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!
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!