Why Is Traffic From a .Com Typo OK, But Traffic From a .CM Is Not?
As you know, over the last few weeks, I have been reporting on the rollout of the .CM ccTLD, and not a post goes by, where I haven’t gotten at least one, and usually several comments from domainers, to the effect that, all that the .cm extension is for, is to serve as a typo of a .com, and its only value is from misdirected traffic.
For years I have seen .com typos and misspells, sell for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars and not once did I hear anyone comment negatively on it.
Take the domain qoute.com currently at auction at Godaddy.com. The domain is a clear typo for quote.com, already has 32 bids with a high bid of $755. The domain according to Godaddy is expected to get over 1,000 visitors a month.
I would venture to say that no domainer has a problem with anyone bidding on this domain and owning it, although its only value lies in the traffic it receives from being a typo of quote.com.
Isn’t this the same industry that applauded the sale of the typo of Voyuer.com for $112K a few years ago?
Isn’t this the same industry that had several bidders, at a live TRAFFIC auction, bid up the price of the typo domain mortage.com to $242,000?
Assuming no trademark issues, why is a misspell of a generic.com fine with everyone but a generic .cm viewed in a negative light?
I personally see no fundamental difference between a typo .com domain and a .cm.
I think you either have to be in favor or both or against both.
Any other position is inconsistent.