Why New gTLDs Could Put Domaining On The Map

There’s been a lot of talk about new gTLDs and the impact they will have on current domain values and the industry as a whole. DNW did a great post sharing data from their survey that showed most Domain Investors think .COM prices will either stay the same or increase. However what about the average person, what do they think?

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Let’s face it, the average person has no idea that people have been buying and selling domains for big bucks for the last 15 years. Most people don’t know what Domaining is, but I’ll tell you this, they’re going to soon and gTLDs are why.

Already news surrounding the new gTLDs is getting coverage in major publications and it’s starting to make your average consumer look-into this whole “Domain Thing” that’s been going on around them all these years. I have had more friends and family members bring-up domain names with me than ever before, and it’s because of one story or another that they read about new gTLDs.

The more people that know about Domaining and get involved, the more demand, and thus the higher the prices. The challenge is knowing which TLDs will benefit and which disappear like the .MOBI’s of the world. What do you think? Which TLDs will come-out victorious and which will become a distant memory? Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • steve epstein March 2, 2012, 6:20 pm

    I think dot NYC is likely to work over time.
    dot Ebay is likely to be an ecommerce segmentation success.

    the dot IBM  is likely to be internal or a company cloud offering…
    dot music   likely to fail
    dot sports   likely to fail

    dot eco  …    likely to fail

    dot bank    as an anti-phishing might work.

  • incredibly March 3, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Perhaps ‘knowing which will benefit and which disappear’ is too broad in scope. For example you cite .Mobi as having disappeared, when in fact that registry has over 1 million registered names and is growing every month. So the TLD is doing ok, jwhile domain resales are few and far between.

    One should probably evaluate the worth of particular names within TLDs rather than the TLD as a whole. A .ME name can be valuable when you get a decent hack, but other seemingly more generic but non-hack keywords are potentially useless/close to worthless.

  • Arm Milk Alvarez March 6, 2012, 4:33 pm

    MTLD hasn’t yet officially released those personalized entity GTLD’s just yet, I hope not, as most of them shouldn’t be entity specific – any new ones should be General

    I am that Dot Mobi guy !


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