Is it worth invest in .org and .net in 2019?

Labeled as question in gTLD Discussion, started by droned, Apr 14, 2019


  1. droned

    droned Established Member

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    Is it worth invest in .org and .net in 2019?

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  2. BrandZen

    BrandZen PRO VIP Gold Account

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    Not a fan of .net but I definitely pickup good one word .org names whenever I can. By good I mean names that actually make sense with the .org extension.

    Examples would be,, etc.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  3. Wali Dahot

    Wali Dahot Top Contributor VIP

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    completely agree. I found a dropped one word .org and as I posted it here in namepros, it sold for decent amount in no time.
  4. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I sold a .org for 2K very recently so I would say yes.
  5. garptrader

    garptrader Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I believe .ORG still has a place if the keyword relates to a non-profit concept. I have never focused on .ORG acquisition but the sell-through rate of the few I have held has been even higher than .Com. .Net sales were much easier say 2012 and prior when exact-match names could be easily ranked and we did not have hundreds of new extensions. It has been years since I last acquired a .Net but I still renew about 10% of the best ones acquired many years ago. 90% of my .Net domains have been dropped. Despite the low renewal fees, there are too many TLD options to justify holding a large portfolio.
  6. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I agree that with good keywords .org is definitely worthwhile. It seems to be growing (slowly) in sales and in real world use has been slowly increasing as a fraction of the world's web traffic for about a decade. As long as the registry does not go crazy with renewal rates after the cap is gone, definitely investment worthy in my opinion. I actually commented on it in my most recent weekly domain sales analysis report I posted yesterday.

    "While I will do a full analysis later in the year, it seems to me that .org is on pace to have a significantly better than normal year, both in terms of sales over $1000 and sales volume. I also see a trend of .org being applied more broadly, with pueblos-espana (org) representative of this. I suspect the increased interest in .org is particularly being driven by end users outside the USA but don’t have firm evidence for this."
    I think with .net the messages are more mixed, but for sure they are still selling including at good prices. For example the great name butterfly .net sold for a great price at GD yesterday. Real world use is though declining, both in terms of registrations and web traffic. I see .net should mainly be where the extension supports the word - i.e. for some kind of network or net.

  7. Drongy

    Drongy VIP

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    I love me some .org domains, the downside being, that they are 50% more expensive to renew than .com's.

    Also a downside for .org's is that they have to be a ''good cause'' domain for them to make sense, as that is what they are mostly associated with.
  8. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I don't really agree. A business is also an organization. While .org sells well for nonprofit uses, it also is increasingly general purpose. Here are some of the names sold for $1000 or more in first few months of 2019 with .org that seem to me probably commercial (there are many others).
    • CollegePortraits
    • BitcoinWallets
    • DrugStores
    • SkyOS
    • WebsiteBaker2
    • CommercialCloset
    • CricketBetting
    • IWatchNews
    • investigator
    • tractor
    • AccidentAttorney
    (all on NameBio -- so far in 2019 there are 212 sales of .org on NameBio with prices of $1000 and up).

  9. NameDeck

    NameDeck Who's afraid of red ... VIP

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    Spot on Bob. There are some commercial niches that love .org. Crypto comes to mind (as in your list) but there are others.

    I have been doing surprisingly well in .net in 2018 to be honest. Gonna invest some more this year if I can get decent ones as personally I've always been a fan of the tld. But you know, it's not for everyone.

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