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April 17, 2008 Post

Here's the The Lowdown from DNJournal.com! Updated daily to fill you in on the latest buzz going around the domain name industry!

Compiled by Ron Jackson (Editor/Publisher)


I'll by flying all day tomorrow (en route to the Domain Roundtable conference in San Francisco) so there won't be a Lowdown post Friday. However, starting Saturday I will post a daily item from the show at the Palace Hotel. The event runs through Monday with a big live auction scheduled for the closing day. 

Soon after Roundtable ends, the spotlight shifts to London where the UK's largest web related conference, Internet World will be held April 29 - May 1. The domain business will be represented there by Sedo, Nominet and Edwin Hayward's MemorableDomains.co.uk. Hayward, who has one of the best .co.uk portfolios, plans to put 2,000 of them up for sale at Internet World, including such gems as Britain.co.uk, SearchEngine.co.uk and Maps.co.uk.

Earl's Court - London
Site of the Internet World show starting Apr. 29

In a press release issued today Hayward said "A generic domain name is an investment that can bring more online visits, leads and sales by driving recognition and recall of a company's web address, building credibility and market presence, improving website usability and lifting the results of search promotions." If you're going to the show you can visit Hayward at Stand E277 in the Earl's Court exhibition hall. 

Elsewhere, Sedo's latest monthly GreatDomains.com online premium domain auction got underway today (it closes April 24). Names on the block this time aorund include Sociology.com, Chianti.com, Bond.com and Won.com to name just a few. 

Canada's .ca hit 1 million 
registrations this week

One other note - Canada's .ca country code hit the one million registrations mark this week. I've always thought .ca and America's .us could be sleeping giants, given the size of those nation's economies, the rapid expansion of the web and an ongoing trend toward localization. The ccTLDs of some of the other the major industrial countries are already powerhouses with Germany's .de and Great Britain's .co.uk. the prime examples. 

China's .cn, though not yet a big factor in the aftermarket, is also raising a lot of eyebrows with over 11 million names registered now (only .com, .de and .net have more and it looks like .cn will soon pass .net). Over the past year I've also seen increasing aftermarket sales  

activity for .fr (France) and .es (Spain) domains. Certainly you can't beat .com for universal recognition but the stronger country codes have proven to be excellent investments as well. 
(Posted April 17, 2008) 

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