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12|18|2008 04:50 pm EDT

OpenSRS: Expired Domains Program Closing Soon

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

OpenSRS has announced that their Expired Domains Program will be ending on January 6, 2009, due to a decrease in ad revenues and an increase in the cost and complexity of the program.

Once the program ends, the following changes will be implemented immediately:

  • Customized headers on expired domains will remain active but will no longer be editable. These headers will be replaced by a generic header at a later date.
  • Monthly expired domain parking credits will no longer be deposited in the reseller’s account.
  • The “Manage Expired Domains” section in the Reseller Web Interface will be removed.
  • The Expiring Domains (BR-111) report in OpenSRS Insight will no longer be available.

The Parked Pages Program will not be affected in any way and will continue to function as normal.

The program was operated by Tucows for resellers and displayed PPC ads on expired domains from Skenzo with a revenue share to the reseller, in addition to sending email notices about the expiry of the domain. After the program ends, expired domains will still display PPC ads, but there will be no revenue share for resellers during the time of expiry or if Tucows takes over the domain any more.

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December 20, 2008 @ 4:34 am EDT

It’s nice being a registrar… Can practically do whatever you want.

Tucows has proven this to be the case…and so has GoDaddy… eNom…etc.

It’s great!

Daniel Dryzek

January 3, 2009 @ 8:32 pm EDT

Yep, being a reseller is always some kind of pain in the ass.. That’s why it is much better to be a direct partner of ICANN, other registry or whatever else in any business. Is is also more professional and in long term it always pays off.

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