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Few things in life are truly free, including whois data websites.
There are a lot of great sites out there for doing whois lookups. DomainTools, for example, has long been a great source to lookup a domain and get extraneous information about the domain/site.
But you need to be careful which sites you use if you value your privacy. …Click here to continue reading
The biggest conference in the history of the domain name industry is taking place next month.
This summer’s ICANN meeting in London set an all-time record for a domain name related conference with 3,115 people in attendance.
The record is likely to last only one more month, as ICANN’s next meeting in Los Angeles is just a month away.
ICANN meetings have grown in size for a couple reasons. First, the release of new top level domain names has increased interest. Second, and perhaps a greater influence on attendance at the London meeting, is the process of separating IANA functions from the U.S. government.
The Los Angeles meeting takes place October 12-16 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Hyatt is sold out, as are most hotels within walking distance. Some of the overflow hotels have space, but you might need to take a cab or shuttle to get to the Hyatt.
Registration for the meeting is free.
If you live in North America and have never attended an ICANN meeting, I highly recommend making the trip. The next meeting in North America won’t be until 2016.
A domain name business adopts a .domains domain name.
New top level domain name registries have been looking for examples of companies adopting their domain names.
They don’t have to look too far: a domain name software company is among those that has adopted a new TLD.
Two tools show you which sites built on new TLDs are gaining traction.
A key for the long run success of each new top level domain name is usage. Which TLDs are getting traction with actual end users?
Two tools based on Alexa data can help you find out.
Softnik, creator of Watch My Domains Pro, has created a free tool that makes it easy to sort the Alexa 1 Million list by TLD. Just type in a TLD, hit enter and you’ll quickly see a list of domains on that TLD that are in the list.
According to the tool, there are 157 .club domains, 59 .guru and 43 .xyz in the top million.
DomainIncite has a similar tool in its paid Pro service.
Although it’s not sortable by top level domain, it shows only those top million sites that are on new TLDs. It’s a different way to look at the data, and both are helpful. (If you click “TLD” at the top of the column, it will sort by TLD.)
Now, a big caveat: these tools are based on Alexa data. Alexa is notoriously inaccurate. It’s just directionally correct. Domains separated by ranks of 10,000 and even 100,000 might actually be reversed for true traffic volume.
You also have a lot of sites in the list with paid traffic or that forward to other sites.
Still, I think it’s a good tool to get a feel for how a new TLD is doing with end users.
Slow start for the two new TLDs that launched yesterday (for which we have data.)
Five top level domain names launched yesterday. Unfortunately, ICANN’s centralized zone file system only has updated zone files for two of them.
.Cash gained 725 registrations to end the day with 909 in the zone file.
.Fund picked up just 414 to get to 625.
There are no first day zone files for Donuts’ other two TLDs, .tax and .investments. A zone file for Rightside’s .haus is also missing.
I feel like Donuts four financial domain names will be a big test. We haven’t seen much in the way of defensive domain name registrations in new TLDs. But financial companies are very worried about phishing. If they are to go after any, .investments and .fund should be on their radar.