Archive for December 2014

1st Day New gTLD Totals: .Dentist 907: .Rehab 293

MONDAY,29 DECEMBER 2014  THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 29th, two new gTLD went into General Availability on Christmas eve day.

Including all registrations by trademark holders in Sunrise and those who paid an additional fee to register domain names before GA in the Early Access Program (EAP) here are the total number of registrations after the first day of GA:

.Dentist 907

.Rehab 293

We noted yesterday on Twitter that only 25 domain names in .Rehab were registered in Sunrise and the EAP period combined, going into GA

There is already a .Dental new gTLD which has close to 5,000 domain registrations

In case your curious here the domain name registered yesterday in .Rehab:

ability.rehab
acceleratedphysicaltherapy.rehab
acceleratedpt.rehab
acceleratedrehab.rehab
achillestendon.rehab
acupuntura.rehab
acupunturabarcelona.rehab
adderall.rehab
addictionrecovery.rehab
alcoholdrug.rehab
alcoholrehab.rehab
alpine.rehab
altamirarecovery.rehab
ambulatory.rehab
angeles.rehab
aquaboom.rehab
arc.rehab
armonia.rehab
assistedliving.rehab
austindrug.rehab
austinheart.rehab
austinorthopedics.rehab
back-ache.rehab
back-pain.rehab
backache.rehab
baden.rehab
baidu.rehab
bains.rehab
banyanrecoveryinstitute.rehab
basel.rehab
bazaar.rehab
beachway.rehab
bettyford.rehab
bettyfordcenter.rehab
beyond.rehab
bhpalmbeach.rehab
bingeeatingdisorder.rehab
bioidentical.rehab
books.rehab
breathe.rehab
brilliant.rehab
burnout.rehab
cardiaccenter.rehab
casadelsol.rehab
casamba.rehab
celebraterecovery.rehab
cerebral-palsy.rehab
cervical.rehab
champion.rehab
changes.rehabchanges.rehab
checkup.rehab
cheshire.rehab
chicagoland.rehab
chiemsee.rehab
choose.rehab
choosehelp.rehab
chronicfatigue.rehab
community.rehab
concourse.rehab
conroe.rehab
container.rehab
cork.rehab
cornerstone.rehab
coronarydisease.rehab
cutting-edge.rehab
dallasheart.rehab
dementia.rehab
dizziness.rehab
dolomites.rehab
dolomiti.rehab
drug-free.rehab
drugalcohol.rehab
drugandalcoholtreatment.rehab
drugfree.rehab
drugrehab.rehab
drugrehabs.rehab
edge.rehab
elite.rehab
elitecare.rehab
energetic.rehab
entrepreneur.rehab
ergotherapie-coburg.rehab
excellent.rehab
finda.rehab
firstclass.rehab
floridahouse.rehab
floridian.rehab
gaapiacc-zebrafishbottom556.rehab
gadsden.rehab
gateway.rehab
gdsy10-23-14qatestpre-reg.rehab
gdsy12-24-14qatest.rehab
goingto.rehab
h2o.rehab
hbot.rehab
hchb.rehab
health-mall.rehab
hearingloss.rehab
hedgehog.rehab
heritage.rehab
heritagehome.rehab
heviz.rehab
hip-arthritis.rehab
hip-joint.rehab
hip-pain.rehab
hiparthritis.rehab
hipjoint.rehab
homburg.rehab
homehealth.rehab
homenursing.rehab
ibiza.rehab
ibji.rehab
ifw.rehab
ikeepincloud.rehab
indivior.rehab
infosec.rehab
inpatientdrug.rehab
inspirations.rehab
integratedlife.rehab
interface.rehab
iooi.rehab
ischl.rehab
jointhe.rehab
kinderen.rehabkingston.rehab
knee-arthritis.rehab
knee-joint.rehab
knee-pain.rehab
kneearthritis.rehab
kneejoint.rehab
kneepain.rehab
kneereplacement.rehab
kydrug.rehab
lagunahills.rehab
larisa.rehab
lionrock.rehab
low-back.rehab
lowback.rehab
lowt.rehab
lowvision.rehab
ltc.rehab
lumbago.rehab
malibuvista.rehab
mallorca.rehab
maryfreebed.rehab
marylandneuro.rehab
marylandneurology.rehab
mckenzie.rehab
medicaid.rehab
medicalmassage.rehab
medicalspa.rehab
medicaltreatment.rehab
meta.rehab
midway.rehab
moilinii.rehab
movebetter.rehab
mpd.rehab
myaddiction.rehab
myhealth.rehab
myrecoveryhelper.rehab
neurologie.rehab
newbedford.rehab
non12step.rehab
nottwil.rehab
ocdetox.rehab
onlineaddiction.rehab
opioid.rehab
optimise.rehab
optimumpt.rehab
orangecountydrug.rehab
osteopathic.rehab
osteopathy.rehab
parkinsons.rehab
paros.rehab
passages.rehab
passagescost.rehab
passagesmalibu.rehab
passagesreview.rehab
passagesscam.rehab
passagesventura.rehab
paxhouse.rehab
portfolio.rehab
posture.rehab
povorot.rehab
praxis-knop.rehab
prehab.rehab
promises.rehab
promisesmalibu.rehab
psychrotem.rehab
pulmonology.rehab
quiters.rehab
r3hab.rehab
rechtsanwaelte.rehab
redhook.rehab
regeneration.rehab
rehabilitations.rehab
reliant.rehab
resolve.rehab
retry.rehab
revitalization.rehab
rotem.rehab
roundtable.rehab
rss.rehab
rueckenzentrum.rehab
salsa.rehab
sciatic.rehab
sciatica.rehab
scoliosis.rehab
searidge.rehab
serenityhouse.rehab
servicesqa.rehab
shoulder-pain.rehab
shoulderpain.rehab
skillednursing.rehab
skipping.rehab
snf.rehab
sobrietyhome.rehab
sobrietysociety.rehab
solid.rehab
southflorida.rehab
spine-pain.rehab
spineache.rehab
spinedisc.rehab
spinepain.rehab
splendid.rehab
sportex.rehab
sportsmassage.rehab
springboard.rehab
src.rehab
step.rehab
stockport.rehab
stories.rehab
stretch.rehab
suedtirol.rehab
sunlight.rehab
sunrisemedical.rehab
tbi.rehab
teenchallenge.rehab
tele.rehab
tendon.rehab
terme.rehab
texan.rehab
texasheart.rehab
thebest.rehab
thebestdrug.rehab
thehealingplace.rehab
thehook.rehab
thehooknyc.rehab
thermes.rehab
thessaloniki.rehab
thetreatmentcenter.rehab
thewoodlands.rehab
tomball.rehab
top100.rehab
torontophysiotherapy.rehab
translation.rehab
tratranu.rehab
tricare.rehab
trinity.rehab
urbanrecoveryhouse.rehab
vitality.rehab
vitalization.rehab
westcoast.rehab
westmichigan.rehab
withgodin.rehab
worldsbest.rehab
york.rehab
zach-harward.rehab

 

 

Tip For The New Year: Don’t Buy Domains When You’re High.

MONDAY,29 DECEMBER 2014 THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 29th,with marijuana becoming legal in more and more states to varying degrees, here is a cautionary tale for anyone who is thinking about smoking and domaining.

Don’t do it.

This story comes from a guy who told his tale on Reddit.com who spend over $5,000 registering domain names while high after he went on a buying spree on godaddy.

Could you do this when you were drunk, well sure but if you look at the domain names the guy registered you can clearly see that Mary Jane paid a visit:

“Last Monday night I was talking with my friend Mitch about the crazy domains he sold during his internship at GoDaddy. Apparently these people would buy domains really cheap and them for tons of money later.

Flash Forward..

Wednesday night, after a long day of studying for finals, it made sense to kick it and unwind for the evening. A few drinks, too many joints and LOT of Taco Bell later I found myself on the phone with GoDaddy.

“I spent over three hours on the phone with an associate, going over my amazing idea of cornering the Escort and Wrap markets (Mainly Wraps).

I wake up the next morning with an email from GoDaddy congratulating me on my bulk domain name purchase and billing me the KING of Wraps.

“Apparently I spent $5,000+ on my Credit Card between 1 – 4:30 am and purchased over 200+ food, wrap and escort names.”

“Please help, I can’t get a refund on these and I need to pay my student loans. I just finished my final exams and graduated from college last week:”

avacadowrap.com
avocadowraps.com
baconburrito.com
baconranchwrap.com
baconranchwraps.com
bahrainbitches.com
bangkokbitches.com
bangkokstrippers.com
barbecuechickenwraps.com
barbequewrap.com
bbqranchburger.com
bbqwrap.com
bbqwraps.com
beanwrap.com
beanwraps.com
beefshawarma.com
beefwrap.com
belizeescorts.com
bisonwrap.com
bisonwraps.com
bkburgers.com
bkdinner.com
bkfries.com
bkhamburger.com
bkhamburgers.com
bklunch.com
bkmeal.com
bksalad.com
bkwrap.com
bltwrap.com
bltwraps.com
boarwrap.com
boarwraps.com
bombaybitches.com
buffalowrap.com
bukuescorts.com
caesarsaladwrap.com
cajunwrap.com
caliescort.com
caliescorts.com
capresewrap.com
carnitaswrap.com
carnitaswraps.com
cesarwrap.com
chickenbaconwrap.com
chickencesarwrap.com
chickenclubwrap.com
chickenclubwraps.com
chickenfingerwrap.com
chickenfingerwraps.com
chickenlettucewrap.com
chickennuggetswrap.com
chickennuggetswraps.com
chickennuggetwrap.com
chickennuggetwraps.com
chickenparmwrap.com
chickenranchwrap.com
chickenselectwrap.com
chickensnackwrap.com
chickensnackwraps.com
chinesewrap.com
chipotlebbgsnackwrap.com
chipotlebbqsnackwrap.com
chipotlebbqwrap.com
chorizowrap.com
chorizowraps.com
cinnamonmelts.com
codwrap.com
codwraps.com
corsicaescorts.com
corsicanescorts.com
crabwraps.com
crispychickensandwich.com
crispychickenstrips.com
crispychickenwrap.com
crispychickenwraps.com
crunchychickenwrap.com
crunchywrap.com
crunchywraps.com
dhakaescorts.com
dinnerwraps.com
doublepounder.com
dubaibitches.com
duckwraps.com
eggwhiteswrap.com
eggwhiteswraps.com
eggwhitewrap.com
eggwhitewraps.com
fajitachickenwrap.com
fajitawrap.com
fantasygentlemensclub.com
fastfoodwrap.com
filetwrap.com
filetwraps.com
fruitnyogurtparfait.com
gethoes.com
grabngowrap.com
greekwrap.com
grilledchickenwrap.com
guatemalaescorts.com
guatemalanescorts.com
hamburgerwrap.com
hamburgerwraps.com
hochiminhhoes.com
honeybbqwrap.com
honeymustardsnack.com
honeymustardsnackwrap.com
honeymustardwrap.com
honeymustardwraps.com
hotdogwrap.com
hotdogwraps.com
hotvipescorts.com
hummuswrap.com
icelandescorts.com
italianwrap.com
jeddahescorts.com
kabobwraps.com
kobewrap.com
kobewraps.com
lambshawarma.com
lambwrap.com
lambwraps.com
latenightwrap.com
latenightwraps.com
lentilwrap.com
lentilwraps.com
lobsterwrap.com
lobsterwraps.com
lowcalwraps.com
lunchwrap.com
luxurystripper.com
macsnackwrap.com
meatballwrap.com
meatballwraps.com
meccaescorts.com
meccamessages.com
mediterraneanwrap.com
mintchocolateshake.com
mintchocolateshakes.com
mixedshakes.com
mortadellawrap.com
mortadellawraps.com
mumbaibitches.com
munchywrap.com
mushuwrap.com
muttonwrap.com
orangewraps.com
oreoshakes.com
pbjwrap.com
peanutbutterwrap.com
peanutbutterwraps.com
porkwrap.com
poshnightclubs.com
premiumchickenwrap.com
premiumfries.com
premiummocha.com
premiumsalad.com
premiumsteakwrap.com
premiumstripclub.com
premiumstripper.com
premiumstrippers.com
prosciuttowrap.com
prosciuttowraps.com
rajasthanescorts.com
ranchchickenwrap.com
ranchchickenwraps.com
ranchsalad.com
ranchsnackwrap.com
ranchsnackwraps.com
ranchwrap.com
ranchwraps.com
raspberryshakes.com
reesesshake.com
reesesshakes.com
revwrap.com
reykjavikescorts.com
ribwraps.com
roastbeefwrap.com
roastbeefwraps.com
salmonwrap.com
salmonwraps.com
sausageburrito.com
sausagewrap.com
scallopwrap.com
scallopwraps.com
selectchickenwrap.com
shrimpwrap.com
shrimpwraps.com
sicilianpasta.com
signaturewrap.com
southernstylechickensandwich.com
southwesternwrap.com
southwesternwraps.com
southwestsalad.com
southwestwrap.com
spamwrap.com
spamwraps.com
spanishwrap.com
spicychickenwrap.com
steakwrap.com
sweetchiliwrap.com
sweetnsourwrap.com
tacowraps.com
taipanescorts.com
tandooriwraps.com
teriyakilettucewrap.com
teriyakiwrap.com
tofuwrap.com
tunawraps.com
turkeyshawarma.com
valuemenuwrap.com
vanillashakes.com
vealwrap.com
vealwraps.com
vipgentleman.com
vipgentlemansclub.com
vipgentlemen.com
vipgentlemenclub.com
vipgentlemens.com
vipgentlemensclub.com
wildboarwrap.com
worldsfamousfries.com
zestyitalianwrap.com
zestywrap.com
zestywraps.com

 

V-V-V-Voom! and Not Much Else (Expired Domain Report)

THURSDAY,25 DECEMBER 2014 DOMAIN NAME WIRE

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 25th,suppose the major marketplaces stopped showing sales results, how would that affect the domain industry? Keep reading …

The most conspicuous feature of expired domain sales for the past week is the complete absence of GoDaddy data. After downloading information for roughly a thousand auctions, I was surprised to see only mid-auction snapshots for upcoming items – meaning that there was not a single actual past auction result.

At first, I thought this might be due to a snag in my code; but it isn’t. Currently, the “Watching” tab at GoDaddy shows only listings that end in the future. Once the auctions have ended, it seems their records will vanish. Until now, data on past auctions was visible for a full week. (Raymond Hackney noticed this problem yesterday, as it turns out, although I didn’t notice that he’d noticed it until I began looking for confirmation.)

At this stage, I don’t know whether this represents a GoDaddy glitch or a systematic policy change. We’ll find out in a few days, once employees return from Christmas vacation. It would be unfair to leap to conclusions; so technical difficulties are the prudent assumption.

However, this raises an important question: How would we react were GoDaddy to turn off the lights on auction results? Compared to other expired domain market places, GoDaddy has been more transparent, allowing even non-bidders to track an auction. NameJet and DropCatch require a bid to view the outcomes. Meanwhile, other sites such as SnapNames and Pheenix keep auction results private. Even those bidding must be present in the final moments of an auction in order to learn its closing price.

We’re accustomed to seeing large retail sales reported by DNJournal and others. Yet it’s only below that $2,000 .COM reporting threshold that we’ll find most of the domain market’s wholesale activity. All of us rely on GoDaddy Auctions for evidence of what’s going on in today’s market, both because of the platform’s size and its transparency. That could go away.

Moreover, in the dark it’s easier to get away with murder. Ours is a largely unregulated industry. One of the few deterrents against fraud of various kinds is bright lighting. When auction results are published, they can be interrogated. So, for all these reasons, I hope GoDaddy will reverse its glitch / policy decision, as the case may be. If you feel likewise (or otherwise), please leave a comment.

This week, there’s nothing from GoDaddy. Nevertheless, we still have highlights from NameJet. These 15 sales are drawn from just a 5-day period since my last article:

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
VVVV.com 22100 RealCasino.com 4500
SkyRiver.com 3602 Payola.com 3190
ChuanShen.com 3048 WideScope.com 2120
YouMove.com 2000 MRCM.com 1242
PixCo.com 1060 Overflows.com 776
HugeSaving.com 517 CouponPromos.com 419
NCOF.com 295 DomainNameJournal.com 250
KeyMarker.com 232 Look Directly Above

I knew that VVVV.com ($22.1k) would be large sale, having previously sold LLLL.com myself. What can i say? V-V-V-Voom! Gambling domains frequently sell above what comparable names would fetch in other niches. RealCasino.com ($4.5k) is a case in point.

ChuanShen.com ($3k) is a common first and last name, although I’m not aware of any particularly famous Chuan Shen. MRCM.com ($1.2k) matches a .CA and an .EU site. Personally, I think HugeSaving.com ($517) sounds awkward without a final “s”. But I quite like the brand names Payola.com ($3.2k) and SkyRiver.com ($3.6k).

Speaking of market transparency and reported sales, Ron Jackson over at DNJournal acquired DomainNameJournal.com ($250).

 

Nissan Loses Its 2nd Domain Proceeding In a Row on New gTLD Nissan.email

THURSDAY,25 DECEMBER 2014  DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 25th, Nissan has lost the 2nd URS in the last three days after winning 10 in a row.

This time Nissan lost the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) on the domain name Nissan.email

The examiner Kendall C. Reed held:

“The Respondent holds the domain name as inventory, which is not inherently wrongful and can represent a legitimate interest, provided however that, at a minimum, the intended use would not constitute a bad faith use. As is noted below, Respondent’s intended use is not inevitably a bad faith use.

Registrant has registered or acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or to a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of documented out-of pocket costs directly related to the domain name; or

Registrant has registered the domain name in order to prevent the trademark holder or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, provided that Registrant has engaged in a pattern of such conduct; or

Registrant registered the domain name primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of a competitor; or

By using the domain name Registrant has intentionally attempted to attract for commercial gain, Internet users to Registrant’s web site or other on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant’s mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of Registrant’s web site or location or of a product or service on that web site or location.

Respondent’s stated intended use for the domain name is to offer the same to unrelated third parties who might have the name Nissan.

This intended use is not necessarily in bad faith, but a determination of this issue is best left for the facts of such a case.

It might be different if the Complainant in this matter were able to demonstrate that the Respondent was engaged in a pattern of registering domain names for the purposed of preventing trademark and/or service mark holders from reflecting their respective marks in a corresponding domain name but in this matter no such allegation has been made and no supporting evidence has been provided.””

Survey Of Brand Strategies in New gTLD Era Published By Largest Law Firm In France

THURSDAY,25 DECEMBER 2014 THE DOMAINS According to the news from Domain.cn on December 25th,Fidal, the largest lawfirm in France, put out the results of a very detailed survey on new gtlds and how brands are using them. They conducted a survey that delved into a lot of topics that brands face when dealing with the new namespace. I read the whole report and I think it is well worth your time to take a look at and bookmark to refer back to. From the report: A large majority of the surveyed companies (64.9%) say they are informed about the launch of several hundred new top-level domain names. However, 57.4% admit not having assessed the risks related to this launch, the most significant of which being cybersquatting. Also, 95% of the survey participants admitted not having carried out an audit on this subject. 85% of the companies surveyed have not set up any monitoring to detect online infringement of their trademarks. In the current context of the massive launch of new domain names, not using a trademark monitoring tool is a sizeable risk factor for businesses, particularly in detecting fraudulent reservations by third parties. Lastly, in the event of a dispute, 56.1% of the companies declared they would prefer an amicable transfer, as this solution has the advantage of retrieving the domain names registered fraudulently more quickly and at a lower cost. In 26.3% of cases, the companies opt for legal action or extrajudicial action such as UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution). About the survey 255 companies took part in the survey during the first half of 2014 and answered a series of 18 questions Over 35% of the surveyed companies operate in the services industry (mainly B2B), followed by the retail (19.1%) and manufacturing (17.9%) sectors (excluding the food industry). It is interesting to note the participation of companies in the construction/real estate (6.8%) and food (5.6%) sectors, which reflects the general trend of developing online communications across all industry sectors and aimed at all target customers. 55% of participants are from companies with less than 49 employees, whereas 45% come from companies with over 50 employees, They asked 16 questions which you can read in the full report here. About FIDAL With 1,400 lawyers in France and partner firms in 150 countries, FIDAL is the no. 1 business law firm in France in terms of size and revenue* and the leading French law firm in the top 100 worldwide.FIDAL’s lawyers advise 80,000 companies and organizations of all sizes. FIDAL reported €322.6 million in revenue in 2013.

Last week’s Expired Domain Name Sales

MONDAY,22 DECEMBER 2014 DOMAIN NAME WIRE

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 22th, after seeing English and Chinese jostling for king of the mountain week after week, it’s a real pleasure to see Spanish climb to that top spot, as if reminding us that it – not English – stands as the world’s 2nd most populous language (behind Mandarin). GoDaddy auctioned off the word Gustazo.com for $4.7k. If you’re wondering what it means, well, I’ve already given you a clue in that first sentence. “Gustazo” equals a special pleasure. In particular, it’s used as an expression of grateful pride when an honor is bestowed. For instance, when this 21-year-old football player was named as team captain, he was quoted as saying, “It’s a great [gustazo] to wear the captain’s bracelet”. And suppose you wanted to “treat yourself” to something luxurious like a vacation? You’d literally “give yourself the [gustazo] of a holiday”. The plural .COM is already a developed brand.

InsurancePros.com ($4.6k) was right behind, needing no explanation. Yet by Vestibular2015.net ($3.3k) we’re leaving English once again. This time it’s Portuguese for next year’s college and grad school entrance exams in Brazil. What’s obvious to one demographic will be obscure to another. So, for the benefit of non-American readers (say, those in Latin America), I’ll just point out that TheOzarks.com refers to a region of the U.S. midwest. Continuing westward, the “high desert” in HighDesertUsedCarDealers.com ($2.6k) is yet another region.

Sometimes it’s beneficial to acquire customers at their first glimmer of interest in your niche, even if they may not be ready for checkout. That seems to be the strategy behind domain purchases like WhatIsForex.com ($2.3k) and HowToMakeCoffee.com ($561).

TreadmillsCentral.com ($1.7k) spent 14 years selling cardio machines for walking / running. As for DTRC.com ($2k), it could refer to any or none of these guys: the Dancer Transition Resource Center, Dakota Territory Resource Corp, or Diabetes Translational Research Center. Your guess is as good as mine.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
Gustazo.com 4650 InsurancePros.com 4550
Vestibular2015.net 3250 TheOzarks.com 2921
WoodWorks
AndCrafts.com 2700 HighDesert
UsedCarDealers.com 2565
WhatIsForex.com 2275 DTRC.com 2026
EbooksFree
Download.org 1875 TreadmillsCentral.com 1725
HJIU.com 1625 SportsWearables.com 1576
ShareUpload.com 1530 DailyRates.com 1475
VertVOnline.ws 1426 KnowTech.com 1265
Anhdam.info 1226 Yeson522.com 1110
PASeniorCenters.org 1065 DebtRemedy.com 1055
TheGioiphimOnline.com 1027 Tulele.com 1025
CheyenneMeets
Chanel.com 910 Monserrat.com 909
ChurchConstruction.com 908 FastAndFurious
Investigation.com 830
Topeegy.com 813 SkyPixelMon.com 752
1Haber.com 720 FiberLan.com 710
TrueNudist.com 706 MundoInformativo.net 703
BHYS.com 701 Giydirme.com 693
Currencies-Online.com 692 Telefe.org 680
HG126.com 672 ImageSharing.com 636
SCYS.com 620 PYAMF.org 619
MyBusinessLoan.com 612 WornallHouse.org 610
DTodo.com 600 Herana-Gateway.org 595
FlyRomania.com 585 Share-a-Story-
Shape-a-Future.net 580
LinkAndThink.org 580 Testaurant.com 566
IraqiCurricula.org 561 HowToMakeCoffee.com 561
LSGHunter.com 560 LakeErie
SportFishing.com 550
Fix-All-DLL-Errors.com 547 SureShotSoftware.com 531
StarDustSoftware.com 520 KBC3.com 515
GTariff.com 514 MortgageDallas.com 512
AtaturkUniv.com 511 RepairPlus.com 511
WeddingMountain.com 510 Oozie.org 496
Rockero.com 495 51WMA.com 485
TFEC.com 470 AllNewProduct
Reviews.com 463
CareerFit-Test.com 460 Bets.cc 460
HighSchoolSailing
USA.org 457 Zooquarium
CapeCod.net 455
AdoreVintage.com 455 ComeToScotland.com 450
GoldenOrchard.com 447 973TheCoast.com 444
UK49S.com 438 Chsico.org 436
DecadeOfSEO.com 436 90HNBB.com 425
ColoringPagesPlus.com 410 SaltyInk.com 405
BallymunUnited.com 405 Crispen.org 405
HotelAlahuar.com 405 TheBigOptOut.com 405
Paintify.com 401 PSFN.org 399
Reg-Markets.org 380 PropertyDekho.com 375
MidtownVillage.org 371 Rutis.org 370
NJSJ.com 365 GameHacked.com 360
SeaSki.com 356 NorthBeach
Chamber.com 356
VerbReverb.com 355 NBDesign.com 355
FashionRat.com 355 MatchMine.com 355
Xiagen.com 353 IntraVJet.com 343
SYJB.com 339 MatchFWD.com 338
FreshFilm.com 338 LMBrown
WebDesign.com 335
HolaOaxaca.com 335 OatsFestival.com 335
DGKY.com 329 TwinFallsTaxi.com 327
HardKnockWoodFurniture.com 325 HG646.com 321
4NewTube.com 315 RatnerLaw.com 313
33Needs.com 310 MinistryOfDeals.com 310
GULZ.com 310 AVTCHistory.org 310
JSSO.com 309 GraphicArts.org 306
YaffaCafe.com 306 FantasyAlert.com 305
Cerevellum.com 305 CodaOnline.com 305
CapsuleProjects.com 304 DiscontinuedParts.com 300
W3Wizards.com 300 SilangMemoirs.com 297
OLHS.com 292 Khass.com 280
GameLeon.co 272 ClubElOrigen.com 272
XFSJ.com 271 DockBubbler.com 266
GraphicFetish.com 265 Loglar.com 260
Idealz.com 260 Dezmo.com 260
ShahirZag.com 259 EconomistBlog.com 258
IDCPhotography.com 255 ClubDuSoleil.com 255
FilmedIVIX.com 255 GreenlandDesign.org 253
378777.com 251 Braall.com 251
BatikButik.com 250 Ninja2U.com 245
DBFG.com 245 FreeActivator.com 242
RJMG.com 235 31673.com 227
GetReadyRentals.com 225 CardsRemembered.com 225
Philosyphia.com 220 HighTechInstitute.com 220
NSFWShow.com 220 YourPeriod.com 218
CSCCC.info 217 DZLW.com 215
AllThingsFarmer.com 215 SpawEditor.com 212
TheSeniorCenter.org 211 CWMuseum.org 210
CT-Al-Anon.org 210 HiiraanNews.net 210
LeoKesting.com 210 ARate.com 208
DZQP.com 208 ShoppingMonkey.com 206
DHtmlExamples.com 206 SABPA.com 206
Empress.org 206 MarijuanaAdvisor.com 205
WebEvader.org 205 EITCPlatform.org 205
AYTE.com 204 HG8718.com 203
AlabamaPower
Company.com 202 FOFN.com 200
Spotiz.com 200 HVON.com 200
1111JH.info 196 MentalWellness
Network.org 194
TechCrackers.com 191 MermaidDiaries.com 191
VSOG.com 190 LawyersAnd
TheLaw.com 190
GingkoBlue.com 185 YHKC.com 181
FilmStream.org 181 SpaWire.com 178
North-Face.com 176 XWCH.com 175
PGWW.com 175 SmokeHoods.com 175
KZDX.com 173 TeamRadio.com 172
ExoticAngels.com 172 BMHW.info 171
JCSY.com 170 2367.cc 170
QLAW.org 167 TJBL.com 165
UighurLanguage.com 165 YLoan.com 165
Salesopedia.com 165 ConsumersGroup.com 160
KAVD.com 155 Linos.org 150
SmallAndMighty.net 142 TheColorist.com 140
JumpTheQueue.com 135 ThoughtAnomalies.com 130
PMTooling.com 130 GetawayBahamas.com 120
RegionalIdentity.com 120 GreenWichita.org 115
PrecisionPR.com 105 MeiLing.net 101
TeamOuch.com 100 HIVE.us 95

I guess it’s appropriate for RegionalIdentity.com ($120) to sell during the same week as TheOzarks.com, chart-topping Spanish and Portuguese domains, and the UighurLanguage.com ($165). The Uyghurs (pronounced “Weegur”) are a predominantly muslim ethnic group, 10 million strong in northern China.

As usual, there are too many interesting domain auctions to discuss them all. If I were to single out some of the more notable items, I’d include DailyRates.com ($1.5k), Testaurant.com ($566), RepairPlus.com ($511), Bets.cc ($460), ComeToScotland.com ($450), Paintify.com ($401), DiscontinuedParts.com ($300), TheSeniorCenter.com ($211), TeamRadio.com ($172), TheColorist.com ($140), JumpTheQueue.com ($135), and YourPeriod.com ($208). For the last of these, the audience is nearly half the English-speaking world.

NameJet’s highest selling expired auction last week was (unusually) a 5-digit numeric. I’m guessing buyers were attracted by the “123” sequence in 12328.com ($4.1k). Normally it’s 4-digit numerics that we see in this price range.

Your hunch that Certus.com ($3.9k) was involved in certification of some kind turns out to be correct. As early as 1998, Certus was a consulting group for integrated circuit testing and verification. By 2007, however, the domain represented a company dealing with “corporate regulatory compliance”. This cat still has a few of its 9 lives remaining.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
12328.com 4068 Certus.com 3855
QuitDrugs.com 3350 DORF.com 3221
NASG.com 2400 CyberOffice.com 2201
EnergyFunds.com 2101 SecurityVideo.com 2055
OLEE.com 1600 NaturalColor.com 1010
ScienceAcademy.com 1009 MATE.org 950
MCE.net 898 Tasty.tv 891
GigaScale.org 890 LegallyBlond.com 840
BigBeats.com 760 SunshineDiving.com 747
InvestingClass.com 687 TBIB.com 661
CSRIU.org 660 VisitHotel.com 652
O47.com 615 ClimbingNews.com 612
Yousa.com 600 CanineAcademy.com 595
InnovativeArt.com 560 TheVent.com 521
Renters.org 515 DesignerBags.net 441
ChristianTelevison.com
[sic] 420 U3M.com 375
Informer.net 360 SoxFirst.com 355
IQIX.com 336 IIRT.com 330
AnthonyGoicolea.com 315 RecycleMaster.com 281
CondiMinds.com 130 BirdSeller.com 76

Informer.net ($360) will make an excellent brand name for a news site of some kind – product releases, gossip, industry reporting, or current events. (Right now, .NET is frequently undervalued, in my view.) Mutual fund investors will probably find their way to EnergyFunds.com ($2.1k) at some point. We might also see a hair care commercial one day for NaturalColor.com ($1k).

Gotta love the sound of Tasty.tv ($891) for a cooking show! ScienceAcademy.com ($1k) seems more likely to be used for some private High School than a professional organization. By now science is too widespread to bottle. DORF.com ($3.2k) sounds like a great name for a cartoon character. And as long as there are birds in cages, somebody is a BirdSeller.com ($76), right?

I challenge anyone to list 5 domains about drug abuse as good as QuitDrugs.com ($3.4k). In my opinion, that’s the best domain in this week’s article, whatever its price tag.

 

Godaddy Sued For $50 Million By Russian Millionaire Konstantin Malofeev

THURSDAY,18 DECEMBER 2014  THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 18th, GoDaddy.com has been sued for $50 million by A Russian millionaire claiming Godaddy defamed him by hosting a number of websites that accuse him of fraud.

Konstantin Malofeev sued GoDaddy, Domains by Proxy and John Doe – the anonymous operator of the websites – on Dec. 14

Malofeev claims he is a businessman, politician, and chairman of the board of directors of Marshall Capital Group, one of Russia’s largest equity investment groups.

He claims that a number of websites incorporating his name and hosted by GoDaddy defamed him, and that Domains by Proxy conceals the identifying information of the anonymous registrant.

“The websites contain assertions that Malofeev is ‘a thief and a criminal,’ who has committed fraud, privatization fraud, illegal purchasing of shares of regional energy companies, committing fraud on investors, and other alleged illegal acts,” the complaint states.

Malofeev says the websites claim he was subject to a criminal proceeding, which was “allegedly conveniently closed,” and that he violated a number of articles in Russia’s Criminal Code, including fraud, illegal possession and dissipation of assets, bribery, and organization of a criminal community.

Malofeev, who denies these allegations, claims he suffered damages to his “personal and professional reputations … by the publication of these false statements.”

According to the story, Bloomberg News reported in June this year that Malofeev made more than $700 million in November 2013 when he sold his largest asset, a 7.5% stake in the Russian state-run phone company Rostelecom, back to the company.

Malofeev seeks an injunction stopping defendant from publishing any defamatory statements, removal of the websites and transfer of the domains to him, and $50 million in damages.

 

 

Goojie.com purchases tiexin.com for ¥380,000 RMB

THURSDAY,18 DECEMBER 2014 DOMAINCOM

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 18th, Goojie.com became famous by imitating Google many years ago who purchase tiexin.com from the cofounder–Jundu of huobi.com. Before establishing the huobi.com, Jundu had been a famous domain investor. It is reported that tinxin.com was sode for ¥380,000 RMB and the purpose of this domain hasn’t been known yet.

tiexin.com

Based on the Whois information, tiexin.com was registered in 2006 which is a Chinese binary syllabification that can be applied to the O2O sectors so as to be competitive in service quality.

 

.XYZ Is The 1st New gTLD To Break 750,000 Registered Domains

WEDNESDAY,17 DECEMBER 2014 THEDOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 17th, .XYZ has become the first new gTLD to break through the 750,000 mark for domain name registrations.

According to the .XYZ registry the number of registered domain names is 750,073

The 750,000th domain name to be registered was Chez.XYZ that was registered today at the domain name registrar Gandi.net.

We at TheDomains.com were the first to figure out that NetworkSolutions,  which is  part of the Web.com group (WWWW), were stuffing free .XYZ domain names into customer’s accounts when the extension first launched.

However the number of .XYZ domain names registered at Network Solutions currently sits at 376,612 and has been stalled at that level for a few months, so within a matter of  hours or days the percentage of .XYZ  domain name registered at Network Solutions will fall below 50%.

.XYZ is closing in on a legacy domain extension, .Mobi which sits around 830,000 registrations.

With the total number  of new gTLD registrations sitting around 3.5 Million that means that over 20% of all new gTLD registrations are .XYZ domain names.

You may love it or hate it but you can’t ignore it.

Even backing out all the “free” Network Solutions registrations .XYZ would have 350,000 registrations more than twice the number of domain names registrations under the second most registered new gTLD extension .Berlin (which also offered free registrations).

.XYZ didn’t launch until June 2nd of this year which is several months after the first new gTLD’s launched.

A lot of .XYZ registrations are coming from the Asian Market.

.XYZ has over 186,000 registrations from Xin Net in China and is featured on its home page:

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The second most registered new gTLD after .XYZ  at Xin Net is .Wang with under 8,000 registrations

.XYZ is also featured on the home page of onamae.com a large Japanese registrar which is owned and operated by GMO, group, has registered over 77,000 .XYZ domain names.

The next most registered new gTLD at  onamae.com is .Tokyo, with over 26,000 registrations:

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Yes .XYZ is a very low priced, new gTLD extension, but there is obviously a market for it.

Congrats to .XYZ for hitting 750,000 domain name registrations.

 

Shoes.com Sold for an Undisclosed Price

WEDNESDAY,17 DECEMBER 2014 the DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 17th, shoes.com has sold. “Brown Shoe Co. (BWS), owner of the Famous Footwear retail chain, sold its Shoes.com online division to a closely held Seattle company pushing into a market Shoeme, parent of OnlineShoes.com and Shoeme.ca, is purchasing Shoes.com for an undisclosed price, the companies said in separate statements today. ”

“Shoeme Chief Executive Officer Roger Hardy has been working to move into footwear retailing on the Web. After selling Vancouver-based Coastal Contacts Inc., for C$430 million ($370 million) earlier this year to French eyeglass-lens maker Essilor International SA, he has been pumping the proceeds into the online shoe business, starting with the July acquisitions of OnlineShoes.com and Shoeme.ca.

“Coastal Contacts was one of the biggest e-commerce success stories to come out of Canada, if not the biggest,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. “Hardy is a very smart guy.”

When Shoes.com is added to his portfolio of footwear sites, the combined companies will generate 2015 sales of about $315 million, with 75 percent of that in the U.S., Hardy said in an interview.”

“Brown Shoe, based in St. Louis, has been closing stores in recent years to boost profits.

“The company has more than 1,200 stores and generated sales of $2.51 billion in its latest fiscal year, mostly in the U.S.”