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.GOP To Launch On July 7th

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

The new gTLD .GOP will go live for registrations on July 7th 2014 according to a email we received from the registry

The .GOP new gTLD was applied for by The Republican State Leadership Committee, (RSLC)  a group that seeks to elect Republicans to state-level offices not the National Party.

According to the email;

“.GOP will be major factor in the future of Republican efforts to organize, fund raise and connect voters online. ”

“Soon elected officials, candidates, grassroots activists and citizens across the country will be able to engage in an online community through the .GOP domain.”

The RSLC “created the new top-level domain in an effort to build the GOP’s online community, and to give the party’s online fundraising efforts a leg up.”

“Anyone will ultimately be able to register for a .GOP domain name, regardless of party affiliation”

“It creates that connection between a teenager trying to start a blog, all the way to a college group to candidates,” said Will Martinez, vice president of sales and marketing at .GOP.

The tag will also make key websites easier to find, said Mr. Martinez, who envisions sites like Register.GOP that could help bump up the number of registered voters.

Organizers also plan to offer incentives for signing up for a website, such as offering exclusive content to .GOP domain holders.


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Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website’s Landrush Period Closes at 3:55AM UTC

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

The land rush period for Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs  Closes at 3:55AM UTC
According to an email we just received  Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs have “been amonsgt the most successful in the history of ICANN’s New gTLD Program.”

Landrush for Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) ends at the following times:

UTC – Thursday April 24 at 03:55
China – Thursday April 24 at 11:55
New York – Wednesday April 23 at 23:55

The key facts about Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website:

“Of all New gTLDs, we had the largest number of Domains Under Management (DUMs) on the first day of Landrush (more than 10,000 DUMs in both TLDs as at March 20, 2014)
We have booked $584,000 in premium domain name sales since our first day of Landrush, March 20th.

Our hybrid live-online auction in Macau raised US$182,000, and another US$402,000 has been booked in the last three weeks.

We anticipate excellent sales performance of our premium domain names through coming months.
China’s media has continued its love affair with Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website. We’ve logged 2,550 media appearances since April 2013 — an average of 49 for every week of the year.
Dozens of Fortune 500 brands have registered domain names in Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website.

Thinking about participating in Landrush but no Chinese language ability? Check our new “help for non-Chinese domain name investors” website for plenty of plain-English help and inspiration!

General Availability of our domains will begin at:

UTC – Monday April 28 at 13:00

China – Monday April 28 at 21:00
New York – Monday April 28 at 09:00



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Meet The 1st New gTLD Serial Cybersquatter, As Farris Nawas of Austin Loses His 3rd URS

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

The National Arbitration  Forum has suspended the domain name registration for after an examiner in a Uniform Rapid Suspension proceeding  (URS) found the registrant,  Farris Nawas of Austin Texas infringed on the trademark of Spandex.

Since the only business line Spandex is involved in is clothing, it is the no-brainer type of registration that the URS was designed for.

This marks the 3rd time that Farris Nawas has lost a URS on a new gTLD domain name in just 5 weeks.

Mr. Nawas previously lost URS proceedings on the domain names and and already called him out in an article entitled “Cybersquatters Rush To Claim Brands In The New GTLD Territories

Looking at some of Mr. Nawas other new gTLD registrations I’m going to boldly predict this is not going to be the last URS filed against him:




What makes Mr. Nawas registrations of trademarked terms of well known brands even more disheartening is that he has some good new gTLD registrations and a few very good one’s so he apparently knows what a good domain is and could have used the same money that he spent on domain names he is going to lose on  non-infringing domain registrations.

Here are some of Mr. Nawas other new gTLD domain registrations:

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How Many Letters On To The Right of the Dot is Too Many To Be A Hack?

April 20th, 2014 Comments off

A domain name hack has traditionally used ccTLD’s to form words and made it a brandable domain.

Some of the more famous hacks are, and started out as

But now with the new gTLD’s people are using them to form words with longer extensions to the right of the dot.

So .Land with 4 characters to the right of the dot, has become a popular hack in terms of registrations with domains like,, as well as just tot name a few.

.Estate has also become the subject of a lot of “hack registrations” locking into “ despite there will be a .realestate.

Some of the .estate domains hack I saw include

I saw a bunch of hacks registered using the new gTLD .Red which launched this week to form words including:

So what do you think about hacks and the new gTLD’s?




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KeyBiscayne Gets Creative with .Email

April 19th, 2014 Comments off

The people behind are offering residents the opportunity to get their own address.

Posted on their website: was selected to manage the email address of the Island Paradise.  Key Biscayne residents and businesses have the exclusive right to use the address and have the option to receive VIP offers sent only to address (optional, you can opt-out of this benefit).

Thanks to its exclusivity, you can have your perfect email address: Instead of, for example, you could have (or,, etc).

They go on to say that you must prove you are a resident before your email account will be activated.


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Have Your Opinions Changed or Stayed The Same on the New gTLDs ?

April 18th, 2014 Comments off

Back on February 6, we posted a poll that asked readers to choose their interest level in the new gtlds.  Readers had a choice of strong interest, moderate interest or zero interest. The poll ran til April 1 and in total 240 readers voted.

The results were :

  • 132 Zero interest
  • 70 Moderate interest
  • 38 Strong interest

So now that the new gtlds have been out for over two months and new names are coming to general availability every week, has your opinion changed on the new gtlds ?

Leave a comment and thanks to all those who voted.

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Mr.Berkens Regs The First Uniregistry Domain of the Day on What Was A Busy Day

April 15th, 2014 Comments off

It was a busy day today for Frank Schilling and his company Uniregistry, as five uncontested strings went live at around 12 noon Eastern time. The strings that went live today were the following: .Pics, .Photo, .Gift, .Link and .Guitars.

Out the gate at 12:03 Frank tweeted:

Pretty quickly there were 2000 regs between Link, Pics and Photo. Frank tweeted his thoughts later in the day with regard to .Link and received a differing opinion from Kevin Murphy of



Later in the day Mike found out he regged the very first name for the day,
Registration no. 1 in today’s launch, across all five TLDs was… 2014-04-15 16:00:00.007486 |  | dom101.
Mike picked up a bunch of names and got some nice .pics that I did not even bother checking because I was sure they were on the  collision list or reserved. I checked like 100 names in .pics that made sense and were popular topics. All collision list or reserved, from Booty to Bikini to Cat and Dog to Free and Sexy.
Mike picked up:

He got what I am thinking is one of the very best .marketing domains with Viral.Marketing. 3600 exact searches and $5.50 CPC. As pointed out by a reader Richard S., this domain was not purchased for a simple handreg but rather over $1,000.
Frank told me later in the afternoon that Link, Pics and Photo had surpassed 10,000 arms length registrations.

Disclosures: Uniregistry is an advertiser on and New gTLDs are  highly speculative and nothing in this article should be construed as a recommendation, each person must do their own homework and stick to their budget and risk tolerance.

.Buzz May Have The Strangest List Of 100 Reserved Domains Of All New gTLD’s

April 15th, 2014 Comments off

.Buzz goes live today and like all new gTLD registries they are entitled to keep 100 domains for their own use for marketing and other purposes, but going through the list of .Buzz reserved domains it maybe the strangest list of 100 (actually 85 by my count) that I have seen for any registry.

Bill Doshier who owns the DotStrategy the company which applied to operate the .Buzz registry is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, but having reviewed a bunch of these 100 domain registry reserved lists, I’m going to call this one the strangest one I have seen to date.

Keep in mind there is nothing to stop the registry or anyone associated with it from registering domain names once they go live as well, which makes the use of some of the allotted 100 domains pretty strange.,,,,,, just to name a few

Lets just say I don’t think those need to be restricted for the registry’s use.

I’m pretty sure those and many others on this list would have been available to be registered.

Of course we wish Bill and his team the best of luck today

Here is the list:
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Big Week For New gTLD’s Including .Buzz, .Link, .Pics & 1st Singular/Plural Battle

April 14th, 2014 Comments off
Its a big week in new gTLD world as 14 new domain name extensions go live, as they become available to be registered on a first come, first served basis. Here are some of the extensions going live starting tomorrow: .BUZZ .Pics .Guitars .Gift .Link .Holiday .Marketing .ONL .Pink .Red .Blue .Kim and two IDN’s […]
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.Guru Becomes 1st New gTLD To Pass 50,000 Registrations

April 13th, 2014 Comments off
.Guru has just become the first new gTLD to pass 50,000 registrations according to .Berlin is firmly in the number 2 spot and might pass .Guru shortly. .Photography has passed 30,000 registrations and .Email has quickly jumped into 4th place with over 22,000 domains .Tips rounds out the top 5 There are now 14 […]
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