Will .cm become the next jewel of the domaining world?

November 15th and .cm will be available. What makes this TLD special – two things, first, it is a common typo of .com, the most common TLD in the world. The second thing that makes this TLD special is that it is also a common typo of .cn, the most common ccTLD in the world. What does this mean for the domaining community?

Remember in baseball video games when you were able to make a team of nothing but stars. It was unfair to the other team but you didn't care – your team could do anything. Okay, so this is certainly a loose analogy but the idea is simple. 

Never before has a TLD with so much potential been released…never. I think we have seen that change is here – markets can rise and fall in a matter of months, currencies fluctuate from one extreme to the other, and the domaining world could (and just might) be forever changed by .cm. 

I'm not saying everyone should go out and buy ever .cm name they can find. From what I can see it is expensive and nearly impossible to find a quality registrar to pre-register with although a list of approved partners is listed at the link below:

Whether you are brand new to domaining or a long time domaining fanatic – this has a lot of potential. Don't try to grab the key one-word .cm's like "car" or "cruises" or "house" – you will battle forever in auctions. Instead look for some strong niche keyword domains from two or three words that would most likely be typed together. Who know's…you might just find the next big domain! 

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  • Domain Trends November 8, 2008, 5:16 am

    I was interested in picking up a few .cm but I had no idea there was such a short list of .cm registrars. Thanks for posting them or I might have been poking around enom or moniker all week trying to find it.
    I think .cm has great value for the next 3-5 years, before browsers start replacing all our typos with their suggestions in the titlebar. I will definitely be grabbing a few.

  • Conor Neu November 8, 2008, 11:56 am

    Owned these before and the Cameroon government never got it sorted to give us the sites. Complete disaster trying to get your money back. Be careful, this has been done before.
    Or is this something new that someone else is listing the .com?

  • Wesley November 9, 2008, 3:30 pm

    I don’t think you have it right. With the normal commercial registrars you can only get domain.com.cm – you can’t register domain.cm
    Read the first line in the URL you referenced:
    “This means they are authorised by NETCOM to provide registration services for COM.CM, NET.CM and CO.CM to people who want to register Cameroon domain names.”
    I think Kevin Ham is the guy that has an exclusive agreement with the Cameroon government to redirect all *domain.cm* names to his parking network.

  • Mike November 12, 2008, 12:15 am

    It is impossible to register any of them. Don’t even waste your time/energy and money because you will have to get a charge back on your credit card eventually.

  • web2domain December 7, 2008, 3:51 am

    I think the fact that it looks so close to .com and .cn is a disadvantage rather then an advantage. You may get a little typo traffic but are more likely to be leaking your own visitors to .com and .cn

  • Domain Offerings December 24, 2008, 7:50 pm

    I think the longer .com stays on top the less likely it will be that it can be dethroned. I believe CM will face the same fate as CC.


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