Friday, February 28, 2014

Get the dot com domain name you have always wanted by Registry.co.com

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Two days ago, on wendsday feb 26 i received an newsletter from registry.co.com, you already may have read about this on other famous domaining blogs, but i want to share it to you anyway.

November 2013 the owner of co.com Paul Goldstone, Ken Hansen and Gregg McNair collaborated and created the .co.com registry. It was big news allover the domaining industry news services and on the blogs, now the news is that the registry is ready to go and the landrush and sunrise launch registration period schedules are revealed.  There is a good amount of icann certified registrars participating this launch. What makes .co.com so interesting is that all the good short dot com domain names are taken, .co.com is strong extension contender for your brand name or for your business dot com. 

So here is the whole newsletter for you to read:

"Dear .co.com Subscriber,
Thank you for your interest in .co.com!  Earlier this month the .co.com Registry website went live at http://registry.co.com. We are now very excited to announce our TM Sunrise Period! During this initial launch period .co.com domain names can be registered by qualified trademark holders. Additional details concerning the .co.com launch phases, reserved names, and the steps we are taking to mitigate abuse, are provided below.
.co.com Launch Schedule.co.com Sunrise Period
The .co.com 30-day Sunrise Period for trademark holders began on Monday, February 24th, and will end Tuesday March, 25th, 2014. To qualify, trademark holders must submit the validation file received from ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse. The validation file must exactly match the domain name being registered. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for use within minutes of registration. Specific procedures for Sunrise registrations can be found at http://registry.co.com/sunrise-period
.co.com Landrush and General Availability
Registration opens up to any business, organization or individual during our upcoming 90-day Landrush period, beginning on Tuesday, April 8th. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until July 8th. The Landrush Period will be followed by the General Availability Period, during which, .co.com domain names will continue to be available to all businesses, organizations and individuals. Additional information concerning the .co.com launch schedule and participating registrars, can be found at http://registry.co.com
Premium .co.com Names
Looking for a premium .co.com domain? The .co.com Registry has reserved certain "premium" names that will be offered for sale in domain name marketplaces, auctioned or sold directly at premium pricing (e.g. i.co.com, Books.co.com, Plumbing.co.com, Apartments.co.com, Travel.co.com, etc.) To express interest in a premium name, search now, then fill out the 'express interest' form plus look out for announcements on the upcoming availability of premium domains on our website and in upcoming newsletters.
.co.com Abuse Mitigation
We are committed to maintaining a safe and trustworthy namespace and are pleased to announce that .co.com Registry employs technology from Architelos, Inc. to monitor the overall health of .co.com, and to identify and quickly mitigate any potential abusive use of .co.com domains. Architelos’ pioneering NameSentry℠ service aggregates data from multiple third party malware, spam and phishing providers, to get the most real-time and comprehensive view. The service then layers investigative tools to quickly pinpoint abusive sites and bad actors, and employs automated workflows to shut down threats. NameSentry deployed alongside our abuse help desk and the acceptable use policies, provides us with the tools we need to maintain the overall health of .co.com.
Thank you again for your interested in .co.com.
Sincerely,

Ken Hansen, CEO"
co.com LLC
"Get the .com You've Always Wanted"


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

SedoMLS no longer supports GoDaddy

As i crawled trough Godaddy auctions today, i get the following message on GoDaddy Auctions front page. It seems that SedoMLS no longer supports GoDaddy. Afternic.com is the new GoDaddy partner on domain auctions. 

The message goes:

"ATTENTION: Starting March 31, 2014, Sedo aftermarket listings will no longer display on GoDaddy.com. If you currently rely on SedoMLS to manage your domain listing and want to ensure that your services are not interrupted, please list your domains on Afternic.com. "

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My list of favorite names on GoDaddy domain auctions 2-23-2014

GoDaddy - The World's #1 Domain Registrar

Here i have picked 30 or so domain names that are on auction now at Godaddy Auctions.
I am NOT the owner of any of these domains so there is no back thoughts. Auctions are live from 1 hour to 69 days.

So here's my list:


These are just my picks, the decision is yours.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hot, hot domain reg or transfer deal from GoDaddy

$2.95 .Com at GoDaddy.com!

Just want to share this awesome onetime offer from Godaddy with you, it's a one per customer with one new or transfer .com domain, now that's a GO!

Here's the offer details:

"SPECIAL OFFER! .COM just $2.95*! Additional .COMs just $9.99* per year!
Plus ICANN fee of $0.18 per domain name per year. $2.95 price good for the first year of one new or transfer .COM per customer. Additional years or .COMs may be purchased for $9.99 per year. Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Customers may not use gift cards, In-Store Credit, Skrill, PayPal® or AliPay to redeem this offer. Your discount will be applied in your shopping cart. After the initial purchase term, discounted products will renew at the then-current renewal rate. Go Daddy reserves the right to deny use of this offer and/or cancel domains purchased using this offer if the offer is abused or used fraudulently, as determined by Go Daddy in its sole discretion."

Domain auctions related tweet of today

Like Morgan Linton i also discovered this very familiar domain name on auction at Godaddy Auctions today. Interesting to see what will to this domain name after the auction, it was Michelle Obama related blog in 2008-2009.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics domain name typos today


Now that we have enjoyed Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics for over a week, lets investigate the domain name Sochi.ru. First notice is that Sochi.ru redirects to Sochi2014.com, so we look-up for both of them. Here i have used domaintools.com to see who is behind these domain names and what typos are out there, here are the results:


Reverse Whois:
"Organizing Committee "Sochi 2014"" is associated with about 17 other domains


Site Profile and Search Rank of Sochi2014.com

Website Title:  Sochi 2014 Olympics - Olympic Tickets, Sports & Schedule - Sochi 2014 Olympics

Title Relevancy

87%

Meta Description:

The Games are on! 7-23 Feb 2014. Olympic tickets, events schedule, venue, sports info. Official website of the Sochi 2014 Olympic, Paralympic Games.

Description Relevancy:

76% relevant.

Visitors by Country: Russian Federation 43.6% United States 16% Canada 4.6% France 3% Germany 2.8% Great Britain (UK) 2.6%

Alexa Trend/Rank:

#9,053: for the last three months.




Site Profile and Search Rank of Sochi.ru
Title Relevancy
87%
Meta Description:
The Games are on! 7-23 Feb 2014. Olympic tickets, events schedule, venue, sports info. Official website of the Sochi 2014 Olympic, Paralympic Games.
Description Relevancy:
76% relevant.
Alexa Trend/Rank:


#9,292,275: for the last three months.

Typo:Registrant:
soch2014.comAbove.com Domain Privacy
sochi014.comAnonymous You LLC
sochi201.comAnonymous You LLC
soochi2014.comAnonymous You LLC
sohi2014.comAnonymous You LLC
sochii2014.comAnonymous You LLC
sochi2014s.comAnonymous You LLC
schi2014.comAnonymous You LLC
ssochi2014.comAnonymous You LLC
s0chi2014.comAnton M Bahtin
aochi2014.comBLADIMIR BOYIKO
spchi2014.comBLADIMIR BOYIKO
sochi2o14.comDomain Admin
soxhi2014.comDomains By Proxy, LLC
sohci2014.comEd Krassenstein
sochi214.comEd Krassenstein
soci2014.comIgor Yanovich
sochi204.comIgor Yanovich
sochi20l4.comIgor Yanovich
socji2014.comKonstantin Lozbenyov
socgi2014.comKonstantin Lozbenyov
wwwsochi2014.comMICHAEL MORGAN
sochi2104.comMICHAEL MORGAN
sochi2014.usMarkaAdres.com stdfrr st456c
socho2014.comMichal Bordovsky
sochl2014.comMikhail N Chekanov
sochi2014.com *Organizing Committee "Sochi 2014"
sochi2014.info *Organizing Committee "Sochi 2014"
sochi2014.org *Organizing Committee "Sochi 2014"
sochi2014.net *Organizing Committee "Sochi 2014"
sochi2015.comPrivacy Protection Service INC d/b/a PrivacyProtect.org
sochi2014.bizPrivacyProtect.org
sochj2014.comPriymak V Yurik
sochi20l4.orgReporters sans frontieres
ochi2014.comSergey E Vysotin
sochii2014.orgSochii 2014 Organizations POB
sochi2013.comStepan Lukavskii
soci2014.orgVeronika Santruckova
sichi2014.comVorobev
wwwsochi2014.netWhois Privacy Services Pty Ltd
wwwsochi2014.orgWhois Privacy Services Pty Ltd
socni2014.comguizhi xie

* domain owned by Sochi 2014 organizing committee

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The top five mistakes in domain parking by Sedo



Sedo.com posted an article about how to optimise your parked domains, be sure to use these helpful tips. Here's the full article: 
The Top Five Mistakes in ParkingLearn how to select the correct account settings and avoid the top five mistakes in parking

With over four million parked domains, Sedo is the world's largest parking provider and recipient of multiple international awards for "Best Parking Provider”. The advantages for domain owners choosing Sedo parking are obvious: earn money with unused domains for free, use of professionally -generated content including several layout options, increase the likelihood of selling domains and gain access to usage stats. Once your settings are correctly enabled, our parking program does the work for you. With this article, learn how to select the correct account settings and avoid the top five mistakes in parking so you can achieve maximum profitability.

Mistake 1: Setting a fixed lander type for all of your domains
Whether a 1-click or a 2-click layout performs best for a domain depends on different, hard-to-recognize factors. Choosing the wrong lander type can negatively impact the parking earnings of a domain. Set Lander Type on “automatic” and let Sedo`s optimization engine select which lander type is optimal for each individual domain.

Mistake 2: Setting related links manually 
For each parked domain, you must specify up to ten keywords if you want to set the related links manually. This is very time consuming and does not always get the best results. Instead, the related links can be set automatically. With this option, links are automatically chosen specifically by our ad providers for each domain based on relevance, users' queries, and potential CPC (Cost Per Click). Our recommendation: choose "Set related links automatically” in your account under the “Page Elements" option.

Mistake 3: Choosing the wrong layout
Different layouts perform differently for different domains. By selecting a sub-optimal template for a domain or one template for all of your domains, valuable clicks and earnings can be missed. Set your template on “auto selection” and let the Sedo Autorotation find the best template for each of your domains.

Mistake 4: Selecting long or irrelevant keywords
Master keywords and regional keywords help our advertisers target the ads on your domains. They may or may not choose to use that information, but in any case you want the information to be helpful. It is not necessary to set a keyword that is an exact match to the domain name. Neither entering long keyword lists nor using keywords when you don’t  know what the domain is about is helpful.

Mistake 5: Ignore the Master Category
The Master Category is used for targeting by several second-tier advertisers. Make sure the Master Category is set, especially on domains monetized by our second-tier advertisers and adult domains. You can find out whether a domain is monetized by a second-tier advertiser and/or adult domain from the “Domain Info” tab of the “Domain Details” page, which is accessible by clicking on a domain in the Domain Management or the Parking Reports.

Log in to your account to review whether you’ve selected the optimal settings for your parked domains!


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