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TLD Domain Registration Analysis and Stats 2016

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What does TLD stands for? A TLD or gTLD stands for “Top-level domain or generic Top-level domain”. When speaking of a top level domain, you are referring to what comes immediately after the dot. The most commonly registered gTLD are (.)com, (.)net, and (.)org. These gTLD are completely oversaturated and finding a great domain name can prove to be a difficult task. Many domainers and entrepreneurs are looking to invest in great names with different TLDs. The most registered non common TLDs in 2016 according to NTLDStats is:

  1. .XYZ       (6,516,512 registered)
  2. .Top       (3,682,703 registered)
  3. .Wang    (1,052,040 registered)
  4. .Win       (1,039,849 registered)
  5. .Club     (814,467 registered)
  6. .Site       (492,023 registered)
  7. .Vip        (460,260 registered)
  8. .Bid        (425,776 registered)
  9. .Online  (418,190 registered)
  10. .Link      (417,178 registered)

There is a lot of hype surrounding some of the newer TLDs like (.)VIP. This TLD is quite the story in China with over $6million dollar in 30 days invested according to DomainNews. According to DomainNews, there was over 400,000 domains registered in the first month of registration with the average domain costing $23,000. This Domain is currently ranked #7 on NTLDStats and it is ranked #15 on RegisteredStats. Registered Stats does not have the most up to date numbers on the domains, but it does include gTLD on the set of data they provide.

Another big TLD to hit the market is (.)xyz. Google recently invested in this TLD with Alphabet over the past year. The domain they chose was abc.xyz which generated a lot of interest in this TLD. The success of this TLD was not immediate due to the TLD not showing up in organic search result, but that issue has now been resolved. This is the fastest growing TLD and is the biggest TLD in the market right now according the NTLDStats. There are over 6 million domains registered under (.)xyz. One of the biggest selling point of this TLD might be that it only cost $1 to register on godaddy. Daniel Negari is the entrepreneur who started (.)xyz and is the current CEO of xyz.com

However while all these new domains are making a huge impact on the domain market, (.)com is still the most registered TLD with 127,155,803 according to RegisteredStats. (.)com had the biggest gains in terms of domain registration with 37,198 domains registered out of 54,225.

With these numbers (.)com are still responsible for over 68% of all domains registered during this time period.

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General information on Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy

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The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy is a set of guidelines used resolve disputes due to the registration of similar domains. These policies were set in place for ICANN to protect the owners of a brand or trademark from a malicious third party. The UDRP applies to gTLDs like the common .com, .net, .org, as well as newer gTLDs like .asia, .biz, .info, .name, and many more.

To file a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, you must fulfill one of these requirements.

  • Not using the similar domain name or having any interest of using it.
  • The owner of the domain name is using the the domain name is damaging your trademark. (e.g. Using the domain name to advertise for a competitor, using the domain name to attract people to their website via redirect, and an attempt to resell the domain to the trademark owner for a large sum of money)
  • Using the domain as a way to confuse an individual that they are going to the correct web page. (Mimicking what the origin web page would look like)

This list of UDRP providers listed on ICANN’s webpage are the follow:

If you do not already have a trademark, you can apply for one at TradeMarkPlus. This webpage offers a trademark registration service.

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Bitcoin and Crypto Mining Review 2016 with Promo Code

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Crypto Currency has been surging in popularity as a form of secured currency. This type of currency can be store online via a wallet or on your computers hard-drive. There mining companies out there that will help you mind for these crypto currencies for a fee. These online mining companies typically offer an annual service, a life time service, as well as ethash.

SHA-256 is the life timing mining service that is offered by both Genesis Mining and HashFlare. These two companies also offer X11 which is an annual service and Ethash. The one difference between these companies is that HashFlare offers a Script service. The biggest distinction between these two companies is that Hashflare will limit you to Bitcoin mining while Genesis Mining will give you more options on where to allocate your resources. We have created a chart that highlights the difference between each mining speed. 1 kH/s means it will mine 1,000 hashes per second.

  • 1 MH/s is 1,000,000 hashes per second. (mega)
  • 1 GH/s is 1,000,000,000 hashes per second. (giga)
  • 1 TH/s is 1,000,000,000,000 hashes per second.  (tera)

Genesis Mining Plans

Life Time Mining Service (SHA-256)

$190 for 1 TH/s or $19 for 1 GH/s

The following currencies are mineable with this plan are BTC, UNO, BTCD, DASH, LTC, DOGE, and ZET.

X11 Mining Service (2 Years)

$8 for 1 MH/s

The following currencies are mineable with this plan are DASH, BTC, START, LTC, Doge, BTCD, PPC, NMC, Cure and XMR.

Use this code to receive 3% each order:

Genesis Mining Coupon Code: 0yNPlk

HashFlare Plans

Life Time Mining Service (SHA-256)

$160 for 1 TH/s or $16 for 1 GH/s.

You are limited to bitcoin on HashFlare.

X11 Mining Service (1 Year)

$6 for 1 MH/s

We have been testing Genesis Mining with their SHA256 service and we were able to make $9 in the month of August with a $180 investment mining various coins. That is $108 dollars a year or a 60% return on our investment.

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What Is My Domain Worth? 6 Free Domain Appraisal Sites

 

Domain evaluation can be quite arbitrary and there is more than one way to evaluate a domain. These Appraisal sites will give you a a great deal of information on the domain from their search history to the site traffic. This information is very useful in determining if a domain is over/under priced. Domain appraisal sites is a great place to start for new domainers, However you should not base your decision to buy or sell solely from these sites. I have seen these sites give relatively low values to domains that can easily fetch for thousands of dollars.

DNPrices (Alexa Global Rank #158,758) is probably the weakest tool on the list. The only information this tool will give you is the price the current owner paid for the domain. The site is also missing a lot of information on smaller sales compared to the other valuation tools on the list.

Sedo (Alexa Global Rank #8,050) will give you a free appraisal on your domain name if you add it to their service. This service is great if you just want the value of your domain name.

Valuate (Alexa Global Rank #102,808) is a great tool if you are trying to track down the owner of the domain. This valuation tool will give you the information on the owner of the domain and their e-mail address assuming they do not have privacy for their whois information. This site also provides information like appraised value, CPC, site traffic, and information on the other extensions to the same domain name. This tool is free as long as you sign up for an account and verify your e-mail.

DomainIndex (Alexa Global Rank #86,080) is a useful tool for valuing a domain. This tool will give you a lot of information on search volume of the domain and possible trademark risk associated with the domain. DomainIndex will give you a value on the domain and a percentage on how accurate their valuation is. This website also have a limit of 7 uses per day for free users.

Estibot (Alexa Global Rank #41,515) is a great tool for getting background information on a domain. They provide monthly search information like DomainIndex, but their information is more in-depth. The webpage give similar domain suggestions that are available for purchase if the domain you are researching is not available for sale.

StatChest  (Alexa Global Rank #254,000) is a great free tool that features as Web of Trust stats, MozRank, HTML heading tags, WHOIS information and Compelete Google PageSpeed insight Report for your website.

While these tools are a great resource, I would like to emphasis not to base your decision on buying or selling a domain based on one site. A domain can be worth $80 on Estibot while Valuate will appraise it for $3,800.

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ICANN amends its Transfer and Transfer Dispute Resolution Policies

Effective: December 1, 2016

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The amendments to the Transfer Policy applies to ALL gTld’s and Registrars accredited with ICANN.

The amendments to the Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy (TDRP) applies to ALL gTLD’s, Registries, and Registrars accredited with ICANN.

Transfer Policy Updates:

  1. IF the Registrar implemented a 60 day inter-registrar transfer lock following a CHANGE of REGISTRANT procedure, and the Registered Domain Owner did not opt out of the lock, THEN, the Registrar must deny any inter-registrar transfer request.
  2. The definition of “Material Change” relating to a Change of Registrant has been clarified.
  3. The required information in the notification to the Prior and New Registrant has been modified.
  4.  In the event of a Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceeding that the Registrar has been informed of, Registrars must deny an inter-registrar transfer.

TDRP Updates:

  1. Any TDRP Complaints must be filed with ICANN approved Dispute Resolution Providers and not with Registries.
  2. The statute of limitations to file a TDRP Complaint has increased to 12 months.
  3. Added updated version of enumerated reasons for denying inter-registrar transfers in the Transfer Policy
  4. IF the Dispute Resolution Panel concludes that an invalid transfer occurred, THEN, any transfers to a Gaining Registrar and all subsequent transfers are not valid.
  5. IF the Dispute Resolution Panel concludes that an invalid transfer occured, THEN, the Registrar of Record prior to the Invalid Transfer will receive the domain name.
  6. ALL TDRP decisions must be published with TDRP Providers
  7. New definitions have been added.

All this has been done to further prevent the risk of fraudulent domain name transfers, an all to frequent common occurrence as of late.

 

Tools For Getting The Perfect Domain Name – Top Ten

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The domain name is one of the most important part of a new business. You want something that is memorable and will stand out from the competition. The best domain names are probably registered at this point, so purchasing one is not an option for most people. Unless you are willing to spend thousands of dollars on a domain name, we have some great tools you can use to find a great alternative.

BustAName (Alexa Rank 66,553) – This site allows you to put keywords and it will generate an available domain names with that set of keywords. This site is great for finding a domain with keywords you feel are relevant.

DomainsBot (Alexa Rank 43,850) – This name spinner will allow you to find similar domain names to the one you typed in. They also have a feature that will link to 3rd party registrars that will help you register the domain.

Domainr (Alexa Rank 35,135) – This search engine will find all domain names that are similar to the one you are looking for. This site will include name hacks as well as gTLDs. You also have the option to check if the domain is available and the ability to register the domain from this site.

DomainTools (Alexa Rank 1,372) – Another great site for name spinning, but unlike the other name spinning tools this one also has a whois feature. It will allow you to look up the information of the individuals who own the domain you are looking for.

Domize (Alexa Rank 126,428) – This tool will start searching for all domains the moment you start typing. It will indicate if the domain is available by the color green and unavailable by the color red. It will also provide alternative gTLDs if one is taken.

Dotomator (Alexa Rank 107,020) – This is another name generation tool, but you have to put in keywords at the beginning and the end. It will give you a list of available domains as well as domains that are already taken from your lists.

Impossibility (Alexa Rank 202,937) – This tool is great domain generator. All you have to do is provide a keyword, then you have the option of selecting adjective, noun, verb, and the placement of keyword. After you have decided, this tool will generate a list of domains that are available for registration.

LeanDomainSearch (Alexa Rank 29,082) – Like the other name generation tools on this list, this site will provide the biggest list out of all of them. All you have to do is put in a keyword and you will get thousands of alternate names that are available for registration.

NameStation (Alexa Rank 46,882) – This is another name generation tool. What sets NameStation apart from the competition is that it has a social platform to hold contests for original ideas from their users.

Wordoid (Alexa Rank 139,692) – This tool is great if you are looking for something brand-able. There is a list of made up words that will pass the radio test and are available for registration right now.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment on or use our contact page.

Best Domain Tools in 2016 – Top Ten

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Having the right tools is esstential to succeeding in everything. We noticed a lot of our favorite tools have died over the last couple of years including namethismyipneighborsdnzoom, collectionmanagers and many more. We created a list of essential tools that are not obivious to everyone to help you with your domain business.

Domainr (Alexa Rank 35,135) FREE – Domainr is a domain name search engine that doubles as a marketplace. Domainr will list if a website is available, for sale, or unavailable. You have the option to use any marketplace like godaddy for the purchase of the domain. This site will show the typical .COM, .NET, .ORG domains and domain hacks.

LeanDomainSearch (Alexa Rank 27,461) FREE – LeanDomainSearch is a great tool if you are looking for quantity over quality. This website will generate a list of domain names that are available for registration. While you are not going to find the next best domain here, you might be able to find something decent that contains your keyword.

Ahrefs (Alex Rank 3,095) $99/month – Ahrefs is an SEO and Domain analytics tool. One of the key differentiator of ahrefs is that it tracks the gains and loss of backlinks. These are great tools if you are planning to buy a website or domain.

Majestic (Alexa Rank 33,239) $50/month – This is the best backlinks tool in the market right now.

SitePrice (Alexa Rank 10,804) FREE – Everyone has heard of Estibot, but have you heard of siteprice? SitePrice takes into account website traffic the data is more relevant to current websites.

ViewDNS (Alexa Rank 33,239) FREE – This is the all in one DNS tool. You can use it for Reverse IP look up to China firewall test.

DomainsBot (Alexa Rank 43,850) FREE- This is a domain name spinner. It will provide domain names that are available for purchase after you type in a keyword you want included in your domain.

SimilarWeb (Alexa Rank 2,709) FREE – This site is very similar to Alexa where it gives you information on the ranking of a website. The difference between this and Alexa is that it is completely free so you can view a wide array of information.

DropCatch (Alexa Rank 55,422) FREE – DropCatch is a great site if you are in the market for expiring domains. There are quite a few gems that people forget to renew and this is the marketplace to use if you are looking for something pending deletion.

Wayback Machine (Alexa Rank 295) FREE – Need to know what a domain looked like way back in 2002? The wayback machine takes a snapshot of a domains history and preserves it forever in its archive.

ToughDomains Portfolio Manager is a great way to organize your domain portfolio. This tool will allow you to input data regarding your domain and it will pull in data like expiration data/domain age/name server/ and e-mail attached to the domain.

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Tips on Making Money with Domain Names

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Domain names have become quite a popular investment over the recent years. Flipping domain names have made quite a few people very rich in recent years. There are sites out there where you can buy/sell domains, while others are auction based where the highest bidder gets the rights to purchase the domain. Auction sites are more popular when you are selling high profile domain names where the value exceeds $1,000. Buy/sell sites usually have the niche domain names for sale.

Generic domain names about a product or a service can be quite a valuable asset. An example of a generic domain being sold for millions of dollars would be www.insurance.com. That domain name sold for $36,500,000 in 2010. These domain names are typically high in value as long as you avoid copyright infringement. Due diligence is very important when it comes to domain names because the court can order you to give up your domain name for free if you are found guilty.

Business domains is another great investment. These domains can be pair with a geographical location for example NewYorkDentist.com is a site where people review their dentist online. These domains can bring in ad revenue due to their specific nature.

-Geographic domains is another great investment because it is relevant to a large group of people. Owning a domain like NewYorkBroker.com can be quite handy when people are looking to start a business for Brokers in New York.

-There are also issues with investing in domains. The biggest issue for domain names is the liquidity and their value. The value of a domain name is very subjective and can be valued very differently. There are different aspects to a domain that can increase its value like the backlinks. Selling the domain is also an issue because a buyer might not come along until months after the initial auction/sale is posted.

There is no way to tell if a domain will yield profit like other investments you can make. Investing in domains is a lot of work and it will take a long of time before you make a high return on an investment.

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10 Most Common Mistakes New Domain Buyers Make

10Everyone has to start somewhere when it comes to investing in domains. Sites like namepros is a great resource for beginners and experts alike. Before you decide to buy a domain, you should look at some of the common mistakes beginners make before purchasing your first domain.

  1. Not all premium domains are premium – The word premium is used a lot in domain auction/selling sites. While they call all these domains premium, only a small amount of domain names are premium.
  2. Valuation tools – Tools like Estibot are a great resource in getting an idea on what a domain name could be worth. While Estibot is a great tool when it comes to valuation, do not expect it to give you the exact value of a domain. There are many factors in why a domain might be worth more or less that an algorithm will not be able to calculate.
  3. Trying to sell a domain when it is registrar locked – New domain buyers might not be aware that editing the registrant information will locked their domain for 60 days. This system was put in place to help prevent a hijacking of the domain. In the event that it is hijacked, the registrar will be able to retrieve the domain.
  4. Do some research before buying a domain – There are a lot of tools out there that can be use to find information about the domain you plan to buy. You might want to use some SEO tools to help you evaluate the value of the domain.
  5. Do not hide your Whois if you are planning to sell the domain – If you are planning to sell a domain, it might is better to leave your whois information unhidden. When your whois is unhidden, it will allow a potential buyer to see your contact information and possibly negotiate a sale.
  6. The hype of new TLDs – There is always a lot of hype behind new TLD and their potential. While some TLD see moderate success, a lot of the new TLD fall flat. You should always do some research before buying into a new TLD.
  7. Auctions – When you are selling a domain through an auction, you should always include a reserve price. You do not want your domain sold for less than what you hope to get out of it.
  8. The length of a domain name – You should be careful when choosing a domain name for yourself.  Your domain name can contain words like Doctor, and Dentist, but do not go for something too long. For example, cosmeticsdentistinmanhattan.com would be too convoluted to read or remember.
  9. Avoid Typosquatting – Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting where the individual relies on a typo to get clicks on their sites. These websites would attempt to deceive and take advantage of the unknowing user. Websites like Twtter.com and wikapedia.com  were both fined for $156,000, so it is in your best interest to avoid typosquatting.
  10. Park all your undeveloped domains – Parking your domain is not going to make you rich over night, but it is still a great way to make some money out of your unused domain names. Checkout our list of parking websites before making a decision on which parking company to use.

 

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Top 20 Most Expensive Domain Names Adjusted for Inflation

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Most people in the domain industry are investors who buy domain names in anticipation of a high return in the future. These investors typically park or develop the website as a way to monetize it.  Developing the website could lead to a higher return because it will already be an established website.  If the website can maintain a high amount of traffic, it can increase the value of that site.  The process of buying and selling these domains does not guarantee profit as there is no way to tell which domains will be profitable in the future. If the domain is a one letter domain or is something that is relevant, the value will generally increase.

There are quite a few domains that sold for over a million dollars and we decided to make a list of the top 20.  Instead of a typical top 20 list, Tough Domains decided to adjust it for inflation to 2015 to see how much it would be worth today.

  1. Carinsurance.com – This domain was sold for $49,700,000 in 2010. When we adjusted this for inflation, it came out to be $55,208,788.
  2. Vacationrentals.com – This was one of the most expensive domains to be purchased before 2010 with the record of $35,000,000 in 2007. When we adjusted this for inflation, it came out to be $40,838,545.76.
  3. Insurance.com – This was another domain that sold in 2010 for $35,600,000. After we adjusted this for inflation, the total came out to be $39,545,932.65. Quinstreet owns both Carinsurance.com and Insurance.com
  4. Privatejet.com – This domain sold for $30,180,000 in 2012. After we adjusted it for inflation, the price came out to be $31,910,230.63.
  5. Internet.com – This deal was finalized in 2009 for $18,000,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the price would be $20,315,056.64.
  6. 360.com – This domain was sold in 2015 for $17,000,000.
  7. Insure.com – This is another domain owned by Quinstreet. This was brought in 2009 for $16,000,000. When we adjusted it for inflation, it is $18,057,828.12 in 2015.
  8. Bankaholic.com – This domain was sold for $15,000,000 in 2008. If this was purchased in 2015 the price would be $16,861,497.01.
  9. Sex.com – This domain was sold for $13,000,000 in 2010. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $14,440,930.46.
  10. IRS.com – This domain was purchased for $12,500,000 in 2007. After the adjustment for inflation, it is $14,585,194.91.
  11. Hotels.com – This domain was sold in 2001 for $11,000,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $14,585,194.91.
  12. Cardratings.com – This domain was sold in 2008 for $10,200,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $11,465,817.97.
  13. Fund.com – This domain was sold in 2008 for $9,999,950. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $11,240,941.80.
  14. Porn.com – This domain was sold in 2007 for $9,500,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $11,084,748.13.
  15. Porno.com – This domain was sold in 2015 for $888,888,888.
  16. FB.com – Facebook acquired FB.com for $8,500,000 in 2010. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $9,442,146.84.
  17. We.com – This domain was sold in 2016 for $8,000,000.
  18. Business.com – This domain was sold in 1999 for $7,500,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $10,796,667.22.
  19. Diamond.com (undeveloped and not parked) – This domain was sold in 2006 for $7,500,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $8,996,148.22.
  20. Beer.com (Parked) – This domain was sold in 2004 for $7,000,000. After the adjustment for inflation, the value is $8,898,929.85.

As you can see, domain names can be quite a high value commodity.  Domainers who were lucky enough to register these domains made a fortune from selling it. While a lot of these domains are developed, some domains like Beer.com is wasted since it is just parked.

Contact us at info@toughdomains.com for a full report.