Thursday, February 23, 2012

.ME Begins 2012 with Wildly Successful Auction!

“The bar has been raised on dot-Me domain name values, especially the domains with verbs”

.ME domain names showed strong aftermarket selling power during the TLD’s first auction of 2012. Due to high bidder demand, the auction exceeded its projected end time by nearly three hours. More than 93 .ME domain names were sold during the auction, including Hotel.Me, which sold for $25,000, Life.Me at $17,450 and Forex.Me at $16,099 USD. The auction was held in partnership with Sedo, a domain name aftermarket service.

“We are very pleased with the results of this auction,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “Many dot-ME domain names saw high interest from bidders - it’s apparent that dot-ME domain names have become one of the top choices in domain aftermarket.”

.ME domain names have a history of success on the aftermarket, particularly those with SEO-friendly keywords. “The bar has been raised on dot-Me domain name values, especially the domains with verbs,” Domain pundit Michael Berkens wrote on TheDomains.com.

.ME domain names prove they are a strong alternative to .COM domains - not only through powerful auction results but also in domain name industry studies. Sedo.com’s 2011 Annual Domain Market Study shows that .ME domain name extensions are in the 10 most frequently sold TLDs.

.ME domain names are especially popular with startups. According to Thomas Park, the .ME ccTLD is in the top four TLDs of choice for startups, nearly exceeding .org in popularity.

“The dot-ME registry had a very successful 2011,” said Lesic. “Between our partnerships with Visa and Delicious, several successful auctions and the steady influx of domain registrants who have embraced the catchy domain name extension to create their online identities, the sky is the limit for dot-ME!”


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