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07|31|2007 04:04 pm EDT

Moniker’s Internext Domain Live Adult Domain Auction List Announced

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Aftermarket, Events

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InternextMoniker has published the final list for their second adult domain name auction in conjunction with the Internext Expo, an adult entertainment industry show in Hollywood Florida. Please be warned the show and the list of domains are adult content not suitable for anyone under 18 yrs old. The show runs from August 3-5 and the auction event will be on Saturday, August 4th from 1-4 pm. Since this is the 2nd go around at this event, the results should be much better than first events, such as the recent Affiliate Summit domain auction

Contact a sales representative from Moniker if you are interested in absentee bidding or attend the event by registering at InternextExpo.com.

07|31|2007 02:46 pm EDT

GoDaddy and Afilias created joint venture in order to bid for .US tld

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Editorial, ICANN / Policy, News, Registries

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.us logoGoDaddy and Afilias just announced a joint venture, The Domain Name Alliance Registry, LLC, which submitted a proposal for running the .US ccTLD yesterday in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s request for quotation.

“Today, the usTLD ranks 9th among the world’s country code domains, despite America’s leadership of the Internet and the most robust domain growth market in history. Now is the time to change usTLD leadership and put it on a growth track,� said Roland LaPlante, Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. Added Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s President and Chief Operating Officer, “We believe Alliance Registry pools the strengths of its partners, Go Daddy and Afilias, to offer usTLD superior technology, enhanced marketing, and focused administration to improve this critical national resource.�

Key improvements according to the press release would be:

  1. Reduced pricing for usTLD registrations to make them more affordable and deliver greater value to the usTLD community
  2. Greater volume, growth, and usage of the usTLD stimulated by registry enhancements and marketing programs that have been proven to work by Alliance Registry’s joint owners
  3. Enhanced Locality space support to enable every city and town in America to have its own dedicated space within the usTLD (e.g. anytown.us)
  4. World class stability and security of the registry platform and DNS services supporting the domain
  5. Expanded administration services to facilitate oversight and provide better counsel for the DoC
  6. Enhancing kids.us so it becomes the feature-rich, safe online environment for America’s children it was envisioned to be

Especially point #3 caught my attention here, since I am not sure if this means that cities would be given specific rights to their own .US domain before anyone else.

Since it’s re-launch in 2002 the .US domain has experienced significant slower growth compared to other ccTLDs. Mostly this is probably since .COM has become the equivalent to a US based site to most US Internet users. GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar today and Afilias operates the .INFO and .ORG TLDs amongst others and is owned by several registrars.

State of the domain: usTLD (from the Alliance Registry Site)

usTLD overall registration volume is weak

Despite a promising start, the volume performance of usTLD has failed to move usTLD into the vanguard of country codes worldwide. The .us domain ranks 9th of all country codes in number of registrations, behind domains from the Netherlands (.NL), China (.CN), and Argentina (.AR). This situation exists despite the fact that the base of Internet users in these individual countries is significantly smaller then the U.S. Also, while it takes time to develop a domain, it is interesting to note that .EU, which conducted its public launch in April, 2006, currently has nearly twice as many registrations as usTLD, which had a 4 year head start.

Top Ten ccTLDS

usTLD registration volume trend is lagging leaders

When viewed relative to the leading ccTLDs (Germany and the UK) shown below, usTLD appears flat, whereas the leaders are not only significantly larger, but growing faster as well.

US registrations vs. DE & UK

usTLD market share declining

usTLD market share has been declining in the face of an overall domain market that has been growing briskly, tracing to 1) Internet expansion worldwide; 2) increasing functionality of the Internet (e.g. e-commerce); and 3) increasing availability and awareness of domain ownership options. Within its segment (ccTLDs), usTLD has been on a long term share decline trend, as shown below:

US market share

[Press Release, Background Information]

07|30|2007 10:16 pm EDT

7/30 TDNAM Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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z123.org-$1,705
SeCaucusJunction.com- $755
FamousGuitarTabs.com — $975
PicBin.org – $905

07|30|2007 10:13 pm EDT

7/30 Snap Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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FreeSatDish.com – $5,633.0
CyberPlaza.com- $1,450.00
MommyBitches.com- $476.00
RhymeTime.com $830.00

07|30|2007 08:56 am EDT

Tucows purchases It’s Your Domain

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Editorial, News, Registrars

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Tucows LogoJoe over at Vpop sent this link: Tucows (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) purchases It’s Your Domain (also know as Innerwise), a registrar with wholesale focus and 700,000 domains under management.

Tucows will pay US$10.35 million in cash for IYD with the opportunity for IYD to realize a further US$1.05 million based on specific targets. The acquisition is expected to add approximately US$7 million in yearly revenue and between US$1 and $2 million in adjusted net income in the first 12 months.

Here are the reasons emphasized by Elliot Noss in a video podcast.

  • Great existing Customer Relationships
  • Hosted Reseller Interface
  • Opportunity to introduce new services to IYD’s customers.

From my perspective as a former Tucows employee, the hosted interface is especially an important factor, since the smaller Tucows resellers (and some of the larger ones) have long been asking for a feature like this. Basically this allows resellers to quickly set up an brand a domain name registration site, a feature already offered by competitors such as eNom and GoDaddy/WildWest.

The founders, James McKenzie & Ted Cucci, will move on to their new venture, Network Merchants. Tucows will also be a customer of the company. Employees are kept on for a transition period and will then move to the founder’s new business.

[Press Release]

07|30|2007 12:33 am EDT

7/29 Snap Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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Only was watching a couple worth mentioning

Colline.com – $4900
SaltWaterFly.com – $270

07|30|2007 12:00 am EDT

7/29 TDNAM Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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CyberJournalist.com – $1005
WinCom.com – $2171
LiveTVNow.com – $1005
SuperFastWealth.com – $617

07|29|2007 12:00 am EDT

7/22-7/28: Domain Name News weekly highlights

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Weekly Highlights

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07|28|2007 10:16 pm EDT

7/28 Snap Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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WaveOnline.com – $1325
Wehrman.com – $393
vhc.net – $1262

07|28|2007 10:13 pm EDT

7/28 TDNAM Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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costrecovery.com – $1,115
thechocolatelizard.com- $1,050
aboutbusinessdirectory.com – $870
zcn-chat.com – $735