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  • .blog tops 100,000 names, 66,500 blogs

    … a unique website associated with them”, compared with an industry average under 40%. Both of those statistics seem to have been supplied by Pandalytics, the DomainsBot service to which KKWT subscribes, and do not appear to be publicly available. If accurate, 66.5% usage is a much better statistic to brag about than 100,000 registrations, in my view. Usage, of course, drives the virtuous circle that leads to more sales. Tweet Tagged: .blog, automattic, kkwt, knock knock whois there, wordpress …

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  • .blog renewal prices will not go up, registry promises

    … leaves the door open for KKWT to increase the price of a new registration, but it seems renewal prices are frozen. I believe the current wholesale .blog fee starts at $16 per year. The new RAA also adds ICANN-mandated language concerning the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy and a clarification about registrar legal indemnifications, KKWT said. Tweet Tagged: .blog, automattic, kkwt, knock knock whois there, prices, wordpress …

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • After shaky start, .blog launches today

    … The new gTLD .blog goes into general availability today, after some mild controversy about the way the registry allocated reserved domain names. Knock Knock Whois There, the registry affiliated with WordPress maker Automattic, last week apologized to some would-be customers for declining to honor some landrush pre-registrations. Some…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 14 readers -
  • Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

    … is suing for $22.5 million, claiming ICANN should have forced Nu Dot Co to disclose that its .web bid was being secretly bankrolled by Verisign and alleging that the .com heavyweight used NDC as cover to avoid regulatory scrutiny. ICANN’s latest filing (pdf), made jointly with Donuts, asked for an extension to October 26 of ICANN’s deadline…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 22 readers -
  • “Dave” becomes first .blog blogger

    …, linked closely to its Blogger service, writing in 2012: I played a role in establishing blogs. How does Google get the right to capture all the goodwill generated in the word blog? Yesterday he expressed relief that the .blog auction was actually won by KKWT, a subsidiary of WordPress owner Automattic, writing: I’m glad to say that my friend Matt…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
  • .blog launch date and pricing revealed

    … previous statements that its pricing and launch structure will be in line with current industry norms. The registry is owned by Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blogging software and service. It emerged as the surprise secret backer of original applicant Primer Nivel earlier this year, following a $19 million auction win. Tweet Tagged: .blog, automattic, kkwt, knock knock whois there, primer nivel, wordpress …

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 18 readers -
  • WordPress reveals IT bought .blog for $19 million

    …. Until now, the winning .blog applicant, which fought off competition from eight competitors including Google, M+M, Radix and Donuts, was only known as Primer Nivel. Primer Nivel is a Panamanian company previously described to DI as an investment vehicle with links to Colombian registrar My.co. To the best of my knowledge, Automattic’s involvement…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Blogging- 15 readers -