Godaddy Premium Listings Will Be Live During Super Bowl

Godaddy Premium Listings Will Be Live During Super Bowl

Before the 2011 Super Bowl Godaddy had been making a big push in the aftermarket with their premium listings. Unfortunately, for various reasons Godaddy did not include their Premium Listings in search results during the 2011 Super Bowl ad drive.   This meant that a user that was driven to the Godaddy site from the Super Bowl ad would not be able to see any of the Premium Listings in their search results, even for the exact-match domain.  Normally with a Premium Listing, an exact-match search for that domain displays the domain name as for sale and the price (see image at bottom)

DNN talked with Paul Nicks, head of Godaddy’s aftermarket, during the recent DomainFest in Santa Monica.  Nicks confirmed with us that the technical issues that prevented these aftermarket domain names from being listed last year had been addressed and that they are prepared for that traffic surge.

It’s exciting to think that the exposure Godaddy receives from their Super Bowl ads could actually lead to an individual making a sale through the aftermarket. If you like the possibilities of being able to say “I sold my domain during the Super Bowl”, you’ve got about 24 hours to put your listings in to the Premium Listings before tomorrow’s big game.

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LIVE : DomainFest Global 2012 Auction Results

LIVE : DomainFest Global 2012 Auction Results

We were are remotely live blogging the auction results of the DomainFest 2012 SnapNames Moniker Auction.  One domain name has sold before the auction began, Marriages.com for $36,000.  Out of 60 domain names, 10 names had already met their reserve at the start of the auction. Please note that while we do our best to provide accurate results, we do not guarantee that these are the official results. Unsold names will remain in the silent auction until Feb 16th, 2012 at 12:15pm PT (3:15pm ET).

The total of sales according to our own tally was $393,450 USD for 23 sold domains out of 61 domains. The sale of qr.com will most likely not go, since the bidder was apparently thinking they were bidding on another name.

The top 10 sales were:

Place Domain Reserve Status Price
1 Empire.com $100,001 – $250,000 SOLD $135,000.00
2 Qe.com $25,001 – $50,000 SOLD $89,000.00
3 CatFood.com $50,001 – $100,000 SOLD $62,000.00
4 Marriages.com $25,001 – $50,000 SOLD $36,000.00
5 ICard.com $5,001 – $10,000 SOLD $26,000.00
6 RentalTrucks.com $5,001 – $10,000 SOLD $12,500.00
7 Avengers.com $501-$1,000 SOLD $4,000.00
8 Margo.com $2,501 – $5,000 SOLD $4,000.00
9 StripMall.com No Reserve SOLD $3,700.00
10 LiverDonor.com $201-$500 SOLD $3,000.00

See the full results after the jump.

Domain Price Range Status Price
Marriages.com $25,001 – $50,000 SOLD $36,000
CaliforniaRolls.com No Reserve SOLD $1500
Guavas.com $501-$1,000 SOLD $800
Xegg.com $1,001-$2,500 pass
LiberalArtsColleges.com $1,001-$2,500 SOLD $1500
PlasmaTv.com $25,001 – $50,000 pass
Planners.com $50,001 – $100,000 pass
Promo.com $1MM – $5MM pass
HotCoupons.net No Reserve SOLD $400
AutoSupply.net No Reserve SOLD $900
RentalTrucks.com $5,001 – $10,000 SOLD $12,500
Trinkets.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
Nurseries.com $25,001 – $50,000 pass
Empire.com $100,001 – $250,000 SOLD $135,000
Bargain.com $750,001 – $1MM pass
Avengers.com $501-$1,000 SOLD $4,000
WeddingCards.net $501-$1,000 SOLD $700
PrescriptionRefill.net No Reserve SOLD $300
LiverDonor.com $201-$500 SOLD $3,000
CivilUnion.com $1,001-$2,500 SOLD $2,400
SportsTherapist.com $1,001-$2,500 SOLD $2,500
ActivityCenter.com $1,001-$2,500 SOLD $1900
ICard.com $5,001 – $10,000 SOLD $26,000
SurveillanceCamera.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
Drill.com $25,001 – $50,000 pass high bid $42,000
Democracy.com $100,001 – $250,000 pass
Juice.com $750,001 – $1MM pass
Work.com $1MM – $5MM pass
Qe.com $25,001 – $50,000 SOLD $89,000
Eo.com $100,001 – $250,000 pass $200,000 (high bid)
Qr.com $250,001 – $500,000 not sold $325,000 (accidental bidding)
12.com $750,001 – $1MM pass
Xeam.com $501-$1,000 SOLD $900
Margo.com $2,501 – $5,000 SOLD $4,000
Feuds.com $5,001 – $10,000 pass $5,000
Sox.com $50,001 – $100,000 pass $50,000
Eco.org $100,001 – $250,000 pass
Eve.com $500,001 – $750,000 pass
Platinum.com $750,001 – $1MM pass
StripMall.com No Reserve SOLD $3,700
AntiqueGuide.com $501-$1,000 SOLD $1,700
VintageMirrors.com $501-$1,000 SOLD $2,750
LoveLine.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
Reconnect.com $50,001 – $100,000 pass
VideoDownloads.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
InternetRadio.com $100,001 – $250,000 pass
CloudMusicStorage.com $501-$1,000 pass
Emails.com $500,001 – $750,000 pass
CardSwiper.com $1,001-$2,500 pass
Servers.com $250,001 – $500,000 pass
Host.com $1MM – $5MM pass
GuitarClasses.com $5,001 – $10,000 pass
WorksCited.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
Security.com $1MM – $5MM pass
BanquetHall.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
1800Business.com $10,001 – $25,000 pass
Cheyenne.com $100,001 – $250,000 pass
HomeOwner.com $250,001 – $500,000 pass
CatFood.com $50,001 – $100,000 SOLD $62,000
Unplugged.com $100,001 – $250,000 pass
Jackpot.com $750,001 – $1MM pass
UniqueWatches.com $5,001 – $10,000 removed?

Explanation of the Auction Stati:

  • SOLD: Domain was sold to highest bidder
  • SOLD * pending seller approval: Domain was pronounced sold by the auctioneer since bidding was close to the reserve price. However since the reserve price was not reached, the sale needs to be approved by the seller.
  • Pass: The domain name was not sold since there were no bids or bidding did not reach the reserve. In some cases we’ll still list the last amount bid.

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100 Million .Com Domains Registered

100 Million .Com Domains Registered

According to DomainTools.com, a provider of domain name research and whois information, the number of .com domains under management by the registry has eclipsed 100 million domains. In a statement issued earlier today DomainTools claims that through their research they “calculated the current total of domains managed by Verisign to be over 100.2 million”

DomainTools’ points out that most counts taken on domain name totals use the zone files which are provided by the registry operator.  These counts, however, do not factor in several “classes” of domain names including those in redemption and pending delete status, as well as “dark” domains.

Domains held in redemption and pending delete are removed from the zone files as they proceed through the 35 day process before being deleted from the registry. The “dark” domains are not included in the registry because these domains have not been assigned a DNS entry by the registrant or may be suspended.

DomainTools conducted research on these 2 categories of names and estimates that there are 2.1 million domains in the redemption or pending delete status and another 400,000 “dark” .com domains. The current zone files as of the time of there release puts the size of the zone file at 99,837,548 with a gain in the total of nearly 22,000 new .com daily. The 2.5 million domains not estimated in previous counts brings the total .com domains under Verisign management to over 100 million.


100 Million .Com Domains Registered

100 Million .Com Domains Registered

According to DomainTools.com, a provider of domain name research and whois information, the number of .com domains under management by the registry has eclipsed 100 million domains. In a statement issued earlier today DomainTools claims that through their research they “calculated the current total of domains managed by Verisign to be over 100.2 million”

DomainTools’ points out that most counts taken on domain name totals use the zone files which are provided by the registry operator.  These counts, however, do not factor in several “classes” of domain names including those in redemption and pending delete status, as well as “dark” domains.

Domains held in redemption and pending delete are removed from the zone files as they proceed through the 35 day process before being deleted from the registry. The “dark” domains are not included in the registry because these domains have not been assigned a DNS entry by the registrant or may be suspended.

DomainTools conducted research on these 2 categories of names and estimates that there are 2.1 million domains in the redemption or pending delete status and another 400,000 “dark” .com domains. The current zone files as of the time of there release puts the size of the zone file at 99,837,548 with a gain in the total of nearly 22,000 new .com daily. The 2.5 million domains not estimated in previous counts brings the total .com domains under Verisign management to over 100 million.


PIPA co-sponsor Richard “Dick” Durbin Wrote Me. . . Little Old Me !

PIPA co-sponsor Richard “Dick” Durbin Wrote Me. . . Little Old Me !

SOPA and PIPA are the hot topic today but according to Digital Trends writer Andrew Couts PIPA may be closer to passing as time for a vote draws near.

PIPA, on the other hand, is still very much alive. It has already passed through committee hearings — a step further than SOPA ever took. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has so far stood firm on bringing PIPA up for a vote before the full Senate on January 24.

While another sponsor, Senator Patrick Leahy seems to have given a little ground with proposing “that the positive and negative effects of this provision be studied before implemented, so that we can focus on the other important provisions in this bill”
It’s my understanding that the bills differ in the powers and process that the Justice Department is given when  taking down a site and also the requirement that sites linking to that content would have to police the content of where those links go.  However, both bills create a whole host of other problems, no matter that one fixes a problem that the other contains.  A simple read over at the EFF site explains most of this in much greater detail than I care to go in to or bore you with.  The entire PIPA legislation can also be viewed  here
I emailed my Senator (Richard Durbin, Democrat, from Illinois) to express my concerns and this is the form letter I received.
Dear Mr. Strong:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011 and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I appreciate hearing from you.
The bipartisan PROTECT IP Act (S. 968), which was based on last year’s Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, would authorize the Department of Justice to pursue court orders to take action against websites that are dedicated to selling pirated and counterfeit goods. I am a cosponsor of S. 968.
It is important to note that this legislation seeks to address a serious problem without inappropriately restricting Internet freedom. The Justice Department currently lacks tools to effectively enforce anti-piracy and counterfeiting laws against websites that are dedicated to distributing material in violation of these laws.
This legislation seeks to address this problem by enabling the Justice Department to target these websites through court orders, while also providing the websites with the opportunity to petition a court to lift an order. The bill is narrowly tailored so as not to include legitimate websites and it includes important procedural protections to prevent misuse of this authority. For a court order to be issued, the Justice Department must show that the website in question is directed at customers in the United States and that it harms holders of U.S. intellectual property. In addition, the Department is required to promptly serve notice of the action after the filing.
S. 968 provides a narrower definition of a website “dedicated to infringing activities” than the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. In addition, while the PROTECT IP Act would authorize the Attorney General and rights holders to bring actions against online infringers operating a rogue website or domain, the remedies are limited to blocking financial gains of the site but not blocking access. Also, this bill ensures that third-parties (e.g. internet service providers, payment processors, advertising networks) are not overly burdened to comply with an order beyond what is feasible and reasonable.
In May 2011, this bill was approved unanimously by a voice vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate will vote on whether to bring debate to a close on PROTECT IP Act in January 2012.
In the House of Representatives, Representative Lamar Smith of Texas introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261. This bill has many of the same provisions as the PROTECT IP Act, such as providing the Justice Department with legal tools to prevent foreign websites from selling copyrighted material to American consumers. However, H.R. 3261 has more stringent requirements for third-parties to comply with court orders. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Effective enforcement of intellectual property laws is critical to the encouragement of innovation and the creation of jobs. In recent years, we have seen a proliferation of Internet websites that are devoted to the unauthorized distribution and sale of pirated and counterfeit goods. These websites deprive innovators and businesses of revenue and result in the loss of American jobs. In addition, these websites present a public health concern when they sell counterfeit, adulterated, or misbranded pharmaceutical products.
I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers this issue in the coming months.
Sincerely,
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

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