.Vip

  • MMX says .vip renewals to be at 70%+

    … MMX believes the biggest money-spinner in its new gTLD portfolio, .vip, will see first-year renewals in excess of 70%. The company said this morning that it is projecting renewals towards the top end of industry norms based on manual renewals to date. .vip was a bit of a hit in China, topping a quarter-million domains in its first month…

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  • MMX billings double even as some volumes slide

    … compared to $206,000 off 102,000 registrations in 2015 reflecting the use of a promotional initiative to drive registrations that year. MMX also disclosed that China now accounts for more than half of its billings: 59%, compared to 24% for the US and 17% for Europe. That’s largely based on its launch of .vip, which launched last May and has half…

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  • .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China

    … The Chinese government has granted licenses to operate in the country to its first tranche of new gTLDs — .vip, .club and .xyz. The agreements mean that Chinese registrars will be able to give their Chinese customers the ability to actually use their domains for web sites. It also means the companies will be obliged to censor domains…

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  • China conference leads to 49% .vip spike

    … The Global Domain Industry Conference, held in China over the weekend, has led to a huge boost in .vip domain sales. Registry Minds + Machines told the markets this morning that the recently launched gTLD hit 404,892 as of 1600 UTC yesterday, up 49% from Friday. CEO Toby Hall confirmed to DI that China is very much behind the spike…

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  • M+M makes $3.2 million in five days from .vip

    … Minds + Machines has billed $3.2 million in .vip domain names sales after the first five days of operation, the company said this morning. It’s already managed to pay off the cost of acquiring the domain at the September 2014 auction, which was $3.1 million. Between 1600 UTC May 17, when .vip went to general availability, and the same time…

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  • M+M turns $22m profit into $10m loss

    … took over as CEO in February, replacing co-founder Anthony Van Couvering, and announced earlier this month that M+M is dumping its registrar and back-end registry businesses. Its registrar customers have been sold to Uniregistry, and it will outsource its registry back-end to Nominet, to save costs. Salazar said that the two deals will lead to $2…

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  • Second last-resort gTLD auction raises $14.3m

    … ICANN has raised $14.3 million auctioning off three new gTLDs — .buy, .tech and .vip. It was the second batch of “last resort” auctions, managed by ICANN and Power Auctions, in which the winning bids are placed in a special ICANN fund. Notably, while Google participated in all three auctions, it failed to win any, setting a reassuring precedent…

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