As dailypress wrote it really depends on your brand and business.
Do you have an international clientele who buy from those specific countries? I do and I also sell globally however I do not buy all extensions but usually as follows:
com - main global sales and widget supply site net - brand protection org - brand protection biz - brand protection info - legal site for all domains mobi - mobile site tel - brand protection asia - generic widget supply site cn - widget supply site co.uk - UK sales site com.br - widget supply site com.tr - widget supply site de - German sales site eu - generic sales and widget supply site fr - French sales site in - widget supply site it - widget supply site us - USA sales site
I have considered .ru simply because we have customers there and I feel it would be a polite thing to do however their English is so good and they've also said they're not bothered.
I have actually let some extensions lapse, especially Middle Eastern ones, since they're quite happy dealing direct with the widget supply countries.
You can go crazy trying to protect your brand with 200+ country extensions and some are very, very expensive. A good site to check ALL available names is eurodns dot com.
Yeah thats how the idea came to my attention. Fortunately I was smart enough to google and realized its a scam they were running. So if I do register the domains it will be through someone else.
My business is all online, so yes, I do have customers in those countries and periodically do ship to them (cosmetics) .... and honestly if I was on top of my sh*t I would be paying someone to translate my entire site and throw it up on a .cn domain name .... and quadruple my sales in that country ... i assume ?
So maybe ill buy them and squat.
Which ones would you say are most used? From that list? Most dominant .... most important to grab.
The Domain tools list shows how many domain names across all jurisdiction are held by some companies. That is, their name left of the dot across all tlds and presumably includes cctlds. A while back I sold what was a generic cctld domain to one of the names on the list. Just in case I could err... help them out with some other domains I did a little research and found they already had just about everything going. Interestingly, when there was a range of names available at the third level the names that they considered basic registrations were the predominate cctld like co.uk or com.ag and then only the net and org. It also seemed to me that companies operating on a global basis irrespective of trademark protection consideration think of domains much more as part of their intellection property. Buying those Asian domains could be a way to increase your intellectual property. Domains are unique and to say you have secured the best domains to expand into a region could be an valuable asset. What HuskyPup said is more pragmatic and generally what I think webmasters would consider.