Because usually over 1,000,000,000 Google SERP(1) say so and because people usually first look out for a .com. A no .com TLD usually means a No Deal. Country code Top Level Domains and the original Generic Top Level Domains are the serious ones. All of the rest have at the right side of the separator dot identifier names that appear most of the time in a original generic domain at the left side of the separator dot.
Internet Domains are just addresses on the Domain Name System DNS, better known as the Internet. Like buildings in a city, where one day there can be a fish shop operated by a Mr. Baker and the day after a bakery operated by a Mrs. Fisher. A week later, on the same spot, could be a marketing firm called SL-RP that has a website up at something like sl-rp.us!
The DNS consists of 13 special computers, called root servers. Find easy non technical information here.
On the Internet, the address of a company does not necessarily describe what is going on there. It could, but the address can just as well be the name of the owner or the name of his favorite pet or any whatever allowed character combination.
Almost any domain can be used for any almost project, and there is no such a thing as market value or fair market value. Each individual valuates things from his or her own perspectives, and each individual has some preferences. What seems fair to one person may very well appear to be exaggerated in one or another way.
In the early days of the Internet the .com domains were preferred for business entities, while .net domains were preferred for supporting entities and .org domains for no-profit entities. Now, commerce is being conducted from .com, .net and .org websites. Dot com is anyway very popular.
Internet domains with the .com TLD are the most popular, most valuable, and the most hard Internet addresses to get and here is why:
Some domains with another extension have been sold for plenty money, but .com domains are by far most popular in business. And most expensive. To have no dot com Internet domain does not mean a company or whatever instance is unworthy. Only, dot com is known as most representative for commerce.
Different parameters. Investors, speculators, wholesalers, retailers, brokers, and end users usually handle very different parameters in their valuations. What is important for one person is usually very different for somebody else. What is trash for one person can be worth as much as gold for somebody else.
For domain traders it is important to remember that a domain needs to be sold fast to have some money for the seller, and for the buyer to get the domain before the competition finds out about it. Many people cannot make the difference between selling and/or buying a domain as a wholesaler or as an end user.
Also, there are parameters that people just do not tell to appraisers. By example, that they are nearly broke and desperately need to sell something at any price. So better not take each and every appraisal for absolute truth. Do not forget that the appraiser collects a commission.
It is all mainly a matter of Belief. Domain trading websites generally offer selling and buying facilities for domains with other than .com extensions too. On the contrary, on this this website only dot com domains are offered for sale. This is an interesting approach in this industry, and it works for everybody. There are other business models based upon other theories, especially among resellers, brokers, and auctioneers. The core product here is trading in dot com Internet domains and to develop and market projects using dot com domains.
How to find a domain that suits Your project? If You already operate an activity under a name, then try to have a domain with that name in it or get a domain that describes one or more aspects of Your activity. A slogan or an abbreviation referring to an activity or address etc. is also often used.
A rather good idea concerning describing domains is here. Here again, it is said that .com is a much better dot extension!
In the end, if You are out of ideas on what name to choose for Your domain, remember that You can use almost any character combination for that purpose provided it does not conflict with a trade mark or a service mark.
Of course, You can try to get the domain name You want with an other TLD than .com. It will work, but it is no dot com. And .com rules.
Language, wording, extensions. It is common to accept that the domain name (SLD) can only be an abbreviation or a dictionary word, or an existing derivative of a dictionary word in a language. Domain names in any language are accepted. Although English is the universal business and industry language on this planet, dot com domains in other languages do exist and do very well.
It is widely believed that the majority of Internet users accepts English names to be most valuable, together with the .com TLD. However, domains in other languages have also been purchased for big money.
IDN domains: Who is using an IDN domain? Where are those people having and using a keyboard that makes usage of IDN domains easy? Who types in IDN words in a Google, Yahoo, or any whatever search engine? Like it or not, IDN domains are only popular among domain speculators. The number of IDN domains used for websites is low.
Information concerning IDN domains can be found on the official domain related websites down under this page.
Name length does not matter, since people usually write down things they do not want to forget. Certain everyday words are just longer than, say, 16 letters.
Remember the movie Mary Poppins, when almost everybody from 3 years old and up sang the lead song with the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Please watch this: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Better come back to Earth and admit that length matters only for people who are short of memory. And even then, those people usually write down what they cannot remember.
The shorter the better? That is what experts said for many years, and some are still saying it. But look: Now we are going to have domains with a longer TLD than the SLD. For non-experts: TLD stands for Top Level Domain (domain Extension), while SLD stands for Second Level Domain (domain Name).
Numbers are popular if they appear first or last in the domain name or in some place as it appears in reality. As such, 123eightstreet.com, eightstreet123.com and eight123street.com could be accepted for us. 123piano.com, by17candles.com, etc. are not really interesting for us. That does not mean the latter domains can never be useful for some purpose. Unpopular names, people, places, items, projects, etc. have become popular before.
Repeating identical characters are not popular, unless they are dictionary words. Xmen.com is okay as for a title etc. XLmen.com is okay as for Extra Large Men. XXLwomen.com is okay as for Extra Large Women. XXmen.com, LLmen.com etc. are not valid unless an acceptable explanation is given. But hey, what not is can come! Maybe somebody will use something ass LLmen.com one day
Exceptions are made for existing websites that provide some truly no-nonsense service or product. Internet domains are just addresses, so any domain can be used for any purpose, whatever some people pretend.
Strange .com domains are welcome if they are effectively used for something that is useful to somebody or a group, provided it is legal in the country where it is operating and it has legal activities. It can be descriptive or just strange or funny. Tucows.com is valid, because Tucows is an existing brand.
Here are a few examples:
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is important if the domain does not contain any part of a business, institute, person, etc. A website must not necessarily have as flag the company name, a product name, the name of the founder, whatever. It is enough that people know that a website belongs to a company or institute. And that is why it is important that search engines like the domain name or the website, and why it is even more important if search engines like both domain and website.
Dictionary talks: Although any name (SLD) and extension (TLD) or country Code (CC) combination can be used for any web account, chances are high that most people use dictionary words or derivatives thereof in most circumstances. And that could very well count for every language.
Other gTLD coming? Who cares about a domain extension? Mainly Registrars and Investors have most interest in promoting and accepting to sell new generic Top Level Domains like .club, etc. As this is being written, there are already a few hundred of these new generic Top Level Domains.
A while ago, it was imperative that a domain was as short as possible in order to not forget it. And what is here now?
Here is an article by Zeus Kerravala of NetWorkWorld.com (a 3-word dot com) - New generic top-level domain names do more harm than good
Eventually, everybody has own preferences in everything. Concerning the new gTLD tsunami, it should again be understood that most end users usually have other domain requirements than most investors, whatever people blog around. This takes us to the next paragraph ...
Everybody an Expert? What makes somebody an expert? Ask him or her! Not everything the experts say is correct. They often use wrong parameters or they use parameters wrongly. You are kindly advised to be extremely critical about domain related information published on domain trading websites, and on domain related forums.
So many domain Gurus out there, telling You how to do this and how to do that. In fact, they are explaining how to compete with them. Anything can be sold to the right people, under the right circumstances including the right price. But what is right? It is how one perceives it. Often, emotions play the most important role.
Income from advertising? Can advertising by affiliate programs (income per click) cover a part of the expenses made? How many people and businesses pay hundreds of dollars to buy part of a web page for week or even a day? Rotating banners on a page? Anybody believes they are noticed, far from being clicked upon? All this on a page where people land because of a misleading search engine result?
Domain selling websites offer all sorts of domain related services, protecting them self by huge terms. Almost always there is a fine print that says effective transactions can be very different from what is expected. And it usually is. You may want to take a look at the appraising and selling terms of domain trading websites. If You read it all, You see what is being explained here is right. And what the finest print say is usually right.
Domain related forums and newsletters are mainly used to get ads and signatures as often as possible published. The greater part of postings are opinions or marketing statements. Beware for self-proclaimed experts. So many people asking for free advice, and so many people do give it. And for free!
It is imperative, that preceding the announcement of any whatever statistic, it is explained how the statistic has been created and that is is not representative for any living being in the universe.
Do not mistake: Statistics are just collections of information of Past Events and interpretation is personal and always unscientific. It is not always wise to rely upon extrapolation.
Value estimation. Value is in between the ears. A matter of Belief. It is not because a million people say You must spend less than a $100.00 for something You really want that You should not pay the double or more to get it. It is Your business, not the business of the appraiser. If You hesitate long enough somebody else will have what You want. Do not be surprised if You sell today a domain for some $25,00 on a forum or else because You are desperate, just to see it a few days later offered in the Premium Domain selling section of a large domain business. It happens every day.
Overpricing and Underpricing: Do not believe everything that people say. Underpricing and Overpricing are terms invented by domain traders and jealous people. Underpricing and Overpricing are totally unscientific and usually purely emotional standpoints.
Beware: Usually, when a sale claim says a domain has been sold for big money, that usually really means it is about an organization or a company etc. with important assets including that specific domain. Not only the domain! And payment often has been done in part or in full in another way than by money, i.e. stocks, bonds and other assets. Nobody tells, but that is what happens often.
Budget is sensitive information, so keep it secret: Some domain related forums insist that potential domain buyers publish their available budget. This kind of inside information should never ever be revealed.
Traffic is not always relevant. If You are somehow directed to a web page with content that is not interesting to You, how likely is it that You are going to spend time looking at the ads on that page? How likely is it that You would want to come back there or at least bookmark the page? How likely is it that, from a search result, You immediately pick a website that fits Your needs?
Surely, You will not want to type in again that same word that took You to the page with for You irrelevant content?
With this in mind, it is clear that lots of web traffic only generate useless server loads. Plenty traffic could become very expensive in bandwidth fees, potentially ruining You if You use rented web hosting. Traffic, only for the traffic, is expensive and useless.
Targeted traffic is wishful thinking, because a visit to a web page usually comes from a click on some link instead of a type-in. People visiting Your web page are directed to You from a service that puts You on a list of people. Neatly, the list should be of people with similar interests - connected somehow to Your web content. Very often, You get on some other list. They can be purchased all over the Internet, and else.
Also, traffic from a user group is not necessarily relevant for the new domain registrant. Indeed, the new website could well be used for totally different purposes.
Fair Market Prices do not exist. What is fair for one person can very well be exaggerated in the eyes of somebody else. Remember that if You join a community, You are expected to accept their ideas about many things including dress code and value estimation theories. House rule, that is.
If You want something, then go for it! Do whatever it takes to get it or just forget it! So if You want a Internet domain, then go for it and pay what it takes. It is business as usual, with the principles of supply and demand. And that people do need some money or other capital.
No money? You should try to negotiate alternative payment options with the seller of the domain You want, in part or in full. Apart from that, there are many people out there desperately looking on how to invest their money, ready to see their assets grow thanks to You or somebody else. Millions of people have money they want to invest rather than leave it in the bank.
Investments are tax deductible in many countries, and for that reason investing is not really a risk. So purchase prices should not be a great problem. Anyway, whatever a price, negotiations are often possible.
It only takes a good idea. Many businesses have a website on a url that reflects little or nothing about their business. That is alright if they already have enough returning customers. If the business or institute etc. wants to gather additional customers via a website, it is paramount that the website appears high in search results. It could be very important to get a other domain name, one that connects somehow with the business. This said, it is usually all about the content of the website.
There are millions of start up companies, as well as established companies, that could profit from a new look, new brand, new slogan, etc. It only takes to find the businesses or institutes and convince them to get a more efficient or appealing domain for their website. A catchy slogan usually does it.
So, then, why .com? Because people usually think dot com before any other domain extension and because the biggest companies have a .com domain. Because they know why! Below are links to very interesting information from other domain trading instances. You are kindly invited to look at all off them, as it can and will help You to understand why .com domains are most important.
The End of the Dot Com? Are the new Generic Top Level Domains the end of the .com? No, .com domains are just becoming more interesting for the current end users and investors. The new Generic Top Level Domains are just as useful as the Country Code Domains: Second rank identifiers. Useful, but not classy.
Relaxed, as usual ...
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1Because about 6,960,000,000 Google SERP(1) said so on the 6th of September 2014 and because people usually first look for a .com. You must do a world-Wide search on Google.com and not on any other Google search engine such as Google.be or so. You want to be found World-Wide, or not?! Then, on Google.com, do a search for: why .com is better .
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