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New GEO gTLD .MIAMI is now in TM Sunrise — this exclusive registration phase will remain open through September 18, 2015 and General Availability (GA) will open October 2, 2015. The registry will not open a formal Landrush period. Miami is a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. Miami was classified as an Alpha-World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory and is home to largest concentration of international banks in the United States, and many large national and international companies. Registering a .MIAMI domain(s) enables companies doing business in this Florida region, or organizations serving the local communities, to secure shorter and more relevant domain names for their web site(s).

For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

Age.com recently posed the question in an article, “will Google Switch To .Google & .YouTube By The End Of The Year?” and we simply cannot wait to find out. While new gTLDs have already changed the domain name registration landscape, some (perhaps many) remain reluctant to register a .brand for their business—mainly for fear that not representing with a standard .com will somehow have a negative impact. But some large/global brands are shaking things up–Barclays recently launched the branded domain names .barclays and .barclaycard. According to Barclay’s news release, registering .brand domains “allows them to create a simplified online user experience, making it crystal clear to [their] customers that they are engaging with a genuine Barclays site.” There is also talk from some media sources that Google and its YouTube brand may register .brand domains in Q4 (.google and .youtube, respectively) this year with the launch of celebrity anchor sites (e.g. rockgod.youtube). If Google makes this move to the right (of the dot), it will be a game changer.

So why haven’t more companies made the move already? Let’s face it, even for global enterprises “new” can often be scary. Perhaps in light of Barclays recent move, and Google’s impending move, we can begin thinking of new gTLDs as “more” instead of “new”. More available domains, more opportunity, more targeted/relevant traffic, higher search rankings, etc. It has become incredibly difficult to find a short domain (because .com et al are saturated)—so ‘more’ gTLDs offer ‘new’ opportunities to be creative and once again register short, relevant domain names that aren’t already registered.

Registering a .brand domain allows you to lose the ambiguity and let potential customers know exactly who you are and what you do. Registering these domains is also a great way to brand and market your products and services. “Registering a .brand top level domain can make it clear to customers that they are visiting or purchasing from an authentic website (or, conversely, when they’re not). It can also offer a breadth of marketing opportunities for different products, services and campaigns—think run.nike, drive.bentley, and the like.”

For questions please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

Verisign recently published an interesting report, which stated that 4 million domain names were added to the Internet during Q4 2014. This brings the total number of registered domain names to a whopping 288 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs)—that’s a growth rate of 1.3% in just one quarter. What’s equally (or perhaps even more) impressive is that .com/.net registrations increased by 8.2 million in Q4 of both 2013 and 2014 and to date, account for 131.6 million of all TLD registrations (in aggregate). Of that 131.6 million, 115.6 million are .com and 15.0 million are .net. And while we’re talking about .com… we also wanted to mention that the Internet’s most recognized top-level domain turned 30 this year—Happy 30th .COM!

 

New gTLDs .PORN and .ADULT entered TM Sunrise today, March 2, 2015. This exclusive registration phase will remain open through April 1, 2015, but the registry will also launch another Sunrise phase, a domain matching phase, and General Availability:

  • TM Sunrise B :: Scheduled to open April 6, 2015 and remain open through April 30, 2015
  • Domain Matching :: Scheduled to open May 6, 2015 and remain open through May 31, 2015
  • General Availability :: Scheduled to open May 31, 2015

The ICM Registry is not offering any registry blocks for these two new gTLDs, like they did for .XXX. If you are interested in protecting your brand/TM, you may register .porn/.adult domains during one of the launch phases. For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

New gTLD .VIDEO will enter TM Sunrise tomorrow, February 24, 2015. This exclusive registration phase will remain open through March 7, 2015. The EAP will be open April 29 – May 6, 2015, at which time General Availability (GA) will launch. Registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs) can help protect your brand(s) online within specific markets, and is one of the best way to optimize your naming strategy.

For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

February 12, 2015

History in the making? You be the judge. Dot COM registrations exceeded 116 million active domain names for the first time in history. What’s seemingly even more impressive is that the number of registrations has increased 600K since December 31, 2014. But it is worth noting that roughly 425,000 of the 600K increase were registered in-house at the registry. So the true growth number is around 125,000, which is still significant.

In similar news, VeriSign recently published the top 10 .com and .net keywords for January. It will be interesting to see how many of the 125,000 new .com registrations (mentioned above) correlate to keywords on this list:

.COM                         .NET

  1. holo                      1.  options
  2. block                    2.  now
  3. glitter                   3.  option
  4. options                4.  search
  5. send                     5.  find
  6. option                 6.  hemp
  7. hemp                   7.  stem
  8. guys                     8. degree
  9. remodeling        9. loss
  10. nursing               10. adult

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