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New Online Magazine Will Focus Entirely on ccTLDs + ICANN Closes Its Latest Meeting By Announcing a New Trademark Clearinghouse Database

Morgan Linton has just rolled out a new online magazine for country code domain aficionados called  ccTLD Investors.  The ccTLD space has exploded over the past couple of years and with

the rapid growth of the internet in markets around the world interest in country codes will undoubtedly continue to expand. Linton said "The market is there, we’ve already seen some huge sales this year, the problem is that there are very few resources for ccTLD Investors. In 2009 ccTLD sales doubled making it the quickest growing segment in the Domain Investing space."

Linton added that while .com is the focus of attention in the U.S. it is different in many other markets around the globe. For example, "In Canada owning a brand means owning the corresponding .ca domain, in Germany it means owning the corresponding .de domain," Linton 

said. "ccTLDs give investors the chance to buy into a market before it takes off. Markets like India's .in and Mexico's .mx are just starting to see some larger sales but have mostly stayed below the five-figure range. Just think, at this very moment India already has more Internet users than the United States. In India, .com is not as strong as .co.in or .in but the market for buying and selling these domains has just started."

Morgan Linton (left) interviewing 
Rick Silver
(N49 Interactive) for 
his Domainvestor TV series.

Linton said he has put together a team of industry experts for his magazine that will provide detailed insight into markets very few people have experience with. He plans to publish weekly at ccTLDInvestors.com at the start to give readers the opportunity to interact directly with the writers through an online comment system making the magazine more accessible. Linton also plans to continue to add more writers throughout the year to reach even more markets. 

This is the third media project for Linton who has already made a splash with an ebook titled Domain Flipping: How To Profit From The Domain Name Boom and a series of Domainvestor TV video interviews with industry leaders that are available at MorganLinton.com.

Linton's ccTLD magazine in the latest in a line of new domain blogs and publications that are making information about all facets of the industry available to people around the world and spurring additional growth in our business.  Some of those that I have added to my own reading list in recent weeks include Shane Cultra's DomainShane.com, FacingTheAbsurd.com (written by a successful domain investor from the Czech Republic) and DomainConsultant.com - a site that was recently relaunched as a blog by veteran domainer Mike Fiol. If you are new to the industry, Domaining.com is a great place to familiarize yourself with the many informative  resources now available at your fingertips.

Elsewhere, ICANN closed its 37th international meeting in Nairobi, Kenya today by announcing the organization would maintain a Trademark Clearinghouse database that ICANN says will improve trademark protection on the web. During this week's meeting ICANN also rejected a proposal to implement a system of "Expressions of Interest" (EOI), which would have been a pre-registration process for those wishing to apply for the new generic top-level domains they expect to roll out one day (the process has repeatedly been delayed). The Board also decided to postpone action on the controversial .XXX sponsored TLD they previously rejected but are now reconsidering. 

(Posted March 12, 2010)

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