1. VeriSign Likely to Keep .net Registry

    VeriSign received the highest marks in an evaluation of the firms competing to maintain the .net top-level domain (TLD), and appears likely to keep the lucrative registry deal for another six years. The report by Telcordia is influential in the decision on the future of .net, and ICANN indicated it would "promptly enter negotiations with the top-ranked applicant."

    The report (PDF) ranked VeriSign slightly ahead of Sentan, followed by Afilias, Denic and CORE++. ICANN will now enter into negotiations with VeriSign, which currently maintains the .com and .net registries. If a deal can't be reached, ICANN would then presumably turn to Sentan, a joint venture between Japan Registry Services and NeuLevel (which maintains the .biz registry). Telcordia's analysis said Sentan is a viable alternative to VeriSign, which in theory should motivate VeriSign to quickly conclude a deal with ICANN. The new registry agreement will take effect July 1.

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    Posted by Rich Miller on 29th March, 2005 in Domains

  2. Registrar Converts Domain ‘Parking Lot’ Into Ad Revenue

    Dotster is running keyword advertising on tens of thousands of .info domains it recently registered, creating an instant advertising platform that generates revenue for both Dotster and Google. The strategy marks a shift in registrars' efforts to leverage the huge numbers of customer domains "parked" on their servers, which have traditionally been used to market registrars' in-house offerings.

    Dotster is converting these parked domains into revenue from text ads served by Google's AdSense for Domains program. The model doesn't always work perfectly, however, as seen at dotster.info, which displays ads for two Dotster competitors, Register.com and Go Daddy.

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    Posted by Rich Miller on 21st March, 2005 in Domains

  3. Panix Hijack Prompts ICANN Review of Resellers’ Role

    The January hijacking of panix.com has prompted ICANN to review whether domain registrars can outsource security checks designed to protect domain owners.

    In its findings on the panix.com hijacking, ICANN said it is "very concerned" that Australian registrar Melbourne IT relied upon a reseller to confirm the transfer request, and will "review the appropriateness of these arrangements." Panix was never contacted, and thousands of customers of the New York ISP lost service for an entire weekend when panix.com was transferred to an Arizona woman using a free Yahoo email account. Tim Cole, ICANN's chief registrar liaison, called the incident "one of the more serious breaches of its policies by an accredited registrar."

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    Posted by Rich Miller on 17th March, 2005 in Domains

  4. Local.com Domain Resold for $700,000

    New domain names can't get much cheaper, but the secondary market continues to see big-ticket sales. Local.com was bought for $700,000 Monday by search engine services firm Interchange Corp., which operates the ePilot pay-per-click advertising network.

    Pricing was stable in the market for first-time domain registrations, with no major price movements among the largest hosting companies and registrars. Netfirms has the current lowest price for a one-year .com at $4.95. Yahoo once again extended its $4.98 a year "limited time offer" as it launched a new Small Business Resource Center.

    Retail Domain Name Prices, March 2005
    Company One-year
    .com price
    &nbspPrimary Business&nbsp Primary Region
    Netfirms $4.95 Shared Hosting America
    Yahoo $4.98 Shared Hosting America
    1&1 Internet AG $5.99 Mixed Hosting Europe
    EV1Servers $6.49 Dedicated Hosting America
    Hostway $6.95 Shared Hosting America
    Stargate $6.95 Shared Hosting America
    Interland $7.95 Mixed Hosting America
    Web.com $7.95 Mixed Hosting America
    AIT Domains $7.99 Mixed Hosting America
    Go Daddy Inc $8.95 Domain Registrar America
    RegisterFly $9.99 Domain Registrar America
    Netcetera $13.41 Mixed Hosting Europe
    Dotster $14.95 Domain Registrar America
    FastHosts/UKReg $16.65 Mixed Hosting Europe
    Pipex/123Reg $17.22 Mixed Hosting Europe
    Network Solutions $34.99 Domain Registrar America
    Register.com $35.00 Domain Registrar America
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    Posted by Rich Miller on 12th March, 2005 in Domains

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