Top 10 Domain Name Trends for 2012

For the year 2012, there a number of trends followed in selecting domain names and here are ten of them. Various extensions etc. are being used including:top domain names

  • .net
  • .org
  • .com
  • .gov
  • .pro
  • .int
  • .edu
  • .info
  • .biz
  • .mill

The .net extension is used for networks. This domain name precedes WWW or the World Wide Web and is one of the TLDs or the top level domains besides many others. Originally it was intended for use of network providers only but nowadays there are no restrictions on its usage.

The .org extension is used for organizations if the .com extension is not available for your domain name. In such a case .org can be used for identifying an organization that is a non-profit making one. This option is available to anyone even if there is removal of restrictions on its registration.

.Com Option a Popular One

The .com domain name is used for commercial purposes and the exact country where the business is going to be conducted. When a search is conducted on the search engine then the user is directed to the search page for that specific country. Examples for this extension would be .co.ca for Canada, or .co.nz for New Zealand.

The .edu extension is used by educational institutions. There are so many web addresses available on the internet. To categorize the addresses there are a number of extensions provided to domain names and .edu is one of them. The .biz domain name extension is used by businesses and is provided as an alternative for them due to greater demand for the .com domain name.

Top Level Domain Names

The .gov domain name extension is used for the United States Government entities. In addition to the domain at top level, the .gov extension is a top domain that is government specific in United States.  As a research network sponsored by the Government of the US, the internet origins are in US due to which the .gov extension can be used. The domain name at second level is used by other countries.

The .mil domain name extension is used by the Department of Defense of the United States exclusively. The .info domain name extension is used for websites that are informative. To remove the pressure on the .com domain name extension, the .info extension was introduced and its usage is not at all restricted.

Targeting Mobile Users

The .mobi domain name extension has been dedicated to help deliver the internet or the web to mobile devices. There is a lot of improvement being seen in technology that is related to networks or mobile devices and mobile phones. This extension helps greatly in targeting the user of mobile phones.

The .int domain name extension is mainly used by international organizations. The .pro domain extension is used by professionals. If you are offering professional services online, then this domain name extension proves to be very useful for users to identify you. These are the top ten domains you can see on the net.

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Five Tips to Select an Effective Domain Name

Have you ever wondered how do some websites get so much traffic on them, while the rest remain as it is? There must be something that these websites would be doing that attracts so many visitors. Yes, there are certain things that the owners of these websites do, in order to get more website traffic. Let us accept the fact that most of the website owners just focus on the way their websites are designed and hosted, very few of them actually focus on choosing the right domain name for their websites. Here are five easy tips that anyone can follow to register an efficient and a suitable domain name.
 
  1. Keep it Short & Simple: The user must always try to keep the name short and simple. Short and simple names are always easier to remember for others. Users generally find it difficult to remember long or complicated names.
  2. Incorporate Relevant Keywords: The user should always include relevant keywords in the domain name. This allows the website to have high-rankings on various search engines. Keywords incorporated websites always tend to rank up on search engines.
  3. Keep it Unique & Exclusive: The user must always think of a unique name that should not be confused with someone else’s website.
  4. Avoid Numbers & Special Characters: As far as possible, the user must try to avoid numbers and special characters in the domain name. By having them the domain name gets more complicated and further confuses the website visitor.
  5. Choose the Right Extension: The user should always know what type of visitors he is targeting before selecting the extension. Though it is usually advised to for the most popular .com domain extension, the user can also select region specific extensions for targeting local markets. 
By following these basic tips, the user can also ensure his website to get good amount of web traffic.