Archive for December 2014

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


According to the news from 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:



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


According to the news from 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 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:”


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


According to the news from 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 $ 22100 4500 3602 3190 3048 2120 2000 1242 1060 776 517 419 295 250 232 Look Directly Above

I knew that ($22.1k) would be large sale, having previously sold myself. What can i say? V-V-V-Voom! Gambling domains frequently sell above what comparable names would fetch in other niches. ($4.5k) is a case in point. ($3k) is a common first and last name, although I’m not aware of any particularly famous Chuan Shen. ($1.2k) matches a .CA and an .EU site. Personally, I think ($517) sounds awkward without a final “s”. But I quite like the brand names ($3.2k) and ($3.6k).

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


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


According to the news from 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

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 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


According to the news from 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 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. ($4.6k) was right behind, needing no explanation. Yet by ($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 refers to a region of the U.S. midwest. Continuing westward, the “high desert” in ($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 ($2.3k) and ($561). ($1.7k) spent 14 years selling cardio machines for walking / running. As for ($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 $ 4650 4550 3250 2921
WoodWorks 2700 HighDesert 2565 2275 2026
EbooksFree 1875 1725 1625 1576 1530 1475 1426 1265 1226 1110 1065 1055 1027 1025
CheyenneMeets 910 909 908 FastAndFurious 830 813 752 720 710 706 703 701 693 692 680 672 636 620 619 612 610 600 595 585 Share-a-Story- 580 580 566 561 561 560 LakeErie 550 547 531 520 515 514 512 511 511 510 496 495 485 470 AllNewProduct 463 460 460
HighSchoolSailing 457 Zooquarium 455 455 450 447 444 438 436 436 425 410 405 405 405 405 405 401 399 380 375 371 370 365 360 356 NorthBeach 356 355 355 355 355 353 343 339 338 338 LMBrown 335 335 335 329 327 325 321 315 313 310 310 310 310 309 306 306 305 305 305 304 300 300 297 292 280 272 272 271 266 265 260 260 260 259 258 255 255 255 253 251 251 250 245 245 242 235 227 225 225 220 220 220 218 217 215 215 212 211 210 210 210 210 208 208 206 206 206 206 205 205 205 204 203
AlabamaPower 202 200 200 200 196 MentalWellness 194 191 191 190 LawyersAnd 190 185 181 181 178 176 175 175 175 173 172 172 171 170 170 167 165 165 165 165 160 155 150 142 140 135 130 130 120 120 115 105 101 100 95

I guess it’s appropriate for ($120) to sell during the same week as, chart-topping Spanish and Portuguese domains, and the ($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 ($1.5k), ($566), ($511), ($460), ($450), ($401), ($300), ($211), ($172), ($140), ($135), and ($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 ($4.1k). Normally it’s 4-digit numerics that we see in this price range.

Your hunch that ($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 $ 4068 3855 3350 3221 2400 2201 2101 2055 1600 1010 1009 950 898 891 890 840 760 747 687 661 660 652 615 612 600 595 560 521 515 441
[sic] 420 375 360 355 336 330 315 281 130 76 ($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 ($2.1k) at some point. We might also see a hair care commercial one day for ($1k).

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

I challenge anyone to list 5 domains about drug abuse as good as ($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


According to the news from 1(1)on December 18th, 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. purchases for ¥380,000 RMB


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

Based on the Whois information, 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


According to the news from 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

We at were the first to figure out that NetworkSolutions,  which is  part of the 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:












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 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 is .Tokyo, with over 26,000 registrations:










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. Sold for an Undisclosed Price


According to the news from 1(1)on December 17th, has sold. “Brown Shoe Co. (BWS), owner of the Famous Footwear retail chain, sold its online division to a closely held Seattle company pushing into a market Shoeme, parent of and, is purchasing 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 and

“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 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.”