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All of us at understand that building a new website is an investment. It takes time and money to get your site up and running, and you might have to cut some corners to save a few bucks. After registering your domain name and purchasing web hosting, your remaining budget may limit you to the number of extra products and services that you add-on. But there’s one service that you should always choose – Domain Privacy.


We see time and time again customers registering domains without Privacy only to watch their email inboxes fill with spam in the following weeks. They will receive pitches for search engine optimization and marketing services, website builder discounts, and all sorts of small business-related offers, both legitimate and not. When this happens, it’s a common misconception that (or another registrar) sold the customer’s personal information to a third party. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, along with any other reputable registrar, will never sell your personal information. The even better news is that we have the perfect way to prevent all that spam. The bad news is that your personal information is publicly available for anybody to see. So, how do you fix all this? With Domain Privacy!


Domain Privacy is available for most domain extensions, but you can opt out of it, leading many people to believe that it isn’t important. The truth is Domain Privacy is necessary for you to protect your identity and information. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires that your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number be publicly published on the WHOIS database when you register a domain. This is how third parties collect your information. They will send you all sorts of tempting deals, but as we mentioned before, it can be tricky to spot which ones are legitimate. Scammers can get extremely crafty and they will pose as your registrar or WHOIS for a various reasons: to get more money or personal information, to hijack your domain, or to inject malware onto your computer.


Don’t take the chance of being duped. Stop the spammers and scammers before they even have the chance to abuse your personal information. With Domain Privacy, your personal information is hidden from the WHOIS database. Instead, when a third party looks up your domain, your registrar’s contact information shows up in its place.

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Because Privacy hides your personal information, it protects you from:

  • Domain-related spam
  • The selling of your personal information
  • Junk mail and sales calls
  • Identity theft and fraud
  • Stalkers and harassers
  • A third party taking ownership of your domain through phishing, fake offers, and hidden ownership clauses found in the fine print of certain offers/deals


If you already have a registered domain name and don’t have Privacy, it’s easy to add. Simply access the Marketplace from your Control Panel and search under Domain Services. If you’re registering a new domain name, Privacy automatically shows up in your shopping cart for most domains. Keep this in your cart to protect your information.


Although Domain Privacy is an optional purchase, you shouldn’t let that influence your Privacy decision. Instead, you should consider the value of protecting your personal information, your domain name, and your webiste. There are certain cases where it’s in your best interest for your information to be publicly available. There are also certain domain extensions that don’t allow Domain Privacy, particularly geo-domains. For most individuals though, Domain Privacy is the way to go. Contemplate your risks and decide what’s best for you.

It’s the beginning of November and that means it’s time for a new nTLD Roundup! It’s our goal every month to alert our readers to some of our favorite nTLDs. This month, laugh with .LOL and score some deals with .BLACKFRIDAY.



There is no doubt what .LOL stands for! If your website makes your audience laugh out loud, then .LOL is the domain extension for you. .LOL is not only instantly recognizable, but it confidently declares that your site is hilarious. It doesn’t matter if you’re a comedian, entertainer, or a simply a fan of humor, .LOL will help you stand out from the crowd and embrace your site’s hilarity.



The best deals are online with .BLACKFRIDAY. Encourage your customers to avoid the line and shop online instead with a website backed by .BLACKFRIDAY. Imagine having all of your holiday deals and sales all on one website with an identifiable domain extension backing it. .BLACKFRIDAY is the best way to communicate to your audience that you are serious about offering a great bargain. Last year, consumers spent $9.1 billion on Black Friday alone [1]. Cash in on the opportunity of a .BLACKFRIDAY domain name.


Interested in .LOL or .BLACKFRIDAY? Head over to! Not only can you search for the nTLDs featured in this blog, but you can also browse 400+ other domain extensions to find your perfect domain match. And once you find your domain name, you’ll be able to choose from multiple web hosting plans and intuitive website builders to get your website up and running. Remember, it all starts with a great domain!


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As you already know, the team travels to quite a few conferences throughout the year. Aside from all the swag we give away, these events are an awesome opportunity to speak with our customers. We hear a lot of great questions – how will a new domain extension help my business, how important is domain privacy, how can I use social media to help me? But without a doubt, the most common thing we hear is – how do I improve customer loyalty?


If done the right way, it’s fairly simple to get your website up and running, and with some incentive to the customer to get started, it’s easy to grow a solid base. But how do you get people to continue using your services? And not just that – how do you get them to recommend you? Check out some tips below to get you started.


Focus on Valuable Customers. You already know who they are. Your most valuable customers are not just repeat purchasers. These customers are the ones recommending your services to their friends, colleagues, and clients. Your VIPs should not be ignored. If you’re an online-only business, coupon codes, customer spotlights, and early bird access go a long way to making a customer feel invaluable. If you’re a brick-and-mortar store, happy hours, special guest, and gifts with purchase will keep your VIPs coming back for more.


Invest in Your Customer Loyalty. Reward incentives are huge drivers for bringing your customers back. Whether it’s exclusive email offers, advanced purchase opportunities, or frequent shopper cards, when customers know they are getting a deal, they’ll be more likely to keep coming back. Pepper incentives throughout the month, and test discount levels that generate the greatest amount of revenue. After some time, you’ll have a good idea of what’s working.


Listen to Customer Feedback. It may not always be what you want to hear, but your customer feedback is a pretty strong indicator of how you’re doing as a business. Dedicate a page on your site to contact information and social media information, and list in detail the best ways to reach you. Frustrated customers are often just looking to be heard. If you provide an ear, and a resolution, you’ll be easily forgiven. Additionally, pay attention to customer suggestions. We are often so “in” what we’re doing, it’s hard to see what could be done better. Your customers like you, and they want you succeed. Their helpful suggestions could go a long way.


Provide Meaningful Customer Service. Customer service does not need to just be reactive. Sure, when we think of customer service we think resolution of issues, answering questions, and straightening out billing. But providing proactive outreach to customers benefits both you and them. Quarterly surveys, email campaigns, even bi-monthly phone calls will help to identify lingering issues, or even better, tell you what you’re doing well.


With so much going on, it’s often hard to remember how important customer loyalty is to your business. With a few tweaks, you could be on your way to making more money, growing your customer base, and finding better overall success.


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Instagram is the photo-sharing social network that has grown to be increasingly popular, particularly among younger generations. Compared to other social networks, Instagram may appear to have limited potential due to its heavy focus on beautiful images, few video capabilities, and users preferring little to no text. The truth is, though, that these restrictions make Instagram the perfect place to showcase your business.


Meant for “quick” consumption while scrolling through the feed, Instagram posts are precise and to the point. You won’t find ten-minute videos or rambling walls of text on this social network. Instead, visually appealing and instantly gratifying posts rule supreme. Ready to start your small business’ Instagram profile? Follow these beginner tips to get the most out of your Instagram presence.


Let your audience know who you are. First and foremost, add your company’s URL to your page’s description. Should a user stumble upon your profile and decide to explore further, they have your website in an easy, accessible spot. This also helps with your page’s credibility. A short description of your company or your company’s tagline in the bio wouldn’t hurt either.


Showcase your products and your company culture in your posts. Your products are the stars of your company and also happen to be some of the best content for Instagram. If you think your product isn’t interesting enough, think again. Get creative like Post-it does on their account. Their products are sticky notes and office supplies. When was the last time you got excited about your office supplies? Post-it excites and inspires followers every day, creating a real brand connection. Don’t have a tangible product (like us here at There’s still a ton of content to be posted! From weekend trips to daily office life, you can always find something interesting, exciting, or beautiful to share. A quick word of warning about your products and Instagram: this is not the social media network to actively sell or pitch your product. Instagram is about building a community and connections. If you push your product too hard, followers will abandon your page. Instead of selling, find ways to build your company’s personality and brand.


Share user generated content and interact with them. Followers are sometimes the best content creators and can come in handy when you’re out of ideas. Sharing follower content or liking a photo shows users that you value them, are interested in how your brand influences their lives, and appreciate their business. For the most part, users enjoy having their content highlighted with a shout out and tag, but always ask permission before you repost. Don’t be scared to engage in posts that have nothing to do with your business either. Commenting on a photo of someone’s vacation helps your company look genuine and human.


Use text overlays when necessary. Have a message to communicate and want it to stand out? Text overlays are your answer. Text overlays add to the visual aspect of your post, grab users’ attention while scrolling through their feed, and make your message the focal point. There’s no guarantee a user will read the text below your post on Instagram, but they will see the text if it’s in your post. Use this technique sparingly, though. Remember that Instagram is a visual social network.


Utilize hashtags! Similar to Twitter, Instagram content is categorized using hashtags. Many hashtags are able to make the crossover from Twitter to Instagram and vice versa, helping with brand consistency across networks. Take advantage of trending hashtags when possible to put your post in front of a larger audience. Further, hashtags are a great way to attract new followers to your profile. The more hashtags you use, the more likely it is you’ll gain more followers.


Be consistent. One of the hardest aspects of Instagram isn’t choosing a filter. It’s gaining followers. Using a handful of hashtags on a post isn’t enough. You will need to consistently post a few times every week. You’ll eventually find a schedule that works for your business, but it’s necessary you stay on top of your Instagram efforts to see results.


Don’t think only women are on Instagram. In the United States, around 50% of users are men [1]. This means that almost any product, brand, or business can find its audience on Instagram.


Instagram is one of the more creative social networks, so it is important to have fun with your content. Embrace your creativity and always have your camera ready to ensure a constant stream of intriguing, visually appealing content. Once you get the hang of it, Instagram should become one of the more fun social networks your small business is on.


Another successful TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco is in the books! just returned from one of the U.S.’s biggest startup conferences and we can confidently say that it was a total success.


When we arrived at the Hackathon on Saturday morning, a long line of anxious hackers stretched across Pier 70’s parking lot. The hackers were ready to get down to business and so were we! As teams developed their projects, was there to make sure all domain name needs were met. We registered 87 .CLUB domains at the Hackathon alone, securing .CLUB’s credibility and popularity among startups. Teams were able to immediately register their domain with the help of the Lego-brick Domain Cave. The Domain Cave took a risky journey in the mail from Vancouver, WA so we were thrilled when it arrived in (mostly) one piece. Alongside the Domain Cave were stacks of swag ready for Hackathon attendees. As always, our nerd glasses were a hit, especially with the Built By Girls hacking team. At midnight, we treated the hungry hackers to tamales and beer. The midnight snack was just what the teams needed to prepare themselves for their pitches on Sunday. The Hackathon competition was tough and we loved watching the .CLUB-backed teams pitch their ideas. We would like to congratulate Quickactions on their grand prize winning app!


The rest of the week was spent watching from our booth as startups competed in the Startup Battlefield. In between startup pitches, we were sure to keep our swag stocked. In addition to our usual nerd glasses, koozies, and backpacks, we brought along coupons for thirteen different startup-related top level domain extensions, including fan-favorite extension .BEER. Experts from .ME, .DESIGN, and .CLOUD hung around our booth to help startups and entrepreneurs choose a domain name to best support their next great idea. We couldn’t decide who we thought would win the Startup Battlefield. In the end, Agrilyst took the well-deserved top prize.


What did we do for fun outside of TechCrunch Disrupt? Our time was limited, but we made the best of it. The team loves to find awesome local restaurants. Our favorite had to be Marcella’s Lasganeria near Pier 70. We had authentic, homemade lasagna at the world’s only lasagneria with our friends from .DESIGN. We capped off our week by watching the sunset over the San Francisco skyline and celebrating 100,000 “Likes” on Facebook.


TechCrunch Disrupt continues to be one of the best startup events of the year. Hearing new ideas and watching them come to life at TechCrunch Disrupt is exactly what is all about. The creativity found at these events is second to none, especially for the startups using great domain hacks (we’re looking at you!). For a full list of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco winners, head over to TechCrunch’s website. Don’t forget to add on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to receive the latest offers, domain news, and updates on what fun things the team is doing!

The Hackathon line outside of Pier 70

The Hackathon line outside of Pier 70

Hackathon in full swing

Hackathon in full swing

#BuiltByGirls rocking the nerd glasses

#BuiltByGirls rocking the nerd glasses

We loved the mission of #BuiltByGirls

We loved the mission of #BuiltByGirls swag swag

Ray King of .DESIGN helping an entrepreneur find a domain name

Ray King of .DESIGN helping an entrepreneur find a domain name

At Marcella's Lasagneria

At Marcella’s Lasagneria

Ray and Andrew of .DESIGN couldn't believe how many domain extensions are available on!

Ray and Andrew of .DESIGN couldn’t believe how many domain extensions are available on!

It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for’s nTLD Roundup! For October, we’re covering nTLDs for two industries where social causes and passions come alive. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than .NGO/.ONG and .PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Are you a non-governmental organization or nonprofit? Secure your credibility with a .NGO domain extension! Only available to validated non-governmental organizations and nonprofits, a .NGO domain name will identify your organization as trustworthy among the Internet’s clutter. If you’re concerned about language barriers due to your global operations, you don’t need to be! Every .NGO registration comes with an .ONG registration in the same name. This ensures your organization’s validated status will be easily understood around the world. Don’t let your audience have any doubt about your commitment to your cause. Register your .NGO today.



They say a picture is worth a thousand words but with a .PHOTOGRAPHY domain name, you’ll say it all with just one. .PHOTOGRAPHY will make a bold statement about your passions regardless of your photography experience. With no registration restrictions, you can customize your .PHOTOGRAPHY-backed website to fit your needs, whether that includes an online portfolio, e-commerce store, or even a personal blog. For photographers new and old, .PHOTOGRAPHY has the power to help build your brand.


You can find .NGO/.ONG, .PHOTOGRAPHY, and 350+ other domain extensions all on Looking to register your domain and launch your website all in one spot? has website builder tools and services, web hosting plans, and 24/7 support to keep your site up and running. Take that first step towards starting your next website by searching for that perfect domain name.

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It doesn’t matter if your passions come alive at book club, at rock climbing club, or even at a nightclub. The domain extension for you is .CLUB. As one of the most popular nTLDs to date, .CLUB is in high demand. And at you don’t have to pay a premium price. With our $1.99 .CLUB Giveaway, you can score your first year of .CLUB for less than a cup of coffee.

On October 7 starting at 9am EDT visit the giveaway link to enter. Set your alarms to make sure you’re on time! We only have 500 .CLUB coupons available. The first 500 participants to complete the form will receive an exclusive coupon code good for a $1.99* first year .CLUB domain name. When does the giveaway end? At 9pm EDT or when the 500 coupons run out, whichever comes first. Based off the popularity of .CLUB, we’re willing to bet the 500 coupons will be gone fast. You don’t want to be late, so set a second alarm if you have to.

Bookmark this link so you have it for October 7:

For reminders and the most up to date information on the $1.99 .CLUB Giveaway, follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Good luck!



*LIMITED TIME OFFER. CLUBGIVE coupon and offer ends October 30, 2015 at 11:59pm Pacific. CLUBGIVE is valid for one $1.99 .CLUB domain for one first year registration. All renewals on products and services after the initial discounted period will be charged at the current standard list price for the selected period. Coupon is not valid with TLDs other than .CLUB, premium domains, existing products and services, renewals, transfers, custom website design, other coupons, or special pricing. Limit one coupon and one $1.99 .CLUB domain per customer, email address, and/or account for the entirety of this promotion. Offer not valid in China, Thailand, or Vietnam.


Launch Great Ideas with at TechCrunch (5) is heading to San Francisco! We’ll be attending one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year for a week of celebrating startups and the technology that makes their ideas possible. TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco is one of our favorite events and it all kicks off on September 19.

We’ll begin our time in San Francisco at the Hackathon. Teams of developers and engineers have less than twenty-four hours to develop a new product and present it to a panel of judges. Make no mistake, these teams are creating products with real potential. One notable Hackathon alum is GroupMe, a popular messaging app recently acquired by Skype. You might be asking yourself how teams stay fueled up for a full twenty-four hours. We determined the best source of energy comes from tamales and beer and that’s what we’ll be serving at midnight on Saturday! If you’re attending the Hackathon as either a participant or attendee, keep an eye out for our table and grab some swag.

On Monday, Hackathon participants will be catching up on sleep and the three day conference will begin. Speakers with ties to companies like FitBit and Pinterest will take the stage, established startups will compete in the Startup Battlefield, and young startups will exhibit their products to attendees for a last minute bid to the Startup Battlefield. We will be located at our table doing our usual routine of handing out swag and talking about domains, but this year we have some new surprises. To begin with, the Domain Cave will be making its TechCrunch Disrupt debut after its hit appearance at OSCON. Even more exciting is our first ever Beat the Industry Expert challenge. Attendees will have the chance to compete head-to-head with top domain experts to determine the best domain name for their great idea. An unbiased judge will determine the winning domain name and award prizes. Stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook for as we reveal the identities of our industry experts and publish challenge times.

We’re so excited to get to San Francisco to see thousands of hours of hard work and innovation come to life. On top of posting Beat the Industry Expert details on our social media accounts, we will also be chronicling our time in the Bay Area using #DomainDisrupt. So keep an eye out for our latest updates and celebrate startups, technology, and innovation with us all week long!


If you’re a follower of on social media, you already know that we love our friends over at Hak5. If you’re not familiar with them, Hak5 is a group of IT ninjas, security professionals, and hardcore gamers who have been producing popular tech videos on YouTube for over ten years. We’re always impressed by host Darren Kitchen’s ideas, and when he proposed a Drone Battle Arena, we couldn’t say no.


The Drone Battle came to life at Hak5’s Open House on August 29 in Richmond, California. The Hak5 crew opened their warehouse doors for an afternoon of hacking, tech, and fun with fans. The custom Drone Battle Arena was a hit with participants as they competed tournament style to declare a winner. Drone Battle losers were consoled with free t-shirts and koozies. .CLUB also joined in on the Open House fun, providing stickers, koozies, and other giveaways for attendees to grab.


While some participants battled their drones in the Arena inside, others soaked in the California sun outside with BBQ and corn hole. The and .CLUB koozies became particularly helpful to keep beers cold in the Bay Area rays. Hak5 capped off the afternoon with 3D printing, a LAN party, and drone racing.


If you haven’t watched Hak5 on YouTube yet, you definitely should. And if the Hak5 Open House or Drone Battle sounds like something you’d be interested in, visit and to sign up for Hak5 related updates. You don’t want to miss the next Hak5 Open House! And if you haven’t followed us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook yet, get to it! We share some of Hak5’s latest updates, as well as other important sales, giveaway information, and more. and .CLUB swag for Hak5 fans. and .CLUB swag for Hak5 fans.

Everything tastes delicious on the Grill!

Everything tastes delicious on the Grill!

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Hak5's Darren and Shannon putting their koozies to use.

Hak5’s Darren and Shannon putting their koozies to use.

How cool is the Arena?

We wonder who won this round?

Thanks for rocking the t-shirt Darren!

Thanks for rocking the t-shirt Darren! Drone Battle Arena Drone Battle Arena close up

With the new month comes a new nTLD Roundup! Every month it’s our goal to alert our readers to some of our favorite nTLDs. For September, we’re featuring some of the most popular nTLDs to date. These nTLDs also happen to be perfect for TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, which is attending later this month. Let us introduce you to .ONLINE, .DESIGN, .WEBSITE!



.ONLINE is brand new and in high demand. .ONLINE broke records with over 28,000 registrations in its first thirty minutes of general availability. Recognized in over twenty-four languages and currently included in over 700,000 domain names, the word “online” has instant global appeal. Harness the power of “online” and shorten your domain name all at once. Instead of YourBusinessOnline.COM, become YourBusiness.ONLINE. Domains are not this popular without reason, so join the thousands of others who have already chosen .ONLINE as their new domain extension.



Imagine having a website dedicated to your creative designs. It doesn’t matter if it’s graphic design, fashion design, or interior design; in this digital world, you need a place to showcase your talents! Now it’s possible with .DESIGN. Declare your commitment to producing beautiful designs with a website backed by .DESIGN.



Don’t settle for a complicated domain name. Instead, get a .WEBSITE! With a .WEBSITE domain name, your business has the opportunity to grab a piece of prime internet real estate. Easy to search for and easy to remember, .WEBSITE can help lead your business to better branding and a higher recall value.


Interested in .ONLINE, .DESIGN, or .WEBSITE? Head on over to! Not only can you search for one of the nTLDs featured in this blog, but you can also browse 300+ other domain extensions. Why wait? Your perfect domain name is waiting at