RIGHT OF THE DOT.com, My Take On The New gTLD’s: The Next 25 Years & How You Can Profit

As many as you have heard, Monte Cahn the founder of Moniker.com and most recently an Exec with Oversee.net,  has joining myself,  in a new venture called RIGHT OF THE DOT.

RIGHT OF THE DOT can be broadly defined as a consulting company which advises registries on how best to roll out their extensions, including marketing and selling of domains; increase the number of registration of domains; identifying and positioning their premium inventory into the market through various channels, getting new registries shelve space on the retail channel otherwise known as registrars.

Basically we will help to make a registry much more successful and profitable and that at the end of the day what business is about, maximizing profits.

While the new gTLD’s process is getting ironed out we expect to help some existing registries position there existing extensions in the market to take advantage of the time until the new gTLD’s actually launch.

We also plan on advising some other companies and players in the domain space that aren’t registrars or registries, by doing some board advisements.  We look forward to working with other non-domain high tech companies that want to built and protect their online brand.

Why RIGHT OF THE DOT?

Because since the first .com was registered some 25 years ago, domains have pretty much been about the keyword(s) to the left of the dot.

With of hundreds and eventually thousands of new gTLD’s on the horizon  a lot of attention will now be focused on everything on the Right Of The Dot.

Monte was of course one of the founders of Moniker.com which he built out of his home into a top 10 registrar.

Through that process, Monte knows all the players in the registry/registrar space.

Monte also has sold over the year hundreds of millions of dollars in domains, probably more than anyone on earth.

Monte through Moniker.com pretty much created the live domain auction space a concept that did not exist before the live TRAFFIC Moniker auctions.

I have been in the business of domaining since 1999 when I founded MostWantedDomains.com and have lived and breathed in the domain business since then as a full time domainer.  As a frequent reader you probably know that we own around 75,000 domains and sell annually into the seven figures worth of our own domains.

I do think its a different dynamic when you sell your own inventory and broker someone else’s.  One is not better or worse than the other, its just different.

In the process of full time domaining you look at tens of millions of domains in your life and whether you realize it as you’re looking at domain lists your doing an immediate appraisal of each domain.

Moreover I have been involved in over tens of thousands of online domain auctions over the years.

So I think we think we bring a unique combination together, Monte from the registry, registrar, and brokerage side and myself from the domainer side, which can be extremely beneficial to anyone wanting to start their own new extension (gTLD) or want to increase the presence of current extensions.

So enough for the commercial, lets chat about new gTLD’s and the domain business.

The fact show that since the 25 years have past since the 1st .Com was registered,  there is a total of 21 TLD (Top Level Domains).

You know some of them quite well.

.Com; .Net; .Org; .info; .Biz to name a few.

Some others as domains you may know but regard them as failures like .tel, .mobi and .travel.

I’ll get this out of the way first:

There will be never be a new gTLD or extension that will surpass .com.

Let me say it again.

Now new gTLD or ccTLD will displace .com in our (or at least my lifetime).

End of story.

.Com is king and will be king for a very long time, probably forever, although forever is a VERY long time.

No one is trying to be the new .Com,  replace or beat .Com

They don’t have to.

A registry is a different business model from domainers.

A registrar is a different business model from domainers and from operating a registry.

Although both domainers, registrars and registries all are involved in the business of domains,  they are quite different.

As domainers we have a certain way of looking at a domain and extensions.

Domainers are look at a domain and an extension from the investment point of view.

If a domainer invests in a domain and thereby an extension, the main concern is whether that domain will be worth more, next week, next year or in five years (depending on each domainers time frame for resale) than it is today.

Many domainers will be concerned with how the extension get ranked by the search engines for SEO purposes and will value domains accordingly.

So basically a domainer perception of a domain extension is based on resale value,  traffic value and SEO value.

Domainers want to invest in domains and extension that will grow in value and/or will make money while those domains are held.

If there is a lot of activity in the aftermarket and we see domains selling consistently for higher prices we think the extension is successful.

If domainers see low sales activity on an extension or flat or falling prices they consider the extension a failure.

However, operating a registry  a different business model from domaining.

So operating a registry can be extremely profitable at the registry level even though domainers considers the domain extension a failure.

Because once again at the end of the day they are different businesses and different net profit models.

These two an exist together, a profitable registry and a failed extension by domainer standards.

Take .Travel for example.

Most domainers probably don’t own a .travel domain, and most would regard the domain to be a failure.

However the .Travel registry is profitable.

The .Pro registry is profitable with over 100,000 registrations but most domainers do not own a .pro and wouldn’t even consider investing in one.

The .biz registry has over 2,000,000 domains registered and is profitable although on the domainer resale market .biz domain have not in large part been a good investment.

So while most domainers do not regard these extensions as successful from the domainer side,  from the registry side they are making plenty of money.

Once you get get your head onto the other side of the business, then its an entirely different perspective and that’s the point of the post.

My friend Rick Schwartz often says that all domainers are “looking for the second coming” of .com.

And he is right.

Domainers are always looking for that next extension to invest in especially if they missed the .com boom.

Domainers are looking for something they can invest small dollars in that will be worth big money in the future.

All new gTLD’s registries are also looking for “the second coming” but in their case they are not looking for the second coming of .com, they are all looking for the second coming of .Co

Why .Co?

Because the .Co registry, as Juan Calle recently stated,  has already grossed $20 Million dollars and expects to gross $30 Million in its first year.

Think about that for a second.

Zero revenue to $30 Million in one year, during what still is a horrible recession for most  of people all around the world.

How many businesses can go from $0 to $30 Million in one year?

Not many.

So that’s the attraction of the new gTLD’s.

So for new gTLD’s operators that’s what they are going to try emulate,  that is there second coming.

Let’s face it.

It doesn’t take a huge investment to operate a registry.

You hire a company to operates the back end of the registry (something that almost all new registries will do) to Neustar, Afilias, Verisign, Tucows, openregistry,  or one of the other many competitors that will provide this service.

All of these back end providers charge a per domain fee for the registry services.

So besides the application fees , lawyer fees, consulting fees, the only other major cost to operating a registry is marketing.

That is in large part why ICANN is estimating 500 new extension application in the 1st round alone. (its in ICANN budget).

So 500 application at $185K is $100 Million.

If you talk those in the new gTLD space they will tell you that you will need at least $500K to get an uncontested, no nonsense application thought ICANN and added to the root,  before marketing

Now we are up to $250 Million.

Figure at least $500K for marketing and your at $1M for an extension or $500 Million coming into the space.

But every generic extension is going to have competition.

That means there will be mulitple applications for extensions such as .law, .insurance, .health, .eco., music, .sports just to name  a few.

There maybe hundreds of domain strings that will be highly contested and once there are muliple applications for the same extension the winner is determined by auction.

Prices for some of the most valuable gTLD’s may very well go into the millions or even tens of millions.

I can tell you this:

At the .Nxt show in San Francisco I met with people who are ready, willing and able to write checks for millions, even tens of millions to control a generic extension.

You may think they are crazy but I can tell you with 100% certainly these guys are there, checkbook in hand waiting for the green light from ICANN.

By in large the players  are very smart, successful people so while you may want to immediately think they are all wrong and crazy for investing that kind of money into a new gTLD and are throwing their money away, remember they have been Right in the past so discount their opinion so quickly.

As I see it there is over $1 Billion dollars coming into the new gTLD space and that is just in the 1st round of many rounds to come.

But lets get real.

I expect that a majority of the new gTLDs will fail.

Probably 80%-90% of all new gTLD will fail.

I think Juan Calle said it best at the .Nxt show in San Francisco a few weeks ago when he said about new gTLD’s:

“There will be some spectacular successes and some spectacular failures”.”

Well said.

I would go further and say there will be many more speculator failures than speculator successes but again in what other business can you gross $20-$30 Million dollars in your first year out of thin air?

And after all why should operating a new TLD be any different than any other business which according to the the Small Business Administration, one-third of new businesses fail withing 2 years and 56% fail within 4 years.

So if you thinking of opening up any new business, there is a 56%  chance it will fail within first 4 years.

However how many business have the potential to gross $30 Million in the 1st year?

Not many.

Now I know many of you do not have the $185K application fee or the $1M it will take to realistically launch an uncontested new extension with proper marketing and framework around it.

So if you see the amount of money coming into the space like I do and want to get a financial interest in the new gTLD’s, there are several ways of getting a share.

One way to have an interest in the new gTLD’s is to invest in some of the public companies that are involved in the new gTLD space like Top Level Holdings, otherwise known as Minds + Machines which is publicly traded over in London or in some of the back end companies like Neustar, Verisign, Tucows which will make $$ for each domain registered.

There are other companies like Demand Media which have at least indicated they might go after some extensions.

A registry is like a money printing machine.

Low cost.

Low overhead.

Huge profit.

Of course you can play if from the domainer side as new extensions get released, you can grab some either through registering domains or the land rushes or the reserved domains auctions that will surely come.

Or you can choose to ignore the whole thing and concentrate on existing extensions.

There are many ways to be involved in the domain industry.

As Internet usage grows and more and more business shift to the Internet, the number of domain registrations will have to grow along with.

There is no one right way.

Keep your eyes opened and look for opportunity where you find it.

There is change coming and no matter how smart you are, and no matter how long you have been in the domain business,  there is no one on earth that really knows (including me) what the economic consequences will be when 21 TLD expands to 521 TLD’s in one year and maybe into the thousands of TLD’s in the future.

Just for argument, let’s say that someone applies for .insurance knowing that Quinstreet bought Insurance.com, carinsurance.com and insured.com, in a 12 month period for over $110 Million dollars.

So lets say a company applies for .insurance, not to make money selling domains off the extension, but wants to keep all of the domains for themselves (perfectly legal under the rules).

They create domains like car.insurance; health.insurance; life.insurance; newyork.insurance and so on and so on, puts up sites to get lead generation.

Who can say they won’t get ranked by Google and Bing and ranked ahead of insurance.com?

NO ONE KNOWS

We can all opine on whether that will happen but lets assume for a minute it does happen.

What would .insurance be worth if its was ranked on SEO ahead of all insurance .com domains?

Probably not $100 Million

Probably in hundreds of millions.

Just one example of how the new gTLD’s can be a not only a disruptive force in the Internet industry but a game changer.

Yet the new gTLD’s may not rank at all.

Risk Vs. Reward.

Understand the business models and you can make an intelligent decision on how to play in the game.

Ignore the whole new gTLD process and you may do so at your peril.

(disclaimer this post premature published unfinished for a short time a couple of weeks ago, sorry if you caught the unfinished version)

Comments

  1. says

    New DNS Software Links

    Google for “Let Me Google That For You” LMGTFY

    LMGTFY – Microsoft Peer Name Resolution Protocol
    LMGTFY – IPv6
    LMGTFY – BitCoin
    LMGTFY – DWOLLA
    LMGTFY – DNSMASQ (and the New DNSMASQ not yet released)
    LMGTFY – OpenDNS
    LMGTFY – ://www.TK FREE
    LMGTFY – LLLL.COM all 4-Letter Anchor Tenants

    People have to wait for Microsoft and Uncle Sam to decide if .0 (zero) will be the Top Level Domain with the FREE domains – That is what seems to appear in the Patent Applications.

  2. says

    MARCH 31st Comments Due
    The IANA RE-BID “Process” is becoming the Focal Point

    ://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4240.htm

    A Sub-One-Dollar .COM Registry is the next demand to place on Obama
    If that does not happen soon, then June 8, 2011 will be IPv6-Only New DNS Day

  3. says

    Interesting article. On a general note, the .COM extension will remain the market leader. The only extensions that will be successful are the ones that become Industry Standards. This is the approach by .music. Only verified Music Industry members can register via their respective accredited community. If you are educational insitution in the US, it is imperative you have .EDU. It is the only option if you want credibility. Which raises the question. Are new extensions about volumes and selling to domainers in auctions or is it about targeted trusted entities and quality?

    Serve your real community and you will be a success. Problem is most new TLD applicants have not realistically done their homework, nor have adequately reached out to the groups that can create shared value. A TLD is a risky business especially with no strategy that differentiates you. Holding auctions and relying on speculative domainers is a strategy that all can emulate. Creating scarcity value beyond a vanity name is where the real opportunity is. Relying on the traditional approach of a TLD launch is a strategy with minimal differentiation or a difference that really matters. Usage rate will be critical. Only industry standards will have a chance.

    80/20 rule will run supreme. Successes will be a few. I am excited about those.

    Constantine Roussos
    .MUSIC

  4. RadiationExposureLimits.com says

    @Constantine,

    “Interesting article. On a general note, the .COM extension will remain the market leader. The only extensions that will be successful are the ones that become Industry Standards. This is the approach by .music. Only verified Music Industry members can register via their respective accredited community.”

    Dude, .music will never happen. Right of the dot isn’t coming – hope you aren’t spending too much time and money on this never-to-be project.

  5. says

    LMGTFY – Microsoft Peer Name Resolution Protocol

    Peer-to-peer name resolution protocol (PNRP) security infrastructure and method
    United States Patent 7299351

    Inventors:
    Huitema, Christian (Clyde Hill, WA, US)
    Miller, John L. (Bellevue, WA, US)
    Gavrilescu, Alexandru (Redmond, WA, US)
    Application Number:
    09/956260
    Publication Date:
    11/20/2007
    Filing Date:
    09/19/2001

    6134658 Multi-server location-independent authentication certificate management system October, 2000 Multerer et al. 713/175
    6128740 Computer security system and method with on demand publishing of certificate revocation lists October, 2000 Curry et al. 713/158
    6097811 Tree-based certificate revocation system August, 2000 Micali 713/186
    6088805 Systems, methods and computer program products for authenticating client requests with client certificate information July, 2000 Davis et al. 713/202
    6085320 Client/server protocol for proving authenticity July, 2000 Kaliski, Jr. 713/168
    6044350 Certificate meter with selectable indemnification provisions March, 2000 Weiant et al. 705/1
    5987376 System and method for the distribution and synchronization of data and state information between clients in a distributed processing system November, 1999 Olson et al.
    5982898 Certification process November, 1999 Hsu et al. 713/156
    5922074 Method of and apparatus for providing secure distributed directory services and public key infrastructure July, 1999 Richard et al. 726/21
    5901227 Method and apparatus for implementing partial and complete optional key escrow May, 1999 Perlman 713/157
    5371794 Method and apparatus for privacy and authentication in wireless networks December, 1994 Diffie et al. 713/156

    There are more recent applications relating to the .0 (Dot Zero) Top Level Domain

  6. says

    Needless to say DNSSEC is likely Finished like ICANN

    ://www.circleid.com/posts/20110315_dnssec_lets_stay_the_course/
    “Last year this manifested itself as a prediction that DNSSEC would actually make the DNS system LESS stable than before. Now that sounds strange, doesn’t it?”

    MARCH 31st Comments Due
    The IANA RE-BID “Process” is becoming the Focal Point
    ://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4240.htm
    A Sub-One-Dollar .COM Registry is the next demand to place on Obama
    If that does not happen soon, then June 8, 2011 will be IPv6-Only New DNS Day

  7. SL says

    @BigLie: Thanks. I went to microsoft.com and searched for their new DNS software but no results were returned. So it’s just another piece of vaporware, not surprising from Microsoft.

  8. says

    By the way, if you have 75,000 .COM domains and ICANN tells you they hired 10 more Staff at $500,000 each to dunce around with DNSSEC and that RAISES your per domain .COM cost from $10/year to $50/year you might be concerned.

    75,000 times $40 more per year is $3,000,000 more per year

    Do you have ANY Voice in the DNSSEC travesty ?

  9. says

    LMGTFY – Microsoft Peer Name Resolution Protocol

    Peer-to-peer name resolution protocol (PNRP) security infrastructure and method
    United States Patent 7299351
    ====

    Also note, Microsoft uses Marketing Terms for OLD technology.

    Example: ACTIVE DIRECTORY is [DNS+Kerberos+LDAP]

  10. SL says

    @BigLie: Thanks for asking. No, I don’t have any voice in the DNS travesty.

    Btw, I still can’t find any info when Microsoft will be releasing their new DNS software. Can you post a link to the press release announcing it?

    Thanks.

  11. says

    MARCH 31st Comments Due
    The IANA RE-BID “Process” is becoming the Focal Point

    ://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4240.htm

    A Sub-One-Dollar .COM Registry is the next demand to place on Obama

    Do you want to pay ICANN Directors (and their companies) to PROFIT from DNSSEC ?

  12. says

    Getting to the Bottom Line…
    ://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4240.htm

    Can you imagine what a Whitehouse-Appointed Executive on a GSA $189,000 per year salary must feel like dealing with an ICANN Clerk making $500,000 per year?

  13. says

    I thought the unfinished post was brilliant, the completed one is even better.

    A billion dollars to come into the industry in the next two years, how many people even know of an opportunity like this in any stream?

    Add to that the opportunity to be there when things do get going, with knowledge beforehand, if you miss this opportunity, you only have yourself to blame.

  14. JC says

    The only voice I’ve seen that properly understands how a TLD can be used is .music

    It’s not about domaining, ladies and gentleman, it’s about platforms.

    .music will be a success
    .xxx will be a failure

    I believe .music is the single biggest industry that will benefit and will be huge. Not for domainer but for music.

    I for one would love for music to get its voice back.

  15. says

    The only voice I’ve seen that properly understands how a TLD can be used is .music

    Under the current proposal their isn’t any way of guaranteeing any individual, company or group will be awarded any new gTLD. If any of the big music companies like Universal or Time Warner etc. want .music other applicants will need very very deep pockets.

  16. JC says

    gpmgroup

    Doesn’t change my feeling that Constantine seems to be more aware, knowledgeable and prepared than most. He’s enough on the ball that just mention new TLDs and he’s there … of course, .music would be huge imho.

    The only main concern is the control levied from the top. Not sure what happens if someone wants:

    .♩
    .♪
    .♫
    .♬
    .♭
    or even
    .♮

    Interesting to see.

  17. says

    Mike’s article spells out the basics and just some of the opportunities in what is being touted by many as the next expansion of the internet. With billions of NEW dollars coming into our industry….which is a VERY GOOD thing for all of us, there will be great opportunities. Having any of these new TLDs fail will NOT be good for our industry, even if you are relying on your .com names for income. The opportunity lies in many areas and having some experienced people help those with good ideas and good new strings with good business plans, will be of benefit for many reasons. For one, it will add credibility to our industry, it will also link communities in new ways. It invites new commerce channels, new ideas, new social and networking platforms, it will help open new markets, it will also provide opportunity to those not even on the internet yet – such as third world countries, Entrepreneurs, the young, the old, and the less fortunate. It will force professionalism, standardization, and structure to our industry as a whole.

    One of our goals and focus will be to have professional credibility applied to a handful of these new strings/TLDs that have the potential to win. Winning may not be measured in dollars or even the number of new registrations. Winning may be laying the foundation and groundwork for reaching new markets or even bringing attention to our industry which may benefit us all.

    This is certainly not about us running out of domains available on existing TLDs’ so we need new ones. There is not a business case or a supply and demand analysis that indicates we need more supply or new TLD’s. This is about opening up entirely new channels and opportunities for a bunch of people, organizations, Geo’s, etc already committed to play and PAY in our industry. As Mike states, we met MANY with millions of dollars, backing and some good ideas. Why not have a couple of experts ensure that they spend their money wisely and have a chance to succeed.

    The next few months should provide us some indication on how and when this will happen…..if at all ;-)

    Monte

  18. says

    “As Mike states, we met MANY with millions of dollars, backing and some good ideas.”
    ============

    The people you may not have seen are the I* insiders and Clerics who expect THEIR CUT (Under the table?) or they will lobby against your business plans.

    Some of them will be headed to Puerto Rico for some needed R&R and CASINO action. They do not like to flaunt their “millions of dollars” from their numerous NON-Profit Shell Companies in front of the world.

    Unfortunately, the Clerics have “gamed” the systems via .EDU .GOV .US and other obscure TLDs like .ARPA. It is NOT a level playing field.

  19. says

    This is all BS. There is no second coming, registrars and investors are imposing this belief so they can profit, you are the loser, there’s only speculation. The only winners here are the Registrars – get real people, don’t give your money away to these companies. They think they own you, you own them – don’t waste your life-earned money on these heartless thieves.

  20. says

    Are you all retarded? Why do you think they are enforcing this idea of ‘the-second-coming’? These registrars STEAL domains, you can’t compete with these people. Why fund their investments? YOU are the one that affects this market, .COM is here to stay and I am making it that way.

  21. A Domaier says

    You have to understand that .co is not a gTLD. It is classified as a ccTLD, regardless of the rumors you hear about how Google classifies them. At the end of the day .co stands for Colombia. If it didn’t, ICANN would not have allowed .co to operate.

  22. says

    “You have to understand that .co is not a gTLD. It is classified as a ccTLD”
    =====

    You may want to note that USA NTIA is taking comments for the IANA RE-BID.

    The Jon Postel Cult DNS will not likely be appreciated by the 50 Senators including 2 from .COlorado

    Those Senators will RE-Purpose .CO .CA .ME .MS .LA etc with the stroke of a .PEN not a .COOP

  23. Landon White says

    Same ole BS …

    No body pays for Porn anymore, .XXX will ahv eso much Cant sell your .Mobi or .Co?
    wait till you try and sell your failed .XXX
    =
    IF YOU FALL
    “For it Again’
    you have no one to blme but your gullible self

  24. .COMmunity says

    The way to make a small fortune? Start with a big one. Seems very obvious that the people who invest in this new gTLD venture will all lose their money.

    Anybody out there wanna buy some .MOBI domains?

    People like .COM. They want .COM. They will continue to support .COM.

    Those who invest in anything other than that are wasting their hard earned .MONEY!

  25. Yogi says

    I agree with the guy above. No, I’m not a .COMmunist, but I’m a realist.

    .COM is where the action is now at and where it will continue to be. I agree that those who dive in headfirst into the new gTLD’s will get absolutely clobbered, including Monty and Mike.

    Think I’m wrong? Well, I have a large portfolio of .TEL, .NET, .BIZ and .MOBI telling me otherwise. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

  26. says

    This is how one phone call set the pace in 1998. http://brief.ly/3kq/ US government is no joke.

    The US takeover of the DNS Root Authority
    On January 28, 1998, Postel, on his own authority, emailed eight of the twelve operators of Internet’s regional root nameservers and instructed them to change the root zone server from then SAIC subsidiary Network Solutions (NSI)’s A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. (198.41.0.4) to DNSROOT.IANA.ORG (198.32.1.98). The operators complied with Postel’s instructions, thus dividing control of Internet naming between IANA and the four remaining U.S. Government roots at NASA, the .mil server, BRL and NSI. He soon received a telephone call from a furious Ira Magaziner, President Clinton’s senior science advisor, who instructed him to undo this change, which he did. Within a week, the US NTIA issued its “Green Paper” asserting the US government’s definitive authority over the Internet DNS root zone.

  27. says

    “The .Pro registry is profitable with over 100,000 registrations but most domainers do not own a .pro and wouldn’t even consider investing in one.”

    Ok, I understand the basis for your comment as a .pro domainer, there are certainly fewer more concentrated investors in this space. However, consider the following in regard to .pro’s

    1. The extension applies to a broad demographic of left of the dot keywords. It will be difficult to find many successful new extensions that will.
    2. It is proven that .pro’s can rank in google and achieve top page results.
    3. There is a growing list of aftermarket sales of 1K+ for premium .pro’s and many are still available to be hand registered.
    4. .Pro is an established ‘profitable’ extension as you mentioned that offers a certain trust and reliability to consumers that it will be around for more years.
    5. .Pro has already experienced a sell of of initial registrants and current registrants that just passed 100K mark are sitting tight in general.
    6. .Pro has been steadily growing in its registrant base for the last 12 months.
    7. .Pro presents a solid value compared with even the next close alternate extension. It can be bought for less at this point.
    8. Adding .pro to a keyword works toward enhancing a brand.
    9. .Pro is heavily invested in internationally as .pro is also professional in a multitude of other languages. Russia, France and Spain they are popular.
    10. Registry prices are now 9.99 and competitive with any other available domain.

    Overall, I’m not surprised by your comments in regard to .pros as its a fact that many domainers will shy away from the extension. Also, part of me hopes that the registry would hire .right of the dot company to work towards more commercial branding and marketing.

    Ok, no doubt the registry would benefit huge from a company like right of the dot to guide them in a marketing plan. Currently to date there has been no significant marketing or brand approach with the extension and it is still doing well.

    Please send .pro registry a letter to employ your services as I think with a little marketing heat it could ignite a fire.

  28. says

    I wish you well, but won’t congratulate Right of the Dot on your partnership with Verisign. I have commented on theDomains and other major blogs that Verisign is crooked. Verisign is to be congratulated because of partnering with you, with Right of the Dot with Mike Berkens at its helm, because the advantage is all Verisign’s. Verisign will exploit Mike Berkens’/MostWantedDomains/RightoftheDot reputation you have spent a lifetime building to the limit! I am glad you seem sophisticated and have legal representation to figure out a way out if you discover disadvantages.

    Here are a couple links so this comment won’t be published.
    Sincerely, Louise

    Verisign’s Application for Bulk Transfer After Partial Portfolio Acquisition
    http://www.icann.org/en/registries/rsep/verisign-btappa-request-29jul09-en.pdf

    Comments Unanimous Against
    http://forum.icann.org/lists/vrsn-btappa-amendment

  29. MHB says

    Louise

    I think if you do some research you will find that posting comments on blogs that a public company is “crooked” can get you into a lot of trouble unless you can prove that your statement is correct.

    Now the 2 site you posted to one deals with the bulk transfer of a domain from a registrars to another registrars in case one is sold to the other, rather than making the selling registrar.

    The second link is to a post on the proposal.

    As for Right of the Dot, we are quite happy to be in “partnership” with VeriSign and look forward to working with them on many new TLD’s

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