.US Auctions at SnapNames

Some gems are available in the SnapNames .US auction, including: freedom.us, guardian.us, jupiter.us, lost.us, optin.us, optout.us, paradox.us, and spin.us. Several three-letter names also available.

Some gems are available in the SnapNames .US auction, including: freedom.us, guardian.us, jupiter.us, lost.us, optin.us, optout.us, paradox.us, and spin.us. Several three-letter names also available.

Here are some active .US auctions at SnapNames

1AR.US
DRX.US
PARADOX.US
DXP.US
RTS.US
FOBS.US
OPTIN.US
GTF.US
COLGATE.US
LOST.US
KAU.US
FORBES.US
BRI.US
CWR.US
IQW.US
OPTOUT.US
LOCKBOX.US
UWG.US
SPIN.US
JUPITER.US
STC.US
SEM.US
TXZ.US
GUARDIAN.US
PAN.US
FREEDOM.US
POST-OFFICE.US
BII.US
PME.US
NOX.US
AVA.US
IWA.US
IDS.US

SnapName’s Auction for .US Names

Some great .US domain names are currently being auctioned by SnapNames. The most popular .US domains generating interest are freedom.us, jupiter.us, lost.us, guardian.us. There are other gems still up for grabs.

Check out these premium .US domain names. Auction at SnapNames

1AR.US
DRX.US
PARADOX.US
DXP.US
RTS.US
FOBS.US
OPTIN.US
GTF.US
COLGATE.US
LOST.US
KAU.US
FORBES.US
BRI.US
CWR.US
IQW.US
OPTOUT.US
LOCKBOX.US
UWG.US
SPIN.US
JUPITER.US
STC.US
SEM.US
TXZ.US
GUARDIAN.US
PAN.US
FREEDOM.US
POST-OFFICE.US
BII.US
PME.US
NOX.US
AVA.US
IWA.US
IDS.US

Short and Sweet .US Domains On-Sale at SnapNames

Some Short and Sweet .US Domains are on-sale via SnapNames. Great list of three-letter domains and other generics.

Snapnames is running an auction of short .US domain names, including many 3-letter domains.

Here are a few of them:

1ar.us
ava.us
bii.us
bri.us
cwr.us
drx.us
dxp.us
gtf.us
ids.us
iqw.us
iwa.us
kau.us
nox.us
pan.us
pme.us
rts.us
sem.us
stc.us
txz.us
uwg.us
fobs.us
lost.us
spin.us
optin.us
forbes.us
optout.us
colgate.us
freedom.us
jupiter.us
lockbox.us
paradox.us
guardian.us
post-office.us

Is there a viable business with truly local domain names?

Today, we received a note from Michael Berkins of Thedomains.com, asking if we could explain a sudden drop of 42526 .PRO domains being reported by registrarstats.com but not yet indicated by the ICANN reports. After some quick checking, we were able to confirm what is happening.

Is there a viable business with truly local domain names in the form of zipcodes like 01801.PRO, 01801.US or 01801.COM?

A few days ago, EnCirca posted a blog entry regarding the rapid growth that .PRO has experienced in the past few years.  The data we used came from the Registry Reports published on the ICANN website, which are current as of three months ago.

Today, we received a note from Michael Berkins of Thedomains.com, asking me if we could explain a sudden drop of 42526  .PRO domains being reported by registrarstats.com but not yet indicated by the ICANN reports.

After some quick checking, we were able to confirm what is happening – These are all 5-digit numeric .PRO domains matching the Postal codes in the United States.  For an example, do a whois search at www.registry.pro for 01801.pro.

Two years ago, there was a bulk registration in .PRO of all of the 5-digit U.S. postal codes.  The single registrant of the domains was a company called HGTN sharing the same ownership as Hostway, the .PRO registry at the time.  (The .PRO Registry has since been sold to Afilias)

This is not the first time someone has created a network of zipcode based websites.

Marchex has had a network of over 75,000 zipcode-based .COM and .NET domains for nearly 10 years now.

Neustar, the .US registry has operated a similar network for six years now, leased to a company called Vendare.  (We note that these .US domains expired yesterday)

Presumably, the premise behind these networks is either that these domains will generate type-in traffic or be highly ranked in the search engines.  We suspect this premise fails on both counts.

Although we can’t speak to the possible type-in traffic, some random searches appear to show that search engines do not cooperate in ranking these sites  simply due to their string matching a zip code. An audit of several zipcode searches on Google show that none of the top search results display hits from these comprehensive zipcode networks.

Several months ago, EnCirca considered pursuing the acquisition of zipcodes domains in .PRO.  But we were not convinced of the economics of the business model.  Does anyone out there have any ideas or suggestions?  Feel free to send them to ceo@encirca.com and I will publish them in a future post.

In the meantime, the zipcode.pro domains will be dropping soon.  EnCirca would be willing to offer a special registration rate to anyone who wishes to register these names in bulk.

Suspension of Kids.us TLD

On June 27, 2012, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) of the US Government determined that the kids.us domain is no longer serving its intended purpose as per the Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002.  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/ustld_27_jun_2012_mod_012.pdf

As a result, the kids.us domain space will be suspended effective July 27, 2012 (Suspension Date).

As a result, EnCirca has immediately suspended the registration and renewal of all kids.us domain names.

If you have content on your kids.us domain names, please remove all such content from their sites by no later than September 30, 2012.  Although for the past several years, Neustar has waived the content management fee to encourage the proliferation of kids.us website, if content is not removed from the websites by that date, Neustar reserves the right to charge each domain name registrant a content management fee on a pro-rated bases starting from October 1st, 2012.

By July 27, 2013, Neustar is required to remove all kids.us domain name registrations from the .us zone regardless of the registration expiration date.

Further information about the suspension can be found at at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/ustld_27_jun_2012_mod_012.pdf

You may also contact Neustar at  Toll Free 1.888-415-9363 or +1.571-434-5300, or via email (reg-support@neustar.biz ).

EnCirca will be contacting all Kids.us registrants directly with this news as well.  You can also contact EnCirca’s Customer Support at support@encirca.com.

best regards,

EnCirca Support