Verisign Announces #InternetOfficial Month 3 Winners & Upcoming Grand Prize

Verisign has announced the winners of the #InternetOfficial contest for month 3. The month 3 winners are: delectablegarden.com GeorgiaWeddingCakes.com CancerSniff.com WarmEscapes.com BridesWithABudget.com Congratulations to the last 5 #InternetOffical winners! The Grand Prize round will launch on Friday, June 12 and end on Saturday, June 27th. Staring June 12th you can … [Read more...]

ICA Sounds The Alarm: Tell ICANN No to URS at .Travel – Or It Will Travel to .Com

Phil Corwin of the Internet Commerce Association (the "ICA)  just published a post,  sounding a very loud alarm, to head off what would be the first step that would make all .Com domain name subject to the Uniform Rapid Suspension Policy (URS) which allows "trademark holders" to go after domain names. To remind everyone the URS which is only in effect for new gTLD's is now being proposed in the … [Read more...]

China Dominates 7 Out of Top 10 Trending Keyword Registrations For .Com Domains In March

Verisign’s has posted the top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET for the month of March The word "China" was the top trending keyword for both .com and .net registrations in March. The next three most trending terms in .Com were also Chinese words. So the top 4 keywords registered in .Com were Chinese and 7 of the top 10. Only appliance, Guys and Rehab were non-Chinese … [Read more...]

SEO Benefits Between .Com and Everything Else

This will probably be a controversial post as the topic has certainly been controversial. SearchMetrics.com published an article that took a look at the SEO benefits of .com vs every other extension. Now Google has always said there is no difference and Matt Cutts has debunked the new gtld crowd that said they would have a benefit. Matt wrote on his Google + in May 2012: Matt Cutts Shared … [Read more...]

Do Domain Extensions Matter ? One study says if it is .Com, You Betcha

Website Magazine asked the question: "Do Domain Extensions Matter ?" They went on to cite a recent study from Interbrand that stated 94 percent of consumers correctly recalled .COM while only 7 percent correctly recalled a new domain extension. From the article: In addition to memorability, Interbrand’s study sheds light on clickability. In fact, the data shows that 61 percent of consumers … [Read more...]

Will .Com Even Be A Thing in 50 Years ?

CNN.com published an article on the 30 year anniversary of .com and at the end asked if .com would even be a thing in 50 years ? New gtlds and ecommerce over smart phones were mentioned as possible reasons to answer no. From the article: What will the future hold? Today, the undisputed champ is challenged by plenty of eager newcomers. New, more personalized domains are cropping up all the … [Read more...]

Verisign Report: There are Now 288 Million Registered Domains As Of December 31

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), today announced that 4 million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 288 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of Dec. 31, 2014 in the domain industry report. The increase of four million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.3 % over the third … [Read more...]