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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

New gTLD .POKER will enter TM Sunrise tomorrow, February 5, 2015. More than 40 million people play and host poker online, making it one of the most popular online pastimes.

This exclusive registration phase will remain open through March 7, 2015. Landrush will be open March 10 – April 9, 2015, and General Availability (GA) will open April 21, 2015. 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).

New “GEO” gTLD .TAIPEI is now in Trademark Sunrise. Taipei is officially known as Taipei City and is the capital of Taiwan. It is also a cultural mecca for all who visit the city, and is among one of the most visited cities in the world. Registering ‘geo’ domains is one of the best ways to enhance the credibility (reputation) of your business in specific regions (cities, countries, etc.).

TM Sunrise for .TAIPEI will remain open through December 31, 2014 and the remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Phase 2—Landursh :: Scheduled to open February 24, 2104 and remain open through March 26, 2015
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open March 31, 2015.

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).

Two new gTLDs .BAND and .RIP are now in TM Sunrise — this exclusive registration phase will remain open through January 17, 2015. The registry will host an Early Access Program (EAP) from January 21, 2015 through January 28, 2015, and General Availability (GA) will open January 28, 2015. 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).

New gTLD .SPACE is now in TM Sunrise — this exclusive registration phase will remain open through January 10, 2015. The registry will host an Landursh Period from January 19, 2015 through January 26, 2015, and General Availability (GA) will open January 28, 2015. 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).

New gTLD .FORSALE is now in TM Sunrise — this exclusive registration phase will remain open through January 10, 2015. The registry will host an EAP in lieu of a formal Landursh Period from January 14, 2015 through January 21, 2015, and General Availability (GA) will open January 21, 2015. 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).

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