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.HOMES re-released

Located in gTLD Discussion started by stub, Jan 15, 2019.

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  1. cabotower

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    wwwweb,4 posts too many.you're wasting your time.i bet you wish you had stopped after the first post.
     
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  2. cabotower

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    i thought about commenting on that too and then i thought nah i'm not in the mood.
     
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    Taken now lol
     
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    dormitory.homes
     
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    how did u make such a beautiful website like that? using what ? thank u
     
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    Arundel.homes
    and
    ArundelRealtor.com

    Motive:
    Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    Description
    Anne Arundel County, also notated as AA or A.A. County, is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 537,656, a population increase of just under 10% since 2000. Its county seat is Annapolis, which is also the capital of the state.

    More Motive: i grew up in Annapolis and my brother-in-law is a builder and lives in Annapolis with a hundred other builders and realtors.
     
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    Balmain.homes

    Cheers
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    Heyo,

    Hat tip to Joe Alagna, a veteran domainer who recently posted a link to a DomainPulse article on LinkedIn describing how there has been a six-fold increase in the number of .Homes domain registration in the 3 weeks since the ridiculous nexus requirements were lifted and reasonable pricing was introduced. (at some registrars for $10 bucks - you go Dynadot and 101Domain) .

    Full disclosure: I own the website Homes Domains referenced below.

    The key part of the Domain Pulse announcement is "being used out in the wild", simply meaning that the .Homes names actually become real live websites.

    If the majority of .Homes domains are simply parked for investment purposes, it's going to be a long, tough (and expensive) row to hoe. We'll know exactly the state of the success, or failure of .Homes shortly after January 15, 2020 - the first day for renewals at prices of ~US $30, depending on the registrar.

    If .Homes domains are being traded AND being used by end users, then there is a chance for long-term success. For that to happen the key stakeholders - the registry, (Dominion Registries), the registrars, resellers and the domainers/investors must make it attractive enough for generally stodgy, cautious, technically challenged ;) real estate agents and brokers to step outside their comfort zone and try a new approach to building strong personal brands in a very crowded real estate market.

    Dominion Registries:

    I posit this - unless you are sitting on previously unannounced major campaigns to promote the .Homes extension, perhaps we're already in trouble.

    Savvy new gTLDs registries understand that the only way to success is through the sales and renewals of domains. If you are not planning to invest significantly more money and resources into international marketing, well beyond the thin blog posts currently displayed at dominionregistries.domains and get.homes, or unless you're sitting on hoards of cash to see you through the lean times, this extension is a non-starter.

    I contend that the ~ 5,000+ current .Homes registrations are primarily speculators and not end users looking to try something new. If those registrations can be converted into end user websites, the extension could flourish.

    Domain Registries: My suggestions

    * Follow .CLUB's marketing plan. I'm sure Colin would be happy to share it with you. Also recall .CO's rebranding debut (Pigs CAN Fly!). It became a very profitable (ccTLD) extension. One key reason for each of their success, respectively, is that they invested in marketing for the long-term. They made an initial splash and people remembered hopped on board. They were incented enough to register a domain and perhaps more importantly, they understood the value of making that critical first annual renewal.

    * Start a .Homes club that provides benefits to all stakeholders, especially end users. Help registrars and resellers to build a community of loyal followers by incenting them to promote .Homes domains.

    * Start a video series showcasing real estate agents and brokers that are using .Homes domains out in the wild to build their respective personal brands. This can't and won't be done on the backs of the Remax', Century 21's, Sotheby's of the world. A new leader, or group of leaders needs to step up.

    * Commit to no less than consistent, regular weekly blog posts, press releases and social media contributions. We should be bombarded with .Homes all over the internet. Maybe not quite circa AOL, but close.

    * Rethink ultra premium registration costs and potential partnerships.

    ~US $600,000 for ab.homes (and many other 2-character domains)?

    ~US$600,000 for smart.homes?

    Sure, you could get lucky and get someone to pony up, but I wouldn't back the truck up just yet.

    With an ultra-premium domain like smart.homes, jewel that it truly is, why not PARTNER with an OEM like Samsung that makes tons of smart homes devices and appliances, or a major retailer like Best Buy that attracts millions of consumers into their stores and online, to help them to promote their smart homes products and services?

    You hitch along for the ride - and reap the spoils of all of the marketing spend and publicity they generate. Think of how many real estate agents are spotlighting homes with smart technology and how it can make life less complicated for the international home buying and renting public.

    Sounds simple enough.

    Think about it.

    Domain Registries "cost" for the smart.homes domain name: virtually zero.

    Domain Registries potential payback in awareness, new domain registrations and renewals (at higher prices) and publicity generated from a strategic partnership attracting millions of eyeballs: Priceless!

    Registrars:

    Registrars have a gazillion options when it comes to promoting legacy and new TLDs, so the registry needs to sweeten the pot to make it worth a registrars effort to spend money on selling .Homes domains.

    The overreaching nexus restrictions have been lifted and pricing for .Homes domains has been adjusted so that registrars can now sell .Homes domains at a level that makes sense for their business. Pricing stability at the registry level, predictability and transparency should enable registrars to sell .Homes domains profitably.

    If registrars reinvest some of those profits into marketing .Homes domains and adding other perks and incentives, that could add to the positive growth of the .Homes ecosystem.

    However, its still buyer beware. You can register your .Homes domains for 1 year at introductory pricing of ~$US 10.00 at Dynadot and 101Domain and others. Or you could opt to buy the same .home domain for $US 199.99 for your first year registration at NotWork Solutions. The choice is yours.

    We should also give credit where credit is due.

    Kudos to Dynadot, GoDaddy, NameCorp and Network Solutions for paying for Google ads for the keyword .homes domain.

    Google_homes capture Feb 7 2019.jpg

    Domain Resellers and Auction platforms:

    Organizations such as Sedo, Afternic, GoDaddy, Uniregistry Market and others can also do their part by making it easy for domainers and investors to seamlessly list their .Homes domains for sale, lease or auction.

    Domainers/Investors:

    Domainers/investors have the opportunity and responsibility to get creative on how we create awareness of, and demonstrate the benefits of .Homes domains.

    If done right, we can make it easy, and ultimately profitable for end users (real estate agents, brokers) to incorporate .Homes domains into their marketing mix to:

    * build their respective personal brands

    * challenge and dominate local markets such as DelMar.homes or SunsetBeach.homes

    * create memorable email addresses such as [email protected] vs. [email protected].

    * Offer alternative financing such as subscriptions or domain leasing to encourage end users to try .Homes domains.

    .Homes Domains - Salvation or Sucker Punch?

    The business of buying and selling homes is global in nature and extremely competitive.

    Unfortunately, in order to get a foothold in the business, millions of agents are forced to serve much larger masters. The opportunity for individuals agents to build their own personal brands is eradicated and discouraged from the start.

    Over time, individual agents can build substantial books of business under the umbrella of the master. When those individuals choose to strike out on their own, they are left with the scraps of online marketing tools.

    Search engines charge massive sums to companies and individuals for the privilege of being listed under the most popular keywords. Unsurprisingly, its those masters, who have gotten filthy stinking rich off the backs of millions of dedicated agents, that have the deep pockets to pay for ads and preferred placement. (I'm not saying agents did not enjoy benefits and support along the way. I am saying that when it comes time to pony up for expensive ads in popular search engines, individual agents can't compete with big boys at the top of the food chain).

    .Homes domains could represent a new shining light that affords any agent the opportunity to build their personal brand and to directly compete with anyone in the market, large or small.

    Can sanantionio.homes compete with these 4 companies that are paying for Google ads placement at the top of the page for the keyword San Antonio homes?

    * findhomesintexas.com
    * sanantoniohousefinder.com
    * sanantoniotxhomesource.com (what was your email address again?) ;)
    * greatersanantoniohouses.com

    Over time, I think SanAntonio.homes can do extremely well in ranking for some of the most popular keywords in that city.

    Nobody can accurately predict whether .Homes domain names will be wildly successful, or be scattered amongst the carcasses of hundreds of other new domain extensions.

    Although, having been in the domain business for ~20 years, I'm placing a small bet at Homes Domains that Domain Registries, the participating registrars and the resellers and investors will recognize the importance and the opportunity offered by .Homes domains to help make it a winner.

    Cheers,
    Scott
     
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  12. YudiTayba

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    diva is on my list :(

    anyway ... good luck :)
     
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  13. MasterOfMyDomains

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    available to reg

    Osoyoos.homes
    Bountiful.homes
    Bakerville.homes
    Maple.homes
    Cariboo.homes
    Arctic.homes
     
  14. marcreative

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    Good luck everyone.
     
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    Coudnt afford smart homes......gave Intelli.homes a shot
     
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    Wow Scott, your post here was without question the best informational and instructional post of any that I've read since joining here in November of 2017 fifteen months ago. The only thing I can add is that in addition to there being 1.36M realtors in the US alone, there are 1.1M home builders/contractors who could avail themselves to a .homes domain as well. I'm here to "aid and abet" your "small bet", and help in anyway I can. Good Luck!
     
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    What Ideas do you have in mind that could benefit all of us that .homes , Im in fill me in.

     
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    Backyard dot homes

    Google Airbnb Backyard project
     
  21. Corey

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    MardiGras.homes

    Cheers
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    Thanks,

    Good Luck to you too! What's interesting about the .homes extension is there are other uses for it besides just the real estate and building industries. Fore example I just picked up Halloween.homes. Halloween for those of you who don't know has become a 9 Billion dollar industry in America. I have a neighbor who has spent well over a thousand dollars for outdoor/home decorations, and it's become quite the attraction for young and old alike.
     
  24. DomainGuy1

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    I hope you got Halloweenhomes.com
     
  25. ThatNameGuy

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    Unfortunately someone has owned Halloweenhomes.com since 2001. I did pick up Spooky:xf.eek:homes as a compliment.
     

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