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Donuts’ TrueName service offers brand protection to registrants

Donuts has announced TrueName, a registrant service that automatically blocks registrations of homographs of registered domains. When a customer registers a Donuts TLD such as .guru, .money or .live, Donuts will block registrations of lookalike domain names that substitute letters or numbers with characters from Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic script tables for the purpose of […]

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Facebook and Google ad credits are like the Fed printing money

Ad auction platforms are giving out advertising funds to keep ad prices up. Ad auction markets have been in turmoil since Covid-19 shut down much of the economy. Ad rates plummeted at Facebook and Google. Both companies announced various promotional grants or credits to companies to help them through the crisis. Last week I received […]

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Google continues to tinker with URLs in Chrome

New test obscures the full URL. Google is at it again, tinkering with how it displays URLs in the Chrome browser. The company has tested different ways of showing a site’s identity in search as well as Chrome. Android Police notes that a new test feature shows only the second and top level domain and […]

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How to automatically verify your Dan.com listings

Add a third nameserver to make sure your domains are approved. I’ve added a couple of hundred domains to Dan.com in recent months. One frustrating thing is that some of the domains get rejected because someone else previously added the domains to their account before I acquired the domains. I end up having to email […]

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Google to consider “page experience” in rankings

Experience metrics to be used in rankings. Google is going to start using “Core Web Vitals” as a ranking signal for websites. Core Web Vitals measure critical aspects of the user experience. These include load time, interactivity, and the stability of content as it loads. Google said the changes wouldn’t happen until at least next […]

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Interview: Dofo aims to fix domain search

Domain search company wants to make it easier to find domains to register or buy.   Finding aftermarket domain names is difficult. The two big domain marketplaces, Sedo and Afternic, don’t have search functions that help domain investors find domains that fit their metrics. Dofo is trying to change that. I asked Dofo Founder & […]

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MarkMonitor parent Clarivate cuts costs and revenue guidance for Covid

Company will slash costs this year to keep earnings on track. Clarivate Analytics (NYSE: CCC), parent company of MarkMonitor’s domain name business, released earnings today. Revenues were up 2.8% year-over-year for the first quarter of 2020, coming in at $240.6 million. The company had a net loss of $74.0 million but its Adjusted EBITDA number […]

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NamesCon Europe postponed, virtual conference possible

Covid-19 forces delay. NamesCon Europe, originally scheduled for Budapest this August, has been delayed due to Covid-19. Organizers have already booked July 15-17, 2021 for the new date. The move comes as no surprise. Conferences that attract people from around the world are unlikely to proceed this year. It will be interesting to see if […]

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Domain marketplace offers domain name insurance

Insurance could protect against theft. Chinese domain marketplace Le Yu recently announced a partnership with Sunshine Insurance Group to offer insurance on domains. The service is a response to the problem of high-priced domains being stolen by hackers, and aims to provide safety to domain ownership and to lower risk in domain exchange. Details of […]

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Intercap navigates launching a domain during Covid-19 pandemic

Registry’s delayed .dealer launch moves forward in uncertain environment. Launching any product is hard. Launching one in the middle of a pandemic takes it to another level. For Intercap Registry, its two-year journey to launch .dealer has been delayed by Covid-19. The company initially planned to launch the domain in Sunrise on March 25. That […]

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