CATEGORY: Domains

Have you registered your trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse yet?

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

The new dots are right around the corner. Have you protected your brand and set yourself up to win the internet by registering your trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse? If not, then you should do it now, because there are two major benefits to getting your trademark in early and both require your prompt registration:

1. You’ll be the ninja of protecting your brand. (Perhaps even the .ninja.)

Registering in the TMCH allows you to block other businesses and individuals from registering domain names that use your trademark. POW! So awesome. And, you don’t even have to hang out online all the time to do it—that’s what makes the TMCH so stealthy. You enter your trademarks into the database, and the Clearinghouse notifies you whenever someone registers a domain name using your registered brand. You can object, or if it seems like you can coexist, let it slide. It’s up to you. This protection lasts 90 days past the sunrise of any new dot. Which brings us to the second awesome benefit to registering your trademark.

Two-day sale: $8.99 COM/NET registrations with promo code “TWOSIE”

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Yup, for the next two days you can save $2 on each .COM or .NET domain name you register at name.com. Just use the promo code “TWOSIE” at checkout and new COM/NET registrations will be $8.99 instead of the regular $10.99 price.

You’ve got less than 48 hours though, so there’s not much time to waste.

The offer expires when the clock strikes midnight MST on Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Offer only valid on new .COM or .NET registrations. Does not apply to .COM/.NET renewals.

Why ICANN keeps falling behind: A timeline of major delays in the new TLD process

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

Early this month, ICANN announced that almost 20 percent of applicants can expect further delays in their launch process, due to reports issued illustrating a perceived increase in security risks for name collisions between certain new TLDs and internal network names. The announcement has sparked public outcry from some applicants and registrars, whose investments and business models rely on the timely delegation and launch of the new TLDs.

It’s a familiar tune—one of the biggest challenges ICANN has faced throughout the new TLD process is staying on time. But despite delays, new TLDs are coming. And they’ll be here sooner than later. We think. (Just kidding. They will be.)

If you were looking forward to registering a domain name this fall, you may be waiting a bit longer, depending on which TLD you’re following. Understanding the current timeline for new TLDs means understanding the timeline of delays. So we went ahead and created such a timeline, so you can save yourself hours on Google:

Amazon.com denied .amazon domain extension

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Amazon was recently notified that its application for the new top level domain name .amazon was rejected.

Eric Pfanner from The New York Times outlined why the tech giant’s application was rejected. Pfanner explained that ICANN, the Governmental Advisory Committee for domains, would not allow Amazon to own .amazon because a group of South American nations, including Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, sent a letter to ICANN opposing Amazon claiming the name. The Times obtained a copy of the letter:

Create your online portfolio with WordPress and .ME

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me-priceIf you’re trying to land a new job or get some freelance work, it’s essential to have an online presence where you can show off your skills—especially in fields like journalism, copywriting, photography, design, etc. In other words, you need an online portfolio.

One of the best ways to create an online portfolio is to use WordPress, and if you combine a WordPress portfolio with a .ME domain name, you’re instantly branding the site as the destination to see YOUR best work.

Did I mention that you can get .ME domain names for just $4.99 through Sept. 12? And that you can get one year of WordPress hosting and a .ME domain name for $30 when you use the promo code “GetMe?”

OK, so that might have been a bit much to squeeze into one headline, but it is a pretty awesome deal. With a .ME domain name you can get something that’s short, sweet, and impossible to forget, and it gives your site a personal touch from the very start.

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Nic Steinbach Knows New TLDs. Episode 1

In all the universe there is one guy who offers honest, educated answers about the New TLDs. His name is Nic, he graduated from Yale, and he’s been steeped in everything New TLD since the program went public. Also, he looks young enough to be carded for comic books, so he could very well still be alive when ICANN actually rolls out these new domains. See what happened there? Honesty. Snarkasm. And it’s the kind of thing you’ll appreciate, like at :45 when we have a light moment about ICANN’s commitment issues, and at 2:13 when Nic talks about how domainers actually feel about the flood of new extensions. In between those two benchmarks, Nic shares why businesses should get in on the trademark clearinghouse and how the name.com New TLD Watcher is the place to get started on your quest for the perfect domain name.

Get to know how honest, fun, and informative learning about the future of the Internet can be. Get to know New TLD Nic.

Watchlists, pre-registrations, and sunrise/landrush: How to prepare for new TLDs

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

If you’re starting to look into new TLD options, then you’re just in time to be really confused by the multitude of lists and services available to you right now. Watchlists, pre-registrations, sunrise, landrush—how will you know when the new TLDs you want to register will be available, and how do you navigate through the different options available to you right now? Lucky for you, we’ve put together this informative and handy-dandy guide to watchlists, pre-registration, and sunrise/landrush.

Watchlists and pre-registration: What’s the difference?

You’ll sometimes see these terms used interchangeably, but while watchlists and pre-registration may be used together (such as our New TLD Watcher, which allows you to watch extensions and specific domains), they aren’t always the same thing. Both offer the opportunity to express your interest in a new TLD before it’s officially available, and both are used by registrars to gauge how to prepare the market, but watchlists and pre-registration have different levels of commitment and serve different purposes:

12 GIFs to Help You Express Your Excitement After Buying a Domain

If you just purchased your first domain, or even your hundredth domain, you’re probably way too excited by the thrill of the checkout click. You just bought your own little fertile plot of Internet magic! All of us at Name.com are way too excited to think about how you’re going to be building something absolutely awesome on your new domain name. However, we understand that it’s sometimes hard to summarize joy in words, so we decided to help you express your happiness. The GIFs in this post, especially the first one, show our joy that you’re now part of the Name.com family. They’re also a great way to help you release your excitement about your new name!

Domain deals for August 2013: Pour a refreshing glass of LEMONADE

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It’s the dog days of summer. It’s just so hot—milk would be a bad choice. There’s not much to do other than pour a refreshing drink, kick back, and buy some domain names. That’s why your August 2013 promo code is LEMONADE. Use it to get $10.25 registrations/renewals on .COM and .NET domains. Mmmmmmm, lemonade. Goes even better with bourbon … or so we’ve been told.

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No promo code needed for these tangy and refreshing domain sales:

.US—regularly $8.99, now $3.99
.BIZ—regularly $10.99, now $4.99
.CO.UK—regularly $8.99, now $7.99
.IN—regularly $8.99, now $4.99
.EU
—regularly $9.99, now $5.99
.ASIA—regularly $10.99, now $7.99

Want more good news? We’ve got a .ME promo coming soon.

And once again, your August 2013 promo code for $10.25 .COM/.NET registrations and renewals is LEMONADE. Start your search!

5 successful websites with .US domain names

.US domains are a great way to give your website an American identity, whether it’s to foster a sense of patriotism or just let people know that you’ve got a presence in the United States. And if you want to get creative, you can also use the .US extension to form a question/statement or finish the spelling of a word.

Oh, and .US domains are only $3.99 through the end of the day! If you need some inspiration, here are some successful sites that use a .US domain name.

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1. imageshack.us

ImageShack is a simple—and hugely popular—image hosting service. Its use of the .US extension isn’t necessarily for branding purposes; it’s simply a relevant, memorable domain name that has undoubtedly contributed to ImageShack’s success. There’s great availability for .US domains compared to many of the popular generic extensions, so finding a keyword-rich domain name is much easier.

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