My New Domain Pre Registration List

Based on reports I am seeing from companies like 1 & 1 and eNom, it seems like there are millions of new gTLD domain names that have been pre-registered or pre-reserved. Many domain registrars are allowing clients to pre-order, pre-register, or purchase options to buy new domain names when they are available.

With that being said, I thought I would share the list of the new gTLD domain names that I pre-registered / pre-ordered:

Well, that’s my list for you. I haven’t pre-registered a single new gTLD domain name, and at this point, I have no plans to pre register or buy any of them. The reason is pretty simple and was covered in the comment section of yesterday’s blog post discussing what happens if new gTLD domain names are wildly successful: there is a ton of confusion for me that hasn’t been sorted out yet.

I have no idea if a .menu, .food, .restaurant, .etc will be relevant or if anyone will want to pay a premium for those domain names. As such, it makes no sense to invest at this point or when they come out. As I’ve said with other extensions, if I see value in them down the road, I would rather invest at a higher price when the investment value is proven than be an early adopter. For now, I am going to continue with my .com domain strategy and adapt if necessary.

The best thing I can do is keep my business flexible and continue to watch the market to see what happens. I have nothing against new gTLDs and I have no idea what’s going to happen with them in 5, 10, or 20 years, but it’s my job to follow the market and strategize accordingly.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. Is it fair to say that most expensive registration costs associated with the new extensions is due to built in failure projection.

    If one believes a new extension will be successful/quantity there is no need to up the reg cost to balance the fact it likely will not be.

    This to me is a like showing your hand, you have literally said we bet we will fail for the most part but IF we do take off to a justifiable degree we can lower fee’s.


  2. My list matches yours verbatim. I just don’t get the gtld notion and don’t see a need for them to serve. They all seem so stupid to me. Just .coop and .name all over again.

    Sucker born every minute I guess.

  3. You are probably better off buying Bitcoin or even stocks than buying any new TLDs.

    Risk/Reward should be considered in any investment and I think that the new TLDs are weighted too strongly on the risk side.

    If some of the other domain investor predictions that it will take ten to 20 years to mature are true, well then, we have all the time in the world to make more carefully considered decisions.

  4. I pre registered the following

    Lose. Money



  5. I think i will be buying a few on 3 extensions OR up to $10,000 it would depend how much the reg fee would be.
    So far i have not bought anything.

    I rather spend now $10,000 for some premium names then later 10,000 for 1 name,but that’s me.

    It worked for me on .co

  6. Elliot,
    I have to agree with you. It is far too early to invest as a domainer in these new GTLD’s. The confusion will be overwhelming for the next year or longer.
    The real money will be made by some of the registries and the registrars.

    For those thinking of going in early, remember how hot .mobi or .xxx was at this same point in time. .mobi prices crashed and .xxx values have gone down sharply.

    Thats not saying that some of these new tld’s wont go up in value, because some will do very well.


  7. I MIGHT pre-register some for my own use but I don’t think there is any advantage to pre-registering. It’s not like you will get the domain if you pre-register. You have the privilege of being in the auction for the domain.

    What is the deadline for pre-registrations? Probably none since there isn’t even any release dates of ANY new gTLD so what’s the rush?

    Some speculators will pre-register for a quick flip and most will be disappointed.

    I got some great (what I thought was great .xxx domains). Spent like $1500 and NEVER had ONE inquiry on any of them and let them all drop.

    I did make some speculative money with .mobi but I got out VERY quick.

    I expect “pump and dump” for all new gTLDs.

  8. Wow, great threads on these new Tlds!

    Can I add:

    Todd mentioned “type in traffic is down”. Yes indeed and Panda has also eliminated traffic previously thought of by domainers as “type-ins” when in fact, it was not.

    Lack of analytics has been a big tactical error for domainers but at least now we have eliminate the problem – read Google has eliminated this issue!

    But to be hopeful:

    What is going to happen when this vicious recession – ends? This recession will end. And what is going to happen to demand then?

    And – I wouldn’t know like – would you say that might lead to an increase in typeins?

    Ah, yes round and round we spin.

    On a lighter note, this must be like manna for the bloggers!

  9. My view on the new Tod’s is that at best it will take years before end users will switch from dregging long and/or hyphenated reg fee.Coms and start regging new Tod’s in mass. It will take longer before they are willing to pay enough for aftermarket domains in these extensions to justify the risk of paying renewals far in excess of. Com renewals for years before you see a sale.

  10. Dang it. You copied my list.

    I am yet another domainer that sees little value in alternative tlds. They are, for the most part really silly.

  11. I lost money when I invested in .xxx.
    I invested in .xxx because Frank Schilling convinced me how good they are.
    I will not listen to this guy again.

    His talk

    Also, I hate when spam me with emails

    Hi xxx,

    Hope you are having a good day. It has been over one month since we discussed

    Are you still currently interested in this opportunity?

    Or are you still looking for an alternative?

    Please let me know if you need any assistance. ”

    It was not `over one month` but years back (sometimes I did not inquire about a domain at all).
    I, and many people I know, get emails like that all the time from Frank Schilling`s team.
    I hope he will not spam with new gTLDs offers

  12. gTLD applicants are desperately trying to solve a problem that just doesn’t exist. There is simply no demand for new extensions. Need a good name, go ahead and buy a .com from the reseller, Elliot Silver or the drop market. There are plenty available. If someone has the one you want, I have a suggestion – make arrangements to buy it from them. Gasp –capitalism!!! You have no entitlement to a good name just as you have none to an oceanfront home in California. Sure, getting one for cheap would be nice, but no one on this planet owes it to you. Americans have gotten to be fat and lazy with a sense of entitlement. I am here to tell you that the entitlement just doesn’t exist so stop whining and give it up on the “there are no more good names” argument.

  13. @125:

    Great video find of Schilling pitching .XXX! ROLF!!!

    How about this one?

    “Mobile phone purchases are outweighing personal computer purchases four to one around the globe, proving the necessity of the .mobi domain,” said Monte Cahn, Founder and CEO of “As the number of users who have Internet access on their mobile devices continues to increase, so does the opportunity for marketers to appeal to those consumers and establish their mobile brand presence.”

    Amazing to me how these snake-oil salesmen seem to keep popping up selling their doomed tld wares.

  14. Wise decision Elliot, my reserved GTLD’s is zero as well. I can think of a lot better places to spend my profits, like helping thousands of Filipino’s in need of emergency relief, I’ve been where they are, lived through many Typhoons just northeast of where this one hit, but nothing of this magnitude.. A big Thank You to all those who have donated and a special thanks (again) to organizations like the American Red Cross, their always there.

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