If you are looking for domain registration, Domain Cost Club is a good reliable registrar. They have great prices and free domain privacy services. Read on.
Here you are going to find my detailed review of Domain Cost Club. They are a good reliable domain registrar. This review includes my history with them, my pros and my cons. Since November 2014 they have got all of my domain name related business. The best part is the good pricing and free domain privacy services obtained using them.
Let’s get started.
My executive overview
Let’s start off with my executive overview:
- Product: Domain Cost Club Membership.
- Pros: At-cost domain name pricing. Free domain privacy services. Earn recurring money on referrals.
- Cons: None if you are paying the full recommended retail prices for new domains & renewals.
- Membership Benefits: At-cost domain registrations, at-cost renewals, at-cost transfers, free domain privacy services, affiliate starter kit, replicated site, earn commissions, commission tracking.
- Target audience: People who want to purchase new domains and renewals using Domain Cost Club’s at-cost pricing model. People fed up paying the full ridiculous outrageous recommended retail prices for new domains and renewals. People fed up paying ridiculous outrageous extra fees for domain privacy services on a per domain name per year basis.
- My Rating: 10/10.
- Price: Annual membership costs – Lite $9.99, Basic $29.99, Plus $49.99 & Unlimited $99.99.
Don’t want to become a Domain Cost Club member and still want to buy or renew domains? No problem. You can create a retail account at Domain Cost Club and pay the current recommended retail prices. Domain privacy services are currently free for retail accounts. You can always upgrade your retail account later.
My preferred domain registration supplier
By now, you will have figured that my preferred domain registration supplier is Domain Cost Club. I want to say up front that I have been dealing with them since November 2014. Since the middle of 2015 I moved the domain names I had registered elsewhere over to them. All of my domain names are now registered with them.
As a paid up member of Domain Cost Club I also get free domain privacy services for any of the domain names I have registered with them. In my case, I use domain privacy services for all of my domain names. This can be enabled or disabled on demand by me for individual domain names I have registered with Domain Cost Club within my back office.
I also earn money on referrals when my referrals purchase an annual membership. This becomes recurring when they renew their annual membership the following year which is usually the case.
I explain why Domain Cost Club is my preferred domain registration supplier. Since November 2014, they have got all of my domain name related business. This includes new registrations, renewals, transfers and domain privacy services. This domain name (livelifeo.com) is registered with Domain Cost Club as clearly shown below:
As I have a current active applicable Domain Cost Club membership, I get new registrations, renewals and transfers at great prices. I also get free domain privacy services. I also earn recurring money on referrals.
This in my opinion is a good deal. They have different membership types to cater for anyone who purchases domain names per year. The different membership types are based on ranges of domain names you expect to buy per year and you can even upgrade your membership type to a higher membership type if you find yourself buying more domain names than expected!
Examples of potential member savings
Let’s now show a few examples of potential member savings. Remember that these potential member savings are for each domain name you register in these domain extensions.
Domain Cost Club members can register or renew or transfer as many domains as they want (subject to applicable Domain Cost Club Membership type, they simply upgrade their membership type if necessary) and at any time they want at the same exact price that it costs Domain Cost Club and every other ICANN accredited registrar, such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions.
Purchasing at this “wholesale or trade prices” can result in some great potential savings, even after taking the cost of Domain Cost Club membership in account. A really big potential saving is that domain privacy services for Domain Cost Club members is $0.00 (yes zero) per domain name (purchased using your Domain Cost Club membership) per year for current Domain Cost Club members.
Pricing information and the like should be confirmed against Domain Cost Club to get the current most up to date information. The prices and potential member savings below were true when this information was written. This information may have changed in the meantime.
- Top Level Domain name ending with .ACCOUNTANTS – at-cost .ACCOUNTANTS Registrations are $66 per year vs the recommended retail price of $130 per year. A savings of $64 per domain per year.
- Top Level Domain name ending with .ENERGY – at-cost .ENERGY Registrations are $66 per year vs the recommended retail price of $130 per year. A savings of $64 per domain per year.
- Top Level Domain name ending with .CEO – at-cost .CEO Registrations are $70 per year vs the recommended retail price of $138 per year. A savings of $68 per domain per year.
My review is based on experience. I have been buying domains since at least April 2002. I became a Domain Cost Club member in November 2014. By the end of the first half of 2015, I completed the process to transfer my domains over to Domain Cost Club. I now have all of my domains registered with Domain Cost Club. And this is still the case in 2020.
Domain Cost Club overview
Let’s learn more about Domain Cost Club in an overview to give you additional information about this fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. You may or may not know that not all domain registrars are fully ICANN-accredited. The ones that are, are nearer to the “top of the food chain” in the domain name industry.
Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar with a number of differences. Like most if not all domain registrars they allow you to register domains, renew domains and allow you to transfer your existing domains to them. There is a huge difference in potential costs for paid up members of Domain Cost Club.
Paid up members of Domain Cost Club get this at the price that Domain Cost Club paid with no mark-up. This is completely unlike most if not all other domain registrars.
The accompanying image show promos which were available to Domain Cost Club Members which may have changed in the meantime. Domain Cost Club members have access to the current special Domain Cost Club Member only promotional pricing which usually contains some really good promotions.
What is Domain Cost Club?
Let’s see what Domain Cost Club is and how you can potentially benefit from the way that they do business.
This is a domain registrar that allows their members to register domains, renew domains and transfer domains at huge cost savings.
In order for you to purchase domains at-cost price with them, you become a paid up member of their club. This is a small membership fee paid yearly and in a lot of cases, is well worth it.
I love the fact that I, as a Domain Cost Club Member, know that I am getting my domains using at-cost pricing. I don’t have to waste time going to a number of domain registrars to see what their current special deal is or look around for crazy coupons that are only valid for the first domain that you buy with that registrar for just the one year. Crazy.
You pay an annual membership fee based on the number of domains that you estimate you will purchase using your Domain Cost Club membership that can result in good savings. With this sort of arrangement the more domains you purchase with your membership, the more money you will typically save.
You can also upgrade your membership type during the year should you discover that you want to buy more domains at-cost than what your current membership type allows you to. I have seen some of my other customers do this.
What are the membership types?
Let’s learn about the 4 different membership types available at Domain Cost Club to determine which one is the best type for you right now. They even allow you to upgrade your membership type during the year should you find that you need to. Hint, some Domain Cost Club members do take advantage of this and actually upgrade their membership type during the year. This is one reason why Domain Cost Club facilitate this.
- Lite: Buy up to 5 domains at-cost. Membership costs $9.99 per year.
- Basic: Buy up to 19 domains at-cost. Membership costs $29.99 per year.
- Plus: Buy up to 49 domains at-cost. Membership costs $49.99 per year.
- Unlimited: Buy unlimited domains at-cost. Membership costs $99.99 per year.
Domain Cost Club added the Lite, Basic and Plus Membership types a while back. This now makes their offer way more attractive to people who do not buy or renew many domain names.
For this reason, the price comparisons mentioned later in this post use five or less domains in the pricing comparisons.
Many people register/renew/move five or fewer domains per year so having the membership type of Lite caters for those people. The other membership types would be considered as “over the top” for those people and so the Lite membership type suits those people.
Some members start off at the Lite Membership level, then upgrade their membership level at a later date when they have seen for themselves the benefits of membership or more likely when they realise that they need the higher level of membership.
Domain Cost Club review – Huge cost savings for Domain Cost Club members
Let’s jump into one of the biggest immediate benefits of Domain Cost Club membership – The huge cost savings for members because members enjoy at-cost domain name pricing.
Domain Cost Club have determined that their average domain price per name per year is $8 while their competitors average domain price per name per year is $13. This is explained more in the accompanying image.
For the purposes of this, I will compare their costing with Hostgator who also have a domain offering.
You should know that many domain registrars do charge extra for domain privacy on a per domain per year basis. GoDaddy.com charge extra for domain privacy per domain per year. So does NameCheap.com, as well as Name.com.
I have selected the .COM extension in these examples because my understanding is that domains ending with the popular .COM extension account for over 40% of domains out there. Of course this may change in the future but I want my examples here to be as realistic as possible.
Note that I performed these price comparisons in March 2019. These will most likely change in the future.
Let’s see HostGator prices.
For a domain using the popular .COM extension, the domain registration fee for one year is $12.95 per domain name per year and the domain privacy fee for one year is $14.95 per domain name per year. They absorb the mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee per year per domain. This brings their cost (excluding any applicable taxes) with domain privacy to be $27.90 per .COM domain name per year.
Domain Cost Club prices
Let’s see Domain Cost Club prices next.
For a domain using the popular .COM extension, the domain registration fee for one year is $7.85 per domain name per year and the domain privacy fee for one year is $0.00 (Zero) per domain name per year. Plus the mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee per year per domain. There may be a processing fee for payment processing. For these calculations, I am assuming this is $0.41 which brings their cost (excluding any applicable taxes) with domain privacy to be $8.44 per .COM domain name per year. Plus the price of the applicable DCC Membership type. Most likely the Lite membership as that allows you to buy 5 domains at-cost and membership costs $9.99 per year.
Comparison – For one domain ending with the popular .COM extension
Let’s do an actual pricing comparison for one domain ending with the extremely popular .COM extension.
Costings for 1 domain ending with the popular .COM extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
Hostgator comes in at $27.90
Domain Cost Club comes in at $18.43 ($8.44 per .COM domain plus $9.99 for Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership)
Buying just one domain name ending with the popular .COM extension with domain privacy for one year is $18.43 with Domain Cost Club (Including Lite Membership fee) with $27.90 with Hostgator, resulting in a saving of $9.47
Even with just one domain name including the cost of membership it is way more cost effective.
Comparison – For two domains ending with the popular .COM extension
Let’s see what happens when we compare the prices of two domains ending with the popular .COM extension and also let’s see what happen when we compare the prices of five domains ending with the popular .COM extension.
Costings for two domains ending with the popular .COM extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
Hostgator comes in at $55.80 ($27.90 per .COM domain)
Domain Cost Club comes in at $26.87 ($8.44 per .COM domain plus $9.99 for Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership)
That is some saving for two .COM domains.
Comparison – For five domains ending with the popular .COM extension
Okay, now let’s do an actual pricing comparison for five domains ending with the extremely popular .COM extension.
Costings for five domains ending with the popular .COM extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
Hostgator comes in at $139.50 ($27.90 per .COM domain)
Domain Cost Club comes in at $52.19 ($8.44 per .COM domain plus $9.99 for Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership)
These are huge savings on buying between one and five domains ending with the popular .COM extension.
.COM domains account for over 40% of the domain name market
My understanding is that domains ending with the popular .COM extension account for over 40% of domains out there.
Before you ask, my understanding is that domains ending with the popular .NET extension account for over 4% of domains out there and domains ending with the popular .ORG extension account for over 3% of domains out there. So based on those statistics, domains ending with .COM account for the major share of domain names out there today.
Although there are now many other extension names it is important to bear in mind that .COM is still the major extension name used today.
Domains ending with .COM are still important. Remember that they account for over 40% of the domain names out there. Businesses are still prepared to spend big money on the right domain name with the .COM extension. Here are some examples:
- Zoom may have spent $2 million for Zoom.com
- Elon Musk may have spent $11 million for tesla.com
Once a business is well known in a certain sector, people expect that business to be using the appropriate domain name ending with the .COM extension.
In my own case, I have active websites against each of my active domain names. Of course, there are people out there who make money flipping domain names, however that is not the route I have chosen. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from buying domain names and then flipping them. Of course, you will need to find buyers for those domain names.
It is all very well speculating that the previous owners of those two domain names (zoom.com & tesla.com) make a lot of money. Both those previous owners had to register those domains, know that they were worth renewing, keep them current, and be able to find a prospective buyer for the domain name that was willing to pay so much. And be in a position to negotiate such attractive sums of money.
Have you ever registered a domain name and then have second thoughts?
Let’s see what happens if I register a domain and don’t actually want it after registration. Maybe due to a typo or I thought of a better domain name two or three days after registration.
Domain Cost Club is the only domain registrar that I am aware of that allows you to cancel your domain registration within 5 days after purchase to get a refund. Read that last sentence again.
Many people misspell their new domain names by accident during the purchasing process and only afterwards realise the error. If you buy your domain using your Domain Cost Club Membership and you ask them, they will delete and refund your domain name up to 5 days after purchase. This is awesome.
Oh, and I know that they do, because I brought a domain name a while back that I had second thoughts about and wanted them to do this for me. They did and my payment was reversed, so all good. Happy days. 🙂 🙂
That experience was when I brought a domain name on October 2017 and cancelled it a few days later. I actually thought of a better domain name a day or so after I purchased that domain name. So I purchased that better domain name, sent an email to Domain Cost Club informing them I did not want the original domain. I received an email from Domain Cost Club in a timely manner confirming that the original domain name was cancelled and that the money was already repaid. It was. If only all businesses online and offline behaved in a professional prompt manner like this. 🙂
With other domain registrars there is no come back even one second after the domain is paid for. That used to hurt me however no more. 🙂 🙂
Regularly in online chats I see people saying that they just brought a domain name and only realised after they registered the domain that the domain name has a typo. They then go back to their domain registrar expecting it to be fixed. And only then find out that their domain registrar does not offer this “please delete that domain I registered and refund my money” facility. Instead they are left with a domain name that they no longer want.
That is crap customer service in my opinion. Even worst in my opinion is if they opted to registrar that domain for say ten years along with chargeable domain privacy for each of those ten years and the domain registrar will not allow that person to cancel that deal. That is really bad customer service in my opinion and would leave a really bad taste in my mouth if it happened to me.
As I say, I am only aware of just one domain registrar who will delete the domain and give you your money back provided you ask them within five days of purchase. If Domain Cost Club can do this it means that there is nothing stopping other registrars from doing this as well. The only thing really stopping those other registrars in my opinion is that green-eyed monster called greed.
How Domain Cost Club Membership Works
Let’s see how Domain Cost Club membership actually works in the “real world”.
Basically you purchase a Domain Cost Club Membership package which allows you to register domains, renew domains and allow you to transfer your existing domains to them. You purchase these domains at what Domain Cost Club calls at-cost price which is usually way cheaper than the cost of domains with other domain registrars.
Let’s see pros I have identified of Domain Cost Club Membership. Bear with me as this list is quite long. 🙂
Pros of Domain Cost Club membership
- Over 400 different domain extensions to choose from: This includes the usual familiar ones of .COM, .ORG and .NET and the like. Not all domain registrars have this extensive range of different domain extensions. My previous domain registrar for instance did not back in 2014/2015 when Domain Cost Club did.
- At-cost domain name registration, renewal and transfers: Some domain sellers will give you a really good price for the first year however when it comes to renewal the following year, the price is hugely overpriced. This is not the case with Domain Cost Club. Domain Cost Club will charge you the wholesale price at the time of renewal. There is peace of mind knowing that the price is always the at-cost price that it costs Domain Cost Club. There is no need to go looking around which is a time-saver.
- Special member-only promotional pricing: Even more potential savings.
- Free domain privacy service: Other registrars charge up to $14.95 per year per domain name, here it is free for members. This can be quite a big saving. For example, domain privacy service for 2 domains for one year may potentially cost you $29.90. However over ten years that domain privacy service for 2 domains may potentially cost you $149.50. That is some potential saving.
- Referral program available: If you know people who would purchase Domain Cost Club memberships using your referral code, this is one way you could make money with domain names. This is one potential way for you to get involved in the domain name business.
- Refund your domain registration within 5 days after purchase if you have second thoughts: Or even if you spelt your new domain with a typo. I have still to see another domain registrar that offers this.
- Refund your domain renewal within 5 days after purchase if you have second thoughts: You might have set on “autorenew” for your domain name. Then once the domain was automatically renewed, saw the money leaving your account. A simple email to Domain Cost Club within 5 days requesting them to refund your domain renewal will see that renewal cancelled and your money refund. I have still to see another domain registrar that offers this.
- Easy to work with & support is very responsive: That is my experience with them since November 2014.
- The “Control Panel” To Manage Domains Is Slick, Clean And Easy To Work With: This is what I find, especially when I compare it with the “Control Panel” used by my earlier domain registrar.
- Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar: This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar to register your domains for you. Nothing wrong with that, just means there are more mouths to feed and so potentially adds to the price you pay.
Cons of Domain Cost Club membership
Let’s see the real cons I have identified. For me because I already register or renew domain names on a regular basis there are no real cons. Simple as that.
For cons there are None if you are paying the full recommended retail prices for new domains & renewals. However there are a few minor cons which I thought I should mention:
- The small cost of Domain Cost Club membership.
- There is no interaction with other Domain Cost Club Members.
- I have no idea about figures, statistics, number of Domain Cost Club members, number of domains that Domain Cost Club members have registered/renewed with Domain Cost Club, number of staff members, etc. To be fair, I don’t know this information with most businesses I interact with, both in the online world and the offline world.
- People seem to find their business model hard to understand:
- They sell memberships to Domain Cost Club: You become a member and get all your domains (subject to membership type) at the exact same low price as it costs them and every other ICANN-accredited registrar. You basically get your domains at the “wholesale” price (the exact same low price as it costs every ICANN-accredited registrar) instead of the retail price. You also do not pay for domain privacy services which others charge as much as $14.95 per year per domain name for.
- They do not email upsells to their membership: Or at least they haven’t sent me any since I joined in late 2014. They do have subscribe/unsubscribe email preferences for a few different types of emails, for example “Notify me of new TLD releases”. I don’t consider them as “upsells”.
Not all domain registrars are the same
Let’s see if all domain registrars are the same. Hint, they are not. At least one big domain registrar wouldn’t let me purchase a domain name in the new .SITE top level extension in July 2015. Of course, Domain Cost Club allows people to purchase .SITE domain names or the very popular .COM domain names as well as quite a few other domain extensions. Happy days. 🙂 🙂
Back in July 2015 when I was doing some research with another domain registrar who was in business for quite some time before that, their on-line interface did not even recognize the new .SITE top level extension that had come out earlier that month.
That told me that they were not staying current with the domain name marketplace.
I couldn’t even purchase any .SITE top level extension domains from them, yet they have been available from Domain Cost Club from the middle of July 2015 when they were released.
Back in 2015, the domain registrar I used to be with wanted $9.99 for a .COM domain for one year plus $7.95 for domain privacy, which for me as a Domain Cost Club Member costs $7.85 plus $0.00 for domain privacy. $17.94 or $7.85 for the same thing. I recommend the $7.85 over the $17.94 option any day for the same services. Note that this example excludes the small cost of Domain Cost Club membership, the small ICANN fee per domain name and applicable taxes.
In April 2020, I did more research. Well the domain registrar I used to be with wanted $10.99 for a .COM com domain for one year plus $9.99 for domain privacy, which for me as a Domain Cost Club Member costs $7.85 plus $0.00 for domain privacy. $20.98 or $7.85 for the same thing. I recommend the $7.85 over the $20.98 option any day for the same services. Note that this example excludes the small cost of Domain Cost Club membership, the small ICANN fee per domain name and applicable taxes.
I also found it hard prior to 2016 to navigate inside that domain registrar’s website when doing domain management work, which meant that I had to waste time figuring out how to do domain management work. I would have thought that this would be something that a domain registrar would spend on getting right. It is in my opinion super important to make sure that any back office to manage domains is user friendly and really easy to use. But this domain registrar did not bother doing that. I don’t know if that improved since when I stopped using them in 2015. I had used them for a number of years before 2015 and I always found it hard to navigate inside that domain registrar’s website when doing domain management work.
Anyway I find it way easier to navigate within the back office at Domain Cost Club when doing domain management work.
Back in 2015, another registrar (GoDaddy) had a discount Domain Club which allows people to buy domains cheaper. With GoDaddy, it is almost $120 per year for their membership package. With Domain Cost Club, membership per year varies in price from $9.99 to $99.99 based on membership type. With GoDaddy for their discount Domain Club, a .COM domain is $8.29 per year, with Domain Cost Club it is $7.85 – I recommend Domain Cost Club as it is cheaper in this case. Also with them, the person who referred the person who buys the almost $120 annual membership fee gets nothing for their trouble.
That in my opinion is a horrible way to treat people who got you business with the customer having already paid. In this case I recommend Domain Cost Club over them any day.
In April 2020, I did additional research regarding that other discount Domain Club. Their prices are still the same as above. However I noticed nothing was mentioned about pricing for domain privacy with them. It looks like the cheapest option for domain privacy with them is an additional $9.99 per year per domain with this other discount Domain Cost Club. They are still almost $120 per year for their membership package and still $8.29 per year for a .COM domain. I also believe that domain privacy is not included. This would cost you an additional $9.99 per year per domain with this other discount Domain Cost Club. Membership of Domain Cost Club varies from $9.99 per year to $99.99 per year depending on membership type (vs almost $120 per year with this other discount Domain Club), a .COM with Domain Cost Club is $7.85 (vs almost $8.29 with this other discount Domain Club) and privacy with Domain Cost Club is $0.00 (yes nil) (vs $9.99 with this other discount Domain Club). Costings above exclude any applicable taxes. So it still makes sense to go with Domain Cost Club. No surprises there.
I recommend Domain Cost Club based on personal experience with them since November 2014. And based on my own personal experiences with other domain registrars since 2002. And based on my own personal research when I was researching domain registrars at different times since 2002.
Who should join Domain Cost Club
Now let me explain who I think should join Domain Cost Club.
In a nutshell, everyone who buys or renews domain names. Domain names are registered for different purposes, including branding purposes, blogging purposes, marketing purposes, selling purposes, professional purposes and flipping purposes.
Domain names can be very important for branding purposes. Some domain names are worth a fortune. For instance Zoom may have spent $2 million for Zoom.com and Elon Musk may have spent $11 million for tesla.com
Many people test different websites with different domain names in order to determine which combination works best for them. So if you are purchasing domain names the at-cost pricing on domains for Domain Cost Club members can add up to some serious savings while building up your domain interests.
If you blog or have a website or two or more, you can save $40 or more on a single domain registration as a Domain Cost Club Member. Let me explain myself next.
For instance in April 2020, to register a new domain with the .flowers extension costs $100 for Domain Cost Club members whereas the recommended retail price is $175. A saving of $65 after the $9.99 cost of Lite Membership of Domain Cost Club on just one domain.
Another example in April 2020, to register a new domain with the .property extension costs $50 for Domain Cost Club members whereas the recommended retail price is $175. A saving of $115 after the $9.99 cost of Lite Membership of Domain Cost Club on just one domain.
If you are a blogger or a business owner or a hobbyist, you are all set for your own domain. For branding purposes and professional purposes, it looks a lot better if you use your own domain.
Time to look at the Domain Name Industry.
The domain name industry is changing
This is a very real opportunity with a lot of potential international scope. This is a huge industry as the following statistics show:
- In January 2015, there were over 284,000,000 domain names registered worldwide according to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) 2014 Quarter 3 Infographic.
- In October 2019, there were over 359,000,000 domain names registered worldwide according to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) 2019 Quarter 3 Report.
- On March 7, 2020 there were over 417,000,0000 domain names registered worldwide according to Domain Name Stat.
That is some growth. There is a lot of potential scope. There are two angles of this huge domain registration growth that I want to discuss with you today.
One is that you or an organization you are involved with will want to register or renew Domain Names using Domain Cost Club’s at-cost pricing. These days, most if not all organizations have a web presence. Many individuals also have a web presence. These organizations and individuals all need domain names. Many organizations and many individuals have multiple domain names. These organizations and individuals all need to register or renew domain names.
And two is that you might want to look at their referral program. This is another aspect to Domain Cost Club membership that might appeal to you. This might give you additional work related options. This may allow you to work from home, vacation anywhere, work anywhere there is an internet connection, be your own boss, have fun when making money, and so on and so forth. If you are also looking not to handle physical stock and associated headaches, the Domain Cost Club referral program might be an option. Best of all, you can start it part time and see how it works out for you. Just another optional part of Domain Cost Club membership that might appeal to you.
The domain name industry is currently allowing many more top level extension names to be applied to domain names. These are the names seen at the end of domain names. Traditionally these were names like .COM, .NET, and .ORG along as well as country extension names like .CO.UK, .IE, and .CA
Now many more extension names are in use and more will be in use in the future. Names like .DANCE, .BAND, .GREEN, .NINJA and .GLOBAL immediately jump to mind. There are loads more.
There is a lot of excitement in connection with the new domain extensions as it is sure to get interesting in the next while. Some of the new domain extensions make it much easier to guess things about the website before you go to it.
It does not take a lot to work out what “Burger.Melbourne” do and where they are located. I am getting hungry and they are on the other side of the planet. 🙂
Nothing to do with me, just an interesting example. To advertise, all they would have to do is print “Burger.Melbourne” – I wonder would this be considered as one word or two words if they were doing classified advertising, paying for each separate word. 🙂 🙂
These new domain extension names are making the web more interesting.
Other businesses are buying the rights to use the new domain extension names and sometimes these go to auction.
Donuts, a domain registry business has spent $58,000,000 to apply for over 300 new top-level domains and has around 190 of these under contract. At the moment my understanding is that Donuts is the owner of the newest new domain extension name, beating other well known companies Google and Amazon.
Google in February 2015 in an ICANN auction brought the rights to the new .APP extension name by paying over $25,000,000.
Donuts and Google are going to re-coup their investments over time using whatever business models make the most sense to them.
The domain name industry is changing and the newer extension names are adding a lot. Some people think .COM will disappear in time however I do not think so. Some people think that .COM will remain very strong in America and that the growth for the newer extension names is really going to come from Asia. Time will tell.
In 2020, the .COM extension still accounts for above 40% of domain names.
Go with domains ending with .COM
This is my personal opinion. However I like to think that it is well reasoned out.
Generally speaking, if you are going to register a domain, that it should be a domain ending with the .COM extension. If your market is country specific, then you may want a domain name that uses the domain extension specific for that country. It really depends on who your target market is, where they are located and what they reasonably expect. By the way, my understanding is that about 35% of the domain name market is taken by domains ending with a two letter country extension.
I ask these questions:
- Why do domain names ending with the popular .COM extension account for over 40% of the domain name market?
- Why do domain names ending with the popular .NET extension account for over 4% of the domain name market? They have been around for a long time and they have not got anywhere near the .COM extension.
- Why do domain names ending with the popular .ORG extension account for over 3% of the domain name market? They have been around for a long time and they have not got anywhere near the .COM extension.
- Why haven’t domain names with “new” general extensions in the last few years reached a “decent level of success”? From what I can figure out, they account for less than 13% of the total domain market with over 1200 “new” general extensions eg .top, .xyz and .loan. It also appears that a lot of these domain names are simply being parked for the moment.
- Why did Zoom, Inc apparently spend $2 million to purchase the zoom.com domain?
- Why did Elon Musk apparently spend $11 million to purchase the tesla.com domain?
- Why lose potential traffic when people “guess” your domain name? When people are “guessing” the name of your domain, they may use your company name followed by .COM first and after that, they could type in anything looking for your domain. For instance, TeslaMotors.com is not a domain name I would have guessed for Tesla. Just saying.
Pretty good reasons to use a .COM domain name where possible and where it makes sense.
Time to continue with my story and my observations of Domain Cost Club.
My story and my observations of Domain Cost Club
David of LiveLifeO.com says:
Since 2002, I have been buying domain names and related privacy services. Between then and November 2014, I purchased or renewed or transferred my domain names using different domain name registrars.
In November 2014 I discovered Domain Cost Club and tried them out. That was a good experience. Since then, Domain Cost Club has got all of my domain name related business. This includes new registrations, renewals and transfers.
Why would you become a domain cost club member?
I became a paid up member of Domain Cost Club in November 2014. Over a period of time I moved all of my domains over to them. I usually have between five and fifteen domain names active at any one point in time so being able to register domains, renew domains and move domains at-cost makes good sense. It costs me less than $9 to register a .COM domain for a year and get domain privacy for it as well. I am of the opinion that if a good domain name jumps into your mind and you can do something about it, you should consider registering it before someone else does.
Naturally you do need to be sensible about it. You do need some sort of outline plan of what you are going to do with that domain name. For instance, I registered a domain name a while back and did not really do anything with it for over nineteen months, apart from putting up an almost empty secure WordPress Hosted website a day or two after I registered the domain. I just had the idea I was going to build up this website. If I had waited nineteen months before registering the domain, it is possible I would have forgotten the name or it is possible that someone else would have purchased the domain in the interim.
At this stage, I have been with Domain Cost Club since November 2014. It is easy to contact their support on the internet. This involves completing an online form and once you submit that, you can expect to hear back from them within a timely manner. Any time I used this online form, I have heard back from them in a timely manner. I find them good.
They have a good offering and they are good value for sure. And as already mentioned, I find their support team to be good. I am able to manage my domains using their “Control Panel”. I like it. I find it slick, clean, modern and easy to work with.
Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a domain registrar to register your domains for you. Domain Cost Club is typically nearer to the top of the domain name food chain than a lot of other businesses offering domain registration services.
If you register a domain name and look up its whois record, you might notice that your registrar details are not what you expected. One possible reason for this is that your domain “registrar” is in fact a domain reseller, which is usually perfectly fine. It just raises unnecessary questions and unnecessary concern.
Below is a screenshot of a whois search on this LiveLifeO.com domain and you can clearly see that Domain Cost Club is listed as the ICANN-accredited domain registrar domain registrar associated with this domain:
I think that if you are going to register a domain, that it should be a domain ending with the .COM extension. I explained my reasoning earlier on in this article. My suggestion is simple, register domains ending with the extremely popular .COM extension and registrar them with Domain Cost Club who is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a domain registrar to register your domains for you.
If you are registering domains with Domain Cost Club, you will most likely save money when compared with other Domain Registrars as explained earlier in this article.
Domain Cost Club is a domain name registrar who offer at-cost pricing for domain registrations, domain renewals and domain transfers for current active Domain Cost Club Members with the appropriate membership type. And Domain Cost Club allow you to upgrade your membership type to a higher type should you discover you need the higher type during the year.
As shown earlier in price comparisons, their price for even one domain name ending in .COM, purchased with domain privacy is more cost effective with them than with another well known domain seller.
As also shown earlier in price comparisons, their price for three domain names ending in .COM, which includes domain privacy is more cost effective with them than with my second choice.