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Rick Latona’s Live TRAFFIC South Beach Auction has just sold ~$500,000 of domain names

$  13,000.00 …. DUL.com
$    1,400.00 …. VirusRemoval.net
$    1,000.00 …. UsedCars.cm
$    5,000.00 …. NR1.com
$       700.00 …. DataReader.com
$    1,800.00 …. MoneyInvestor.com
$200,000.00 …. Shock.com
$    6,500.00 …. Flowers.mobi
$    1,200.00 …. AuthorizedReseller.com
$    8,000.00 …. FloridaOranges.com and Florida-Oranges.com
$       400.00 …. OnlineHedgeFund.com
$    9,000.00 …. WebsiteDesigners.com
$  11,000.00 …. Taxidermist.com
$       700.00 …. Dogs.cm
$       800.00 …. Cats.cm
$    5,000.00 …. FloridaStoneCrabs.com
$       800.00 …. ConcealedGunPermit.com
$    3,300.00 …. BZK.com
$    1,300.00 …. FortWaltonBeach.org
$  20,000.00 …. Idle.com
$       600.00 …. iCallCenter.com
$  15,000.00 …. Coches.co
$       500.00 …. iExports.com
$  13,000.00 …. OxygenTanks.com
$110,000.00 …. BVI.com & BVI.co
$    1,300.00 …. CharterJetRental.com
$  15,000.00 …. MZH.com and MZH.co
$    7,000.00 …. WeddingCoordinator.com
$       500.00 …. Free.cm
$       800.00 …. iProgramming.com
$       400.00 …. FamilyStress.com
$    3,000.00 …. Depressants.com
$  10,000.00 …. LuckyStar.com
$    5,000.00 …. CelebrityWeddings.com
$    1,000.00 …. DayTrading.co
$    1,300.00 …. iPlanning.com
$    1,500.00 …. HugeDeal.com
$       900.00 …. LowAirfare.net
$    1,400.00 …. 10 LLL.mobi
$       500.00 …. GameRooms.net
$       400.00 …. iMover.com
$       500.00 …. videoGames.cm
$    2,100.00 …. CigarBlog.com
$    8,200.00 …. KingBeds.com
$    1,100.00 …. Hypnotize.net
$       500.00 …. FreeStuff.cm
$       400.00 …. Cat.cm
$    1,200.00 …. Alquiler.co
$    1,900.00 …. GolfSets.net

E. & O.E.

These names are from the live auction list so many of these domains will not have been paid for yet.

Afilias, the registry for all .INFO domain names, is holding its 4th annual INFO Awards program, where .INFO domain name owners can submit their great sites for the chance to be named the Best .INFO website of 2010!

There are also good cash prizes to be won

!st place $7,500  –  2nd place $5,000 and 3rd place $3,000

http://www.info-award.info/    (Submission deadline Sept 10, 2010)

Sedo has just released its Second Quarter Domain Market Survey (.pdf) for 2010. The report provides a great insight into the domain name market with a number of interesting tables and statistical measures.

The most popular domain name categories for Q2 2010

  1  Software
  2  Regions, Country, Cities
  3  Employment
  4  Tobacco
  5  Religion and Spirituality
  6  Domain Industry
  7  Humor
  8  Hardware
  9  Insurance
10  Jewelry

And sedo’s top sales for the Q2 2010 were Cgm.com $365,000,  Software.de €235,025,  Kredit.com €220,000 and  Monalisa.com $200,000.

Sedo has just sold the domain name  e.co for $81,000. This comes only a couple of days after twitter.com has announced its intention to use t.co as its official link shortener

Sometimes it’s good to try and visualise the domain industry. Here is a list showing the relative size (by numbers of domains registered)  of the worlds largest registrars.

  1 –  33,662,000 Go Daddy
  2 –    9,305,000 eNom
  3 –    7,514,000 Tucows
  4 –    6,439,000 Network Solutions
  5 –    4,818,000 Schlund + Partner AG
  6 –    4,439,000 Melbourne IT
  7 –    3,209,000 Wild West Domains
  8 –    2,810,000 Moniker
  9 –    2,497,000 Register.com
10 –    2,451,000 ResellerClub
11 –    1,687,000 Xin Net Corp.
12 –    1,525,000 Key-Systems
13 –    1,179,000 Dotster
14 –    1,057,000 Fastdomain.com
15 –    1,031,000 Onlinenic
16 –    1,005,000 Strato AG
17 –       966,000 Fabulous.com Pty Ltd
18 –       955,000 OVH
19 –       919,000 Domain Discover
20 –       903,000 Onamae.com
21 –       849,000 directNIC
22 –       832,000 HiChina
23 –       765,000 PSI-USA,Inc.
24 –       673,000 Ascio
25 –       657,000 Gandi
26 –       651,000 Name.com
27 –       519,000 Namesdirect.com
28 –       518,000 DreamHost
29 –       516,000 NameKing
30 –       504,000 Joker.com

For those who prefer charts and pictures Chart.info has a nice chart showing the relative domain registrar sizes

By way of comparison the 2007 30 largest regsitrars

Sedo has just announced a premium .tv domain name auction

115 premium names including…

beach.tv
black.tv
british.tv
business.tv

Auction starts April, 01 through April, 08.
Full domain name auction list
Press release

One note of caution many premium .tv’s have very high renewal rates – The press release states “For the first time ever, Verisign and Sedo are auctioning 115 premium .tv domains with greatly reduced renewal rates.”

Hosterstats has just posted an interesting domain analysis of the relationship and frequency of  the same domain name being registered/unregistered for the .com .net .org .biz .info .mobi .asia .tel gTLDs.

The .info namespace  is particularly interesting because over 25% of the names registered are unique to .info (i.e. not registered in any of the other gTLDs.

The .dot tel news letter .telegraph has details of the new look for .tel pages to be rolled out in March 2010

In March 1985, the first .com domain was registered, igniting the birth of the consumer Internet that, 25 years later, continues to transform communications, commerce and our society as a whole

Beginning in March 2010, VeriSign, the long-time operator of the .com domain, will lead an industry-wide initiative to recognize the innovators and leaders that have shaped the first 25 years of .com and in doing so transformed our economy and society.

VeriSign press release

Afilias has just released its .info Annual Report for 2009.

With over 5 million .info domains registered .info is the 7th largest TLD in the world. Over 70% of .info domains resolve to real content and more than 1 million unique Web sites are based in the .info extension will millions more resolving to useful content.

.info domains now account for 40% of all domains registered in new TLDs. This chart from the report shows the relaltve size of new TLDs.

Our chart here compares the number of new gTLD pages  indexed by Google which gives an indication of usage rather than just simple registration numbers of the first chart from the report.