Category: Articles

Become a Fellow at ICANN 60

Application submission for ICANN60 Fellowship is now open for people interested in learning about ICANN and engage in Internet policy matters.

ICANN Fellows Program

ICANN60 public meeting is scheduled for 28th October – 03rd November 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The last date to apply for ICANN60 Fellowship is 10th May 2017 while selected candidates will be declared on 21st July 2017 on the official website ICANN.org

I have been a successful participant in the fellowship program at ICANN57, Hyderabad and an alumni fellow for ICANN59, Johannesburg scheduled in June of 2017.

ICANN57, Hyderabad Learnings & Why Attend?

Reliving the memories of ICANN57, Hyderabad, I am going to point out why ICANN public meetings are a must attend for anyone interested in the secure and stable functioning of the Internet.

First and foremost, ICANN staff truly knows what they are doing when they draft and schedule public meeting days accordingly, and make it a worthwhile experience for participants. You have the option and opportunity to attend and participate in sessions relevant to your interest which are further helpful in your professional growth. I am actively involved in Domain Names industry from last 16+ years and was delighted to attend meetings of GNSO (Generic Name Supporting Organization) whose work is focused on policy building around Top Level Domains (TLDs). To top it all, I am already engaged with the GNSO by subscribing to their mailing list.

While I am also part of the NomCom 2 Working Party, I kept myself engaged with the various other ICANN supporting organisations to do my best. I could not participate in ICANN’s 58th public meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11-16 March 2017 due to my health, however looking forward to my alumni fellowship experience at ICANN59, Johannesburg public meeting.

Introduction to ICANN

For those who are not aware of ICANN and what it does, here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia:

ICANN LogoThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces (domain names) of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.

ICANN was founded on September 18, 1998 by Jon Postel; about 18 years ago and incorporated on September 30, 1998 in the U.S. state of California under Esther Dyson as founding chairwoman. ICANN operates and lives by the slogan, “One World. One Internet.” The current key positions are held by Göran Marby (CEO and President, ICANN) and Steve Crocker (Chairman of the ICANN Board). It is headquartered in the Playa Vista neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

ICANN Community Multistakeholder Model

ICANN’s primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

Introduction to ICANN Fellows Program

The ICANN Fellows program is how ICANN’s Development and Public Responsibility Department supports and encourages new people from the community to participate and engage in the work of the corporation.

This program intends to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable participants in order to continue building upon its mission to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model. High priority under this program is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent a diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise, and/or have established financial need. Participation in the program at an ICANN Meeting is a “fast track” experience of engagement into that community model, with presentations designed to facilitate understanding of the many pieces and parts of ICANN while providing opportunities to network and promoting interaction with ICANN Community and Staff.

Each candidate selected into the program through the online application and assessment process is provided with a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. Fellowship recipients are expected to engage prior to, during and after the ICANN meeting with the ICANN Fellowship office, Program Alumni, Newcomer Coaches and their selected peers, as well as begin to actively contribute to ICANN processes upon completion of the Program.

Read in detail about ICANN Fellows Program here.

Questions? Feel free to ask in comments below and I will be more than happy to guide you through.

Google Smashes Googlee Out of the Ground

The INDRP decision of Friday, May 6, 2011 was upheld by the Delhi High Court recently where NIXI arbitrator had directed the registrant to transfer Googlee.in domain name over to Google. Inc. on the grounds of an identical and confusingly similar to Google.com domain name and its registered trademark.

Google Smashes Googlee Out of the Ground

The petition was filed by Gulshan Khatri against the INDRP decision of NIXI arbitrator in the Delhi High Court.

It’s important to mention that Justice S. Muralidhar found the homepage established on disputed domain name as a poor attempt to imitate world’s most popular search engine.

Gulshan Khatri had registered the disputed domain name, ‘Googlee.in’ in the year 2007. Google, Inc. found out about the misuse of its popular trademark and imitation of website in the year 2010, and sent out few cease and desist notices. After repeated failed attempts to, Google, Inc. filed a complaint as .IN Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (INDRP) with National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to seek remedial measures.

For your knowledge: The National Internet Exchange of India is a government non-profit company established in 2003 to provide neutral Internet Exchange Point services in India.

Nikilesh Ramachandran, NIXI arbitrator decided the complaint in favor of Google, Inc. after careful examination while considering the facts and circumstances of the complaint. Arbitrator noted that Googlee.in domain name was confusingly similar to complainant’s mark and it had proprietary right over the same. Hence, the disputed domain name was ordered to be transferred to Google, Inc.

Gulshan Khatri decided to petition and challenge the arbitration decision before the Delhi high court while claiming Googlee not to be similar to Google. However honorable court dismissed the claim and upheld the arbitration decision of year 2011.

Our advice: Stay clear of popular copyright or trademark keywords while registering domain names.

How to Make Money from Domain Names?

You want to learn HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM DOMAIN NAMES? I am going to be straight to the point here without marketing BS!
How to Make Money from Domain Names?
 
First up, STOP following people around you, of course includes me and anyone else for that matter. Everyone in the domain name industry has something going for them, but that doesn’t mean the same thing would work for you as well.
 
If you want things going right for you, please sit down to read about the domain names, the industry trends, enduser behavior, why they bought a particular domain name, at what price, why that price and everything else that follows. Every profession requires ample time and research before one starts profiting from it.
 
You need to find your way, your niche, your industry, and work accordingly to make those domain name sales happen over-night. We (domain name investors) been doing this for years, 17th year for me to be precise, and collected these virtual properties over the years working sleepless nights, without partying it up, without spending time with family and friends, giving up on our weekends to find those gem of available domain names which we are selling these days, one after the other.
 
I am not saying, and never said that you cannot make this happen today, yes you can, but you definitely need to infuse in a lot of time to do things right, read and research right to be able to hit the jackpot.
 
Go over this thread at NamePros, the domain name forum beautifully managed by Eric Lyon from where most of us have learned our domain name game.
 
This thread is about a hand registered domain name sold by a new domain name investor who started out in January 2017 and made his very first domain name sale within a week by outbound marketing. He has shared the complete process on how to do outbound email marketing and nothing could go wrong there unless the buyer enduser isn’t interested at all, or your domain name is literally NOT WORTH it.

Please do not forget to share your thoughts about this inspiration on how to make money from domain names.

How to Pick Right Domain Name for your Website?

You’re determined to start an online website and don’t know how to pick right domain name for your website.

You’ve done your homework on your online website, drafted a project plan and aware of target audience. You have gone to an extent of drafting a list of blog post ideas which will keep your website up-to-date with fresh content.

Everything is waiting for you to get started, however there is one thing holding you back, standing right between you and your online website. You do not have the right domain name!

All of a sudden, you are stuck with choosing a domain name and starting your online website project feels like an intimidating, uphill task.

You don’t know how to pick right domain name for your website and some 329 million names are already registered globally. Forget how to choose the right domain name for now and try to figure out whether to go with .com, .org, .in, .life, .online, .club, or .domains or .site options. Yes, there are extensions like .domains, .site and .online which exist with hundreds of other generic top-level domains (gTLDs) for you to make a right choice for your website.

How to Pick Right Domain Name for your Website?

Don’t stress out. We are here with some very good to know information, to help you get started and pick right domain name for your website. Read on…

Brand Well, or Brand Right!

Why do you need a domain name? Why are you starting a website? What’s the core motive behind building a brand?

If you are making a website for personal use, domain name will be your personal brand to showcase the world everything about you and if website is for business, domain name will be part of your business brand. To pick right domain name, you should give yourself enough time to brainstorm over the purpose of the website, the feelings behind it, information it’ll share and values it’ll communicate to the audience. You can use keywords related to your personal or business branding in a domain name. Keep in mind that keywords used should be directly relevant to your website (for example; Soap.com) or else there is no use whatsoever, until and unless it’s a made-up brand-able word (for example; Google.com).

Keyword rich domain names with relevant content help your website gain better placement in search engine results page. Moz.com confirms having relevant keywords in a domain name is beneficial.

Shorter the Better

Short domain name for a website is the key to building a memorable brand online. Shorter is easy to memorize, type into Internet browser and share with the global audience. Since most consumers browse Internet on smartphones these days, it’s become much more imperative as short domain names are easy to type and clearly visible on small screens.

Radio Test?

Your domain name should be able to pass the “Radio Test”! In simple English, audience listening should be able to spell and remember your domain name, if you say it out loud, over the phone, radio or TV. This is quite important and essential for website’s online branding.

Legacy, ccTLDs or New TLDs?

It’s a time consuming task, however you’d be the best judge of what fits the bill/business, whether your website needs a legacy Generic TLDs or better known as gTLDs (.com, .net, .org, .info, .edu, .gov, .mil, etc.), Country  Code Top level Domains or better known as ccTLDs (country specific, for India it is .in, .co.in, .org.in, etc.) or New Generic TLDs or better known as ngTLDs (.life, .online, .club, .domains, .site, etc.). There are many hundreds of NEW Generic Top Level Domains (ngTLDs) to help you make a right choice for your website.

As per Wikipedia: The initial set of generic top-level domains, defined by RFC 920 in October 1984, was a set of “general purpose domains”: com, edu, gov, mil, org. The net domain was added with the first implementation of these domains. The com, net, and org TLDs, despite their originally-specific goals, are now open to use for any purpose.

Though .com still outnumber ngTLDs by a huge margin since it was introduced way back in the year 1984, there are hundreds of new global top level domain name options available today that arriving at a choice can be daunting. Go with .com if it’s available, due to trust factor among internet audience. If your personal or business website consist of 2 or more words, you can be little creative and enhance your branding using ngTLD extension on right of the dot to complete your website name. For example; to build a successful brand, a company named “DomainX Events” should have both www.Domainx.Events and www.DomainxEvents.com domain names. A marketing guru can either use www.MarketingGuru.com or www.Marketing.Guru as their website domain name as well.

Secure Your Brand Name

For better and exclusive website branding, you should consider acquiring all the variants of your “brand name” and redirect to the website which will further help avoid confusion among your online audience.

Your audience will be yours whether they type your brand name with or without an alphabet. Of course, this will cost you little bit extra, however will also ensure that your online visitors will reach your website only. For example; appl.com domain name lands at apple.com while godady.com reaches godaddy.com website.

Social Media Presence

While trying to figure out how to pick right domain name for your website, try to secure matching social media handles in order to complete branding and use them in tandem for much better and professional approach.

Avoid Legal Trouble

Do not get into trouble by registering a domain name which could be an exact match or confusingly similar to a popular and household brand name. You can read about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s brand management company filing a legal case with WIPO to secure msdhoni.com domain name. Perform some research online using Google Search or Trademark Database (Local or Global) to check whether any other company is already using the exact same name you are going to use as your domain name. Adjust accordingly!

Seek Help

If you have the budget and pocket permits, seek help from a domain name consultant or a branding company who can guide you every step of the process.

Think about it, take your time and get cracking. You do not want to hit a snag in the beginning, learn how to pick right domain name for your website. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

Epik Acquires Undeveloped.com

Rob Monster – Founder and CEO of Epik Holdings Inc. announced the acquisition of domain name marketplace Undeveloped.com for * Million Euros (Acquisition price removed as per request) by his company.

Domain Name Marketplace Undeveloped.com Goes to Epik

The acquisition of Undeveloped.com will help Epik Holdings Inc. scale the domain name marketplace segment further while accelerating the growth of Epik’s various brands, across the globe.

Rob Monster, CEO and founder of Epik Holdings Inc. stated, “We have spent the past 5 years developing and operating an integrated set of solutions to help domain investors navigate the life-cycle of their domain investments. With this acquisition, we add another company with potential for hyper-growth. This acquisition has all of the things that I look for in a deal: great leadership, differentiated technology, and complementary locality. The expanded presence in Amsterdam will significantly increase our capacity to deliver to customers in Europe, Middle-East and Africa, the type of Legendary Support and customer-centric innovation that our customers have come to expect from us”.

While Undeveloped.com domain name marketplace will operate with the present management team, as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Epik Holdings, their customers will be able to seamlessly integrate and use the services through unified sign-on that already powers Epik’s existing services.

Epik Holdings Inc Founder and CEO Rob Monster (left) and Undeveloped Founder and CEO Reza Sardeha (right)

Reza Sardeha, founder and CEO of Undeveloped.com seemed equally excited about the acquisition of Undeveloped.com by Epik Holdings Inc. and stated, “My team and I are delighted to be part of a rapidly growing company led by a visionary CEO who I have enjoyed getting to know over the past year. By combining Epik’s reputation, market knowledge, worldwide presence, and complementary technology, we expect to be able to create an even more appealing solution for our customers. A vastly improved Undeveloped marketplace will accelerate the progress of more development-grade domains into becoming thriving Digital Brands used in commerce. All things considered, we could not have asked for a more worthy or more capable partner at this exciting time in the history of the Internet”.

Rob Monster is also a senior member of Namepros.com domain name forum where he made another statement about the acquisition:

As for the news itself, obviously we are all very excited about the addition of Undeveloped to the Epik family. It represents a big step forward on several fronts:

Leadership: People know that I run a tight ship at Epik. Undeveloped brings several additional world-class entrepreneurial leaders, starting with Reza.
Technology: Undeveloped has a modern user interface built in the latest technologies, running in the Amazon AWS cloud. Their auction system is outstanding, and their marketplace is a good as any other.
Locality: From Amsterdam, we will be able to better serve the other half of the world in a lot more languages with better time zone coverage with talented, tech-savvy people.

In the upcoming weeks, you will begin to see the evidence of accelerated pace of innovation as Epik positions itself as a world contender through a combination of organic development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

We wish Rob Monster & Epik Holdings Inc. best of everything in domain name business and lot more success with future growth.