Donuts released two new gTLD’s into General Availability yesterday (GA) when domains could be registered on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
Including all domain registrations during the Sunrise Period for trademark holders and those who paid additional fees to register domain names before GA, in the Early Access Period (EAP), .Group ended the 1st day of GA with 3,445 registrations according to ntldstats.com
.Salon on the other hand seems have gotten little interest ending with just 364 domain name registrations, including Sunrise and EAP.
Both .Salon and .Group have premium priced domain names.
.Salon maybe become another new gTLD which gets a very low domain registration volume like .Navy which still has only 540 domain registrations and .Airforce which has only 372 domain registrations, both of which were launched in October, 2014 as well as .Memorial which only has 452 domain name registrations since being launched in March 2015.
The domain registrar that has the highest number of .Salon domain registrations is Godaddy with 8.
There also seemed to be almost no interest from trademark holders for .Salon as the brand protection registrar Mark Monitor only has 4 registrations and CSC only has 3.
Remember each new gTLD has a minimum annual $25,000 fee to ICANN and carried a $185,000 application fee.
In the case of .Salon Donuts won an ICANN auction for the domain extension paying a whopping $5.1 Million for the extension, plus the $185,000 application fee.
Three of the best possible .Salon domain names IMHO are reserved; beauty.salon, hair.salon and nail.salon.
Maybe Donuts will sell those for a lot of money.
I would have expected more .Group names to be sold on the 1st day since there are so many businesses using this term.
I would have bought also more if the LLL would have been priced $15
Will see what happens.
.group were actually really to acquire in GA not the demand we saw, could be domainers are not biting, and end users are busy running their businesses to care.
We could be see the watering down effect, or registration fatigue.
Not registration fatigue! Vip quashes that argument with it’s tremendous opening three weeks.
without china, vip would have low numbers.
i like the .group gtld but once you reg the generic type words, the rest is basically trademark issues waiting to happen.
Can we stop the insanity now? These new gtlds are #$%^#$^ (Hint: rhymes with PIT).
Michael Berkens says
Without China the values of a lot of .Com’s would be a to less too.
Don’t get the point
china only seems to have an effect on a couple of areas of domains, the “chips” at reseller prices and often what seems like horrible speculation and the big money domains like LL.com LLL.com NN.com NNN.com, etc.
it has no effect on the domains i sell as i don’t own these kinds of domains.
anywho… my point was not about value but about “registration fatigue”. vip is obviously not typical of new gtld registration patterns.
steve brady says
Just registered Forensic.Group . At standard price, this could have been done 15 days ago.
If you’re interested in hunting new G combos and aren’t sure what to do next, spend a little bit of time on .Group
Many new tlds are lauching these days and mostly domainer purchase them, surprisingly common people are not even aware that there are hundreds of tlds which can be use for the website.
John Luke says
Almost one month after launching .salon there are now 632 domains registered !
This is of course total nonsense, Donuts has paid $5.1 Million for the auction !!!… plus the $185,000 application fee. How do the ever expect to get their money back ? What’s the business model ? Selling it to L’Oreal group which where part of the bid they lost ?
Who has a clue of where this is going ?
steve brady says
Just went back and picked up Litigation.Group and PainManagement.Group
Someone in the Caymans got Settlement.Group, that’s ok I got Settlement.Agency and it appraises a little bit higher.
The quality speaks for itself.