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One fun way to speculate what companies were applying for which gTLD extensions was to look through all of the dotWhatever.com, .net, and .org domain registrations to see who owns the names. Since many applicants have been posturing for quite some time, you could get an idea of some of the potential applicants and also an idea of some gTLD considerations.

Of course when others noticed websites popping up, domain speculators went out en masse and purchased dot whatever domain names in various extensions, likely with the hopes of eventually selling them to applicants. I am sure thousands of different dot terms were registered, and the domain registrars happily took the registration fees.

Let’s have a look at some of the dot keyword domain names that were registered where it turns out there was not a corresponding gTLD application:

  • DotAdvertisement.com
  • DotBill.com
  • DotBudget.com
  • DotChoose.com
  • DotDeath.com
  • DotDebt.com
  • DotInvest.com
  • DotJoin.com
  • DotManage.com
  • DotOffer.com
  • DotPlan.com
  • DotPromote.com
  • DotStock.com

Could these names be worth something on their own merits? Perhaps, but from the looks of the names I highlighted, they aren’t being “used” aside from some PPC pages, for sale landers, and registrar landing pages. It’s possible that some of these dot extensions were considered for gTLD applications and registered just in case, but it turns out that there was no application.

Seems like the big winners here, as always, were the domain registrars.


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Comments (13)

    JP

    Did anyone register dotNinja.com before the big reveal?

    June 18th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Arif Sengoren

    Some of them look great :)

    June 19th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    William

    I registered dotmedia.com :)

    June 19th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    MarkH

    I have received an unusual number of inquiries on dotservices.com this year, surprisingly none on dotcombat.com, lol.

    June 19th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    JNet

    DotRegistration.com
    DotGuru.com
    DotComBack.com
    DotAdvisors.com
    DotBrander.com
    DotCustomers.com
    DotAName.com
    DotFutures.com
    DotBonanza.com
    ————
    Dot’s what I got.

    June 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    MarkH

    @JNet

    “Dot’s what I got.”

    Get ready for “lots of dots”.

    I use dots.us for my blog and people ask me – “Mark, why dots.us?” and I tell them straight up – “because I couldn’t afford the .com” – remember this, lol…

    June 19th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    MarkH

    @JNet

    “DotAdvisors.com”

    I have a few advisor and adviser domains. I hate these alternate spelling things with domain names. Here is some interesting information from perdue.edu. And dotadvisers.com is still available, lol.

    “Adviser vs. Advisor.

    According to most sources, both spellings are acceptable, but my Webster’s doesn’t have a separate listing for “advisor” (with an “o”), it is merely an alternate spelling of the listed word, “adviser” (with an “e”).

    Some fusspots insist that “advisor” is always incorrect, that some nincompoop mistakenly derived the spelling from “advisory.” This may be true, but ignores that many institutions of higher learning — including Purdue University — have adopted “advisor” as an official title.

    As with all words that have alternate spellings, consistency is the key. You can’t refer to an “adviser” in one part of a document and an “advisor” in another. That’s why, for example, the Associated Press prohibits “advisor.”

    But we are a Purdue institution and the Purdue Marketing Communications Editorial Style Guide says we should use “advisor.”

    So the simple answer: if you’re writing for Purdue Extension, use “advisor,” not “adviser.”

    And I will add another simple answer: if you’re writing for the AP use “adviser.”

    June 19th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    JNet

    Well,, I’ll tell ya… I really love DOTS candy .. seriously … you know,, those chewy & colorful gum drop-shaped yummies…. Dot’s da truth !

    June 19th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    MarkH

    @JNet

    LOL. I love those also but I try not to sell them on my site because I love DOTS but I hate UDRP’s…

    June 19th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Samit

    I think these are going to be traded by domainers as trophy names, though a few of them would make excellent development material.

    June 19th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Garry Epperson

    Hey did anybody register dotshit.com? Because that’s about all these are worth.

    June 19th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    JNet

    @ Gary
    Yep … somebody nabbbed that domain via Tucows (who has 2 Cows in their Logo) in 2010 … not sure how it’s parking monetization is working out so far

    June 19th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Web Wise

    I’m very surprised .stock wasn’t highly contested.

    Strictly because of the money in the industry and the potential revenue from advertising.

    Personally I thought the financial sector could have made a better effort with the whole process. It was a prime opportunity for them to sure up security and brand themselves much more potently online.

    June 20th, 2012 at 8:09 am

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