Archive for March 2015

GoDaddy names Chief Customer Officer, new CMO

FRIDAY, 6 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 6th,one of GoDaddy’s original employees moves to new position.

GoDaddy announced today that long time Chief Marketing Office Barb Rechterman will be the company’s Chief Customer Officer, a newly-formed position.

According to a press release, this new position is “responsible for aligning the company’s products, services and engagement models with strategic needs and values of GoDaddy’s unique customer base.”

Rechterman has been with GoDaddy since it was founded in 1997. She has been a driving driving force behind the company’s marketing, even though most of the credit externally has been given to company founder Bob Parsons.

Phil Bienert, a former AT&T executive who has been with GoDaddy since 2013, will fill Rechterman’s shoes as Chief Marketing Officer.

Google Domains joins Afternic

FRIDAY, 6 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 6th, Domains listed on Afternic will show up for searches on Google Domains.

Google’s new domain name registrar is now part of AfternicDLS and its fast transfer network, according to an announcement on the Afternic.com website:

Google Domains has joined Afternic DLS and will be part of our Fast Transfer network. Afternic domains that are opted into Premium Promotion will be promoted on Google Domains. We are delighted to add Google Domains to Afternic DLS, the world’s largest premium domain reseller network.

Although I don’t believe Google’s domain name registrar is generating a ton of registrations or domain searches yet, this is good news for domain name investors. Google Domains is targeted to end users that will create websites. Showing them that their desired domain name is available — just at a higher cost — is good messaging compared to just saying it’s taken. It should also hopefully lead to more aftermarket sales in the future as Google Domains gains traction.

Domain Sales Data Website SimilarSales.com Launches – Site Will Show You Recent Domain Flips and Flops

FRIDAY, 6 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 6th,Rudin Web Solutions out of Switzerland has a new site up on SimilarSales.com. The site provides historical sales data and I don’t know if they are just using NameBio.com to collect their data or if they have their own proprietary system for gathering sales data. The site is not as up to date yet as NameBio as the recent sales data was not showing anything for 3/3 or 3/4. They are incorporating data from BuyDomains and NetFleet.com.au along with Flippa, 4.cn and Park.io. One of the problems with some exchanges is posting them right away, a Flippa auction that just ended may not get paid and get relisted.

One of the more interesting features is a flips and flops section, I have checked this out and it is interesting but requires the user to do some more research to verify the accuracy.

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Now if we take a look at CreditCheck.io it is listed as a flop, the data shows the name sold for $150 and a loss of $1,250. You can click the link and get this page:

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But CreditCheck.io was purchased in bulk on Flippa with 5 other .io domains

Here is a link to the auction in Feb/2015

So I just point out that you should play around with the flips and flops, it is interesting, but more research may be needed.

Hat Tip to Josh Sexton for pointing this site out.

OpenDNS Working On A System To Quickly Detect Cyber Crime

FRIDAY, 6 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn1(1) on March 6th, interesting article on ComputerWorld.com about a new system for detecting domain names and websites used for cyber crime. The company OpenDNS has been around since 2005 and has created something they call Natural Processing Language.

From the article:

A security system undergoing testing by a San-Francisco-based company aims to speed up the detection of websites and domains used for cybercrime.

The technology is being developed by OpenDNS, which specializes in performing DNS (Domain Name System) lookups. The DNS translates domain names such as idg.com into an IP address that can be called into a browser.

OpenDNS offers a secure DNS service for ISPs and organizations that blocks requests from Web browsers to sites that may be associated with cybercrime or that spoof a company.

The new system, called Natural Language Processing rank (NLPRank) looks at a range of metrics around a particular domain name or website to figure out if it’s suspicious.

It scores a domain name to figure out if it’s likely fraudulent by comparing it to list of suspicious names or phrases. For example, g00gle.com — with zeros substituting for the letter “o” — would raise a red flag.

UDRP expenses count as injury in TM Dispute

THURSDAY, 5 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 5th,Rebecca Tushnet wrote on her blog about a case that included UDRP expenses being counted as injury in a recent TM case between Migliore & Associates, LLC v. Kentuckiana Reporters, LLC.

From the article:
Intro: “The court reporter game is a tough racket. It’s tougher still when a competitor registers an internet domain name that is confusingly similar to your business name then links it to its own website.” Migliore’s website is at miglioreassociates.com. “Searches on popular internet search engines associate her with court reporting and Migliore & Associates,” and she’s spent thousands of dollars each year promoting her business through print ads, internet listing, and marketing materials. Kentuckiana registered andorreporters.com, actionreporters.com, coultereporting.com, coulterreporters.com, kentuckycourtreporting.com, kycourtreporter.com, and lisamigliore.com. Five, including the last, were similar or identical to the business names of Kentuckiana competitors. Kentuckiana redirected hits to those websites to its own site.

Migliore sent a C&D; Kentuckiana discontinued the redirection but refused to transfer the domain name. Migliore filed a UDRP action, during which Kentuckiana maintained that it registered the disputed domain name to use it as a possible “gripe site” or “fact check site” regarding Migliore’s public comments on policy issues related to the court reporter industry. But no content was ever developed for the website. The WIPO arbitrator decided that Kentuckiana acted in bad faith and ordered it to transfer the domain name to Migliore. But Kentuckiana still refused to reimburse Migliore for the costs of bringing the WIPO action, so Migliore sued.

Kentuckiana argued that Migliore lacked standing for want of injury in fact. “[J]ust because an injury is difficult to measure or quantify does not mean that the injury is nonexistent.” Injury can exist without provable money damages. “Beyond legal niceties, it borders on the absurd to assert that purchasing a domain name that includes a variation of a competitor’s personal name, then linking that website to your own, would cause no injury to your competitor…. [A]t the very least, Migliore incurred damage control costs that satisfy the injury requirement for Article III standing.”

InternetTraffic.com & Parked Pages Down?

THURSDAY, 5 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 5th,I got a couple of emails overnight from people that have domain names parked at  InternetTraffic.com that says both their parked pages and IT are down since early last night

I just checked some of my domain names and they appear to be down as well.

I’ve been in contact with InternetTraffic.com who tells me they are now looking into the issues, based off my my report but from there side they are not seeing issues, but clearly there are issues.

If you have a domain parked at IT please try one that you usually don’t type in (to avoid a cache situation) and see if it resolves for you.

If you can leave a comment of whether its working or not and where you are accessing the site from that might help.

DomainNameSales.com seems to be working and accessible.

Loser.com Owner Has a Problem With Kanye West

THURSDAY, 5 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 5th,sometimes owners of short, generic .coms use those domains for a different purpose. The domain name Loser.com currently redirects to the Wikipedia page for rapper/entertainer Kanye West.

The story is getting plenty of coverage even though it is a simple redirect with not much else going on.

USA Today Which pointed out that Kanye did dis Beck at the Grammys, Beck famously wrote a hit song called Loser

HollywoodReporter.com noted he did apologize to Beck: West has been on a bit of a make-good mission of late, as he apologized to Beck on Twitter last week for his post-Grammys rant about the rocker needing to “respect artistry.” West, who also tweeted a recent apology to Bruno Mars, was displeased that Beck beat Beyonce for album of the year.

The domain has been registered since 1995 and is under privacy at Tucows.

Worst gTLD Like Ever, Ever: .Whoswho Has 21 Registrations 2 Days After Launch

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THURSDAY, 5 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 5th,.Whoswho a new gTLD went into general availability on March 2nd.

Today on March 4th.

According to ntldstats.com there are a whopping 21 registrations two days into GA, including any domain names registered by trademark holders in the Sunrise period.

A .whoswho domain name registration is priced at $90 at 101domain.com and $99 at encirca.com

The new gTLD is not being carried by any of the top 10 domain name registrars.

Like any other new gTLD the applicant paid $185,000 for to ICANN for the rights to operate the extension and are on the hook to pay $25K a year ongoing to ICANN minimum.

21 registrations is a disaster.

Forbes Chats About Google’s New gTLD’s & Mucks It All Up

THURSDAY, 5 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 5th,Forbes just published a post about Google’s new gTLD initiative and well basically mucked it all up.

The story covered Google’s acquisition of .App for $25 Million but a quick read through the 1st paragraph of the story and you can see the author hasn’t really kept up with developments of the new gTLD program or Google’s applications

Here is the 1st paragraph of the story:

“Buying “.app” for almost four-times the previous record for a gTLD not only raised eyebrows, but questions about the strategy behind Google’s expansive and expensive domain name land grab.

Although the most costly, .app is merely one of over 100 gTLDs, Google had already spent nearly $20 million acquiring.

Early speculation of Google’s motives were quite benign: the company was just making a logical expansion into the domain registry business, challenging the likes of GoDaddy and Network Solutions.

Also, many of Google’s registrations are closed, meaning they will be used only by Google sites. That makes sense for names like .google or .nexus, but things get intriguing when considering some of the generic names Google has locked up.”

So that 1st paragraph contained no less than 3 errors or inaccuracies

1.  While .APP for $25 million is 4x the most paid in a public ICANN Last Resort auction for a new gTLD, it’s certainly on par with some of the new gTLD’s obtained in private new gTLD auctions.  I’m not sure the author is even aware of the existence of private new gTLD auctions.

2.  While Google applied for over 100 new gTLD’s, as we have already discussed they have lost 29 out of 35 auctions now (including winning .app) so they are not going to have over 100 new gTLD’s.

3.  The author is clearly confused between registries and registrars.  Google applying to become a TLD registry was not to go into competition with Godaddy and Network Solutions which are registrars.  Godaddy did start its own registrar but that is seaprate and apart from being a registry.  Neither Godaddy nor Network Solutions are domain registries.

The story even lists all of Google’s new gTLD applications although as we mentioned they have withdrawn many of these including those they lost in private auctions including .cloud. .buy and .blog to name a few.

 

February’s top 5 stories: Taylor Swift, Rangers and Google

WENSDAY, 4 March 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on March 4th,Taylor Swift’s strange domain name registration was the most popular story on Domain Name Wire last month.

Top 5February was a very cold and snowy month for much of the northern hemisphere, but a few domain name stories heated
things up a bit. Here are the top five stories on Domain Name Wire last month:

1. Taylor Swift’s domain name registration – after her former guitar teacher registered a domain name with her name in it, Swift’s peeps registered a rather, um, dirty domain name with her name.

2. Texas Rangers get Rangers.com – The ball club paid $375,000 for the domain name. Now Major League Baseball is missing just three team names in .com.

3. Google pays $25 million for .app – the company paid a record amount to acquire the top level domain name.

4. Oh my, Verisign is actually scared of new TLDs – there are few other explanations for its recent lawsuit.

5. Expire.com launches as Dutch auction for domain names – it has sold a good number of domains so far, too.