I sometimes fall into internet search black holes. By the time I crawl my way out of the hole, I’m tired, hungry, and I’ve wasted a lot of time on unimportant things.
I fell into a hole this week when attempting to buy a new website (more to come on that soon). The “.com” “.net” and “.org” versions of my desired domain name were all taken.
However, I could purchase “.club,” “.design” “.associates” “.live” and several others.
In fact, there are over 1,000 top-level domains (not all are publically available). I had no idea there were so many, hence my plunge into the black hole.
There is “.beer” “.wine” “.vodka” and even “.rehab”
You can get a “.men,” but sorry ladies, there is no “.women”
I started thinking about the implications of so many top-level domains. A few things I wonder:
What impact does 1,000+ top-level domains have on brands? For example Bud.Beer is available for the price of $5,199.99.
Do obscure top-level domains hurt SEO?
Are folks too hard wired to type in anything other than “.com” or is so much website traffic driven from Google that it doesn’t matter what top level domain you use?
Does any of this matter at all?
I have no insights, just questions. I’ve wasted enough of your time and mine on this.
Have a great weekend everyone.