Is it the Internet or the Web? A Domain or URL?

April 17th, 2014

We’ve all been guilty of it…using terms that are almost accurate. So here is clarification on some commonly misused Internet-related terms.

 

The Web vs. The Internet

The terms Internet and Web or World Wide Web are often used interchangeably; however they are two very different entities.

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that link several billion devices worldwide. It is a network of networks. Think computers, GPS, video games, smart phones, etc.

The World Wide Web is the most popular portion of the Internet and is just one of many protocols or services housed on the internet. Other internet protocols include FTP, email and instant messaging.

 

What’s an IP Address?

Your computer’s ‘internet protocol‘ address is a four-part or eight-part electronic serial number, which can look something like ’102.5.774.11′ with dot or colon separators. Every computer, cell phone, and device that accesses the Internet is assigned at least one IP address for tracking purposes.

Wherever you browse, whenever you send an email or instant message, and whenever you download a file, your IP address acts like a type of automobile license plate to enforce accountability and traceability.

 

URL vs. Domain

“Hey, go check out this great new Uniform Resource Locator I found.”

Admit it, you had no idea what URL stood for until now.

A domain name is commonly part of a larger Internet address called a “URL”. URL’s, or ‘uniform resource locators’, are the web browser addresses of a specific internet page and file. A URL goes into much more detail than domain name, providing much more information, including the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.

URL’s commonly use three parts to address a page or file:

  1. 1. The protocol – the portion ending in ‘//:
  2. 2. The domain name – www.buydomains.com
  3. 3. The filename/pagename itself – domain-reviews/#testimonial-raisingthebar

For example:

http://www.buydomains.com/domain-reviews/#testimonial-raisingthebar

Consider yourself informed. You’re Welcome.

Happy 25th, Web. Now You Can Rent a Car! …Or Just Show Us Where To.

March 12th, 2014

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For anybody under the age of 20 it is hard to imagine what life would be like without the web. Back in 1989 a British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper proposing the architecture that would become the World Wide Web.

His intent: A simple file-sharing service for scientists. Instead, it paved the way for the tech giants of today, to simplify the things we do every day. He went on to develop an invention that has revolutionized the lives of billions.

In 1995 a mere 14 percent of Americans told the Pew Research Center they used the internet. Maybe it had something to do with those primitive, screeching and slow dial-up modems.

According to pew, that number jumped to 46 percent by 2000… and stands at 87 percent today — the coupling of wi-fi and smartphones meaning the web is pretty much always at hand.

Usage and demand continues to peak. In fact, just 3 months ago, all 4-character .COM domain names have been registered.  From AAAA.com to ZZZZ.com, all 456,976 combinations have been exhausted. The three-character .com domains have been used up since 1997.

The future evolution of the Web is an exciting prospect and although there is much speculation, we can be sure it will drastically transform our lives.

Are these domain names worth their price tags?

March 7th, 2014

As new domain choices are hitting the market many with different pricing models than the traditional .com, it brings up the age old question: What’s the most money a company has spent on a domain name?

The answer to this question is quite interesting.  According to a list compiled by Wikipedia through a variety of sources, VacationRentals.com was the most expensive domain name sold (on record), and it went for $35 million in 2007.  According to Brian Scharples, the owner and founder of HomeAway who purchased the domain, “I mean we bought a website in the United States called VacationRentals.com for 35 million bucks. The only reason we bought it was so Expedia couldn’t have that URL.”  All of the domains in the list of the top ten most expensive domains on record sold for the mid seven figures or higher. Keep in mind that these are public sales, and there are many other private domain sales that have transacted that could be even higher.

 

Wikipedia’s List of the Top 10 Most Expensive Domain Sales

  1. VacationRentals.com $35 million in 2007 [1]
  2. Insure.com $16 million in 2009 [2]
  3. Sex.com for $13 million in November 2010[2][3]
  4. Fund.com 2008 £9.99 million[2]
  5. Porn.com 2007 $9.5 million[2]
  6. Fb.com by Facebook for $8.5 million in November 2010[4]
  7. Business.com for $7.5 million in December 1999[2]
  8. Diamond.com 2006 $7.5 million[2]
  9. Beer.com 2004 $7 million[2]
  10. Casino.com 2003 $5.5 million[2]

 

You will notice that all of these websites rely on large amounts of traffic and excellent name recognition to be the category leaders that they are.  Or like VacationRentals.com, they purchased the domain for competitive advantages.  Regardless of purpose, strong premium domain names that are short and memorable are valued quite high by end users, and therefore command top dollar.  While many one-word .com names may be taken or out of your budget, there are plenty of great premium domain names available upon which you can build a very successful business.  Just look at our home page for a real-time list of domains that have recently sold.  While you may have missed out on these names, yours is still waiting.

 

Share the Love with These Heart-Warming Domains

February 14th, 2014

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, but lets put your romantic status aside for a few minutes.  Love is big business. The online dating industry generates over $2 billion dollars annually. If your business or organization is in the business of love, a memorable domain name is the cornerstone of your identity.

Take advantage of the holiday with one of these great domain names available for sale:

HappyValentine.com

ValentinesCakes.com

ValentinesWeekend.com

HeartMindSpirit.com

LoveSweetLove.com

LoveStrawberries.com

LoveScapes.com

LoveShark.com

HeartsConnect.com

HeartsAndHalos.com

ValentineOnline.com

ValentinesGiveaway.com

SweetValentines.com

GoValentine.com

ValentinesForHer.com

If these domains don’t strike your fancy, BuyDomains also offers millions of other premium domain name options. Search or call today to find your domain match! 

Will You Be My Online Valentine?

February 14th, 2014

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On the day of the year with the most pressure to love and be loved, the hype is likely to get you singles feeling down. I’m here to say, don’t. First of all, let’s just admit that everyone going on a second or third date with some cute person they recently met is having a better time than the people slaving over elaborate dinners and layering their houses in roses. You know they are. Second, the internet has opened up an alternate, and effective, channel to find your very own future partner to do cheesy things with.

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That’s right: online dating. Something every person in this century who is not in a relationship has considered, and probably shied away from. I know I spent my share of months browsing the selection of potential partners on dating sites. Despite the hesitation many feel to enter the universe of online singles, 76% of singles in the U.S. have tried online dating. That’s a lot of fish in the online sea. With such a high participation rate, investing in an online dating business is a move you can love. An online dating domain is the first step in saying I love you to your new business venture. The success of websites such as OkCupid, Match.com, and even Tinder is enough to justify the value behind a good online dating domain name.

Take the leap, commit. Find the most beautiful, smart, witty online dating domain we have to offer: http://www.buydomains.com/dating/. I’m sure the perfect domain name match for you is waiting right here with us.

Baby, it’s cold outside.

January 28th, 2014

If you can’t beat em, join em.

The temperature is plummeting all across the country, so take advantage of the season and celebrate the upcoming Olympic winter games!

With the exciting competition ahead, many consumers are ready to pull out their skis and snowboards and hit the slopes.    The $3.4 billion ski and snowboard market has experienced steady growth for the past five years and is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3.6% through 2017. This trend will bring revenue potential to nearly $4 billion, making it an ideal time to tap into this growing market. Whether it’s sporting equipment or lift tickets, there are plenty of areas in this market worth exploring!

With an increasing number of consumers referring to search engines for information on the nearest slopes and best conditions, take advantage of the growing traffic potential with a domain like one of the following:

If these domains don’t offer the perfect match, BuyDomains also offers millions of other premium domain name options. Search or call today and we can help find the ideal domain to launch your business!

5 Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About Premium Domains

January 23rd, 2014

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Nobody wants to disappoint the boss man (or lady).  So when he asks you why your company needs to spend $5,000 dollars on a premium domain name, you need to have a pretty solid answer.  Good news, BuyDomains is here to help.  We’ve put together the essential list of 5 things your boss expects you to know about premium domains.

1. Premium domains are expensive, but there is a reason for that. Many of the ‘good’ domain names have already been registered, so if you want to buy a domain name that is short, easy to remember, and brandable, you have to pay more than you would for a ‘primary registration’ domain.  Just like in physical real estate, you pay more for premium locations on line too.  But if you build and market your website strategically, the price of your domain name will pay for itself many times over.

2. Premium domains are great for SEO.  If you have a domain name that is relevant to your business, and a website that provides good quality content, your search engine rankings will increase, driving more traffic – and revenue –  to your site.

3. Search engines give more weight to a domain name that has some age behind it.  Having a ten year old premium domain name will improve your chances of ranking higher than a newly registered domain name.

4. A Premium domain name will give your company credibility.  Which would feel safer doing business with: SpecialtyCruises.com, or Special-Priced-Cruise-Company-Online.TV? Credibility gives your company a competitive edge.

5. BuyDomains has the largest portfolio of over one million high quality premium domains for sale.  It’s a great place to start your search for a domain name that will propel your company’s website traffic and make you a hero.

Now go get your own premium domain on BuyDomains.com, and get ready for that promotion!  You’re welcome.

It’s Kick Off Time!

January 7th, 2014

The football season is heating up and football fans across the nation are tuning in to watch their favorite teams and players. But the National Football League has proved to be more than just a game. For many football fanatics it is a way of life, and simply watching the game is not enough. With all the real time updates available online, along with the ability to check scores and watch the game on your mobile phone, and the prevalence of fantasy football, people have the ability to be plugged into the game 24/7.

The internet has become a great resource for game highlights, scores and stats, and better yet, fantasy football. The search results for the term “fantasy football” returns nearly 10 million results, indicating a tremendous amount of search traffic. Last year alone, fantasy football enticed over 33 million participants and earned over a $1 billion profit!

Consumers want to be a part of the action and fantasy football allows them to be, while simultaneously motivating them to constantly search online for game, score, and player updates. With the growing number of participants and increasing search possibilities with an entire season ahead, now would be an opportune time to tap into the online fan base with a football related domain name.

Take advantage of the online football industry with one of these available domain names:

ArenaFootball.net
AuthenticFootball.com
FantasyFootballLeague.net
FantasyFootballTeam.com
FootballForum.net
FootballPlayoffs.com
FootballPreview.com
FootballSite.com
ProFantasyFootball.com
VarsityFootball.net

Or if these names aren’t fitting for your business, search the millions of other domains available at BuyDomains.  With search results booming and an exciting season to come, now is the best time to purchase a premium football domain and establish a website.

A Memorable Name Helps Make A Good Business Great

December 17th, 2013

 

Dr. Dean Heller had an ambitious goal: to use modern technology, specifically doctor-generated video content, to strengthen the patient/physician relationship. Not only would patients be more satisfied by having their own doctors educate them about their problems, but physicians could better educate patients without adding more work to an already busy schedule. Whether physicians just wanted to introduce patients to their practice or discuss the most complex procedures, the site would provide a forum to meet that need.

Dr. Heller knew that finding the right domain name for the website was crucial to its success.

“Whether the name helps people understand your business, or is just a catchy name, the important thing is that people remember it,” said Dr. Dean Heller, founder of VideoMD.com.   And what could be more intuitive than VideoMD.com? He was thrilled to learn it was available on BuyDomains.com.

Thanks to a great concept and the perfect name, his site was an immediate success.

Today, VideoMD.com is a robust, highly-visited site where physicians educate their own patients by uploading to VideoMD.com the educational videos they have created themselves. The site also helps educate health information consumers by using the physician-generated videos for an online video library of trustworthy, up-to-date health information.

Dr. Heller’s site is so popular, in fact, that he has already reached his second goal: to have the most comprehensive library of health videos available online. Read more inspirational success stories here, and search BuyDomains.com for your perfect domain today!

How One Decision Provides Exponential Benefits for Small Business

December 13th, 2013

Everyone knows that acquiring a domain name is one of the most important steps in establishing a successful business. Today’s most desirable domain names are called Premium Domains; they are typically short, simple, memorable and keyword rich.

A Premium Domain can provide numerous meaningful benefits to individuals and businesses alike.  Here are the most popular reasons why people own premium domain names.

1. Improves Marketing and Visibility
The right domain name allows customers an easy way to remember and find you. It’s your location on the web. It’s also your email address.

2. Builds Credibility
Using your domain for your website and to personalize your email helps establish credibility and professionalism. For instance, an email address such as jen@buydomains.com is more professional than jen127@freeemailservice.com.

3. Protects Your Brand
Purchase the domain name that best represents your business name. Domains are valuable online real estate. Secure the right name and keep it out of the hands of your competitors.

You may also find additional attractive domains for your business. Securing more than one helps protect your brand and increase your reach. You may want to consider buying misspellings and plural variations on your primary domain name. You can easily direct as many domains as you want to a single website.

4. Acquire More Traffic
A premium domain can give you extra weight in search engines and an established base of existing traffic. This traffic principally comes from direct type-in or referral traffic. Direct type-in is when an internet user types the domain directly into her browser, such as typing ‘www.photography.com.’ Referral traffic typically comes from links on other websites.

5. As an Investment
Similar to real estate, domain names are investments. Domain name values increase daily, because the better ones are becoming less available. You yourself can make your domain name more valuable by building and marketing your website.

BuyDomains has the largest inventory of premium domain names available for sale. To find a domain that’s right for you, search BuyDomains.com