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Neustar Launches Stats Hub Tool

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neustarThere are quite a few companies that are either using their .brand extension or plan to use their .brand extension. Google has its .Google extension, Barclays has its .Barclays extension, and Saxo Bank has its .Saxo extension, among many other companies.

Earlier today, Neustar launched its Stats Hub product, a new tool for people and companies interested in the .brands space. According to Neustar, "The ‘Stats Hub’ is an interactive database of statistics on .brand domain usage including domains registered and utilization info (number resolving/non-resolving/redirecting etc), which is also categorized and can be filtered by brand, location, industry to find exactly the data you’re looking for."

I played around a bit with the tool and think it will become useful for me when doing research on the new domain extensions. One of the more interesting searches that can be done is (more…) → Read More


Greenpeace USA Registers WayneTracker.com

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Greenpeace-logoIf you follow the news (or politics) in the United States, you may have heard the name "Wayne Tracker" during the past few days. If you have not heard of this alias, here is what the New York Post wrote in an article today about former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, used an alias email address while at the oil company to send and receive information related to climate change and other matters, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The attorney general’s office said in a letter on Monday that it found Tillerson had used an alias email address under the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker” from at least 2008 through 2015.

Curious to see if anyone registered WayneTracker.com, I was somewhat surprised to already see an active (more…) → Read More


Why I Won’t Sign a NDA to Help Someone Else

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I am regularly asked by industry companies to give them feedback about a new product or service. I am occasionally asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prior to helping or participating in their testing. While I am generally happy to help and offer my insight, I am not going to sign a NDA to help, and I thought I would share my reasoning.

If I received a NDA, I would need to pay an attorney to review the agreement to ensure there is nothing potentially harmful to me or my business. I would need to make sure I am adequately protected and won't get into litigation. This is an expense that I shouldn't have to incur in order to help someone else, but it is necessary to ensure that I don't sign something that will prevent me from writing about things I already know.

Non-disclosure agreements are always one sided. A company would like me to sign some sort of agreement to not disclose anything about what they showed me or what we discussed. This is fine, but the NDA solely benefits the company and there is absolutely no → Read More


Price Increase is Bad for Registrars

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Like most others in the domain investment business, I read the news about the Uniregistry price increases on Domain Incite and Domain Name Wire yesterday afternoon. As the owner of fewer than 10 domain names that are new extensions, the price increase will not directly impact my business. The businesses most impacted by this will be domain name registrars who will have to pass along the price increase to customers.

I would imagine that domain name registrars are going to be tasked with informing customers of the large price increase. From my perspective, it would not be fair for these registrars to simply send out a renewal reminder email to registrants and sort of bury the fact that prices for some new domain names are going way, way up. I think they are going to have to make sure domain registrants know that the prices of some domain names will be rising (dramatically).

Unfortunately, the domain name business is not exactly transparent. Even if GoDaddy and other domain registrars explain that the upstream registry raised its → Read More


Getting Your TLD Legal in China: the MIIT Process Unboxed

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Emblem_of_Ministry_of_Industry_and_Information_TechnologyFor some registries, it has been a more than four-year process to get their TLDs approved by China’s regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the enigmatic “MIIT”). However, with slow but steady MIIT approvals now coming out of China, what started with the MIIT’s policy revision some years ago, to the appointment of the equally abstruse “review committee” last year, has now resulted in “approved” foreign registries now legally selling their domains in China. While this is certainly good news, the process leading to MIIT approval is still a formidable one.

As the China-specialist agency which was hired to support the successful applications of .club, .ink, .shop, .site and .vip, the ‘coming soon’ applications of .art, Famous Four, Neustar (.biz & .co), Rightside, and the original China market entry of the Chinese IDNs .在线 and .中文网, Allegravita is unambiguously the most experienced China domain registry consultant in the world. Elliot Silver of DomainInvesting.com asked us to → Read More


Google Search Results for Domain Name a Bit Surprising

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I was curious what companies rank in the top ten Google results for "domain name" and it had been quite some time since I last checked out the rankings. I was a bit surprised by the top results I found when I did an incognito mode search this morning.

Below the top advertisements, here are the ten results that appear when I searched Google for the domain name term:


  • Register.com

  • GoDaddy

  • Wikipedia

  • Wix

  • Google Domains

  • Namecheap

  • (Top Stories - News Link)

  • DomainName.com

  • Network Solutions

  • InstantDomainSearch.com



I found this list to be (more…) → Read More


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