Geographic Domain Names

UDRP filed on Milano.com domain name (Updated)

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I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and I saw one for the Milano.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-2263, and the complainant is a company called Grupo Milano, S.A. de C.V.

The Milano.com domain name has a creation date of May 22, 1997, according to DomainTools. The domain name is parked, and I see advertising links related to the city of Milan, Italy.

According to DomainTools’ Whois history tool, in

.Miami Domains Banner at Dolphins Game Part of Larger Effort

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.Miami Domain names at GoDaddy

GoDaddy and the .Miami domain registry have been teaming up to market .Miami domain names using a variety of channels. One attention grabbing tactic was seen by thousands who attended the Miami Dolphins NFL game this past Sunday.

As you can see from the photos above and below, a small airplane flew around Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida with a banner advertising .Miami domain names available at GoDaddy for “40% off.” The banner was part of a larger marketing effort being undertaken by Minds & Machines, the operators of the .Miami domain extension, and GoDaddy.

Since .Miami launched

Orlando.com Launched by Expedia

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The Orlando Sentinel published an article this morning about the launch (well, re-launch) of Orlando.com. Expedia owns the website, and the registrant is listed as Hotels.com in the Whois database.

According to the article, “The site combines tips on a specific geographic location with the ability to book a hotel room, rather than one site for each hotel company, or an umbrella site like Expedia.” The article also notes that “it represents a movement toward travel destination marketing.”

It looks like Hotels.com has owned Orlando.com for quite some time. DomainTools Whois History tool shows that Hotels.com was listed as the domain name registrant since at least 2003. In addition, Screenshots.com shows that there have been previous iterations of the Orlando.com website. I am not entirely sure how this new website differs from the old versions, but you could check out Archive.org to see what changes were made.

One interesting thing I found was sort of by accident when

7 Figure Denver.com Purchase: “It’s Paid Off”

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Deborah Kearns of RIS Media published an article about Peter Niederman and his Kentwood Real Estate brokerage. As you may recall, Kentwood Real Estate acquired Denver.com in 2012 for an undisclosed seven figure purchase price. The domain name was sold by Boulevards, a company that owns many large city .com domain names.

Judging by Peter’s comments in the RIS Media article, it seems that things are going well for Kentwood and Denver.com. In the article, Peter recalled that some people thought he was “crazy” for spending seven figures on the domain name, but the purchase has “paid off” for him and his company.

I reached out to Peter to ask about the article, and he let me know

My New Hampshire Vacation Domain Names

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I was born and raised in New Hampshire, and I currently live in just outside of Boston, which is about an hour from New Hampshire. I learned how to ski in New Hampshire (Loon and Waterville Valley), spent time in the lakes region, and enjoyed being raised in NH (for the most part).

Over the last year or so, I bought a handful of New Hampshire vacation area domain names:

  • LakeWinnipesaukee.com – Private acquisition
  • Sunapee.com – Auction at NameJet
  • SquamLake.com – Auction at NameJet
  • NHMountains.com – Hand registered at Uniregistry

I also own quite a few real estate domain names such as WhiteMountainsRealEstate.com, JaffreyRealEstate.com, BowRealEstate.com, LakeWinnisquamRealEstate.com, and a few others.

Lake Winnipesaukee is

Josh Metnick: How Should Illinois.com Be Used?

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Josh Metnick is an Internet entrepreneur who sold Chicago.com to the Chicago Sun-Times for an undisclosed figure. Yesterday, Josh posted a tweet with a link to a Quora page he created soliciting opinions on what to put on Illinois.com, a domain name his company owns.

At the moment, Illinois.com hosts a simple landing page announcing that “Something incredible is coming soon,” although it seems like what is coming has yet to be determined.

I think the three primary uses that make the most sense would be for

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