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4:09 am on Jan 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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[DailyTopMillion.com...]

listed a few developed .asia websites listed based on their Alexa ranking.

Im not sure how accurate the dailytopmillion site is, but I found some of the sites listed pretty interesting.

anyway, is anyone feeling a bit more optimistic about the .asia TLD? I personally think it needs more time to prove itself. I have more asian friends who have heard about the TLD living abroad compared to people here in the US which seems pretty obvious.


From: [asia.asia...]

DotAsia announced to assist worldwide celebrities to protect their web identity.

hopefully the celebrities will help promote the TLD. It reminds me of how MySpace became popular by its singers and bands telling everyone to visit their personal page...

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Interest in .asia seems to have fallen off after the landrush. Between 01/December/2008 and 01/January/2009, there were 3999 new .asia domains in the .asia zone. It is going to take a few years for .asia to develop.

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My opinion of .ASIA domains hasn't changed much since their release. I did my sunrise applications to protect trademarks, but none of the domains have been developed, nor are there any future plans to develop them.

The problem, as I've stated elsewhere on WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com] is that there's no real SEO benefit to using a .ASIA domain over a regional one. Next, I've yet to meet a person outside these forums who has any clue that .ASIA exists. It's hard to brand on that.

What are the positives for marketing this domain?

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Interest in .asia seems to have fallen off after the landrush. Between 01/December/2008 and 01/January/2009, there were 3999 new .asia domains in the .asia zone.

The recession may be another reason!

What are the positives for marketing this domain?

In my opinion as countries like China and India become bigger global powers, ".Asia" will hopefully grow to become a household name like the Dot-coms.

".Com" can't be golden forever!

Asia contains more than half of the worlds population so hopefully we can get more out of Google's GeoTargeting feature.

Also I believe there are only a few TLD's to be a complete word which .Asia is one of them. The 4 letter thing wont be a big factor as many people were concerned! If TLD length was a big issue I would start buying .me and other 1-2 letter extensions.

Just my thought.

I would like to get more feedback. I long to be enlightened...

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The demand spiked with the landrush/open registration period and then fell away within three months or so. I've been tracking .asia stats since March 2008 and the growth curve for the gTLD is a classic landrush curve. The new registrations spike at the start and then collapse to a more steady level.

On the upside, .com is not growing as fast as it was and the numbers of new ccTLD domains registered each month would probably be greater. At least .asia is not as much of a mess as .eu ccTLD. The idiots in Eurid (the registry) promoted the ccTLD last year with a discounting scheme that allowed some cyberwarehousers to renew their domains for free. It is a junk extension and is effectively dead in Europe. Nobody takes it seriously. Most people in the EU are unaware that it even exists. In Europe, the ccTLDs are the main players followed by .com and the adjacent ccTLDs. For example, the .eu figures for Ireland claim that approximately 58K .eu domains are Irish owned. This is a lie. A number of cyberwarehousers used Irish front companies to hold their cyberwarehoused .eu domains. There are probably less than 8K Irish .eu domains and most of them are brand protection registrations. The biggest ccTLD in Ireland after .ie is actually .uk ccTLD. This pattern of adjacent ccTLD usage is quite common outside of the US. As a gTLD, .asia is better run than .eu ccTLD. However it has a mega-problem of some large ccTLDs in its market (12 million .cn domains, 1 million .kr, 1 million .jp etc).

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Excellent post jmcc. Thanks for the info.

I was able to register a decent name with all other extensions being parked and owned by various people.

I finally found the owner of the .com version but apparently he sold it a few years ago at a very high price. So personally, im happy with the names I got during the auction.