Wednesday, February 24, 2010

MyID opens .ca domain name Market Place

Some news from MyID on their official opening of their .ca domain name Market Place today.

---- is pleased to announce that a comprehensive .ca domain marketplace has now launched offering tens of thousands of .ca domains for sale. This is a domain marketplace exclusive to dot ca domains and is the first of its kind.

Now for the very first time, Canadians and Canadian businesses have this highly secure and fraud-free marketplace to check when they are seeking a great .ca domain that best fits their identity, products and services.

The .ca domains listed span more than 40 categories and cover a wide range of pricing from less than $100 to more than $100,000. All are offered within a very intuitive and easy to use interface. has teamed up with the vast majority of domain investors to offer an extraordinary, unparalleled, and exhaustive list of .ca domains for one to choose from and all through a very secure and fraud-free system that is extremely easy to navigate. One can literally find the domain they are seeking in less than 2 minutes.

We at are very excited at this domain marketplace and look forward to making it a household name for all Canadians and Canadian Businesses. Domain Marketplace is located at:

Should you wish to contact us, you can do so at or toll free at 1-866-2244095.

Here's to your success and prosperity Domain Marketplace Team


Yellow Pages Group buys directory

Yellow Pages is trying to get more out of local (online) search.

YPG has signed an agreement to buy the search directory brand including domain names. They are also picking up an ownership interest in the 411 Local Search Corp.

Yellow Pages already owns and operates the directory.

I think this deal makes sense for YP. Paper phonebooks are declining in use because more people are doing their local searching online. YP either has to take advantage of this trend or wither away.

Thanks to the tip from on this story.

Full news release from MarketWire:

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Feb 22, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Yellow Pages Group (YPG) and 411 Local Search Corp., operator of, announced today that they have signed an agreement under which terms YPG will purchase the brand and domain names and acquire an ownership interest in 411 Local Search Corp. The agreement will further enable both companies to leverage the online traffic between YPG's leading and properties, and, a fast-growing online directory. This agreement that unites two of Canada's largest local search engines will provide enhanced online reach for advertisers and a greater experience for users.

"We are continuing to expand our reach, making it simple and easy for businesses to attract customers locally through our continually growing network of properties," said Stephane Marceau, Chief Marketing Officer at Yellow Pages Group. "With the acquisition of the trademark, we gain a top-of-mind brand, reinforcing our leadership position as the destinations where people go to find the businesses, products, people and places that they are looking for." has grown to attract close to 10% of online users, generating 13 million queries for local Canadian businesses each month. The addition of the site will add approximately one million unduplicated unique visitors to YPG's network reach.

"We are very excited to establish this relationship with Yellow Pages Group," said Stephen K. Curry, President and Chief Executive Officer at 411 Local Search Corp. "Canadian businesses want results from their advertising programs that have a measureable impact on their bottom line. This deal will allow us to develop new programs and tools that will help advertisers attract even more clientele."

Under the agreement, 411 Local Search Corp. will have an exclusive license to use the trademark until YPG purchases the balance of outstanding shares in the company within approximately three to five years. YPG intends to close this transaction in early March 2010, subject to certain conditions, including the approval by 411 Local Search Corp. shareholders. Alexander Capital Group acted as exclusive financial advisor to YPG on this transaction.

About Yellow Pages Group

Yellow Pages Group (YPG) is Canada's leading performance media and marketing solutions company. The Company brings consumers and businesses together locally through its network of print, digital and mobile properties. YPG enables consumers to make smarter decisions, helping people find what they need wherever and whenever. The Company partners with businesses to build successful marketing and lead generation programs, helping them grow their business. YPG owns and operates some of Canada's leading properties and publications including Yellow Pages(TM) directories,, and YPG is indirectly held by Yellow Media Inc. /quotes/comstock/11t!ylo.un (CA:YLO.UN 5.86, 0.00, 0.00%) . For more information,

About Canada's Local Search Engine(TM), is the most visited pure online local search engine in Canada. Each month over 2 million Canadians use to connect with businesses and individuals in their community. Through cost-effective advertising programs that drive sales and maximize brand exposure, helps businesses of all sizes to grow and prosper. Currently the site features over 1.5 million basic, Owner Verified(TM) and premium local business listings. is owned and operated by 411 Local Search Corp., a privately-held Canadian company with offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information and other facts visit


Monday, February 15, 2010

MyID .ca Marketplace Goes Live Feb 22

Here is the latest news on the upcoming MyID .ca domain name Marketplace, received in an email last night.


This is a quick note to let you know that the Domain Marketplace is going live on Monday February 22 at 2:00 pm EST.

More than five thousand dot ca domains have already been submitted with a wide price range from less than $100 to more than $100,000 and these, with all future submissions, will be available for sale when the domain marketplace opens up on Monday.

All domains submitted will be included with the exception of domains with trademark issues. If you have submitted any domains that violate any trademark, please delete these ASAP.

Now that the live date has been finalized, we will start actively promoting the marketplace. And there are opportunities for you to earn from this release even without selling any domains.

More details will be shared in our next message on Wednesday.

Best of luck to all! Domain Marketplace Team


Friday, February 5, 2010

MyID .ca Domain Marketplace opening

Just received an email update today from the team at MyID about their .ca domain name Marketplace. They are starting to take submissions and go live on or around February 15.

I had also hoped to post some .ca sales from DNJournal's sales report that came out yesterday, but unfortunately there were no .ca sales reported! Country code domain sales still remain strong however, and I'm sure we'll see some action in the .ca market in 2010 - hopefully with sales, development of .ca domains, and more opportunities for .ca domainers.

MyID had some good success running .ca auctions in the past, in particular 2008 was a good year for auctions. The downturn in the economy in 2009 slowed things down, but now it looks like they are ready to take the .ca market to another level.

Below is the email I received on the MyID .ca Marketplace:


We are pleased to announce that Domain Market Place is now open for seller submissions. We expect to take it live around Feb 15.

If you would like to list any of your domains for sale, please do so ASAP. Lots of buzz will take place in the days leading to the release and it may be to your benefit to have your domains listed during the launch.

The Market Place is the first marketplace exclusive to .ca domains and it is a very comprehensive place to buy and sell .ca domains all with the same ironclad security and fraud free environment that marked all our prior auctions. Today we have a 100% success rate in gettting every domain seller their earnt funds and every domain buyer their purchased domains.

Here are some highlights of what you can expect:

1) Bulk submission ability either via form or text file
2) Payment for all your sold domains within 48 hours of whois changing info.
3) Email notification to buyers for any domains that match their criteria
4) No credit cards or agreements to fax. All is streamlined and completed online.
5) Frequent Seller Rates Discount with commissions starting at 12% and reaching as low as 4%
6) Comprehensive and sophisticated accounting system that allows you to keep track of all your invoices, earnings, and Frequent Seller Rate Discount.
7) Advanced and generous affiliate system that is expected to send lots of qualified buyers to the marketplace.
8) Our ironclad security and fraud protection measures.

And in a few weeks the system will:

9) Make domains available for lease with recurrent credit card payments
10) Accept a group of domains to be sold in one transaction.
11) Accept payment installments.
12) Send domains that receive multiple offers to auctions

We are very excited about this system and believe it will help with our dedication to increase the exposure and value of .ca domains.

Adding domains to MyID Domain Marketplace is simple and consists of the following steps

a) Get authenticated
b) Accept the seller agreement
c) Choose a membership plan

Should you have any question, ideas, or feedback, please do not hesitate to send them our way. As always, we listen and act on what you suggest and feel will improve this domain market.

Thank you again for your support with our auctions and we look forward to serve you more with the Dot Ca Domain Marketplace.


Gus, Danny, and the MyID Team