Archive for the ‘IDN’ Category

Google AdWords Now Supports Internationalized Domain Names

Advertisers no longer have to show ASCII URLs in their ads. A couple weeks ago I missed an announcement from Google AdWords that it now supports internationalized domain names (IDN) for display and destination URLs on Google ads. This means advertisers will no longer have to show a non-ASCII ad followed by an ASCII domain […]

Google Buys Illegal +.com Domain Name on Domain Aftermarket

This post has been syndicated (and slightly edited to reflect updates) from a post by SEO expert Bill Hartzer. Google, in an effort to protect their interests in their new Google+ Plus social network, has recently acquired the International Domain Name (IDN) +.com, also known as xn--dra.com. The problem here is that xn--dra.com (+.com) is an illegal domain […]

IDN Domain Names 101

At dinner with friends the other night, one asked why he had never seen emicon’s used in domain names considering their popularity in messaging. Think about it… Sacred Heart Hospital could use a heart symbol, Seattle Mariners could use a sad-face, etc. After losing them in explanation of ASCII-Punycode translation and IDN’s, I decided the quick way out of the conversation was that they could not be used very easily by most users and left it at that. It sparked my curiosity, though. What “symbols” were registered domain names and set out to find out.

IDN ccTLD Request From Yemen Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN announced the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Yemen, اليمن (xn--mgb2ddes). With this announcement, a total of 27 countries/territories requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 17 countries/territories (represented by 27 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to […]

“Ivan Lovin’ It!” – McDonalds’ Russian IDN Website

McDonalds totally gets it. They have a Russian language website up for McDonalds at http://макдональдс.рф which illustrates both their capabilities as a brand to manage their local presence, as well as a sophistication in leveraging the new promise that IDN holds. For a person in Russia who does not speak English or work with an […]

Cyrillic ccTLD Launch Overshadowed by Legal Dispute

As reported earlier the Cyrillic .РФ IDN ccTLD launch had reached a stunning number of 500,000 registrations in the first week. Considering the numbers, it was obvious that speculators were playing the TLD, but apparently six registrars are involved in registering many of the names for resale & auction and are now involved in a […]

Cyrillic ccTLD Launch Overshadowed by Legal Dispute

As reported earlier the Cyrillic .РФ IDN ccTLD launch had reached a stunning number of 500,000 registrations in the first week. Considering the numbers, it was obvious that speculators were playing the TLD, but apparently six registrars are involved in registering many of the names for resale & auction and are now involved in a […]