The New Dot-Biz TLD compared to Dot-Com

Written by Kevin Clune

Would a by any other Top-Level-Domain (TLD) smell as sweet? Some entrepreneurs seem to think so. They're betting that they can profit by investing inrepparttar new dot-biz extensions set to go live this October. Once again, single generic words like "business" or "home" will be up for grabs for use in domains like or thanks to recent moves by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),repparttar 108315 organisation in charge of managingrepparttar 108316 Internet's TLDs.

While dot-biz is notrepparttar 108317 only new TLD soon to be available, it isrepparttar 108318 one most likely to challenge dot-com for a share ofrepparttar 108319 domain market for businesses andrepparttar 108320 one first expected to go live - making itrepparttar 108321 new TLD of choice for some. But how valuable dot-biz names will end up being remains to be seen.

Thoughrepparttar 108322 dot-biz TLD can clearly play a niche role as a less expensive alternative to dot-com,repparttar 108323 dot-com extension has several advantages overrepparttar 108324 dot-biz TLD. First and foremost,repparttar 108325 Internet grew up withrepparttar 108326 dot-com suffix and that three-letter extension has been firmly imprinted intorepparttar 108327 minds of every Internet user. This helps to explain why other General-TLDs like dot-net, and dot-org are not as popular or profitable as their dot-com counterpart.

Additionally, it seems likely thatrepparttar 108328 biggest Internet players such as will buy up their dot-biz extension and merely redirect traffic to their dot-com site. Most of these companies have trademark rights torepparttar 108329 name already and are allowed to apply for them before repparttar 108330 general public.

Have you got your domain names covered?

Written by Gim Yeap

The story ofrepparttar domain name dispute between and uncovers an important issue facing all webmasters, should we register domain names that are similar to ours? Inrepparttar 108314 eToys debacle, a group of artists registeredrepparttar 108315 domain name "" in 1995. Then in 1997, an online toy store boughtrepparttar 108316 domain name "" and in 1999, chose to sue forrepparttar 108317 use of a similar name. At first, was forced to shut down it's site but thanks to public pressure dropped it's lawsuit in January. (For more on this, please read Of course, not all domain name disputes will lead to court but there are reasons why webmasters should consider registering similar domain names. Firstly, we spend a lot of time and effort marketing our websites. It would all go to waste if someone registered a similar sounding website and all your traffic went to them instead. Worse, if this site's focus was completely irrelevant to yours, then users would be totally confused and will probably not return again. For example, if you had a site called dedicated torepparttar 108318 city of New York and there's another site called all about apples. A visitor expecting to find pictures on Central Park orrepparttar 108319 Empire State Building would be served up photos of Grannys and Galas instead. Rather disorienting don't you think? Another good reason for registering similar domain names is to use them as doorway pages to help improve your search engine position. So you could have each domain name pointing to a single doorway page which is optimised using META tags and descriptive titles. The doorway page then links to your original site either automatically or via a link or button which users click on. With this, you would have protected all permutations of your domain names AND helped improved your search engine rankings.

So how do we decide which similar domain names to register? It's entirely up to you butrepparttar 108320 following guidelines can help. Say you have a domain called, possible high-risk domain names would be :

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