73% of survey respondents say they’d register .net if .com was taken.
Finding good .com domains is getting harder and harder. Respondents to Domain Name Wire’s 2007 survey were asked “If a .com is taken, what’s your second choice of a TLD?”. For the second year in a row, .net came out on top with 73% of the vote. Last year .net took 63% of the vote. The rank order from last year stayed the same, although .org slipped a bit:
1. .Net 73%
2. .Info 17%
3. .Org 9%
4. .Biz 2%
(Total greater than 100% due to rounding). Respondents were not allowed to select country code domains, such as .de and .us, as alternatives.
I was somewhat surprised by .org’s drop given some high dollar sales in December 2006, including Date.org for $150,000 and Loan.org for $105,000. However, .org is still recognized as a non-commercial domain by most web users.
There have been a number of notable .net sales over the past year:
The table below shows comparative results from this year and last year.
Of course, most domain investors will simply select an alternative .com domain if their first pick is unavailable or the price is too high.