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The End User Market Remains Strong

Premium domain names continue to be an outstanding investment.

This is nothing new to domain investors, and despite a recent slowdown in the reseller market, the actual numbers confirm that the end user market remains strong.

Looking at DNJournal’s List of Top 100 Reported Sales of 2006,

2007 and 2008, the top 100 median sales price changed from $124,000 in 2006, to $197,500 in 2007, to $175,752.50 in 2008. After 2007’s massive upsurge of 59.27%, 2008 brought with it a 11% drop. However, 2008’s median price is still 41.74% higher than that of 2006.

A New Age of End User Sales

As we pointed out last year, with domain values shooting up so rapidly, very few domain owners were devoting any of their resources to actually developing their domains. There was simply no point in developing a domain you just bought if you could flip it a few months later at a significant profit. Broadly declining PPC (pay per click) revenues did not affect this situation at the time, but they have now contributed to the rapidly falling liquidity among domainers.

None of these developments appeared to have any effect on end user sales, which remained very strong in 2008. This is understandable as end users do not care about PPC revenues and the small isolated world of the domainer-to-domainer marketplace.

Let’s look at the 2008 numbers and compare them with those of 2007…

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.Pro Registrations Grow Five-Fold in Five Months

RegistryPro has seen registrations of .Pro soar since the company relaunched the top-level domain name (TLD) under expanded registration guidelines from ICANN.

CHICAGO, Illinois, January 27, 2009RegistryPro, the exclusive operator of the .Pro top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet, announced today that it has seen explosive growth in the total number of .Pro domain name registrations thanks in part to expanded eligibility guidelines and the work of partner registrars. .Pro is the first and only domain name extension catered to professionals and professional entities worldwide.

“We effectively made .Pro available to tens of millions of professionals and entities worldwide,” said Catherine Sigmar, general manager of RegistryPro. “And, we have had some excellent partners like Network Solutions join us. Given Network Solutions’ position in the top echelon of registrars worldwide, they are in a unique position to maximize the penetration of the .Pro TLD.”

On September 8, 2008, RegistryPro relaunched .Pro to the world under expanded ICANN guidelines. The new guidelines allow virtually any professional in nearly any country to register a .Pro domain name. At the same time, Network Solutions, a pioneer of domain name registration services, provided a major push for the registration surge.

“Network Solutions is dedicated to being the leading registrar for the .Pro domain,” said Sean Kaine, director of domain name services product management for Network Solutions. « We’ve put a lot of effort behind it, and we’re delighted to be seeing such great results.”

The highly anticipated .Pro relaunch in September was the culmination of a four-month rollout that began on May 14, 2008 with the announcement that ICANN had approved new registration guidelines for the TLD.


Scheduled Name Store Production Maintenance

The Name Store Production environment will be taken offline on Friday, September 26, 2008 UTC (Thursday, September 25, 2008 EDT) for a scheduled maintenance.

Date: Friday, September 26,2008 UTC (Thursday, September 25, 2008 EDT)
Time: 0100 hrs – 0500 hrs UTC (2100 hrs – 0100 hrs EDT)
Duration: 4 hours
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Environment: .TV, .CC, .Jobs, and Name Suggestion

Grant boost for .cym domain bid

A £20,000 grant to secure a « dot cym » internet address for Wales is to be given by the assembly government.

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said the money was to support the DotCYM campaign for a Welsh version of the .com or endings.

He said it would « open up new marketing opportunities and help promote the Wales brand. »

But a Cardiff Business School report said there was little evidence to show .cym would promote Welsh culture.

In its report in June 2007, it also said: « There is little evidence to suggest that a .cym domain will have substantial short-term economic benefit for Wales. »

And CBI Wales said although .cym could be a useful tool for some the trend was towards using international web names.

Support for the bid is part of the One Wales agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru.

The assembly government’s funding, announced at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff, will go towards putting together a bid to Icann, the international body which manages domain names.

In June it announced an extension of the system which will allow new domain names to be registered alongside the existing .com and .org endings.

Mr Jones said: « This announcement reflects a more strategic approach to put Wales on the world map and enhance Welsh culture and identity on the worldwide web. »

DotCYM was set up to campaign for a Welsh domain name and claims the support of businesses, local authorities and public bodies.

Campaign chief executive Siôn Jobbins said: « The internet is the e-engine for economic growth and Wales needs top level access to deliver the innovation that we need. »

« The internet is about to change radically and Wales must be fully on board the new internet with a top level domain identity .cym, on a par with other economically-growing communities. »

But the insurance company Admiral, the only Welsh group listed on the FTSE 100 index, said it was worried a .cym ending could cause confusion to its customers.

Justin Beddows, a spokesman for the company said: « Most of our customers come from London, the south east and Scotland but for tourist companies it’s a great idea. »

David Rosser, the director of the business organisation CBI Wales welcomed the extra choice a new name would give businesses.

« I think it offers another option for businesses to consider which is never a bad thing, » he said.

« For companies for which Welshness is a key part of their proposition to their customers it maybe a useful marketing tool. »

But he added: « The trend is probably towards globalisation and the removal of local domain names. There are more companies opting for .com rather than »

source BBCNews

Mysteries to Internet Riches through Domain Name Investing Unraveled in Xlibris Book

As shadowy and as inexplicable as the domain name industry may be, it is remarkable how common people have been earning millions of dollars from the technical undertaking of domain name investing.

Armed with an investigative journalism experience as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, David Kesmodel dares to delve deeper into the phenomenon that is domain investing and sums up his findings in the Xlibris release, The Domain Game.

The Domain Game is a narrative on the progression of the domain name industry, the true to life dealings of some of the most successful domain investors, and the secrets to taking advantage of the opportunities that are present in the domain industry. This self-published book provides facts and historical data on the domain name industry and incorporates these in a structured accounting of the domain world.

Kesmodel offers his insights and assessment of the industry to guide those who are willing to take a chance in the high-risk game of domain investing. In addition, the author brings to light major domain contenders and domain industry resources.

Stories as diverse as that of an Oklahoma watermelon farmer becoming the owner of some of the world’s most priceless Web addresses, and that of a Canadian high school graduate-turned-multimillionaire – who bought domain names that expired during the dot-com crash in the late 1990s – are dissected in this book.

The role of the rapid growth of key search engines like Google and Yahoo in escalating the wealth of domain investors is also rationalized in The Domain Game, as well as the subsequent move of opportunity-seeking individuals to jump in the bandwagon of domain investing after learning the potential of earning millions of dollars in this endeavor.

Undeniably, The Domain Game is an eye-opening must-read for discerning Internet junkies seeking to venture into this high stakes game and looking to gain riches by becoming a domain name investor.



Podgorica, Montenegro – July 22, 2008 – The .ME Registry officially opened for live, real-time registrations July 17, 2008 and was met with huge international demand. More than 50,000 new domain names were registered in the first two days, with the first “liveâ€? name registered being:

“While English speaking countries led the way in registration volume, many non-English speaking countries such as Germany, China, and France made a strong showing,â€? said Predrag Lesic, the registry’s executive director. “We believe this bodes well for the international success of .ME as the only domain that is all about YOU! .ME is a domain space that offers personalized names for your products and services, or your personal presence on the web, including email, in a more generic way than any other.â€?

Top 10 Countries of .ME Registration by Percentage

1. United States 50 %

2. United Kingdom 11%

3. Germany 9%

4. Canada 5%

5. China 3%

6. France 3%

7. Netherlands 2%

8. Australia 1.5%

9. Israel 1%

10. Spain 1%

“The .ME registry performed extremely well and was able to accommodate the high demand for .ME domain names,â€? said Ram Mohan, Afilias’ Chief Technology Officer. “Afilias’ registry system performed reliably, recording new create requests in under 21 milliseconds and processing more than 5,000 names in the first minute of open registration. In total, the registry seamlessly accommodated more than 60 registrars vying for .ME names.â€?

The registration process for .ME began in May with the Sunrise period for trademark holders. Land Rush for the general public to register names began in June. In total more than 30,000 domains were applied for in Sunrise and Land Rush periods, and more than 50,000 new registrations were adding in the initial days of live, real-time registration.