Expiring Domains – Competition Is Coming!

In what will be “music to the ears” of domain investors and other online entrepreneurs, Domainer can now reveal that development is well underway for a new drop catching platform quite aptly called DropCatcher.com.au

The team behind this venture comprises some well-respected and trusted industry veterans.

Domainer has been told that the momentum behind this new platform was as a result of Trellian (owners of Drop.com.au) buying out Netfleet, and effectively creating a monopoly in the .au market place.

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The Kiwis Show Us How They Do It

There has been a lot of recent discussion about our (current) sole expired domain name marketplace in Australia – Drop.com.au. Most of this has revolved around a perceived lack of transparency during and after the bidding process; and the incremental levels of bids a bidder may need to place.

Today Domainer wants to show you how our Kiwi cousins do it. Judge for yourself which you prefer.

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Domain News Snippets

Rather than just write a new single subject story each time, Domainer is also going to reintroduce a regular news bulletin of snippets relating to domains in Australia. By regular, this means perhaps twice a week at this stage! We used to do this some time ago.

Todays topics include a revamped expired auction platform at Drop; auDA’s new charges for external review; auDA’s blog link on monetisation; and finally, a solid rumour that there is a new drop catcher in the wings!

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auDA’s New Rules – Amnesty Period?

One of the biggest changes regarding Australian domain names is due to come into force next Monday – 12th April 2020. There are to be new licensing rules that will affect the registration and renewal of Aussie domains.

My experience over 20 years tells me that there are going to be many registrants that wouldn’t have a clue this is happening. Hence the title of this article. I wonder whether the auDA Board and Management have considered a short amnesty period for registrants to get their “house in order”? It would be a wonderful gesture.

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