“I can’t wait to register web.site” says the title over at HybridDomainer.com, going on to describe an utopian scenario envisaged by the two developers of registering web.site for $10.
They were of course referring to the newgTLD program of ICANN currently has underway.
Good luck with that buddy.
You’re completely delusional if you think you’re going to hand register great brands for $10.
Not going to happen by a long shot.
The only difference in the newgtlds will be that the registry will be licking the premium cream instead of domain investors.
Some domain investors might get good brands ‘pre release’ and through other ‘inside track’ investments, but the average joe is still going to have to slug it out to get good brands from an extension and this will be true for most extensions.
Here’s what going to happen for most top keywords in the generic extensions:
- The registry will ‘reserve’ top brands for auctions.
- Industry investors will get a pick of top generic domains as a ‘pre-launch’ deal.
- The Sunrise registration phase.
- The Landrush registration phase.
- Then will come the $10 for a domain stage.
It’s entirely unlikely that by the time you come stage 5 you’ll find anything that you really MUST have.
Be prepared to get in first, whichever tack suits you best, if you really have to have top domains in newgtlds too, it’s not going to be a cake walk!
Do you think you could get top domains without any effort, just because there are 1000s of new extensions?