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Top Baidu Searches Reveal High-Quality, Available Chinese Domain Registration Options

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! With an entirely new year ahead of us, a lot of speculation, strategizing, and planning will be an integral role for domain investors while looking forward to the attractiveness and potential held by the Chinese e-commerce market. So what sort of strategies do domain investors apply when forecasting the domain market in China or otherwise? Well, there are several methods to employ when determing the value of a domain name, and many prominent domain investors make their money by applying these various methods and investing in domains that fit the criteria of what makes a domain name valuable. The ins-and-outs of how to value a domain name would require a blog post of its own, so I won’t go into detail here, however I will go over one key indicator of determining the value of domain name: keyword search volume. Specific keywords or keyphrases that receive, say, millions of exact-match searches per month will almost always be more valuable than a different keyword or keyphrase that only receives, say a few thousand exact-match searches per month among the bevy of search engines, including Baidu, which is the most popular search engine used in China. Exact-match and generic keywords derive value from simple supply and demand-- there is only a limited supply of meaningful, relevant, and powerful keywords and keyphrases in the human vocabulary, therefore the more “exact” or "generic" it is, the more likely people are to search for it (demand) on Google or Baidu, increasing its value. In other words, website owners generally want to see a high volume of traffic to their site, and if their domain name contains a valuable keyword or keyphrase to the left of the dot, the more likely someone will search for it on a search engine, or by directly typing it in as a URL, resulting in a higher number of people visiting the website about the exact thing they may be looking for. Unfortunately, most, if not all valuable exact-match and generic keywords and keyphrases used to the left of the .COM extension are likely registered, and probably have been for many years. Typically, in today’s overly-saturated .COM domain market, the only way to acquire meaningful exact-match and generic keyword domain names is to pay an exorbitant amount of money to the domain owner. That is not an option for everyone. Thankfully, the expansion of over 1,500 new domain extensions and counting have helped to mitigate the high costs of generic and exact-match .COM domain names. Now, business owners large and small, domain investors, and everyday internet users can register meaningful exact-match and generic keyword domains that end in something other than the “legacy”...

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ChopChop Domains: A Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2017

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome back to the official ChopChop Domains blog! ​It’s been nearly a full year since the launch of ChopChop.domains, and as we near the end of the year and prepare for 2017, we have the opportunity to reflect on some stories and successes in 2016 and what lies ahead in 2017 for ChopChop Domains, Chinese IDNs, and the evolution of a global internet. In late 2015, the idea for ChopChop.domains was originally conceived as a response to the somewhat concerning lack of visibility of Chinese Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in a robust and growing global domain name marketplace. Although still relatively new in the domain name space, Chinese and many other non-English script IDNs have been severely underrepresented through traditional purchasing platforms, and ChopChop was created in order to mitigate this lack of visibility and provide internet users a simple, direct, and hassle-free alternative to finding and registering abundant and affordable Chinese IDNs. The motivation to create ChopChop.domains also came directly from the fact that foreign businesses large and small can have the hassle-free opportunity to protect their brand in China, eliminate the language barrier, and reach a larger online audience by registering and using meaningful, relevant, and powerful Chinese domain names. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to use a Chinese domain for brands and businesses as well. With the idea and need to demonstrate the power and possibility of Chinese IDNs and subsequently increase visibility, ChopChop.domains was built and soft-launched in February of 2016 as a subsidiary company of  IDN registry operator TLD Registry Ltd. ChopChop thus became the world’s first direct retail sales channel offering fully Chinese, pinyin, and English domain name IDNs in the Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) extensions. Over the course of the year, the ChopChop Domains platform has accomplished what it was originally set out to do: be a beacon of light for Chinese IDNs in a crowded marketplace of domains to serve businesses, individuals, and anyone else who wishes to utilize the power of a language spoken by nearly a quarter of humanity and the largest e-commerce market in the world. We take pride in the work that was done to create the ChopChop.domains platform, which includes amazing features like instant domain registration of general availability names in the Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) domain extensions, domain management, and an easy-to-use premium domain name search tool. ChopChop’s premium name search tool allows users to filter their search based on keywords in Chinese characters, pinyin, and English, and also allows the user to search for specific categories, price ranges, and the popularity of keywords based on statistics from China’s largest search engine,...

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Chinese Domains for the Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Now that the holiday season is in full swing in many parts of the western world, we find ourselves spending more time with our families, giving and receiving gifts, and preparing for the challenges and opportunities that await us in the new year ahead. As a result of the holiday season, many of us are also finding that we are spending more money, especially online. China is no stranger to the online shopping phenomenon during the holidays. Just a few weeks ago, China’s “Singles Day,” which is equivalent to “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” in the US, netted mega e-commerce platform Alibaba alone nearly $18 billion dollars worth of sales, the highest it's ever been. Alibaba on its own outperformed the total amount of sales reported (just over $8 billion) during Cyber Monday in the US by more than double, and that was the highest online sales day in the US ever reported. The fact that Single’s Day in China crushed Cyber Monday in sales is incredibly telling as to how Chinese consumers feel about spending their money online. E-commerce has been growing in popularity over the years due to convenience and holiday promotional programs, and that will only continue to trend upward as the internet evolves and becomes a truly globalized environment. The holidays represent a moment in time where people are not holding back with spending, as clearly demonstrated by the massive money-making Single’s Day holiday. E-commerce during the holidays present a unique opportunity for individuals, investors, and businesses large and small to capitalize on the online spending boom in China by taking the first steps of registering relevant Chinese domain names that make sense to the millions of online shoppers just waiting to spend their money. In light of the season and upcoming holidays, we thought that we would spread the “holiday cheer” by providing you with some excellent, relevant, and available Chinese domain names for you to purchase and utilize to attract this massive e-commerce consumer base during the holidays. Whether it’s a Chinese domain used to redirect to your primary site, a domain used as a special promotion for your Chinese consumers, or anything else, the examples below are just a handful of incredible domains that can make a huge difference in your online business. Domain: 光棍节.在线 Translation: Single’s Day Price: USD $588 Buy: SEDO Baidu Hits: 31 Million Domain: guanggunjie.在线 Translation: Single’s Day (pinyin) Price: USD $188 Buy: SEDO Baidu Hits: 31 Million Domain: 购物.在线 Translation: Shopping Price: Make an Offer Buy: SEDO Baidu Hits: 100 Million Domain: gouwu.在线 Translation: Shopping (pinyin) Price: USD $188 Buy: SEDO Baidu Hits: 100 Million Domain: 放假.在线 Translation: Holiday Price: USD $588 Buy: SEDO Baidu Hits: 100...

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Universal Acceptance and the Current State of IDNs

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our last few blog articles have covered a brief, early history of IDNs as well as certain innovations in Universal Acceptance, and for this week’s blog i’ve decided to combine the two subjects into a  more recent history of IDNs and how they are evolving even in the face of universal acceptance issues. Understanding the history of IDNs is important and interesting, however it is even more important to understand the current state of IDNs and its place in the ever-changing internet and domain name landscape. If you can recall, the origins of Chinese IDNs include the rise and demise of the infamous “3721” plugin in the early days of the internet that left many Chinese netizens back then in a state of frustration and disarray. As the internet grew and continued to change, it was clear that Chinese netizens wanted to use the internet in their own native language more than ever before, even though 3721 had somewhat started off internet globalization on the wrong foot. The grand failure of 3721 did not dissuade other companies from capitalizing on the opportunity to advance an internet that did not fully support a multitude of languages, Chinese included. When ICANN initially announced the new gTLD program, several organizations applied for, won, and now operate various IDN strings with the underlying goal of achieving “Universal Acceptance”. As more and more new domain extensions are coming to market each month, universal acceptance becomes an ever-important issue that global internet advocates must address and work to resolve. Currently, there are well over 1,000 ICANN-delegated new domain extensions, with 136 of them being IDNs in several languages and local dialects. Out of the 136 IDNs, just 21 total are Chinese. With a limited amount of new domain extensions available to populations and communities who do not speak or understand English, it is up to proponents of universal acceptance to assist with the task of bringing these non-ASCII IDNs to prominence for a truly global internet. How do global internet advocates and activists go about bringing IDNs to prominence in the domain name space? By implementing and carrying out ongoing universal acceptance initiatives. For example, ICANN’s Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is a consortium made up of individuals and companies operating within the domain name and various other aspects of the internet technology industries, to continuously work through issues and roadblocks preventing the Universal Acceptance of a truly global internet. One recent success for achieving UA was delivered by means of EAI, or Email Address Internationalization, as we covered in our previous blog post, which is the ability to set up and use email in a non-English language using IDNs. Email software company XgenPlus recent update...

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Internet Globalization: Utilize Email for Non-English IDNs

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A couple of months ago, it was announced that India-based email server software company XgenPlus rolled out an update that offers email support in various different non-ASCII (non-Latin) characters using an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN), effectively beating out Gmail, Office365, and many other prominent email hosts on this essential accomplishment in internet globalization. Over two years ago we reported a similar update from Google that offers support for Chinese characters and a variety of other languages, however XgenPlus took it up a notch by acknowledging that email support for a limited amount of IDNs was simply not enough. Demand for IDN email has grown considerably over the past couple of years, and as a response, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) hasformed a working group dedicated to bringing IDN email to prominence to serve internet-using populations who do not speak, or use, English in their daily lives in the digital world. The demand for IDN email has been partially mitigated as demonstrated by XgenPlus’s new update, and support is now available for IDNs in the following languages, with accompanying examples: Chinese Email Address: 一个@阿育王. 巴拉特 Hindi Email Address: अ@अशोका.भारत Bengali Email Address: একটি@ অশোক.ভারত Arabic Email Address: و أشوكا @ . بهارات Punjabi Email Address: ਮਨੀਸ਼ @ ਅਸ਼ੋਕ. ਭਾਰਤ ਨੂੰ Gujarati Email Address: મનીષ @ અશોક. ભારત Russian Email Address: Маниш @ Ашок. Индия Japanese Email Address: マニッシュ@アショク。インド This is huge news. Additional IDN email support means that those who speak and use the internet in one of the languages above may now set up and utilize an email in their mother tongue using a full, or partial, IDN domain name. This major advancement in internet globalization will benefit a large majority of the world, where English is not the native language. ​With this news, we decided to try out the IDN email feature with one of our .在线 (Dot Chinese Online) domain names. As you can see in the screenshot below, I prepared to send out a test email from my normal Gmail account to a fully-Chinese IDN email address that I created through XgenPlus: ​After sending the email from my basic Gmail account I headed over to my XgenPlus email account to see if it had sent properly, and it did in fact appear in my IDN email inbox: ​I opened up the email, and XgenPlus very nicely retains the Chinese characters in email, rather than converting it to pesky punycode-- something nobody should ever have to look at. ​ No English, no problem! ​Just to be sure, I sent a test email from the XgenPlus account to my Gmail account as well: So there you have it! ​Both sending and receiving a fully-Chinese IDN email does...

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Chinese Domaining Masterclass: An Early History of Chinese IDNs

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re back with a new piece taken from our Chinese Domaining Masterclass! In the past, the masterclass content focused heavily on each numeric and the importance of understanding what they mean when investing in Chinese domain names. This piece is a bit different! Today, I’d like to present a brief history of Chinese IDNs. This interesting topic illustrates the  beginning of fully-Chinese scripts and how they were implemented into the DNS. This perspective will better help you understand the context behind why Chinese people want to use the internet in their own native language, and you might learn something along the way as well! With that said, let’s get started. In the Chinese internet’s early days, Chinese domains were expected The localization of the internet has always been under the spotlight for Chinese netizens and entrepreneurs, even in the earliest days of China’s internet business. The reason is obvious: that new thing called “the web” had to be accessed by URLs composed in Roman (ASCII) letters, so the learning curve was steep for a lot of Chinese people. Additionally, since Chinese companies “localized” (or cloned) almost every popular online service (Sohu and Netease cloned Yahoo, Tencent OICQ cloned ICQ), there was no reason in most Chinese minds that that URLs shouldn’t also be localized into Chinese. Along came 3721  As early as 1998, a controversial individual by the name of Zhou Hongyi had an idea for the localization of internet URLs. Here’s what Zhou’s ideas entailed: If all domain names will ultimately be resolved into IP addresses by DNS servers, a similar process could be done at a local level. By installing an ActiveX plugin to a user’s web browser, each website request will go through the plugin first, where it could be parsed and resolved. If we create this system for domain names to resolve without going through the standard DNS servers, we will achieve something that normal DNS systems can’t do: we can resolve URLs written entirely in Chinese characters. Zhou went forward by creating a company named “3721,” which was derived from a Chinese folk saying “I don’t care if 3 multiplied by 7 makes 21,” meaning “I don’t care if this is good, I’m doing it anyway.” Hence, Zhou said that although a Chinese URL is technically not possible by international DNS standards, we’re doing it anyway! In 3721’s original implementation, their “Chinese domain names” weren’t real, as in they could not be resolved by the standard DNS. Regardless, it was called “网络实名” (“real online names”). Each “domain name” in the product of the 3721 system is literally just one keyword or keyphrase, unattached to any domain. The entire URL has just one single segment. For example, one could...

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