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analysis No XYZ... .COM is KING! Analyzed the URL patterns of over 2 million Crunchbase listed companies.

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SquadHelp Founder & CEO Darpan shared a nice graph with the TLD Usage of over 2 million Crunchbase listed companies. What stands out, that there is no XYZ in the list which must be less than 0.29%.

.COM is clearly the KING towering the graph like a skyscraper with a whopping 63.17%.


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NickB

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Would love to see a breakdown on how many companies on CrunchBase upgraded to a .com after receiving funding......
 

bmugford

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SquadHelp Founder & CEO Darpan shared a nice graph with the TLD Usage of over 2 million Crunchbase listed companies. What stands out, that there is no XYZ in the list which must be less than 0.29%.

.COM is clearly the KING towering the graph like a skyscraper with a whopping 63.17%.


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The results are not really that surprising to me.

.XYZ seems to have an outsized influence in the domain investment world more than in real world usage.
I see the sales and development articles, but I have still never seen one advertised in my everyday life.

If a .COM is sold or developed it barely makes news, as it is so common.

I have said this is in the past but in my view really only .COM / .ORG / and popular ccTLD are likely the first choice of an end user. The rest (even .NET) are generally "settling" options for what is available.

Brad
 

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The results are not really that surprising to me.

.XYZ seems to have an outsized influence in the domain investment world more than in real world usage.
I see the sales and development articles, but I have still never seen one advertised in my everyday life.

If a .COM is sold or developed it barely makes news, as it is so common.

I have said this is in the past but in my view really only .COM / .ORG / and popular ccTLD are likely the first choice of an end user. The rest (even .NET) are generally "settling" options for what is available.

Brad
I was looking to buy some XYZ's, but I'll stick to .COM, this graph changed my mind, unless I can buy a really very good one word ultra premium very cheaply in XYZ, only then I'll take it for a nice ROI.
 
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bmugford

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I was looking to buy some XYZ's, but I'll stick to .COM, this graph changed my mind, unless I can buy a really very good one word premium for cheap in XYZ I'll take it.
It is like any other secondary extension really. The lower on the totem pole the higher quality keywords you need.

Single word branding terms or keywords are what is more likely to sell.

If you can get them for the right price and standard renewals, maybe worth a shot.

Two word (and longer) terms have very little chance in secondary extensions.

Brad
 
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Sort of like how Bitcoin is king.

Any startup will run into the issue of telling people about their domain.xyz website and have to deal with explaining what an XYZ is. It simply does not have the same mindshare as com. Even though I sort of like xyz now, it's still just getting pumped like altcoins instead of Bitcoin.
 

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How can you compare .xyz or any new .extension to .com - “based” on popular vote of business’ naming their company, especially companies on crunchbase ...

new .extensions are not for the companies that have been around for many many years who were brainwashed into believing only one .extension that existed

Well what’s the problem with that ?

2,000,000,000 websites online, how do you propose to restrict them all to .com

Even Verisign thinks the idea is ludicrous, hence they’ve secretly been purchasing new .extension rights and telling their shareholders they are running out of .com domains to sell and will need to introduce new “cough” .markets to continue growing the value of Verisign as a whole

How long has .com been around ?

How long has .xyz been around ?

How long did it take .com to hit a six figure sale on the “aftermarket” ...

How long did it take .xyz to hit a six figure sale on the “aftermarket” ...

These are the questions one should be asking to see the correlation in future value between both respective .extensions
 

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I think is very pertinent information - CrunchBase has the most in depth information on start up and VC funding out there........

It very clearly shows that when companies get/have funding that they prefer the .com extension - no matter how hard you try and muddy the waters....

You have literally gone on a rant about Verisign, total websites, 6 figure sales etc etc which has nothing to do with the data and thread topic.......
 
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What matters is who is making money? Clearly XYZ owners are making money.
Only a few .XYZ owners are making money.

.COM owners are making a lot more.

The promotion of .XYZ by swetha and a couple more domainers put a lot of beginner domainers into a shi**y situation quite honestly.
 
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NickB

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Only a few .XYZ owners are making money.

.COM owners are making a lot more.

The promotion of .XYZ by swetha and a couple more domainers put a lot of beginner domainers into a shi**y situation quite honestly.
People should not try and jump on a train when it has already left the station - I've no sympathy for people who over extend and invest more than they can afford to lose.....or makes them feel uncomfortable

It was obvious who owned the majority of good .xyz domains and they are (quite rightly) reaping the benefits

Pump the extension when they start to sell, release some of the less favourable ones on the aftermarket and pick up xxx - x,xxx for them and let everyone else reg the speculative scraps and you end up with a lot people out of pocket.......

I've got a few .xyz domains - nothing that will even come close to breaking the bank though......I like the odd bit of speculation......

If I owned the .com on some of these .xyz domains that been bought and developed I would be rubbing my hands as they will probably come a calling in the future.......
 

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How can you compare .xyz or any new .extension to .com - “based” on popular vote of business’ naming their company, especially companies on crunchbase ...

new .extensions are not for the companies that have been around for many many years who were brainwashed into believing only one .extension that existed

Well what’s the problem with that ?

2,000,000,000 websites online, how do you propose to restrict them all to .com

Even Verisign thinks the idea is ludicrous, hence they’ve secretly been purchasing new .extension rights and telling their shareholders they are running out of .com domains to sell and will need to introduce new “cough” .markets to continue growing the value of Verisign as a whole

How long has .com been around ?

How long has .xyz been around ?

How long did it take .com to hit a six figure sale on the “aftermarket” ...

How long did it take .xyz to hit a six figure sale on the “aftermarket” ...

These are the questions one should be asking to see the correlation in future value between both respective .extensions
How long has .NET been around? .COM is still KING

I'm not saying XYZ or any other extension old or new will not make you money, having a mega super premium one word or one letter making sense with the extension, is great to own, I wouldn't mind owning them too, but the majority of companies and start ups still love .COM right now, there is no arguing with that.

PS developing any other extension will leak traffic to the .COM making it even more valuable.
 
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When there is confidence in the economy, investors are generally willing to go out on a limb. When uncertainty creeps in, markets will generally stick to what's tried and true. This may allow opportunities to invest (at reduced .COM prices), and for risk-takers, provide a threshold they're willing to cross (ie. explore .XYZ). Long time domainers have noticed a drop in sales recently, likely due to many factors on the global/national economy. I've noticed a contraction in sales as well... time to get rid of deadwood. In this case, I will put my money on .COM.
 

Cannuck

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My question, will foreign investors be more apt to adopt .XYZ (ie. Chinese crypto)? The rationale being, .COM is mostly viewed as staple Western TLD, while letters X,Y,Z are commonplace in the language. Any thoughts? :unsure:
 

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My question, will foreign investors be more apt to adopt .XYZ (ie. Chinese crypto)? The rationale being, .COM is mostly viewed as staple Western TLD, while letters X,Y,Z are commonplace in the language. Any thoughts? :unsure:
I believe China loves to invest .NET a lot (Edit: I think their country extension .CN is primary for them of course), but it still is nowhere near the towering .COM which is a global extension.

PS .CN is not in the graph most likely because Chinese companies are not listed on CrunchBase. But .CN seems to be in the top extensions registered.
 
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Cannuck

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I think China loves .NET a lot, but it still is nowhere near the towering .COM which is a global extension.

Thanks @URLU, it also appears .NET has become the extension of choice for online gambling sites, something that the Chinese are rather fond of as well. That's been my observation.
 
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Sort of like how Bitcoin is king.

Any startup will run into the issue of telling people about their domain.xyz website and have to deal with explaining what an XYZ is. It simply does not have the same mindshare as com. Even though I sort of like xyz now, it's still just getting pumped like altcoins instead of Bitcoin.
i get your analogy and its a good one- but your analogy also confirms something else also - there is success in other cryptos than BTC, so when you translate that to domains, it means .COM is the most in demand by the most successful and wealthiest businesses and individuals, but there are other extensions with their own market dynamics that are also successful. Decoupled world also means .com loses market share to other extensions, and thats happening now- The wealthiest businesses using .com doesn't automatically prove .com is the biggest and best- it just means its most used by the top/most competitive businesses- same thing with car market- Toyota and Tesla might be taking the largest market share now, but there are many other competitors out there still doing good business in alternative markets.

The ALT world is now in full display i guess.
 

bmugford

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How long has .NET been around? .COM is still KING
The first domain was actually a .net.

Nordu.net predates every .com domain.

Brad
 

FAC

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The first domain was actually a .net.

Nordu.net predates every .com domain.

Brad
Exactly, and yet .COM is the KING, so I don't believe any other extension will ever surpass .COM no matter the time.
 

NickB

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The results are not really that surprising to me.

.XYZ seems to have an outsized influence in the domain investment world more than in real world usage.
I see the sales and development articles, but I have still never seen one advertised in my everyday life.

If a .COM is sold or developed it barely makes news, as it is so common.

I have said this is in the past but in my view really only .COM / .ORG / and popular ccTLD are likely the first choice of an end user. The rest (even .NET) are generally "settling" options for what is available.

Brad
Surprised no one is talking about .org in this thread.......It's a very solid extension, has stood the test of time and has multiple proven uses outside of the antiquated view of only being suitable for health, Social, Charity etc etc fields......
 

Cannuck

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Decoupled world also means .com loses market share to other extensions, and thats happening now- The wealthiest businesses using .com doesn't automatically prove .com is the biggest and best- it just means its most used by the top/most competitive businesses- same thing with car market- Toyota and Tesla might be taking the largest market share now, but there are many other competitors out there still doing good business in alternative markets.

Good point (y)

I think alot boils down to research and experience, coupled with abit of chance and luck. It's easier (and cheaper) to find LLLL in .XYZ than .COM. I've hedged my bet by securing both, as well as other extensions (on domains which I own in king), edging out the option to substitute.
 
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Exactly, and yet .COM is the KING, so I don't believe any other extension will ever surpass .COM no matter the time.
but to me, i translate this geopolitically as - "US is King, so i dont believe any other country will ever surpass US no matter the time" - but we have China today, that has a larger economy that US.

.COM is king, but other alt extensions will grow stronger than it- also its prices are a deterrent that have encouraged use of so many other extensions- but its still king, thats true, but i really think that encourages black or white thinking in domaining, and i think that is irrelevant and risky to us - the domaining ecosystem suppers many succesful extensions- .COM is not a dictator and its losing market share even to other extensions and it cant satisfy all the demand for domain names - from availability, to prices, to suitability - demand and users needs are unique too.

I believe some other extensions like .CO, .IO, even .IN have higher ROI than .COM does.
 
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Cat.com and Mouse.xyz
if you're a rich startup, you choose the former, if you're a medium not-too-wealthy business, you take the latter - both still have value, just to different consumers in our market.