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Why I Invested Six Figures in .WS Domain Names

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I bought a portfolio of more than 200 premium 2-3 character .ws names (CHiPs) because, well, I like making money :-). As every domain investor knows, the Chinese market is on fire. Not only are they buying up short .com and .CN, but they’re buying up many, many other extensions. I think .ws is next. I shouldn’t say “next”, knowing what I know now. It’s already happening.

The registry (Global Domains International) has been holding back all 2 character names, most 3 character names and most numerics. They ran a test and quietly opened up 4 character names for 48 hours. More than 2000 names were registered in those 2 days – with NO MARKETING! And who do you think registered them? Chinese investors. I’d say that’s tell-tale.

Did you know that Wang Shang translates to

101Domain to Donate Registration Proceeds to French Red Cross

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I want to highlight a generous offer in a tweet from 101Domain that comes in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris:

The company linked to a Facebook post announcing that

Funny Domain Industry Video

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I want to share a humorous domain name business video that I had not seen before. The video was posted to YouTube in 2012, so it’s not a new video, but I think you’ll get a laugh from it.. The video was created on behalf of the Japan Registry Services Company, the operator of the .JP ccTLD extension.

When I discuss what I do for a living, I have found that people are either really super interested or bored out of their minds.

Thanks to Lori Anne Wardi for sharing this video!

In Depth Article About ccTLDs on Moz Blog

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, but I don’t have a great deal of experience with ccTLD domain names, aside from seeing them in my travels. I know that Ron Jackson breaks out the ccTLD sales from other domain names in his sales reports, and there are frequently solid sales reported (ie $40,000 last week for SC.TV).

If you are interested in ccTLD domain names, you will want to read an article on The Moz Blog that was published this morning. Eli Schwartz, Online Marketing Manager for SurveyMonkey, published this: “International SEO Study: How Searchers Perceive Country Code Top-Level Domains“.

In the article, Schwartz discusses some research conducted to get user data regarding ccTLDs. The results

Facebook Launches “Rooms” on Rooms.ME

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Yesterday afternoon, various tech publications including TechCrunch wrote about a new Facebook app called “Rooms.” According to the Rooms page in the iTunes Store, “Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re passionate about. Pick a topic, customize the look and feel, be whoever you want to be and share with others. It’s perfect for the things you love and interests that make you unique.

You can learn more about Rooms on TechCrunch and the other news outlets covering this, but the most interesting aspect to me is that Facebook is using a repurposed ccTLD,  Rooms.ME, to promote its Rooms app. If you visit the Rooms.ME domain name, you can learn more about Facebook Rooms and find a link to visit the iTunes store to download Rooms for your iPhone or iPad.

As of September of this year, Rooms.ME was owned by

English Premier League Teams That Use .com Domains

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I played soccer throughout my childhood, only stopping when I went off to college. I was never really excited about watching soccer (no surprise in the US), but for the past few seasons, I have been watching the English Premier League and rooting for Arsenal. My Arsenal affiliation has everything to do with my brother, who has had a rooting interest in Arsenal for quite some time.

In the US, .com generally serves as the default domain name extension for websites. I can’t think of any professional sports team that doesn’t use a .com domain name for its website. Since many (or maybe most) UK-based companies use the .co.uk or .uk now for their website, I thought it would be interesting to see how many Premier League teams use a .com domain name for their website.

Here is a list of EPL teams and whether they use .com:

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