Is .Com Better than a New gTLD Domain Name?

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New gTLD market share courtesy

As you may be aware, if you read my blog regularly, you probably know by now that I’ve been a fan of the new gTLD domain names, especially keyword rich ones, since they were first introduced. It seems as though you either really love the new gTLD domain names and see the opportunities they provide, or you don’t like them. I’ve run across quite a few people who just don’t like the new gTLD domain names. Some say that their value is limited, and others have event told me that they will fail. [Read more…]

Apple’s Mystery Domain Names Now Say Hello

A while back, I wrote about Apple’s mysterious non-sensical domain names that were hosted on Amazon’s Cloud servers. That post was picked up by Gizmodo. Well, I noticed today, a day before the big Apple event, that may or may not include news about the new Apple iPhone 6, iOS 8, Apple NFC, and the Apple iWatch, those non-sensical domain names are saying this:


Why they’ve been switched from being a simple server default landing page to one that actually includes content (Hello being the content), is kind of interesting. Those sites are still up and running, and I bet they have something to do with Apple’s announcements on September 9th. [Read more…]

Microsoft to Launch Microsoft Sway Content Delivery Network Cloud Service

Microsoft is getting ready to launch a new site or service called Sway. Right now there’s no word from Microsoft officially about what this new product, service, or website will be. But based on the number of domain names that have been purchased recently by Microsoft and their private acquisition of the domain name leads me to believe that Sway is launching soon.

Update: According to a TechCrunch article, and several others, Sway is going to be a Content Delivery Network (CDN) of some type, and I suspect that they are speculating–based on the CDN characters in the domain names that were registered. Venture Beat says it will be a cloud service.

Microsoft Sway

Jamie Zoch, from Dot Weekly reports that Microsoft “used the domain buying service Brand Certified and has acquired the domain name No purchase price has been disclosed but it was likely six figures for the domain. The domain purchase likely took place on or about March 3, 2014 and has been hid behind the Brand Certified name since acquiring the domain name on behalf of Microsoft.” [Read more…]

Domain Name Scam Alert: ICANN Does NOT Provide Domain Name Appraisals

There is a pretty nasty domain name appraisal scam going around that you need to be aware of if you own domain names. The scammer’s only intent is to make money from a domain name appraisal service, which is fake. Furthermore, the scammer, Roland Gordan, and, tries to make it look like the real is offering domain name appraisals. This is a scam, and domain name owners should not fall for this online scheme.


Here’s how this domain name scam works. [Read more…]

Mozilla Media: Answer to Google’s Chromecast Device?

There have been reports that Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox web browser, is working on a device similar to Google’s Chromecast, a media streaming stick. Brad Linder reported that “Mozilla is working on a small stick that you can plug into a TV to stream internet videos or other content while using the Firefox web browser on your phone or other device as a remote.”

mozilla media

And now we may have the answer to what it may be called. Why? Mozilla Media domain names were just registered by Mozilla. The company just registered: [Read more…]

Microsoft Buys Domains with Hyphens, Skips Domains without Hyphens

Well, by now you probably know about how I feel about domains with hyphens in them. If you don’t, then you may want to read my post about a test that was done regarding domain names with hyphens. That certainly opened up my eyes, and now I prefer domains without hyphens in them. So, when I saw today that Microsoft registered two domain names with hyphens in them (multiple hyphens), and they didn’t purchase the domains without hyphens, I cringed. [Read more…]

2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards – Official Results

Sevan Derderian
Sevan Derderian of Domain Name Sales accepts one of his awards at the Domainer’s Choice Awards this evening at the Dana Point Yacht Club.

For more photos of the event, I’ve uploaded them here on Google Plus.

The first annual Domainer’s Choice Awards were presented this evening, June 28, 2014, at the Dana Point Yacht Club, in Dana Point, California. There were three nominees in each category. The official winners were:
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Nominees for Domainer’s Choice Awards – Dana Point, California – June 28, 2014

Kevin Allen is helping set up for the 2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards

The Domainer’s Choice Awards are taking place this evening, here in Dana Point, California, at the Dana Point Yacht Club. I had the wonderful opportunity today to help set up for this evening’s event, and plan on live blogging the event. I’ll be posting an update either during the event or right after the event (depending on internet/wifi access availability). I will also post the final results of the awards as soon as they’re available.

First, though, I’d like to thank the Domainer’s Choice Awards sponsors:

VIP Sponsors:

Allegheny Internet
Parking Crew
Campbell Graphix
Domain Agents
Rook Media
Golden Knight Media

The nominees for Domainer’s Choice Awards are listed here.

At the 2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards, Charlotte Gilbert, Kevin Allen, and Irene McKim are helping set up today.

Microsoft Doesn’t Play By The New Rules Anymore

When it comes to playing by the new rules, Microsoft apparently has thrown in the towel. There apparently aren’t any new rules anymore. And Microsoft has decided, for whatever reason, that they don’t want to play by the new rules anymore. At least when it comes to domain names.

Play by the new rules

Of the 19 domain names that Microsoft has failed to renew in the past 24 hours, there are three that apparently Microsoft doesn’t want anymore. They haven’t renewed these names, meaning that you soon can “play by the new rules”: [Read more…]