Domaining Down Under

Since I’m in Australia I thought it would be fitting to report some Australian Domaining news. Dark Blue Sea launched Drop.com.au which now allows Australian Domainers to nab some excellent .com.au and .net.au domain names. The credit for breaking this news goes to DNXpert which first reported this in his post today – Aussies Rejoice – Finally A .com.au Drop Catching Service.

I have been to Australia several times before and now that I really have my Domaining thinking cap on I am more aware than ever of the importance of .com.au domains. I’ve been in Melbourne for four days and just arrived in Sydney today – I’ve seen over one-hundred billboards and ads since I arrived and every single one had a .com.au or .net.au domain attached to it. For those who think .com is universal – think again when you go down-under.

That being said I still don’t have a full grasp on what the Domaining market is like here. I am meeting Ed from OzDomainer for dinner on Thursday in Perth and will be picking his brain about the Australian Domaining market. I am also going to reach-out to DNXpert since he is also based in Australia.

I am very interested in ccTLD’s and think they represent the chance for all of us who missed the .com boom to get-in on the next big domain name boom. While I have some great .com, .net, and .org domains – I have a strong portfolio of ccTLD’s and getting in starting in 2007 I feel like I’ve probably had the opportunity of a lifetime.

If you decide you’d like to buy an expired Australian domain name the price can be as low as a dollar but does carry with it a hefty $49.95 AUD registration fee. Domain names drop between 10:30AM and 5:00PM Australian Eastern Standard Time…for those in California that is your time plus 19. Yes – Australians do live in the future!

Below are a few domains dropping today to give you an example of some of the great domains that will be available through this new service. Of course – I’m going to try to setup an interview with the folks over at Drop.com.au as well to learn more about their motivations for starting the service!

  1. Resistance.com.au
  2. 3DGame.com.au
  3. CreditLoans.net.au
  4. vmr.com.au
  5. fno.com.au

I will continue to share more information about the Australian domain market as I learn more from people actively investing in the space. Until then feel free to share your own thoughts and knowledge as I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to the .com.au market!

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  • David Harry November 16, 2009, 3:16 pm

    G-day mate! We have a strong domainer community here in Australia with a large presence in Melbourne with Trellian (Above.com), KeyRPM, Whizzbangs Blog, Drop.com.au, Netfleet.com.au, Mad.biz and many more full-time/part-time domainers. Of course, we have Fabulous based in Brisbane also!

    What we have learn’t living in Australia is that we make a huge effort to be connected to the domain industry both here in Australia and in the USA, Europe etc. I know many of us travel at least 4-6 times per annum to attend domain conferences overseas! Being so far away we have continued to develop strong business relationships and dare to think outside the box.

    I hope you continue to enjoy your time ‘down under’ and look forward to reading more about your stay here!

    Cheers,

    David Harry

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    • Morgan November 16, 2009, 3:56 pm

      @David – that is great to hear! I definitely see the potential here more than ever – looking forward to learning more about the market and hopefully making some investments in this space. I didn’t realize until this trip that .com.au was as big as it is!! I’ll continue to share my adventures – hello from Bondi Beach!

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  • Ben Wilks November 16, 2009, 8:26 pm

    If you make it to Queensland, drop by! I’m on the Sunshine Coast one hour north of Brisbane, quite a nice part of Australia 😀

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    • Morgan November 16, 2009, 11:11 pm

      Thanks @Ben! Won’t make it to Queensland this trip but I was enjoying surfers paradise a couple years ago – beautiful! Off to Perth in the morning – thanks again for the invite!!

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  • Ed Keay-Smith November 17, 2009, 6:05 am

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate!!!

    I was trying to keep http://www.drop.com.au a secret now you have blown it!!! Only kidding! http://www.drop.com.au was called http://www.domain8.com.au started by George Pongas and just changed hands to Fabulous this past weekend.

    I have picked up some great names from the service and hope to grab some more over time.

    I look forward to catching up in Perth with you on Thursday!

    In the mean time, make sure you watch out for our native “Drop Bears” if you are anywhere near the outback or bush. They are ferocious beasts that will rip your throat out if you let one drop onto you from the trees. They have killed many an unsuspecting tourist over the years.

    See this Wikipedia link that gives you all of the details about them, Be very, very careful mate!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_bear

    See you soon.

    Regards

    Ed Keay-Smith
    OzDomainer.com

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    • Morgan November 17, 2009, 6:58 am

      Thanks @Ed – just ate a tasty koala for dinner here in Sydney – very tasty 🙂 See you soon!

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  • George Pongas November 17, 2009, 4:16 pm

    Hello Morgan, and welcome to Australia.
    I think Koalas are on the brink of being listed as an endangered species. So get in there quick and eat some more before they disappear!

    Jokes aside, happy to chat to you any time about our drop.com.au service. We are excited about the new products and services we plan to launch into the Australian domain space now that Dark Blue Sea Ltd are involved. Please do not hesitate to contact me. Enjoy WA, it is an awesome part of the world.

    Regards,
    George Pongas
    DROP.com.au

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