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News & Views: ADN's Ron Jackson talks about .US the in latest episode of DomainNameWire's popular podcast series. 

Profiles: "My .US Story" - American Domain Names Editor Ron Jackson details how a 2002 magazine ad for .US led to his 20-year career in the domain business.

Sales & Stats: Here's a look at the top aftermarket .US domain sales for the past month and the Year to Date, plus the stats on growing .US domain registrations.  

News & Information for .US Domain Buyers, Sellers & Website Developers 

Welcome to American Domain Names (ADN) - a new source of news and information for those who buy, sell,  develop or invest in .US domain names. .US is the United States of America's official Top Level Domain (TLD -  also known as the "domain extension").  .US domains are administered by Registry Services, LLC on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce and they are offered through hundreds of domain registrars around the world. This site is not affiliated with the registry operator or any registrar. Our  mission is to bring more recognition to our country's TLD - one that we have buying and building on ever since .US was opened to all American citizens (and anyone who does business in America) in April  2002. Prior to that, .US, officially created on Feb. 15, 1985, was limited to use by the government, schools and some other special entities. 

That 17-year lag between its creation and when we could all use it kept .US from growing as fast as it could have when the Internet started exploding. On the other hand, those restrictions also left open a lot of excellent, affordable Internet real estate you can take advantage of today.

The most widely used TLDs in the world are extensions like  .COM, .NET, .ORG and national country code TLDs (every country has one), like America's .US, The United Kingdom's .UK and Germany's .DE, to name just a few. While .Com holds, by far, the largest market share, the best .com domains were all taken many years ago and are either prohibitively expensive for most people or not for sale at any price today. They are valuable assets that are worth the prices they command and we love them too. However,  if you really want  a specific word or term that defines what you do, or a short acronym to simplify a long brand name (such as we do with ADN.US for American Domain Names) - and have a budget you need to adhere to - you have to consider your options. We have long viewed .US as the best option for Americans and those who do business in America.

Thankfully, it is still possible to get a great .US domain for an affordable price. That may not be the case much longer though. Millions of new businesses go online every year and each one of them is searching for a memorable domain name to build their Internet presence on. Over 360 million domain names have already been taken worldwide, making it more difficult to acquire a meaningful domain name. That's why millions of dollars worth of currently registered domain names are being bought and sold every week (see the latest domain sales report at Domain Name Journal to find out what hundreds of different domain names have sold for in recent weeks).

Today, hundreds of thousands of American small businesses, organizations and individual citizens are using .US. More than 1.7 million .US domains have been registered and many major international corporations are using .US too. The list includes the dominant force in video conferencing, Zoom.us, America's fastest growing supermarket chain (with over 2,000 stores) Aldi.us, Ollies.us (America's biggest chain of closeout bargain stores with nearly 400 stores across the U.S), fashion king CalvinKlein.us, MasterCard.us, Shell.us, world famous ice cream maker HaagenDazs.us, Bosch.us

CBRE.us (the huge real estate services provider with 200 offices across America), ClubMed.us, AirFrance.us, Hitachi.us, AndersonCompanies.us, Osram.us and many more. Obviously, you will be in good company when you go online with America's internet address! 

While you are here we invite to use the menu in the red bar at the top or bottom of the page to learn more about .US (and about us!), why America's Internet address could be right for you, which domain registrars offer the best .US prices, where you can buy and sell premium .US domains, what kind of prices are being paid for .US domains on the aftermarket, current news about the TLD and where you can learn more about .US on social channels, forums. websites and elsewhere. Thank you for visiting and we hope you'll be back!

 

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