The Pricing of Internet Domain Names Looks Kind of Random

domainking131

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What does it mean that a web address ending in .pizza costs more than one ending in .beer? Or that .bar costs more than .academy? That .church is pricier than .company? Hard to say. Maybe it doesn’t mean anything at all.

Judging from a casual browse, the rental rates for top-level domains (.com, .net, .pizza, etc.) seem to be only tangentially related to the forces of supply and demand. They look more like a big pricing experiment in a sector of the economy that’s in flux.


“It’s not a true market,” says Joseph Cohen, the founder and president of a Brooklyn-based startup, Universe, that makes a phone app for building simple mobile phone websites. “There’s sort of a market, but it’s not very efficient or liquid.”


The most popular domain name, .com, is also the cheapest on Cohen’s site. It costs just $2.99 a month for a package including the domain name, web authoring tools, and hosting. He charges more for .sexy ($9.99 a month) and .farm ($6.99 a month).


You might think that a .com address would be more expensive since it’s more popular. The twist is that the name you want for your website probably isn’t available with a .com extension. So, sure, you can pay just $2.99 a month, but you’ll have to come up with a long, complicated tongue-twister that won’t look good in ads and on business cards.

As in the Cambrian explosion of 500 million years ago, when many of today’s life forms came into existence, the number of top-level domains exploded in 2012 after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) authorized about 1,200 new ones. That's when .pizza and .beer, for example, became available. So even though angelospizza.com is taken, GoDaddy.com can rent you angelos.pizza. Short and to the point.

Likewise, “If you sell diamond jewelry and no .com is available for less than six figures, you might want to consider .diamonds or .jewelry,” says Chris Boggs, founder of Web Traffic Advisors in Wilton, N.Y.

According to the website nTLDStats.com, the most popular of the new top-level domain names is .xyz, with a 21 percent share, followed by .top, .loan, .win, .club, .vip, and .online. Most of the 1,200 have virtually no takers. By the time you get to #308, which is .poker, you're down to a 0.01 percent market share. That’s frustrating if you’re the investor who gambled on .poker.

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JackD

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I would say that is the .com is not available for less than six figures, I might want to look at other extensions. Times are changing and more people do accept the different extensions but for now, the majority of people still think .com and still automatically type .com so if you can get it and can afford it, go with the dot com. That holds true for most countries but in some countries the country TLD is more popular, like India's .co.in as well as .in and Great Britain's .co.uk In these examples I would not pay the price of the .com.
 

ritchie

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I would say that is the .com is not available for less than six figures, I might want to look at other extensions. Times are changing and more people do accept the different extensions but for now, the majority of people still think .com and still automatically type .com so if you can get it and can afford it, go with the dot com. That holds true for most countries but in some countries the country TLD is more popular, like India's .co.in as well as .in and Great Britain's .co.uk In these examples I would not pay the price of the .com.
For a long time, I used to think .com but other extensions are beginning to make more sense now. It wouldn't make economic sense to go for a pricier domain when there are cheaper alternatives.
 

robert4u

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For a long time, I used to think .com but other extensions are beginning to make more sense now. It wouldn't make economic sense to go for a pricier domain when there are cheaper alternatives.
May be times have change and people are accepting other tld but I believe .com is always preferable, anything that can beat .com is country tld.
 

ritchie

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@robert4u, what would be the reason for .com's popularity over all the others? The fact that it has been there for sometime? To some extent, I'd probably think that it's a monopoly of some sort.
 

ritchie

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@robert4u, what would be the reason for .com's popularity over all the others? The fact that it has been there for sometime? To some extent, I'd probably think that it's a monopoly of some sort.
 
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