I wrote an article earlier this week about how new domain extensions are selling for more than .COMs. This is a reality, it’s happening, and it will continue to happen. What I think is important to realize is that new gTLDs like Autism.Rocks can sell more for .COMs like AutismRocks.com without implying that .COMs as a whole are less valuable.
I’ve always found it interesting that in the domain community there is a divide between those who support new domain extensions and those who think .COM is and will be king forever.
I think both can do well without actually hurting the other. The reality is that one-word .COM domains will sell for more than one-word new gTLDs 99.9% of the time. As I highlighted in my article earlier this week though, two-word .COMs won’t necessarily sell for more than one-word new gTLDs.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, this is a reality we’ve seen for over a decade now, one-word domains, especially premium one-words, sell for a premium. Period.
So next time you see a one-word gTLD sell for more than a two-word .COM don’t get upset, pay attention, the world is changing and if you think that the new gTLDs aren’t going to have an impact on the domain world you’re fooling yourself.
Just remember that new gTLDs can sell for solid prices without hurting .COMs; you don’t need to pick a side, instead just follow the trends and make good investments, and good investments don’t always have to end in .COM.
What do you think? Comment and let your voice be heard!