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07|30|2009 05:13 pm EDT

OpenSRS Set To Add Sub-Resellers Support

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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OpenSRS, the wholesale reseller services group of Tucows, has announced that it will be adding “Sub-Resellers Support” to its platform on August 6, 2009.

The new addition is expected to give domain resellers the ability to brand their business, handle account funding and commissions, control pricing plans, create business networks, maintain their own domain store, and much more.

Click here to access the OpenSRS Sub-Reseller Documentation to explore the many new features and how it will all work.

[via OpenSRS]

07|29|2009 02:49 pm EDT

Network Solutions Releasing New Website, Improving Products and Services

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Network Solutions is getting ready to launch its new website – and along with the fresh design it has also improved its services by offering additional features and content.

“We are reinventing ourselves to better meet your needs,” the Network Solutions website preview says. “Beyond the redesign of our website, we’ve made some changes to our products and services to help you be more successful in your online ventures.”

Some of the changes include:

  • Redesigned website for a more customized experience.
  • Improved support and educational materials.
  • Communities feature tools for connecting with others and growing your business.
  • More product features than ever before.
  • New website design services.

Visit to browse through all the changes.

[via Network Solutions]

07|29|2009 01:37 am EDT

Top Level Domain Holdings Raises $4.1M

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Top Level Domain Holdings, Ltd., has announced that it has raised $4.1 million in a private placement.

TLDH is currently invested in Minds + Machines, dotNYC, and DotEco and is expected to provide further funding to these initiatives in addition to supporting new TLDs and building up a reserve fund for eventual ICANN auctions in case of contending applications.

[via Minds + Machines]

07|28|2009 10:10 pm EDT

Sedo Launching Industry Spotlights

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Sedo has announced a new “industry spotlight” feature where it will highlight premium domain names in a different industry each month. The domain names will be sent to the general media, various domainer contacts, and featured in Sedo’s newsletter.

The upcoming industry spotlight pages include real estate domains in July, gambling domains in August, pharmaceutical domains in September, and dating/relationship domains in October.

If you own any domains that relate to any of the upcoming industry spotlight pages, feel free to send them to Tiffany Cuddihy (tiffany.cuddihy [at] of Sedo who will then pass them along to be reviewed by the brokerage team.

[via Sedo]

07|28|2009 06:34 pm EDT

Sedo Reports $600K In Weekly Domain Sales

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo has reported approximately $600,000 worth of domain sales this week including and for $87,000, for $56,000 (€39,500), and for $15,000.

This week also featured a premium .info domain worth noting: closed at $13,500.

Check out the rest of the domain sales after the jump…


07|28|2009 06:33 pm EDT

AfternicDLS Sells for $35,000 – Reports $600K In Weekly Sales

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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AfternicDLS has reported over $600,000 worth of domain sales this week including for $35,000, which would be a great fit with the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Other notable sales include for $7,500, for $6,400, and for $6,400.

Check out the full list of results after the jump…


07|25|2009 11:42 am EDT

DomainConvergence Early Bird Registration ends today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Tickets for Domain Convergence, which touts itself as Canada’s premier yearly meeting of domain name owners, developers, investors and entrepreneurs, will go up by $100 tomorrow. In order to register for the early bird price of $649 Canadian, participants will have to register tonight.

The conference includes speaker such as the Castello Brothers, who will keynote on “The Future of Domaining – Building Your Brand” and Christian Heilmann, a Developer Evangelist from Yahoo! who will talk about development without reinventing the wheel.

Disclaimer: Frank Michlick is editor at DNN and chairman of the DomainConvergence conference.

07|24|2009 08:02 pm EDT

Network Solutions Reports Data Security Issue For Some E-Commerce Merchants

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute


Straight from the source:

“In the ordinary course of business, Network Solutions identified unauthorized code on servers supporting some of our E-Commerce merchants’ websites. We promptly removed this code, and all of our E-Commerce servers are functioning properly. No servers supporting were affected.

After conducting an analysis with the assistance of outside experts, we determined that the unauthorized code may have been used to transfer data on certain transactions on approximately 4,343 of our more than 10,000 merchant websites to servers outside the company. On July 13, 2009, we were informed by our outside forensic experts that the data being transferred may have included credit card information. The code may have captured transaction data on approximately 573,928 cardholders. Exposure varied by merchant, but in all cases took place sometime between March 12, 2009 and June 8, 2009. Transactions after June 8 were not exposed to the unauthorized code. We have notified law enforcement and are working closely with them in their investigation.

At this point, we have no reports or other reasons to believe that any credit card account information has been misused and, under established practice, credit card issuing companies generally will not hold merchants’ customers liable for any fraudulent purchases made using their credit card account numbers that are reported in a timely way to the issuer.

We are arranging for a leading credit reporting agency to work with us, on behalf of our merchants, to contact our merchants’ customers whose data may have been affected and to provide services that will help potentially affected U.S. based customers protect their information. These services will be provided free of charge to our merchants and their U.S. based customers, and notifications to them will be going out within the next few days.

Our customers’ ability to rely on the safety of our solutions is our highest priority. We are deeply sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause our merchants or their customers.

We are here for our customers and if you have any questions, please visit our FAQ at for points of contact and other detailed information. If this doesn’t answer your questions, please feel free to leave a comment or reach out to”


07|22|2009 08:01 am EDT

.CM Auctions and Typo Traffic – What Are These Domains Really Worth?

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Editorial

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Every domainer has heard the story of how Kevin Ham built a $300 million empire – particularly how he profited from the millions of people who accidentally type “.cm” (the country code TLD for Cameroon) instead of “.com” when searching for a website.

And now that Cameroon’s ccTLD registrations are open to the public, domain auction houses are targeting domainers and typosquaters alike in an effort to sell high-end generic .CM domains for hefty prices.

In Rick Latona’s premium .CM auction, which ended July 14, some of the most sought after .CM domains such as,, and were sold for prices ranging between $5,000 to $35,500. And beyond that, the registration fees for .CM domains are expected to start around $350 for 2 years.

So were these domains worth it? And are other .CM domains worth registering? I say no, and here are two reasons why:

.CM Is Intended For TLD Typosquatters

While generic keyword-based domain names will always have SEO benefits, there’s no getting around the fact that .CM domains are meant for TLD typosquatters (unless you own a business in Cameroon). Only 2-4% of Cameroon’s population has Internet access and with registration fees estimated to be around $175/year, there are many cheaper alternatives for domainers who want legitimate keyword-based URLs. So unless you are intending to benefit from TLD typosquatting, there’s no use in owning a .CM domain.

But what’s worse is that NameJet isn’t even trying to hide that fact. The official NameJet .CM domain order page is advertising trademark infringing domains such as,,, and as “Popular .CM Preorders”, and openly listing two of the main benefits of owning a .CM domain as “securing natural traffic to your site” and “protecting your brand to avoid any misleading uses of your name”.

On the flip side, they might as well point out that the benefits could also include “taking natural traffic away from the intended site” and “infringing on another brand by misleading Internet users with an almost-exact domain”.

The Revenue Won’t Be As Much As You Think

After hearing about the success Kevin Ham had with .CM domains, some might think that .CM is a sure-fire approach to making money online. Besides, much like 2006/2007  there are still millions of people accidentally typing in “.cm” instead of “.com” periodically – and it’s perfectly legal to own .CM domains as long as they’re not infringing on any trademarks.

Even so, Kevin Ham had almost every .CM domain putting pennies in his pocket. Unfortunately, even the richest domainers targeting .CM would be lucky to grab a couple hundred premium generic domains at a cost of $175/year for registration fees. And at this price it would be tough math to figure out how much traffic the domain will receive, how much revenue it can generate, and whether or not would be profitable over time. Plus, keep in mind that PPC revenue is down and the best generic domains will come at a cost as they’ll only be available by auction.

Word is that there are quite a few previous owners of premium .CM domains that were disappointed with the results. Take it for what it’s worth.

That’s my two cents…what do you think? Are you going to be going for any .CM domains?

07|22|2009 02:34 am EDT

SnapNames Summer Stimulus Concludes, Sells For $31,555

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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SnapNames Summer Stimulus auction has concluded with 38 domains selling for nearly $90,000 including for $31,555.

Overall, nearly half of the names in the catalog were sold and a number of one and two-word domains met their reserves.

Other notable sales included $10,500, for $5,750, for $4,710, for $3,900, for $3,400, for $3,300, and for $3,000. Click here for the full list of results.

Submissions for August’s showcase auction, which begins on August 11 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time, are still being accepted until July 29. Visit for more details.

[via SnapNames]