.xyz and .icu the gTLD .whatever Leaders Both CRASH!! The King reviews the Top 10 gTLD’s




Morning Folks!!



The Movers and Fakers™ It's a race to the bottom. A race of survival. A demolition derby. The big loser......unsuspecting "Domain Investors" and CHEAP startups making bad decisions and getting a start on the wrong leg.



Both .xyz and .icu hit about 6.7 million registrations as a high. .xyz hit their high of 6.7 Million and change in December 2016. .icu hit their high of 6.7 Million domains registered in March of 2020. Each has now shed over 3 Million domain registrations since their "Respective" highs.



And we are far from done. .xyz still has 284,000 upcoming deletes and .icu has a whopping 1 million more deletes coming on the heals of a whopping 3.2 million drops since last March. .xyz has 2.94 domains left in the zonefile and .icu about 2.3 million.



The two gTLD leaders are sinking! But wait there is more. When you peal back the onion, the largest domain registrar in the world has less than 10% of the .xyz regs and when it comes to .icu 192 total domains registered.



The next high flyer that is crashing is .Top. After hitting 3.8 Million registrations in December 2018, they have managed to drop 2.2 million names and are now sitting under 1.6 Million with 244,000 still to be deleted. Just 1.33 Million in the zone file.



That's a meltdown by any measure!



To me, these are all "MOVERS and FAKERS!" That's my PROFESSIONAL and PERSONAL opinion soley based on my knowledge of NUMBERS!



Then you have .site. After hitting its peak of 2.14 Million regs in late September 2020 it has been downhill. Now 1.7 million Registrations with 261,000 upcoming deletes. 1.253 Million left in the zonefile.



Next up is .vip. After reaching a high of 1.5 Million registrations, it now has a little over 1 Million with 127,000 upcoming deletes.



Then of course we have .Club. They have done more outreach and marketing then all the other stinkers combined. But even with that, they have truly struggled to maintain 1 million registrations. They have 1.1 million domains registered with over 60,000 upcoming deletes. A far cry from the 7 million originally promised.



.work is up next. Sitting in 10th place. They hit a high of about 750,000 names in November 2020. Now sitting at 566,000 in the zonefile.



.app hit their high just in late January of this year with 771,000 names registered. Today at 716,000 in the zone file.



But there is a little bit of a bright spot. Of the top 10 gTLD losers, there is one not doing bad! .online has been the healthiest. Hitting their top just days ago on February 1 of 1.95 million registrations. The growth has been steady. Today they have 1.7 Million in the zonefile with 129,000 deletes.



.shop is a little choppy and not as strong as .online but with over 800,000 registrations and only 33,000 upcoming deletes, it shows signs of life. But don't confuse "Signs of life" with something worthy of investment.



Now of course numbers don't tell the whole story but only a total fool would ignore more than HALF the story!



These are the top 10. The leaders. The movers and shakers or as I refer to most of them as the "movers and fakers™"!



I am a numbers guy. Have always been, will always be. Numbers don't lie, PEOPLE LIE!! It appears they have had more deletes than registrations now. Isn't that a wonderful place to be for "Emerging Technology"?



I am a lone voice and of course I get LOTS of pushback from a multitude of different groups, companies and domainers. But while they whine, I just state facts and numbers. Its all right HERE!



And while they will attack me personally, what they can't do is attack the facts. I am sorry the numbers are not convenient for them. TOUGH! The 7 years of pointing out many of the pitfalls instead of overcoming those pitfalls. They have never directly refuted my points because there are too many to choose from. They pick 1 or 2 and IGNORE a hundred others because they have NO ANSWERS!! What I have predicted has unfolded as predicted. What they predicted, never happened then fell apart and never materialized! It's all on record!



Sure, dotcom is dead is the chant from folks losing their shirts. 51% of the universe uses a dotcom domain extension the world over. Almost 100% of the fortune 500. Follow the leaders, don't follow the losers! Good luck to all!!



Rick Schwartz


New gTLD’s Are in Serious MELTDOWN Mode. Breaks below Nov. 2019 Levels and Dwindling!


Afternoon Folks!!



The new gTLD demolition Derby is in full swing. It's hard to fathom just how TERRIBLE these domains are doing but hopefully, the following graphs and numbers will help.



As you can see from the graph below GTLD's have found a CLIFF and they are falling off it right now.





Growth for the period of November 2019 till TODAY in February 2021 has been ZERO!! GTLD's are back to November 2019 levels!! Imagine 1000 companies trying to sell something nobody really wants and COMBINED can't even get to a NET GAIN of ONE! It's almost impossible!! Call Guinnesse's cuz this may be record-setting!!



So there is 2021 for ya. Below we will show what today looks like as I could not find a single registration but we did find nearly 1.4 MILLION drops on just the top 10 LOL domains! Now about 29.5 Million Total and melting like the witch from Wizard of Oz!





It is starting to look like this every single day. Domainers that drank the kool-aid and finally threw in the towel.



Below is a graph of what I would assume is a Domainer BUYING about 7000 .Tattoo domains in 2019 and you will see them all dropping 1 year later. I could not fit the entire graph it was more important to show you the BUYING from 2019 then the graph that goes all the way down, today.





I could do this all day long with extension after extension. It's ugly! They are not even flatlining. They are bleeding and they are bleeding heavily.



So how many of the new G's are owned by domainers vs END-USERS. It would be my best guess that OVER 98% of all new G's are in storage by domainers trying to hang on.



Then there is the .Club HYPE!! PLEASE! It's ass backward folks! Just because clubhouse took off?? It's not HouseClub.com. If there was ANY beneficiary it would be .House. But .CLUB?? That's why so many domainers FAIL. They are ass backward. My WhoreHOUSE.com is a bigger beneficiary than the entire .CLUB registry! How do so many "Professional Domainers" get this so wrong. I think it is pure desperation!!



We have witnessed an epic marketing failure the likes of which have really never been seen before. 1000 new extensions and 1000 losers. Congrats!



I stated years ago (2013) that this was going to be a "Demolition Derby". IT IS! It's a "Clusterfuck". IT IS! Here are all my blog posts with "CLUSTERFUCK" and most talk about GTLD's!



In the meantime .com domains have continued to be more and more important and of course prices have reflected that. When I look at the top 10 new GTLD sales each week on DNJournal.com usually 6-7 slots are taken by legacy extensions like .net and .org. Those 2 extensions are the winner as I predicted YEARS ago RIGHT HERE in 2015.



If I can see this garbage coming 5 and 10 years in advance, what the hell is the excuse for not seeing it now in light of ALL the evidence?? I articulated only a FRACTION of the pitfalls. I wanted to be on the record. It was an epic lesson in foreseeable failure.



The registrars for the most part made out like bandits. They were bandits. They swallowed up MILLIONS of domain investor dollars like a vacuum cleaner. How many total drops?? TENS of millions. Maybe HUNDREDS! I don't blame them. They had bags of smoke and their job was to sell and market them. Foolish domainers looking for the "Second coming" got sucked in with dreams of riches but most went broke. The smart ones learned. They will chine in on the comments I am sure!



This failure was easy to spot because in my 50 years of business I have NEVER EVER seen a product with so many pitfalls. EVER! It was and remains the single biggest business clusterfuck I have ever seen. The only thing left is the funeral. And with Frank Schilling auctioning off his own GTLD's, the new GTLD era is over!! Matter of fact, it would have never taken off at all without Frank.



Have a GREAT Day!



Rick Schwartz


My EXACT MATCH Domain Name in .COM vs Confusing New GTLD. The INVISIBLE COST OF LOST SALES and GROWTH EXPOSED! WAKE the “F*CK” UP!!


Morning Folks!!




So, I have an exact match domain in DOTCOM that was making nothing and now is on pace to make over $1000/month and growing. I am enjoying the fruits of someone else's labor. They have overhead and employees and I don't. They spend time, I don't. I may be getting crumbs, but they are losing their cake!



They got a shiny new GTLD domain name and they don't even have a CLUE that they are paying and also losing THOUSANDS a MONTH in lost sales or lost customers. So just on the RAW DATA that domain is costing them an extra grand a month and growing at an accelerating and healthy pace of about 30%-50% monthly.



Remember, I am only getting crumbs! 3800 of THEIR customers got CONFUSED and GOT LOST! So what is the value of a customer? For each business it is different. But I will tell you this, only a FOOL or an IDIOT or worse would ignore such data. So the value of this particular domain went UP! Will I contact them?? HELL NO!! Will I try and sell them the domain? HELL NO!



Not only are the $$ increasing each month, so is the rate of growth!!


As you can see this domain was just sitting there. THIS is why you use PPC and THIS is why I don't use landing pages! This also is about VALUE!!! I can calculate a value based on my income. If the present pace of 33%-50% monthly growth keeps up, in 1 year I might be at several thousand $$ per month. Maybe $5k-$10k or more. Each month that domain is getting more and more and more valuable.



TO THEIR CONTINUED SUCCESS!!!



This is happening all over the Internet. EACH and EVERY business that chose a new GTLD to be HOME has a silent partner. Not only are the $$ increasing each month, so is the rate of growth!!



I am their SILENT and INVISIBLE partner!!



THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!



Don't be a fool, the numbers don't lie. PEOPLE LIE!! If you still want to build your dream on GTLD quicksand, you are a FOOL. Your company will look foolish and whether you know it or not, see it or not, the long-term costs are staggering!! Ignoring this makes you a foolish Ostrich!! Except your head is not in the sand, it is somewhere else. You know the old saying, you can lead an Ostrich to water but you can't make them pull their head out of their own ass! :-)



And this is only one of the HUNDREDS of pitfalls with the new GTLD's. But this is a BIGGIE!! The BIGGEST!! Companies wanting to be COOL and bleeding, bleeding, bleeding!! Led by cool but clueless CEO's and marketing teams.



Rick Schwartz


The GTLD Fakeout. Domainer I Caught Misleading or Worse w/Fake Sale Today on Twitter!!


Morning Folks!!



Today I caught a domainer that I believe outright lied, but at a minimum mislead. All in an effort to pump up GTLD's which is in collapse mode.



This happens ALL-DAY long!! I am sick of it! So I am going to post the Twitter thread and you can see for yourself and decide. Did he lie? Did he mislead? Or is that perfectly ok with you?



Just make sure you mulitply it by all the others doing the same CRAP! That influences others under false pretenses. PUMP and DUMP!!



It started with this quote that I challenged.



"I owned one of the best gtlds it was bought by one world's 40 biggest legal firms So it must have good"



My Response:



"Perfect Example of someone spouting stuff won't give us the domain name won't give us the price. It's just nonsense! Give us the details or it doesn't exist."










He is on twitter now trying to explain himself. Trying to say





So folks, stop swallowing their .horsesh*t! They are lying thru their teeth. They are in collapse mode. Out of 500 extensions, only a handful has daily gains and HUNDREDS have daily losses.





Rick Schwartz


BREAKING: .Boston Has Dropped into the Sea! Biggest nGTLD Collapse!​


Morning Folks!!



I have seen some GTLD collapses as we see HUNDREDS of new GTLD's that are dying on the vine. But I have never seen a meltdown like .Boston. Arguably one of the stronger Geo GTLD's. Seems all geo's are in trouble. .Taipei, .Miami, .Vegas etc. All, DEAD EXTENSIONS still walking!



.Boston has 13,588 domains of which 9603 or over 70% are dropping. Of the 3953 still in the zone file, 3011 are parked. Leaving just 900 domains that may or may not be parked and registry holdbacks. Another so-called domain investor getting hammered with losses! WAKE UP FOOLS!



Just remember the ONLY ONES that lost money on nGTLD's were Domain Investors. Foolish domain investors just like the fools that pushed IDN's for 15 years and thought they were geniuses and looked down at everyone for not buying into THEIR crap. Not a single actual full-time domain investor has made a REAL living from them. Not a one!
The real collapse has yet to come. Stay tuned as the black hole of domaining continues to dominate GTLD's. I have been here every step of the way warning about this but many millions of dollars that were formerly in the pockets of Domain Investors (know-nothing domain investors) now belong to the registries. It's their money now. WAKE UP!!! You got fooled. You got taken. You listened to the wrong people geniuses! They sold you a bill of goods and now many of you are BROKE or are about to be.






The real collapse has yet to come. Stay tuned as the black hole of domaining continues to dominate GTLD's. I have been here every step of the way warning about this but many millions of dollars that were formerly in the pockets of Domain Investors (know-nothing domain investors) now belong to the registries. It's their money now. WAKE UP!!! You got fooled. You got taken. You listened to the wrong people geniuses! They sold you a bill of goods and now many of you are BROKE or are about to be.



Hey, Geniuses!! This is what GTLD's look like in a spellchecker! WAKE UP!
Your emails, sensitive emails, will go to others, maybe your competition.


Rick Schwartz


Largest Domain Name Registrar in the World Needs Hubble Telescope to See/Find GTLD Sales!


Morning Folks!!



This post is going to change someone's life today. Maybe more than one. It's a post that will make a grown man cry when they have an aha moment.



Type-ins are the holy grail of domaining from at minimum a historical standpoint. Now PLEASE understand that does not mean a domain without type-ins have no value. What it does mean if you have a portfolio and you have NO type-ins on any domains, wtf are you doing?? If you were digging for oil and and you had 1000 wells and not a single well pumped an ounce of oil are you still an oil man?? Maybe. But a broke one for sure.



Let me give you a little history lesson. There was a substantial reason that .com became an investment and why it was so valuable and THE REASON was END USERS and TRAFFIC. PERIOD! That is what drove investment and drove value to begin with. Even domains with no traffic could evolve into ones that did. I proved that as I was buying mainstream domains. I chase tomorrow, I never chase yesterday. But when I chase tomorrow I can articulate a host of valid reasons and those reasons have a history of coming to fruition.



Now traffic today still and alway will have value. Value. Value! That's the #1 point of investing in domains. VALUE! Face value. That means if you collect dimes and you can buy a dime for 9 cents, you won't lose money. If you buy the dime for 11 cents and you think it has value the risk is too low to pass up. On the other hand if they want a $1000 for that dime, you better KNOW WTF you are doing. You better have a plan. You better know you stuff? Know why?? You may have just lost $999.90.



For me a type-ins can be as lille as 1 or 2 or 5 or 10 a day. It does not take much. But it is the #1 qualifier in VALUE. It PROVES that you are not the only idiot on the planet of 7 BILLION to think of it and type it in. Gee, that means it may mean something to someone or to many. The more the merrier.



Now of course if you have a portfolio with NO TRAFFIC you are going to jump up and down and disagree. It always happens. Go ahead. You are allowed to be wrong. Been hearing this for over 20 years. "All the good domains with traffic are gone." Well, no they are not. It's just your own bullshit that you believe and swallow and too dumb to spit out. YUM!



Type-in domains are born and they are for sale. If you would focus on tomorrow you might see type-in traffic being BORN! Don't believe it. Then you really should look for a new career.



So, now lets fast forward to GTLD's. What LAUNCHED .com domains to have GREAT value was traffic. Traffic was the earnings that PAID for buying the next domain. There was no aftermarket. GTLD's are ass backwards, they tried to create an aftermarket before there was even any value or market to begin with. And ooops, NO TRAFFIC of significance.



According to DomainNameWire.com: Paul Nicks, VP & GM for GoDaddy's Aftermarket, the world's largest registrar, had the following breakdown in domain sales for 2018. NUMBERS DON'T LIE!! PEOPLE LIE! (Especially when they are trying to sell you a bag of smoke)



"92% of sales are .com, followed by 2.6% for .org, 1.5% .net and 1.4% .co. Avg. selling price of $2,268 for .com. .Com and .Org number of sales were up YoY; .net and .co were down."



So if my math is right that adds up to 97.5%. That leaves a whopping 2.5% of sales divided among 350 some odd country codes and about 550 new GTLD's. Got that telescope out yet? Don't worry, you won't need it. The only thing you will see is INSIGNIFICANCE!! Something with no meaning.



This is on a large and grand scale. I think it also proves the point I have made for decades about .net being weak and an orphan extension and that even .org had more demand and more meaning.



Now let me be clear, I would have NEVER EVER focused on or even invested in one domain if I only focused on .org and .net. I would not be writing this blog. Nobody would have ever heard of me and chances are I would have never looked at domains as anything viable or worth my time or effort. I would have gone broke had I focused on those and many more will go broke focusing on ANYTHING other than .com UNTIL you make your first few million. And then you will learn like I did that it was a waste of time, effort and money, And their numbers are exponentially better than any new GTLD now or in the DECADES to come.



I talk from experience. I have BEEN the "Birdie in the mine." In my career I have invested over $1 Million in various extensions. 1 sale. Why? No, need, no want, no desire, no value, no market, no nothing. PRIME one word domains that if was .com would have GREAT value but because it is .net or .org or .tv or .info or .me or .mobi or .biz or .whatever, has virtually no value but MUCH MUCH worse as Godaddy has PROVEN, is there is NO DEMAND whatsoever!!! And of those, .org has the most value and recognition but very small demand.



And most of GTLD demand is domainer to domainer which renders it completely meaningless and worthless. A simple game of musical chairs and so-called "Domain Investors" will be left holding the bag.



It also shows that as I write about each extension Godaddy registrations are very thin. It's very telling when you have many millions of GTLD domains registered and the world's largest is way down on the list of almost every "High Flyer". I have written extensively about it and it certainly catches my attention as a VERY IMPORTANT fact. It tells a story. A BIG story for anyone willing to read the tea leaves and understand. It demonstrates just how HOLLOW and FAKE the GTLD registration market is. It also shows which extensions MIGHT have a fighting chance. But if you don't STUDY the numbers and you still invest in GTLD's, then it's all on you.



The chances of selling anything other than .com is just stacked against you. It's astounding anyone, let alone so-called domain investors, can't do simple math. And when they do, they see they can get 1% to 10% of the .com value, with an audience that is looking for a .com by nearly a 100-1 ratio. Can you folks do math????????????? Do you know what the chances are of selling a GTLD for even what it costs you let alone making a profit??



If I owned a car dealership and one guy did 97.5% of the business and i had 900 other dealers next to me splitting up 2.5%, and then added to that my cars are 99% less profitable, I would rethink wtf I was doing or at least MOVE!



Point is about YOUR TIME. It's about YOUR EFFORT. It's about how much TIME and MONEY are you willing to waste?? And it gets worse. Even if you found an end user starting with a new GTLD, they will eventually upgrade once they wise up. This is now a trend. Many are doing this from .net and .org or multi words to less or one words. When others see this HUGE TREND, it will say to them to BYPASS the other crap right from the get-go. Your best chance at success is their ignorance. Good luck with that as a long term strategy! PITFALLS, 100's of them, will destroy nearly every single end user into submission.



The path is simple. Take a risk, but take a smart risk. As I mentioned last week, ImpeachTrump.com sold for $3500. I f*cked up by missing it. Point is ANYONE reading this could have grabbed that and had something that would fit MY EQUATION of NEED, WANT, DESIRE, VALUE, AUDIENCE and TYPE-IN traffic! That was a domain that can and will be flipped. That's how you START in domaining. You buy a GEM first and then parlay it! So why are so many wasting their time and money on what does not work? Will never work, has been proven not to work? But at the same time ignore what does?? Beats me! Especially since there are PLENTY of .com domains of great value for BARGAIN prices.



Rick Schwartz



UPDATE:
Paul Nicks slide shows the lower entries (after the 97.5%)
.io 0.4 %
.ca 0.2%
.us 0.2%
.co.uk 0.1%



Conclusion: Not only are GTLD's No where to be found, they have proven themselves meaningless. Numbers don't like, REGISTRIES and DOMAINERS DO!


My First Ever Review of all Top 10 New GTLD’s. PLUS The List of 350++ New GTLD extensions that will go BYE BYE!! The Birdie in the Mine is DEAD!!


Morning Folks!



The top 10 new GTLD's control 55% of all the registrations. Leaving the other 45% to split among more than 500 others. Do you realize how bad that is? Honestly, do you?? It gets worse when you consider how useless these top 10 extensions are. And they are all bleeding unless they have a penny promotion or some such thing.



#1 .Top.....Should be on Bottom. Godaddy has ZERO .Top regs.



#2 .xyz.....From nearly 7 Million registrations by way of Stuffing Netsol accounts and penny sales. Google could not save. Now down to 2 million.



#3 .loan.....Out of nearly 2.2 Million registrations, Godaddy has a total of 848. And with their ONE REGISTRATION yesterday, Godaddy was tied for most productive beating out 78 other registrars including 12 that had domains drop (489 was top drop) and all the others with zero.



#4 .Club.....What can you say? These guys work the hardest and smartest and still can't make a dent. Zone file shows 1.163 Million. Seems they have been around 1 million for years now.



#5 .online.....Showed some interest and early hope but appears to be diminishing. Godaddy is the #1 registrar, but lost 894 just yesterday. It rounds out the top 5 as the only ones with 1 Million or more regs.



6 .site.....Steady growth but Godaddy only has 5% of all registrations.



7 .VIP.....Flatlining and going nowhere but down.



8 .shop.....Tailing off after peaking in early November.



9 .ltd.....Peaked at 730k registrations. Down to 468k now. Nearly 80% parked. Meaningless!



10 .work.....Pretty steady growth. May have peaked. Godaddy is #2 registrar but with only 6.3% of the registrations.



More and more of the biggest GTLD proponents are finally admitting their disappointment in GTLD's. There is no denying the failure at this point 6 years into it. Epic failure. Deserved failure because it was done for all the wrong reasons. It was based on a LIE!



As I predicted here and only here, so many new GTLD's would "DIE ON THE VINE"! You ain't seen nothin' yet! Are you keeping track?? While a handful have fallen in 2018, HUNDREDS more will follow. MANY in 2019. It's physically impossible not to and even the ones that don't die on the vine won't make it viable. You have 400 extensions with less than 20,000 registrations and they are losing more than they are gaining day after day. How long does that last before the numbers destroy you?



Yesterday only 22 of the top 100 gained registrations. 2 of the top 10. So, 78 of the 100 lost and their number was HUGE in comparison!!! 70% drops, 30% regs. Yesterday about 30,000 new registrations and a whopping 99,000 deletes.



The next 100 had 72 losing and 28 gaining. However the GRAND TOTAL of gains was 221. That's 221 spread over 100 extensions!! 2.1 per day average! But the drops are at 2300. 10x more!!! Losing 2.3 a day! . About 47,000 drops and about 27,000 registration. Many are going BYE BYE!



It gets even worse! I am going to PROVE that at least 350 extensions and probably more will either DIE ON THE VINE or be taken over by another registry. Other registries are not buying them because they are good, they buy because of their own problems. Trying to save face themselves. NUMBERS DON'T LIE!! PEOPLE LIE! Consolidation is coming. Massive consolidation. Will end up with a handful of companies controlling all the GTLD's as many run for the hills. GAME OVER!!



Of the next 100 there were 35 that had gains. Those 35 had a total of 270 between them. However they also had 975 drops. They are all going BYE BYE!



The next 100 had 27 gaining and 73 losing. The gains had a total of 119 registrations vs 900 drops. They are all going BYE BYE!



The next 100 had 19 gains and 81 losing. The total gain was 62 TOTAL registrations spread over 100 extensions and the drops were 328. They are all going BYE BYE!



This discussion is not even about the extensions themselves. We are just talking NUMBERS and GRAVITY!!! The merits of each is the next layer and believe me, that won't help save them. That will just guarantee their demise before we even talk about the HUNDREDS of other pitfalls. If a domainer does not see the pitfalls, they ain't looking very hard or very seriously.



I started writing about this "Stampede" a very long time ago. 5 years ago as a matter of fact this month. If they read that and then read "The Rick Schwartz Equation" (also from 2014) they will see just who got what right and how wrong the NOISE was! How about my 20th Anniversary post devoted to GTLD's? Dare they read and compare?? Or will those folks keep whistling part the graveyard?



How many bought into this bag of crap. They all got fooled and scammed! Swallowed their crap, Hook, Line and stinker. And I don't feel sorry for the gullible. Tho I feel bad that they wasted their families money chasing nonsense. Chasing yesterday. Trying to repeat something that was not only not possibly repeatable, they changed the entire recipe and expected the same result. That's INSANE!



The LONG DREADED GTLD DETOUR IS NEARLY OVER AND DEAD! HOPE THOSE EXTENSIONS ALL ROT IN HELL!!



Rick Schwartz


Johnson & Johnson Aborts Their Own .Baby GTLD! LOL


Morning Folks!!



You can't make this stuff up. According to Domainincite.com, Johnson and Johnson had an abortion with .Baby and so .xyz takes over another dead extension. "DIE ON THE VINE!" Where have I heard that?



So this adds another failed GTLD to the list that seems to be growing faster and faster! The consolidation you will see in the next 12-36 months will be stunning!! I would predict that 90%+++ of ALL new GTLD's will fail and be taken over by one of 3 or 4 companies. Those companies probably trying to become big enough to be looked at as a takeover. 



J&J paid over $3 MILLION for a worthless extension. SCHMUCKS!!! It PROVES that Baby.COM is worth MORE! FAR MORE!!! They still own that!!



And speaking of SCHMUCKS, Estibot has baby.com valued at $192,000. REALLY ESTIBOT???? They are HARMING the domain industry and resales with their useless and uneducated CRAP!! Any domainer using ESTIBOT as a baseline is a SCHMUCK!! If you have to use ESTIBOT, you are NO domainer! This is a tool for BUYERS to shake your ass down! Don't let them!



When will I stop talking about GTLD's? When they are all DEAD AND BURIED! Of the 549 active new GTLD's, over 400 are NOT VIABLE!! They can't even pay their overhead! Their ONLY HOPE is consolidation and to be bought out for PENNIES on the dollar!



There are 500 new GTLD extensions that are going to DIE and be worthless! But keep buying that crap! Keep losing money!



Between Crypto, GTLD's and the stock market, there are a lot of domainers in a whole lotta pain. Self-inflicted pain! 



And don't listen to these guy claiming that had a great year! Yeah, when you go from $15k a year to $40k a year they think they are on fire! 



This was a FOOLS GAME from day one and I am stunned by all the FOOLS! But don't listen to me and don't listen to those trying to sell you THIR CRAP!! LEARN ABOUT NUMBERS! Learn about marketing! Learn about Critical Mass. Learn about History!  Just LEARN!!!



Stop being GULLIBLE!! That should be the middle name of the domain industry. GULLIBLE!! Because 95% of domainers sell their domains to other domainers. By definition that means they either sell to those that know less than them because they have worthless domains or sell to those that know much more than them and make more than them because they are leaving $$$,$$$ on the table. NOT SMART. 



How would I rate the state of the Domain Industry? POOR! Not because of lack of sales, but because of lack of direction and continuity and importance. The Industry has no purpose and stands for nothing.



On Wednesday I start my 25th year as a domain name investor and collector. I came to domaining alone, I will leave domaining alone. We are each on an individual journey. Other domainers won't make you money. They COST you money! Stop listening to those with an agenda. That's the definition of GULLIBLE!!



Gullible: easily persuaded to believe something; credulous. having or showing too great a readiness to believe things. gullible, naive, too trusting, easily taken in, impressionable, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unquestioning. inexperienced, unsophisticated, unworldly, wide-eyed; wet behind the ears.



Yup, sounds like the GREAT majority of domainers! The last thing these folks will entertain is reality! Gullible people will get mad at me for pointing it out but they won't get mad at those that take advantage of them in the first place. That does not make them too smart! They define gullible and all the emotions and calamity that go with it!



Rick Schwartz




.App Heading for a Top 10 Spot on List of Crappy GTLD Losers!

Morning Folks!!

The turtle always wins the race and the turtle in GTLD  domaining land is .App. The growth is slow, steady, healthy and backed by Google. The last time I wrote about .App it was #16 heading for #13 and today it is heading for #12 as the .Men continues to melt down.  .Win is also in meltdown mode. 1.3 Million at the peak to less than 500k today and crashing.

The top 10 GTLD's control 55% of ALL registrations. That mean that 45% of the pie is SHARED among the other 500-600. Get it??

And of the top 10 you have the most .CRAP! .Top leading the way. Over 14% share. The top 10 have more registrations by far than the other 500-600 combined.

Now let's name the top 10 normal extensions that the average person on the street may be able to actually name and see where we are:

.com

.net

.org

.edu

.tv

.us or their local country code

THAT'S IT!!! I can't say I have ever seen anything else ever advertised on TV or magazines. Maybe .info.

These are the only ones I personally know off the top of my head and I have been doing this for 23 years. These are  the ones that are advertised. These are the ones on billboards and buses. This is what society recognizes. Ask a stranger. That's when you will understand REALITY!

I do see .xyz in use. Mostly by spammers and adult models. But they are in use. I don't think normal companies will engage in .xyz for the long run as the negative reputation grows. Resale demand will be limited with a low ceiling at best.

.vip is flatlining. From their graph of registrations it is my opinion that they have a few guys with a LOT of domains and it is not a widespread customer base. So a crash can occur there imho.

.online seems to be the strongest of the top 10. First of all Godaddy is #1. However I have many "online" domains. I have had very little interest in them over the years.

.shop was looking promising but it is now starting to show weakness.

.ltd, I don't see long term demand. Maybe when Ford made their LTD car back in the 1970's. Another extension that appears to have peaked and has a few domainers that plunged and bought a lot. We will see as they drop. Godaddy has 8000 out of 600,000 registrations.

.loan has 2.2 million registrations. Godaddy has 857 of them. I rest my case.

.club puts away. But those guys WORK! They speak at every trade show. They sponsor meetups, they work it! But even with a full court press over 5 years, they are still only at about 15% of promised registrations. And they have significant overhead with their marketing. Registrations that peaked at 1.5 million are now down to 1.1 million. Godaddy has about 25% of those registrations. They have struggled to keep their numbers over the 1 million reg. mark.

If the .com guys are struggling to sell their assets, and they are, and bitcoin $$$ are GONE, and MOST GTLD's are held by DOMAINERS, do you really think there is enough oxygen for survival as we go into year SIX and SEVEN??

They all want to copy .com but not a one copied it right! How many times did I write about extensions DYING ON THE VINE?? How could ANY of my astute readers not see this coming?

It's a bloodbath that will play out with 1000 cuts. I hope they come out with 1000 more new gtld's!

I ask a simple question: Which new GTLD's could actually run and pay for and AFFORD several Super Bowl ads to breakthrough?

It's a KNEE SLAPPER!

.App, .Web and both are still 100-1 shots. But when you are in a sea of 10,000,000-1 shots, them are good odds my friends!

Rick Schwartz

There is NO Such Thing as a ONE WORD GTLD!!!

Morning Folks!!

Common sense is the key to success no matter what you do. If you don't have common sense, you are not able to see the SIMPLE and EASY things. You can't make the easy decisions. Everything has to be complicated because you are so smart!

There is no such thing as a 1 word GTLD. There is a MINIMUM of TWO words and a consumer needs to memorize them and get them both right! On the other hand .Com is already baked into the cake and the memory banks of every human being on the planet. So there is no need to even mention the .com. It's the default.

Many commercials don't use the .com. They don't have to. It's the default. Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that.

A genius will start with a square wheel. The guy with common sense will come along and simply sand down the edges and make it work.

So a 2 word left of the dot GTLD is really a 3 word GTLD. Way too many moving parts to remember. I know, you are a genius and you remember everything. But if you had any common sense, you would know that the masses easily confuse things. And your argument is always to minimize each and every pitfall that a GTLD has. To turn a blind eye not to one pitfall but 100's. 100's of small leaks on a ship will surely sink that ship if ignored. And that is what we are seeing. A sinking GTLD ship. BYE BYE!

Rick Schwartz