Regardless of where you get your domain name related news and information, you’re bound to see plenty of articles and threads about the new gTLD domain names. New gTLD domain names are coming, and they are going to have a big impact on the business of investing in domain names.
Now that we’re close to the point where new gTLDs are going to be available, and we’re past the point where companies are advertising the new TLDs, I am curious if you would reconsider your decision to not apply for new gTLDs, assuming you are in the majority and are not an applicant.
In a Domain Sherpa interview last week, Daniel Negari said his decision to spend more than a half a million on his three new gTLD applications “was one of the biggest no-brainer investments that I have ever had to consider.” I’ve heard others say similar things about their applications, so it seems to me that there are few regrets.
I would venture a guess that nearly all of us will own at least one nTLD domain name within the next few years, and some of us will likely be owners of large portfolios of these new TLD domain names. The closer we get to new gTLD availability, the more it seems people are finally accepting that these new extensions are coming and will impact this business in many ways. The actual impact is yet to be determined (and probably won’t be fully realized for several years) but it will be fun to observe and see how things shake out.
Now that we are close to seeing these new gTLDs be approved and marketed, I am wondering if you would apply for a new gTLD if you could turn back time and had the capital to apply. Vote in the poll below, and feel free to add a comment. You’re also welcome to share what new gTLD you’d apply for if given the opportunity to turn back time.