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No Preferential Treatment for .App Domain Names

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Google has repeatedly stated that new gTLD domain names do not receive any type of boost over .com domain names or domain names with other extensions. In a 2016 Google Hangout that Barry Schwartz hosted with Google's John Mueller, it was stated that the keywords in the new domain extensions do not count for ranking purposes (Google supposedly ignores them).

Despite Google's repeated reminders of this, people still seem to speculate that the opposite could be true, and that the new gTLD extensions could have a positive impact in search.

Google recently launched the .App domain name extension to much fanfare. As of yesterday, the company has sold over 210,000 .App domain names, as reported by Google engineer Ben McIlwain on Twitter last night. Without a doubt, this is one of the most successful launches for a new domain name extension.

Since the launch, I have seen (more…) → Read More


Share Your .App Domain Name Registrations

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The .App extension is off to a fast start, booking over 100,000 registrations in just a few days. I tried to pre-register a few domain names for the standard fee at GoDaddy, and I ended up with none. It looks like all of the names I was interested in buying were bought by others prior to them becoming available in the General Availability phase.

I don't think I will be attempting to register any other .App domain names. Based on some experiences negotiating with people who operate apps, I don't think there is going to be a big appetite to buy domain names at a premium price,. Of course, I could be wrong, but I am not going to spend the time to try and find available .App domain names when I see limited upside.

I am sure there will be some people who (more…) → Read More


Live: Google Introduces .App Domain Names

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Yesterday, I mentioned the Google I/O session about .App domain names. Google is the operator of the .App registry, and the company is holding a session at its developer conference to discuss its newly released .App domain names. The session takes place today at 4pm PDT (7pm EDT).

Heres a livestream of stage 6:

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Google to Introduce .App Domains at I/O Conference

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Google will host its annual developer conference, I/O, from May 8th - 10th in Mountain View, California. Domain names do not generally play any role in the I/O developer conference, but Google is going to be giving some attention to a new extension in one of the sessions.

On May 8th (tomorrow) from 4pm - 5pm, Google will be hosting a session called Introducing .app domain names, and how to secure them. The event will be hosted by Google employees Ben McIlwain and Adrienne Porter Felt. Here's how the session is described:

".app, the web's first secure-only open top-level domain (TLD) for mobile apps and developers, is launching on May 8. This in-depth technical talk covers use cases for .app domain names, HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), best practices for secure website development, and the unique security benefits of .app domains thanks to TLD-wide HSTS."

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Gradient.com Bought by Founder of Google’s Gradient Ventures

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The Gradient.com domain name was sold in an expiry auction at GoDaddy Auctions last week. GoDaddy Aftermarket VP Paul Nicks told me that the $125,001 sale of Gradient.com set a GoDaddy Auctions record for the largest sale on its auction platform.

This morning, the Whois record updated, and the new registrant is listed as Anna Patterson. Although there is no organization listed in the Whois record, a Google search showed me that Patterson is the Founder and Managing Partner at Gradient Ventures. According to Crunchbase, "Gradient Ventures is Google’s new AI-focused venture fund - investing in and connecting early stage startups with Google’s resources, innovation, and technical leadership in artificial intelligence." Gradient Ventures was founded earlier this year. I presume the domain name acquisition was related on behalf of the venture fund, despite the Whois record bearing Patterson's name.

After the auction closed, some people expressed doubt about whether or not the sale would close. Because of the way GoDaddy Auctions → Read More


Happy Birthday Google.com Domain Name

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On September 15, 1997 - twenty years ago to the day - the Google.com domain name was first registered. It looks like Google.com was registered at Network Solutions, but interestingly, it is now registered at MarkMonitor. It is a bit surprising the company hasn't transferred it to Google Domains, the domain name registrar owned and operated by Google.

Here is a graphic with the current Whois record for Google.com provided by DomainTools:



If you want to see how the Google.com homepage looked over the years, you can have a look at Archive.org.

It's pretty neat to think that the hub of the entire Internet was created twenty years ago today. At just 20 years old, Google.com isn't even close to some of the oldest domain names in existence, which pre-date it by over a decade!

Someday, I bet you will see this question in a trivia game and you will know the answer to: "when was Google.com registered?" → Read More


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