A 'Not-Com' Era Is Coming

Most experts will advise you to choose “.com” domain name for your company’s website. This is the oldest domain extension and the largest and the most popular TLD. Its original purpose was to mark commercial web addresses, and single them out from networking (‘.net’), educational (‘.edu’), and organizational (‘.org’) ones. Due to ‘.com’ domain extension’s popularity entrepreneurs often have problems with finding an available domain name, that’s suitable for their company’s business. In this article we will determine major difficulties when choosing ‘.com’ domains and try to find the best available alternatives entrepreneurs can use instead.

Why domain name is important

On the web, domain name represents both address and company’s name, and therefore it is one of the most useful and practical branding tools. Companies with unattractive domain names which are hard to type or remember, can’t use various digital marketing benefits. They also need to put much more time, effort and money into search engine optimization in order to become visible in search engine results.

Consequences of ‘.com’s popularity

This is still the most popular domain abbreviation, but since all companies, organizations and individuals tend to buy it, it is very hard to find an available domain name. This also means that new businesses first needs to check domain availability and then to choose the appropriate company name. Both company and domain name are very powerful branding tools and figuring out the right combination that will represent your business venture in the right way can be quite tricky. Many entrepreneurs tend to add more words to their domain name, so they make it more unique. In most cases this is not advisable because then their name becomes much harder to type and remember, which means they can lose many potential customers.

Are ‘.net’ and ‘.org’ good alternatives?

These are not exactly the best alternatives, especially if registered ‘.com’ domain with the same name already exists. Since most people assume that adding ‘.com’ to a company name is the right way to find company’s website, they will usually end up on ‘.com’ domain website. In most cases rival companies tend to have the similar names, this means that if your rival already has a website with ‘.com’ domain, choosing ‘.net’ or ‘.org’ extension might send potential customers directly at their door. This can hurt your business and your website’s Google ranking.

What about country-code TLPs?

These domains should be used for country-specific businesses. They come with country extension at the end and are usually provided by national domain registry. Some of these domains are: ‘.us’, ‘co.uk’, ‘.ru’, ‘com.de’. These domain extensions are good for both conversion and SEO, but only in specific country, the domain extension refers to. Knowing that business is run by local company gives buyers more confidence. On the other hand these extensions are hard to customize, and certain variations like ‘.com.au’, tend to be too long for most company names.

New top level domains and benefits they bring

For more than two years ICANN have been launching new TLD extensions. These can be used for customizing company’s domain name, and many entrepreneurs switch to these generic domain extensions in the lack of appropriate ‘.com’s. ICANN launches few dozen new domain extensions per month, and the full list of those can be found on their website. This ICANN move will diversify domain name choosing and enable small business owners to avoid paying thousands of dollars to domain name resellers. These generic domain can often be used for creating interesting and fun syntaxes that explain company’s niche or motto. Some of the most useful extensions from this group are: .me domain, .today domains and .store domains which came out few days ago. Great customization opportunities made generic domains very popular. One of the biggest move which supported their popularization was the choice Google-founded alphabet took, with registering Abc.xyz domain name.

With assigning your company with the right name you will cut future promotion costs and make your branding strategies much more effective. Since this is such an important thing for determining company’s future success, entrepreneurs need to approach this task with utmost dedication. They should choose the domain name that is creative and easy to brand and that can be easily used on social networks.

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