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.co.com: 10k Domains at 1 Year Anniversary

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Ken Hansen from the .co.com registry shared some news with me that I want to share with you. The .co.com registry recently celebrated its one year anniversary, and there are now more than 10,000 .co.com domain names registered. .co.com domain names retail for anywhere from $20 - $40, and some registrars have a higher renewal cost. The registry has also sold many domain names at a premium cost, such as Mobile.co.com for $25,000.

If .co.com were a new gTLD registry, the extension would rank as one of the top 100 registries (based on the nTLDStats.com list of top new gTLD registries). The registry also reported increasing momentum towards the end of 2014. According to the press release announcing the news, "many companies are using their .co.com domain rather than their country code top-level domain to better reach potential outside of their borders."

A key test for the registry will be the renewal rate for its registered domain names. Since some registrars are charging more for renewals, this could lead to an uptick in revenue. → Read More


Ken Hansen Leaves Neustar to Become CEO of co.com Registry

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Ken HansenFor the past four years, Ken Hansen has been Senior Director of Business Development, GM, ,nyc at Neustar. In that role, he has been working to promote the .NYC registry, which has the backing of New York City.  I just learned that Ken is leaving Neustar to become CEO of the co.com Registry, a recently formed venture that will offer .co.com domain names.

The new co.com registry will sell subdomain names from the primary co.com domain name. The registry is being led by three people with extensive domain industry experience and connections - Ken Hansen, Gregg McNair (Chairman), and Paul Goldstone (President).

Paul Goldstone was the original owner of the co.com domain name and opted to sell domain names because of the popularity of the .co.cctld country extensions (I am told 61 countries use .co. in their ccTLD).  co.com believes "demand for domains ending in .com will not be going away", and aims to meet the demand with short recognizable co.com domain names. The company's tagline, is "Get the .com you've always wanted".
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