Staff on June 20th, 2009

After Godaddy, now its Dynadot which is offer new .us domain registrations for $4.99. Transfer and Renewal prices are $7.99 for .us domains

Prices for .us domains
- $4.99 for New Registration($3.99 for bulk, $3.75 for super bulk)
- $7.99 for Transfer and Renewal($6.99 for bulk, $6.75 for super bulk)

Offer valid till July 31, 2009.

Staff on June 19th, 2009

Can anyone own .us domains?
No. There are restrictions in owning .us domains. If you are found ineligible to own .us domains there is a risk of the domain getting deleted.

Who can own .us domains?
“C11: United States citizen

C12: Permanent resident of the United States of America, or any of its insular areas

C21: A U.S.-based organization or company formed within one of the fifty (50) U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States insular areas, or organized or otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia or any of its insular areas, a U.S. federal, state, or local government entity or a political subdivision thereof.

C31: A foreign entity or organization that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its insular areas who regularly engages in lawful activities (e.g., sales of goods or services or other business, commercial or non-commercial, including not-for-profit relations in the United States).

C32: Entity has an office or other facility in the United States”

Above details are from Neustar.us which manages .us domains.

If you don’t fit in any of the criteria and plan to acquire .us domains, you should atleast find a business partner who is eligible to own .us domains before proceeding.

Some other cctlds also have restrictions to own. Do proper research.

Staff on June 17th, 2009

Few sentences you should avoid, if you don’t want to turn off your buyers(read fellow domainers).

1. I am selling it cheap and you can do a quick flip.

2. I haven’t optimized the domain for parking. You can earn more if you optimize it. I am not good at optimizing you know.

3. I haven’t contacted any end user. So you can try it.

4. The domain gets some traffic. I don’t have the stats and so assume none.

5. Estibot.com appraises the domain for $10,000 and i am selling it for $500.

6. A good offer will send the name to Sedo.

Most of these hardly work among fellow domainers and its better to avoid them. Some are really funny.

Staff on June 16th, 2009

Domain whois tools are important, inorder to check the availability of the domain names you are interested in. Sure you can use the whois search at the registrars like Godaddy, Moniker etc. But they start processing your request when you click the search button.

Here are a couple of tools which search instantaneously once you stop typing the domain name. Use them and you will love them.

1. Instant Domain Search

2. DD whois

I am happy using them as it saves me a click for each search. Please note sometimes they are not very accurate. But still worth a try.

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