Rare two character Domains, .Sucks is costly and Is .College a Headache

1000s of rare two-letter domains hit market

More than 20,000 rare two-character domains have been put onto the open market today by domain registry Rightside. The company has the rights to sell domains under 38 different endings, including .lawyer, .rocks, .band, .social and .ninja, with just over 30 of them live.
Having received permission from domain name overseers ICANN to sell two-character names under each, the company has put them all up for sale at once. According to TheRegistrar

“.sucks” registrations begin soon—at up to $2,500 per domain
The number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) available for use has climbed into the hundreds, and “.sucks” will soon be added to the list. However, angry customers eager to get their hands on brand-specific domains like “bestbuy.sucks” or “comcast.sucks” shouldn’t get their hopes up; according to MarketingLand, the domains will cost far more than most consumers will want to pay…ARStechnica

Why .college domains could be a nightmare for schools
On Tuesday, universities gained the option to register .college domain extensions – creating opportunities for schools who aren’t pleased with their traditional .edu addresses and headaches for those who now have one more extension to police for cybersquatters – people who unscrupulously use domains that falsely appear to belong to someone else.
Generation XYZ, which owns the domain extension, is giving universities until mid-April to register domains for free as long as they own the trademarks…Fusion

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New gTLD Sales From Jan 2015 To-Date

For domain sales DNJournal is the best venue and the an oldest domain name journal that is reporting sales consistently since 2003. At present, it’s covering new gTLD sales under the non .com section and it’s being shown together with the .net, .org and other old existing non .com TLDs. Realizing there is a need to show the new gTLDs sales in an entirely new section I compiled the following sales data covering period from Jan 2015 to-date. And, here is the result:

Screen.zone $3,333
Juegos.club $6,000
Pragmatic.marketing $2,400
Debt.wiki $2,000
999.club $1,500
Coastal.cruises $6,000
FantasySports.world $3,000
Diagnostic.solutions €2,001 = $2,281
Trendy.clothing $1,950
laser.nyc $5,000
Epic.photo $4,000
Bay.photo $3,000
Work.zone $2,500
Opal.link $2,000
Gift.pics $1,000
Lawyer.directory $6,000
Go2.link $2,200
Reiki.center $2,211
Aftershave.club $1,800
Capetown.club $1,500
Falkensee.immobilien €999 = $1,139
Gallery.furniture $2,600
SwissLegend.watch £800 = $1,224

Sales Data Courtesy of DNJournal

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Should a Logo Contain An Acronym of The Full Name?

In my recent article about domain abbreviations, AbdulBasit remarked “if DG is for Domain Gang then AB is for AbdulBasit”. This comment led me to think about the practice which logo designers adapt. That is putting an acronym in the logo for the actual brand/company or website name.

For example: Sites like DomainGang uses ‘DG’ in its logo; Domain Investing & Domain Incite uses ‘DI’ in its logo and Domain Sherpa uses ‘DS’ and there are so many other domaining and non domaining names that follow this practice. I believe it’s much of a choice of a LOGO designer rather than a company/site owner because he/she has just not thought of its consequences.

One of the reason for this trend is the length of the name. Longer character names are not easy to fit into a particular logo. Logo needs to be small so to be easily fitted at headers of websites as well as papers. But short names are hard to get as a domain name as well as company name. Because of this reason many companies and domain names uses two or three word domains. And, generally in a logo the initial letters of those names are inserted. It’s fine but I thought that it needs a little analysis further and I’ve wrote the following disadvantages of having an acronym in a logo:

1. If you just show your logo with an acronym to someone who doesn’t know what it actually means, he will find it difficult to guess. As acronyms stands for many things.
2. You ask your audience to remember two things: one is the brand name and other is its acronym.
3. Confusion arises if in the same industry someone also uses the same acronym you use.
4. If you see a logo with FB and you type FB.com you reach correctly, but it doesn’t happen with other acronyms. You’ll not land at Baskin Robbins website if you type BR.com which Baskin Robbins uses as an acronym in its logo.

To avoid the above not so obvious disadvantages one should select a shorter name and not use an acronym in the logo. Instead use the full name to drive the impression to remember only one name and not a name and its associated formed acronym. Notice that CocaCola though an eight character name not uses ‘CC’ in its logo. It uses full ‘Coca Cola’.

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From .com to .whatever by Christopher Hofman

Christopher Hofman of European Domain Centre recently posted an interesting infographic detailing the issue of top level domains from .com to .whatever. The blog.europeandomaincentre.com doesn’t have a domaining link causing some of the readers to miss what he shared. I received an email from him with a link to this new infographics.

It reads “Symbolics.com, the world’s first domain name, celebrates its 30th birthday birthday cake for symbolics.com – the world’s first domain on 15.03.2015. Since 1985 more than 284 million domain names have been registered.

To celebrate we have created the infographic below showing all domain endings since the launch of .com in 1985.There are now more than +800 domain endings to choose from.

Follow this link to read further EuropeanDomainCentre

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Common Domaining Abbreviations

If you’re a Domainer you may be well aware of the following short forms and their associated titles. Still, I think it maybe a good read. But, those who’re new to Domaining may find this a bit useful especially when they read blogs and forum postings. I’ve compiled a list of some Domaining abbreviations commonly used and understood by Domainers and domain industry professionals.

The list is given below, some names may mean the actual .com site.

1. GD – Godaddy
2. DNS – Domain Name Sales
3. DN – Domain Name
4. TLD – Top Level Domain
5. GTLD – Generic Top Level Domain
6. ccTLD – Country Code Top Level Domain
7. IO – Input/Output
8. NJ – NameJet
9. NP – NamePros
10. SEDO – Search Engine for Domain Optimization
11. New G’s – New gTLDs
12. DNJ – Domain Name Journal
13. NetSol – Network Solutions
14. EAP – Early Access Program
15. GA – General Availability
16. SR – Sunrise Period
17. LR – Landrush Period
18. TM – Trademarks
19. UDRP – Universal Domain Resolution Dispute
20. URS – Uniform Rapid Suspension
21. Icann – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
22. DNF – Domain Name Forum
23. DNW – Domain Name Wire
24. DG – Domain Gang
25. DI – Domain Investing
26. CVCV – Consonant-vowel-Consonant-vowel
27. LLL – Three Letter Domains
28. LLLL – Four Letter Domains
29. NNNN – Four number domains
30. NNNNN – Five number domains
31. NNN – Three number domains
32. WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization.
33. CCC – Three character domains

I still think there are many more acronyms we use in domaining which I maybe missing. Appreciate if you could add some more in comments.

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Domain Sales Made By WebsiteProperties.com

In my last post I discussed the sale of RNR.com by WebsiteProperties and later found out that they are brokering or own some of the very nice premium names as pointed out by AbdulBasit . I found it interesting to compile a list of domains they’ve brokered and sold which are reported at DNJournal

The List includes:
1. Power.com for $1,261,000
2. Silver.com for $875,000
3. Fix.com for $850,000
4. Shout.com for $450,000
5. Wicker.com for $230,000
6. Kosher.com for $200,000
7. KnifeSharpeners.com for $45,000
8. RNR.com for $32,500 (Earlier sold by SEDO in July,2010 for $24,712)
9. Pasta.com for $250,000 (I could locate it in DNJournal’s Lowdown section)

And, this is the list of premium names listed at their website. Prices listed are just an indicative of the value of the domain name but I think there may be a room for negotiation.

1800Golfing.com for $5,000,000
1800Casinos.com for $5,000,000
Surgery.com for $1,900,000
Menswear.com for $1,750,000
Hero.com for $1,500,000
Twist.com for $1,500,000
Salsa.com for $1,500,000
Beads.com for $1,250,000
Inspection.com for $1,000,000
Assurance.com for $1,000,000
Audit.com for $900,000
Bend.com for $850,000
1800Brokers.com for $750,000
Reports.com for $750,000
Message.com for $750,000
Catholics.com for $650,000
Survive.com for $450,000
Convince.com for $350,000
Detect.com for $350,000
ComputerDesk.com for $325,000
Wicker.com for $295,000
OnlineDrugs.com for $295,000
Divorces.com for $280,000
Cortisol.com for $275,000
Ergonomics.com for $275,000
BaHero for $250,000
Carbs.com for $175,000
Waders.com for $125,000
VacationProperty.com for $120,000
Telemarketers.com for $75,000
Oar.com for $75,000
Softy.com for $35,000
Glutamine.com for $25,000
IA.com for ?
WeAreMusic.com for ?
WeAreTravel.com for ?
IamAbundant.com for ?
IamConfident.com for ?
Hockey.com for ?
Chocolate.com for ?

Some domanins URL I’ve checked directly and found active websites for Surgery.com, 1800Golfing.com and some land you at WebsiteProperties.com such as Twist.com

And, here is an interesting link at DomainSherpa Where David Fairley has posted some useful comments about WebsiteProperties.com. It seems there focus is more on selling website businesses and domain names is an another business model which is gaining momentum with them.

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The Sale of RNR.com By WebsiteProperties

In DNJournal’s report Jan 5, 2015 – Jan. 18, 2015, RNR.com is listed and ranked 5th. It is sold for $32500 by WebsiteProperties.com. I visited WebsiteProperties to learn more and found RNR.com listed there under premium domain names section for $250,000 as asking price but you’ll see that as a deleted figure with a note ‘SOLD’ just below.

It has a nice pitch about RNR.com “RNR.com is a rare premium three letter dot com that has a multitude of uses. Synonymous with “Rock & Roll” or “Rest & Relaxation” this name has high applicability in the entire music industry, travel and resort marketplaces. Couple this with the thousands of companies and products that could use RNR as an acronym and the potential of this exclusive domain name becomes apparent.”

It is quite difficult to accept why a company sets an asking price so high and sells it for not even 15%-20% of that asking price! Well, I understand it could be due to some cash flow problems. And, I think the buyer got a good deal. At present, it seems the name is picked-up by another Domainer or a Domain company, new registration details showing EPIK Inc as the current owner and I found it listed for sale at NAME.com for $51750 but I’m not sure whether it’s a fresh listing or previously listed one.

With regards to WebProperties.com WebsiteProperties.com I notice some very good other premium domains listed there and I think they may consider a wholesale price too, the premium list includes Hero, IA, Ergonomics, TeleMarketers, Divorces, etc. under .com top level domains.

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