Chinese domain market report : China’s investment in .CN explodes

In January, during NamesCon, the Chinese domain registrar CNNIC proudly announced that .CN is the largest ccTLD in the world. At the time, more than 14 million .CN domains were “in circulation,” having surpassed Germany’s .DE registrations. The number is considerably higher now, as the domain market and investment in .CN domains has exploded. According […]

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What are “Generic Country Code Top Level Domains” to Google?

There are more country code top level domains (ccTLD‘s) than actual countries in the world. In fact, there are several active ones for obsolete countries, such as dot .SU for the former Soviet Union. When it comes down to search engine visibility of ccTLD domains, not all are created equal. Google, the quintessential search engine, […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1990’s

Last week we shared the country ccTLDs that were allocated in the 1980’s, the pre-commercial days of the Internet. As the use of the Internet expanded beyond the academic cycles, more countries around the world jumped in, claiming their national two-letter domain. In the 1990’s, the list of countries staking their “domain flags” into the […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1980’s

With dot .com celebrating its 31st anniversary with Symbolics.com yesterday, it’s about time to dig into the domain name history overall. The first ccTLD domains were allocated in the 1980’s and one of them predated the registration date of .com. Dot .US was the first country TLD ever to be allocated, on February 15th, 1985. […]

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DomainTools sidekick : Technical glitch at WHOIS.sc ?

If you’ve been using DomainTools for more than a decade, you’ll probably familiar with its sidekick URL – whois.sc. Set up in the Seychelles under the local ccTLD dot .sc, this shortcut has nourished generations of domainers, and definitely performed millions of WHOIS queries. While we advise everyone to use DomainTools.com/example.com when querying a domain, […]

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Question and Answer: Dot .QA sales on Sedo are not allowed

A year ago, we reported the opening of the Qatari ccTLD, .QA to the general public, which was rolled out as a “Question & Answer” vanity namespace. There was a catch, however, and we pointed that out with plenty of emphasis: .QA domains cannot be resold. Some did not listen, and ended up registering dozens […]

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Single letter non .com domain sells for mid five figures

These days, it’s impossible to keep track of every single sale; some transactions are kept under the blanket of NDA or simply slip through the cracks. In February, the domain name k.to was reportedly sold for $40,000 – and now it’s the turn of yet another single letter ccTLD domain from Tonga that sells for […]

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.Qatar now available to the public

The Qatar Domains Registry (QDR) which is managed by ictQatar, has officially made the Qatar-specific Arabic Internet domain names (.Qatar) available to members of the general public through accredited registrars. According to the Qatar Domains Registry: “The introduction of Arabic domain names is a major milestone in making the Internet accessible for all. Businesses and […]

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Qatar opens up the .QA Domain Namespace – But there is a catch!

The country of Qatar opened up the .QA ccTLD to the public yesterday. The unrestricted availability of the .QA domain will be a huge benefit for Qatar businesses, as well as for one of the most active online populations in the Middle East: despite its population of 1.4 million, there are 930,000 Internet users! The […]

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Best adult domain name in the world to be registered in South Sudan!

Forget about the .xxx and its controversial entry in the adult TLD namespace! Due to some serious clashing in the African nation of Sudan, the best adult domain name in the world is currently available for registration. How so? Here’s some background information. South Sudan – the newest nation in the world – split away […]

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F*ck.me – Epic failure of clipart use

Here at DomainGang we have a soft spot for Montenegro and the .me extension. With more than 400,000 registrations, this ccTLD has character – to the point that Bob Parsons uses BobParsons.me for his personal blog of rantings. As with every domain Registry, the .me Registry held back several premium domain names in order to […]

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¡Ay, caramba! No Siesta for Latonas.com – Current auction features 200 .mx domains

There is no siesta before the fiesta – and Rick Latona knows that best. Having launched a new platform for daily domain auctions through Latonas.com, the venue’s success is now reaching the friendly – and spicy hot – Mexican ccTLD, .mx A total of 200 premium .mx domain names are being auctioned, with the reserve […]

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