Quick Poll:What Will Google Domains Market Share Of The Registrar Market Be A Year After Launch?

Yesterday news that Google is launching a retail domain name registrar, generated a ton of press outside the domain industry.

There is a lot of speculation of how successful he entry of Google into the registrar business will be, how much market share will Google Domains will gain and how it will effect other registrars, mostly Godaddy whose is going public this year.

As we know Godaddy is the worlds largest registrar, with its sister registrar Wild West Domains also in the top 10

Web.com registrars of Network Solutions and Register.com both in the top 10

Demand Media’s Enom, which includes NameCheap.com numbers is number 2.

Here is the top 20 domain name registrars according to RegistrarStats.com:

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So the question is what do spot do you think Google will be on this chart one year after Google Domains is live to the general public?

You can vote on the poll on the right and for bragging rights you can also comment below

Your choices are:

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TechCrunch Covers The New Google Domains Registrar & Google Talks About New gTLD’s


TechCrunch.com just covered the new Google Domains name registrar.

The only surprise for TechCrunch is that its taken Google so long to get into the business:

“The move makes enough sense that it’s actually kind if surprising that it’s taken Google this long. ”

“While domains aren’t generally considered a massive-margin business, they’ve always seemed like a glaring omission in Google’s offerings; a missing puzzle piece, almost.

Need email for your domain?

Google does that.

Need analytics for your domain?

They do that too.

Now they will soon offer domain registrations.

The one thing the story didn’t mention at all is the new gTLD’s even the 100 or so Google applied to operate.

However Google, not only mentions the new gTLD’s they only domains they talk about on their site:

A” domain name, your address on the Internet, says a lot about who you are and what you do. ”

“New domain endings like .guru and .photography can help you find a meaningful address that stands out on the web.”

“Every domain includes easy forwarding, branded email (you@your_company.com), simple management tools and other helpful features.”

According to SlashGear.com Google’s own  research says “55% of small businesses don’t have a website”, which SlashGear says “doesn’t make a lot of sense in 2014.”

The United States Federal Government Now Owns Escorts.com

It was back in November 2011 that we reported that  National A-1 Advertising Inc. and R.S. Duffy Inc. agreed to plead guilty to money laundering and will forfeit $4.9 million in revenue, pay a $1.5 million fine and serve 1 1/2 years of probation for its activities in operating Escorts.com as well as forfeiting the domain names Escort.com and  Escorts.com.

However the domain names have stayed in the name of R.S. Duffy Inc until today when then domain name Escorts.com changed ownership information and is not owned by the US Marshals Service.

The servers are still going to National A-1 for now.

Interestingly Escort.com has not transferred and is still owned by National A-1 for the moment.

It will also be interesting to see what if anything the government does with the domain, will they sell it, let it drop use it in a campaign for social awareness?

The domain does not expire until 2020.

Registrant Name: Marshals Service, United States
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 1901 S. Bell St. 10th Floor
Registrant City: Arlington
Registrant State/Province: VA
Registrant Postal Code: 22202
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.202.307.3497
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
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Registrant Email: AFDcomplexassets@usdoj.gov
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Marshals Service, United States
Admin Organization: null
Admin Street: 1901 S. Bell St. 10th Floor
Admin City: Arlington
Admin State/Province: VA
Admin Postal Code: 22202
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.202.307.3497
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
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Admin Email: AFDcomplexassets@usdoj.gov
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Marshals Service, United States
Tech Organization: null
Tech Street: 1901 S. Bell St. 10th Floor
Tech City: Arlington
Tech State/Province: VA
Tech Postal Code: 22202
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.202.307.3497
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
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Tech Email: AFDcomplexassets@usdoj.gov



NetNames: .New gTLD’s Will Overtake .Com/.Net Registrations By 2020

According to NetNames‘ Internet 2020 report, 92% of large companies in the US, Britain, France and Germany are planning to invest in new domain names (new gTLD’s) over the next three years, and 46% say they already have begun to invest in this area.

The telegraph.co.uk, wrote about the NetNanes’ report and chatted with CEO Gary McIlraith:

“Although .com will remain popular, registrations of new domain names will significantly overtake new registrations of .com and .net, as these established domains become saturated.

“Driven by the increase in internet adoption in emerging markets, a significant proportion of these new registrations will be made up of non-Latin characters, such as Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese. Without the restrictions of keyboard entry, a .com extension could actually become a hindrance to attracting local traffic to a website.”

“The introduction of thousands of new domain name endings, ranging from .football to .shop and even .dog is set to dramatically change the way we search and navigate the web,” said of global domain name specialists NetNames.

“For a start, the descriptive nature of new domain name suffixes will help internet users to memorise web addresses more easily. As a result, our research shows that the vast majority of users will be more likely to enter a domain name in one of the new web suffixes into their browser bar, making them less reliant on search engines to find a website.”

McIlraith added that over one million domain names with new web suffixes have already been registered, and before long new registrations in the new suffixes will overtake those in .com.

“We are starting to see the emergence of communities of interest on the web with domain names that are much more relevant to those interests and the content of the websites they support”

“.Com and .Net domain names currently make up 42% of all web addresses according to Netnames and have been the main driver for the exponential growth of the internet in the last 20 years, but domain name specialists are predicting that .com could lose dominance by 2020, as hundreds of new web address endings come online.

As a result, .com, .net and country code top-level domains like .co.uk may well go out of fashion in favour of more descriptive, search-friendly and geographically-neutral web addresses.”

Namejet.com’s .Global Live Auction Closes Tommorow & 50% Of The Domains Have Bids

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Namejet.com’s pre-bidding for the  Live ICANN .Global Auction ends tomorrow Sunday June 22nd at 11pm EST and as of publication 50% of the domain names have bids.

The live auction will be held on Tuesday in London during the ICANN 50 meeting.

The event will be held at Hilton London Paddington, 146 Praed Street, London, which is just blocks from the hotel the ICANN meeting will be held and is one of the recommended ICANN hotels for the meeting so many of you will be staying there as well.

If your going to be at ICANN you can register for the event by clicking here.

Registration is limited to 350 people and with some 2,500 or more expected to attend ICANN  you should register quickly as possible.

This is not only an auction but a social event, where there will be a cocktail hour (actually 1 1/2 hours) where drinks and food will be served and the World Cup will be on the big screen in the room.

Reserve prices are set as low as $250 with the majority of the domain names having a reserve under $5,000

We will have more information regarding live online bidding for those that will not be in attendance Monday Morning.