Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It's the end of the .YEAR & predictions

It is the end of the year and, as a new gTLD fan, promoter and evangelist, I will keep updating my new gTLD reports on a monthly basis starting 2017. Now most of the new gTLDs have launched, registration volumes will probably be constants...more or less.

I am enthusiastic about new gTLDs but studying registration volumes on a daily basis taught me a lot about what to submit an application for in round two of the ICANN new gTLD program and what NOT TO submit an application for.

For those interested in submitting an application in future rounds of the ICANN new gTLD program, I strongly recommend to check registration volumes from round 1: each category of TLD expresses a need for new domain name extensions...or not. For example, I would not invest in an application related to Real Estate anymore. I think sport applications are of great value as well as applications for cities. I also think that a lot of niche applications will be highly valuable and have a lot of potential.

My predictions for 2017
I predict that a date to submit a .BRAND new gTLD application will be announced before mid 2018, possibly earlier. The reason for this is that nothing blocks ICANN from allowing new "specification 13" applications from being submitted today and there is a strong demand for this. I am also confident that there will be more .BRAND new gTLD applications in coming rounds. I also think that it will cost less to apply...and.. that there will be more service providers to offer to submit a .BRAND new gTLD application. There are already a lot of signs about this: there are more tools available, it reduces the number of service providers to sign a contract with, and there is more money to earn by offering such a service to an existing list of clients: I heard about a law firm who's already understood this.

What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. Must listen to podcast - New gTLD predictions for 2017: hear predictions for 2017 from 15 people in the domain business;
  2. URS comes to .mobi as ICANN offers Afilias lower fees;
  3. Who do you think...has done the most to promote new gTLDs in 2016?
  4. December 2016 Dot Brand Insights;
  5. Donuts extends brand protection offering;
  6. GDD Industry Summit Sponsorship Opportunities (8 - 11 May 2017);
  7. In which extension(s) should companies secure their domains? (Last update of the year);
  8. Useful - Confusing New gTLDs (The complete list of confusingly similar new gTLDs);
  9. Here’s the Largest URS Complaint Ever Filed;
  10. Interesting - Updated Staff Report on Proposed Amendments to Base New gTLD Registry Agreement;
  11. Non .com in Snickers Commercial;
  12. Global bars and restaurants set to benefit from newly released pool of .bar and .rest domains;
  13. French - Amélioration des mécanismes de protection des marques dans le cadre des new gTLDs.
Starting 2017, we welcome new sponsors to gTLD.club and its daily Newsletter.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Confusing new gTLDs

Choosing the right domain name is like choosing a Trademark, it has to be taken seriously because it is a long time image investment.

If new gTLDs have brought new options to those in charge of creating a name (precision, availability, novelty) and registering its(their) domain name(s), they also brought the possibility to make a terrible mistake when choosing the right extension for a domain name.

First, I'd suggest to take a look at the list of "Singular versus Plural new gTLDs" and wonder:
  1. What if I someone else buys (and starts to use) my exact same domain name in its plural version?
  2. If I buy both domain names (one to use and one to redirect): what will be the trend in 5 years? Am I sure that I am making the right choice to use the plural version of the extension or should I use the singular one?
Second - and this one takes time - I'd suggest to carefully check the complete list of new gTLD applications by alphabetical order.

The same applies for Trademarks who will start to, or have started to, use their .BRAND new gTLD. Some strings can be the same with just one letter added. What happens if someone sends an email to Aigo Digital Technology Co,Ltd. (.AIGO new gTLD) and forgets the last "O"? The email could just never be received, because it was sent to a complete different company: American International Group, Inc. (owner of the .AIG new gTLD).

This is my list of confusing new gTLDs:
  1. .AIG & .AIGO
  2. .ART & .ARTE
  3. .AUDI & .AUDIBLE - .AUDI & .AUDIO
  4. Many more to come...
The complete list was first published on CircleId and will be maintained at Jovenet Consulting.

What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  • Interesting - ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index;
  • Mitsubishi pulls plug on dot-brand gTLD;
  • 4 new gTLDs were delegated:
    • .FUN
    • .PHONE
    • .DATA
    • .MOBILE
  • Location.leclerc is here;
  • Interesting - How brands use their new domain name extensions;
  • Just deleted (to be confirmed): 
    • .IINET new gTLD;
    • MUTUELLE new gTLD.
  • How Are New gTLDs Seen In Domain Name Dispute Cases?
  • People trying to unload 1-letter New gTLDs with expensive renewals.
Domain name registration volumes:
  1. Generic new gTLDs (.WEBSITE is doing good);
  2. New gTLDs related to CARS;
  3. New gTLDs related to HEALTH (is .HEALTH finaly coming?).
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

I wish you a merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Update: 4 new gTLDs were delegated

Four new generic Top-Level Domains were delegated. It means that they will soon start to spread on Internet and you will see websites with domain names ending in:
  1. .FUN (there were 3 applicants for this application);
  2. .PHONE (there were 2 applicants for this application and a similar TLD already exists: the .TEL domain name extension which has more than 100,000 registrations);
  3. .DATA (there were 3 applicants for this application);
  4. .MOBILE (there were 3 applicants for this extension and a similar TLD already exists: the .MOBI new gTLD).
The dates for Sunrise Periods should be announced soon at the Trademark Clearinghouse.

What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. 3 new gTLDs coming? (.PHONE / .DATA / .MOBILE);
  2. Are ".com" domain names dying?
  3. Not-Coms See Major Growth in Web Traffic Rankings;
  4. New Afnic issue paper "Brands and the new Corp TLDs";
  5. Perfect Usage of a .Christmas Domain;
  6. Update - In which extension(s) should companies secure their domains?
  7. Will 2017 finally be the year of the new gTLD?
  8. The .CHARITY Independent Review Process;
  9. What is a .BRAND;
  10. NewG talk #17;
  11. Declaration on .AFRICA new gTLD;
  12. .Com Domain Registrations Back Under 128 Million.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to COMPANIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW (the .LAW is in the blue); 
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
  • New gTLDs related to COLORS;
  • New gTLDs related to SPORT;
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE (many are in the red: end of the year?
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The .WHOSWHO new gTLD becomes a .BRAND ?

The end of the year is often the right moment to speculate about the future of new gTLDs and I much appreciate to read posts such as the recent one written by Stuart Fuller from Netnames. Something that I just feel like learning is this sentence about the .WHOSWHO new gTLD turning in to a brand new gTLD?
"Two examples of this in the past few weeks are the decision by the Whoswho registry to essentially turn itself into a dotBrand..."
I fast checked the application and saw no sign of this so I asked the registry for a confirmation. It is also possible that my English is too poor to correctly understand what "essentially" means in the sentence.

Whatever the decision of the registry is - I was aware of decisions from .BRAND extensions to turn to generic applications dedicated to selling domain names but I was not aware of the opposite - it can make sense to block from buying domain names to rent a service instead...based on a domain name. This is another way to deploy a TLD. Then it is a question of marketing it. Creating innovative projects based on new gTLDs is also something that we offer at Jovenet Consulting.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Let’s be honest, what’s the chance that all the new domain extensions fail?
  2. An Innovative new gTLD project;
  3. .HOSPITAL new gTLD: hey wait!
  4. Update: new gTLD AFRICA Redux
  5. How Search Engines Are Killing Clever URLs;
  6. 2016: The Year That Was in .brands;
  7. Donuts has acquired .IRISH
  8. Coming articles:
    1. "Confusing new gTLDs";
    2. New business model for Round 2 (a new business model for Round two of the ICANN new gTLD program).
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • Cool - New gTLDs related to CITIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING; 
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Friday, December 16, 2016

New gTLDs...since last Tuesday

COMING ARTICLES
I am working on two articles based on "facts" and I should post them soon. Your participation is welcome and I am happy if you drop me a line with your participation. The articles will probably be entitled:
  1. "Confusing new gTLDs";
  2. New business model for Round 2 (a new business model for Round two of the ICANN new gTLD program).
NEW gTLD PROJECT
I developed a project which innovation is based on a new domain name extension. It focuses on:
  • Generating income and creating new sources of revenues;
  • Establishing a worldwide "mega" brand;
  • Giving worldwide visibility to  project owner;
  • Bringing strong innovation to the Internet.
Since I cannot finance such a project, I am happy to talk to interested parties. Note that the project can be adapted to an existing - but not yet developed - new gTLD. I'd love to talk to Amazon, to Google, to Automattic, to Facebook, Vistaprint...

MILESTONE
The new gTLD group on LinkedIn has passed the 2,500 subscribers. As usual, you are welcome to post your news to the group as long as they are related to new gTLDs. We also send an announcement on Monday to subscribers so if you want to be read...this is the place have you content posted.

The .AUDI new gTLD
The AUDI Trademark creates more ".audi" domain names (see figures here). The registry has now up to 552 registrations and these start to be indexed in Google. There is an interesting https://gofor2025.audi/ that has been indexed recently. More to come?

.GDN : removed
The Top-Level Domain was removed from the Generic new gTLD report since the mission/purpose of the application still states: "Our mission is to commence a new generic top level domain name avenue for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) industry and users, that enables and improve for commercial entities to illustrate, manage, market their products, services, education and experience, which enhance visibility and makes it easy for users to recognize GNSS activity on internet." What is written in the application is absolutely not what the front page of the registry says.

What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. Where do new gTLDs stand on trademark issue?
  2. ICANN Call for volunteers (...allocate the New gTLD Auction Proceeds);
  3. Interesting - Could this be the next tipping point for the new gTLDs?
  4. Curious Statement About 2012 gTLD Round Name Collision Fears at IGF;
  5. List of gTLDs available for UDRP (to date October 17, 2016);
  6. How a Domain Name Could Transform Your Online Business;
  7. Free .SHOP domains until Christmas;
  8. Interesting - How memory recall is improved with new gTLDs;
  9. The .ECO new gTLD: 48 hours left for nonprofits to apply for a .eco domain grant!
  10. New gTLD .CAM Launched Today;
  11. Google just launches a new .GOOGLE domain: https://environment.google;
  12. 3 Sunrise Periods are ending on Saturday, 31 December, 2016 - 16:00:
    1. .游戏 (game);
    2. .企业 (enterprise);
    3. .娱乐 (entertainment).
  13. CentralNic plc Sell one domain name for $4.5million;
  14. Release of Two-Character Labels;
  15. Interesting - New gTLD numbers, more sources of information:
    1. gTLDs – Daten & Trends;
    2. TLD Summary Table.
  16. The Luxury Watch Market and Trademark Infringement in New gTLDs;
  17. Amazon updates its new top level domain website to prepare for launch;
  18. Just delegated: the HOSPITAL new gTLD;
  19. .SUCKS domain to drop its price 99% in January;
  20. Registering New Top Level Domain Names in China;
  21. Update: In which extension(s) should companies secure their domains?
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL; 
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE (.RENT registrations to drop); 
  • New gTLDs related to SPORT;
  • Plural versions of new gTLDs (I added the .CAREER and .CAREERS new gTLDs);
  • French new gTLD applications;
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION (a small increase in .CHRISTMAS domaine name registrations. Ie: creche.christmas);
  • Generic new gTLDs (all new gTLDs (.COM looses 70,699 registrations in one week);
  • New gTLDs related to CARS (552 domain name registrations for .AUDI);
  • Good - New gTLDs related to HEALTH (all new gTLDs related to Health (but .HIV) have their domain name registration volumes to increase since last week).
Our reports are available here.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Trademarks more exposed starting January 2017

I force myself not to talk about the .SUCKS new gTLD because I strongly believe that it is the worst think that was brought by the ICANN new gTLD program. The latest announcement received from this registry - which front page states: "...is designed to help consumers find their voices and allow companies to find the value in criticism" - says that it will drop the wholesale price of .sucks domains to $1.99 in January.

What it means:
It means that the registry offers to buy a domain name for a cheap price starting January 2017 and it will then try to have buyers to renew the domain name at a much higher price at the moment to renew the domain name.
My suggestions:
  1. don't buy these domain names;
  2. don't participate in making the web worst than it already is;
  3. don't be fooled by such practice.
What does it mean for Trademarks and other Registrants:
During one year, starting in January 2017, your Trademark will be more exposed to infringements because of the low price of these domain names. Also, it will cost almost nothing to register yourname.sucks or yourtrademark.sucks for a third party.
My suggestions:
  1. don't pay attention if someone tries to annoy you because the price to renew these domain name will be higher so a squatter will probably not renew it;
  2. when paying attention to squatters, you increase their willing to renew a domain name;
  3. if you think this is going too far, have a look at the PDDRP Procedure at ICANN (Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure): "The Trademark PDDRP generally addresses a Registry Operator's complicity in trademark infringement on the first or second level of a New gTLD".
  4. don't participate in making the web worst than it already is...

What you missed in last Friday's Newsletter:
  1. Coming new gTLD: the .HOSPITAL new gTLD should be delegated soon;
  2. Cognac Producer Successfully Obtains Domains Reproducing its Brand Under new gTLDs;
  3. NAR Has Moved to nar.realtor;
  4. HOT - Your Trademark never wants to face this: http://hyatt.sucks/
  5. Coming in 2017, new domain name registration volumes for businesses related to adults;
  6. ICANN picks Madrid for next gTLD industry meeting.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING; 
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY; 
  • New gTLDs related to CITIES;
  • New gTLDs "sounding French"; 
  • HOT - New gTLDs related to COMPANIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW; 
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE (a lot of red this week); 
  • New gTLDs related to COLORS. 
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The .AUDI starts to deploy

Last week, we were checking .TRADEMARKS registration volumes within the CAR industry and noticed that the AUDI had started to create many new domain names. This week seems to confirm last week's post since 63 new ".audi" domain names have been created and more websites start to be indexed in Google: http://www.audi-zentrum-stuttgart-feuerbach.audi/ was just indexed. Expect more website to be indexed soon.

It is still unclear how AUDI will use all these creations since there are domain name redirections in use too, but starting to use city names in ".audi" second level domains gives an idea of what comes next.

Congratulations to AUDI for the innovation. This is a good example of why it makes sense to develop a ".brand" new gTLD under specification 13 of the ICANN new gTLD program.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. HOT - ICANN new gTLD program update;
  2. 200,000 .kiwi domain names put on hold;
  3. The .ART Sunrise Period has begun:
    1. START: Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 - 16:00;
    2. END: Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 - 16:00.
  4. Cool - Law Enforcement Request System (.GOOGLE);
  5. Geo and Keyworded gTLDs;
  6. Video – Brand TLDs | Why? What? How?
  7. Donuts to hold off on Chinese IDNs until it gets MIIT approval.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to CARS (growing: the .AUDI new gTLD); 
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH (coming: the .HOSPITAL new gTLD); 
  • Generic new gTLDs.
Our reports are available here.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

ICANN New gTLD Program update

This is the latest update on the ICANN new gTLD program and its reviews. The video is a little long so I suggest to start at 10:33. There are questions in the end. I apologize for not commenting but I often wonder who on earth has the time to watch a 1:33:44 hour video. Note that slides are interesting and full of information.


Important things from this video:
  • Reviews and PDPs are not going to be done before the 2017/2018 time frame: understand that no date for Round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program will be given before 2018 (at least);
  • In terms of competition, new sales of second level domains (domain names) are splitting between legacy (".com" - ".net" - ."tel" -...), new gTLDs (".consulting" - ".tennis" - ".brand" -...) and ccTLDs (country code Top-Level Domains surch as ".fr" - ".us" - " .es" -...) to 1/3 each. New gTLDs are "taking their place".
  • Things are going "in the right direction" in terms of trust and competition;
  • Downside consequence of the program is the high cost for Trademark owners;
  • Interesting question asked (27:05), and which reflects the low capacity of ICANN to take decisions fast and act: "...you review is one of the most highly visible and there is quite a bit of expectations and it is important to manage expectations. You're not going to come up with conclusions but trends and directions: are you coming with recommendations?"
    Answer given: there will be conclusions but they will be substantive, more datas would be better... (translation: "we have no idea when this ends which makes it impossible to estimate when round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program starts");
  • Potential 10,000 more brands are waiting to submit their new gTLD application.
For Internet users who pay interest to new gTLDs and other related questions, I recommend to watch this video.

As an Internet user
Participants to this meeting use surveys (public participation), which results represent the general thought from the entire 3.4 billion Internet users. The reality is that very few people participate in these surveys. Even I, as an ICANN NCUC member and promoter of the ICANN new gTLD program, I sometime don't know where to go to participate!
The ICANN -  which is a pretty rich not-for-profit organization - does not want to invest in communication to promote new gTLDs. Should't it then invest in a global communication to push internet users to participate in these surveys?

The real world
To understand the gap that does exist between ICANN and the real world, I suggest to go to 1:14:30 in the video.

Domain name registration volumes: 
  • Singular VS Plural versions of a similar new gTLD; 
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH new gTLD applications; 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunrise Period starts for .ART new gTLD

Announced yesterday, the .ART new gTLD Sunrise Period starts...today:
  • START: Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 - 16:00;
  • END: Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 - 16:00.

Interesting extract from the application:

It is difficult to anticipate the number of registrations in the restricted registry for .art, as the number may be determined by the effectiveness of marketing and the reception of internet users to the new gTLDs more generally. It is estimated that between 25,000 and 80,000 registrations may take place in the first year. It is difficult to estimate the number of people engaged at different levels within the visual arts community worldwide; however as a portion of the population, the number is likely to be significant and growing. In 2009 there were over 400,000 listed businesses engaging in the art market worldwide and between 5 and 15 million individuals engaging in arts related activities.
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. .CLUB Gets Approved by Chinese Government (Official announcement);
  2. Just delegated: the .HAIR new gTLD;
  3. Overseas TLD Registries Licensed by Chinese Government;
  4. Donuts,Inc:
    1. Bellevue startup Donuts finds success with domain-name registry;
    2. Jobs at Donuts Inc:
      1. Business Intelligence Analyst - Bellevue, WA;
      2. Director of Digital Marketing - Bellevue, WA.
    3. Why Donuts is Called Donuts.
  5. New gTLD Conference: ICANN New gTLD Program: Exploring Impact & Future Direction;
  6. HOT - Identification card to register a .TOP ?
  7. The .CLUB Registry approved in China;
  8. .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China;
  9. The .BANGLA new gTLD;
  10. Innovation - Apple reveals self-driving car plans;
  11. The future of .COM after new gTLDs boom!
  12. Cross-Community Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds Home;
  13. Imagine and Inspire with a .DESIGN Domain;
  14. Lancement du .RADIO par l'UER;
  15. The most surprising new TLDs so far;
  16. Amazon launches a new Brand TLD website;
  17. What Is A TLD? gTLD? ccTLD? newgTLD? IDN?
  18. Good read - Quelles sont les opportunités SEO des nouvelles extensions de domaine?
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • For Companies;
  • For the Law;
  • For Finance;
  • For Colors;
  • For Sport (check the .XBOX new gTLD);
  • For Real estate.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Monday, December 5, 2016

All City new gTLDs have launched

We are now done with all new gTLDs related to Cities.

38 cities in the world submitted one or more applications to own their name as a domain name extension:
  • Some applied for several TLDs such as .BCN and .BARCELONA for the city of Barcelona;
  • Some, like the city of Moscow applied for the same string in their ASCII and IDN version;
  • In certain cases, the TLD does not only represent the city itself but an entire municipality or an emirate like it is the case for Abu Dhabi;
  • Some strings were applied for the same name but in different languages like the city of Koeln (and Cologne).
  • We added .TOURS as a city since it also represents the city of Tours in France (even if the city of Tours has probably not noted its existence yet);
  • The last to have been added is the .BOSTON new gTLD which was delegated last week.
The complete list of cities can be checked here and we welcome new strings (since it is possible that we forgot some). The .SPA new gTLD maybe?

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. 4 new gTLD were delegated;
  2. The tables are turned: now Donuts can delay Verisign;
  3. The Business Benefits of Not-Com Domain Names;
  4. HOT - Adopting a Creative Domain Extension;
  5. Some article about new gTLDs & Universal Acceptance;
  6. The ICRC:
    1. Letter from the Red Cross asking for full protection of "redcross" and "redcrescent";
    2. Answer from the ICANN.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs with a FRENCH connotation; 
  • HOT - New gTLDs related to CITIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING;
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online on www.newsletter.domains anymore.

Friday, December 2, 2016

415 new .AUDI domain names?

AUDI
The AUDI Trademark just created an important number of domain names: 470 domain names ending in ".audi" have been created in one week. This is a lot for a .BRAND new gTLD.
I dug on google and found redirections to existing Audi websites and found two using ".audi" domain names:
  • http://www.audi-zentrum-dresden.audi/
  • https://award.audi/
I doubt creating so many new domain names is dedicated to tests so there must be a serious project to deploy these names at AUDI. Future will tell.

SHAPR
SHAPR uses ".email" domain names. SHAPR is a French mobile application to allow professionals to meet and network. It works a different way and goes straight to the point: "meet".
For the first time, I connected with someone yesterday and noticed that the internal email used by the application to connect registered users is a ".email" domain name. This is pretty unusual since the Universal Acceptance group at ICANN deals with this very specific problem and it is far from being solved at an international level. Some servers still reject emails using new domain names. Such risk taken by innovators demonstrates one thing though: new gTLDs are being more trusted.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Amen - 4 new gTLD were delegated: .католик - .كاثوليك - .天主教 - .CATHOLIC;
  2. The tables are turned: now Donuts can delay Verisign;
  3. The Business Benefits of Not-Com Domain Names;
  4. Interesting - Adopting a Creative Domain Extension;
  5. Some article about new gTLDs & Universal Acceptance;
  6. Letter from the Red Cross ...asking for full protection of "redcross" and "redcrescent";
  7. Answer from the ICANN to the Red Cross request.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to CARS (HOT); 
  • Generic new gTLDs;
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

ICANN new gTLD program: permanent protection?

This is a correspondence which was just published on the ICANN website between the Red Cross and the ICANN:

The ICRC to ICANN (translated by myself): "after five years of discussions, when can you confirm that "redcross" and "redcrescent" are fully protected at the first and second level (first and second level domain names)?

ICANN's answer:
"...the Board took a decision in 2013 to grant temporary protection to the names of your national societies; thus preventing such registrations at the second level for all new gTLDs. Such temporary protection will stay in place until an agreed permanent solution is in place."
and:
"I will update you on developments concerning the latter and the process and likely timescales involved".
Sources:
  1. Letter from the ICRC (download);
  2. Answer from the ICANN board (download).
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Chinese registrants like .LOAN;
  2. Identifier Technology Health Indicators;
  3. Donuts loses $22.5m .WEB lawsuit;
  4. Cool - Just delegated: .BOSTON
  5. Court tosses Donuts’ .WEB lawsuit;
  6. Infographic Explaining Top Level Domain System;
  7. SEDO Registry services;
  8. . ART domain name seeks to become dominant global online site for art.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION; 
  • Singular VS Plural new gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH applications.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chinese registrants like .LOAN

Checking domain name registration volumes for the Real Estate industry, I noticed an increase of 179,933 new domain names within a one week period of time. For a registry...

THIS IS A LOT OF DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATIONS

...so I called Famous Four Media (dot Loan Limited), the Registry for the .LOAN new gTLD to ask the question and what was the reason of this. Here is the answer I received:
It has to do with the way .loan is perceived in China and it seems they are starting to love it. We have at least 2 big registrars in China that started selling insane numbers in .loan so that’s a fact now, no longer a guess.
Famous Four Media recently established a WFOE company (wholly foreign-owned enterprises) in China and obtained a government license to be able to sell its domain names. The Chinese market now seems to be part of any new gTLD development strategy to sell domain names.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. The .BOSTON new gTLD (is coming);
  2. HOT - Reminder: the .BUZZ auction is coming;
  3. Update - In which extensions should companies secure their domains?
  4. Involved in the consultancy side of a registry business?
  5. Google’s Open-Source TLD Registry Platform;
  6. New ICANN procedures for gTLD transfers (what you need to know);
  7. The .GOOG Sunrise Period ends soon (read more)
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL; 
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE; 
  • New gTLDs related to SPORT.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Registration volumes tell a lot (new G's)

The .NIKON new gTLD seems to be doing tests again. When you compare with the .CANON domain name extension, it shows that chances are higher that there is a project of using .NIKON domains rather than with CANON. The .LONDON TLD has lost more than 1,000 registrations recently, same for the .AMSTERDAM extension. The .BID and .LOAN new gTLDs from Famous Four Media are...WOW...have a look t the FINANCE new gTLD report.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. New .ART Domain Launches;
  2. NewG talk #14 & Beard.club (read the full story);
  3. Just delegated: the .RMIT new gTLD;
  4. FRENCH - L’indépendance de l’ICANN, une arme à multiples facettes:
    1. Etat statistique des nTLDs au samedi 26/11/16 (données publiées);
    2. Nouveaux TLDs : le Second Round en débat(s);
    3. Les nTLDs seraient-ils « morts » ?
    4. Des « generic-TLDs » aux « niche-TLDs »;
    5. Les « prototypes » des années 2000;
    6. Un difficile changement de paradigme;
    7. Des registrars aux revendeurs et des revendeurs aux titulaires;
    8. Gouvernance de l’Internet : alarmes aux lendemains des élections américaines;
    9. L’ICANN encore et toujours sous pression.
  5. HOT - New gTLDs are ranking on Google;
  6. What is a unsponsored gTLD?
  7. 19,000 .blog domains registered in first 24 hours;
  8. HOT - New gTLDs: Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Interim Findings & Next steps;
  9. Nomulus for a TLD?
  10. ICA on the Record at ICANN 57 Hyderabad;
  11. The French corner:
    1. HOT - L’extension aux enchères, (lire ce brillant article) (in French);
    2. Vinci.group;
    3. Flash crash de Vinci en Bourse;
  12. Don't ignore the New generic Top-Level Domains;
  13. The .CYCLING new gTLD request;
  14. .Blog domains: 16,430 registered after GA;
  15. My first new TLD sale;
  16. Did You Register a .Blog Domain Name?
  17. How Can We Improve for ICANN 58?
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW; 
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE; 
  • New gTLDs related to COMPANIES (newsletter); 
  • New gTLDs related to COLORS. 
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

We are .BUSY this week

For a reason that I have a hard time to explain, the ".com" legacy Top-Level Domains is losing domain name registrations for the third week in a row. This does not happen often but "hey": new gTLDs are here.

I strongly suggest to subscribe to the new gTLDs Newsletter. The reason for this is that it is far easier for me to add information to it rather than posting to the new gTLD group on LinkedIn. The number of its subscribers has greatly increased these past weeks and I also have space available for new sponsors.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. After shaky start, .BLOG launches today;
  2. CentralNic hires Andy Churley as Marketing Director;
  3. Sunrise Periods ending soon for .BABY & .CAM new gTLDs;
  4. Universal Acceptance and the Current State of IDNs;
  5. NewG talk #13;
  6. New .CARS Automotive Domain Ready to Kick-off 2017 With 90+ Participating Dealers;
  7. A look at the top Blog related sales of all time;
  8. Dot-Movie’s Blockbuster Year;
  9. ICANN Used 'Junk Science' Firm to Justify New gTLDs;
  10. .BLOG registry explains they did what they did with reserved domains simply because they can!
  11. Neue Top Level Domain .BOX bringt manche Netze durcheinander;
  12. The .BOSTON new gTLD is coming;
  13. HOT - What really impacts SEO and what you can expect when it comes to new gTLDs;
  14. HOT - It’s the end of domain search (long but good read);
  15. Companies Battle For Digital Marketing Landscape ;
  16. Google purchases X.company for think tank;
  17. What are the pros and cons of a .CLICK TLD?
  18. Berlin to host next Domaining Europe conference in May;
  19. What is the common point between these 33 websites ?
  20. At Least 2 .BLOG Landrush Auctions Pass $5,000;
  21. Who is Chris Cowherd?
  22. "Please ICANN, create the .CYCLING new gTLD";
  23. HOT - A strange thing is happening to domains suspended in URS;
  24. HOT - 10 Simple Facts you Need to Know about Nomulus TLD Registry Platform;
  25. Promised auction for popular .blog domain canceled;
  26. What is your fav new gTLD?
  27. HOT - How Google Nomulus Works (backend registry);
  28. Registry Raked In Over $600,000 in Premium New gTLD Domain Sales;
  29. Radix releases data on premium domain names;
  30. Radix Shares Its Q3 Premium Domain Name Sales Report.
Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Which are the successful new gTLDs?

Shall we ever know the truth about what's really happened during round one of the ICANN new gTLD program: why some applicants just "dropped it", how much a registry really earns, which new gTLD is a real "hit" and which is not?

There is a pace where you ask your questions, and it is here. I recommend the reading of "Learnings from the last 3 Years".

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. HOT - .BUZZ Top Level Domain Set For Auction On December 8, 2016;
  2. 3 new gTLDs were delegated:
    1. 15 November 2016: .RELIANCE
    2. 15 November 2016: .JIO
    3. 15 November 2016: .RIL
  3. .FUN extension acquisition and launch dates;
  4. .SHOP enters dangerous territory with SSL freebie;
  5. New gTLDs: Who wants to be a leader?
  6. New gTLDs: reconsider the company name;
  7. Government Advisors Flag New Domain Rules;
  8. Council of Europe Report DGI (2016)17 - .GAY TLD;
  9. Dot Brands: nouvelles extensions de nom de domaine de marques;
  10. HOT - TLD Business Insider;
  11. .FOOD goes live, and it’s a closed generic;
  12. ICANN active litigation status update;
  13. .MELBOURNE turns two!
  14. .NGO/.ONG Registry (also .ORG) to save millions;
  15. “Read my lips: new gTLDs are DEAD";
  16. In which new gTLDs should a company secure its domain names?
  17. Keuntungan Menggunakan TLD (Top Level Domain) Pada Blog;
  18. Kitchen Collective Launches on a .Club;
  19. Introducing Nomulus (again).
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to SPORT;
    (the .MOTO - just delegated - was added to the report
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL; 
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
  • Singular VS Plural new gTLDs;
    (2 new gTLDs have entered the report and .WORK is doing better)
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH; 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION.
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Google is not selling any registry services

We initiated a discussion with the Google team in charge of developing this fantastic tool named Nomulus. Due to my poor English, I had to rephrase my question to make it understandable enough to receive an answer. And I received an answer.

The answer was straight: "Google is not selling any registry services".

We received the message and here is how we understand it at Jovenet Consulting:
  • Google is not selling any registry services "today" (I'll stop with this soon :-);
  • Google offers Nomulus because they want new backend registry service providers to host it on the Google Cloud Platform (this is the offer a we understand it today) and that is enough for Google;
  • Google does not want (yet?) to deal with questions such as: "hey Google, how can I create my domain name extension with you?" This is a very long question to answer and would require to follow-up with potential applicants. Unless we are wrong, Google does not do this and does not meet with such clients who would require meetings before investing so much money.
    Also, the new application process is unknown and we doubt that the ICANN will be able to provide, a strict timeline as when an application is submitted and when it is delegated: the kind of question a client wants to be answered before he pays;
  • Participating in "Round 1" of the ICANN new gTLD program has been a nightmare for many applicants, and "Round 2" should be far easier. Google does not yet see the potential of offering a key-in-hands solution to resellers of such an offer: Law firms, Registrars, future new gTLD applicants with a technical knowledge, new gTLD and domain name consultants, IT departments... Let's hope this changes.
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. 6 new gTLDs were delegated;
  2. Brands owning their dot brand grow faster;
  3. .Blog domains had a bad landrush phase;
  4. Tips for Wembasters (new gTLDs inside);
  5. Are The New gTLD Domain Names Worth Your Money?
  6. .BRAND showcase;
  7. NewG talk #12: you need to pay attention to the Chinese market if you are a .club investor (read the full story)
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to COMPANIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW;
    (all LAW related new gTLD have a domain name registration increase this week)
  • New gTLDs related to the COLORS; 
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE. 
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Google answers questions about Nomulus

Nomulus is a backend registry tool made available by Google and for free. The Nomulus team kindly informed me about the place where to go for questions. I expect this discussion group to be able to answer technical questions but I believe it is going to be worth trying to ask questions on (a) potential coming offer(s).

Reminder: a backend registry is mandatory when it comes to applying for a new gTLD. The backend registry is the technical platform which manages daily operations related to the creation, renewal, registrars'payments, etc...for domain names. Nomulus comes as an alternative for coming .BRAND new gTLD applicants with few knowledge and Generic new gTLD applicants in round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program.

Ask your questions here


What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Why Some Brands Stayed Out of First Dot-Brand Auction;
  2. Fast thinker: founder of .XYZ Registry;
  3. 4 Career-Changing Benefits of a Personalized Domain;
  4. Rightside’s first webinar series;
  5. Domain Name Pick Up – 5 Mistakes To Avoid!
  6. Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .WEB
  7. CentralNic will ‘continue to benefit from recurring revenues;
  8. Interesting - “Zhi Bo” (Live Video Streaming) Is Growing;
  9. Good survey - New gTLDs in 10 years;
  10. What's in a Brand Name?
  11. 8 myths about new domain names;
  12. 5 Ways To Use Your .CLUB Domain (watch the video);
  13. Must read - GAC Hyderabad Communique;
  14. New gTLDs & ICANN: Adopted Board Resolution;
  15. .WEB new gTLD: "Afilias' Cynical Attempt";
  16. Verisign to .WEB losers: stop griping and carry on;
  17. The .Blog registry is not releasing ANY 1, 2 and 3 character domains;
  18. Free SSL certificate for .SHOP Registrants?
  19. The .Blog registry registered the best .blog domains for itself!
  20. “Shadow content policing” fears at ICANN 57;
  21. Google Does Not Promote Or Demote Based On Top Level Domain;
  22. History of AUC's failure to get the .AFRICA legitimately;
  23. Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains.
Domain name registration volumes
  • Singular VS Plural New gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH applications; 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION; 
  • Generic new gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH (hot); 
  • New gTLDs related to CARS;
  • New gTLDs with a French connotation.
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cool new gTLD NEWS following ICANN meeting

The latest GAC communiqué was published and seems more interesting to read - in terms of new gTLDs NEWS - than the latest Adopted Board Resolutions from the Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board which offers more "Thank you to" than resolutions

When I have a look at these documents, I often wonder if ICANN knows that real interested parties (from the real world) then need to decrypt these documents. I wish there was an understandable report for end users and a report for insiders where they could auto congratulate each other without polluting the interesting information. Find all links to these contents in tonight's newsletter.


What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. New gTLDs and Universal Acceptance (UA);
  2. Using new generic TLDs for customer email/websites?
  3. Conference - Trademarks vs. Domain Names;
  4. Opportunities/challenges from a human rights perspective;
  5. New Top Level Domains Are Fools Gold;
  6. .Science tops the most abused TLD list for November 2016.
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to COMPANIES (hot); 
  • New gTLDs related to LAW; 
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE (not hot at all);
  • New gTLDs related to COLORS;
  • New gTLDs related to SPORT;
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE.
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Backend registries still needed in Round two?

Not fast enough today :-)
I wasn't fast enough today to ask my question during the Registry Service Provider Certification conference at ICANN 57 (Hyderabad). As a non native English writer, I need to write down my questions before posting them because it does not look nice when a question comes with a mistake or a mistype (and when it is read as such by the entire audience). Unfortunately, I could post it but far too late and from a potential dotBrand future new gTLD applicant prospective, it is to me a very important question so here it is:

Google recently revealed "Nomulus", a backend registry tool to operate a Registry. Since Google Registry (Charleston Road Registry Inc.) is already technically certified by the ICANN since it uses Nomulus for its TLDs; will future users of Nomulus need to become certified as backend registries too?

I understand that such question might not please backend registry providers, but since Nomulus is already in use and hosted on Google's technical platform (Google Cloud Platform); why would future new gTLD applicants have to deal with the technical aspect of running a registry when it could be just a matter of choosing a provider...just like when registering a domain name?

I emailed my question to the ICANN.

New domain name registration volumes
The .食品 (food in Japanese) new gTLD increased its number of registrations from 1 to 13 in one week (see the Catering new gTLD report). The .NIKON dotBrand new gTLD goes from 1 to 17 domain names registered since last week (see the Photography new gTLD report). In the City new gTLD report, the .BARCELONA has 2,100+ more registrations.
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to CITIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING; 
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY. 
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Verified Top-Level Domains Consortium;
  2. Balancing a robust defense with an exciting attack in the domain name world;
  3. High-Bid Auctions Deflate the .nyc TLD;
  4. The Extreme Power Of Generic Domain Names;
  5. Program Reviews & Policy Timeline (Projected);
  6. The new gTLD program introspective;
  7. Cooking Up The Perfect Domain Name;
  8. We don’t run Internet, we enable it: ICANN.
Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Next ICANN new gTLD Round: 2020 ?

There are discussions at ICANN on the subject at the moment and there will be more. A probably interesting one was the one from the GAC discussing the next steps following the ICANN bylaws changes. There should even be a more interesting one entitled "New gTLD Program Reviews" to take place this Saturday, November 5 between 13:45 and 14:45.

I downloaded the presentation and there is a slide - on page four - which tells a lot about what the date od "Round 2" might be. As usual, it is entitled "Program Reviews & Policy Timeline (Projected)", because no one, in the ICANN community, will ever take the risk to mention a date again :-)

It is important to know that a lot of interested parties in the new gTLD business want the second round of the ICANN new gTLD program to open as fast as possible but they are not the only ones: more and more Trademarks show signs that they want to submit an application too.
Some parties don't want of another round to happen for several reasons and one of them is that ".com has to remain kind". Another one is that...it takes time to install new domain names and flooding the market with even more domain name extension won't now help.

It also appears that the ICANN community wants Geographic domain name extensions and .BRAND new gTLD applicants to be able to submit an application as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it is not what the documentation says on page 4 of next Saturday's presentation because according to my understanding of this document, the earliest date that I read is not before 2020.

What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. Should new gTLDs be first-come, first-served?
  2. .DOCTOR : 1,400 domains on day 1;
  3. Governments mull greater geo gTLD powers;
  4. Applications to ICANN for Community-based new gTLDs;
  5. The .BUZZ auction;
  6. Algorithm Red Flags Potentially Dangerous Domain Names at Time of Purchase;
  7. The .商店 (store) Sunrise Period ends soon;
  8. Percentage of Parked New gTLD;
  9. .blog Domains: Let the Landrush Begin;
  10. Playstation: not ready (New gTLDs Universal Acceptance);
  11. ICANN: Board Governance Committee Meeting;
  12. .Buzz top level domain name hits market for $3. 5 million+
  13. The .BABY Sunrise Period begins;
  14. The Strength of Top-Level Domains in UDRP Decisions;
  15. Want To Buy A New gTLD?
  16. Insights from ICANN 57, Hyderabad;
  17. ICANN57 Preview: What to Expect in Hyderabad;
  18. DomainWire Global TLD Report 2016/3
  19. .BASEBALL & .BASKETBALL
  20. Gear.club (download and Play)
  21. New gTLDs in which Companies should consider securing their domains.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • Cool - Singular VS Plural new gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH applications; 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION (see the .FAITH new gTLD);
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH (see the .DOCTOR new gTLD);
  • New gTLDs related to CARS (see the .VOLVO new gTLD);;
  • Cool - Generic new gTLDs (see the .XYZ new gTLD).
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The .BABY Sunrise Period begins

Today is day one of the .BABY new gTLD Sunrise Period:
.BABY is the trusted global online designation for everyone dedicated to the vitality and happy, healthy development of our babies.
SUNRISE PERIOD:
  • START: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 - 16:00;
  • END: Friday, 2 December, 2016 - 16:00.
Limited Registrations:
  1. Mon, 5 December '16 to Mon, 3 April '17;
  2. Wed, 5 April '17 to Tue, 11 April '17.
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. 6 Sunrise Periods start: .ファッション (fashion) - .書籍 (book) - .クラウド (cloud) - .食品 (food) - .家電 (consumer electronics) - .ストア (store).
  2. .CAM Sunrise Period Underway;
  3. The PREDATOR program;
  4. .Club domain name in the iTunes app store (read the full story);
  5. Reminder - Thursday, November 3 • 08:30 - 09:30: the GAC Geo Names WG will be working on its best practices for future rounds of new gTLDs document.
  6. Donuts: The Month in Review.

Domain name registration volumes
  • Super HOT: new gTLDs related to SPORT; 
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE; 
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL. 
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

6 Sunrise Periods start today

Six new Sunrise Periods are starting today. The 6 new gTLDs concerned are:
  1. .ファッション (fashion);
  2. .書籍 (book);
  3. .クラウド (cloud);
  4. .食品 (food);
  5. .家電 (consumer electronics);
  6. .ストア (store).
An agent can be selected here to participate in the Sunrise Period.
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. 5 new gTLD were just delegated:
    1. The .NEWHOLLAND new gTLD
    2. .BASEBALL
    3. .CASEIH
    4. .CASE
    5. .IVECO
  2. How .CLUB's Colin Campbell Rebounded From a $100 Million Setback and Took a Lead Role in Reshaping the Web
  3. How .eco domain was won
  4. Good read - Where Are the World’s Largest Brands Registering?
  5. DNS-News.fr (New gTLDs in French)
  6. 87 sites dropped their .com for a new domain
  7. .WEB is ICANN's First Test of Accountability
  8. The GAC will discuss the Subsequent Rounds in new gTLDs
  9. Research Revealed on Authoritative Servers at the Second Level
  10. Listen to Verisign and XYZ duke it out in court
  11. Internet Globalization: Utilize Email for Non-English IDNs
  12. Comments on .NYC Auction Results
  13. Amazon is serious about the NewG
  14. School District Using a .Vegas Domain
  15. WTF is the dark web?
Update on new gTLDs' registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs related to the COMPANIES;
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW;
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
  • New gTLDs related to COLORS.

Monday, October 31, 2016

dotBRAND new gTLDs: is Nomulus the Answer?

Google announced Nomulus: a tool to operate a new generic Top-Level Domains technically. In the world of new gTLDs, this announcement sounds like it is going to replace, or come as an alternative to backend registries. It could, but this sounding is incomplete.
Read why Nomulus could or could not be a solution

Update on new gTLDs' registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING;
  • New gTLDs related to CITIES (hot);
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY.
Tonight's new gTLDs' Newsletter: subscribe here.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. ICANN files motion to dismiss Donuts’ .Web lawsuit;
  2. Cost of Donuts’ DPML trademark protection service to soar;
  3. .CLUB注册局已不再保留删除和掉落域名!
  4. Root Stability Study Draft Report Available;
  5. ICANN to terminate Guardian’s last gTLD;
  6. Registered Participants of the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference;
  7. Real estate terms sell for big bucks in .nyc domain name auction;
  8. KSK Rollover Operations Begin;
  9. Is Nomulus the Answer?
    Google announced Nomulus: a tool to operate a new generic Top-Level Domains technically. In the world of new gTLDs, this announcement sounds like it is going to replace, or come as an alternative to backend registries. It could, but this sounding is incomplete:
    1. Understanding how it works;
    2. What about Nomulus?
    3. Facts;
    4. Patience is a virtue.
Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Friday, October 28, 2016

New gTLD acquisition for 1 million Euros

1 million Euros is the budget I was allocated for the acquisition of a new gTLD. After discussing with a certain number of applicants, it now seems clear that this is not enough. With the level of investment required to create a new gTLD, it is something I understand but I didn't speak to everyone.

I could not talk to all applicants so here is the pitch:
  • We look for an "as generic as possible" TLD;
  • We won't pay more than €1M;
  • We do not need to change backend registry;
  • Our intention is to deploy the TLD (increase the number of domain names registered);
  • We could also be interested in acquiring a .BRAND new gTLD.
So if you want to talk to us, contact Jovenet Consulting.


Update on new gTLDs' registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs related to CARS;
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
  • Good read - Generic new gTLDs.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. List of prohibited new gTLDs;
  2. The Trademark Clearinghouse turns 3;
  3. Good read - How can local domains help your quality score?
  4. The 2016 Yunqi Conference (new gTLDs);
  5. 250 people want a .SRD new gTLD;
  6. Specialty Top Level Domain Names: Are They Worth It?
  7. ICANN has $400m in the bank;
  8. Donuts asks judge to allow limited discovery;
  9. UPDATE: Brands unleash scathing review of ‘.feedback’ seek investigation against registry;
  10. Universal Acceptance Steering Group: A Year of Progress;
  11. Plan for Thin to Thick Whois Transition Available for Public Comment;
  12. Next ICANN board agenda;
  13. Renewal of .TEL Registry Agreement;
  14. Investment of Auction Proceeds;
  15. Two-Character Domain Names in the New gTLD Namespace;
  16. Consideration of the Corn Lake, LLC v. ICANN Independent Review Process Final Declaration;
  17. Updated resources for Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT);
  18. Donuts’ application for .Charity lives again.
Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Newsletter about new gTLDs "only"

When will "round 2" of the ICANN new gTLD program start? Which new gTLD has been acquired and by who? Which and when is the next Sunrise Period to start? Why is the .CLUB new gTLD so successful? New gTLD case figures, ICANN new gTLD announcements, .BRAND new gTLDs: what do Trademarks do with them? The new gTLDs Newsletter sends all of these info - daily - directly in your email. Subscribe here.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Radix acquires .FUN gTLD from Warren Buffett;
  2. The .VOLVO new gTLD was delegated;
  3. Boost your SEO With a Keyword Rich TLD;
  4. Dot Brand Communication Examples;
  5. Saxo Bank’s Anna Granholm-Brun on the new home.saxo domain, new website, and changes ahead;
  6. Top 20 New gTLD Registrants Own Over 10% of All New gTLD’s;
  7. This .BLOG domain has a renewal fee of $125,000 dollars!
  8. 3,636,440 domains, available for the first time;
  9. Brand owners blast .feedback owner (second cover);
  10. Major .design usage from Facebook, Airbnb, T-Mobile;
  11. Did You Buy Any of the Released Uniregistry Domain Names?
  12. NAR is Moving to nar.realtor;
  13. New gTLDs is an industry term – new domains is what most people are calling them;
  14. Big brands condemn “fraudulent” .feedback gTLD in ICANN complaint;
  15. SEO best practice guide for URLs;
  16. Alternative Internet (collection of interesting new networks and tech aiming at decentralisation);
  17. Uniregistry says it was unaffected by mother of all DDoS attacks;
  18. New domain extensions in which Companies should secure their name.
Update on new gTLDs' registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs related to SPORT;
  • New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
  • New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
  • Singular VS Plural new gTLDs;
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION;
  • French new gTLD applictions.
Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nomulus: what do you think?

I am working on an article related to Domulus, the new backend registry tool offered by Google to existing applicants, and new ones willing to submit a new gTLD application in "Round 2" of the ICANN new gTLD program.
I look for first impressions from potential interested parties in this tool. Please contact me.

Update on new gTLDs' registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs for COMPANIES: the domain name extensions in which companies should secure their name (see tonight's Newsletter);
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW: Corporate Registrar FairWinds Partners, a domain name strategy consultancy company, also sole Corporate Registrar to have applied for its own .BRAND new gTLD, has now 4 new domain names registered (ending in ".fairwinds");
  • New gTLDs related to the COLORS;
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE: the .ACCOUNTANT new gTLD loses 6,000 registrations;
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING;
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY: the .ART new gTLD now has 10 domain name registered and website says it should launch in November 2016 but no official announcement has been made yet.
  • New gTLDs related to CITIES.

Tonight's new gTLDs' Newsletter: subscribe here.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. gTLD Marketplace Health Index Metrics;
  2. Il punto davanti a Roma e Milano (article about new gTLDs in Italian with info on coming new gTLD project);
  3. Chinese Naming Tip: Sometimes even words that sound negative in their English translation (for example “poisonous chicken soup”) can have a more trendy and positive meaning in Chinese usage, making it a more valuable and brandable domain name as well: read the full story;
  4. Ending soon: .网站 (web) Sunrise Period
  5. Have you claimed your digital real estate?
  6. New gTLD .WEB and .AMAZON update;
  7. Busting the Myths of Not-Com Domain Names;
  8. NewG talk #9: the usual strong performers (.top, .club, .site, .bid, .vip, .online) continued their uptrend.
Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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