Registry fees are increasing October 1st

Discussion in 'Website Promotion' started by RogueDomains, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. RogueDomains

    RogueDomains New Member

    If you have an online presence, ie, a domain name and a website, for your home-based business, now is a good time to renew the domain out to the maximum 10-year limit.

    Prices for .com's, .net's and other TLD's will be gowing up October 1st. Verisign is again raising registry fees (wholesale prices charged to registrars that sell domains to end users). Verisign will be raising .com's from $6.42 to $6.86, and .net's from $3.85 to $4.23.

    Versign also raised wholesale rates October 15th last year. At that time, .com's increased from $6.00 to $6.42, and .net's increased from $3.50 to $3.85. Verisign has a contract with ICANN allowing it to raise wholesale prices 7% per year with certain restrictions.

    If Verisign continues on this trend, next October wholesale .com's will be $7.34... $7.85 in 2010, and so on, until prices more than double current costs in 2019 at $14.43.

    Remember, this is just the registry fee. Registrars may mark up the prices at an equal or higher rate.
  2. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Verisign only had a mandate for a seven year period.
  3. RogueDomains

    RogueDomains New Member

    That is true, but it can be renewed.

    See ARTICLE IV Term of Agreement. " This Agreement shall be renewed upon the expiration of the term set forth in Section 4.1 above and each later term, unless the following has occurred..."
  4. kingjim

    kingjim New Member

    Another advantage of registering a site for a longer period is that search engines will look at the time period and rank longer reg periods higher. This is a 'fact' I learned from a reputable SEO source, although I have not verified this.

    I don't think the increasing costs will break the bank-unless you own hundreds of domains [​IMG]

    Good advice though-thanks.

  5. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi KJ,

    That's interesting and it may be true. It makes sense from a certain point of view. The only thing that throws a cog in the machine is that folks sell domains before expiration on a regular basis.

    I've done it myself a few months short of expiration. Someone contacted me and asked me if I'd like to sell. Since I was done using the domain and it was a few months away from expiring, I accepted.

    Considering the hundreds of things that go into ranking algos, it's certainly possible that they would give a slight boost to reg duration.

    Food for thought, thanx.

    ~Newbie Shield~
  6. RogueDomains

    RogueDomains New Member

    Just a few days left till the registry fee increase....

    If you are planning to keep your domains for another year, or another 10 years, now is the time to lock in current rates for whatever term you are comfortable with.

    As to ranking effects, per the Google Patent, length of registration is one factor (and one you can control), but as Newbie said, there are hundreds of factors, so make your decision based on finances and cost/benefit analysis rather than ranking.
  7. stardreamer

    stardreamer New Member

    Thanks for the heads up, as I own multiple Domain Names. Even with the prices going up, it's still darn cheap real estate. There ARE many, many great domain names still waiting to be discovered. I found that with a little imagination, I could find a perfect dot com, even now.

    One tip that has helped me find that perfect dot com is using the Webster's online thesaurus to find a synonym I hadn't considered before, and apparently neither had anybody else.
  8. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    I wouldn't renew a domain for ten years unless it war REALLY REALLY REALLY profitable, but maybe a better option for most people would be renewing their domains for only 2 years.
  9. cupbucket

    cupbucket New Member

    I dont like to quibble much over pennies but thanks for tha advice nonetheless.


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