Monday, July 26, 2010

Recent .ca Sales and End of Provincial Extensions?

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: - $400,000 US - $60,000 US

Also listed in the sales report were the following .ca domains: - $10,000 US - $1,000 US currently goes to a poker portal site, is parked, and forwards to CleanEnergy Developments at doesn't resolve yet.

You can view the entire weekly domain sales report at:

Last week's .ca TBR results featured many domains. There were dozens of 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,,,, 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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

High Profile T.CO domain is Live - Did you know?

The opening up of the .co domain extension yesterday has prompted many blog postings and comments, and posts in domain forums. From what I've seen, quite a few people have regged one or a handful of .co's that are good quality keywords to them, or words that have special meanings to them (first name, existing business, familiar location, etc.). There also doesn't seem to be as many people bashing .co as were bashing .mobi and .me when they launched.

The best points about .co (to me) are that it has a known meaning of 'company', it is short, and it looks close to a .com. Yes, it is still a country code extension, but like .tv .me or .nu (to the Swedish), it has marketing features that some may be able to use. There is also the potential for traffic from web users forgetting the 'm' when typing in .com, however as long as you are not infringing on trademark terms it is just an extra benefit.

There were a few high profile .co sales prior to the general opening yesterday, where are they now? - domain still forwards to the auction page - domain forwards to, but if you check it has it's own webpage, which might be in the works for - Twitter url shortener, if you go to the page it has a short write-up. I don't know how long it's been up, but it must be fairly new. The page says:

Twitter uses the domain as part of a service to protect users from harmful activity, to provide value for the developer ecosystem, and as a quality signal for surfacing relevant, interesting tweets.

If you click on 'Learn more' it continues to say: Twitter’s link service at is used to better protect users from malicious sites that engage in spreading malware, phishing attacks, and other harmful activity. A link converted by Twitter’s link service is checked against a list of potentially dangerous sites. When there’s a match, users can be warned before they continue. Our link service will also be used to measure information like how many times a link has been clicked. Eventually, this information will become an important quality signal for our Resonance algorithm—the way we determine if a Tweet is relevant and interesting.

To end off, yes I did pick up a few .co for myself. I wanted to get (BC city name) or my first name (or a first name of someone in my family), but all those were taken early on. I did manage to get these in .co

Voyance (french word for fortune telling, a big online market)

Maquillage (french word for makeup)

Revelstoke (town in BC Canada that is building a massive ski resort)

NAA (a good acronym and I also own the .mobi)

That's it, for now I am done with .co unless something else comes to mind.

What .co did you get?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Recent .ca domain sales and news

Here are some recent .ca domain sale of note that I saw reported over the weekend. and both sold at Sedo, while the sale was reported in last week's sales report. - $650 - $10,000 - $2,250

Also, if you follow the .ca market, you'll be interested to read this month's DNJournal cover story on the life and online business of Rick Silver. Rick runs N49 Interactive at which uses generic .ca domains as a basis for a directory type service. Some of his domains include,,, and I always enjoy reading the cover stories at DNJournal because they give you the history of the person, where they grew up, what their family life was like, where they went to school and started in business, and how they ended up working with domain names. The article can be found at:

Enjoy and have a great summer week!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Recent .CA domain name sales of note

In recent months the number of reported .ca sales have been very few, at least in $1,000 plus range. However, there are now a few sales worth mentioning. - $206,906 (sold through Moniker private transaction) - $4,500 (sold at Sedo) - $21,375 (sold at TBR auction)

Of interest to .ca owners is that the sale was the highest priced domain sale in any extension for the last two weeks according to the DNJournal sales report. The next highest sale was a two letter .com,, for $125,000.

You can see the sales report here: was a domain that the previous owner dropped or didn't renew 30 days ago. It went into the To Be Released (TBR) queu and was caught on Wednesday by MyID promptly started an auction for the domain and got a healthy price for it.

The summer months are generally quiet for domain sales, but maybe we're starting to see more action in the .ca market. The overall domain market doesn't seem to have slowed down this year, probably because the internet is one area of the economy that is still growing. Smartphones, notebook computers and the iPad allow people to be online these days as much as they want.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hometown newspaper closing doors - sign of the times

In more signs of the times, the five day a week newspaper in the small town where I live (population ~ 10,000) is closing down this summer. The newspaper was one of many in Canada bought by Black Press from Glacier Media. Black Press is keeping some newspapers alive and shutting others down because they already operate competing newspapers in the area.

The Nelson Daily News has been in operation for 109 years. Although I knew newspapers were losing ground due to the internet, I didn't think the paper would be completely eliminated. Maybe it would go to only 3 or 4 days a week, but not disappear entirely.

Black Press operates a competing paper in the area called the Nelson Star. It is free, comes out one day a week, and has an online website. The Nelson Daily News costs a dollar per issue, comes out 5 days a week, and only started an online edition last year. The online site seemed to be well received by the community, maybe things would be different if they had started it sooner.

Black Press feels the community size only warrants a weekly release, and will continue with their Nelson Star.

I'm not completely surprised, but when you see a business that's 109 years old go under, it really puts things in perspective on how the world is changing. I also feel for the 25 workers and their families, some of whom I know, who will feel the effect of this through lost jobs and income during a time when good employment is hard to find.

Here is a link to this news:


Saturday, July 3, 2010 sale and Frank Schilling blogs again

There hasn't been a whole lot to report on for .ca since the Vancouver TRAFFIC auction saw some .ca sales, however one big sale was reported earlier this week. was sold through Moniker for an amount over $200,000. The exact sale price wasn't given, nor was the buyer identified. Today the domain isn't resolving, and it looks like the domain has Whois privacy or hasn't been transferred to the new owner yet. I learned of this sale from a blog post at, but haven't seen this news posted in many other places.

In other domain news, it was a nice surprise to check in to and learn that Frank Schilling has taken up blogging again. Today he did his first post in many years, and he gives his opinion on where domains are at now, and his thoughts on the future of domains.

It looks like he will be blogging less frequently, and he isn't taking comments on his posts, but it's still good to see him back. Keeping a daily blog going and reviewing and responding to posted comments takes a lot of work, so I'm not surprised he is scaling down.

I'm sure even one or two posts a month from Frank will be appreciated by most in the domain industry.

Frank's latest blog post can be found here: