Investing in premium dot com versus new extensions
What benefit would I have investing in a super premium dot com versus one of over 1000 new extensions (i.e. .shop, .web, etc) releasing between 2014 and 2015? What can I benefit from dot com. I realize dot com operates a large percentage of the Internet but how would that benefit me, my domain, and my website?
Do you intend to "invest" (really it's speculating) in a domain name or start and operate a revenue generating website?
Absolutely. My plan is to operate a revenue generating website. At the end of the day wouldn't it be what I invest in the actual domain/website (i.e. Gorilla Marketing, SEO, Adwords, etc)? Would really having a dot com really make a difference?
Found this bit of information. Anyone else care to share their input?
Why is dot com the most preferred domain extension?
Credibility: Dot com has the highest recall of all domain extensions. Almost anyone familiar with the web relates to a “dot com”. A site with a less familiar domain extension may not have the same credibility as the same name with a dot com extension.
Default Extension: Even if you type in “website” into the browser address bar instead of “website.com”, many browsers today check for the dot com extension by default. As such, instead of returning an error message, your visitors will still reach your website if your website has a dot com extension.
What was that domain? If your customers know your business name but either do not know or have forgotten your domain name, they are most likely to try out “yourbusiness.com” to find your business. Many of them may not think of trying a .org, .net, .biz or other domain extensions.
Resale value: You may not be buying a domain name to sell it. But if you were to ever consider selling your domain name in future, a dot com extension is most likely to fetch you the best price.
It does not mean that you should only have a dot com and other domain extensions are undesirable or useless. That’s certainly not the case. When you look for your preferred domain name, you should always try to see if a dot com is available. Next, you may want to try the domain name with hyphens or different variations of the name.
However, if a dot com is not available for any of your preferred names, you may want to seriously consider one of the other domain extensions. If your business is local or geographically targeting a certain region, you may want to consider a country-specific domain extension. As stated earlier, it is more important that your domain name reflects your business, is easy to remember and spell than to have a dot com domain extension. But it is the best if you can get the perfect name and the dot com extension.
Last edited by silvereagle510; 01-13-2014 at 04:50 AM.