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06|29|2010 11:53 am EDT

Top Sedo Sales of the Week:, @ $50k USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo’s sales report for the preceding week has just been released. Highlights include and at 50,000 USD each, and (German for “rental”) at 23,000 EUR (appx $28,000 USD). According to the updated whois, was purchased by Fannie Mae, a secondary mortgage market company., now owned by someone who lives near Toronto, looks like a website preview at this point in time, not yet featuring any real functionality on the site, but static pages. The domain was owned by Steve Newman before, who was the president of (owned by Sedo since 2007).

See the full list after the jump.


06|29|2010 09:00 am EDT

Afternic Adds API for Large Portfolio Owners

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Aftermarket

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This morning NameMedia has announced the launch of the Afternic Portfolio Manager, which is a web service API that can be used by large domain portfolio holders to manage their names listed on the Afternic Markeplace remotely in realtime.

TurnCommerce [ed. mostly known from their NameBee site], a leading domain development company, has been using the product to list and sell its domain names over the past month, and has seen a twenty percent increase in domain names sold since using it. “NameMedia’s new product provides us with a great resource to sell domain names,” said TurnCommerce Co-Founder, Andrew Reberry. “AfternicDLS has helped TurnCommerce tap into the small and medium business market while simplifying domain sales management.”

See the full press release after the jump.


06|24|2010 02:00 pm EDT

.XXX TLD To Be Approved Tomorrow?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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According to Kieren McCarthy ICANN’s general counsel read a statement at the start of the public forum at the current ICANN meeting in Brussel, stating that the Board had accepted the results of the independent review panel and thus would approve the .xxx TLD tomorrow. The board had delayed the decision until the 38th ICANN meeting in order to gather additional comments from the public.

The board would then enter the contract negotiations with application ICM Registry and then refer the contract to the Governmental Advisory Committee since they had raised concerns in the past.

This decision would ignore the lobbying of the adult industry against the new extension, however the registry might have some challenges selling domains under the new TLD.

06|24|2010 02:24 am EDT

Trellian Launches Direct Navigation Ad Network

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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The Australian based company Trellian has just sent an email to its registered users announcing the launch of the “Trellian AdNetwork“, which allows the purchase of direct navigation domain traffic. The traffic originates from the domains parked on the Domain Parking Manager. According to the note the network reaches over 200 million unique visitors a month via over 1.2 million domains and redirects users to the domains to the advertisers in the network. The bid prices in the network are on a per unique visitor basis.

Advertisers will place a bid based on keywords or a list of categories and define their daily budget. The top bidder for the keyword receives the majority of the traffic, Bidders 2-5 will receive a percentage of the available traffic. Any bidder ranked sixth or lower will not receive any traffic. During the open beta only a small percentage of the available traffic will be made available to bid on.  Any of the traffic will only be sent to the advertisers if they pay a higher price than the domains earns from the other parking providers.

See the email after the jump. (more…)

06|23|2010 10:46 am EDT

Tucows Donates Domain to Freddie Mercury’s Estate

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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According to news posted on QueenOnline, the Tucows/OpenSRS’ YummyNames Unit has donated the domain to Freddie’s estate.

From the statement on QueenOnline:

In a recent act of fantastic generosity, domain registrar company Tucows Inc. secured the domain name and donated it free of charge to Freddie’s estate.

We would openly like to thank Bill Sweetman and his team for their gift and allowing us to have the use of the best domain name for Freddie’s musical legacy.

The domain name was taken over by the registrar four months after the previous owner had let the registration lapse. Sweetman told DNN:

Every day the YummyNames team helps entrepreneurs and marketers find the perfect domain name for their ventures, but we are especially proud to have helped the Estate of this remarkable musician get use of this domain name. Freddie Mercury is gone but he is not forgotten, and this domain name will help to keep that memory alive.

06|22|2010 01:26 pm EDT

Sedo Sells for $100,000 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This week’s reported sales by Sedo are lead by the sale of, &, each with a sales price of 100,000 USD.

See the full list of reported Sales by Sedo after the jump.


06|22|2010 08:18 am EDT

DOMAINfest to Return to Santa Monica in 2011

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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The 2011 DOMAINfest conference, held by will return to this year’s venue, the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, again taking up the entire hotel. The event will take place from February 1-3.

From the press release:

The highlights from last year’s conference included a keynote fireside chat with CEO Tony Hsieh, plus DomainSponsor’s Pinup Paradise Fundraising Party at the Playboy Mansion, benefiting Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue Foundation. More than 650 domain name investors, online marketing and advertising professionals, and leading service providers engaged in meaningful discussions and good fun at DOMAINfest Global 2010.

See the full press release after the jump.


06|17|2010 04:12 pm EDT to buy for $135 Million

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars


According to a press release, hosting company is to buy one of the older domain registrars,, for $135 million USD.

David Brown, President & CEO of, stated, “We are very excited to announce our agreement to acquire, which will bring highly complementary products, sales channels and operating capabilities to has over 800,000 subscribers, which represents a substantial cross-and up-sell opportunity for Additionally, small businesses signing up for domain name services have been one of’s most effective lead generation sources, making’s core competency in this area a perfect match for driving increased adoption of’s suite of online marketing and web services solutions.” hold 2,36m domain names according to RegistrarStats (ranking them as the 10th largest registrar) and is one of the few companies that still charges $35 per domain name year. The company has been targeting small businesses with add ons such as email and web hosting. is also target of a lawsuit by due to an unauthorized modification to the nameservers for their domain. focusses on helping their customers design their sites. is not ICANN accredited. Through the combination of the operation of the two companies, management expects to save $10m in operational cost each year.

06|15|2010 04:33 pm EDT

Adult Trade Organization to Lobby Against .XXX sTLD at ICANN Meeting

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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While everyone involved in ICANN topics is gearing up to fly to Brussels for the 38th ICANN meeting, the travelers are joined by the Free Speech Coalition‘s (FSC, trade organization of the adult industry) Executive Director Diane Duke and FSC Board Vice President Tom Hyme. The two are attending the ICANN meeting to lobby against a potential approval of the .XXX sTLD by ICANN’s board.

“I am honored to be going to Brussels with Diane,” said Hymes, who traveled to Wellington in 2005 for the same purpose. “The fact that so much time has gone by has done nothing to diminish the dangers posed by dot XXX. Yes, it should never have been resurrected from the dead in the first place, but it was and now we need to be there, reminding the ICANN Board and staff at every turn that dot XXX has no industry support, and also that the last thing in the world they want to be is the ultimate arbiter of a policy-setting IFFOR (International Foundation for Online Responsibility). Believe me, that scenario would be hell on earth for ICANN.”

Diane had already spoken against the release of the .XXX sTLD at the 2007 ICANN meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, where the ICANN board rejected the application by ICM registry. ICM had then asked ICANN to have an independent review panel look over the decision. The review panel concluded that ICANN should not have rejected the application after first approving it. The decision was tabled again, but delayed at the 37th ICANN meeting in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this year in order to ask the public for additional comments.

Conservative oriented organizations have been speaking out against introducing a .XXX extension as well as the adult industry.

[via AVN]

06|15|2010 01:42 pm EDT

Sedo Sells for $271,000 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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The domain sales reported by Sedo for last week at lead by the sale of, meaning credit in German for 220,000 Euro, which is about $271,000 USD. Other noteworthy sales include:

  • for $75,000 USD
  • for $70,000 USD
  • (ContainerService in German) 29,750 EUR (=$36,650 USD)
  • (Short for Otorhinolaryngologist in German) 21,000 EUR (=$25,850 USD)

See the full list of all reported Sedo sales after the jump.