The eNom strategy takes advantage of favorable pricing for registrars by .info registry operator Afilias, an approach designed to put a large number of .info names in circulation, which would then generate fees upon renewal. As of last summer, Afilias had registered 1.5 million .info names in three years. That number has jumped to 3.6 million, making .info nearly as common as the much older .org TLD. Registrars have accounted for 1.76 million names – 84 percent of the increase – through three huge bulk registrations.
The eNom affiliate Sipence used the Afilias offer last year as an opportunity to bulk register 1 million .info domains for customers who owned the same name in .com or .net. In January Dotster bulk-registered 343,000 .info domains, followed by eNom’s acquisition of 320K domains this month. A large number of .info domains are currently parked at the registrars and displaying pay-per-click ads.
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