DNJournal profiles DNForum owner | Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News & Views
DNJournal.com, one of the best sources for domain name owners, has a great profile on Adam Dicker. Adam owns High Impact Sites, Inc. High Impact Sites runs the popular DNForum.com site and owns domains like Planets.com and PenPals.com.
Local.com goes for $700k | Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News & Views
Interchange Corporation (NASDAQ: INCX), known primarily for its pay-per-click services, picked up domain name Local.com for $700,000 and issued a press release about its plans. Interchange will offer a number of local portals (e.g. chicago.local.com) which will integrate with its local pay-per-click offerings. Perhaps it will be like CitySearch.com, with better integration of paid for performance listings.
VaultPress drops it price for WordPress security and backup
- Must-have security service now costs less.
I was one of the first customers to sue Automattic’s VaultPress service, and it has saved my behind on multiple occasions.
VaultPress is a WordPress backup and security system created by WordPress.
The backup tool is nice, but plenty of other companies offer some type of backup. It’s the security that makes this system a no-brainer.
VaultPress scans your site for any potential security holes or hacking and alerts you when it finds something. It’s nice to get an alert from VaultPress before your users start complaining about a hack. Or worse, when ... read more ...
BrandShield takes a different strategy in a world of many TLDs
- How should brands manage infringement in a world of many top level domain names? Brandshield suggests taking a common sense approach.
Brands face new challenges in a world of many new top level domain name options. Brand protection company BrandShield, spun-off from a registrar in 2013, recommends that companies focus on infringement that really matters.
In 2000, Yoav Keren and two colleagues launched a registrar reseller based in Israel called Domain The Net. Keren was a senior advisor in the Israeli government at the time, and their research revealed untapped marketplace opportunity.
The partners ... read more ...
Here's what's happening at Rightside
- Company will invest more in marketing to improve new top level domain name results.
Yesterday, Rightside released Q4 earnings. The good news is that it turned in record revenue and an adjusted EBITDA that topped guidance.
The bad news is that revenue growth over Q3 was nominal, especially for new top level domain names.
While it’s probably fairer to look at year-over-year revenue growth in most product lines, new TLDs are different. Rightside needs to show strong quarter-over-quarter growth in this category, as it is telling investors this is where all of the growth will come from, and it needs ... read more ...
$32 million .Org contract up for bids
- Public Interest Registry asks for proposals to run its backend registry.
Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that runs the .Org top level domain name, just put out a request for proposal for its backend registry provider.
Afilias currently runs the registry operations for .org, and has since .org was transitioned from Verisign to Public Interest Registry in 2003.
The company is richly compensated for managing the registry. According to Public Interest Registry’s 2013 tax return, Afilias was paid $32 million that year for providing services for .org.
.Org ended 2015 with 10.5 million names ... read more ...
Domain name investor gets RDNH win
- China ready, but not ready for a UDRP.
Domain name investor Warren Weitzman has successfully defended his domain name ChinaReady.com, and the panel found complainant China Ready and Accredited Pty Ltd to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by bringing the case.
The complainant uses the lengthy domain name chinareadyandaccredited.com.
It claimed first use of the “China Ready” mark dating to 2012. But Weitzman registered ChinaReady.com back in 2006. See the problem for the complainant? If so, you’re one step ahead of the complainant’s lawyer.
Weitzman parked the domain name, which ... read more ...
First .Auto Domain: Kain Automotive Switches From KainAutomotive.Com To Kain.Auto
Kain Automotive has changed their domain name from KainAutomotive.com to the new gTLD Kain.Auto becoming one of the first registrants of the new gTLD .auto.
The domain name KainAutomotive.com is now being forwarded to the new gTLD Kain.Auto
The domain name Kain.auto was created on November 3.
According to their site Kain Automotive was Established in 2003 by “David Kain as a way to assist Automotive Dealers and Automotive Manufacturers with developing effective and progressive Internet Sales Operations
David co-founded and became President and COO of FordDirect.com in 2000, where he served as ... read more ...
Beware: DefendNames.com Spamming, Trying To Sell Unregistered Domains For $39.95
Over the last several days I have been receiving over 20 emails a day offering me domains for sale for $39.95 each.
Until tonight I didn’t pay too much attention but the sheer volume of the emails I have received today led to me to check it out.
So the emails are coming from firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the email including just one of the many domain names I was offered:
“Thank you for your interest in the domain name, clearwateraccident.com.
As you are probably aware, domains are valued based on many factors such as marketability and brand-ability, the industry it is related ... read more ...
Michael Berkens, Esq. is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheDomains.com. Michael is also the co-founder of Worldwide Media Inc. which sold around 70K domain to Godaddy.com in December 2015 and now owns around 5K domain names . Michael is also a Director of RightoftheDot.com which is a consultant in the new gTLD space and a broker of super premium domains. Michael was also one of the 5 Judges selected for the the Verisign 30th Anniversary .Com contest this year.