Three Predictions For The Evolution of Domaining

Okay, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, I know I say that a lot and never follow through, but this time I’m doing it. We are in NYC with a busy meeting schedule and as usual I have a lot of thoughts running through my head. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how our industry is going to evolve, for me I always try to focus on where we will be tomorrow rather than where we are today.

Of course there’s a good chance I’ll be wrong on all three counts but I’m no psychic, these are just predictions!

  1. gTLDs are going to dramatically impact the values of .NET and .ORG and all the other existing gTLDs except for .COM which will continue to be the gold standard and will most likely go up in price.
  2. Domain Conferences and Affiliate Marketing Conferences will join forces as more and more Domainers focus on development which really has a lot more to do with Affiliate Marketing than Domaining.
  3. The first reality show about Domainers will come out in the next five years. I’d watch it, wouldn’t you?

Okay, so these are three of my predictions, what about you, how do you think Domaining will evolve? Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • David July 27, 2012, 10:50 am

    Agree about major reductions in value to tld’s such as net biz info and others including .us which will get lost in the crowd what with the 1,900 new extensions and tens of 1000s more likely in a few years based on the start-up costs declining a lot over time.

    With that said, disagree about .org since it has its own unique long-running respected identity and could easily survive and still do well, along with dot-com of course but even then there could be significant damage done to com and org traffic.

  • Nalamothu July 27, 2012, 11:26 am

    I strongly believe in your first prediction. Many people may also also money by betting on these new gTLDs.
    Ignorant media will create lot of hype (just like they did with .co and .xxx) which will subside gradually.

  • Taylor July 27, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Morgan, I totally agree as far as the merging of domaining and affiliate marketing. In fact, I think it’s already such a gray area. I think there are plenty of guys/gals (like me) who buy tons of domains, but only for the sake of development. And, of course, there are the domainers who are getting more interested in development.

    As for the reality show, I can’t wait: “Real Domainers of Orange County!”

  • Omer Tidhar July 27, 2012, 3:59 pm

    1. I agree. That is a very likely assumption about gTLDs – their SEO value is already increasing so I also think their domain value will follow.

    2. Joint conferences make sense too. Picking good domain names assists a brand’s success so its only a matter of time when every IM out there will start taking notice in domain names

    3. Morgan – when this show comes on you definitely have MY vote to be the host!

  • Mike H July 28, 2012, 12:18 am

    I’ve often wondered when the reality show would come out.

    I would watch it and cringe at all the scripted drama built for entertainment.

    Namejet would produce the show and reap the benefits of all the new ‘investors’ blinded by the hype created by the actors in the ‘reality’ show. Similar to the mess of a reality show called Storage Wars.

  • Samit July 28, 2012, 3:43 am

    1. Is a common myth. If new gtlds affect .net and .org, they will also affect .com and other established tlds. Why should it be otherwise?

    2. This is already true, most domains don’t cover even registration cost in parking, but are too valuable to drop and small development can cover costs and has other advantages as well.

    3. Watch it? We’d probably be on it. 😉

  • Cido Lopez July 28, 2012, 12:32 pm

    see the domain (ackud) sold on youdbrands

  • Digilix July 29, 2012, 9:19 pm

    My 10 cents:

    I tend to agree largely with point 1; was reading some interesting stuff along a similar line from Gary Lam last week :

    2. I think the line between IM and domaining has been blurring for some time, with domainers becoming more active in the social space and starting blogs, etc. So in short, yes, there will be closer links and a lesser divide.

    3. If there is a reality show I can see Rick Schwartz being a lead character.


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