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Moniker & SnapNames Announce Premium Domain Name 2014 Kick-Off Auction

[news release] Moniker® and SnapNames®, both KeyDrive S.A. companies and leading providers of domain name solutions, today announced their 2014 Kick-Off Premium Auction catalog. This auction offers quality hand-selected domain names that businesses can leverage to build marketing strategies and attract customers. Standing out amongst the more than 920 million websites worldwide today is no small feat, with a quality domain name as the foundation, businesses can gain a head-start over the competition.

The 2014 Premium Kick-Off Auction is now in-progress online and ends Thursday, March 6 at 3:15 pm EST. Details can be found at: https://www.moniker.com/domainauction/events/2014-kickoff-premium/

To speak directly to a domain name sales specialist regarding domains for sale and bidding options contact us by email or phone – Email: auction[@]moniker.com; Phone: Toll free in the U.S. and Canada 866-690-6279 Option 3; Outside the U.S. 503-241-8547 Option 3.

About Moniker and SnapNames

Moniker® and SnapNames®, both KeyDrive S.A. companies, offer registries, registrars, businesses and individuals an array of services for domain registration management, acquisition, brokerage and sales. Moniker introduced the live domain name auction concept and is a top worldwide registrar. SnapNames pioneered and operates the largest online auction of registered, expired and deleting domains, giving its customers access to the world’s best selection and most valuable names every day. For more information visit www.moniker.com and www.snapnames.com.

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Sandwich.com Tops Yahoo’s Domainapalooza! Selling For $137,500

Yahoo! Recently dug out some unused old domains and sent them off for auction. So on 14 November they started a week-long auction they called Domainapalooza! of well over a hundred premium domain names including what was probably the most desired of the bunch, sandwich.com.

Other highlights Yahoo! highlighted on the list included crackers.com, av.com, jockeys.com, sled.com and blogsport.com.

At the end of the auction, the biggest earner was the aforementioned sandwich.com that sold for $137,500, easily beating its reserve range of $50,000 to $99,999.

And according to DomainNameWire, the auction concluded with nine other domain sales that were cyberjokes.com ($4,100), jumpcut.com ($11,500), sold.com.au ($15,600), dialpad.com ($9,199), postajob.com ($13,500), recruitinghq.com ($1,149), tesserae.com ($707), vivas.com ($10,000) and maximumvisibility.com ($1,350).

Favorites.com Leads Weekly Sales Chart

Domain Name Journal logoFavorites.com topped the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week to 21 August, selling for a respectable $165,000 through DomainMarket.

It would be interesting to think how much more, if any, the domain could have sold for had there been a common spelling for “favourite” in the English language.

Next on the list was zy.com, selling for $105,999, with daylight coming third followed by marketport.com, which sold for $19,000, both of which sold through Sedo.

Overall Sedo accounted for 12 of the top 21 sales in the week (there was a six-way tie for 16th place) and 18 of these 21 sales were .COM domains. There was one each for .ORG, .NET and .IN.

To read the full Domain Name Journal report of the week’s reported sales for the week to 21 August, check out dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20110831.htm.

Realestate.com Business Sold For $8.25m

In what is one of the biggest reported domain name sales to date in 2011, realestate.com is believed to have been sold for $8.25 million to Market Leader, a NASDAQ-listed provider of online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, according to TechCrunch.However the sale also includes the existing “website, as well as a network of more than 250 participating brokerage companies and ‘hundreds of other real estate domains'” according to the report.To read more on the sale, see the TechCrunch report at techcrunch.com/2011/09/21/market-leader-buys-realestate-com-for-an-undisclosed-sum/

TeaParty.com Could Make A Rock Band A Million

The American Tea Party, the extreme right movement in American politics, has caused endless problems for a Canadian band called The Tea Party that broke up six years ago that has the domain name teaparty.com.It causes endless confusion for the millions of people who search for “Tea Party” each month reports Bloomberg Business Week.”So much damage has been done to our name by the political movement that we’re considering selling,” Stuart Chatwood, The Tea Party’s bassist, told Bloomberg Business Week.Currently the band is mulling over whether to sell the domain name that Warren Adelman, president of GoDaddy says could raise well over $1 million.”The site has a lot to offer: It appears high in Google’s rankings even though it is rarely updated. It’s the obvious destination for direct-navigation traffic — typing a URL directly into a browser’s address field — believed to constitute as much as 15 percent of all Net traffic. The site has what those in the industry call great ‘mindshare.'”There could also be other potential buyers the report notes such as “the Republican Presidential candidates; conservative political action committees; a wealthy Tea Party backer (the Koch brothers, perhaps?); a mischievous Democratic group. ‘The timing of this sale couldn’t be more brilliant,’ says Stephen K. Bannon, the former Goldman Sachs investment banker who directed a trilogy of films about the Tea Party (including this summer’s Sarah Palin biopic) and is considering acquiring teaparty.com. ‘It could cause a lot of trouble if it fell into the wrong hands.’ And that’s just in the world of politics. ‘If you had guts and worked in the marketing department at Lipton Tea,’ Adelman suggests, ‘you could take advantage of the interest to drive a huge marketing campaign.'”The story then adds a “bottom line” that says “Interest in teaparty.com is intense now but could plummet if the domain’s owners hang on too long. Cautionary tale: birdflu.com.”To read the full Bloomberg Business Week report in full, see:

AuDA Announces Changes To .AU Aftermarket

Following a review of the .AU secondary market, the .AU policy and regulatory body, auDA, has announced a number of changes to the aftermarket, or secondary market, down under.The changes come about following recommendations from the Secondary Market Working Group and the changes are that auDA should:

  • mandate a registrant transfer process, along the lines of the registrar transfer process; and
  • publish information for registrants about the registrant transfer process, including the fact that they can choose to transfer their domain name to another registrar prior to processing a change of registrant.
  • The six month prohibition on registrant transfers should be removed.
  • auDA should provide more information to the public about drop catching services, including clearly identifying the registrars that provide these services.
  • AusRegistry should clarify its process for changing the Registry Usage Policy, including timing of changes and communications with registrars.

Further, that auDA should publish a policy which:

  • clarifies that connection sharing between related registrars requires auDA’s prior written consent; and
  • specifically prohibits connection sharing between unrelated registrars.
  • AusRegistry should publish a document that provides general information about drop catching to all registrars.

The changes will be implemented in coming months alongside recommendations from the 2010 Names Policy Panel.Writing on the changes, Australian law firm Cooper Mills Lawyers noted “the most noteworthy change was the removal of the restriction on the resale of domain names. This policy was seen to be inconsistent and illogical by many industry players. The restrictions did not apply to domain names transferred but only on new registrations.”Some industry observers say that this decision effectively removes restrictions on the trading of domain names, and brings Australia into line with almost every other jurisdiction around the world.”Other changes included the provision of more information to consumer and registrants about domain name transfers and domain name drop services.”

Annual Sedo Domain Name Study Finds Keyword Domains Dominate Marketplace

Keyword domain names dominated the top selling domain sales through online marketplace Sedo in 2009 according to the latest Sedo Domain Market Study. The study found that .COM continues to be the dominant Top Level Domain with 44 per cent of all domain sales.The value of domain names sold through Sedo grew markedly in 2009, continuing the ongoing trend and in spite of the global financial crisis. Year-on-year, Sedo saw a 22 per cent growth in the value of domains traded from 2008 to 2009 and a five per cent growth in the volume of domains changing hands in 2009.The top selling domain name through Sedo for 2009 was fly.com (£1,152,173.24 or $1.760 million)*. Of all reported domain name sales for 2009, fly.com came in third according to Domain Name Journal’s list of top sales for the year. The top two were toys.com in a bankruptcy auction, which sold for $5.1 million followed by candy.com ($3.0 million).The next top selling domains for Sedo were russia.com (£904,319) and call.com (£678,750). Rounding out the top ten for 2009 were server.com, christian.com, talk.com, brazil.com, top.com, body.com and resumes.com.Among the generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), the average sale price declined for .COM (from £1,282 in 2008 to £1,260 in 2009) although the total value of domain sales more than doubled from £22,488,940 in 2008 to £48,732,030. For all other gTLDs, the average sale price and total sales jumped for all except the total value of domain sales for .INFO. The biggest jump in average sale price was for .BIZ, increasing by more than 50 per cent to £946..COM dominated gTLD sales with almost three-quarters (74%) of all sales followed by .NET (11%) and .ORG (7%). However among all sales, .NET accounted for six per cent of all sales in 2009 following .COM’s 44 per cent.Among country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) sales, .DE dominates with 54 per cent of all sales followed by CO.UK (13%) and .EU (11%).Median (or average) domain name sales however are a different proposition. The median sale for CO.UK, .AT, .ES, .DE and .EU all declined, while .CH and .FR increased. Among the gTLDs, .COM saw a decline while .NET, .ORG, .BIZ and .INFO all reported increases when comparing 2008 to 2009.However when comparing 2007 prices to 2009 prices, all of the reported gTLDs saw decreases apart from .BIZ. The steepest decline in average sale price from 2007 to 2009 was .COM with prices more than halving from £2,563 to £1,260. Among the ccTLDs, .UK and .ES also saw steep declines in the median domain name sale price from £3,461 to £1,543 and £2,363 to £1,034 respectively. Meanwhile .FR went the other way with prices more than doubling from £1,301 to £2,647.Sedo also continued to dominate the aftermarket, accounting for 64 per cent of the top 100 public sales in the domain industry, with the next closest competitor coming in at eight per cent.”Sedo’s continued impressive growth in 2009 demonstrates the tremendous stability of the domain market, as evidenced by its ability to weather the economic downturn,” said Jeremiah Johnston, Chief Operating Officer of Sedo in a Sedo statement.”We expect to see ongoing demand for premium virtual real estate in 2010, with geo, descriptive, .ORG and .COM domains leading the charge, as domain investors and marketers from organisations of all sizes continue to leverage domains to meet their business goals.”The most popular method of sale through Sedo is sold via “offer-counteroffer” (where a sale is negotiated via the marketplace) with 47 per cent of all sales made in this way. Marketplace auctions make up a third of all sales (33%) while fixed price (those that have a “buy-it-now” price) and external transfers each make up six per cent of sales.Sedo expects fixed price transactions to grow in coming year as this pricing model has been shown to appeal to end-user buyers. In 2009 there was a four per cent growth in sales via this method.And the top selling domain categories of 2009 included software, employment, services, regions, country and cities, tobacco, insurance, three-character domains, hardware and casinos.To download Sedo’s 2009 Domain Market Study in full, see:
www.sedo.co.uk/press/domainmarketstudy2009-uk.pdfDomain Name Journal’s list of the top 100 reported domain name sales for 2009 is available from:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2009/ytd-sales-charts-2009.htm* All prices in pound sterling are from the Sedo 2009 Domain Market Study and were converted to pound sterling on the day of transaction