Generic Domain Names

Confusing Company Name is Rebranded as Monday.com

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In an article published this morning, Business Insider wrote that “The Israeli project management startup Dapulse is changing its name after three years of people not understanding what its name means.” The company will now be called Monday.

A DomainTools historical Whois search shows that the domain name appears to have changed hands in early June of 2016. I do not see any public sale report on NameBio, so I am unsure of the purchase price of Monday.com.

The company explained why it rebranded as Monday.com in a YouTube video I embedded below:

21 Inc Wisely Rebrands as Earn.com

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When I think about the branding of 21 Inc. (aka 21.co) without any knowledge of the company, the only thing that really comes to mind is blackjack. 21.co is arguably a nice, short .CO domain name, but 21 doesn’t really say much about its brand. The company appears to have solved this brand issue by rebranding as Earn.com, according to an internal news article on its website.

Not only is Earn.com a short and meaningful domain name, it easily explains what the company does. Here’s how the company explained its rebranding:

“Our product is unchanged: you still earn digital currency for replying to emails and completing tasks, and you can still earn tokens for signing up for our token launch later this year. But we think “Earn.com” gets that concept across more quickly than “21.co”, especially to folks who are new to digital currency.”

I agree with their rationale. Even without much insight into its business model, I think the new branding resonates with what the company’s goal is. People presumably sign up to earn extra money for themselves or for charity, and Earn is the perfect branding for what they do.

From what I can see, it looks like the Earn.com domain name was acquired

Cover Upgrades to Cover.com

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Cover is a free app that tracks insurance rates and allows people to “cover” (aka get coverage for) items like cars, homes, pets, jewelry and electronics after taking a photo of the item using their phone. Cover uses CoverInsurance.com for its website, although the company has also been using UseCover.com to forward to CoverInsurance.com. Smartly, it looks like the company secured the Cover.com domain name.

This morning, I noticed a Whois change on Cover.com. The domain name was previously owned by Digimedia, and it is now privately registered. When I visited Cover.com, it forwarded me to CoverInsurance.com. Because Digimedia doesn’t generally comment about its deals, I am not certain if the insurance app acquired the domain name, and if the company did, I couldn’t speculate about how much the domain name cost with any certainty. I could see this domain name selling for mid six figures though.

Cover was founded in 2014, and it looks like the app is

Two Keyword Brandables Raise Funds

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I was catching up on some reading this morning, and I wanted to share two articles about financial startup businesses who have raised significant funding and are using brandable keyword .com domain names.

According to CNBC, a company called Ripple has raised $55 million in funding from several large banks. The company has also been backed by Google Ventures. Crunchbase shows that Ripple is closing in on raising $100 million in total funding.

Ripple uses

LadderGolf.com: Great EMD Example

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LadderGolf.comOver the Fourth of July weekend, we had a BBQ for a group of friends and their families. We had  a bunch of lawn games set up, including a game of ladder golf. To make a long story short, we bought the ladder golf game from one of the big box stores at the last minute, and the quality sucked.

I enjoy playing ladder golf on the beach, and I thought it would be a good idea to find a good quality ladder golf set for the next time we have people over. I did some searching and ended up seeing who owns LadderGolf.com. As one might expect, LadderGolf.com is a website that sells ladder golf sets as well as spare and replacement parts and pieces.

I love the idea of LadderGolf.com. The exact match domain name is perfect for the product it sells. People who visit LadderGolf.com or see LadderGolf.com know what to expect when they type it in to their browser. It’s

Google’s 20 Most Valuable Keyword Domain Names

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I’ve come across Google in many Whois lookups. The company owns quite a few keyword .com domain names that I would love to buy. Some of these domain names were independently acquired by the company at some point, and others were acquired when they acquired various companies that already owned the domain names.

Using DomainIQ.com, I did some research to find the best keyword and/or generic domain names owned by Google. The domain names I listed below are the most valuable domain names without consideration of the company that may be operating on the domain name. For instance, Google owns Blogger.com, and I considered the domain name on its own merits rather than paying attention to the Blogger platform.

In my opinion, here are Google’s 20 most valuable keyword and generic domain names (in alphebetical order):

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