Are the New TLDs Worth Getting?

There’s no dispute .com is king. For many people .com is the internet. But tech savvy people know that there’s a lot more Top-Level Domains (TLDs) out there.

Besides .com there’s .net, .org, .edu, .gov, .biz, .us and so on. There are even country TLDs like .ru for Russia and .it for Italy. There are over 200 countries in the world, so you can imagine that list would be fairly long.

Then ICANN opened up topic and industry specific TLDs like .blog, .church, .school, .tech and so on. Which brings us to the question of this post: Are these new TLDs worth getting?

Yes and no. This is an opinion. Google has stated that all TLDs will be treated fairly. So in theory, there’s no problem in getting one. People do not look at the domains that closely in a Google search anyway.

The Cons of the New TLDs

But, when sharing a link such as aaronjosephgarcia.blog you may run into a short term problem with auto-hyperlinking. Your messaging app may not recognize aaronjosephgarcia.blog as a URL and therefore it won’t be clickable like aaronjosephgarcia.com would be. And that can be a real bummer, if you’re trying to share a link.

Also, most people won’t remember .blog and will most likely substitute for .com. And that won’t be good either. About the only thing the new TLDs are good for is looking clean on a business card.

The Pros of the New TLDs

All that being said, eventually all messaging apps will recognize .blog and .com equally. And at which point things might change. Google might start to recognize these new TLDs based on the category they’re in. And if you’re one of the early adopters to select a short TLD, it might be worthwhile in the future. Example last.fm.

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  1. I’ve looked at plenty of these domain names as alternatives when mine was taken. However, .com .org and .net remain the most popular AND most trustworthy. The problem with .biz, .us, .blog, .group, etc. is that many people see them as less trustworthy and spam related since obtaining a domain name with that extension is fairly easy. Phisher websites use them or even “illegal” streaming sites.

    .gov and .edu are specific domains and are only used under special organizations for their respective market / organization. .[country] is obviously linked to a country of some sort most of the time but even those are questionable at times.

    If you are going into business, .com is still the main one. If it’s a blog, vlog, or non profit of some sort, some can get away with other off brand domain extensions. Still, psychologically it presents a trust issue. When tech savvy enterprises feel there are more domains out there that people will accept, I feel they’re being a bit naive in that respect. Only exceptions are the organizations I mentioned above and perhaps other companies that don’t necessarily have a lot of web traffic because they are very technical or niche businesses to where the public doesn’t generally visit them.

    Also, domain squatting is a real business and I wish it didn’t exist.

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    1. Gradually this perception will change. My domain is https://agarcia.tv and I’ve been using it since 2011. https://blockchain.info is a bitcoin wallet that handles transactions. http://www.clipconverter.cc is a website that converts video and audio formats. http://instagr.am was the original domain for https://www.instagram.com, it was trusted enough to get them to where they are now. Granted they did purchase instagram.com when they had the money to. Point being, a TLD is simply that. There are a lot of .com domains that are shady. It’s a perception that will change. People click on links in Google, some don’t pay that much attention. But, if given an address they may not visit it if it looks weird. I’d say there are three groups, people who don’t notice, people who notice and are skeptical and people who understand what they are and aren’t afraid of them.

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