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Until quite recently the options for domain name selection were limited to some domain name that ended with a .com, .net, or .org gTLD (Global Top Level Domain).  Very few web hosting services and virtually no trade publications made any mention that there was an entire world of options available for domain names.

Over the past year it has become increasingly difficult to find a good domain name that has not already been taken by another website or by some speculator wanting to warehouse domain names in the hopes that they will have some significant future value.  As an ever growing number of individuals, businesses, and organizations move to create a web presence, international TLDs have become more popular.  People have found that many domain names not available as a .com, .net, or .org domain are available from an international TLD provider.  But, you say, what is an international TLD domain name, how can I get an international TLD domain name, and how is an international TLD domain name different from any other domain name?

The answer to the last question is the easiest because there is no difference between having a .com, .net, or .org domain name and an international TLD domain name when it comes to being found on the Internet.  International TLD domain names have been around for many years.  In fact, the international TLDs were established at approximately the same time as the gTLDs (.com, .net, and .org).  You have probably visited an international TLD website and never given it much thought.  Here are some international TLDs that your have probably used before:

TLD Country of Origin
.au Australia
.ca Canada
.cn China
.fr France
.jp Japan
.kr Korea
.ru Russia
.sg Singapore
.ch Switzerland
.uk United Kingdom

Currently some of the most popular international TLDs are from countries that are very small.  These small countries have learned that in opening registrations for their TLD they create a valuable source of additional revenue for their country.  One way of looking at the practice of permitting open registration of a country's TLD is to compare it with the printing of stamps for collectors.  Many small countries print postage stamps just for stamp collectors knowing that the stamps will never be used as postage.  With international domain names these same small countries do not even have to bother with printing the stamp.   Below is a listing of some of the most popular international TLDs along with a link where you can learn more about the country and a link where you can register a domain name using the country's TLD:

TLD Country Domain Registration*
.cc Cocos (Keeling) Islands
CC Names
.cx Christmas Island Registrar
.fm Micronesia Registrar
.nu Niue - Rock of Polynesia Registrar
.to Tonga Registrar
* Affiliate Programs marked with a 

Just a couple notes on the five (5) TLDs listed just above that might pique your interest even more.  First of all, at the present time virtually all international TLDs are less subject to being targets for SPAM because most of the current email address extraction programs search for the .com, .net, and .org email addresses.  The .cc TLD is popular because the .cc looks very much like the "carbon copy" note that appears at the end of many letters.  I especially like the .cc domain names because my initials are cc.  The .nu is very popular with anyone that looks upon themselves as being new or fresh to the world.  The .to TLD is a special case because you can get a URL with .to in it by visiting the registration website shown above and reserving a name that will redirect traffic to your website regardless of what web hosting or domain name you use (i.e.,  The only requirement for using a .to URL is that you provide a link back to the U3 website.

Even if you already have a .com, .net, or .org domain name, you might want to consider taking an international TLD domain name matching your main domain name because it will provide a hedge against the possibility of someone else establishing a website using an international TLD domain name that might be confused with your .com, .net, or .org website.  Unless you hold a trademark on your domain name you have very little leverage in preventing others from reserving a similar domain name using an international TLD domain name.  Should you decide to reserve your domain name with one or more of the newly popular international TLDs it is a very easy task to get your web hosting service to have traffic directed to your website from your newly acquired international TLD domain name.  Thus, all traffic would be directed to a single set of web files.   The expense of securing those international TLD domain names is minimal compared to the potential expense you might see by just waiting for someone else to tread on your name.

If you are interested in looking a the entire listing of international TLDs, check the "Domain name registries around the world" website.  It can be a lot of fun exploring the world via TLDs.

Within the past several months there has been several reports of domain name disputes.  I firmly believe that it is much easier to register a domain name where it is possible to get not only the .com but also the .net and .org variations of the domain name.  In doing so at the outset the website owner eliminates the chance for future disputes of the domain name.  If you want to obtain a new .com, .org or .net domain name, you can do so by following the either of the links below.  Additional domain name registration resources are provided on the Domain Name Resources webpage. There is no charge for using the service.

Currently, 90% of domain names registered are not being used, so it's no wonder 25,000 expire daily — ready to be picked up by you. How do you get the domain name you've always wanted when it becomes available?

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