In this XYZ Quarterly we’ll cover four types of online platforms to extend the reach of your website online. We’ll also provide a recap of XYZ’s Q3 2021 activity.
Increasing your visibility and extending your online presence is important to your success and helps you to stay ahead of the curve. Extending your network and exposing yourself to larger audiences can lead to inspiration and important growth. You can develop your skills, maintain a pulse on the happenings in your industry, gain access to valuable resources, and gain exposure to your website from new prospective mentors, partners, and clients.
Connecting with your peers and other prominent members of your industry is one of the best ways to accomplish this critical development. There are many types of online platforms that can help you effectively create unique and mutually beneficial connections. That’s the reason we’re sharing how to continue innovating and staying current by increasing your visibility through online communities and digital platforms, as part of this year’s XYZ Quarterly theme of Staying Ahead of the Curve with .XYZ. We’ll offer you four helpful platform ideas that you can use to increase your online visibility, as well as four .xyz websites that can help you implement these tips.
Read on for Part 1: “Four ways to organically grow your website’s visibility using online platforms.”
Or jump down to Part 2: “XYZ’s Q3 2021 Recap.”
Email discussion lists, also known as Listservs, are a powerful method for sharing knowledge. A Listserv community can help you gain visibility for your website and make valuable connections among a network of people with shared interests. A Listserv is a method of communicating with a group of people through email. You can send one email message to the main email address, and the managing software then sends the email to all of the group’s subscribers. Listservs are typically centered around a shared interest, such as a profession or industry. There are lists where only the list owner can send a message, and there are also discussion groups, where any subscriber can post a message. The managing software handles subscriptions, email bounces, and delivery of email messages to very large groups of people. Listservs can be intimate and remote communities that help foster professional relationships and generate traffic to your personal website. They can be a jumping off point for collaborative projects and earning new clients. Your new professional relationships can help build your reputation in your field.
StudyHall.xyz is an example of a Listserv community that can help you implement this tip.
The Study Hall Listserv is an independent media outlet and online support network for media professionals. It is an online community for freelance writers with a goal to promote community and collaboration in the media industry. Members can network and share experiences through the platform’s Listservs and Slack groups. StudyHall.xyz also sends a member digest with commentary on current news and resources for aspiring journalists. Members can easily connect with the rest of the community and interact with all of the features of the website.
StudyHall.xyz members can also find links to each other’s websites, social media accounts, email addresses, and Slack channels where their community has a presence. The platform has an email Listserv of over 4,500 members who receive weekly newsletters and access to informative Slack chats and editor databases.
By joining a Listserv community designed to promote collaboration, you can gain visibility, valuable connections, and a network of shared interests that can help develop your success.
Marketplace platforms such as Amazon, eBay, and Etsy can help facilitate the display and distribution of your work through a central directory. These platforms can also help your website gain valuable exposure to fellow creatives and supporters. You can reach out to various marketplace platforms to review their guidelines and membership details, including potential membership fees. Once you join the platform, you can develop your own creator page on the platform, where you can display your work with as much relevant background information and product details as you can provide, including a link to your personal website.
Joining an online marketplace helps you to showcase your work to a global audience of users who can purchase and support your work, while the website facilitates the purchasing or sharing of your work. Marketplace platforms provide a virtual storefront to display your designs, and your participation can earn widespread, global visibility
FutureFonts.xyz is an example of a marketplace platform where you can share and showcase your work. FutureFonts.xyz is a font foundry where font designers can share designs and draw inspiration from fellow creatives. Users can download fonts for affordable prices, and some even welcome users to simply contribute what they can. Each contributor has their own profile page where they can display a personal website, photo, and location, such as France-based Pauline Fourest and her design studio Spaghetype. Users can leave comments on each font’s page, like the comments left on font design “Mayonnaise“.
Joining a marketplace platform can help your website gain valuable exposure to fellow creatives and supporters.
Competition-based platforms can help you demonstrate your skills for a wide network of potential clients and collaborators and attract attention to your personal website. Competitions can require good communication, foster collaboration, and promote teamwork. They tend to encourage growth and skill development. While competing, we are assessing the other competitors and evaluating our own skill level. Competition-based platforms facilitate competitions that may be open to the community of users. They can be hosted or sponsored by a client, who will then select the winner based on their specifications. Participants compete to win, which can lead to further opportunities with the host of the competition, or perhaps from other users who have been exposed to your incredible skill.
Uni.xyz is an example of a website that can help you pursue competitions to demonstrate and develop your skills. The platform is a community created for designers, by designers, that provides opportunities for its members to showcase their skills, find clients, and collaborate on design challenges. The competitions provide designers a chance to propose their work to potential clients and mentors. They also give designers the ability to collaborate with other professionals to share ideas and solve challenges as a team. It is a mutually beneficial relationship, as clients benefit by getting a first-hand look at highly talented individuals and teams ready to take on new work. Users can set up a profile page where they can link to social profiles on other platforms as well as upload content ranging from videos, blogs, podcasts, articles, illustrations, and images. There are separate sections for projects, where other users can leave comments, facilitating conversation between fellow members. Uni.xyz posts the winner, runner-up, and “editor’s choice” of each competition on the platform, creating great exposure to the community of users.
Joining a competition-based platform helps you to demonstrate your skill set for potential clients and collaborators, gain visibility to your website, and be part of a community of inspiring design professionals who can further develop your skills.
Teaching about your knowledge to others can help develop your authority. Applying to teach on a digital education platform opens you and your personal website up to a global audience and provides the opportunity to learn from others in the same community. You can use these educational platforms to record and share live classes, upload presentation videos, and provide accompanying learning materials to interested students who enroll in your class. You can also publicize your website for additional background information. You will also gain the opportunity to learn from, and network with, other authorities in your field.
Ingenio.xyz is an example of a Spanish language educational platform to help you implement this tip. The platform is an online training platform for students and professionals in the field of architecture. Ingenio.xyz selects teachers with years of experience that have achieved a working knowledge of their field. Each educator has their own profile pages they can use to provide their personal website, contact information, and background information. Civil Engineer teacher Jorge Chamorro, who shares a link to his articles on topics like wastewater treatment, as well as information about his extensive background in the water sector. Educators in the Ingenio.xyz community are rewarded points based on their activity. Jorge has earned 5,491 points, which helps him stand out in the platform’s ranking of professionals.
Sharing your knowledge on an educational platform helps you to build a reputation as an expert in your field, increase visibility to your website, and provides the opportunity to learn from others in the same community.
Staying ahead of the curve means improving your visibility, promoting your services, and opening yourself to receive inspiration and growth. Joining an online platform can help you to share your knowledge with an appreciative audience who may further share your expertise and increase the online presence of your website. If you can find your niche in a community of like-minded professionals who share common goals, you can help extend each other’s visibility through collaboration and support.
Taking advantage of platforms like the ones developed by these end-users can help increase your visibility, foster your professional development, help you find a community of mentors, partners, and clients, and grow traffic to your website.
We are in the homestretch of 2021, excitedly entering the final quarter. For XYZ, Q3 was filled with incredible ways to help the new generation of internet users to get online. From launching yet another new domain ending, to helping people design their online presence, to the release of over 900 previously unavailable .xyz premium domains – and the support of 60 hackathons and their inspiring student participants, it’s been a busy quarter. Here’s what we’ve accomplished this past quarter.
As virtual events are still going strong and live events begin to return, XYZ proudly announced .Tickets – the domain name that helps you fill your guest list. Make your event a smashing success or give your innovative idea the standing ovation it deserves with a memorable .Tickets domain. With a .Tickets domain, you can promote live music performances, sporting events, corporate conferences, or even innovative ticketing technology on a URL that is easy to remember, share, and also spread by word of mouth. There are endless possibilities to attract a crowd to your website with a fancy .Tickets domain. Take a look at some of the early adopters below:
Memorable links to ticketing pages
On September 1, XYZ released over 900 previously reserved .xyz domains to premium tiers, and decreased the price on some .xyz premium domains. The release included many highly brandable and keyword-rich domain names ideal for any business or individual looking to build their online presence.
The release included 2-letter domains, 3-letter domains, 3-number domains, and many more high value domains. Check out the complete list and when you see some options that you’re interested in, visit your registrar of choice to secure your domains before someone else beats you to it.
Every Wednesday we proudly feature a #WebsiteWednesday spotlight on a creative and innovative member of the .xyz community. Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology developers are loving .xyz domains – and we are loving them right back – so we featured a variety of blockchain-focused end-users this quarter.
We also featured some very attractive and well-organized portfolio websites.
Additional spotlights included Miami-based clothing brand Unedited.xyz and our feature on multimedia collective SuperStarX.xyz, aimed at destigmatizing and celebrating our differences.
Readymag is a website builder focusing on landing pages, editorials, portfolios, and general websites. Through our new, continuing partnership, we’ve been able to begin supporting multiple Readymag customers as they develop their online presence with .xyz domains. We’re proud to see exciting websites like the personal website of music composer, DJ, and tutor IsabellaBassi.xyz, a business website for Ukraine-based creative agency Antiprotiv.xyz, and the portfolio of UX designer JuneWang.xyz.
For the past four years, XYZ has proudly been a domain industry cycling jersey sponsor for Elliot Silver of DomainInvesting.com and his riding partner John Berryhill on their annual 80-mile charity bike ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge. XYZ was once again the lead jersey sponsor for the 2021 event, and we were proud to donate to such a great cause. As shared on Elliot’s blog, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised $767 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Through our ongoing partnership with Generation Girl, we proudly supported their 2021 Summer Club program, and provided .xyz domains for the young students enrolled to develop their newfound interests and share their innovative ideas with the world. During this year’s Summer Club, the participants were trained in Computer Science 101, UI/UX Design, Game Design, Data Science, and more.
In partnership with Ethereum that began in 2018, we helped pioneer the joint solution to provide a memorable wallet address to replace the long Ethereum hash. For example, Ethereum users can use OurXYZwallet.xyz to reference their wallet instead of 0xf7004095d2d81fe3b5937241c106aace6d6e8e4a. This makes it much easier to send and receive digital tokens like cryptocurrency and NFTs. Our successful partnership and the hard work of ENS has led to the August announcement that ENS/DNS has expanded to hundreds of additional domains.
XYZ helped support attendees at 60 hackathons in the third quarter of 2021!
Participants received .xyz domains to help them launch their ideas and projects online.
The hackathons each celebrated technology with workshops and mentors that helped participants learn and develop their skills. While many hackathons were held virtually, others were located throughout the United States, Canada, and India.
HackTheCrisis, PitchTeen, Helyx Hacks 3, Covitech Challenge, Hack the Gap, Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors, Hacking 4 Community, Eventlore, Terris Challenge, SummerSchool 2021, BRILLORE, Daedarus’ Hack, Kurius, Propelling Womeneers, CASE-O-HEIST, Hack-O-Uplift, JIIT OSA Chapter, Ability Hacks, Youthopeian, IoT Forum VIIT, HyperHacks, Geekhaven, HackeRam, EconHacks Bangalore, Developer Student Clubs, Hack This Fall, Hack The World 2021, HackNITR 3.0, Hack4World-Baku, StemWarriorHacks, InspireED, BotHacks, Hacking 4 Community
HackTable, Sequoia Science Olympiad, CoastalHacks, MakeUC, WebJam NYC, Midnight Hacks, TuffyHacks, ExploreTech
XdHacks Mini Vancouver, HacktheValley, NPO Sponsorship Request
Hack For Inclusion, Cryptocracy, Creative Computing Society, CodeGrind, imAgine.py Club, Hack Wizard, CodeTech, HackJNU 2.0, IEEE SRM SB, the void, Mamta Modern Sr. Sec. School, API Hacks
XYZ is delighted to help participants share their ideas and solutions with a global audience via their new .xyz domains. If you are interested in signing up your own hackathon with XYZ to help the next generation of internet users build the future of tech, contact us today!
2021 still has more excitement to bring, and XYZ has more plans for the rest of the year to help the next generation of internet users create a strong online presence. Stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter, and following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.