Reviewing May in the domain name industry

Top domain name stories and podcasts from the past month.

It’s time for a look back at the past month in domaining. Here are the top five stories on Domain Name Wire in May, ranked by number of views.

1. Domain registration halts spread of WannaCry malware…for now – when a security researcher registered a 41-character domain name, he halted the spread of a nasty piece of malware. How’s that for twelve bucks?

2. ICANN security group warns against Emoji domain names – the ICANN SSAC gave a big 👎 to emoji in domain names. I don’t think these domains have much potential right now, anyway.

3. You’re not Rick Schwartz. So don’t try to emulate him – emulating the sales tactics of someone with a lot of great domain names might not be a good idea.

4. The accidentally successful top level domain names – while new top level domain names struggle to find registrants, consider how these repurposed ccTLDs took hold.

5. ICANN published its tax return and here’s what we learned – it’s the fun time of year when ICANN publishes its annual report and we get to see how much money its employees make. It’s not a bad gig (moneywise).

Bonus: I got lots of good feedback on my tip for avoiding those annoying robocalls and texts you get after registering a domain name. Here’s a quick guide.


Did you miss any of the Domain Name Wire Podcasts this month?

One of the most entertaining podcasts in a long time was #138 with Jeff Sass. You might know him as the CMO of .Club, but he cut his teeth in business making B-movies for Troma Studios. They made the cult classic The Toxic Avenger. On the podcast, Jeff talked about business and marketing lessons he learned. Check out his new book at

I also learned a lot about blockchain and common law trademarks with Bennet Collen in episode #137.

In episode #136, I talked with a guy who is making about a half million bucks a year selling ccTLDs.

Name Ninja Bill Sweetman was my guest on episode #135. He discussed how to increase the chances of getting offers on your domain names.

And in episode #134 I interviewed an entrepreneur who spent $40,000 upgrading his domain name to a .com.

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