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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2. whos.amung.us

whos.amung.us is a free real-time analytics service for your blog, website, or social media channels. It’s like a simpler alternative to Google Analytics. It’s a great example of how you can use .US to create a domain that poses a memorable question or makes a statement: “Who’s among us?”

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3. stopwatching.us

This domain name not only makes a statement, but also has a patriotic/political angle. It could be read as “Stop watching us” or “Stop watching dot-U-S.” It’s an activism site aimed at raising awareness and protesting the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The site has collected more than 560,000 signatures.

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4. vote.us

It’s hard to find a better match between a website’s content and it’s domain name than vote.us. It’s an easy-to-use site packed with non-partisan voting information for elections in the United States.

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5. yapp.us

Here’s another example of a site that’s not necessarily using .US for American branding, but more for simplicity. Yapp.US allows you to create free mobile apps for business, invitations, and more. Yapp is a super simple, memorable word, and the domain is made even simpler by adding .US rather than one of the common three-letter extensions (.COM, .NET, etc.).

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Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 1:16 pm August 5, 2013
Patrick D’appollonio
Author

Check the “amung.us” domain, it’s with an U, not an O.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 1:38 pm August 5, 2013
ethanconley
Author

Thanks Patrick, it’s been fixed.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 10:23 am November 26, 2013
EmilyFagan
Author

I’ve often been bummed by my choice of domain name 5 years ago. We’re a personal travel blog and I chose http://roadslesstraveled.us because of the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” which is the perfect statement of our philosophy and lifestyle. The US extension was the only one available, and kinda fits because much of our travel is in the US. However, Google doesn’t seem to like or understand our site and I’ve knocked myself out to try to get ranked and just can’t do it because I think Google thinks it’s a spam site. Yet the readers who do find us absolutely love what we do… We’ve branded our name with our readership including the US extension pretty well, but I just can’t get Google on board. Color me totally frustrated!!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 9:56 pm December 18, 2013
Gary A Moore
Author

Emily, I was just doing some research on .us vs .com and stumbled across your site. After reading a few comments, I think the .com choice is better. Have you ever thought about creating a facebook page to help promote your site?