Archive for the ‘Domain Registrars’ Category Alerts Customers to Fraudulent Email

April 16th, 2014 Comments off

123 Reg – alerts customers to fraudulent emails.


Please be aware these are NOT genuine emails from 123-reg so no action is required if you receive such an email. We advise you to not click on the links and to delete the email immediately.

Emails such as this attempt to fraudulently get your account details allowing unauthorised access to your account. These emails are known as phishing emails and are a serious threat to the security of your account.

Please note, this email is 100% unrelated to the Heartbleed Bug. Our system does not use the version of OpenSSL that was affected.

Godaddy Loses 5% Market Share of New gTLD’s As .Berlin Changes The Game

March 19th, 2014 Comments off share of the new gTLD market dropped 5% overnight after the domain extension for .Berlin launched getting almost 32,000 registrations

German based registrar, InterNetX said they were able to secure 81% of all preregistrations for its clients, “making it the #1 registrar for .BERLIN domains in the B2B sector”. which had just under 40% of the new gTLD market as a domain name registrar share is now sitting right below 35%.

Many German based registrars benefited from the success of .Berlin which is responsible for about 11% of all new gTLD registraions just short of 32,000 registration out of 294,000 new gTLD registrations.

As you can see United-Domains 1and1, Cronon, Key-Systems market share increased from previous numbers and 3 German registrars are in the top 5 of all registrars worldwide when it comes to new gTLD’s did over 10,000 registration for .Berlin

United-Domains AG did 8,752 domain registrations.

Here are the top 10 domain registrars for .Berlin:

1. 1&1 Internet AG 10,130 31.70%
2. united-domains AG 8,752 27.39%
3. PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot 6,777 21.21%
4. Cronon AG 2,823 8.83%
5. Key-Systems, LLC 807 2.53%
6. 1API GmbH 688 2.15%
7. Vautron Rechenzentrum AG 275 0.86%
8. InterNetworX Ltd. & Co. KG 250 0.78%
9. EPAG Domainservices GmbH 250 0.78%
10. Variomedia AG dba 173 0.54%

Here is the current market share of domain name registrars for the all new gTLD according to

egistrar Domains % Share
1. Godaddy LLC 100,640 34.22%
2. Enom, Inc. 29,423 10.01%
3. united-domains AG 26,810 9.12%
4. 1&1 Internet AG 25,006 8.50%
5. Cronon AG 10,774 3.66%
6. PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot 9,813 3.34%
7., Inc. 9,782 3.33%
8. Mesh Digital Limited 8,979 3.05%
9. Tucows Domains Inc. 8,415 2.86%
10. 101Domain Inc 6,905 2.35%
11. Key-Systems, LLC 6,699 2.28%
12. Network Solutions, LLC 5,896 2.00%
13. Gandi SAS 3,790 1.29%
14. 1API GmbH 3,114 1.06%
15. PDR Ltd. d/b/a 3,110 1.06%
16. Interlink Co., Ltd. 2,352 0.80%
17. MarkMonitor Inc. 2,236 0.76%
18. Ascio Technologies, Inc. – Denmark 1,841 0.63%
19. CSC Corporate Domains Inc 1,824 0.62%
20. Instra Corporation Pty Ltd. 1,760 0.60%

14K of Enom’s 23K new gTLD Registrations Are From NameCheap

March 7th, 2014 Comments off


Yesterday we reported on the top 20 domain name registrars in terms of new gTLD domain name registrations.

The domain name registrar in second place on the list was Enom with 23,167 new gTLD domain name registrations.

Today the CEO fo Richard Kirkendall told that of the 23K domain name registrations of, accounts for over 14,000 of them. is a reller of Enom so its totals are included in Enom’s official totals.

Based on 14,000 registration would be the 2nd largest new gTLD registrar in the world giving it 6.5% of the new gTLD market. without would account for only 9,000 domain names placing it 5th on the top 20 list of domain name registrars of new gTLD domain names, right ahead of

Both and are owned by Demand Media, Inc. (DMD) which is doing a lot better than another publicly traded company (WWWW) whose two largest registrars and having a total of about 5,000 new gTLD domain registrations.


Godaddy Has 40% Of The New gTLD Market; 1and1 For Its $50M Got 12K Registrations

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

A new site (or at least new to me) is showing the most detailed stats I have seen for new gTLD’s.

According to, there are a total of 215,638 new gTLD domain registrations as of 16:30 (time zone not defined) on March 6th.

According to the site, Godaddy registered almost 87,000 of the 215,000 new gTLD’s giving it a 40% market share. which spent a reported $50 million dollars on a  advertising campaign to promote the new gTLD’s is in 4th place with some 12,388 registrations giving them about 5.7% share of the new gTLD market and putting them in 4th place.

Interesting neither nor, which are both top 5 domain name registrars are in the top 10.

As a side note numbers are included in numbers.

Here are the top 20 domain name registrars by number of new gTLD domain registrations:


Registrar Statistics

# Domains Registrar
1. 86,945 Godaddy LLC (146)
2. 23,167 Enom, Inc. (48)
3. 15,790 united-domains AG (1408)
4. 12,388 1&1 Internet AG (83)
5. 8,473, Inc. (625)
6. 7,366 Cronon AG (141)
7. 6,795 Mesh Digital Limited (1390)
8. 6,653 Tucows Domains Inc. (69)
9. 5,785 101Domain Inc (1011)
10. 4,543 Key-Systems, LLC (1345)
11. 4,080 Network Solutions, LLC (2)
12. 2,844 Gandi SAS (81)
13. 2,425 PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot (151)
14. 2,257 PDR Ltd. d/b/a (303)
15. 2,134 Interlink Co., Ltd. (277)
16. 1,659 1API GmbH (1387)
17. 1,642 MarkMonitor Inc. (292)
18. 1,463 CSC Corporate Domains Inc (299)
19. 1,454 Instra Corporation Pty Ltd. (1376)
20. 1,280 Ascio Technologies, Inc. – Denmark (106) Says Its Has 20% Of All .Sexy & .Tattoo Registrations

February 26th, 2014 Comments off has around 20% of all .Sexy and .Tattoo registrations.

Based on the last zone file update, .Sexy and .Tattoo has around 2,700 domain name registered. has registered 423 .sexy and 130 .Tattoo domain names as of the publication for a total of 553 domains or around 20% of the last zone update.

To be clear, the numbers are as of publication while the total registrations for .Sexy and .Tattoo are as of the last Zone update.

Anyway you slice it with over 40 domain name registrars carrying .Sexy and .Tattoo is getting a substantial amount of the registrar market.…

Tucows Reports: Revenue Up 11% But Misses on Earnings & Revenue

February 12th, 2014 Comments off


Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Although Tucows revenue increased 11% but missed by $0.98M. off of estimates

Summary Financial Results

All figures are in U.S. dollars.

(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Per Share Data)

                   3 Months        3 Months        12 Months       12 Months 
                 Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec. 
                  31, 2013        31, 2012        31, 2013        31, 2012 
                  (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited) 
Net revenue             33,139          29,791         129,935         114,727 
Income before 
 provision for 
 income taxes 
 and  change 
 in fair value 
 of forward 
 contracts               1,532             789           6,476           5,745 
Net income                 923             429           4,180           4,424 
Net earnings 
 per common 
 share(1)                $0.08           $0.04           $0.40           $0.39 
Net cash 
 provided by 
 activities              1,651           2,022           8,703           6,343 

   1. Net earnings per common share reflects the 1-for-4 reverse split of 
      common shares that became effective December 31, 2013.  As a result of 
      the reverse split, 10,900,842 shares and 11,064,045 shares were used in 
      computing net earnings per common share for the 3 months ended December 
      31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and 10,468,250 shares and 11,458,216 
      shares were used in computing net earnings per common share for the 12 
      months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Summary of Revenues and Cost of Revenues

(In Thousands of US Dollars)

                                                    Cost of         Cost of 
                   Revenue         Revenue          Revenue         Revenue 
                   3 Months        3 Months 
                 Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec.  3 Months Ended  3 Months Ended 
                  31, 2013        31, 2012       Dec. 31, 2013   Dec. 31, 2012 
                  (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited) 
  Services              21,595          22,391          17,949          18,893 
  Services               2,417           2,705             548             456 
 Wholesale              24,012          25,096          18,497          19,349 

Retail                   8,027           3,628           4,966           2,454 
Portfolio                1,100           1,067             143             201 

Network, other 
 costs                       -               -           1,120           1,296 
 costs                       -               -             175             187 
 of revenue             33,139          29,791          24,901          23,487

“Our financial results for the fourth quarter once again underscore not only the consistency and reliability in our business but also our continued ability to generate sustainable growth,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “In the domains component of our business, we continue to see solid performance from both our Wholesale and Portfolio services, while our retail channel, Hover, delivered another quarter of 20%-plus year-over-year top-line growth.”

“For the seventh straight quarter, Ting set new records for net adds, adding more than 12,000 accounts and 18,000 devices. We ended the year with over 48,000 accounts and 74,000 devices and, in January, surpassed the 50,000 accounts and 80,000 devices milestone.…

German Court Says Registrars Are Responsible for Content on a Website

February 7th, 2014 Comments off

A ruling came out of Germany that could make registrars have to do a lot more work to earn their pay. Loek Essers wrote an article today on PC Advisor covering the case of Universal Music vs Key-Systems.

A domain name registrar can be held liable for the copyright infringements of a website it registered if it is obvious the domain is used for infringements and the registrar does nothing to prevent it, the Regional Court of Saarbrücken in Germany has ruled.

Universal had wanted to prevent unauthorized distribution of Robin Thicke’s album Blurred Lines, said Volker Greimann, Key-Systems’ general counsel, in an email.While Key-Systems argued that it was not responsible for the copyright infringement, the court ruled that the registrar had a duty to investigate after notification of infringing activity and had to take corrective action in case of obvious violations, Greimann said.

If someone notifies the registrar of a clear violation of the law, it must examine the specific allegation immediately and close the domain if necessary, the court ruled.

If Key-Systems ignores this ruling it faces a maximum fine of €250,000 (US$339,000).

This ruling will certainly open the door to more companies going after registrars to take down and police content or lose a lot of money. In the article counsel for Key Systems said that if the ruling is not over turned this could lead possibly to the whole business model being endangered.

Read the full story on PC Advisor

Go Daddy Tightens Security After @N Debacle

February 2nd, 2014 Comments off

In another move related to the social engineering that took place at Go Daddy and allegedly Paypal (Paypal stands by the position they did not give the hijacker anything and that it was a failed attempt) Go Daddy is now changing their security practices.

In a tweet on Saturday there was an exchage from the former owner of @N and Go Daddy, he is also a former Go Daddy client as he tweeted yesterday that he has moved his names to Namecheap.

Tech Crunch covered the story:

We spoke to @N, known to most as Naoki Hiroshima, after the fact and and he detailed a few things that GoDaddy should do to tighten its security, methods that might have helped protect his account:

“[Two factor authentication] can’t prevent this from happening again,” says Hiroshima. “GoDaddy allowed the guy to reset everything over the phone. As long as a company only uses the last 4 digits of a [credit card] to verify [identity], this will keep happening. They should ask multiple questions.”

GoDaddy has made steps that mirror what Hiroshima felt was needed. In a tweet today, the company said the following:

@N_is_stolen Will do. We now require 8 card digits, lock after 3 attempts and deal with 2-factor authentication accounts differently. ^NF

Epic Bet: Vs. Enom Who You Got?

January 28th, 2014 Comments off

Rightside, Enom and  is involved in an  epic bet between our eNom office in Seattle and our office in Denver.

“So not only will this Sunday spell a showdown for Russell vs. Peyton, but for Registar’s eNom vs. Name as well.”

Below I’ve posted blog and video links offering the details of our #BigBowlBet.

We’ll have videos coming all week leading up to Sunday!

So we are opening the poll up for your picks

Rightside’s video statement

The Video:

eNom’s take

So whom do you like in the big game?

You can vote on the right for your pick.

If you want bragging rights go ahead and pick the score.…

22.CN Joins SedoMLS Continuing the Network’s Asian Expansion

January 24th, 2014 Comments off


Sedo announced a few minutes ago that joined their SedoMLS. As demand for domains in Asia grows this is certainly a smart decision to keep building their network with Asian registrars. Recent auctions for premium .CN domains previously reserved by CNNIC have shown demand is strong in the region. Joins SedoMLS, Continuing the Network’s Asian Expansion

Sedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced that Chinese registrar has joined the SedoMLS Premium partner network. SedoMLS is the world’s only global domain distribution network, making it easy for buyers around the world to purchase premium domains from Sedo’s inventory of over 18 million.

“It is mutually beneficial for to join SedoMLS since’s customers are able to directly purchase domains all over the world”, said Jianguo He, CEO of “Dealing with multiple currencies or language barriers are no longer a limiting factor. Meanwhile, domains owned by’s customers can also be displayed to the world to increase the domain inventory. is expecting to achieve a win-win result by improving the user experience and increasing the total amount of transactions.”
“By adding new registrars to the SedoMLS Premium network, we are offering our customers an even greater chance of making a sale to the right end user, regardless of their location,” said Sedo’s CEO Tobias Flaitz. “The Chinese market is the fastest-growing in the world, which is why Sedo recently launched its Chinese website. We look forward to using our new site, as well as our partnership with and other Chinese registrars, to bring premium domains to end users across the world.”

Hangzhou Aiming Network Co.,Ltd ( is a very famous domain name registrar in China, which has already approved accreditation by ICANN and CNNIC. Currently, there are approximately one million domains under their management (including gtlds and cctlds). With a rich domain name experience and strong technology, is committed to providing quality services for domain registration, domain backorders, domain escrow, domain transaction, domain auctions and domain brokerage.

About SedoMLS
The SedoMLS Promotion Network is the largest domain distribution network, with 650 global sales partners, including Network Solutions, Tucows, Moniker and other top registrars. It supports more TLDs than any other domain distribution network, and provides its registrar partners with a new revenue stream. SedoMLS partners display matches from Sedo’s unique inventory. Some partners redirect potential buyers to to continue with the purchase, while others allow buyers to purchase a name directly by searching for it, adding it to their shopping cart, and completing the partner’s online checkout page.…