Uniregistry: .BlackFriday Adds 386 Domains a week before the holiday

A week before the 2015 Black Friday, buyers go on a shopping spree

black-fridayUniregistry, the registry behind the .blackfriday extension, added 386 domains to their .blackfriday zone files bringing the total of all names in the Black Friday space to just over 12,000.

Considering that .blackfriday, along with .christmas, fall into the “seasonal” category, the numbers, while small in comparison to many of the other new domain extensions, isn’t surprising.

But what is surprising, at least to me, is how many were added only a week before the holiday.

Many of the names were registered at Name.com to an organization that goes by the name of Smart Tax Professional Services, a CPA firm with a Michigan address, who paid to own the rights to market the Black Friday holiday for most of the decade of the 20’s securing 2021 thru 2030, minus the year 2025.

At the registration price of nearly $45 per domain, these Smart Tax Professionals appear to be ready, willing and able to carry the load for a long time.

Get .BlackFriday at Uniregistry starting at $21.88

Click here to see the complete list of .blackfriday names registered yesterday.

.Christmas Domains

Similarly, Smart Tax Professionals also registered the decade of the 20’s in the new domain extension .christmas, but unlike with .blackfriday they were fortunate enough, depending on how you look at it, to secure all the years including 2025.christmas paying as much as $20.99 for each domain at Name.com.

Christmas domains can be purchased at Uniregistry and are on sale now for as little as $6.88 and I would suggest that if you are interested in buying .christmas as gifts or otherwise, you should take advantage of the sale while supplies last because I’m guessing we’ll see the sale end as we get closer to December 25.

Click here to see the list of .christmas names registered yesterday.

Get .Christmas at Uniregistry starting at $6.88

New Domain Extensions Forum GTLD.Link Goes Dark

gtld-linkFor the past few days I’ve tried to access the relatively new domain extensions forum gTLD.link without any luck.

“The Link” as I have been known to call the forum on several occasions has been a go to source for talking up (and down) the plethora of new domain extensions that have become part of the domain name landscape over the past two years.

I reached out to Phil Harris one of the admins that runs the site for a comment and was told the server that hosts gTLD.link had been hacked but that a fix was in the works and the site would be back online soon.

Both Phil and Chad Wright are partners in gTLD.link and are heavily invested in new domain extensions and occasionally share their new domain acquisitions and sales with the members of the forum.

Running a forum is a lot of work, and it takes time to develop a list of members who are not only active in the new domain extensions market but who also actively participate in the topics of discussion.

I’m not sure what the total number of gTLD.link members is but of those who actively participate they are passionate about the new extensions and are willing to put their money where their mouth is.

Here’s to hoping that this is just a temporary downtime at “The Link” and that we can all get back to talking about the new domain extensions there as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, there are still plenty of other good places to talk domains including the very popular NamePros.com and DomainState.com.

 

A Few New TLDs: Estibot.sucks, Agilent.science, Twitter.tickets & more Domains

For the past few months my A Few New series has covered new TLDs being registered by major companies. In most cases they seem to be defensive registrations with the new TLD domain names being forwarded to the existing and well-established brands using their matching .com domain.

.Sucks

Estibot.com, the free domain appraisal tool that many domainers use to get an estimate of the value of a domain name, has registered Estibot.sucks.

Domain valuation tools like Estibot and Valuate.com provide a service to the domain investing community but there always seems to be more pros than cons when it comes to using a free appraisal (or any appraisal for that matter) to help buy or sell a domain.

That’s probably why Estibot thought it best to keep their brand from the hands of any disgruntled investors willing to proclaim that Estibot.sucks to the world.

This.sucks Domain NameIncidentally, if you’re one of the first 10,000 subscribers you can register .sucks domains for $0.99 per month at this.sucks.

This.sucks says you “get a hosted blog and forum website at a .sucks domain name”

.Tickets

Twitter, Inc. registered Twitter.tickets and Tweet.tickets.

Neither domain resolves but I can see a use of the .tickets space by Twitter for allowing members to sell tickets through their accounts.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines registered KLM.tickets. Their main site is KLM.com and they use KLM.com/Tickets in the Google Ad Words campaigns promoting “high quality flights for low fares”and redirect both the new TLD and the tracking url to the .com.

On September 21 .Tickets was released to the public at $600 per year which includes a $75 application fee, and carry an annual renewal fee of $525 thereafter for up to 10 years. However, I don’t see much upside for investors unless you can convince the registry that you have a good reason and use for the.tickets, buy.tickets, get.tickets or free.tickets.

.Science

Agilent Technologies, Inc. in Santa Clara, California registered Agilent.science. The new TLD doesn’t resolve yet but their homepage at Agilent.com says they are involved in chemical analysis, life sciences and diagnostics.

There’s a press release on the site announcing the opening of a new life science research center. The press release states “Agilent tools make it easier for scientists to combine, analyze and visualize data from experiments in genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and lipidomics.”

I’m always glad to see companies registering new .science domains because I have almost 500 of what I consider some of the best generic and descriptive terms in the space.

I recently sold LifeChanging.science to MRC Technology in the U.K., which is also involved in medical and drug research science.

.Movie

Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. continues to add the matching domain name to their new or soon to be released movies with the registration of Extraction.movie.

According to IMDb.com the 2015 version of Extraction by Director Steven Miller and starring Bruce Willis may now be expected out sometime in 2016.

Check out other Lions Gate Entertainment .movie registrations in previous A Few New TLD series posts.