Earlier this afternoon, Ian Andrew from Dotcom Agency asked .XYZ Registry CEO Daniel Negari an interesting question about XYZ.com forwarding:
— Domain Comment (@domaincomment) August 19, 2015
It looks like the answer to this question is yes. If you visit urls like ABC.xyz.com or Place.xyz.com, you can see that visitors are automatically forwarded to the correct .XYZ website. This is smart because I presume there is going to be some confusion for people who hear about a website via word of mouth in the short term. Even though this traffic might be small, it’s better that it gets to the correct website rather than being routed elsewhere.
There don’t seem to be a ton of new gTLD registries that own the exact match .com domain name of their extension. Not owning the EMD could benefit the owners of those domain names who receive added traffic as a result of typos, although I would imagine the percentage of this error traffic is likely small and should decrease over time. In addition, the owners would likely need to have some sort of subdomain wildcarding in order to take advantage of those typos, or they might end up on ISP error pages instead.
I asked .XYZ Registry CEO Daniel Negari about this, and here’s what he had to say about the forwarding:
There is not that much traffic that actually hits it.
I committed to providing this as a service as in the earlier days some people mcight have hit it.
Very happy to see that as awareness grows and .xyz is more popular less people use this service to correct a mistype.