In preparing for the Rick Latona Auction of .CM domains, I found some very interesting things.
Some of the domains in the auction are resolving to the .com owner’s site.
Bodybuilding.cm goes to bodybuilding.com through an affiliate program.
Date.cm is going to Date.com through an affiliate program.
DrugStore.cm is redirected to DrugStore.com through an affiliate program.
Most of the other 43 domains in the auction go to either a Sedo.com or DomainSponsor.com parked page, giving both of those companies, pretty good insight to traffic levels on the domains in auction.
Some of the auction domains, like Gap.cm, Musica.cm, and Forex.cm, are going to a parking page run by searchignited.com, a domain just registered on May 26th, through the registrar known as resellersclub, and having privacy protection on its registration, using an address in Zuid-Holland Province, The Netherlands, but with a phone number using a Denmark country code.
Jobs.cm, and Fling.cm are going to an an affiliate program through a company called cpalaunch.com, which is a domain which was just created on less than a month ago, on June 15th, and goes to a privacy registration at Moniker.com
A couple of domains resolve to a “dead page” such as Playboy.cm.
The good news is if you have interest in bidding on any of these domains, those going to a Domain Sponsor lander or a Sedo lander, will have Alexa.org stats on them.
Those .cm’s going to searchignited.com, and CpaLaunch.com are combined with all other traffic, and therefore the Alexa ranking per domain is not available. Those .cm’s going to the .com’s through an affiliate program are likewise not going to give you Alexa stats.
All and all it’s very interesting.
You should note that outside this auction, few other .cm, are resolving.
However Google.cm is resolving to a page registered at Tucows under privacy, to a site called Officialiqquiz.com. It is unclear if its the owner of that site which is directing Google.cm to itself or if it’s an affiliate, but I didn’t see anywhere on the site to sign up as an affiliate. I did see on that sites TOS the following language: “All trademarks, service marks, trade names, domain names, slogans, logos, and other indicia of origin that appear on or in connection with the Service are the property of the Company and/or its affiliates, licensors and/or licensees. You may not copy, display or use any of these marks without prior written permission of the mark owner.”
So this site is aware of trademarks, at least its own.
Myspace.cm is likewise going to an affiliate type page for a service similar to the one Google.cm is going to.
Microsoft.cm is going to a DS parked page.
Verizon.cm is going to a Sedo lander but no results come up, so it looks like Sedo wisely blocked the results.
Still other .cm’s are going to their rightful owners:
Yahoo.cm is being redirected to Yahoo.com.
Baidu.cm is redirecting to Baidu.com (9th busiest site on the net).
Dell.cm is redirecting to Dell.com
The .cm registry had a trademark period where trademark owners had an opportunity to get their .cm name and Yahoo, Baidu & Dell appearently applied, begging the question of why Google did not. However this Sunrise period does not actually close until July 15th so some trademark holders still have a few days to get their .cm domain.
Unanswered questions abound.
Did Google.cm get allocated already, even though the land rush has not occurred yet? If so to whom and if not why is it resolving at all? Likewise, why is Myspace.cm resolving to an affiliate page?
If a domain has not been assigned during the sunrise period to the trademark holder, then why isn’t the domain available in the land rush?
Why are all the names in the Rick Latona auction resolving, when none of the domains on NameJet.com most popular backorders list, are?
Who is the beneficiary of the traffic going to the .CM auctions domains?
Who is tracking the traffic and in some cases the performance of the .cm auction domains?
Is it the Cameroon registry that is the beneficiary of the information and revenue, and if so, why won’t they share the info with potential bidders?
Why are some of these .CM auction domains, going to through affiliate programs to the .com sites while others are going to parked page?
Who is directing the traffic from these .cm domains accordingly, or in other words who is in charge? Is it the government of Cameroon or someone in the industry?
And finally who is behind the 2 newly created landing pages going by searchignited.com and cpalaunch.com and who is behind the page Google.cm is going to?
We can only make 2 conclusions from all this:
1. Whomever is getting the actual traffic count from .CM domains, and in the case of the domains going to the affiliate sites, the performance of these domains, are in a much better position of knowing what the domains are worth than any other potential bidder.
2. With certain parking companies handling the landing pages, they will be in a good position to determine the value of these and other .cm domains.
I told you it was interesting.
Someone from the .CM registry really needs to address these questions for the benefit of the industry and for the benefit of its own extension and the sooner the better.
Thanks to my fellow blogger and domainer, Alan Dunn, who turned me on to this story.