Domain Parking in the Era of “Not Secure” Warnings

Google Chrome will start showing a “Not Secure” message from October 2017 when a form is filled in a regular HTTP page. This will affect many parked domain sites that have a contact form (there is a post about this at DomainNameWire.Com).

Buying SSL Certificates for all the domains, even at the low $3-$5 price range,  is not a great solution when your portfolio contains hundreds or thousands of domains.

Fortunately there is a free option.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority that provides free and renewable 90 day SSL certificates. With a little bit of help from scripts it is also possible to automate the issue and renewals of the SSL certificates.

You can use Let’s Encrypt to create a single certificate that will support upto a 100 domains. There is also no need to have a unique IP address for each site (though this will not work for end users with XP + IE systems).

There are some problems when using SSL for hundreds of domains. For simple HTTP parked pages one could simply point all the domains to a standard web page / script and then use a single web server configuration. With HTTPS a separate web server configuration is required for each domain. This will make the job a little complicated when you have hundreds or thousands of domains to configure.

There are some rate limits on the certificates that are issued by Let’s Encrypt. Please see the details here.

You may need to contact your hosting provider to get them to support and install Let’s Encrypt certificates. If you are on a VPS or dedicated server and have root access you should be able to do this yourself.

Watch this space and domainpunch.com for additional hints and help on this.

New Domain Name Research Tools

We have added two new domain name research tools at Domain Punch. These are part of the new premium tools and are free to access while in beta. We may require a registration for access in the future, and some parts may be made available only to our customers.

The Advanced Daily Domain List can be used to check the domains that were added or deleted from the zone files during the last 30 days.

The word search tool is for checking the new domain lists for trademarks and keywords. You can use it to find domains that may be used for phishing, domains that contain your trademarks etc.

Search for keywords in newly added domains

 

Did you know that there is a free version of Watch My Domains?

Most people and companies don’t register hundreds or thousands of domain names. So we often get emails from people who have five to ten domain names asking if there is a free domain name management solution. The answer is Yes.

We had released Watch My Domains Basic more than an year ago. It is a fully featured version of the Watch My Domains Pro for windows except that it supports only up to 20 domain names. There is no catch, it is completely free to use.

Click here to download Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Daily List of Deleted Domains (new gTLDs)

The daily registered list of new gTLD domains is a popular tool at Domain Punch. We decided to follow it up with the daily deleted list of new gTLD domains.

Click Here to Check Daily Deleted Domains

The domain names listed are the domains that were deleted from the zone file on a specified day and is not the full list of deleted domains. Being present in this list does not mean that the domain is available for registration. It just means that the domain is no longer in the zone file.

You can click on a column header to sort the list. Clicking a second time will reverse the sort order.

Daily Deleted New gTLD Domains

New TLDs and Dictionary Words

Yesterday we announced some details about an upcoming Domain Name Filter software. We used an early version of the software to split the domain names in Guru, XYZ and Club zone files into words.

We used  the default English language dictionary within the software. This dictionary has over 75000 English words. It also includes the names of countries. We did not use dictionaries for common names, places and other proper nouns.

The software splits domain names into component words. Domain names with only numbers or a combination of  numbers and valid words were accepted. So 101domain.club is split as “101 domain” and accepted. But a domain name like xfrtyclub.guru is ignored because ‘xfrty’ is not in the dictionary.

Domains with hyphens were always accepted. For example, 1-koelner-pfeifen.club was split into “1 koelner pfeifen” and accepted even though both words koelner and pfeifen were not in the default English dictionary.

A Side Note: The software can split domain names accurately for most cases. However, in rare instances it does create unintended word combinations. For example, GreatIdeasInAging.xyz was split into “Great Idea Sin Aging” instead of “Great Ideas In Aging”.

Here are the results :-

XYZ

Total Domains Excluding IDN – 739,448

Valid Keyword Phrases after Splitting – 242,909

33% of the domains are valid English word combinations

CLUB

Total Domains Excluding IDN – 152,817

Valid Keyword Phrases after Splitting – 79,580

52% of the domains are valid English word combinations

GURU

Total Domains Excluding IDN – 78,271

Valid Keyword Phrases after Splitting – 49,983

64% of the domains are valid English word combinations

XYZ, Club, Guru Domains - Word Split

New gTLDs, Alexa Ranks and Artificial Rank Boosting

We have been tracking the growth of the new gTLDs in the Alexa top million list for some time now. We mostly use these internally developed tools :-

New gTLDs in Alexa 100K list

 

Is the Alexa rank list reliable for tracking the growth of new gTLDs?

Almost everyone knows that the Alexa ranks are not very reliable. However, many people assume that the ranks are a reasonably good estimate for sites ranked within the top 100,000.

Instead of using the top 100K rank list, we decided to go with the top 25,000 list.

We used data based on the Alexa top 25,000 ranks as on Dec-13-2014. The ranks used are the daily updated, one month average ranks.  The daily updated ranks are different from the Alexa toolbar ranks (averaged over a 3 month period).

This is what we found :-

  • There are 43 new gTLD sites in the Alexa Top 25,000 List.
  • 90% of these sites are either parked or redirected to an advertisement page or have illegal content.
  • 26 of them (60%) are “.XYZ” sites. Out of these, 20 have the same IP address.
  • All XYZ sites, except one, serve advertisements or are parked with no actual content.

Most of these sites don’t deserve to be in any “top” list. One possible conclusion is that the Alexa ranks are being artificially boosted. Here is a graph of the number of “.XYZ” sites in the Alexa million list plotted over time (between mid August to now). Notice the sudden upward trend from mid November?

Number of .XYZ sites in Alexa million list over time.

 

One notable new gTLD site is searchengines.guru (Alexa daily rank on 12/13/2014: 1392). However, this is not a new site, it is an old one that moved to the new .Guru domain.