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09|10|2013 11:26 am EDT

Marchex subsidiary Archeo Launches Domains Marketplace [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Archeo Launches Domains Marketplace, Providing Gateway to Premium Portfolio of More Than 200,000 Names

 SEATTLE  – September 10, 2013 – Archeo, Inc., a division of Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHX), today announced the launch of the Archeo Domains Marketplace (www.archeodomains.com), providing direct access for businesses, brokers and individuals to Archeo’s portfolio of more than 200,000 premium domain names available for sale.  The searchable portfolio is presented in 21 categories, ranging from Business & Finance to Technology and Travel in a responsive, mobile-friendly design.

According to Archeo Chief Operating Officer Rod Diefendorf, launching the Archeo Domains Marketplace is a key milestone in the company’s broader mission of establishing a vibrant and transparent ecosystem to facilitate domain buying and selling, including the development of tools and technology enabling businesses to further promote and grow their brand.

“The launch of the Archeo Domains Marketplace is an exciting step toward unlocking the true value of our portfolio,” said Diefendorf. “We have thousands of top names and are excited to finally showcase these online while providing visitors with useful information through a simple and intuitive search interface.”

The new website features an easy-to-navigate interface that enables users to search from among more than 200,000 Archeo-owned websites, including such names as Jerseys.com, CaliforniaWines.com, HollywoodMovies.com, Destination.com, Futbol.com, Refinancing.com, PetShop.com, Debts.com, uTicket.com, and LiveWell.com. Archeo’s dedicated sales team, averaging 10 years experience each in the domains industry, will directly administer and manage the Marketplace.

Archeo will also be working directly with some of the industry’s leading brokers to help their customers find and purchase specific names from Archeo’s portfolio.  Some of Archeo’s current broker partners include Igloo, Names Plus Marketing and Domain Holdings.

“The Archeo domain portfolio has been well-known, over the years, for its quality as well as its comparative inaccessibility. I think I can speak on behalf of most of the industry when I say how excited Igloo.com is to see Archeo launch its marketplace to finally unveil one of the top portfolios in the space,” said Tessa Holcomb, Igloo.com Co-Founder & CEO. “We are delighted to partner with Archeo in making these premium names available to our clients.”

In addition to selling domains from its own portfolio, Archeo plans to expand its services, ranging from data intelligence to third-party sales and other related domain support services.  Complementing the Archeo Domains Marketplace, Archeo’s team manages select fully developed websites and plans to continue the development of designated domains into digital brand properties, such as Saving.com and 50States.com. Archeo also operates an advertising marketplace, featuring an online and mobile advertising network that the company can further leverage in promoting its own developed websites, as well as those of customer sites.

About Archeo

Archeo, Inc., a division of Marchex, Inc., is a premium domain and advertising marketplace that enables the buying, selling and development of digital properties and advertising inventory.  In November of 2012, Marchex announced its intention to spin-off Archeo into a distinct, publicly-traded entity.  Archeo has filed an initial Form 10 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with Marchex’s previously announced plan to pursue the separation of its business into two public companies.

If the proposed spin-off transaction is completed, Archeo’s technology-based business will be comprised of two complementary areas: (1) a Domain Marketplace, which includes our platform to purchase, manage and sell domains, including more than 200,000 domains which we own today; and (2) an Advertising Marketplace, which includes our online and mobile advertising network, where we sell advertising on a variety of publishers and on our own digital properties.

To learn more about the proposed spin-off transaction, please visit www.marchex.com/archeo

About Marchex

Marchex, Inc. delivers customer calls to businesses and analyzes those calls so companies can get the most out of their mobile advertising.

On November 1, 2012, Marchex announced its intention to pursue separation of its business into two distinct, publicly-traded entities. If the proposed tax-free spin-off transaction is completed, Marchex’s existing shareholders would hold interests in: (1) Marchex, a pure play mobile advertising company focused on calls, and (2) Archeo, Inc., a premium domain and advertising marketplace. The spin-off is currently anticipated to be completed not earlier than the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

12|11|2012 03:07 pm EDT

AIT Domains: Register/Transfer Domain Names for $2.99

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

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Since many domain investors keep lists of domains ready to purchase when there are specials available, we figured we’d let you know about a current special that one of the early registrars, AIT Domains, is running for a limited time. You can register or transfer any COM, NET, ORG, INFO, BIZ or US domains for $2.99 including private registration and ICANN fee. No coupon code is needed.The price is only valid for the first year of domain registration and a limit of five domains per customer applies. Find out more about the special on their site.

10|29|2012 07:25 am EDT

Speaking out against the Nominet proposed release of second level .UK domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs

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After releasing single and two letter .co.uk domain names, Nominet, the operator of the .UK ccTLD is currently running a consultation on a release of domains under the second level, i.e. example.uk.On his site MyDomainNames.co.uk domain industry veteran Edwin Hayward from Memorable Domains details why he opposes the proposed procedure for release of those domains with a 22-page document (PDF).
Here’s a short summary of his most important points from his website:
  • Most businesses use .co.uk, and 93% of UK names are .co.uk
  • […] these [second level] names will not be offered to the owners of .co.uk (e.g. the BBC would not automatically get BBC.uk)
  • Instead priority will be given to trademark holders. Sounds fair to you? Read here why this is a bad idea.
  • Existing domain owners will have to prove that they are entitled to the matching .uk domain name, or buy it at auction (if it hasn’t already been taken by a trademark holder)
  • This will cause uncertainty and confusion, and risks damaging trust in .co.uk and hurting UK businesses
  • [Due to the higher proposed annual registration fees] the direct cost to UK businesses will be at least £50,000,000 per year, and associated adjustment costs could run to £billions. This estimate does not account for auction income from domain names that several parties are interested in.
  • Other countries went about the same process quite differently. In every previous case, existing domain owners were given priority ahead of other interests.

If Nominet still decides to go ahead with the release of second level domains, Hawyward is proposing a process (“Proposal for the Equitable Allocation of .uk Domain Names” as of page 8 (PDF)) where the existing registrants of the .co.uk equivalent of the names get priority in a sunrise procedure for registering the .uk counter part.

The phases of the counterproposal are:

  1. Domain Owner Sunrise (60-90 days): Sunrise phase for existing domain owners, also taking trademarks (from current domain owners) into account
  2. Trademark Sunrise (120 days): Sunrise period for trademark owners without existing domains.
  3. Landrush (60 days application + 30 day auction): Expression of interest available to everyone
  4. General Availability (first come first served): Domains available to everyone, normal registration fees
The proposal is backed by a lot of underlying background data, including a comparison how similar launches were handled in other ccTLDs.

What do you think, who should get priority rights for the release of .UK names? Should they be released at all? What do you think of Edwin’s proposal?

10|10|2012 12:13 pm EDT

Irex Corp launches .CA Portfolio site

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

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Canadian company Irex Corp,  just launched www.DomainNames.ca, a marketplace for selected domains from their own portfolio, such as ez.ca, cruise.ca and usedcars.ca.

Since 2001, Irex Corp has been offering website services to both consumers and business interests through numerous verticals including real estate, education, web design and philanthropic initiatives.

07|31|2012 10:47 am EDT

SedoMLS Adds French Registrar Rapidomaine as Partner

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales

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Today,, Sedo, announced a partnership with French registrar Rapidomaine. As the newest SedoMLS Premium partner, Rapidomaine provides their customers with access to Sedo’s inventory of 16 million premium domains directly at Rapidomaine’s website.

“Becoming a SedoMLS partner has given us the chance to expand the services we’re offering our customers” said Alexandre Badelon, CEO of Rapidomaine. “Users can now purchase premium names to augment their portfolio without leaving the familiarity of their Rapidomaine account.”

“The SedoMLS Premium network is all about connecting sellers and buyers, wherever they’re based globally,” said Liesbeth Mack-de Boer, Sedo’s Chief Sales Officer. “With a new partner in the network, we’re making our inventory of 16 million domains available to even more potential buyers around the world.”

About Rapidomaine

Rapidomaine is a French domain name registrar that was founded in 2002. Rapidomaine makes their customers’ interest their priority.

About SedoMLS

The SedoMLS Promotion Network is the largest domain distribution network, with more than 80 partners, including Go Daddy and other top registrars. It supports more TLDs than any other domain distribution network, and provides its registrar partners with a new revenue stream. SedoMLS partners display matches from Sedo’s unique inventory. Some partners redirect potential buyers to Sedo.com to continue with the purchase, while others allow buyers to purchase a name directly by searching for it, adding it to their shopping cart, and completing the partner’s online checkout page.

About Sedo

Sedo, an acronym for “Search Engine for Domain Offers,” is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany and with offices in London, England and Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 16 million listings. The success of Sedo’s model has attracted a global base of more than 1 million members.

[via Press Release/email]

Disclaimer: DNN’s Managing Editor Frank Michlick provides consulting for SedoMLS through his company DomainCocoon.

07|28|2011 01:28 pm EDT

FaceBook files TypoSquatter Lawsuit Based on Domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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Apparently Facebook has not only continued their practice of filing disputes for domains names it saw infringing on its trademarks but now also has changed gears and filed a suit on July 22nd against more than 100 parties claiming Cybersquatting, Trademark infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trademark Dilution, Breach of Contract and Tortious Interference . The filing with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (PDF) lists 104 different domains with the majority of names containing the term “facebook” in some variation (i.e. facebooki.com) but also lists the domains (14) that the typo-domains are/were redirected to (i.e. 1939.com which according to a notice posted on the site was a redirect service at one point and SocialRewardCenter.com).

The listed defendants are:

  • Cyber2Media, Inc.
  • Daniel Negari
  • Cleanser Products
  • Counter Balance Enterprises Ltd.
  • FB Promotions/Freebie Promos
  • Mackrooner Ltd. Inc.
  • Newgate Services Ltd.
  • Pioneer Enterprises Ltd.
  • Rabbit Gogo Media LLC
  • SMTM Enterprises Ltd.
  • YourTick
  • Zilt
  • Jacob Daniels
  • Jerry Hui
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Eric Jordan
  • Karrie-Lee Karreman
  • June Kimchi
  • Tim Meyers
  • Ankit Pandey
  • S. Pace
  • Elise Petri
  • Mark Risi
  • John Souza
  • Michael Suggs
  • and John/Jane Does 1-119

This topic was also covered by Elliot Silver and Bill Hartzer. Hat tip to Domain Trader.

06|20|2011 05:18 pm EDT

GeoPublishers Announces 2011 Expo

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Events, Up to the Minute

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GeoPublishers Expo to be held in Chicago from September 30th to October 2nd 2011

GeoPublishers.com is the new trade association for the geodomain industry. The inaugural Expo will be in Chicago at the Fairmont Hotel. Starting with the President’s reception on Friday 30 September, there will be a day-and-a-half program of keynotes and
panels, and a sponsored dinner on Saturday 1 October.

Speakers so far confirmed include

  • Don Jones, President of New Orleans.com
  • Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates
  • Sandy Martin, Director of Mobile, Schurz Communications
  • Sara Mannix, Mannix Marketin
  • Dan Hippler, VP Marketing, Vegas.com
  • Sean Miller, NewYorkCity.com

Registrations are now open for the early bird price discount of $495 (and reduced pricing of $395 for second and subsequent registrations from the same company).

Details are on the event’s website at www.geopublishers.com/geo-publishers-expo.

06|02|2011 08:39 pm EDT

Trademarkia Adds Domain Registration Services with Trademark Verification

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

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Screenshot of Trademarkia Domain Search

According to GigaOm Trademarkia has released a domain name registration service. As reported in the comments on GigaOm, the domain registration service will only notice trademarks that exactly match an existing trademark.Another caveat is that the notice of the potential infringement is only displayed relatively late into the checkout process.

Trademarkia is a trademark-research and production site/service. According to the domain registration service description it appears that their service will also help you register a trademark for your domain. Domain pricing starts at $2/year for a.biz domain.

The new service recognizes domains that are registered already and will offer the customer to “bid” on the domain name – potentially the sign of a coming brokerage service. It also displays a screenshot, social media comments and other information about the domain name. As pointed out by DNW, the service also offers you to file a cease and desist for $185 should there be an existing domain infringing  on your trademark (using the thumbnail search).

[via GigaOm]

04|15|2011 07:34 pm EDT

.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating. While a number of registrars have already been taking pre-registrations, the actual timeline for the launch has not yet been published. The Sunrise launch is a three phased approach. After much back and forth and protests against the sTLD the ICANN board had approved the application for the new TLD at their meeting on March 18th of this year.

[Update] As Kevin over at DomainIncite points out in his post on the same topic, the registry website, sex.xxx and porn.xxx (both placeholder pages, safe for work) are now resolving under the new TLD. xxx.xxx is resolving as well.

The delegation record for the new TLD can now also be found on the IANA website.

Below the output of the dig query:

dig ns xxx.

;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER< <- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 22036
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 6, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;xxx.				IN	NS

;; ANSWER SECTION:
xxx.			300	IN	NS	a2.xxx.afilias-nst.info.
xxx.			300	IN	NS	a0.xxx.afilias-nst.info.
xxx.			300	IN	NS	b2.xxx.afilias-nst.org.
xxx.			300	IN	NS	b0.xxx.afilias-nst.org.
xxx.			300	IN	NS	c0.xxx.afilias-nst.info.
xxx.			300	IN	NS	d0.xxx.afilias-nst.org.

See the IANA record after the jump
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03|17|2011 04:20 pm EDT

NameJet to Drop Price for Pending Delete Domain Orders to $59

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After a recent announcement by SnapNames for a price increase for catching dropped domains from $59 to $69, NameJet will be announcing to their customers in an email later today that they are dropping their price from $69 to $59 in a trial. It appears the prices have already been lowered on the site.

[Updated] See the text of the email below.

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