Contest Spurs Small Businesses to Make Their Big Ideas “Internet Official”
It’s hard to believe, but .com is all grown up! The internet’s most recognized top-level domain turns 30 this year, and to celebrate .com and all of the online businesses that have found success because of it, we are launching the #InternetOfficial Contest, giving you the opportunity to win up to $35,000.
— VERISIGN (@VERISIGN) January 26, 2015
So, still deciding whether to get the .com domain name for the business idea you’ve been cooking up? Make it #InternetOfficial and register your most original, memorable and keyword-rich .com domain name through a participating registrar. Visit VerisignInternetOfficial.com and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the contest entry form for your newly registered .com domain name during the contest entry period. 
The contest, which is open to U.S. residents only, will feature up to five monthly winners (for a total of 15) and one grand prize winner. A panel of top industry influencers and surprise celebrity judges, as well as the public’s votes will determine the five best .com domain names entered into the contest each month during the contest’s three month entry period. Each monthly winner will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to submit a video explaining the beauty of their entry. Those monthly winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize amount – $30,000!
The best part is the qualities that make your domain name a contest contender are the same ones that provide a great foundation for your business’s online presence. The most important decision you can make when establishing an online identity is choosing the right domain name, narrowing in on one that’s descriptive and original, easy for your audience to remember and packed with search-friendly keywords.
Approximately half of the small businesses in the U.S. are already online, and there are millions of strong .com domain names available for registration by those that aren’t. More than 95 percent of five-character and over 99 percent of six-character .com name combinations are available for registration and ready to house your business’s online brand. 
Now is the time to make your big idea #InternetOfficial. To learn more about the #InternetOfficial contest, and for tips and resources for small businesses that want to establish or expand their online presence, visit Verisign.com
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.), 18 years or older. Contest ends 6/23/15 and each monthly entry period is subject to a maximum of 70,000 submitted entries. To enter and for Official Rules, including prize descriptions and mail-in alternate method of entry, visit http://bit.ly/verisignrules. Void where prohibited.
 Alternate Method of Entry – No Purchase Necessary: If you’re interested in entering the contest without purchasing a domain name, please click here to learn more about the contest’s mail-in alternate method of entry.
 Availability statistics are based upon all possible five and six character combinations of A-Z, 0-9, and a hyphen as of July 2014.