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Big domain name changes proposed! - Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web -- such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro -- if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved.
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from nickfb76 2528 Days ago #
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This is crazy, how will the search engines value these new TLDs?  Should definitely be interesting to see how things work out in the lucrative world of the 3 P's.

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from Jill 2528 Days ago #
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@Nick, I don't see it as a search engine issue. They don't provide preferential treatment to TLDs (besides country ones), as much as other people might like to believe.

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from nickfb76 2527 Days ago #
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@Jill - I absolutely agree with you on the current TLDs.  However, we have never seen a keyword being utilized within a TLD.  So when I register will that effect my rankings for "Indian Food"?

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from Jill 2527 Days ago #
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Yeah prolly. Until ole Google fixes the fact that they give a ginormous amount of weighting to exact match domains!

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from nickfb76 2526 Days ago #
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Jill - We can only hope so ... or do we? :-)

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from Realicity 2526 Days ago #
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ICANN approved the domain name system change this morning.

From their site:

ICANN Approves Historic Change to Internet's Domain Name System Board Votes to Launch New Generic Top-Level Domains

Singapore | ICANN's Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet's Domain Name System. The Board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.

During a special meeting, the Board approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings -- called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) -- from the current 22, which includes such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net.

"ICANN has opened the Internet's naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today's decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script. We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind," said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.

New gTLDs will change the way people find information on the Internet and how businesses plan and structure their online presence. Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language, offering organizations around the world the opportunity to market their brand, products, community or cause in new and innovative ways.

"Today's decision will usher in a new Internet age," said Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of ICANN's Board of Directors. "We have provided a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration."

The decision to proceed with the gTLD program follows many years of discussion, debate and deliberation with the Internet community, business groups and governments. The Applicant Guidebook, a rulebook explaining how to apply for a new gTLD, went through seven significant revisions to incorporate more than 1,000 comments from the public. Strong efforts were made to address the concerns of all interested parties, and to ensure that the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet are not compromised.

ICANN will soon begin a global campaign to tell the world about this dramatic change in Internet names and to raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by new gTLDs. Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012.

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