Go Daddy Prepares For .XYZ, Opens Pre-Registration

Go Daddy .XYZ

I’ve made it no secret that I believe in the people behind .XYZ and the amazing things they are going to do with it. Of course one of the keys to a successful gTLD launch is having a strong relationship with Go Daddy and it’s clear that .XYZ has their support as I spotted this Pre-registration page on Go Daddy in anticipation of the .XYZ launch.

At $14.99/year .XYZ has one of the lowest pre-registration prices out there and if anyone has a specific name they want right now you can skip to the front of the line with Priority Pre-Registration which is $389.99. Given that many one-word .ANYTHING’s have been selling for thousands of dollars this could be a good way to lock in a price for the name you want at under $500.

If you don’t know Daniel (founder of .XYZ) make sure to read more about him here, it is because of him and the team around him that I think .XYZ is going to be a home run, and it’s launching soon!


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  • Sukhjin May 12, 2014, 10:01 am

    It’s not going to home run it will be three stroke and out. .xyz is a looser and will be big looser of all

  • Jonathan May 12, 2014, 1:14 pm

    “Given that many one-word .ANYTHING’s have been selling for thousands of dollars”

    Where? I’ve seen people registering them early and paying that. But actual sales, not that many.

    • Morgan May 12, 2014, 6:59 pm

      @Jonathan – actually a number of .XYZ names sold for thousands over at NameJet and many of the other new gTLDs have seen some solid prices for their premium names.

  • Dave May 12, 2014, 2:19 pm

    I think .xyz will be a home run for sure there’s so many uses for it.

  • Jonathan May 12, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Yep, those are initial/early bird registrations/auctions. Plus, with that auction, nobody has to actually pay. So, doesn’t really count as a sale.

    I think blogs should differentiate what’s posted as sales, when they’re initial registrations that might not ever pay off. I’m more interested in/if somebody who paid early, actually sells it.

    • Morgan May 13, 2014, 7:27 pm

      @Jonathan – good point, however I’m more interested in seeing what cool companies build their brands on new TLDs than I am seeing how much they sell for. I think sales in the new gTLD market will be very patchy with little rhyme or reason behind them. If you want to buy and sell domains I’d stick to .COM, the new gTLDs really are for the builders, not the investors.

      I enjoy speculating but as I’ve said many times on my blog, expect every new TLD that you buy and don’t build a business on to be worth $0. All that being said it’s very interesting to see this early sales data, and it gives an early indicator IMO of which TLDs are really resonating with consumers.

      At least that’s my 2 cents 🙂

  • albert May 13, 2014, 9:16 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Danial at the last Domainer Meet-Up that Frank and Company had set up discussing the new Gtld’s.
    I think Danial had it right in that he is going for the younger generation.
    Having said that, I would like to compare this to two shows that I watch religiously.
    They are Shark Tank and Dragons Den Canada.
    If it is anything that I have learned, it is that educating the public on a new concept, business, or dare I say, Gtld, is extremely expensive.

    Depending on the Gtld, many of them would have to be geared to small niche groups. Example, a jewelry manufacturer be sending out emails to their retailer (not retail as manufacturers work retailers) stating that their new site is http://www.GoldMountings.jewelry or a club with http://www.Kiwanis.club

    But as far as educating the over all broad public, I do not see that happening anytime in the next 10 to 15 years.

    I know that companies that attract users using strange spelling of names or other things then .com have success with it, but my understaning is that their customer acquisation rate is extremely expensive.

  • Joe May 13, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Interesting but I think than to do as much. Club or other new extensions, I like it but I prefer to leave and no pre-registration and less with the largest registrars should have more flexibility as to do with patents, it is my opinion.

  • albert May 13, 2014, 7:35 pm

    the new gTLDs really are for the builders, not the investors. –

    Morgan, you could not be anymore right.
    However, it is going to take a lot of convincing to the builder of that new website.
    Overstock.com comes to mind when they changed to o.com

    On a side note, I forgot to mention that at the last Meet-Up in Santa Monica, one of the people told me that they had inquired about .Whatever and they were told it was going to cost $20,000 a year (That’s no TYPO, it is $20,000 a year).

    My point is, let’s say today you register a .WhatEver, build they business, they see it is a success, then in 5, 10, or 20 years later, raise it, want a percentage, etc.

    No way would I trust any of them.


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