Frank Schilling On New gTLD’s and The Value of .Com In The Years Ahead

Frank Schilling in a comment to our post on .Bank getting 5,500 applications, had a very interesting comment: ""IMO Dot Com will still be the largest individual TLD, but many, many viable alternative TLD’s will marginalize the totality of .com’s mindshare in future. Speaking as the owner of a large portfolio of valuable dot com names, I once felt comfortable explaining that people should … [Read more...]

Verisign Reports: Revenue up 4.9%: 133.5 Million Registered .Com/.Net Domains

 VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN),  the operator of the .com and .net registry reported financial results for the second quarter of 2015 reporting revenue of $263 million for the second quarter of 2015, up 4.9% from the same quarter in 2014. Verisign reported net income of $93 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.70 for the second quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $100 million and diluted … [Read more...]

.XYZ Issues The Challenge: Giving Away $2K For The Best New .Com & .XYZ Domain Name

The .XYZ registry has issued The Challenge "Think you can register the best .COM or .XYZ domain name?" "Submit yours, along with a short survey, for your chance to win $1,000! "2 winners will be announced on August 10th and 2 more on September 7th" Here is how TheChallenge.xyz as explained on the .XYZ site: ".COM is suing me - Daniel Negari, CEO and Founder of .XYZ - in part over a … [Read more...]

Verisign Announces #InternetOfficial Month 3 Winners & Upcoming Grand Prize

Verisign has announced the winners of the #InternetOfficial contest for month 3. The month 3 winners are: delectablegarden.com GeorgiaWeddingCakes.com CancerSniff.com WarmEscapes.com BridesWithABudget.com Congratulations to the last 5 #InternetOffical winners! The Grand Prize round will launch on Friday, June 12 and end on Saturday, June 27th. Staring June 12th you can … [Read more...]

ICA Sounds The Alarm: Tell ICANN No to URS at .Travel – Or It Will Travel to .Com

Phil Corwin of the Internet Commerce Association (the "ICA)  just published a post,  sounding a very loud alarm, to head off what would be the first step that would make all .Com domain name subject to the Uniform Rapid Suspension Policy (URS) which allows "trademark holders" to go after domain names. To remind everyone the URS which is only in effect for new gTLD's is now being proposed in the … [Read more...]

China Dominates 7 Out of Top 10 Trending Keyword Registrations For .Com Domains In March

Verisign’s has posted the top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET for the month of March The word "China" was the top trending keyword for both .com and .net registrations in March. The next three most trending terms in .Com were also Chinese words. So the top 4 keywords registered in .Com were Chinese and 7 of the top 10. Only appliance, Guys and Rehab were non-Chinese … [Read more...]

SEO Benefits Between .Com and Everything Else

This will probably be a controversial post as the topic has certainly been controversial. SearchMetrics.com published an article that took a look at the SEO benefits of .com vs every other extension. Now Google has always said there is no difference and Matt Cutts has debunked the new gtld crowd that said they would have a benefit. Matt wrote on his Google + in May 2012: Matt Cutts Shared … [Read more...]