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New domain name registration volumes: all new gTLD reports were updated by Jean Guillon.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Are short new gTLDs better?

While studying registration volumes from new gTLDs related to RELIGION, I noticed that the .WED new gTLD - a three characters domain name extension - is only losing domain name registrations. It has kept decreasing for the past 6 weeks. On the other hand, the .WEDDING - a seven characters extension - progression curve is increasing. Why is this so:
  • Is the .WED new gTLD too restricted?
  • Is .WEDDING more descriptive?
News:
  1. .BRANDs - Progress:  The Mid-Year Analysis;
  2. FFM is the second new gTLD operator;
  3. Article - Five different ways to go .LIVE;
  4. New gTLDs related to RELIGION (registration volumes);
  5. Hot - One new gTLD just lost over 50% of it’s registrations in one month;
  6. French new gTLD applicants: registration volumes;
  7. The Sunrise Period for .SHOP starts today;
  8. The .BRIDGESTONE launches a new website;
  9. ICANN - Study shows gTLD awareness has "grown";
  10. Application from SHELL offered on www.buzz.shell;
  11. More coming by 8PM CET: subscribe to receive it all by email.

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Sunrise Period for .SHOP new gTLD starts today

Many of the world’s leading brands use shop to add online shopping to their primary URL. Choose a .shop name for a dedicated online shopping address that is short, easy to remember and a powerful marketing tool.

When:
  • SUNRISE PERIOD START: Thursday, 30 June, 2016
  • SUNRISE PERIOD END: Monday, 29 August, 2016
Why:
According to the Registry:
".shop is the definitive online shopping address. Whether your business is online or offline a .shop domain name instantly identifies your website as a place to shop."
Good to know:
The .SHOP new gTLD is not alone: the .SHOPPING new gTLD Sunrise Period launches in July 2016 and the .BOUTIQUE is already open to all with more than 8,900 domain name registrations.

What to do:
Consider registering your domain names in similar domain name extensions such as the one above.

Where:
To participate in a Sunrise Period, it is recommended to contact a Corporate Registrar such as Nameshield.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dropped new domains: learn why it matters

"Dropped domains" do not necessarily mean something to traditional Registrants (those who buy domain names) but law firms should pay attention to this subject for one simple reason: once a domain was dropped and collected on a list (the Registry below offers this service), it is "more" at risk from being registered by a third party. If you are in charge of managing a domain name portfolio and don't understand what I just wrote, 2 options:
  1. Call me;
  2. Change your job ;-)
News:
  1. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
  2. 1,000 three to four character ".club"  domain names are still available;
  3. ICANN - Study Finds Increased Awareness and Trust in Domain Name System;
  4. Community Objection Rehearing re .SPORTS;
  5. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
  6. New - .STREAM new gTLD to launch this week;
  7. A Registry has launched a tool to find dropped domains;
  8. LOL - "I suggest you do an availability check if you didn’t protect your brand in Sunrise";
  9. Article - Who really cares about new gTLDs?
  10. More coming.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Is the ".contact" new gTLD coming?

I just noticed a new Registry website. In fact, it is not new but it was updated. Top Level Spectrum has 5 new gTLDs in its list: .CONTACT - .FORUM - .REALTY - .FEEDBACK and .PID.
It seems that the innovation is built around a certain platform: "A platform for hosting contact sites. Conversations have never been so easy". The first thing that comes to my mind is something like what .TEL did in the past. Let's see what kind of innovation this multiple Registry is about to offer.

News
  1. Podcast - It takes a lot of money to build a TLD into a brand;
  2. The .BLOG new gTLD could be a multi $100 million business;
  3. New gTLDs related to COMPANIES (in our Newsletter only);
  4. 100,000 - Benchmark for .GDN: this is not something to be ignored;
  5. Domain name registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to Finance;
      (were added the .ACCOUNTANT & .ACCOUNTANTS new gTLDs)
    2. New gTLDs related to the Law;
      (was added the .FAIRWINDS new gTLD)
    3. New gTLDs related to Colors.
  6. The .VIP new gTLD to generate 6 millions in month 1 after launch;
  7. Lesson learned - .INSURANCE and .BANK Tell Consumer Safety Story;
  8. Domaining - Is SEDO dying?
  9. New gTLD investment - "The Donuts Panic";
  10. More coming.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

An offer received for a new domain name?

Just like many people involved in new gTLDs or domain names, I put domain names on sale: sometimes to learn about selling platforms and sometimes to try to sell get rid of a domain name. To be honest...I never receive offers and the reason for this might because the domains that I sell are of no interest. Recently, I bought 2 ultra generic domain names in complete unknown domain name extensions: both have less then 4,000 registrations. The reason why I am writing about this is that I just received an offer for one of them and checking the stats of the other...there is incoming traffic to the page where it is offered: something that I rarely saw before. Is this the solution to sell domain names on Internet?

News
  1. Article - Assessing Current Generic New gTLDs;
  2. Article - Are brands convinced by the pull of new gTLDs?
  3. Article - There are so many powerful ways to use the dotBrand;
  4. ICANN56: Core issues;
  5. Two more new gTLDs were delegated:
    1. The .FARMERS domain name extension;
    2. The .FEDEX new gTLD.
  6. ICANN56 - in Helsinky - has started;
  7. New domain names registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs for French speaker: the Nameshield report;
    2. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    3. New gTLDs related to CATERING;
      (2 new entries in the Catering report)
    4. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY.
  8. French - DNS News n°218 (June 2016): a crazy year:
    1. Etat statistique des nTLDs au samedi 25/06/16 (données publiées);
    2. La déferlante du .XYZ;
    3. Lutte au couteau en Chine;
    4. Le Côté Obscur;
    5. Gouvernance de l’Internet, entre le «Pourquoi pas ?» de la NTIA et le «Pourquoi donc?» des sénateurs américains.
  9. There is a group (at ICANN?) which deals with Universal Acceptance;
  10. More coming during the day.
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Assessing Current Generic New gTLDs

If we are already familiar with new generic Top-Level Domains from the ICANN new gTLD program, also called "new gTLDs", are we just as familiar with these new domain name extensions, which are called "generic" and which could be an alternative to the existing ".com" domain name extension?

As the list of new gTLDs is very long, we can easily say that there is a Top-Level Domain for any kind of business: a ".club" for Clubs, a ".news" for News, a ".dentist" for Dentists, a ".actor" for Actors, etc… But what about these domain name extensions which could become an alternative for the already very popular ".com" domain names?

Read my latest article on CircleId.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Announcing the "GENERICs" new gTLD report

We are announcing a new weekly report based on registration volumes. I have selected, what I consider generic domain name extensions, which could replace the existing .COM Top-Level Domain. This report will show the evolution of these generic TLDs week after week. We welcome your comments if you believe that some extensions are missing in this report.
News
  1. Article - Differentiate your brand online and give your website a boost!
  2. Breaking - Donuts to acquire Rightside?
  3. Nine domain name extensions were just delegated:
    1. .POLITIE
    2. .ART
    3. .NFL
    4. .WOODSIDE
    5. .TRAVELCHANNEL
    6. .HGTV
    7. .FRONTDOOR (was added to the Real Estate new gTLD report);
    8. .FOODNETWORK (was added to the Catering new gTLD report);
    9. .COOKINGCHANNEL (was added to the Catering new gTLD report).
  4. New gTLD registration volumes:
    1. New - New gTLDs related to GENERICS;
    2. New gTLDs related to CARS;
    3. New gTLDs related to HEALTH.
  5. The Dutch Police has its “.politie” new gTLD.
  6. More coming.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The .HOTELES new gTLD: did you notice?

Searching for new gTLDs related to Tourism, I stopped on the ".hoteles" domain name extension and was surprised to see that the price to register one single domain name is $65,000.00 per year. During a second, I wondered if that was the price of the TLD in an auction but no; it is the price to register one domain name.
There are 115 domain names registered according to nTLDStats.com and already 358 results in Google. I checked two websites and noticed that websites are built more or less the same way and I believe this is a strategy to install some domains with a website on Internet. I checked the Registration Policy and my understanding of it is that it is a closed TLD:
"...the TLD is intended to enhance the Latin American Hotel and Lodging Industry’s online identity and exposure to their target clientele; expand their marketing and promotion efforts; provide a secure channel for hotel bookings and reservations; and create a marketplace dedicated to the Latin American Hotel and Lodging Industry".
Unless I misread, a Spanish company cannot register a ".hoteles" domain name since applicants registrants must be headquartered and have a primary place of business in Latin America: all countries in the South American continent and the countries of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica and Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Eustatius, Saint Maarten Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands (“Latin America”).

A new Report
I wanted to create a new gTLD report for the Luxury industry but I really wonder which generic and dotbrand new gTLDs I should put into so I guess it makes no sense. I still have one slot to create a new report but I need your inputs. Please email me with suggestions. A report on new gTLDs related to TOURISM could be of interest but which TLDs to put into?

News
  1. Article - Why a Website Domain is a Marketing Tool;
  2. .AFRICA - Judge hands DotConnectAfrica another bizarre win;
  3. How to do the promotion of a new gTLD?
  4. One new gTLD was deletaged today: ".ORIENTEXPRESS";
  5. Looking for an old Newsletter about new gTLDs? See here: www.newsletter.domains and click on "View previous campaigns";
  6. New gTLDs related to RELIGION;
  7. New gTLDs related to FRENCH new gTLD applications;
  8. More coming during the day. Subscribe here.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The new gTLD info for Wednesday, June 22nd

Easter holidays are coming and we are moving to the south of France because we work harder under the sun at that period. Of course, we will publish everyday but expect less information: we have noticed that fewer people work during this period...and this lasts until September. All new gTLD reports will be updated, as well as the new gTLd LinkedIn group.
  1. Article - New gTLDs May be the Wave of the Future;
  2. Is investing in new gTLD companies...a risk?
  3. Ten New gTLD Start-up Plans;
  4. https://design.google is here but redirects to a ".com";
  5. Domain name registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
    2. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
    3. New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL.
  6. Five new gTLDs were just delegated:
    1. .ANZ
    2. .ITV
    3. .BLANCO
    4. .SHOPPING
    5. .ABLE
  7. Tires - Bridgestone to use its new domain names: http://journey2020.bridgestone/
  8. 1/7 new gTLD domain names are actually just numbers;
  9. ICANN contracting statistics: For the Week Ending: 17 June 2016.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Did you read the .COMPANY new gTLD report?

The .COMPANY new gTLD report is pretty interesting this week. On the list of domain name extensions that we think companies should register their domain name (we included legacy TLDs in that list by the way), more of them are in the red: it means that they have less registrations than the week before. It is pretty hard not to see the progression of the .GDN new gTLD which passes from 83,264 domain names last week to 114,264 this week. We suggest readers to compare with last week.

News
  1. Startup with $2m in funding launches using a ".chat" domain;
  2. Cool - The growing appeal of .GEO domains for local online marketing;
  3. Three dotBrand Registries have launched their first domains:
    1. HITACHI: http://social-innovation.hitachi/;
    2. EMERCK: http://www.company.emerck/;
    3. ABBOTT: http://www.nutritionnews.abbott/.
  4. Article: laughable pathetic behavior in the new gTLD industry;
  5. Post - Security is one reason why brands launch own domain extension;
  6. New gTLD registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to COMPANIES (newsletter only);
    2. New gTLDs related to the LAW;
    3. New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
    4. New gTLDs related to COLORS.
  7. Numbers - StartingDot announces 30,000 new domains registered for its 4 new gTLD applications;
  8. Com Laude hits out at ‘.sucks’ after contract termination, Vox Populi fires back;
  9. More coming during the day.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

French new Regions and new gTLDs (Round 2)

France has decided to change its regions' names (because it spends too much money with its mutiple administrations) and...it is happening right now: names are being confirmed. The French "Conseil d’État" will validate them in October 2016 but we already know which should be confirmed with a 90% chances.
It appears that "Languedoc-Roussillon" and "Midi-Pyrénées" will probably take the name of "Occitanie".
The reason why I am writing about this is that Round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program is coming in 2019/2020 (according to my little finger). With all of these new names definitely validated in 2017, this leaves 2 to 4 years for French representatives to learn about new domain name extensions and check if it makes sense to create a new gTLD for these regions. If one of the reasons why the .AQUITAINE new gTLD was withdrawn is that the region of Aquitaine didn't know about this change coming.

".OCCITANIE" or ".OCC"?
Now these names will be voted by the end of 2016, I believe it is going to give ideas to many "new gTLD experts" to hunt for these new extensions with some advantages:
  1. Many lessons were learnt from Round one;
  2. New domain names are now more popular and there are existing examples such as ".alsace", ".corsica" and ".bzh";
  3.  The average price to apply is now known.
News
  1. Wardrobe.club was won in the .CLUB Premium contest;
  2. New gTLD registration volume reports:
    1. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to CATERING;
    3. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY;
  3. Balenciaga.space: "Complainant has NOT demonstrated all three elements of the URS by a standard of clear and convincing evidence";
  4. Presentation .TUBE webinar;
  5. The weekly French new gTLD report by Nameshield: 108,000+ registrations for the .GDN new gTLD;
  6. Ending soon - The .MED and .TUBE (today) Sunrise Periods;
  7. .BERLIN - Dirk Krischenowski Blasts ICANN Over TMCH Which Has “Largely Failed”;
  8. Can someone call the city hall of Tours (in France) and tell them that "mairie.tours" is still free to register?
  9. More coming during the day.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

The new gTLD info for Friday, June 17th

We are running very late today! There had been a second winner to the .CLUB Registry Premium Contest. Read below to try to win yours.
  1. Source - A funny website with fresh new gTLD NEWS (not by myself);
  2. .sucks terminates Com Laude as “gag order” row escalates;
  3. New gTLDs related to CARS;
  4. New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
  5. .STORE Grosses Over $1 Million Before the Close of Day 1;
  6. How to win a Premium .CLUB domain name?
  7. Contract breach cited as TLD Registry switches from Afilias to Chinese government back-end;
  8. How To Use Alternative Domains For Branding;
  9. DotBrand - .DELOITTE is a dot brand new gTLD;
  10. CentralNic grabs another client from Verisign;
  11. CentralNic signed up for .ART internet domain;
  12. How will the new .INSURANCE gTLD work for the industry?
  13. Report - Google Ignores Keywords in TLD;
  14. TLD Registry moves registry services to China;
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

12,000 Premium .CLUB domain names

The Club Registry is offering to acquire for free one of the 12,000 Premium domain names to be released tomorrow. The Registry informs:
On June 16, 2016 approximately 12,000 registry reserved .CLUB premium names will be released into the registrar channel, including some names that have never been offered by the registrar channel before. This is the second time .CLUB has injected additional premium names into the registrar channel since launching our tiered premium program in July 2015. The names are in nine pricing tiers, ranging from suggested retail prices of $100 to $10,000. In all cases renewals are at the standard .CLUB registration fee of approximately $10 – $15 per year. There are some great deals available within the new premium name additions, including a number of 3 and 4 character domains, Chinese domains and great, brandable names such as:
  • Concert.club
  • Money.club
  • BodyBuilding.club
  • Gothic.club
And many, many more. The new names will be available through all registrars carrying .CLUB premium names on June 16. You can download a complete list of the NEW tiered premium names here.
News
  1. Follow-up - the .AFRICA ZACR Order on Motion to Dismiss;
  2. HOT - Why I bought 10,000 ".city" new domain names;
  3. Sunrise Period for .MOTORCYCLES starts today;
  4. Another accredited Registrar for the .GDN new gTLD (Lexsynergy);
  5. The ".bible" Litmus Test for Domain Name Dispute Panelists;
  6. Offered - Win a Premium .CLUB domain name;
  7. Over 20,000 ".store" domain names registered;
  8. The .BNPPARIBAS starts to promote dotBrand;
  9. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
  10. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
  11. New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
  12. Reminder - The NDD.camp starts tomorrow (register);
  13. Joke of the day - We are 22,102,596 new gTLD trolls according to this post;
  14. More coming during the day.
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Sunrise Period for .MOTORCYCLES starts

According to the registry: "Use of the .Motorcycles gTLD will be exclusively available to verified businesses that provide beneficial products, services or information to the motorcycle industry. This means that as consumers do their motorcycle related research and execute transactions online, they will be able to trust the verified operators of .motorcycles websites and they will find relevant content on these sites".

WHEN:
  • SUNRISE PERIOD:
    • START: Wednesday, 15 June, 2016 - 16:00;
    • END: Sunday, 14 August, 2016 - 16:00.
  • CLAIMS NOTIFICATION PERIOD:
    • START: Thursday, 18 August, 2016;
    • END: Wednesday, 16 November, 2016.
WHERE:
To register a domain name ending in ".motorcycles" during the Sunrise Period, participants must be registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. To proceed, contact Nameshield.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The era of propaganda (new gTLDs)

I just read the article below from Verisign and...no sign of new gTLDs in the article but I don't blame the author: business is business.
Since Verisign is the owner of the profitable .COM Registry, I understand that kind of promotion but what I misunderstand is the reference to SEO when Google announced that it makes no difference to use a new domain name or a ".com".
There is a reference to the frustrating technical experience with new gTLDs too: come on what are talking about here? Same for the "level of security" paragraph ending in: "It may be more prudent to stick with well-known and trusted domain name extensions until more of the new gTLDs are able to prove themselves as safe and reliable": what? (...) I am fine with auto-promotion and I understand Verisign's willing to do the promotion of ".com" at all costs but is it what I read here or is this propaganda?

My advice
  • Buy a new domain name (ie: ending in ".club" - ".gdn" - ".consulting" - ".finance"...) which means something and according to the identity of your online content. New gTLDs offer that possibility, ".com" domains don't.
  • Buy a ".com" domain name because there is a risk to have it cybersquatted.
  • When your baker says is bread is the best on earth, he's lying ;-)
News
  1. Verisign - 7 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Domain Name Extension;
  2. Memo - Mark and Signed Mark Objects Mapping;
  3. New gTLD registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
    2. New gTLDs related to COLORS;
    3. New gTLDs related to COMPANIES;
    4. New gTLDs related to the LAW.
  4. Hurry-up - New Premium .CLUB Names available June 16th, 2016: http://landrush.club/
  5. Article - .STORE Suffix Provides Retailers an Opportunity to Rebrand;
  6. Article - One in 10 new gTLDs are shrinking?
  7. New gTLD communication - Registry partners with journalists;
  8. Number of Registry Agreements Executed: 2 (Contracting Statistics);
  9. The .INSURANCE new gTLD Opens for General Availability;
  10. Sunrise Registration: ".Motorcycles" Domain Names, Trademark Holders Only;
  11. More coming during the day.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Impressive results of the .GDN Registry

I read many times that a high domain name registration volume is not a key to the success of a new gTLD. Well, I disagree: offering new domain names at a low price is a development strategy like another: it is an communication investment that pays. The .CLUB Registry has demonstrated that already with a strong investment budget in communication and a fair price for its domain name. The result now is that, not only it has become the reference for Clubs but clubs of all kinds...have turned to buying these domain names.

What about the .GDN Registry?
The strategy for the .GDN new gTLD seems to be a little different since there are still few Registrars to be accredited yet (with more coming little by little). This week, we noticed a change in registration volumes from the Registry with an important increase. Last week (on week 23), there were 29,259 domain names registered. This is not so bad for a Registry which launched with few Registrars accredited. This week (week 24), there are 65,795 domains registered.
Reminder about ".GDN" : it stands for "Global Domain Name", it is ultra cheap, it is a short Top-Level Domain with 3 letters and comes in direct competition with ".com" offering many free domains to register.

News
  1. Article - The Most Exciting New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs);
  2. 7 more new gTLD were delegated: .ASLTOM - .DUNLOP (added to the CARS new gTLD report) - .AIRBUS - .GOODYEAR (also added to the CARS new gTLD report) - .KOSHER - .DUPONT and .ERICSSON
  3. "On the Rise" (the .GDN new gTLD);
  4. The French new gTLD report by Nameshield;
  5. Article - $1,000 to renew a ".shop" domain name?
  6. Sunrise Periods:
    1. Ending in June:
      1. .닷컴 (com)
      2. .닷넷 (net)
      3. .MED
      4. .TUBE
    2. Ending in July:
      1. .STC
      2. .VIVA
      3. .STCGROUP
      4. .MOI
  7. Owner of Boats.com and .BOATS talks;
  8. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to Catering;
    2. HOT - New gTLDs related to Cities;
    3. New gTLDs related to Photography.
  9. Article - Vanity Keyword TLD Domain Names Do Not Get Ranking Boost;
  10. More coming during the day: receive all NEWS by email.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

More new gTLDs were delegated

This has been a strange week working abroad in Iran. Just for the note, Google Apps for Work (the pro version of Gmail) and Twitter are blocked there. For this reason, it was difficult to update readers of this blog and Newsletter with Fresh news. I apologize for this and informed the Google support about this issue.
There was no new gTLD application submitted by Iran in the first Round of the ICANN new gTLD program but sanctions were raised in January 2016 so it now opens the door for this country to participate in the second Round. Jovenet Consulting is considering opening a bureau there but we will come back on this.

News
  1. New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
  2. New gTLDs related to CARS;
    (all new gTLD reports were updated this week)
  3. Don't miss -The Club Registry to release more names through registrars;
  4. 5 benefits brands identified from their dot brand launches;
  5. 12 new gTLDs were just delegated:
    1. .SAVE
    2. .PRIME
    3. .DEAL
    4. .EPOST
    5. .NOW
    6. .CHINTAI
    7. .FIRE
    8. .KINDLE
    9. .SILK
    10. .IMDB
    11. .AUDIBLE
    12. .TDK
  6. One more - the .GDN Registry has another accredited Registrar;
  7. Events (16 of June):
    1. Afterwork Nameshield in Paris. Subscribe here (see down the page):
    2. NDD.camp in Paris. Subscribe here.
  8. The .GROUP new gTLD:
    1. 600 ".group" domains registered in Sunrise;
    2. 1st Day New gTLD Totals: .Group 3,445.
  9. HOT - Can moving to a new TLD boost search rankings?
  10. Google: Migrating To A Keyword-TLD Won't Improve Rankings;
  11. ICANN:
    1. Future new gTLD Rounds (Tuesday June 28, 2016 13:30 - 15:00);
    2. GNSO – New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group (Wednesday, June 29 • 10:45 - 12:00);
  12. Sunrise Periods - Reminder: .STORAGE and .SHOP were just annonced
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Monday, June 6, 2016

New gTLDs: behind the scene

This week is a little special as we are establishing in the middle east for a short period of time...and no: we are not on holidays. During the next 4 days, publishing will take a little longer but we will ensure that new gTLD reports are updated everyday.

Behind the scene
We have selected this video because it shows "real life" in the story of a new domain name extension. It this video, it is clearly about strategy and numbers: different new gTLD business models are explained and an idea of amounts invested to make such an extension like ".club" successful are given. True story.

Noticeable last week:
  1. .XYZ new gTLD: the Registry jumps from 2,888,839 domain names registered to 5,578,591. This is a lot but...there is a story behind.
  2. .GDN new gTLD: this new Registry, which has more an more Registrars to take an accreditation, jumps from 17,806 domain names registered to 29,259. This is a good result too.
  3. .PUB new gTLD: jumps from 53,132 to 63,817 domain names registered.
More on the weekly Nameshield report.


Don't miss our updated new gTLD reports this week:
  1. On Monday:
    1. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY;
    3. New gTLDs related to CATERING.
  2. On Tuesday:
    1. New gTLDs related to COMPANIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to the LAW;
    3. New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
    4. New gTLDs related to the COLORS.
  3. On Wednesday:
    1. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
    2. New gTLDs related to the ALCOHOL;
    3. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE.
  4. On Thursday:
    1. New gTLDs related to FRENCH new gTLD applications;
    2. New gTLDs related to the RELIGION.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

New gTLDs: "gamers decide"

I just noticed that the .GAMES new gTLD was just delegated: it means that there will soon be domain names ending in ".games" (with an "s"). You probably noticed that the .GAME new gTLD was launched a few weeks ago at a high price for Registrants: it cost more than $300 to register one of these domains.

It appears that the .GAMES will launch at a lower price - a much lower price - and if I would probably buy the singular version of a domain name and not the plural one, it is possible that gamers (those who play video games) decide to go for the plural version if it is cheaper. It is even possible that previous article written for the launching of .GAME does the promotion of a cheaper .GAMES...

These 2 new gTLDs are listed in the SPORT new gTLD report updated on Wednesday: we will keep a close eye on these 2 extensions and see...what gamers decide to buy.

News
  1. Launching - Another .BRAND has launched: the .PICTET new gTLD;
  2. Announcement - The .ART new gTLD has launched;
  3. Five new gTLDs were just delegated:
    1. .DHL
    2. .HISAMITSU
    3. .GAMES (the .GAME was launched last week)
    4. .PIONEER
    5. .ZAPPOS
  4. .BRANDs - Can they become best of both worlds between apps and websites?
  5. Article - .XYZ Domain Registry: “How To Blow 1 Million Dollars In 2 Days;
  6. China might be inching closer to granting licenses for new TLDs;
  7. Guide - A Beginner's Guide to Brand Top-Level Domains;
  8. Donuts Adjusting Pricing for Ten gTLDs;
  9. Donuts’ new 50% price hike explained;
  10. Fivteen essential sources of new generic TLD information;
  11. Amazingly, .blockbuster will soon be a gTLD.
Note to our readers: Jovenet Consulting is travelling to middle east and will return in June the 10. Expect less News during this short period of time. Thank you.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Signs on coming .ART new gTLD

There are a lot of different new gTLD NEWS from various sources of information today, there even is a timeline for the .AFRICA gTLD litigation. There are signs on the launching of the .ART new gTLD on social networks. Today I suggest the reading of the methodology provided by Verisign to select keyword-rich domains to positively affect search click-through results.

News
  1. Two Sunrise Periods are ending soon:
    1. The .GMBH new gTLD;
    2. The .LTD new gTLD.
  2. The weekly French new gTLD report by Nameshield;
  3. Launching - The .SENER new gTLD explains (.BRAND);
  4. Info - 54 percent of new gTLDs are owned by the Chinese;
  5. Interesting - How Keyword-Rich Domain Names Positively Affect SEO;
  6. ICANN on Red Cross - are we wasting everyone's time?
  7. Summary - New gTLDs at INTA’s 138th Annual Meeting;
  8. New gTLDs related to FRENCH Icann applications;
  9. New gTLDs related to RELIGION;
  10. Top 10 biggest new gTLD daily growth spikes?
  11. Bet - The Betting Club: https://betting.club/
  12. Timeline - the .AFRICA litigation timeline;
  13. Old post - .ART Predicts 25k-80k registrations in year 1;
  14. Joke of the day - Have some dot .Wine with your Friday cheese;
  15. 400,000 domains ending in ".xyz" registered in one day;
  16. 800,000 domains ending in ".xyz" registered in two days;
  17. Multiple Registry has registered 40,000 domains ending in ".xyz";
  18. Study - Cause Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment in the New gTLD Era;
  19. More coming during the day: Jean Guillon on Twitter.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Financial new gTLDs are on the rise

There is a good promotion made around financial new gTLDs at the moment. Boston Ivy, the "Home of Financial Top Level Domains" has started to the promotion of its top-Level Domains. We also like to remind that all these TLDs are listed in the long list of financial TLDs published on Jovenet Consulting.
  1. Article - Using the URS as a Preliminary Injunction;
  2. Article - Financial Industry Quick to Embrace New Top Level Domains;
  3. $0.85 for .CLUB domain names!
  4. Another major registrar becomes accredited to ".gdn" domain names;
  5. Reminder - The NDD.camp start on the 16th of June in Paris;
  6. Public comments - Why Change the (new gTLD) Registry Agreement?
  7. Update - New gTLD registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
    2. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
    3. New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL.
  8. List - 8 Companies That Switched to a New gTLD;
  9. Sunrise Periods:
    1. The .MOI Sunrise Period has begun;
    2. The .STORE Sunrise ends soon.
  10. The .UPS new gTLD was just delegated;
  11. More coming during the day.
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The .MOI new gTLD Sunrise Period starts today

The .MOI new generic Top-Level Domains is dedicated to French speaking person and means "I" or "myself" or again"me". This TLD was created by Amazon and the registry website states: "An internet domain for individuals and businesses to celebrate French language as a unifier."

WHEN:
SUNRISE PERIOD
  • START: Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 - 16:00;
  • END: Friday, 15 July, 2016 - 16:00.
CLAIMS NOTIFICATION PERIOD
  • START: Tuesday, 29 November, 2016;
  • END: Monday, 27 February, 201.

TO BE NOTICED:
The country code Top-Level Domain for Montenegro (ccTLD) is ".me" and is marketed for the exact same use.

WHERE:
To participate in the Sunrise Period, contact Nameshield.

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