Stick with .Com, .Net and .Org – Look Whats Selling


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During the past week and going into next week their have been and will be quite a few domain auction online. The Snapnames Monthly Auction just ended, the LuxuryNames Auction started earlier today, and the LiveDomain Auctioneers auction takes place later this week.

While off of these auctions are different they all have one thing in common.  They are only selling off .com, .net and .org domains. Why is this? Because they are the most valuable right now. End users and big time investor want the top level domains. No one is going to be running some huge ad campaign on TV with a .info.

Many people are speculating heavily on the lesser domain extensions and cctld.  Cctld's are a different story, the names I am talking about are the .info, .pro, .mobi, .biz and other lesser known domain extensions. Those names are not selling and for good reason because they are worth so much less than a .Com.

A quick tip for new investors into the domain game. Stick with the top level domains.Com will remain the king for many years to come. Some country code domains have had some great sales you might want to look into generic domains their. But stay away from the .info's, .pro and all of thoes other extensions if you are looking to resell the names for any real money.

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13 Responses to “Stick with .Com, .Net and .Org – Look Whats Selling”

  1. Bruce Marler
    November 18th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

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    Great post Brian, people sometimes mistake buying alternative extensions for development (like me and .MEs) with saying that is where everyone should invest. Although I think if the proper names are bought you can do well, the inherent value for investors is in .COM, .NET, .ORG. Just picked up 3 .NETs on drops today:)

  2. dcmike77
    November 18th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

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    Huh??

    .tv is advertised on TV all the time.

    And .net is tanking http://www.google.com/trends?q=.net&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

    You can’t generalize like that and expect to gain credibility in the domain community.

    -Mike

  3. admin
    November 18th, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

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    @Bruce thanks

    @Mike I know their are some exceptions but you can not argue that the top domain sales have been .com .net and .org domains. I am not talking about every name. Yes I know am talking very generally I know their have been a few .tv names on tv and that is great, but do the .tv sales even begin to compare with the .com sales, nope.

    And .net may not be as strong at the .com but compared to other extensions like .info and .biz it is much much stronger. That was the point of the article to give a quick tip that’s all.

  4. admin
    November 18th, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

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    Take a look at the google trends comparing .info .net .com .tv and .biz. I think the graph shows something important.

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=.biz%2C+.net%2C+.tv%2C+.info%2C+.com%2C+.org&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=1

  5. dcmike77
    November 18th, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

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    It’s still amazing to me what .tv sells for in relation to co.uk, .info, .biz, etc

    Looking at this chart, .tv is the second most ‘searched’ extention. Can this be the best ‘value’ extention today??

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=.biz%2C+.tv%2C+.info%2C+.us%2C+co.uk&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=1

  6. TeenDomainer
    November 18th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

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    @Mike Yea .TV has really grown especially with all of the online video. I think it could be come a great hit especially if some more big names get behind it. I think its way better the the .info, or .biz or .us. I am not a huge fan of the .us. I think Americans will always use the .com.

  7. Riq
    November 18th, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

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    Are you sure? Here is the breakdown from the 50 most recent auctions on Bido.com (first page of Auction Archive) http://www.bido.com/AuctionArchive

    TLD (Total Domains Sold) Total $ale Amount

    .com (18) $1686
    .info (16) $2397
    .us (5) $156
    .cc (3) $107
    .net (3) $84
    .org (2) $1028
    .tv (2) $164
    .in (1) $28

    Are .net and .org selling as well as you think??

  8. TechFilipino
    November 18th, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

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    Agreed, I’m more of a ccTLD investor

  9. Victor
    November 19th, 2009 @ 9:33 am

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    I think other TLD’s are great to use. For example, Dot TV, Dot FM….both of these are easy to remember. I would prefer Cameras.fm than myCameras.com.

  10. John Allen
    November 19th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

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    Brian:

    I hate to burst your bubble, but a major ad campaign was just run in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area using a .info extension. I don’t remember the name of the company because your post did not appear until after the ads started appearing.

    Furthermore, I don’t think many agree with you. If you look at the following site, you will see the number of people registering .info domains far exceeds the registration of names under .org, .biz, and .us.

    http://domain-daily.com/

  11. TeenDomainer
    November 19th, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

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    John

    Thanks for the comment, I know their are exception and there may have been one major ad campaign in south Florida with a .info, but nationwide do people use .com’s or .info’s?

    I think everyone knows that answer.

    I am also talking about the value of names not what people are registering. Someword.net or Someword.org will always be worth more to me than someword.info.

    Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

  12. jeffcool
    November 19th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

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    IMO the equation is quite simple. The more there will be some new TLDs the stronger .com .net .org and ccTLDs should become (as established references in the jungle) and the weaker other TLDs should become. With ICANN planning for liberalization and soon introduction of a bunch of new TLDs, I think this point should at least be taken into account in investment strategies.

  13. Ozie Jackson
    November 30th, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

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    This chart shows how quickly some of the recent “fad” domains (.mobi, .tel, .me) quickly spiked and then faded out:
    http://www.google.com/trends?q=.tv%2C+.mobi+%2C+co.uk%2C+.me%2C+.tel&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=1

    I think the main point is to be extremely cautious with any future new extensions that come out, especially the non ccTLDs that will get pushed out in the future. Public awareness is nowhere near what it has to be to support all the current TLDs as well as the new TLDs that will inevitably come.

    That being said, if you have a good business plan and enough marketing muscle you can develop any TLD into a successful site. There are exceptions to every rule but, currently, the easiest path to success is .com, .net, .org and the handful of strong ccTLDs of which I would include .TV.

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