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Masterclass on Chinese Domain Investment to be presented in Las Vegas in January 2015

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the best things about our day-to-day work is the sense of achievement and satisfaction that many of us feel when we help introduce an experienced (or novice) domain name investor to the world of Chinese language domain names. We think that the excitement we feel is largely due to these early days of Chinese domains feeling so similar to the early days of .com -- its like we've stepped into the Domain Wayback Machine and been transported back 20 years. The people who're joining us in the Domain Wayback Machine are in many ways like the early investors in .coms -- people like Michael Berkens, Monte Cahn, even Rick Schwartz. Those guys did so very well by getting into .coms early. Today, and tomorrow, and for a while yet, folks that we help to get into the new world of Chinese language domains are picking up "category killer" Chinese domains that would today be worth millions of dollars, were they .coms. Our expert team has realized that for Chinese internet users, the .com era is slowly coming to an end, in terms of the high value market. We know that those who missed out on the .com boom can have a chance to be a part of something similar, or even bigger. That's why the TLD Registry team is incredibly proud and excited to announce a major promotion that's been in the works for the past six months: The world's first, and currently world's only Chinese Domaining Masterclass. This unique masterclass will be held at the second annual NamesCon domain name conference in Las Vegas in January 2015. Our announcement has already garnered some good attention in the blogosphere, being picked up by many influential domainers. You can read some of their blog coverage here (domaininvesting.com), here (DN Journal) and here (DomainShane). It doesn't matter if you're a veteran domainer or a beginner, the masterclass offers invaluable direction to how to get the most out of your Chinese IDN investing experience. Not only will our China experts Simon Cousins and Jin Wang of TLD Registry be presenting four different sessions of the masterclass every single day of NamesCon, but every participant will have a chance to go home with a complete, 100-page curriculum binder of the masterclass. Specialized information regarding Chinese IDN domaining is contained in the masterclass binder, which was created in-house by TLD Registry's expert China team after many months of research and writing. The sessions that will be presented at NamesCon will include a main session, online tools and services, numeric domains, and the top ten FAQ's, The main session will cover an introduction to the many aspects of China, including the history of IDNs, different Chinese dialects, and how to spin great Chinese IDNs. We...

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TLD Registry Hosts Welcome Party for ICANNers

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On the afternoon of Sunday 12th October, TLD Registry, the world leaders in Chinese domain names, warmly welcomed many prominent and influential participants in this year’s ICANN 51 Los Angeles meeting, hosting an exclusive lunch party at Beverly Hills’ Chin Chin restaurant. Leading up to Sunday's "Welcome to Chinafornia!" party, the TLD Registry China Strike Team Crossed the southwestern United States desert all the way from Austin, Texas, to Phoenix, Arizona, and finally rolled into Beverly Hills in style in the original and first-ever “Chinese Domainmobile.” The location of the restaurant in the ritzy Beverly Hills neighborhood set the tone for a wonderful afternoon of hand-shaking, food-eating, and wine-and-beer-sipping. Our 70 guests attended to experience the sounds of a traditional Chinese music trio, a surprise lion dance performance throughout the restaurant, and to take home a framed original of their own personalized Chinese name, ink-brushed on tasteful rice paper by our professional Chinese calligrapher, Master Joyce Lin. Our partners at .CLUB Domains co-hosted the party, and we are confident that this afternoon’s festivities have provided a nice preface to the heavy schedule of ICANN’s agenda, in terms of awareness and opportunity in both IDNs and new gTLDs (Chinese script is fully supported by the world's favorite ASCII new gTLD, .CLUB). We are honored and excited that such influential leaders in the domain industry attended our lunch party to kick off what was a very busy week at ICANN 51 Los Angeles! (In the gallery below, click an image to open large and browse all pics in the gallery) [AFG_gallery id='2'] To view all our photos from around the world, please visit the TLD Registry Flickr page!...

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TLD Registry featured in IoN Magazine's 2nd issue

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ICANN 51 kicked off this week in sunny Los Angeles, and TLD Registry has already made its way into the possession of thousands of participants’ hands this year, as CEO Arto Isokoski is featured on page 10 of the October edition of the domain industry's IoN Magazine. Arto's interview addresses important questions about the Chinese market and TLD Registry’s IDN’s, Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website. See the interview below (courtesy of IoN magazine): Q&A: Arto Isokoski is CEO of TLD Registry, operator of two new gTLD IDNs in Chinese, .在线 (Chinese Online) and, .中文网 (Chinese Website). He talked with us about the Chinese domain market. Q: There’s a report that just came out from the United Nations on IDNs that said they were heavily localized and closely coupled to regions where that language was spoken. Has that been your experience with your IDNs? A: Yes, I would agree with that. The value of Chinese IDNs is throughout the entire Chinese-speaking world. We’ve seen a 50-50 split on domains registered on the Chinese mainland and those outside of China. There are satellites around the mainland like Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but then you have Chinatowns in every part of the world. We see our IDNs as being of service to Chinese language groups all over the world- and that’s what we’ve seen in our registrations. We’ve sold 53,000 so far in the four months they’ve been available. Q: Can you explain why you chose the Chinese characters for “Chinese online” and “Chinese website” rather than straight words? A: It’s because that reflects what Chinese users actually type into their browsers. If for example Chinese users search for “Nissan,” they’ll be directed to the Japanese version or the English version. So they have become adept at typing the phrase, “Nissan Chinese language website” into Baidu. And that phrase is our TLD. It is an easy way for non-Chinese companies to be found online. As for “online,” that’s the most commonly used term for Chinese users when they are searching for an online product or service. Because of the size of the Chinese Internet, it is so much harder to find online services that through, say, Google and the English language. “Online” adds really valuable context. Q: In English, shorter domains are more valuable. How does that work with the Chinese language? A: Chinese is already an incredibly compact language so we’re not all that worried about whether IDNs are short in the same way you are when you have English words with multiple letters. The big difference is in how domains are typed into a browsers. The fastest way is to talk into a phone. Chinese voice recognition is...

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Nearly 23% of humanity is Chinese. See where they live.

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Research | 1 comment

There are approximately 50 million ethnic Chinese people living outside of China’s mainland, which itself is home to nearly 1.4 billion Chinese. Ethnic Chinese people comprise 3.7% of the world’s population beyond China’s borders. Most of these consumers read, write and speak Chinese. Densely populated Chinese communities outside of China, oftentimes referred to as “Chinatowns,” are a good way of demonstrating the size of the global Chinese consumer base. Using fully-Chinese domain names, such as Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), is a powerful and inexpensive method of reaching this vast demographic group of consumers. Chinese language domain names can be an exceptionally powerful and cost-effective way of promoting your product, service or message in Chinese language communities. Chinese language domain names are culturally relevant, linguistically correct, and commercially attractive. They can substantially enhance your SEO and positively influence an audience of global consumers. In the current “expansion of the internet” new gTLD program, in which several thousand new top-level domains (TLDs) are coming on line, the world’s biggest-selling* non-English new gTLD domain names are in Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网). Click to download a high-resolution PDF of TLD Registry's Where do Chinese people live" Infographic. Chinatowns in North America New York City contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, totaling 682,265 individuals, per the 2010 United States Census. There are at least nine different Chinatown communities in New York State alone. The Chinatown in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and also one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. Two other cities in California have significant Chinese populations: Los Angeles with more than 66,782 ethnic Chinese and San Jose with 63,434 ethnic Chinese. Chicago’s Chinatown is on the Windy City’s South Side and is home to more than 70,000 Chinese people. Honolulu is home to more than 40,000 Chinese, and its Chinatown Historic District is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States. Canada contains two important Chinatowns: Vancouver and Toronto. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest in Canada. It is a popular tourist attraction and one of the largest historic Chinatowns on the continent. There are approximately 400,000 ethnic Chinese in the city, comprising 17% of the Vancouver Metropolitan Area’s population. Approximately 279,000 ethnic Chinese live in Toronto, comprising 10.8% of the total population. Toronto’s Chinatown is now one of the largest Chinatowns in North America and one of several major Chinese-Canadian communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Chinatowns in Asia The largest Chinatown in Asia is in Yokohama Japan, just south of Tokyo, which is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. There are approximately 675,000 ethnic Chinese currently living in...

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Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) featured in EURid's World Report on Internationalized Domain Names 2014

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Case Studies, News, News, News, News, News | 0 comments

The TLD Registry team is excited and flattered that our Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs have been featured as the current most successful IDN new gTLDs by the European Registries for Internet Domains (EURid),  in their comprehensive World Report on Internationalized Domain Names 2014. The August 2014 volume of the report is supported by the United Nations’ UNESCO, Verisign, the Council for European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR), the Latin American and Caribbean Association of cCTLDs  (LACTLD), the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Association (APTLD), and the African Top Level Domain (AfTLD). The report was created with the intention of propagating international equality within the internet’s global community. Our goal of empowering 20% of humanity to use their own great and ancient language, Chinese, in website addresses is what drives our work, and we are delighted to have been made a case study in the report. “I believe that internationalised domain names are an essential entry point for a multilingual and inclusive Internet, and that is why we have made them an integral part of our policies to protect an Internet that is open and accessible to all”, said Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission. TLD Registry has been championing international internet equality for seven years now, as demonstrated by our two leading IDN’s, Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website, which offers native Chinese internet users the ability to use domain names in their own language.  The report gives a full analysis of the nature of IDNs — why it drives multilingualism, usage, enhancement abilities, industry opinions, new IDN gTLDs, and the industry stats. A full chapter is dedicated to universal acceptance – what it means, how it is supported, and recent developments (such as Google’s implementation of IDN email addresses in Gmail). TLD Registry’s CMO Simon Cousins stated, "We're proud to see our Chinese IDNs under Dot Chinese Online (.​在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) highlighted as a case study in the EurID-UNESCO report. The TLD Registry team is proud of the work we do to improve the lives of vast numbers of ordinary Chinese internet users”. The Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website case study features are mentioned in Section 8.2.5, on page 86, focusing on new IDN gTLDS. The study gives an overview of our top registrations with corresponding IDN TLDs (.在线 and .中文网). An honorable mention in Section 8.2.2, page 84 states that Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) are the “IDN new gTLDs with the highest volumes of registrations to date (May 2014)” . TLD Registry is proud to represent the integration of internationalized domain names for the world’s Chinese...

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