No More Verisign Blog Top Ten Lists. Yacaibet gets 40,000 registrations?

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Verisign Blog Monthly Lists Haven’t Been Issued Since August

Over the past few years Verisign, on their blog, has reported some Top Ten lists of keywords or strings registered in .com and .net.  This hasn’t always been the most registered names, just names trending up compared to the past.  I haven’t seen a list since a September post for August domains.

I posted about my predictions for the Top Ten Lists for October and how some words that didn’t make sense were showing up… and some trademarks.  Some unique words started to appear like gate, quibet, yacai. Some of these … Read the rest

Not Just Traitors, .CA compares .Com Users To Sex Offenders

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ccTLD Updates. .CA goes negative and .CO In Dispute

The .CA Authority has “gone negative” in their promotion to encourage registration of .CA names for Canadian residents and businesses.  While the first set of ads encouraged patriotism and logic (Showing stats Canadians prefer .ca); now its full-on guilt and shaming.  Using a term from Political campaigning where a candidate attacks their rivals, this is called “going negative”.

.CA’s recent advertising called .com registrants traitors and suggested they are similar to registered offenders.  They were running commercials in Canada with police chasing .com registrants. Hey don’t hold back, tell me what … Read the rest

Has Anything Changed in the Past Five Years in the Domain Business?

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As I contemplate the trip to Austin for Namescon in a month, I wonder if anything has really changed in our Business in the past five years. I will be bringing some new insights on domain name investing and community in February. I want to know who else is disrupting. My conclusion is we have become pretty insular.

For me I still like buying and selling internet real estate and educating domain investors and the public on the domain name industry.  I am a Domain “homer”. I still don’t make enough money on sales to buy everything I want…. maybe … Read the rest

Ethos/Internet Society Deceptive From the Start on .Org

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There is no historic practice in a legacy gTLD to raise prices 10%, except yours.

If you search for anything related to the .org deal, you will find a paid spot at the top of search engine results for KeyPointsAbout.org. They have various taglines like

“We would never make dramatic price increases, as we know that would harm .ORG customers. Get the details about .ORG pricing and other information regarding the transaction.” (Source Google Search)

So from the start, only because of the sale to Ethos Capital, the .org registry, awarded to the non-profit Internet Society, is spending … Read the rest

Internet Society .Org Money Grab, Any Upside?

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EDITORIAL

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

A Buyers Perspective. Buying Your .Com From ‘Squatters’

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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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CCtld Update – Is the .US Domain Space Open?

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CCtld News and Update

On our twice monthly Cctld update I’l look at the recent .US Town Hall meeting. My takeaway was a “reminder” during the call that the perception you have to be a US resident or incorporated business isn’t really true.  I’ll finish at the end with some available for registration prospects in the .US namespace.

For other updates, one of our sponsors, Toweb tracks news and updates and quick comments on their homepage.

.US Town Hall Meeting

.US held their 2019 Town Hall Meeting to review progress and introduce the new Stakeholder Council members (think of … Read the rest

What will be on the Top Keywords List for October?

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Can you Pick the Top Keywords for October?

Every month Verisign publishes a list of some of the most upward trending words in domain name registrations in .com and .net.   To make this glimpse at top trending words, Verisign uses some of the same info you can get at any time from their DomainScope product.   We reviewed DomainScope earlier in the year.

So here are my picks for the upcoming report on words trending in registrations.  Play along at home and comment below with your picks. I’ll summarize if you got them right after the reports release.

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Sold: Dangerous.com for $49

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Even after doing domain name investing for 20 years, I cant get hit with a new issue and thus learn something daily, even now.

“SOLD Dangerous.com”, hit my email last week.  Oh no. I’ve just sold Dangerous.com for $49.  This was a reply to my for sale thread at Namepros.  So now someone thinks they have bought Dangerous.com and I’ve gotta explain my way out if it.   Did I list it wrong, did I forget a second word. How could this happen? I had listed a group of 300+ names on Namepros, a popular forum for domainers. Was my membership … Read the rest

Happy Halloween. To-Dos for Domain Name Investors

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Each end of month day I’ll tell you what I’m paying attention to and my end of the month to-do list for domain investors and domain name owners and those in the Domain Industry.

Namescon Discount. Save 30%. Going to Namescon discount and missed the window for the early registration periods. You have today to take advantage of the Halloween Discount.

Enom move-out.

So Enom has been passed around a bit in the last 4-6 years. Many of us have “reseller” accounts that we used as far back as the club drop days.  Yes, we could create accounts for customers … Read the rest