I thought I'd do a Monday morning post on some of the recent activity in the .ca market.
DNJournal posted their weekly sales report last week, and .ca domains filled two of the top four spots on overall sales (for all extensions).
Those sales were:
Poker.ca - $400,000 US
PW.ca - $60,000 US
Also listed in the sales report were the following .ca domains:
CleanEnergy.ca - $10,000 US
Beso.ca - $1,000 US
Poker.ca currently goes to a poker portal site, PW.ca is parked, and CleanEnergy.ca forwards to CleanEnergy Developments at www.cleanenergydevelopments.com. Beso.ca doesn't resolve yet.
You can view the entire weekly domain sales report at:
Last week's .ca TBR results featured many NNN.ca domains. There were dozens of NNN.ca expiring, and I'm pretty sure they all got taken.
Here are some of the better names that got taken in the TBR.
There is some early news or rumours out there that CIRA, the .ca registry, will be eliminating provincial extensions in October. When you buy a .ca domain name, you have the option of also getting the provincial extension. For example, domain.ca, domain.bc.ca, domain.on.ca, domain.qc.ca and so on. This feature would allow you to target a specific province, or show that is where you operate. Existing domains with provincial extensions will continue, but the ability to register new ones in the future will be gone.
Domain owners are discussing the implications of this and wondering if it's worth getting the provincial codes of their better domains while it's still possible. For example, if you owned a strong keyword in .ca, it may be worth getting each provincial extension for it, either to have more domains to develop, or for future sales. I haven't seen this news posted on the CIRA site yet, so far this news has just come from a registrar. There are also indications that more changes are afoot at CIRA, but we'll have to wait and see for now.