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New TLD data shows a precipitous decline, but there’s more to the story

A handful of top level domains account for major DUM losses. If you take a quick look at the nTLDStats‘ data, it might look like new top level domains are falling off a cliff. From October 2020 to May 2021, registered domains under management (DUM) have fallen nearly 30%, from 35 million to 25 million. […]

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Frank Schilling new TLD auction grosses more than $40 millon

All 23 top level domains sold in auction last week. Frank Schilling’s UNR business sold 23 top level domains in auctions last week, grossing more than $40 million. The company says that 17 bidders deposited money to participate in the auctions, and more than 10 different bidders won the top level domains. Six of the […]

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GoDaddy tops $1 billion in quarterly bookings, domain revenue surges

GoDaddy turns in big numbers for Q1 and announces to executive hires. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) reported earnings after the market closed today. The company reported its first quarter ever that topped $1 billion in bookings, generating $1.0887 billion. Revenue was up 13.8% year over year to $901.1 million. Domains revenue surged 18.8% to $422.7 million. […]

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Shopping center operator tries reverse domain name hijacking

Company goes after a generic domain registered two decades ago, and the Complainant’s lawyers have a connection to a UDRP forum. A three-member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found (pdf) that Majid Al Futtaim Properties Llc attempted to reverse domain name hijack the domain name CityCentre.com. The Complainant runs shopping centers in the Middle […]

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Latest .com winners report

Here’s how domain name registrars peformed in January. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers January 2021. Here’s how registrars did in terms of new .com registrations in January: 1. GoDaddy.com* (NYSE: GDDY) 978,334 (1,109,061 in December 2020) 2. Namecheap Inc. 291,257 (293,601) […]

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Escrow.com reports record results in Q1

Domain name transactions help push Escrow.com to its second consecutive quarterly record. Escrow.com released its quarterly Domain Investment Index (pdf) today, and parent company Freelancer.com released its quarterly results last week. Total domain name transactions in Q1 2021 were $110 million, up from about $94 million in the last quarter of 2020 and $86 million […]

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Bico.com domain name sells for $350,000

Four letter .com sells for big bucks. Shane Kinsch has cashed in again, this time selling the four letter domain name bico.com for $350,000. The buyer is a client of Ports Group AB, a brand management company. Lots of companies go by the name Bico and there are a couple of U.S. trademarks for the […]

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GoDaddy to close Scottsdale office and move HQ to Tempe as work goes remote

Company shifts to new working environment. GoDaddy (NYS: GDDY) is closing its Scottsdale headquarters as it consolidates offices in Arizona. It will transfer employees in the Scottsdale office to its new headquarters in Tempe and its Gilbert office. The change does not involve any reduction to GoDaddy’s Arizona employee roles and the company stresses that […]

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NamesCon to host its next virtual event in September

NamesCon Online returns under new ownership group. The next virtual NamesCon Online will take place in September, organizers announced today. The third NamesCon Online will take place September 22-24. An email announcing the event suggests that the event will cover NFTs, emerging social platforms, fractional ownership, increasing domain values and new use cases. NamesCon is […]

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.Me reports €453,500 premium domain sales in 13 months

.Me registry has sold 79 premium domains since offering them through the registrar channel last year. The registry for .me domain names announced that it sold €453,500 ($550,000) worth of premium domain names over the past 13 months when it started offering premium domains through the registrar channel. This is the net revenue to the […]

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