UDRP Filed on Two Letter .Com Domain ZT.com
A UDRP has been filed on a two letter .Com domain name ZT.com
It appears the domain name was owned in 2014 by Cincinnati Bell Telephone/Fuse Internet then transferred into privacy in September 2014, then transferred to a Raymond Liu in August 2015 and then was transferred to another Chinese buyer in October 2015, and transferred once again to another Chinese registrant in December 2015.
The domain name is currently going to the site in the screenshot above.
The complaint was filed at this point ... read more ...
Expired Domain Report: KeyPoint.com, SellOff.com and more
- A weekly roundup of expired domain name sales.
February 8 marked the Chinese New Year. Yes, 2016 is to be the “Year of the Monkey”. After the amazing surge in prices we saw during 2015 – the “Year of the Sheep”, it amuses me to say – the Chinese domain sector went through a predictable downturn that has lasted 2 months so far.
Partly to allay worries about stagnant or falling prices, domain investors in the West have clung to this New Year holiday like a life raft, assuring one ... read more ...
A Report from China – DNW Podcast #71
- What are people in China saying about the domain name market?
Tom Jennings, Director of Business Development at Snapnames, just returned from a trip to China, including the CNNIC conference. On today’s episode, Tom discusses what people in China are thinking about the current state of domain names there, and if they’re bullish for the future.
Also: ICANN’s new boss, Verisign’s opening brief, and Donuts deals with MPAA.
Subscribe via iTunes to listen to the Domain Name Wire podcast on your ... read more ...
Rightside Establishes Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in China & Plans To Be Licensed in 2016
- Rightside (NAME) announced today its expanded operations in China by establishing a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE).
Rightside says that there are almost 90,000 domains registered in the their portfolio of 39 new gTLD’s in the Chinese market, with .LIVE, .NEWS, and .PUB being the most popular.
There are currently 5.4 million new TLDs registered in China, which represents 45% of all new TLD registrations.
China is requiring all domain name registries to acquire a license for their domain ... read more ...
Verisign: What goes adult competence come down
- Strong end of 2015 could make for a challenging end to 2016.
.Com domain name registry Verisign reported Q4 results after the bell yesterday.
Thanks to Chinese domain name investors, the company had 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net last quarter, as compared to 8.2 million for the same quarter in 2014. This boosted its base of .com and .net by 4.6 million after deletions.
Verisign does not expect this surge to continue. It expects a return to normalcy in Q1, with net additions ... read more ...
.WS Changing 2-3 Character New Domain Pricing & Releasing All 5-20 Number Domains
- Due to the recent demand for the .WS extension coming from the emerging China Domain market, Global Domains International, the operator of the .WS registry, announced today that they are changing their pricing for all 2 and 3 character .WS domain names.
In December 2015, thousands of .WS domain names were registered in China.
The entire 4 number Chinese Premium .WS space sold out over a three-day period in December.
Global Domains International which runs the .WS registry, announced it has partnered ... read more ...
Minds + Machines, FFM make pull into China
- Companies setting up subsidiaries in China.
Two more new top level domain name companies are establishing ties in China to tap into the growing appetite for domain names there.
Today, Minds + Machines announced it has appointed ZDNS as its local infrastructure partner in China. The company is also establishing a wholly foreign-owned enterprise in China called Beijing Ming Zhi Mo Si Technology Company Limited. Allegravita is advising Minds + Machines on its China strategy.
Yesterday, Famous Four Media ... read more ...
China has been a blessing. Will it be curse?
- China’s hunger for domain names has lifted all boats. What happens as the tide recedes?
There’s no doubt that China has had a profound impact on the domain name industry over the past 6-12 months. Chinese buyers have enriched people with short domain names and also boosted revenue at domain name marketplaces and registries.
How big of an impact? Take a look at these two slides:
The first image shows how much business Escrow.com receives from China. The second shows that over half of Domain Name ... read more ...
Why we shouldn't go bananas over Banana.com domain name "sale"
- There’s a good reason to be skeptical of a $2 million banana.com domain sale.
Last month there was a bit of a stir in the domain name industry about the Chinese buying one word English domain names for huge sums.
A domain name auction in China resulted in 5 domain name “sales” of $2 million or more USD: Banana.com, House.com, Yao.com, GG.com and HG.com.
While GG.com and HG.com might seem plausible, $2 million for banana.com seemed like a ridiculously high price. Some were skeptical. As it ... read more ...
How large is China? Big.
- 57% of Domain Name Sales’ revenue coming from China.
This morning at NamesCon, Domain Name Sales VP of Sales Jeffrey Gabriel showed a slide with sales data from the past year:
2% of leads generating 57% of the dollar volume of sales. That’s amazing.
Gabriel compared this to leads from other countries. The U.S. accounts for about one-third of leads and one-third of sales and dollar volume. Leads from the UK convert higher, while those from India convert more poorly.
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Zhuang Jia: Chinese Pump and Dump
- Joseph Peterson draws parallels between market manipulators in Chinese stock markets and the domain name market.
An article just published by Bloomberg gives us an x-ray glimpse into a Chinese investment culture reliant on pump-and-dump schemes. The parallels with domain market activity during 2015 are so obvious that even this sentence feels a bit redundant.
A Shanghai accountant sums it all up:
If you want to make a quick buck from the stock market, you’d better look for stocks with manipulators ... read more ...
What if TLDs are Chinese?
- Do certain top level domain names have a Chinese meaning?
We’ve often seen TLDs repurposed. For instance, .ME and .TV – originally the country codes of Montenegro and Tuvalu, respectively – are mainly understood as words. While .SI means Slovenia in Slovenia, Spanish speakers might read it as “yes”. More recently, .PW has been marketed as a shorthand for “professional web”. Such extra interpretations can be either natural or forced. Some arise without prompting; some fail to catch ... read more ...
Did a Other Shoe Just Drop? Chinese are Buying English Word Domains Too
- Raymond published a post today on TheDomains.com, on the sales report from the first ever live domain auction at the Chinese Domain Festival and China Digital Asset Investment Summit which generated some 150 million RMB in sales.
The official exchange rate is 1 RMB is equal to $.15 USD so the live auction generated $22.5 Million in sales.
For me the biggest news out of the auction is that the Chinese appear now to be buying English words, not just letters, numbers and Chinese words.
Here are a ... read more ...
Chinese Live Auction Nets over 150 Million RMB ($23.1 mil)
- The first ever Chinese Domain Festival and China Digital Asset Investment Summit live auction concluded with 150 million RMB in sales.
The full list is below with all amounts in Chinese RMB, 1 RMB = .1542 USD.
Auction No. | Domain Name | Price in RMB
1 | 1212.com | 1,800,000
2 | zhu.com | 2,200,000
3 | 1117.com | 850,000
4 | qc.cn | 1,500,000
5 | wrj.com | 610,000
6 | beijing.cc | 260,000
7 | cheyou.com.cn, chongwu.com.cn, piaowu.com.cn | 160,000
8 | 828.com | 4,400,000
9 | weitou.com | 500,000
10 ... read more ...
Winners from China
- A look at some of the winners from the Chinese domain name boom, from last week’s Domain Name Wire newsletter.
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China is making it a great year for the domain name industry.
Few ... read more ...
Report: Domain 688.com Sold For $1.5 Million
- According to a report appearing in ename.cn, the domain name 688.com just sold for about $1.5 Million dollars.
According to the report the sales price was 9,580,000 RMB which according to today’s exchange rate is $1,496,290.52.
The domain name 688.com did change ownership yesterday.
The domain was owned by a XiaoFeng Lin of China at the domain name registrar MAFF Inc. until December 5th when the whois information was updated to reflect LinXiaoFeng of DotMedia Limited as the new owner. The domain ... read more ...
China to make Real Name Verification on .Com Domain Names
- The government of China is clamping down on registrants of .com domain names.
Regulations that have prevented Chinese residents from using many new top level domain names will soon affect .com and .net domain name registrations, too.
The rules will apply to .com and .net domain name registrations starting March 1, 2016, according to documents obtained by Domain Name Wire.
At that time, domain name registrars in China will have to obtain Real Name Verification and Domain Name Verification for each ... read more ...
7X Bigger Than Las Vegas In Gambling Revenue, Macau.com Hits The Market
- Earlier this month we learned that LasVegas.com sold back in 2005 for what could be up to $90 Million Dollars.
In August the sale of Vegas.com was announced to a public company in a deal that could be worth $38 million dollars.
In both instances, Vegas has consistently set the record valuation marks as the most valuable destination-specific website in the world.
Now the website and domain address Macau.com has hit the market.
Yes Macau is the world’s top casino market, with gaming revenues ... read more ...
When a burble bursts…
- What will drive the long-term value of short domain names?
I’m ecstatic that Chinese buyers are snapping up short domain names. It’s great for the resale market, it’s great for registries (new and old) that are suddenly selling lots of registrations, and it’s great for the registrars.
But I also give pause. After all, there are basically two things that give a domain name value: traffic and resale potential.
Some of these short domain names get traffic. But not hundreds of thousands of them ... read more ...
Domain Registration At a Record Pace 460,000, Yesterday
- The huge surge in daily domain name registrations continued yesterday as over 460,000 domain names were registered across all Top Level Domains (excluding ccTLD).
Traditionally the number of domain name registrations slow on the weekend, to the point where it’s not unusual to see the number of .Com deleted, exceed the number of new registrations for the day, leading to a negative number.
Well not yesterday.
The total number of new domain registrations Saturday was over 460,000.
.Com had over ... read more ...
.XYZ Did Not Block 12K Domains on Request of China; Liberty.xyz is Owned & We Have His email
- Its been an interesting couple of weeks for the .XYZ registry.
It all started when Domainincite.com published a post on October 12th, talking about that .XYZ might block almost 40,000 domain names at the registry level on the request of China. That number of 40,000 words and phrases seemed to be reduced down to 12K in a Twitter post that now seems to have been deleted.
Since the Domainincite post, several publications and organizations jumped on .XYZ for seemly to agree to ban domain names at the ... read more ...
How to not remove your shirt investing in domain names for China
- Video explains what makes domains good — and bad — for the Chinese market.
Allegravita, a consultancy for doing business in China that has worked with a number of domain name companies, has published three info-packed sessions from the DomainFest Asia conference held in September.
The company has packaged them together as a “Boot Camp” on the Chinese domain name market, and one video in particular is worth watching for any domainer thinking about investing in domains that might appeal to ... read more ...
Mobile Now Accounts for Close to Half of China's Retail eCommerce Sales
A new news from eMarketer.com shows that China is distant some-more mobile than a U.S. when it comes to ecommerce. Over 87% of all users in China frequently entrance a Internet with a mobile phone vs 74.6% in a U.S.
From a report:
A Look during China's Internet
- CFR.org published an article on the size and characteristics of the Internet in China. Citing data from CNNIC, the article gives some great insight into the Chinese Internet.
From the article:
The number of Internet users in China has grown to 668 million, according to a report released last week by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), a state agency that administers China’s domain name registry and conducts research on the Chinese Internet. Below are the main points from the ... read more ...
Scenes from a domain name auction in China
- These are some of the Chinese domain name investors buying your domains.
The domain name market in China is hot and is driving major price appreciation, especially in short domain names.
What’s the Chinese domain name community like? A lot like that in other parts of the world. It has its own “big personalities” and players. It also has its own gatherings and domain name auctions.
Last month, 域名圈 organized a live domain name auction in Beijing that attracted 200-300 people. 域名圈 ... read more ...