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10|29|2013 05:30 pm EDT

Go Daddy/Afternic and Sedo’s reported sales for the week ending on Oct 28th, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Over the past week, 705 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1,3m. Go Daddy/Afternic’s total domain sales for the week summed to  $1,696,432.

Over 47% of total sales at Sedo were the result of Buy Now listings.

The top seller on Sedo’s list, baristas.com for 45,000 USD was a SedoMLS sale that came through Go Daddy.  The domain was owned by Frank Schilling.

The top ten sales in the week ending on October 28th, 2013 were:

  1. baristas.com $45,000 USD (Sedo)
  2. suvidhaa.com $28,000 USD (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  3. wannago.com $20,000    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  4. icanvas.com    $15,000    USD    (Sedo)
  5. motoboy.com    $15,000    USD    (Sedo)
  6. xocial.co.uk $14,900 USD (Sedo)
  7. liquidherbs.com $14,000    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  8. eig.org    $13,500    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  9. wemobile.com $13,500 USD (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  10. ibadge.com $10,500 USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)

See all of the reported sales after the jump.

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10|25|2013 02:53 pm EDT

Endurance International Group starts trading on NASDAQ

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Endurance International Group Holdings (NASDAQ:EIGI) has started trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange today. As announced before, the company is planning to use the funds raised to purchase DirectI for $110MM USD.

The stock started trading at $11 USD per share today and is currently trading at $11.11.

The company owns and operates many of the big hosting and some domain registrars in North America, such as Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com, iPower etc.

10|23|2013 11:45 pm EDT

Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry to open office in Newport Beach, CA in 2014

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Uniregistry's New Office in Newport Beach, CA

Uniregistry’s New Office in Newport Beach, CA

Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry is set to expand and plans open new offices in Newport Beach, California in January 2014. The building, which was purchased by the company is located at 2161 San Joaquin Hills Road and will house the company’s registry support, engineering and sales staff.

Schilling described the location as follows in an email to Domain Name News:

I bought the building and we are remodeling as we speak. We plan to move in this January. We have 68 parking spots so lots of room to grow. The building is  400 yards from Whole foods and Fashion Island, the best (highest end) outdoor mall in America. We are 1 mile to the Pacific Ocean and 2.1 mile bike ride to Balboa Island and the charming car ferry. You could be surfing in 10 minutes, we’ll have 2 showers and surfboard storage for staff.

If you’re looking to work for Uniregistry, the company currently is looking for Software Developers, Front-end developers, a system specialist and marketing people according to the job section on their website.

10|23|2013 03:25 pm EDT

First four new gTLDs in the Root Zone

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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The first four new gTLDs of this latest round have just been added to the root zone, even though the IANA database has not yet been updated.

The four strings delegated are:

  • شبكة  (xn--ngbc5azd) –Arabic for “web/network”, Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
  • онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”, Registry: CORE Association
  • сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”, Registry: CORE Association
  • 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”, Registry: Spring Fields, LLC

The delegation doesn’t mean that those names are available for registration at this point, as the registry operators have yet to announce their sunrise launch phase where trademark holders can registrar domain names.

See the full press release from ICANN after the jump.

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10|22|2013 11:50 pm EDT

Go Daddy/Afternic Sales Report for the Week ending Oct 20th, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Go Daddy and Afternic reports $1,625,205 USD in sales for the week from 10/14/13 – 10/20/1.

The top six reported Sales at Go Daddy / Afternic this week were:

  1. livid.com for $19,000 USD
  2. pbex.com for $12,000 USD
  3. cinehost.com for $9,950 USD
  4. ccsports.com for $7,500 USD
  5. purelights.com for $7,500 USD
  6. nowrinkles.com for $7,500 USD

See the domains included in the report after the jump.

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10|22|2013 05:55 pm EDT

DomainAgents Exclusively Brokering Sale of Mario.com [Press Release]

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

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A once in a generation opportunity to purchase the premium domain name: Mario.com.

Pop singers, world class chefs, fashion houses, race car drivers and even plumbers share the name Mario, but there is only one Mario.com. In a once in a generation event, this coveted generic domain name has come on the market. DomainAgents is happy to announce that they are the exclusive representative for the sale of this uniquely brandable domain.

“The power of this domain is its flexibility. Mario is a name known worldwide and could be the home of any number of existing or new brands. There are many Marios, but the new owner will have the opportunity to forever tie themselves to the Mario name,” says Phil McKegney, founder of DomainAgents.

DomainAgents is a domain name brokerage and negotiation platform. While focused on providing a neutral platform, they offer brokerage services for super premium domain names, such as Mario.com.

DomainAgents is inviting interested parties to contact them at sales(at)domainagents(dot)com to arrange a time to discuss the domain.

About DomainAgents
DomainAgents takes a unique approach to brokering domains. Buyers prequalify their offers by buying a DomainAgents credit and in return DomainAgents guarantees that the buyer’s offer will be presented to the domain owner. DomainAgents also runs the domain market research tools Whoisology.com and Namebio.com

[via Press Release]

Disclaimer: Adam Strong, managing editor of Domain Name News, also is one of the founders of DomainAgents.

10|22|2013 01:24 pm EDT

Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards 2013 – and the winners are

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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And here are the winners of this year’s Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. awards, as the were announced by VinsDomains.com on Twitter live from the event.

BANDIT BERKENS” GOODWILL AMBASSADOR AWARD

  • Winner: Gregg McNair

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Alan Hack
  • Barbara Neu
  • Elliot Silver
  • Merlin Kauffman
  • Michael Cyger
  • Nat Cohen
  • Richard Lau
  • Rick Schwartz (declined)
  • Ron Jackson

 

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION

  • Winner: DomainNameSales.com / InternetTraffic.com

Nominees:

  • Above.com
  • Bounce.io
  • DomainSponsor.com
  • DudaMobile.com
  • ParkLogic.com
  • RookMedia.net
  • YTZManagement.com

 

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION

  • Winner: Sedo.com

Nominees:

  • Above.com
  • Afternic.com
  • DomainNameSales.com / InternetTraffic.com
  • Enom.com
  • GoDaddy.com
  • RookMedia.net

 

BEST DOMAIN BLOG

  • Winner: DNJournal.com

Nominees:

  • DomainIncite.com
  • DomainNameWire.com
  • DomainShane.com
  • DomainSherpa.com
  • ElliotsBlog.com
  • HybridDomainer.com
  • MorganLinton.com
  • RicksBlog.com (declined)
  • TheArtOfTheName.com
  • TheDomains.com

 

“WE GET IT” AWARD

  • Winner: Amazon.com

Nominees:

  • BankRate.com
  • Coffee.org
  • DomainDiction.com
  • FashionMetric.com
  • Geico.com
  • HeritgageAuctions.com
  • LOreal.com
  • MLB.com (Major League Baseball)
  • SalesForce.com
  • TrekBikes.com (Trek Bicycle Corp.)

 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: Michael Cyger

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Bill Karamouzis
  • Bill McClure
  • Chuck Fleming
  • CitiesPlanet.com
  • iStaff.com (i-Staff, Inc.)
  • NicheWebsites.com
  • Tia Wood

 

BROKER OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: Negar Hajikhani (Sedo)

Nominees:

  • Alan Hack
  • Afternic.com
  • Andrew Rosener
  • Brian Kleiner
  • Brian Michitti
  • Dave Evanson
  • DomainHoldings.com
  • HuntingMoon.com
  • Jay Finnan
  • Jeff Gabriel
  • Morgan Linton
  • Sedo.com
  • Toby Clements

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: GoDaddy.com

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Afternic.com
  • DemandMedia.com
  • eNom.com
  • Escrow.com
  • InternetTraffic.com
  • ParkingCrew.com
  • ParkLogic.com
  • Voodoo.com

 

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: Frank Schilling

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Andrew Reberry
  • Brad Mugford
  • Chad Wright
  • Daniel Negari
  • Elliot Silver
  • Eric Borgos
  • Mike Berkens
  • Richard Lau
  • Rick Schwartz (declined)

 

DOMAIN HALL OF FAME

  • Winner: Jeff Gabriel
  • Winner: Igal Lichtman, Deceased

Nominees:

  • Aron Meystedt
  • Bill Karamouzis
  • Donna Mahony
  • Elliot Silver
  • Eric Borgos
  • Kathy Nielsen
  • Larry Fischer
  • Merlin Kauffman
  • Michael Gilmour
  • Ray Neu
  • Richard Lau
  • Rob Grant
  • Roy Messer
  • Mike “Zappy” Zapolin

10|21|2013 04:43 pm EDT

LIVE : TRAFFIC 2013 Florida Auction Results

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Auction

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I’m reporting live from TRAFFIC’s auction.  Results will be updated live . Please excuse any typos.
All domains that did not sell will be put in to the Above.com silent auction which ends October 31st at 3:00 pm Eastern

 

firesidechat.com $100
foodtogo.com pass
item 104 – $125 bidder 356
artdecofurniture.com – pass
peppermintvodka.com – $100 bidder 112
hairdressers.com – pass
floridastonecrabs.com – pass
freequalifiedleads.com – $100 bidder 112
Lot 110 pass
gtldsearch.com pass
mobilealart.me pass
5tv.net pass

metronomes.com pass
keywordoptimization.com pass
quickpaydayadvance.com $300 bidder 124 on phone

bedsidelamps.com $150 bidder 308
londondiscounthotels.com pass
nointerestloans.com $2000 bidder 112 (adam dicker)

chickenfingers.com pass
celebrityconfessions.com $100 bidder 137
decapitate.com $600 bidder 137
ownershipprotection.com pass

casinochina.com pass
perverted.com $6500 bidder 401 (braden pollock)
dogwhistle.com pass
netguitars.com pass

refusal.com $2000 bidder 401
customsurfboards.com pass
personalsapp.com $100 bidder 118 (rick schwartz)
foolme.com $1000 bidder 111 (mike and judy berkens)

usb.tv pass
doubleoven.com pass
insuremotorcycles.com pass
702.xxx pass
schmaltz.com $1600 118 (rick s)

repairreputation.org $200 bidder 137
insuranceloans.com pass
bleacherbums.com pass
getbacking.com pass
dvdrental.com pass

bugcheck.com $4100 bidder 302 james wester
efortlauderdale.com $100 telephone bidder
echeatsheet.com and echeatsheets.com pass
namesales.com pass

minilamps.com $200 bidder 303
zxx.org pass
vegasjetcharters.com $150 bidder 118
goldwanted.com pass
silverwanted.com pass

polomatches.com,net,org,tv,info,us pass
southbeachbabes.com $100 bidder 360 Brett Lewis
drivingcourses.com $5000 bidder 137
TopPlumber.com $3500 bidder 353
LawnMowing.com $7000 bidder 137
Supermarket.tv pass

Swdeveloper.com $100 bidder 112
PearlEarrings.com pass
iCrown.com $200 phone bidder
EverettProperty.com pass
Microwatch.com $150 bidder 131
Broncos.com (bid put in for $100k over 4 installments , pending owner approval)
vKeyboard.com  (brought back after pass)  $125   bidder 356
3Dphotograph.com pass
wikiclips.com $50 bidder 129
Authorizing.com pass
Postal.com pass
15YearLoan.com $1400 telephone bidder
AutoPartsSupply.com pass
investing.info pass

prizeparade.com $100 bidder 135

ShrimpRoll.com pass
SolarGadgets.com pass
InsuranceBlog.com pass
EuropeanAutos.com $3000 bidder 354

iFiction.com $300 telephone bidder
MagicChannel.com,net,org $650 bidder Chad Folkening
AirBid.com pass

TripBid.com pass
RaceTrackBets.com pass
Donor.org pass bid up to $5000
Addie.com,net and AddieTechnologies.com pass
CheckBuy.com pass

CruiseGenie.com pass
Bail.tel pass
Bursting.com $2300 bidder 118
472.com $11,500 bidder #306 (steven K)

 

10|18|2013 05:04 am EDT

BREAKING: New domain name event, Namescon to be held in Vegas, January 13-15th, 2014

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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A new domain name conference, NamesCon, will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 13th to 15th, 2014.  Well-known industry veteran, Richard Lau is the founder of the event and he has tapped Jodi Chamberlain from 32Events, to help coordinate.  Both Lau and Chamberlain are no strangers to domain events.  Lau has been involved in organizing several exclusive domainer get-together events in both Seattle and Las Vegas as well as the popular Water School “Water Night” fund raising events. Chamberlain has worked on a number of events and conferences, including some T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences and Domaining Spain.

Wherefore art though, WebFest (formerly known as DOMAINfest)
While the industry has become accustomed to Oversee.net announcing their Webfest / DomainFest conference in the 11th hour leading up to the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference, there have been no formal announcements so far this year. With the departure of organizer Aaron Kvitek earlier this year, rumors about the future of the event have been circulating. The official answer DNN received from a Oversee.net spokesperson is that there will be “a DomainFest/Webfest during the first half of 2014.” More details are to be expected in the “coming months”.

Good Timing
The January dates of Namescon fill the void left by DomainFest, but Lau tells us that the date and venue were also selected because of the close timing of another popular event Affiliate Summit West 2014 (aff).  The dates of the Namescon show around Affiliate Summit gives domain professionals another reason to venture to Las Vegas, but also has the potential to expose Affiliate Summit attendees to the domain space.  Lau told DNN, “NamesCon is the natural evolution of smaller, more intimate events I have been involved with in Las Vegas over the past 5 years. We are expecting that this will be THE networking event of the West Coast for early 2014.

The website for the event which just went up today (still obviously a work in progress) promises:

There is no channel like the domain name channel, and 2014 is an amazing year of expansion, growth, and change. This means opportunity – if you know the way through the maze to the cheese.

Come and meet some of the “who’s who” players in the internet naming space. We mean “alpha dogs”.

Speaker currently listed on the conference page include:

  • James Morfopoulos (Director of DomainTools Inc, COO of Ocean Networks)
  • Richard Lau
  • Patrick Carleton
  • Jothan Frakes
  • Paul Nicks (Go Daddy)
  • Adam Dicker (DNForum/TheArtOfTheName)

The event kicks off with a cocktail party on January 13th and will last the full day on January 14th/15th. The venue for the event still has to be confirmed.

10|15|2013 03:22 pm EDT

Go Daddy Acquires Media Temple

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

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As reported by TechCrunch, Go Daddy has acquired hosting company Media Temple, also know as (mt). Financial details of the acquisition, which did not include website builder Virb, which is being spun out, were not published. The two companies are going be operated separately.

[TechCrunch, Press Release, Media Temple FAQ]