.MOBI ? Would city domains like SanDiego (.MOBI) (dot Mobi) be useful for SEO and in other ways?

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I have an opportunity to take on some .MOBI domains, and am trying to decide whether to do it.

Do you think city domains like SanDiego (.MOBI)
(dot mobi... I'm separating the words, so that this doesn't get indexed into Google)
are useful for end users?

And does anyone know if keyword domains are still helpful for SEO purposes?

I don't mean for mobile sites, but just in general, are Keyword."TLD" (TLDs like .click / .site / .website / .online, etc) still very helpful for SEO?

And for .mobi in particular, does Google view it as a general domain extension, and not something specifically for mobile web sites?

I figure even if it isn't useful for SEO, it still is very easy to remember and has normal renewal fees.

I could see it being used for:

- A general site about the city
- Or something related to mobile phone services
- Or an online store selling phones
- Or many other things

And the renewal fee is only around $15/year.

In contrast, SanDiego."TLD" is a premium domain in domain extensions like:

.xyz = $219/year renewal fee
.page = $273/year renewal fee
.blog = $546/year renewal fee
.shop = $1092/year renewal fee
.auto = $2061/year renewal fee


So do you think city domains like SanDiego (.mobi) would be worth $15/year?

And do you think end users / web developers would buy something like SanDiego (.mobi) for something in the hundreds? ($xxx)

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Have you Searched Domain Name Sales at NameBio.com?

Researched YTD Sales Chart at DNJournal.com?

Thanks yes, there were some .mobi domains that sold recently in expired auctions for very big cities, like:

Miami .mobi for $409
Chicago .mobi for $207
London .mobi for $193

...but I figure those would be domainers/resellers buying them (probably).

Those seem pretty good for reseller prices. On the other hand, cities like San Diego are a smaller (although still good-sized).

There were big sales for .mobi 12+ years ago, like Flowers.mobi for $200,000, but it doesn't seem like .mobi gets much for sales nowadays. The largest reported one in 2020 was download.mobi for $2850, and in 2019 it was btc.mobi for $4995.

But I'm thinking city domains in .mobi (even for smaller "big cities" like San Diego or Denver) are probably still worth $15/year? Because at least the renewal fees are reasonable, unlike the high premium renewal fees in other extensions.

Do you think web developers would buy domains like that in the low $xxx amount?

Or whether they could be easy to sell for like $99 each?
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The .mobi TLD was only "popular" after 2005, but (still) doesn't make sense in 2021.

From https://icannwiki.org/.mobi

.mobi was used for websites optimized for access by mobile devices, such as smartphones.

The idea of a entire TLD dedicated to the mobile market was met by criticism and skepticism by some, including Tim Berners-Lee, a prominent developer of the modern Internet. His open letter against the implementation of .mobi can be read here. The W3C was opposed to the implementation of .mobi as they saw it as a fracturing of the web. They noted that this is the first time that sites are not delinated by their content, such as the differences in a .gov and .edu site, but in the way that content is accessed. Thus, they argue, that it had the potential of creating an entirely new Internet that had no direct relation to the wider web. They believed that the same mobile access could be provided in a manner more consistent with a single, universal Internet that is not delineated by the type of device accessing it.
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The interesting thing about .mobi is they were on point but expected the web usage to comply with WAP programming aka. mini sites early in 2006.. (available at mobility) but the problem turned out what I cited is their is no internet police to enforce.. because I have experience currently with traffic espionage on my mucho typos.. no internet police thus far.

With regarde to hackers, did you know It was me who facilitated the Infamous Twitter hack? Using the irc webchat protocols of old, I sent ftp commands from my Chromebook then someone got in knowing the passwords to subdomains etc. They could theoretically know your password remote viewing through your eyes, anyways, but before internet phones took over unique visits, desktops were kosher; but now, phones it's not your screen! As touch is theirs on phones - as "push" technology evidenced at wmr.fm has it they would control for every pixel touched on phones! not desktops though (the never follow button) so phones are still easily hackable and dotmobi was on cue all along and right still veritable today; phone web should be mini one pagers like mines and a huge security risk still lies for big biz being done on phones looming..

Recently worked with rohamg on nbatopshot Q & A on this..
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