Get the dotcom

It doesn’t matter how many new species we discover the lion will always be king.

And the extension king still is dotcom.

No matter how many new domain extensions are created, adding confusing choices for domain names, all attention is still taken by dotcom as we have seen in the latest deluge of dotcom sold in August, fetching prices that makes any gTLD and most ccTLDs cringe for envy.

Rightly so, or could you imagine a business with a country code domain name like a dotcn, dotru or dotin being successful on a global level?

Can a generic domain extension really capture a worldwide audience? What's the purpose of letting your domain name end with a .lol, .zip or .nrw extension?

And this is important to note: Whatever gTLD or ccTLD extension is chosen for a domain name, it still requires the same name with a dotcom extension.

The past has shown that extensions like .tel (yes, me too, I fell for them) kicked up a lot of dust and dust they became, right after launch, resting now at the ‘graveyard of misleading extensions’ with no sales and even less visitors.

 
Now, a domain name with a dotcom extension does not necessarily requires another extension at all. Names and Trades are protected and trademark names can not be used with any gTLDs ccTLDs or even another TLDs by someone else without breaking the law. Any violation of this fact lands the perpetrator in court.

Naturally we realize there is an evolving trend towards a local/neighborhood Internet, but the desire for global dominance of services, business and companies will always drive domain prices higher, for the most established and most recognized domain extension - the dotcoms.

So if you wish to have your own website, in your little neck of the woods, go ahead and register the gTLD of your choice. It does not cost that much to register. A domain ending in .berlin, .nyc or .paris will make you and the locals happy, but what to do if someone register the .com of your, the same domain name, or has done so already?

It could be double trouble - so get the dotcom and live happily after.

The king will not be dethroned that easily.



Whatchamacallit

How do search engines will deal with the flood of new domain names and their new extensions, also referred to as generic top-level domains (gTLDs)?
Not at all as we are learning, as it is apparent, what will count the most is not the website title, but its content. The title or URL, what a website is named, will become mostly irrelevant.
 

So your site could be named 'anything dot anything' - search engine will look beyond the URL, your domain name. Now the bots go and look inside your website and decide if your site will be displayed on a search engines page one, or be hidden in virtual waste land.

While it might make sense to Google and their ever changing algorithm, I don’t think rating a website by content alone is such a great idea. A website should have an identity by name, a fitting domain name.

Should we decide to revisit a site with 'no name', how are we going to find it again? How surfers are suppose to remember a sites domain name, if it has no relation to its content? How will people explain a great site to other users, if the sites domain name is so irrelevant that it's hard to remember nor easy to explain?

"Oh yes, you know. it is that site with that ahm... really funny name and the ahm… extension has to with… (?) Or (?) something like whatchamacallit dot I don't know ... Wait, it'll come to me."

With more and more people getting older and a bit more forgetful the Internet with one billion pages might just be on its way to become more confusing for some. And since the Internet is ever so multi-lingual a good, fitting name with a bang is essential.

We do understand the move, though; with over 1,000,000,000 websites online something has to be done to reduce the present of the unworthy and irrelevant.

It is comfortable to note that the most expensive website ever sold, have not left the slightest doubt in anyone’s mind what they are all about. Or would you question what's behind such down to earth domain names like Insurance.com, VacationRentals.com or PrivateJet.com?

Believe it or not, while we at Domain-inventory don't ask for as much as these domains above have sold for, we still offer quality key word loaded domains for sale at reasonable and negotiable prices.

You can still acquire TLDs and ccTLDs and yes even gTLDs that makes sense and fit your websites content.

Where? Just visit Domain-inventory.com.


 

Sacré Bleu

It is going to become a little easier to communicate in French, particular for native English speaker.
The reasons are the continuous infiltration of English words into the French language, as is manifested in the latest domain sales.
Who would have guests that out of all ccTLDs, the French now shaking up  the market with the highest country code domain sale this week, chat.fr, selling throught sedo for a whopping EURO 99,000.
This got to be a wake up call for France that English is irreversible and unstoppable forcing its way into French expressions  and language.
Another tiny sale was ’specialized.fr scraping up only $1,742, (makes me wonder where this one is going) - the French translation is spécialisé.
Further back in June we had a domain named Blank.fr changing hands for EURO 5,000; the correct French spelling is blanc.
Checking for French country code domains, in our SOLD listings, we have to go back to April - May to see sales worthwhile mentioning, but there are some I like:  Dentiste.fr EURO 15,000, PrinterPix.fr and Tel.fr EURO 22,000. Voila.
But even French domain name sales below EUR 5,000 seem to be far and few in between, however Lyndia.fr brought USD 5,000 in December 2013 while back in July of that year we found Beauty.fr listed as a sale by sedo for EURO 17,650,  MonVillage.fr at EURO 10,000 and Parkingroissy.fr sold for EURO 9800. Tiens!
But I am still hard pressed to find significient sales of French domain names with a top level extension.
We have listed a few key word loaded French domain names with dot-com extension available at Domain-inventory.com
Bijoux360.com
Caression.com
CasinoPlaisir.com
Changeant.com
Dessins-Erotique.com
Domaine360.com
Fleurs360.com
KiosqueMobile.com
LaChoucroute.com
LaModeParisienne.com
LeTourismeSpatial.com
NouveauxVenues.com
Politique360.com
ViennaCafes.com
For more Information please contact Domain-inventory.com
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Internet

When the first pilgrims arrived at Internet back in 1984, there was no real understanding of the place. For too long it was a closed and well guarded secret, know only to a few insiders, who in most cases, did not even know each other. Secrecy was of the highest priority.

Once Internet opened up for exploration a few of the smartest souls immediately saw huge profit potential and set out to study the possibilities of Internet, thinking about what could become of such uncharted territory and how one might prosper from it.

While most of their compatriots were busy looking at the content displayed on their newly acquired hardware, some of the more savvy fellows decided it was time to communicate with the other few netizen now being on line and so they decided to commence something useful.

Having considered several options for barter and trade they sought a common identity a 'com', short  for commerce, was a good beginning and since it needed to really make a point in this new place called Internet  they called it dot (for point) and it became .com.

Soon after this quick start and agreement of a dotcom extension, people wanted to claim their own dotcom domain; their proper name with a Dotcom extension.

So they started to look for a common denominator and since they wanted future generation to know where they belong to they decided to name all Internet property dot.com.

So it was agreed on, to assign all names, sites, addresses and services as dotcom entities.   

And what a harmonious world it became. While some people were happy in their own little dotcom trading post some other bought whole blocks and thought of themselves as king dot com, squatting up every dotcom they could find in Internet.

As was predictable, soon there were no more dotcoms available in Internet. Downbload, one of the very  first Internet arrival matriarch had build up properties all along the main artery leading out to White Claims and now, either offered sections of his vast real estate domain  at inflated prices or refused to sell all together.

Now the citizens of Internet realized that expansion and growth was in danger of being halted and knew they needed a safety net to stop this sort of thing to happen.

Having been forced to continue on their ever expansion way over and above the original settlement the logical choice was a substitute for dotcom and wasn’t very long before a safety net seemed to be a good alternative to dotcom and so dotnet was born.

Dotnet made it possible to acquire more domains and names. Trading post dotcom was one of the first to open a second trading post, this time as dotnet, and only two blocks away from his original dotcom location. Trading post was close to having a monopoly in selling goods would it not have been for all the options for dotnet offered other pioneers and explorers.

Dotcom though covered prime locations. Since dotcom was first, the entire section of Broad Trail from Balling Wall to Fines Square was taken by dotcom shops, stores, inns and taverns, every one of them had a  dotcom logo.

Pretty soon, anyone who wanted to open a dotcom anything on BroadTrail had to buy the dotcom from Downbload who of course only let some of his property go if the price was right.

But there were also some Good Samaritan in Internet, people who saw the need to get organized in this ever growing expansion, they possessed the foresight to envision there needed to be one or more organizations who would take care of the old and sick and educate children and adults as well.

 Many of the earliest organization and volunteers of those days, who created dotorg, were founded by organization who survived to this day as charities, hospital and institution of education.

By now Internet had spread across all regions of the newly discovered Internet. As news about this new media became manifested in more and faster access, the need and demand for reliable information could not be overheard.

Everyone wanted to know what happened on BroadTrail and what had became of their first experiences in the early days of Internet.  Information became necessary and soon after New Fork Wibes, BNN and German WILD initiated dotinfo pages.

Meanwhile further up on Forktown an ever increasing constituency of loyal German s decided, since they were a bit different in origin, customs, food and drink to be recognized as their own entity and along their main street running East to West from Beast to the Yatzen River everything from Peer House, Zchwitzel huette  to the Klonditory all became dotde sites.

The same happened with the French who originally wanted to be known as doteeuhh…, but opted for dotfr and thus become mainly known as dotfr gastronomy. 

In no time at all, or so it seemed, from this once slow  place called Internet, known to a selected few, we now had a worldwide Internet inventory of names, estates, domains and conglomerates to dots, neatly organized and searchable thanks  to the almighty dotcom Zuugel.

While Zuugel at first help organizing zillions of properties it slowly started to dictate owners of domains names and websites how to run their business. Now it was mandatory to do things in a certain way, (their way) or ones website would became more or less irrelevant and mostly invisible to the world.

While many of the original Internet pilgrims might not be around for much longer any more, the new generation now has the arduous task to work their way through another kind of difficulties, started by the issuer and overseer of dots called NAACI

For those old enough to remember you might recall that dotcom was very well managed by NAACI, before the powers that were relinquished this oversight, left it to its own demise and thus all hell broke loose.

Hundreds upon hundreds of anything-goes dots are released at an amazing speed and more will follow. Trading Post and other entrepreneurs are currently drown in dozens of new dotwaste and extensions and they and other companies are forced to protect their trades with huge investments.

Downbload sits back, laughs at everybody and reiterates that we all have come to late to the table and subsequently reduced his activity to writing ridiculing blogs from his ocean mansion down South.

Seizing the moment, registrars like ToPappy pushing sales of useless dotanything domain extensions and spend tons of money producing eyebrow raising half time and other TV ads about his service.

The original dotcoms scrambled to preserve their trades and their coms by spending unbelievable amounts of money for totally unneeded extensions, like dottel, dot travel and ad infinitum.

What once was a very good organized overseeable organization and administration of Internet domains and controlled cyberspace real estate operations with a relative smooth beginning now is become a confusing mess.

When the dust settles we will see that not all that shines is gold.

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The URL

Your address, the URL (website address).

Take a guess what these web sites below have in common.

We left out the extensions (com, co.uk, etc) so you can concentrate on the names only.

All are in the same line of business, if you recognize one of the names, you probably guessed what business the others are in. Here they are:

Oyster, Environmentalgraffiti, Tingo, Nationaltrust, Sustrans, Theaa, Xe, Gadling.

Maybe you have guessed it: They are all travel websites.

These sites above are listed as some of the busiest website for travelers, getting the cheapest flights, reviewing hotels, restaurants, destinations, listing last minutes specials and comparing prices.

While they all have great content, their web site name does not match their content at all.

So why did they choose to have such unrelated names grace the top of the Internet real estate?

Was there nothing more fitting available? Maybe so.

As is well known by now the Internet address you need or want is today no longer available, or is it?

I believe that the right domain names are out there and available. There are thousands of domain name owners in the world, offering exactly the right top level domain for sale.  

So the reason the right domain is not getting bought right away is price?

Entrepreneurs, companies and business are simply not willing to pay a price for top level Internet real estate. 

So some website owner settle for mediocrity, inventing nonsense names, making up impossible word combinations and confusing future client with domain names that have very little or no relations to their business or website content.

This is bad business thinking. It is going to hurt your business in the long run, by not giving you the search engine results you want.
How in the world is any of the Internet addresses mentioned above can hope to become a quick household name such as Google, Yahoo or Amazon?
Impossible domain names are being used all the time; there are plenty of examples on the Internet on how not to name your web site. This is true for English language web sites and non-English language sites as well.
You get what you pay for still holds true to this day. A penthouse is going to set you back by quite a bit, at least more than a third floor walk up. Sooner or later you are going to get tired of the walk up and move to something with an elevator, but you can’t do this with an Internet address.
It takes time for your site to be listed, distributed and found across the web.  You can’t change your Internet address like your shirt, it might just end in a total PR disaster, cost you a fortune in lost business and customers.

Of course you know you do have great content, but wouldn’t it be nice to have an Internet address that makes sense and exactly fits your business and service?

Yes, we know content is king and always has been, but a domain name that exactly matches content is a win-win situation and gets you off to a right start - and with the right content you just can’t lose.
So before buying the wrong domain name, check all your option and invest in a top level domain so that your web site stands out amongst all others - just like that penthouse.

Your investment will pay off in the future.

For real names visit our Website.

Selected Global Sales

As I always try to list only selected domain sales as they correspond to similar domain offerings here at domain-inventory, I did not dare to list the 1,000,000 dollar sale that did take place during the week ending August 3, 2014.

All sales for this period can be seen at DNJournal.com.

DomainGuardians did not guard BTC.com at all, but sold it indeed for a cool mil. As I do not want to scare any reader away, this sale is NOT listed on my SOLD site.

However what could have been our sales and similar domain sales we also hope to achieve are listed. They include such nice middle of the road, two word domains as BigDeals.com, PartyIdeas.com, EasyBook.com, ChimneySweep.com and CountryStore.com all selling for a comfortable 5 digit figure.

It could make any domainer all warm and fuzzy inside, seeing that dotcom is still doing so well and rewarding the sellers with a descend sale price for two word domains as mentioned above.

Four of those sale were managed by NameJet who also brokered quite a few other sales, this time out-doing sedo who must have send most of their agents/brokers on summer vacation.

Two country codes had a nice day as well with ResearchChemicals.co.uk sold by Noktia and PKW-Neuwagen.de (there is sedo) proving  that .co.uk is still worth almost a few thousand dollars and hyphens for the German market still find sellers these days as they always have done in the past.

Some dotnet domain called UcuzUcakBileti.net was sold for $7,835 and an info domain got just about the same amount of money  with Loans.info - an info extension, undersold as usually at $7,555. Dotinfo always makes sense and this one should have gotten get more money, particular for a one word domain.

We have a look now at the previous week - should we discover anything worthwhile to write about, you can read about right here.

Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 21, 2014 - Sun. July 27, 2014




How to Buy.

It might not be that easy to choose the right domain name. But once you've found a domain you like and made up your mind to buy it, everything else is basically taken care of.

You will always have a few choices about the way you acquire a domain.

First think about the way you want to buy a domain:
Do you want to place a bid or do you want to make an offer?
An offer by you could be accepted or rejected, depending how realistic it is.
A bid will most likely be accepted unless it comes in too low.
You can make a bid and thus start an auction or you can join an ongoing auction increasing a bid bit by bit (pun intended).

Who will do all the work and negotiating for you, depends on who and which broker you choose.

Just pick a broker of your choice. And here comes the nice part. Domain brokers are professionals, with offices in many countries. When choosing a broker, you would next choose your country from a pull down menu or country listing. 

It gets better. Now you choose your language and you can call the broker directly, usually toll-free or send an email.

If you want to get real personal contact a particular broker you like and, voila now you're talking to a real person.

Contacting the domain owner directly is another choice you have. You negotiate the price and buy direct in a private sale.

You might prefer not to tell anyone that you just have bought or intend to buy a domain. As a matter in fact, the seller of a domain usually has no clue who stands behind an offer or a bid and domain brokers will not reveal your name so your privacy is always assured.
Finally, be assured that all of the above is done in a very safe manner, because of escrow. When you bought a domain your money goes to no-one, not to the seller and not to the broker, before that domain is not in your name (possession). Only then the escrow money will be released to the seller of the domain name or to the domain broker that brokered the sale.
Depending on the arrangements there might be or not be a fee for escrow but to purchase a domain does not cost you anything but the purchase price of the domain.

To sum it all up, you don't have to do much, just pick the right domain name, add content to your site and you're in business.

If you do have comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact me