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Nine Things About NET Domain Names

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By Bob Hawkes, Mar 25, 2021
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How do you feel about the future for NET aftermarket sales?

  1. I think the extension is in decline.

    107 votes
    49.5%
  2. I think the market for NET is steady.

    65 votes
    30.1%
  3. I see a slight uptick as new types of networks emerge.

    14 votes
    6.5%
  4. As the supply of quality COM dwindles, I think future for NET is strong.

    30 votes
    13.9%
Total: 216 vote(s)
  1. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    When interpreting the annual data keep in mind when looking at the graphs that Afternic sales were reported on NameBio in 2014, but not, except a few individually, after that. 110 of the NET sales >$500 were from Afternic. If that taken into account the 2014 is even much lower. Possibly impacted by the new gTLD options to some degree.

    Also, other changes in NameBio, especially when Michael came onboard, resulted in more efficient reporting, as I recall starting in 2015. That may account for the big jump in 2015 and 2016.

    Much to consider in looking at annual trends, but still interesting to see the data.

    It sure would make our view more clear if all major marketplaces reported, at a minimum, their total number and volume of sales broken down by TLD each year.

    Bob
     
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    I liked this content full of valuable informations

    Thanks Bob
     
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    Thanks for sharing Bob. Good article.
     
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    4better Established Domainer VIP

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    Thanks Bob, you did it again. Quite a splendid article and a great contribution to NP community.
    Just saw one nice .net sale reported here, mercator (.net) for $14,888.
    https://www.namepros.com/posts/8215056/
     
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    Your research is always very nice. There is a lot to learn from each of your content, Thank you very much.
     
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    Your article brings attention to a lot of things that I wondered about the .net extension. It may have lost out in popularity over the years, but I believe it still holds its value for some businesses. A lot of companies used the .net effectively and never even vied for the .com version of the same and not because they could not afford it, but it made sense because of the nature of their business.

    For instance, like you mentioned one old registrar which I trusted since the early 2000s -- Gandi.net. Gandi.com is some other business altogether!
    Some use both, but forward the .com to .net as in cpanel.com redirects to cpanel.net .
    But it is certainly more popular with the businesses whose area is closely aligned to the original intended purpose of the .net extension.
    I only ever registered one .net domain, unprocessed. But I never had anything against the extension. It is nice to see that good .net domains still sell well. Somehow, I prefer it to a bunch of newer ccTLDs even though the market trends may speak otherwise.
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2021
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