Have Data or Ideas on Internet Governance? $3.5 Million in Grants Waiting.

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Can you help “fill gaps in needed research” on Internet Governance? The Knight Foundation may have funds for you.

While it seems intended for social media research I can’t help but think some in our community can contribute to the discussion around ICANN self-dealing, and especially UDRP abuse, Whois changes and the .org giveaway.

Good luck.

Knight Foundation invests $3.5 million in research to inform the national debate on internet governance and policy

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Happy Domaining. Are You Ready for Black Friday Domain Deals?

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For Domainers, every day could be Christmas when a $20-$100 expired name auction asset sells for $3-5k.  For Domainers every day could be Singles Day, or Hanukkah, or New Years Day, or Boxing Day because we mostly have to wait for offers to come in, quote a price and collect the cash.  Every day is a holiday.  The work we do in Domaining, especially at the under $500 end is searching, and finding,.. and thats fun and enjoyable also.

On DN.BIZ, We highlight regular monthly deals, like the recently ended Name.com sale.  And many registers run specials all year long … Read the rest

.Com Registrations Surge to All Time Daily Records


.Com Daily Registrations are Surging Higher

Driven by a few very specific terms, .com domain registrations have set all-time records multiple times in the past month.  Dropping name are also increasing as we covered yesterday.

We pulled up daily .com registration stats from provider DomainNameStat.com.

For the 30 days preceding November 13th, rolling 30 day and 7 day registrations were at their highest level ever… by a long shot.  Beginning in September, rolling 7 day daily registration totals have been 20-60% above prior year amounts almost every day.

In fact, of the top ten all time days, almost all have … Read the rest

By the Numbers – The Daily Drop

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Domain Statistics on Domain Deletions and .com Deletes.

Data, Data, Data.  In our “By the Numbers” posts we will try to show whats happening in the domain name business, and how that data can benefit you.  Here we go.

“Your Domain Name Doesn’t Matter” Takes a Hit

Those that say and report your domain name doesn’t matter are right, and also very very wrong.  Your domain name doesn’t matter if you don’t want to have a successful website, or business.  A huge percentage of domain name registrations in the past three years are being dropped.  If just registering any name … Read the rest

Wall Street Journal takes on Google Search.


Finally some push back on Google and their search engine manipulations. The Wall Street Journal reports on their investigation of Google today.

The upshot. from the article relating to the “image” of google as helping us all with and non-biased independent search of  the internet.

“That message often clashes with what happens behind the scenes. Over time, Google has increasingly re-engineered and interfered with search results, including through blacklisting websites, pushing its preferred results and editing autofill responses, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.”

See more here.  WSJ is trying a payment wall, you may not be able to … Read the rest

Internet Society .Org Money Grab, Any Upside?



Surprise, Surprise. ICANN enriches its own.  But, is there any upside? My only hope is a more powerful and well-funded .org can do the things Verisign hasn’t: promote the use of domain names in the face of the takeover of the browser bar by large captive search engines and social networks.

As we detailed before, because Verisign is beholden to shareholders and any marketing expense reduces earnings and could lower their billions in market value; they don’t spend to enforce the benefits of registering and owning domain names.

The .com registry is more a revolving door scheme where … Read the rest

Name.com New gTLD Domain Deals from $1.99. Cheap Domain Hunting.


Most of you probably never made it past “New Tlds”. For those who did lets see if we can make some money. I’ll tell you how I have used these discounts and why I keep doing it.

I usually highlight coupons and deals twice a month. This group from name.com expires November 20th so I’m showing early.  Note – This is an Affiliate link

Investing in New gTLDS

The reason I wade into these waters is:

  1. It helps me understand exactly what is going on in the market for New Tlds.
  2. It keeps me improving my processes for finding good
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A Buyers Perspective. Buying Your .Com From ‘Squatters’


Although a two year old Medium post, I think this read gives a pretty good take on the buyer’s side of the domain name process

My comments after reading.

  1. Its clear we don’t do a good jump of making the process easy or understandable. The one point that buyers do understand is using an escrow service to complete the transaction.
  2. Buyers still think myopically a world exists where the name they thought of should be available up until the moment they wanted it.  They cant imagine that if I didn’t own their name for resale, someone else could have clearly
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Available .Com Domain Names – November 11, 2019

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Weekend edition. Some recently dropped and available domain names.  For our site-builder viewers, might make affiliate sites or online businesses. For investors, gives you an idea of what is available.

To see our previous lists, click on the series above or here.  Ill wait 48 hours before grabbing my favorites.

TreasureAndSpaceCoastHomes.com – Two nearby Florida regions.

Steerability.com – Either functional attribute of a car, skateboard or vehicle. Or pursuasion of people, or to be like a cow….lol.

ThunderRealEstate.com Boom. Sold.

BestLocalDomains.com  NOTD. Nice local domain store.

Blockaders.com – Nice e-sports team name.

BostonDemocrat.com – There are a lot of … Read the rest

Bonus Available Names List – Dictionary 1 word .io

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So the .io domain name extension seems to have some popularity, demand and sway among the Silicon Valley and Tech communities. Some domainers have had some success with .io   Some bloggers have hinted they plan to by more in 2020.

On the other hand, the most fearful downside has been expressed that .io may not even be a country at some point. The thought is names “should” still work.

But what to buy?  You can randomly spot .io domains others are bidding on in auctions in the most active postings from godaddy or namejet; or watch the park.io auctionsRead the rest