Archive | May, 2014

Interpreting Rick’s Decision of Registering New gTLDs

Posted on 31 May 2014 by Andrei

Earlier today, Mike Berkens wrote a post about the fact that Rick Schwartz registered 500+ new gTLD domains and a lot of people were surprised. In my opinion, there’s absolutely nothing to be surprised about and I’ll try to explain why.

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What Would Happen if China Were to Have Economic Problems?

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Andrei

Many domainers are basing the entire business model on arguments such as “the Chinese are buying” or “there’s lots of demand from China” and sure, the let’s call it China effect has been impressive when it comes to numeric domain names for example (brush up on some China funds articles┬áto understand how relevant China is when it comes to other assets as well).

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New gTLDs Had a Better Week

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Andrei

… but only because the previous one set the bar so low, with a grand total of only 4209 registrations after day one for 6 gTLDs (an average of 702 registrations per new gTLD after day one of General Availability, which is basically supposed to be the most spectacular day in terms of registrations by far).

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General Availability for Seven gTLDs Starting Today

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Andrei

Update: there are actually 8, didn’t include dot holiday.

The general availability phase for seven new gTLDs will start today:

dot cruises
dot flights
dot rentals
dot vacations
dot villas
dot immobilien (this means “real estate” in German)
dot ninja

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What Is the Effect of Competition?

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Andrei

Today’s post has one purpose and one purpose only: making you think about the question in the title. To elaborate, let’s assume you live in country A and are running the only company in that country which sells cotton shirts. We’ll also over-simplify by leaving aspects such as globalization aside for a moment, assume that importing is impossible and call your business Company 1.

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There’s Something About Having a Bad Day…

Posted on 26 May 2014 by Andrei

… that seems to always motivate me to work harder. Had an awful day, literally awful. Almost everything that could have gone wrong went wrong, Murphy’s Laws and all that good stuff. Yet strangely enough, days like this one motivate me to work harder, no idea why but that’s just the way it is.

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What Will Happen to Domains During the Next Economic Crisis?

Posted on 25 May 2014 by Andrei

The 2007-2008 economic crisis has proven that domains are by no means an oasis of stability during times of turbulence. Not at all. Domains are risk assets (as I explained back in 2012) and therefore go down in value during economic downturns.

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6 GoDaddy Discount Codes

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Andrei

Not a lot of coupons this week but the good news is that three of them should work internationally. Out of the six, two discount codes should bring the price down to $1.99 and the remaining four should bring the price down to $2.95.

Didn’t use any of them myself, so I can’t make any guarantees.

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Low Interest in This Week’s New gTLDs

Posted on 23 May 2014 by Andrei

Not much interest in the 6 new extensions which entered the General Availability period this week: one on Monday (dot luxury) and five on Wednesday (dot foundation, dot best, dot dance, dot exposed and dot democrat).

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A Few Thoughts About Premium Renewals

Posted on 22 May 2014 by Andrei

In my opinion, premium renewal fees are a huge problem for any domaining-related business model. Let’s assume you register 10 new gTLDs with premium renewals, $300 per year each and hang on to them for 5 years. In other words, your total investment would be $15,000 over that five-year period.

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