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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Nevada gets its own Domain

It has been a while since I blogged so I thought I would write about the new domain .nv.com. That’s right you read right .nv.com. Does this mean that all of the states are going to be getting their own domains now or is Nevada getting their own in hope that they might funnel all gambling sites to that top level domain?

Lets for the moment suppose that the funneling of gambling sites is the reason behind the new TLD. What other state funneling processes would be put in place would wi.com (Wisconsin) be used to funnel all American cheese sites into that TLD? Would all American automobile sites get funneled in to mi.com (Michigan)? I highly doubt it but there must be a reason behind the new domain.

A quick visit to the nv.com registry site tells us that they have been allowing organizations and companies from Nevada and Netherland Limited Liability Companies (Naamloze Vennootschap - "NV") since late August 2007. They also go on to say that as of September 19th, 2007 they will allow everybody else to purchase domains.

I did a quick check to see what domains were available still and managed to secure a few good ones for myself seeing as I represent several Nevada based gaming concerns. I managed to secure 10 myself; sports-betting.nv.com, pokerroom.nv.com, horseracing.nv.com, marketing.nv.com, texasholdempoker.nv.com, searchengineoptimization.nv.com, onlinepoker.nv.com, onlinebetting.nv.com, mma.nv.com and handicapping.nv.com. Not too shabby if you ask me.

Naturally I tried to get the biggies like sportsbook, casino, poker and the like but naturally these were already taken. I did a little check with their Whois tool to see who the lucky registrants were but it appears that they are cloaking ownership or they have taken those names in reserve for future sale, perhaps through auction.

Regardless of what happened to these great gambling domain names there are still plenty of great domains available. I would fully expect that as of September 19th, 200712:00PM CST (-5GMT) there will be rush to secure domains that hasn’t been seen for a while. I could be wrong but I doubt it. If you should go and try to secure some domains keep this in mind; these domains cost $50 US per year and you must order for 2 years minimum. Good luck everybody and let me know which domains you secured and perhaps do a little link trading.

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