Archive for May 2009

ND Weekly

Hello everyone,

Here is another exciting round-up of news, with interesting
developments in China and Africa, and plenty of tips on how
to get the most from your domains.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Mister B

ND Weekly-Word

Google Releases “Bid Simulator” Tool In Beta
Google has just introduced a new beta Bid Simulator feature on selected Adwords accounts.
Using data from the past seven days, the bid simulator calculates where AdWords would have placed an ad at a different maximum CPC, how many clicks an ad would have received at those simulated positions and how much those clicks would have cost.

Domain names ‘must be memorable
New domain names must be memorable and easy for web users to type, according to one expert.
Chris Lake of Econsultancy said that the process of choosing the perfect domain name can be a complex one as there are a number of different factors to consider.
Other issues businesses and individuals should look at when looking to purchase a new domain name include length and whether it is available with a range of suffixes rather than just .com, he said.
It should also be unique and match the brand name of the company in question, while being easy for others to pronounce.

The .ME Top Level Domain Hits a Quarter Million Milestone
The fastest growing country code top-level domain is .ME. The .ME Registry just announced that the extension has hit a quarter million domains registered.
“This is the kind of reaction we always knew we would elicit with dot-ME,” says Predrag Lesic, executive director of the .ME Registry. “Dot-ME has become an Internet phenomenon.”

.tel Continues Momentum With Over 200,000 Domains Registered
Telnic Limited (, the registry operator for the new communications-focused .tel top level domain (TLD) nominated for a 2009 World Technology Award and InfoCommerce Group 2009 Model of Excellence Award, today announced that over 200,000 registrations of domains had been received within two months of General Availability.

What Makes a Top Level Domain Successful?
Consider what the benchmark for a successful domain name is.
In light of yesterday’s news that .me has hit 250,000 registrations and .tel has already reached 200,000, a number of people are asking if that makes these TLDs successful. Michael Berkens asked a similar question today.
My answer is that it’s way too early to say they are or are not successful.
I’m sure that GoDaddy/Afilias/DotMe had goals for the launch of their domains, and I have no idea if they’ve been met. Telnic certainly had its first year goals mapped out as well. But many TLDs fall off after an initial rush of speculators and trademark holders run in to register their domains.

Nigeria takes control of the .ng domain name
Nigeria has assumed control of the domain name, .ng, after a successful transfer was effected last week.
The Nigerian Internet Registration Association took over the responsibility for the local management of the internet name.
President of the internet association, Ndukwe Kalu, speaking in Lagos during the weekend, said “the landmark transition took place at exactly 4pm GMT May 13, 2009, with the historic handover of the country code top level domain (ccTLD) that will enable NIRA manage the domain name on behalf of the nation’s internet community.”

Slow Africa TLD growth blamed on lack of policies
The domain name business in Africa is being stymied by a lack of policies to spell out the role of registrars and other potential players, according to industry insiders.
Top Level Domain registries are held by private entities with no guidelines on how to involve registrars in selling domains locally or on marketing models they can employ.
The private-public partnership model involving governments, private sector, academia and civil society in management of TLD registries has been viewed as an appropriate model, but a lack of clear guidelines has stunted growth.

Questioning Domain Name Expiration Notices
If you own the domain for your website, there’s a really good chance you’ve received mail from various domain renewal groups, urging you to renew your domain before it expires. While the expiration notice may appear legitimate, there’s many companies seeking to profit from domain owners that don’t know the actual cost of renewing a domain, or are unaware of when their domain is set to expire. Be careful when renewing your domains, don’t be a victim of price gouging and questionable domain transfer and renewal techniques.

Chinese regulations target rising cybercrime
China has targeted cybercrime in three new sets of regulations issued this month as the activity starts to look like an established industry in the country.
China has targeted cybercrime in three new sets of regulations issued this month as the activity starts to look like an established industry in the country.
Cybercrime in China has grown such that attackers often divide the labor needed to design malware, distribute it and turn the resulting access to remote PCs into monetary gain, security analysts say.

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Taxing question

Mister Blogs Tip of the Day

Mister Blogs Tip of the Day #5

While explaining the sales tax situation on NDX Market to one of my trusty colleagues, I thought the explanation might help others out there in ND World who are looking for extra info regarding sales tax and how it concerns them on NDX Market.

So, without further ado, here is the basic breakdown:

- Tax is only applied when the seller is acting as a company. If the seller is trading as an individual, sales tax does not come into play.

- Unlike Sedo, the buyer pays the sales tax on top of the purchase price, the seller doesn’t take the tax out of his sales price.

- Whenever sales tax is applied to the buyer’s final price, it is always clearly shown when he is making an offer.

- Tax is normally applied if the seller is a company in Europe and the buyer is an individual in Europe.

- It is also applied if the seller is a company in Europe and the buyer is a company in the same country – i.e. seller is a company in the UK, buyer is a company in the UK.

- The tax is determined by the seller country. So if the seller is in Germany, it’s 19%, in Poland, 22% etc.

- When the buyer pays for his domain, if tax is applied, he pays the final sales price plus the sales tax. When the transfer is completed, the seller is paid the final sales price plus the sales tax which he must then declare to the tax authorities in his country.

- If the seller is acting as a company outside Europe and the buyer is an individual inside Europe, the sale is subject to sales tax in the buyer’s country. This is added to the final sales price and the seller is responsible for declaring the sales tax in the buyer’s country.

- We have focused on EU sales tax as the laws governing this are very strict. We obviously can’t provide tax support for every transaction – e.g. between Australia and Thailand, so if the seller is operating outside the EU, it is his responsibility to know whether any sale he makes needs to have sales tax deducted for the transaction and, if so, calculate this as part of his final sales price.

There are some other factors to consider, but this is the basic breakdown of how sales tax works on domain sales. I hope the info helps.

Mister B

ND Weekly

Hello everyone,

Here it is! Another fascinating round-up of news from the
world of domains, including further innovations from Google,
tips on picking domain names and some interesting facts
about .ie, .info and TLDs.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Mister B

ND Weekly-Word

Google Is Greener Than Thou: One Newspaper Equals 850 Searches In CO2 Emissions
Google can’t help itself. It just loves to brag about how green it is, even though its data centers use up a tremendous amount of energy. Still, on a per-search basis, it is less polluting than many alternatives – a fact it likes to remind us of, especially since it was accused of being an energy hog last January. In a greener-than-thou blog post touting how energy efficient its data centers are compared to the industry norm, Google points out that it takes 850 searches to emit the same amount of CO2 as it does to produce and distribute one newspaper. I wonder which activity produces the most information.

Dot TK Registers 15 Millionth Domain Name
Dot TK, the registry for .TK domain names, today announced that they have registered their 15 millionth domain name. In the last couple of weeks, Dot TK has seen a growth of new registrations of more than 40%.
Dot TK’s free service is used to rename long web addresses into a simple and short .TK domain name. A short web address is faster and easier to communicate than a long one. Dot TK domains are extremely useful in Internet conversations, such as forum threads, IM chats and on social networks. Dot TK is also a life-saver in a communication channel where you are limited to a specific number of characters per session, like Twitter.

ICANN preps for multilingual internet
Paul Twomey, head of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), says the Internet will see massive change as hundreds of millions of people worldwide log on as first time surfers, demanding domains in their own languages.

Google unveils ‘smarter search’
Google said users are becoming more sophisticated at search
Web giant Google has unveiled new products that it says will push search in a new direction.
Google is using so-called semantic web technology to leverage the underlying data on websites to enhance results.
“The race in search is far from over and innovation and continued improvement is absolutely pivotal,” said Google’s Marissa Mayer.
Google said it could not afford to rest on its laurels in the quest to build the perfect search engine.

Record number of .ie domain registrations despite downturn
The first three months of 2009 saw the highest-ever number of new .ie website addresses registered, despite the economic downturn, it was revealed today.
Figures released by IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s internet address .ie, show that a total of 9,781 .ie domains were registered in the first quarter of 2009, a jump of 28% on the same period last year.

New Report Shows .INFO Domain Safest from Phishing Attacks
Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services, today announced that a new Global Phishing Survey released by the Anti-Phishing Work Group (APWG) reveals that the .INFO domain is the generic top-level Internet domain (gTLD) safest from phishing attacks. The results of the Survey show that, during the second half of 2008, .INFO had the lowest phishing rates and the lowest average attack duration among the gTLDs measured. .INFO’s phishing durations were half the world average.

.uk domain now critical to brand presence in the UK
A new industry survey*, undertaken by global domain name marketplace, Sedo, at Internet World 2009, reveals that the domain name is now an essential part of a company’s brand presence in the UK. Two thirds of respondents said the domain extension inspired trust and security in a website’s credentials, while 45 per cent of respondents highlighted that was their primary domain.

The 25 factors behind brilliant domain names
Last night I calculated that I have spent somewhere in the region of three days brainstorming a domain name for a new web venture. It shouldn’t be this difficult, but it feels like it is something approaching rocket science!
There are two major reasons for this.
Firstly, there is a scarcity of ‘good’ domain names that are available. This typically reduces all of your obvious / immediate options, and leads you into a world of pain.
Secondly, and even more importantly, the domain name is also the brand name (or should be) and as such there are plenty of other considerations to factor in.

April Web Stats: Fewer Domains, More Page Time, Longer Video Viewing
In April 2009, the average online American had 61 internet sessions, visited 108 domains, surfed 2,443 web pages and stayed on each page approximately 57 seconds, according to (pdf) monthly internet usage data from Nielsen Online.
These April numbers reflect one fewer monthly internet session than March data, as well as visits to three fewer domains and 111 fewer pages vs. March, in part because April is a shorter month.
Average time per page is again up, from 56 seconds per page in March, and 55 in January.

Safenames Recovers Domain Names for Five English Premier League Clubs
Safenames, a registrar that also specializes in brand protection services, has successfully recovered multiple domain names for five of the top soccer clubs in the English Premier League.
By working with representatives of the EPL head office along with officials from Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, and West Ham soccer clubs, Safenames was able to establish a common link between the otherwise separate trademark infringement cases and file a successful complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center using the Uniform Resolution Policy (UDRP).

So What Did Google Show Off Today In Their Web Press Conference?
A slew of new and future features on Tuesday, including one that will allow people to better coordinate Internet searches on their cellphones and computers and another that will produce sophisticated automated research reports.
At a briefing at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, executives demonstrated tools
To align its search products on personal computers more closely with cellphones;
A new feature, available immediately, that lets users view only the most timely search results, narrowing the results for a topic to the past 24 hours or the past week by searching blogs and news sites, as well as the general information available online, to provide a fresher picture of certain subjects.
More… and auctioned at Targeted TRAFFIC in Amsterdam and will be auctioned at Targeted TRAFFIC ccTLDs in Amsterdam June 1st through the 4th.
.nl is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Netherlands,ranked 4th after .cn, .de and .uk.
Therefore .nl is considered to be one of the top registered extensions.

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All domains download

Mister Blogs Tips

Mister B’s Tip of the Day #4

Hello everyone,

Sorry about my absence. I spent all week finishing off my new Tips banner. Well. Almost all week. Here we go with another popular question:

How do I download all my domains with stats and settings?

This is easy. Just click “Domains” on the left navigation. Then on the right of the screen, you’ll see the TAB button. Clicking this will download all your domains as a tab delimited file. You can open this with Exel or any other spreadsheet program you use. The download will show all domains in your account, their stats for the selected time frame, their folders, their categories and their keywords.

There you go, that’s your lot for this week. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Mister B

ND Weekly #85

ND Weekly

Hello everyone,

With all the exciting new developments and innovations here at
NameDrive over the last week, it´s been easy to forget about
the rest of the domain world. Here´s the best of what you may
have missed.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Mister B

ND Weekly-Word

Pros and cons of the new generic TLDs
Beginning in the last quarter of 2009, and after three years of drafting and discussing proposals, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is the governing body for Internet domain names, will receive the first applications to sell an unlimited number of new generic top-level domain names, or gTLDs, those letters that come after the dot in a Web address, such as .com, .org and .net.

Ads featuring generic domain names attract more clicks
Using a generic domain name in PPC ads attracts more clicks than when a non-generic domain name is used, according to a recent study by U.K.-based domain retailer Memorable Domains.
A generic domain name describes a product or service using the words an Internet user would typically associate with the topic. The benefits of generic domain names are that they attract more search engine clicks (both organic and paid) for product and service searches.

1 and 2 Character .Biz Domain Names Face Delays
NeuStar asks for prompt approval of plan to release one and two character .biz domain names.
.Biz registry NeuStar has sent a letter to ICANN expressing its disappointment that the ICANN board delayed approving the release of one and two character .biz domain names (pdf).
According to the letter, the ICANN board was supposed to vote on NeuStar’s proposal at its April 23 meeting but time ran out before a vote was held.
More… domain name sells for $1.4m
A recent domain name auction at the TRAFFIC Silicon Valley event in California saw sell for $1.4 million (£928 million).
Overall, 91 domain names were sold for in excess of $2.1 million at the auction, with other big sales including for $45,000, for $40,000 and for $32,500., and were also among the other big sales at the auction.
A number of domain names have been sold for seven-figure sums this year, including for $5.1 million, for $1.7 million and for $1.76 million.

Reding wants globally responsible, privatised ICANN
In her weekly video message, European Union commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, urged for the body that assigns internet addresses to shed its US government links.
Ever since the birth of the internet as a Pentagon project, it has been under different forms of US government supervision. For the past decade, day-to-day responsibility for managing the assignment of domain names and IP addresses has been in the hands of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
ICANN has been registered in the state of California as a not-for-profit corporation.

Spammers cash in on Swine Flu
The first swine flu e-mail with a malicious attachment surfaced last week with more potential phishing attacks and e-mail scams doing the rounds says F-Secure
F-Secure says spammers are taking advantage of public concern about the swine flu (also known as H1N1) outbreak. 1,344 domains registered over the weekend are using the words swine flu. So far, none of the domains are hosting any malicious files expect the ‘Swine Flu FAQ’ exploit reported last week.

Promotion of Chinese domain name “.中国 (China)” starts
The nation-wide popularization campaign for the use of the Chinese-language domain name “.中国 (China)” was launched in Beijing on May 7.
According to an official from the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC), developing the domain name of .中国 is an important means to accelerate the application and popularity of the Internet in China, allow the Internet to better play its role in supporting and advancing the Chinese economy, and spread the excellent culture of the Chinese nation.

Moniker Silent Auction Nets $460K
The silent auction from the TRAFFIC show just closed on and auction netting $460K in sales with 201 domains sold.
Here is a complete list of the domain that sold at the silent auction, combined with the Live auction the Moniker team did a very respectable $2.6M in sales for the TRAFFIC show.

.TV domain name will disappear as Tuvalu is sinking
GoDaddy is telling its clients not to buy .TV domains because the small island country is slowly sinking; Tuvalu is the small island country that is responsible for the .TV web address. The problem is that the island nation is slowly sinking and that one day the country will be abandoned and according to ICANN so should all of the address related to that specific country code.

How Google Determines the Relevance of a Page
Have you ever wondered why delivers different results for a user in the US than for a user in Germany? This is a question I recently had to answer for a client, and it would have been much easier to send him to a link than to spend half an hour trying to explain what many skilled SEOs already know.
For Web searchers though, the reasons are not so obvious. Of course, they can deduce that Google delivers results based on the geographic location of the searcher, which is determined by the IP address of the user.

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How to sell domains

Mister B’s tip of the day

Mister B’s Tip of the Day #3

How to sell domains on NDX Market

This one isn’t from our FAQ, but it is something which is a bunch of FAQ questions put together.

Now that we have over 100,000 domains listed on NDX Market, combined with experience we have from the past, we thought it would help for a few tips on how to get the most of selling domains on NDX Market and in general.

1. Minimum bids:
This allows you to set a minimum offer, below which no offers are submitted to you. If somebody submits an offer below this amount, it is rejected. You will not see the offer.

Now then. Whatever you may feel your domain is worth, you should always bear in mind when setting your minimum offer that you may be turning away several potential buyers before you even get a chance to negotiate with them.

We have some domains on NDX Market where people have set a minimum offer of 10,000 USD, in some cases a minimum offer of 30,000 USD. You may think your domain is certainly worth twice that, three times that, ten times that, but surely it is in your interest to speak to as many potential buyers as possible? Setting a very high minimum offer is a little like opening a shop and then putting a sign on the door saying “Don’t even bother coming in if you’re not going to buy anything!”. Even if someone starts at 1,000 USD, you are far more likely to get them to negotiate upwards rather than making a substantial offer right off the bat.

I’m sure some people are very busy, but it is surely in your interest to negotiate with 10 people offering 1,000 USD than no people offering 10,000 USD? I have always been a fan of interacting with more people by having lower minimum offers than shutting the door straight up before anyone’s had a chance to negotiate on the domain and this is certainly something we encourage on NDX Market to ensure a thriving marketplace ensues.

2. Linking from your parked pages
Even with prominent sales and increased media coverage bringing domains a little more mainstream, the majority of people still don’t know what a domain is, let alone where to register them let alone where to buy them on a secondary market. The world is becoming more educated in our field, but you can rest assured that a vast number of end-user sales, the golden chalice of domain sales, still come from someone typing in their desired domain into a browser to ‘see what’s on it’. It is therefore very much advised to link to your sales pages from your parked pages.

You can do this on the ND system by changing your for sales settings to ‘Yes’. This will place a link ‘Inquire about this domain’ on your parked page and it will greatly increase the chances of a sale being made. To set this link on your parking pages, click ‘Optimization’ on the left navigation and then you will see a list of all your folders. On the right of the screen is the ‘For sale’ column where you can set all domains in specific folders to ‘Yes’. If you click on a folder name, you will see the same column which you can set for individual domains.
Not only will it increase the number of offers you get, but people who receive offers via parked domains on NDX Market will also be charged a lower transfer fee when we introduce our fees in June.

3. BuyNow prices
Setting a fixed price on a domain is something that few domainers can do with confidence. There is always the ‘What if…?’ factor – “What if someone pays me 15,000 USD for, even if I know it’s worth 100 times less than that?’.

However, for those looking to turn over inventory fast, it can be a great way to keep a steady cash flow. I personally have several domains which I have priced under $100 because I know that, although they are good keyword names, I know that it’s unlikely I will sell them all within 12 months on a ‘What if…?’ basis and I would like to keep the cash ticking in for some other registrations and sectors I have my eye on.

Those who price their domains sensibly and fairly can certainly provide a decent product at a decent price using the BuyNow function. After only 4 days of domain listings, there are already 700 domains with a BuyNow price under $250, so there are certainly bargains out there to be had for buyers, and these will increase as the number of domains listed grows. As a seller, remember, it’s a BuyNow, not WhatIf price…

I hope these tips help and I look forward to adding to the growing number of domains passing from ‘Offer’ to ‘Sold’.

Happy selling!

Mister B

How much does using NDX Market cost?

Blog Tips

Here we go straight into Tip #2. One we’ve been asked a lot recently.

How much does using NDX Market cost?

Using NDX Market as a domain buyer is entirely FREE.

Listing domains on NDX Market as a domain seller is FREE.

You only need to pay a fee on NDX Market as a domain seller if you make a successful sale. NameDrive will then charge a small fee for use of our secure transfer service.

For the first month of NDX Market, even using our transfer service is FREE!

We haven’t announced our fees yet once the one month free period is over, but they will be highly competitive and better than anything you pay for your current marketplace. As we have found in the past that some domain companies in our area have a strategy of sitting around, seeing what we do and then reacting to it, we’d like to keep things under wraps for a bit longer :)

Mister B

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