Alternative TLDs



  • What do you all think of using some of the more uncommon TLDs for a business? I know what NTG/ML think given their usage of .co and .it, but I was curious about the general feeling. I'm considering using a .it, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.



  • I always prefer .com if available.

    .net is my second choice.



  • @aaronstuder said in Alternative TLDs:

    I always prefer .com if available.

    Yeah, me too. But it rarely is.


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    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.



  • @scottalanmiller I am bidding on a 2 letter .io domain 🙂



  • I think it is becoming more common to use .io or .it instead of .com and .net as they are becoming more rare. I have considered and want to get either a .me or a .it personally, but just haven't pulled the trigger on it yet.


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    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.

    I think this is just because people have barely learned what a domain name is. Actually people still don't know.

    But I have nothing against the custom TLD. I like them. Any TLD is about marketing. And custom marketing will always have a better chance of sticking in a person's head.

    I mean even ML did it. You guys did not have to chose the .it TLD. That was a marketing choice because it is an IT community.


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    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.

    I think this is just because people have barely learned what a domain name is. Actually people still don't know.

    But I have nothing against the custom TLD. I like them. Any TLD is about marketing. And custom marketing will always have a better chance of sticking in a person's head.

    I mean even ML did it. You guys did not have to chose the .it TLD. That was a marketing choice because it is an IT community.

    The problem that I see with long ones is often they are unknown and no longer look like what people think URLs should look like.

    So bob.community as a community for guys named Bob is confusing to look at. It looks like some weird naming convention, rather than a URL to the eye. People often see those and don't even realize that it is a URL.



  • It also makes it more difficult to discern the good guys from the bad ones.


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    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.

    I think this is just because people have barely learned what a domain name is. Actually people still don't know.

    But I have nothing against the custom TLD. I like them. Any TLD is about marketing. And custom marketing will always have a better chance of sticking in a person's head.

    I mean even ML did it. You guys did not have to chose the .it TLD. That was a marketing choice because it is an IT community.

    The problem that I see with long ones is often they are unknown and no longer look like what people think URLs should look like.

    So bob.community as a community for guys named Bob is confusing to look at. It looks like some weird naming convention, rather than a URL to the eye. People often see those and don't even realize that it is a URL.

    People do not know what a URL is supposed to look like anyway.

    They just need to see the marketing and remember long enough to type it into their device. And a catchy name is always better.


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    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.

    I think this is just because people have barely learned what a domain name is. Actually people still don't know.

    But I have nothing against the custom TLD. I like them. Any TLD is about marketing. And custom marketing will always have a better chance of sticking in a person's head.

    I mean even ML did it. You guys did not have to chose the .it TLD. That was a marketing choice because it is an IT community.

    The problem that I see with long ones is often they are unknown and no longer look like what people think URLs should look like.

    So bob.community as a community for guys named Bob is confusing to look at. It looks like some weird naming convention, rather than a URL to the eye. People often see those and don't even realize that it is a URL.

    People do not know what a URL is supposed to look like anyway.

    They just need to see the marketing and remember long enough to type it into their device. And a catchy name is always better.

    That's my point, they see those and don't know to type it is somewhere. They have no idea that they are supposed to use it on a computer. That's the issue.


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    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.

    I think this is just because people have barely learned what a domain name is. Actually people still don't know.

    But I have nothing against the custom TLD. I like them. Any TLD is about marketing. And custom marketing will always have a better chance of sticking in a person's head.

    I mean even ML did it. You guys did not have to chose the .it TLD. That was a marketing choice because it is an IT community.

    The problem that I see with long ones is often they are unknown and no longer look like what people think URLs should look like.

    So bob.community as a community for guys named Bob is confusing to look at. It looks like some weird naming convention, rather than a URL to the eye. People often see those and don't even realize that it is a URL.

    People do not know what a URL is supposed to look like anyway.

    They just need to see the marketing and remember long enough to type it into their device. And a catchy name is always better.

    That's my point, they see those and don't know to type it is somewhere. They have no idea that they are supposed to use it on a computer. That's the issue.

    They know it just the same as they knew to type in a .com when those came out. It is zero different.


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    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    @jaredbusch said in Alternative TLDs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Alternative TLDs:

    Short ones I think work well. The new long ones that are all whacky are weird to read and people can't figure out what they are.

    I think this is just because people have barely learned what a domain name is. Actually people still don't know.

    But I have nothing against the custom TLD. I like them. Any TLD is about marketing. And custom marketing will always have a better chance of sticking in a person's head.

    I mean even ML did it. You guys did not have to chose the .it TLD. That was a marketing choice because it is an IT community.

    The problem that I see with long ones is often they are unknown and no longer look like what people think URLs should look like.

    So bob.community as a community for guys named Bob is confusing to look at. It looks like some weird naming convention, rather than a URL to the eye. People often see those and don't even realize that it is a URL.

    People do not know what a URL is supposed to look like anyway.

    They just need to see the marketing and remember long enough to type it into their device. And a catchy name is always better.

    That's my point, they see those and don't know to type it is somewhere. They have no idea that they are supposed to use it on a computer. That's the issue.

    They know it just the same as they knew to type in a .com when those came out. It is zero different.

    No, my point is that it is not the same at all. When .com came out, it was unique and very quickly recognizable. These new ones lack that and there is no trigger to make people think that they are supposed to type it into a computer. It's very different in how humans perceive it, and it comes from a lack of the standardization. We used to say "see that .com, it tells you it is for your computer" but we can't do that now.



  • Also many of the new ones seem to only be used by scammers/spammers. Probably due to the fact there are so many of them now(tlds and spammers).
    .top
    .xyz
    .win
    All of these are newer tlds that legit people can use, but in reality i have only ever gotten spam or a bunch of login attempts from them.

    I still dont get why some of these new tld are managed by companies like Amazon or Gallo vineyards or this company called Donuts, which seems to have been setup specifically to gank management of as many of these tld as possible.


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