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Porn.com owner buys porn.xxx

Kevin Murphy, May 22, 2013, Domain Sales

PimpRoll, a pornography publisher and owner of porn.com, has bought the domain name porn.xxx from registry manager ICM Registry, it has just been announced.

The domain is already live. The site appears to be distinct from porn.com, but PimpRoll said it plans to build another “tube” site there.

The price of the domain was not disclosed, but PimpRoll is known to have paid $9.5 million for its .com address.

I’d guess we’re talking about low six figures for the .xxx, which was reserved by ICM as a “premium” name.

ICM said in a press release that the buyer will also automatically qualify for porn.sex, porn.porn and porn.adult under ICM’s Grandfathering Program, should it be awarded those gTLDs by ICANN.

Baseball league buys Rockies.com for $1.2m

Kevin Murphy, January 8, 2013, Domain Sales

Major League Baseball has purchased the domain name rockies.com for $1.2 million, according to the deal’s broker, Venture Capital Group Ltd.

The domain did belong to Tourism Canadian Rockies, which plans to move to CanadianRockies.org, according to the company. The Colorado Rockies is a baseball team in the MLB.

Domain Name Wire reported that the domain was up for sale last September, with Andrew Allemann predicting a sale to the MLB at price of $200,000 to $400,000.

According to Allemann, the MLB now only needs four .com domains to complete its collection of team names.

Rockies.com now redirects to mlb.com.

January 11 Update: The sale price of $1.2 million is now looking very dubious indeed.

ICM has already sold $200k of premium .xxx names

Kevin Murphy, November 14, 2012, Domain Sales

Contrary to some reports, ICM Registry has in fact already seen several sales of premium names from its recently published buy-it-now price list.

Judging by the changes to the list since it was revealed three weeks ago, at least eight domains have been sold for a total of $55,755.

Two new domains — trannyporn.xxx and trannys.xxx — have been added to the list, and a handful of others have had their prices increased, by a total value of $73,820.

These are the domains we’ve managed to establish were sold, along with their original list prices:

888.xxx ($1,320)
bet.xxx ($3,465)
celebrities.xxx ($15,015)
ddd.xxx ($330)
freeliveporn.xxx ($330)
massage.xxx ($18,810)
moms.xxx ($15,000)
own.xxx ($1,485)

Some domains appear to have been repriced, adding almost $74,000 to the total value of the $7.7 million pot. For example, highdefinition.xxx is now listed at $19,000, up from $2,500.

According to ICM, not all of the sold domains have been removed from the published list yet. President Stuart Lawley said a total of over $200,000 has been taken so far.

ICM came in for a bit of criticism from one early .xxx adopter last month, when six-figure investor Mike Berkens accused the company of damaging the TLD by capping prices too early.

There are still over 1,000 available names on the list.

Goatse.cx emerges as email provider after $10k sale

Kevin Murphy, November 12, 2012, Domain Sales

Notorious trolling domain goatse.cx is now being used to sell email addresses, part of the reemerging trend for domain owners to monetize their names with vanity email accounts.

If you’ve never heard of goatse.cx before, I’d strongly suggest remaining blissfully ignorant as your investigations will inevitably lead you into NSFW territory. Some things cannot be unseen.

Others may recall that it was the domain used in the early part of the century by pranksters and trolls to distribute hello.jpg, quite possibly the most disturbing image on the internet at the time.

Now, goatse.cx appears to be entirely safe for work.

According to The Register, the domain was acquired for $10,200 by an Australian who now proposes to charge $5 per year for an email account.

ICM puts $7.7 million of .xxx domains up for sale

Kevin Murphy, October 24, 2012, Domain Sales

Having already sold over $5 million worth of premium .xxx domains names, ICM Registry is putting another 1,000 names on the market, with a total purchase price of over $7.7 million.

Unusually for registry-reserved names, which usually end up at auction, all of the names are priced to sell.

Prices range from $220,000 for girls.xxx to $330 for provide.xxx.

Along with the full list of available names, ICM has also published some rough guides to likely traffic, based on its data gleaned from running search.xxx for the last few weeks.

A “Search Rank” stat ranks the popularity of the relevant keyword in search.xxx queries, while “Traffic Rank” divides the list into five categories by likely traffic volume.

ICM privately sold about $4 million of premium .xxx domains during its pre-launch Founders Program. Domainer Frank Schilling is believed to have invested seven figures.

Its biggest single sale to date is believed to be gay.xxx, which was snapped up for $500,000 last year.

ICM CEO Stuart Lawley told DI that the company still has about 500 premium names — including cams.xxx and tube.xxx — held in reserve to be released at a later date.