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Are Asian Domain names Important to Grab?

     
3:19 am on Sep 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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One would say that if you own a dot com you should also protect your brand by buying a co.uk ..... pretty common suggestion in the web world.

What about such domains as:

domain.asia
domain.cn
domain.co
domain.com.cn
domain.com.tw
domain.hk
domain.in
domain.net.cn
domain.tw

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4:10 am on Sept 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'd probably say no especially considering the couple thousand dollars I spent on .asia domains. But in general I think it depends on your brand and business.
10:53 am on Sept 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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HLTC these are country specific domain names are you targeting these countries? If your are then I would buy them if your not I am with dailypress.
7:33 pm on Sept 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As dailypress wrote it really depends on your brand and business.

Do you have an international clientele who buy from those specific countries? I do and I also sell globally however I do not buy all extensions but usually as follows:

com - main global sales and widget supply site
net - brand protection
org - brand protection
biz - brand protection
info - legal site for all domains
mobi - mobile site
tel - brand protection
asia - generic widget supply site
cn - widget supply site
co.uk - UK sales site
com.br - widget supply site
com.tr - widget supply site
de - German sales site
eu - generic sales and widget supply site
fr - French sales site
in - widget supply site
it - widget supply site
us - USA sales site

I have considered .ru simply because we have customers there and I feel it would be a polite thing to do however their English is so good and they've also said they're not bothered.

I have actually let some extensions lapse, especially Middle Eastern ones, since they're quite happy dealing direct with the widget supply countries.

You can go crazy trying to protect your brand with 200+ country extensions and some are very, very expensive. A good site to check ALL available names is eurodns dot com.
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re: The OP post and the "list"..

This sounds like the list included in the "someone is trying to register your domain name in Asia. But we can buy it for you, in all these places"..

Scam letters that com out of China, and elsewhere..

[en.wikipedia.org...]
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Yeah thats how the idea came to my attention. Fortunately I was smart enough to google and realized its a scam they were running. So if I do register the domains it will be through someone else.

My business is all online, so yes, I do have customers in those countries and periodically do ship to them (cosmetics) .... and honestly if I was on top of my sh*t I would be paying someone to translate my entire site and throw it up on a .cn domain name .... and quadruple my sales in that country ... i assume ?

So maybe ill buy them and squat.

Which ones would you say are most used? From that list? Most dominant .... most important to grab.

CN
HK

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Also who should I buy them from ? Not involved in the scam going on ...
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Some of the big boys certainly seem to think it worth their while to get a few extra domains. Here are some interesting figures from the Domain Tools data. [blog.domaintools.com...]
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Hm. That link just shows the top dot com domain names. Not really related to this thread. Am I missing something?
12:27 am on Sept 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The Domain tools list shows how many domain names across all jurisdiction are held by some companies. That is, their name left of the dot across all tlds and presumably includes cctlds. A while back I sold what was a generic cctld domain to one of the names on the list. Just in case I could err... help them out with some other domains I did a little research and found they already had just about everything going. Interestingly, when there was a range of names available at the third level the names that they considered basic registrations were the predominate cctld like co.uk or com.ag and then only the net and org. It also seemed to me that companies operating on a global basis irrespective of trademark protection consideration think of domains much more as part of their intellection property. Buying those Asian domains could be a way to increase your intellectual property. Domains are unique and to say you have secured the best domains to expand into a region could be an valuable asset. What HuskyPup said is more pragmatic and generally what I think webmasters would consider.
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eurodns dot com.
Very good website although some names listed as Unavailable are actually available and some even were never registered!

Do you know if the order means anything? Why is triple X listed before .com? How do they sort the tlds?
2:53 pm on Sept 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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names listed as Unavailable are actually available


I just use it for generally finding out about names and their restrictions etc.