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John Berryhill Shares Picture of Yun Ye

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Yun Ye is probably the most mysterious person who has ever been involved in the domain name business. In fact, most people have never met Yun Ye and have only heard about him and his massive $164 million domain name portfolio sale to Marchex.

Yesterday evening on Twitter, noted domain attorney John Berryhill, who represented Yun Ye's company (and still represents Frank's Name Administration company), published this tweet with a photo of Yun Ye that was taken in 2005:




John told me that this is a picture of (more…) → Read More


What is Frank Schilling Saying?

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Uniregistry General Counsel (and talented domain industry attorney) Bret Fausett shared this photo of Frank Schilling at the company's holiday party. What do you think Frank is saying as he addresses the Uniregistry team following a successful year?

You are welcome to be witty, but please be decent :-) → Read More


Are New gTLDs Dead? Frank Schilling Says “Far From It”

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I've been following the comments on Mike Berkens' article about Frank Schilling's company deleting over 200k domain names and a discussion thread on NamePros. In that NamePros thread, it looks like many people are ready to declare the new gTLD program dead. In fact, the title of the thread is "New gTLDs are DEAD!! Frank Schilling drops 230,000 new gTLD domains."

I reached out to Frank Schilling to ask him if he would answer the question “Are new gTLDs dead?” for an article on my blog. Frank was kind enough to answer, which I published below.

In my email to Frank, I shared my interpretation of the news, which is that premium names weren’t selling well, so by letting them drop, Frank was opening up a revenue stream via the registrar channel. Essentially, instead of one of Frank's companies paying the other (net zero, not including the small ICANN fees), it would make these names available for anyone to register. This would drive revenue for Uniregistry and may get some of these domain names developed by end user buyers, → Read More


Rightside Responds to Donuts

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Earlier today, Donuts published a press release announcing it made an unsolicited $70 million cash offer to buy all of the new gTLD domain name extensions owned by Rightside. In the release, the company also shared the letter its CEO Paul Stahura wrote to Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu.

In this morning's announcement, it was made clear that this wasn't the first time Donuts had made an overture to acquire Rightside's new gTLD domain names. This afternoon, Rightside issued its own press release in response to the public overture from Donuts. In it, the company stated that it (more…) → Read More


Uniregistry Promoting .Game at E3

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Uniregistry is promoting its newly launched .Game domain name extension at this week's E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference in Los Angeles, which kicks off today. Circling the event venue will be ten billboard trucks with .Game advertising on them to help draw awareness to the new .Game domain name extension.

Here's a photo of 5 of the unlighted trucks that was shared by Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling yesterday afternoon:




According to the (more…) → Read More


Uniregistry Brings Back Green Offer Bar

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When Uniregistry launched its Uniregistry Market, one of the biggest changes was its landing page designs. The new landing pages were devoid of graphic headers that showed images related to the PPC links, and there were some other major changes to the font and layout.

One of the first things I noticed was that the bright green offer bar at the top of landing pages was changed to blue. This seemed to be a bit counterproductive since the blue seems to blend into the rest of the landing page, and mentioning that the domain name may be available for sale is important for people who make a living selling domain names.

A couple of weeks ago, Frank Schilling, CEO of Uniregistry, reassured clients by saying that there was just a marginal difference in offers received since the change was made. In fact, he said “It was up marginally in the first week I’d say 3–5% ..  “definitely” up tho week to week across the board.

I was just checking on something, and I see that Uniregistry has brought back its bright green offer → Read More


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