CATEGORY: Domains

New Domain extensions and SEO: Here’s what we know

The debate about the impact that New Domains have on SEO has been hotly disputed over the past couple of years, but the evidence speaks for itself: More and more cases of New Domains organically reaching top search results are coming to our attention each day. Is this simply because they are a New Domain? No. Google has already said that New Domains are treated exactly the same way as traditional domains.

SEO has long been a puzzle that has very few concrete answers, so adding New Domains into the mix means even more mysteries about what algorithms are looking for and how websites are ranked. Here’s what know so far about New Domain extensions and their SEO impact.

The host(ing) with the most is at Name.com

When you’re gearing up to start a new business, you might find that there are a lot of associated costs you might not have expected. Between hiring employees, paying overhead costs, and launching your advertising efforts, paying a steep price for a website is the last thing you want to do. With Name.com Hosting starting at less than $5 a month, it’s easy to get your website off the ground and start connecting with more prospective customers online.

Defensive domains and politics: The good, bad, and really bad

Are you already sick of hearing about the upcoming U.S. presidential election? Us too. But if there’s anything we can’t resist, it’s great examples of domains in action—and this election has been a glowing example of why you should consider defensively registering domains and the consequences of not doing so.

We’ve already discussed the disaster that is jebbush.com (Hint: It redirects to Donald Trump’s website), but it seems that was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to domains being jokingly and sometimes maliciously redirected to unexpected places. Here’s a rundown of the good, the bad, and the really bad websites out there that are being used ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Use this free tool to register domains with non-Latin characters

If you’re an English speaker, it’s easy to take for granted how Latin character friendly the internet is. But if your native language uses non-Latin characters, it can be frustrating for you and your visitors to have to adopt English words and phrases for your website.

Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, allow URLs to display in your local language rather than relying on English phrases. This is achieved by converting random strings of characters, known as Punycode, to non-Latin characters, known as Unicode. Here’s how you can use Name.com’s free Punycode to Unicode converter to create your own IDN.

6 domain extensions that celebrate the fine arts

If you’re already a patron of the arts, maybe you should consider becoming a patron of domain names as well! Now that there are hundreds of New Domains available for registration, you can celebrate all of your favorite hobbies and art forms in unique online spaces.

So if you live for film noir, can perform a magnificent arabesque, or know every word to “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” you’re probably going to love these New Domains that celebrate the fine arts.

Optimize your Instagram profile link with URL forwarding

Whether you’re a blogger, a small business, or just have an exceptional fondness of selfies; Instagram is a powerful marketing tool that most of us (excluding John Rupp) are familiar with. However, it comes with one drawback—you can only have one link in your entire Instagram profile.

So what if you want to share the recipe to the amazing meal you just posted? Or if you have a special promo code for your Instagram followers only? While it’s possible to share those links in your profile, it requires you to update your website link every single time. Have you ever tried manually typing in an 84-character-long web address on your phone? It’s neither fun nor efficient.