Friday, 18 September 2015

What Are Country Code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)?


What is IDN ccTLds


Country Codes are alternative domain address extensions authorized by organization known as The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). 

IANA is a department of ICANN that has representative registries in every country around the world. Each of the registries issued their country code for purpose of identification and accustoming of  the indigenous companies or for individual’s identification to a particular country with their business organizations.

There are two types of Country codes i.e

Why Country Codes ?

Country codes are issued for several reasons, among which enable
those who could not get their domain or keyword on dot com or any other gtlds extensions, and for those who wants to be identified with their nations in online business environment are opportune to make use of ccTLDs. 

 It was agreed to find alternative solutions, when there was shortage of gtlds like what is happening now in domain industry and that solution led to issuance of ccTLDs for countries.

The first registered set of ccTLDs were .us,(United States of America) .uk, (United Kingdom) .il, (Israel) in 1985 and in 1986, .au, (Australia).de,(Germany) .fi,(Finland) .fr, (France) .jp, (Japan) .kr,(Korea) .nl (neither land) and .se (Sweden) were registered. In 1988, .sg (Singapore) was also registered.

Benefits of Country Codes:

It provides opportunities for more people to be able to have a particular keyword/s on ccTLDs extensions; like what is happening now with new domains extensions. Also
the business entrepreneurs who wish to have their companies’ identities everywhere around the world. It gives them sense of belonging; like Google, yahoo, MSN, and many others as such. Because people tend to have more sense of security, especially when it involves online payment transactions.

Is There Any Value for Country Codes?

Yes! There are many values, like I have said earlier, it gives sense of belongings and assurance of secure transactions of online payments; especially, where online payment are just getting to the limelight. It also gives confidence and sense of belonging to the consumers.
Countries like United kingdom, Europe, Canada, South Africa are more interested in country codes rather than gtlds; they tends to embrace  websites that are addressed on ccTLDs and thus patronize them better than any websites that are addressed on gTLDs. 


Does ccTLDs Liquid in Aftermarket?

Yes! They are, but unlike gTLDs and not all of them are suitable for aftermarket flipping. I will let you have the in-depth information on which of them that are suitable for aftermarket business in our next article episode.



Our ccTLDs Ratings

Most valuable Country Code Domain

Today as I am writing this article, the most valuable country code is .SE. Facts collected from dnjournal  and some other websites

It was found on their list that tv.se was sold for $265,149 and that put the extension on number 15th position on DNjournal.com  list of best hundred names sold this year 2015 and not only that, another domain Spanien.se sold for $60,000 and thus made number 98 position of the best hundred names sold this year as well.


1.
tv.se
$265,149
2.
Spanien.se
$60,000

In second position of most valuable ccTLDs is .CO extension via sales of 8.co sold for $115,000.

And in third position of most valuable ccTLDs is .CN via sales of Daikuan.cn for $84,750.

Most Popular and liquid Country Codes

We found 12 .de ccTLD domains sold to make the extension the most popular ccTLDs sold so far in 2015.


1
Videos.de  
$53,000
2
Putzfrau.de                                           
$36,480
3
Ofen.de                                                  
$17,100
4
WS.de                                                    
$16,928
5
Insite.de                                                
$15,400
6
usinessInsider.de                                 
$14,840
7
Nachbarschaft.de                                  
$14,605
8
Siebdruck.de                                         
$13,200 
9
Praktikumsstellen.de                           
$11,300
10
Liebes-leben.de                                    
$11,088
11
Wettquoten.de                                     
$11,000
12
Roasted.de
$10,043 

In second position of the most popular and liquid ccTLDs is .co with sales of eleven domains as follows:


1
8.co                                                   
$115,000
2
Wine.co                                            
$25,000
3
Design.co                                         
$20,340
4
SEO.co                                             
$20,000
5
Ticket.co                                         
$20,000
6
Links.co                                            
$18,196
7
True.co                                            
$17,000
8
Paul.co                                              
$14,800
9
Pass.co                                             
$10,450
10
Anna.co                                           
$10,000
11
DIN.co                                              
$9,999

And in third position of the most popular and liquid ccTLDs is .se with sales of nine domains as listed below:


1
TV.se                                                   
$265,149  
2
Spanien.se                                         
$60,000  
3
SE.se                                                    
$52,000
4
SD.se                                                   
$24,000
5
PS.se                                                     
$15,600
6
IT.se                                                      
$15,400
7
DJ.se                                                     
$15,000
8
888.se                                                  
$13,243
9
Betting.se                                            
$11,550

Found seven domains sold on .co.uk extension and are in fourth position of the Most popular and liquid ccTLDs:


1
Lights.co.uk                                                          
$37,750
2
EasyFundraising.co.uk                                       
$24,000
3
Whitstable.co.uk                                                
$18,480
4
EnglishClub.co.uk                                   
$16,000
5
FirstPort.co.uk                                                    
$15,000  
6
DCL.co.uk                                                             
$10,375
7
Digitax.co.uk                                                       
$10,000

Fast Growing and Most Trendy Country Code extension

In this category of Most fast growing and most trendy extension, we found .io as the most dependable growing ccTLDs extension

Four domains are on the list of DNjournal.com sales for this year 2015


1
Cloud.io
$45,000  
2
DB.io 
$18,000
3
SEO.io
 $11,000
4
Analytics.io
$10,000

They are in 7th,36th, 73rd and 89th positions respectively, on www.domainjournal.com. list of 100 best year sales to date.  

Previous Record of High Sales of ccTLDs($5000 and above)

We have on record that the following ccTLD names were previously sold as listed

1
Shopping.de
$2,858,945
Year 2008
2
inn.im
$1,800,000                              
Not Known
3
Bank.ht
$1,400,000                         
Not Known
4
Kredit.de
$1,169,000
2008
5
Motorcycle.se
$1,100,000                   
Not Known
6
Cruise.co.uk
$1,100,000 
2008
7
Beauty.cc
$1,000,000
1999
8
Poker.de
$957,937    
2007
9
Credit.fr
$851,875    
2010
10
Aktien.de
$725,000    
2011
11
NAV.no
$717,000    
2006
12
Casino.de
$625,000    
2008
13
Jobs.ca
$600.000    
2008
14
Saturn.pl
$600,000    
2012
15
Golf.tv
$600,000    
2003
16
Job.at
$590,949    
2007
17
Game.cn
$512,000    
2014
18
WebHosting.co.uk
$500,000   
2012
19
Chat.de
$470,000    
2003      
20
Meet.me
$450,000    
2011
21
Poker.ca
$400,000    
2010
22
hotels.eu
$329,509
2006
23
Shopping.eu
$196,803
2006
24
Apps.de
49.999  =  $56.498
2014
25
ILoveYou.eu
€5,000  =  $5650
2010
26
MyDomain.eu
€5,500 =$6215
2007


We shall keep on updating this list as soon as we get more of them.
  
Google and ccTLDs



If you have your website addressed on ccTLDs, you can be rest assured that you can rank with any of the generic Top levels domains extensions (gTLDs). Yes! It is so, because Google does not discriminate this extension, you can build whatever website on the address and still have the same ranking recognition by Google and many other search engines.

If you are the web master of your site, you can login to your webmaster's tool and update your geo location preferences. Google Webmaster Tools has specific geographic targets settings which you can follow as    narrated bellow:

  • On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the site you want.
  • Under Site configuration, click Settings.
  • In the Geographic target section, select the option you want.
  • If you want to ensure that your site isn't associated with any country or region, select Unlisted.

Here are the complete list of the ccTLDs and rTLDs recognized by Google and which you can bank upon as same as gtlds as per ranking on Google search engine.

In our next episode we shall tell you more on ccTLDs and about their Registries and also about the Internationalized ccTLDs.



Have any domain to add to this list? Please post it below and we shall credit you for doing so, and if you have any comment, please do not hesitate to have your input on the comment form. 

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