Afnic: “2017, year of consolidation for the domain name market?”

Afnic published a report that looked at consolidation in 2017 for legacy tlds. The report looks at retention rates for legacy tlds and cctlds. Projections are put forward relating to annual creations and deletions. New gtlds were not included in the report. The key takeaway being, the level of deletions should reach and exceed the level of creations in H1 2017 for the two segments of TLDs. From … [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...]

Name.com: 50% Off Premium Priced Domains On 4 New gTLD’s Extension For 2 Hours Today

The domain name registrar, Name.com is offering 50% of of premium registrations (first year only) for the following new gTLD  extensions today only for 2 hours: .CONSULTING .SOFTWARE .MARKET .REVIEWS. The Domain Happy Hour is from 3–5 p.m. MST today. "That includes some pretty great available premiums, like Colorado.market, StockMarket.consulting, Action.software, and … [Read more...]

Rick Schwartz Maybe “Retired” But He Is Still The Domain King & Still Schooling Them Up

A lot of people in the domain world miss Rick Schwartz since he retired. His "Biggest Fan" who writes onlinedomain.com openly stated last week he was eagerly waiting for a new post from Rick on RicksBlog.com. The Domain King remains retired but of course he still owns a lot of domain names and gets offers  to which he responds to. Rick shared with me an exchange he had with a someone … [Read more...]

New York Man Looks to Cash In on PrincessCharlotte.com

Here is a story from Mirror.co.uk about a New York man who hit the jackpot, at least in the opinion of some. Michael Katz hand registered the domain PrincessCharlotte.com four years ago, now that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their second child Charlotte, Mr.Katz is getting offers. The title of the article is a bit misleading, "PrincessCharlotte.com owner makes net gain of £6,000 … [Read more...]

Expired Domain Leads To Anti-Gay Protesters Accidentally Promoting Gay Porn Website

Everyone should keep up to date with their domain names and make sure they don't expire. That is especially important when it comes to live websites, more so when you are advertising that website. There was a story on PinkNews.co.uk about some religious group in North Carolina protesting a rock festival using a sign that pointed to what they thought was their website. Problem was the domain … [Read more...]

BTC.com Launches New Platform For Bitcoin Users: $1M Purchase Price is a “Long Term Lease”

BTC.com announced today a new platform for the world’s Bitcoin users on "the million-dollar domain". We also learned from the press release that the BTC.com sale for $1 Million dollars is "long term lease agreement" and that BTC.com plans on selling subdomains. We had an interview with the Broker who sold the BTC.com domain name which you can check out here Here is the press … [Read more...]