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I know that .cc, .tv and .ws have been licensed to US companies and are being heavily promoted here. Any idea how these will fare?
His concern, I believe, is whether there's any SEO penalty built into those top-level domains -a very valid question. I have a broader one:
Has anyone registered any of these? While I am a big believer in .coms, I have no interest in owning any of these. Does anyone?
.cc .tv & .ws are country specific doamins that are being "marketed" as alternatives, and sometimes incorrectly so. Anyone else see .ws marketed as the new "World Site" domain?? it is really Western Samoa. Taht is what annoys mw most about these domains, not the domains themselves, but the questionable marketing being used to sell them
Having said that, I guess they could have thsir uses like the .to doamin of Tonga. as in come.to go.to etc.
.tv seems suited to Television (Duh!) and I guess .ws could be perceived as World Site, but I think their sparkle will wear off.
I must admit I also have little interest in them. My market is the world!!!
Edited by: Woz
True, ... to those in the know. However to the uninitiated they may still look attractive.
Some time ago I was looking for a .com, couldn't have it, and then saw an ad for .ws. Ah Ha, I thought, I can still get a "good" domain. after all, .ws did stand for World Site didn't it! Didn't it?? A little research and I realied not.
Those who don't keep an ear to the ground could be duped. That is my beef more than anything else, the marketing. But I have already said that.
congrats on your new domain, computers4u.ws.
I am a little annoyed at myself though for letting that one slip by.
I didn't think there was enough of a market around for selling Computers to Female Sheep. Still, I guess I could always start up a brother site for upgrading said computers - ram4u.ws
Do any of you think that a .tv name will be in any favorable for web tv?
Currently this is just kicking off but I can see a future explosion in it's use.
Possible future trends possible directories of web tv friendly sites etc. Specific web tv search engines etc.
I think this new tv accessed market is going to dwarf anything we see at the minute. Not based on any industry reports, just gut instict. The easier you make it the more people will use it.
That is the benefit I see in .tv Nothing to do with tv stations.
To tell you the truth I am not too clued up technically on web tv. Not too clued up technically on anything to tell you the truth. :)
Just a self taught home site webmaster pulling a few hundred thousand impressions a month.
Any industry experts out there with any further views on .tv?
Possibly not the right forum but is there any guidance anywhere for designing a site to be web tv friendly? Does it place restictions?
I plan to go to a tv shop and look at my own site through web tv. Perhaps others should do the same.
All the best
On their website [developer.webtv.net] WebTV offers a free simulator you can download to your desktop -- and lots of tips to make your site "WebTV friendly".
I am opening a new thread [webmasterworld.com] in the Browser Forum to talk about the WebTV browser -- we'll let this thread go back to the issues around Domain Names.
One other thing, .com is now tatooed on the cortex of the average US surfer. To have anything else requires you to actively work to deprogram the user while trying to market at the same time. Just today I ran across referrals from an ad campaign in a major enviromentalist/green website. It seems that my .org competitor purchased some banners, but someone programmed the banner redirect to .com -it happens all the time.
All US domains are issued with Your State and City attached to them. Only Your Business Name or Your personal name are allowed to be issued. You cannot deviate from this format.
They are "okay" for personal sites, but they are really cumbersome for buisiness sites.
The US Department of Commerce is currently studying a proposal to DROP the City and maybe the State requirement for the US domains, thus:
[microsoft.redmond.wa.us...] (This would be Microsoft's domain under current US Domain rules) could be issued in the future as:
[microsoft.wa.us...] or [microsoft.us...] or maybe [microsoft.com.us...]