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Google just announced how they’ll rank New Domains like .news and .ninja


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Google has just announced how they are going to handle the ranking of the new domains like .news, .social, .ninja, and .video. The gist: they’ll be ranked exactly the same as .com and .net.

Google published a post that gives insight into how Google will handle these New Domains in searches, with the intent of getting rid of the misconceptions as to how they’ll treat the new domain extensions. Here are some of the questions that Google gave answers to:

Q: How will new gTLDs affect search? Is Google changing the search algorithm to favor these TLDs? How important are they really in search? 
A: Overall, our systems treat new gTLDs like other gTLDs (like .com & .org). Keywords in a TLD do not give any advantage or disadvantage in search.

Q: What about IDN TLDs such as  ...

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BREAKING: .NEWS Domain Names Have Arrived


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Ten year olds are on Meerkat. Your mom is Periscoping. That’s not an insult. It’s an actual thing. The gist is this: everyone is online and creating content but there are ways to stand out.

Be you, be credible and be one of the first to get a new .NEWS domain name.

Take your expertise and win the Internet by leading the online conversation. Turns out .NEWS isn’t only for news organizations. If you own a company, a .NEWS domain helps you cut through the noise. It’s the web address for those who’ve found their place online and want the world to know they’re a legitimate source for information.

GET YOUR .NEWS TODAY

It’s for the investigative journalist, the Internet observer, the modern Mark Twain worried we’re all swirling into an anti-intellectual tailspin. Your .NEWS domains work for the podcaster bursting with knowledge, those capturing a global audience, and those who are dedicated to their local community.

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.NEWS domains are now available for immediate registration


It’s the .NEWS release day. You can start registering .NEWS domains right now with Early Access Program pricing. The price will come down each day between now and Wednesday, July 15, when we reach the standard price point. This is the registry’s way of letting the market determine the price point for high-value .NEWS domains. You can still place .NEWS Preorders, including Preorders for EAP price points, so head to the .NEWS search page and find your domain.

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Thousands of previously unreleased domains are becoming available each week


jon-liu-donutsLots of domain names aren’t available to the general public when a TLD is released, often because of confusing ICANN stuff like collision lists. But eventually ICANN releases those domains, and suddenly a bunch of truly awesome, short, memorable, and all-around-great domain names become available to you.

That’s happening over the next few months with a whole bunch of TLDs owned by Donuts (one of the big New Domain registries). Previously unreleased domains from TLDs like .GURU, .EDUCATION, and .CITY (along with about 100 others) are coming available each week.

You can view the release schedule here—it includes downloadable .CSV files that list all the domains that will be released on a certain date...

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Get premium .NEWS domains for not-so-premium pricing


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.NEWS is currently available for preorder, and it’ll be available for immediate registration on July 15 (or July 8, if you’re interested in EAP). We think it’s one of the best New Domains to come out yet—it’s great for everyone, from big brands and media corporations to individual bloggers and journalists.

One of the cool things about the .NEWS launch is there are 30,000 (THIRTY THOUSAND!) premium value domains that will be available for standard pricing. So you can get a really short, memorable .NEWS like humanitarian.news or baby.news, and it won’t cost you any more than a standard registration. You can view the complete list of premium-value-but-standard-priced* .NEWS domains here (.CSV file, right click to save). The list is deemed accurate as of the start of EAP on July 8, at which point the domains will be available to the general public.

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Updated for June 2015: Collision lists, and how to get a previously unreleased domain name


This post contains a lengthy explanation of collision lists and previously unreleased domain names. But if you’d like to just skip to finding out when previously unreleased domains will be released (grouped by date and TLD) go here.
The domain name industry has a habit of taking a simple concept and adding a bunch of acronyms, background knowledge, technical jargon, and unnecessary details, until the simple concept becomes inaccessibly complicated. Name collision issues are a good example of these tendencies. In an effort to get back to basics, here’s a simplified explanation of name collision issues* and how you can use them to your advantage.

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.DESIGN: Get a domain that’s perfect for your design career


If you’re a designer—graphic, interior, web, etc.—choosing a domain just got really, really easy, because .DESIGN domains are here. Just look at Name.com’s graphic designer, Kyle Robbins. Kyle’s old domain was bad. Now .DESIGN is available, so he got a domain that’s really good. Check out the video to get the whole story, and then start your own .DESIGN search.

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.VIDEO | For SEO, for simplicity, for only the hottest thing online


There’s a lot going on with video right now. For one, it’s taken over the Internet. Just last Saturday Periscope turned the Pay-Per-View “Fight of the Century” into a free-for-all for anyone with a smart phone. Barely a year ago the Ice Bucket Challenge morphed everyone’s backyard into a set piece for fund raisers dousing themselves in cold water and, in turn, catapulted Facebook past YouTube in video views. Twitter offers video now, as does its offspring Vine, and we probably shouldn’t dismiss Snapchat and Facebook’s Instagram beast. Trying to tackle this trend is where your .VIDEO comes in.

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Controlling the message: Why you probably don’t need to worry about .SUCKS


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Let’s talk about “Obamacare.” Not the broad, sweeping health insurance program in general, but the word itself. It was originally meant to be derisive, painting the Affordable Care Act as the result of overreaching Executive power. At one point a Democratic Congresswoman objected to its use on Capitol Hill. But then something happened: it gradually took on a whole new life as a universal and sometimes affectionate term for the medical overhaul. The hashtag #ILikeObamacare trended when the bill was challenged in Supreme Court, and President Obama even started using it in his own speeches.

This is a classic example of one side making the best of an attack. They completely redefined it, and now they don’t need to get a .SUCKS.

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Actors, Thespians, Performers, Players, Understudies, Ventriloquists: .ACTOR DOMAINS ONLY 99 CENTS


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It takes a rare soul to get up on stage and reveal yourself to the world, so don’t waste valuable rehearsal time trying to figure out your marketing. You can let a .ACTOR domain name do that for you. This week during Bottoms Rupp you can get your .ACTOR Domain Names for only $0.99.

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