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12|31|2012 08:13 pm EDT

.ORG increases prices to Registrars by 10%

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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As reported by, PIR, the registry operating the .ORG gTLD has announce a price increase of 10% effective July 1st, 2013. The new price to registrars will be $8.25, an effective increase of $0.55 per domain name year. This makes .ORG more expensive that .COM ($7.85) as of mid next year.

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12|31|2012 08:08 pm EDT

Seven Hours to register for Webfest Global at the Early Bird rate

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

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You a little less than 7 hours of the time of this post to register for next year’s Webfest Global in Santa Monica (formerly known as DOMAINfest Global) for $1,095. The rate will increase by $200 as of tomorrow. Webfest Global will be organized by’s DomainSponsor and will be held atFebruary 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Santa Monica.

The even features a party at Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion on February 6th. Webfest Global conference attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity of having dinner and cocktails directly under this amazing vehicle.  Former NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman will make a special appearance to share stories, answer questions and show souvenirs from past missions.

Another great night is planned at The Magic Castle where DomainSponsor has reserved the entire nightclub for its farewell dinner party.  Built in 1908, the Magic Castle is an historic Victorian manor that was a showplace for some of the world’s greatest magicians.  Since the Magic Castle is a private club, this is a rare chance to gain entrance and witness magical performances up close and personal.


12|31|2012 06:56 pm EDT

Godaddy Groupon Deal Almost Over

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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Update on the Groupon Deal.   Yea we’re going there. . . . one last time because the savings is pretty hard to beat.
The deal has a few more hours left in a few different cities still in the US.  I can also confirm that you can buy these deals from multiple cities.  I’ve bought a few from each city and was able to apply them to my account.  Some people have reported buying from over 50 cities.  That’s huge savings!

These cities were still open for deals as of this writing.

las vegas
sioux falls
south bend

Replace the link below with the city above and you can buy more than one deal.
If you want to give a little credit to someone, would appreciate it but I have no idea if our affiliate link is working.

12|28|2012 11:15 pm EDT

Awesome Godaddy Groupon Deal $25 gets you $70 in credit

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

Tags: is running a pretty sweet deal.
Buy $70 worth of credits for $25 .  The deal ends Sunday at 12:00 AM

I purchased this deal myself and can tell you it applied a credit to my account. I was able to use it for renewals but the credit showed up in my account upon check out so I’m sure it could be used for any new registrations as well as any other Godaddy product. With the coupon, I renewed 10 names for roughly $2.90 each. Not bad.

A friend told me that he was able to use a .99 domain registration coupon code after he got this credit as well.  So just think about this math.  You buy $70 worth of credit for $25, then over the course of a year you use a .99 coupon each new registration.  You could feasibly end up with 70 new domains for $25 or roughly 25 cents per domain., always has it’s share of cheap domain name registration coupons out there on the web so for you extreme couponers this might not be a reach.  DomainShane posted 3 domain registrations codes for .99 today in fact.  I think this is a first for a domain registrar to run a Groupon deal and my hunch is that it won’t be the last.

My link is an affiliate link (if it’s even working correctly) so if you don’t want to share a little love search for the deal on Groupon or click here if you do.



12|23|2012 09:52 am EDT sells for $250,000 on Flippa

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

Tags: , , , sold at the asking price of $250,000 earlier today. The name was owned by Black Start, a photographic agency since 1995 based in White Plains, NY. The current site is not included in the sale.

12|19|2012 06:35 pm EDT

Jasmine Begg joins .CO Internet as Director of Sales and Marketing, EMEA

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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Jasmine Begg with a Rhinoceros - picture from CO Internet

As announced in a blog post by Crystal Peterson, Jasmine Begg is the new Director of Sales and Marketing, EMEA at .CO Internet. Most of the people in the domain industry know her from her time at German registar InternetX, where she served as Team Leader of International Business and attended many conferences.

Crystal Peterson writes:

I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to work with Jasmine to help position .CO as a leading online brand and the domain name of choice for startups, small businesses and new and established brands in the European market. It’s fantastic that Jasmine speaks more than four languages including German, Bengali, Spanish and English – because it will undoubtedly help in spreading the .CO message worldwide!


12|19|2012 05:22 pm EDT

VeriSign to increase .NET prices by 10% on July 1st, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Verisign - Domain Name Registration, DDoS and DNS ManagementVeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) just announced that intends to increase the .NET domain registration pricing by 10% on July 1st, 2013, bringing the price for registrars from $5.11 per domain name year to $5.62. The announcement about the increase for .NET fees follows the agreement with the Department of Commerce and VeriSign that it would not increase .COM prices unless there are significant cost increases in operating the TLD. The price change was announced via a press release on the company’s website. At least one registrar told DNN they have yet to receive a notification about the increase.

VeriSign also just lost their spot in the NASDAQ-100 index earlier this week.

12|18|2012 06:48 pm EDT

Report from the ICANN Prioritization Draw for New gTLDs

by Joe Alagna in Categories: new gTLDs

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The following is a guest post by Joe Alagna, GM North American Markets at CentralNic. He attended yesterday’s prioritization draw at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles. His summary outlines the results of the lottery draw along with some important information regarding the timeline of the new gTLD process.

Yesterday, ICANN held the prioritization draw and assigned priority to each new gTLD application . The first thing I noticed as I started my day is Uniregistry’s Santa Claus milling around the hotel and wishing applicants a Merry (dot).Christmas. I think he really added to the event; it was appropriate for the season.

The event was well attended. All the largest applicants were present and interested in the drawing. We saw Donuts, Google, Uniregistry, TLDH, and others; about 300 – 400 people. The mood in the drawing room was all about “focus”. You could see that applicants were taking this seriously and that they wanted to know where they’ll stand over the next year.

The drawing began with a “glitch”. The auctioneer’s microphone stopped working and, apparently, the electricity to their systems was halted for a while. Everyone waited patiently and eventually things got started.

All applications were assigned priority numbers but the applications where drawing tickets were not purchased, were drawn last. There were 108 IDNs with tickets and 1,658 Non-IDNs with tickets to draw. So the drawing didn’t end until about 10:30 PM. The drawing proceeded in four stages:

  • IDNs with tickets
  • Non-IDNs with tickets
  • IDNs without tickets
  • Non-IDNs without tickets

The first ticket drawn was an IDN for Catholic Church in Chinese. The IDN drawing went quick. The last ticket drawn out of those that actually purchased tickets was a Donuts string, .finance. Some applicants, including Google, did not purchase tickets [for all of their applications] as part of a strategy, seemingly because they did not want priority for certain strings.

After a quiet start, where everyone listened and focused intently on what strings were being drawn, ICANN’s new gTLD Director, Christine Willett, announced that it would be OK to cheer if your string was picked. That gave the room some permission to have fun and cheering occurred but it didn’t stop the fact that there were a lot of strings to pick. The die hards hung it out, but most people went to dinner and got the results online later.

People who had uncontested strings were especially happy to get low numbers because they could get their strings in the root much earlier. I was really happy with how this turned out. Most participants felt that the drawing was done thoughtfully and fairly.

If you are an applicant, here are my estimates of the best and worst case scenarios moving forward.

The applicant’s likely situation now:

  • ICANN has stated that no contracts will occur before the April 2013 ICANN meeting.
  • You have passed the Administrative Checks
  • You have passed the DNS Stability test (all apps have passed)
  • Hopefully, you have received no Early Warnings from ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC)
  • Hopefully, you have no obvious String Similarity Issues, subject to ICANN’s evaluation which should be released very soon (a recent progress report said November 2012 ?)
  • Hopefully you have no obvious Geographic Name Similarities, subject to ICANN’s evaluation which should be released very soon (a recent progress report said November 2012)

Best case scenarios moving forward

  • In Feb. or so, you pass Background Screening.
  • In Feb. or so, you pass Registry Services Screening.
  • You receive no Public Objections related to String Confusion, Legal Rights, Limited, Public Interest, or Community.
  • Between March and August, you pass Financial Evaluation.
  • Between March and August, you pass Technical & Operational Evaluation.
  • Between March and August, you execute a contract with ICANN.
  • No lawsuits are filed that extend the process.
  • Between March and August, your gTLD is delegated to the root of the Internet and goes live.

Possible worst case scenarios

Worst case scenarios include the opposites of what you see above, which can either stop the application or add 12 to 18 months to the process of getting your new gTLD working. If you were able to get a low number, you could see something much closer to the Best Case Scenario and get your gTLD(s) working by the middle or end of 2013.

We have one more step in the process behind us. I wish you all the best moving forward!


12|18|2012 05:27 pm EDT

Sedo’s weekly sales report: 945 domains sell for $1.48MM USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This week, 945 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.48 million. Over 39% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlights of public sales include:

  • Top .com: at 20,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: at 11,000 EUR
  • Top “other” TLD: at 4,000 EUR

See the full list of reported sales after the jump.


12|17|2012 04:24 pm EDT

ICANN new gTLD Prioritization Lottery Draw – General Information

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Some quick information regarding the ICANN new gTLD Prioritization Lottery Draw, which happens shortly:
  • 1766 tickets were sold, 92% of applications (1920 total)
  • First draw is for IDN applicants (108 out of 116 applications purchased tickets)
  • Second draw for non-IDN applicants
  • Third draw for the remainder of applications that did not purchase a ticket (142)
The proceeds of $176,600 for the ticket sales will go to the following three charities:
  1. Kiva Microfunds
  2. Invenio
  3. Wikimedia Foundation

The draw has not yet commenced, apparently due to a “power outage”. Official reason is a “glitch”. For a while it appears that the audio of one of the remote participants was audible through the stream.