Survey shows that 63% of domainers would choose the .net extension if .com was taken.
[Editors note: this is the third in a series of posts with results from the 2006 Domain Name Wire survey. The complete results of the survey will be posted soon.]
It’s an age old question. If a .com domain is taken and you choose to register another extension, what would it be? I’ve seen the question “what is the second-best domainâ€ thrown around in a lot of forums. Despite .net registrations being second only to .com and .de, most domainers shy away from .net domainsâ€¦or at least that’s what people in forums typically say. That’s why I found the following result in our survey interesting:
Q: If you wanted to register a generic domain and .com was already registered, which extension would you register assuming it was available? (assume you have to select one of these)
That’s a landslide! 63% of domainers would register a .net name if the .com was not available, followed by .info and .org. Only 5% would register the .biz version. This is according to 582 domain name owners and service providers. That’s a definitive answer to me, and one that you won’t get from reading a bunch of forum posts.
Stay tuned for more results from the 2006 Domain Name Wire Survey.