Germany’s .de Was Displaced As The Most Popular Country Code Extension

Verisign released its third quarter Domain Industry
The report said there were 174 million domain names registered worldwide (the total across all extensions) at the end of the third quarter (Sept. 30). That is an increase of 3% over the previous quarter and 19% over the total registered at the end of the same quarter last year.

Country code domains continued to grow faster than the rate the overall registration market is expanding. At the end of 3Q 2008 just under

69 million ccTLD registration were in force, a jump of 5% over the previous quarter and 26% over the same quarter last year. For the first time, Germany’s .de was displaced as the most popular country code extension, being passed by China’s .cn. Meanwhile Australia’s .au joined the top ten ccTLD list for the first time, displacing Swizterland’s .ch.

Though the total number of registrations continues to expand, growth rates in both global and ccTLDs are slowing down from previous quarters. Verisign said that the declining payments for traffic that domain owners are seeing from Google is part of the reason for the slowing rate of new registrations and a rising rate of non-renewals.

(Source from DN Journal)

Do you know what the first .Com domain ever registered was?

The Internet’s 100 Oldest Dot-Com Domains
A look way way back at some of the World Wide Web’s first commercialdomains.

1. March 15, 1985

2. April 24, 1985

3. May 24, 1985

4. July 11, 1985

5. September 30, 1985

6. November 7, 1985

7. January 9, 1986

8. January 17, 1986

9. March 3, 1986

10. March 5, 1986

11. March 19, 1986

12. March 19, 1986

13. March 25, 1986

14. March 25, 1986

15. April 25, 1986

16. May 8, 1986

17. May 8, 1986

18. July 10, 1986

19. July 10, 1986

20. August 5, 1986

21. August 5, 1986

22. August 5, 1986

23. August 5, 1986

24. August 5, 1986

25. August 5, 1986

26. September 2, 1986

27. September 18, 1986

28. September 29, 1986

29. October 18, 1986

30. October 27, 1986

31. October 27, 1986

32. October 27, 1986

33. October 27, 1986

34. October 27, 1986

35. October 27, 1986

36. October 27, 1986

37. October 27, 1986

38. October 27, 1986

39. October 27, 1986

40. November 5, 1986

41. November 5, 1986

42. November 17, 1986

43. November 17, 1986

44. November 17, 1986

45. November 17, 1986

46. November 17, 1986

47. November 17, 1986

48. November 17, 1986

49. December 11, 1986

50. December 11, 1986

51. December 11, 1986

52. December 11, 1986

53. December 11, 1986

54. December 11, 1986

55. December 11, 1986

56. December 11, 1986

57. December 11, 1986

58. December 11, 1986

59. December 11, 1986

60. December 11, 1986

61. January 19, 1987

62. January 19, 1987

63. January 19, 1987

64. February 19, 1987

65. March 4, 1987

66. March 4, 1987

67. April 4, 1987

68. April 23, 1987

69. April 23, 1987

70. April 23, 1987

71. April 23, 1987

72. April 30, 1987

73. May 14, 1987

74. May 14, 1987

75. May 20, 1987

76. May 27, 1987

77. May 27, 1987

78. June 26, 1987

79. July 9, 1987

80. July 13, 1987

81. July 27, 1987

82. July 27, 1987

83. July 28, 1987

84. August 18, 1987

85. August 31, 1987

86. September 3, 1987

87. September 3, 1987

88. September 3, 1987

89. September 22, 1987

90. September 22, 1987

91. September 22, 1987

92. September 22, 1987

93. September 30, 1987

94. October 14, 1987

95. November 2, 1987

96. November 9, 1987

97. November 16, 1987

98. November 16, 1987

99. November 24, 1987

100. November 30, 1987

(JR Raphael, PC World)

How to be “indexed by Google faster?”

Indexed in Google faster? this is the question for every webmaster. Everyone knows that ranking in Google means traffic, money, income… “indexed by Google” is the first step for web site to be ranked by Google. We create this article to share with you about “”how to” for this first step! 

it is based on 10 factors as bellowing:

  1. Register a domain name for your web site for more than one year ( why? ).
  2. Check to see if this domain was banned by Google or not? (check here to see if your domain was banned by Google here?)
  3. Create your site content with unique information (DO NOT copy from the other site content and PAST it into to your site)
    Be sure to add metal tags (title, description, key words) to your web pages. Double check if your robot.txt file is correct or not?
  4. Do not link your site to Google Banned Sites
  5. Host your web site from a clean server with dedicated IP (ip banned checking here)
  6. Check your site broken link (broken link check here)
  7. Create a Google webmaster tool account (create a Google account here)
  8. Submit your site to Google for indexing (Google add url)
  9. Create a Google sitemap and submit it to Google webmaster tool
  10. Update your site content daily (Googlebot love site content with fresh content)

These are ten basic steps and there are many other points to help your site to be indexed by Google faster like:

  • Join some high traffic web forums, create your signature and link to your site.
  • Submit your site to other site search engines, directories
  • Exchange links with other related sites
  • Use ping o matic for blog sites

We let this open for you to post your comments, ideas … to make this artical useful for newbie web developers and others.

Good luck in your web development

Top Domain Sales This Week

As reported from DN Journal firt two weeks of March, 2009

Dot Com: The top sale is, sold for $5,100,000. This was sold through Bankruptcy Auction.

Dot Net: The top sale is, sold for $25,000. This was sold through Moniker. (very good price for buyer)

Country code TLDs: The top sale is sold for $45,500. This was sold throgh Sedo.

Domain Sold For $5,100,000 €357,500 = $464,750 $400,000 €52,000 = $67,600 $63,000 $62,500 $58,830 $50,000 €35,000 = $45,500 €35,000 = $45,500 $45,000 150,000PLN = $43,500 €32,500 = $42,250 $35,000 $31,000 $30,100 €22,500 = $29,250 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 €17,000 = $22,100 $22,000 $22,000 $20,000 $17,650 €13,000 = $16,900 $16,700 €12,500 = $16,250 €12,500 = $16,250 €12,166 = $15,816 $15,300 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 €11,505 = $14,957 $14,886 $14,830 €11,400 = $14,820 £10,100 = $14,000


 Source from DNJournal


As reported from DN Journal firt week of December, 2008

1- for $300,000 through Sedo
2 – €200,000 through Sedo
3 – $100,000 through NameJet
4 – $55,000 through
5 – $55,000 through Sedo
6 – $44,000 through Sedo
7 – $25,000 through
8 – $25,000 through
9 – $24,000 through AfternicDLS
10 – €18,000  through Sedo is realy very nice domain name. Games is perfectly with .mobi. The real value of this domain is maybe much more than the value from this sale. a good sale a very nice domain


The term geodomain refers to domain names that are the same as those of geographic entities, such as cities and countries. Examples of geodomains are,, and Since geographical names are limited in number, and have instant name recognition, geodomains are highly valued, with .com extension geodomains valued the most highly. Geodomains tend to provide a virtual representation of the locations they serve– for example, is heavily tourism focused, while and have more local content. Collectively, geographic domain names are estimated to represent approximately over 500 million dollars a year in gross hotel bookings alone, and are a rising force in the Internet.

Associated Cities

Associated Cities is a trade association founded in 2003. Its membership is limited to sites operating at the .com versions of city names. The association has 130 members and holds an annual event called the “Geodomain Expo.” The 2007 expo was held November 16 and 17 in San Francisco and featured an auction of domain names. The 2008 GeoDomain expo was held in Chicago on July 10-12 and included many speakers and presentations, as well domain name auctions

Highest Reported Sales

Many geodomains were reported to be sold for high amounts. Among them

  1. for $2,000,000 in 1999
  2. $1,120,008 2007
  3. $1,000,000 1999
  4. $700,000 2007
  5. $550,000 2006 
  6. $500,000 2003
(Source from

Domain life

Here is the information about a domain life:

1- From available for registration (1-10 year tearm)

2- Domain expired

3- Grace period (0-45 days, after domain expired date)

4- Redemtion grace period (30 days after grace period)

5- Pending delete (5 days after redemtion grace period)

6- Released available.

It is about 80 days from the expired date, a domain can be available for public registration again.

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domain life
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How do domain names work?

Registering a domain doesn’t automatically make your Web site appear when visitors enter your domain into a Web browser. You have to upload your Web site to a computer that hosts the site and assigns a numeric address, called an IP address, to your domain. Your domain and associated IP address are stored in a database with every other domain and associated IP address. When visitors enter your domain into a Web browser, your domain works like an address forwarding service by forwarding visitors to the IP address where your Web site is stored. We use domain names instead of IP addresses because most people find it easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.

When you register a domain, you do not have to create and upload a Web site. You can also:

Sell it. Domains can be a great investment. If you have registered a domain that you are not using, maybe someone else can. Log in to your Account Manager and set up a For Sale parked page for your domain. Don’t forget to include your contact information.

Protect your brand online. The more domains you register, the better. Prevent others from registering a similar domain to yours—just to steal away your customers. What to do with all these names? Forward them to your main domain.

Hold on to it. Maybe you haven’t decided what to do with your new domain. Don’t worry – there’s no rush. You can leave it parked with us for the length of your registration.

For new .COM and .NET domains and updates, it may take up to eight hours for changes to become effective. It may take up to 48 hours for changes made to all other domain extensions to become effective. This is because of the number of networks and agencies involved. Delays apply to all domains and registrars. Please allow for this delay when planning Web sites or configuring a domain to work with your email.

(Source from LuckyRegister Frequently Asked Questions/ Learn About Domains)

100 Domain registration tips

I walk around the web and find interesting tips about domain names. I put them here for your information:

1) Create brandable domains by replacing the first letter(s) of a common word.

2) Don’t start work developing an idea around a domain that you don’t yet own 
thinking you can grab it when you’re ready!

3) Don’t use hyphens in the domain if you can help it.

4) Does the domain look good in upper and lower case?

5) Say the domain out loud before registering it, is it easily pronounceable over the phone?

6) read up on new and emerging terms and register domains around them

7) Don’t register domains while under the influance of drugs or alcohol. (just say no)
8) Keep the domain length down don’t over do it. On Average get 10 char domains.

9) Keep the word count down in the domain name. 3 is pushing it, 4 is overboard.

10) Match your domain name with a proper TLD (or TLDs).

11) Check Google and/or Overture search results for the exact term.

12) Search through lists of expired domain names.

13) It’s a good sign if PPC advertisers are bidding on the exact terms that make up your domain name.
14) don’t register too many at once – spread the renewal times !

15) Limit yourself. Don’t register everything that looks good, but only a select few, the best of the domains that look good. Selling domains is not as easy as it seems, even for those of us that have some success with it. Domains that are simply decent can easily get lost within the millions of listed domains out there.

16) If all your research and domainer intuition point to a successful sale at a certain level with a domain you’ve purchased, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the level of bids you want right away. Be patient!

17) Research various different domain markets and find the one that suits you best, whether it be brandable made-up .com names, top keyword ccTLDs, or something inbetween.

18) If you really want to feature a domain at a particular marketplace, make sure it’s a high-quality name that otherwise would not easily be found. Check the listing visits on your best names, pick the one with the least amount of listing views, and feature that name.

19) When you believe you have a good understanding of high quality domain names ($x,xxx or higher) and feel you have 1 or more of them, make an attempt to get those elite names into showcase/top names at the domain marketplaces you have then listed at. It’s always free and can only mean more traffic to your listing.

20) Do NOT search for domains unless you can IMMEDIATELY register them once you find a suitable domain.
If you find a great name, chances are it will be gone the by the ‘next’ time you want to reg it.

21) Use acronym searchers to discover additional meaning to a domain.

22) Domain ‘hacks’ can add additional value if done in a clever way and matched with an appropriate extension (e.g.,

23)Dont use reg fly

24)Dont be afraid of ccTLDs

25) Buy trademarked domains At Your Own Risk and be prepared to drop it at any time.

26) Try to buy one good domain rather than to register 10 domains with the same money

27) Do PPC research before you buy a name.

28) Be ready to drop if need be

29) Don’t spend more than you can afford

30) Don’t make this your primary business.

31) When partnering with someone, get your agreement in writing. Get clear agreement statements from all parties, regardless of your affiliation(s) with them. At the least, save a screenshot of all chat sessions and/or save all email discussions.

32) Don’t regret a sale for longer than a few seconds. If you find out later that the name was worth much more, the buyer would’ve/could’ve paid more, etc., consider your “loss” as money well-spent on a lesson well learned.

33) ask questions from those who know more than you and respect their answers

34) Don’t buy names that you don’t intend to renew, unless they are for a specific occasion.

35) Work out your budget and stick to it.

36) Keep a reserve for bargains that may appear.

37) Don’t spend big on types of names that you have little experience with.

38) don’t fall for appraisal scam

39) Remember to use any discount codes when registering or renewing, this will save you lots of money 

40) Check the name is not blacklisted

41) Invest in the future, the past has already been bought 

42) It is MUCH easier to find a sweet Domain in drop list than develop a new one by yourself

43) If you start registering lots of domains get yourself a domain reseller account to lower the price per domain.

44) Use domain searching software for advanced domain hunting.

45) Choose your registrar carefully. 

46) Register domain names for more than one year to get better ranking in Google

47) Be careful with combining words, they might create unforeseen meanings for your domain

48)… Don’t transfer/push sold Domains prior to receiving payment from the buyer.

49)… If you find an available name check to see if the plural or singular version are also available.

50)… If you find an available name check to see if there are other similar names available, for example, I regged but prior to regging it I looked up and, both were taken.

51)… If possible search for end users, selling to domain resellers usually isnt the best way to get the max for your Domain.

52)… If your interested in a domain which looks like its going to be dropped, contact the current owner and make an offer, once the name does drop you might end up paying alot more for it in the end.

53)… Find yourself an online domainer friend which you trust and discuss the domains your interested in prior to regging them, always nice to get a second opinion.

54) brand your name give it a tshirt or something

55?) Become a member of domain forum web sites

56) Stear clear of ebay unless you have a solid name

57) Sales threads with the word “premium” in the title rarely offer premium names.

58) Use a domain monitor to watch your domains (dns changes, transfers, locks etc…) and domains you are interested in.

59) Use a mark monitor to watch for when certain keywords are registered as domains, e.g. something using your trademark or close to your brand.
60) Watch for news about new TLDs (Top Level Domains) being launched

61) Late night registrations are a no go area. You will wake up in the morning and wish that you had never bought it.

62) If creating a websiteregister related names in all different extensions to cover yourself as it will save money in the long run on Dispute Filings or having to buy them in the future for $100 a piece, when you could have just got them for practically nothing in the first place.

63) Cheapest isn’t always best, the registrar may have hidden charges which may otherwise be free on another registrar.

64) If you have a domain name which has a trademark associated with it, unless you are in a “nothing to lose” (apart from the crummy domain) situation, do not offer it to the company with the registered trademark as this will give the company evidence of an “abusive registration”

65) Before you register a domain specifically for resale, think… would I buy this domain off someone else?

66) Using l33t speak in your domain name limits it’s scope and can make it harder to read/promote.

67) Use private domain registration to hide your contact details from the world, otherwise it’s available as public info.
68) Use The Wayback machine to view old versions of sites at a domain, they may even have put a price up or other interesting info.

69) Before grabbing a domain, check if it’s been taken in other extensions already.
70) When you are expecting domains to drop, check their availability at more than one registrar. While some show a domain as still taken, others may be showing it as available!

71) All other things being equal, a fairly good .com is better than all but the very best .net/.org/.info, etc.

72) Compose your email messages to potential buyers in a word processor; edit them; and then paste them into your email program. (If you compose in the email program, you might accidentally hit “send” when the message is half written. Sadly, I speak from experience!)

73)When you register a domain, don’t try to “flip” it immediately for a small profit. Park it and wait for a while (at least a week or two) to see whether it’s getting traffic, which could increase its value.
74) Reward people who help you. (For example, if someone posts an available domain that you grab, or gives a thoughtful appraisal to your domain, give them some rep / NP$ / actual $ / etc.)

75) free online appraisal systems very often give inaccurate (often inflated) evaluations of domains.

76) On some occasions if a great domain is about to drop, it might be worth while contacting the owner directly before it does – because it will almost certainly be snapped up and go to auction for the highest bid.

77) If you have graphics design experience creating quick logo concepts for the domains you are selling can help potential buyers to share in your vision for the domain, and increase the chance of a sale.

78) When considering a registrar, find out whether you can cancel (& get a refund for) domains within a few days after you register them. Some, but not all, registrars offer this option.

79) Don’t steer clear of eBay, just price your names correctly.

80) Don’t get greedy when responding to offers unless you really know what you are doing.

81) Don’t post ANYTHING on Namepros unless you’ve read about FLUMP

82) If your name gets listed on, you cannot sell it anywhere else for 6 months.

83) If your name isn’t accept by, don’t complain to them, just post about it 

84) Be very careful to not buy low value IDN domain names, from people who previously registered them, when you may think that you were getting a very nice and valuable one, specially .COMs.

85) If your reason for registering a particular domain is to sell it, then make sure your who-is info is accurate and up to date, so buyers can contact you quickly and easily.

86) Check domains with DN Analyzer. If a name shows as taken, go to and confirm that it actually is. Using several registrars to check for available names will result in the name being stolen by a registrar, a taster or a squatter.

87) Be diligent in renewing your domains. Don’t procrastinate. If possible, consolidate your names to one registrar to make them easier to keep track of. 

88) Avoid current event domains. Today’s news is next year’s junk domain. 

89) Learn the basics about trademarks, contract law, and the UDRP process.

90) Your domain is worth whatever someone’s willing to pay, NOT what someone else says it’s worth. 

91) Appraisals are an educated guide price, often a total guess, NOT a final price.

92) Don’t hold on to your whole portfolio in hopes of getting high $$$$$$ for each name, renewing hundreds of names per year at high expense. Instead, hold on to some gems, sell the rest for lower prices, move the goods

93) When you sell 10 names for $50 each, instead of using that $500 for regging 50 inferior names, consider buying a single high quality dotcom for $500

94) Make sure you take into account the expenses of regging, renewing, broker fees, software purchases, transfer costs, whois privacy costs etc when planning your budget. If you don’t, you might end up losing money in the long run even if you do make some sales

95) take domian parking seriously. It’s set it and forget it but most people fail to set it.

96) Repark your bottom 20% – some names just do better elsewhere but give them time.

97) List your names everywhere.

98) get a good portfolio site.

99) promote your portfolio site with viral marketing and free sites

100) consider free private label storefronts for some of your names.

(source from member posts)

Popular domain names prefixes – “E” and “I”

In addition to a domain placing value on the shortness of the word, ease to spell, commercial appeal, and organic capacity to generate natural traffic, today’s domain names are being valued for the branding potential. The domain name sale iReport although not an organic or dictionary term alone, is actually preferred as a highly brandable term, in that it is has a popular pre-fix “i” which indicates the “report” to be online.

The prefixes and dashes between words were once considered second, but now due to brandability, if the term is a commercial term, a prefix is often preferred. Example eLoans markets with an e to indicate to its potential customers that a loan may be obtained online.

The two primary prefixes are “E”, for electronic, and “I”, for Internet. Both indicate the word or phrase to be accessible online. Because of that, in terms of branding, an i or e combined with a commercial term are highly desirable. In domain sales typically an e has been preferred, and i slightly less in terms of demand. eBrooklyn sold for approximately $2500 whereas once it would have been available to register at the price of a domain name (which ranges from $8 to $30 us dollars depending on the registrar). The rapidly increasing use of prefixes in conjunction with main dictionary and or commercial terms is here and for some predominantly internet based companies, or high technology, high profile companies, the prefix is now preferred.

One of the details that make a domain with a prefix more valuable for a brand, is the ability to simply promote the name without the use of “.com” in the promotion. If a domain owner had he would be forced to use the .com to indicate it was on the net at that address, however to register domain names with a one letter prefix does not need to use the “.com”.

Someone could promote “iReport” as a brand, and assuming it was a world class brand, visitors would know they could find it at “ without seeing the .com. However if it was a .net, it would be wise to state This option to simply state the name of the company or entity is particularly valuable in that it is brief and clear in indicating that a report can be either made or found on the “i”nternet.

eLoans similarly does not have to state “”. eLoans, in the minds of most is clearly an online entity offering electronic loan applications.

Some alternative domains that avoid the use of “.com” in their promotion are “WebMD” as the word web as a prefix suffice to indicate the information is online and likely at a .com extension.

Source from wikipedia

Why you should register domain names for more than one year?

Google recently filed United States Patent Application 20050071741. As part of that application, Google made apparent its efforts to wipe out search engine spam, stating: “Valuable (legitimate) domains are often paid for several years in advance, while doorway (illegitimate) domains rarely are used for more than a year. Therefore, the date when a domain expires in the future can be used as a factor in predicting the legitimacy of a domain and, thus, the documents associated therewith.” Domains registered for longer periods give the indication, true or not, that their owner is legitimate. Google uses a domain’s length of registration when indexing and ranking a Web site for inclusion in their organic search results. So to PROVE TO EVERYONE THAT YOUR SITE IS THE REAL DEAL, register for more than one year and increase your chances of boosting your search ranking on Google