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DotWeekly Starting Back Up!

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly was a vibrant site with thousands of visitors daily and was completely lost during a hosting change in late 2012. After doing some thinking and simply taking a little time off, I have felt the need to start sharing again! In the coming weeks I will be rebuilding to the look and feel

Dot Weekly 1034 days ago

Wii U Nintendo Domains Registered Day Of Game Announcement

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Nintendo has registered several new domain names with its announcement yesterday Pre-E3 about the Wii U gaming system. The domain names that I was able to dig up include: (Social Network) (Social Network) (New Controller) (Touch Gaming Pad) Interestingly enough, all of the above wer...

Dot Weekly 1272 days ago

DotWeekly Discoveries: Newly Acquired Domains By Large Companies

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Welcome to another round of DotWeekly Discoveries, which includes a bunch of digging by me to find a fair amount of newly registered domain names by large companies. All of the domain names are based on whois records data and some domains were registered in several other TLD's like .net, .org etc. by the company.

Dot Weekly 1278 days ago Purchased By .com Registry Verisign Inc

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The registry for .com domain names has made a .com purchase themselves and purchased the catchy domain name (Get A .com) I wasn't able to discover a price paid, but according to whois records, Verisign is now the owner of the domain name. Based on experience, it would appear that Verisign used a domain

Dot Weekly 1285 days ago Domain Name Purchased By Google?

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The single letter domain name was reserved by the .me registry for several years but a recent change in whois has me thinking that a new owner is in the works! moved from the .me registry to a generic whois contact information for brand protection company MarkMonitor. Google Inc. just so happens to

Dot Weekly 1289 days ago

Google Wins Domain Name

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Back in March of this year, Google changed some things up and changed names of it "marketplace" for apps, games and music from Android Market to Google Play. One thing missing with the name change was the matching domain name as it was owned by somebody else already. Google filed a compliant with the

Dot Weekly 1290 days ago

MLB Acquires Domain Name

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Major League Baseball has acquired the generic domain name according to whois records for an undisclosed sum. The "official site" of the Oakland Athletics resides at but it will be easier to visit the site directly, as MLB almost always does a redirect of the basebal...

Dot Weekly 1291 days ago

Apple Grabs Domain Name

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Apple Inc. has successfully obtained the domain name through a WIPO claim they recently filed. The domain name is now registered under the brand protection company Corporation Service Company, which is a domain name registrar Apple has been using lately. I would expect the whois data to update to Apple Inc. shortly. It is

Dot Weekly 1293 days ago

Ford Goes Further With $10K Domain Purchase

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I have been taking a break lately and I'm still not sure if I will continue writing as much as I did but I will see. Anyway, Andrew over at reported on May 2, 2012 that the domain name had sold for $10,000 at Sedo to a Mark Monitor client…. well, that client

Dot Weekly 1301 days ago

Farmville 2 Coming Soon By Zynga? Domain Hints At It

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Farmville lovers may get a old, new game to play pretty soon! Farmville 2 According to some recent changes with the domain name, it would appear that Zynga is getting its ducks in a row to launch a second series of its super popular game Farmville. was not owned by Zynga and was

Dot Weekly 1322 days ago Expired Domain Auction, Joe Vitt Named Saints Head Coach

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New Orleans Saints have named assistant coach Joe Vitt as the new interim head coach according to and it just so happens that the domain name (his surname) is currently an expired domain name auction taking place! The no reserve auction ends on April 14, 2012 at about 4:22 pm Central Standard Time

Dot Weekly 1326 days ago

DomainGang Buys, Shuts It Down

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After continued success of selling a gator to some French guy and gaining fast fame with the gang, DomainGang has eaten back his pray and purchased In the surprise twist nobody saw coming, the self portrait of "Mr. DG" is the only thing you will find upon visiting the once beloved! 100% not

Dot Weekly 1326 days ago Sells, Plus More Domain Movers

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Based on whois records, the domain name has been sold via I haven't seen a published purchase price but if it was a public sale, I would expect it to be published by Sedo. The domain name is still in the transfer process so the new owner is not currently known. The average

Dot Weekly 1335 days ago

GoDaddy Goodies: Backordered Expired Domain List

 Mark As Read    

It has been awhile since I did any GoDaddy Goodies lists, so I thought I would do a little digging for you and share a special list for you. Here are 433 expired domain name auctions that are currently taking place at GoDaddy Auctions. Each domain name in this list are: Two Word .com 1

Dot Weekly 1339 days ago

Leap Year Screws With Expired Domain Inventory

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Expired domain name auctions that end on 4/4/2012 at GoDaddy Auctions seemed to be missing some inventory, so I sent a quick message to Paul Nicks of GoDaddy to see what was up. This wasn't the first time I had noticed inventory missing for a day from the site and or via FTP, so I

Dot Weekly 1342 days ago

DotWeekly Discoveries: New Domain Purchases By Companies

 Mark As Read    

It has been awhile since I did a DotWeeekly Discoveries so I thought I would share one today. DotWeekly Discoveries is simply a list of random domain names that larger companies have recently acquired or purchased in the domain name aftermarket. Here we go: NBA started grabbing some generic terms relating to team apparel with

Dot Weekly 1342 days ago

Ooma Telo Free Phone Has A WWW. Problem

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I saw a TV commercial for a "free home phone" service called this weekend and decided to head on over to the website this morning to see what it was all about. The problem? Their website doesn't resolve (work) for those who do not include www. with the domain name when entering it into

Dot Weekly 1343 days ago Purchased By Salesforce For $32K?

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Several very nice "cloud" related domain names have expired lately that are registered at GoDaddy and have went to Auctions with one of those domains being which was purchased for $32,010. Whois data has changed after the 5-7 day waiting period after the auction ended but doesn't clearly indicate that Salesforce...

Dot Weekly 1345 days ago Launched By Google

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Google Inc. secretly registered two domain names on 2/29/2012, and with domain registrar MarkMonitor. Fast forward to 3/23/2012 and Google has launched a website on the domains! ( actually resolves to a 404 page, which is pretty funny considering! Failed redirect is my guess to T...

Dot Weekly 1345 days ago Sold For About $1 Million To

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Back in September 2011 I had broke the news that had purchased the domain name . At the time I wasn't able to dig up a sales price, but now a article posted today has revealed the price, kind of!  The money talk from the cNet article: "How many zeros?" I asked.

Dot Weekly 1346 days ago Domain Very Likely Just Sold

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Premium domain name has likely just sold! Based on some digging by myself and with the help of whois history, I think the domain sold! switched to whois privacy on March 14, 2012 and also changed domain name registrars. How much and who is the buyer? These things are very hard to

Dot Weekly 1347 days ago

Months To Fix This Afternic? Really?

 Mark As Read    

It makes things a lot harder to sell a domain name when a website has problems. To make it worse, you inform the company of the problem and they haven't fixed it for months!!! If you use to sell your domain names, you should read this as I will explain the problem. Direct Linking

Dot Weekly 1350 days ago

Apple Grabs A Couple New Domains For New iPad

 Mark As Read    

It has been pretty common for Apple Inc. to register some new domain names the day of a product launch and the New iPad launch was no different! Apple didn't go on as big of a domain shopping spree as they did when they launched iCloud during WWDC in 2011 when they registered 50 new

Dot Weekly 1360 days ago

Visa Acquires Domain Name And Launches Site

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Mega credit card company Visa® secretly acquired the single letter domain name from the registry (likely through the .me Development Program) around October 2011 but whois records remained behind the generic DnStinations Inc. which is used by brand protection company MarkMonitor. Late yesterday, Visa figured it was time to reveal they acq...

Dot Weekly 1362 days ago

Google Drops Android Market For Google Play, Without

 Mark As Read    

Google chopped the "Android Market" name and has officially launched "Google Play". You can read more about the name change on Google's Official Blog but we are here to talk about domains! First, Google does NOT currently own the domain name . According to whois records, Kristoffer Kullengren of Japan is the current o...

Dot Weekly 1363 days ago

Google Buys Domain, Get Your Business Online

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Google has been putting focus on getting businesses online and is using a lot of domain names to help in its effort. The latest is, a domain name they recently acquired from its past owner for an undisclosed amount. Back around July 2011, Google Inc. started buying domain names related to "Get Online" and

Dot Weekly 1363 days ago

Moniker To Give Others A Shot At Domain

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Moniker is sending one of its own into the domain name auction pool and is giving a shot to others to own the domain name! The auction will start tomorrow, so if you want in on the action, I'd suggest placing your backorder today. Why would Moniker be offering for sale? Hard

Dot Weekly 1366 days ago

What Will Google Showy Be?

 Mark As Read    

Google registers a lot of domain names and it seems like they use "some" of them overtime and others not at all. Google isn't one to just buy a domain for fun though and often times they go big when they buy. With that in mind, why did they register on 2/27/2012? They do

Dot Weekly 1368 days ago

Boatloads Of Issues, Costa Registers Boatload Of Domain Names

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First the Costa Concordia cruise ship sinks after is ran a ground. Then the Costa Allegra catches fire in the engine room and the cruise ship lost power in the Indian Ocean and is now being towed in. So what does the Costa Cruise line do when they have a ship at sea with over

Dot Weekly 1369 days ago

Access Full List Of GoDaddy Auction Domain Names

 Mark As Read    

Here is a How To article on how to obtain the full list of domain names on auction at GoDaddy Auctions® GoDaddy lists its domain names via FTP but you can access the lists on the web without using an FTP program. Step 1 Visit: (You can also access the files directly on the

Dot Weekly 1373 days ago

Sedo Reporting Sold For $1,100?

 Mark As Read    

Here is a graphic that will catch your eye! is reporting via its domain name sales RSS feed that the two letter domain name has been sold for $1,100 USD? What? The domain names whois data has not changed since June 16, 2011 when it changed to & Co, so even though

Dot Weekly 1374 days ago

Danica Patrick And Her Domain Names

 Mark As Read    

Danica Patrick is sponsored by the largest domain name registrar in the world, So I wanted to see if "domains" were a perk of the sponsorship? The easy answer is not likely but it may appear some guidance likely happens from time to time. Here are some domain names that I was able to

Dot Weekly 1375 days ago

HugeDomains, Huge Player In Domain Drop Game

 Mark As Read    

Based on a small study I did yesterday using .com domain names that were released from the registry (PendingDelete 2/20/2012) and registered from the time of the drop, until about 6PM. 51,326 .com domains dropped 4,190 domains were reregistered 954 by HugeDomains Nearly 1/4 of the domains were registered by one company! Registrar ow...

Dot Weekly 1377 days ago

Videos Of Me Using The ZipZing Domain Filter Software

 Mark As Read    

I know several people have asked for some videos of me using the ZipZing dictionary based domain name filter software that I offer, so I took a little time this morning and have created a couple videos of it! I hope these videos help you and they also give you an insiders look as to

Dot Weekly 1380 days ago

Interesting Domain Name Price Battle With Ads (Pic)

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Here is an interesting domain name price battle with ads that I saw this morning doing a domain name type search on Google leads the "Low Price" battle offering $2 domains is next in line offering $2.95 domains follows with $3.00 domains rounds out the bunch at $4.95 Those were the...

Dot Weekly 1381 days ago Domains Registered Day Of Launch

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Zynga announced yesterday that they partnered with a company called Slingo and have licensed with them to launch Zynga Slingo. The game will be on Facebook and is a cross between bingo and slots. The day that the announcement was made, Zynga privately registered the following domain names: U...

Dot Weekly 1381 days ago Cenex Gas Giveaway Gas Problems

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Here is a classic plural / singular domain name problem! Cenex® is doing a nice thing and offering a free tank of gas to people based on submissions from others who think they could use some free gas. Pretty cool idea! According to whois records, Cenex hired the company "Colle & McVoy" to do the

Dot Weekly 1382 days ago

Dictionary Domain Name Filter ZipZing Launched

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Several months ago I launched, which is a Windows® software that I had created for personal use and then I decided that so many others could use it to save a lot of time, I offered it to the public. I only allowed it to be for sale for one day and then removed

Dot Weekly 1383 days ago

Rubbermaid Clean And Dry Plunger Domain Stinker

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Based on several new domain name registrations by Rubbermaid® it appears they will be launching a new "Clean And Dry Plunger" in the near future but things have went down the toilet with the domains they didn't register! Rubbermaid registered the following domains yesterday: buyclean-n-d...

Dot Weekly 1384 days ago GoDaddy Domain Auction Site Soft Launch

 Mark As Read is moving out of beta and is soft launching! What is Zearn is a free service that allows you to watch, find and bid on expired domain names that are on auction at GoDaddy Auctions®! Did I mention that Zearn is FREE!!! The bread and butter of Zearn is the live domain auction

Dot Weekly 1386 days ago Domain Sells At Sedo

 Mark As Read has been sold at I happened to simply discover this because the domain name went into transfer at Sedo, so I wasn't able to dig up a sales price. I'm sure it was a fair amount. Who are the new owners? Hard to say as they simply put "" as the owners and

Dot Weekly 1388 days ago

Don’t Kill Your Ad Domain When “Your Done”

 Mark As Read    

Companies often use unique domain names when advertising special events, promotions and for many more reasons… but don't just kill the domain name when you think you are done with it! Domain names can live on long after you think you are done with them. Traffic! Print doesn't just go away Links on the internet

Dot Weekly 1391 days ago

Hashtags And Domains Of Super Bowl 2012

 Mark As Read    

I have been covering domain names used in Super Bowl commercials since 2009 and I did so again this year. I like doing these types of articles, because it's history and nice to be able to look back. Here are past articles if you wish to look back: 2009 Super Bowl Commercials Domain Wise |

Dot Weekly 1392 days ago / .co 2012 Super Bowl Home Page Revealed

 Mark As Read is prepping for the big game today and has already changed its home page hours before the Super Bowl® is ready to air. The main focus on the home page is for the two Super Bowl commercials they are running with a large video box and they also added GoDaddy Girl® Jillian Michaels alongside

Dot Weekly 1393 days ago

Papa Johns Sponsors Wrong Super Bowl

 Mark As Read    

Papa Johns® pizza company is making a huge marketing push with the 2012 Super Bowl and is the official pizza sponsor of the game! The problem for them… they are not sure if they are sponsoring Super Bowl XLV or XLVI Right under the XLVI logo in the upper right hand corner, it states: Official

Dot Weekly 1393 days ago Upgrades Domain To For $27K

 Mark As Read is likely a website you have not heard of but they just did a domain name upgrade and dropped the "pages" from their domain name and have converted to simply . Smore Pages purchased the domain name at for $21,000 EUR, which converts to about $27K USD. I checked out Smore

Dot Weekly 1394 days ago Acquires, Completes Sweep

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I had broke the story that had been acquired in late September 2011 and the domain name was purchased by the rapidly growing company Fast forward to December 22, 2011 and I had announced that was officially changing its "name" to simply "Box" but also changing its main domain name from

Dot Weekly 1394 days ago Time Warner Cable Superbowl Ad Blunder

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Time Warner Cable® is getting ready for the big game on Sunday, by getting the matching domain name to the marketing message they will be having during the Superbowl ads. Enjoy Better! But will Dish Network get "free" business from the Superbowl ad Time Warner is going to run? Well, first….TWC obtained from Sonnev...

Dot Weekly 1395 days ago

ICE Seizes Hundreds More Domains (Full List)

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ICE has seized hundreds more domain names prior to the 2012 Super Bowl. 307 "websites" were seized in this latest round, with 16 sites being "streaming" sites. The remaining sites were selling counterfeit merchandise. You can read more about the details of the bust on but I will focus on the domain names! First...

Dot Weekly 1396 days ago

See What Domains Are Selling At Sedo Before Others

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Here is a little tip and trick that I use for different services to get a "behind the scenes" look at domain name transactions. Today I will talk about the process I use to monitor domain names that are selling at before many people even know about them selling! What you will need A

Dot Weekly 1400 days ago
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