July’s Top 5 Domain Name Stories


These were the top five most-viewed stories on Domain Name Wire in July.

1. McDonald’s takes domain names off the menu – McDonald’s exited the new top level domain program after deciding to relinquish its two domain names, .mcdonalds and .mcd.

2. Is Verisign about to change the expired domain drop catching game? – I discussed a patent that was just published as well as ICANN’s forecast of a reduction in drop catching registrars. I wonder who told ICANN to be on the lookout for lots of these registrars to shut down.

3. David Duchovny wins DavidDuchovny.com domain name dispute – The Golden Globe-winning actor won a cybersquatting dispute against Alberta Hod Rods, which has lost lots of celebrity domain names in UDRP cases.

4. GoDaddy promotes domain investing on its homepage – Promoting domain investing on the home page of the world’s largest domain registrar is a nice boost for awareness.

5. Amazon.com gets big win in domain battle, may yet get .Amazon domain – If company can get .amazon it could be big for driving new TLD awareness.


Episode #146 – I speak with BrandIT about the European domain market and corporate domain name management.

Episode #145 – Domain investor Steve Kaziyev explains how he’s buying and selling domain names.

Episode #144 – Alan Dunn says why he doesn’t think it’s too late to get into domain investing.

Episode #143 – Kevin Ohashi of ReviewSignal explains how he uses sentiment analysis to rate web hosts.

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