The New Dot-Biz TLD compared to Dot-ComWritten by Kevin Clune
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This means two things: first, many very lucrative names will not be available for entrepreneurs to buy, and second that companies will not invest very much money to market their dot-biz extensions. Consequently dot-com extension will not receive anywhere near amount of marketing attention that went into promoting dot-com TLD (don't expect Super Bowl in 2002 to be for dot-biz what it was for dot-com in 1999!). Without this push, dot-biz extension will probably remain in background.
So it looks like dot-com TLD will likely be market leader for foreseeable future. But while many of "the best" dot-com names are already registered, many are not being used. A recent study shows that as much as half of registered domain names are not in use. The domain market will therefore center around trading names with dot-com extension that have already been registered on markets like Sedo.co.uk, or Greatdomains.com. Here buyers and sellers of already- registered names can connect with one another to utilize their valuable dot-com domains.
But while dot-biz extension will not eclipse dot-com, it definitely will have an important secondary role as a cheaper and more accessible alternative to dot-com. Just don't think that business.biz to fetch $7.5 million that its dot-com predecessor did anytime soon.
Kevin Clune is the Country Manager for the US, UK and Ireland at Sedo GmbH (www.sedo.co.uk). Sedo is the leading European domain exchange with over 250,000 unique visitors to its German, English, French, Spanish, Swedish and Dutch Sites.
Have you got your domain names covered?Written by Gim Yeap
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xxxxxxs.com xxxxxx.net xxxxxx.org xxxxxxs.net xxxxxxs.org Or you can try this service at http://www.nameprotect.com mmonitoring.htm that helps track your domain name for possible threats. The service generates a free monthly report on your domain name and gives suggestions of high-risk domain names to register. It also has a feature that can tell you if anyone is trademarking a name that's similar to your domain name. What happens if there's already somebody else with a similar name? The best thing to do is to co-exist with this other site. Most of time, whenever someone registers a similar domain name, it's done completely innocently. For example, our site at www.payingads.com started receiving emails from visitors saying that they couldn't get into their accounts using their username and passwords. A quick check in our databases revealed that these visitors were not our site's members but members of a site called www.payingad.com. This site pays people for viewing ads while our site is a global exchange for people looking for paying web ads to place on their websites. Our businesses are different so it was obvious that payingad was not trying to usurp our users. So we're content to just leave things as they are. However, we still get user complaints on our site mistaking us for other site, typically around 2 to 4 a day. If you find yourself in this situation, deal with it carefully. Though some of emails can get quite irate, remember to always be courteous and take time to clarify situation to them. It's bad enough that they keep getting "Invalid password/username" messages whenever they try to log on even when they're certain it's right password or username. It's like being told you have brown eyes when you know your eyes are blue. Politely explain that there is a site of a similar name and direct them there. Also, explain more about your own site as they might also be interested in your own services. Who knows, you might even come away with a few more new visitors to your site.
Gim Yeap, PayingAds.com - a global exchange for webmasters looking for paying web ads for their sites. Please send your comments or queries on the article to firstname.lastname@example.org.