Using December .Com and .Net Registration Trends to Discover Keyword-Rich Domain Names

Verisign publishes a monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net in English during the preceding month. Given the popularity of these terms, I thought it would be interesting to see what available domain names I could discover by entering a combination of the .com keywords into DomainScope, Verisign’s domain name generator that helps find creative domain name suggestions.

Based on the keywords published this month, below is a list of my top 10 favorite .com domain names that were recently available containing these and other popular keywords.

(more…)

8 Tips to Find Your Perfect .Com Domain Name

So you’ve decided that you want a domain name, congrats!

Your first instinct is probably to register your domain name with a .com domain name extension. With nearly 30 years of top-tier news, entertainment and businesses associated with .com, it has become one of the most versatile, trusted and recognizable domain name extensions around the world. Every Fortune 500 company and many of the top startups have .com domain names. And domain and branding experts agree that a .com domain name is preferred over other domain names.

(more…)

Why .Com is the Venture Capital Community’s Power Player

Article from Cara Hayes, Verisign director of digital marketing, previously published in WIRED.

The Venture Capital (VC) community is well aware of the value of a great domain name. In a recent essay, Paul Graham, venture capitalist and co-founder of the Y Combinator seed capital firm said, “The problem with not having the .com of your name is that it signals weakness.” It’s no wonder that 100 percent of the top 20 Y Combinator companies by valuation have the .com of their name.

Recent data shows that .com is the most popular domain extension for funded startups. That’s because its global recognition and unmatched security, stability and reliability lends instant credibility to brands associated with a .com domain name.

(more…)

Verisign Q2 2016 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to Approximately 334.6 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2016

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the internet grew by approximately 7.9 million domain name registrations in the second quarter of 2016, and closed with a base of 334.6 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 2.4 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016.

(more…)

Many .Com Domain Names with the Same Keywords as Premium New gTLDs Are Available for Registration

Earlier this month, Andrew Allemann wrote a post on notable NameJet sales in which he discusses the sale of PropertyRehab.com for $2,400 as “a perfect example of how wrong some domain registries are on their premium pricing.” He mentions that the registry operator for the .rehab new generic top-level domain (new gTLD), has marked property.rehab as a platinum domain name and asks: “Why would someone pay thousands (or tens of thousands) a year for Property.rehab when they could buy PropertyRehab.com for just $2,400?”

(more…)

Internet Grows to 326.4 Million Domain Names in the First Quarter of 2016

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the internet grew by approximately 12 million domain names in the first quarter of 2016, and closed with a base of 326.4 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 3.8 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015. [1]

(more…)

7 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Domain Name Extension

In the last three years, almost 1,000 new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs) have entered the market, increasing the previous 22 options for generic domain name extensions, like .com, .net and .org, by almost 5,000 percent. While expanded choice can be good, consumers, small businesses and website owners may be overwhelmed by the many different options and have a lot of questions about which domain extension is right for them or their brand. Recently I spoke with editors at WIRED about what their readers should ask themselves when determining how to choose the right domain name and it came down to the following seven key questions.

(more…)

Internet Grows to 314 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by approximately 15 million domain names in the fourth quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 314 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). That’s a 5 percent increase over the third quarter of 2015. [1]

(more…)

The Internet Grew to 299 Million Domain Names in the Third Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by approximately 3.1 million domain names in the third quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 299 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 1.1 percent increase over the second quarter of 2015.

(more…)