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08|31|2011 05:03 pm EDT

More Than 215 Million Domain Names Registered World Wide

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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Verisign has released their latest issue of their quarterly Domain Industry Brief (PDF) today.

The second quarter of 2011 closed with a base of more than 215 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.2 million domain names, or 2.5 percent over the first quarter. registrations have grown by more than 16.9 million, or 8.6 percent, since the second quarter of 2010.The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 84.6 million domain names, a 3.6 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 8.4 percent increase year over year in the base.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, surpassing a combined total of 110 million names in the
second quarter of 2011. This represents a 1.8 percent increase in the base over the first quarter of 2011 and an 8.3 percent increase over the same quarter in 2010. new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.1 million during the quarter. This reflects a 2.0 percent increase year over year in new registrations, and a 2.3 percent decrease in new registrations from the first quarter.

The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly compared to the first quarter, as .cn (China) moved from ninth to eighth largest TLD, dropping .eu (european union) from eighth to ninth.The largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order, .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk (united Kingdom), .org, .info, .nl
(netherlands), .cn, .eu and .ru (russian federation).

For the full website, read “The State of the Domain” on the Verisign Site.

08|31|2011 09:44 am EDT

New ICANN VP Quits Before He Starts?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy, Up to the Minute

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In June ICANN had announced that it was bringing on board Thomas Spiller in their Brussels office as a VP for the European Region. He was supposed to start this week.

Apparently he changed his mind.

So far ICANN has not made an announcement as to who is going to take his place and according to a post on, apparently the staff in Brussels has not been informed about any changes.

In the original press release, the outgoing ICANN president, Rod Beckstrom, who the had not yet announced his departure was quoted as follows: “This new position is vital for the global expansion and deepening of ICANN,” said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer. “And we were lucky to find Thomas Spiller, who has a solid track record of performance and a good understanding of the complex issues affecting our community.”

ICANN has since emailed an update that Spiller will not be joining their European office any more.

[Hat tip to Stephane von Gelder, Michele Neylon]

08|30|2011 11:28 am EDT

Godaddy Extends Lowered Commission on Premium Listings Through September

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Aftermarket

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At the beginning of August, Goddaddy lowered it’s Premium Listings from 30% commission to 20%.  The company informed DNN today that they will be extending this offer through to the end of September.

Godaddy’s Premium Listings are a popular way for some domain name investors to sell their “fixed price” inventory of domains through One of the biggest benefits of Premium Listings is that domains listed with the service show up for sale when a user searches from the Godaddy home page.

Godaddy users who currently have their names listed as Premium Listings should verify that their names are listed at this reduced rate by logging in to the Godaddy control panel and navigating to the Premium Listings area. DNW details a way to do a bulk change to your listings in order to take advantage of this promotion.





08|29|2011 02:53 pm EDT

DNForum Announces 6th NFL Pool with almost $4,000 in Prize Money

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous, Up to the Minute

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Via email from Adam Dicker:

DNForum announces its 2011 NFL pool, this is our 6th year running this pool.

There is almost $4,000 in prize money up for grabs so good luck to everyone.

All you have to do is pick who you think will be the winners in games each week. The one with the most right selections wins.Each week has a first, second and third place prize.

This is a fun way for DNForum to give back to the community that has supported us over the last 10 years, Enjoy and Good Luck!

The pool is FREE to join and FREE to WIN!

More information is available in this thread on DNForum.

08|29|2011 09:34 am EDT

DomainTools Releases Mail Server Investigation Site,

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Tools

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As announced today, DomainTools has just released a new site,, The website allows users to analyze MX (mail exchanger) and SPF (Sender Policy Framework) usage and configuration by region and or network, helping to uncover relevant relationships.

In order to build the ReverseMX product, DomainTools has researched and gathered intelligence on mail server data related to over 130 million domains by querying their nameservers. ReverseMX not only uncovers which mail services are the most popular on a domains-in-use basis, it also uniquely correlates relationships between mail servers. You can also see which domains are hosted by a specific mailserver.

Says Tim Chen, CEO, DomainTools, “The DomainTools brand has historically been about surfacing and correlating interesting data around domain names and the DNS. The release of gets us back to those roots while simultaneously allowing us to experiment with some new database technologies that will help us to serve more data faster. We are looking forward to seeing how our strong community of active users can benefit from our SPF and MX data.”

See the full press release after the jump.


08|25|2011 08:54 pm EDT

DomainTools Announced Investment in OpenRegistry

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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The .SX (Saint Martin) registry operator, Open Registry, announced today during the Dot NXT conference that it had received an additional investment by a strategic investors, including While the amount of the investment was not disclosed, the company stated that one of their board seats would also go to

Jean-Christophe Vignes, CEO, comments “From the beginning we have focused on building the most flexible registry platform, a next-generation platform, with a team that has done it before.  Bringing DomainTools and other new investors on board at this time will provide invaluable insight into growing our commercial enterprise and providing world class support to our clients”

Susan Prosser, Vice-President Product & Marketing of DomainTools adds: “OpenRegistry, with its proven technology platform and deep industry experience, is uniquely positioned to create value for clients interested in launching new gTLDs.  DomainTools is pleased to contribute to their success”.

The company was founded in 2010 by individuals involved in the creation and operation of the .eu and .be registries, is based in Luxemburg and has offices and Canada and Belgium.

[via Press Release]

08|24|2011 02:53 pm EDT

NameJet adds .CO Backorders

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Aftermarket, Up to the Minute

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After CO Internet, the operator of the .CO registry recently announced that their renewal rate was about 66% at the end of July and “expect to see somewhere in the nature of 68-69% renewal rates for July once all late renewals are totaled“. The first drop catching providers have now added the ability to go after expiring .CO domain names, with NameJet being the latest company to add the ccTLD. NameJet is also featuring pre-release .CO names from their partner registrars, such as and

[Updated] As far as we and our readers here at DNN know, .CO backorders are currently available via:

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments. Are you planning to backorder any?

More details on the .CO backorder/drop process can be found in this post on The Domains.

08|24|2011 02:08 pm EDT

Sedo Webinar on the Background of IDNX

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Sedo has now published a video of yesterday’s webinar about IDNX, a domain name exchange that is updated monthly based on the domain sales data provided by Sedo. During the webinar the founder of IDNX, Thies Lindenthal, encouraged other companies to also provide their sales data to the exchange.

While IDNX remains an independant project based on data provided by Sedo, the company recently announced that Thies Lindenthal has joined the company as Product Manager of Domain Pricing.

08|24|2011 07:52 am EDT

Matias de Tezanos’ Makes Inc. 500

by Adam Strong in Categories: People

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After watching an interview on with Brent Beshore, an Inc 500 entrepreneur, I cruised over to and noticed another familiar name in the list of the fastest growing companies.  Matias de Tezanos and his company ranked #20 in the 2011 Inc 500issue. The company saw a 3 year growth of 8,127% with 2010 Revenues of $15.7 million.

Tezanos has has a stellar track record as an entrepreneur starting his career at the age of 20 launching (sold to Expedia in 2002). He also sold his company to which later sold to NewsCorp in 2007. ClickDiario was rated one of the top 10 largest Spanish networks at the time of the sale with over 25 million monthly users.  The company portfolio included incredible domains such as (Sports), (Health), (Women), (Pets), (Newsletters), (Diets), and (Greeting Cards).

His current company, runs a dozen niche sites mostly focused on insurance products on some great domains including, and  Tezanos is also an investor in DomainHoldings.

If you haven’t heard of Tezanos, you may want to read some history from a 2005 DnJournal story.

Congrats Matias and

08|23|2011 06:22 pm EDT

Left of the Dot Relaunches

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Development

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The website was originally started in 2003 but day-to- day growth and management of the business was ceased by its previous owners in 2007. Despite a lack of leadership and support, the community continued to expand to over 400,000 members.

Left of the Dot Media, has relaunched the site with a new look and new features. Over the past year the company has worked to create a platform to support their business model and renovate the site. Key component to the company’s business model is to lease out subdomains under premium domains and to build a directory-style site for the domain itself. Depending on the vertical the domain covers, there may be additional custom features added.

The site is now adding about 1,000 users every week and competes directly with and which are valued at $10B and $2B respectively. Based on a value of between $50 and $120 per customer (as used by Alibaba & TradeKey), the operators feel that has an implied value of at least $17.5M.

Left of the Dot has introduced three different membership types and trust certifications to the site and added the ability to lease premium subdomains for prices ranging from $25-$199 per month, called “marketing names“. According to the company, hundreds of the sites existing subdomains are already listed in the top 3 search results in the search engines.

“A memorable generic name like is equivalent to quality real estate, the Park Places and Boardwalks of the domain industry”, says John Lyotier, Co-Founder at Left of the Dot, “ represented the virtual equivalent of renovating an entire city centre and giving businesses all the tools they need to grow and prosper – it’s good for each business and good for the community. The key for us is enabling importers and exporters to lease their very own sub-domains (Marketing Names) off the brand so that they can become a valuable part of the community.”

The company also is one of the 25 finalists in this year’s BCIC-New Ventures competition. Other sites managed by the company listed in their portfolio are, and

[via Press Release]

Disclaimer: The author, Frank Michlick, is now an external Technical Adviser for Left of the Dot Media and was CTO until the end of July 2011.