Drop Catching

  • Pheenix adds 300 more registrars to drop-catch arsenal

    … as they return to the available pool. It also means that Pheenix’s dropnet (a word I just made up that sounds a bit like “botnet” in a pathetic attempt to coin a term for once in my career) is now a bit bigger than that of Web.com, the registrar pool behind Namejet and SnapNames. It’s still a long way behind TurnCommerce, owner of DropCatch, which…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 17 readers -
  • DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

    … is owned by TurnCommerce, which is also parent of registrar NameBright and premium sales site HugeDomains. Because gTLD registries rate-limit attempts to register names, drop-catchers such as DropCatch find a good way to increase their chances of registering expiring names is to own as many registrars as possible. DropCatch is in an arms race here…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • One company now owns almost a third of all registrars

    … by a number from 446 to 751. Each has a matching .com domain as its nominal base of operations and an associated LLC shell company. At $4,000 a year for the base accreditation fee, TurnCommerce must be spending close to $2 million a year in ICANN fees alone. Companies in the drop-catching business acquire large numbers of registrars in order to control…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
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