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What Will Tomorrow’s Conclusions Be?

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Andrei

Tomorrow might not be an extremely busy day in terms of new gTLD launches (only two General Availability phases: Dot London and Dot Global) but as a reader mentioned yesterday, a lot of conclusions will most likely be drawn.

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Higher Registration Prices, More Profits

Posted on 04 September 2014 by Andrei

Mike Berkens blogged about the first day numbers for the 7 new gTLDs which entered the General Availability phase yesterday and some interesting conclusions can be drawn.

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Did You Register Any New gTLDs Today?

Posted on 03 September 2014 by Andrei

The following new gTLDs entered the General Availability period today:

Dot Audio
Dot Claims
Dot Credit
Dot CreditCard
Dot Gratis (”gratis” = “free” in German and a few other languages)
Dot HipHop
Dot Juegos

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How Will Legacy TLDs Be Affected by New gTLDs?

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Andrei

Do I think legacy TLDs (Dot Info, Dot Biz and so on) will be affected by new gTLDs in a negative manner? Yes, I do.

Do I think legacy TLDs will be affected by new gTLDs in a positive manner? Yes, I do.

Now that everyone’s confused, it’s time to explain why my answer to both questions was “yes” and try to put things in perspective.

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Geo New gTLDs Are Clearly Outperforming

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Andrei

The first results for the newly launched Dot Hamburg (large German city) are in and after the first day of General Availability, there are 13,793 domains. Solid results and all in all, I can’t remember any geos about which you can say that they were a flop.

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The “Too Many Similar Extensions” Situation

Posted on 26 August 2014 by Andrei

To give you an example, there will be 4 law-related extensions initially: Dot Attorney, Dot Law, Dot Lawyer and Dot Legal. Since we also have singular/plural-related issues such as Dot Accountant vs. Dot Accountants, I’m reasonably confident that in the future, we’ll also have a Dot Attorneys new gTLD as well as a Dot Lawyers one.

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Should Domain Forums Have a Marketplace Section for New gTLDs?

Posted on 25 August 2014 by Andrei

I’m quite surprised that at this point, domain forums don’t have a marketplace section for new gTLDs. It would be an important step towards generating reseller market activity, so the fact that there’s no such thing yet is definitely not good at all for the new extensions.

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Domainers and Registry Operators, A Short-Term Paradox?

Posted on 22 August 2014 by Andrei

The Dot Investments new gTLD has 877 registrations after the first day of General Availability and while that number is not exactly impressive, the registry did reasonably well financially. Why? Because a .investments domain costs about 2x – 3x more than most new gTLDs.

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High New gTLD Registration/Renwal Fees – Let’s Crunch Some Numbers

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Andrei

As mentioned yesterday, I liked the Dot Investments extension but at 80+ bucks a pop, I decided to pass because I just don’t see how there can be any money in it for domainers at these price levels.

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For How Many Years Are You Willing to Keep Renewing?

Posted on 19 August 2014 by Andrei

Yesterday, I posted about the fact that in the absence of end user new gTLD adoption and of course sales, domainers will not keep renewing inventory.

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