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Famous Four Media domain registrations surpasses half a million

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

On May 20th, the number of domain names in Famous Four Media registries surpassed half a million. This equates to nearly 10% of all domains registered under ICANN’s new gTLD program.

“We are delighted in rapid growth in the registries under our management” said Andy Churley, CMO of Famous Four Media, the registry management company for 16 new domain extensions. “The go-to-market approach FFM has adopted is clearly striking a chord with the public and to have reached 500,000 registrations in such a short time is a testament to the strong strategy and great staff at FFM.”

In 2013, ICANN the body that oversees domain names on the Internet embarked on a massive program of change opening up the domain name space to thousands of new domain endings. Web-addresses can now end in almost any series of letters.

“A great part of the success comes down to the domain endings we manage.” continued Churley “People love .PARTY, .SCIENCE and .WEBCAM  in particular, these strings have a broad appeal and are words that work in many languages. We are just as excited about the domain endings we will be launching, in particular .DATE and .REVIEW, which we believe share a mass appeal. ”

Famous Four Media plans to launch 10 more domain extension in 2015 to augment the six domain endings (.BID, .TRADE,.WEBCAM, .SCIENCE, .CRICKET and of course .PARTY ) that are already available. Domain names can be registered through Famous Four Media’s extensive network of ICANN accredited registrars.

A list of Famous Four Media’s accredited domain name registrars can be found here –


In just 3 months .PARTY domain ending sees over 100,000 registrations

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The new .PARTY domain ending has raced past 100,000 registrations in the 3 short months since its launch. This puts .PARTY firmly in the top ten new generic Top Level Domains released under ICANNs New gTLD program.

“We had little doubt that people would love the .PARTY domain ending” said Andy Churley, CMO of Famous Four Media, the registry management company for .PARTY. “Party venues, events and media companies, children’s entertainers and political parties from all over the world are already using .PARTY web addresses.”

In 2013, ICANN the body that oversees domain names on the Internet embarked on a massive program of change opening up the domain name space to thousands of new domain endings. Web-addresses don’t have to end in .com, .net or .org any more, now they can end in almost anything.

“At Famous Four Media we love the .PARTY domain ending because it’s a short, clearly understood term which has global appeal.” continued Churley “People love .PARTY because it conjures up memories of fun times and epic nights out; memories that can be shared with the world on a .PARTY website ”

Famous Four Media plans to launch 10 more domain extension in 2015 to complement the six domain endings (.BID, .TRADE,.WEBCAM, .SCIENCE, .CRICKET and of course .PARTY ) that it has already launched. Domain names can be registered through Famous Four Media’s extensive network of ICANN accredited registrars.

A list of Famous Four Media’s accredited domain name registrars can be found here –


Experience Days Search Traffic Doubles

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Experience days search traffic doubles on Sunday as the wet weather trapped thousands indoors with wistful hopes for summer sun, reports Activity Superstore.

After a cold, dark and windy weekend, the number of people searching for experience days rose sharply on Sunday 23rd of June, more than doubling in volume and surpassing last summer’s seasonal spike by 10%.

Experience days specialist Activity Superstore reported a 138% increase in traffic from around 1,800 to 4,300 visitors on Sunday with an unexpected spike in search for brand terms while overall revenue soared by 41%.

“If only we could make it rain more often,” joked CEO Shaun Powell. “But it goes to show that people are influenced by the weather as much as the economy.”

Historically the end of June has always seen high volumes of rainfall in the UK, creating the Glastonbury Festival’s reputation for flooding, as well as an annual spike in online shopping.

The Met Office weather report shows an average 25mm of rainfall across the nation in 2010, a 53mm average rainfall in 2011 and an average 91mm rainfall in 2012. Data for June 2013 is still being collected.

Overall, June is showing increasing volumes of rainfall year on year. This coincides with Activity Superstore’s Google Analytics which shows an annual peak in traffic on the penultimate Sunday of every June, with increasing numbers of visitors roughly proportional to the increasing volumes of rainfall.

The fact that high numbers of birthdays in July and August also spark peaks in traffic and revenue throughout the summer months could also be a contributing factor.

However, no single marketing channel seems responsible.

“We’ve checked all of our traffic and marketing streams, but there isn’t one channel that’s responsible for this spike,” added Mr Powell. “All of our channels have risen slightly, collectively accumulating into a much bigger increase.”

A similar increase in sales was recorded across all products with sales of Spa days, paintballing and driving experiences, as well as a selection of the most popular 40th birthday ideas all rising in proportion.

Meanwhile, the weather forecast for the last weekend in June looks positive with highs of 24 degrees and lows of 12 degrees.

Based on historical data, the next traffic spike looks set to take place on the 16th of August, but whether this is caused by seasonal weather conditions or an accumulation of other minor factors remains to be seen.
Activity Superstore was founded in 1997 and has given over a million UK customers fantastic experiences since then. That’s a million happy and excited people!

Share domain thief gets 5 years in prison

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Today computer hacker Daniel Goncalves was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing the domain name from Internet entrepreneur Marc Ostrofsky and selling it on for $121,000 to former NBA basketball player Mark Madsen.  Goncalves is the first domain thief in history to be criminally prosecuted in the United States. Ostrofsky and his partners Albert and Lesli Angel worked to track down Goncalves with the New Jersey Cyber Crimes unit. Goncalves was sentenced before Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim in Union County, N.J. following a guilty plea to multiple criminal counts.

This case sets a major precedent in that there are no laws currently in place to protect domain name theft. States like California consider an internet domain name similar to a piece of real estate – if it’s stolen, although it’s a long and expensive process, the owner may have a remedy to get it returned.  But most other states like New York or New Jersey consider the domain name a piece of “intellectual property” similar to a copyright or trademark, and owners have no legal recourse to get back that stolen asset.  Domain name owners hope that this case will instigate new legislature that will protect these valuable properties.

Ostrofsky, author of the New York Times best-selling book Get Rich Click!, The Ultimate Guide To Making Money Online, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having bought the domain name for $150,000 in 1995 and sold it a few years later for a world record $7.5 million.   Transactions like the one involving helped to make transactions in domain names a hot investment prospect.  But laws creating remedies for victims of domain theft have lagged behind market progress.

Albert Angel, who spoke at the sentencing, said “in our effort to redress the injuries inflicted on us, we came to appreciate how undeveloped this area of the law is, and how victims of domain theft face an unmarked and totally uphill battle to get a remedy. Today’s sentencing helps to define a path for other victims and law enforcers to follow, and reinforces the likelihood that the theft of a domain can and will be prosecuted.”


Nominet calling for more stakeholder engagement

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for .uk Internet infrastructure, today announces an update from its policy team, including a call for contributions to current policy proposals.

Nominet is taking a more consultative approach to policy development, and has published more details of its new process framework at

The policy process is designed to ensure participation from the broadest group of stakeholders possible. It can involve the development of an ‘issue group’ to discuss issues relating to .uk policy, which encourages participation from relevant stakeholders around the UK. These groups will discuss specific issues and provide policy recommendations to Nominet’s Board for consideration. This ensures that Nominet hears the considered opinion of relevant stakeholders prior to making any policy decisions.

The policy process is managed by the Nominet Secretariat and all interested parties can sign up for updates at

In addition, Nominet today announces updates on two current issues.

Criminal Activity involving use of domains

The Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity issue group is being formed, in response to a proposal submitted by Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). The publication of this proposal led to a wide range of stakeholders expressing an interest in being involved in the discussion. Nominet is calling for those wanting to put themselves forward to take part directly to register by 23rd February.

It is anticipated that the group will be selected by 2nd March, and will meet for the first time later that month. An independent summary of the issue has been commissioned and will be circulated to stakeholders and issue group members in advance of first meeting of the issue group.

Expired Domain Tasting

Expired Domain Tasting is a proposal for an issue group.

The policy process was started with a proposal submitted by a Nominet member regarding the monetisation or traffic monitoring on expired domains by registrars.

Nominet is calling for stakeholders to comment on the proposal, or the treatment of expired domains more generally, by 2nd March. A decision as to whether this issue proposal will progress to the constitution of an issue group will be based on the feedback received. Comments can be submitted at

Eleanor Bradley, Director of Operations at Nominet comments: “We’d encourage anyone that wants to be involved in the process to get in touch and have their say. We want to gather the broadest range of feedback possible across all matters of .uk policy and feed it into our policy development process.”


Nominet launches to support online users

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Nominet UK has launched a new website to support consumers and businesses online,

As the Internet plays an increasingly huge role in everyday life, consumers and businesses are increasingly looking for help and advice on a range of online issues.

• Research conducted amongst UK consumers revealed that the top Internet related concerns were online banking, safe and legal downloading, security and ensuring content is appropriate for young children.

• In September this year, there were 31,000 Google searches for ’Internet safety’, 60,500 searches for ‘cyber bullying’ and 34,000 searches for ‘computer virus’.

• Security risks are also growing, with almost 80,000 people falling victim to Internet fraud in the first nine months of 2010 – a 10 per cent jump on last year.* aims to help Internet users get the most out of the Internet. The site provides advice, information and video content for consumers and business users across three broad categories of Internet activity:

• Getting started online – including introductions to blogging, social networks, online banking etc
• Staying safe online –a library of material on a range of topics from password choice and phishing scams to privacy settings on social networks
• Doing business online – explaining key issues businesses need to understand when doing business online, from SEO to intellectual property

“Information is only a click away on the Internet. The challenge is that often people don’t always know what to trust, or where to go. Free, impartial advice is hard to come by. We’ve launched the knowthenet site to bridge this knowledge gap, addressing concerns and offering impartial, useful advice which gives people the confidence and know-how to do more online,” explains Phil Kingsland, Marketing & Communications Director at Nominet.

Nominet is supporting as part of its commitment to making the Internet a more trusted space for all. “We see knowthenet playing an important part in our commitment to making the Internet a more trusted space for everyone who uses it – it’s vital for the wider digital economy” explains Lesley Cowley, Chief Executive of Nominet.

The site aims to provide a starting point for people to gather information on how to get more out of the Internet, pointing users to other trusted Internet resources such as GetSafeOnline and for more detailed information.

The front page of the website will be updated several times a week with short posts that will provide practical advice for consumers and businesses as media stories break and major new online developments occur, from security scares to new Internet trends, explaining the implications in straightforward terms and giving practical advice to readers. users can also follow site updates via Twitter, comment on stories and suggest additional topics.


Videojug Revenue Sharing website launched

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Videojug Revenue SharingVideojug, the pioneer of ‘how-to’ online video is extending its brand family with the launch today of ‘Videojug Pages’ –, a new knowledge and revenue sharing website. Videojug Pages aims to create a global marketplace for individuals and organisations seeking to offer “best-of-breed” wisdom and advice.

The platform allows individuals and organisations – including jobbing professionals, industry experts, companies, charities, partnerships, Government bodies and others with valuable knowledge – to easily share their know-how and opinions with an audience that is searching for answers to life’s everyday questions. Videojug Pages will create communities of knowledgeable and expert enthusiasts grouped around shared interests, all producing high-quality, factual and informative content for which they are financially rewarded. It will appeal to experts in a wide range of specialist fields: from professional stylists offering their beauty tips, to foodies sharing their favourite recipes and home cooking know-how.

For brands, Videojug Pages offers commercial opportunities to target and interact with these communities through both branded content hubs and display and video advertising. Panasonic is the first brand to have signed up to the platform, providing expert photography content and advice.

Videojug Pages will place video and display ads from its exisiting network of partners on these high quality pages, splitting the revenue 50:50 with the content creators. Contributors can also run Google AdSense and Amazon ads on their pages. Because of the search engine power of, the new Videojug Pages platform will enable content creators to attract traffic straight off the bat – a valuable benefit for expert, niche bloggers whose valuable views are not generating the traffic they would have hoped for on randomly organised blogging platforms.

The key features of Videojug Pages are:

• Free and easy-to-use editing tools allow content creators to publish content in a professional format, using video as well as text and images for enhanced user engagement.

• Videojug Pages custom built community tools, such as ‘mini-forums’ enable content creators to quickly build a community around their specialist knowledge and content.

• Hierarchical structure of the site groups similar content together making it easier to browse; this encourages more page and video views, driving greater revenues for content creators.

• Collaborative publishing tools allow likeminded people to pool their knowledge and collaborate on the same piece of content and to share equally in the revenue from that content.


Facebook to become serious online gaming venue?

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

A recent study published on has revealed that, on average, people spend 40 percent of their time on Facebook playing games. Recently it was also revealed that Facebook is poised to hire a dedicated gaming manager with an expectation that there are going to be some exciting developments from facebook in the world of online gaming.  The new Facebook manager will be dealing with games publishers and development studios.

At the moment, there are currently 100 million unique game players a month on Facebook, most of these are playing casual games.  With the addition of a dedicated games department the numbers of gamers on Facebook is likely increase, as hard-core games may find their way onto the social network, attracting even larger audiences.

Facebook has proved  the ideal playground for casual gamers, as most don’t have time to play for long periods nor do they want to spend much or any money. Applications found on Facebook are generally free but it has also implemented a credit system where users can earn Facebook currency to spend within games.

Ben Padley, Head of Digital and CRM for Sony Ericsson, says: “Facebook’s gaming community looks set to grow, which is very exciting for small and large game developers alike. Brands can quite easily offer people what many Facebook users seem to desire when visiting the site – quick to play, fun social games.

“Sony Ericsson incorporated the computer pinball game, Emusicon Pinball, on its global community page to give the fans of the brand a bit of fun competition by playing a well recognised, classic arcade game against their friends.”


Yahoo getting serious about original content

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Since May, Yahoo! have been increasing their efforts to produce a substantially improved amount of original content on their site.   This coincided with acquisition of Associated Content by Yahoo!, taking on board their source of original material from approximately 380,000 writers.

Yahoo have since capitalised on this move through a smart programme of hiring, and luring in high profile names such as Ben Stiller, whose ‘webisodes’ will be created and broadcast exclusively on the Yahoo! site. The search engine company have been making strides towards the ultimate goal of 20% original content since 2007, with the formation of Yahoo! Sports. In the development of this new dimension, Yahoo! brought in a series of editors and bloggers tasked with the job of writing original articles.

By moving into this arena, and by taking steps to evolve their business model from a search engine provider to a content provider, Yahoo! are now in direct competition with companies such as AOL and even the New York Times.

In fact, according to, Yahoo! News is the most popular news site in the USA with 70 million unique monthly visitors.

This has brought comment from the online world, with SEO company who have highlighted the importance of originally produced material:

“For Yahoo!, it is the difference between covering a news story, and breaking one. The benefits of self produced content are significant, insofar as they not only enable the site to move into the more lucrative arena of content generation, but also enhance the reputation of the site as an authoritative figure in journalism.”


Older generation continuing to drive internet growth

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

A study by Punch Communications has found that of the more than two million Britons who have begun to use the internet over the past year, more than half are over 50 years old.

The over 50s are becoming an increasingly large group who are becoming more confident in using the internet for shopping and general use.  With internet use on such an increase, especially within a group which was commonly associated with being low users of the internet, it is important for businesses not to ignore the potential business growth possibilities.  People aged 50 + now account for 30% of all British online users, and with this in mind businesses need to ensure they make use of the potential on offer with this new consumer market.