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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/kohashi/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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PayStubs.net buys matching .com and other Uniregistry sales

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:43

A payroll service company bought the .com to match its .net.

PayStubs.net bought PayStubs.com.

If I were to take my pick of PayStub.com or PayStubs.com as a domain investor, I’d definitely pick the former. It can be used for many personal finance purposes. But if my business was just about creating pay stubs, it would be a different matter. It’s an exact match, product-defining domain name.

That’s the case with the buyer of this week’s top domain at Uniregistry. Here’s a look at the other sales at Uniregistry, including notes when I could figure out who bought them.

Here are the Top 20 sales that can be reported.

1. paystubs.com $68,750 – As best I can tell, the business acquired PayStubs.net within the last two years. It was listed on various platforms for about $2,000-$3,000. The buyer set up the website and then acquired the matching .com, which now forwards to PayStubs.net

2. loopy.com $15,000 – Mobile phone case company Loopy Cases. It forwards the domain to LoopyCases.com.

3. rockspring.com $8,625 – Texas real estate investment company Rockspring Capital forwards this domain to RockSpringCap.com.

4. countryboots.com $8,000

5. creativebeauty.com $6,000

6. magicphoto.com $5,200 – Someone in New York

7. nprc.com $5,000 – Northern Pennsylvania Regional College

8. themortgagestore.com $5,000

9. ufff.com $5,000

10. billetera.com $5,000

11. ganjagrow.com $4,200

12. fastfiber.com $4,000

13. hellogenie.com $4,000

14. racestorun.com $4,000

16. partshare.com $3,500 – Automotive Distribution Network

17. smokingjackets.com $3,250

18. gemmology.com $3,000 – The domain now forwards to LustreGemmology.com.

19. puebloweb.com $3,000

20. brandbiz.com $3,000

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Live domain name auction on tap for Austin next week

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:24

Valuable domain names will be sold in live auction next week.

Right of the Dot is holding its annual live domain name auction in conjunction with NamesCon next week in Austin.

The auction starts at 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 30 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Austin.

In addition to live bidding, remote bidding is available through ProxyBid.

The auction list hasn’t been set yet, but pre-bidding is running on GoDaddy Auctions. On January 27th, the final list of domains will be selected based, in part, on pre-bidding activity. At that point, bidding will continue in the live auction.

Several domains have high bids in pre-bidding, although most of these have not met their reserves. Add.com has a $201,000 bid but the reserve is over $500,000. Illionois.com is at $102,000 with a reserve somewhere between that price at $500,000.

Names that have met their reserves include HRB.com at $18,550, MGV.com at $8,000, Med.org at $5,200 and 70a.com at $3,050.

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How a 3 letter domain helped this business go global

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:54

This company’s Chinese name would not have worked globally.

I like 3 letter (3L) domains so I spend a lot of time in this space. I have a database of Chinese companies that could benefit from an upgrade to 3L domains. I also have a database of Chinese brands created from 3L domains that startups can use. One powerful feature of 3L domains that you may not know is that they can help Chinese companies go global.

Zhu Ba Jie (猪八戒) is a name familiar to every Chinese. In the classic novel “Journey to the West,” a Chinese monk travels to far off places filled with mystery and adventure. One of his companions is Zhubajie, a soft-hearted and optimistic pig who often gets into trouble.

In 2005, Zhumingyue (朱明跃) registered the 3-pin Zhubajie.com and started a marketplace to connect businesses with individuals offering professional services such as logo design, translation, and IT. Within a short time, his company has grown into a unicorn with 4,000 employees. Considered the largest crowdsourcing website in China, Zhubajie has expanded globally as well, with presence in Singapore.

While ZhuBaJie.com is an excellent choice for the domestic market, Mr. Zhu knew the brand/domain would be too long and difficult to remember outside China. Therefore, in 2016 he acquired the matching acronym domain ZBJ.com as the new corporate domain. As an added benefit, web traffic was reported to skyrocket after the upgrade.

In terms of branding, Mr. Zhu’s company is remembered as Zhubajie at the digital address of ZBJ.com. Outside China, his company is known as ZBJ.com or simply ZBJ. No rebranding was required in the process of going global. So, you can see the power of the 3L domain in this upgrade story.

Mr. Zhu registered Zhubajie.com not because of the classic Chinese novel, but because the domain was available and it also happens to start with his name. As it turned out, ZBJ.com has made Mr. Zhu’s own journey to the west easy. He also understands the power of domains, for he once said, “If you cannot get the company name as well as its domain, then don’t run your business (公司名、域名,拿不下就不要干了).” This shows the domain is as important as the company name.

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How much .org would cost with 10% annual price increases

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:27

If Ethos raises .org prices by 10% a year, the wholesale cost quickly rises.

With 10%-per-year increases, the price of .org domains begins to look like a hockey stick.

Ethos Capital, the private equity company that is trying to acquire Public Interest Registry and the .org registry, says it plans to raise .org prices, on average, up to 10% per year:

That said, Ethos Capital has stated that it plans to live within the spirit of historic practice when it comes to .ORG pricing. This means, potentially, that any annual price increase could be no more than 10 percent on average — which today would equate to approximately $1 per year.

This 10% number is based on the cap in the 2006 agreement between ICANN and Public Interest Registry (PIR). The 2006 agreement allowed PIR to raise prices 10% per year starting in 2007.

But PIR rarely increased prices, let alone by 10%. Matt Riggott examined PIR’s price increases since the 2007 contract and found that there have been 7 price increases over those 13 years. Three of these price increases were 10%, and the other four were less.

The net-net is that prices have increased from $6.00 to $9.93 from 2007 to now. That’s a 4%-on-average increase. (Riggott calculates closer to 3%, but he uses the years prior to 2007 in which prices were capped at $6.00.)

Had PIR increased its prices by 10% a year starting in 2007, wholesale .org prices would currently be $20.71, more than twice the current cost.

What happens if Ethos raises prices by 10% per year? The magic of compounding makes .org prices look like a hockey stick.

As you can see in the chart above, the wholesale price of a .org would increase from $9.93 today to $28.33 in 2030. By 2040, you can expect to pay $73.48 plus your registrar’s markup.

This assumes 10% increases, but ICANN removed all price caps last year. So the sky is really the limit.

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EnglishDotCom domain strategy live and well in China

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:03

Chinese companies often choose an English name.

Like many Chinese companies, Airlook chose an English name.

I started using the term “EnglishDotCom” several years ago to describe what I saw in the Chinese domain market. I was really amazed to see startups in China using an English brand on the .com extension for their corporate website. This trend has not stopped, and the startup we’ll look at today is another example.

Airlook is a Beijing-based mapping company. It produces 3D maps to model the real world. Major clients are government agencies, research institutes, and domestic and foreign companies. Its technologies are used in land survey, highway control, city planning, and many other fields. Founded in 2015, the startup has already raised several rounds of funding, with the latest $150 million round completed just a few days ago.

Airlook’s Chinese name is 埃洛克 (Ai Luo Ke), which is a phonetic translation from its English name. In other words, the founders were thinking of an English name for their venture first. Once they settled on the English name, they translated it to Chinese phonetically. See how it is different from the conventional wisdom of thinking of a Chinese name first. The startup’s corporate domain is the brand-matching Airlook.com. It does not own Ailuoke.com (for sale now, though), indicating the emphasis is the English brand.

The EnglishDotCom strategy is very useful for startups aspiring to go global. In the internet age, this also means almost every startup. English is the global language and .com the global extension. The EnglishDotCom domain strategy prepares a startup as a global player from day one, and its founders won’t have to worry about rebranding or acquiring the matching .com domain later when they become big enough to go global.

If you watch the Chinese domain market regularly, you’ll notice a lot of companies following the EnglishDotCom domain strategy — BabyTree.com, VIPkid.com, SenseTime.com, Keep.com, Tencent.com, and many more. The implication is that there is a large market in China for English-based .com domains. Domains based on simple English words can be sold to Chinese buyers.

So, don’t worry if you don’t understand Pinyin. Focus on English and there will still be a lot of fish to catch in your domain game.

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From selling vinyl to selling domain names – DNW Podcast #269

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:30

Nikul Sanghvi struggled to get a foothold in domain investing until a big sale in 2015.

A domain investor’s journey is often filled with ups and downs. On today’s show, you’ll hear Nikul Sanghvi’s story. He was selling vinyl records online and living with his parents when he got bogged down by carrying so much physical inventory. He started investing in domain names in 2009 and didn’t have much success at first. Then, in 2015, he got his big break: a six figure sale that helped him buy a new home for his family and start getting serious about domain names. It’s a great story with many lessons for domain investors.

Also: Bad .org talking points, Naturals and more.

Sponsor: Name.com

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.Org updates: deadline extended, state regulators ask for time to weigh in

Domain Name Wire - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 18:42

Deal delayed another 30 days as ICANN works through deal blowback.

ICANN and Public Interest Registry have mutually agreed to extend the time that ICANN has to review Public Interest Registry’s (PIR) answers to its questions about the sale of .org to Ethos Capital by 30 days. ICANN also says that it will be asking more questions.

Separately, The National Association of State Charities Officials has written to ICANN (pdf) to ask it to allow time for regulators to review the transaction. The association’s members include attorneys general, Secretary of State offices and other groups in charge of preventing the misuse of charitable assets.

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Cryptocurrency tax company and others bought domains at Uniregistry

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:25

No big reported sales, but a good mix of end users.

Ageist bought Ageist.com, a big improvement over its domain WeAreAgeist.com.

Uniregistry’s top reported sale of the week was only $8,500. Despite a lack of high-ticket purchases, some interesting end users bought domains at Uniregistry. I like Cryptocurrency .tax, which is a service that helps you calculate your taxes on cryptocurrency investments and create the forms necessary to file with the IRS.

The best-update-at-a-great-price award goes to Ageist.

Here’s the list:

1. rentpower.com $8,500 – Whois only discloses that the buyer is in Pennsylvania.

2. theinfinite.com $7,300 – An Estonian company called DigitalPoint.

3. aadam.com $6,000 – An organization in Dubai called WAO.

4. sejour-linguistique.com $5,500 – Google translate says this means “Linguistic Stay.” For context, it appears that the buyer is creating a service to learn languages while abroad.

5. hairstraightener.com $5,000 – Sutra Beauty, which sells hair styling equipment such as straighteners. It is forwarding the domain to its website.

6. greenhousedesigns.com $5,000 – Green House Designs is a kitchen and bath company that also owns the .net version of this domain.

7. speedygo.com $5,000 – Whois only discloses that the buyer is in London.

8. ageist.com $5,000 – This is a significant upgrade for Ageist, which advocates for living healthier and longer lives for middle-aged and older people. Its current domain is WeAreAgeist.com.

9. equipmentpro.com $5,000 – Michael Haas in Texas. The site still points to the Uni lander.

10. thetrend.com $3,700 – Whois only reveals that the buyer is in New Jersey.

11. inkism.com $3,500 – The domain forwards to Inkism.com.tw, which appears to be some sort of food/restaurant site.

12. stylepulse.com $3,500 – Lambert + Associates in France is a fashion and retail consulting company.

13. free-video .com $3,500 – Someone in the Czech Republic.

14. pristene.com $3,500 – The domain forwards to EyeCheck.com, which sells an eye health dietary supplement called Pristene.

15. cryptocurrency.tax $3,300 – Cryptocurrency.tax helps you calculate your taxes on cryptocurrency investments.

16. sundaygolf.com $3,000 – Whois only reveals that the buyer is in California.

17. sesamy.com $3,000 – Sesamy AB

18. bettechnology.com $3,000 – No information available.

19. wekids.de $2,750 – No information available

20. impulseaudio.com $2,500 – Whois only reveals that the buyer is in Michigan.

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Why ICANN’s transparency took a hit last year

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:23

MyICANN was critical to following everything happening at ICANN, but it hasn’t been available for a year.

MyICANN, a key component of transparency at ICANN, has been gone for a year.

One of the best things that former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé oversaw while he led the organization was myICANN.

MyICANN gave a drastic boost to transparency at ICANN by doing a simple thing: notifying you when something was added to ICANN.org.

It sounds simple and it is. But it surfaced critical information on ICANN.org rather than burying it somewhere deep on the hopelessly complex website. Even if it was published on a Saturday.

Unfortunately, the service was shut down at the end of 2018.

It’s quite difficult to find this information now. Some information is syndicated through ICANN’s RSS feed, but not all of it.

I reached out to ICANN to find out why it terminated the service. A spokesperson said it’s working on a more robust version. I don’t think a more robust version is needed. It worked great, and it’s unfortunate that myICANN shut down.

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6 lawmakers urge ICANN to reject .Org sale

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 00:02

Warren, Wyden formally ask ICANN to reject sale.

Elizabeth Warren is one of the lawmakers asking ICANN to reject the .org sale. Photo from ElizabethWarren.com.

Six U.S. lawmakers have asked (pdf) ICANN to reject the sale of .Org to Ethos Capital, a private equity company.

The lawmakers include presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, Rony Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Anna Eshoo, and Mark Pocan.

In a letter to ICANN, they provide a litany of reasons that ICANN should reject the deal. One is that they believe the new owners will raise prices and cut costs as a way to pay down debt and return funds to investors.

They point out that, even if Ethos raises prices 10% a year on average, this is three times how much PIR has traditionally raised prices.

The letter concludes:

The proposed sale of .ORG is against the public interest and would violate ICANN’s commitment to “preserve and enhance .. . the operational stability, reliability, security … and
openness of the DNS and the Internet.

ICANN has previously said that it doesn’t have authority over the deal. While it can technically not consent to the transfer, its approval can’t be “unreasonably withheld”. What that means is open to interpretation.

Surprisingly, Republican Ted Cruz has not chimed in on the matter. Given his stance about the U.S. controlling ICANN, you’d think he’d be all over this issue.

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Will Chinese IDN domains become widely used?

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 19:04

So far, Chinese IDN top level domains have struggled.

Just a few days ago the Internet Society of China announced the formation of a working group to promote the use of Chinese domains. Is it the trigger we need to see Chinese IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) flourish?

As the organization is supported by the Ministry of Information Industry, this also suggests a strong desire from the Chinese government to see the widespread use of Chinese domains. The working group aims to resolve technical issues so that Chinese domains can work nicely with browsers, email systems, search engines, and other aspects of the internet. It will also promote innovation and application of Chinese domains to enable their popular use.

Let’s look at the current situation. Below is a list of Chinese IDN top level domains with registrations of more than 1,000. The data is taken from Namestat.org.

Ranking Extension Domains Registered 23 .网址 (web address) 176,133 60 .公司 (company) 37,364 66 .手机 (mobile phone) 32,741 80 .商标 (trademark) 27,498 81 .在线 (online) 27,375 104 .商城 (mall) 21,700 140 .我爱你 (i love you) 15,979 297 .网店 (web shop) 4,706 356 .中文网 (Chinese web) 2,917 372 .集团 (group) 2,560 383 .信息 (information) 2,349 387 .购物 (shopping) 2,310 410 .企业 (corporation) 1,794 447 .移动 (mobile) 1,046

As you can see, the numbers are quite dismal. For example, No. 1 .网址 (web address) was launched in 2014. It peaked at 380,000 domains and then remained stagnant at about 200,000. Currently, it sits at 176,000. No. 2 .公司 (company) was also launched in 2014. It grew to 53,000 and has remained stagnant over the years. Currently, it sits at 37,000.

Apart from these new extensions, there is also a Chinese IDN extension which has been available since 2006: .中国 (.china). For many years, this IDN extension never exceeded 500,000 registrations. Then, it suddenly shot up to 1.9 million in 2018 then down to 1.8 million last year. The cause of this surge is unknown and so further observation is required.

Consumers may prefer Chinese content on corporate websites but do not necessarily demand the corresponding domains to be in Chinese characters. This is evident in the 2019 Top 100 Chinese Internet Companies Report where none of the leading companies use a Chinese IDN as their corporate domain.

So, Chinese IDN domains are still tiny when compared with mainstream extensions .com and .cn. Their impacts are yet to be felt.

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14 more end user sales

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:59

Two cybersecurity companies, a drone maker and a Dutch bicycle brand bought domain names.

Several 5-figure sales led this week’s end user sales list from Sedo, including sales to technology companies and startups, such as a new drone-like robotic device that can be directed to interact with objects around it.

Here’s a look at some of the domains end users bought at Sedo this past week. See prior end user lists here.

Cryptium.com €12,500 – A cybersecurity startup still in development in Portland, Oregon. The domain is registered to software developer Jonathan Buhacoff. His LinkedIn profile says he’s working on “protecting you from phishing attacks.”

MyArea.com £11,765 – Purchased by Mobiblocks, an iPhone & Android app developer that has an app called MeonMap, which shows local businesses.

PayZen.com $11,500 – PayZen provides creates payment plans for patients to pay their medical bills.

Voliro.com €10,000 – Voliro is a drone manufacturer that produces autonomous flying robots that can touch and interact with objects and their working environments. This enables the devices to spray fluids to clean buildings surfaces such as facades, walls and windows as well as paint surfaces.

LandlordTenantLaws.com $9,880 – This domain was purchased by Electronic Forms LLC, an online legal forms service provider.

Fluent.io $8,888 – Fluent is an influencer marketing service that helps influencers join teams to increase their stature.

CyberDefense.de €5,555 – G Data is a cybersecurity software company.

HSStore.com $5,000 – H&S Store, an electronics business in Kuwait, bought this domain. It currently uses HSStoreKW.com.

WashDrop.com $5,000 – A laundry pick up and delivery service catering to tourists in Chiang Mai, a city in Northern Thailand that is popular with vacationers.

IHMC.org $4,999 – This domain was purchased by the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), which currently uses IHMC.us for its website. This is a not-for-profit research institute affiliated with the Florida University System whose researchers pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities.

AgileLab.de $3,300 – AgileLAB provides agile business training along with international accreditation in several areas.

BioBrasil.com €3,050 – Forwards to Carela.net, a family-run investment firm focused on pharmaceutical and environmental technology with a global presence in Europe, Brazil and China. This might be used for one of its portfolio companies.

CubeStore.co.uk $2,048 – Forwards to CubeStores.nl, a Dutch brand of bicycles with storefronts in the Netherlands.

Blameless.org $2,000 – This was bought by Morris & Co., a home decor company founded by William Morris that is now known for wallpapers, fabrics and home accessories. I have no idea what it will use the domain for.

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An in-depth look at NameJet’s sales

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:48

Joseph Peterson dives into last month’s sales on Web.com’s aftermarket platforms.

Yesterday, I published a quantitative comparison of NameJet sales in December 2019 compared to 2015.  Now let’s look at what sold last month, including both NameJet and SnapNames.

The top sale – WeedCenter.org ($23.1k) – is a bit surprising … and in more ways than one.  Of course, 2-word .ORG domains don’t usually rake in so much green.  Seldom do they top the sales charts.  But marijuana (a.k.a. “weed”) is both a cash crop and a burgeoning industry, now that legalization is so widespread.  Arguably .ORG has a certain cachet for a medical cannabis dispensary, due to its associations with non-profit projects.  Still, it’s a curious fact that the matching .COM sits parked, un-utilized.  Did the bidders try to buy it?  What would they have paid?  More?  Or does this aged .ORG have its own special benefits – back-links for SEO perhaps.  It has been a developed website since 2001.  But – surprise! – it began as CIPM, the Center for Invasive Plant Management – literal weeds, not weed at all.

NameServers.com ($20.0k) was the runner up.  All of us in the domain industry interact with name servers; so we’re probably more interested in the future of this domain than the average bloke.  It will be interesting to see how it’s put to use.   With something like RapidLoans.com ($10.0k), there is no mystery.  We all know what the project is, purely from the name, even if it doesn’t yet exist.   In a sense, that’s true of PaceMakers.com ($16.0k) as well.  There may be no advertisers competing for paid clicks in SERPs for that term, but anybody facing heart surgery – their own or that of a loved one – might well do some online research.  And manufacturers of these expensive, life-saving devices might want to use this authoritative domain to manage public perception regarding their product.

Only 7 domain sales at these 2 venues cleared $2k during December.  Among the top 10, nearly half were not-.COMs.  But they were the legacy gTLDs – 3 .ORG and 1 .NET – not the “new” gTLDs of 2014-2015 vintage, the nTLDs.  Those didn’t rank.  In fact, nothing but the tried-and-true trio of .COM / .NET / .ORG figures anywhere among the 82 listed domains.

Models.net ($19.9k) effectively tied for 2nd place.  Other .NETs include Musica.net ($4.4k), which nobody will be shocked to learn means “music” in Spanish and Portuguese, and Update.net ($2.5k), which could be used for either news or software updates.

Including to the top sale, .ORG charted 10 times among the 82 domains.  Some were short: GW.org ($9.4k), PS.org ($8.3k), ISS.org ($3.4k).  Some were ugly and old: ToxInfo.org ($3.2k), which began as a German-language site in 1999; Made-By.org ($2.3k), which promoted sustainable fashionMHealthAlliance.org ($2.1k), and NYRedCross.org ($2.1k).  In short, the sort of domains that only drop when someone drops the ball or a cause goes belly up.  There were also some attractive 1-worders: Merchandise.org ($2.5k) and Routine.org ($4.5k).  Usage for the latter is unclear to me.  Planning one’s day?  Coding?

I’m unable to find any explanation for the large sale of LiUtilities.com ($10.2k).  What I did find at the top of SERPs was a forlorn pair of negative reviews alleging (in 2011 and 2015) that this domain was used to spread ransomeware.  So beware.  True or not, that’s not a reputation most of us would pay $10k to inherit.  And it seems very little effort was made to clean up that reputation in the past.  So if the name was rescued from an expired domain auction, that would presumably be for the sake of traffic monetization, not branding a business.  You tell me.

I confess I don’t see the appeal in Disorganized.com ($2.5k) or Stabilization.com ($2.5k).  Maybe for selling organizers from a negatively branded web page?  Motion control systems perhaps?  As single-word .COMs go, I much prefer Symposia.com ($4.3k), which are the sort of event scholars attend; Recalled.com ($2.2k) for consumer info about product recalls; and especially Assassins.com ($4.1k).  Great for branding shoes or bikes or video games: Assassins!  Then again, maybe it’ll be the LinkedIn for hired killers.

Although I concluded in my other article that the Chinese footprint at NameJet has shrunk to 1/10 its size compared to 4 years ago, this market sector hasn’t evaporated completely.  9 out of 82 sales over $2k were mixed letter / numeral strings of 3 to 4 characters.  Mostly we’ve come to associate these with China, although the highest sale among them – TV8.com ($6.2k) – could stand for a TV channel in the USA.

It’s tempting, at first glance, to view Denka.com ($10.2k) simply as a “brandable” word-like neologism.  Although it could be used that way by a startup of any kind, there’s nothing new about Denka.  In fact, Denka.co.jp is home to a 105-year-old Japanese chemical company.  Hence the price tag, I daresay.

Emballage.com ($2.5k) is French for packaging – which, incidentally, is 1 product manufactured by Denko.  ChuyenNha.com ($2.8k) turns out to mean “moving house” in Vietnamese: Chuyển nhà.  Relocation will always be a big business.  At first, Andao.com ($2.1k) looked like to Portuguese to me, since many words end in “ão”.  Something related to “let’s go”, one would surmise.  Although it’s not in any dictionary I could find, the word shows up in lyrics by underrated Spanish songwriter Javier Ruibal:

Maybe it’s a feature of one of the Iberian peninsula’s various regional dialects.  “Let’s go!” would be good for branding, in that case – a rallying cry.  Then again, reportedly, “andao” is also Chinese for “secret channel”.  But I have little faith in online translations of Chinese.  A native speaker can set the record straight.  ClinicaEstetica.com ($2.5k), on the other hand, definitely is Spanish.  You can see the literal meaning of “Aesthetic Clinic”, but what sounds clunky in English is quite natural in Spanish.  This domain could be well used for a beauty salon, makeup, or cosmetic surgery.

Familiar phrases also sold last month: KitchenRecipes.com ($2.8k), TasteOfItaly.com ($2.0k), ReadyToWear.com ($3.3k).  Sometimes multi-word .COMs are unimaginative but eminently practical: BathRemodeling.com ($3.1k), FishingRod.com ($2.2k), SwissTravel.com ($3.1k), UsedCarSale.com ($2.7k).

Other 2-word names fit the more creative “brandable” profile: SmartStay.com ($5.3k), MobileGear.com ($5.1k), TrueCompanion.com ($5.1k), SupplyGiant.com ($3.8k), PetsWorld.com ($3.5k), SportsTime.com ($3.4k), YourPage.com ($3.0k), ArmorCoat.com ($2.9k), MindCamp.com ($2.7k), WiseLaw.com ($2.1k).

Most of the neologism “brandables” that charted were clearly derived from a single English word: Exploria.com ($4.7k), Bunka.com ($4.4k), Textur.com ($4.0k), Aquaria.com ($3.8k), Fresko.com ($2.6k), and ApotheCare.com ($2.5k) correspond to “explore”, “bunker”, “texture”, “aquarium”, “fresco”, “apothecary”.  Meanwhile, Novaera.com ($2.9k) and Unitronic.com ($2.2k) are recognizable for latinate features common to multiple words.  The same could be said for Aquaria.com.  Grouping these sales into clumps to show patterns is not an exact science.

GovernorBryant.com ($2.1k) refers to Phil Bryant, the current governor of Mississippi, whether pro or con.  Such domains have a limited shelf life.  After 8 years already as governor, Bryant shan’t remain “Governor Bryant” much longer.  In contrast, a domain like VRMeeting.com ($3.6k) is patently futuristic.  At least, I assume coworkers in 2020 are not sitting around a virtual-reality table to listen to their boss drone on about an agenda.  There can be few things more soul-crushingly boring to do with VR goggles.  And wearing such goggles, how is one to sip the real but unseen coffee that palliates the monotony of this world’s interminable meetings?  At least nobody would notice who’s asleep.  There is that.

Joseph Peterson wrote over 140 articles for DNW between 2013 and 2017, followed by 2 years as Epik’s Director of Operations.  He is currently developing a marketplace for shared ownership of domains.

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Top 10 registrars in China

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:44

These Chinese companies are top domain name registrars.

I get asked from time to time which domain registrars are the best in China and which of them offer services in English. Well, hopefully you’ll find your answers in this article.

The China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) surveys the domain industry every year and publishes its findings in a report (互联网域名产业报告). The latest one was released in June, 2019. Based on the report, I have compiled the following Top 10 domain registrars.

RankRegistrarWebsite

1 Aliyun (阿里云-万网) wanwang.Aliyun.com (C) 2 Xi Bu Shu Ma (西部数码) West.xyz (E) 3 Xin Net (新网数码) Xinnet.com (C) 4 eName (易名中国) eName.com (C,E) 5 Shang Zhong Zai Xian (商中在线) Bizcn.com (C) 6 Zhe Jiang Er Er (浙江贰贰-爱名网) 22.cn (C) 7 Mei Cheng Hu Lian (美橙互联) CNDNS.com (C) 8 Bang Ning (江苏邦宁) BN.beian.top (C) 9 San Wu Hu Lian (三五互联) 35.com (C) 10 Xin Wang Hu Lian (新网互联) DNS.com.cn (C)

In the table, C indicates information available in Chinese and E in English. As you can see, only two of the top 10 registrars offer their services in English.

Xi Bu Shu Ma (西部数码) is probably better known as West.cn. The company actually offers its English services from a separate site (West.xyz). You can register, bid for, or drop-catch domains. They also offer buyer agent service to help you acquire a particular domain from a Chinese owner.

eName provides a wide range of services such as auction, backorder, and escrow. (Its subsidiary 4.cn also offers similar services in English.) Interestingly, if you list your domains with a BIN price at Afternic, they will be available to Chinese buyers when they search for your domains at eName. This is because eName is a partner in Afternic’s global retail network. This method actually allows you to sell to China without having to deal with the language and payment issues.

Therefore, you can try West.xyz, eName.com, and 4.cn for domain services in English.

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What to do in Austin during NamesCon

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:19

Howdy, y’all.

NamesCon in Austin is just two weeks away! This year marks the first year the conference will be in Austin.

I lived in Austin for nearly 25 years before moving to the Seattle area last year. So if you’re looking for a place to eat or something to do, I have suggestions for you.

Food

Austin is a foodie town. It’s best known for its Tex-Mex/Mexican food and barbecue.

On the Tex-Mex side, my favorite is Eldorado. Order the Uchingon bowl (it’s on the secret menu) or the crispy carnitas. They are divine.

Unfortunately, Eldorado is about ten miles from downtown. There are also excellent choices close to downtown.

Iron Cactus is a favorite and right on 6th Street. You can also try Manuel’s on Congress Ave, which has good margaritas and a mix of Tex-Mex and interior Mexican food.

In the mood for quick tacos? Try Taco Deli or Torchy’s Tacos.

On the barbecue side, the most famous Austin institution is Franklin Barbecue. The problem is you have to wait in line a long time. The line starts forming early in the morning, doors open at 11 am and they are open until they sell out for the day. Franklin has cracked down on hiring line waiters but you can still get them, especially for takeout.

But rather than messing around with that, I recommend grabbing a Lyft and heading to Black’s BBQ at 3110 Guadalupe St. It’s damn good barbecue without the fuss. It’s also right across the road from the University of Texas in case you want to explore the area.

Want something nicer? One of the best restaurants in Austin is Uchiko. I don’t eat raw fish, but even I enjoy going to this restaurant. Definitely try the brussel sprouts and the avocado nigiri, two of the highlights of the menu. Note: get reservations now if you wish to go to Uchiko. They are already booking for NamesCon week.

Other good downtown options include Swift’s Attic, Moonshine and Pesche.

Drinks

I mentioned Peche in the last section, and it’s also a great place to get a cocktail. If the owner is there while you dine (and he probably will be), just let him know what types of drinks you like and he’ll suggest the perfect drink.

The best cocktails in town are at The Roosevelt Room. Its menu covers every era of cocktails. They accept reservations; if you can, get a seat at the bar so you can watch them make the tasty drinks. My personal favorite is the Cigar Box.

Of course, if you’re looking for run-of-the-mill drinks or throwing back a few Shiner Bocks, there are plenty of places for that…

Entertainment

Downtown Austin has many entertainment districts.

The most famous is 6th Street. It’s just a block away from the Omni hotel where NamesCon is taking place. It’s a sight to see, but you should know that Austinites refer to this area as “Dirty Sixth.” In college, this is where you went before you actually turned 21. It attracts all of the elements.

Rainey Street is a newer entertainment district and about a five minute walk from the hotel. It has a great collection of bars.

The Warehouse District used to be just 4th Street but has expanded as downtown has grown. It’s where the adults tend to hang out. And by adults, I mean anyone over 21.

West 6th is perhaps the newest area. It gets rambunctious and attracts the fraternity bros.

If you want to do something other than drink at a bar, get tickets to the Esther’s Follies sketch comedy and magic show on 6th Street.

Get away

Wanna get away? Here are a few other things to do in Austin:

  • Hike the 100 steps to the top of Mount Bonnell for breathtaking views.
  • Stroll the shops of South Congress, referred to as SoCo.
  • Take a Lyft to Mozart’s Coffee on Lake Austin for a relaxing coffee by the lake.
  • Tour the Capitol Building.
  • Visit the University of Texas.

Don’t sound like a tourist

Austinites have some funky pronunciations, and there’s one you should be aware of because you are likely to come across it. There’s a street in Austin called Guadalupe. That ‘lupe’ part? Just say “loop.”

See you in Austin!

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How NameJet has changed over the past four years

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:44

Joseph Peterson returns to write about NameJet. The Chinese market implosion and new expired domain deals have changed the face of NameJet since he last wrote.

I stopped writing articles about domains at NameJet for DNW about 4 years ago.  “My how time flies!” would be one reaction.  But some things never change.  Or do they?  How has the domain market changed?

Rewind to January 2016, and we were looking at a record-breaking month for NameJet – technically a recap of December 2015.  Indeed, 2015 set and broke new records almost every month, as sale prices soared and transaction volume ballooned.  Chiefly this sudden growth occurred within a few categories of short domains prized by China, which were traded eagerly by speculators worldwide.  It was the year of the Chinese surge, as the graybeards will remember.  Prices were only going up, would always go up.  And if that market sector has deflated somewhat since, well, that may explain some of the gray beards.

Now we’re reviewing sales from December 2019.  What changes can we observe?  Let me reproduce this data from exactly 4 years ago:

 Before 2015During 2015 Months > 100 Domains11.6%66.7% Domains Per Month (Mean)82.3142.1 Months w/ Domain > $100k13.3%58.3% Mean Price$5435$7220 Monthly Median Price (Mean)$3075$3229

As before, only sales above $2k are included in this analysis.  The vast majority of sales occur below that threshold.

Prior to 2015, it was very unusual for NameJet to see a month with more than 100 sales over $2k.  In fact, that happened only 11.6% of the time.  During 2015, however, such high-end sales volume became the norm, beginning in January with 148 domains, continuing through November with 233, and culminating in December with a staggering 383 domain sales.

And last month?  Only 68.  Even including an additional 14 sales from SnapNames over $2k, the total of 82 domains barely ties the average volume for NameJet alone during the years prior to 2015.  And compared to the Chinese surge, it’s a drastic drop-off.

Likewise, it was uncommon – prior to 2015 – for NameJet to score a sale above $100k.  Yet during 2015 this happened in 7 out of 12 months, compared to just 13.3% of months during all preceding years.

Once again, this past December at NameJet doesn’t measure up – not with a mere $23.1k as its high sale.  That’s a far cry from 4 years earlier, in which NameJet had 36 sales ABOVE $23.1k.  Those 36 higher sales ranged up to $184k and averaged $46.1k – double the highest sale of last month.

Both in terms of sale price and transaction volume, therefore, NameJet in December 2019 is a pale shadow of its 2015 glory.  But how should we interpret that fact?  Here, for the sake of argument, are 3 hypotheses:

  • Overall domain valuation and/or market activity has declined.
  • The real decline is primarily or solely due to the collapse of a bubble in the Chinese market sector.
  • An apparent decline in market activity is actually due to a shift away from NameJet toward other venues or methods of trading domains.

As contributing factors, any or all of those explanations might be true.  But which and to what extent?

Take a look at the average sale price.  Prior to 2015, the mean was $5435.  During 2015, it climbed to $7220, whether as a result of increased valuations or extra bidder competition or even due to the presence of certain kinds of premium domain inventory among NameJet auctions (which might no longer be offered to NameJet buyers with the same regularity).

So what was the mean sale price last month at NameJet?  $4670.  Unquestionably it’s lower – not just lower than 2015 levels but also down 14% compared to the multi-year average from years prior to 2015, which includes even the lowest-performing years of NameJet’s infancy.  If the overall domain market is appreciating AND there has been no decline in bidder activity at NameJet AND the same quantity of quality domains is being offered via NameJet, then we would expect this average sale price to increase faster than inflation.  But it has not.  Whereas the NASDAQ doubled during the past 5 years, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearly did so, the average price of high-end NameJet sales seems to have fallen.  Crucially, this is measured against levels prior to the Chinese surge.

Median sale prices show neither decline nor growth.  Last month, the median was $3200, which is pretty much identical to the pre-2015 average of $3075 and also to the average throughout 2015, which remained $3229.  In other words, exactly half of NameJet sales over $2k fall within the range of $2k to $3.2k with the other half above $3.2k.  This was true yesterday, and it remains true today.  If our data included sales below $2k too, then we could probably extract more useful conclusions from the median.

What about total spending?  The blockbuster month of December 2015 charted $2,964,861 from sales of domains above $2k.  But that’s not representative of 2015 overall.  NameJet didn’t surpass $1 million during the first half of 2015.  In fact, it set a record in November 2015 with $1.56M – just half of what the following month would go on to achieve.

Last month, NameJet scored a much more modest $317.6k.  Is that good, bad, or normal?  What I can say is this: Of the 70 months that happen to be represented in my database, which begin with June 2011 and run through March 2017, last month only outperformed 11 and was beaten by the other 59.  Therefore, even if we exclude the entirety of the Chinese surge during 2015, December 2019 would rank well below average – somewhere between the 15th and 19th percentile for that 6-year period.

From nearly $3 million in December 2015 to just over $300k last December – that’s a precipitous 90% drop-off!  On the other hand, it’s what we’d expect to see if the Chinese-style inventory at NameJet were to disappear altogether.  Quoting my article from 4 years ago:

By my estimate, as many as 328 of these [383] auctions can be credited to China … That would leave only 55 domains that were obviously non-Chinese. … [So] it seems that Chinese-style domains contributed 85.6% by count, 88.8% by revenue.

Remember, last month had 68 sales above $2k.  Of those, how many could be classified as fitting a Chinese-style category?  Well, there were 18 domains of 2, 3, or 4 characters.  Longer numerical domains did not appear.  And of the 18 short domains, 5 were pronounceable 4-letter .COMs, which I’d classify rather as western-style brandables.  That would leave 68 – 13 = 55 domains that are obviously of non-Chinese interest.

It’s surprising that the number of non-Chinese domain sales at NameJet turns out to be exactly the same in December 2019 as it was in December 2015.  Domains from the Chinese market sector have mostly disappeared from the NameJet charts, whereas other domains show up in the same quantity as 4 years ago.

Is that expected or unexpected?  If we think of there being two separate but overlapping domain markets – one for China and one for the west – then one has shrunk or slowed or depreciated or moved elsewhere, while the other remains as it was.  Domains in non-Chinese categories are still being sold as before.  What’s significant, however, is that spending on Chinese-style inventory – by people inside China and outside – has not been redirected to western domain categories.  Wherever the extra volume of investment / bidding from 2015 has gone, it definitely has not gone into other domain sales over $2k at NameJet.

It’s hard to disregard so many indicators of decline.  Yet we should be wary of simple explanations.  Let me stress the limitations of this analysis.  NameJet is only one marketplace – not the domain market as a whole.  Moreover, it is a particular kind of marketplace – an auction platform that mixes expired domain inventory and owner-listed items.  NameJet has lost much of its expired domain inventory, including the valuable Enom inventory, to GoDaddy Auctions. A large fraction of premium domains, which can fetch prices above $2k, are drawn from non-expired portfolios.  Insofar as owners choose to list their premium domains elsewhere – perhaps at Sedo or with brokers – that can cause a decline in high-end sales at NameJet.  Of course, December 2019 might be only a fluke – a weak month flanked by more robust sales before and after.  Is that so?  We shall see in articles to come.

Here’s an analysis of December’s NameJet sales.

Joseph Peterson wrote over 140 articles for DNW between 2013 and 2017, followed by 2 years as Epik’s Director of Operations.  He is currently developing a marketplace for shared ownership of domains.

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Vint Cerf and Mike Godwin follow bad talking points for .Org deal

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:44

Pricing and investment arguments are wrong.


Ethos Capital and Internet Society are working overtime to spin the deal to sell .org for $1.35 billion as a good thing. There are certainly some good things about it, but I cringe when I read certain talking points.

One is around pricing. Yesterday, from ISOC board member Mike Godwin:

But could it be at the public’s expense? What about the argument that the prices for domain-name renewals will soar? This argument ignores common sense — you don’t take over a successful business and price most of your customers out of the market or spur a mass migration to an alternative product. Not only would that permanently destroy any faith in .ORG — the business you just bought — but it also would undermine TLDs generally. (I’ve suggested, not entirely jokingly, that the proper response if anybody tries to extort huge renewal fees for .ORG is to launch a mass one-time conversion to the .WTF top-level domain. I’d happily lead any charge in the .WTF Resistance.) In any case, demand for TLDs isn’t inelastic, despite what the deal’s critics say — there are hundreds of TLDs and customers aren’t locked in. It takes only a few minutes of studying PIR’s year-by-year financials to see that jacking up domain-name renewal prices in the way the critics fear would be suicidal for PIR or any other registry that depends primarily on predictable renewal rates, and it would destroy the value of .ORG as well. I don’t think any of the companies that sought to buy PIR were dumb enough to invest a billion dollars in buying the .ORG business in order to destroy it.

And from Vint Cerf:

Moreover, as a for-profit company, PIR has a clear rationale for not driving away its customer base by any excessive raising of prices. Given current .org pricing, a 10% increase in price would be less than $1. Even if an organization had registered a dozen .org domain names, it is hard to believe that such an increase would be viewed as unsustainable for most non-profits. Of course, companies that hold domain names in the tens of thousands for speculative purposes might find such increases more troubling, but I don’t have much sympathy for that business model in the context of the organizations the .org brand is intended to serve.

This thinking ignores the economics of domain names. Godwin suggests that .org customers aren’t locked in. OK, then ISOC should figure out what would be involved with switching from InternetSociety.org to InternetSociety.charity. It would cost lots of money and time, and the headaches from switching email would last for years. True, there is price elasticity to domain demand. But for renewals, it takes a huge price increase to change demand.

Cerf is correct that most charities won’t blink an eye at a $1 increase in the cost of renewing their domain name, at least in the first world. But this assumes that Ethos and whoever owns .org in the future won’t raise prices more than 10% per year. Calling on Godwin’s words, jacking up .org renewal prices would not be ‘suicidal’ to .org. Even if renewals were $100 a year, it wouldn’t be worth the pain for most non-profits to switch.

The other issue I have is with the idea that Ethos can invest in .org to create new products and services for non-profits. It certainly can, but there’s no reason PIR can’t under the current arrangement. Cerf writes:

Second, when the operation of .org was transferred to the Internet Society, it created the non-profit called Public Interest Registry, or PIR. PIR’s primary objectives were, first, to operate .org and, second, to provide significant support for the Internet Society by essentially allocating any surplus from the operation of PIR to fund the Internet Society’s work in promoting a more accessible and secure Internet. This amounted to about $50 million a year, which was hugely helpful to the Internet Society but limited PIR’s ability to invest in improvements to the operation of .org or even the creation of new products and services for the non-profit community.

The idea that Public Interest Registry is cash-strapped because it has to send its profits to ISOC doesn’t hold water. PIR has been able to increase prices 10% per year for the past decade but hasn’t always done so. If it raises prices 10% this year, it gets another $10 million in its bank account that ISOC isn’t depending on. That’s not enough to invest in new products or services?

This isn’t to say the deal isn’t good for ISOC. Godwin does a good job explaining that domain name revenues aren’t certain, and this endowment gives ISOC certainty. That’s a selling point for ISOC and its constituents. But let’s be honest about possible ramifications of this deal.

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My thoughts on .Org

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:51

ICANN made it possible for this transaction to happen. There’s only so much the internet community can do now.

It has been two months since Internet Society (ISOC) announced that it was selling Public Interest Registry (PIR), which runs .org, to private equity company Ethos Capital.

There have been many revelations since then, including that former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé is advising Ethos, Ethos is run by the same person who led Abry Partners’ deal to acquire Donuts, and that Ethos is paying $1.35 billion for the assets. The deal comes on the heels of ICANN removing price caps on .org domains, meaning that PIR can raise prices as high as it wants for .org registrations and renewals.

I’ve written numerous articles about the deal, and I imagine my bias shows in these pieces. But I haven’t summarized my thoughts on the deal until now, including my two main concerns about the transaction.

This deal is going to happen

In my annual predictions podcast, I said that I believe the Ethos deal will go through. At this point, the only thing I think that could trip up the deal is delay. Some Senators say they plan to step in, and ICANN is asking questions. But assuming the deal is good enough for Ethos (and I believe it’s a great deal), I expect it to outlast any delays and complete the transaction.

Even if ICANN doesn’t like the deal, there’s not much it can do to stop it. Can it reasonably withhold consent, per the contract? I’m not sure on what grounds it can do so.

Recently, a group formed and asked ICANN to hand the reins of managing .org to it. But there’s no provision in the .org registry agreement that would allow ICANN to do this unless ISOC were to proceed with the transaction without ICANN’s blessing, which it wouldn’t do.

Should ICANN not give its consent to the transaction, I imagine there would be a legal battle. If it goes ICANN’s way, then it just means that ISOC continues to own PIR and the .org registry contract, not some other party.

If ICANN were to find grounds to transfer the registry contract to someone else, then all of ICANN’s registry contracts have a problem.

Blame ISOC or ICANN?

If you don’t like this deal, you might blame ISOC. After all, it’s the one that agreed to the transaction. It is exchanging $50-$75 million of cash each year in perpetuity (not guaranteed) into a lump sum of $1.135 billion. It probably makes financial sense for the non-profit, although you can make a good argument that it threw internet users under the bus to make it happen.

At the same time, it’s ICANN that made this deal possible in the first place.

I believe that the registry operator for .org and other legacy extensions should be looked at as a steward for the extension, not the owner of the extension. But that’s not what the contract states and ICANN has moved from the stewardship to ownership model over the past 10-20 years. Granting presumptive renewal, removing price caps, and making it easy to sell the contract to someone else has turned the stewardship of these top level domains into ownership.

ICANN awarded the .org contract to ISOC in a competitive process. But its contracts never required .org to be run by a non-profit. It also designed its agreements so that the registry contract could be sold to another entity. This was made more clear when ICANN decided to use its new top level domain name base agreement for .org. This agreement was built with transferability in mind.

So it’s easy to be angry with Ethos. Or ISOC. But if anyone is to blame, it’s probably ICANN.

It’s a savvy deal

I suspect there’s a bit of jealousy of Ethos. When I told some friends about the deal and how it was structured, they were shocked that no one else thought of it earlier. Perhaps no one thought of it sooner because they didn’t have former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé’s background. He’s advising on the deal.

It seems that Ethos did the deal in a way that ISOC couldn’t reveal it until it was inked. It knew that, if it were made public beforehand, the pushback would have imploded the deal. Ethos also put time constraints on the deal that made it difficult for ISOC to shop it.

Any way you look at it, this deal should be a home run for Ethos.

My issues with the deal

There are two things I don’t like about the transaction.

First, it raises greater concerns about the lack of price caps on .org. After ICANN removed the price caps this summer, PIR noted that it didn’t always raise prices 10% a year anyway, even though it was contractually allowed to. Now, Ethos is giving assurances that it won’t raise prices more than 10% per year on average. Even if it’s true to its word, prices will increase more in the future than they did in the past. And once Ethos sells the registry to someone else, what will they do?

You can argue that my reason for wanting price caps is selfish. I own only about 10-20 .org domains, and I will pay more for the domains in the future.

That’s not too much money, though. Although my reasons are “selfish,” it is for the domain name ecosystem at large. My concern is what the lack of price caps does to domain names as a neutral way to publish on the web. Domain names are the great equalizer; Facebook can charge people to reach their audience on Facebook, but anyone can publish what they want on a website connected to their domain name.

If registries significantly increase renewal fees, people will be forced to switch domain names or shut down. Switching domains is very time consuming and difficult. This could make domain names lose their luster and role as an equalizer in the future.

Frankly, I don’t care if ISOC or Ethos or someone else gets the money from registry fees. I just want price certainty for the good of the entire domain ecosystem and the World Wide Web.

My second concern is that this deal makes the domain name industry look bad. We have the former CEO of ICANN advising a private equity company on taking over a top level domain that was entrusted to a non-profit. That makes excellent fodder for the public to say something fishy is going on in the domain name world.

What can be done

Even though I view the deal as a certainty, there is one thing that internet users or ICANN can push for: price certainty.

Ethos could agree with ICANN to reinstate contractual price caps. I don’t think there’s any way for ICANN to force this, but it would show that Ethos is serious about keeping prices in check. If nothing else, renewal fees must have certainty.

An alternative would be for PIR to amend its registry-registrar agreements to include price controls in perpetuity.

As for the domain industry looking bad? That ship has sailed. Thanks, ICANN.

 

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Naturals.com loss is a “win” for Indian law firm

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:12

Its client lost but the panelist didn’t find reverse domain name hijacking.

A chain of beauty salons in India that uses the domain Naturals.in failed to get Naturals.COM through UDRP.

A UDRP for Naturals.com that was filed in October has been found in favor of the domain name registrant. The case was filed by an India-based chain of hair salons and training centers.

It will come as no surprise that the Complainant lost the case for this dictionary-word domain name. But the law firm that represented the Complainant might view it as a win, because it wasn’t found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking again.

The law firm DePenning & DePenning represented the beauty chain. It has been on the wrong end of at least three reverse domain name hijacking cases, including one last week.

This case could have gone that way. The domain owner registered the domain in 2001, and it seems that the beauty chain’s presence, at least online, started well after that. It didn’t register Naturals.in until much later.

The Complainant’s arguments seem rather flimsly and misguided:

Complainant further states that the use and existence of Domain Name will cause damage to Complainant’s business and reputation, and to customers and the general public. Any misrepresentation caused on account of the Domain Name would result in confusion and deception in the minds of customers. In this regard, domain names are emerging corporate assets and have evolved as a fulcrum of a company’s visibility and marketing operations. Business transactions will soon be carried out only through Internet addresses rather than street addresses, post boxes or faxes. Complainant states that it will not be able to effectively pursue its business plans on the Internet unless the registration of the Domain Name is held by Complainant. Complainant states it is the legitimate owner of the domain names naturals.in and naturals.lk, through which it undertakes business and promotional activities. In view of the Domain Name’s registration, Complainant stands to lose financially and faces the imminent risk of dilution of brand value associated with the mark NATURALS.

Apparently, this concern didn’t develop until just last year.

World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Christopher Gibson gave the Complainant a pass on reverse domain name hijacking:

Panels have found that the mere lack of success of a complaint is not itself sufficient for a finding of RDNH. In this case, the Panel finds that Complainant satisfied two of the three elements under the Policy. Complainant seems to have been convinced that, while it has trademark rights in its NATURALS mark, Respondent was only using the Domain Name for the purpose of offering it for sale to Complainant at an amount clearly in excess of Respondent’s out-of-pocket costs. The file does not show that Complainant knew or should have clearly known that it could not succeed under any fair interpretation of facts reasonably available prior to the filing of the Complaint and before receiving Respondent’s Response.

I disagree. I think with a bit of due diligence, the Complainant would have known that this case was doomed to fail. The domain was clearly not registered in bad faith.

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“Sino” vs “China” in domain names

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:37

Kassey Lee examines usage of Sino in domains instead of China.

Recently a reader asked me a very interesting question. He wanted my opinion on “sino” vs “china” in a domain. As a matter of fact, I never thought about this issue in the past, so I decided to research a little bit to see if I could learn something about it.

Many readers know that I own a collection of “china” domains. However, I was never aware of the “sino” possibility so do not own any “sino” domains. To compare their popularity, I tried several sources.

The first one was dotDB.com. I looked at all domains, including those containing digits, hyphens, and IDNs. dotDB reported 292,000 “sino” domains registered across a variety of extensions, but the result on “china” was much bigger at 454,000 domains.

Next was domain sales reported by Namebio. I particularly focused on 2-word dictionary domains prefixed with “sino” and “china”. This is because otherwise a lot of “casino” domains would be included in the result. Anyway, dotDB reported 18 “sino” domains and 242 “china” domains.

Then, I entered “sino” into Baidu search which was set to display 50 results. I checked the results and found 31 of them using a “sino” domain, as shown below.

Sino.com, SinoFSX.com, SinoBiopharm.com, SinoRestaurant.com, SinoAutoid.com, SinoPowers.com, TianjinSino.com, SinoMachinegroup.com, SinoIndustry.com, Sino-mold.com, SinoSources.com, euSinoBC.com, Sino-i.com, ubmSinoExpo.com, Sino-laser.com, ChinaSinoPack.com, Sino-leasing.com, Sino-biochemlab.com, SinoFaith-ip.com, SinoPromise.com, SinoUnitedhealth.com.cn, SinoSola.cn, SinoIntl.com.cn, Sino-e.com.cn, SinoJobs.com.cn, LiveSino.net, SinoCard.sg, SinoTv.us, SinoMicro.org, SinoAlice.jp, SinoCoin.io

Then I repeated the same with “china” but found only 11 entries. I was surprised by the result. A wide guess is that “china” is a very popular word so there is a lot of good contents, which take priority over domain names in the search result. Here are the domains found in the search results:

China.com, LillyChina.com, Made-in-china.com, Assab-china.com, Chinadaily.com.cn, China.cn, China.com.cn, China.org.cn, ChinaDaily.com.cn, v-koolchina.com.cn, ThorlabsChina.cn.

While I have no definite answer to the “sino” vs “china” popularity question, my preference is still “china”. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see more “sino” domains than I thought.

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