One of the hottest topics in the mainstream media at the moment is the emergence of cryptocurrency into the public’s consciousness. Trending topics and niches usually means a lot of domain names being registered by investors hoping to capitalise on the trend. According to Verisign, the terms “coin” and “crypto” were two of the top keywords registered in .COM domains during May 2017, showing the popularity of crypto domain names in recent months. Here, we take a look at eight cryptocurrency domain names to see how they’re currently being used. There is a new class of ‘domains’ that exist solely within cryptocurrency systems that use extensions such as .ETH and .BIT. However, this article is focusing purely on .COM domains. Cryptocurrency.com The most obvious place to start with a list like this would be with Cryptocurrency.com. Cryptocurrency is the all-encompassing phrase to describe digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. The domain Cryptocurrency.com is owned by attorney Jeffrey Berns who owns a portfolio of currency names including DigitalMoney.com, VirtualCurrency.com and BlockChains.com. As of writing, the domain forwards to ETHNews.com, a provider of Ethereum and Blockchain news. According to DomainIQ, Jeffrey has owned Cryptocurrency.com since August 2014. Before that, the name looks to have been owned by the domain industry’s own Epik Inc. Bitcoin.com Bitcoin, the first decentralised cryptocurrency, was created in January 2009. Since then, the digital currency has risen in value to a high of just under $3,000 per Bitcoin earlier this year. There are some interesting media stories relating to Bitcoin in recent years, including British singer Lily Allen rejecting “hundreds of thousands” of Bitcoins to live stream a concert in online virtual world Second Life. The Bitcoin.com domain was registered in 2008 and is currently owned by Roger Ver, a former politician that started to invest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency related startups in 2011. The domain hosts a site that looks to be a comprehensive resource for those looking to buy Bitcoins. Unsurprisingly, the domain receives a high level of traffic, with a current US Alexa ranking of just under 4,000. Ethereum.com Ethereum is the latest cryptocurrency to make headlines across the World. This virtual currency had a value of around $8 per coin, which rose in value to around $380 per coin in June. That makes for a huge return on investment for those that bought and sold at the right time. However, it’s not just Ethereum owners who are looking to get rich. The owners of Ethereum.com are currently displaying a page that suggests the highest offer on the domain is currently $6.999 million. With a creation date of March 2011, Ethereum.com predates the Ethereum cryptocurrency by several years, but the demand for Ethereum means that interest in the domain name is high. We have sent the owners of Ethereum.com a request for further information on the domain name. As of publishing, the request hasn’t been fulfilled. Blockchain.com In the most basic terms, a blockchain is a database comprising of cryptocurrency transaction records. The term has been around for a very long time, but thanks to Bitcoin, blockchain has taken on a new meaning that is almost synonymous with Bitcoin. The domain resolves to the website of a company called Blockchain, who describe themselves as being at the forefront of the modernisation of the financial services industry. It’s likely that Blockchain acquired Blockchain.com in 2014. Wallet.com You may be surprised to see Wallet.com on this list. The traditional definition of a wallet would be somewhere to physically store money, but thanks to cryptocurrencies, the term has taken on a digital definition. A cryptocurrency wallet is a service that offers a secure digital wallet, allowing you to store, send and receive currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Based on our list so far, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that a cryptocurrency startup snapped up this name a couple of years ago. However, you’d be wrong. In fact, Google owns the domain name for its Google Wallet product. They have owned the name since 2011, when the company acquired the domain from World Media Group LLC.