Guest post by Josh Wardini.
Are you looking to expand your online presence to reach a wider range of customers? Then hurry up to pick a targeted domain name! Topic-focused microsites can increase your presence in search results while appealing to new buyers, sub-markets, or other groups.
To help you get started, here’s an interesting infographic on the topic, 101 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Domain Names created by the professionals at webmastersjury.com.
- Domain names were free until 1995. Today there is, of course, an annual fee. The amount depends on the type of top-level domain (TLD) registered.
- Domain names have a life cycle. They can be registered for any period from one to 10 years. However, you can register a domain for 20-100 years with the help of Network Solutions.
- You have to renew your domain names, as they will expire one day. If you fail to renew your domain name you enter an expiry and then a redemption period. You need to pay $100 or more to get it back during the redemption period.
- Microsoft forgot to renew their Hotmail.co.uk back in 2003.
- Regions Bank, US with 1,700 branches simply forgot to renew their domain in 2013.
- Domain registrations are available in .net, .com, .org and many other extensions.
- About 13% of the daily .com registrations are made of short, 5-6 character domain names.
- There is a minimum length for a domain name: two characters. All possible combinations of standard characters are allowed (but good luck getting one of these!).
- You might think a domain name like Internet.com would be among the most expensive of all time—and you’d be right. However, it’s only #6 on that list. What’s at #1? LasVegas.com.
- However strange this may sound, you can register Soviet Union .su domains even now.