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So What Happens When There Is a .ABC? Disney Applied For It & Its Coming

WEDNESDAY,19 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 19th,after announcing it selected the domain name for its holding company Alphabet, Google has been going around buying all sorts of “abc” domain names.

Last week we told you that Google bought ABC.Global. spotted 78 new gTLD’s that Google registered using “abc.

Last night .Club registry announced on Twitter that Google bought

Also last night spotted 8 more new gTLD’s that Google bought or registered starting with “abc”

Which bring us to the fact that Disney,  which owns the American Broadcasting Company otherwise known in the United States as ABC Network applied for the new gTLD .abc.

The application for .ABC passed ICANN evaluation and is in contracting so it will be a while until .ABC is live but it’s coming

Unlike .xyz which is open to be registered by anyone in the world on a first come, first served basis, .ABC is a Brand new gTLD, so the public will not be allowed to register .abc domain names unless Disney allows it, which according to its application they do not plan to allow.

At some point we can only assume we will not only have an but a

Yeah that won’t be confusing at all

While Google will control, Disney will control as well as for that matter.

That might be a problem for Google, unless Google goes ahead and buys Disney.

Here is what Disney had to say in their application to operate .ABC:

“Disney Enterprises, Inc. (“DEI”) is applying for the .ABC global top level domain (“gTLD”). DEI will act as the Registry Operator, and outsource Registry Services to Verisign, Inc.

DEI will operate a closed gTLD, meaning it will always be the Registrant and not open to third parties to register second level domains.

DEI is 100% wholly owned by The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”).

The ABC branded vision is to “super-serve fans with compelling storytelling, digital and social experiences that connect them with entertainment, news and information they love and desire anytime, anywhere.” Acquiring and operating a .ABC gTLD is consistent with and supportive of that vision.”

“The .ABC gTLD may become a valued destination point for Disney Enterprises, Inc. (“DEI”) content viewing, acquisition and distribution.

It provides a fully branded string that will be easy to remember, shortened for simple sharing across social media platforms, and have immediate brand awareness in global markets where DEI provides content. With the massive changes in technology and content distribution⁄consumption, the ABC brand has the potential to extend globally, breaking the bounds of just the common terrestrial broadcasting, cable and satellite offerings in the US market. Now anyone in the world can download ABC branded apps on their iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices, and consume ABC branded content. Although it is unknown how the mobile⁄computer⁄”TV” viewing model will evolve, the company believes a crucial component of marketing and consuming ABC branded content will continue to involve and be built upon internet models and protocols.

As a part of the implementation strategy, it is critically important that DEI maintains control of the brand. To that end, the company plans to implement a closed gTLD. Registration requirements will dictate that DEI must be the registrant for all domains in the gTLD to ensure there is control around which second level domains are created. The domains will follow explicit business plans and strategies, and will be intentionally created, monitored for performance against the strategy, and reviewed for new potential business opportunities.”

Sedo Weekly Transactions Total $1m led by

WEDNESDAY,19 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 19th,Sedo had 461 transactions take place on their marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1m.

51% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.   

 Highlights of public sales are:

  • Top .com: at 25,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: at 21,100 EUR
  • Top “other” TLD: at 10,000 EUR
  • New GTLD sales for the week    5,000    USD    2,500    USD    1,999    USD    1,999    USD    1,500    USD    1,500    USD    1,500    USD    995    USD    949    USD    750    USD


Domain name Price Currency
.COMs 25,000 USD 14,500 USD 8,500 USD 7,500 USD 6,000 USD 5,500 USD 5,500 USD 5,000 USD 4,880 USD 4,500 USD 4,000 USD 4,000 USD 3,900 EUR 3,650 USD 3,650 USD 3,650 USD 3,600 USD 3,500 USD 3,250 USD 2,988 USD 2,895 USD 2,800 EUR 2,740 EUR 2,650 USD 2,650 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,300 EUR 2,230 USD 2,195 USD 2,095 USD 2,095 USD 2,040 USD 2,000 USD 2,000 USD 2,000 USD 2,000 GBP 2,000 USD 1,999 USD 1,999 USD 1,999 USD 1,995 USD 1,995 USD 1,895 USD 1,875 USD 1,800 EUR 1,795 USD 1,795 USD 1,749 USD 1,700 USD 1,695 USD 1,500 EUR 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,490 EUR 1,477 USD 1,400 USD 1,300 USD 1,288 USD 1,200 USD 1,200 USD 1,200 USD 1,150 USD 1,125 USD 1,019 USD 1,000 GBP 1,000 GBP 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 GBP 999 USD 999 USD 995 USD 990 USD 987 USD 900 USD 899 EUR 895 USD 877 USD 877 USD 850 USD 850 USD 850 USD 850 USD 800 USD 800 EUR 799 USD 795 USD 777 USD 777 USD 750 USD 750 USD 749 USD 749 USD 725 USD 720 USD 700 USD 700 USD 700 EUR 700 USD
ccTLDs 21,100 EUR 14,000 EUR 10,500 EUR 9,500 USD 5,000 EUR 5,000 EUR 5,000 EUR 5,000 EUR 4,900 EUR 3,900 EUR 3,300 USD 2,199 EUR 2,000 EUR 2,000 EUR 2,000 USD 1,999 EUR 1,990 USD 1,988 GBP 1,850 EUR 1,785 EUR 1,750 USD 1,600 EUR 1,599 USD 1,500 EUR 1,500 USD 1,400 EUR 1,200 USD
mö 1,199 EUR 1,100 EUR 1,000 GBP 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 995 EUR 990 EUR 990 EUR 990 EUR 950 EUR 900 EUR 900 EUR 900 USD 850 EUR 850 EUR 800 USD 750 USD 700 USD 700 EUR
OTHER 10,000 EUR 5,000 USD 3,500 USD 3,199 EUR 2,999 USD 2,900 EUR 2,750 EUR 2,500 USD 2,000 USD 1,999 USD 1,999 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 EUR 1,000 EUR 995 USD 995 USD 950 EUR 949 USD 888 USD 877 USD 750 USD 750 USD


Sorry Google The .XYZ Registry is Not For Sale

TUESDAY,18 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 18th,, is reporting, despite some rumors in the domain space that the .XYZ registry is going to be bought by Google, after its purchase of, the CEO of the .XYZ registry said today its not for sale.

The CEO of the .XYZ registry Daniel Negari was quoted by Reuters that his company is not for sale.

“I believe I was put on the earth to do .xyz, and to bring it to the market.

“My work is nowhere near done”

Negari added the .XYZ registry has seen interest from large technology players amongst others.

XYZ also owns .college and .rent and an interest in .car, .cars and .auto and tells Reuters he is not interest in selling .XYZ to Google or anyone else.

Yahoo! Inc. Sells 2 Letter Domain Name

MONDAY,17 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 17th,Yahoo! Inc. has sold the premium 2 letter domain name according to whois records. The domain name has transferred to domain name registrar eName.


Also according to whois records, the buyer is a Jack Shen from Shanghai China.

This isn’t the first time that Yahoo! has offered, as they listed the domain for sale on in 2013 but the domain name did not sell at that time when it had a reserve price range of $1,000,00-$1,499,999.

Yahoo! did sell for $137K and several more domains in the five figure range at that time.

2 letter .com domain names as of late are selling with a minimum wholesale north of $500,000 and many have been selling in the 7 figure range when the sales price has been, which TheDomains broke the news on selling, is being reported that it sold for $8 Million. So the market has changed a lot since 2013 on the mainly “short” domain market due to high demand in the Chinese market and Yahoo was asking $1 Million or more then….

Yahoo! Inc. owns over 25,000 domain names.

Dating back to 2001, the oldest whois history record for and the domain was owned and used by AltaVista. By March 4, 2004 Yahoo! first appears in whois records. Overture purchased AltaVista and Yahoo purchased Overture, so that is how Yahoo! took ownership of the domain name.

Soccer Star Lionel Messi Files UDRP Seeking Control of 2 Domains Including

MONDAY,17 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 17th,the Soccer Star Lionel Messi, who may regard to be the best Soccer player in the world, has Filed UDRP Seeking Control of two Domain names and

The UDRP was filed by the soccer star whose full name is Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini. has been owned under privacy since January but privacy was lifted to once the UDRP was filed and the domain name is owned by Lewis Jumpp of the UK.

Prior to January of this year, domain investor Andy Booth of the UK, has owned the domain since about August 23, 2008

David Meade owned it in 2008 for a short time

Dr F Messi Cell Culture Technologies owned it prior to that. seems to have been a fan site about the soccer star but it is currently offline but the site had a Google Page Rank of 4 and an Alexa ranking 880,000 in the world based on it’s traffic.

The domain name is owned by Andy Booth who has owned the domain since 2008. also appears to be basically offline now as well, although that site also has an Google Page Rank of 4 but an Alexa Rank of just under 10 million.

According to, Messi is the 13th highest paid celebrity in the world earning $75 million dollars in 2015.


Centralnic passes Donuts as Backend Provider For New gTLD Domain Names

FRIDAY,17 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 17th and, CentralNic has passed Donuts in the number of domain names it is providing backend registry services for new gTLD domains. is showing CentralNic having 1,426,647 new gTLD’s under its backend management while Donuts is sitting at 1,425,466 domain names, each representing about 20% of all new gTLD’s.

However CentralNic is the backend provider for just 24 new gTLD’s at the moment while Donuts has 189 active new gTLD’s using its backend system.

In layman’s terms the backend system is the technology and equipment that makes a domain registry work.

Neustar (NSR) is running third with 1,156,204 domain names on its backend registry system, however Neustar did recently buy ARI which is 15th on the list of backend providers with over 50,000 domain names.

Here are the top 15 backend providers according to

1. CentralNic 24 1,426,647
2. Donuts Inc. 189 1,425,466 20.30%
3. Neustar Inc. 55 1,156,204 16.46%
4. ZDNS 14 628,789 8.95%
5. Uniregistry Inc. 22 600,179 8.55%
6. Rightside Registry 40 338,573 4.82%
7. Jiangsu Bangning Science & technology Co.,Ltd. 1 247,534 3.52%
8. Minds + Machines Ltd 26 233,950 3.33%
9. Afilias Limited 75 223,415 3.18%
10. TLD-BOX Registrydienstleistungen GmbH 6 137,432 1.96%
11. Verisign, Inc. 59 120,950 1.72%
12. AFNIC 11 94,334 1.34%
13. Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China Internet Network Information Center) 2 87,965 1.25%
14. GMO Registry, Inc. 26 51,917 0.74%
15. ARI Registry Services 53 50,921

$250K+ In Domain Sales? Frank Schilling Sells To Revlon & To Tonix Pharma

FRIDAY,17 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 17th,Frank Schilling, the owner of Name Administration Inc, Uniregistry continues to sell domain names to end users and the following three domain names proves it.

Revlon Consumer Products Corporation acquired the domain name from Frank Schilling.

The domain name was listed for sale at Afternic with a $29,000 Buy Now price although the listing on Afternic remains. The domain name has been registered since February 4, 2004.

FLOÏD as mentioned on with a “Revlon Professional Brands” logo states:

The Floid brand, created in barber shops in 1932, has come back to reclaim the Real Man, a man of honor, with principals and values. And offer him what he really needs: a brand for men, with products designed and developed especially for men.

Floid is back with a renewed image, maintaining its timeless emblematic products while launching novel and surprising products to cover the needs of the real man.

A 1970 trademark filed by HAUGRON CIENTIFICAL, S.A. expired and a newer 2014 trademarkfiling with a similar revamped image by Revlon.

Revlon acquired The Colomer Group, a beauty care company in August 2013 for $665M in cash. The deal closed in October 2014 and a press release stated:

Key professional brands acquired as part of the transaction include Revlon Professional, Intercosmo, Orofluido, and UniqOne hair care brands; CND nail polishes and enhancements, including the successful Shellac innovation; and American Crew men’s grooming range. TCG also sells certain brands directly into retail channels, including Natural Honey body lotions and Llongueras hair care, and operates a multi-cultural hair-care business under the Crème of Nature brand.

Name Administration Inc. sold two more 5 letter domain names the same day and those and currently shows a Craig Anderson in whois records with a email address. had a buy it now price of $39,000 is displaying in whois, Bruce Daugherty with a email address, which is Tonix Pharmaceuticals. had buy it now price of $165,000!

Tonix is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ under TNXP with a market cap of about $134M.

Tonix is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing medicines for fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and episodic tension-type headaches.

Tonix currently uses the domain name as its main domain name but with the recent purchase of the domain from Frank, that may change sometime in the near future.

Combining the Buy Now prices for all 3 domains totals $262,000 but the exact sales prices of each domain name are currently unknown.

Steve Kaziyev of City Partners and Your Brand Discusses .NYC Purchases.

FRIDAY,17 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 17th, Steven Kaziyev is a New York based domain investor who operates sites at,, and (I do write at Domain Crunch). Steve recently won the auction for the 112 domain portfolio of .NYC domains on Flippa. The auction closed at $3,780 and you can see a list of the domains here.

Steve told me he was really interested in about 30 of the names on the list, he currently holds closes to 500 .NYC domains. A name like he said was one of interest. He said he had a relative who knows that business and that a lot of tourists are interested in jewelry from a NYC jeweler.

“The good names on the list justified the purchase price of the entire 112 domain portfolio.”

He has put some of the names up on which is a brandable boutique like BrandBucket, only this is not open to other sellers. So far he has a couple prospects interested but no sales as of yet. It will be interesting to see if a new gtld can gain any transaction using the brandable model with the logo and description.



Report: Traffic to Surges 5,000%; ABC.XYZ Gets 4 Million Visits in 2 Days

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 14th,and a story in the today, traffic to surged 5,000% since Google announcement on Monday.

The Telegraph siting stats from Similar Web a “digital measurement service” says traffic to BMW owned that saw “an average of 3,000 desktop visits” prior to Google announcement ” surged to almost 60,000 visits following Google’s announcement on Monday before spiking to around 163,000 on Tuesday.

The story goes on to report that the domain name domain received 1.9 million visits “immediately after the announcement on August 10, climbing to 3.9 million the following day, also according to Similar Web.”

Autobytel Buys Dealix, Owner Of In $25 Million Deal

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 14th,Publicly traded Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL) has acquired Dealix, owner of for $25 Million in an all cash deal.

The registrant for the domain name was CDK Global, LLC and they are a wholly-owned subsidiaries of Dealix. The transaction took place May 21, 2015 according to a press release by Autobytel.


Autobytel is no stranger to premium generic domain names as they also own

From the press release:

Dealix provides new and used car leads to dealerships, dealer groups, and automotive manufacturers, and consistently ranks as a top auto sales lead provider in the industry. The company is also the operator of the highly successful car buying site, – one of the first used car search engines to connect consumers with a nationwide inventory of quality used cars. This site now joins Autobytel’s consumer-facing family of websites, and the soon to be re-launched

The online market for used cars has really heated up lately with many startups jumping in. One of, if not the highest funded is which has reportedlyreceived at least $300 Million of funding. CrunchBase is stating $79 Million in 4 rounds. Beepi was founded April 1, 2013!

There are other startups like,, and Vroom  has raised $54 Million and had $20 Million in sales in May with projected sales of $300 Million for 2015 according to this article.

Auto1 Group which was founded in 2012, has a $1 Billion valuation and is alsoinvolved in the used car market with heavy funding. Drivin is a Chicago based startupin the same market with $10 Million in funding.

I’m sure I missed several more, but you get my point. The used car market is getting a lot of $ put into it, and to note, the majority all riding along on some great domain names!

There is of course the new gTLD’s coming into the space as well with .Car, .Cars and .Auto launching in the Q4 of this year as a joint venture between Frank Schilling Uniregistry and Daniel Negari’s .XYZ.