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Friday, April 29, 2016

The new gTLD info for Friday, April 29th

Another nice message received from an member of the IDN Implementation Guidelines Experts group at ICANN and ALAC representative. The "At-Large Community" (ALAC) is a group within the ICANN, which represents the interests of Internet users. There are over 190 At-Large Structures (ALSes) around the world. To give an example, the ALAC helps influence Internet policies such as WHOIS and new generic Top-Level Domains. The message received from Wael:
"I visit gTLD.club avery day. I get the email right before going to bed :)"
News
  1. The .WEB/.WEBS new gTLD Auction:
    Commencement Date on 27 July 2016 at 13:00 UTC;
  2. Another Brand ends its new gTLD contract with ICANN: the third one;
  3. Download - Brochure: "Your .BRAND is your .business";
  4. The .HOMES Sunrise Period ends soon:
    • SUNRISE PERIOD END: Friday, 6 May, 2016;
    • CLAIMS NOTIFICATION PERIOD START: Tuesday, 12 May, 2015;
    • CLAIMS NOTIFICATION PERIOD END: Wednesday, 10 August, 2016.
      Participate in this Sunrise Period with Nameshield.
  5. Branding - Using with a "." in your Brand? Don't forget to secure the corresponding domain name when it exists!
  6. The .SHOP Lawsuit finally ends;
  7. In French: "Noms de domaine Web personnalisés : gadget superflu ou levier à intégrer dans sa communication digitale?"
  8. More coming.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The new gTLD info for Thursday, April 28th

I sometimes receive nice messages, here is one I received this morning from RightSide. These messages come more often I noticed and they coincide with the increasing number of subscribers to the gTLD.club Newlsetter. I am more than happy to see that new gTLDs start to interest the general public. Below is the message I received from George:
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your gtld.club blog, which I try to read every day. I'm relatively new to the industry (going on three years now) and I have to credit your blog with helping me to build a foundation and expand my understanding in the area that interests me the most -- raising public awareness of and sparking imaginative interest in new gTLDs through creative communications campaigns and good storytelling.
News
  1. Brand Your Music With An Innovative Domain Name;
  2. Looking Ahead: 2016 gTLD Risks and Opportunities;
  3. The .EMERSON new gTLD abandons its participation in the ICANN new gTLD program;
  4. Article - Financial Industry Quick To Embrace New TLDs;
  5. The .WEB new gTLD could be live by the end of 2016;
  6. Release of Country and Territory Names within the new gTLDs after:
    1. .HYUNDAI
    2. .KIA
    3. .GODADDY
  7. It is now possible to register "dropped" domain names from Donuts and RightSide;
  8. Meet with the ICANN's Global Domains Division in Amsterdam;
  9. Four new gTLD events added;
  10. Seems like there is a new "Multiple Registry" who wants to open in China: guess who?
  11. Trademark Clearinghouse - The .VIP Sunrise Period ends in 2 days;
  12. Newsletter - Did  you miss the reading of a NEWS? Click on "View previous campaigns";
  13. The .LIVE new gTLD makes a major play with the .SOCIAL crowd in San Diego;
  14. More coming.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The new gTLD info for Wednesday, April 27th

Today is Wednesday and we have updated our SPORT new gTLD report. We have added a second table which follows the first 8 weeks of reporting, from week 9 to 16, 2016. We have added to TLDs in blue: the .CRICKET new gTLD and .CLUB see their domain name registrations increase significantly. In red, .BIKE and .FUTBOL see their registration volumes decrease.
  • Coming - The .GDN new gTLD about to open to the public = "open to all" ("gdn" stands for "global domain name");
  • Report - New gTLDs related to SPORT (update);
  • 314 million domain names!
  • M+M, a multiple Registry reports a loss of $10 million;
  • .STORE and .SHOPPING new gTLDs are launching;
  • The Chinese Club - The .CLUB registry is highlighted in an interview with Colin Campbell in China’s Domain (域名) Magazine;
  • .AFRICA - Settle .africa domain name struggle the African way;
  • 3,948 new domains for the .BARCELONA new gTLD;
  • More coming.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The new gTLD info for Tuesday, April 26th

I read the Nameshield article on the .MMA new gTLD and sent an email to learn more about the project. Today, I spoke to Mr Daeschner who explained that these domain names will be used mainly by the MMA network of local agencies. This is a long time project and if actual domain names are going to be used as redirections first, it is not impossible that this changes at some point. The interesting info is that MMA has the administrative and technical capacity to tell its agencies to migrate to their ".mma" new domain name. This is an important information because in many cases, such decisions are taken by agencies themselves, not by the headquarters. MMA will wait to see the impact on SEO and wants to take the time to do things. By the way, did you know that the .MMA new gTLD project is a community application?

News
  • Article - Lawyers have a hard time with new domain names;
  • Report - New gTLDs related to Companies. This is the weekly update of domain name registration volumes: which domains would you secure as a company?
  • Nameshield Event - "New gTLDs: an opportunity for Companies" (in Lille - France);
  • Donuts Premium domains: keep an eye on price when transferring to another Registrar;
  • More coming.

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The weekly "cities" new gTLD report by Jean Guillon

Are new domain names for cities purchased? This weekly publication reports on cities new domain name registration volumes.

More Cities are in the red this week and this is probably due to holidays worldwide. Domain names from Moscow (in ASCII and IDN Top-Level Domains) keep diving into the red.
  1. The .NYC new gTLD: 76,684 domain name registrations
  2. .LONDON : 64,258
  3. .BERLIN : 58,700
  4. .TOKYO : 48,521
  5. .AMSTERDAM : 25,789
  6. .KOELN : 24,923
  7. .HAMBURG : 24,817
  8. .PARIS : 21,555
  9. .MOSCOW : 19,993
  10. .CITY : 19,195
  11. .МОСКВА (xn--80adxhks) : 17,372
  12. .MIAMI : 14,754
  13. .WIEN : 14,058
  14. .VEGAS : 13,901
  15. .QUEBEC : 8,997
  16. .SYDNEY : 8,771
  17. .MELBOURNE : 8,689
  18. .BRUSSELS : 6,133
  19. .COLOGNE : 5,397
  20. .TOURS : 4 ,632
  21. .BARCELONA : 4,689
  22. .CAPETOWN : 4,411
  23. .NAGOYA : 4,170
  24. .JOBURG : 3,406
  25. .YOKOHAMA : 3,234
  26. .GENT : 3,222
  27. .TAIPEI : 2,662
  28. .TOWN : 2,642
  29. .OKINAWA : 2,614
  30. .DURBAN : 2,461
  31. .RIO : 1,320
  32. .ISTANBUL : 654 (0)
  33. .IST : 602 (0)
  34. .OSAKA : 513
  35. .KYOTO : 386
  36. .BCN : 1
  37. .MADRID : 1
  38. .DUBAI : 1
  39. .STOCKHOLM : 1
  40. .HELSINKY : 1
  41. .BUDAPEST : 1
  42. .DOHA : 1
  43. .BOSTON (coming)
  44. .ABUDHABI (coming)
In blue: city extensions with a notable domain name registration increase; in pink we added ".city" and ".town" new gTLDs; in red, city extensions facing a registration decrease from one week to the other. Please note that ".tours" (a French city) was added to the list.

Source: ntldstats.com

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The new gTLD info for Monday, April 25th

You probably noticed that some French Trademarks recently started to appear on the French TLDs report. Two of them now have more than 100 registrations and these figures will be updated weekly.
  1. Impressive - The .MMA Registry (a .TRADEMARK) has 1,700+ registrations!
  2. The .MED Sunrise Period has begun;
  3. Reports:
    1. The weekly .CITIES new gTLD report;
    2. The weekly French new gTLD report by Nameshield;
    3. New gTLDs related to Catering;
    4. New gTLDs related to Photography.
  4. Survey - Impact of new gTLDs on trademark enforcement strategies;
  5. Request for Proposal to Allocate Reserved .BANK Domains;
  6. Article - Understanding the world of .BRAND;
  7. Comparing ".coms" to premium new domains;
  8. Learn: "Brand TLDs are Launching. Get Informed";
  9. Will Amazon decide about who can register a .MOI domain name?
  10. Multiple Registry (FFM) is granted a WFOE Licence for China;
  11. Podcast - Craig Schwartz for .BANK;
  12. More coming by the end of the day.
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New gTLDs related to Photography

We strongly believe that the .PHOTO new gTLD (new domain names ending in “.photo”, instead of “.com”) will be a commercial success in the long term. This post reports on new domain name extension registration volumes related to photography.
  1. The .PHOTOGRAPHY new gTLD = 52,899
  2. .PICS = 32,571
  3. .PHOTO = 27,640
  4. .MEDIA = 25,880
  5. .PHOTOS = 19,958
  6. .GALLERY = 18,364
  7. .VIDEO = 15,126
  8. .DIGITAL = 14,896
  9. .STUDIO = 9,903
  10. .GRAPHICS = 8,275
  11. .PICTURES = 6,900
  12. .CAMERA = 5,485
  13. .FILM = 1,843
  14. .MOVIE = 1,014
  15. .MOV = 2 (0)
In blue: noticeable domain name registrations increase, in red, they decrease from one week to the other.

Source: ntldstats.com

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New gTLDs related to Catering

We strongly believe that the .RESTAURANT new gTLD (new domain names ending in “.restaurant”, instead of “.com”) will be a commercial success in the long term. This post reports on new domain name extension registration volumes related to catering.
  1. The .PUB new gTLD = 51,776
  2. .MENU = 6,838
  3. .RESTAURANT = 5,815
  4. .CAFE = 6,978
  5. .KITCHEN = 6,392
  6. .BAR = 4,797
  7. .COOKING = 3,199 (0)
  8. .RECIPES = 3,586
  9. .CATERING = 3,318
  10. .REST = 1,447
  11. Coming: .FOOD
In blue: noticeable domain name registrations increase, in red, they decrease from one week to the other.

Source: ntldstats.com

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The .MED Sunrise Period begins

There were four applicants for the .MED new gTLD.

WHAT
As published on the TMCH website: ".med is the intersection of global clinical excellence with advanced technology to create the most trusted and respected healthcare community on the Internet".

WHEN
  • SUNRISE PERIOD START: Monday, 25 April, 2016;
  • SUNRISE PERIOD END: Friday, 24 June, 2016.
WHERE
Parties interested in registering a ".med" domain name can contact the Nameshield Group to participate in the Sunrise Period.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The new gTLD info for Friday, April 22nd

Today is a sad day: Prince died. I was a serious fan and still have almost all of its CDs. I'll probably insert one in the CD Player tonight with my guests. There is nothing to add at this point and the thing that comes to my mind at the moment I write these lines is...drugs.sucks.
  1. The .TUBE Sunrise Period has begun;
  2. Infographic - 100,000 registrations for the .TECH new gTLD;
  3. Webinar - .INSURANCE and .SUNRISE new gTLDs (Wednesday, May 11, 2016);
  4. The .VIP Sunrise Period ends soon: contact Nameshield;
  5. HOT - New gTLD Program Delegation Deadlines;
  6. Child abuse imagery on new gTLD domain names?
  7. Two more new gTLDs were just delegated: .PROGRESSIVE and .MLS;
  8. Judge Halts .Africa Domain; Lengthy Litigation Likely.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The .TUBE Sunrise Period begins

The .TUBE new gTLD Sunrise Period has begun. The Top-Level Domain, or new domain name extension, is about creating, watching and sharing videos on Internet.

WHEN
  1. SUNRISE PERIOD START:
    Thursday, 21 April, 2016 - 16:00
  2. SUNRISE PERIOD END:
    Monday, 20 June, 2016 - 16:00
WHERE
Interested participants can contact the Nameshield Group to participate in the Sunrise Period.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The new gTLD info for Tuesday, April 19th

Changing from a new domain name to a new sub-domain is a strange choice but in this case, there is an explanation. Recently, the owner of startup.club received an offer for the acquisition of this domain name. Startup.club was the .CLUB Registry portal for Premium domain names. To keep developing traffic on its portal, content of startup.club has moved to startup.nic.club.
  1. The new gTLD lever - The Oprah Winfrey Network to use a .BUZZ domain name for website;
  2. Report - New gTLDs related to COMPANIES (update);
  3. New gTLD Program Safeguards: 6 days left!
  4. Opinion - .AFRICA : the "arrogant and unaccountable ICANN";
  5. 30,000 applications for .SWISS domain names;
  6. Case figure - 6 Months to migrate website to a .BANK;
  7. Join the Live the Adventure Club :-)
  8. According to Verisign, also .COM Registry, all signs show that new gTLDs are not necessarily the best for SEO;
  9. Good read - New gTLD Report:
    1. The number of active .brands and those recently delegated;
    2. The highest ranking .brands in the Alexa Top 1M;
    3. The number of generic new gTLDs in the Alexa Top 1M;
    4. The new gTLDs that trigger suspicion in the Top 10;
    5. An alternative look at the Top 10 with our gTLD Utilization Indicator score;
    6. The performance of .brands in search.
  10. What's in a name on social? Be simple, be memorable;
  11. .SUCKS “gag order” dropped, approved;
  12. Just created: a .BRAND Observatory;
  13. The .HOTEL fight;
  14. Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program:
    1. .REALTOR and the National Association of Realtors;
    2. .AARP and AARP, Inc. (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons);
    3. .BANK and the Financial Services Roundtable;
    4. How Associations Can Use gTLDs – Now and in The Future.
  15. More coming by the end of the day: subscribe to receive all news by email.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The new gTLD info for Monday, April 18th

Repeating the message. New generic Top-Level Domains need to install and to do so, registries must reach out to end users. We have noticed that existing website owners won't change domain name but new creators tend to "adopt" new domains more and more. At Jovenet Consulting, we talk about new gTLDs and we are good at repeating a message again and again. To learn more about what we do, please have a look at the new version of our website.
  1. Strange - No free Internet anymore in the Niue Island because of...the proliferation of new gTLDs?
  2. ICANN Fails Consumers: The larger problem with new gTLDs;
  3. The weekly French new gTLD report by Nameshield;
  4. 8 more new gTLDs were delegated;
  5. For SALE: a list of 27 new gTLDs with potential for Round 2;
  6. New gTLD Reports:
    1. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY (more TLDs added);
    3. New gTLDs related to CATERING (more TLDs added);
  7. New - You can now buy .HOMES Premium domain names;
  8. Cool - A huge fan of Sasha Banks starts her Club website;
  9. More coming during the day.
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The weekly "cities" new gTLD report by Jean Guillon

Are new domain names for cities purchased? For example, a city like Miami has domain names ending in ".miami" instead of ".com". This weekly publication reports on cities new domain name registration volumes.
  1. The .NYC new gTLD: 76,697 domain name registrations
  2. .LONDON : 64,139
  3. .BERLIN : 59,996
  4. .TOKYO : 48,302
  5. .AMSTERDAM : 25,330
  6. .KOELN : 24,864
  7. .HAMBURG : 24,617
  8. .PARIS : 21,478
  9. .MOSCOW : 20,225
  10. .CITY : 19,123
  11. .МОСКВА (xn--80adxhks) : 17,626
  12. .MIAMI : 14,702
  13. .WIEN : 14,015
  14. .VEGAS : 13,861
  15. .QUEBEC : 8,989
  16. .SYDNEY : 8,836
  17. .MELBOURNE : 8,693
  18. .BRUSSELS : 6,122
  19. .COLOGNE : 5,387
  20. .TOURS : 4 ,587
  21. .BARCELONA : 4,508
  22. .CAPETOWN : 4,392
  23. .NAGOYA : 4,160
  24. .JOBURG : 3,389
  25. .YOKOHAMA : 3,221
  26. .GENT : 3,208
  27. .TOWN : 2,654
  28. .TAIPEI : 2,647
  29. .OKINAWA : 2,600
  30. .DURBAN : 2,447
  31. .RIO : 1,306
  32. .ISTANBUL : 654
  33. .IST : 602
  34. .OSAKA : 506
  35. .KYOTO : 380
  36. .BCN : 1
  37. .MADRID : 1
  38. .DUBAI : 1
  39. .STOCKHOLM : 1
  40. .HELSINKY : 1
  41. .BUDAPEST : 1
  42. .DOHA : 1
  43. .BOSTON (coming)
  44. .ABUDHABI (coming)
In blue: city extensions with a notable domain name registration increase; in pink we added ".city" and ".town" new gTLDs; in red, city extensions facing a registration decrease from one week to the other.

Source: ntldstats.com

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New gTLDs related to Catering (stats)

This week, we added one new domain name extension to this report: the .CAFE new gTLD.

We strongly believe that the .RESTAURANT new gTLD (new domain names ending in “.restaurant”, instead of “.com”) will be a commercial success in the long term. This post reports on new domain name extension registration volumes related to catering.
  • The .PUB new gTLD = 50,156
  • .MENU = 6,848
  • .RESTAURANT = 5,809
  • .CAFE = 6,859 (new)
  • .KITCHEN = 6,365
  • .BAR = 4,784
  • .COOKING = 3,199
  • .RECIPES = 3,582 (0)
  • .CATERING = 3,315
  • .REST = 1,441
In blue: noticeable domain name registrations increase, in red, they decrease from one week to the other.

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New gTLDs related to Photography

We added eight new domain name extensions to this report:
  1. .GALLERY
  2. .MEDIA
  3. .MOV
  4. .MOVIE
  5. .GRAPHICS
  6. .FILM
  7. .CAMERA
  8. .DIGITAL
We strongly believe that the .PHOTO new gTLD (new domain names ending in “.photo”, instead of “.com”) will be a commercial success in the long term. This post reports on new domain name extension registration volumes related to photography.
  • The .PHOTOGRAPHY new gTLD = 53,018
  • .PICS = 32,458
  • .PHOTO = 27,392
  • .MEDIA = 25,804 (new)
  • .PHOTOS = 19,922
  • .GALLERY = 18,407 (new)
  • .VIDEO = 14,939
  • .DIGITAL = 14,757 (new)
  • .STUDIO = 9,588
  • .GRAPHICS = 8,313 (new)
  • .PICTURES = 6,869
  • .CAMERA = 5,513 (new)
  • .FILM = 1,786 (new)
  • .MOVIE = 998 (new)
  • .MOV = 2 (new)
In blue: noticeable domain name registrations increase, in red, they decrease from one week to the other.

Source: ntldstats.com

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Friday, April 15, 2016

The new gTLD info for Friday, April 15th

There is a lot happening at the moment, and not only in Cuba. Cuba is opening to the word but there is another country in which the embargo ended last January 2016: it is Iran. For the past 30 years, it was not possible to have a debit card and now it becomes possible, I see more registrations coming. Did you know that Iran is a rich country?
  1. Iraq's Kurds declare independence with the .KRD new gTLD;
  2. Article - The domain extension likely to contribute to a high search ranking;
  3. 16.5% of Premium 3 letters ".club" domain names are still available to register;
  4. INTA: New gTLD Program and Rights Protection Issues;
  5. Report: the latest Verisign report has been issued: there are now 314 million domain names registered with a 5% increase;
  6. .BRAND: the .LECLERC new gTLD has launched: Vive la France!
  7. Facebook bought a Registrar: new domain names coming in Facebook?
  8. Should It Compulsorily Be A .Com Domain Name?
  9. More coming during the day; latest update is tonight in the Newsletter.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

The new gTLD info for Thursday, April 14th

Buying a Premium domain names is sometimes a little more expensive but in certain cases, it can be interesting for traffic: here is why. A few days ago, the Registry for ".club" domain names sold startup.club. This domain name has now been indexed for a very long time by Google and many websites like gTLD.club have pointed to that domain name. The new owner will benefit from this traffic.
  • Partnership between Back-End and original .GREEN applicant ends;
  • The .DOHA new gTLD was just announced;
  • Must read - Five way business use new gTLDs;
  • Calendar - Two new gTLD events added;
  • Report - How new gTLDs will transform the Internet:
    • Market fragmentation;
    • The growth of .BRAND domain endings;
    • The rise of non-Latin characters in domain names;
    • What will the Internet will look like in 2020?
    • Keeping one step ahead of the transformation of the Internet (a Brand Holder’s guide).
  • More on .AFRICA:
    • US Court Grants DCA Trust's Motion for Preliminary Injunction on .Africa gTLD;
    • Did the DotConnectAfrica judge make a big dumb mistake?
  • New gTLDs: a new marketing vanguard;
  • Guess who bought "landing.club" for $25,000?
  • Reminder - .INSURANCE Webinar (Wed, Apr 20, 2016)
  • Sunrise Period - The .PROMO Sunrise starts;
  • More coming during the day.
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The .PROMO Sunrise Period starts today

The Trademark Clearinghouse is launching the .PROMO new gTLD Sunrise Period. We are happy to remind that the .PROMO new gTLD is one of the chosen domain name extension to be listed on our weekly report on "new gTLDs related to Companies". This report is updated every Tuesday. At the moment of this publication: two domain names are registered. To receive next week's report, subscribe to our Newsletter.

WHAT
.PROMO is the new top level domain created for marketers that want to highlight promotions online and is the best domain name for sites that feature promotions and promotional items. Because .PROMO lets your visitors know what your site is all about from the domain level! And, .PROMO web addresses are short and easy to remember – perfect for advertising campaigns both on and offline.
(extract from the Registry's website)
WHEN
  • SUNRISE PERIOD START: Thursday, 14 April, 2016 - 16:00;
  • SUNRISE PERIOD END: Monday, 16 May, 2016 - 16:00

WHERE
To register a domain name ending in ".promo", it is required to participate in the Sunrise Period with an Accredited Registrar. Contact Nameshield to register your .PROMO new domain name.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The new gTLD info for Wednesday, April 13th

I am searching for a range of domain names related to a certain topic and found out yesterday that many generic domains are still free to register. It can be annoying to find out that some of these available domain names are listed with an ultra high price (this is a new trend from the ICANN new gTLD program) but when searching for a new Brand name, it becomes very easy to find the perfect match.
  1. Article - Securing assets and generic names;
  2. Report - New gTLDs relate to SPORT (weekly update);
  3. The changing nature of domain name misuse;
  4. Monitoring new trademark and domain name registrations;
  5. Update - .AFRICA new gTLD: wait, there's more! 
  6. Did you know that .YACHTS new gTLD launched?
  7. There is a way to check which short .club domains are still free to register;
  8. Reminder - the address has changed for Nameshield gathering in Paris;
  9. Cumulative premium name sales for .CLUB : $3,710,668.07;
  10. More coming tonight in our Newsletter.
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Aren't new domain names exciting?

I like precision and if I was good at designing websites, I would spend my spare time creating one page websites with content. I like well designed websites: when the front page says it all and when the domain name matches with what the front page offers. I call this Art.

New domains are convincing
It becomes easier to convince to use new gTLDs. A client of mine recently hired me to find the perfect domain name for him and if we have agreed that we are OK to spend $3,000.00 for a ".com" (and more for the rest of the portfolio), I admit that I spend more time looking at new gTLDs rather than the right generic ".com" to start our portfolio with. I convinced my client to communicate on a new domain name (from the ICANN new gTLD program), rather than the ".com" since there is a new domain name extension for his business.

Identity recognition: choice is here
Some like to buy shoes. For a reason I still misunderstand, I "like" to buy new domain names: it gives me pleasure because they offer a play-field for ideas and creation. I recently bought newsletter.domains because it really offers precision in the title and there is space for a newsletter which deals with things related to domain names. I also bought newsletter.ski - directory.design - several ".club" domain names - translate.directory...  One day, I guess I end these projects.

Buying a domain name is easy and I strongly believe that Brands, who can afford it, should store domain names for the future because it makes sense for a company to register its ".com" as well as its ".company" domain name. In the future it is quite possible that all companies will communicate on a ".company" domain name because next generations will have grown up with new domain names.
It is the same for sport clubs: the French PSG (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club) still communicates on a ".fr" domain name but isn't a "football club" before it is "France"? In terms of identity recognition, the future of sport clubs such as the PSG is ".football" first, and ".club" second: it is not ".fr". The same applied to fan clubs: there are ".fan", ".club" and ".fans" domain names for fan clubs.

Securing assets and generic names
It is a real pain not to be able to find a generic domain name in ".com": it is even more a pain to know that the price to simply redirect such a name to a new domain name will be higher than the cost of the new domain name itself. If securing a ".com" will still be an obligation during a certain time, I strongly believe that the future is in new gTLDs and the appropriate time for a company to secure its assets is just now.

New domain names offer great opportunities to register generic domain names in many industry and business fields. I was searching for info on embassies yesterday and I found out that generic names such as embassy.directory - embassy.club - embassy.events - embassy.rent - embassy.reviews and many others are still free to register. And not all of them are Premium domain names, far from this!

Did you check for new generic domain names related to your business? Search at your accredited Registrar or ask Nameshield for this service, they will be able to list all domain names related to your activity.
Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The new gTLD info for Tuesday, April 12th

Did you know that "GMBH" stands for "Gesellschaft Mit Beschränkter Haftung"? It is the equivalent for "company with limited liability": a kind of German company and the equivalent of a French SARL. Two Sunrise Periods are launching today: to participate, contact Nameshield.
  1. Sunrise Periods starting today:
    1. the .GMBH new gTLD;
    2. the .LTD new gTLD.
  2. Report - new gTLDs related to companies (weekly update);
  3. Answer - Search Quality Senior Strategist from Google answers the question: "what are the two first most important signals contributing to result for a good indexing in google";
  4. Lol - A squatter is selling icann.online on Sedo;
  5. No .KIDS (new gTLD) community priority evaluation;
  6. New gTLDs and Trademark infringements;
  7. Conference - The first "domain hackaton";
  8. More coming by 8PM CET (time when Newsletter is sent).
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Monday, April 11, 2016

The new gTLD info for Monday, April 11th

Monday is always full of News related to new domain names. The week-end is also a moment for me to publish reports with figures. We want to recommend French speaking readers of our publications to have a look at the Nameshield's report: it focuses on domain name extensions which have a French meaning.
  • Must-read - Past TLDs have Failed and Many More Will Follow in Their Path;
  • The weekly French new gTLD report by Nameshield;
  • Ending soon - The .VIP Sunrise Period (participate);
  • Leveraging Emerging gTLDs;
  • Multiple Registry rejects $5M offer;
  • Reports:
    • HOT - New gTLDs related to "cities";
    • New gTLDs related to "photography";
    • New gTLDs related to "catering".
  • Podcast on new gTLD backend Registry service provider;
  • Article on .CARS new gTLD;
  • Someone disagrees with latest TechRepublic's article on new gTLDs;
  • New domains: are they about to blow?
  • Cybersquatting reaches new heights with the introduction of new gTLDs (WIPO);
  • Registry enters top 10 Registry service providers;
  • More coming during the day.
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The weekly "cities" new gTLD report by Jean Guillon

Are new domain names for cities purchased? This weekly publication reports on cities new domain name registration volumes.
  1. The .NYC new gTLD: 76,665 domain name registrations
  2. .LONDON : 64,036
  3. .BERLIN : 59,954
  4. .TOKYO : 48,151
  5. .AMSTERDAM : 25,260
  6. .KOELN : 24,815
  7. .HAMBURG : 24,575
  8. .PARIS : 21,391
  9. .MOSCOW : 20,470
  10. .CITY : 19,225
  11. .МОСКВА (xn--80adxhks) : 18,079
  12. .MIAMI : 14,646
  13. .WIEN : 13,978
  14. .VEGAS : 13,866
  15. .QUEBEC : 8,934
  16. .SYDNEY : 8,797
  17. .MELBOURNE : 8,670
  18. .BRUSSELS : 6,115
  19. .COLOGNE : 5,372
  20. .TOURS : 4 ,532
  21. .CAPETOWN : 4,383
  22. .BARCELONA : 4,315
  23. .NAGOYA : 4,155
  24. .JOBURG : 3,386
  25. .YOKOHAMA : 3,214
  26. .GENT : 3,202
  27. .TAIPEI : 2,642
  28. .TOWN : 2,648
  29. .OKINAWA : 2,585
  30. .DURBAN : 2,463
  31. .RIO : 1,294
  32. .ISTANBUL : 654
  33. .IST : 602
  34. .OSAKA : 504
  35. .KYOTO : 372
  36. .BCN : 1
  37. .MADRID : 1
  38. .DUBAI : 1
  39. .STOCKHOLM : 1
  40. .HELSINKY : 1
  41. .BUDAPEST : 1
  42. .DOHA : 1
  43. .BOSTON (coming)
  44. .ABUDHABI (coming)

In blue: city extensions with a notable domain name registration increase; in pink we added ".city" and ".town" new gTLDs; in red, city extensions facing a registration decrease from one week to the other. Please note that ".tours" (a French city) was added to the list.

Source: ntldstats.com

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New gTLDs related to Photography

We strongly believe that the .PHOTO new gTLD (new domain names ending in “.photo”, instead of “.com”) will be a commercial success in the long term. This post reports on new domain name extension registration volumes related to photography.
  • The .PHOTOGRAPHY new gTLD = 52 995
  • .PICS = 32,385
  • .PHOTO = 27,215
  • .PHOTOS = 19,894
  • .VIDEO = 14,570
  • .STUDIO = 9,324
  • .PICTURES = 6,833
In blue: noticeable domain name registrations increase, in red, they decrease from one week to the other.

Source: ntldstats.com

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