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(Updated July 2016)

Up until now, the Internet has been organized into a handful of generic top-level domains (TLDs, or gTLDs) which were limited to three letters — .com, .org, .gov, .net, .biz, .edu, and so on. Until recently, the list of TLDs stood at 22 extensions. Learn how new domains have impacted the business on the Internet. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Information Specialist)


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ICANN and Top-Level Domains

List of top-level domains, (IANA)

ICANN — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers

What Does ICANN Do?, (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

A “Grand” Milestone: New gTLD Program Reaches 1,000th Delegation, (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, May 25, 2016).

What Is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?

TLD, (ICANNWiki, June 16, 2016).

Top-Level Domain (TLD), (Technopedia, 2016).

Why the TLD Structure Is Changing & What It Means for the Internet

ICANN-commissioned study finds increased awareness and trust in domain names, (AG-IP News, June 27, 2016).

Will new domain extensions negatively impact your SEO?, (Entrepreneur, Jan. 5, 2016).

Overcrowded Internet domain space is stifling demand, suggesting a future ‘not-com’ boom, (University of Cambridge, 2016).

The New .REALTOR Domain

Learn why NAR launched .REALTOR, and find out what it means for you:

www.about.REALTOR  — Information about the .REALTOR domain

www.claim.REALTOR — Claim your .REALTOR domain here

Top-Level Domain Topic, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2014).

Become the master of your .REALTOR domain, (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2014).

GoDaddy Will Not Sell .REALTOR Domains, (Daily Real Estate News, Oct. 31, 2013).

Top-Level Domains and Your Business

Why a website domain is a marketing tool [Infographic]. (Business 2 Community, June 20, 2016).

Top-level domain expansion is a security risk for business computers, (CIO, May 26, 2016). E

Move beyond defensive domain name registrations, towards strategic thinking, (CircleID, May 17, 2016).

The essentials of domain name management for companies, (Lexology, May 2, 2016).

Moving from dot-com to not-com, (Bloomberg Businessweek, Aug. 31, 2015, 2016). E

.Com has company! What new top-level domains like .bike mean for you, (Digital Trends, Feb. 5, 2014).

Protect Your Brand from Cybersquatting, (Harvard Business Review, Feb. 10, 2014).

eBooks & Other Resources

101 Ways to Promote Your Real Estate Website (Kindle, PDF eBook)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Website (EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

I’ve Got a Domain Name—Now What??? (Kindle, PDF eBook)

Building Websites All-In-One For Dummies (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

101 Ways to Promote Your Website (Adobe PDF eBook)

The Rough Guide to the Internet (Adobe PDF eBook)

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