Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Taking a break from IDNs (impossible even in Mammoth)

During this holiday portion of the year I thought I would do a little work where the crowds flock to.  The specific work is reflexology in Mammoth Lakes, CA.  Tis the holiday season and boatloads of avid skiers have come to Mammoth to frolic in the snow and party with friends and family.  It's been interesting watching the white powder covered city grow in just the last few days.  Last week the buses were empty and now packed full with snowboarders and skiers, young and old.  As I wait for clients at the massage place called Simply Massage ( I can look out the window and see the people coming and going with their equipment, snow or shine and even in this current economy, tradition is tradition, and many families just can't stand the idea of staying at home for the holidays and come up to Mammoth.   For me, a SoCal guy, the weather is quite extreme, going from Sunny and warm today, from last nights extreme chill factor.    The vacation/reflexology work has been stimulating to say the least, but one thing that is impossible to leave behind is my work with IDNs.  So, after doing some reflexology sessions and going out for lunch or dinner, there is always time to do some mining for IDNs.  I have a list of IDNs to reg, but am holding off for a little while, to see if the selected niche starts to grow.   I'm interested in hearing what you all are doing for the holidays, so post comments if you like.  Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's getting harder to value (put a price on) IDNs into 2010..

Well with some recent sales of IDNs, it is becoming clear that to actually set values on them is almost impossible.  The German market gives us a glimpse into prices and sales, but the German IDN market has been very active during the past 2 years.   Some of the early IDN investors have quite an amazing collection of IDNs and many of them are priceless.    And which language will be the next to 'pop'?  Many think Russian IDNs are already popping and enjoying a great deal of type-in traffic, and it makes sense.  Although a couple of fairly wealthy individuals may make a start with Arabic.    One thing we are certain of is that the value of IDNs will rise during the next 5 years, and may level out around 2015.   Until then, we are likely to see many, many 6 figure sales, and by next year, a huge percentage of DNJournals reported sales will be IDNs.  How soon? How high?  How fast?  Anyones guess right now.  So hold on tight.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

IDNBlog gets Exclusive: Q&A with Chuck Gomes of Verisign

The website IDNBlog asked questions to Chuck Gomes of Verisign today and he answered one of the questions many of us have been curious about.  How will the aliasing process work?  You can read his answer here on IDNBlog.   Basically, and holders will have the rights to and exclusively.  If the holder wants to "turn-on"  the .com-in-IDN or .net-in-IDN domain, he/she will need to purchase the .in-IDN version in order to 'activate' the domain.  Otherwise the '.in-IDN' versions will not resolve.  I think this is a great solution and the mechanism will be in place (added to the root) during the launch of the new gtlds by ICANN.  For those who have invested in and are developing IDNs this process insures stability and makes the .com and .net brands available in the hundreds of languages being spoken throughout the world.