Archive for February, 2011

McDonald’s Missed Out on But Buys Russian макдональдс.рф IDN

Feb 24, 2011 4 Comments by

Joshua Quittner, the tech journalist, originally registered to prove a point. His registration of the fast-food goliath’s domain name was a wake-up call for big companies that they needed to “get it” as to the importance of domain names and internet branding. While this was a prank of sorts (full article here), McDonald’s sure […]

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Russian .ORG Release a Hit

Feb 20, 2011 6 Comments by

Yesterday, the .ORG registry released Cyrillic IDNs which are now available for all to register. Many major registrars and dropcatchers heavily marketed this release including Dynadot and While unlocking the Cyrillic alphabet for .ORG domains means that valuable Russian .ORG domains can now be registered, also notable is that Bosnian, Bulgarian, Belarusian, Macedonian, Serbian, […]

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A Sneak Peek Into IDN Newsletter

Feb 13, 2011 2 Comments by

Below please find a sneak peak into our latest IDN Newsletter. Usually we only release the newsletter to our subscribers. But if you are curious as to what type of names are for sale and at what prices, see below. If think you might be interested in purchasing a name, please email and we […]

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Q &A with John Kane of Afilias

Feb 08, 2011 5 Comments by

John Kane is Vice President of Corporate Services at Afilias and a domain name industry veteran. John has previously served on the Afilias Board of Directors, he has played an integral role in Afilias’ bid for .INFO in 2001, and now oversees many Afilias product lines including the Managed DNS Services business and IDN email. […]

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Q&A: How John Tziviskos Earns $22,000/Year From Greek IDNs

Feb 07, 2011 9 Comments by

John Tziviskos is a veteran domain investor, with one of the top premium portfolios of Greek IDNs. Recently in response to posts here and on, John showed me his proof of revenue from the last year. I was impressed that a number of John’s top Greek IDNs netted a total profit of $22,000, and […]

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Q&A with Edmon Chung: Dot Asia, IDNs and ICANN

Feb 07, 2011 1 Comment by

Edmon Chung is the CEO of the DotAsia Organisation, which is the registry operator for the ‘.Asia’ regional gTLD. Edmon has served on many ICANN and global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Q: What is […]

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Morningstar Investment Research: IDNs Present Intriguing Long-Term Growth Opportunities

Feb 02, 2011 3 Comments by

VeriSign’s conference call last week was just a blip on the radar of most domainers, with the exception being DNW’s coverage here. Meanwhile, large investment research firms have certainly taken note. VeriSign CEO Mark McLaughlin said on the call that he expects big things for the IDN gTLD market, and that he looks forward to […]

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