Over the past 25 years, more than 95 million .com addresses have been registered by corporations, organizations and individuals. As a result, finding a credible and recognizable .com domain that best suits your business or other online venture is extremely difficult.

If your ideal domain name has already been claimed, using an alternate domain extension, such as .net, .org, .info or .biz, might help you find the name that you want. However, Internet users often overlook these extensions. Buying the domain is another option, but typically they are quite expensive.

Perhaps the best way for you to get the web address you want is with the new .CO (dot CO) domain extension, which launched in July and generated more than half a million registrations in the first few weeks alone!

Here are just a few reasons why the .CO domain extension has been such an immediate success:

•    It’s Familiar – .CO is very similar to .com, so it’s easy for people to remember. People around the world already associate “co” with “company,” so it’s easier for them to make the leap from .com to .CO. Also, it’s already used in 20 country-specific domains like England (.co.uk), Canada, (.co.ca), Japan (.co.jp), and others.

•    It’s Available – Since there are so many .CO names to choose from, people all over the world are jumping on the .CO bandwagon. You can search for available .CO domains through registrars such as GoDaddy.com, Register.com, Network Solutions and others.

•    It’s Safer – Dot CO takes a tough stand on all forms of domain name abuse. They’ve taken steps to protect the rights of brands and trademark holders and have made it harder for cyber-squatters and fraudsters to hide from authorities.

Thousands of major corporations, such as Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, McDonalds and Sony, have already secured their .CO domain names. Many companies like Overstock.com (o.co) are using .CO to create new content, reach new audiences or offer new services.

It may take a while for .CO to catch up to .com, but at least you can get in on the ground floor and secure the .CO domain that best fits your online business, blog or personal website.

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