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Talks about the new gTLD domain extensions appear to be ongoing in Singapore, and I would expect that we’ll soon know whether they are going to be approved at this ICANN meeting. When the approval is eventually given, I believe there are going to be dozens of applications for gTLDs such as .nyc, .insure, .eco, .vegas, and many others.

Whether many or most of the new gTLD domain names will be available for sale to the general public or simply used by the companies that operate them is something that is an unknown. Companies awarded gTLDs after the expensive application process will likely have that choice and can make their own business decision about how to sell, market, and use their new domain extensions.

We do know that the .CO Registry is having considerable success selling .CO domain names. That can be attributed to strong marketing efforts undertaken by the registry. Some applicants will surely try to emulate this, while others may decide to keep and utilize the domain names for themselves or their company.

All that being said, if you could own and operate a gTLD, which extension would you choose? I would probably choose something like .insure or possibly a .geographic extension. The .insure would be a choice if search engines are kind to new gTLD and .geographic for consumer adoption since businesses in that city would likely purchase their domain names if they had the opportunity.

So… which gTLD would you want to own?


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Comments (41)

    Sharky

    I would want .insurance or some other profitable keyword term. I am sure it will be expensive if they auction them off to more than one bidding party.

    June 19th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Tom G

    .POKER

    As a player and affiliate for poker I see an excellent niche for .poker domains

    Poker domain names have sold for loads of cash, poker traffic is highly valuable.

    Despite recent poker domain seizures, the legal climate in the U.S. is trending toward legalization and regulation of online poker. Most in the industry believe there will be a second poker ‘boom’ in the U.S. with large U.S. gaming companies like Caesars, World Series of Poker operating legal online sites. Internationally the market is still strong.

    As a hobbyist and enthusiast of poker I think it would be interesting and profitable to create a namespace around a great pasttime.

    June 19th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Captain Lou

    .Casino or .Games

    June 19th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    BFitz

    .eat

    June 19th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ BFitz

      You’d rather have .eat than .restaurant?

      @ Captain and Tom

      I would be concerned with gambling names with the US government. Maybe in a few years, but it would be a concern of mine.

      June 19th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    BFitz

    Eat is the call to action for a restaurant. Everyone who eats, pays :-)

    Eat transcends industries, everyone has to eat but nobody has to eat in a restaurant. TV commercials for packaged foods, etc.

    Restaurant is too hard to spell, too long.

    I owe Burbank articles, I have been camping but will be back at it tomorrow.

    June 19th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Michael

    Elliot we already working on .inc for nearly 13 Month’s and We are coming with a Great service’s and Promotions.

    June 19th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    BFitz

    @Elliot

    Regarding .restaurant you got me thinking. There are 560,000 restaurants in America. (the largest employing private industry) Minus large chains like McDonald’s and Applebees, who I believe would not touch .restaurant, and you are at about 450,000. That leaves a pretty small customer pool. In the restaurant business we call it our “customer universe.” Of this 450,000 universe what percentage would convert? 10% would be huge so 45,000 reg’s in America which has the most restaurants of any English speaking nation. Even then 45,000 is a stretch because many operators, like us, have multiple locations under one domain/site. I would not even register as a defensive play although I grabbed many .CO and have 200 X.CO/ shorteners ready for social media marketing.

    June 19th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    JSL

    Why would anyone want to operate a TLD that has more than 3 characters ?

    June 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ JSL

      Perhaps because of the search engine benefit that may come to fruition with new gTLDs. It’s likely there will be some benefits.

      Also, consumers may adopt longer extensions if they make sense, like .paris or .whatever resonates with them.

      June 19th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    BullS

    maybe dot BS…to tell the whole world that all websites are useless full of propaganda

    June 19th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    TJ

    The only thing i’d want other than .com would be .tv… outside of that i can’t imagine a need for anything else.
    If i had to choose then maybe .hotel, .ins, .home, .web, or maybe even .360… although i doubt i’d buy into any of them other than maybe .web.

    June 19th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    HED - High End Domains

    Any great city .geo : .nyc, .london, .paris…

    June 19th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Mauro

    .shop

    June 19th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    JSL

    I believe the defining part of any URL will always be the 2nd level domain, which is the part that is unique, it’s the string “chosen” by the registrant.

    Now, if you were to offer a long TLD, it would seriously limit your possibility for growth because the amount of short 2nd level domain that make sense with your long tld is finite. (Long 2nd level domain with long top level domain makes very very very little sense in my humble opinion.)

    As for Search Engine juice, I think everything in that sphere is a declension of quality. If the site hosts quality content, Google will like it. Sure there could be a Google presumption that a given TLD is more prone to quality content.

    At the end of the day, I still want a domain that I can use for email and use on my business cards. Long TLD fail in that respect.

    On another note, I think the few successful new gTLDs will be the ones that bring innovation and not just a new combination of letters.
    Dot Shop sounds great but if it doesn’t do anything more than dot com/net/org/ccTLD (i) it won’t justify a price tag higher than com’s (ii) it basically won’t have anymore mindshare than com/net/org/etc (iii) even worse, it won’t have anymore mindshare than all the other newgTLDs that will launch during the same period.

    June 19th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Kevin

    It’s going to be a total clusterfuck. The only ones who will succeed are the deep pocket corporations who use the new TLD’s for their main brand.

    Everything else will require such huge amounts of capital for marketing, promtion, advertising, branding, etc that I seriously doubt anyone is going to last.

    The big money like always will be selling the TLDs to the speculators who will be dazzled and blinded once again chasing the quick flips to the next round of of speculators.

    Domainers can’t even build out the .com’s they have in a big way. So how are they going to do it with extensions that the public won’t get. A pr release and getting some quick web fame briefly won’t do the trick.

    The TM lawyers are going to make a fortune as well going after all the infringers.

    .Com has TRILLIONS behind it and no other extenstion will ever get that kind of money.

    It will be interesting to see how it all plays out and good luck to all those who venture into the next wave of domain investing.

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Allen T.

    The extensions that I thing will do real well are:

    1. .TV – For television networks that will be online.
    2. .Gay – For the gay community.
    3. xxx – For Adult content (Good for walling it off).
    4. .Insurance – Good for the insurance industry.

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Brad Mugford

    I would choose .CON. On top of being a great .COM typo, it symbolizes what new gTLD program represents.

    In most of these niche extensions not many keywords are great fits.

    Brad

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Robert Cline

    .CO

    is and will always be the best of all gTLDs

    On a more serious note, though,

    I am in need of help for the renewal fees.

    My plea to the registery is that I hope there will be a lower fee schedule for bulk renewals.

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Elliot Silver

    I am beginning to think this “Robert Cline” thing is a pseudonym and a long running joke put on by someone with a lot of time on their hands.

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Brad Mugford

    @ Robert

    If your .CO investments were doing so great, you wouldn’t need to panhandle to cover renewal fees.

    Brad

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Mike Law

    .law

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Dietmar

    @Robert Cline
    I thought that .co is a ccTLD, not a gTLD.

    @Elliot
    May I have .gay please?

    Ahoi!
    Dietmar

    June 19th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Dietmar

    You may have whatever you’d like in this hypothetical situation.

    June 19th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    BFitz

    @Cline

    “My plea…” is not a sound investment plan and hope is for the Sabbath, not business decisions. Once again your comment ends up a back-handed compliment for dot co. Let your brandables drop, don’t throw good money after bad and please don’t take on debt.

    Education does not come cheap…

    June 19th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Domainer

    They say that those who do not learn from hostory are destined to repeat it. As such, how about .FAIL or .WASTE?

    Both reflect what is most likely going to occur just like .Museum, .Travel, .Aero, .Jobs, .Coop and .Mobi.

    Stick with .COM — just like conventional real estate, they stopped making it.

    June 19th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Raman

    I would like to start with .web TLD

    June 20th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    James

    .ltd

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Ed

    .free

    June 20th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Phil

    .help might be useful

    June 20th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Mark

    .NYC
    .Barter
    .PRO
    .MLM

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    MarsDavis

    just going to throw some ideas out there…

    .news (news organizations)
    .$ (money/finance related – sites)
    .intl (international)

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    AB

    +1 for any major geo. Having a .geo is more desirable than having, for example, .nike. With .nike or.casino or .restaurant, you are limited to domains that relate to the extension.

    A .city/state/country is much more versatile…you can have shoes.nyc, casino.nyc, bobsburgers.nyc…the .geo possibilites are endless

    @Elliott….Maybe “Robert Cline” is a pseudonym or an anagram. I plugged “Robert Cline” into an anagram maker and the 5th result was “Terrible Con” :)

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Sambit4

    I have one that’s a guaranty to be a success…

    .COM

    Why would you want to buy anything else when it is so obvious that .COM is where the action is at…and will continue to be at!?!

    I agree that this entire gtld concept is a huge .FAIL

    June 20th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Sambit

      Yeah, I get it. You think it’s going to fail. You’ve posted the same thing 3 times now.

      June 20th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    LindaM

    Clearly the best new potential gtld is .SUCKS .
    Published under the 1st amendment – it could make huge profits by selling to the most disgruntled customers, domaindaddy.sucks , peypal.sucks etc, the possibilities are endless.
    Think of $ in the subniches like *.co.sucks lmaoooo

    June 20th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Billy Boi

    .MAYHEM

    June 20th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Billy

    LOL

    June 20th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Deimos

    I think that the short is the extension the best is the option right?, a TLD is not for fun only cause the e-marketing is not a game at all. something like .mrkt.

    July 6th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Buy Domain names

    My bet is on .insure or .finance for sure!!! lol.

    We purchased a few of these names and already have a few bidders on them. Companies in this industry are massive and will splash money for nothing.

    September 11th, 2014 at 11:14 am

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