It would be hard to argue with the observation that domains ending in .com have ruled the roost in terms of popularity since the internet saw the world go online, and although there is no denying it’s staying power and continuing popularity, there are some challengers hoping to change our mindset.
The question that everyone would like answering in that respect, is which new gTLDs matter?
The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has accepted in excess of one thousand applications for new generic top level domains, since January 2013, but a fair percentage of these didn’t fare well in the popularity stakes.
This means that if you are trying to provide a viable alternative to .com, it is still a challenge to pick a winner amongst the losers.
ICANN has overseen all new gTLDs since 2000 and as you might expect, the cost of the domains can vary greatly, some just costing a few dollars a year, and others running into the thousands.
This infographic takes a look at the market for domains and provides a useful insight into which gTLDs are selling well and which ones have been flops. There is also a look at the revenue problems that ICANN are suffering as a result of disappointing fixed registry fees and other issues.
The burning question of course, is there anything out there now or potentially available in the future, that could prove as popular or more, than the all-conquering .com domain that we are all so familiar with?
Credit source WhoIsHostingThis.com