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ccTLD Boom Fuels Interest in Canada's .ca Extension & Back in the States T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Howard Neu Gets on the Development Bandwagon 

In a complete reversal of form from just two years ago, ccTLDs now routinely leave non .com gTLDs in the dust in our weekly reports on domain sales. The latest report, released today, is typical. There are five ccTLDs on the all extension Top 20 chart and there were a dozen five-figure country code sales reported. Not one non .com gTLD made the chart and only three reported non .com gTLD sales reached five figures. Average prices paid for names on our Year-To-Date Top 100 ccTLD Chart are approximately double the average price paid for domains on the Top 100 Global Contenders Chart (our nickname for non .com gTLDs).

While Germany (.de) and Great Britain (.co.uk) have traditionally dominated ccTLD sales, we're seeing increasing interest and activity in many other extensions.  One example is our northern neighbor, Canada, and its .ca extension. .Ca growth is spurring the development of more tools and services aimed at those interested in .ca investing and development.

Jeff Behrendt dropped me a note to let me know about a new .ca drop catching service his company has rolled out with partner Hubbard 

Media at Dropping.ca. Every Wednesday at 2:00pm., the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) releases expired domains that have not been renewed.  This is known as the "TBR" (short for "To Be Released"). Behrendt said, "Dropping.ca can help you obtain these TBR domains with a high-touch service combined with an easy to use interface." You can find out more about the TBR and Dropping.ca here.  If you want to sign up at Dropping.ca, you can visit this link

Jeff Behrendt (Dropping.ca)
speaking at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs
conference in Amsterdam last June.

While he was writing, Behrendt also filled me in on the Domain Owners Association of Canada (DOAC), a new organization that represents stakeholders in Canada's domain community - not just domain registrants, but also domain registrars, hosting companies, the tech community, online ad agencies, webmasters and more. "Its mission is to promote internet business and investment in Canada," Behrendt said. "Its goals include promoting the use of dot ca domains, increasing the number of dot ca domains registered, protecting the rights of dot ca domain owners, and most controversially, lifting the dot ca presence requirements. 

Behrendt said The first directors were just elected and they are: Harold Simpkins (Emall.ca), Peter Maxymych (Emall.ca), Rick Silver (N49.ca), Frank Michlick (DomainNameNews.com), Jeffrey Behrendt 

(Dropping.ca), and Larry Franschman (Evote.ca). You can find out more about the association on their website http://www.doac.ca/. Membership is free and you can sign up here.  

Back on this side of the border, I keep hearing more about veteran domain owners who are undertaking development projects. One of the latest is T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Howard Neu 

who, in conjunction with the Rodan Media Group, has just launched InvestingFunds.com and MalpracticeAttorneys.com. The Rodan Media Group is headed by Donnie Goodwin, a former Paine Webber investment banker who also operates a law practice specializing in bankruptcy and helping investors gain a fresh start on their march to financial independence.

InvestingFunds.com is the first site in a planned Fidelity Funding Network, a group of websites that will cover economic news and events. InvestingFunds.com features user commentary pages so visitors can add their viewpoints about the present state of the economy, from stocks to domain investment, retirement planning to international trade. The website also includes economic analysis from Steve Forbes and New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran

Rodan Co-Founder Danny Pryor said the next Fidelity Funding Network site to go online will be BestDomainsWebsite.com, which will 

Howard Neu has gotten on the 
development bandwagon with domains 
developed by the Rodan Media Group

list premium domains for sale in a non-auction platform. Pryor said, "Domain investors and prospectors will have the opportunity to view the domains for sale, view the search metrics related to keywords in the domain name, itself, and view a screen shot of the domain."

MalpracticeAttorneys.com is a separate project that includes a blog (with some posts personally written by Neu, who is also an attorney) and a directory of the nation's malpractice attorneys.

(Posted Nov. 18, 2009)

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