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Poll: Will Liquid ChiPs Continue To Dip in 2016?

2016 is flying by and we are getting closer to expiration dates on many different type of ChiPs (Chinese Premium) names that were bought out last year.  Many of these being longer numerics and 3-5 L/N/C domains in com net and org as well as many new extensions.  My guess is we’ll see massive drops as buyouts won’t hold but the biggest question is what is in store for the most liquid ChiPs like LLL, LLLL, 4N and 5N .com/.net?

Excluding 3 letter .coms, I think the best indicator on how ChiPs are doing overall is to look at the LLLL .coms which have dipped to average trading price around $1100 – $1500 with a few falling just short of the $2k mark. Source That’s a big decline compared to when they were trading at their peak a few months ago for $2500-$3000.  The LLLL .com ChiPs seem to have stopped their descent at the $1k+ mark and I think that’s a good sign.

So, with tons of renewals looming and potential massive drops in the lower end ChiP market (5L .com, 6N – 8N .com, 3-5 letter/number/character names in .xyz, .top, .club, .online, .etc) How do you think the liquid ChiP market will fair in 2016?

How will liquid ChiP domains finish out 2016?

  • Start to gradually increase almost back to 2015 Q4 figures (30%, 14 Votes)
  • Continue to drop but still have more value than similar non-ChiP domains (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Hold steady (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Sink like the Titanic (20%, 9 Votes)
  • Skyrocket! (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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Why Bruce Marler Can Keep

Because he’s smart, and a developer.  Almost as soon as was registered, a great looking site went up on the formerly registry reserved domain name.  If you have questions about how to increase your credit score, p2p lending or any other credit topics, it’s worth checking out.

If you haven’t already heard, the .Club registry made a mistake (or technical error) when moving the domain from the registry reserve status in order to register it as part of the .club’s program.  This allowed the domain to be hand registered at for normal regfee ($10.99).  There was a huge fuss and folks demanding answers on NamePros thread and on other forums and blogs about how someone can just hand register this caliber of name when it was previously priced at $200,000.

I am not accusing anyone of any wrongdoing here or conspiracy and I certainly agree with the sentiment from most that .Club made a wise decision letting the registrant keep the domain.  I am skeptical that if a pure domainer would have registered during that window and simply parked the name or left it undeveloped that they would have been able to keep it.  Anyone else think it would have been taken back from the registry?  The official response by Colin Campbell (CEO of .Club registry) on the situation in Analysis Part B and C (bold below) indicate that if the site was not developed and launched that it likely would have executed its ‘right’ to take the domain back.

The facts about

As promised below are the facts and analysis conducted by Jonathan Frost, our in-house attorney.


· The Operations Department, which manages Company domain name registrations, planned a transfer of <CREDIT.CLUB>, along with 130 other domain names, on 2015-01-13 as part of the Company’s promotional program.

· On 2015-01-13T20:11:40, the Operations Department removed <CREDIT.CLUB> from the registry-reserve in order to register it as part of the Company’s promotional program.

· Between 2015-01-13T20:11:40 and 2015-01-14T21:51:25 (25 hours, 49 minutes, and 45 seconds), the status of <CREDIT.CLUB> was unregistered and unreserved. At that time, the Operations Department did not have knowledge that the registration had failed. It is not clear whether the failed registration was a result of human error or system error.

· At 2015-01-14T21:51:25, a registrant (the “Registrant”) using domain privacy, without the knowledge of the Company, registered the domain <CREDIT.CLUB> at


a) Mistaken Registration

The Registrant’s registration of <CREDIT.CLUB> on January 14, 2015 was due to a mistake made by the registry. The mistaken nature of the registration is clear as the domain name was publicly advertised as being a premium domain name in the program and the Operations Department documented its plan to register the domain name to a Company subsidiary for promotional purposes. However, on January 13, 2015, when the Operations Department attempted to register <CREDIT.CLUB>, the registration failed, and the failure was not detected at the time.

b) Right to Rescind

The Registration Agreement between and the Registrant, the RRA between and the Company, and the Registry Terms and Policies all contemplate registrations that occur as a result of a mistake by the registry, and the registry may rescind such registrations.

c) Conclusion

Thus, it is within the Company’s contractual rights to cancel the registration for <CREDIT.CLUB>.

Further to his analysis and conclusions I can personally state that no one in .CLUB had any conversations regarding with the registrant at or before the registration of

The registry does not believe it is in our best interest nor the best interest of the registrant to pull the name back given the substantial investment in time and money he has invested to launch I informed the registrant of such matters and wish him a continued success.

SOURCE NamePros Official .Club Showcase and Discussion

Again, I am more than happy for Bruce and congrats on the awesome domain and site. I’m a firm believer that you create your own luck and with quick action on the domain registration and launch of the site, he definitely deserves to keep the domain.  We will never know what the .Club registry would have done if the name was registered by a domainer then sat undeveloped or parked.  I’m just playing devils advocate here for all the folks singing praises of .Club for letting the registrant keep the name 😉

*For the record, I am a fan of .Club – it is a solid extension and they are doing a great job of showing other gTLDs how to successfully launch..

.Club Success at NamesCon Live Auction ( sells for $140k)

clublogo .Club continues its strong showing.. was sold this week for $100,000.  In the live auction went for $140,000. Other .Club sales tonight that met reserve include: $13,500 $15,000 $8,000 $5,000 $1,300

DotGreen Community Inc. & Afilias Partnership Best gTLD Story of the Year

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It was one year ago that the DotGreen Community Inc. was forced to withdraw its application for the hotly contested .green TLD.  This disappointing announcement came months before the fate of the .green TLD would be decided via ICANN’s auction process that saw companies with very deep pockets including Demand Media, TLDH (Minds+Machines) and Afilias all vying to become the official .green registry. Finally, after some backroom deals during the private auction for the .green TLD, Afilias stood as the lone and winning applicant for .green (to go along with their other color TLDs .black, .blue, .pink, .red).

Seeing .green become just another new gTLD released by a company purely looking to profit from the popular string would have been a tough pill to swallow.  Myself and many others in the domain industry saw years of planning and promoting by DotGreen Community Inc. founder, Annalisa Roger in preparation for becoming the .green registry operator.  Since 2007, the DotGreen Community Inc. has put forth a clear vision of how the .green namespace would focus on much more than just selling .green domains.  Their model is one of promoting sustainability, furthering the green movement and partnering with environmental groups to help bring more awareness and action to environmental issues while operating the unique .green top level domain.

That’s why I was delighted when I read the story on DNJournal learning that Afilias and the DotGreen Community Inc. had partnered, giving responsibility of running the .green TLD to the DotGreen Community while Afilias would provide their back end registry services.  This is a big win for both parties involved and for the greater green community! I have no doubt that Annalisa Roger and her team will be successful pioneers in the gTLD space and I look forward to an exciting launch.  Congrats DotGreen Community!

Saturday Tidbits

A new gTLD conference was announced this week. The Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress will take place March 12-13th in New York city.  The founding sponsor is Afilias and it looks like it will be a very informative conference which will see several workshops, roundtable discussions and speakers including Donuts Inc CEO Richard Tindal, Neustar’s Senior Business Executive Ken Hansen, CEO of PIR (.org) Nancy Gofus and Director of Global Communications at Deliotte Bill Barret among many other highly qualified speakers.  Early signup is $995, you can get more info and register here.

A few .COM sales to speak of were announced or revealed this week.  Sedo brokered the sale of for $100,000.  The buyer, Paste Magazine currently has their new .com acquisition forwarding to  It was revealed that sold for $500,000 earlier this year. recently launched with a similar feel to the business model offering free websites for business owners.  Sedo also recently brokered the sale of for $60,000.  While we’re on the topic of domain sales, Marchex released a list of it’s top 500 end user domain sales over the last few years.  Andrew at DNW did a great job of analyzing some of these sales in a part one and two of his Marchex end user sales posts.

End user sales are the goal of Domain Holdings Group this month as it’s reported they are attending the largest energy and construction conference in the Middle East, ADIPEC.  The show kicks off tomorrow and Domain Holdings will be there looking to make connections and taking premier .COM domains to the table for their clients.,,, and are being brokered by DHG and they are really going the extra mile(s) to spike interest in these top .com domains.  Way to go Domain Holdings! This is a great way to get exposure for your clients domains.

Two UDRP decisions and a RDNH decision were in the headlines this week.  A UDRP on was rejected by the respective UDRP panel and was also spared in a decision that was put forth without the owner even responding to the UDRP.  Tarheel Take-Out, LLC of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is the newest addition to the reverse domain name hijacking hall of shame.  They brought a case against owners of, Versimedia and their attempts to take the name backfired. Read more about this case on TheDomains here.

Adam Dicker launched a new video blog in the last couple of weeks that is piled with invaluable information for domainers looking to improve, monetize and successfully sell their portfolios.  I haven’t gotten a chance to watch every video yet but I’m really looking forward to spending a lot more time at  Thanks to Adam for launching such a valuable resource for domainers!


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