What Is A .COM Domain Name?

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The .COM Domain is one of the oldest TLD. It is the first domain that comes to mind whenever anyone wants to register a domain. The extension ".COM" stands for 'Commercial.' It is one of the original six Top Level Domains (TLDs) created in the 1980's - .org, .net, .edu, etc. each of these TLDs has a definite purpose. The .COM was for commercial websites and the .ORG was for organizations, the .EDU was for educational institutions, the .MIL for the Military, etc.

Today, with the exception of a few domain extensions, TLD's are somehow open to be used without restrictions. You may have come across various types of entities including organizations with .COM extensions. We also have thousands of new domain extensions that are industry specific you can choose to more accurately build your business identity online with. For instance, we have .coach (for coaching businesses), .church (for churches), .life (for those who stand for life), .marketing (for marketers), .xyz (for every type of business), etc.

So, no matter the nature of your business, you can find the right domain to help you build your brand and stand out on the web, attract more relevant traffic and grow your business. Our Award Winning Domain Experts are always available 24/7 to assist you with your domain name search and registration. Even if your preferred domain is not available or taken, we can still work hard to help you acquire it.

History Of The .COM Domain

The .COM domain was first introduced in January 1985 together with five other TLD's. It was intended to be used by businesses. So, like I said earlier, the .COM domain stands for commercial, even though some have claimed that it referred to 'Company.' I don't think that makes any difference. In fact today, we have a new .COMPANY gTLD.

The first .COM domain was registered on March 15th, 1985 by a computer manufacturer named Symbolics. The company was later sold 25 years later to XF.com Investments.

The .COM domain is owned by Verisign. As of Quarter 2020, the .COM domain is the largest TLD by the number of reported domain names - with over 148 Million domain names (according to ZookNic. ZookNIC has been providing critical data and analysis to all parts of the domain name industry -- registries, registrars, registrants and analysts since 1998 .

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Name Your Business With .COM Domains

I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing the right name for your business. The same goes for choosing your domain name. Too many entrepreneurs do not plan for this. But I will stress again that your domain name is a critical part of your branding strategy, just like your website. And it is time that businesses and organizations begin to view this as an investment that will yield high return in the future.

In today's highly competitive global marketplace, your Brand is the most powerful selling factor. And your domain name must be a part of your brand strategy from the beginning, rather than something that you scramble to get after you have set everything else in place. Many entrepreneurs come to me at the last minute to search for a domain name. And in many cases, the domain name they wanted is already taken.

A gentleman that I know met me at Starbucks one day and we sat down to discuss his business plans. That meeting was not scheduled. We simply ran into each other. Then he told me he had been thinking of contacting me to discuss registering a domain name and getting a website. We checked the name that he wanted right there on his phone and it was available. I urged him to go ahead and complete the registration. He said there was no need to rush with this as he asked that we meet at the same place about three days later. Well, when we met as scheduled, the domain name was taken. I checked the date the domain name was taken by someone else and it was the morning after we had discussed and I had urged him to take it.

He had already printed flyers, business cards, and many other things already. Now, he had to choose a different name. And then he also had to go and change everything that he had already done for the branding of his business. Even if you are not yet ready to launch your business and you already have the name of your business, my advice is register your domain name immediately the moment you know what you want. Besides, .COM domain name costs about $10.00 a year. That's less than a dollar a month.

Is a .COM Domain Name Better For SEO?

There is no concrete evidence that a .COM or any other domain extension has a significant impact on ranking in search engine results (SERPs). I recommend entrepreneurs to have a comprehensive strategy for their SEO. There are many factors, both on-site and off-site, that affect SEO.

However, here are a few things that you should keep in mind when crafting and registering your domain name:

  • Make your domain name short and cute, easy to remember and spell.
  • Do a research and find out variation of your preferred name and register them as well. This will avoid confusion when people are searching for you online. For instance, if your preferred domain name is "yourname.COM, you may want to make sure that you also own yourname.biz, yourname.org, etc. Take them out of circulation so that your competitors do not use them to cause confusion online.
  • Use other variations for various purposes for your business, such as email accounts, landing pages, marketing materials, Social Media pages/accounts, etc.
  • Register multiple years in advance for peace of mind.
  • Add domain protections to keep your domain name safe.
  • If your brand name is not the same as your primary business keyword, then use your brand name to create your domain name. Google tends to give more value to branding over keywords.
  • Make sure that your domain name tells about what your website is about. In order words, make sure your domain name tells users the purpose of your website.

Interesting Facts About The .COM Domain

Here are a few interesting facts about the .COM domain:

  1. Popularity: The .COM domain is the most popular domain in the world. As of the second quarter of 2020, there were over 148 Million .COM domain names recorded.
  2. Most Expensive: The most expensive .COM domain purchases according to the records we found is the voice.com. It was purchased for $30 Million.
  3. Domain Named Email Address: An email address built with your domain name gives you more credibility and provides a powerful referral to your website.
  4. Top Eight Websites: According to a study by Moz, the top eight (8) websites on the web all use a .COM domain name. These represent the top eight (8) of the top five hundred (500) websites raked according to Moz' Domain Authority.
  5. Popularity: According to Statista, 51.6% of all websites worldwide (as of October 13th, 2020) use .COM Domain extension, followed by .ru (6.3%), .org (4.5%), .net (3.4%), etc.

How Do You Register Your .COM Domain?

Registering your new .COM domain or any other domain name starts with a domain name search. At OnMax Host Digital, we have made searching and registering your new domain name very easy and straightforward. The minimum registration term is one year and you can register up to ten (10) years. You will receive a notification via email to remind you to renew your domain name several weeks before the expiration dates.

What Can You Do With Your .COM Domain?

Once you have registered your domain name, you can deploy it online as a strategic weapon to establish a winning presence on the web and grow your business. Here are things you can use your new domain name for:

  1. Hosting Your Website: Attach your domain name to your website in your hosting Account. Make your .COM domain name your web address for your website.
  2. Create A Professional Email Address
  3. Point To Social Media Accounts: Use different domain names to point to various social media accounts.
  4. Point To Marketing Materials Online: These can include landing pages, online courses, etc.
  5. Build A Domain Portfolio: A domain portfolio will help protect your business identity and brand online from predators and competitors who may seek to register domains that are similar to yours or with alternative domain extensions simply to sabotage your brand and divert traffic away from your website.

If you ever have any questions or need assistance with your domain search and registration, contact our Domain Experts 24/7 at any time or the day or the night.


I hope that you now have a better appreciation of the .COM domain. You can find out more about how to register this prestigious domain at Register .COM Domains. You can go ahead and register as many domains as you believe you will need even if you are not yet ready to launch your business. Remove your preferred domain name from the market before someone else grabs it.

Searching and registering your new domain is very simple. Just type your preferred keyword or brand name in the domain search and registration tool, then click the search button to the right or hit ENTER. You will then be re-directed to the domain search results page, showing you the status of your search, as well as additional alternative domains based on your original search.

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Hal On'Untu Ngoy

Hal On'Untu Ngoy

Hal On'Untu Ngoy is a Digital Transformation Expert. Apostle, Revolutionist, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Motivator, Strategist, Mentor, Business Owner, Author, and Teacher. My passion is to see people mature to their fullest potential, as Sons of God, displaying the full wisdom of God.

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