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Why Dot-Best new tld may in fact be one of the "best"

Labeled as discuss in Domain Extensions started by namemarket, Mar 17, 2019.

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  1. namemarket

    namemarket Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    There seems to not be a lot of good potential keywords in front of .best These are my thoughts on that subject.

    I believe one of the main perceived and quite possibly valid benefits of dot-best is keyword(s) do not necessarily need to be in front of "best" but can work without the best word in the name by being instead in the extension and which can replace the 'best' word by only being in the URL with extension.

    For example, BestDomainName.com can be replaced with DomainName.Best and the search engines may rank it well or possibly even the same ranking, assuming the name is listed in the search index. A good example of that is as Cyril said 'Madeira Best' search results being the same or similar to 'Best Madeira' etc.

    So the idea is BestKeyword.com or whatever can be replaced with Keyword.Best URL resulting in a shorter URL with search engines potentially giving value to the term by also using the reverse word order in the search index results. So in that random example the extension replaces a need to put the Best word in front of the dot.

    I know it all sounds confusing but I have reasons to suspect this is actually correct and may be valid thinking and in fact I now personally like dot-best a lot and believe it's an excellent new extension, probably the "best" overall potential of any of the new tlds and certainly a good buy with the $1.98 promo, IMO.
     
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  2. NYJimbo

    NYJimbo Domain Re-Animator

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    Nope. Not feeling it. I mean it might have value way in the future, but the fact I can still reg valuable words like Interpreter.best or homecare.best or daycare.best or autoloan(s).best or travelvisa(s).best and many, many others, I think this is only going to be valuable for very liquid names.
     
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  3. NXDomains

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    I have read that the domain/URL has become a lot less important for Search engine rankings than it used to be, however it clearly must still have an impact, in which case .best could be a good pick.

    If you search Google for 'name geography', geography[dot]name comes up as a result, despite the word 'name' not appearing anywhere on that site, which would imply that the TLD is affecting the search in that result too. Perhaps it has more of an effect when there is less search competition?

    Does anyone else know more about how much domain/URL affects search results? I'm sure it has been discussed in other threads.
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP

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    I think any domain investment carries a lot of risk, and a repurposed one with a limited past sales record even moreso. That said, I agree with your reflections @namemarket and think this is an extension at least worth considering some level of investment (disclosure I have done so).

    I had not realized until I checked it recently with searches that indeed the order of keywords does not matter essentially, at least now. Also, best itself is highly searched, as said. The SEO specialists tell us of the importance of social media mention (or at least Nibbler reminds me of my sorry social media state when they review my domain website :xf.frown:) so if the best registry plans for social media do become a reality, it would be a significant advantage.

    I still prefer words where the order is well, best, but agree @namemarket they work both ways. I have some verbs where the order is right and some nouns where the order is reversed, but the name itself is more valuable.

    It is funny @NYJimbo I agree with you that tons of good names are available to hand register right now, but I view that as an advantage not a reason not to invest in the domain name. One of the legitimate knocks the new gTLD sceptics have made is that the registry held all of the good names. That did not happen here.

    I have no idea what future will hold, and any domain investment is risky, of course. Only invest what you can afford to lose. etc.

    Bob
     
  5. NYJimbo

    NYJimbo Domain Re-Animator

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    But one can say that of ANY new TLD that is not selling....

    Besides, isn't the second year $100+ ???

    Anyway, pass......
     
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  6. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP

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    No you can't say it. If you look in many ngTLDs even those with limited sales, often there are a ton of good names registry reserved and only for sale as a premium. Yes, some premium in .best but I know from having invested many hours in search there are many more than in some of the other thinly traded extensions.

    Re renewal, it has been announced by the registry that the wholesale price to registrars for renewals has been dropped to approximately $15. The notice was sent out in February so becomes active on August. I don't know where this is in writing, but the co-CEO of the registry has stated it here on NPs.

    Bob
     
  7. biggie

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    when your brain tells you one thing, but.... you refute it with a but

    that means you are experiencing cognitive dissonance :)

    that's cuz it's bait left for you to register

    you have go against all you've learned about proper grammar usage.
    and because of the hype, you contemplate going against it, because they left you a few good keywords.

    imo...
     
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  9. BrandsOpen

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    I just went ahead and registered some nice keywords in this extension.

    Suits.Best for instance. It's a nice combo to be fair.

    At $1.99 I decided to test them out. They seem to attract good attention.
     
  10. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP

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    I have the advantage I was never that good at grammar. :xf.grin:

    I agree this backward view does apply to many words but by no means all in the extension When they are backward I agree it is a negative, not sure to what degree but a negative. But a few words I picked up that I would argue are correct order are naturally.best, guaranteed.best, timeless.best, listen.best and a host of others.

    It is good that we have multiple views. I am not out to convert anyone to .best or anything else. It may well flop. I just like to see balance with both sides expressed. Thanks for your input.

    Bob

    By the way, looking at your signature (and congratulations, seriously, on your long term record of success in this challenging business) should it be URLpick or pickURL? Sorry could not resist.:xf.wink:
     
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  11. frank-germany

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    I guess thats not true at all

    [best madeira] Volume: 90/mo | CPC: $0.32 |
    [madeira best] Volume: 0/mo | CPC: $0.00 |
    versus
    [best places in madeira] Volume: 170/mo | CPC: $1.22 |
    BestPlacesInMadeira.com is still available


    switch your brain
    ON
     
  12. JB Lions

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    The truth is you probably can get a lot of good keywords since it's only at around 10k regs. That's why you like it. Then you're trying to find a reason/convince yourself words in the wrong order are a good thing and make a good domain, they don't.
     
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  14. Internet.Domains

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    Regardless of the extension, .com included, I don't like to own a domain that has an adjective after a noun. For this reason I have been unable to come up with a grammatically correct sequence. I'm interested to know if anyone has been able to come up with a proper string.
     
  15. frank-germany

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    whatis.best

    reallythe.best

    ??
     
  16. NameLlama

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    The.best
    Worlds.best/chocolate
    Personal.best
    Goodbetter.best
    I suppose this is all
     
  17. wwwweb

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    The.Best is great but $1000 annual renewal not so great anymore.
     
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    Worst.best, but some actually registered it.
     
  20. Kate

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

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    I think these names are terrible from a branding POV, I cannot imagine advertising them, or putting them on a business card. Or the radio test, if you have to spell an E-mail address over the phone this could be difficult for some people to get it right - even in .com it's not always easy.
    Try this on your current business and let's talk about the results.
     
  21. garptrader

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    Sounds similar to .top in that most English phrases will have the adjective proceeding the noun. Of course a developer or low-budget end user can ignore the natural world order to create a website but when trying to offer domains for sale all the sudden inferior combinations do matter. Why is someone going to pay a premium price to brand in a domain which does not make sense? One exception above is Personal.best - applicable to track and I suppose powerlifting and swimming athletes as well. It might be a little bit off a stretch but I guess a career coach might choose a name like that. But again how much would they be willing to pay given the hundreds of alternative extensions available?
     
  22. offthehandle

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    I think it might be more non-native English speakers, they don't think in English construction or word order.

    English words sometimes don't even translate like technical terms so they get mixed with English too, perhaps that's why.
     
  23. wurdd

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    Personally, my favorite is milwaukees.best, but that's only because there is no dot beast.
     
  24. offthehandle

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    Check here for more:

    https://www.coin.best/
     
  25. offthehandle

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    https://www.milbest.com
    No trademark issue there.
     

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