Yesterday, I read Kevin Murphy’s article, “Is the free ride over for Verisign’s .net?” In the article, cited comments from Verisign CEO Jim Bidzos and Verisign CFO George Kilguss regarding the current state of .net domain names and their future.
After sharing public comments made by Bidzos and Kilguss, Murphy wrote, “As .com buyers start to see more and more options for duplicative or defensive registrations in their shopping carts, they’re going to be less likely to grab the .net to match their .com, in my opinion.” I tend to agree with Murphy on this, although I’ve never really bought the .net (or .org), especially if it involved paying a premium.
With the new gTLD options available, I am curious about whether you would choose a .net domain name or a new gTLD domain name, assuming a comparable price. I say “comparable price” because most keywords of value in .net would need to be purchased on the secondary market, and most keywords of value in new gTLD would likely need to be purchased from the registry or from a domain investor that already bought it.
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