Domaining, the practice of registering domain names as a financial investment to be sold later for profit, is still a little-known and understood practice pursued primarily by investors specialized in the field.

However, this past month the online domain name marketplace SEDO participated in the 7th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai, which provided a venue for the German company to attract more interested parties to its marketplace, which already contains more than 18 million domain names, and this public presentation represented the possibility that domain names could become a commodity the general public could invest in as well.

With this sizable marketplace, sedo.com has unquestionably become the most recognized site for domaining, the practice of registering domain names as a financial investment to be sold later for profit. And while for those already in the know about domaining, SEDO is definitely the top name out there, the practice is still little known or understood by the general public.

While sometimes controversial, domaining is in and of itself legitimate. However, the entry of domaining into the public eye raises the specter of cybersquatting, the practice of intentionally registering a domain name corresponding to a registered trademark. Cybersquatting is problematic and is specifically prohibited by article 4.2 of Sedo's Terms of Use: "You acknowledge and agree that you may not use the Site or the Services to ... violate the rights of any third parties, including, but not limited to, trademark, copyright, naming or publicity rights." As such, SEDO itself cannot be held liable for any such activity, and with the arrival of new domainers into the marketplace from the pool of investors present in Dubai, there is some fear of an increase in cybersquatting activity.

And while the secondary domain name market is certainly growing (on sites such as Afternic, Domainmarket, HugeDomains, etc.), most domain name owners haven't yet plugged into it, and there are real benefits to be had.

The simplest example could involve anyone with a domain they intend to let expire, especially a generic domain name, could stand to make some money off of it by reselling it on a secondary domain name marketplace like the ones listed above.

While we do not support the practice of cybersquatting, we do support your right to participate in the secondary domain name market and assisting customers interested in listing domains on or buying domains from the secondary domain name market is one of the services offered by Gandi Corporate. Feel free to contact our Corporate Services team for more information.


Ever wish there was a domain that could do everything? One that could do x, y, and z but cost you less? Well, then this will come as good news: if you want a new .xyz domain, you can get one from now until December 31, 2017 for just $0.99 for the first year (normally $13.63 at A rates)*. Or get one for two years at $7.31 per year*.

Register a .xyz?

.xyz

 

*Prices in USD. See .xyz for local pricing.


The .AFRICA tld enters the Sunrise phase starting today April 4 at 9:00 AM PDT.

Domains registered in this phase require a TMCH registration. However, you can still register now for any of the other two phases. Domains in the Sunrise phase will cost $199.83* (at A rates) from today until June 4, 2017. Our corporate team is at your service to help you register this tld. 

Following that, there will be four release phases, at which point you'll need to contact our support team to put in your order at the following prices: 

 

  • June 5 to 9, $5980.00
  • June 12 to 16, $2390.00
  • June 16 to 23, $1260.00
  • June 26 to 30, $695.00

 

The Landrush phase begins July 4 at 9:00 AM PDT and goes until July 31, 2017, at 9:00 AM PDT. In the Landrush phase, .Africa domains are $199.83*. This phase is for those without a TMCH registration who are nonetheless willing to pay a premium to reserve a desirable domain.

And finally, .AFRICA will enter the GoLive phase on Wednesday, August 2 at 9:00 AM PDT. Domains purchased in the GoLive phase, the final release phase, will cost $199.83* per year at A rates.

Register a .AFRICA?

.africa

 

*Prices in USD. See .africa page for local pricing.


It doesn't matter if they're buying sneakers or smart phones or if they're doing it online or in person. Even people who eschew all technology in favor of a face-to-face, personal shopping experience have shifted their expectations. While in the old days, shoppers wanted to make their transactions and get out, now increasingly in the age of internet commerce, customers are looking for an interaction. That is, shopping is now a relationship.

And we have good news for anyone looking to set up .shop online and start that relationship. Starting November 8, 2016 until January 31, 2017 June 30, 2017, create your .shop domain for just $9.99 per year (normally $45.95 per year at A rates)*.

Get your .shop?

.shop

*Prices in USD. Please visit the .shop pricing page to shop in your local currency.


Every school kid knows it's almost the end of spring which means only one thing: summer is back, along with those hot out-of-school summer days of freedom and unrestrained, unconfined fun.

And with .fun entering the GoLive phase on April 5, now's the time to lock down some of that fleeting .fun in the summertime with a .fun domain. If you order your .fun domain from now until June 5, 2017 you can have your .fun for just $12.99* for the first year (and $28.87* per year after that).

Looking for some .fun?

.fun

 

*Prices in USD. See .fun page for local prices.


If you had to list two of the most expensive things many young adults' lives they would probably be .college, otherwise known as a $100,000 certificate and .rent, the third of your paycheck that gives you the honor of sleeping in a drafty closet space.

Okay, so maybe college also provides a sturdy social network, valuable skills and knowledge, and the power of critical thinking, and there are a few places out there to rent for a reasonable price.

In any case, you don't have to despair of either online this spring because .college and .rent are on sale for $9.00 for the first year and the regular $85.93 after that* from April 1 through June 30, 2017.

Register now for cheap .college and .rent?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .college and .rent price pages for local pricing.


Originally delegated as the country-code TLD for the Isle of Man, if it hasn't necessarily had a tremendous market on its home island, .im has been keen to capitalize on its position as an especially useful couple of letters.

Besides the large number of words ending in im, IM also means "instant messenger" for those who remember the internet circa 2005. Not only that .im is the perfect TLD for when you do you. Nothing says, "I am what I am," like .im.

And this April, .im is on sale, from April 1 through April 30, for $6.00 for the first year and the usual $20.00 after that*.

Register a .im?

.im

 

*Prices in USD. See .im page for local pricing.


This spring and summer you can reap the bounteous harvest of these twenty-nine TLDs on promo from Donuts. These farm-to-table TLDs have been cultivated with traditional domain-growing expertise to bring you only the finest extensions. The promo covers the first year of your registration, so we've listed them below with the promo price plus the regular price after the first year:

So come get them while you can: from April 1 through September 30, 2017.

Prices in USD. Please see individual price pages (linked above) for local pricing.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Let's be honest: it's been a rough year for the media. No sooner was "fake news" coined to describe information from dubious sources circulating on social media that the term re-appropriated and leveled as an accusation by anyone seeking to discredit unfavorable media.

And compounding the issue, not all media have been exceptionally trustworthy either.

Well, this spring, from April 1 through June 30, maybe they can shore themselves up a bit with these media-based TLD promos, on sale for the first year and priced regularly after that:

  • .news first year $7.99 then $15.57*
  • .live: first year $7.99 then $28.87*
  • .social: first year $9.99 then $16.25*
  • .reviews: first year $7.99 then $24.44*
  • .studio: first year $7.99 then $28.87*
  • .rocks: first year $4.99 then $13.09*

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. Local prices available on pricing pages listed above.


What do you wanna be when you grow up? We'll help you decide. It's Career Day all spring at Gandi, from April 1 through June 30, 2017.

Here are a few careers to try out:

Drive trains, build bridges, or write code as a .engineer, $9.99 for the first year, then $38.34 per year*.

If you want to litigate, prosecute, or just learn how to make a really solid argument, .lawyer and .attorney are both $11.99 for the first year, then $47.84 per year*.

Be an animal doctor with .vet, $9.99 to create and $38.34* per year after that.

Or if you prefer teeth over pets, be a .dentist, $11.99 to create, $47.84* then per year.

And finally, if you're strong suit is giving advice, think about .consulting, $9.99 to create and $38.34* per year after that.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See price pages (linked above) for local pricing.


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