I still think emoji domains are a bad investment

My opinion hasn’t changed and here’s why. I’ve had a few people email to ask what I think about emoji domain names as an investment, especially after domain investor Gregg Ostrick paid $11,201 for ☯.com (Punycode: xn--w4h.com). My answer hasn’t changed since I wrote about this back in May: people are flushing money down the […]

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Analysis: next generation companies in China still prefer .com

Kassey Lee reviews top level domain usage by top new internet companies in China. Several years ago some domain experts predicted that the next generation companies would prefer new extensions because of better names at lower prices than .com. Is this trend happening now? I want to know, so do people investing in the Chinese […]

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Google reminds everyone how .mobi domains are stupid

.Mobi domains used to have a point. Now they don’t. Last week Google posted a quick guide to moving from a subdomain for a mobile site to just using the same domain and a responsive site. The post doesn’t mention .mobi, but the same concept applies: In 2017, there’s no reason to have a separate […]

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Domain name humor in Catastrophe

Having fun with fake top level domain names. If you want a good laugh, you should definitely check out the Amazon Original Series Catastrophe. There’s even some domain name humor in the season finale of season two. Sharon and Rob are fighting, and Rob points out that they need to make arrangements for the kids: […]

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Heading to WHD next week? Here are some interesting sessions.

From net neutrality to blockchain, here are three interesting sessions at next week’s conference. WorldHostingDays is heading to Las Vegas next week and much of the domain name industry will be there. If you will be at the conference and have something to talk about, drop me a line to set up a meeting. Here […]

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What if Donald Trump tweeted about domain names?

It would probably look a lot like this. Twitter has given Donald Trump an easy and direct way to reach his fans at any time of day, even (especially) at 3 am. Wonder what it would look like if Trump tweeted about domain names? Probably something like this: OK, OK, so if they look familiar, […]

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Verisign credits Super Bowl for strong quarter

Super Bowl ads propel new domain registrations. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) released earnings and business results for Q1 2017 yesterday after the closing bell. 9.5 million new .com and .net registrations occurred in the quarter, beating expectations. While down from the 10.0 gross registrations in the same quarter of 2016, that quarter was during the Chinese investment […]

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.Art will have 3.5 million premium domain names

Good luck finding a new .art domain at “regular” registration prices. This headline is not a typo. The .art domain name, which will enter general availability on May 10, will have a staggering 3.5 million domain names that will be available for registration at prices higher than standard. Standard retail prices should be about $15-$20. […]

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Local Popularity & Global Influence: Nations and nTLDs

Joseph Peterson continues his look at new top level domain names and their popularity across the world. No beating around the bush. Let’s start with an example. .BERLIN is 1290 times more popular inside Germany than outside. And Germany is 48 times more significant for .BERLIN than for other nTLDs. In the Cayman Islands, .PROPERTY is […]

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Phishing Scam Targets USAA

Last Saturday, I received a phishing email targeting members of USAA, which is a bank extensively used by active-duty military members, veterans, and their family members. See for yourself: Subject: Important Message From: USAA <onlineservices@ussa.com> Message: Dear valued USAA member: Thank you for your support, At USAA we are updating our server for security reasons […]

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