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What Would It Take to Call Dot Web Successful?

Posted on 12 April 2017 by Andrei

Two days ago, I’ve explained why in my opinion, Dot Net is actually better than Dot Web in terms of “meaningfulness” of the term on the right of the dot. Both are superior to Dot Com in that respect but, well… that doesn’t matter :)
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Dot Web vs. Dot Net

Posted on 10 April 2017 by Andrei

Some people actually think Dot Web could eventually end up being a threat to Dot Com, using “Everyone knows what Web is, what’s a *Com*?” as the main argument or if you will, the fact that “Web” is a more meaningful term on the right of the dot than “Com”.
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New gTLDs = Amateur Hour

Posted on 07 April 2017 by Andrei

A NamePros user shared his story about how a .Loan domain he registered six MONTHS (not minutes, hours or even days but M-O-N-T-H-S) ago was clawed back by the registry. I’m sorry but this is yet another reason why the entire new gTLD “phenomenon” is starting to look more and more like amateur hour.
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Update: Existing Domains Won’t Be Affected by Uniregistry’s Price Increase

Posted on 06 April 2017 by Andrei

At the beginning of March, Uniregistry decided to hike the prices on some of its poorest performers by as much as 3,000% and naturally, a huge backlash followed which culminated with GoDaddy’s decision of dropping all Uniregistry strings (not just those affected by price hikes).
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Letting Failed Extensions… Well, Fail

Posted on 02 April 2017 by Andrei

Three days ago, I’ve mentioned that I for one see three options when it comes to new gTLDs: being rescued by ICANN, being bought by another company or simply letting them fail.

Since the first two options have already been covered, it’s time to think about whether or not it might be a good idea to just let the extensions that are not economically viable fail.
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Selling Failed New gTLDs to Other Registries?

Posted on 31 March 2017 by Andrei

Two days ago, I asked you guys if you thought new gTLDs are worth saving and have provided three options. Yesterday, I’ve covered option #1, being rescued by ICANN.
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Correction: The Maximum .Club Yearly Renewal Price Increase Is 3%, Not 15%

Posted on 15 March 2017 by Andrei

Colin Campbell from Dot Club commented on the post I’ve published 4 days ago and made a clarification that we’re talking about the rate of inflation or 15% over *five years*, not per year, so a maximum of 3% yearly if the rate of inflation doesn’t exceed 3%.
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Only Dot Club Has a Convincing Pricing Approach

Posted on 11 March 2017 by Andrei

Edited: Colin Campbell from Dot Club commented and made a clarification that we’re talking about the rate of inflation or 15% over *five years*, not per year, so a maximum of 3% yearly if the rate of inflation doesn’t exceed 3%.

After the Uniregistry price increase, various registries have released statements with the intention of reassuring domain holders but frankly, Dot Club is the only one that has a convincing approach for the simple reason that there’s more than just words behind it: they’ve signed a price protection clause with registrars which states that they’re allowed to bump prices by the rate of inflation or 15%. So unless the inflation rate will exceed 15% in the US (yikes!), at least .club domain holders know they won’t have to adapt to an increase greater than 15%.
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Even Selling Decent New gTLDs for 25 Bucks Is Hard

Posted on 08 October 2015 by Andrei

As someone who runs a domain sales newsletter, observing the discrepancy between selling new gTLDs and selling dot coms is truly fascinating.
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The Complete List of Two Character Donuts New gTLDs I Have Bought

Posted on 11 September 2015 by Andrei

As some of you already know, Donuts has released a *lot* of two character domains through a Dutch auction approach similar to their Early Access Program. In other words, they start at a high price and as time passes, the price is lowered if nobody buys.

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