Wednesday, October 8, 2008
To an extent nearly everyone in an Internet business is dependent on advertising for our respective businesses' income. It doesn't matter if that revenue is from CPC/CPA marketing, building websites to advertise businesses, selling domains or on-line journalism it's advertisers who are paying the bill. Since this recession started my parking CPC advertising revenue is off by 30% and I've heard others mention similar percentages.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The article covers selecting a name, the importance of identifying the name with your business, and some common pitfalls to avoid.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The fee is reviewed annually and the decision is to leave it unchanged this year.
The registration fee is the major source of income for Internet NZ and among other things is used for public good projects such as advocacy to improve the internet in New Zealand.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Is there any history that gives a guideline as to what may happen?
Many, if not all, common Māori words are registered in the .co.nz space, and also in the .com world. The .com registry has permitted IDNs for a long time so I started investigating that. With the help of NZ History's 100 Maori words every New Zealander should know and a couple of other sites, I investigated a few common words.
- Māori: Maori.co.nz, Maori.com, and Māori.com all registered, but 3 different registrants
- Tāne: Tane.co.nz, Tane.com, and Tāne.com all registered, again 3 different registrants
- Pākehā: Pakeha.co.nz & Pakeha.com were registered, to two different registrants. (I've grabbed Pākehā.com)
- Waitematā: Waitemata.co.nz &Waitemata.com were registered, again to different registrants. (I regged Waitematā.com too)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Unfortunately as some character sets have letters that look like the latin letters, they have been misused and abused. Phishing attacks using them became common resulting in some browsers refusing to show them and some registries, including .nz, refusing to allow them to be registered.
Some time back the Domain Name Commission (DNC) conducted a consultation on the use of IDC in domain names, specifically with the intent to allow the pōtae macronised vowels: ā,ē,ī, ō, and ū used in te reo Māori.
They have decided they should proceed with the implementation of IDNs in .nz. The next phase of the process is to consider mechanisms for a fair distribution of names.
- They plan that there will be a "sunrise" pre-registration period during which the registered owner of (for example) Maori.co.nz will be given exclusive rights to register Māori.co.nz.
- After the sunrise period first come, first serve will apply to IDNs in the same way as they apply to normal domain.
- Normal registration fees will apply to the macronised names.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I've just had a look at bids on domains dropping April to date, and they have recovered a lot, but are still a bit down. For each completed auction (dropped or renewed) organised by day I get an average of 3.7 domains per day. To be fair I didn't always monitor around midnight so I've probably missed a few. I'm also not considering if they actually caught the drop, that's really another issue, but Expired seem to have raised their game, and using both of Net 24's registrars has helped.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I've had another blog Bruce / Kiore an occasional diary for a while and it's ended up being a confused mishmash of personal news, my views on the world and domaining related essays.
I've decided to split it into three. The original blog will be for personal news & revert to the occasional diary status, this blog for my domaining related posts and my world views will be stored at ¿Que? It's Manuel's favourite expression. I think it means "What?" in Spanish, but as a loanword to English it definitely means that.
I'll be moving the relevant postings from the old blog over here which is why there will be entries here from before I began the blog.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
One of the on-going frustrations of drop catching is going to the effort of doing the due diligence on an expired name and not getting it. Sometimes this is because someone else decides it is worth more than I do , sometimes it's because another drop catcher gets the domain, and sometimes it's because the domain owner decides to renew the domain just before it drops.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Domain Reseller that isn't
Today, as for the last few months, the cheapest single domain registration of .nz domains is provided by Domains4Less. Strangely enough Domains4Less doesn't seem to be a domain reqistrar, but a reseller for Web Drive's Domain Admin which is a registrar.