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After .COM, What Comes Next?

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By Bob Hawkes, May 27, 2021
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After .COM, what do you think is currently the next strongest general extension?

  1. .CO

    111 votes
    22.2%
  2. .IO

    151 votes
    30.2%
  3. .NET

    122 votes
    24.4%
  4. .ORG

    83 votes
    16.6%
  5. .XYZ

    33 votes
    6.6%
Total: 500 vote(s)
  1. adoni

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    .cc is not cricket club it's not country club either

    It's a crappy country code
     
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  2. redemo

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    @adoni Country Club is also a very good use for .cc
     
  3. Mister Funsky

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    Big three for me...com, org, net

    I do have quite a few of other dot somethings, but have been slowly weeding through them.
     
  4. TCK

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    Much depends on left side of the dot. Investors have to take into account the cost of holding on to a domain and the pool of buyers. If you have a great name in the io, co, org, or net extension then investing in annual renewals makes sense. However, after com a solid ccTLD makes most sense, especially where ccTLDs are commonly used for businesses in the region. You have to factor in that best sales likely happen years after original registration in many cases. Now, the ideal scenario is if you can make recurring revenue with a domain or have a business strategy where you can at least cover renewal costs.

    XYZ hasn't really been embraced by startups or other companies. I own a nice xyz name so I am hoping that will change.
     
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    Rex my friend....great to see/hear from you. Heard you were off to Make Millions .Online:xf.wink:, how'd it go?

    I think we're connected on Linkedin, and i'll message you all about NamesCon.online....note it's not NamesCon.xyz:xf.smile: Seriously, if you're still into cannabis and the CBD world i'll send you info about a great Ganja .com i secured a month ago.

    Welcome back my friend(y)
     
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    @TCK "Now, the ideal scenario is if you can make recurring revenue with a domain or have a business strategy where you can at least cover renewal costs" That's exactly right. My first mission is to re-coup purchase costs. Edit: and cover renewals.
     
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  7. redemo

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    I'm sorry but these poll results (I don't mean your post @Bob Hawkes) cannot be taken seriously. There's no way that .co, .io and .net are currently stronger than .org. If that voting is not ridiculous enough then six people have voted that .XYZ is currently "the next strongest general extension" after .com. Please can you explain why? Otherwise it didn't happen.
     
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  9. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    The people are always right! :xf.cool: (well maybe not, but it is a saying) And I do trust that NamePros is faithfully tallying the votes.

    I am not that surprised by the votes so far (keep in mind only about 100 people have voted). Those who place most focus on what startups are using and combining how many big sales now and the rate of change (definitely .io has picked up over last year) see .io as the strongest.

    Those who look more at dollar volume as best indicator, and also combine it with the point @bmugford made above that for some words .org can be better than even .com, see that it is easily .org.

    But still lots of people who have sold .net for decades, they see that in both one measure of web traffic and in registrations it is in first place, so they vote for .net and would argue it is the obvious first choice.

    Those few that voted .xyz probably influenced by it trending up strongly (although still a long way to go), largely due to work of @DNGear, and if they see that continuing, a few see it as worthy. I was not sure if anyone would vote for it.

    And .co could argue to be most flexible in use in many types of businesses, and pretty solid in all numbers, so can see some people voting that way, and after .com and .io, seems startup owners like it.

    Then we all vote with some of our own biases. Don't fret over how others vote. I always find it interesting. I expected the top 4 to be close, which they may well turn out to be. In other polls I have noticed that the early vote, and the vote over the next number of days, is often different.

    I don't see a clear first place, so not surprised at all by results. Also, I have a hunch that people's opinions in different parts of the globe are different.

    Thanks for the interesting commentary everyone.

    Bob
     
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  10. Bob Hawkes

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    I agree entirely with this from @TCK:
    It really is an impossible question I asked people to vote on. It depends on the word on the left, what will be the best option on the right of the dot.

    In certain fields like crypto it seems .org is liked strongly, if it is a term that implies some kind of network then .net is obvious, many startup owners particularly, but not only, in .tech really like .io, etc.

    Bob
     
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  12. Recons.Com

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    Great article.

    I am just surprised that the conclusion goes against all the data you have presented. Your question was "what comes next after .com", not "what comes next after .com for funded startups". And for that question, both .net and .org often show numbers that are comparable to the COMBINED of .co, .io, .xyz, .me etc.

    So, it is clear that .net and .org are the the contenders for #2 both from $ sales to the adoption by the end users as shown by the total regs and slots at 1M Alexa.
     
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  13. BrandBoogie

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    Wow! Such an awesome post! Thanks @Bob Hawkes! Extremely informative as always.
     
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    Thanks @Bob Hawkes for this wonderful write up as always.

    I vote .co and I also see .net with good value over the years as .com alternative.

    .org is mostly for organisations, also with some crypto's and non-profit mostly.

    .io mostly used by new tech companies.

    So for general and overall business it has to be .net and .co.

    But at the end of the day all do rebrand to.com so it's still the King.
     
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    Another great and beautifully written post, thank you Bob.
     
  16. redemo

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    Firmly with .net (businesses) and .org (charities). Nothing in this thread has nudged me even one degree away from that judgement. "Which is the next STRONGEST" needs more clarification as to the metrics being considered for this debate because @Bob Hawkes research clearly shows registrations and sales favour .net and .org. Save for some .io and .co outliers. STRONGEST in what? .io and .co could win the award for shortest extension compared to .org, .net and .xyz. I'll give you that!
     
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    .io or .co,. app will also have great potential.
     
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    "It depends on the word on the left, what will be the best option on the right of the dot."

    Great post Bob, and i agree with the above statement. This is why I'm a big believer in .online especially if a business is a pure play online. For example, if you're selling tee shirts online i don't think there's a better domain than; teeshirts.online, and that's as good as it gets imo. More importantly many of my business peers actually get it.

    My wife has about 25 piano students who before covid came to our home for their lessons. Since covid, most of her students have been taking lessons remotely or "online" via zoom. I don't own either pianolessons.online or musiclessons.online, but .online is the best option right of the dot in my opinion.

    Thanks again for your contribution(y)

    ps. .online was a little late to the domain game, but with over 2M registrations in just a few years, it's getting noticed more each day.
     
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  19. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

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    Just to make it clear, with "... comes before it" I meant "... above it" and not the 2nd level domain (which is of course essential to know but that's another topic).

    In other words, I don't know which TLD is below .com but ...

    ... I know which TLD is above it.
     
  20. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

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    Could also be used as an acronym for "crypto currency".
     
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    ORG

    I would never launch a business on a .CO or .IO

    If the .COM wasn't available, I would put a word in front of what I wanted and get a .com rather than getting the exact match .CO or .IO
     
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    Looks like .info was not taken into account. (more .biz registrations than .info?)
    And .de is not in the voting list.
    I like .site but it doesn't seem to do well on aftermarket, but looks like it does well on beforemarket.
     
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  24. bmugford

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    .De is a pure ccTLD, but it is one of the most dominant ones.

    In some countries end users would likely prefer their ccTLD over .COM.

    Brad
     
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  25. Mkt Sales Leads

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    The most well known non charity case being Crypto.org
     
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