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Z.com Becomes Year’s Biggest Sale, And Biggest In Four Years, Selling For $6.8m

Domain Name Journal logoThe latest Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales sees a whopper of a sale reported and the year’s biggest to date – that of z.com for ¥800,000,000 ($6,784,000) in a private sale. It is also the largest reported domain sale since the sale of sex.com for $13.0 million in November 2010.

The sale of z.com was by the Japanese automaker Nissan Corporation who has a series of “Z” sports cars. They have sold the domain to GMO Internet, Inc., one of Japan’s leading ISPs and applicant for new gTLDs and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar

The sale easily eclipses the year’s second biggest reported sale – mi.com, sold for $3.6 million in another private sale. There have also been another two sales topping the three million dollar mark – whisky.com ($3.1m) and sex.xxx ($3.0m).

Back to the week’s top sales for the week ending 23 November, the sale of z.com dwarfed the next biggest sales, coming in equal second was everything.org and rin.com, both selling for $35,000 through Sedo.

On the TLD side of things, there were 12 .com sales, along with one each for .org, .nl, .co, .co.uk, .mobi, .de, .ch and .net.

On the aftermarket outlets, Sedo dominated taking places two through 19.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 23 November, go to:

Five Million Domains Added In Q1 Taking Global Total To 276 Million: Verisign

Five million domain names were added across all TLDs across the globe in the first quarter of 2014, replicating the number added in the fourth quarter of 2013, Verisign announced in their latest Domain Name Industry Brief, taking the total Domains Under Management to 276 million as of 31 March.The increase of five million domain names in the first quarter globally equates to a growth rate of 1.7 percent for the quarter, compared to 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter 2013. Worldwide registrations have grown by 19.3 million (18.5 million in the calendar year of 2013), or 7.5 percent (7.3%), year over year.The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 128.5 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the first quarter of 2014. This represents a four percent increase year over year. This compares to the year ending 31 December 2013, when the figures were 127.2 million and five percent. As of 31 March, 2014, the DUM in .com equalled 113.2 million names (112m at the end of Q4), while .net equalled 15.2 million names, the same as for the end of Q4, 2013.New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.6 million during the first quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totalled 8.8 million. These figures were up on the fourth quarter of 2013 where new registrations were 8.2 million and 8.0 million in Q4 2012. This could reflect seasonal variations but it could also show new gTLDs aren’t impeding new .com registrations.In their report, Verisign provide some pieces of trivia, including the 69 percent of all .com websites are in English. Another two are that over 95 percent of networks are compromised in some way while internet users send 204 million emails per minute.Among ccTLDs, 27.1 million domain names were added, a 2.9 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 13.1 percent increase year over year. Among the top TLDs overall, .ru (Russia) moved up one place to eighth, swapping places with .info.The largest TLDs in order by zone size were .com, .tk (Tokelau – 25.5m), .de (Germany – 15.7m), .net, .uk (United Kingdom – 10.5m – Nov 2013), .org (10.4m), .cn (China – 10.7m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.9m – August 2013), .info (5.6m) and .nl (Netherlands – 5.5m).*Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, four exceeded 4 percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: Tokelau (8.0 percent), Argentina (7.2 percent), India (15.2 percent) and Colombia (12.4 percent). This marks four straight quarters where Tokelau has exceeded 4 percent growth.As of 31 March, there were 283 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 65.8 percent of all ccTLD registrations.Again as of 31 March, there were 198 new gTLDs delegated into the root; 125 of which were delegated during the first quarter of 2014.During the first quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 85 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 120 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 3.4 percent and the peak increased 20.6 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 14.8 percent and the peak query load increased 6 percent.As more companies bring their businesses online, there is an increased concern over domain name security. This quarter’s featured article, “The Domain Threat Landscape: Protecting Critical Infrastructure Requires a Layered Security Approach” provides a brief summary of domain name hijacking and some preventative measures and tools to help ensure your domain name is secure.The report is available for download from:
www.verisigninc.com/en_US/innovation/dnib/index.xhtml * Registry statistics are sourced from RegistrarStats.com, domain-recht.de and individual registries. Registries sometimes do not provide up to date statistics publicly which explains discrepancies.

Neustar to Acquire .CO Internet S.A.S.; Terms Undisclosed

.CO Internet logoNeustar has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire .CO Internet S.A.S. and certain associated assets. .CO Internet is the exclusive operator of the worldwide registry for the .co ccTLD, which has been rebranded as a gTLD.

Since its global relaunch in 2010, registrations have grown to more than 1.6 million in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Neustar has an existing partnership with .CO Internet to provide registry services and infrastructure support for .co extensions, the ccTLD assigned to Colombia.

“The acquisition of .CO Internet is a natural fit for us given our successful partnership over the past four years and our domain name expertise,” said Lisa Hook, president and CEO of Neustar. “By combining .CO Internet’s innovative domain marketing capabilities with Neustar’s distribution network and technical resources, we will be able to broaden our registry services and the .co brand worldwide, while creating shareholder value.”

The acquisition of .CO Internet expands Neustar’s registry services, which maintains the .biz and .us TLDs and has been selected to provide services for up to 350 new gTLDs.

To provide perspective, .CO Internet exited 2013 with an annual revenue run-rate of $21 million. However, business combination accounting principles require Neustar to adjust the acquired deferred revenue to fair value. This adjustment to fair value often results in a write-down of deferred revenue that will reduce future revenue recognised as the services are performed, typically over a one year period. During 2013, Neustar recorded $4 million in revenue for its role as the back-end provider for .CO Internet, which will be eliminated upon consolidation. In addition, results for the first quarter of 2014 will include pursuit costs associated with this transaction.

The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions and is expected to close within one month. Following the acquisition, .CO Internet, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neustar, will continue to manage the .co domain extensions from its headquarters in Bogota, Colombia.

.CO Launching IDNs For Eight European Languages In October

.CO Internet logo.CO Internet has announced they will be launching registrations for .co domains in eight European languages on 15 October.

The eight European Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) being launched are Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Hungarian. Spanish is already available being the language of Colombia.

Since January, .CO has launched 15 IDN language tables due to their belief that IDNs can be an important building block towards creating a multilingual internet. The accessibility of additional global languages in the .CO namespace is intended to increase local interest and use.

There are now over 1.5 million .co domain names following their relaunch three years ago.

The launch date is 15 October 2013, 00:00:00 UTC and includes all .CO domains – .co, .com.co, .net.co and .nom.co.

The .CO Registry will not be conducting a formal trademark sunrise, landrush or grandfathering period for IDNs.

More information is available from the .CO Internet IDN downloads page.

.CO Make It Ridiculously Easy” To Get A Domain And Website

POP CO logoEncouraging many small businesses in particular to get online has proven difficult. For those without an interest in technology, the idea of registering a domain name, building a website and all the considerations that go with it are sometimes too complex and/or too expensive. Continue reading .CO Make It Ridiculously Easy” To Get A Domain And Website

.CO Celebrates Third Birthday With Its Aftermarket Booming

.CO Internet logoThe third birthday of the relaunched .co is this week, originally just branded as Colombia’s ccTLD and now branded as a generic TLD, sees it is a force to be reckoned with.

Since its relaunch it has achieved a very decent 1.5 million registrations registered by people in over 200 countries. But beyond high registration rates, .CO has achieved strong brand awareness widespread domain development and impressive performance on the secondary market.

Of the registrants, 53 percent come from the United States, ten percent come from the UK and nine percent from Colombia, while about 4 percent each from Australia and Canada.

A study by Sedo, the market leader in the domain name aftermarket, has some impressive figures. Since the relaunch on 20 July 2010 the total value of .CO sales at Sedo has been US$2.6 million.

Other figures put out by the registry resulting from a Sedo report include the mean average sales price for .CO domains on Sedo’s marketplace is high, reaching $2,486 in 2013, up 37 percent (from $1,819) since the TLD was introduced. It has also gone against the trend for TLDs Sedo compared it to, who have either stayed around the same mark or dropped, with the exception of .biz. Other TLDs in the study were .com, .me, .net, .org, .biz, .us and .info.

The year-to-date average sales price of a .CO domain at $570, up 14 percent since 2010, has also surpassed the most well-established legacy TLDs, including .COM, .NET and .ORG.

For median sales value, which is probably a better indicator of the value of domains, Sedo reports that the .com median is $650, the only TLD to best .co’s $570 in 2013. Again, most TLDs in the Sedo study have seen their median sales value decline over the three years, with the exception of .com and .us.

The top sales price for a .co domain through Sedo in this three year period was $81,000 for e.co. Although there were sales not through Sedo for far higher prices.

“It’s exciting to see that .CO is already achieving average and median sales prices on the secondary market that are on par with – and in many cases surpass – industry heavyweights like .COM and .ORG,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Vice President of Brand for .CO. “This said, we recognize that we are still a young TLD with a lot to prove, so we plan to redouble our brand building and community engagement efforts, working even more closely with Sedo and our other partners to build the long-term value of .CO.”

With hundreds of new gTLDs slated to join the existing extensions in the second half of 2013, .CO is one of the most recently launched TLDs for new registries to study and learn from as they establish themselves in the market.

“Our work with .CO – from creating a successful launch period and promoting and selling premium .CO domain names, to using consumer marketing and community building around the TLD – is a great case study of what it takes to successfully launch and build a new domain extension,” said Tobias Flaitz, Sedo’s CEO. “As we prepare for a slew of new TLDs, .CO not only shows that there is life beyond .COM, but also that a solid strategic plan, value-added benefits, and partners who have a global outlook and great strategic insight, are important factors for building any new TLD into a successful extension.”

The Sedo study is available for download from:

.CO Registry Lists 1100 Two-Character Premium Domains for Sale

.CO Internet logo[news release] Effective immediately, the .CO Registry is listing its portfolio of two-character premium .CO domain names for sale with GoDaddy.  The two-character .CO domain names are now available through GoDaddy’s Aftermarket, and soon-to-be via the domain availability check on the front of the website, making these premium digital assets widely available to GoDaddy’s customer base of SMBs and global businesses.Until now, the .CO Registry had reserved all of the two-character premium .CO domain names, and had been the singular point of contact for the sale and management of these coveted names.  .CO curated the allocation of these domain names early on to ensure they were well placed in the hands of customers who would use the domains in a meaningful and memorable way, including, for example:

  • CS.co – Cisco uses cs.co for its global social media efforts
  • OM.co – Om Malik, founder of GigaOM, uses om.co for his personal blog
  • FI.co –The Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator, uses fi.co as its global brand
  • UP.co –UP Global, the partnership between Startup America and Startup Weekend, has branded itself up.co.
  • H2.co – The premier global leadership network for the digital industry is on h2.co.

There are approximately 1100 two-character .CO domain names now listed on the GoDaddy platform, including #L, L#, ## and LL combinations.  The domain names currently range in price from $10,000 on the low end (for #L combinations, like 5x.co) to $100,000 on the high end (for super premium LL combinations, like dr.co and iq.co).  As awareness of the .CO brand continues to grow, and the secondary continues to flourish, these prices are subject to future modification.

“At this point, the demand for premium two-character .CO domain names is far too great for us to continue to manage exclusively in-house, said Lori Anne Wardi, VP of Brand of .CO.  “GoDaddy is the perfect partner to help us start expanding our distribution channel to the world of SMBs and global businesses who are looking for short, memorable premium domain names to launch their big ideas.”

“The two-character .CO domain names GoDaddy is offering present an excellent opportunity for a small business to get a short and highly brandable domain name,” said GoDaddy Director of Domain Name Aftermarket Paul Nicks. “By partnering with .CO on these domain names, it provides our customers premium aftermarket names and further extends our strong relationship with the .CO Registry.”

GoDaddy is the .CO Registry’s largest retail partner, and has helped the .CO domain to garner awareness, growth and use worldwide.  The companies have collaborated on a Super Bowl ad for three years in a row, with the latest ad encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to get off their couches and get their big ideas online.  You can see the critically acclaimed ad at www.YourBigIdea.co.

To search for a two-character premium .CO domain name for your business or brand, please visit the GoDaddy Aftermarket and type your query in the search box.  You can immediately purchase the domain name directly through GoDaddy with a quick and simple credit card transaction.

About .CO
.CO is the domain name of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world. Since launching in 2010, the .CO domain has been registered by more than 1.5 million people and companies in more than 200 countries. From startups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is where big ideas belong on the Web. For more information about .CO, please visit www.go.co or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name provider, Web hosting provider and new SSL certificate provider, focused on helping small businesses grow larger. GoDaddy provides dozens of cloud-based services and is the largest worldwide mass-market hosting provider by annual revenue according to 451 Research (Mass-Market Hosting Report-Fall 2012) and is the #1 provider of net-new SSL certificates for 2012, according to the Netcraft, LTD Secure Server Survey. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com/PR.

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Small Business Can’t Get Domains They Want

.CO Internet logoMany small business owners cannot get their preferred domain names, a study commissioned by the .co registry has found in what appears to be a plug for .co and is probably only relevant to the United States.

The research found many small business owners have settled for less than perfect alternatives, and it is claimed, leading to dissatisfaction, and in some cases, lost business.

The research, conducted by Wakefield Research among 500 small business owners, found:

  • 49 percent of small business owners tried more than one domain name before settling on their current one
  • 55 percent believe they have lost business by not having their first choice domain name
  • 52 percent would change their current domain name given the opportunity
  • 85 percent of small business owners do not consider ease of access to mobile devices when choosing a domain name
  • 63 percent do not consider the length of a domain name
  • 63 percent do not consider the TLD they are registering in.

The survey does not make clear where it was conducted, but most likely the United States, where most registrants of any type would obviously consider .com for their preferred domain name. Registrants in other countries considering a local ccTLD, or those in the US considering .us, would find it easier, making the survey findings skewed to the US.

“It has never been more important for small business owners to understand and leverage the power of a good domain name,” said Lori Anne Wardi, co-founder and VP at .CO. “The right web address, built on a global, credible domain extension, can make it easy for people to find, remember and refer you customers – and to drive your business forward.”

However to a lesser extent, registrants may find it difficult, or have to be a little creative, when choosing their domain name.

.CO Announces Asian IDNs Launching 15 April

.CO Internet logoHot on the heels of launching internationalised domain names in Scandinavian languages in January, .CO Internet has announced the launch of Asian IDNs including Chinese, Japanese and Korean on 15 April.

Registrations will be available in .co, .com.co, .net.co and .nom.co. For anyone wanting to protect trademarks, there will not be a formal trademark sunrise, landrush or grandfathering period for these three IDN languages.

Registrants wanting to protect trademarks and wishing to take proactive steps to protect those marks are urged you to contact their registrar or reseller as soon as possible.

Policies for Asian IDNs are available for download from x.co/asianidn.

Domain Pulse 2013: GFC, Maturing Markets, Lead To Domain Registration Growth Slowing

Maturing domain name markets and the global financial crisis have both impacted on the registration growth within the German speaking countries in Europe as well as elsewhere Mathew Zook of Zooknic told the Domain Pulse conference last week.However this does not mean registrations have declined, as they are still growing strongly and would be the envy of any other industry or economy. It is just not growing as strongly as they have previously. Growth could be compared to the Chinese economy, which was rocketing along until the GFC hit, but then still continued to grow at a rate that was the envy of almost every other country.Overall across the world Zook has observed through his research that yearly growth rates have been declining over time due to maturing markets, high penetration rates for internet use and it becoming harder to find good domains. As the GFC hit, registration growth was slowed a bit more. But as the global economy is improving, Zook has observed so are registration growth rates.But the pattern observed by Zook is inconsistent as registrations are growing more strongly in some markets. Over the last ten years the fastest growth has occurred in ccTLDs such as in .in (India), .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau, which gives away its domains for free) and .co (Colombia). But within the German speaking countries that co-host Domain Pulse, growth has been slower. However it should also be noted these are more mature markets.An example of a maturing market is .de which has expanded by 2.5 times over the last ten years and remains the world’s largest ccTLD and second largest TLD, but overall share has shrunk due to the expansion of other TLDs.One market that has grown strongly in recent years and which is a mature market is .fr (France). However this is likely to be largely explained by the liberalisation of registration policies.Domain registrations also increase the more computers there are connected to the internet, Zook also told Domain Pulse, which was also fairly constant over time.Speaking of new TLDs, a focus of this year’s Domain Pulse, Zook believes they can be successful. Those TLDs that will be open for public registrations may face an uphill battle getting noticed with registrars reluctant to add new and unknown TLDs to their “shelf space.” But Zook cites the examples of .me (Montenegro), .co and .tk, all successfully relaunched in recent years as defacto gTLDs, to show that they can work.Zook also believes new TLDs are not likely to have a significant impact and they may be complementary to rather than a substitution for existing registrations.