While I don’t think that any of the new gTLDs will come close to rivaling .COM, I do think there will be a handful that will be valuable as consumers gravitate towards specific TLDs. Of course I don’t think that the TLD receiving the most applications will necessarily be the most popular which is why I think .APP probably won’t be the most valuable TLD. Heck, I don’t even think it will be the second or third most valuable TLD.
Sedo released an interesting report on what they think will be the ten most popular TLDs based on a variety of factors. Even though one of those factors was number of applications, .APP still didn’t make the top ten list. Instead they predicted the following to be the top ten new gTLDs:
I’ll be perfectly honest, I think this list is pretty far off from what will actually happen, but since we’re all just speculating there’s no reason to think it will be wrong. However I think gTLDs like .site and .one suck, sorry. I just don’t see why anyone would decide to go with .site over .web, and I really don’t understand why they would pick .web instead of .com or .net.
So what do I think? I think that the geo-gTLDs will actually be the surprise champions here and I personally think that .NYC will be the most valuable. Why? Well real estate in NYC is the most expensive real estate in the country and I think the .NYC gTLD will see similar results.
Now I want to hear from you, what do you think will be the most valuable gTLD and why? Comment and let your voice be heard!