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Does the exact Twitter handle add value to a domain?

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Does the exact Twitter handle add value to a domain? If you own a short domain name that represents your brand do you think the exact twitter handle match adds value to your brand? Twitter seems the be the top tool most companies use to communicate with the public and as such it is becoming more and more important to procure your brands twitter handle. What is a twitter handle? Your username  –– also known as your handle –– begins with the “@” symbol, is unique to your account, and appears in your profile URL. Your username is used to log in to your account, and is visible when sending and receiving replies and Direct Messages. People can also search for you by your username. Have any members been able to get a direct match to their business brand? Discuss this topic at: dn.ca/topic/1059

Lemons.ca - A great name to use in the UK?

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I saw lemons.ca for sale on Flippa and thought it was an interesting domain. I would much prefer the singular version of this domain but even the plural interested me enough to follow it through and click on the listing. You can see quite clearly that the seller is Shelva from the United Kingdom and I found that interesting so I punched the name into the URL bar and it came up at Dan.com listed by Visual Media with an interesting forwarding address at:  dan.lemons.ca If you follow that link through it finally gets to"  https://dan.com/buy-domain/lemons.ca When you get to Visual Media you can click on all listings:  https://dan.com/domain-seller/visual-me … =relevance  which clearly shows a domainer that is looking for payment in European currencies. The domainer has lots of European domains and to me it looks like is not a Canadian. Further more whois is also quite interesting first you finally get a selling price. Then you get to the whois data: So interestingly enough the eviden

Domains with the word Mobile

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Be careful registering more domains with the keyword mobile. Companies are figuring out that you don't tie yourself to one business motto anymore. In Canada a major player Bell Canada which has a flanker brand called Virgin Mobile which just renamed themselves to Virgin Plus. As everyone is getting into everything it is important to realize that more businesses will be looking for names that are more all encompassing.  A good example is JoePlumber.ca all of a sudden he adds heating and the name becomes JoePlumbingHeating.ca but then he adds video for pipe inspection. The best thing is to start with a domain JoeMechanical.com, (or similar) which can encompass a number of services. So moving forward shoe stores are selling socks and shirts so calling themselves a shoe store is limiting, the trend is to use all encompassing names. The chances of new companies using the word mobile is still pretty strong but not as strong moving forward. I have MapleMobile and it used to get a number o

New gTLD Stats - Not Looking Good

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ntldstats.com/tld/online According to the graph above from nTLD stats the registrations of .online are falling rapidly. I have to say I was surprised how many of these domains were registered in Germany and continue to be especially because shorter and better ntld's are available. It looks like mostly sites from Europe and Russia use the extension but it is being dropped at an alarming pace. Click for Google search data Here is a breakdown of each registrar... It looks like all the new ntld's are down but .xyz seems to be outperforming the rest. Discuss this topic at: dn.ca/topic/1026/newTLDs

Yellow.Place - Nice use of new TLD

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Yellow.Place I found this neat new URL yellow.place and it shows how the new TLD's are making it possible to have web addresses we could only dream of before. The person who launched yellow.place looks like he is running a legitimate business because I was researching a part for my pool and the link from google search took me to a business listed on yellow.place. Although I admire the use of this NEW domain, and I think the owner of the website is a bit of a pioneer, I feel he might be taking a big risk and the Yellow Pages may eventually come knocking on his door if they feel a threat to their business. Yellow pages runs under YP.com YP.ca YellowPAges.com and YellowPages.ca and I know it is a fiercely protected trademark. I cannot help but wonder if the owner of the domain is not taking a big risk. Discuss this topic at: dn.ca/topic/1019/yellow.place-asking-for-trouble

Duck.com will finally be put to use by DuckDuckGo.com

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https://duckduckgo.com/email/choose-address By now most of you know that  DuckDuckGo.com  is a google based privacy search engine. They use the google infrastructure but stirp out any part that would compromise privacy and security in your search. However the duck.com domain was owned by google and always forwarded to google search very much frustrating the owners of DuckDuckGo. The Duck.com domain made it's way to Google, after it acquired On2 Technologies (previously known as The Duck Corporation) back in 2010. In late 2018 (after 8 long years) Google relented and transferred Duck.com to DuckDuckGo. We are all inclined to say what a kind gesture from Google but the reality of the situation is Google needs small competitors to meet with EU antitrust legislation. Having duck.com point to google would surely have caused more headaches for Alphabet. Since 2018 the duck.com domain has simply forwarded to DuckDuckGo.com leaving some of it's user base frustrated that such a great do

Resell.ca or Resale.ca?

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I saw ReSell.ca on GoDaddy auctions for 3k and I was thinking of buying it. I punched it into the URL bar and it ends up at UNI for 3k USD. I cannot tell you how close I cam to hitting the buy now button but decided to sleep on it when I saw that virtually no other extensions for it were developed. The next day I thought about it some more and realized Resale.ca would probably be a better domain and following it through the same way it ends up at INI for the same price. Again very little development in the other extensions. Then I had the AHA movement when I realized you need both of these domains to pass the radio test if you are going to develop it. That is why there there is little to no development in the other extensions. So here is an opportunity to own both by hitting buy now on UNI  or you can dicker by going to GoDaddy Auctions where you can put in a bid at $1,950 to see if the owner bites. I think both domains are owned by the same person because they are both registered at c

Colorful Domains

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Colours used as Business Domains Remember that if a colour is in use can look at the plural or add a simple word like THE in the front.  A great example is TheRed.ca which is a developed site running on that domain. 1.  Red.ca  - Not in use, Owned by MapleDots, forwards to a for sale page 2.  White.ca  - In use by Richard White Architects 3.  Blue.ca  - Not in use,  Forwards to N49 Web Design 4.  Black.ca  - Not in use, forwards to a For Sale lander 5.  Green.ca  - In use by the Green Party of Canada but forwards to GreenParty.ca 6.  Orange.ca  - In use by The Orange Benefit Fund but forwards to OrangeBenefitFund.ca 7.  Yellow.ca  - Kind of in use but forwards to CanPages.ca owned by YellowPages.ca 8.  Pink.ca  - Not in use, Owned by MapleDots, forwards to a for sale page 9.  Purple.ca  - In use by the Purple Company but site is suspicious because it never changes 10.  Brown.ca  - In use by Brown Communications group Discuss this topic at:  https://dn.ca/topic/416/who-owns-the-colour

Hush.ca Domain Upgrade

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Hush sponsored hockey .   The story of HushBlankets uprgrading to Hush.ca HushBlankets.ca has reportedly paid over 1 million dollars to acquire the domain name hush.ca from HushHomes. The owner of the new hush.ca was so excited he could not contain himself. Hush Homes is now the owner of a new domain located at HushHomes.ca Hush Post Click to visit Hush.ca Discuss this topic at:  dn.ca/hush

blog.dn.ca

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blog.dn.ca DN.ca is an online forum with a vibrant community of Canadian Domainers. The purpose of the forum is to act as a gateway between buyers and sellers for Canadian .ca domains. The slogan for the site is Buy, Sell, Talk Domains and that is exactly what we do. Blog.dn.ca opened March 30th 2021 and will be used to showcase some of the more interesting and popular topics from dn.ca so they do not get lost in the database. Every so often we will highlight and document the most newsworthy and important topics to create awareness and drive traffic back to the dn.ca marketplace. Logo Visit Domain Names Canada at: forum.dn.ca

About MapleDots

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  Hello, my name is Frank, in the domaining circles I am known as MapleDots. I am the administrator of dn.ca and the new blog.dn.ca. My job is pretty easy because our Canadian community pretty much moderates itself. My main job is to think of new topics to keep the community engaged. I started this venture because I had a passion for domain names and spent most of my time on American websites trying to talk about Canadian domains. I started in 2000 with my first domain names, one of which was used for my personal email. I remember looking for hours until I finally came up with MapleOne.com as a domain name. Funny thing is at that time I did not think much about .ca and it was not until a few years later I actually registered my first .ca. Since then I rarely ever register a .com with the vast majority of my domains being .ca's  Contact me:  frank@mapledots.ca MapleDots Logo See me at: dn.ca/member/mapledots