New gTLD registries have undertaken various efforts to educate consumers about “not com” domain names. I think domain registrars have a major role to play in educating their clients about the new domain name extensions, as their clients are the companies and people who are buying domain names.
People have a relationship with their registrar, and I think this makes the registrar’s role all the more critical in educating consumers about the new domain name extensions they may have heard about.
I want to share a video that 101Domain just shared on its YouTube channel with a goal of busting what they believe are some common myths about non-.com domain names (“not coms”):
Someone sent me a LinkedIn message this afternoon asking me to appraise some “premium” new gTLD domain names. I told him “no” because I am not really active in that part of the market. It is difficult enough to give a meaningful (accurate) appraisal of a .com domain name, but I think it is pretty much impossible to appraise new gTLD domain names with any level of certainty.
If an appraisal can’t be at least somewhat accurate, it doesn’t make sense to even try. I want to share some of the reasons for why I think it would be impossible to give an appraisal of new domain extensions:
There is a lack of public sales reported. Yes, there have been some publicly → Read More
In a tweet this morning, Joe Uddeme announced the launch of Name Experts, LLC, “a boutique domain name brokerage firm that specializes in premium dotcom domain name inventory.” Joe was a longtime domain name broker at Domain Holdings, and it looks like he decided to start his own brokerage firm.
Introducing Name Experts LLC. A full service domain brokerage, valuation and expert domain name company. https://t.co/cTDud7hkbK
— Joe Uddeme (@juddeme) May 2, 2016
I’ve known Joe for several years, and → Read More
The DDD.com domain name has been sold by NameFind, a subsidiary of GoDaddy. The domain name was recently acquired by the company in a large portfolio deal, according to Paul Nicks, Vice President of the Aftermarket at GoDaddy. Unfortunately, Paul could not comment on the sale price or any other details per company policy.
According to a Whois update from DomainTools this morning, the domain name recently transferred to a Chinese entity. Jamie Zoch also reported this via Twitter:
Triple repeat, premium 3 letter .com #domain DDD(.)com acquired by Chinese investor from NameFind. Had $500K min offer, SP unknown.
— Jamie Zoch (@yofie) April 30, 2016
Not much of anything is known about this sale. NameFind and GoDaddy do not typically report their sales, and I suspect that this will be the case for this sale as well. In his tweet, Jamie reported that NameFind had a $500,000 minimum offer requirement for this domain name, but I have no idea what the asking price was nor would I venture a guess about the sale price.
From what I could find, → Read More
It looks like a company called ZS Associates has acquired the high value ZS.com domain name. The company currently uses ZSAssociates.com for its website. As you can see to the left, the company’s logo is simply “ZS,” so this domain name upgrade will fit right into its branding without much changing.
Although ZS.com does not yet resolve for me, a DomainTools monitor alert notified me of the change of ownership this morning. In addition, George Kirikos noted the registrant change in a tweet this morning: → Read More
The Merriam-Website dictionary gives two definitions of what far cry means: “a long distance” or “something notably different.” According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, Ubisoft Entertainment has filed a UDRP for the FarCry.com domain name. The case is WIPO Case D2016-0841.
Whois records show that FarCry.com was created all the way back in September of 1997 – nearly 19 years ago. Using the DomainTools Whois History tool, I am able to see that the oldest historical Whois record DomainTools has is from 2001, and it shows the registrant as Far Cry Stables, Inc. of Austin, Texas.
Interestingly, it looks like the email address is exactly the same today as it was back in 2001 (and perhaps earlier). In addition, the admin on the Whois record is still listed as Far Cry Stables. Based on this, it looks like the registrant has been the same entity for more than 15 years.