There have been some large Domain Sales published on the YTD Sales Chart which you can view here, and it’s only April. We wanted to share some of the year’s biggest sales so far for 2011.
If you haven’t already heard or seen the video, GoDaddy is getting a lot of bad press right now because their CEO Bob Parsons shot an elephant and put the video up on the internet (warning: graphic if you haven’t seen it).
This is interesting timing because yesterday during a management meeting we were talking about our brand promise and what differentiates Webnames.ca from competitors.
Well, the outrage and groups urging people to close their GoDaddy accounts tells all of us who run businesses something very important. Brand promise and values matter.
So rather than go on about GoDaddy here’s our story. We are Canada’s original .CA registrar. My business partner John Demco founded .CA in Canada back in 1987. Before the world wide web and before people were even using email. He had a vision to secure an online identity for all Canadians. He ran this effort as a volunteer for 13 years for free and has been honoured as one of the pioneers of the Canadian Internet.
In 2000, we grew from 4 to 30 people in 4 months and ten years later, I’m proud to say that Webnames, founded on the principals of giving back, integrity and customer service continues to grow and expand. Our number 1 core value is to “amaze every customer with exceptional service”. That’s what defines us. That’s who we are and that’s our commitment to you. We don’t hide from our customers…we post our toll free phone number all over our website and homepage. If you aren’t satisfied, you can write directly to email@example.com . Our BBB rating is A+ and has been for the 10 years we’ve been in business and we continue to track a zero complaint record. We bring the human touch back to technology and are your “Ally on the Web”.
No we don’t sponsor Nascar but we do give back to the community. That’s another one of our core values “to make a positive difference.” Members of the management team serve on a number of boards, mentor other entrepreneurs and businesses and the company sponsors numerous events, initiatives and charities.
Here’s the Webnames.ca video that I’m proud to celebrate. You decide.
Co-Founder, Webnames.ca Inc.
Do you own a .CA domain name? If so, you should know about some of the great initiatives coming out of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) lately.
On February 25, 2011, CIRA will be hosting a national event about the future of the Internet – and you’re invited to attend, in person or virtually.
The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) is an opportunity to discuss, debate and propose directions for the development, deployment and governance of the Internet in Canada.
The national event is the culmination of four months of consultations with Canadians focused on a range of topics related to digital literacy and the digital economy. So far, Canadians have discussed issues of online privacy, how social media is driving the future of the Internet, and access to and the cost of broadband in Canada, among others.
At the CIF you can provide your feedback and opinions about the results of these consultations. There will be opportunity to ask questions, debate and have your opinion heard about the direction the Internet should take in Canada.
There will also be a panel of Canadian experts on hand to discuss and debate the future of the Internet, including:
When I heard about .co I immediately groaned and said “not a faux .com domain”. Yes, I was skeptical.
But I’ve had time to rethink that thought. When I started looking into .co and how they have positioned themselves in the marketplace I changed my mind.
.co sees itself as an opportunity to get the name you really want (and have cleverly set their landing page to www.opportunity.co ). They use the example of The Madison Group who had tmgstudio.net and have now been able to rebrand with tmg.co.
I am a bit of a pedant about the original gTLD extensions. In my books .org is for organizations, .net is for ISPs, and .com is for companies.
.co goes one further than .com – it is right for commercial purposes of course, but then extends to communities and contests – it’s a very clever repurposing of this domain extension. They also suggest communication and content – really the web is their oyster.
With only 400,000 (plus change) .co names registered, there is an amazing opportunity for all you .biz, .net, and .info branded websites to get a well targeted .co name.
Shorter, stronger, better!
There are so many great names still available – here’s a handful:
The Internet just got a little bigger today with .CO opening for general registration. Beginning at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, .CO registrations began rolling in fast and furious at Webnames.ca.
A new domain launch is always exciting. For registrants it provides a rare opportunity to get truly premium domains – names that are memorable, dictionary words, combinations of words, popular phrases, trending terms and topics, first names, last names and place names. Really good stuff is available at this early date!
Around the office, it’s exciting to see the variety of names being registered and share in our customers excitement when they get the exact domain name they want, or in some cases, have wanted for years.
With most of the quality .COM’s taken in the primary market, it’s getting harder to secure a good, global domain name unless you are willing to pay the going rate in the aftermarket. When searching for a new domain to represent a business, product or brand, most people have to go through dozens of variations before settling on a second rate domain.
.CO presents a rare opportunity for people to get all their names – brands, business and product – and also register relevant generic domains they can use to drive traffic, expand their brand or hold onto for future use.
Online shopping giant Overstock.com announced today that they acquired the domain “O.CO” specifically to target new audiences and expand its global brand.
“We think the O is a really important part of our brand,” said Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com president. “We think many people think of us as the O. And single-letter domain names are rare so we’re glad to have this one.”
Overstock paid $350k for their new .CO domain, however you don’t need deep pockets to follow their lead. .CO domains are only $29.50 at Webnames.ca and this is the best opportunity you will every have to register great brand building and marketing domains.
Register soon, an opportunity like this only comes around once every couple years. This is your chance to get the domain that got away from you in both .COM and .CA!
Everything You Need to Know About .CO
Where: Register .CO at Webnames.ca
When: .CO General Registration begins Tuesday, July 20 at 11:00 PDT
Cost: .CO is $29.50 US/year at Webnames.ca.
(This is the best price available for .CO, lower than most discount registrars including GoDaddy.)
Term: .CO can be registered for 1 to 5 years.
Meaning: Associated globally with the words “company,” “corporation” and “commerce,” .CO is a flexible domain for businesses. It is also a great platform for socially networked companies or individuals.
Every few years a new domain extension is released to the market place. This year there is a new domain that is designed for businesses – .CO, which is associated globally with the word “company,” but can also represent corporations and commercial endeavors.
The three day conference kicks off Tuesday, June 8th with opening remarks from Rick Latona at 11:00 am, then it’s straight into panels, networking and breakout sessions.
Webnames.ca CEO Stephen Smith and Director John Demco will be on two of the many panels, along with other well known domain industry and monetization experts.
Here some highlights we are looking forward to:
Tuesday, June 8th
11:15 am. – 12:30 pm – ccTLDs are taking over the world, is North America immune?
In Europe and the rest of the world ccTLDs have emerged as the extension of choice for most countries. In Canada .ca has gained momentum but in the United States .us is still for the most part unknown or misunderstood. Is America ready for .us?
2:00 – 4:30 pm – Main Event 1: Test Track
First launched at T.R.A.F.F.I.C New York and inspired by ABC’s hit T.V. show Shark Tank, Test Track provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to seasoned investors. This event isn’t to be missed. It’s the most education and intellectually simulating event in the domain business.
Wednesday, June 9th 2010
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Domain Names, the future or the past?
More than ever we are questioned about the future stability of domain names. Will they be replaced by a technological or media innovation? What is their projected life value as an investment or asset? After developing and monetizing domain names for over fifteen years we have some answers that may surprise you
1:00 -1:45 PM – Fireside chat with John Demco
Webnames.ca Director and co-Founder John Demco will be hosting this smaller, more informal session. John conceived the .CA country code domain name in 1987 and served as its initial Registrar. He helped establish the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. John is playfully referred to by many as the “Godfather” of .CA and has been recognized by the Prime Minister as a founder and builder of the Canadian Internet (1997).
2:30 – 3:45 – Oh Canada! Panel sponsored by CIRA
This panel will focus on the .ca extension. It will explore .ca growth initiatives by CIRA, recent and interesting cases of .ca development, SEO advantages of .ca and .ca versus .com . The panel will review .ca registration requirements, the .ca drop process and the secondary market.
Panel members for this discussion include Paul Andersen of CIRA and President of EGATE, Zak Muscovitch of DNAttorney.com, Peter Maxymych, prominent Canadian domainer and President of EMall/DOAC and David Fowler, Marketing Director at CIRA.
Thursday, June 10th 2010
11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Domain Development: In-house or outsource?
Developing domains into great web properties is easier than ever with technology such as aps, widgets and content feeds. This panel will discuss what kind of domains to develop as well as how and whether or not you should go it alone or outsource.
Panel features Mark Michael of Dev Hub, Mike Smutka of Blue Wire Solutions, Morgan Linton of Domain Investor Television and Kevin Legault from n49 Interactive.
1:00 – 2:15 pm – Mastering the resale market
Buying domains is easy but selling the right domain at the right price to the perfect buyer is an art. Our panel will discuss finding a buyer and negotiating a deal
2:15 – 3:30 pm – Advanced parking solutions
New and emerging products and tools make it easier than ever to optimize your parked domains. Our expert panel explores some of the best ways maximize potential revenue.
We’re really impressed with the variety of the schedule and the incorporation of considerable Canadian content. The organizers of TRAFFIC have done a great job cultivating a conference that with appeal for both Canadian and International audiences.
Tickets are still available, however the time limited early bird price has now expired. Targeted TRAFFIC Vancouver presents a great opportunity to learn about the business of domain investment and monetization in your own backyard. We hope to see you there!
Do you love domain names? Do you have a portfolio of domains and want to learn more about domain opportunities including how to develop, monetize and resell your names?
If you answered yes, you should not miss Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in Vancouver!
[Breaking News: ticket price drop – more information below!]
The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences are some of the domain industry’s biggest events. Coming June 8 to 10, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver is expected to be a huge show, with the Vancouver area teeming with domain investors and companies that work within the space. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, where movers and shakers of the domain industry will gather for three days of business and pleasure.
Get to know the people making up the industry which in turn will give you a better understanding as to how they conduct their respective businesses. Learn more about the competition and, at the same time, be open to new business ventures in form of joint partnerships and alliances. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver is your chance to widen your connections with its networking sessions.
Besides rubbing elbows with your peers in the domain industry, be ready for some friendly competition. Latona’s Auctions will hold their live domain auction where domainers have their eyes set on building their already sizable portfolios. With hundreds of the hottest domain names lined up, the bidding will definitely be fast-paced with enthusiastic participants trying to outbid one another.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver will also bring you the Test Track sponsored by .CO Internet SAS. It gives opportunity for entrepreneurs, novice and seasoned alike, to pitch their businesses to a group of qualified angel investors.
Important Update – Price Drop on T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver Tickets!
Yesterday, the conference organizers slashed the price to attend T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver to only $395 US!
Previously, fees to attend T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference have always been in the range of $1000-$2000. This is a huge development that will help make the Vancouver show one of the most exciting of recent years. It is also tremendous news for smaller scale domain investors who want to learn more about the business and mingle with key industry players. [View the schedule]
“T.R.A.F.F.I.C. should have a return on investment for our attendees and sponsors, not us. While we can’t promise this will continue, we would like to announce that we are dropping our price for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver all the way down to $395 (USD),” said T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founder Rick Latona on his blog, “The show is already shaping up to be a great success and we want to see how far we can push the envelop. Let’s pack it with as many people as we can.”
Be seen. Be recognized. Be part of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver! Don’t delay – if you want to attend, register today at http://www.targetedtraffic.com/.
Now that Canada has shown the world what we are capable of and we have all experienced the Olympics together and feeling that overwhelming sense of Canadian pride, here’s a contest for you to showcase your “online Canadian-ness.”
Verisign – the registry provider for .COM and .NET – has released its final Domain Industry Brief for 2009.
The VeriSign quarterly reports provide a review of the state of the domain name industry, including up-to-date trends in new registrations, renewals, and growth opportunities, through a variety of statistical and analytical research.
Webnames.ca has collaborated with Telnic, the organization behind the award-winning .TEL name, to create the first-ever domain retail card so that .TEL names can be sold by brick and mortar retailers across North America.
ICANN has approved the first four internationalized top-level domain names (IDNs) for Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In a statement released yesterday, ICANN president and CEO Rod Beckstrom called it “a pivotal moment in the history of Internet domain names.”
So I am thinking of quitting my job here at Webnames to start my own business coming up with super cool names for iPhone apps, Web 2.0 companies, new products, gizmos and gadgets!
CNNIC, the sponsoring organization for .cn has announced some new registration rules.
CNNIC became aware that many of the .cn names being registered were being used for nefarious purposes – fake banking sites, malware and phishing sites and lots and lots of porn.