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11|26|2012 02:14 pm EDT

132 Domain Names seized on Cyber Monday

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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This Messages Appears on the Seized Domains

According to a Reuters release United States and European authorities seized 132 domain names. According to DNN’s knowledge this is the first time that an international cooperation in order to seize domain names happened like this:

ICE agents seized 101 domain names in the United States and 31 were taken over by officers in Britain, Romania, Belgium, France and Denmark and by Europol, the European Police Office, ICE Director John Morton said.

A list of the domains has not been published, so it is not quite clear if ccTLDs were also involved. One person in the US was arrested.

The Cyber Monday seizures raise the total number of U.S. sites taken over to 1,630 since ICE began its anti-counterfeit campaign in June 2010.

PayPal accounts identified with the sites and holding a total of more than $175,000 are being targeted for seizure, the ICE statement said.

According to Dailychanges there have been no domains there were added to the previously used nameservers ( recently, however we did notice that apparently one of the seized names,, has expired at Network Solutions and the nameservers were changed to “ns1/”.

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11|26|2012 02:02 pm EDT

Another new TLD Site launched – for .FOOD and many others

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs, Up to the Minute

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The applicant who recently launched their preregistration and information site about .AUTO, also launched a site for their application for .FOOD. There are two other applicants for the same TLD.

And in order to avoid having to report the trickle of the other releases, here are some of the other sites for this applicant’s TLDs, which are not yet fully launched as the company informs us, since the content is not complete yet. The active sites have “over a million pages worth of content” a company spokesperson told DNN.

Their main site at also allow pre-registrations for most of the TLDs applications.

See the press release after the jump.

11|21|2012 08:25 pm EDT

List of big Brands using Premium Domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute


Earlier today Domain Guardians released a list of big brands that are using Premium Domain names on their website. The Domain Guardians team writes about the list on Facebook:

Together with a number of industry peers, we have compiled a list of major companies that have acquired and own premium domain names. […]

Thanks to all for your contributions and support!


11|21|2012 02:33 pm EDT

Uniregistry releases .Blackfriday Promotional Site

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Just in time for Black Friday, Frank Schilling’s Registry company, Uniregistry, has launched a site for their application for the .Blackfriday TLD. Uniregistry is the sole applicant for this TLD.

The site says about the purpose of the .blackfriday TLD:

.blackfriday will become the recognized label for websites with worthwhile deals and specials on this renowned shopping day. Internet users and retailers will benefit from an online hub for Black Friday information, ads, and deals. It will open up opportunities for creative marketing and unique shopping experiences that will make this day even more legendary.

Businesses that set up shop on the .blackfriday domain will capture the attention of shoppers and get more out of the day. When every shopping moment counts, consumers will jump at this opportunity to quickly identify the worthy online shopping destinations on Black Friday.

As brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers look for new ways to showcase themselves online, .blackfriday will become an important part of their marketing toolkit to fully capitalize on this opportunity that only comes once a year.

As for information on pricing the company writes the following:

.BLACKFRIDAY will be a specialty gTLD, with a flat pricing structure and fixed renewal costs, with no material price increases for the first five years. This moderately priced namespace is designed to offer registrants an attractive, competitive registration alternative or complement to existing registratiaons for the purpose of specialized content.

[via The Domains]

11|21|2012 12:20 pm EDT

.CA Breaks 2 Million Domain Registrations, .CZ breaks 1 Million

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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CIRA passes 2 Million Registered Domains

As per a tweet from the .CA registry,  the registry passed the 2 Million domain mark yesterday. However with today being a Wednesday, that number has dropped below the 2 Million mark again, as the registry drops deleted domain names in their “to be released” process once a week. There is no press release on this highly anticipated milestone yet., but there is a list of 22 “facts” that the registry published on Facebook – including 7 false facts that they are asking you to find.


.CZ: Over 1 Million Domains registered

As reported on Robbies’ Blog, the  Czech ccTLD registry for .CZ passed 1 Million domain name registrations. The registry publishes realtime statistics on their homepage. According to the announcement by the registry, 58% of domains are owned by individuals. The Czech Republic has a population of just over 10 Million people. Robbies’ Blog also has an interview and more information.

[via CIRA, Robbies’ Blog]

11|21|2012 11:42 am EDT

Domaintools Data on Whois Privacy [Infographic]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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DomainTools released an info graphic on whois privacylast week and we wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss it. DomainTools went through their data and identified 130 different privacy services across almost 225 million unique domain name Whois records. Almost 32 million domains were identified as private, or about 15% of the total population they reviewed.

Privacy Concentration for Registrars with between 100K and 1MM Domains Under Management:

  1. PTY LTD  94%
  2. April Sea Information Technology Corporation 93%
  3. New Dream Network (DreamHost) LLC  91%
  4. Brandon Gray Internet Services (  80%
  5. Bargin Regisgtrar 76%
  6. BigRock Solutions pvt LTD  47%
  7. Cloud Group Limited 47%
  8. Netart Registrar Sp. z.o.o. 47%
  9. Net Earth One (Net Earth)  43%
  10. FBS Inc.  43%

Privacy Concentration for Registrars with over 1MM Domains Under Management:

  1. GMO Internet (  51%
  2. pty LTD 48%
  3. PDR (  37%
  4. DomainSite  33%
  5. Moniker Online Services  26%
  6.  25%
  7. Enom  25%
  8. Network Solutions  23%
  9. Tucows  22%
  10. GoDaddy  21%

Privacy Concentration for TLDs with over 1MM Domains in DNS:

  1. INFO  28%
  2. CN  20%*
  3. ORG  20%
  4. COM  19%
  5. NET  19%
  6. BIZ  18%
  7. MOBI  17%
  8. CO  17%
  9. JP 12%
  10. IN 1%

* Nearly all the ‘private’ domains in .CN are associated with one registrar and privacy provider, and there are indications of underlying domain tasting on .CN as well.  Absent this registrar, privacy on .CN is virtually nil.

Some TLDs that do not provide a public whois or only provide a limited public whois were excluded from the survey.

11|21|2012 10:54 am EDT

Team Internet Acquires Elephant Traffic Brand & Customers

by Frank Michlick in Categories: PPC industry

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As announced on the Elephant Traffic website, Team Internet, parent company of ParkingCrew has purchased the customers and brand from Elephant Traffic as of November 16th, 2012. The traffic publishers of Elephant Traffic will be migrated to ParkingCrew where they now have access to the following features:

  • High-performing tier 1 ad feed for domain traffic that qualifies for this feed (looks like a Google Feed according to DNN research)
  • Large direct advertiser base for domain traffic that does not qualify for our primary feed
  • Stats at a glance by domain
  • Various „for sale“ banners
  • Flexible API
  • Net 15 payouts

Advertisers on Elephant Traffic will be migrated to, which allows them to benefit from:

  • 25 times more direct navigation traffic
  • More targeting options: Adult/Non-Adult, RON/Keyword, Pay per Redirect / PPC, Desktop/Mobile/Tablet, Carrier and Device targeting for mobile campaigns
  • Sophisticated fraud protection
  • State of the art reporting
  • Brand-safe traffic
  • Daily budget caps

The two companies had been working together already for a year.

11|20|2012 04:39 pm EDT

Sedo’s weekly Sales report – sells for $27,500 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This week Sedo announced 948 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling just under $1.6 million. Over 40% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlights of public sales include:

  • Top .com: at 15,000 EUR
  • Top ccTLD: at 27,500 USD
  • Top “other” TLD: at 26,500 USD

See all of the reported sales after the jump.


11|20|2012 12:07 pm EDT

Scared of the new TLDs? There’s a funny video for that.

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Are you confused by the new TLDs? Don’t worry, this video will sort it all out for you.


The was already posted in July of this year. For the full info see the creator’s post at .

[Hat tip to Daniel Eisenhut of EuroDNS]

11|19|2012 10:06 am EDT

New Model for Monetizing/Leasing Long Tail Domains?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Can’t Sell your domain? Sell a website-builder and hosting package instead and generate ongoing revenue

When researching an old list of long tail domain names that I had generated eons ago, I noticed a domain “” that was parked with Frank Schillings’s Internet Traffic, but displayed a different banner on top:

Claim the premium domain name for Free with purchase of our $29.99/mo. website development services.

If you click on the link in the banner, you land on a page offering you the domain for “free” if you subscribe to a website builder by WebsiteCove.

Claim This Domain Name for Free - Screenshot appears to be a co-brand set up under the MeZine website builder. If the client buys a package that costs $29.99 monthly, the domain seller will throw in the domain name. The terms and conditions don’t appear to show if the buyer gets ownership of the domain name at all or is just subscribing for a perpetual lease.

We’ve reached out to the domain owner and website builder for some information on how well this model works for them, but haven’t heard back yet. The article will be updated if more details emerge.

What do you think about this as a monetization model for leasing long tail domain names? Do you think this is something parking companies should offer?