Directnic and Verisign : Domainer photos from #Collisionconf

Mike Robertson of Directnic is currently attending the Collision conference in New Orleans, an exciting tech event attracting big crowds. It’s already the last day of the conference, and Directnic is sharing a promotional booth with Verisign, educating the visitors about domain names, and more. Mike sent us a handful of photos from #Collisionconf to […]

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George Kirikos : Verisign’s profits the result of a “sweetheart deal” with ICANN

Domain investor, George Kirikos, has been voicing his concerns about the ICANN procedures openly, for years. The ongoing renewal of the Verisign contract for .NET domains has been open to comments, and Kirikos made sure his valid points are heard. “My company is opposed to the proposed contract,” said George Kirikos. “In particular, rather than […]

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Verisign cutting prices; launching .COM exchange program for gTLD domain owners

Verisign announced today that they are drastically cutting the base pricing of .com domains, to a “couple of bucks.” No longer considering new gTLDs as competition or a viable threat to the core domain business, the registry behemoth broke the big news during a luncheon, to a group of reporters: “We are witnessing a complete […]

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Verisign : Happy New Year with an 8.8% price increase for domains

Verisign, managers of the .com and .net domains, are starting the new year with an 8.8% increase in prices. On February 1st, dot .net domains will jump industry-wide by that much; the price increase is part of the contract negotiated with ICANN. As a result, expect most domain registrars to match the cost of registering […]

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Domainer Comics : The World – It’s all about perspective

Welcome to the first edition of Domainer Comics for 2017, the open-ended coverage of current domain industry events. Time to ask a fundamental question: What is the world view like to you? For everyone on this planet, it’s a matter of perspective. Every view point is different, and there are now 7.4 billion of us […]

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Verisign Thanksgiving shocker : Rights to .turkey gTLD acquired for eight figures!

Verisign, managers of .com and .net top level domains, has acquired the rights to dot .turkey as well. .Turkey, a new generic top level domain about Thanksgiving, is aimed at American and Canadian domain investors, primarily. “Spending more than $100 million for a .turkey gTLD might seem extraordinary for some, but to us is a […]

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Blog vs. Web : Verisign, please don’t follow the Automattic paradigm

Domain investors are upset with Automattic and the way it handled the .Blog rollout. Apparently, Automattic processed a bunch of .Blog applications, then used the data to evaluate many and reclassify them as premium domains. The practice defeated the prospect many had, entrusting the makers of WordPress with their dot .Blog desires. Programmer and blogger […]

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Editorial : The domain future is on the .Web

Another month, another DomainGang editorial is due. Now that Verisign made its involvement in the Nu Dot Co acquisition of dot .Web official, we can openly speculate on the future of this upcoming new gTLD. According to the press release on dot .Web by Verisign, the managers of .COM and .NET plan “to quickly grow […]

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Father Domainicus : The Evil Church of dot .Web

Greetings and salutations, my beloved brothers and sisters in domaining; this is Father Domainicus, on a rather hot and humid Sunday afternoon. Many a domain investor asked me recently, Father Domainicus, what is the future of the Domain Church? A rather profound question. At first, this appears to be a question of anxiety over the […]

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Verisign needs to provide more data regarding its “top 10 domain keyword” trends

Every month, like clockwork, Verisign blogs about the “Top 10 Trending Keywords” in .com and .net registrations. As the managers of .com and .net domains, Verisign has direct access to valuable data that it uses to extract the most common words in domain registrations. Also like clockwork, Verisign sends out the same email notices, replicated […]

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Domain economy : Dot .Net pricing inches up

With hundreds of new gTLDs, it’s good to remember the original 3 TLDs, .com, .net and .org. Verisign manages the first two currently, and their contract grants them consistent annual raises in pricing. The dot .net base price for registrations and renewals is going up by 50 cents, effective February 1st. Keep that in mind […]

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Verisign : 300 millionth registered domain is a ‘generic viagra’ .com

Verisign announced the registration of its 300 millionth domain name early Saturday morning. The splendid news follows a recent report by Verisign depicting the voracious appetite of Chinese domain investors for long numeric domains; more than 4 million new numerics were registered in Q3 of 2015. Lucky domainer number 300,000,000 is Boris Illievitch Ulianov from […]

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