Small Business Winners (Part two)

We had a great response to our Name.com Loves Small Business contest and we thank everyone who participated!

The second round of weekly winners are:

twitter.com/aerundesai2009 (tecwiki.com)
staceyleephotography.com
baypharm.com
twitter.com/jdgrayconsult (jdgrayconsulting.com)
twitter.com/blueawesome (blueawesome.com)
twitter.com/qmvic (qmvic.com.au)
twitter.com/LitSpirit (destinyislife.com)

And the 25 winners who get copies of Crush It! and Trust Agents are:

twitter.com/cfolk25 (DugoutServer.com)
twitter.com/brandrich (brandrichmedia.com)
twitter.com/biossential (biossential.com)
twitter.com/nicogarcia (viveamor.com)
twitter.com/LatitudeIS (latitudeis.com)
twitter.com/isunscape (thesunscape.com)
twitter.com/robzinade (spacehost.info)
twitter.com/mitten (webmitten.com)
twitter.com/mattmandell (CityCentric.com)
twitter.com/domainimal (vitalinternetventures.com)
twitter.com/vintage_images (vintageimagecraft.com)
twitter.com/emmickboutique (emmickboutique.com)
twitter.com/kingfortunez (cdchinastar.com)
twitter.com/justpoppin (justpoppin.com)
twitter.com/twitchhostnet (twitch-host.net)
twitter.com/foodbanksa (foodbanksa.org)
twitter.com/kirkscards (kirkscards.com)
twitter.com/midwestphotopro (midwestphotopro.com)
twitter.com/ksccg (tuitioncast.com)
twitter.com/KristenShepherd (SunnyDownHome.com)
twitter.com/nursing (careermarketingonline.com)
twitter.com/AffiliateFamily (internetMarketingGeeks.com)
twitter.com/arizonabsd (lovingservicedogs.org)
twitter.com/David_clayton (fxvisiongroup.com)
twitter.com/jimmassey1 (mimrix.com)

Congratulations to everyone that won and again, thanks for participating! We’d also like to thank Freshbooks and 37Signals for helping us out with this promotion.

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, we’ll be having more fun contests in the future. Keep an eye on this blog or our Twitter profile for updates!

Domain registrations close in on 200 million, what this means for the consumer

Verisign has recently reported that TLD registrations are closing in on the 200 million mark. There’s no denying it — this number is huge. It can also be intimidating for the average consumer to hear this. With 200 million domain names registered there can’t possibly be any good ones left. Wrong.

Just about every day we spend listening on Twitter we hear people say how surprised they are at how many good domain names are still available. You just have to start being creative. If you’re not necessarily the creative type, there are tools out there to help you. Take our Domain Suggestion Tool for example. You can type in a set of keywords and not only get related suggestions back, but also suggestions based on popular Google keyword searches. Trust me, you can spend hours using this tool and coming across great names that you weren’t even thinking of, I certainly have.

Another thing to consider is the increasing popularity of alternative extensions and ccTLDs. While sprouticus.com may not be available (something I’ve pouted about for years), sproutic.us is and that’s almost as good, at least in my case. Nowadays more and more people are starting to do the same. For instance, check out Claim.io and Flavors.me, two recently launched services that are embracing alternative extensions.

Some other great extensions that are starting to become really popular are .MOBI and .TV. If you’re looking to cater specifically to mobile devices, a .MOBI domain is the way to go. If you’re doing video at all, .TV is perfect — just check out Name.com’s very own Beer Fridays! Now these are just a few examples, but there are a whole slew of extensions that you can choose from to suit either your personal or business needs. It’s not just about .COM and .NET anymore.

So the moral of the story is not to get discouraged that there are a bazillion domain names being registered out there. There’s still some good names to be found, and great names are dropping all the time. You just have to know where to look.

Don’t get lost in the heat of the moment, register your .ASIA today!

Want to get your business noticed in a region that holds 60% of the world’s population? Your very own .ASIA domain is a great way to do just that. The Asia-Pacific region is incredibly diverse and it is currently experiencing enormous economic and technological growth. Now is your chance to establish a regional presence and identity to help grow your business!

For a limited time, Name.com is offering .ASIA domains at a steal for just $6.99! No promo code is required, but (and this is important) your company must have at least one domain contact who is a legal entity in this region. We have more details on the .ASIA domain here and you can find out more about the legal entity requirement on ICANN’s website here.

So don’t get lost in the heat of the moment and register your .ASIA today!

Happy 25th Anniversary .COM!

That’s right, one of the original and most recognizable TLDs turns 25 this month and Name.com is celebrating with $8.25 .COM/.NET registrations with the code “MARCH825“.

Already have your COMs and NETs covered?

Give your site an extra personal touch and use that same code to register yourself a .ME for only $8.25!

Either way, cheers from Name.com and here’s to another 25 years.

Nab even more names with Domain Nabber!

We recently announced that we added support for .TV and .CC in our beta domain backorder tool Domain Nabber. Well this week we added .US and .BIZ into the mix, so now you can nab even more names! Both of these extensions cost $29.99 to nab.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber, we have some details here. If you’re ready to jump right in, you can head on over to the Domain Nabber page and get started. Happy nabbing!

Your Name is Your Brand

Since we ordered a bunch of copies of Crush It! for our Name.com Loves Small Business contest, Gary Vaynerchuk himself was kind enough to put together a personalized video about the importance of domain names in regards to your brand. We’re huge fans of Gary and his book here at Name.com and we’ll admit, we geeked out a little when we watched this video. Awesome stuff.

The contest ends on 2/28, so don’t forget to enter your business for a chance to win a copy of the book and other great prizes!

Small Business Winners! (Part One)

We’re excited to announce the weekly winners for the first two weeks of our Name.com Loves Small Business contest!

100% Aviaci’f3n Colombiana is a Colombian Aviation website that is dedicated to everything about aviation in Colombia: news, history, articles, photo gallery, forums and more! (twitter.com/pablo_andres)

ITSSRI Technologies has been in the development business for quite some time with projects ranging from web and software development to GIS projects for the national parks and forest departments in India. (twitter.com/itssri)

The Weblog Press is a blog about computer software, web tools, productivity applications, blogging tips, social media, and the internet. (twitter.com/sagargholap)

GoFast is a time saving tool that lets you extract the original URL from advertisement websites so you don’t have to deal with ads and being redirected. (twitter.com/eslam_mahmoud)

Now some of our winners are still in development on their websites, so we can’t post them here just yet, but you can check them out on Twitter.

twitter.com/abrahamvizcarra
twitter.com/iraqdesigns
twitter.com/amiecn
twitter.com/markdanthony

Huge thanks to everyone that has participated so far! You can enter your business in our contest until the end of the month. We’ll be announcing more weekly winners next week and then at the beginning of next month we’ll pick the 25 winners for the Crush It/Trust Agents prize packs. Until then, cheers!

.TEL at Macworld!

.TEL booth at Macworld

Heard of .TEL? It’s pretty darn cool. It’s a low cost TLD that acts as a digital business card — a single point of contact that allows people to access all of your contact information on an easy to manage website. The best part is no hosting costs are required, everything is included in the cost of the domain, which Name.com happens to sell for just $9.99 $8.99!

Our friends from .TEL, Justin and Henri, were at Macworld to show off their two impressive (and open source!) iPhone apps that allow you to manage your .TEL domains and all of your .TEL contacts easily and quickly directly from your phone. My.TEL (app store link) is the domain management tool and Superbook (app store link) is the contact management tool. It’s pretty awesome to see how fast Superbook loads this information (even using the less than stellar 3G network in San Francisco), which is due to their clever use of DNS to transmit the data.

Check out this video to see just how fast the apps are and how easy it is to manage your sites.

.TEL demo at Macworld from Name.com on Vimeo.

Here at Name.com we’re big fans of .TEL and we take pride in the fact that we are the leading .TEL registrar. In addition to having the best prices, we offer extra management tools for your .TEL domain that you can’t find at any other registrar. Since .TEL can act also as a directory, Name.com allows you to add new accounts to your domain without giving them access to your main account, and that’s just one of the cool things you can do.

To take advantage of the $8.99 price, use the code MACWORLD when you checkout. We’ll be running that promo until the end of the month, so check it out and be sure to TEL us what you think. 😉

Domain Nabber Now Supports .CC and .TV!

Looking to snatch up an expiring domain? We’ve got you covered.

Domain Nabber is Name.com‘s beta service for back ordering domains, and at just $18.95 we try to provide the best and most affordable service we can. If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber we have some details here.

Recently we just added support for .CC and .TV domains and we’re excited to say we’ll be adding even more in the near future. Now, it costs a bit more to nab .CC and .TV domains due to the higher costs of these domains, but we’ve done our best to keep the prices affordable.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback — if there’s anything you’d like to see in Domain Nabber please feel free to post your suggestions in the comments. It is in beta after all. 🙂