What is an IDN?
IDN stands for Internationalized Domain Name, also known as multilingual domain names. It allows you the possibility to use more characters in domains names, besides letters and numbers. It uses characters available in other alphabets, like accents.
Example of IDN domains:
Chinese IDN – 毒瘤.com which means cancer
If you go to 毒瘤.com you will see the domain is targeted towards cancer but in English.
Romanian IDN – divorţ.com you will see the domain is targeted towards divorce but in English.
Polish IDN – pieniądz.com you will see the domain is targeted towards money/currency but in English.
Greek IDN – βίβλοσ.com you will see the domain is targeted bible/books but in English.
.cn with Chinese results: 例子.cn you will see the domain is samples but in Chinese.
Al these are targeted through http://parkingsite.com and take 5 days to target once a keyword is given.
What browsers support IDN names today?
Only the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 support IDN Names directly entered into the browser.
IE6 and earlier versions will not support IDN’s.
What TLD’s or ccTLD’s support IDN?
First of all what I am saying with that question is what extensions can be registered like and IDN. Can I register毒瘤.com? 毒瘤.net? 毒瘤.org? 毒瘤.cn? 毒瘤.jp? and what others can I register.
Here is a list of the ones that I have registered:
.jp = Japan
.cn = China
.de = Germany
.gr = Greece
.tw = Taiwan
Do all Registrars support IDN registrations?
No, as of writing this Enom does and so does Domainsite. There are others that do but mot d not. Please check with your registrar BEFORE you register any or you will get stuck with a long name that has no value whosoever.
What IDN’s should you register?
You should use the same principles that you have learnt while registering English domain names. Go after the higher paying ppc terms first. Make sure if there are more than one way to say a word in any language that you get them all as you never know which ones will have the most traffic. I have registered quite a few dual meaning words and it’s never the one I think that has the most traffic.
女孩儿 ; 姑娘 ; 女孩子 all mean girl with slight variations in Chinese. In this case and such a major term, unless you speak the language, grab them all.
Google results for all of them:
女孩儿 – 1,870,000 results in Google
姑娘 – 4,460,000 results in Google
女孩子 – 2,840,000 results in Google
Most IDN’s with Google over 1 million will have some traffic unless you get ridiculous generic terms like ‘the’ which have no value whatsoever.
Also, as with English domains, dig a bit deeper. If loans is taken in the language you want go for things like home loans, car loans, boat loans and so on.
How to find and register IDN’s?
There are many ways to find and register IDN domain names. The best way is obviously if you speak the language but even then you must be careful. Just like in English some common words will not actually be used and a short form may be used. In English most people know the word automobile but rarely would use it. Most would use the word car.
This can be illustrated by the two overture scores:
Now this does not mean automobile is not a good IDN to register, it just means go after the one that is more likely to be typed in a browser.
Now if you don’t know anyone that speaks a language you are going after, your only choice is to use a good translator software, I suggest you use logos.it
When you enter a word it gives you results in multiple languages at one time and makes it really easy to get a keyword in multiple languages.
For example when you search for the word insurance you get:
seguro ; aseguraci
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