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EFF whitepaper compares registry policies, disses new TLDs

Paper points to questionable rights protection mechanisms in new TLDs. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have released a whitepaper comparing policies across various domain name registries, and warning domain registrants to be wary of new top level domain names. The whitepaper points to added rights protection mechanisms in new top level domains, such […]

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Early .VIP results suggest 70%+ plus renewal rate

More than 60% of first-month registrations already renewed. MMX’s .VIP domain name has been a big success right out of the gate in terms of registration volume. It has China to thank; over 700,000 of its roughly 800,000 registrations are at Chinese domain name registrars. Hitting its first anniversary the big question was how many […]

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Rightside has sold over 400 two letter domain names

Average sales price is over $1,000 and they come with premium renewals. Rightside began offering two-letter domain names under its 40 top level domain names back in September. The company has sold 416 of these domain names to date, the company told Domain Name Wire. The total revenue from these domains is $483,130, or an […]

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And the Most Biased New TLD Is …

For several articles now, we’ve been talking about national bias in Country / nTLD pairs. It’s no surprise that .WIEN skews toward Austria, since Wien (a.k.a. Vienna) is the country’s capital. And we’d expect .IMMOBILIEN to be registered at a higher rate in Austria as well as Germany, since it is, after all, a German word. But […]

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Local Popularity & Global Influence: Nations and nTLDs

Joseph Peterson continues his look at new top level domain names and their popularity across the world. No beating around the bush. Let’s start with an example. .BERLIN is 1290 times more popular inside Germany than outside. And Germany is 48 times more significant for .BERLIN than for other nTLDs. In the Cayman Islands, .PROPERTY is […]

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Study shows that new TLDs can rank like other TLDs, but not much else

Study provides little more than anecdotal evidence. You’re going to see some headlines today about an SEO study commissioned by The Domain Name Association (DNA). Some of these headlines might suggest that new top level domain names get some sort of search engine boost over .com domains. It’s not quite that simple. Here’s the deal: […]

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