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01|30|2012 08:00 am EDT

GoDaddy Lists Sedo’s Fixed Price Domains through SedoMLS

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Sedo, today announced a new partnership with Go Daddy. Domains that are listed at Sedo with Buy Now prices are now available to Go Daddy customers through the SedoMLS Network. This partnership between two industry-leading companies gives domain investors the ability to distribute their domains at Go Daddy, and end users the chance to purchase premium names directly at Go Daddy, via the only global domain distribution network, SedoMLS.

“Go Daddy wants to help small businesses grow larger, and finding the right domain name is the place to start,” said Paul Nicks, Go Daddy’s Director of Product Development for the Aftermarket. “Giving customers access to many premium domain names, including Sedo’s Buy Now domain names, Go Daddy can ensure our customers get the best domain name for their website or business.”

Listing domains in the SedoMLS Network already gives sellers access to both Sedo’s global audience of buyers and distribution across its partner network. With the addition of Go Daddy to the SedoMLS Network, domain investors now benefit from millions of additional end users who search for names at In addition to receiving the widest available distribution, domain buyers can also purchase any name via an uninterrupted sales process directly at Go Daddy’s site, meaning increased sales conversion for domain name sellers. For more information, go to

“Our new partnership with Go Daddy speaks to the strength of both Go Daddy’s and Sedo’s reputations worldwide,” said Tim Schumacher, CEO of Sedo. “The SedoMLS Network provides registrar partners like Go Daddy with access to premium domains that are listed at Sedo, which in turn provides their customers with more purchase choices than ever. For any domain seller, we provide the reach that connects their domain listings to the greatest number of potential buyers across the globe.”

[via Press Release]

Disclaimer: Managing DNN Editor Frank Michlick is currently working as a consultant for SedoMLS through his company DomainCocoon.

01|26|2012 02:43 pm EDT

100 Million .Com Domains Registered

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registries


According to, a provider of domain name research and whois information, the number of .com domains under management by the registry has eclipsed 100 million domains. In a statement issued earlier today DomainTools claims that through their research they “calculated the current total of domains managed by Verisign to be over 100.2 million”

DomainTools’ points out that most counts taken on domain name totals use the zone files which are provided by the registry operator.  These counts, however, do not factor in several “classes” of domain names including those in redemption and pending delete status, as well as “dark” domains.

Domains held in redemption and pending delete are removed from the zone files as they proceed through the 35 day process before being deleted from the registry. The “dark” domains are not included in the registry because these domains have not been assigned a DNS entry by the registrant or may be suspended.

DomainTools conducted research on these 2 categories of names and estimates that there are 2.1 million domains in the redemption or pending delete status and another 400,000 “dark” .com domains. The current zone files as of the time of there release puts the size of the zone file at 99,837,548 with a gain in the total of nearly 22,000 new .com daily. The 2.5 million domains not estimated in previous counts brings the total .com domains under Verisign management to over 100 million.

01|26|2012 07:47 am EDT

Sedo Greatdomains Auction Ends Today

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


Sedo’s monthly GreatDomains auction ends today. At the time of this post, 53 out of the listed 71 domains have received bids. The auction ends today (Jan 26) at noon Eastern Time.

Domain Current Bid Price Range # of Bids received Bid now 45,000 USD 25,000 – 49,999 USD 16 Continue 41,000 USD 100,000 – 249,999 USD 10 Continue 11,111 USD 50,000 – 99,999 USD 3 Continue
weddingphotograph… 10,000 USD 50,000 – 99,999 USD 3 Continue 7,500 USD 5,000 – 9,999 USD 4 Continue 5,500 USD 5,000 – 9,999 USD 2 Continue 5,000 USD 5,000 – 9,999 USD 2 Continue 5,000 USD 5,000 – 9,999 USD 6 Continue 5,000 USD 10,000 – 24,999 USD 1 Continue 3,600 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 6 Continue 3,300 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 7 Continue 3,300 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 14 Continue 3,200 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 3 Continue 3,100 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 2 Continue 3,100 USD 500 – 999 USD 17 Continue 3,000 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 3 Continue 2,600 USD 25,000 – 49,999 USD 2 Continue 2,000 EUR 1,000 – 4,999 EUR 10 Continue 2,000 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 1 Continue 2,000 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 8 Continue 1,300 USD 500 – 999 USD 4 Continue 1,150 USD 500 – 999 USD 7 Continue 1,010 EUR 1 – 499 EUR 22 Continue 1,000 USD 10,000 – 24,999 USD 4 Continue 1,000 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 1 Continue
georgewashington…. 1,000 USD 50,000 – 99,999 USD 1 Continue 950 USD 10,000 – 24,999 USD 5 Continue 750 USD 500 – 999 USD 5 Continue 700 USD 500 – 999 USD 3 Continue 666 USD 500 – 999 USD 2 Continue
venturecapitalfir… 600 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 2 Continue
discountinternet…. 510 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 2 Continue 500 USD 500 – 999 USD 1 Continue 500 USD 500 – 999 USD 2 Continue 360 USD 1 – 499 USD 15 Continue 350 USD 1 – 499 USD 3 Continue… 300 EUR 1 – 499 EUR 7 Continue 205 USD 1 – 499 USD 8 Continue 181 USD 1 – 499 USD 2 Continue 180 EUR 1 – 499 EUR 3 Continue 150 GBP 1 – 499 GBP 2 Continue 150 USD 1 – 499 USD 6 Continue 125 USD 1 – 499 USD 3 Continue 110 USD 1 – 499 USD 2 Continue 110 USD 1 – 499 USD 2 Continue 110 USD 1 – 499 USD 2 Continue 110 USD 1 – 499 USD 2 Continue 100 USD 1 – 499 USD 1 Continue 100 USD 1 – 499 USD 1 Continue 100 USD 1,000 – 4,999 USD 1 Continue
governmentbenefit… 100 USD 1 – 499 USD 1 Continue 100 EUR 1 – 499 EUR 1 Continue 100 EUR 1 – 499 EUR 1 Continue 1 – 499 USD Continue 5,000 – 9,999 USD Continue 1 – 499 USD Continue 1 – 499 EUR Continue
onlinejoblistings… 1 – 499 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue 1 – 499 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue 500 – 999 USD Continue 1 – 499 USD Continue 1 – 499 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue… 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue 1 – 499 USD Continue 1,000 – 4,999 USD Continue


Disclaimer: Managing Editor Frank Michlick is also consulting for Sedo through his company DomainCocoon.

01|25|2012 02:58 pm EDT

Sedo and .ME Registry Partner to Auction .me Domain Names

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo today announced an exclusive auction of premium .ME domain names. The company has successfully brokered the sale of more than 1,000 .ME domain names, totaling nearly two million U.S. dollars, including such premier names as Business.Me for €40,000, and online meeting platform Join.Me for $45,000. Global brands such as WordPress (, Facebook (FB.Me), Porsche (Porsche.Me) and Yahoo (ME.Me) have taken advantage of the .ME domain name extension.

Running in partnership with the .ME registry, Domain.Me, the auction begins on February 2, 2012 and runs until February 9, 2012. The auction will include a wide range of prices and a unique selection of premium .ME domain names such as:

The complete list of .ME domain names available for auction on can be found at

Disclaimer: Managing Editor Frank Michlick of DNN also is working as a consultant for SedoMLS.

01|23|2012 01:51 pm EDT Newsletter Sells 9 Domains for a Total of $20,789 USD

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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As Francois from reports, his blogger newsletter special to celebrate the beginning of 2012 sold 9 domain names to 5 buyers. A 6th buyer did not follow through on his payment for the 10th name.

The sales were:

  • … $7,000
  • … $3,900
  • … $3,000
  • … $3,000
  • … $899
  • … $1,600
  • … $750
  • … $390
  • … $250
  • … buyer did not pay, so it was cancelled

Total is $20,789

The Escrow service will be provided by so the total amount to be distributed to the 24 participating bloggers is the 10% sales commission: $2,078. Some of the bloggers have refused their share while others will be donating it.


01|18|2012 06:15 pm EDT

PIPA co-sponsor Richard “Dick” Durbin Wrote Me. . . Little Old Me !

by Adam Strong in Categories: News

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SOPA and PIPA are the hot topic today but according to Digital Trends writer Andrew Couts PIPA may be closer to passing as time for a vote draws near.

PIPA, on the other hand, is still very much alive. It has already passed through committee hearings — a step further than SOPA ever took. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has so far stood firm on bringing PIPA up for a vote before the full Senate on January 24.

While another sponsor, Senator Patrick Leahy seems to have given a little ground with proposing “that the positive and negative effects of this provision be studied before implemented, so that we can focus on the other important provisions in this bill”
It’s my understanding that the bills differ in the powers and process that the Justice Department is given when  taking down a site and also the requirement that sites linking to that content would have to police the content of where those links go.  However, both bills create a whole host of other problems, no matter that one fixes a problem that the other contains.  A simple read over at the EFF site explains most of this in much greater detail than I care to go in to or bore you with.  The entire PIPA legislation can also be viewed  here
I emailed my Senator (Richard Durbin, Democrat, from Illinois) to express my concerns and this is the form letter I received.
Dear Mr. Strong:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011 and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I appreciate hearing from you.
The bipartisan PROTECT IP Act (S. 968), which was based on last year’s Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, would authorize the Department of Justice to pursue court orders to take action against websites that are dedicated to selling pirated and counterfeit goods. I am a cosponsor of S. 968.
It is important to note that this legislation seeks to address a serious problem without inappropriately restricting Internet freedom. The Justice Department currently lacks tools to effectively enforce anti-piracy and counterfeiting laws against websites that are dedicated to distributing material in violation of these laws.
This legislation seeks to address this problem by enabling the Justice Department to target these websites through court orders, while also providing the websites with the opportunity to petition a court to lift an order. The bill is narrowly tailored so as not to include legitimate websites and it includes important procedural protections to prevent misuse of this authority. For a court order to be issued, the Justice Department must show that the website in question is directed at customers in the United States and that it harms holders of U.S. intellectual property. In addition, the Department is required to promptly serve notice of the action after the filing.
S. 968 provides a narrower definition of a website “dedicated to infringing activities” than the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. In addition, while the PROTECT IP Act would authorize the Attorney General and rights holders to bring actions against online infringers operating a rogue website or domain, the remedies are limited to blocking financial gains of the site but not blocking access. Also, this bill ensures that third-parties (e.g. internet service providers, payment processors, advertising networks) are not overly burdened to comply with an order beyond what is feasible and reasonable.
In May 2011, this bill was approved unanimously by a voice vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate will vote on whether to bring debate to a close on PROTECT IP Act in January 2012.
In the House of Representatives, Representative Lamar Smith of Texas introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261. This bill has many of the same provisions as the PROTECT IP Act, such as providing the Justice Department with legal tools to prevent foreign websites from selling copyrighted material to American consumers. However, H.R. 3261 has more stringent requirements for third-parties to comply with court orders. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Effective enforcement of intellectual property laws is critical to the encouragement of innovation and the creation of jobs. In recent years, we have seen a proliferation of Internet websites that are devoted to the unauthorized distribution and sale of pirated and counterfeit goods. These websites deprive innovators and businesses of revenue and result in the loss of American jobs. In addition, these websites present a public health concern when they sell counterfeit, adulterated, or misbranded pharmaceutical products.
I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers this issue in the coming months.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

01|18|2012 05:27 pm EDT

Domain Registrars “Blackout” in Opposition of SOPA and PIPA legislation

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the online protest with sites like Wikipedia, and thousands of other sites going “dark” to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation. Even Google blacked out their logo today in protest.

If you haven’t noticed this maybe you noticed that your favorite registrar also joined in the protest. Domain name registrars such as,, (and likely some others I’m not aware of) jumped on the protest bandwagon today as well. blacked out their sites name similar to what did., whose parent company Tucows shut down their software downloading site for the day, ran a simple header across the top of their site in protest. took it the furthest with a complete “overlay” of their home page turning it in to a virtual blackout in protest of the US legislation. which had previously been blasted for supporting the bill also did their best to protest their new stance with a pip-squeak banner ad “below the fold/babes” on their homepage. With all the bells and whistle distractions on the Godaddy homepage, I’m sure this caused mass confusion for their customer base :)

Many before me have pointed out the concern with the SOPA and PIPA legislation and why it is dangerous. Hopefully the US legislators begin to hear from the people that are opposed to this and start to change their stance or reconsider the way to fix the problem without creating more problems.

  Here’s a video that explains things

01|11|2012 05:29 pm EDT

Domain Sales Report For the Week to January 9th, 2012

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales

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The new year started off with a number of reportable sales – here are the top 10:

  1. ($1,000,000 @Sedo)
  2. ($50,000 @Afternic)
  3. ($35,000 @Sedo)
  4. ($22,000
  5. ($20,000 @Sedo)
  6. ($15,000 @Sedo) ($15,000
  7. ($12,999 @Sedo)
  8. ($12,000 @Sedo)
  9. ($11,050 @Afternic)
  10. ($10,000 @Sedo)
 ($10,000 @Afternic)

See the full report after the jump

01|09|2012 11:02 am EDT Newsletter Domains Revealed

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

Tags: , , , , asked domainers to submit their best deal for this special event and ~500 domainers participated. Shane Cultra of to helped to pick pick the 100 best deals.

To give a sale chance domains that were not picked will be promoted in the next newsletter. The names are sold on a first come first served. In order to purchase a name, visit the associated sale page and click the “Buy It” button. If you do not want to purchase a domain as its Buy-it-Now price, you can also submit an offer.

Domains over $10,000:

Domains between $5,000 and $10,000:

Domains between $1,000 and $5,000:

Domains under $1,000:

Note that is a combo, the seller will give you the singular and plural.
And is a package of 10 catchy .co domains:,,,,,,,,,

01|05|2012 04:46 pm EDT Special Newsletter Submission Deadline Coming Up

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Domain Industry news aggregator is running a special newsletter collecting the 100 best submitted domains. The newsletter will be mailed out on Jan 9th, 2011. You can now submit your domains for consideration and the names will then be mailed to subscribers as well as emailed to the members of the following forums:, and

The rules are:

  • Only one domain per member, no exception.
  • Any extension is welcome but .COM is recommended.
  • No typo, no hack, no cybersquatting, no adult.
  • Double check you are not misspelling your domain.
  • Priced for domainers (remember they know domain value).
  • Sale commission is 10%.
  • Sale exclusivity will run for 2 weeks after newsletter delivery.
  • Domains sales will be escrow by for FREE.

Disclaimer: DNN may obtain a share of the commissions collect by the sale from