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Premium Domains from David Clements

TUESDAY,27 January 2015   Domain Forum of China
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on January 27th, Most of the Domains in Today’s Newsletter have been Registered for At Least 10 Years.

We’ve got several Investment Quality Domain Names and they’re also Priced Right.

I expect several names below to sell so if you see something you’re interested in please let me know before someone else takes it.

As always, thanks in advance for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Today’s Domains
Parties.com
18 years old
$275,000
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Stroller.com
12 years old
$175,000
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MovingService.com
17 years old
$100,000
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Fanclub.com
19 years old
$80,000
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HomeAlarms.com
16 years old
$75,000
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Bodyguards.com
This price is good until December 31, 2014.
$70,000
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MerchantSolutions.com
$47,500
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Toulouse.com
French city, domain 18 years old
$45,000
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Zaragoza.com
Spanish city, domain 18 years old
$45,000
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Rennes.com
French city, domain 18 years old
$40,000
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Nantes.com
French city, domain 18 years old
$40,000
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Lille.com
French city, domain 18 years old
$40,000
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FixedLoans.com
AdjustableLoans.com
13 years old
$36,000
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France.org
Wikipedia
$35,000
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Rings.net
$30,000
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CarShopper.com
$23,750
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Beginnings.com
$23,750
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WeddingStore.com
$23,750
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Chilli.com
16 years old
$22,000
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PartySupplies.net
$20,000
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BuyTicket.com
16 years old
$20,000
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TicketSeller.com
$19,000
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LowBudget.com
$18,980
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PrimeHotels.com
12 years old
$15,000
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InternetAds.com
10 years old
$15,000
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Township.com
$15,000
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ForeclosureDirectory.com
15 years old
$12,000
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Necklace.net
$12,000
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NavigationSystems.com
$10,000
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FortLauderdale.org
17 years old
$10,000
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DigitalPrinters.com
$9,999
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Nimes.com
French city
$8,000
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iMeds.com
$7,600
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LipColor.com
LipColors.com
17 years old
$7,000
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Carvery.com
12 years old
$6,000
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VisitSaoPaulo.com
14 years old
$5,000
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VisitBogota.com
11 years old
$5,000
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Jotting.com
10 years old
$5,000
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Dishwasher.net
16 years old
$5,000
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MovieWarehouse.com
$3,800
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Rio-De-Janeiro.com
16 years old
$3,000
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Pronouncing.com
Pronouncings.com
10 years old
$3,000
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Farcical.com
12 years old
$3,000
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NewSmartPhone.com
$2,999
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CyberFitness.com
17 years old
$2,500
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TravelBaja.com
13 years old
$2,499
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TheCommander.com
15 years old
$2,000
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DesignerPhones.com
14 years old
$2,000
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Brazenly.com
$2,000
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EmotionalFreedom.com
$1,500
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TileBox.com
11 years old
$1,500
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Benefit.net
18 years old
$1,500
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Crullers.com
Crullers.net
Crullers.org
12 years old
$1,200
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MNY.net
$1,000
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Subjectable.com
$1,000
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AirShow.org
19 years old
$800
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Misapply.com
$500
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Money Generating Websites
Encrypt.com
Domain, website, and all code is included. Encrypt.com is a free service that allows anyone to encrypt and decrypt files using a secure AES 256 encryption algorithm. The process is performed in javascript on the client-side (using your web browser on your local machine) so there is no risk of exposed data because unencrypted data is never sent to the internet. The website is developed but not currently earning revenue. domain registered 11/17/1996
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Reduced Domains
RateQuote.com
$25,650
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MusicProducer.com
$23,750
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GolfDestinations.com
$14,250
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SunglassOutlet.com
$14,250
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HerbalProducts.com
$13,300
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CasinoFinder.com
$8,550
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SiteTrader.com
$8,550
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Unlicensed.com
$7,000
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ShoppingLocal.com
$6,650
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MobileProducts.com
$6,650
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RetiredSingles.com
$6,650
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ReduceMyDebt.com
$6,650
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Dared.com
$5,000
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Findabuilder.com
$4,750
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BuildaTrip.com
$4,750
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OnlineBookie.com
$4,750
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LivingWithDepression.com
Push only at current registrar which is Pheenix
$2,999
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Multimedia.org
$2,000
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Sight.org
$2,000
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Brandable Domain Names
Poob.com
$2,600
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Nuddy.com
11 years old
$1,500
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Skax.com
12 years old
$800
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SelfieSticks.com sells for $29,100 and more expired domain name sales

MONDAY,26 January 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on January 26th, Joseph Peterson runs down the latest expired domain name sales at NameJet.

If you’re as un-with-it as uncool me, then you’ll look at the $29.1k high bid for SelfieSticks.com and say, “Huh?” Apparently, selfie sticks are rods that attach to a camera phone so that you can hold it far enough away to take a picture of yourself and the grinning people next to you. Asking a stranger to snap a photo please wasn’t that onerous, was it? Trends move fast. Already the market for these devices generated a domain bidding war, while WordPress continues to identify “selfie” as a typo!

That wasn’t the only high-priced auction at NameJet during the past week; 3 other domains expired and surpassed $10k. TurkCell.net – yes, .NET – went for $10.1k, and it seems to be purely a case of brand protection / cybersquatting with reference to the 96th biggest website in Turkey (according to Alexa).

As if that’s not depressing enough, another $10.1k sale was MaxHardcore.com, which the feds seized back in 2005 as part of a child pornography case that led to jail time for the domain’s former owner (according to TheDomains.com). Apparently inbound traffic remains high a decade later, and some web masters aren’t fussy about making money from those old customers. If there’s a less cynical explanation for those bids, I’m all ears.

A third $10k sale, OPIA.com, could be for a NYC restaurant – provided it’s worth $10k for a local restaurant to drop the word “restaurant” from its .COM address … which I doubt. There’s an Optical Imaging Association at the .ORG too. But with acronyms, buyers often come out of left field.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
SelfieSticks.com 29100 TurkCell.net 10100
MaxHardcore.com 10100 OPIA.com 10000
Micom.com 7200 Matinee.com 6500
GameShare.com 5201 SSNN.com 4309
Bureaux.com 4200 Mandarin
Chinese.com
4005
ACSA.com 3000 GameBit.com 2950
DaCash.com 2950 ZFitness.com 2655
WineStopper.com 2425 StudentChat.com 2322
HappyWeekend.com 2322 ENSE.com 2210
Voluntario.com 2166 Solaron.com 2157
Darwin.net 2101 SB1.com 2100
Shyne.com 2010 Renault.net 2000
Lampes.com 1655 AirCraft
Detailing.com
1409
Marketing
Survey.com
1322 Marketing
Course.com
1201
UDRY.com 1100 Artism.com 1010
GlobalLive.com 1001 Vitamin
Products.com
959
ESDI.com 850 PDHC.com 845
FDI.net 810 GeekWatch.com 806
CABP.com 800 WineCoupons.com 790
FeatureInc.com 736 Benefon.com 711
CupSize.com 709 UNDPLao.org 654
TorNet.com 625 LYBB.com 514
3669.net 510 CHMD.com 505
NewMedia
TrendWatch.com
460 BOLP.com 453
UMCH.com 451 TiempoCyber
Climate.org
430
TribunaLatina.com 425 HorseBetting
Tips.com
421
EatAtJoes.com 421 Rangler.com 415
NIWAF.org 360 VOIG.com 355
NIPC.net 338 65597.com 320
PeaceDividend
Trust.org
310 Photography-
Guide.com
298
MaineRealEstate
Broker.com
291 SCIM-IM.org 290
DiskJockeys.com 268 MintRubbing.org 260
LowRateHome
Mortgage.com
259 WebMaster
Cafe.com
250
Hadobs.org 230 17205.com 210
TomeRaider.com 199 BGone.com 195
Schulhefte.com 193 SignatureVillas.com 190
SerenityVirtual.com 190 Radio-Pais.com 190
360Z.com 189 ISGP.org 171
KBBG.com 170 WhatNoToWear.com 141
GNWR.com 129 CAPI.net 126
Sexodus.com 119 BayAreaAlliance.org 111
AussieGrill.com 109 ElegantWine.com 106
YurtWorks.com 89 HowToGetRid
OfWarts.com
80
TreeRemoval.net 80 Simpable.com 79
TopRetirement
Plan.com
79 OvumDonors.com 69

This NameJet list is longer than usual to compensate for GoDaddy’s absence. I haven’t decided yet whether to resume reporting GoDaddy sales, although I have been collecting data. The expired domain market is so active that even results from just one venue among many are too many to discuss in full.

MandarinChinese.com ($4k) is a notable item. After all, that is the world’s #1 language with nearly 3 times as many native speakers as English; and it’s the dominant language of the world’s biggest economy. Nothing to sneeze at! Bureaux.com ($4.2k) would be French for “offices”, “desks”, or perhaps “agencies”. Lampes.com ($1.7k) are French lamps. Voluntario.com ($2.2k) is Spanish and Portuguese for both the adjective “voluntary” and the noun “volunteer”.

Micom.com ($7.2k) is a typical case of multiple longer domains intersecting in a single brand name. I catalogued half a dozen such cases last week more explicitly. And it’s safe to assume that several auctions charted above are due to similar circumstances (i.e. shared brand names). Several websites ought to upgrade to ACSA.com ($3k) – for instance, the woefully cumbersome acsa-arch.org.

TorNet.com ($625) may literally be about nets. A global company doing business from the matching .IS makes trawls. The fact that a singular WineStopper.com sold for $2.4k shows how much value there is in exact-match e-commerce terms. Undervalued domains might include OvumDonors.com ($69) and DiscJockeys.com ($268).

Finally, I’m heartened to learn that somebody will now be keeping tabs on all the nefarious nerds out there with GeekWatch.com ($806)!

Jeff Dunham’s New Wife is Suing His Old Wife Over Domain Names

MONDAY,26 January 2015 THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on January 26th, here is one you don’t see everyday

Jeff Dunham the famous ventriloquist who shows up every other weekend on Comedy Central in three hour blocks of programming, has an interesting situation going on in real life.

It seems that the ex-wife of Mr. Dunham, Paige Dunham decided to play the domain game and register the names of his future wife under privacy. Then the ex-wife looked to sell those names to the new wife for a substantial sum.

The Washington Post covered the story:

[Audrey] Dunham v. [Paige] Dunham (C.D. Cal. Jan. 21, 2015), involving the current and past wives of “ventriloquist, producer and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham” (Hollywood Reporter, Eriq Gardner).

On or about January 3, 2012, Defendant, without notice to Plaintiff, registered the following domain names through Network Solutions, LLC, a domain name registering company: AudreyDunham.com, AudreyDunham.net, AudreyDunham.us, and AudreyDunham.biz (collectively “Accused Domains”). On information and belief, Defendant concealed her name as the registrant for AudreyDunham.com, AudreyDunham.net, and AudreyDunham.biz domains by employing the services of Perfect Privacy, LLC, a company that specializes in keeping the identities of domain name registrants private. Defendant knew at the time she registered the Accused Domains, that Plaintiff would soon change her name to AUDREY DUNHAM….

On or about January 4, 2013, Plaintiff asked Defendant, in writing, to transfer the Accused Domains to Plaintiff and offered to reimburse Defendant for any out-of-pocket expenses associated with transferring the Accused Domains. Defendant refused to transfer the Accused Domains. On or about January 18, 2013, Defendant, through her agent, offered to sell the Accused Domains to Plaintiff in exchange for a payment of tens of thousands of dollars, for each domain name….

The author of the article, Eugene Volokh points out that if this turns out to be true, then conduct likely would indeed be actionable, especially under 15 U.S.C. § 8131

(1) In general

(A) Civil liability

Any person who registers a domain name that consists of the name of another living person, or a name substantially and confusingly similar thereto, without that person’s consent, with the specific intent to profit from such name by selling the domain name for financial gain to that person or any third party, shall be liable in a civil action by such person.

(B) Exception

A person who in good faith registers a domain name consisting of the name of another living person, or a name substantially and confusingly similar thereto, shall not be liable under this paragraph if such name is used in, affiliated with, or related to a work of authorship protected under title 17, including a work made for hire as defined in section 101 of title 17, and if the person registering the domain name is the copyright owner or licensee of the work, the person intends to sell the domain name in conjunction with the lawful exploitation of the work, and such registration is not prohibited by a contract between the registrant and the named person. The exception under this subparagraph shall apply only to a civil action brought under paragraph (1) and shall in no manner limit the protections afforded under the Trademark Act of 1946 (15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.) or other provision of Federal or State law.

(2) Remedies

In any civil action brought under paragraph (1), a court may award injunctive relief, including the forfeiture or cancellation of the domain name or the transfer of the domain name to the plaintiff. The court may also, in its discretion, award costs and attorneys fees to the prevailing party.

(3) Definition

In this section, the term “domain name” has the meaning given that term in section 45 of the Trademark Act of 1946 (15 U.S.C. 1127).

(4) Effective date

This section shall apply to domain names registered on or after November 29, 1999.

NameJet Sells 941 domains for $5,984,520 – Liu.com led the way at $155,688

MONDAY,26 January 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on January 26th,NameJet sold close to 1000 domains at $2,000 or more (941) in 2014, these sales totaled $5,984,520 USD.

41 LLL.coms sold on the list, with the top sale being the overall top sale Liu.com at $155,688.

6 Numeric domains made the list led by 472.com at $43,700.

Here are the five and six figure sales:

liu.com  $155.688,00
liao.com  $100.000,00
lov.com  $91.800,00
moki.com  $66.100,00
lea.com  $60.100,00
bak.com  $50.100,00
sai.com  $50.100,00
daum.com  $50.000,00
zhao.com  $50.000,00
jean.com  $50.000,00
ingles.com  $49.899,00
liang.com  $45.000,00
472.com  $43.700,00
juggs.com  $41.600,00
aku.com  $41.517,00
oai.com  $39.999,00
bigdeals.com  $36.100,00
problem.com  $35.200,00
authorization.com  $35.100,00
ell.com  $31.900,00
idai.com  $31.500,00
xcw.com  $30.100,00
coa.com  $30.100,00
cff.com  $30.100,00
mobileloans.com  $30.099,00
nus.com  $28.900,00
meixi.com  $27.108,00
gains.com  $25.500,00
unp.com  $25.399,00
nbo.com  $25.000,00
bfn.com  $25.000,00
aifa.com  $24.588,00
ecoupon.com  $23.388,00
pnn.com  $23.200,00
ysu.com  $23.000,00
0h.com that’s a zero  $23.000,00
qianwan.com  $22.603,00
jang.com  $22.323,00
liyou.com  $22.323,00
undergraduate.com  $22.301,00
vvvv.com  $22.100,00
fgw.com  $20.600,00
qee.com  $20.500,00
animalrescue.com  $20.400,00
umd.com  $20.199,00
partyideas.com  $20.101,00
ugc.com  $20.010,00
hck.com  $20.000,00
ggn.com  $19.999,00
reported.com  $19.999,00
entertain.com  $19.900,00
gulfcoast.com  $19.650,00
ziran.com  $19.300,00
lefan.com  $19.101,00
sdh.com  $18.600,00
yim.com  $17.300,00
certifications.com  $17.100,00
eauto.com  $17.088,00
cmbank.com  $16.805,00
haobo.com  $16.703,00
countrystore.com  $16.399,00
wnjpin.net  $16.300,00
souvenirs.com  $16.250,00
upv.com  $16.200,00
pontoonboats.com  $16.055,00
through.com  $16.000,00
ikt.com  $16.000,00
9135.com  $16.000,00
ehb.com  $15.800,00
eoh.com  $15.799,00
gainer.com  $15.600,00
enetwork.com  $15.500,00
fitnesstrainer.com  $15.455,00
sanko.com  $15.400,00
casinoforum.com  $15.300,00
landauctions.com  $15.300,00
uoi.com  $15.288,00
cash.org  $15.099,00
hospitalityjobs.com  $15.099,00
appearance.com  $15.000,00
childhealth.com  $14.999,00
dot.org  $14.899,00
fl.org  $14.667,00
3539.com  $14.603,00
chimneysweep.com  $14.544,00
1186.com  $14.345,00
woodshop.com  $14.257,00
blackcar.com  $14.100,00
locallife.com  $13.988,00
yad.com  $13.903,00
paye.com  $13.900,00
fhf.com  $13.800,00
honcho.com  $13.101,00
immi.com  $13.100,00
firesafety.com  $13.000,00
pizza.co  $13.000,00
baorong.com  $12.908,00
moneyonline.com  $12.800,00
dormroom.com  $12.450,00
yia.com  $12.322,00
tx.org  $12.105,00
mrq.com  $12.100,00
kickbox.com  $11.999,00
iwealth.com  $11.900,00
minjian.com  $11.803,00
unchs.org  $11.600,00
huma.com  $11.502,00
dancelessons.com  $11.500,00
kemer.com  $11.400,00
minying.com  $11.300,00
livespace.com  $11.121,00
musicstudio.com  $11.100,00
hvy.com  $11.100,00
joanns.com  $11.055,00
myauction.com  $11.000,00
fpy.com  $10.800,00
ifk.com  $10.600,00
carlo.com  $10.403,00
talkingbooks.com  $10.401,00
uth.com  $10.400,00
353.net  $10.200,00
custompens.com  $10.109,00
metamorphosis.com  $10.100,00
ipsa.com  $10.100,00
auq.com  $10.100,00
ouj.com  $10.100,00
11211.com  $10.003,00
mylanguage.com  $10.002,00
creditcheckonline.com  $10.000,00
mensgifts.com  $10.000,00
withdraw.com  $10.000,00
zho.com  $10.000,00

Donuts Wins The Rights To Operate The New gTLD .Cafe Beating Out Co. That Runs .Bar/.Rest

MONDAY,26 January 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn1(1) on January 26th,Donuts has picked up another new gTLD extension winning the rights to .Cafe, beating out Punto 2012 the registry that runs .Bar and .Rest.

The new gTLD string .Cafe was scheduled to go to the ICANN Last Resort auction later this Month.

Other new gTLD’s that touch .cafe include .Restaurant, which is operated by Donuts

.Eat was applied for by Google

.Food is in contention by three parties

.Rest one of the two strings owned by Punto 2012 and is meant to be a shortener for .Restaurant

ICANN CEO Fadi Bites The Hand That Feeds It Calling out Those “Hogging” Domains”

MONDAY,26 January 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn1(1) on January 26th, Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN, in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com, which also contains a video interview with Fadi at World Economic Forum in Davos, explaining how we “went from twenty-something” top domain names to hundreds” throws large domain investors under the bus and then backs up the bus and rolls over them again calling them Cybersquatters.

In respond to a questions regarding “land grabs” in the new domain extension Fadi said:

“The reality is, the more there are names (new gTLD’s),  less people will actually be hogging names in order to charge a lot for them.

“Because if somebody took your name on dot X, you can go get another name on dot Y now.”

Fadi then went on to say:

“The new extensions will drive a of to all for a lot of new innovation, which will flourish on a new domain system and will reduced cybersquatting.”

On a personal level as someone who owns lets call it 80,000 domain names, I pay ICANN $.18 for every .com and $.25 for every new gTLD registration.

Lets just say I pay ICANN $15,000 a year for the last 10 years or $150,000 for which I get called a Hog.

We all know that there are domain investors with 300,000 domain names 500K and even 1M domain names guess those are super Hogs.

Bottom line ICANN has taken in a tremendous amount of money off the back of us Hogging up domains.

Second if Fadi take a look at the applicants for those that applied to operate new gTLD’s at registries, he will see that some of the largest applicants for new gTLD’s are the same people that hogged up the domains in .Com.

Actually some of those same people are hogging up the new gTLD’s space as well.

Frank Schilling is one of the largest applicants for new gTLD string but made almost of all this money “hogging” up domains and and then “charge a lot for them”.  The same money that he used to hand over to ICANN in application fees and to win private auctions for strings there were more than one applicant for.

Mr. Schilling at last report is the largest registrant of new gTLD domain names and has registered over 85,000 of domain names in his own extension for the purpose of “charging a lot for them”

Radix is also a largest domain company which directly and indirect own a lot of domain names and has made plenty selling services like Logic Boxes to the domain name Hogs.  Radix is using a premium registration and renewal pricing structure where domain registrations can hit $5K a year ongoing, which seems “like a lot” of money as well

The Donuts group comes from the domain industry and one of the principal owned and operated the domain name registrar,  Enom.com which made a lot of money off those domain name “Hogs” and also using a premium registration and renewal pricing structure where domain registrations can hit thousands if not tens of thousand per domain, again what we think would fall into the “a lot of Money” category.

Daniel Negari who operates the new gTLD with the most number of applications closing in on 777,777 registrations has owned a lot of domain names over the year and then charged a lot for them.

For Fadi apparently not being satisfied with just calling out those who have registered a number of domain names ‘hogging” them he then drops the “C”  bomb calling domain investors, cybersquatters.

Fadi them goes on to predict that all of these new extensions will reduce the amount of Cybersquatting, ignoring the facts and numbers which as we have pointed out number administrate hearings (UDRP/URS) involving new gTLD are 15X more than incumbent extensions like .Com, .Net and .Org to name a few.

Finally Fadi fails to note or point out that many new gTLD registries are using annual renewal premium pricing, meaning that if someone  “took your name on dot X, you can go get another name on dot Y now” without having to pay the hogs “a lot of money” but might have to pay up to $60,000 a year for a dot X or dot Y domain extension.

There isn’t much of a difference between someone who was hogging up domain name in  .com’s to “charge a lot for them” to registries who are charging up to $60,000 a year for a domain name registration and renewal fee.

All and all some pretty ignorant statements in our opinion made by the CEO of ICANN and an insult to those domain investors that are some of the biggest buyer’s of new gTLD’s domain names who have paid ICANN a small fortune over the years allowing them to travel the world, pay millions a year in salary and other benefits.

Its an old expression  but still a very valuable one to live your life based on

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

.Co Names Seems to be Back Up and Running Just Fine

MONDAY,26 January 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on January 26th,Dot Co was having some problems yesterday it was affecting some Twitter links.

The Next Web reported on the issue with the .co extension which now seems to have gotten fixed. If you are still having a problem, they posted Update: Some are reporting that .co domains are beginning to work again. Flushing your DNS cache may fix the problem. Here’s how on Mac or PC.

From the article:

Noticed that none of the links on Twitter are working today? It’s not just you! It looks like there’s a very serious problem with the .co top-level domain today, causing the t.co URL shorter to break.

Twitter shortens all links on its service using the t.co URL, which is affected by a problem on the .co domain that seems to affect a select number of people. For those affected, they’re unable to load anything on Twitter since all links require that domain.

Forbes Asks “Why, Even After A Year, There’s Still No Land Grab For New Internet Domains”

FRIDAY,23 January 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1) on January 23th, Forbes just published an article on the new gTLD”s and its less than glowing.

Here are some of the highlights of the piece written by Roger Kay:

“It’s been nearly a year since a whole set of spanking new Internet domain names first came to market. These names —which in technical circles are called “generic top-level domains” or gTLDs — were just becoming available in January 2014…fresh extensions — snazzy end-tags like .apple, .guru, .pizza, .bike, and .singles — which were added to the familiar existing domain suffixes — like .com, .net, .org, and .edu.

At that time, I took a stab here in Forbes at what consequences might follow from the instant creation of all this new digital real estate.

And it’s pretty much turned out the way I thought.

“The additional virtual territory does not seem to have been a tremendous bonanza — at least so far.

“All the fancy new Internet suffixes have failed to set off a gold rush”

“In a recent study conducted by Moz, 62 percent of Americans, 53 percent of Australians, and 67 percent of marketers said they were unlikely to trust a quote from .insurance based on the domain alone. So, it’s possible that consumers aren’t ready to place their full faith in the new domains. In addition, industry participants have observed that, despite some claims to the contrary, the new names offer no discernible improvement in search-engine-optimization (SEO) results.”

“And if consumers aren’t flocking to the new domains, commercial entities have their own reasons to be wary of them.”

“And as if that weren’t enough, the new domains can breed confusion through something as simple as the distinction between singular and plural names. Not only will there be suffixes for both singular and plural word forms (e.g., .car and .cars), but also synonyms (e.g., .realestate and .realty) and different verb forms (e.g., .vote and .voting). If a would-be customer tries to visit davidsamazing.car, but accidentally ends up at davidsamazing.cars, David’s small automobile restoration business could lose a customer.”

“There’s also a cost aspect to this problem of prismatic domain names. If David wishes to register davidsamazing.car, he also has to register davidsamazing.cars, just to keep someone else from grabbing it and causing reputation damage or a loss of business. And these costs include not only potentially inflated upfront costs, but also less obvious costs associated with standing up a new domain, like new letterhead, business cards, and other branded documents.”

“In contrast to the slippery territory of the new domains, the existing names are solidly established. The .com extension has been around for almost 30 years, and every Fortune 500 company has a .com registration.”

“The top 50 global brands direct customers to a .com homepage.”

“Almost all educational institutions use a .edu suffix.”

“And others, like .org, clearly stand for nonprofit organizations. People have come to rely on these familiar domains and are more than a little hesitant to incur the costs and uncertainty of venturing into new territory. Not a single leading brand has switched its online identity to one of the new domains, despite all the hype surrounding their introduction a year ago.”

“Perhaps this situation will change as more branded domains come to market, but it might not, as even supporters of the new names are not as sure as they once were about their prospects.”

Trademark Clearinghouse Releases New Numbers: 34,400 Trademarks Registered

FRIDAY,23 January 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on January 23th, there are now 34,400 trademark submitted to the trademark clearinghouse.

Just over 50% were submitted for more than one year for a total of almost 86,000 trademark years.

Over 128,000 claim notice have been sent out to trademark holders notifying them of a registered new gTLD covered by their marks.

Its seems just less than 5% of all submitted marks did not meet the requirements and were not verified.

Here is the infographic published today:

 

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Verisign Reports 3Q 2014 Closed With 284 Million Domains Up 6.8%

Verisign issued its Domain Name Industry Brief for the Third Quarter of 2014.
FRIDAY,23 January 2015    THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn on1(1) January 23th, the third quarter of 2014 closed with a base of 284 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of four million domain names, or 1.6% over the second quarter of 2014.

Registrations have grown by 18.1 million, or 6.8 percent, year over year.

The base of country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) was 132.1 million domain names, a 2.5% increase quarter over quarter, and a 10.7% increase year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of 130.0 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the third quarter of 2014. This represents a 3.3% increase year over year.

As of Sept. 30, 2014, the base of registered names in .Com equaled 114.9 million names, while .Net equaled 15.1 million names.

New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million during the third quarter of 2014.

In the third quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.3 million.

The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size did not change from the second quarter of 2014.

The second most registered extension to .Com is .Tk which is generally free, seems to have topped 25 Million (although its a graph and exact numbers are not provided.

The following 10 TLD’s & ccTLD’s accounted for 179.2 million domain name registrations, or 63.1 percent of the total global domain name registrations:

.com

.tk

.net

.org

.info

.biz

.co

.mobi

.me

.tv

At the end of the third quarter of 2014, 413 new gTLDs were delegated into the root, with 91 new gTLDs delegated during the third quarter of 2014. New gTLD registrations totaled 2.0 million, or 1.3 percent of total gTLD registrations.