Sedo’s Great Domains auction ended this afternoon, and the leading sale was the largest Great Domains auction sale that I can recall in quite some time. The 4 number 1515.com domain name sold today for $118,500. The auction grossed over $165,000 in total sales. In total, 26 domain names were sold in this month’s auction.
Rounding out the top five sales of this month’s auction were Website.de (sold for 23,500 EUR), ASY.com (sold for $15,000), XY1.com (sold for $1,600), NBKR.com, and 21190.com (both sold for $1,150).
Because the auction finished today, these deals have most likely not closed yet. Sedo will officially report them publicly on its sold domain names RSS feed once the deals are transacted and completed. There were quite a few other domain names that saw serious bids, but the reserve prices were not met. Interested parties could contact Sedo if they would like to try and work out a post-auction deal.
Here is the full list of sales from the March Great Domains auction: → Read More
According to a tweet from NameBio, the Casino.Online (new gTLD) domain name sold for $201,250 via Sedo. The sale and its price were confirmed via the Sedo domain sale RSS feed. I don’t believe Sedo offers payment plans or alternative payment options, so this would likely be an all-cash deal.
— NameBio (@NameBio) March 23, 2017
According to NameBio, this sale is the largest public sale of a new gTLD domain name. Previously, the sale of 1.XYZ for $181,720 in April of 2016 was the leading new gTLD domain name sale. 9.XYZ, which sold for $175,166 and Sex.Live, which sold for $160,000 rounded out the top 3. This is also the largest .Online sale by quite a bit. The second largest sale is sportwetten.online, a domain name that sold for $16,318 in October of 2016. There are only 28 .Online domain name sales archived in NameBio at this time.
United States President Donald Trump, famous for his Twitter usage, tweeted a link to a website that uses a new gTLD extension:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2017
You can see that President Trump’s tweet references and links to PassTheBill.GOP, a domain name that uses the .GOP new domain name extension. The .GOP extension is operated by the Republican State Leadership Committee.
The PassTheBill.GOP domain name is registered → Read More
This morning, I received an announcement about another noteworthy domain industry hiring. Industry veteran Victor Pitts has joined MMX (formerly known as Minds & Machines) as Director of Premium Sales for the Americas. Many people in the domain space likely know Victor from his days at Moniker (and Oversee.net), and more recently at Above.com.
In his new role with MMX, Victor will be working on selling some of the premium-designated domain names in the new extensions operated by MMX. Victor will also be working on various industry partnerships. I am sure his industry experience will be particularly helpful with the later aspect of his new role.
MMX also recently hired Solomon Amoako as VP of Channel Management.
There hasn’t been a lot of good news in the new gTLD space in the last couple of weeks. The most recent piece of news was reported by Domain Name Wire yesterday in its article about new gTLD registries asking ICANN for a “75% cost reduction” in their annual fees. In the letter DNW cited, Registries Stakeholder Group chairman Paul Diaz wrote that “[a] number of gTLD operators are struggling.” It would appear that demand for the new domain names has not materialized as greatly as registry operators had expected.
I was looking at nTLDStats.com today, and I want to share five charts that could offer a glimmer of hope for registry operators. In particular, I wanted to look at the registration trends at some of the largest corporate and SMB domain name registrars to see what was happening. I looked at the number of registrations of new gTLD domain names at MarkMonitor, GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Name.com, and Tucows since the introduction of the new extensions.
Although I was somewhat expecting to see negative growth charts, I was surprised that wasn’t the case (besides what looks like the large drop of .XYZ domain names at Network Solutions I think). I imagine many new domain name registries expected to see hockey stick growth – or at least much greater growth than we are seeing, but at least there is growth at registrars that cater towards businesses of all sizes.
Obviously, the entirety of the news about the new domain name extension is not great (to put it lightly), but at least it seems like there is some growth at these registrars.
Rob Monster, CEO of Epik, announced the hiring of Joseph Peterson as Director of Operations at Epik. Many people in the domain industry will recognize Joseph’s name from his articles written on Domain Name Wire, as well as his well thought out written contributions in comments on domain industry blogs and forums.
This hiring is the second big announcement from Epik in the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, the company announced the acquisition of Undeveloped.com, a domain name sales marketplace. Although the value of the deal was not shared at the time of the announcement, Rob later told OnlineDomain.com the price was 4 million Euros.
The press release distributed by Epik has more information about Joseph’s background and the role he will have at the company. You can find that below: → Read More