One Million Dot Ca Domains

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One Million Dot Ca Domains

By Mike Banks Valentine

One of the frustrations of ecommerce entrepreneurs who do business worldwide (especially those of us in the publishing and information business) is the inability to legally register top level domains (TLD's) in those countries we serve outside of our own.

There are search engine visibility advantages to canadian domains for searches, searches and searches. While those latter two send plenty of US speaking Canadian visitors to dot com domains - the added value of a home-grown perception for Canadians in visiting and frequenting those domains in their own .ca TLD can bring significant benefits to a business.

Canada is one example where one must reside in the country or have a legitimate office there to qualify to reserve a dot dot ca domain name under the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) rules. So until your business expands to have a physical presence in Canada, you must remain content to watch the celebration of a million dot ca domains as an outsider. What follows is the CIRA press release and announcement of the celebratory "One Million Domains dot CA site".

April 15, 2008

OTTAWA, Ontario, April 15, 2008 - The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced today that Canadian Internet users have registered one million dot-ca (.ca) Internet domain names. As one of the world's most wired nations, Canadians continue to use the Internet for personal and business reasons in ever increasing numbers. Reaching the one million dot-ca domain name milestone demonstrates Canada's strong Internet presence and the popularity of Canadian websites.

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Brent Krause of Calgary, Alberta, registered the one-millionth dot-ca domain name,, and is using it for a website to promote his private law practice. "I've recommended dot-ca domains in the past and dot-ca was my first choice for my own legal practice," says Krause who has over 10-years experience in intellectual property law.

The dot-ca domain name was established in 1987 by a group of volunteers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and transferred to CIRA in 2000. In 1988 the first dot-ca domain name,, was registered by the University of Prince Edward Island. Since then dot-ca domain name usage has grown at over 20% per year. This growth is remarkable considering that dot-ca domains are reserved exclusively for Canadians. "Dot-ca represents Canada on the Internet. A dot-ca domain name, website, or email address means you can be confident that you are dealing with a Canadian or Canadian business online," says Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA.

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About the Author:
Mike Banks Valentine operates SEOptimism, Offering SEO training of in-house content managers as well as the Small Business Ecommerce Tutorial at and blogs about SEO at where this article appears with live links to SMO stories, buttons, blog posts and examples.
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