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Some Weekly Thoughts and Updates


I don’t know about you, but I am getting excited for the NFL season to begin. It’s nice to be a Patriots fan because the team is almost always very good. The only downside to the beginning of the football season is that it means the Summer is coming to an end.

Here are some domain name thoughts and updates I want to share with you. If you have other industry thoughts and updates, I invite you to share them in the comment section.

The company that acquired the rights to operate the .Shop domain name extension said his goal is to “goal is to reach 1 million registrations within the first year.” I would not bet against this, but it is a pretty big number.

In the two plus years that new gTLD domain name extensions have been available for people to register, there are only four extensions with one million + domain names registered: .xyz, .top, .wang, and .win.

My article about not registering trademark new gTLD domain names is as relevant today as it was two years ago. Just because a company doesn’t register a domain name in their trademark doesn’t mean they won’t come after a domain name owner that does register it without permission, especially when it comes to non-generic trademarks.

The six domain tool websites I use most regularly these days for my business and my blog:, DomainIQ,, NameBio,, and The first three require paid subscriptions to get the most benefit and the last three are free to use.

I can’t even tell you how many times I have needed the help of company representatives I have met at domain conferences. Networking with other domain investors is beneficial, but when an issue arises at a registrar or elsewhere, knowing the right person to contact can save time. The next conference I am attending is THE Domain Conference next month and then I will be going to NamesCon.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (9)


    Oh no, not Belichick and Brady

    August 28th, 2016 at 11:22 am


    you mean NFL=National Fighting League where highly paid men obliterate one another for the possession of a penis shape ball.

    Bring in the Gladiators!!!

    go HAWKS!!!

    August 28th, 2016 at 11:53 am


    .Shop is certainly one of the few good ones among the new, but they can probably forget about this goal if they are going to price it high like .Gold which is also one of the few good ones and a lot of others that are even much cheaper but which are still far too expensive.

    However, I suspect they will probably delude themselves that they can do that and still have their cake and eat it too.

    August 28th, 2016 at 2:41 pm


    Get ready for a “category killer” .com domain I discovered available for registration not long ago. I will reveal it perhaps in a week or so.

    August 28th, 2016 at 2:53 pm


    Go Pats, boo Red Sox. 😮 Lol
    Oh yeah .shop, well pretty much what John said.

    August 28th, 2016 at 6:27 pm


    Here’s a late night thought. This thread from just before the current one is giving me serious real laughing fits. I haven’t laughed this hard in a while. I’ve got “Fear the Walking Dead” on TV, and it still happened again just a moment ago:

    Never thought I could derive such humor from Elliot’s blog.

    August 29th, 2016 at 1:28 am


    And on a serious note to cap off the night, this is still going on and racing towards the insane conclusion by October 1:

    “An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.
    If the U.S. abdicates internet stewardship, the United Nations might take control.”

    Well done piece, highly recommended reading.

    August 29th, 2016 at 2:40 am

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