain in hopes of boosting revenue or the domain’s value?
Although there are thousands of web hosts out there, some aren’t “compatible” with domain name owners. Most of us are looking ... read more ...