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.LUXURY To Be A Luxury!

Pre-registrations of .luxury domain names have commenced, but the price is a very luxurious $799.99 per year, according to media reports.

The TLD operator, Luxury Partners, LLC, was awarded .luxury by ICANN, and they have selected NameJet and Afternic (now owned by GoDaddy) to manage the Sunrise, Landrush and Premium Name selection and sales phases of the .luxury release.

According to the TLD operator in a news release, the .luxury gTLD provides a brandable platform to meet the unique needs of the luxury market. Businesses in the luxury industry will have the opportunity to strengthen their brands, better reach their target audiences, while offering consumers an easier way to find luxury products and services under the .luxury gTLD. Euromonitor International reports sales of luxury goods are expected to exceed $317.0 billion worldwide in 2013, which represents a three percent increase over 2012 and demonstrates an attractive growth segment online worthy of a registrar’s marketing attention.

Afternic has been selected to provide definition and valuation services for .luxury premium domains, and to provide marketing and sales support. .luxury premium domains will be sold exclusively through the Afternic marketplace. NameJet will be the exclusive auction platform for the .luxury Sunrise, Landrush and Premium Domain auctions. Together, Afternic and NameJet’s services will provide the end-to-end technical and marketing solutions required to successfully launch the .luxury gTLD.

“We are extremely excited to be launching our new platform with NameJet and Afternic,” said Monica Kirchner, CEO of Luxury Partners, LLC. “We are confident this partnership will enhance the value and visibility of the .luxury namespace. The .luxury brand has a unique opportunity to become the online destination for the luxury industry, providing a place for consumers and existing brands to learn, engage and transact. .luxury further creates opportunities for new entrepreneurs to establish their company in the luxury space.”

“We are excited to once again partner with NameJet and be able to bring .luxury to the public. With the additional reach of GoDaddy, Afternic will continue to lead the way in bringing valuable new gTLDs to the public”, said Bob Mountain, Chief Revenue Officer of Afternic.

“The .luxury brand has tremendous potential for small businesses and larger brands alike,” said Matt Overman, General Manager of NameJet, “The natural value of the TLD combined with our experience in the aftermarket creates a win-win for reaching the users.”


Eleven Week Reign Of Six Figure Domain Sales Comes To An End

Domain Name Journal logoThe end of a nine edition run of six figure or more domain name sales came about in the week ending 3 November with outbreak.com topping the Domain Name Journal sales chart, selling for $73,000 through GoDaddy/Afternic.

The previous nine editions which covered 11 weeks also saw two seven figure sales top their weekly charts – ig.com, which sold for $4,700,000 and eBet.com, which sold for $1,350,000 as well as hot.com top its weekly chart, selling for $850,000.

Back to the 3 November edition of the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales, vida.com came in second, selling for $53,300 through NameJet and phonetracker.com, which sold for $50,000 through Sedo coming in third.

Sedo was back to its old ways, accounting for 12 of the top 20 sales, while NameJet was responsible for four sales and Go Daddy/Afternic two.

On the TLD side of things, there were also 12 .com sales, a lower number than average, while there were also two .org and .ca sales and one each for .info, .co, .co.uk, .nu.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 3 November in more detail, go to: dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131113.htm.

Trio Of Six-Figure Sales Top Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoKosher.com proved a handy earner, selling for $200,000 through WebsiteProperties, to top the “weekly” Domain Name Journal sales chart for the fortnight ending 27 October.

Second and third was shen.com and tangerine.com, selling for $125,000 and $100,00 through FindYourDomain and Castello Brothers respectively.

The sales chart included 43 domains given it covered a fortnight and there was a five-way tie for 39th position.

DomainNameSales had a bumper week being involved in 20 sales including one with Sedo and another with GoDaddy/Afternic. Sedo was responsible for another 13 sales andGoDaddy/Afternic another five.

And as usual there were more .com sales than any other TLD with 34, while there were three .net sales, two for .org, and one each for .de, .ca, .co.uk and .info.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the fortnight ending 27 October, go to: dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131106.htm.

Tri Of Six Figure Domains Top Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoA trio of six-figure sales topped by datacenters.com, which sold for $190,000 through DomainNameSales, topped the weekly chart for the week ending 6 October.

Coming in second was waitress.com, selling for $168,000, again through DomainNameSales, while third was the year-to-date’s second-largest ccTLD sale with cruises.com.au selling for A$110,000 ($103,400) through dtrade.

DomainNameSales had a cracking week on the chart, accounting for eight of the top ten sales and 12 of the top 20, with one being in conjunction with DomainHoldings. There were also two sales each for Sedo, one of their quietest ever weeks on the chart, and Afternic.

On the TLD side of things, there were 16 .com sales and one each for .com.au, .co.uk, .de and .tv.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 6 October, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131016.htm.

Pizza.net Tops Sales Chart In Six Figure Sale

Domain Name Journal logoPizza.net sold for double the amount of the second placegetter to top the week ending 22 September sales chart, according to Domain Name Journal.

The sale of pizza.net for $150,000 was through PremiumURLS.net, while second placegetter was credo.com, selling for $75,000 through Afternic while alichat.com sold for $53,000 through Sedo to come in third.

On the marketplaces, Sedo easily topped the chart with 15 of the top 20 while Afternic accounted for three sales.

And as usual, .com dominated on the TLD side of thing, also accounting for 15 of the sales, while there were two .co sales and one each for .net, .co.uk and .tv.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of the top reported sales for the week ending 22 September, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131002.htm.

Intranet.com Tops Weekly Chart In Six Figure Sale

Domain Name Journal logoFollowing last week’s closing of the $4.7 million sale of ig.com, the sale of intranet.com for $160,000 seems rather ho hum! But the sale through Sedo of the six figure sale is currently the equal 21st largest sale for 2013 to date.

The sale was the only six figure sale for the week ending 15 September on the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales, with sale.co.uk (£37,500/$60,000) and hornet.com ($27,000) taking out second and third positions, both through Sedo.

Sedo actually took out the top nine positions on the chart and 14 of the top 20. Afternic took out another three positions and MostWantedDomains two.

On the TLD side, .com took out 15 of the top 20, three for .co.uk and one each for .info and .net.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales, go to:

IG.COM Sells For A Whopping $4.7m

Domain Name Journal logoThe year-to-date’s biggest reported domain name sale was finalised in the fortnight to 8 September, with ig.com selling for a massive $4.7 million in a sale brokered by Igloo and Marcus Kocak according to Domain Name Journal’s list of weekly (but this week it’s a fortnight) sales. The sale is more than double the year’s second biggest sale, 114.com, which sold for $2.1m in July. They are the only two reported seven-figure sales so far in 2013.

The sale makes every other seem inconsequential, but taking out second place for the week was 3C.com which sold for a modest but still very attractive $140,000 through SuccessClick and Domain Guardians, while dumpsters.com came third, selling for $110,000 through DNBiz while another six-figure sale came in fourth with deco.com selling for $100,000 through Sedo.

Overall Sedo took out eight of the top 40 sales for the fortnight, Afternic seven including one in conjunction with their new owner GoDaddy Auctions who were responsible for another three sales. But DomainNameSales was responsible for the most sales in a week with a wide range of marketplaces with ten sales.

On the TLD side, .com took out the first 16 sales and 35 of the top 40, while there were two .net sales on the chart and one each for .tv, .org and .com.au.

To check out the list of top reported sales for the fortnight to 8 September compiled by Domain Name Journal, go to:

OPS.com Tops Weekly Sales Chart In Six Figure Sale

Domain Name Journal logoAnother week, another six-figure sale! OPS.com sold for an even $100,000 in a sale brokered by Sedo and GoDaddy Auctions to top the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 25 August.

The sale easily eclipsed the next two biggest sales, that of mail.co.uk, which sold for €29,500 ($39,235) through Sedo and fab.net, which sold for $39,000 through Afternic.

Overall, .com domains accounted for 12 of the top 20 sales, and three of the top eight, while there were two each for .de and .net and one each for .org, .co.uk, .co and .me.

And Sedo had a good week, being responsible for 15 sales, including the biggest sale of the week in conjunction with GoDaddy Auctions, while Afternic was responsible for the remaining five.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 25 August, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130911.htm.

GoDaddy Acquires Afternic In Preparation For Domain Aftermarket for New TLDs

Go Daddy logoGoDaddy has announced they have acquired one of the leading domain name aftermarket companies Afternic from Name.com. The move has been described by GoDaddy as creating an unprecedented level of domain name aftermarket inventory from one source and a frictionless marketplace – enabling buyers to purchase registered domain names offered for sale quickly and easily. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The move was also described as bolstering ICANN’s upcoming Top Level Domains (TLD) program by fuelling a more diverse aftermarket. Afternic’s Domain Listing Service (DLS) displays domain names at more than 100 different registrars – including 18 of the top-20. This gives new TLDs registries and resellers the best chance and easiest way to showcase their aftermarket domain names. As an example, instead of choosing a single registrar to sell an already registered name like Pizza.NYC – the name can be offered across the entire DLS network – giving the seller the most exposure and customers the best experience.

“Having the right domain name is vital, no matter your venture,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “GoDaddy is working to bring the ‘domain aftermarket’ together with new registrations and make both super-simple to access. Our customers need an easy way to buy the name they want, regardless of whether it’s new or has been registered previously. This acquisition forms a registrar-led process that creates faster and more trusted transactions across the board.”

DLS gives buyers a more diverse range of results and affords sellers more exposure to customers searching for domain names. A domain name can be listed at a single registrar and also displayed across the registrar network – without any more work from the domain owner. GoDaddy plans to incorporate the DLS into its domain search results and add its aftermarket domain name inventory to the DLS in the coming months.

“The success of the new TLDs and the aftermarket relies on a tight-knit group of diverse registrars and Afternic has done tremendous work to bring everyone together,” said GoDaddy Vice President and General Manager Mike McLaughlin.

Industry partners Web.com, operator of Network Solutions and Register.com, and Tucows.com fully support GoDaddy’s new registrar-led model. “This is a terrific move by GoDaddy and a real milestone for the domain industry,” said Tucows CEO Elliot Noss. “Making it easier for customers to find, buy and manage aftermarket domain names is important. That is why GoDaddy, Tucows and other large registrars are working together for the industry and for customers.”

Afternic’s Fast Transfer network completes the transaction instantly, and will leverage the full security of GoDaddy’s world-class architecture, without requiring days for a domain name to transfer or having to negotiate confusing industry regulations.

“GoDaddy’s adoption and endorsement of Afternic as the standard for Fast Transfer will accelerate the growth of the domain aftermarket across the entire industry,” said Afternic SVP of Business Development Bob Mountain – who will remain Afternic’s Chief Revenue Officer. “Registrars around the world are realizing that the aftermarket presents a significant opportunity for revenue growth. GoDaddy’s acquisition and investment in Afternic is a win for registrars, domain owners, and customers, and will provide the necessary scale to grow the aftermarket for years to come.”

“Afternic and GoDaddy share a vision for creating a unified domain aftermarket,” said Kelly Conlin, the Chairman and CEO of NameMedia, Afternic’s parent company. “By operating Afternic with the interests of the registrars and their customers first and foremost, this transaction not only fulfills this vision, but reinforces that registrars are the very best place to find all available domain names.”

GoDaddy plans to keep the Afternic staff in the Boston area. GoDaddy is also acquiring SmartName, a domain parking service, as well as NameFind, a new service for helping entrepreneurs brainstorm a brand name for their business. NameMedia will continue to operate its BuyDomains.com marketplace of proprietary domain names and its website development group. Conlin will remain Name Media’s Chairman and CEO, while also becoming a strategic advisor to the Afternic management team following the acquisition.

After Seven Weeks, Run Of Six Figure Sales Comes To An End

Domain Name Journal logoThe seven week run of six figure domain name sales topping the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales came to an end in the week to 14 August with xylem.com topping the charts for the week, selling for a comparatively modest $47,100 through Afternic.

Coming in second was bxe.com, which sold for $40,000 again through Afternic while PremierOutlets.com sold for $26,000 through Sedo to come in third.

Overall there were 18 .com sales in the charts, this week including 22 sales with a four-way tie for 19th place, and including the top nine sales. There were two .se sales and one each for .co.uk and .org.

Including the top two sales on the chart, Afternic has five sales, but they were bested by NameJet with nine sales and Sedo with six sales.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 14 August, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130821.htm.