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February 25, 2017 (Sat). I have found that there are often two sides to everything in life, and the secret to happiness is to choose to look at the positive side. For example, we now live in a city of 1.4m population, which is much smaller than where we came from. But small also means "not crowded." Yesterday, we had dinner at an Indian restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised that only three tables were occupied. The food was good, the service was good, and the place was quiet with only some light music, enabling us to enjoy a good conversation. Here's the post.

NewG talk #27 (final)
I'm afraid this will be my last post on NewG as I find myself spending more and more time in Chinese writing. However, I'll continue to publish on Wednesday, focusing on research and data related to the Chinese domain market. My view on NewG remains unchanged, and I believe NewG domain names have their place in the digital world. I think .com will continue to be...


February 22, 2017 (Wed)
Another report, another chance to feel confident
The Chinese government think tank China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) has been quite active in publishing reports related to domain names. Last week I talked about its internet trend report released in January. During the 2nd China Domain Name Development Conference held in...

February 18, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #26
In this past week, four Chinese IDN extensions were approved by MIIT. They are 在线 (online), 中文网 (Chinese website), 我爱你 (I love you), and 集团 (corporate group). This means you can apply for ICP licenses to develop and host websites using these domain names within China. To see how these extensions have been doing, I went to Namestat.org but the...

February 15, 2017 (Wed)
Rosy long term growth of Chinese domain market
China is a great domain market for those who like to study data and try to draw a big picture of where the country will be heading. There are reports constantly published to help you understand the internet in general and domain name in particular. The latest one I just finished reading is 互联网发展趋势报告2017...

February 11, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #25
The rise of .loan has been spectacular. The extension entered the Top 10 list in the week of November 26, 2016, but within two months has taken the 4th place on the list. Look at the chart on Namestat.org/top. .loan was launched in Aug 2015. The first 3 months saw no rush of buyers, with .loan registration number being less than 30k. Then it...

February 8, 2017 (Wed)
Connecting with Chinese companies
We know selling to end users gives you the best value. Vivo.com, for example, was sold for $2.1m to Chinese smartphone maker Vivo last year as upgrade from VivoGlobal.com. This price is spectacular for a 4-letter domain name, as Namebio.com shows the majority of similar domain names were sold for less than $20k in the same...

February 4, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #24
Recently a reader wanted to know if IDN.com is starting to pick up in China. Actually, I am not aware of the popularity of this kind of domain names. I don't remember if I have ever come across such domain names in my reading of Chinese domain news everyday. CNNIC publishes an internet report twice a year but no information has been given on...

February 1, 2017 (Wed)
English domain names are viable in China
I like domain names made up of English words, and this attitude is quite natural. These days you can start a business on the internet and be instantly connected to suppliers, customers, and investors all around the world. So, isn't it common sense to choose a domain name which is easily remembered by people across...

January 28, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #23
Result of the last week's auction on West.cn shows that "short" is key to investing in NewG domain names. The best one on the list is JQ.xyz at $2,250 (15,000 yuan). JQ may mean 金钱 (money), 假期 (holiday), or 剑桥 (Cambridge). Shortness and good meaning make this domain name valuable to an end user now that .xyz has been approved by MIIT for use in...

January 25, 2017 (Wed)
CNNIC report confirms high growth in Chinese domain market
CNNIC has just released the 39th edition of its Statistical Report on Internet Development in China (第39次中国互联网络发展状况统计报告). It's an important report because it gives us data on the Chinese domain market. This report is written in Chinse, but an English translation is usually available in a few months....

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