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Having Problems Finding That .COM or .NET Domain Name? Verisign’s NameStudio Can Help.

With short, memorable .com and .net domain names almost non-existent, many startups, small businesses and individuals find it difficult to get their desired domain name in one of these top level domains. So Verisign have developed a solution. NameStudio is an easy-to-use brainstorming device to help find that great domain name.

OK, the domain name they come up with may not be short, but it will pass the radio test, where one will understand the domain name when they hear it.

Through NameStudio, users type in keywords for domain names related to their idea or business. The service can dynamically generate relevant domain name options that can complement their keywords of interest, spurring creativity and additional domain name suggestions. The service is optimized for mobile and desktop users.

Domain Pulse started by typing in “kangaroo”, selecting a prefix of “blue” from the options presented and then another prefix from those next offered of “my”. We were then told the domain name mybluekangaroo.com was available. The service also works for the other Verisign TLDs .net, and their country code top level domains (ccTLDs) .tv and .cc.

NameStudio delivers relevant .com and .net domain name suggestions based on popular keywords, trending news topics and semantic relevance. Pulling from multiple and diverse data sources, the service can identify the context of a word, break search terms apart into logical combinations and quickly return results. It can also distinguish personal names from other keywords and use machine-learning algorithms that get smarter over time.

To check out Verisign's NameStudio, go to:
https://www.verisign.com/en_US/domain-names/domain-name-search/index.xhtml

Domaining Europe Conference to Feature Whiskey.com In Undeveloped Auction

The upcoming Domaining Europe conference is set to see some big domain names up for auction, including whiskey.com and gastronomy.com.

The whiskey.com domain name is set to go for a big seven-figure sum given the sale of whisky.com in 2014 for $3.1 million. Whiskey and whisky are the same thing, with the former common in Ireland the United States while the latter is used in all other whiskey producing countries.

In addition to the above 2 domains, sevilla.com, harddrives.com, zut.com and the recently released 5.at, which sold for €9,200 when it was auctioned for the very first time when nic.at sold over 350 short domains through auction, domains that were released for the very first time.

As well as the auction, there are speeches from Verisign, Rolf Larsen on “What Can a Registry Do for Domain Investors?”, a Healthy Domain Report panel moderated by eco’s Lars Steffen, a panel looking at top level domains, how to make money from keyword domains, internet governance, a presentation on the success of .club, how brands are using their TLDs and a Verisign insight on their .cc and .tv, among quite a few others.

Tickets are still available for the Domaining Europe 2017 conference, which will be held in Berlin from 14 to 17 May. The conference is aimed at domain industry professionals, investors and anyone interested in the industry. Currently conference tickets are available for €395 plus VAT (including catering) or VIP tickets that additionally include side events and a sightseeing boat trip, with €100 going to the Charity for Hope Children Centre, are available for €650 (plus VAT).

For more information on the agenda, speakers and even to register, go to:
www.domainingeurope.com

$140,000 WINE.CLUB Sale Tops Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoIt was still a short domain name, but this one wasn’t a .com but one for the new gTLDs. The top reported domain name sale in the week ending 14 June was wine.club, selling for a very nice $140,000 through the registry.

The sale easily eclipsed the next sale on the chart – another new gTLD – that of pro.flowers for $50,000 through UniRegistry. Third has people breathing normally again with a .com sale, that of nkb.com for $31,000 through Sedo.

Overall Sedo had 16 of the top 20 sales for the week. And on the TLD side of things, there were 12 .com sales and one each for .club, .flowers, .ae, .net, .tv, .ru, .fr and .de.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 14 June, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150624.htm

Global Domain Registration Growth Slows With .NET In Decline: Verisign DNIB

The number of domain names under management around the world is creeping closer towards the 300 million mark, with four million added, an increase of 1.6 percent, across all top level domains in the third quarter of 2014 taking the total to 284 million according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign.For the 12 months to the end of September 2014, registrations, or domains under management, increased by 18.1 million or 6.8 percent. This compares to the 12 months to the end of September 2012 when registrations grew by 26.4 million, or 12 percent.For .com and .net, while they experienced aggregate growth in the third quarter of 2014, .net is in decline in total registration numbers. The combined total for the two gTLDs was 130.0 million in the adjusted zone for .com and .net, up 10.1 million in two years. This represents a 3.3 percent increase year over year compared to a 7.1 percent increase for the equivalent 12 month period two years ago. As of 30 September 2014, the base of registered names in .com equalled 114.9 million names, while .net equalled 15.1 million names compared to 105 million and 14.9 million respectively two years ago.Looking back at previous DNIBs, .net registrations peaked at around 15.2 million at the end of 2013 and early 2014. But since then the gTLD has shed around 300,000 domains coinciding with the introduction of new gTLDs.New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.7 million during the third quarter of 2014, compared to 7.8 million in 2012 and 8.3 million in 2013.The top 10 largest gTLDs and ccTLDs marketed as gTLDs by zone size were .com, .tk, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .co, .mobi, .me and .tv, as of 30 September, accounting for for 179.2 million domain name registrations, or 63.1 percent of the total global domain name registrations.Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 132.1 million in the third quarter, with the addition of 3.2 million domain names, or a 2.5 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2014. This is an increase of approximately 12.8 million domain names, or 10.7 percent, from a year ago.The combined ccTLDs have also been experiencing a slowing of growth. In the year to the end of September 2012, there were 18 million domain names added, or an increase of 20.7 percent.Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, .tk grew the fastest, at 9.1 percent overall quarter over quarter growth. There were 285 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 67.1 percent of all ccTLD registrations.For the new gTLDs, there were 413 new gTLDs delegated into the root at the end of the quarter, with 91 new gTLDs delegated during the third quarter of 2014. New gTLD registrations totalled 2.0 million, or 1.3 percent of total gTLD registrations.During the third quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 114 billion (67 billion in 2012) across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 318 billion (102 billion in 2012), the highest average and peak query loads in a single quarter to date. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 20.1 percent and the peak increased 55.6 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 40 percent and the peak query load increased 202.1 percent.For those interested, this quarter’s DNIB featured article is “Cryptocurrency and the Domain Name System” offering a primer on cryptocurrency and the DNS.Copies of the 2014 third quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at VerisignInc.com/DNIB.

Three-Letter, Six-Figure Sale Tops Weekly Sales Chart

Domain Name Journal logoThree of the four top sales on the latest Domain Name Journal sales chart were short (less than four characters here) domain names, with the biggest sale being yin.com, selling for $180,000 through FindYourDomain.

The second biggest reported sale of the week ending 14 December was xiao.com, selling for $97,857, also through FindYourDomain, while hacked.com and sc.tv came third and fourth, selling for $50,00 through Flippa/NameConnect and $40,000 through MostWantedDomains respectively.

Sedo was responsible for the most sales with nine of the top 22 (three-way for 20th position) while FindYourDomains was responsible for six and MostWantedDomains had three.

There were also 19 .com sales and one each for .tv, .ch and .org.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 14 December in more detail, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141224.htm

Top Reported Sales Go From Seven Figures to Five In A Week

Domain Name Journal logoOne week saw the ninth seven figure sale of the year with power.com selling for $1.261 million, the next week saw a new gTLD domain world.estate top the charts in a $35,000 sale brokered by NoktaDomains, according to the latest Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales.

Coming in second third, in sales brokered by Sedo, was bohai.com and 000000.com selling for $29,022 and $28,500 respectively.

In the top 20 reported sales, ten were brokered by Sedo while eight were by NoktaDomains. And in addition to the .estate sale, there were 13 .com sales and one each for .co.com, .de, .tv, .me, .cruises, .in and .net.

To check out the list of top reported sales in full for the week ending 16 November, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141126.htm

Cuteness Tops Weekly Domain Sales Chart

Domain Name Journal logoCute.com was the big seller in the Domain Name Journal weekly sales chart, which actually covered the fortnight to 28 September.

The domain sold for $230,000 through Heritage Auctions while koko.com also sold for a nice six-figure sum, selling for CNY620,000 ($100,440) through eName, in a good sale in the Chinese aftermarket.

And third was dec.com, selling for $57,500 in another sale through Heritage Auctions.

In the top 20 sales over the two week period, there were 17 .com sales along with one each for .tv, .org and .de.

On the aftermarket outlets, Sedo was responsible for seven sales while Heritage Auctions and MostWantedDomains had five sales each.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the fortnight ending 28 September, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141008.htm

.TV Value Grows With Changing Nature Of Media Consumption

The Tuvaluan ccTLD .TV has had its ups and downs since it was rebranded as a TLD aimed at the television industry. But it appears to be growing according to a report in The New York Times.”Today, as video is watched on smartphones and laptops rather than on living room couches, the .tv suffix — owned, improbably, by the tiny South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu — has become for some companies a chance to signal that they are showing video the way people are increasingly used to seeing it. Last month, 190 million Americans watched online video content, according to comScore.””A .tv web address has become ‘important from a branding point of view,’ said Tony Lorenz, the chief executive of BOB.tv, a company that streams videos related to best business practices.”The background to .tv is explained. It was assigned as Tuvalu’s ccTLD in the 1990s. “At the height of the Internet gold rush, in 1999, a start-up named DotTV paid Tuvalu $50 million over 12 years for the right to sell .tv to other companies. The .tv suffix represented two of the most recognizable letters in the world, and DotTV’s founders believed .tv could be bigger than .com because TV viewing would soon migrate to the web.”The report goes on to note “China.tv was sold for $100,000 a year to an Internet service provider in China, according to Lou Kerner, a venture capitalist who, in 2000, left his job at Goldman Sachs to become chief executive of DotTV.””DotTV was onto something, though the idea was a bit premature, as a lack of broadband limited the growth and quality of online video.”In 2002, Verisign, a large manager of web addresses, acquired the company and still operates the .tv domain today. It agreed in 2011 to manage the .tv address through 2021, and the payments to Tuvalu’s government are said to be a couple million dollars a year.”To read the New York Times report in full, go to:
www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/business/media/a-newly-valuable-virtual-address.html

Tuvalu Unhappy With Returns on .TV from VeriSign

The government of Tuvalu has voiced its displeasure at the return it has received from handing over the operation of the .TV ccTLD to VeriSign.

Tuvalu received about US$2 million a year from VeriSign for use of the ccTLD, however the country’s finance minister believes this is a poor return.

“We are negotiating but we are tied because of the agreement that was signed before us. We cannot negotiate for an increase until 2016,” Tuvalu’s Finance Minister, Lotoala Metia, told Radio New Zealand International.

“Counter offers have been made but they are not acceptable to the government of the day. So we have to stick to our guns now. They’re giving us peanuts.”

Going by reports from Radio New Zealand International and Radio Australia, the Tuvaluan government will be fielding other options for the operation of the .TV ccTLD when the current contract with VeriSign expires in 2016.