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March 29, 2020 03:26

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Companies help people stop wasting money on COVID-19 domain names

Companies are making it harder to register and sell crisis-related domains. You should thank them. Domain name registrar Namecheap has stopped allowing domain names including the words coronavirus, covid, and vaccine from being registered through its service. Domain name marketplace DAN.com is removing all coronavirus domain names from its service. These two developments might irk […]

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Namecheap and others banning coronavirus domains

Anyone wanting to buy a coronavirus-related domain for scamming purposes won’t be able to do it via Namecheap, which has preemptively banned keyword domains on its storefront. For the last several days, the registrar has rejiggered its web site to prevent customers adding domains containing certain keywords — such as “coronavirus” or “covid” or “vaccine” […]

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Chinese registrars are very active in new top level domains

Kassey Lee analyzes how Chinese registrars account for a large portion of new top level domain registrations. New top level domain names, such as .best, .rich, and .guru, began rolling out at the end of 2013. According to nTLDstats.com, there are about 34 million new top level domains registered across 1,187 new extensions at 372 […]

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US officials gunning for coronavirus domains

US state and federal law enforcement are pursuing domain names being used to push bogus products and misinformation related to coronavirus Covid-19. In separate actions, the US Department of Justice forced Namecheap to take down a scam site that was allegedly using fear of coronivirus to hoodwink visitors out of their cash, while the New […]

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More domain industry response to coronavirus

It’s beginning to look like home-working has become the norm, rather than the exception, in the domain name industry. Following on my post Monday, here are the latest companies and organizations to provide updates on their responses to the coronavirus pandemic. ICANN has told its staff in Brussels, Geneva and Singapore to work from home, […]

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Godaddy Websites + Marketing hits the mark

I believe GoDaddy’s site builder is the right choice for most small businesses. I quickly created this event website using GoDaddy Websites + Marketing Using WordPress is difficult. I know it seems like a silly statement to anyone who has used WordPress for many years or who has technical skills. But most small business owners […]

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How many registrars do you use?

When it comes to domain name registrars, many have loyalty to one or just want the organization and ease of management to just one provider. Some use registrars for different extensions, your favorite might have the best .com, net, org pricing and privacy for free but they are too high for your interests in new […]

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NameSilo sold $840k of bitcoin before the crash

Registrar cashed out before market turmoil hit. NameSilo sold bitcoin before the crash. Like many assets, the value of bitcoin fell precipitously in recent weeks.  The value of a bitcoin has fallen in about half. One domain name company had the good fortune of selling a cache of bitcoin before the market tumbled: NameSilo (OTC: […]

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How domain name stocks fared in stock market rout

Not well. Stock markets were up nearly 10% on Friday, and it was a sigh of relief in a tumultuous period. Stocks have been pummelled as the world goes into hiding over fears of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Dow 30 is down 22% since its peak on February 12. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ are […]

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GoDaddy cancels in-person investor day over coronavirus fears

GoDaddy has followed in the footsteps of many other companies and organizations, cancelling a large in-person meeting to avoid exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic. The market-leading registrar, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, announced this week that will host its investor day, scheduled for April 2, as a webcast only, out of “concern for the […]

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