125.com becomes Highest reported Domain Sale – NiceNIC.NET

A Chinese domain trading platform had a big one Saturday, 125.com close today at $292,136, there were 321 bids.

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The top 10 sales posted:

(currency exchange rate: 1RMB = .1611 USD)

125.com 1,815,000 RMB

357.com – 995,889 RMB, August 2014

xy.com – 948,000 RMB, December 2011

zy.com – 901,000 RMB, November 2011

mingshi.com – 891,000 RMB, January 2015

102.com – 831,000 RMB, August 2014

103.com – 802,000 RMB, August 2014

886.com – 688,888 RMB, November 2011

kq.com – 638,000 RMB, December 2012

920.com – 589,888 RMB, Feb 2014

So you can see that 125.com almost doubled the previous high sale 357.com.

The domain name 125.com was registered in 1997 and dropped twice before that.

Up until July 2013 the domain was registered to a Richard Brodie out of Vermont, the domain went under privacy but the name servers stayed the same.

Congrats to the seller on topping the charts!
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Same-Sex Marriage Domain Names are Trending – NiceNIC.NET

Big news = domain registrations.

People are flocking to their favorite domain name registrars today to register domain names related to same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage across the U.S.

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Verisign Domain View shows a spike in registrations around when the ruling was released, and the numbers will surely grow throughout the day.

Among the domains registered:

TwoMenMarriage.com
GenderNeutralMarriages.com
GenderNeutralMarriage.com
MarriageEqualityDay.com
lbgtmarriage.com
lbgtMarriageLaw.com
LoveisLoveMarriages.com
Marriage-Equality.com

Here are a couple domains that could be used by someone on potentially both sides of the issue:

HasMarriageBeenDestroyedYet.com
IsMarriageRuinedYet.com

Domain View does not show results for the term “gay”, so it’s difficult to get an exact number of registrations. Interestingly, Domain View also shows “wedding” is not a safe search word.

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Voting begins in Verisign .Com Contest – NiceNIC.NET

Winners make their cases in videos.

Voting has opened to pick the grand prize winner in Verisign’s Internet Official contest.

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The fifteen winners so far each received $5,000. The grand prize winner will pick up a cool $30,000.

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Each of the winners was asked to create a video about why they picked their domain name. I just watched all fifteen, and I have to say there’s a wide gap in quality. But voting won’t just be about which video is better…I suspect social media promotion will win the day.

I think running this contest was ingenious. Verisign was able to show that good .com domain names are available for registration (even if they’re hard to find). Some of the winners have domains that match new domain name extensions, too.

Honestly, I think some of the new TLD operators should have thought of and executed on this idea first. It would have made a huge impact having people ask their friends on social media to vote for their domain names based on new TLDs.

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2015 DOMAINfest held in Macau China – NiceNIC.NET

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Domain name conference heads to China in a few months.

I’ve been a bit confused by NamesCon’s strategy with DOMAINfest after acquiring the brand. The one day add-ons to existing domain name conferences haven’t made much sense to me.

But now DOMAINfest is hosting a complete conference, this time in Macau, China.

DOMAINfest.Asia is being staged by the NamesCon, Simon Cousins’ Allegravita and .Asia. Allegravita has been staging events in Macau for over ten years, and Cousins tells me he hopes to bring together the Chinese domain name market with the rest of the world.

DOMAINfest.Asia will take place September 4-7, 2015. Details (including venue) are forthcoming.

WELCOME TO DOMAINFEST ASIA 2015

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I am delighted to announce that we’re collaborating with the amazing teams at Allegravita and DotAsia to take the DOMAINfest brand to Macau and debut the very first DOMAINfest event in Asia!  The Chinese Marketplace is an area of strong growth and innovation, which made the choice simple for us on where to hold the first Asia DOMAINfest event, and we are pleased to be receiving support from the Internet Society of China in bringing this event together.

September 4 through 7, 2015 will be “DOMAINfest Asia”, which bring the important world of Domain Names to the forefront of technology discussions.

I hope to see you in Macau!

– Jothan Frakes

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.RU Domain Registrations Pass the 4.9 Million Mark – NiceNIC.NET

According to the Coordination Center for TLD RU , .RU domain name registrations has reached and exceeded the 4.9 million mark.

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At the time of writing this article, there are 4.900,879 .RU domain name registrations..RU currently holds the 6th position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE , .TK , .UK , .CN and .NL .RU is also a leader in terms of growth rates among the biggest ccTLDs.

.RU Domain Registrations Pass the 4.9 Million Mark - www.nicenic.net

The fourth million .RU domain name was registered on 17 September 2012, while the third million .RU domain name was registered registered on the night of 24/25 September 2010.

Check out NiceNIC.NET here to register your .RU domain name.

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How To Change Domains But Keep Your Search Ranking – NiceNIC.NET

John Rampton published an article today on Forbes that looks at switching domain names and keeping search ranking.

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He does point out that you are more likely to drop in the rankings immediately after making a move. This should be a short term drop.

Rampton provides a step by step guide for those looking to make such a move, he goes over 8 points you should follow when making your move, everything from backing up your website, creating a sitemap and letting Google know about your move.

From the article:

While I’ve provided a general overview of the technical aspects of moving your site, there are a few best practices you should keep in mind to make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Be sure to let your followers, subscriber,s and email visitors know about the move well in advance. This is particularly important if you’re also changing your name or website design. Consider using a pop-up box on your site to let visitors know about the change, and using a transitional logo or byline to help maintain brand recognition (e.g., “Formerly known as…..”).

Whenever possible, do page-to-page redirects rather than a sitewide redirect. This means directing your old pages to the most relevant pages on your new site – not just directing everything to your homepage.

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Be prepared to wait 3-6 months for your rankings to reach pre-move levels. For this reason, it’s important to avoid making the move during a busy time of year.

Consider stepping up your game when it comes to PR following the move. This can help generate authoritative links to your new domain, boosting your rankings, and potentially speeding up the process of restoring your search traffic.

Read the full article on Forbes

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