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New Domain Names For Sale: 4 Facts
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jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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1/31/2014 | 11:59:26 PM
Impossible Domain Names
My biggest fear is that this whole thing just becomes unmanageable. Want to go to Target's web site?

 

target.com?

target.shop?

target.retail?

target.discount?

target.store?

etc.

 

Where does it stop? At least now, you can have a stab at "company.com"... Selfishly I kind of like that. The whole thing just ends up sounding like a massive scam to make money for registrars, not to really make it easier for end users.
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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1/31/2014 | 11:56:04 PM
Domains
I saw that .io was coming out (or came out recently, I forget which). Is it wrong that I went straight away to a registrar and checked for availability of "eie.io"? Or "scorch.io"? 

 

Just me? Ok then. ;)
Rick Vidallon
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Rick Vidallon,
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1/30/2014 | 9:02:47 PM
Re: Custom Top Level Domain names
Ditto That Kevin!! On that same note circa 2001 I had applied to become a limited domain registrar per the reqirement of a web application we were developing. The processing fee for simply 'submitting' the application for 'consideration' was $25,000. -- LOL- NO WAY! --

Needless to say; I passed, but did picked up an interesting tid-bit. If I had became a certified registrar our internal cost for a domain name registration would have been 25 cents per name. It's probably closer to 37 cents today. Now we all know why Go Daddy can buy those million dollar Super Bowl commercials every year!   
KevinRCasey
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KevinRCasey,
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1/30/2014 | 8:42:48 PM
Re: Custom Top Level Domain names
Rick, this has been the leading criticism I've heard of the gTLD expansion -- that it's exclusionary and favors deep pockets -- dating back to 2011 when I first started writing about it. It's not baseless, either. It cost $185,000 to apply to own and manage one of these gTLDs. ICANN brought in upwards of $350 million just in application fees during the initial application window.

The less-reported element is the "declining price" feature, which by design favors those willing and able to spend (potentially much) more on the domain names they want. A commonly listed benefit of the expansion is that small businesses, individuals, etc. will have more choice, but this declining-price process means those with deep pockets will have first choice.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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1/30/2014 | 10:57:33 AM
Re: Information about gTLDs for Website Development
It was inevitable that this expansion of domain naming would have to happen. But yes, now I can see what kind of problems there will be as a result of this.

It's no wonder it took so long for these to come to market. They are needed, but problematic issues will end up arising. 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/30/2014 | 10:38:26 AM
Re: Custom Top Level Domain names
I remember having a debate with a colleague years ago about the practice of squatters jumping in and buying .com names that they forsaw as possibly valuable down the road, and just sitting on them, paying the yearly fees. I don't see how that's any different from a real estate speculator buying up property hoping to make a profit. She saw the practice as shady and harmful to the growth of ecommerce. How do you think this expansion plays into that?

Seems like by increasing the volume of desirable names, squatters will need to buy more. And, I guess, in that way, it's now NOT like real estate. They're not making more land, but they can make more tlds!
Rick Vidallon
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Rick Vidallon,
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1/30/2014 | 8:53:14 AM
Custom Top Level Domain names
While this is a great idea to generate cash; but the application process is inherently flawed. If Joe the plumber ever dreams of owning 'dot.plumber' for his online business name, then he needs to get in line with the 1000 pound gorilla's; ServPro, Roto-Rooter and so on. Same goes for every small business in the US.

So you want to be 'name'.realestate? HA! Forget it. And I can think of 500,000 other small business TLDs' that will be swallowed up by huge companies, large franchises and national chains.

Thinking of owning a custom (Top Level Domain names) TLD's for your business? You have better chances winning the Power Ball.  
vircdfr
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vircdfr,
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1/30/2014 | 7:14:21 AM
Information about gTLDs for Website Development
These new gTLDS will give new opportunities to purchase same domain name and will reduce the problem of domains. But there is not a benefit to promote as brand by cause of same domain name dispute. Yes domain owners can also avail offshore software development services to build a website on these domains. 


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