Feb 16

ICANNs gTLD Applicant List Detailed

On February 7th, 2012, ICANNWiki published a wiki list comprised of known applications for TLDs being applied for in ICANN’s New gTLD Program. It is broken down by what “type” of gTLD the applicant is applying for.

A lot of information has been added to this list since it was released about the applicant and registry provider for each new gTLD.  As the applicants make themselves known, their reference information is added to the list.

A number of the new extensions will undoubtedly be accepted and will expand the list of accepted extensions currently available on the web.

The root zone database list of active domain extensions is bigger than you may expect as many country code extensions (ccTLDs) heavily populate the list.  Country code extensions contain abbreviations like like, .tv (Tuvalu), .cc (Cocos Islands), .us (United States), and .ca (Canada) and can provide branded variations to a .com.

When the new extensions are added to this list you will have many more choices available for domain name and website addresses. Stay tuned as we monitor the new gTLD applicant program and prepare for newly available extensions in early 2013.

UPDATE:  Kate appropriately mentions that ICANNWiki is not an official operation of ICANN.  This article was updated to reflect this information.

Feb 02

Rise In Alternative Top Level Domain Popularity

Sedo’s domain market study is showing a rise in alternative top level domain popularity in which they state:

At 44%, .com domains were the most frequently traded in 2011, with .de names a strong second at 18%. 2011 saw 150 different TLDs being traded on the marketplace, and for the first time, previous top ten candidates such as .fr and .es dropped down the list to be replaced by .co and .me.

New ccTLDs on the block, .co and .me, are entering the market strongly with respectable resale values as they move into the top ten most frequently sold TLDs:

The average and median prices for both of these TLDs suggest a strong future. Both .co and .me benefit from their value to advertisers, marketers, and individuals looking for a strong, brandable alternative to .com names for their online presence. Key examples of their recent use have been Twitter’s t.co, and Google’s plus.me.

Top 10 highest price domain purchases last year include gambling.com for $2.5M, dudu.com for $1M, and 88.com for $850k.  A ccTLD domain, aktien.de, made the list at number 4 selling for €500k.