Friday, May 27 2016

Invest in Domain Names Domain Investing Tips

Domain investing involves many different techniques, ideally crafted toward your investment goals and risk tolerance. You probably have your own niche, custom approach but how do you keep up-to-date with all the different techniques? To aid in optimizing your own strategy, various resources on domain investing as well as tools can help your domain acquisition and investment techniques. Domainers investing in domain names Set Goals to Inform a Strategy

Everyone wants to make money. But having focused, specific goals can help direct your activities as well as indicate when you’ve achieved your goals. Are you looking for a short-term (and potentially smaller) gain, or are you looking to take advantage of a trend for a potentially larger gain over a longer time period? Setting your expectations on the amount of your investment, return on investment and preparing for possible contingencies can help define your “entry” and “exit” strategy for your investment in a domain name and drive you to success. Translate your strategy into a domain purchase and investing plan

Here are some considerations as you formulate or refresh your plan: Learning from domain investors Learn from other investors.

There are a number of investors who will share their experience and knowledge. You may have your own strategy, but the knowledge others can impart about various monetization strategies can be critical in optimizing or augmenting your own approach. Keep up with the industry and popular trends.

News stories, popular culture trends, and industry trends are events that can trigger a rush in domain name purchases. To stay abreast of key events, there are a number of industry publications, feeds, tickers and other resources that can help you find and analyze relevant and timely domain names. Many tools can help you analyze a domain name’s potential traffic and keyword competition, narrow on your "niche" trend and help provide functionality to notify you in real time. Choosing top-level domains Choose proven top-level domains (TLDs).

Conventional wisdom in the industry is that proven TLDs, such as .com, represent a low risk investment with the highest average sale in the secondary market according to Sedo, which describes its domain marketplace as the most active in the industry. And contrary to some claims, there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in, and profit from, .com domain names. Previously registered names can offer great value.

Sometimes the greatest finds are names that could be sources of traffic, such as previously registered domain names that have recently expired. There are tools that can help you find a domain name days before it’s back on the market. Timeliness is critical so you can register your preferred choices before others. Many of these names may have been registered by an individual, business, etc. and could have traffic although the website no longer exists. For instance, Verisign data shows that 108 million .com names that were once registered are available now. Use information and knowledge about the market to help you vet and validate these opportunities. Trademark Domain Names.

Some strategies can prove to be costly and registering domain names containing a trademark or even a word that is close to a trademarked word, such as typosquatting, can have legal implications. As you search for domain names of significance, it is important to understand the trademark laws and the elements of trademark infringement actions and the dispute procedures in the domain name industry including the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) process. Remember, parties can file a claim against registrants who register domain names that contain trademarks or words that are close to, or confusingly similar to, trademarks.

How to Get Online How the Domain Name System (DNS) Works

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How to Get Online Domain Name System

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he Backbone of the Internet

Computers work best in the language of numbers, while humans prefer words. Today’s Internet was built in a way that caters to each preference, allowing both computers and people to navigate the Web with ease. This means that every website has two names or addresses. One is a domain name easily remembered by humans, such as verisign.com. The other is a unique, computer-friendly series of numbers, or Internet Protocol (IP) address.

A Domain Name System (DNS) is a database that stores all of the domain names and corresponding IP numbers for a particular top-level domain (TLD) such as .com or .net. The DNS identifies and locates computer systems and resources on the Internet. For instance, when you type in a Web address, or URL, the DNS will match the typed name with the IP address for that location, and connect you to that site. DNS 101 Infographic

DNS 101 Infographic Click for larger image It's in the Box

DNS name servers are physical servers that store the DNS database records. These domain name servers are the hardware that handles literally billions of requests every day. Each time someone types a Web address into their browser, a domain name server somewhere around the world receives the query, locates the IP address, and directs that person’s computer to the proper website—all in just a few seconds. Dissecting a Domain Name

The best way to understand a domain name is to start to the right of the first period or "dot." The characters after the dot signify the top-level domain or TLD. Each TLD has one or more second-level domain names (verisign.com); each second-level domain can have many third-level domain names (support.verisigninc.com). Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) use characters from many different scripts, such as Kanji and Arabic, and not just the familiar Latin alphabet. Registering a Domain Name

Domain names are registered for a period of one to ten years by an individual or an organization. A user contacts a registrar or reseller to register a domain name. The registrar verifies that the domain name is available by checking with the registry that manages the corresponding TLD. If it is available, the registrar registers the domain name with the registry, which adds it to the registry database. At the end of the registration period, the domain name registrant has the option to renew the domain name or let it expire.

Find a Registrar This is What We Do

Verisign, a global leader in domain names and Internet security, enables Internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names and provides protection for websites and enterprises around the world. Verisign ensures the security, stability and resiliency of key Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains and two of the Internet’s root servers, as well as performs the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Verisign’s Security Services include intelligence-driven Distributed Denial of Service Protection, iDefense Security Intelligence and Managed DNS. The Domain Name System FAQs What is the DNS? How does the DNS work? Why is DNS vulnerable? What is cache poisoning? What are man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks?

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Domain names are the way we organize, navigate and understand the Web. Without domain names, URLs would be a series of numbers, or IP addresses, that would be difficult to remember. However, a domain name gives us an address that is easier to recall.

A domain name is key to doing just about anything on the Internet, from setting up a website, to sending and receiving email, to building an online store. Verisign enables companies big and small to increase their online visibility, expand their businesses into new markets and promote their brand, connecting more than 133 million .com and .net domain names and resolving more than 119 billion queries daily without fail. Discover below how a domain is essential to what we do online. Get the full story on domain names.

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Thursday, May 26 2016

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Tuesday, May 24 2016

Develop Intriguing Web Content

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Structuring content on your website to be relevant and easy to consume will impact not only your customers' understanding of who you are and how they can interact with your business, but also how your company will rank on search engines like Google and Bing. Three steps for web content development

One way for your business to succeed online is to have a website that achieves high search engine rankings to attract visitors. Your website needs to convert those visitors into customers by convincing them that they should do business with you.

To achieve these two objectives your content should:

   Be compelling and actionable
   Express who you are
   Describe what you offer
   Explain why visitors should buy from you
   Be keyword and metadata rich
   Provide links for building credibility

Below are five tips to start you on the right path for creating content for your website. Get to the Point

You should not assume that a visitor will consume all the content on your page. A lot of people don’t even make it halfway through. That is why you need to put your most important information at the top and prioritize your content from there. This concept is called the inverted pyramid. Actionable Language

Tell your visitors what you want them to do and use strong call to actions such as “Download this form.” or “Learn more about this product.” Actionable content is good content and it makes you almost immediately more relevant. Shorter Sentences

When writing for the Web, keep it short and simple. The Internet is no place for picturesque prose. That means you need to pare down your sentences to the bare essentials. Use only what you need to get the point across. Keywords for Search Engine Optimization

You want to make sure when people search a keyword using a search engine like Google or Bing that they find your website. You don’t necessarily want to choose the keywords with the highest amount of searches. A better tactic if you are just starting out is to choose long-tail keywords (phrases like "How to chop an onion"). They are generally less competitive and you have an opportunity to rank higher in the search results. Skimmable Copy

When it makes sense, create lists instead of a paragraph. When people read content on the Internet, whether on a lap top or mobile phone, they are skimming for important information. Each of your list items should not exceed seven words, or you will lose your readers. This is an old trick used by designers of outdoor advertisements, like billboards.

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Monday, May 23 2016

5 easy steps to getting a domain name

Being online can represent huge opportunities to startups and existing businesses, creating whole new audiences. It may seem like this starting a website is a big task but it can easily be broken down into stages and the first is securing your domain name (web address). There are lots of options available, and this infographic gives you the information you need to make the right choices.

   To find out what domain name options are out there for your business search on the Name Suggestion Tool
   Domain names can be purchased through registrars, here’s a few that can help you start your website

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Sunday, May 22 2016

Namecheap: PremiumDNS Services In Partnership With Verisign

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Namecheap, one of the top domain registrars and web hosting providers worldwide, has come up with a solution to protect its customers’ uptime, by introducing PremiumDNS. Its customers can now get DNS services with 100 percent uptime and full DNSSEC support for $4,88 per year. Considering the size of their operations and the security of a domain name, it is a greal deal and an affordable price.




As Matt Russell, Namecheap’s CIO, said hackers can do more than just attacking application servers. They have the power and ability to intercept essential information, such as account and credit card details and then convey it to their own IP addresses.




   “PremiumDNS provides protection against this, at the most affordable price on the market today, by far. We are proud to offer this product to consumers looking to increase their website’s security and performance.” were some of the words of Matt Russell.



PremiumDNS target is the domain names linked to a website soon ready to use.This service includes many features, besides protecting your website:

–100% uptime assurance: PremiumDNS customers will benefit of 100 % SLA. –Full DNS redundancy/caching: To increase the speed of DNS resolution there are 17 completely redundant worldwide assigned Anycast locations. –Comprehensive Analytics: Customers will now be able to look up source country and record type When requesting for hostnames customers will now can search for source country and record type.




Compared to Namecheap, other domain registrars offer you PremiumDNS products for $35 or even more. Thanks to a partnership with Verisign, at Namecheap PremiumDNS products are $4,88 per year.




According to Russell, this partnership gives them the opportunity to ensure the availability of all domains at standards that only world’s biggest enterprises use. All production websites should use this product for a high level of productivity and availability to their customers.




Namecheap is confident about their product success and hopes that in addition to free WHOISGuard Protection and topnotch support, it will turn the company in anyone’s most rational choice.

45% Of US Banks Own A .BANK Domain Name

In this initial year, 45% of banks in the U.S. have registered domain names – according to fTLD’s latest infographic. (see below) fTLD has tracked 2,575 U.S. banks registering a total of 5,212 .BANK domain names in this period. The average bank has registered 2.1 domain names.

However, banks aren’t the only ones registering .BANK domain names. 32 domains have been registered by trade associations and 24 have been registered by service providers.

Top ten U.S. states for domain registrations:

   Texas= 421
   Massachusetts = 269
   Missouri = 266
   Illinois = 254
   Pennsylvania = 243
   Florida = 227
   California = 217
   Ohio = 198
   New York = 195
   Iowa = 182

Outside of the U.S., 647 registrations have been made by 270 banks.

Top ten countries for domain registrations:

   South Africa = 62
   Great Britain = 55
   Turkey = 51
   Spain = 44
   Greece = 44
   Germany = 42
   Canada = 32
   France = 25
   China = 22
   Austria = 18

The registry has opened a Request for Proposal process to apply for single-character and certain two-letter domain names that closes on May 31, 2016; details are available at https://www.register.bank/rfp-process-single-character-and-two-letter-names/.

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Canon.com Has Recently Become Global.canon

What Canon Does?

Considered the 10th largest public company in Japan, Canon is a Japanese multinational corporation profiled in the production of imaging and optical products such as camcorders, cameras, photocopiers, computer printers, steppers and medical equipment.



Redirecting to Global.canon

It’s always a mystery what the companies with branded new gTLD extension will choose to join their dot. For Canon apparently it was not so complicated, recently deciding for “global” to complete its .canon extension. Since 2015, when the company purchased the extension, it is the first time they used the new gTLD. Despite changes was not necessary to rebrand also the logo, remaining the same Canon Global one.




If you are searching for the old Canon.com you will be now redirected to the recent address, Global.canon. Imagining the forward was done properly, it should not affect the company to preserve its search engine scores.




The company declared they made this change in order to ensure information to a global audience, especially for the online environment and to help the users recognize authenticity.




For the coming future there will be also added supplementary languages versions.

Thursday, May 19 2016

Other fun and unique ways you can help build credibility, recognition and a connection with your desired customers.

9 Ways You May Be Missing Opportunities to Build Your Brand

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Chances are that your business has a logo, or at least an awesome name for which you are working... Chances are that your business has a logo, or at least an awesome name for which you are working to gain recognition every chance you get. You may already be promoting your business in obvious places like store signage, business cards or print ads, but there are numerous other fun and unique ways you can help build credibility, recognition and a connection with your desired customers: 1. Online Presence

Establish an online presence for your business that is in line with your brand. No website? No problem. A domain name lets you connect a custom Web address to your social media page, allowing it to act as a business website. Now when a customer types in your Web address, it takes them directly to your social media presence. Having your own Web address makes it easy to tell people where to find you online. And, if you want to create a website in the future, you already have a great Web address that your customers know. 2. Branded Email

A business-branded email (e.g., yourname@yourbusiness.com) shows the world your company is established and professional, whereas a generic email, like yourbusiness@freeemailaddress.com may project inexperience — or even worse, raise doubts about whether you’re a real company. Moreover, by using branded email, every time you send an email it promotes your business. 3. Phone Calls

Make sure that the people who answer your business phone answer it professionally and courteously, and name your business in the same way every time. It’s also important that your after-hours message shares your business name, location, hours and Web address, so customers can look up information about your business even when you are not open. 4. Employee/Customer Apparel

Outfit your staff and customers in shirts, jackets and other clothing that features your brand colors and/or your logo and Web address. This makes it easy for customers to identify employees. And each customer wearing your branded apparel becomes a walking, talking billboard for your business. 5. Business Cards Re-Imagined

You may already have business cards, but whether you do or don’t, make sure that any future cards you create are emblazoned with your logo, tag line, Web address and contact information. Consider using double-sided cards with a customer loyalty coupon on the back so people will hold on to it. 6. Promotional Giveaways

What is your brand known for, or what do you want it to be known for? For example, if you sell wine, consider giving away branded wine keys to your customers with your company logo and Web address. No matter what your business focuses on, everyone needs to stay hydrated and most people can’t function without coffee. Logoed items like mugs and water bottles as thank-yous or giveaways will get used and remind customers of your business with every sip. 7. Make a Video

If you own a smartphone, you can make a simple video at a very low cost and then share the video with your social media networks or on your website. Video is the most popular type of online content today. The trick is to create a video that is useful, interesting and in line with your brand. 8. Generate Creative Content

Many small business owners have created a niche and loyal following for themselves by creating and sharing content via blogs and articles. It helps to set them apart from their competition by positioning them as experts in their field. The trick is to think of topics or experiences you can speak about in unique ways to gain the attention of customers. 9. Email Marketing

Build an email list by asking customers for their email addresses at the checkout line or on your website and social media sites. This is a great way to ensure constant communication with them about information such as promotions and discounts, or events. The key is to send professional looking and sounding emails infrequently enough to not be annoying, but enough to stay top-of-mind. There are many reasonably priced email marketing services that can be leveraged to make the email marketing process easier and can help ensure that you comply with all applicable laws. Read: Tips for Leveraging Email Marketing for more information.

Before going out and investing a bunch of time and money into any of these suggestions, it is important to ask a few questions to make sure you invest in the right promotional opportunities.

   Who is your target audience? How old are they, what do they like to do? The answers to these questions will help you understand which promotional activities will appeal most to them.
   What is a realistic budget for marketing your business? This will help you prioritize promotional opportunities to get the biggest bang for your buck. Free and inexpensive activities like social media and websites can be a cost effective way to reach a broad audience.
   How can you measure the effectiveness of your promotional efforts? This will help you determine which activities you should keep doing, or invest more or less into.

For more tips on how to get more exposure for your business, check out this article on social media marketing.

Have the perfect domain name to register? Find out how to protect and secure it! #smallbiz

How To Choose The Best Domain Registrar That's Right For You - Verisign vrsn.cc

Consider these tips to evaluate domain name registrars when selecting the best domain registrar that meet your needs and has your best interest in mind.

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Expert tips: Six tips to create a video for your website

Film producer Ravinol Chambers of Be Inspired Films gives some top tips to small business owners on how to create a video online. Ravinol gives an insight into how to prepare, how to appeal to your audience and how to get views with a web video for business. http://www.verisign.com/en_GB/domain-names/online/implement/video-online-video/index.xhtml

Tuesday, May 17 2016

ICANN's new President & CEO Göran Marby starts 23 May. Click below to watch his interview.

https://youtu.be/gcnag4CzYMs

Getting an exact domain name match is like having an online name tag. Here's an example: http://rockit.news

Getting an exact domain name match is like having an online name tag. Here's an example: http://rockit.news

Verisign Launches New gTLDs for the Korean Market, .닷컴 and .닷넷

Guest post from June Seo, Director, Verisign Naming Services Korea

Verisign is pleased to announce the launch of our phased rollout of .닷컴 and .닷넷, the localized versions of the .com and .net top-level domains (TLDs) in Hangul script for the Korean market. The Sunrise Period is open from May 16, 2016 through June 19, 2016 for .닷컴, the .com you know, now in Korean, and .닷넷, the evolution of .net for Korea.

Millions of businesses and individuals around the world trust their websites to .com and .net, both brought to you by Verisign, and now their Hangul localizations, .닷컴 and .닷넷, can serve as credible homes for businesses online in Korea. The .닷컴 and .닷넷 internationalized domain name (IDN) TLDs represent a new way to connect with customers in native Korean script.

The .닷컴 and .닷넷 IDN TLDs will each have distinct registration periods, as described in further detail below. The Sunrise Period for .닷컴 and .닷넷 will be on a first come, first served basis, and prospective registrants must have a Signed Mark Data (SMD) file from the Trademark Clearinghouse to participate. During the Sunrise Period, these prospective registrants will be able to register each second-level domain name (SLD) in .닷컴 and .닷넷 that is an exact match of each SLD permitted by their SMD file. Both IDN and ASCII SLDs may be registered during the Sunrise Period.

Following the Sunrise Period, there will be a Priority Access Program for .닷컴 and .닷넷 that will last about two months. The Priority Access Program Period for .닷컴 will be an exclusive registration period during which existing registrants of .com domain names will be eligible to register in .닷컴 the identical SLD for which they are the current registrant in .com.

Similarly, during the Priority Access Program Period for .닷넷, existing registrants of .net domain names will be exclusively eligible to register in .닷넷 the identical SLD for which they are the current registrant in .net. Registrations of SLDs in .닷컴 and .닷넷 during the applicable Priority Access Program Period must be registered through the registrar that is the same registrar-of-record of the existing SLD registration in .com or .net, as the case may be, and must be by the same registrant of the existing SLD registration. All registrations during the Priority Access Program Period for .닷컴 and .닷넷 are subject to availability and the applicable registry policies and, as in the case of Sunrise, both IDN and ASCII SLDs may be registered.

For example:

A Landrush Program Period will follow the Priority Access Program Period and will be open to all potential registrants on a first come, first served basis. Landrush will last approximately two weeks and will be followed by General Availability.

IDNs are appealing to many Korean internet users as they provide the ability to use Korean native script in a more intuitive and memorable way. Don’t miss your opportunity to connect with this important audience by registering your .닷컴 and .닷넷 domain names.

The registration periods for .닷컴 and .닷넷 are*:

   Sunrise Period: May 16 – June 19, 2016
   Priority Access Program Period: June 20 – Aug. 15, 2016
   Landrush Program Period: Aug. 16 – Aug. 29, 2016
   General Registration Period Start Date: Aug. 30, 2016
   Trademark Claims Period: Aug. 30 – Nov. 28, 2016

For more information about .닷컴, the .com you know, now in Korean, click here.

For more information about 닷넷, the evolution of .net for Korea, click here.

  • Please note that the information in this blog post regarding the registration periods for .닷컴 and .닷넷, including the corresponding dates, is for general information purposes only and is subject to change. See the most current registration periods, corresponding dates and other detailed information for .닷컴 at newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/sunrise-claims-periods/xnmk1bu44c and for .닷넷 at newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/sunrise-claims-periods/xnt60b56a.

Monday, May 9 2016

LA Times Publisher acquires LA.com domain name

ribune acquires valuable domain name, plans to offer customized email addresses.

Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE:TPUB), publisher of the L.A. Times, has acquired the valuable domain name LA.com.

The company has already created a landing page for the site, which invites visitors to enter their email address to be alerted when the site launches.

You might start seeing @la.com email addresses in use soon. Visitors can provide their mobile phone number for a chance to win a personalized @la.com email address.

The domain name was acquired from MediaNews Group, part of Digital First Media. The company primarily operates newspapers.

I imagine this was a solid seven-figure sale.

Sunday, May 1 2016

Google Files COmplaint For Two-Google Related Domain Names

Google has recently filed a complaint against the owner of wallet-google.com, wallet-help-center-google.com domain names.The company filed the complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on April 5,2016.According to whois records, wallet-google.com was registered in March,2016 while wallet-help-center-google.com was registered in February 2016.The National Arbitration Forum will examine over the next days…

Verisign Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2016

Verisign has recently reported the financial results and details about .com and .net domain name registrations and renewals for the first quarter of 2016.Business Highlights include : Verisign Registry Services added 2.65 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 142.5 million .com and .net domain names in…

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