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    Investing in Indian domains – tips for beginners

    India with its 8% GDP growth is currently the fastest economic locomotive in the world. It will be the most populated country in just a few years dropping China to the second position. The Indian Government has introduced massive reforms to change the country into an economic superpower and improve quality of life of its citizens. It is projected that India will be the second world economy by 2050, right after China (source).

    With so huge potential it is a no brainer to figure that Internet usage in India will explode together with demand for domain names. It is already exploding with 100 millions new internet connections added yearly (already overtook The USA in that comparison) at least since 2014 (source). Indian domain market is growing steadily year by year and attracts more and more domain investors from all over the world. In this article I will try to present a few hints on investing in Indian domains from a foreigner perspective.

    The first important thing is the language. India recognizes 22 official languages and among them 2 languages are most important: Hindi and English. Hindi is being promoted as the country official language however it is being used by only 1/5 of the population (~45% with the dialects included). It’s used mainly in North India while the people in The South prefer to use their own languages like Tamil, Telugu or Kannada. English is being used as a “subsidiary official language” and helps to remove communication problems between people from different parts of India. It’s commonly used by educated people across the country, but also by most websites and advertisers. From a domainer perspective English is the primary language for Indian domain names and then followed by Hindi.

    As to what domain types are worth investing, it is generally similar to other English speaking countries however some differences exist:

    Acronyms, especially LLL.in’s are among the best investing categories. One important difference which is often overlooked is that Indian premium letters are not exactly the same as Western premium letters. The letters like j, v or k are used more frequently in Hindi, Sanskrit or some local languages. In fact many popular names start from these letters eg. Krishna, Kumar, Jain, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, etc. This is also reflected in the end user sales, especially by Indian buyers.

    Good Hindi keywords are highly wanted however they require to know the language, so naturally they are mostly collected by Indian domainers. They are liked by Indian end users and attract enquiries however not many sales are publicly reported. The down side is that they are harder to liquid and the prices are smaller compared to English equivalents.

    Geo names are not highly wanted at this time and not many end user sales happens. However they are a good medium and long term investment. Good geo names like for example medium+ size cities or popular resorts are certainly worth considering.

    Brandable domains also include local words including popular names and ancient Sanskrit words which are still commonly used.

    Sex related domains are a no-go area and fall under an anti obscenity law. Any website promoting immoral content can be blocked in India and from my observations immoral means everything beyond kissing.

    It is also worth mentioning that very little end user sales are publicly reported for .in domains. This is probably primary reason why so many seasoned domainers overlooked the extension for so long.

    From domainer perspective, both .in and .co.in are interesting extensions. The .in is the younger of the two (exists since 2005) but it’s the stronger one for obvious reasons. The .co.in domains often reach high end user prices however they are valued much lower on the reseller market. For example a LLL.co.in can be purchased for ~10% of the LLL.in equivalent. The Indian market is so huge that it will easily absorb domains in both extensions and much more.

    There is no doubt that India is entering the Internet revolution right now. The society is tech-friendly and easily adopts to new technologies. Young Indians have already dominated Silicon Valley (source), so imagine what happens if the brain drainage is reduced or stopped altogether and they will start working for India. The time to invest in Indian domains is NOW.

    If you are just starting your .in adventure, please also read some articles about INDRP and learn how to protect your generic names from seizure.

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    IN Snippets 2: Today’s main one: Alibaba Eyes Acquisition Of Ecommerce Platform ShopClues

    Alibaba eyes deal with ShopClues : IndiaTimes

    Alibaba Eyes Acquisition Of Ecommerce Platform ShopClues; Plans To Merge It With Paytm: INC42

    Alibaba Reportedly In Talks to Acquire Shopclues & More: Shopclues

    Reliance launches new 4G scheme in India: Makes app calling 95% cheaper Read more at : IBTIMES

    Walmart’s Reaction To India’s 100% FDI Rules Will Benefit The Indian Economy And Consumer : Forbes

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    IN Snippets 1: Today’s main one: India’s Internet users projection by 2020 – 730 million

    India’s Internet users to grow over 2-fold to 730 mn by 2020: report: Business Standard

    India’s internet base to touch 730 mn by 2020: Nasscom :
    Economic Times

    Rural India to power internet users to 730 million by 2020, says report – LiveMint

    India’s domain market projections are quite stronger as per the experts – refer Domain Investing Blog

    Why Chinese investors think India’s tech sector is the next big thing – Refer SCMP

    Hike.in has received a 175 million USD funding at a valuation of $1.4 billion: Your Story

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    ICANN 57 being hosted at Hyderabad on 3-9 November

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) holds periodic public meetings rotated between continents for the purpose of encouraging global participation in its processes. Next public meeting of the ICANN has scheduled at Hyderabad , India. This meeting is proudly hosted by Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEIT), GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.

    Venue:
    HYDERABAD INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (HICC)
    Novotel & HICC Complex
    Hyderabad, Telangana 500081, India

    Date: 3-9 November 2016

    Registration is 100% free, if you have not registered so far and would like to register please use this link : https://registration.icann.org/register.php?id=Hyderabad57

    Hotel booking, Visa requirements and for further details , please refer the link: https://meetings.icann.org/en/hyderabad57

    .inregistry has produced a nice video on the occasion of this public meeting, worth watching this one.

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    Happy Indian Independence Day 2016

    Our.in Wishing you all a very Happy 70th Indian Independence Day. Worth noting “INdian” and “INdependence Day” begin with “IN” 🙂

    In registry has posted few nice picture messages, just sharing for our.in readers quick reference. Thank you InRegistry.

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    INDRP DISPUTE REVIEW: NAVISTAR INC v. YAZDI TANTRA

    Complainant – NAVISTAR INC
    Respondent – YAZDI TANTRA
    Disputed Domain – Transtar.in
    Decision – The Respondent emerges as the decree holder.
    Case Summary and Analysis
    Complainant is a company incorporated under the laws of United States of America and is the worlds leading manufacturer and trader of commercial vehicles and automobile engines. The complainant has adopted the trademark “TRANSTAR” since late 1968 with respect to goods and services and use of trademark is more than 47 years. The complainant has registered the trademark “TRANSTAR” in USA, Brazil, Turkey and Mexico. The complainant has applied for trademark in India. The Respondent replies that the domain was registered on the behalf of Transtar Logistics PVT and they state that the domain name “Transtar” was obtained upon availability. During the proceedings the complainant constantly keeps putting forward his claim on the mark “TRANSTAR” but the complainant fails to prove the main grounds required to win the dispute. The complainant was able to prove the first ground which is – The domain name is identical or confusingly similar to the trademark or service mark with which the complainant has rights. This was easily proved because the complainant was able to establish its rights on “TRANSTAR” mark, But he failed to prove the second ground which is – The respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name. The complainant was not able to prove this ground since the respondent was using the domain as his email address, Similarly the complainant failed to prove the third ground which is – The domain was registered or being used in bad faith. No proof was provided by the complainant which indicated that the domain was registered with sole motivation of selling since the landing page of the domain stated that the domain was being developed and will be online soon. This was enough to prove that the registration was in good faith. Since the arbitrator was not satisfied with the evidence provided by the complainant, hence the respondent emerged as the decree holder. you can read the dispute in detail Right here .
    Personal opinions
    This was a normal dispute but something extraordinary about it. Many similar disputes have held before in the favor of the complainant, even when there were similar factual backgrounds. Earlier the rights of the respondent were just simply ignored in such matters, but the result of this dispute was unusual. Perhaps the registry has started to recognize the rights of the respondent, Perhaps we are shifting towards a better future where INDRP will not be a weapon to slay innocent respondents but a shield of justice to protect the rights of not only complainant but respondent too.

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    India Speaks – A dedicated show about Domain Names INvestment

    Lok Sabha Television (LSTV) is a Parliament Channel mandated to telecast live proceedings of the Lok Sabha – the House of the People of the Indian Parliament. The Channel also produces and telecasts a whole range of programmes of general interest on issues relating to democracy, governance, social, economic and constitutional issues and citizens concerns. Debates, discussions and documentaries, as well as programmes on culture and award-winning films in different Indian languages are important elements in the programmes of the channel.

    LSTV, who invited experts in city for DomainX to sit down for a televised interview that aired live at 10PM last Sunday night. Those who took part in the telecast were , Sophie Pieck (Sedo), Dima Beitzke (Sedo), Pankaj Vijayvargiya (CEO, Bitlevel International), Paul Singh (Price.in), Anchor & Host Anurag Punetha, Aishwin Vikhona (Aishwin.com) and Gaurav Kohli (President of DNOAi).

    Please watch out the same below , show is having a mix of Hindi and English languages, subtitles are displayed when a speaker speaks in Hindi. Kindly note main intention is to spread awareness in India, maximum results can be achieved by doing a show in national language, Hindi.Happy watching, shows like this one certainly improve the awareness of domain name industry to the general public.Well done LSTV and thanks to Mr Anurag who has played a great role in hosting :). Special thanks to Pankaj Vijayvargiya who has worked hard to arrange this show and making it a reality and as well as for his active participation, well done Pankaj 🙂 .

    Paul Singh is one of the .IN domain fans who love to promote .In extension across the world , we often call Paul as unofficial ambassador of .in extension and he did a great job as expected in the show.

    All participants of the show are done an extra ordinary job , specially Mr Gaurav Kohli , president of DNOAi is looking like he is just born for TV, has delivered the message in a great way. thank you Sedo and Aishwin for all your time and support in spreading the awareness in Indian public.

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    DomainX 2016 – .in Short Domains Investment Opportunities Presentation

    .in Investment opportunities are presented by Our.in along with Paul Singh 🙂 , its indeed an honor to present at DomainX specially sharing the stage with .IN unofficial ambassador Paul Singh . Our sincere thanks to DomainX’s crew and the whole DNOAi community. Thank you to entire Our.in team who is behind the screens in sharing their insights, special thanks to Michael Robini who has made a huge contribution in preparing the slides 🙂

    Happy viewing of the slides, please leave your feedback.

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    DomainX – .IN Promotion Video

    Our.in is at DomainX to share the .in Investment opportunities ,as part of the same presentation a promotional video has been produced in association with HiltonGlobal.in , the same video is shared below for the our.in readers reference.

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    DomainX 2016 – 1st Day Updates

    The Taj Mahal is the best known structure in the world and possibly the most beautiful manmade edifice. The architecture is inspirational and the story that the stones symbolize attracts seven million visitors each year.
    It is a monument to the great love between the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan and his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. They could not bear to be parted and Mumtaz would often travel with her husband even into war. It was on one such campaign in 1631 that she died … wait a minute, how this all story is related to DomainX 2016 – first day? Is it truly related?

    Yes it is related because several domain name investors came from around the world has made a road trip from Delhi to Agra specially to visit the beautiful “The Taj Mahal” and as well use the opportunity towards domaining networking. Some pics shared for your reference.
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    Around 6 PM in the evening, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi has been the venue for the godaddy products awareness program. Rakesh V, Alpesh, Arun and Gaurav from godaddy has presented the product /service offerings and also have an interaction with domainers to hear both positive and as well as feedback for improvements about the service offerings. Aftermarket.domains , specific to godaddy.com aftermarket closed auctions tool developed by Bruwink.in team has been presented by Dhairya Cholera.

    Then comes the time of networking at Shangri La’s Ganga conference venue. I believe around 100+ exciting members are arrived from various geographies of the world for networking. I have noticed lot of networking opportunity there and I met loads of friends I am virtually interacting from quite some time and also some new like-minded people exploring the similar avenues.

    Offcourse, .IN promotion is always top of my head all the time and I also firmly believe .IN is the way forward for India when it comes to the default extension of India . But this evening its less .IN at my end, more meeting with friends and having a friendly conversation and its good to hear their perspectives and their experiences more directly. 100% the time and money well spent. Last but not least the drinks and food served by Shangri La’s staff are delicious and it’s a great hospitality overall , the same has added the the extra elegance to make the event more charming.
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