Why I Think Some Of The Hottest New gTLDs Aren’t New To Us

New gTLDs are without a doubt the hottest news story in the Domain Investing world. However it’s important to remember that your average person has absolutely no idea about the new gTLDs. In fact many normal people are still getting used to gTLDs that are new to them, and this is why I think that some the hottest new gTLDs aren’t going to be new at all to many of us. The gTLDs I’m talking about are the ones that have been picking up steam and fast.

While there is no doubt that many Domain Investors will rush-into some or many of the new gTLDs coming out, I believe many will miss the opportunities that are already available right now. So I’m going to use new in a different way, I think some of the hottest new gTLDs aren’t new to us, but they are new to the rest of the world. My top picks are:

.ME – startups love .ME and companies are willing to pay big bucks for .ME domains, look no further than the $450,000 sale of Meet.me to see the incredible value this TLD has. Startups and app-makers love .ME, it’s brandable and easy to remember, the people running .ME have also done an amazing job of getting the word out and they certainly aren’t slowing down.

.CO – Twitter’s hot new video sharing service was launched on Vine.co, they didn’t care about the fact that the .COM was developed. The .CO team has done an absolutely amazing job building the .CO brand in the startup space and not a day goes by that a new startup doesn’t begin by branding around .CO.

.TV – online video is still in it’s infancy. Sure, we’ve all been watching ridiculous You Tube videos for years but I’m talking about streaming everything from your favorite TV shows to news to sports. Most people still have a set top box so they can watch sports and news, that’s going to change and there’s no doubt in my mind that .TV will become the home for video on the web.

.INFO – this has been one of the biggest sleepers out there but investors have seen real value in this TLD recently and as more high-quality sites are built on the TLD consumer confidence will rise as well.

Now I’m not saying investors should rush out and buy every .ME, .CO, .TV and .INFO they can find. Just to be clear I still think .COM is king and I think .COM is only going to get stronger as more gTLDs come out. I do think that premium words that would demand a six or seven-figure price tag in .COM are strong picks in these other TLDs. So that’s my opinion and those are my picks, now I’d love for to hear from you. Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Ze April 4, 2013, 9:54 am

    Whats your take on .org domains?

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    • Morgan April 4, 2013, 11:19 am

      I think .ORG domains are great for grassroots organizations, non-profits and anything that is more community focused. Just remember that most end-users think .ORGs are for non-profits only.

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  • RaTHeaD April 4, 2013, 10:12 am

    in the future domains will be a thing of the past. everyone will just put the ivp6 numeric into their head and be be directed to your personal server farm. thank you… i’ll show myself out.

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  • D. Higgins April 4, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Great post by Morgan. Domains are going to continue to propagate and prosper. How soon before everyone in the world wants a domain name (or many) just like a phone number or email address? How many people will jump into the domain name investing game? As we speak many new uses for domains are being developed and the possibilities are endless. Many uses yet to be invented. We will get there. As far as the development of the domain name industry-We are still in the first inning of a 100 inning baseball game.

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  • Jeff Schneider April 4, 2013, 2:24 pm

    With the advent of the new gTLDS being introduced, its effect will severely impact the Search Engine Marketing Sector. According to MIT (Mass. Inst.Tech.) type-In traffic will be expanded rapidly and will be common place. Consumers are very reluctant to change and there are studies to prove that they will avoid doing business on a non-.COM site. This splintering and dividing of the Search Engine Market bodes well for a brilliant future, for Pure Play Generic .COM Profit Centers. M I T foresees Type-Ins, We foresee a seachange shift into .COM Profit Centers.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

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  • Max April 4, 2013, 2:58 pm

    I agree with your valuation of .co and .me but not so much with .tv and .info

    .co and .me have done an awesome job branding and getting out there. I think .tv has never really taken off and it’s sort of incongruent when you’re talking about video streaming online – even .video would make more sense to me.

    .info has been spammed to hell because it was so cheap so I think they’ll have a hard time recovering from that.

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  • Konstantinos Zournas April 4, 2013, 4:17 pm

    .info is well ahead in total # of registrations from .co .me and .tv will be ahead of all the new gTLDs coming for years to come.
    .Tv is good for all TV and video related websites.
    I like .co as well as it is used by many ccTLDs such as .co.uk. and others.
    .Me has rather limited applications and after the whole kiss.me, marry.me, meet.me etc, novelty dies off, new registrations will slow down.

    @Max
    The .info spam was 5-6 years back. That is long gone. It recovered 3-4 years back.

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  • owen frager April 4, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Most people aren’t watching TV on TV any more. Lots of millenniums don’t ow one. Now Apple iTV will redefine TV. Are u ready Freddy? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/04/apple_itv_and_iring_rumors/

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  • Raymond April 4, 2013, 5:57 pm

    Stick to 95% of portfolio on .com , 5% on .co and .me

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  • Morgan April 4, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Like I said .COM is still king and that is where I’m putting most of my money. When it comes to new gTLDs though I do think that some of the best extensions are already out there. It’s up to investors and business owners to pick the best ones for themselves and their business model.

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  • Adam April 5, 2013, 9:42 am

    Great article. Very refreshing. I’ve written a lot about the new gTLDs.

    I agree .co seems to be getting stronger every month. I’m seeing some very smart people buying and flipping .co domains (including myself). What amazes me is that most people still see the value of .co at around 10% that of .net/org (i.e. 1% of .com). If anything, .co should be more valuable than a .org. I agree I’ve seen .co being used smartly for startups, but I always think at what point do they stop becoming startups lol? It’s a bit like putting an “L plate” on your car when you’re learning to drive, only they can’t take it off.

    Personally, I’m disposing of many of my .org/.net domains as I think these will lose the most value when the new gTLDs are released. Especially when you have stuff like .web, .site and .online which will hurt the net/org market.

    I disagree with .info being in your list. To me this still isn’t cool.

    Morgan, I’d like to ask your opinion on premium cctlds. Do you think these will increase in value respectively in their country to .com? i.e. .co.uk in the UK? Afterall, .co.uk is a microcosm of the .com in the UK country.

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  • More1 April 5, 2013, 10:30 am

    Good to know! I have many AGED .info’s that are for sale by the way. Anyone interested?

    More1

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  • dman April 5, 2013, 11:18 am

    That would be cool if co,me and tv were actually gtlds but they are cctlds that still have the risk of what is decided by the host country of the extension.

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  • Jason Franklin April 5, 2013, 11:22 am

    I agree Morgan. I just posted an update yesterday on LinkedIn speaking about in my opinion, the hidden potential of .info and what I believe will surface. I believe .info came out ahead of its time and now that the new gTLD’s are coming out .info will be able to shine some. It is descriptive like some of the new gTLD’s and what is the Internet and web based on? It’s based on information. The word .info is everywhere and this is the Information Age. I also agree with .co and .me being great extensions. Unless you are a domainer and keep up with conutry codes, the majority of consumers, busisses, and people see the .co extension as meaning company or corporation. After all as far back as I can remember when I see the letters co I automatically think company. It’s branded in our minds. Colombia got lucky to get that extension, because it has basically become a gTLD figuratively speaking. I also believe .com is still King and will remain as valuable if not more valuable than it has been. But just because .com stays valuable, doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity for value in any of the other extensions. The proof is in the reports. Individuals, Businsses, End Users, etc are buying other extensions. Maybe they aren’t paying prices as high as they do for .com’s but they are still very nice transactions. The proof is on the DN Journal and I think it’s great. These are just my opinions and thanks for letting us share.

    Jason

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  • Jeff Schneider April 5, 2013, 5:24 pm

    All of us have the chance , if educated, to make the right moves with the release of confusion causing gTLDs. Future Web initiatives are desperately going to have to be trusted as legitimate destinations for consumers to spend their money.

    With the advent of the new gTLDS being introduced, its effect will severely impact the Search Engine Marketing Sector. According to MIT (Mass. Inst.Tech.) type-In traffic will be expanded rapidly and will be common place. Consumers are very reluctant to change and there are studies to prove that they will avoid doing business on a non-.COM site. This splintering and dividing of the Search Engine Market bodes well for a brilliant future, for Pure Play Generic .COM Profit Centers. M I T foresees Type-Ins, We foresee a seachange shift into .COM Profit Centers.

    Why ? because the .COM Brand is a granfathered legitimate Brand Consumers trust.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

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  • julz April 6, 2013, 1:14 am

    Firstly – Mr. Jeff Schneider but I think your just out of date with this MIT talk fodder – people will use what their given and if they like it will come back no matter what the domain extension – especially the generation coming through now – the dinosaur dial-up generation where only .com and .net where heard about is dying (fast). I think you’re just trying to protect your .com portfolio from peopl elooking at other extensions.

    Anyway I see it that .me must be a winner with catchy names ‘join.me’ etc and I agree with Mr. Franklin above that .info is logically so strong and meaningful as an extenstion it must emerge as a winner long term – it makes more sense than .com in many cases, just had such a shocking start.

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  • Raymond Hackney April 9, 2013, 12:54 am

    Exactly Julz, if the hottest app, song, guy or girl is on a .me or a .tv or a .wtf, people will go to it especially the younger generations, to think anything else is just an excercise in futility imo.

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  • Luxurious January 10, 2020, 1:08 pm

    I think .tv will be a good one for the future.

    Gratefully,

    CEO (Twat Tiger) CFO (Metal Twat) COO (Direct Twat)

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