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07|21|2009 11:26 pm EDT

AfternicDLS Posts $440,000 In Weekly Domain Sales Report

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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AfternicDLS had a strong week, reporting over $440,000 in domain sales including for $8,500, for $6,300, and for $5,500.

Check out the full results – which includes over 300 domain sales – after the jump…


07|21|2009 11:23 pm EDT

Three New Members Added In Nominet’s Non-Executive Director Election

by Chad Kettner in Categories: People

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Nora Nanayakkara

Nora Nanayakkara

Nominet announced last week that three new members – Clive Grace, Nora Nanayakkara, and Jonathan Robinson – were added to the board following an electoral vote.

Nora Nanayakkara is a notable member, having served as Sedo’s Business Development Director since November 2007 as well as being an elected member of Nominet’s Policy Advisory Body (PAB) since June 2008.

Clive Grace has served on a Corporate Governance Audit Committee for the Welsh Assembly Government and has been a member of numerous boards and councils since 1998 when she first chaired the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives.

Jonathan Robinson, the Chief Operating Officer of Netnames, has previously served as a Deputy Chairman on the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE) as well as the Director for NetBenefit. He also currently serves on the Board of Director for Afilias.

Nanayakkara has pledged to help Nominet by focusing on developing a strategy that reflects the realities of the .uk namespace, providing the board with rounded exposure to the wider stakeholder community, and implementing the governance changes needed to ensure that the .uk namespace remains a self-regulated hub for Britain’s online community. For more on Nanayakkara, check out her website at

In total 455 members voted representing 16.41% of the electorate and 5,754,949 votes were cast which fulfills 63.90% of the possible number of votes.

[via Nominet]

07|21|2009 08:13 am EDT

SnapNames Summer Stimulus Auction Ends Today At 3:15pm EDT

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The SnapNames Summer Stimulus auction is ending today at 3:15pm EDT, with many domains still available at great prices.

Of the 80 domains up for auction there’s only about $35,000 worth of bids on half the names.  I’m sure many people are waiting until the  last minute. Forty of the domains still haven’t garnered a bid and 5 of those are No Reserve names including,,, and

Click here to visit the auction headquarters so you can start bidding today!

07|21|2009 08:07 am EDT

Sedo Sells $750,000 Worth of Domains – and Both Clear $100K

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo posted a spectacular week of sales including for $125,000, for $100,000, for $87,000, and for $75,000.

In total there were 128 domains sold for over $750,000. Check out the full list of results after the jump…


07|20|2009 06:28 pm EDT

Polish Registry Loses $4.5 Million In FOREX Investments

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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NASK, the registry operator for Poland’s .PL top-level domain, has lost up to 14 million zloty ($4.5 million USD) on failed FOREX futures investments.

And according to a Polish news agency, this is also a potential case of fraud as NASK is a public entity and therefore lost taxpayers’ money.

“I am shocked that such an important institution not only has lost huge money, but also did so seriously violating the law,” said Barbara Kudrycka, Poland’s Science and Higher Education Minister, in a translated message.

NASK director Maciej Kozlowski was fired by Kudrycka over the scandal while former NASK Research Director, Krzysztof Malinowski, took over on July 1, 2009.


Note: Reminiscent of ICANN losing $4.6 Million in the stock market?

07|20|2009 05:39 pm EDT

Search Engine Bing Loves Keywords, According to Recent Study

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Search Engines

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According to a recent study by Memorable Domains, Bing gives keyword-based websites the biggest boost in search engine rankings compared to other leading search engines such as Google and Yahoo.

Memorable Domains randomly selected 125 generic websites and analyzed the position of each site within the first 2 pages (20 results) for a search on the keyword or keyphrase contained within its domain name (ex. “” and the “special effects” keyphrase). The study used Google UK, Yahoo UK, and Bing UK – all in default search mode except from selecting “results from the UK” modifier as offered by each search engine.

Two metrics were examined: the presence of the site within the top 20 results (on a “yes” or “no” basis) and the specific position at which the site was displayed if it was in the top 20.

“Yahoo UK (default mode) and Google (default mode) both saw similar numbers of domains ranking within the first 20 results, at 56% and 57% respectively”, according to the study. “In other words, over half of all the sites in the study ranked within the top 20 results on Yahoo UK and/or Google UK for a search on the keywords making up their domain name, and this was the lowest overall result. For Bing UK (default mode), 62% of domains ranked within the top 20 results.”

While Bing is the most generous search engine for keyword-based domain names, the evidence shows that keywords always play an important factor in achieving a top 20 ranking on any search engine.


07|20|2009 01:23 pm EDT

Castello Brothers to Keynote at Domain Convergence

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The Castello Brothers – Michael and David – of the Castello Cities Internet Network will be giving the keynote address and host a session at the Domain Convergence Conference in Toronto, Canada, August 13-14, 2009.

The duo have a unique success story that is inspirational to both domainers and entrepreneurs alike – morphing their careers from struggling musicians to domain millionaires thanks to their perseverance in registering domain names in 1995 and beyond.

Click here for a detailed account of their story in an article written by Ron Jackson of in 2006.

The Castello Brothers’ keynote address at Domain Convergence will be “The Future of Domaining – Building Your Brand”. They will also host a special interactive session where conference attendees can submit their development and monetization ideas for one-on-one review and feedback.

“David and I are looking forward to speaking at the 2009 Domain Convergence Conference,” said Michael Castello. “Some of the world’s most successful and innovative domainers are in Canada and we look forward to what will surely be a vibrant and creative conference.”

Domain Convergence will take place on August 13 and 14 at the Radisson Admiral Harbourfront Hotel in Toronto. The Early Bird special admission rate of $649 CDN (approx. $585 USD) expires on July 25. Visit to register today.

[Domain Convergence]

Full Disclosure: Frank Michlick of DNN is also the Chairman of Domain Convergence.

07|20|2009 12:50 pm EDT

Rick Latona Announces ‘No Reserve’ Summer Slow Auction – Still Looking for Domain Submissions

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Rick Latona Auctions has announced a NO RESERVE Summer Slow Auction which will start on Thursday July 23, 2009 and run for one week – and there is still room for new submissions.

“We are running the best 100 names that get submitted,” the auction house said in a recent press release. “We still have room left; in fact, we’ll have room left up until the very start of the auction. If a better name gets submitted, the worst name drops out…the auction will last one week and it starts Thursday so submit your names!”

The auction has a similar feel to the SnapNames Summer Stimulus auction which is underway and ending on July 21. I suppose there are only so many marketing angles available at this time of the year.


07|17|2009 11:15 am EDT

DOMAINFest Global Moving to Santa Monica, California

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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DomainSponsor has announced that DOMAINFest Global, the largest event in the domain name industry, will be moving to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, a stunning beach venue located in Santa Monica, California.

The event, which was previously held in Los Angeles and Hollywood, will take place from January 26-28, 2010.

Online registration will open on August 15 with the Early Bird special rate of $895 lasting through September 30. The registration will increase to $1,095 on October 1.


07|16|2009 08:47 pm EDT

SnapNames Summer Stimulus Auction Underway

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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SnapNames “Summer Stimulus” auction – the first in a series of monthly domain name showcase auctions – is underway and will run until July 21 at 3:15pm EDT.

Here are just a few of the available domain names (click here for the full list):

No Reserve Inventory:

Low Reserve Inventory:

Click here to start bidding today or visit for more information.

[via SnapNames]